Thursday, April 29, 2010

Yard Sale

Saturday all of neighbors and myself had a huge block party yard sale. And when I say block party...I don't think I stayed at my house long at all! I was at all of my neighbor's yard sale seeing what they had and buying cookies and lemonade from their kids! E had to head into work all day but before he left, he set Rachel up like a champ in the garage. She got a porta-crib, blanket, pillow, babydoll/paci, and portable tv from the car complete with a new Blue's Clues video. She stayed in the crib and watched movies all morning long until nap time. The whole yard sale went over much easier than I ever thought it could.


How much did I make? Enough to cover the amount I spent getting everything ready, the bassinet I bought from my neighbor for the new baby and plenty of books for Rach.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What's Cooking Wednesday - Granola

E has an obsession with granola. And not just the oats and honey kind. It's got to be 100% quality and the man eats on this stuff nonstop all day long. He was eating me out of house and home because a good quality pack of granola is not cheap. He would take a bag of granola to work and then come home and have another bag for snack. Then after dinner, I would see him munching on another handful. My grocery shopping was having trouble keeping up with his need for a healthy snack.

Luckily, I noticed that The Happy Housewife was making homemade granola for her family. I thought to myself, "Self, if she can do this, you can do this!!" So here we have the first few versions of the Bailey Family Granola. You can almost hear my wallet cheering because its way cheaper and better for you to make it yourself than buy it. Oh yeah...did I mention it takes 3 minutes to make and 10 minutes to bake? Who doesn't have and extra 15 minutes a week and most of these ingredients in your pantry instead of buying boxes and boxes of this stuff! Another plus is to add local honey to work to combat seasonal allergies.


So far, we have made several varieties:
-Peanut Butter
-Dried Blueberry Apple
-Cinnamon Raison
-Currant (pictured above)

This week, I plan to make one more batch and I am going to try dried pomegranate-chocolate this time, as this is the last week of a 9 month project he's been working on...lots of brain snacks needed to make it through this week!! One more project to finish and then we can lead a normal life!! (why are you laughing?? I'm sure I could handle a normal life!?!)

Regardless of whether you think I could handle a real life or not, here's the recipe from The Happy Housewife:

Granola


  • 3 cups dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ


First melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the honey and salt and briefly heat with the butter. Turn off the heat and add the oatmeal and wheat germ. Stir.


Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet. Spread the mixture out evenly and bake it at 375° for 10 minutes. It will be a golden brown color. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container.


***If you want to try the Peanut Butter version, add a 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter to the pot while you heat the butter and honey. Then add a tablespoon of cocoa with the oats and wheat germ. You will have to cook the granola for a little longer in the oven. (I cooked it an extra 5 minutes but it still needed a little more.)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sesame Street Results

I don't think it even mattered that she had no idea who any of the characters (besides Elmo) were in the show, she danced and clapped and screamed at the cast of the USO's version of Sesame Street Live the entire time we were there. While I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't sitting on a gym floor in maternity skinny jeans, the length of the show was perfect and allowed me to still have her in bed by 7:30, which was AWESOME!!!

Here are the pictures from our fun night...Thanks Carol for the tickets and the ride!!




Friday, April 23, 2010

We Are Home!!

After spending ALL weekend cleaning house and grocery shopping and doing laundry, I am finally done playing catch up on my household duties, plus a few extras that required help from the maintenance department. What were those extras, you might ask. Well, let's just say that I have bird poop all over my laundry room that needed attending to. Yes, I said it. Bird Poop!!


I have a three time offender who likes to crawl through the outside dryer vent and then peck her way through my inside dryer vent to get out. Then she goes insane trying to get out of the laundry room which makes Maggie a little crazy too. Then we have to repair to dryer hoses and clean up the poop. Sigh! Why me?? As if I don't have enough to do these days.

