Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Ready to learn.
Learning about Chainsaws
Learning the difference between fire trucks and fire engines (This is a truck!)
Jakob, a.k.a. Bella's boyfriend, as fireman
Which way to the gun show?
Dont be scared of firemen!
1.) I'm in the running with another person, and while unlikely she forgot how great I am since Monday!
2.) She wants to meet to tel me I got the job.
Either way I'm excited. My only problem is... I have no idea how to be a working mom. The what ifs are filling my head.
What if she gets sick?
What if she has a half day?
What if it's a school holiday?
See? I'm making myself crazy!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
It took me 4 hours!!!
I was trying to decide what toys she has outgrown to make room for her new Christmas presents. Probably the hardest thing I have ever done.
She has soooo much stuff!
She told us all she wants for Christmas is...get this...A PINK BALLOON.
Do I listen? Nope.
So we bought her some Barbies, and of course she has about 100 accessories in the box too.
Tell me.. How does everyone else keep their kids stuff in check?
Monday, December 14, 2009
I didn't even intend on working anymore (see below), but if I get this job I will be a very, very happy girl.
Its for a wild animal rescue and sanctuary.
There is a baby porcupine in what will hopefully be my office.
It's part time so it's perfect for my schedule and with my extra income from my book sales I may just earn a half respectable amount of money!
Wish me luck, I should hear something by Monday.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Meanwhile, my amazon bookstore is up and running. It's actually doing way better than I expected. I'm not making a ton of money but $100.00 in a week isn't half bad either.
If you want to check it out click here.
We are planning a trip to Vegas to see my step dad as well sometime during Izabella's vacation. It is all dependant on whether or not Dave can stop the job he is currently running. It's termite repair and it's been raining off and on for two weeks so it's a little slow going.
I hope everyone is having a great December.
Monday, December 7, 2009
I am going to join the ranks of the work at home moms.
I am going to open an online bookstore!
So go support a mom.
Mama Moffat Bookshop.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Right above the second tree. It looks like a spot! (Trust me it was way more exciting in person)
There were about 10 of them falling and then they get to certain spot and POOF!
The great folks over at 1bagatatime.com sent me over this new product. A jute bag!
So cute right?
It's the perfect shopping size and could be used for so much more than just groceries!
I took it out shopping and even got a few compliments.
They are having a special right now on them. If you order 10 regular bags they will throw in a jute bag for FREE! This offer is good through Christmas day.
A five pack is just $19.99! Its higher than the other bags but trust me its worth it. It's so fantastically great!
Just in case you needed more reasons here are 10 more!
1. Jute is a natural fiber
extracted from tropical plants related to hemp.
2. Jute absorbs more CO2 than trees,
so it is a natural defense against global warming.
3. One acre of Jute can absorb 6 tons of CO2
and release 4.5 tons of oxygen in one growing season.
4. It’s highly efficient and renewable,
ready for harvest in just 4-6 months.
5. It is non-toxic
and used to package grains, coffee, and other foods.
6. It naturally improves soil
when used in crop rotation.
7. Less fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides
are needed for jute than cotton.
8. It has been used since ancient times
for rope, twine, burlap, rugs, and textiles.
9. It’s called the golden fiber.
Its naturally attractive color does not need dyes.
10. It’s 100% biodegradable.
So go get some ladies! They would make great Christmas presents if I do say so myself, or even a great gift bag!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
This book provides a great (new, but old fashioned) viewpoint on parenting. This book is full of the parenting information your grandmother would have given you. Long gone are the days of letting our children fail. The new norm is coddling our kids and then wondering why we are dealing with screaming out of control children with no boundaries. This book illustrated techniques that the average parent may never have considered or even thought of.
Some of the techniques I found a bit harsh for my personal use on a three year old. But I am definitely saving some of them for later. I was able to adapt some of the basic techniques for my daughter and can say that so far so good. I really liked that the author talked about specific case studies and gave instructions on how best to make the techniques work He also provided ways to adapt the discipline methods for kids of different ages. I would recommend this book for parents that are having a hard time getting their children under control and are looking for something more. It kind of makes me look forward to the days when I have a mouthy teenager that I can “kick out of the garden”.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I can't write on a theme.
