Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Happy New Year bloggy world!!!!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Here are my questions for the makers of Elmo......
Did he just fart or sneeze?!!?
Since when does Elmo rap?
Why do you make him mention anything about the dentist and no cavities when he doesn't have teeth!!!! Was that suppose to be a joke? I don't get it.
Did you notice doing his twinkle toes dancing? Hee Hee my kid is such a dork.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Riley wasn't at all thrilled about sitting with or even near Santa! I'm not sure what or why he changed his mind but oh my goodness. The party that we went to was a friend of my parents. She collects Christmas houses and her husband buys her a new one every year for her Birthday. I can't believe how big her little town is! The picture doesn't do it justice. They go out and cut a tree every year and it is giant. It touches their vaulted ceiling and then she puts the town under and around it! It's beautiful.
I am so excited! I just found out that I won the new Microsoft office 07 from Ree at confessions of a Pioneer Woman. Go check her out I love her blog!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
He jumped up in that chair, layed down and said Aaaaaaa.
He even took his first xrays! Look.........I am so proud and happy.Now if I could just get the baby to sit like that! It was a very good day. All kids have pearly whites again, no cavities and the real relief is that Jax has all of his teeth and loves the dentist! He never got two of his lower baby teeth and the Dr. said that he had a 50/50 chance of getting the permanent ones. Since we were able to get an xray this time we were able to see his big boy teeth and he has them all. You don't know how relieved I and my future checkbook are.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I will attempt to sit at my computer all day today (not like that's anything new) if my children will allow me. I will ignore the messes calling my name behind me and I will definitely try to visit as many blogs as I can and leave as many comments as possible. Those are my SITSmas vows. I wish I could promise you more and I can't guarantee that time and my children will allow me to do enjoy this day fully but I will try. Have a wonderful day, have fun and comment to your hearts desire! Head over here for the chance to win a $200 target gift card and to meet a ton of new and wonderful people.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Our guests showed up at the door at 9:30 in the morning and I was still in my pajamas with no make up and still cleaning. At least I was wearing something decent. My hubby usually laughs at me and my ensemble in the morning. Hey I can't help it, I throw on whats close to my bed and comfortable. I don't really think about coordinating my tee shirts and fat pants!!! The best one is the Tye dye shirt (pink, green and purple) and the purple plaid pants with white socks! Hee hee, I can't help but laugh at myself for that one, it is pretty bad.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A view from the airplane. I surprised my hubby with a trip to Vegas for his birthday this year. It was our first trip alone since having Jaxson. I think I will pick a few people to pass this along to. I pick Tasha, Cena, Lula, Scary mommy, and Anna
Sunday, November 23, 2008
They barely had Halloween taken down and they already got the Christmas ones up! Come on people give the neighbors eyes a rest!!! They can't wait until Thanksgiving like the rest of us? I have yet to see it lit up, so maybe they are waiting......Nah, I doubt it. I just haven't been lucky enough to see it's full glory and scorch my eyeballs. Yes you can bet that I will be taking enough photos of it next month to torture you all and leave you in amazment and awe! Where in the hell do these people store this crap?
I'm sorry but the pictures just don't do it justice!!!!!!!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Update.....I'm still at home. My brother said her labor has slowed and now he wont be here until this evening. So I may go ahead and do my original post since I wont see the little booger until late tonight.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
12 Cups white bread, dried a little and cubed
1/2 Cup dried parsley (if you want to use fresh parsley use a 3/4 cup)
1 tbsp poultry seasoning
2 tsp salt
1/2 butter or margarine
3 cups celery chopped
1 cup onion chopped fine
Combine all ingredients (except the bread) and mix well. Then add the bread and combine in the largest bowl you have!!
Like I said I like my stuffing dry, so I don't stuff the bird very much. I only put about 1/4 of the mixture in the bird ( to satisfy the rest of the family) and I put the rest in a casserole dish to bake and dry it out!!! If you would like to make it moist you can add some chicken broth (1/2 cup) and then bake it. If you opt to do it like me, it only needs to bake for about an hour. If you do it the other way it can go alllllll day long.
Enjoy and I guess if you want to add stuff you can! I'll allow it :)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is what I have planned for this week (6 days worth, 1 day for leftovers or eating out). I have attempted to use some of the same ingredients with totally different dinners trying to cut cost for a budget that fits most family needs and cut your time in the kitchen without feeding your family boring meals.
Menu for the week
- Meatloaf and loaded baked potatoes
- Tacos, rice and beans
- Homemade Mac and Cheese with fruit
- Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
- Homemade chicken pot pies
- Goulash (noodles, tomato soup and corn, ground beef) with a salad
Grocery list - $45.00 if you bargain shop. Not too bad for a weeks worth of dinners for 5 people.
