Foodie Friday: Mini strawberry pizzas

Mini strawberry pizzas
Adapted from Shannon's recipe
 
2 packages of pre-made sugar cookies (I like Pepperidge Farm because they are nice and sturdy)
1 package fresh strawberries, sliced into tiny pieces
1/2 tub or bag of strawberry glaze (I like Marzetti sugar-free glaze)
1/2 block of cream cheese, very soft
1 3/4 C of Cool Whip, thawed
1/4 cup powdered sugar (keep adding to it until it is as sweet as you like)

  • While you slice the strawberries (I quarter them, then slice down the middle), let the cream cheese soften. If it is not soft enough, it will make the spread lumpy!
  • Mix the strawberries with the glaze.
  • Use a mixer to blend the cream cheese, Cool Whip, and powdered sugar. Keep adding sugar to adjust the sweetness).
  • I prepare each pizza one at a time so that the spread doesn't melt off the cookies. Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the cookie, then top with the strawberries. Chill right away.
These hold up in the fridge for at least one night. After that, ours were gone because we ate them! They are also very yummy with the store brand bakery sugar cookies. I would not suggest the slice and bake kind, as I broke about 7 of them trying to spread the cream onto them. Take these to your next party!

Birthday Thursday: Happy 14 weeks!

14 weeks, geez. Last week, our picture was on the beach (which was lovely), but we are glad to be home. I cannot tell you how relieved I am that Larkyn has finally adjusted back to her usual schedule!  Because she is generally a happy kiddo, I tried to explain away and "fix" her fussiness on Monday. Was she teething? Was it because I didn't take her special Dr. Brown's mixing pitcher on vacation and now she has a week's worth of bubbles built up and is about to explode!? No, she had just put up with enough changes to her life and needed to tell me all about it. Point taken, princess!

So, what's new with Lulu?  She is seriously tracking objects with her eyes, including her hands and the teether that I gave her when I was convinced she had a tooth coming in (she still might, I'm not sure). She is holding things if I put them in her hand. And man, is she kicking up a storm! My family called her a Rockette while watching her kick on vacation. This was even more fun for her when I took the infant sling out of her bath tub and she could kick in her "big girl" tub. I know it will remind my mom of her favorite bath story of mine. Basically, every time I was in the tub, it was an adventure. I took all my McDonald's Bambi toys in and would do my best to create waves. The floor was absolutely soaked every time she would finally drag me out of the cold water (it was warm when she put me in, don't worry). Anyway...happy 14 weeks, water baby! (see her roll over? Ha!)




Random Wednesday: Nursery Source list

I am amazed every time I look at my blog stats, you are all looking for the same thing: Pottery Barn Hayley collection pictures! This post has been viewed over 1,000 times (yay!), but I have a feeling it is not really that helpful. So, while baby is sleeping, I thought I'd take you on a tour of the nursery and tell you where everything came from. When I was planning my nursery or when I am looking for decorating inspiration, I love it when blog authors give me a source list! Click pictures to zoom in.

Crib- Status collection at Buy Buy Baby (use Bed Bath and Beyond coupons!); letters- Pottery Barn Kids wooden letters (go all the way to the bottom for a hanging how-to), spray painted glossy white; paper butterfly mobile-Pottery Barn Kids; Bird rug- Pottery Barn Kids, Curtains- Bed Bath and Beyond

Bookshelf- Pottery Barn Kids; book baskets with liners- Michael's; Owl bookends- Pottery Barn Kids


Paint color- Benjamin Moore Moonlight; dresser/changing table- refurbished by Matt; glider- Kendall Sleigh Style from Target; End table behind glider (for extra diapers and to keep stuffed animals away from pets)- Homegoods; Wall shelves- Pottery Barn Kids; Changing pad cover- Boppy from Buy Buy Baby; Accessory basket and liner, Hayley quilt, quilt clips- Pottery Barn Kids

This is the refurbished (used to be gold!) dresser. I ordered the pink wrought iron pulls from Riricreations. The flower pulls are just wooden pulls from Lowe's that I painted with PBK paint samples and sprayed with clear coat 3xs.

