Feb 21, 2018

From Celery Seed to Jasmine Rice

Yes I realize that would be a really weird combination and one that I don't really recommend but hey go for it if you dare. But this isn't really about weird combinations of food.

This project came about somewhat suddenly although it is one that I had been wanting to do for awhile now. Yesterday we ended up getting a little ice storm, I had a sick kid and there was no school. I needed to do something. So I tackled a project I had been meaning to do for awhile. Label my spices and pantry items. Or I should say re-labeling.

Awhile ago - actually way back at the old house - I found a site that had printable spice and pantry labels while I loved. I was all for it and used them but then I discovered I was limited by what I could label. I had Panko bread crumbs and cornstach and those weren't items that she had made labels for. I used dry erase markers and labeled the containers myself but I really hated it.

It actually wasn't until we moved that I realized how little I was using the Silhouette that I had. And this was the perfect project for that. So I got to work. I found a font that I loved and made a list of all the items I currently needed labels for and got to work.

All in all this is a really easy project, it was just a matter of me making time to actually do it.

I used the font I found and just stated typing them out in my Silhouette program. After creating all the labels I sent them to print then to cut on my Silhouette (which actually took long than I expected). Then I was all set.

Of course I had to take off the old labels before I could put on my new one and that was the job I was really dreading but I got to work.






I thought at first the original labels were going to be fairly easy to get off but I guess I was seriously mistaken because it was definitely taking some time. The job would have been made easier had I had some stuff that actually takes sticky off but I did and hello ice storm - so I made due.



I definitely prefer the way it looks now. It's going to take me some time to get through all the spice containers I already have, plus all the pantry items with labels already but I definitely love how ti looks so much better.


So that was my ice storm day projects. I had about a thousands things I should have been doing including cleaning bathrooms and vacuuming the bedroom level but I decided do to this. Of course I'm not done because it's just going to take some time to get through everything but I'm definitely loving it so far.


Feb 19, 2018

How to Boil Water: Baked Chicken and Mushrooms

So this recipe actually has another name via the website it came from but it's kind of a lack of a name and I just don't like it. So I'm calling it that and going from there.

Dinner Brought To You By: Totally the Bomb

Here's What You Need:
6-8 pieces of chicken, floured and placed in 9x13 inch pan
2 cups hot water
1 tsp (or 2 cubes) chicken bouillon
1 bay leaf
Onion salt to taste
Mushrooms
1/4 tsp thyme
3/4 cup heavy cream

Here's What You Do:

Dissolve bouillon in water and add the bay leaf, onion salt and mushrooms. Pour over chicken. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours.

Fifteen minutes before it's done, add thyme and heavy cream then finish baking uncovered.




  





Tonight's meal looked nothing like the pictures on the website. I followed the steps - which by the way ones I printed from the website was missing a step that was listed on the website. Weird.

This meal was okay but mostly it was just disappointing. When you call this meal Best Ever Chicken, you better live up to that standard and nope, it really didn't.

I don't even know how you could fix this but it was pretty disappointing. And it took so long! I think I could have used more chicken and more mushrooms so maybe I needed more to go with all the liquid. Also not using expired bouillon may help but at this point no clue.

If you try this, then let me know how it went for you and if it turned out closer to what the original recipe looked like (check it out through the link above) or if you have an amazing chicken recipe, please share below!

Feb 12, 2018

The Weekend

This weekend was definitely a much needed one. Truthfully last week was a really bad week, so we were pretty desperate for the weekend would have at least been just a break in general from the everyday routine.

But we this weekend was even better because we got an extra break. Long before last week was a bad week we had planned with my parents to take the kids for the weekend. So we had ourselves a kidfree weekend. And boy was it nice - and needed.

I was going to write this post all about all the fun things we did but the truth is that we didn't do anything. I originally thought Black Panther was out this weekend so we were going to go to the movies then I discovered it doesn't come out until next weekend. We knew we needed to go to Target, but that turned out to be about the only thing we did do.


We slept until 10 both Saturday and Sunday - well Rob slept until 10, I am apparently programmed to wake up with the kids and can't sleep past 8:30. But I stayed in bed and watched the Olympics on TV whenever it was on. We went out to eat - I didn't cook once the whole weekend! We basically just hung out around the house. I watched the Olympics and caught up on TV shows. Rob played video games. We ate Chinese food and did no household chores (except feeding the cat, you gotta feed the cat!).

