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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Three Bean Enchilada Chili - I couldn't even wait - This is THAT good.

Ingredients:
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.

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Wordless Wednesday

Because everyone else does. How else am I going to be a world famous mommy blogger???

Oops! Words!

Shared Recipes

We have had quite a few this week.

Special thanks to Erica for including Pumpkin! (I think she is trying to bribe me for a certain bag????)

Enchilada Recipe:
1lb. of beef
15 oz. of enchilada Rosarita Sauce
8 oz. of Tomato Sauce
1 small jar of mild salsa
pack of tortillas
cheddar cheese

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').
Ingredients:
3" celery sticks
peanut butter
raisins
peanuts
granola

Preparation:
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
2 eggs
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.

Buttermilk Syrup
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cube butter
1cup sugar
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.

Strawberry Smoothies

Ingredients:
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

Ingredients:
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:

INGREDIENTS
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

DIRECTIONS

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!

Frozen Bananas

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:
Ingredients
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.

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Recipe

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Mac and Cheese - Was/Is so good.

Ingredients:
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.

8. EAT!

save the button.

Monday, September 28, 2009
So I was talking on the phone to a friend and she randomly said...

"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.

An AWWARD!...this is so sudden.

Thank you SO much to Shirley! Visit her! Ok so now I have to tell my 15 blogs :

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!

Three Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

1. Respect. (For all people, places and things, including themselves.)
2. To do their own laundry.
3. Enough about life that after they have left home they never come back!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Special thanks to Purell Hand Sanitizer for sponsoring this blog hop.

Jenn and Rachel are winners.


I feel honored that someone decided to give us this award. It really means a lot. We have put a lot of work into this blog and it is so great to know that there are women out there that really appreciate the hard work.

Thanks to Shirley over at A Mom after God's Own Heart! (Go check it out!)

As our acceptance speech we shall share with you the rules.

The rules of the "One Lovely Blog Award"Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Since it it I, Jenn, who is writing this it will be my choices. If Rachel logs on later tonight she can post her choices as well.

1. JenGlamGirl - I love her blog. It's beautiful, as is her family.

2. Mom-101 - Funny

3. Nienie - Just amazing!

4. I am Bossy - The funniest

5. Home Ec - 101 - How to's

6. The Housewife Diaries

7. 4 Little Men and Girly Twins

8. The Confused Homemaker

9. The Absent Minded Housewife

10. Kelly's Korner

11. Diary of a mad, mad housewife

12. The Meanest Mom

13. Ma's Kitchen

14.Rachel's World - Who Else?

15. Keeping Up with the Moffat's - I am biased but I still love to look at all of us! (It's ok to lurk!)

I can't wait to check out all of your blogs too. I love the easy layout of google reader, so please post your blogs and I WILL read them. And I will make my own award. The best readers blogs int the world award.

Thanks ladies!

Menu Monday

Monday - Taco Casserole

Tuesday - Homemade Mac and Cheese.
Update: This recipe called for Gruyere cheese. I think that Switzerland is having a tough economic time right now because a half pound costs $24.00. So I am using Swiss instead!

Wednesday - Fend for yourself day.

Thursday - Three Bean Enchilada Chili

Friday - Smoky Chipotle Soft Tacos

Saturday - Leftover Day

Sunday - Tomato Vegetable Stew with Cheddar Cheese Dumplings

The days are interchangeable.

Yes, I have a fend for yourself day. It's the day I let my daughter choose what she wants to eat. Which usually is this...


Not to be confused with the homemade mac and cheese on Tuesday which looks so good. It has three kinds of cheese. Sharp cheddar, Gruyere and Asiago. Ummm, yum! (Please see cheese crisis above!)

Thanks

Sunday, September 27, 2009
To Chrissy. For submitting the recipe for this....


Ants on a log...Such a good quick snack.

She forgot to mention, serve with wine, so I took care of it!

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Menu Planning

I know many of you including myself plan meals. It's a great way to save both time and money. If you are new to planning your menus there are so many resources available.

When I first started learning to cook a few years ago
I swore by Saving Dinner. They email you a week's menu and a grocery list, you go buy everything and prepare on the planned night. They charge you for the service. $29.95 a year, but it is absolutely worth it. On their website they also have freezer menus, something I have tried, but never quite "got". I think it was the remembering to thaw it out!

(If anyone has any interest in the freezer menu let me know, I still have them all. Even a Thanksgiving one!)

