Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What's Cooking Wednesday - Quick and Easy

What's your Go-To meal on those nights where you are just exhausted? Are you getting tired of it yet since it seems you are exhausted every night? Sometimes I just need someone to jog my memory so here is 2 new solutions:

It's quick, it's cheap ingredients, nothing greasy, and only takes about 15 minutes in the oven.

1 can refrigerated pizza dough

2 cups shredded mozzarella (add some extra fresh mozzarella slices too if you want)

2 roma tomatoes, sliced

2 T. olive oil

1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

Preheat oven according to directions on the package of pizza dough. Roll out dough onto pizza stone or greased cookie sheet. Press out the sides of the dough until desired thickness and size is achieved.

Pour olive oil on top of dough. Spread the oil all around the top of the dough with a spoon or another object. If using fresh mozzarella slices (optional), place these on top of the dough. Then, sprinkle the grated cheese over the dough. Add the tomato slices on top of the cheese. Sprinkle the chopped basil over the top of the tomatoes and cheese. Bake according to the package instructions.

For those days that you know you are going to be exhausted when you come home, seer the meat in a pan the night before, prep the crock pot and put it in the fridge until you turn it on low before you head to work the next morning. And there is leftovers for at least one more meal.
2 packets dried onion soup mix
2 cups peeled baby carrots
2 cups cutup potatoes
3/4 cup water
1 3-5 lb. beef roast
salt and pepper

Add vegetables to the bottom of the crock pot.
Salt and pepper the sides of the roast. Seer sides of roast in a non-stick pan. Put roast on top of vegetables in the slow cooker.
Stir together 1 packet of onion soup mix with water and pour into slow cooker.
Sprinkle the second packet of soup mix over the top of the roast.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours. Turn off heat and let sit for about an hour.

Want to be a true Southerner? We seem to find a way to put Ranch on ANYTHING!! Try it on your roast...AMAZING!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I Caught a New Bug

I constantly see all of these blogs where these women make all of this wonderful stuff with their sewing machines. I have one, but have purposefully neglected to learn how to use it on my own. Alot of that neglect was due to funding. I would much rather spend my money on something else other than a hobby.

Well, boredom hit Sunday night. E had suggested that I make Rach a few pillowcases for the little satin pillow she sleeps with. I thought about it and realized that I had alot of scraps...possibly enough to make a few pillow cases...thus, free project! So this is what I made at 10:30 pm Sunday night with stuff I had on hand. I am so proud. I called my mom...I sent her so many picture was a big deal to me!

The pillowcase was made with scraps of Amy Butler fabric that I had left over from some burp clothes we had made. She has amazing fabric and if you haven't seen any of her fabric, you are really missing out.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cheat Day

Don't get the wrong idea...I am totally devoted to Mr. Everyday's Cheat Day on food! Get your mind out of the gutter!!!

Me and E have been on the P90X phase 1 diet for what seemed like forever. Phase 1 is supposed to last 4 weeks in accordance with the exercise program, but since we never got around to finishing the first four weeks of the program, we have stayed on phase 1 which is actually pretty strict. We adjusted our lifestyle to fit the diet and finally got used to it and wanted to make it our new way of eating. Why would I want to tie myself to a strict diet? Oh yeah, now I remember, maybe it's the 27 pounds I have lost in the past 3 months and I think E has lost almost 20 pounds. (**we will be passing the offering plate later for the "Everyday Bailey Needs New Pants" foundation)

To stay at phase 1, there are no cookies, no baked goods, 1 small carb a day (1 tortilla, 2 peices of whole wheat get the picture). While that satisfied our waistline, it didn't satisfy our cravings...which can be overpowering.

So what else was there to do, other than institute a weekly CHEAT DAY! The new rule is that if you exercise throughout the week, you may have 2 homemade chocolate chip cookies on Saturday and Sunday. And Sunday is breakfast for lunch day. We completely splurge on the extra scrumptious pancakes and greasy sausage patties with all of the butter and syrup that we have been thinking about all week! Another reason I like Cheat Day...E makes all of the food and does the clean up!! Completely worth the wait and leaves us satisfied for the coming week! By the way, this diet is the post pregnancy woman's best friend!