I tried! I failed.
End of story!
I need to get back into blogging but not about anything in particular.
Just the way I like it.
I hope everyone had a great Halloween.
We built a haunted house with Dave's cousins. It was GREAT!
Pictures coming soon, I promise. (This time I mean it)
We did however receive some terrible news.
An old roommate that we had many years ago, before Bella was born, was killed in Iraq on Friday.
It is pending investigation (whatever that means)
All we know is that it was non-combat related.
I can't even believe it.
We hear about the "troops" when something happens and we never think about the "people". Especially when it is somebody that you know.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
1 lb Radiatore Pasta
1 1/2 Cups Broccoli Florets
8 oz Turkey Breakfast Sausage (Removed from Casing)
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 1/4 Cups Half and Half
1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1. Cook Pasta as package directs, adding broccoli 3 minutes before pasta will be done.
2. Meanwhile, cook sausage on a large nonstick skillet on medium high heat, breaking up with spoon, until cooked through, about 6 minutes, drain fat.
3. Stir in pumpkin pie spice, cook one minute. Stir on half and half, pumpkin, sugar and salt. Heat mixture to boiling and cook 1 minute longer.
4. Drain pasta and broccoli. Return to pot. Add sauce and toss to mix.
Monday, October 19, 2009
A Mom After God's Own Heart
Just let me know what color bags you would like!!
A back story: I used to have an extremely part-time job (like 10 hours a month) that I just lost due to bad economic times.
So I lost my job which is actually a good thing, because I have been struggling with working and not having any time alone at home.
So I basically spent all of last week cleaning and just playing catch up on everything that I felt I couldn't get around to because I was working. Like BIG cleaning jobs, like washing curtains and things like that.
I forgot how easy it is to just be home. Doing the housewife thing.
How has everyone else been?
Friday, October 9, 2009
While you are at it, recycle above referenced paper afte usingboth sides!
Have family time, turn off the computer.
Do not check E-Mail.
(Hence why I wasn't posting)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
What does everyone else use to keep everything straight?
Let's keep our kids connected to nature. Go on a picnic, a bike ride, check out the stars, or watch the clouds go by.
We can also save energy by doing this as we have to turn off the TV!
Monday, October 5, 2009
You want me to join your committee?
Join the PTA?
Be the Room Parent?
I'm your girl!
I do this to myself, every year (by the way, this is only my second year)
They send out the list of available positions and I take one of each, yes please, thank you very much.
I think it's time for wine!
Please check out the easy ways to make one man's trash another man's treasure.
I really love Craigslist.
The free postings are the easiest I have found to navigate, and you can always take an extra step and check out the wanted ad's. (I have been able to really help people by providing them with items that I was never going to use again.)
You can also subscribe to your local Freecycle.
This tip can really help people as well as well as the planet. With so many people in need these days something you were just going to toss away can really make a difference in another person's life.
Tell me, what do you have just laying around?
Saturday, October 3, 2009
No one would do it!
It's been one of those nights!
Sorry for the rant!
There are 1000 tickets for sale and the the horse spends the day in a 500 square foot pen. The pen has flags to make a grid, and the grid squares are numbered on a map. When the horse "drops" the grid square is identified and whoever has the wining square wins $1,000.00.
I sure hope I get pooped on!!
Now don't get me wrong, I love being around my daughter a lot, and can even tolerate sitting down with her and watching the same movie three times in a row.
Which last night happened to be this one.
I have had so much going on this week that I am almost tempted to set my alarm for 5:00 am just so that I can catch up on TIVO.
Usually the 6:00 wake up gets my morning blog fix done and at least a cup of coffee.
Unfortunately this morning, Bella woke up with me at 6:30 and is now yelling at me from the couch. (Something about the strong need for chocolate milk. and a louder need to watch the "Potty Trained" movie!)
