Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lately, I've had a lot on my mind. Maybe, it's the fact that I'm pregnant again! Yes, we're 2 months pregnant! We've been trying for a few months, but didn't expect it to happen as fast as it did after we moved! Being pregnant sure does bring a lot of extra stress. I've been extremely tired and am awaiting the 2nd trimester to start! I didn't start working until Landon was 6 months old so that's another added stress! We've been getting a lot of work done to the house and my only hope is that everything is pretty much done by the time the baby is here. We are about 90% done with the bathroom (waiting for a vanity and cabient, new doors and trim). We also just finished adding in a backdoor to our bedroom. Paul and a friend of his are currently placing a new tiolet in Monie's bathroom. Some other things I'd like to add to our list:

1) Blinds in our room
2) Closet redo
3) Deck outside our door. Paul also wants to do this so hopefully it will happen fast!

I wish my list was only this small! I'm worried what our finanical situtation will look like 7 months from now! We've hardly done any saving and are in dire need of a new vehicle. I also need a new phone! I've had about enough of mine! I had wanted all of our Christmas shopping to be done by Black Friday, but it's not! I'm close but there's always hope for next year.

I'm going to try a few "green" ideas this time around with the baby. I want to make my own baby wipes and try and use cloth diapers. I have a feeling I will still use disposable diapers while out and about, but it will still be a money saver since I won't be using them all the time! I would like to try and start our own family traditions next year and I'll have to see where it will take us. I say this because this will be the first year in my entire 22 years of existence where I've never had a Thanksgiving. No turkey, no stuffing, sweet potatoes, no nothing! Next year this won't be. Nobody is having Thanksgiving here in FL and since we can't be in SC we won't be having one.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I've actually been "cooking"!

Yes, I've found some pretty good recipes that I've tried out over the past few weeks. OK, so it's only 2, but I think I'm getting better in the kitchen! They were very easy so that helped a lot. I don't like long complicated recipes, that's what turns me off of the kitchen. Anyways, I got this first course from the Kraft Food and Family Fall 2008 magazine.

Mini Meatloaves!



I don't have the recipe typed on the computer so I'll have to try and add it tomorrow! It was VERY simple though! I made it about a week or 2 ago.
I made this tonight:
Puppy Chow
I have to say that I got this recipe from someone's blog but I cannot remember as to who! I'm very sorry, but I thank them for posting it, THIS ROCKS!


Puppy Chow aka Puggy Chow
Makes many servings
9 cups Chex cereal (any variety)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, stir together chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Stove-Top Directions: Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Recipe from the Chex website.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween 2008 pictures




Just thought I'd share a couple of Halloween pictures from Friday night! We just went to our churches Trunk of Treats! We did this last year and I find it to be the safest way to trick or treat!


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Just a thought

I thought I'd be getting internet this Monday but it is next Monday that I'll be getting it! That stinks!! But, I thought it'd be nice of me to go ahead and post something new. This is 1 of my frugal tips I use in our kitchen.

I bought this jug of Vanilla yogurt at Save A Lot and just spooned it into these little Gladware containers. Since I work 6-8 hour shifts here and there I like to take my lunch; of course, it isn't just for work lunches but for at home lunches as well! It's cheaper to use these small containers instead of the prepackaged yogurt. The containers come 6 in a pack or 8? I'm not at home or else I would run and check! You can even add freshly chopped fruit if you don't like plain 'ol vanilla! Hope this works for some of you out there!