Needless to say, it was a weekend we really needed. I love my kids but sometimes you just get drained. Plus Addison was dying to go to grandma and papa's house. Connor - who has been in such a mama phase - barely gave me a second thought because he loves himself some papa! So it was much needed by everyone.

Feb 7, 2018

Bullet Journal January & February

If you have looked at a calendar you will have noticed we are into February which means a new month in my bullet journal. I didn't exactly blog a lot about bullet journaling in the last year but I want to add a little more about it this year because I really have enjoyed my bullet journal and it really helps me keep my head on straight. 

I shared some of these pictures last month but if I'm sharing them again then that just means they are my favorite. I really love how my first page in January turned out. Like I said last month I didn't draw that, but used tracing paper (a life-saver for those of us that can't draw but want to add a little extra in a journal) and a picture off the internet. 


I used a pretty simple layout for my dailies. I really didn't want anything fancy. I did stick with a blue color scheme during the month of January and I also used pictures I found online of snowy scenes to add into some layouts just for something extra. 

Last bullet journal I used more stickers and such which add a lot of bulk to it and made it really hard to use as we got to the end of the journal. I did like it although there was a lot more into doing a setup each day.


I used this meal plan layout for my last few bullet journal because sometimes you just stick with what works. I again add some pictures to these and sometimes I used stamps because I have really enjoyed doing more stamping.



I was so excited to set up February especially since I loved how January turned out, but there are several things that I just don't love as much about February. I do love the otter because he's just plain cute, but I wished I had used different font or maybe it was my tracing ability that didn't turn out so great. I also don't love where I placed the hearts but that's okay I still like it overall.


My plan heading into February was just the same I liked my daily layouts before so I wanted to do the same as before with some pictures and such scattered in. It just adds a little fun and some character into my bullet journal. 


In case you didn't know the winter Olympics starts on Friday and I am pretty excited so I put together a spread so follow when certain sports are on so I know when what I want to watch is on. I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to put this layout together because of spaces I have and I actually had to leave out hockey on the list of events, which is fine because I don't care about hockey and it's on everyday but this was a bit of a pain to put together. 


So that's about where we are at this point. There's not much to this month yet. This is definitely my favorite bullet journal so far. It's been fun to put together and I look forward to more spreads and more months in this journal.

Feb 5, 2018

Five on the Fifth

1. My TV seems to think I'm in Houston, TX because every time I turn on the Weather Channel adn the fancy pop-up feature comes up with my local weather it's sure I'm in Houston. We have even tried changing it several times even. And my phone thinks I'm in Orange Beach, AL or it's taunting me because when I open my weather phone app it is often open to that screen where the weather is always warmer than it is here.

2. I have lately been addicted to watching Clean with Me videos on YouTube. It's interesting to see how others clean but also it inspires me to really clean. And sometimes I see them clean something that I had never thought to clean.

3. I have no idea why but I decided that ribs sounded good. If you know me at all then you know I don't eat much barbecue or ribs or pork. But for some reason it sounded good so I found a recipe on Tasty which used my slow cooker and gave it a shot.

It fell off the bone when I was taking it out the slow cooker so it was definitely a eat with your fork like of meal, but it was still good. The meat was really tender. Rob wasn't a fan but he doesn't really care for this kind of food in general. Connor ate it up and Addison said that she liked it. I actually like it too and there was very little I had to do to make this meal. It was pretty good. (I just served it with roasted sweet potatoes and a little salad.)




4. I am pretty pumped about the Winter Olympics that start this Friday. I always like watching the Olympics. There is a lot I like about the summer ones but I think my favorite is actually the winter because there is nothing more thrilling than watching bobsledding, the luge and the skeleton. The people that do the Skeleton are kind of crazy but I love watching it!

5. I have been collecting enamel pins on my purse lately. I go with my favorite shows and movies or just ones that are cute (like the cactus that is upside in this photo). I also have a pin from Gilmore Girls, the Harry Potter trio and Hunger Games. The Mockingjay is my newest one. I basically just go with whatever I like and I'm always keeping my eyes out for a new one!



Feb 2, 2018

The Twenty-Three Month Comparison // Happy Friday

I can't believe Connor is just a month away from turning two! It just doesn't seem possible but here we are.


It's funny because although they are the same age in these pictures I think Connor almost looks a little older and I think it's because he has more hair. They are definitely looking alike at almost two, although he has more of Rob's nose and she has mine. Otherwise they are pretty similar. I guess they must be related!

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

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