Saturday, September 25, 2010

Days of Play--Pumpkin Pancakes

To celebrate the days of fall, make pumpkin pancakes for breakfast.  After you make breakfast together, have a pumpkin pancake picnic on the living room floor and read If You Give a Pig a Pancake together. 

A deliciously glorious start to a Saturday morning.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Date Night In--Drive In

Maybe you can't actually make it to a drive in but if you have a car and a portable DVD player/laptop, you can re-create one!

What you'll need:
  • laptop/portable DVD player
  • movie (I recommend Grease!)
  • Snacks--soda, popcorn, movie candy 
  • pillows and blankets
  • baby monitor
What to do:
  • Get the kids tucked into bed
  • Grab your gear and sneak out to the car
  • Get comfy and watch your show
  • Make out at least once
  • Keep the monitor on so you can hear your children.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

{FALL} Things I Love: Hot Drinks

Last week I gushed on and on about my electric tea pot.  (I still love it, BTW).

What might possibly be better than my teapot is all the hot drink goodness I can make with it.

I love hot drinks.  Teas, cocoas, chais, ciders ... I love them.

I love the way a hot drink warms you from your hands to your tummy.

I love the way steam rising from a hot drink opens your sinus.

I love the way a hot drink feels like a hug on the inside.

I love hot drinks.

When it comes to tea, I must admit that I don't love white and green teas.  Black and red teas--delish!  I especially love Red Rose black tea with cream and sugar and the HELLO! wake-me-up taste of Good Earth's Sweet and Spicy herbal tea.

When it comes to chai I must confess that I'm not a powdered chai fan.  Instead I prefer Stash chai (with half-n-half) and Third Street chai mix.

And for cocoa, it's pretty hard to beat this!

Reagan's Cocoa Recipe
2 c. shifted powdered sugar
2 c. dry milk
1 (8oz) jar non-dairy creamer
2 c. Nesquick

Mix everything in a large bowl and store in a plastic container in dry area.  To make, mix 1/4-1/3 c. to 6-8oz of hot water.  Enjoy!

Finally, I love to make a spiced tea.  The whole house smells divine and certain people swear this recipe cures the common cold.  For some reason the smell of cloves and oranges will always remind me of my childhood home around Christmas time.

Wintertime Spice Tea
1. c dried lemonade
1 c. Tang
1/2 c. instant tea mix
1/2 t. cinnamom
1/2 t. ground cloves

Mix and store in a cool, dry spot.  To make, add 2-3 heaping tablespoons (to taste) to 6-8 oz of hot water.

P.S.  Both of these recipes can be made in bulk, put into cute jars and given as inexpensive but tasty gifts for your neighbors!

What hot drink do you love?

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What I Think About--What Marraiage IS

I recently read an article about what marriage ISN'T.

The article was written in hopes of making sure no one had expectations for marriage that were unrealistic, or heaven forbid, too high!  According to the author, here's what marriage ISN'T.

Marriage isn't
  • A cure for lonliness
  • An escape from boredom
  • A rowdy sex romp
  • A means to a make-over
  • An easy transition
From complete fantasy land, I understand why this was written. I'm married and I've been lonely.  I've been bored.  Sex hasn't always been great.  Matt and I didn't change overnight (Really, he needed to do the changing.  ha ha!).  It was tough to adjust at first.

That being said, I will say that I am way less lonely now.  I'm rarely bored.  We have sex often and it is awesome.  I have changed for the better, because of Matt and marriage, so the difficult transition was worth it!

What I really want to know is why we spend so much time on what marriage isn't and not a lot of time on what marriage is.

Marriage is:
  • Selflessly regarding the other as more important than yourself.
  • Sacrificing for the good of the whole.
  • Compromising.
  • Compassionately caring for one another.
  • Passionately pursuing one another.
  • Persistently encouraging and supporting one another (especially on days when you don't want to).
  • Romantically spending time together.
  • Fighting through the hard times--together!
  • Working hard to make it work.
  • Sharing inside jokes, secret glances, sexy smiles, broken hearts, fears, big disappointments, and small victories.
What I think is marriage is awesome. It isn't easy.  It isn't always fun.  It is worth it.

What IS marriage to you?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday's Too Clean Tip--Cotton Ball in a Tub

I just read this tip in my new Real Simple.  I tried it.  I love it!

Take a cotton ball and soak it in bathroom cleaner (think Kaboom) or bleach.

Set it in the corner of your tubs (where pink mildewy stuff may or may not be growing).

Leave it alone for 30 minutes to and hour.

Throw away cotton ball and wipe away the remains of the icky bathtub growing stuff.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

My Outfit--Christmas Colors

Quite a while ago I did a post on wearing colors and I talked about mixing complimentary colors (blue/orange, red/green, yellow/purple).  I know it sound weird but it works. 

I submit as evidence this work day outfit.

Okay, not great photos today but pride before a fall--right?

Anyhow, classic black pants + green satin shirt + skinny red belt + red necklace + heels = A simple, chic outfit.

Well, I did warn you.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

What's Cookin'--9/20-9/26

My parents are finally back from Alaska and I'm going to my sister's house this week for a little family reunion!  I haven't seen my sister since May so I'm very excited.

Why does any of this matter?  Well, because I'm only meal planning through Wednesday and I thought I should explain myself.

Monday--Manicotti and salad (due my head cold last week we didn't eat this)
Tuesday--Grilled steaks, corn on the cob, baked potaotes
Wednesday--Chicken cacciatore and brown rice