I still subscribe to one menu planning service. You've got Supper. I haven't ever tried their menu's but they look delicious. They have themes for the days. Like, family friendly Friday, and the bird is the word (chicken), etc. Their service is free.

My dinner planning right now includes looking at every recipe in a cookbook that I just bought. Easy everyday vegetarian. I don't know if anyone noticed my posted recipes don't include any meat.

We aren't full time vegetarians, we are just giving it a chance for a few weeks. I read a book about a pain condition that my husband has and it mentions several times cutting meat. So I did.

The truly funny thing is when he eats away from home he has been eating meat, so we may never find out if it helps or not!
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Recipe

d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s

Mediterranean Minestrone Casserole

Ingredients:

3 medium carrots - sliced (1 - 1/2 Cups)
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 Cup)
1 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 Can (28oz) diced tomatoes
1 Can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Italian style tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1.2 cups frozen cut green beans, thawed
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

To Make:

1. In slow cooker, mix all ingredients except green beans, macaroni and cheese.

2. Cook on low 6-8 hours

3. Stir in green beans and macaroni.

4. Increase heat to high. Cook for about 20 minutes or until beans and macaroni and tender.

5. Sprinkle with cheese.

6. EAT!

First Birthday Planning

Friday, September 25, 2009
Okay,
So it is 11:36 on a Friday night. I am home, baby sleeping, diapers washing, my little brother is here staying the night and we just made pudding and cleaned up an ant infestation. All on top of planning a first birthday party.

I can't believe my little girl will already be a year (next Sunday)! Like you have heard a million times before..where has the time gone?
What a change that is from what seems like just yesterday.
Our Friday nights used to consist of going to a concert, bar, or just hanging out with friends until I wanted to go home. Not until babies bed time. Being a young mother (23) has sure changed tons of stuff. But, while most people think I am crazy , "missing out on so much" and/or "should have waited until I was older" (to have a little one)
I think as I look at my daughter - or even just think about her "look what I would be missing out on if she wasn't here! I see the meaning of life when I look into her eyes. I feel sometimes that I missed her even before she was born." My husband and I are so blessed and thankful to have her. I'd rather make small changes to my daily routine and include her in the social scene then "have waited" to have her. I just get to have all of this joy at a younger age than the norm.
And think of this... when she is all grown up my husband and I will still be young enough to paint the town red. Well at least I will, he may need a assistance. Just kidding he's only 28!


Anyways, back to planning. 8 days to go. This has turned into a small wedding. We already had to move locations to accommodate the 77 people (and not everyone has RSVP'd). I am so last minute and still have to order the decorations. We are getting it catered, so I need to call them and place the final order....and I have to make 100 cupcakes, and her giant cup cake cake. So I have to get that stuff too. Okay, I don't have to but it will be super cute. The theme is cupcakes. And I can't wait for her birthday outfit. It is a tutu/onsie with purple and hot pink theme and embroidered pearls and broach. And I am going to get hot pink converse and put crystals of purple and white on the toe and a 1 on the back. So sassy classy. Now all she needs is hair so I could style it! Wish me luck! The countdown begins!

-Rachel

The toilet is my worst enemy!

If someone had told me about this........









OK, So the Friday talk time is about potty training and the completion, duration and story of.

Is your child potty trained? No

When did I start training? Over two years ago.

When did I finish? Oh my! There is an end to this??????!?!?!??!?!

Now don't get me wrong, if you are one of those moms that says to me "Oh, we just took off little Johnny's/Jenny's diaper and they walked miraculously to the toilet" I am so proud of you.

But I also hate you! In a nice way!

Kind of.

My daughter decided once about two years ago that she would like to use the toilet. She sat on it all day and read books and played with toys. She may have even taken a nap there. That was the day. I just knew it, she was going to get in the rhythm of things. Get used to peeing and pooping, right now! What a lucky mom I am.

Then.....

I had to leave my house, so I asked my sister in law if she would be ever so kind to sit in the bathroom and hang out with her as she "figures it out". "Sure, no problem!"

Great.

In the short time I had gone, my sister in law decides that Grandma wants to visit with my daughter too. So she packs her up and takes her to her grandmothers house!

I think my daughter has used the toilet, on her own, approximately 5 times since that date!

I still, to this day, swear that had she spent an entire 12 hour period on the toilet, all of this, would have been done.

I could be wrong, but I guess we'll never know!

Fast Forward 6 months.

