Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ten on 10 - July

 This tired girl slept waaaay in.  I woke her at 9:30 so we could make it to story hour at the library.
 I tempted her with some toast to get her up and going.
The best part of the story hour was the bubble machine.  She had a ball trying to catch them.

I fixed myself some lunch while I waited for Charlie to fall asleep in her crib.

She never fell asleep, so after about 40 minutes I got her up and gave her some milk...five minutes later she crashed.
Once she was up we played in the pool.
 For a long time.
 Settling down with a good book.
Old lady Charlie.
 Finally asleep.
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Monday, June 11, 2012

10 on 10

 This was a busy day out and about, with a lot of driving time, so we had to get a bit creative (all pictures taken on my phone this time)....

Morning snuggles with milk 


So proud of herself, sitting at the big table


Waiting while she gets her beauty rest

Charlie found a hiding spot for Abby Cadaby

New necklace

Cheesy bread

Playing before bedtime

Wiped out

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pinteresting...Cauliflower pizza

 So, I've started doing a fresh produce co-op called Bountiful Baskets, which is amazing, and forcing me out of my comfort zone as far as what veggies and fruits I cook with.  Enter, Pinterest, giving me inspiration for turning potentially less than delightful veggies into delightful meals.  For example, the ever smelly cauliflower.

So, while the local family boys were on a disc golf adventure across the state, the local family girls (Tim's mom, Charlie and myself,) got to work on the cauliflower.

Step one: Grate half a cauliflower and a cup of cheese (we used mozzarella.)  Microwave the cauliflower for 6 minutes, then freeze to get to a temp you can handle.  Once it's cool, mix it with one egg and the cheese and form into an egg on a greased cookie sheet, and drizzle oil over the top to help it brown.  Bake it at 450 for 15-20 minutes, until it's golden brown.

When you've pulled the pizza out, switch the oven to broil.  Add your sauce, (we used pesto), cheese (we used 1 c. mozzarella, and a handful of feta and parmesan), and toppings (we used yellow pepper, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts, 

It was pretty tasty, although it tasted egg-y to me.  Also, we made the crust to thin to support the veggies, but clearly that's something we can fix in the future.  Over all, a convincing pizza that's way healthier.

Charlie wasn't wild about the pizza, but she did claim the yellow pepper as a pet.  Whatever keeps her happy, right?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pinspired Hair Accessories Catch All

Charlie loves to accessorize.  She is super girly in her wardrobe choices, down to hair bows and jewelry.  I even found her wearing my wedding ring one morning while I was getting ready :)

All her clips and headbands were getting a bit out of control, so I turned to Pinterest. 

You will need:
An empty oatmeal container
Scrapbook paper
Double sided tape or hot glue

 Trim your paper to the size of the canister.  Adhere the paper.  Fill with stuff.  Easy as pie.
 And a few shots of the accessorizing girl in action.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Win Polaroid Fun from Oh, Hello Friend!

Can't get enough of this week of giveaways from Oh, Hello Friend!

At this point, I don't know which one I want to win most...but this one is up there. 

Go here to win all these goodies...and then as a thanks for letting you know about it, share with me :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Win $100 to Madewell!

Oh, Hello Friend strikes again!  Another amazing giveaway - to Madewell.

They recently put a Madewell in Bellevue Square, and I had my first opportunity to go in last week.  I fell for this sweet bird whistle necklace.  Tim sweetly offered to buy it for me, but I had a momentary lapse of judgment and left without it...I've been regretting it ever since.  Maybe this is my chance to win it!
I've also been searching for a sweet, belly bump covering swim suit.  This could be my ticket...
Want to win?  Go here.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Win Wanderlust Lovelies

 One of my favorite Etsy shops and blogs is Oh, Hello Friend.  I have several pieces from Danni's Etsy shop, and now she has a new shop with curiousities, antiques, supplies and more.
 Right now there is a $100 give away to the Wanderlust shop!
 But, I really want some of these things...
 So don't get your hopes up.
 Enter here
(all photos from the wanderlust shop)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cooking from Pinterest

I've lately been attempting to take back the kitchen.  You know, fewer frozen pizzas, chicken nuggets, meatballs, fries...the garbage you take from freezer to microwave and then consume.  Thank you Pinterest for making everything look easy and delicious.

My first attempt:
Baked Pesto Chicken

I used:
1/2 c. Costco's pesto sauce, so maybe that's cheating, but it's fresh and so much more delicious than any other pesto I've ever had, so I call it good.
Two fresh chicken breasts (from Costco, they're packaged in groups of two, so it's perfect for us.)
1/2 c. Tillmook mozzarella

That's it.

Super easy:

Preheat to 375
Slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise
Spread your glass baking dish with 1/4 c of the pesto
Lay chicken breasts over the pesto
Spread remaining pesto over the chicken
Cover with foil
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until done
Add mozzarella, cook for 5 more minutes (broil if you want the cheese to brown and bubble)

This probably would have been amazing, if my meat thermometer hadn't been broken (which I discovered after about 50 minutes of it was, the sauce was good, and the chicken was...chalky. 


On the side I made these:
Sliced Baked Potatoes

These cook at a higher temp than the chicken, so I tried to cheat the system by baking them for a half hour at the appropriate temp, then lowering it when I added the chicken and cooking them 25 minutes more.  Guess what happened?  Oh right...they didn't cook properly. 

Anyway, the how to:
As many potatoes as you want (I used 4 golden)
Slice from top to bottom, leaving just enough potato intact on the bottom to keep it from falling apart (I cut it like I would for scalloped potatoes, just not all the way through)
Drizzle with butter, olive oil, salt an pepper

Bake at 425 for 40 minutes

But, we got a pretty good idea of how they should have tasted, and we agreed they need more than oil, salt, pepper and butter.  Like...all the stuff you'd put on a normal baked potato.  But mostly, it needed cheese.  So, there you have it.

So, though this dinner was a fiasco, I have since made several more things that were successful.  Stay tuned!

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*Pictures not mine - they're from Pinterest

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ten on Ten

Early morning shopping
 Stealing mommy's coffee mug
 Talking to Daddy through the window
 Trees in bloom
 Girls got style
 Fedora Lego time
 Playing with her new BFF, Jane
 The cutest little guy ever
 Playing with our kids where we used to play together!

An incredible day