Flower shaped end table- Pottery Barn Kids; bird house- Michael's (it was unfinished and my dad painted it); Daughter frame- Hallmark, Green Dot shade and Penelope touch lamp- Pottery Barn Kids

I know, I wish the doors were white too! Wardrobe- Status collection at Buy Buy Baby; Shoe organizer- Target; Pennant- Pottery Barn kids outlet

Switchplate- Pink Sugar Couture on etsy

Here's a close-up of the shoe organizer. It was a challenge to hang because it is meant to hang off of a curtain rod. We used an extra curtain tie-back screwed into the wall. This thing is a lifesaver for items I need close at hand!
Shelves- 3' Deep Collectors Shelves from Pottery Barn Kids; Stick-on butterflies and Penny the Owl- Pottery Barn Kids; Brown leather baby book- Michael's; Gerbera daisy and vase- Target; Bunnykins mug and bowl- antique; Bird ornament- see below; ABC artwork- Potato Patch on etsy; owl ornament seen below...

Owl ornament (personalized on the back with hand-stitching) from Lil Flock

Bird ornament from Jennifer Float (she makes all kinds of sweet bird items!)

 
OK, and for a quick lesson in letter hanging:
1. First, trace each letter onto paper (I used magazine pages).
2. Cut out each letter. Using your pen or pencil, poke through the paper letter where the nail holes are located on the wooden letter. This step is very important!
3. Find the center of your crib (or changing table). Mark with a pencil dot.
4. Have a long piece of painter's tape ready. Stick it on the wall with the top edge as the place where your letters will "sit".
5. Use a long level to adjust the tape if needed.
6. Place the paper letters on the wall, sitting on the tape. Adjust as needed so that they are nice and straight. Stand back and look at them a few times for a new perspective!
7. Now, hammer small nails into the paper letters, using the nail marks you made while tracing.Check to see the the first letter will hang before pulling the paper letter off the wall. Repeat with all letters.



Mama Monday: Vacationing with baby

As you know from my previous posts here and here, we just had our first vacation. We just got home last night, and Larkyn is still adjusting to everything. I just thought I'd give a little (really not little at all, sorry) narrative of our trip to Bald Head Island and throw in some of my favorite pics. 

So, we began our journey at 4:45 am on Monday, with Matt driving us to the airport and dropping us off (he could not get the week off of work). I was sooo sure that some kind soul would offer some help to the counter, seeing as I was carrying a carseat full of baby, her carseat base, had a diaper bag on one shoulder, my giant purse on the other and oh yeah, rolling my suitcase behind me. And yes, Matt offered to walk me in, but we were running late (due to me hitting snooze, of course). No such luck on the helpful Columbusites (Columbusonians?) Anyway, at the counter, they had no record of me ever requesting a ticket for Larkyn, but luckily it was very easy to add her since she would be a "lap baby". I spelled her name twice, and her boarding pass still says "Larkyna". At the counter, the helpful (they really were) US Air agents suggested that I not check the carseat there, but check it gateside. A very kind grandfather-type man carried the carseat to the gate for me (I realized this worked well for him because he got to board first with us).

Cut to the airplane ride. We had an empty seat next to us and I took the suggestion to give her a bottle at takeoff. She slept and really didn't make a peep through this flight, which took place while she is still usually sleeping. We exited the plane in Charlotte and I booked it to gate E11 from C5. This is like a 3 mile walk...thank goodness for the K'tan!  When I was almost to E11, the nice man from Columbus said, "Where is your carseat?" Yeah. I had no idea I was supposed to get it and bring it to the next flight!  I would have never checked it gateside if I knew that, because I sure wasn't carrying that monstrosity through 3 concourses. Let me condense the rest of this story. Tell the agent at E11 that carseat is at C5. She calls handicap cart to pick us up. We zoom like rejects through the airport back to C5. Agent (who is packing up her purse and ready to leave) informs us that "Oh we thought somebody probably needed it since its a carseat! We waited but had to take it down to baggage." I ask her to have it brought back, she chuckles and says it is "impossible because we have thousands of bags". Agent calls handicap cart back for me. We zoom through airport AGAIN, but this time angry! Agent at E11 apologizes excessively, irritating me because it doesn't help. We are about to arrive at the next airport with no way to leave and get to our scheduled taxi and scheduled ferry to the island.

We met up with our family, arriving from Staten Island to Charlotte as well. This brightens my day, and the flight to Wilmington was just as smooth as the first. Larkyn made the teenage couple across the aisle laugh for the entire flight, smiling and laughing at them and trying to hear herself over the engine (just a few times, she let out a goofy bellow).

In Wilmington, the baggage claim agent made my day! She immediately called Charlotte, described the carseat, and it was on the next flight to Wilmington. In the meantime, our taxi brought an infant seat and we were on our way!

