Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Then & Now

So I am obviously not good at keeping up with this blogging thing.  Must add more blogging to my long list of New Year's resolutions. 
 
Looking back at our Christmas pictures I came across this beauty:
 
 
This is from 2002 and was our first Christmas with three kids.  We took this with the camera timer and as you can see we didn't get the perfectly posed picture.  Devon (far left) is spitting up, Delaney (middle) didn't want to sit down, Denver (right) looks in shock that this is his life, Steve is smiling and is obviously unaware he has spit up on his hand, my parents at this point are probably very thankful they just had one child and me . . . I have blocked out that first year.  And those jeans.
 
Fast forward 10 years:
 
 
We visit this Santa at Chick-fil-A every year.  He is great at getting the kids to pose.  Needed him 10 years ago! 
 
Hope your Christmas was filled with family and fun.  Happy New Year's Everyone!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's Been a Long Time!

Wow!  It's been a long time since I posted on my little blog.  I blame the kids.  I spent all summer trying to entertain them and feeding them ALL THE TIME!  Let's catch up.
 
At the end of July we took a trip to Destin, Florida.  I have been there before but this was the first time for the family.  It was awesome!
 
 
Me and my girls.
 
 
Me and my hubby.  He just has to wear those orange shorts I love. 
 
 
 Look!  They are getting along!
 
 
Denver continues to not want his picture taken.  They may not be lined up but at least they are all smiling.
 
 
 The girls begged us to buy hermit crabs from this tourist shop.  Can't believe I caved.
 
 
First day of school.  Denver is in 7th, Delaney in 6th and Devon in 4th.
 
 
The next day Delaney turned 11. 
 
 
Well I think you are all caught up on the past 4-5 weeks.  Oh yea --- I got a part time job at a women's clothing store.  Been a long time since I worked outside the home.  I was a little stressed at first thinking I was way to old to be getting back into working but so far it has been great.  I get to speak with adults during the DAY and get a great discount on clothes.  No I won't be making any money.  If fact, I might have to get another job to pay for my purchases at this job!
 
Happy Thursday Everyone!  Teri
 
 

Friday, July 13, 2012

InstaFriday

It might be hot as hades in Georgia but it was time to get the kids out of the house and on a long golf cart ride to the library.  They each checked out a book that I am determined they will read.  At some point in their life.


Took Delaney to the hospital to have her pinky finger x-rayed.  Guess she doesn't like having her picture taken during this process.  It was broken but nothing a little Chick-fil-A won't fix. 


This is what happens when your air conditioning breaks on one of the hottest days in history.  HISTORY!


You might be a redneck if you try and jump start it with your leaf blower.  Just sayin!


This is how my day usually ends.  On Pinterest watching trash TV.


Gotta love summer!

life rearranged

Friday, July 6, 2012

Crib Bedspring Turned Picture Holder



 Do you still have a baby crib taking up storage space in your house? Here is a really cute repurposing idea for the crib bedsprings I saw on Pinterest. The picture I found didn't have a link. Hate when that happens. I wanted to know how they hung it. I turned this over to hubby who always thinks anything we hang needs to hold 500 pounds. I thought we could use hooks but he insisted on drilling a hole in the frame (top and bottom) and screwing it into a stud. So you could go with my plan and use hooks (which may or may not come out) or you can follow my hubby's lead and make it sturdy enough for the kids to climb. Your choice.


I used regular sized clothespins to hang the canvas artwork in the middle and little clothespins I found at Michaels for pictures and tickets. Did you know there is a Michaels App now? Thanks to this app and the 40% off coupon it contained this project only
cost $1.79! 

Love it!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pancake Muffins


My kids love pancakes.  I hate the sticky mess everywhere.  We're talking in their hair, all over their hands, all over the counter, all over the walls and all over the dog.  Yes, it happened.   Came across this recipe for Pancake Muffins on Pinterest where you bake the syrup in the pancake mix and thought YES!  The first recipe I tried only needed pancake mix, syrup and water.  How easy is that?  What could possibly go wrong?

Epic Fail

Well that didn't work.  Normally I would think this was just me and my great baking skills but something didn't seem right with this recipe.  Thankfully I came across another easy recipe at Lady with the Red Rocker.  It has only four ingredients but it works! 



You can add whatever toppings your family likes.  We love blueberries and chocolate chips.  Here is your easy (and working) recipe:

Pancake Muffins {Printable}

2 C Bisquick
2/3 C Milk 
2 Eggs
3/4 C syrup
Toppings – chocolate chips, blueberries, bacon, sausage, ham, bananas, nuts, etc.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Mix Bisquick, milk, eggs, and syrup together and pour into muffin pans with cupcake liners. Fill each cup half way, and top with your favorite topping.  Bake for 14-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Makes 17-18 normal sized muffins.

