Monday, February 28, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Yesterday I said, if Evan wasn't off school for President's day then he would have been off for a snow day. Well, our weekend got extended a little bit more this morning when the phone rang at 5.40am. It was school calling saying no school today. I figured we must have gotten a lot of snow and was afraid to look outside. I did though and to my surprise just a dusting of snow. Most schools were closed, and I'm guessing it was due to roads not cleared still and the ice. Evan got to sleep in, and we all hibernated inside today in our sweats. It was nice to have an extra day to our already long weekend. Now it will be back to school tomorrow, and I'm going to be all messed up on my days.
Now that I have my KitchenAid, I feel like I should be putting it to use. So yesterday I made some homemade cinnamon raisin bread. My friend Jess posted the recipe on Facebook a couple weeks ago and I've been meaning to make it ever since. I finally got around to it yesterday, and it turned out awesome. Very easy and very yummy! The recipe is from Taste of Home, and I highly recommend it. I enjoyed it for breakfast this morning with my coffee. I told Jess if I ever got around to making it, I'd bring her some. The recipe makes two loaves so I took her down some last night and she liked it too. Here's the recipe for your baking pleasure!
CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar, divided
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar, soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; set aside.
- Spoon half of the batter into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with half of the reserved cinnamon-sugar; repeat layers. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
- Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Note: I would add a little more raisins next time. Greg and I both thought it could use a little more. Also, the recipe even included the nutritional facts so I've included them for you below!
Nutrition Facts: 1 slice equals 204 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Monday, February 21, 2011
We didn't do a whole lot last week. Friday night I got to go out with Jess for a little girl time. We hit up Jimmy's down the street for a couple drinks. It was nice to catch up and have some adult time without kids interrupting. Saturday afternoon Jess and I did a little shopping for some more items for her house. Later that night we headed down to her house and the kids got to play for awhile with her kids. Us adults had some adult beverages and played Mad Gab and Apples to Apples. It was a fun evening. I hadn't played Mad Gab before, but boy was that fun. It's even a little more interesting once you've consumed a few Kool-Aid martinis! The guys watched the MSU game, which the Spartans got a "W." I sure hope they're making a comeback before March madness! Thanks Jess for having us over. I love all your furniture we picked out too. Looks great! That wraps up the latest around here. I've got a few recipes to post so be looking for those soon!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Since it's Valentine's Day that means Valentine party at school today. Evan has been so excited about his party at school since last week when we did his Valentine's. We had gone to Target last week, and he picked out his Valentine's. He chose sports Valentine's to give to all his classmates. I was a little disappointed in the Valentine selection. While there was everything from Hello Kitty to Toy Story to dinosaurs and cats & dogs, there was something about them that I just couldn't put my finger on until we got home and opened the box. Evan knows no different really, but boy oh boy have Valentine's changed since I was in the school. They used to be cute cards with an envelope. Nowadays, Valentine's are a teeny tiny card that barely has enough room to write on. These are the one's Evan picked out. They are 3-D sports. To get an idea of the size, they break apart so there's one sport per card- i.e. the basketball is one, the tennis ball is one, etc. Yeah they're little. Some Valentine's came with cheap suckers, but we didn't get those kind. Evan gave tootsie pops with his.
He made his own valentine for his teacher which I thought he did a great job on! Here it is!
The school party was fun. Evan's teacher, Mrs. Mills, always has great themed centers for the kids to do. I volunteered for the party so it was fun to see all the kids in their red or pink and participate in the different centers. I took cupcakes in for the party which were a huge hit. They came out pretty cute if I do say so myself. Take a look and you decide!
Here's the kids at all the different Valentine centers. There was a gift bag center where the kids got to decorate a bag. Then there was a gift box center where the kids had to decorate little boxes to put their picture and hugs & kisses in with a poem to take home to mom & dad. There was also a bead center to make necklaces, a candy heart graphing center, a heart weaving center, a heart dice game, and a heart coloring center. It was a sea of red in the classroom! The kids were so cute!
When we got home from school the kids were eager to open their Valentine goodies. Here they are opening their stuff from mom and dad!
They loved their goodies, especially the M&M's. They take after their momma with M&M's! Thanks to Grandma & Grandpa for their Target gift cards & t-shirts. Also, thanks to Ya Ya for the movies, money, and chocolates! Greg and the kids got me a pretty PINK tulip plant and we had a nice dinner. Thanks to my hubby for making us heart shaped pancakes for breakfast too! I'd say it was another successful Valentine's Day!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
When "pink" showed up at our nest on Sunday, it was one time I didn't want anything to do with the color pink! The pink eye came out of nowhere. Greg and Evan went to take stuff to the MSU recycling place and then made a run to Sam's and by the time they got back I noticed Evan's eye was watering. When I looked closer it was a little reddish/pinkish and there was some green goop in the corner of it. I wiped his eye with a tissue and didn't think too much of it. As the day went on, I began to notice that there was a little more going on than a watery eye. By Sunday night, I was pretty much convinced that he had pink eye. I was thinking, I couldn't send him to school if that's what it was, but I didn't want him to miss school after there was just two snow days last week! By bedtime Greg and I decided that we'd wait until morning to decide after seeing how his eye was when he woke up.