Monday was filled with introducing Larkyn to the family. My parents, sister, and brother in law were already there. I got my first experience with a Pack and Play (maybe the coolest invention ever). She was in a great mood, and I was glad to see how easily she let others hold her.

Tuesday, we tried the pool. I was so sure that she would cry upon entering the water that I wore my coverup as I walked down the steps. Then I realized that we could go further and I had no idea how to take it off while holding her. So, in I went with the coverup (just in case you saw the pics and wondered why it looks like I'm wearing my LBD into the water)! Since the pool is heated, she really seemed to love swimming and we had no issues (I was amazed). Our carseat arrived with our good friend. Natalie, and her husband Josh. They stayed for a few nights and brought an adorable ruffly outfit (seen in some of the vacation pics).

Wednesday was beach day!  It was so hot last week that we knew we couldn't take too much of the beach during the day. The men (Josh and Paul) set up the sun-proof tent for baby, and we were set. Now, this beach was where I would spend all day and part of the night (until someone literally came out to get me). I lingered for hours, picking through the sand for treasures, jumping the waves, and swimming out as far as I could go. So I was really hoping Larkyn would like it. Eh. I might have had lofty hopes for a 12 week old. She put up with the feet in the sand, and tolerated the water around her ankles. But when the waves touched her little butt and soaked her diaper, it was all over. So, beach time was mostly spent napping under the tent.

Thursday, we did our usual shopping trips to the boutiques on the island. I always find unique clothes there and bought myself a dress I can't wait to wear. We had our delicious Italian dinner that night, courtesy of our Staten Island Italian part of the family, who made amaaaazing chicken parm and baked ziti. Oh yeah, and homemade sangria that I must replicate immediately.

Friday, we took Larkyn to Old Baldy (the lighthouse that gives the island its name). It was a bittersweet day, as we knew Aunt Kristy and Uncle Paul (and Paul's parents) would be leaving. We call her Aunt Kristy because it is mind-boggling to us that she is actually Larkyn's cousin at age (almost) 31. There were tears all around, but we were excited to have cousins Kate and Julia come take their place at the beach house. It was adorable to see Kate with Larkyn, and it reminded me so much of the first time I met my niece Jamie. 3 year old girls make excellent helpers, I have learned. That night, I wanted to take Baby out on the beach just the two of us. I didn't want to take pictures, but just focus on mama-baby time. We walked forever, seeing only one other family on the beach. We stood and looked out at the waves, and the cheesy thoughts began in my head. It was so special to share the same beach where I grew up with my child. Showing her the ocean, the OCEAN, for the first time! Of course I regretted bringing my camera because the lighting on the beach in the evening is perfect.

Saturday, it was time to leave. We had a smooth trip off the island and drove to my uncle Earl's house in Jamestown. NC. This is about the halfway point back to Ohio. Cousin Hannah (7 years old) spent the night with us and was another good helper (and kept us cracking up all night with her thoughts about the world) Up until this point, Larkyn had behaved so well that I was about to burst with pride. As my family gushed about how quiet and smiley she was, I kept thinking "I hope its like this when we get home". Ha! She heard me and baby-giggled in my face. When we woke up from staying at Uncle Earl's and still to this afternoon, she is definitely letting us know how she feels about all this traveling. When we flew, it took 4 hours to get from Columbus to the beach house. When driving, it took us 6 hours to get off the island just to Jamestown. Then another day of driving on top of that. Ugh. It went well, but really has thrown her for a loop.

All in all, it was an amazing experience and I am so glad we decided to go at the last minute. Here are some of my favorite images I captured...
Enjoying her boat trip out to the island

Her beach accessories

Lulu and PawPaw

Baby Julia falling asleep in the middle of her breakfast

Cousin Hannah and Great Aunt Linda taking turns

Foodie Friday: Easy Pasta al forno

I made this for dinner last week, *hoping* it would not be a disaster. It was awesome and easy! I made a few changes based on what I had on-hand and possibly laziness. It makes a lot, so it is perfect for leftovers or a family dinner! 



Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta al Forno
from Annie's Eats
Ingredients:
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed (I used the jar kind, 1 tsp.)
2-14 oz. cans diced Italian plum tomatoes
1 tsp. dried oregano (I used Parsley and Basil)
S&P (I omitted)
1 lb. pasta (tubes) (I used rigatoni)
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed (I used a 2 cup bag of shredded)
2/3 c. parmesan
I added 1/2 cup of traditional spaghetti sauce because it looked dry to me
 

Directions:
Heat oil in skillet. Add garlic and cook over medium high heat, 1 min. Add tomatoes and oregano and simmer rapidly, stirring occasionally until thickened, 15 min. Add S&P. Meanwhile, cook pasta. Toss pasta with sauce. Place half of pasta in an oiled 9×13” dish. Cover with half parmesan and half mozzarella. Top with remaining pasta, then parmesan and mozzarella. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes.

