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Friday, July 27, 2012

Stress free, finally!

I've been feeling a little stressed this past week.
A little bit like this:

(Photo courtesy of Autumn Rose Photography)
That is Levi, circa summer 2010, by the way.

This week was finals week for the summer semester and I literally JUST submitted my last assignment.

We will be trying out another new recipe this weekend, so that will be showing up in the coming days.
Sneak peak: it's lamb.
It was supposed to be on the menu on Tuesday - but look how well that's turned out.
Today we had Kraft macaroni & cheese and green beans from a can.
Gourmet cooking, I'm telling you.

But now I'm feeling a little more like this:

No shame. We keep it real around here.
Messy hair, no make up, tired eyes.
BUT I'm happy and wearing a neon pink t-shirt... and giving that awesome thumbs up.

Sweet dreams, readers!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday night dinner at our house.

Today we tried a last minute science activity while waiting for dinner.
I decided to try a new recipe - Veggie Lasagna.
The downside was that it takes an hour to cook in the oven.

I wasn't really prepared for a special activity.
One of the things I'm going to work on - activities with my kids outside their plastic, manufactured toys.
However, I managed to have some vinegar, baking soda (miraculously), and food coloring on hand...
And I remembered pinning this  kids activity a while back... so we did a little experimenting.

Fill the dish with baking soda.

Vinegar tinted with food coloring.

Use a medicine dropper to drip the colors onto the baking soda and watch the awe on your child's face.

At first, Levi was pretty amazed at the way the colors fizzed when he dropped them.
But then he started to experiment... "I wonder what color it makes when I put yellow on blue?"

It was the perfect activity for Levi to kill the time until dinner was ready. He's the perfect age (2.5) for this, I think.

Oh, and when he was done, he decided he needed to taste it... ew.
Dinner will (hopefully) taste much better, little Bear!

 At the very least, it LOOKED much more appetizing. =)

Zucchini, squash, tomatoes, onion, and bell peppers.

I wish I would have taken in-progress pictures.... but my kitchen is a disaster zone when I'm cooking.
Who am I kidding? It's a 24/7 disaster zone.

I used the recipe that Laura at We Wilsons talked about a couple weeks ago. The cheesy sauce is wonderful - but we also added some spaghetti sauce on top of our own servings. I think it is ingrained into our brains that pasta needs spaghetti sauce.

I got so much wonderful produce at the farmers market this week.
Including the world's most amazing tomatoes.
This was the perfect recipe to use them in.
The original recipe calls for broccoli and carrots, but it would be delicious with pretty much any veggie.

But Levi wouldn't touch it.... so he had spaghetti with butter and Parmesan.
Adventurous, that one.

This vegetable lasagna recipe looks wonderful, too.
(Actually, it's one of the Pioneer Woman's recipes... so let's face it - it will taste AMAZING.)

P.S. Ignore the mess in the background. uhhhh... I don't have an excuse.

Linked up to: Making The World Cuter

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hello again!

Here I am.
About to open my blog with it's new design and new purpose.

I have one other post besides this one and it may seem kind of random, but let me explain.

This blog is about my life.
It will continue to be so.
The new change is that the new focus will be on becoming the woman and mother that I aspire to be.

Projects, cooking, parties, and juggling all other aspects with school and a career.

I'll be starting out with projects from blogs I follow and love.
No tutorials from this girl.
Big opinions on tutorials, though. =)

And lots of pictures of my handsome boys.


(Blowin' bubbles!)

and Gabe.

I can't promise daily posts.
School, work, and life as a single mom is grueling most of the time.
I can promise that I will do my best.
Somewhat scheduled posts a few times a week.
I promise.

I'll work on smiling. ha!

I can't wait to meet you, reader.