If you want the recipe for these EXTREMELY scrumptious pancakes, click here or go to the side bar.

Friday Wrap-Up

Me and Rach finally ventured off base together. I really haven't driven anywhere by myself other than places here on base.

Saturday: we went to the Andrews AFB exchange (where we won the raffle for a gift certificate),
Monday: we went to the Giant (grocery store where we played my new favorite "Grocery Game"...more about that later),
Wednesday: we went to Kohl's (because NONE of my clothes fit anymore, in a good way, and I only had gym clothes to wear), and
Thursday: we went to Target to get some leggings and a new toy for Rach.

I was a big week...and today, we rest! Ahhhhh! Hello coffee...hello shower...hello nap...hello blog!

Because my grandmother ("Nanny") has been whining and saying that I haven't put up enough pictures of Rach lately, "Nanny, this one's for you!"

I made Rach a toy box this week for the floor, mostly because I was tired of Maggie bringing baby toys to me, but this has been the HIT of the week. Now she can dump the whole bucket out on the floor and play for hours, or at least until she poops!

I know, this isn't Rachel, but dressing up Maggie is a fun game at our house. Rach got a new winter vest which E thought looked like a dog hat. Mags was not pleased or nearly as amused as we were!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What's Cooking Wednesday - The Need for New Side Dishes

Do you ever have this problem? I definitely do! I end up with a great idea for dessert, for the main dish, but the side dish....ehhh! I run out of brain cells and end up making a salad and bread. How boring!! But before I get to the success, I need to talk about my failure from last night. Oh the failure!! I made Charred Corn Chowder. I used a whole can of chipolte chili peppers (instead of 2) and then used 2 tablespoons of dried thyme instead of 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh thyme. Sigh! I really need to stop cooking while Rach is asleep which turns me into a clock watcher. There was nothing I could do to salvage the mess that was now bubbling in my cast iron pot. We tried everything to cool it down...sour cream, milk, feta cheese, sugar, more salt, lime...anything....but the dish just kept getting weirder and weirder tasting until we finally had to pull out the Pepto Bismol. All that work charring and scrapping the corn cobs to eat cereal for dinner. It's always a learning experience in the Everyday Bailey kitchen!

Oh well! On to the successes of side dish! Why didn't it occur to me to EVER make burritos for dinner? I don't like taco shells and so I guess I banned all foods of the sort in my mind. But it finally occurred to me and I made some chicken, warmed some tortillas, and mixed up a can of black beans, corn, and rotel for a quick black bean salsa, topped it off with some cheese and sour cream and they were great! But what else???...I needed a side dish!! I saw a recipe for Corn and Red-Potato Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette. Why not right? It was a little tedious following the recipe but now I know what I will and won't do next time to make the dish quicker. No worries, I will share that info with you as well. Oh was it?? It was awesome. Go make it this weekend for your tailgate party. Just a touch of heat, no mayo (so if someone gets food poisoning, they can't blame your potato salad), and it is good hot, room temperature or cold! Happy Cooking!

Corn and Red Potato Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and finely chopped
10 red potatoes (about 3 pounds), cut into bite size pieces
2 cans yellow corn kernels, drained

In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard and 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Whisk in the onion and chiles.

In a pot of salted water, bring the potatoes to a boil and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, let cool. Add to the vinaigrette.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, cook the corn until warm. Add the kernels to the potatoes and vinaigrette; toss to combine. Serve.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An Awesome Day

Saturday, me and Rach went to do some shopping while E stayed home and got some studying done. So we headed over to a one of the base exchanges in town. I had forgotten that last week was the Air Force's birthday (how could I have possibly forgotten with all of the LOUD fly overs for the ALL of the celebrations). They were running raffles and contests and giveaways at this particular exchange that we went to. We skipped the jewelry giveaway, well, because the jewelry didn't look all that great to begin with. But the discount balloons and the prize wheel caught my interest. We ended up winning a 25% off coupon and a $50 dollar gift certificate to the exchange. HELLO!!! I was pumped! It was a good day! I got free workout gear, and Rach got free shoes, a dress and a some new eating utensils, bowls and a new feeder bag (Because Maggie ate the other ones). I always like shopping trips where I leave with more money than I came with!