Tell me when do you find quiet, alone time?
That's the first R. (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle)
I think this is the easiest one of all for most people.
When you avoid making garbage in the first place, you don't have to worry about disposing of waste or recycling it later.
Changing your habits is the key — think about ways you can reduce your waste when you shop, work and play.
There's a ton of ways for you to reduce waste, save yourself some time and money, and be good to the Earth at the same time.
Tell me what you have reduced today!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Off to bed, hopefully I will get some sleep!
So the question I wanted to ask is...does anyone have a Tempur-pedic mattress? Or a Nova Foam based one?
My husband and I are looking into a new bed and our Simmons Beauty Rest Ultra Pillow Top blah blah blah totally stinks!
It is only 2 years old, over $1800.00 and already leaving body impressions....and we are just normal sized people.
I mean it is completely dipped down in the middle and since it is a pillow top we can't flip it.
I am so over it. I want a refund, and a mattress without springs that can not have this result again.
I am comparing the Nova Foam vs Tempur-pedic since the tempur p. one we chose was $4500.00 without tax and delivery.
I don't like firm beds but they need to be supportive.
Costco has the Nova for $949 but I have heard that they can make you all hot and....that's gross.
I was just curious as to who had what and what people thought was a wise investment.
Comments are welcomed!
Well now you have no excuse.
The super nice folks over at 1 bag at a time are particiating in a giveaway.
Two re-usable grocery bags in the color of your choice.
- Grab our button
- Follow us on Facebook
- Tell your friends
And because the theme of the month is Good for you-Good for the planet, I'll throw in some extra entries for you if you do my easy-pleasy's!
Giveaway ends October 16th!
Re-using things is as simple as refilling a water bottle.
Or using re-usable grocery bags.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
How many gallons did you save or waste?
Good for you - Good for the planet
That's our October theme!
We have quite a few giveaways, tons of coupon codes, and a whole lot of information to share with all of you.
What we want to accomplish this month is:
To get to know where everyone stands on the environmental topic.
To try offer great and easy alternatives to products and services we may already be using.
To help each otherI have been completely "green-washed" as I have spoken about previously, but I want to share some of the knowledge I have obtained. Not in a creepy "you are killing your family" way, but in an honest and open discussion. I know many people are on an extremely tight budget and really can't think of affordable "green" options.
I want to help!
I want to everyone to help!
I am going to start my mornings by sharing what I am going to call my "Easy Pleasy"-a small easy change that I feel everyone could make in their life, to help the planet, your home and maybe mankind.
If you can't do the "Easy Pleasy", let me know, I want to know what works for real people.
I personally feel that we all make a difference, even if we can't tell what that difference is. Our children watch our actions, we are teaching them by example the kind of people we expect them to be.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 can pinto beans, drained, rinsed
1 can dark red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 can black beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce (1 1/4 Cups)
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
Tortilla Chips, broken, if desired
Shredded Cheddar Cheese, if desired
In 2 quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook 5 minutes,stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.
Stir in remaining ingredients except tortilla chips. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle individual servings with chips and cheese if desired.
Special thanks to Erica for including Pumpkin! (I think she is trying to bribe me for a certain bag????)
1lb. of beef
15 oz. of enchilada Rosarita Sauce
8 oz. of Tomato Sauce
1 small jar of mild salsa
pack of tortillas
Brown beef. Warm up in saucepan: enchilada sauce, tomato sauce and salsa. Put small amount of sauce on bottom of 9 X13 pan. Start adding beef, sauce and cheese in tortilla and rolling up one by one. Add remaining sauce mixture on top of tortillas and cover with cheese. Bake at 350 for 15-20 min. Enjoy!
Ants on a log:
They are really easy spread celery sticks with peanut butter and top with raisins in a row (the 'ants').
3" celery sticks
Spread the peanut butter inside the hollow of the celery sticks and top with raisins. For variety, try using fruit flavored whipped cream cheese or a combination of peanut butter and honey instead of the plain peanut butter. Top the stuffed celery with peanuts, dried fruit pieces, granola, or different types of nuts.
p.s. Try with M&M's!
