Friday, October 29, 2010
Shelby's costume packaging referred to it as "soldier sweetie". She looked cute as a bug but plenty of people asked me what she was. For the sake of simplicity, I was just glad she quickly chose something, it fit and made her happy--I did not so much care what it actually was!
Her sister created her own 80's outfit. I think the inspiration came from a very bad B movie that she and I watched on Sunday morning called Teen Witch. This flick did not star any of the Brat Pack but did come through big time on the 80's fashions which my girl soaked right up! She pieced together this outfit at Target just yesterday. Yes, silver lame (pronounced la-may) pants are currently for sale at Target and it is October 2010. Leg warmers are also there for just $5. The shirt got a little snip around the neckline and at 9pm I made a bright pink hair scrunchie and the outfit was complete. Ooh la la.I made the water bottle labels for Olivia's class by recoloring a digital graphic I had on hand and then cutting them to size.
About an hour ago, the girls and I made these Milano cookie ghosts. Fun and easy. I saw them here this week.Pin It
Thursday, October 28, 2010
We bought during Beechmont Toyota's Grand Opening Celebration and it was truly a great buying experience. I know they won't have a manicurist, magician, massage therapist and origami expert on hand every day but they did on Saturday and it made for a fun day (although it was long). This photo was taken when we finally finished all the paperwork and were taken to the cleaned up Highlander. I had to have my salesman, Steve Warren, take a picture with my phone...I am a blogger afterall!
So far the new wheels are amazing. The biggest (and perhaps ONLY) thing I miss about the mini van is the sliding rear doors. Both the girls and I are adjusting to "regular ol' car doors!". Also strange, there is not an ignition that requires a key, it is a push button start?!
If you live in the Cincinnati area, I highly recommend this company. Not that I look forward to servicing the vehicle but when I have to go I won't mind browsing the gift shop and enjoying Starbucks coffee. Crazy, right?! Pin It
Monday, October 25, 2010
Monday: Stouffers Stuffed Green Peppers (these were so tasty, I ate two!), hot dogs for the girls, salad on the side for me and cucumbers and carrots + dip for them
Tuesday: attending a funeral so we will try to grab a sandwich on the go
Wednesday: Baked porch chops, Bob Evans mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli
Thursday: crazy busy night, take out for Dave and the kids and I will be at a Business Expo
Friday: Pizza or Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad
Sunday: annual neighborhood Halloween party at our house. The peeps with even numbered addresses bring something hot in a crockpot and the odds bring a snack or dessert. I will supply all drinks, hot dogs for the kids and a hot pot of something too.
More to come this week. The car shopping has ended with a purchase...details to follow soon. Pin It
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This little beauty became a junior girl scout yesterday, one step up from a Brownie. The leaders gave out the Junior Mints, cute idea, huh?
And in bigger news, el picky eater, ate nearly a dozen steamed baby carrots at dinner last night. First she said they smelled good, then she asked if she could taste them. Once I said she could add butter and salt...it was ON! Her diet is fairly limited so the addition of carrots as a side to her chicken nuggets is a very good thing. Pin It
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday: Steaks on the Grill
Monday: BLT + Mac N Cheese
Tuesday: Burgers, Carrots, Cucumbers, Chips + Dip
Wednesday: Baked Chicken + Potatoes (split chicken breasts) in Italian Dressing--I recently saved this recipe but cannot remember whose blog it came from. Here it is though:
Chicken Potato Bake
2-3 split chicken breasts
3-4 red potatoes, chunked
3/4 cup zesty italian dressing
1 T italian seasoning
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400º. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Meanwhile parboil potatoes to soften slightly. Drain and add around chicken breasts. Drizzle chicken and potatoes with dressing. Sprinkle with cheese and seasoning. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 20-30 minutes more.
Friday: Stuffed Green Peppers (I got the Stouffers on sale about 2 wks ago) my kids will likely have hot dogs
Sunday: Birthday dinner for my sister at my Mom's (Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Dressing--I must share this recipe b/c she makes the best, most unusual dressing!) I am a little excited about this meal :)
As for car shopping, the Acura ship has probably sailed :( I test drove a Honda Pilot and really liked it too. I am currently suffering from sticker shock so the whole thing may be on hold for awhile. Pin It
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Today we, including the children, spent 3 hours looking at and test driving vehicles. It's exhausting and overwhelming...dang, new vehicles are expensive. Topping the list right now is the Acura MDX but we'd have to obtain a 2010 to even make this feasible.