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Friday Wrap-Up

To some up our week in one word, that word would be MAINTENANCE!! A new hot water heater circuit board, 2 new sinks, 2 new garbage disposals, a new closet light and a new bathtub drain have literally drained my energy and motivation. 5 different workmen, at least 15 knocks on my door, which made the dog bark, which woke the baby you see where this story is going yet?

TGIF though. I am super stoked about going to my first Spinning class tonight, a little Margarita Pizza and hopefully an old movie with Mr. Bailey. It's really been a long week for us both. By the way, never in my life have I ever worn pants and a long sleeve shirt before September 15th in my entire life!! This weather is blowing my mind!

Here are some pictures of Rach throughout the week:

This is what happens when I go the gym and leave E in charge...some kind of weird dress up game with blankies and burp clothes.

No, we aren't crawling yet, but she finally figured out how to get up on her knees and rock. It won't be long now.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The EBAY Bug

Last week, my cousin got bit by the EBAY bug and bought a lot of dresses for Rachel because she couldn't live without Rach having one of those dresses. Isn't she cute in her new pink Polo dress and leggin's!! (The front of that dress was soaked with drool within minutes.) But now she passed the bug on to me, to the detriment of my bank account! So I have now been bitten by the bug as well and so far have bought an LLBean jacket, this London Fog coat, and this little onesie shown in the picture here from American Apparel all for Rach who desperately needs some winter clothes. I bought some winter clothes for her back when she was doubling her weight just about every week, it seemed, but now that she has leveled off and lost a few pounds too, I don't think she will grow into those clothes in time.

So far, I currently have over 30 items that I am watching...hopefully I don't get antsy and bid on too many of them. But seriously, need a cheap coat? I got Rach a coat on EBAY for a quarter of the price of the ones I saw at Target!

Want Something for Free?

Who doesn't want something for free!! Now that I am "Full-Time Mom" (that's the title that I have finally decided on), my job at home is to find ways to save us money. So here is one that I am passing on to you! Right now, Kellogg's Raisin Bran Extra is having a promo. It's buy one, get one free. No, not at the store, sorry. I guess that would be too easy. But if you save your grocery receipt, clip the box top on the one you bought, fill out the rebate form inside the box and mail it in, you get a free box (in the form of a rebate check). Free Stuff is still free stuff right?!?

What's Cooking Wednesday - Flops and Successes

Do you ever have a week where everything you make tastes awful? This is especially despairing because I like to write about what I made every Wednesday. What happens if everything I cook is bad, literally BAD?? Thank goodness I have a very last minute husband. Which brings me to my success...One hour before we were supposed to leave for a party on Friday night, I am relaxing on the couch, trying to recover from the lack of a nap for me and my child. I hear E call from upstairs and what he said alarmed me to the point that I got up and moved closer to the stairs to make sure I didn't misunderstand what he said...this was our conversation:

E: Hey, what are we bringing tonight?
Me: What do you mean?
E: Well, we are supposed to bring a dish to share to the party.
Me: Did you tell me this?
E: It was in the email I sent you.
Me: You didn't send me an email!
E: Oh, well, do you have anything we can make real quick?

Sigh! Has this ever happened to you? You don't want to show up with something that says "I appreciate your invitation for dinner but didn't care enough to make anything worth eating!" SO THIS IS WHAT YOU DO!! Tomato Mozzarella Salad. And I actually had to do this TWICE this weekend (but I was in too much of a hurry to take a picture of it so here is what it would look like from this website). This is my super quick recipe but feel free to wing it and add other things that you like.