Apple Pecan Waffles
3 T brown sugar
1 1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ (works ok without, just add a little more flour)
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup oil
1/2 t. vanilla
1 cup shredded apple
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Combine dry ingredients. Combine wet ingredients and add to dry. Stir in apples and pecans. Let batter rest 5 minutes before cooking in Belgian waffle iron.
Makes about 10. Left-overs can be frozen and then toasted in toaster like an eggo.
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cube butter
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 T. white karo
1 t. vanilla
Use a large pot, as it will expand. Combine all ingredients except vanilla over heat until boils.
Boil 1 minute. Take off heat and add vanilla.
Sweet Potato Fries
1 – 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (preferably the easy release kind).
Peal the sweet potatoes. Cut into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide on each side.
Place the sweet potatoes into a resealable plastic bag. Add oil, salt, paprika and cinnamon. Seal the bag and shake well to thoroughly coat the fries. Spread the potatoes out onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
Cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, until slightly browned. Transfer immediately to a paper towel lined plate and serve warm.
2 ice cubes
1 c. milk
1/3 c. cottage cheese or yogurt
2/3 c. frozen strawberries
1½ tsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions:Pour all of the ingredients into the blender and blend for 45 to 60 seconds until smooth. Pour your smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
Frozen Yogurt Pops
1 8-oz. container of your favorite flavor of yogurt
Directions:Pour yogurt into paper cups. Fill them almost to the top. Stretch a small piece of plastic wrap across the top of each cup. Using a popsicle stick, poke a hole in the plastic wrap. Stand the stick straight up in the center of the cup. Put the cups in the freezer until the yogurt is frozen solid. Remove the plastic wrap and enjoy!
Easiest Pumpkin Muffin Recipe Ever:
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper liners.
In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until smooth. Spoon equal amounts of batter into the prepared muffin cups.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean.
And that's it. I didn't forget any ingredients. This recipe is so fast and so easy to make variations to. Use whatever cake mix you have in the pantry (spice cake is extra yummy). Add nuts or raisins, or chocolate chips. Top with a powdered sugar glaze or serve with whipped cream. Or just take them out of the oven and pop them in your mouth. You can't lose with these puppies!
INGREDIENTS: 3 bananas
6 ice-cream sticks
Two 1-1/2 oz. chocolate bars
1 tbsp. chopped nuts, crispy rice cereal, granola, or shredded coconut (or chopped candy bits!)
Peel the bananas and remove any stringy fibers. Cut the bananas in half, widthwise, and push an ice-cream stick through the cut end of each half. Cover them in plastic wrap and freeze for about three hours. Place the chocolate bars in a microwave bowl and cook on high for about 2 minutes, or until the chocolate melts. Check after one minute. Stir in the nuts, cereal, or coconut. Using a butter knife, spread the chocolate mixture over the frozen bananas to coat them completely. Rest the pops on a plate covered with waxed paper and freeze until ready to serve.
Yummy Beef Stew!
1/4 c. All-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 TBS. oil
3 garlic cloves
3/4 tsp. dried tyhme leaves (I do way less then that. i just do a pinch or a little more)
1 can beef broth
1 can stewed or diced tomatoes, undrained
1 med. onion
2 lrg. unpeeled potatoes (I peel mine and I also do more, just preference on how many you want)2 cups carrots
1/2 cup thawed frozen peas (I don't do peas...I don't like them :):)
1 can V8 Juice
In a batter bowl comine flour, salt and pepper. Add beef. Cover bowl with lid, shake to coat all the beef. In a skillet, heat oil over med. heat until hot. Press garlic into the oil. Add beef to skillet, reserving any remaining flour mixture. Cook until beef is evenly browned, stirring occasionally. Remove beef and garlic to baking bowl. Add beef broth, tomatoes and onion. Put in crock pot, bake for 1 1/4 hours. Meanwhile slice potatoes into 1/2 inch thick slices and then cut slices crosswise in half. Slice carrtos. Stir in potatoes and carrots and cover. Bake an hour or until beef and vegtables are tender. Enjoy!