My daughter starts at a Montessori preschool. They also have a Montessori Primary program for ages 2.5 to 5. Perfect, this is just what I want for her.

Oh by the way, she needs to be potty trained in order to attend the class.

So I, my husband, the school and just about anybody who cared, loaded ourselves with knowledge. I must have bought 15 books on the subject. Which was great because we have 3 months to get this down. EASY!

She even manages to go by herself at the school a handful of times.

Then.........

I get a call........

Wow, this sounds very dramatic.......OK, back to the story.

Phone call.

It's the school that we have been on the waiting list for. Practically since she was born. (Sorry, I am "THAT" mom!)

They have one opening for their primary program (Also Montessori pre-school, if you aren't familiar)

Now, you must understand that this school has always been full. We were on the wait list for the Transition program (Kindergarten) and knew that the chances of getting in were pretty slim.

Requirement - Be 2.5 and potty trained.

No problem, we are almost there anyway. Yeah! I'll take the spot!!

Fast Forward another year: Present Day

My kid goes to school in Pull-Ups. Still.

The teachers nicely turn their heads and everyone is super understanding.
I have been to the Dr. multiple times and the word on the street is this.......

She will get it when she's ready and not a moment before!

Uggggghh, I can't wait!!!!!!

At least I have taken a new "whatever, she will get it when she gets it" attitude, but it kind of feels like a lie.

I want my kid to use the toilet like every one else!

Friday Participation Time - Subject: Potty Training

Are your kids potty trained?

When did you start training?

When did you finish?

Share your stories and or your nightmares!

p.s. Did anyone try elimiation communication?

Jenn's Story - Please see new blog post - The toilet is my worst enemy. This should be a clue as to my situation!

What I really like..

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Crystal Light Cherry Pomegranate Powdery stuff!

Notice, I didn't say love.








Currently I have a "thing" for pomegranates. If it comes in pomegranate, I'll take two. I have never in my life tried a powdered drink mix but it's pomegranate flavor so here goes nothing.

It's pretty delicious. I however can't "love" it because I have no idea what is in it. The flavor is pomegranate-cherry and it includes not a drop of either pomegranate or cherry.

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Just six more days until we announce the winner of the Baby Kaed Noinoy diaper bag.

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Let me tell you how you can...

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Moms, Dads and Apple Pie

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My daughter at school today baked an apple pie. I was supposed to be the volunteer parent for the morning to help the kids make the pies, but I was nice and let another mom who is new to the school take my slot.

So my daughter comes home and has this delicious smelling, warm apple pie.














IT TASTES TERRIBLE! Like salty apples in a crust.

No lie, first thing in my head is "If I had been the volunteer mom, her pie would have been better"

Is that mean?

So as I am telling this story to my husband and asking him his opinion and he says to me "Yes, that's mean, if you were in charge you would have done it for her, the taste means that she definitely did it herself"

There is a vast difference in the way men and women view the world. Have you noticed?

What I'm Loving

Monthly Subscription Programs. The more I see, the more I think that they (almost) all make perfect sense. In 30 day increments.

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Netflix








This last one "Shoe Dazzle" I came across in my Self magazine this month. For $39.00, Kim Kardashian (or someone in a warehouse acting on her namesake) will pick you out a pair of shoes and mail them to you. In season, whatever style you prefer; flats, heels, boots, etc.


Awesome!

Menu Monday - Two days late!

Sorry all, Menu Monday was supposed to be on Monday (obviously), however; today is Wednesday and it still seems like a pretty good idea to share.

Here's what I'm eating all week:

MONDAY - I didn't eat at home, family was in town.

TUESDAY - I got to eat at Rachel's. It's great that she is learning to cook. It was delicious.

WEDNESDAY - Home-style Vegetable Chili (Now that I am writing this it doesn't sound so great. We are having a heat wave and I don't want to cook)

THURSDAY - Mediterranean Minestrone Casserole

FRIDAY - Homemade Mac and Cheese (This is very last minute, I just saw the recipe in Family Circle Magazine this morning)

Usually I am a great planner of meals, I have found that nothing saves time and money like a little bit of planning.
This week is a different story, must be the weather!

What are all of you eating this week?

These are a few of my favorite things..

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Reusable Starbucks cup (Filled with Pumpkin Spice Latte)
Pomegranate Jelly Belly's (Yum)
My review bag BABY KAED NOINOY
Remember my reader discount - 20% off the whole site.
Coupon Code - tips20

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You can own one too!
The giveaway is going on until the 30th.