Tomato Mozzarella Salad

1 cup Plum tomatoes, sliced in half

1 cup fresh mozzarella balls

1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

salt, to taste

fresh ground pepper, to taste

3 cloves garlic, minced

Balsamic vinegar to taste (small amount) optional, a little bit goes a long way!!

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Stir until flavor is set.

Now, on to my flops...I made Smitten Kitchen's Tomato Corn Pie and Rachael Ray's Maple Apple Chicken Sausage.

First, let's start with the Tomato Corn Pie. Bleh! Not good and it took FOREVER to make!!! My poor husband had to eat the leftovers of this dish for a few days. On the last day, he says "That's all of this I have to eat now, right?"

Now, the Chicken Sausages. My house smelled awful for 2 days. We both took 2 bites and thought we were going to GAG! So I put them aside as dog treats for Maggie. The first day, she sucked them down and was happier than I had ever seen her. The next morning, she was being very good so I decided to give her a piece of sausage. 15 minutes later, I was cleaning vomit off of the living room carpet.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Our First Protest

While you may or may not agree with my political views, no worries, we are not going to debate them here, it is still my blog and I am showing some of my pictures. If you want to see the rest, CLICK HERE! But in case you don't go, here are a few of my favorites.

Rachel's first train ride...all was fine until they honked the horn and scared her...if only they didn't honk the horn at every stop. I was "THAT MOM" on the train with the crying baby!

Us with Betsy Ross...Rach just wanted her hat, then her shirt, in this picture, the glasses around her neck.
The first amendment engraved on the News Museum.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembrance, Protests and Celebration

What a weird day! As I sit here writing, I hear fireworks (hopefully it's only fireworks) outside the house. The infamous CG routine training (that's all over the news this afternoon) occurred just up the street. For the past week, the air activity around town has been overwhelming. Even as I went to bed last night, they were conducting training exercises until late into the evening. How blessed we are to have those people staying up late into the night to ensure my family's safety.

This morning, as me and E were drinking coffee and watching the news/playing with Rach, we reminisced on where we were that memorable I was asleep in my dorm room on the 5th floor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Not long after the incident, my dad called and wanted me to come home (since my room overlooked Redstone Arsenal, NASA and Research Park). I stood in line for 45 minutes to get gas and then headed home where we all parked in front of the tv and watched the news for the next few days. While we were sitting there this morning, an overwhelming sense of thankfulness and blessing just came over me. I am so blessed to be sitting in my living room with my husband, playing with my healthy baby girl and I have no other wants. So tonight with some friends, we are planning to celebrate all of the blessings we have, all of the things that 4 rogue airplanes can't take away from us, celebrate the ones who have paid the ultimate price for liberty and celebrate the freedom we enjoy daily.

And to top off the weekend, we are attending a protest at the capital building. I try to keep my blog anti-politics, so no worries, nothing is changing. There is a time and place, ...I just don't think this is MY time and MY place. I am actually a little anxious about going...not anxious bad, but anxious good. It's a cause and ideology that I believe in and am exciting to be able to share it with E and Rach. So wish me luck and I hope to have lots of pictures to share from the weekend when I come back on Monday!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

One of Those Days

Rach in the middle of a giggle fit!

Have you ever had one of those days that you can't help but to rave about? Today was that day. Good night sleep, incredibly happy baby, an awesome schedule, errands without a bored, whiny infant in the stroller, wonderful weather, leftovers for dinner, a new magazine to read!! It was an awesome day! Why am I raving about this day? Because I have had a few bad ones in a row due to that tiny white chomper making it's grand appearance this week under the tender skin of my daughters gums. Some days I don't know how I have made it so long staying home with her but other days seem to reassure me that I am made for this job! This is me, breathing a sigh of relief!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What's Cooking Wednesday - Breakfast Biscuits

I saw this recipe for
No Time For Breakfast Biscuits and really thought I had hit the jackpot. I am always attracted to the idea of combining things to make my life easier. And honestly, they were good...maybe I could have added a different flavor of sausage and more salt (or real bacon, not turkey bacon) but overall, I think I will make these again at some point. Although, another blog I read, Pioneer Woman Cooks, had a recipe for Bacon Cheddar Onion Biscuits that I think I may try and compare. I even froze them and pulled them out of the freezer the night before to thaw and they were still great straight out of the microwave the next morning.