Teri's Tips:
  • Don't mix the toppings into the muffin mix.  For some reason they fall to the bottom while baking.
  • I didn't have Bisquick so I used waffle mix.
  • I used both a normal size muffin tin and a mini muffin tin for this recipe.  Mini muffins take about 10 minutes to bake.
These are really yummy and disappear fast.  Best part ------ no sticky dog!


Linked Up:  Six Sisters' Stuff

Friday, June 22, 2012

InstaFriday

This week was pretty much all about baseball.







This is Denver's idea of putting his uniform in the laundry room.


Warming up to pitch.


Denver isn't a pitcher but was brought in to pitch the last inning. We were up 5 runs but it was still nerve racking. He was very calm and didn't give up a run!



Brought home the 1st place trophy!


Okay, maybe it wasn't all about baseball. Devon and I did manage to have lunch and get a pedicure.



Our first free night Steve and I were able to get out alone for some sushi. Pretty good week!


Happy Friday Everyone!

life rearranged


Monday, June 18, 2012

Cucumber Salsa


This is one of those recipes you don't tell the kids what is in it and just have them try it.  All three of mine like it but would stop eating it if I told them it has onions.  Not sure where I got this recipe but it was called Lime Cucumber Salad.  To me it's more like a salsa so we eat it with chips.

Here is what you need:

2 large cucumbers
1/4 C finely diced onion
3T fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Olive Oil - just a dash
Salt to taste

Peel cucumbers and chop into small cubes.  In a bowl toss with onions, chopped cilantro, lime juice, olive olive and salt.  Chill to serve.

Hope you like it!

Friday, June 8, 2012

InstaFriday

This week we actually managed to get some stuff done!  We still had plenty of pool and outside time.  Have a good weekend!



life rearranged

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pizza Casserole

When I saw this recipe on for mamas I thought the kids would love it.  Big kids loved it too!  Here is what I used to make ours:

1 ½ lbs. ground turkey (could use beef)
1 16 oz. bag of egg noodles
1 large jar spaghetti sauce (Ragu - 2 lbs. 13oz)
15 oz. low fat ricotta cheese
2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
1 package pepperoni (3.5 oz. package)


Brown turkey meat and drain.  Cook egg noodles and drain.  Now would be a good time to preheat the oven to 350 (I always forget this).  Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.


Let the layering begin!  Pay attention!  Spread half the noodles, half the meat, half the sauce, the remaining noodles. 


Spread on the ricotta cheese (I didn't use the entire tub), remaining sauce, 2 C mozzarella cheese and top off with the pepperoni.


As you can see I covered the entire casserole with pepperoni but you can put as little or as much as you like.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes.  Remove and let sit for 10 minutes.  I know it's hard to wait 10 minutes but you really need to or it will fall apart.  Not to mention it's smokin' hot if you don't wait!



To make this easier for you, here is the printable recipe.  Enjoy the kid food :-)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bye Bye Elementary School

Can't believe another one of my babies will be headed off to middle school in August.  Seems like yesterday we were taking Delaney to her first day at preschool.





Look at that little cutie!  She started to have a meltdown when we were leaving the first day.  Daddy took her aside, had a little chat and she was good to go.  She loved preschool and had no desire to go to elementary school when the time came. Here is a picture her kindengarten teacher took on the first day to be placed over her cubby.



This picture cracks me up!  Can you tell she's not happy?  Thankfully after a week she turned around and started liking school.

If you grew up around the time I did (long time ago) you completed 5th grade and moved on to middle school.  No biggie.  Not anymore!  Now you have a big 5th grade graduation.  They asked that everyone "dress appropriately".  Delaney is a total tomboy and dressing up to her means wearing jean shorts.  I was totally surprised when she suggested wearing a dress.  I actually thought she was messing with me. 



Her friends were shocked!


After the ceremony we took her out to lunch.  As you can tell by the picture, she was done with the dress.  She was beyond excited to receive a cell phone as a gradutation gift. Thank goodness for unlimited texting plans!


Congrats Delaney!  We are very proud of you!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Brussel Sprouts Are Good!


I know what you're thinking.  Brussel sprouts good?  No way.  I thought the same thing when my husband came home with a big bag of them.  I mean it's bad enough I have to eat healthy stuff I like all the time (on 17 Day Diet) and now I'm going to eat brussel sprouts.  That's just great.  Turns out they are great.  Now I'm not saying they are like eating a big 'ol piece of chocolate cake but they are good.  Another bonus is they are easy.  All I did was cut off the end of each brussel sprout (kind of like the end of a head of lettuce), cut them in half and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Now I hate when I read a recipe online and they don't give you the exact amount of the ingredient to add and expect me to figure this out.  However, I'm doing the same thing right now.  It depends on how many you are roasting.  I put in enough olive oil to coat each brussel sprout.  I'm not a big fan of pepper but if you are add a bunch.  I feel they need extra salt to taste good but always start with a little and add more after they are done. 
  
Aren't they pretty?

Put all those lovely sprouts on a baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. 


They are even better reheated the next day.  So before you diss the brussel sprout give it a try!

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