Birthday Thursday: Happy 13 weeks!

You will notice that this week's picture has a different setting. Larkyn hung out at the beach for a few hours (under our awesome UV protectant tent) and she seemed to love it. As I said in the last post, she has experienced so many firsts this week. My family has loved getting to know her and I am happy to hear the comments about the "happiest baby" they've ever seen!  She has had a bit of trouble adjusting to sleeping in a strange place and at unfamiliar times, but she has been great. Here is a sampling of a few more pics. Tonight, she gets to meet her cousins Kate and Julia for the first time, which should lead to a million more photos:o) In case I haven't told you, the pictures look 1000xs better if you click on them.






Random Wednesday: So many firsts!

I will make this brief since we are on vacation, but there is so much to report that I just can't wait. In the last 2 days, we have had her first flight, first taxi ride, first boat ride, first golf cart ride (all of those were just to get to the beach house!), and tried out that pool for the first time! And most importantly, she got to meet her family for the first time. It is a powerful thing to watch your baby make others happy!  More to come later...

Chillin' on the seat beside me. She enjoyed making "Ahhhhh" noises to hear herself over the engine and making funny faces at the boy across the aisle.

Meeting "Aunt Kristy" for the first time. That's in quotations because they are really cousins but we stumble on that.

I thought this was going to be a disaster, but she LOVED the pool! And why am I wearing my coverup? I thought I'd be walking in to my ankles and she'd scream, but I kept going and didn't know how to take it off with a baby!

Yay! Mom told me I "learned" to swim at 3 months. At the time, they made them let GO of the babies. No way!




Wiped out!  Her diaper is full of about 18 gallons of pool water, yet she still sleeps (I changed her after the pics, no worries)

Mama Monday

Here is the story of one morning. Baby hears mama coming, notices mama, and I'll just let the pictures tell the rest.

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Style Saturday: How to get yourself on TV

So, I've been watching Good Morning America since I can remember. I grew up with Joan Lunden, Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer, and now Larkyn watches it with me every morning. She decided she wanted to do more than watch it. She wanted to be on it. All she needed was the perfect holiday+appropriate onesie, and success!  You can either watch it here (my ghetto version recorded off the TV) or click here and watch it on the GMA website.

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Foodie Friday: Five cup fruit salad

I have a ton of marshmallows in my cabinet and I am not sure why. But here is what I like to do with them as soon as I feel like it is officially summer. Traditionally, you are supposed to use a "cup" of each, but I prefer to just dump in whole cans and eliminate leftover ingredients!

Photo from evernewrecipes.com

Five Cup Salad
From Elizabeth

Ingredients
1 cup of mini marshmallows (or more...can there ever be too many?!)
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup sour cream

Mix them all together and chill. Definitely good for a few days as the flavors melt together.

Birthday Thursday: Happy 12 weeks!

12 weeks. 3 months. A quarter of a year! OK, I won't get carried away and get weepy on you. This week, Larkyn has been showing us her new "party trick". She stuffs her entire fist in her mouth quite often these days...and is drooling so much that I keep a bib on her all the time. I have been told that these are signs of teething, but I am pretending like I didn't hear that. Hear what?

When I was buying clothes for her before she was born (that's right), my cutest purchases were the 3-6 month clothes because I knew it would be super hot out (and Gymboree always sells out of their 0-3 stuff!)  I was excited to try some of these outfits this week, even though they are a little big on her. Can't wait to show them to you throughout the summer!

We will be celebrating week 13 AT THE BEACH! That's right, I am flying with my infant by myself on Monday. It's OK, Desiree tried it out for us, and Auntie Alyson had lots of good tips as well. Matt couldn't get the week off because another driver is taking the week off for the arrival of his new baby (the nerve of people...;o)  Anyway, this trip is an annual tradition I have been taking since I was itty bitty (but I missed the last 2 years due to "major life changes") and I can't wait for Lulu to party with her family on BHI!  Things have certainly changed since the fam bought land there and the place was run by generators and we were the only house see for miles. Even so, I am not sure if I will have internet access (so I might get to try out the word "blogcation"). Stay tuned.

And now, I present "3 Months"...

The cutest pictures turned out to be the ones where she is covering the Month 3 sticker!