But we are home and put back together nonetheless (and a little under the weather) and will try to stay current online for a while since there are lots of exciting things coming down the hatch in the next few weeks...E's graduation, the sex of the new baby, our next job assignment, a new walking toddler, spring pictures with Lindsley, new furniture and cheapo projects around the house that I have been putting off that I am looking forward to sharing with you all.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What's Cooking Thursday - Fruit Smoothies

Need a new morning "pick me up?" Tired of coffee or are working towards cutting out the caffeine? Now that warmer weather is here, why not try a smoothie? We used to make them all of the time (back when I didn't have to go to work until 11am) but those early mornings slip away from you and speed becomes a greater ally than actual nutrients. So simplify your life by doing all of the prep work on the weekend.

Take all of your frozen ingredients and put them into individual serving bags so you don't have to measure out so many different ingredients every morning. Now you have minimized half of the work and just combine and blend. There is really no fuss because you can throw the blender parts in the dishwasher and throw your delicious smoothie into a to-go cup and head out for the day.


Here is my personal recipe and it makes about 2 - 2 1/2 cups so there is plenty to share.

Fruit Smoothies

5 frozen peach slices
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
5 frozen whole strawberries (because they are cheaper whole instead of sliced)
5 pieces of canned chunk pineapple
2/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup fruit juice

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. You may have to stop blender and stir the mixture once or twice to breakup the chunks.
Makes about 2 cups.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sesame Street

I have several posts in the queue awaiting pictures, but E took my camera cable to work with him and I won't get it back until tonight...so in the absence of any other pictures, here is what else is going on at our house.

While Rach really hasn't shown an interest in Sesame Street as a whole, Elmo has really perked up some ears at my house. And while I was gone, my neighbor picked us up some tickets to go and see Sesame Street Live here on base brought in by the USO. This is awesome! And the building is only a few blocks from my house, so we can walk and not have to deal with parking. I am pumped. I just always wish they started those types of shows earlier. The show starts at 6:30 and Rach goes to bed at 7 so we will see how long she lasts.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Guess Who is Finally Coming Home Tomorrow??

After 5 long weeks, sleeping in 6 different houses, and many MANY hours in the car, me and Rach are finally going home tomorrow. We haven't been home in 5 weeks and are in desperate need of some downtime at home. I'm thinking, so far, that I won't change out of pjs for the weekend. Looking forward to seeing E and Maggie again this weekend.

For fun, here are some pics of my dad and Rach on the tractor. While mom was away, the grandparents got her out of bed to go outside and play!!




Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter

Guess who found some bunny marshmallows in her Easter eggs?


Rachel and her cousin, Brodie, being bribed with Easter eggs so they would sit still and let us get some pictures of them together.

My bed-head baby with the zhu-zhu pet that the Easter bunny left her in her basket.

Rachel got to wear squeeky shoes for the first time and was super amiable to walk EVERYWHERE!
Rach and Mom before heading to Easter services on Sunday morning.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Birthdays Galore!

Me and E have birthdays about 10 days apart so normally we do a big night for the both of us. But since we are apart this time, he celebrated his birthday this week by eating Burger King and picking out his own gift. My first thoughts were "Am I that strict with food at home that he feels like he can't eat Burger King whenever he wants to?" But then I remember just how fast that stuff will kill you and my guilt is gone.

But for his birthday this year, he treated himself to a nice new Sony E-Reader. He had one that he bought a few years ago but Maggie and her bud, Neal, took notice of it this summer when it was left out and then the company changed the format of the files so he couldn't buy any new books. So it was time for an upgrade.
And I decided to go with jewelry for my birthday. And not jewelry in a gaudy expensive sense of the word. That's not my style at all! I am super simple and 100% plain (I heard my mother call me "plain" last night because I refused to big earrings and a big necklace at the same time). I wanted something personal and classic that I could wear with just about anything and decided on this necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs. Ladies...Listen Up....hint, hint...check out her stuff for a Mother's Day gift since it's just around the corner.

Well, we are still home for a little while longer. Rach is starting to get a little stir crazy in the house and I am having to get creative with new things to explore...Today, we had fun with the colanders. Luckily, the weather is finally warming up so we can go for a walk and hit the playgrounds.