Baby Kaed Review and Giveaway

Monday, September 21, 2009
What is it?

Baby Kaed Noinoy diaper bag, it retails for $136.00
Right out of the box.














Comes with all of these great accessories.














  • Changing Mat
  • Makeup Bag
  • Dirty Clothes Bag
  • Wipes Case
  • Pacifier Pouch
  • Dust Bag

Lots of space to hold all of our stuff. (Even my new Dan Brown book!)








It even makes a great pillow at the beach!




If you want one right now, go to the Baby Kaed website. They are offering a great deal to our readers. 20% off. Use coupon code tips20. They have clothing too. If you buy something from their site I'll give you some extra chances to win!

If you want to wait until the 30th and win one let me tell you how:

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Refer friends to our site, follow us on Blogger, tweet about our site, facebook it, make comments, share a recipe, etc.

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FINALLY

Sunday, September 20, 2009
So, hello.
Nice to meet you, my name is Rachel. And I finally got the log in for this blog to work. Everything you have read so far has been posted by Jenn. Isn't she awesome?
Well right now it is 10:11 and my husband, neighbor and I are watching the Emmy's while my little darling sleeps soundly in her new jammies.
This Sunday evening was great, and I made the best dinner ever. Which is a great accomplishment, not that because it was great but because I never cook. I know, horrible. Bad, bad house wife. It's not entirely my fault. You see my husband is an awesome cook and loves doing it - and I love eating. So it works out well. But from now on I am going to start actually making dinner (well at least like twice a week haha). I will post this recipe because it is amazing. Comfort food that is so easy. It was ground beef stroganoff with lemon-garlic broccoli and I could eat it every day. A great recipe that Jen found and the first time I had it I ate 3 plates. When I find something I like I indulge. Thats what Stroller Strides is for.

Jen and I have big plans for this little blog. It may not be much right this second - but you check back in as little as a week and there will be some great stuff going on. We will be offering free stuff from some awesome vendors, (who doesn't love that), reviews - HONEST, BRUTAL reviews(so you don't have to do all the research), recipes of the week, themes each month, and what would this be without a window into our daily lives. Since we don't have cameras following us we will write it all down for you!

So....stay tuned, I can't wait for you to be a part of it all!

ENJOY

What I'm Not Loving

Right Now -

Method's O Mop


















Maybe half love/half not love, please let me explain.

I am officially irritated. I have been through three O-Mops. Unfortunately as great as the design is and as user friendly as the product is. I suppose its just not meant to be used as much as I use it. I mop my floors daily and this product has not been able to hold up its side of our arrangement.

Now I say I half love because Method's customer service has been amazing. They have replaced at no cost my first two O-Mops. This mop also cleans amazingly well, and the scents of the floor cleaning products are spectacular, specifically the almond wood floor cleaner. However, I will not be going back for a fourth.
Unless Method completely solves the problem of breaking plastic pieces I'm going to take my $30.00 that it would cost me to get another one, take $17.00 of it and buy a Swiffer Wet Jet, which I have never had a problem with, thank you very much.

My O-Mop in it's sad, extremely broken state. Please take notice how my loving husband has tried to fix it over and over again. He knows how much I really did love it.





What I'm Loving

Right now.



Downy's new scent. Alluring Orchid. It is pretty amazing.







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I have bought the grilled cheese puffs for my daughter multiple times. I tried a few and they really are quite delicious, in a cheese puff kind of way. They are all natural and now you can save a few dollars and try them for free.


My only problem is I can't always find them. I have included that little bit of information in my request for the coupon.



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Baby Kaed - Review and Giveaway

Starts tomorrow. Monday, September 21st and will run until Wednesday, Sepember 30th.

Tell your friends!

Recipe - Chipotle Peanut Noodle Bowls

Saturday, September 19, 2009
We had this for dinner last night! So delicious!














Ingredients:

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (from 7-oz can) seeded, chopped (I didn't seed them!)
1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from can of chilies)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 cups water
2 medium carrots, cut into julienne strips (I just used the bagged ones)
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into julienne strips (I used green)
1 package (8-10 oz) Chinese curly noodles. (I used chuka soba noodles)
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts (I completely forgot, oops!!)

