Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

I do love this holiday.  But I have to feels just off for me this year.
There's that whole exciting Red Sox winning the World Series thing that just happened.

And it's also because my town does trick-or-treating on the Sunday before Halloween. In the middle of the day.  From 1pm-4pm. Right in the middle of the Patriots game.
(didn't anyone check the schedule?!)

This past Sunday we passed out candy and took our daughter trick-or-treating.  And I loved it!  The nice thing about the daylight is that I could see my neighbors (most of whom I hadn't met yet!) and I didn't need to worry about my daughter falling into a ditch (yes we have these) or getting lost with a bunch of other kids.

Zoe loved getting candy.  She kept saying lets go get costumes (candy) and she would go up to someone and just say "thank you" (and using sign language which everyone thought was her blowing kisses) and then AFTER receiving the candy...she would then say trick-or-treat.

I had a hard time dragging her home for the last hour, but it was cold out and Mamma had had enough. (next year we will get the bigger neighborhood down the street)

Once we were at home, she loved passing out the candy almost as much as she liked collecting it. She had a blast and so did I.  (we actually ran out of candy!)

BUT...then it was over.  And I'm a take down the decorations as soon as the fun is done type of person. I like just cleaning it all up and putting it away.  I don't like it to linger.  But Halloween was still five days away.  So it's been sitting around.  And now tonight is Halloween.  And we have nothing planned and I just kinda a scrooge?  Is it too early for Christmas references?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hash Browns

I've had writer's block.

Or I've been in a blogger's funk.  I could say I've been very busy...but I haven't been so busy I couldn't put in a quick update.  I've thought about different things I could write about.

But maybe you don't want to hear about my daughter's potty training?

I could write about my trip to visit a friend...maybe I'll do that later. I had something happen that was making me I had to share.

This morning Zoe and I were on our own for breakfast. I decided to treat her to some Dunkin Donuts. Okay, okay...I really wanted the Dunkin Donuts. I had already loaded her up with some apple cider and cereal at home, but I thought she might enjoy a munchkin.

Then while in line at the drive-thru, I got a better idea....hash browns! If you haven't tried the Dunkin Donuts hash browns yet, you should give them a try, they are very yummy.

As predicted, she loved the hash browns. But she had difficulty remembering what they were called.
She kept referring to them as brownies.

Fast forward...

It's the end of the day, I pick her up from daycare and she says:
"Mama..I want some brownies!"

And I laugh and say: "No, you mean hash browns."

Silence from the back of the car. Then I hear:

"Mama, I want some hash brownies."

I'm pretty sure the entire vehicle shook with my laughter.
Ummm.....oops?   :)

Friday, October 04, 2013

This is how I cook.

Something I have come to realize lately is that I don't know how to cook.
Well, I sort of do. I'm a master at grilled cheese and ground taco beef.

What I definitely don't know how to do is meal plan.  And then get groceries and cook healthy meals.

You whole life I've either been depending upon someone else to feed me (Mom & Dad, then college cafeteria) or I've been dieting.  Or eating lots of junk food.

But I've never just planned out, this is what I'm eating.  And if I did, it didn't last for very long, or it was just for myself...not for a family of four.

Now that I am having a second child, I realized I can't just wing it every night for dinner anymore.  I need a plan.  And leftovers.  And packed lunches.  And a way to save money while doing this.

So in my head I have been putting together some ideas for meal planning.  The first idea I came up with was that I was going to have set meals for dinner on certain nights. For example Mondays would be Mexican food. (probably tacos).  Tuesdays would be soup and sandwich.  (maybe in the summer we could switch that soup to salad.)

Fridays might have to be pizza.

So I mentioned this plan to my hubby and the first question he came up with was this:

Hubby: "So how are you making the soup?"
Me: "I'm going to open the can, pour it in a pot and heat it up."
Hubby: "Ummm..."

And this is where I got upset.  I said that's why I didn't cook. 

I'm lucky, my hubby is an excellent cook and most of the time he does it from scratch.  Using ingredients from our garden (if we have one) or farmer's markets.  It intimidates me.  I feel like whatever I make won't be good enough. So I stopped trying.  (he used to work from home and was able to make our dinner every night, but now his job keeps him out until past when Zoe is hungry.)

I decided that in order to feed two kids, he was just going to have to deal with my methods.  Because I'm home with them at 5:30 when they are hungry.  And he doesn't get home until later.  SO that is just the way it goes. :)  After working all day, I need something quick and easy and nutritious.

Anyone have any good meal planning ideas?  Please don't suggest I do a whole lot of cooking on Sundays. Ain't nobody got time for that.  That's laundry, football and the only time we get to spend together as a family if we aren't already doing something else.  :)

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

I quit. Maybe. Or We are Hiring!

Watching these videos just makes me want to make my own videos...

The first one you may have already heard about.  It's the one where the lady quits her job with a dance video.

What is great?  Her boss and company responded with their OWN dance party!

And the of course there is this great video of a mom with her own version.