Yummy Coconut Milk Ice Cream:
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 (13.5- ounce) can light coconut milk
1 (13.5- ounce) can regular coconut milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a large bowl, whisk yolks and sugar together until pale yellow, 1 to 2 minutes. Add light and regular coconut milk and whisk again until well combined. Transfer coconut mixture to a medium pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until just thickened and mixture coats the back of a spoon, 8 to 10 minutes. Be sure not to let the mixture boil. Remove pot from the heat and stir in vanilla. Transfer contents of pot to a bowl and chill until cold. Process mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions then transfer to a container with a lid and freeze until firm, about 2 hours more.**To this recipe I added 2/3 cup cocoa powder to the sugar and egg mixture to make it coconut chocolate ice cream. YUM.... I think roasted almonds added to it would be good as well. If you like coconut, and you can't eat dairy, this is the ice cream for you.
Energy Bars (minus all the crap)
1/2 cup brown rice syrup ****
1/4 cup of cane sugar ***
3/4 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
Combine all of these ingredients in a sauce pan and heat over medium high heat until the ingredients are well incorporated and it comes to a boil.Meanwhile add the dry ingredients to a bowl----
2 cups oats
1 cup puffed rice cereal
1 cup puffed wheat cereal
1/4 cup flax seed
1 cup of anything you would like ( I have added roasted peanuts, raisins, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, candied ginger, chocolate chips, golden raisins, dates, dried papaya......really just add a mix of anything you have on hand.)
1/4 cup coconut (optional)
Combine the wet and dry mixture and press into a 9 x13 baking pan. Let it sit and it will get gooey and oh so good.
Note: I have also made this with peanut butter and honey instead of the brown rice syrup, and cane sugar**you can get brown rice syrup at a health food store and use it as a replacer for sugar, it is just brown rice boiled down, it kind of tastes carmaley.** try to find sugar that hasn't been stripped down of all of it's minerals, they sell a good organic sugar at Costco for a good deal.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
1 box (1 pound) penne rigate
1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Asiago or Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Heat over to 350. Coat a 2 quart broiler safe oval baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
3. Once water boils, add penne. Cook 6 minutes then drain.
4. In a large bowl toss together the cheddar, Gruyere and Asiago. Set Aside.
5. Meanwhile, melt butter in medium size saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth and slightly bubbly. In a thin stream, whisk in milk. Stir in onion powder, salt and cayenne. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in 2 1/2 cups of the cheese mixture.
6. In pasta pot, stir together the cooked penne and the cheese sauce. Pour half into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with a generous cup of the cheese. Spoon remaining penne into dish and top with remaining cheese.
7. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Increase over temperature to broil and cook 3 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Cool slightly before serving.
Monday, September 28, 2009
"your button is ghetto"
You know what - I know, it is not as classy as Jenn and I would like it to be.
A little embarrassing? YES
Pretty good since Jenn figured it out in a jif? YES again
Is a revamp on a week old button? YES
So I ask all of the 38ish followers...
"How do we get a classy fashionable button?"
Your replies and resources are requested.
Much thanks and apprecitation.
1 Life in the Faithlane
2 Confessions of a teenage librarian
3 f you penguin...it's sounds bad but it is hilarious!
4 nie nie. love her
5 pray for Keith Beasly
6 bakerella -love this -it will make you hungry!
7 Friday playdate - love this
8 secret-agent-josephine.com - love this
9 cake wrecks he he
10 notes from the trenches
11 bethany actually
12 woulda shoulda
13 a little pregnant
14 keeping up with the moffats! -duh!
15 rachels world (i'm plugging my own blog - so classy)
TA DA ! Enjoy!
2. To do their own laundry.
3. Enough about life that after they have left home they never come back!
Special thanks to Purell Hand Sanitizer for sponsoring this blog hop.