1. In medium bowl, mix peanut butter, apple juice, soy sauce, chilies and adobo sauce until smooth. Stir in cilantro.

2. In 2-quart saucepan, heat water to boiling. Add carrots and bell pepper; cook one minute. With slotted spoon, remove carrots and bell pepper from water. Add noodles to water; cook and drain as directed on package.

3. Toss noodles with peanut butter mixture; divide noodles into 4 individual bowls. Top with carrots and bell pepper. Sprinkle with peanuts.

4. EAT!

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Friday, September 18, 2009
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Juicy Couture 40% off

Click here to go to the website. Not exactly cheap, but it's a great deal if you were going to buy it anyway!

Friday - Participation Time - Subject: Money

I want to open a discussion. I want to talk to all of my readers about money. No matter what your financial situation we all have a viewpoint and I want to hear about it. What products do you splurge on? What do you save on?

Here's mine;

Spending:
I am crazy for "organic". I quote it because if it says "organic" on the label I will buy that product vs. whatever else there is. Everything from chicken to kitty litter. Talk about green washed! I am willing to pay what is sometimes 4 times the cost for something because of some clever wording.

Saving:
I am a crazy bill picker. I look at every bill I get every month and call all utility companies including cell phones to make sure I am getting the very best deal they could give me. I also am a coupon clipper, assuming of course that the coupon is for something either organic or environmentally friendly (More on that little bit of neurosis later!)


So please tell me, what's your deal?

Jenn and Rachel Welcome you.

Thursday, September 17, 2009




















Welcome to our new blog. After many blogs I am most excited about this one. As two stay at home moms we try our hardest to stretch our dollars and rub our pennies together. Unfortunately neither of us wanted to give up "The Good Things". So we are taking you all on our journey. A journey of exploration into saving until it hurts on one side but getting the best we can for the money. We will be featuring product reviews, of real products that we use, as well as giveaways (what could be cheaper than free?).

Also the idea is to have more than just a freebie/giveaway site but also an element of the voyeuristic blog that we all love so much. A look into our lives. As Rachel, mom to an almost one year old and Jennifer, mom to an almost four year old show you the real side of parenting, marriage and friendship.

Welcome.

Now lets get saving girls!

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COMING SOON - A GIVEAWAY


As parents we know and understand the value of a dollar. As a stay at home mom I have to make the money last. I try it all, from using coupons to comparison shopping, and I want to share my finds with you.

So coming soon...One amazing giveaway. From this amazing company.

BABY KAED!!!!!!

























A great line of diaper bags, with a fashionable flair. Not to be confused with the Winnie the pooh totes we all know and despise. (Sorry if you are a pooh fan!)


And the best part, the company was started by a mom that "wanted a diaper bag that was multi-functional, practical yet at the same time also chic and perennially stylish; something that didn't scream "diaper bag!" Something that could be used long after baby was out of diapers."

That's exactly what she has done, and I am honored to be able to both review a bag and allow one of my readers to win one.


So let's get saving girls!

The Book

Friday, September 11, 2009
The book is the brainchild of some very wise women or men. I stumbled across the idea while trying to figure out how to get my sh*t together. Child care, cooking, cleaning, etc. I have tried other people's versions and I feel quite pleased with mine after many trials and failed attempts.
Let's look inside. I have a zipper pencil holder to hold small things, paperclips, pens, hi-liters, note cards and dry erase markers.
Some lined paper!
My daily to dos. My friend Rachel came over and asked about this. "You have to remind yourself to brush your teeth and wash your face?" I didn't really think about it until later, but yes, sometimes I do! I use plastic sleeves so that I can just cross things off with the dry erase marker. (I like to reuse)
Coming soon, as in maybe even leter today....The rest of the book. The vital info and recipe sections as well as the daily schedules.


It's BORN! Ewww. But still kind of great.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

So we went on the safari tour of the Wild Animal Park, Usual normal animal stuff until.......There is an Eland giving birth! Right there on the side of the road!


The problem is apparently there are time limits on these tours, so we can't just hang out there and wait the extra 15 minutes required to see this.


So we got back on the bus and sat for another 15 minutes of them talking about rhinos this and giraffe that, just so we can get back to the birth.


Birth Part Two - Even if it looks like our bus is being attacked by terrorists!

Part Three..The Climax. Sort of, It's out, that's all that matters. The guy sitting next to us had one of those fancy cameras and got this great wet, sloppy, post uterine baby blob. It was amazing and pretty much verified that it was born.




P.S. Please don't ever ask me to video anything...ever.