- 3 lbs ground beef
- lg potatoes for baking
- sour cream
- Lg bag shredded cheddar cheese (split 2 ways)
- small bag of long grain rice
- 1 can refried beans
- elbow noodles
- Velveeta cheese
- 1 lg rotisserie chicken
- 1 small head of broccoli
- 1 jar Alfredo sauce or Alfredo mix
- 1 pkg Fettuccine noodles
- 1 pkg frozen mixed veggies
- 1 jar or mix chicken gravy
- 1 pkg pie crust
- 2 cans tomato soup
- 1 can corn
- fresh fruit
- lettuce and any of your favorite salad fixings
If anyone is interested in any of these recipes just email me and I would be happy to share them with you. Happy cooking!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Finally a day when I didn't want to drown myself in the sock filled toilet. A much needed stress free day!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Just my luck. I called a appliance repair place and do you know what they want to charge?!!! They want $60 just to come out and look at the damn thing. That didn't include what they wanted for parts and labor IF they could fix it. Ummm last time I checked money doesn't grow on trees nor can I pull it from places that I won't mention!!! I have 5 people in my house and only one of them thinks that (she) can wear a pair of jeans or a shirt more than once before it's dirty! My laundry is OUT OF CONTROL as it is. What am I going to do without a properly functioning dryer even for a week before we can get this problem solved? My family is going to end up recycling their underwear or they are gonna get crunchy line dried clothes and they are going to like it! Oh yeah, I don't have a line to dry them on. Great, just my luck.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
1 pkg chicken breast ( I like mine thin)
1 bottle marsala cooking wine (12.7 oz)
1 can chicken broth
2 tbsp oil
3 tbs real butter
2+ tbsp flour
canned or fresh mushrooms
1 lb angel hair pasta
Begin by melting the butter and oil together in a pan and start the water boiling for the pasta. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Saute the chicken until it's golden brown on both sides. Remove it from the pan and let it rest while you make the sauce. Add 2-3 tbsp flour to the butter and oil in the pan to make a paste and cook it for a few minutes to get the flour taste out. Add your bottle of Marsala and whisk until smooth. It will thicken quickly! Whisk in the can of chicken broth and mushrooms, cook for 15 minutes on medium low. Add the chicken to the sauce and let it cook another 15 minutes on low (or until the chicken is fully cooked). Cook the pasta while it is simmering. When everything is done, top the pasta with the chicken and sauce. Use the fresh chopped parsley and parmesean cheese for a garnish. Enjoy!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Living in Denver can be a challenge when it comes to entertaining your family on a budget! Over the past few years the weather can be a factor sometimes. You never know in Colorado, one day it's freezing and snowing and the next it's sunny and almost enjoyable outside. There are also days that you ask yourself "is it really winter?" Believe it or not it has been known to get up to 70 degrees in our coldest months (December thru March)!
I have tried to come up with a list of things to do in Denver that are family friendly and affordable (free or close to). So for those of you who live here or want to visit someday I hope this is helpful.
Littleton Museum is free to get into and fun for the kids. It has two farms dating back to the 1800's, old barns, a blacksmith shop and an old house. It is really neat to see how people lived back then and it is so much better in person than looking at pictures!
Chatfield State park is fun if you like to be outdoors. The lake is huge, there are a ton of trails to hike and wildlife to see. At the end of summer there is the hot air balloon festival, during the winter they have sleigh rides and pumpkin patches. It is $6 to get in for a day/per car.
Dinosaur Ridge is cool for the older kids. It's free, so it's cool for the parents also. It's a little hard for the little ones to understand dinosaur fossils and footprints! My youngest thought we were going to see real dinosaurs. He was really disappointed!
Heritage Square has free admission. You can go in and wander through the shops, people watch and if you want to spend minimal money you can get some ice cream or ride the train. There are rides for the kids and a pond with bumper boats. For the big kids there is an alpine slide! I have to admit, I have lived here my whole life and have never riden it.
If you have the patience for crowds and strollers you can visit the Denver Zoo or the Museum of Nature and Science on one of their free days. The best way to go with the zoo is to buy a membership ($80 for the family) and it's good for a year. You can go once a week, take a picnic lunch and not spend a dime if your kids will let you! During the winter they have zoo lights. It is so fun to go to and very beautiful with the whole zoo covered in Christmas lights and decorations. I haven't purchased a museum membership before, I can't see my kids wanting to go there all that often, but they do have a really cool IMAX theater and planetarium for when they get older. The big dinorsaurs are a little intimidating for the little ones!
For those freezing cold and snowy days there is Sledding Hill. It's at the corner of Ken Caryl Ave. and Kipling street in Littleton. It is a huge hill that is perfect for sledding. They constructed a new parking lot this summer, making it a little easier to find parking.
Foothills recreation center has a lot of actvities for the kids and parents. My kids really enjoy the indoor swimming pool, the baby gym and taking art classes there. The baby gym is at the Lilly gulch center and it allows parents and children under the age of 5 to go in (for $4/child) and play in the gymnasium for an hour. The little ones love running, jumping, swinging, dancing and just being silly there. They take really good naps afterwards!
The Rocky Mountains and foothills (Tiny Town, Morrison, Red Rocks park) are always good for a drive or a hike and it's free. Generally speaking of course, you still have to pay for the gas. If you go in the fall it is worth every penny! There are plenty of hills to go sledding, there are little towns to go have lunch and site see or you can just drive to your hearts content!
If your not a mountain type person you can go downtown via car or the lightrail. There are soooo many things to do down there. You can wander down 16th street mall, Larimer square or go see the Capitol building across from civic center park. It's all free so you can spend some cash and grab some food! There are plenty of places to stop. Lots of people watching (yes that can amuse you for a whole day). Interesting window shopping and many attractions that can cost a pretty penny! There is just too much for one day.
There are the Elvis Cinemas (dollar movies) on Bowles and Kipling if you need to get out of the cold. You can get your whole family in there for the price of one admission ticket to the new release movies! The only downfall is they also charge an arm and a leg for the concessions. It's a decent theater for what you pay.
I will need to brainstorm to come up with some more ideas! I hope this has helped out in the boredom/broke department. Coming from a broke and bored mom of 3 I hope you can get a little information from this one!!!!