Monday morning I went in to wake Evan up, and I expected his eye to be matted shut and all crusty. To my surprise it wasn't as crusty as I thought it would be, but it was a little and had a bunch of goop in it. His whole right eye was pink on the eyelid and his eye was pink. His face was a little puffy on the right side too. I love my kid dearly, but he really did look awful. I knew I couldn't send him to school because I'd be getting a call 15 minutes later to come get him the way he looked. So I played it safe and kept him home. It was Evan's first sick day from school which made me a little sad because I remember as a kid not wanting to miss school so I'd get perfect attendance. I don't even know if they do those awards anymore, but I just had that flashback for a minute. I ended up calling the doctor and left a message for the nurse. After she called me back she decided that he didn't need to come in and would call in an eye drop prescription for him. It was probably pink eye and he'd have to do the drops for 72 hours. If it got worse to call back, if not he'd be good to go.
By the time I went Monday to pick up his prescription around 11:30am his eye already looked 10 times better. I had just spent $20 on eye drops and thinking, "do we really need these?" I got them though because with my luck I knew if I didn't his eye would get worse. The nurse also informed me that Evan had to be on the drops for a full 24 hours before he could return to school. By then he wouldn't be contagious anymore. That meant no school on Tuesday either! Evan was none to happy about this. He missed school and really wanted to go yesterday. I was tempted to send him since his eye was much improved, but new if I did and someone else got it I'd feel terrible. So Evan had two sick days from school this week which means another three day school week. We did the last of the drops tonight, and his eye looks back to normal. I'm so proud of my little guy. He handled it great and we all know how contagious pink eye can be. I stressed over and over to him that he couldn't rub his eye and especially couldn't rub the pink eye and then the other. He also had to wash his hands A LOT! He did everything right and handled his first eye drops wonderfully. Now here's hoping that only good things pink are at the Shearwater Nest from now on!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The snow started in on Tuesday afternoon and by Tuesday afternoon schools were starting to close. MSU even decided to close the university, which never happens. They closed before Evan's school closed. Finally about 7pm we got the call that there would be no school for Ev on Wednesday. It was a snow day for both Evan & Greg. Woo hoo, the whole family home mid-week! Evan was excited. We did get a lot of snow by Wednesday morning. It registered here at about 11.4 inches. It was a lot, but honestly I was a little disappointed. I mean if this was going to be the big snow storm or Snomageddon, or Snopocalypse, or SNOW M G (like OMG), or whatever name you've heard it called, I wanted A LOT of snow. If it's going to snow it might as well do it really big all at once like two feet of snow for a storm with this kind of hype. Oh well, it was still fun having a snow day. As a matter of fact two snow days!
Wednesday the wind was so bad and the snow was drifted really bad and it was a lot at once that it took a long time to get all the roads cleared. While we only got a couple more inches Wednesday afternoon, schools were canceled for Thursday mainly due to the roads and sidewalks not all being clear for buses and walkers by Thursday morning. Greg had to go back to work on Thursday, he only got one snow day. It was nice having my little guy home for two days last week, but going to school on Friday was kind of a drag for one day. Next time mother nature could you please snow on Thursday so the snow days fall for an extended weekend? We pretty much hung out inside because it was just to darn cold to be out.
By the weekend the kids got outside with Greg and got to play in the snow. They made their own sledding hill at the end of the street where the plow piled all the snow. They had a fun time going up and down it. They could have stayed out there all day if I'd let them. It must be a kid thing because they sure don't get liking the cold and snow from me! So that was the highlight from last week! Stayed tuned for this weeks happenings!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Taco Chili (or Soup)
1 can of black beans, drained
1 can of corn, drained
2 cans of petite diced tomatoes (don't drain!) (I just used one large can- 28oz)
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 packet of powder ranch dressing seasoning
1 pound of ground beef
Shredded cheese (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
Tortilla chips (optional)
Brown the ground beef. Once it's browned, combine with beans, corn, tomatoes, and the 2 packs of seasonings. Add a little water if the consistency seems too thick. (Note: I would wait a little bit before you decide to add water. I thought it was too thick at first, but then as it simmered it wasn't as thick as it was right away). Simmer or set on low in your Crockpot (I just simmered mine on the stove, but Ann had done hers in the Crockpot so either way works). I also had browned the ground beef up the day before and then just through everything together. Serve with tortilla chips, with or without cheese and sour cream on top.
I don't think you'll be disappointed so give it a try! It's so fast and easy to make and tasty to eat! Here's a little temptation!
It's February 1st and with that brings the big snowstorm of 2011! Schools are canceled for tomorrow and there's supposed to be a lot of snow coming tonight/tomorrow so we shall see!