Archive for September, 2012

Kid Induced Crazies

September 29, 2012

It’s not yet 10am on Saturday morning and already I’ve had to shut the TV off and send kids to separate rooms. I’ve found myself saying such crazy things as, “you HAVE to let your brother breathe! It’s part of basic living!” and “DO NOT shake your cereal at him!”

I love love love having the kids home on weekends because we don’t have the rigid schedule of the school days, but when they start out like this, I kinda just want to call it a day and have us all go back to bed. Do over!

Why is it that kids want to constantly pick at each other over EVERYTHING?

Since going back to bed isn’t an actual option, I’ve restarted the day by turning off the TV and handing out chores in different rooms of the house. Perhaps a little silent work will encourage everyone to think twice about picking on each other over the way the breathe, eat, walk or sneeze.

To Saturday!

Doing the Dance of the Children~

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Recycle…Your Leftovers

September 25, 2012

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about recycling your food. But I’m particularly pleased with tonight’s recycling effort because it took leftovers that really didn’t go over very well and turned them into a meal that got gobbled up and seconds were even asked for!

Sadly, I didn’t take a pic as it came out of the oven and now there’s nothing to take a picture of. Live and learn~

Two nights ago I took 1/2 a Costco sized bag of fresh spinach and sauted it with onions, garlic and freshly diced tomatoes. It didn’t go over the way I’d hoped. So I let it sit in the fridge for 2 days and then I cooked up 1 lb. of ground beef, with 2 crushed cloves of garlic. Then I mixed the spinach into the pan, heating throughout. In the meantime, I boiled pasta. After the pasta was drained, I poured the ground beef/spinach mixture into the pot and mixted it all together. Then I took the whole thing, poured it into a 9×13 Pyrex, grated some mozzerella onto it (I would have preferred parmesan, but was out) and baked it for 20 minutes.

Voila!

Dinner!

Doing the Dance of the Children and recycling where I can~

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Afternoon chores-Excuses and Answers

September 20, 2012

The kids are doing chores (not so unusual) and have been asked to do things that they don’t normally do. This is because Tristan is needed outside to help Clayton with the yard. Tristan needed to learn to edge and use the blower. So Max was asked to unload the dishwasher. After a great deal of fussing and running away, he finally went into the kitchen and did it. When I pulled a large spoon out from the cupboard that holds the plastic lids and replaced bowls where they were supposed to be, he watched and then says, “So with all those mistakes, I guess you better not have me do THIS job again.”
My answer-”Actually, it means you need more practice.” He got very shlumpy at my answer.

Next, Gabi was asked to vacuum. She looks at me, throws herself on the ground and says, “I don’t EVEN KNOW HOW to vacuum!!!!”.
My answer-”That’s ok. The vacuum knows how. You just push it along.”

Dishes are unloaded, the floors are vacuumed, the yard is edged and blown clean and the kids are outside while I finish making dinner. And now I have 3 kiddos trained on new chores. Success!

Doing the Dance of the Children~

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Chicken…Again~

September 19, 2012

It’s getting to be time to do the grocery shopping which means the dinner choices are getting slim and might I even add…boring. I pulled out the only meat, remaining in the freezer, a package of chicken (frankly not sure if it’s thighs or breast pieces because they were frozen solid). I stood in front of the open freezer with that package in my hand and all I could think was, “Chicken…again…great”. I quickly went through the rolodex file of chicken, slow cooker recipes that I keep stored in my brain and all I could come up with was, “BORING!”. So I turned to Google (of course). I typed in, “Slow cooker chicken again”. They didn’t find me funny and ignored the “again”, giving me a list of slow cooker recipes that was several pages long. I chose the BBQ Beer Chicken recipe. It sounded different than what I usually do with chicken, so I was intrigued. And I happen to have a beer in fridge…perfect! Hmmm…except I have no BBQ Sauce. I didn’t let that stop me!

I took out ketchup, spicy mustard, 3 crushed cloves of garlic, Mr Yoshidas and brown sugar. I mixed them all together, put it over the chicken, added the beer (or at least the 8oz that the recipe called for…can’t say what happened to the other 4oz) and called it dinner!

The house smells SO yummy!

Doing the Dance of the Children and eating chicken…again~

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Saturday Morning

September 15, 2012

It’s 6:30am on Saturday and I’ve already had to reprimand kiddos. That’s because I now have 3 of them up and raring to go! What in the world is going on?! Monday-Friday, I have to make the rounds to the bedrooms 2-3 times with “Good Morning!” or “Wake up! It’s time to get ready for the day”. of “You have been lying here for the last 20 minutes and school is NOT going to start late just because you refuse to get out of bed. Now GET UP!”. Yeah, it gets a little harsher as the minutes tick away. But not today! Nope! Saturday morning and not a soul needs to be up. But they jumped out of bed and started playing with Legos and asking for my laptop. Let’s hope they’re just practicing for Monday.

It’s going to be a busy Saturday. I promised Gabi we would use the blackberries that she and her grandma picked. So I found a recipe for an easy crumble that I have all the ingredients for. Then its off to tennis and then a mad dash to soccer. The same kiddo has both sports back-to-back today. I think they actually overlap a little. We’ll see how that works out. After that, I’m going to finally tackle Mt Clean Laundry. At least it’s clean! Let the folding begin!

The kiddos are going to their dad’s house this afternoon, so that means I don’t have to think about making dinner. I’ll take it! So folding clothes and spending a few hours coming up with incredibly brilliant content for clients will take up my late afternoon and early evening. Then I’m going OUT for dinner. I don’t know the plan yet, but I don’t care. Any dinner I don’t have to create is one of my favorites!

So here’s to Saturday, early rising kiddos and all!

Doing the Dance of the Children~

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Happy Labor Day

September 3, 2012

Labor Day-A day “off” to celebrate the American Workforce.

That is, of course, unless you’re a mom. Then Labor Day means a day of work, entertaining, cleaning and making food. Somehow moms get lost in the shuffle. Happy Labor Day, none-the-less. It’s always good to have a day to celebrate with family and friends!

We’re going to head to the river with friends and enjoy one last day at the water before it gets too cold to do it. This is a new concept for me and the kids because in San Diego, we could pretty much go to the beach all year. But around here, there is truly a shift in the seasons and by sometime in October, you’re definitely not thinking about going to the water.

We’re only a few days into September and already the mornings have cooled off and there’s a crispness when I wake up. I love it! I LOVE Fall! It’s always been my favorite time of year and I think it must have something to do with being born in the Fall. Whatever the reason, I feel a little more alive and rejuvenated when the season changes.

So here’s to Fall’s impending arrival, to a day “off” and to the routine of the school year setting in.

Doing the Dance of the Children~

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