No Time For Breakfast Biscuits

  • 1 tablespoon EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 strips bacon, chopped
  • 5 eggs, divided
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 1/4 cups baking mix, such as Bisquick
  • 1 cup milk for mix
  • 1 cups shredded yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pack of pork sausage (optional)
Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat with 1 turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until golden brown and crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Add the sausage to the pan. Cook and crumble the sausage and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Beat 4 eggs in a small mixing bowl. Add the eggs to the pan that the bacon was cooked in, season with salt and pepper, and scramble them lightly. Transfer the eggs to a plate and reserve.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the baking mix, milk and remaining egg to make the batter. Gently stir in the crispy bacon, reserved scrambled eggs and shredded cheese.

Deposit dollops of the batter onto a greased baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes.

Labor Day Weekend

What a long weekend!! With the effects of vaccinations and the appearance of Rachel's first tooth, our weekend was full of side effects. Sleeplessness, fussiness, loss of appetite, neediness, fevers....ugh! I was thankful to see the beginning of a new day this morning. Appetites are definitely back in force this morning (if not more) and we are still waiting for naps to level out but I am thankful because it could have been alot worse.

Sunday, we went to a friends house for a Labor Day Pig Roast. Evidently, this was the 30th anniversary of their family's annual pig roast so it was HUGE. The food was amazing and, to our surprise, lots of high ranking military officials were there. So I sent out a few text messages gloating to my friends and then dug into the BBQ pork and all of the fixings. Rach found herself mesmerized by the flowers and the rest of the kids hung out in the bounce house.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Thoughts for the Future

Why wasn't I thinking? Who takes their kids to get immunized the Thursday before Labor Day weekend? You got it!! It's me! Sigh! What was I thinking? Now my child isn't sleeping eating (formula), isn't sleeping well and now she is running a fever. Normally, I would see how today goes and then call tomorrow if there is a problem...but of course, now my options are limited since the next day for care is Tuesday. Sigh...I hate navigating new dr. policies and procedures after a move on a holiday weekend!! Hopefully, a little tylenol and a good nap will go a long way because this Momma was up all night! I are few pictures from this week!

Rach enjoying her new present of a hand-me-down high chair from Mrs. Ashley K.

Now Mom doesn't have to fight with Rach about what goes in her mouth....her toes or the spoon!
I tried to teach her how to bang on the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon and make noise....

I should have known how this was going to turn out!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Culinary Genius After All

Elizabeth (at Carter Hors Doeuvres), my former landlord and close friend from Texas, made my/my mother-in-law's recipe for Tomato Stroganoff the other day. Since she knows that I know her too well to believe that she actually cooked a meal, she sent me the picture to prove it! Awesome Job!!! And awesome picture...see folks, this is what my pictures would look like if I was patient!!

Pink Giraffe Stole

Since it's been a little cooler with this short-lived cold snap we are having, E has been a little chilly in the house and has been turning the heat on at night for Rach. He must not think that I keep her warm enough during the day, because this was what my daughter was wearing when I came home for the grocery store yesterday. Yes, that is her "Blankie-Boo" wrapped around her neck...E called it her Pink Giraffe Stole. She's So Fancy!!

6 Meals in One Afternoon (for 2 people)

I know right...Its seems a little ambitious, even for me! For meals 1 & 2, I bought a rotisserie chicken for the grocery store deli. I pulled the legs and thighs off and threw them immediately into the freezer (because I have to watch out for E, he will come and steal the legs if I take too long...and yes, he came in later and took the wings) for a quick dinner one night next week. I shredded the breasts and threw them in the freezer as well for chicken salad or a pot of soup for later.

