Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head

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rainy day 4

If you’re in the American South like us, you’ve been experiencing nearly a week of constant rain and have another week’s worth to come.  Personally, I think 14 days of rain is only a good thing if it’s 60 degrees or colder.  When it’s 80, it just leaves you debating whether to wear short or long sleeves and feeling pretty sticky in all the humidity.  It also means your stuck in the house, especially if you need new wiper blades and discover replacements will set you back $85.

Thankfully, these little annoyances don’t bother Cecilia.  I just put her in a jacket and some old shoes, and she’s content to explore in the rain and discover awesome new things like stomping in puddles.  It’s amazing how every day things like raindrops make her day.

rainy day

1. Cut a Hole in Box. 2. Shove Your Baby in That Box.

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When I was a kid, my dad worked as a supply manager for our local hospital.  That meant two things: 1. We had lots of those plastic hospital tubs around, and 2. He had access to HUGE cardboard boxes.  I remember one weekend he brought home a box that had once contained a stretcher.  Conveniently, that was the same weekend that someone at church gave my sister a Wint-O-Green flavored Lifesaver candy.  I’m not sure if you remember Lifesaver’s old catchphrase, but it was “When you bite a Lifesaver in the dark, it makes a spark.”

During the entire church service, my sister and I plotted and planned to get inside the box, shielding out all light, to test out their slogan.  Much to our disappointment, it didn’t do anything.  I guess it was really to my sister’s disappointment.  I was just happy she wanted to do something with me (though I do vaguely remember her taunting me with it - forcing me to wait all afternoon to get inside the box).   However, while double checking my memory on the exact phrasing of the slogan, I did find some sites claiming that it will spark.  I guess we did it wrong!

That afternoon did teach me one very valuable lesson that I hope to pass on to my daughter - cardboard boxes are fun!  When we got a new car seat from Fed Ex last week, I knew that its box would come in handy.  Plus everyone knows that toddlers prefer boxes over whatever contents lie within them!

Once I checked out the car seat and decided it was a keeper, I cut door holes and windows into her new hobo house.  I also used an empty paper towel roll for a chimney.  Cecilia loves it!  She keeps taking toys inside of her new home!  Little Tykes and their $280 playhouse got nothing on cardboard!

baby in a box

Pantry Raid, Final Frontier

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I broke down and went to the grocery store today.  We were getting low on frozen veggies, and I was really hankering a fresh green salad.  I kept my budget low (only $100), and that included stocking up on cereal.  (Cheerios were on sale, and I had lots of coupons. Score!)

Here’s the meals that rounded out the my grocery shopping diet. I can’t remember the exact days that we ate what.  There were several duplicates since we have no problems with leftovers.  We also ordered in a couple times. As you’ll see, I did two big crock pot meals and used those several times throughout the week.

Sunday, August 23rd:

Pork chop with apricot bbq glaze, garlicky Parmesan peas, new potatoes, and sauteed garden squash.

Wednesday, August 26th:
whole chicken 1

Chicken breast (from a whole chicken cooked in the crock pot) with whole grains salad (grains, dried cranberries, garlic, onions) and sauteed squash.

Thursday, August 27th:
whole chicken 2

Chicken stir fry (with chicken from the whole chicken) over brown rice.

Friday, August 28th:
whole chicken 3

Pesto chicken whole wheat pasta. Again, chicken from the whole chicken from the crock pot, and pesto made with basil from the garden.

Sunday, August 30th:
turkey vegetable soup

Ground turkey vegetable soup. I used ground turkey leftover from Cecilia’s birthday party and a soup mix that we received for Christmas. I threw in a couple different frozen bag veggies (just what I had on hand). I froze the leftovers for future lunches for Chris.

Monday, August 31st:
pork loin 1

Pork loin with apricot bbq glaze (cooked in the crock pot), new potatoes, and fresh garden lemon cucumbers.

Tuesday, September 1st:
pork loin 2

Pulled pork sandwich topped with Caribbean Jerk sauce on homemade bun (left over from Cecilia’s birthday bash), mixed vegetables, and new potatoes.

Wednesday, September 2nd:
pork loin 3

Pulled pork sandwich, sauteed squash, and wheat berries salad (wheat berries, dried cranberries, feta, garlic, onion, cucumber, and choyote squash).

Friday, September 4th:
black bean burrito

Black Bean Burrito Bake with fruit salad.

Saturday, September 5th:
“Red Beans” and rice. It was actually Cannellini beans (white kidney beans) with mirepoix, tomatoes, brown rice, green peppers, and spices.
No picture - it was too tasty to wait!

Thanks for coming on this tasty journey with me.  If you have any questions about recipes, please email me.  I’m happy to share!  I’m going to keep trying to save money and use ingredients in my pantry stockpile.  Let me know if you’d like to see more posts like these!

Peek A Boo!

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Cecilia has reached a time in her development where she likes to mimic the people around her and be involved in our daily activities.  This is absolutely wonderful because I don’t have to rack my brain with ways to play with her.  Everything is entertaining to her, even mundane chores like laundry become fun games like peekaboo!
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Peek A Boo

It’s so fun that Baby Doll needs to play too!

Peek A Boo

Peek A Boo

Lucy LOVES Pickles

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Cecilia’s not the only person in our house that loves pickles.