Our main priority is a vehicle with a third row seat since neither of our kids is big enough to sit in the front seat. If each of them has a friend, we've got a problem. That limits the playing field dramatically. Off the list, the Chevy Traverse. I so wanted to like it, but I just could not see out well and did not feel safe with all the blind spots.(Traverse)
So, the hunt continues with me wildly hoping for a call regarding a 2010 Acura that will somehow fit our budget :) Prayers, anyone? Pin It
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Hisptamatic App and my trusty phone.
Quite honestly, the rest of the week has been mostly a blur with tons of activities and commitments.
One commitment...heading up the Cook and Bake committee for the school PTO. Part of this included me bringing home dirty dishes two nights this week after the teachers' dinners. Above is a scary photo of what that looked like on Tuesday around 9p. Cleaning 3 crockpots= dislike.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday: Grilled Pork Chops, Steamed Broccoli, Bob Evans mashed potatoes
Tuesday: Taco Salads (hamburgers for the girlies)
Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pies, Salad (chix nuggets for the girls)
Thursday: Dance class + school conferences = fast food night
****I am organizing dinners for the school teachers on Tuesday and Thursday b/c they stay all day and night for conferences. I am making this super easy and yummy potato casserole for Thursday.*** ( I just layer the ingredients together, I don't mix them all first. And sometimes I use potato chips instead of corn flakes for the topping, depending on what I have on hand).
Friday: Tortellini Bake, Salad (It is going to cool off and this sounds like the epitome of comfort food!)
Want to read a whole boatload of meal plans and recipes? Go HERE. Pin It
Sunday, October 10, 2010
In the next few moments of silence in the church, it dawned on me the merit of simply just saying thank you and accepting a compliment. I hope I can remember that.
And because blog posts without pictures tend to be boring, how about this nugget:
Today only, you can buy 10 digital scrapbooking kits for just $10 at Little Dreamer Designs. Pin It
Saturday, October 9, 2010
View more crafty goodness by clicking the button above. I shared my quilt :)
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I will find a cozy home for it indoors. Maybe hanging over the mirror on my mantle? I was super inspired by yarn wreaths from all over the internet but particularly from this Flickr Member.
Here is a photo of the wreath using my Hipstamatic App on the Iphone.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I think I was home 15 minutes before I had to return to school for Olivia's basketball practice after she mistakenly rode the bus home after school instead of staying after. So back we went with me in very dirty jeans from the earlier part of the day.
I guess we got back around 5:30p and quickly attacked some homework at the countertop while I made dinner.
I was back out the door again at 6:45 for the monthly PTO meeting. See... I told you it was a busy day!
Which means the meal plan gets shared today but includes Sunday :?
Sunday: Baked Split Chicken Breasts, Corn, Green Beans and mashed potatoes (just have to share that 2 chicken breasts were a mere $2.67 and we have leftovers for another serving of something...like chicken salad maybe?)
Monday: Hamburgers on the grill
Tuesday: Spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread and salad
Wednesday: Pork Chops on the grill, rice maybe?
Thursday: Dance + Basketball game = drive thru
If you want to see a crazy amount of people planning meals with links to recipes, visit the original Monday Meal plan blog.
And since I am not sharing any true recipes again this week, let me share what I made for lunch. Using the thin style buns, I added sharp cheddar and thinly sliced apples. I warmed up the panini press, sprayed it with light cooking oil and cooked this until crispy. It was super. The apples kept sliding out of the sandwich though! Pin It
Sunday, October 3, 2010
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Friday, October 1, 2010
...Shelby did NOT cry before school this morning :)
...I am about to put a pot of chili on the stove
...mini brownies are ready for frosting and taking to Kacie's tonight
...this dip is nearly ready to go too
...enjoying Pandora radio and my own personal "Outfield" station. Just heard "When Love Walks in" by Van Halen and boy did that take me back a few years (decades?!)
...this day is pretty close to perfection, sunny and just the right chill in the air
...I am pretty sure that I am about to get up and clean well enough that I will feel comfortable getting out our Halloween decorations. I am getting up to do that n o w . . . Pin It