For meals 3 through 6, I made a recipe last night that just can't wait to tell you about (and yes, another scored point for kidney beans) . It was so good, low on carbs and it will really go far. Chicken Salsa Verde Bake...oh my! Deee-lish! It originally called for a 9 x 13 casserole dish, but I took dessert over to a friend's house and forgot my dish and needed to brainstorm for another solution. Why not split it up and make 2 meals? I have 2 round casserole dishes (a wedding present from Treva at Possitive Gossip) so I decided to cook one and freeze the other. And for 2 people, one dish will give you a meal and another meal worth of leftovers. It calls for 2 16 oz jars of Salsa Verde which I thought would be a little expensive until I went to the Hispanic section of the grocery store and found cans of Salsa verde for cheaper than buying 2 jars. The only thing I did different was add a can of Rotel (drained) and I needed to add a few more tortilla chips since I was making 2 dishes. Amazing! Try it tonight and put half in the freezer for later.

Chicken Salsa Verde Bake

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2-1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Two 16-ounce jars salsa verde
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup sour cream
3 cups crushed tortilla chips
One 8-ounce bag shredded Mexican-style cheese

Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand until cool, then shred the meat into a large bowl. Stir in the salsa, kidney beans, onion and sour cream.

Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, scatter 1 cup tortilla chips on the bottom and top with half of the chicken mixture and half of the cheese. Repeat the layers and cover with the remaining 1 cup tortilla chips. Bake until the cheese is bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My Journey to Love Lentils - Sausage and Chicken Cassoulet

I hate lentils. I can't remember a time when I didn't hate lentils. But I am a grown up!!! It's time that I get over my food hangups and learn to like things I should be eating in the first place. So I am trying a few new recipes to get me going...I have already conquered my fear of black beans (Southwest Chicken Chili) it's time to tackle the kidney beans. I found a recipe for Sausage and Chicken Cassoulet a few months back and have been dreading the research process ever since. I was surprised and super delighted. It tasted AWESOME!!

This recipe makes me want to do 2 things...
1. find more interesting Cassoulets to make
2. eat more kidney beans

The experiment was a success and I think I shall try another lentil recipe next week. But no worries...I will have more than just a lentil recipe for you. I am super excited about next week's menu.

**the only adjustments I made to the recipe were the fact that I used kidney beans instead of northern beans, and I used yellow cornbread for the topping instead of buttermilk. No preferences...just couldn't find the original ingredients in my grocery store.

Sausage and Chicken Cassoulet
  • 1 (16-ounce) package smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 pound uncooked chicken breast strips, chopped
  • 1 (15.8-ounce) can great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with onion and garlic, drained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 (6-ounce) package buttermilk cornbread mix
  • 2/3 cup water or milk

Cook sausage in a 2 1/4- to 3-quart ovenproof skillet over medium heat 8 minutes or until browned. Remove sausage from skillet, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Set sausage aside.

Cook chicken in hot drippings in skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until brown.

Return sausage to skillet with chicken. Stir in beans and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil.

Stir together cornbread mix and 2/3 cup water. Pour evenly over hot sausage mixture in skillet.

Bake at 400° for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sight-Seeing Saturday

We took yet another break...sorry! Wait...why am I apologizing to you? I am the one that missed out. But seriously...2 hurricanes 2 weekends in a row? That never happens. WAIT! Now that I think about it, that happened last year. I think me and E have some sort of hurricane magnet in our garage that moves around the country with us.

However, I am loving this cool crisp weather we are having. I took Rachel to the park the past 2 days in a row for some swings and a picnic. It would have been the perfect day if my child wasn't so fussy the rest of the afternoon and this morning! And the icing on the cake is the third round of vaccinations we are due for today. Sigh! E is staying late at school tonight too so I made sure to get a run in this morning for the stress! Now if only I had more energy!

Tata for now and I will be back tomorrow with What's Cooking Wednesday!