Random Wednesday: Accents, anyone?

I know from various conversations with you and reading some of your blogs that I am not that only one interested in accents and linguistics. It is something I notice right away and maybe envy a bit due to my Ohioan "non-accent". I personally challenge myself to figure out where someone is from without asking them and then doing a fist-pump in my brain if I am correct. Anyway...this is about TV again (hey, its Random Wednesday, I can touch on TV again)

There is a new show on the History Channel called How the states got their shape. I had seen the previews of it but hadn't planned on watching it. Funny thing when your cable box is out (Time Warner is so backed up that they won't be out til Friday!) and you can't see the "Guide", you will settle for anything. Good thing. This episode, called "Mouthing Off", was an hour full of fascinating (to me) details about regional dialects and vocabulary in the USA. It touches on the pop vs. soda debate, where "y'all" comes from, the state where new vocabulary starts and spreads through the country, the correct way to say Nevada, and tons of other little facts about the way we speak. Here is the episode description from History.com:

We all live in the same country, so why do we sound do different? It's a matter of where you are on the map. Why didn't the southern accent exist until after the Civil War? How did California athletes end up coining so many new words? Why do we have so many different words for the same things -- like pop versus soda? Will one particularly strong accent cause New York to break up and create a 51st state?"

This episode will re-air on History 7/13 at 11pm and 7/14 at 3AM, so set your DVRs if you are interested. OR...here it is on Hulu right now!

http://www.hulu.com/watch/257257/how-the-states-got-their-shapes-mouthing-off

TV Tuesday: Teen Mom and dancing!

Shall we start with my favorite SYTYCD routine from Wednesday? Lets. I was about to turn it off and go to bed because I wasn't wowed by any of the dances...until the last dance came on. Things to keep in mind: 1. I want Caitlin's dress to wear everywhere, 2. Mitchell is injured, 3. Look how athletic this dance is!!  I pictured myself doing it and burst out laughing.




And as for my new trash TV obsession (I don't allow myself a LOT of it, but I dabble in it), we have Teen Mom. I watched a marathon one day to catch up, and I can't believe the lives these girls lead already at 18!  They all had babies around age 16, and they all have crrrrrazy relationships with their significant others and parents. I don't see how critics can say that the show glorifies teenage motherhood--it looks horrendous! I tune in to see their sweet interactions with their children (now toddlers), how they are providing for themselves, and what the H is up with their boyfriends. PS--one of their moms is married to their baby daddy's dad. That is just the beginning. Have you seen it? What do you think?

Mama Monday: Naptime police

Well, we are nearing the 12 week mark. The 3 month milestone, when it seems that all the "fun stuff" begins. She will supposedly be able to fit into her 3-6 month clothes (not a chance), she can use the Level 2 nipples (still can't get used to writing that word without cringing), and we should be on somewhat of a schedule.  My best friends laughed when I said she already was on a schedule like 7 weeks ago. I did not account for this naptime business. My idea of a schedule is that she goes to bed at 9, wakes up at 7:30, and cries for a bottle at 3 hours on the dot. Now I see why they said "don't force the issue"...they were referring to naptimes. Over the 4th of July weekend, we were with Larkyn's cousin, who is 6 weeks older. He naps from 9-11 and 1-4. What the what?! How do we make this happen?  I just kind of nodded along and was like "Yeah, she's a good little sleeper" while silently panicking.

I have been trying to track it to see if there is a natural pattern to her sleepiness. Here is what I have found...OK, so when Larkyn wakes up at 7:30, she eats and then immediately goes back to sleep. That, I can always count on. But throughout the rest of the day, she is like a cat. Up for an hour, then out for 30 minutes. then up for 30, out for an hour.

So, mamas...the question is how do I start or do I NEED to start setting firm nap times? How do I force her to sleep if she is not tired? And if it is working out just fine the way it is, why do I need firm nap times?  These are not rhetorical questions. I need your input. Thanks.

Addictive Black Bean & Corn Salsa


Are you ready for the only thing your friends will ever ask you to make again?  Because I promise, once they've had this dip, they will want you to bring it to every gathering. Which is fine because it is very simple!

Corn salsa (my most-requested recipe)
From Mackenzie

One can yellow corn, drained
One can black beans, rinsed and drained
One bunch scallions (chopped)
One tub of feta crumbles
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients together, cover, and chill. Best with Frito Scoops.

Birthday Thursday: Happy 11 weeks!

I took a bunch without her pacifier, but I just loved the face she was making in this one. I hate that it looks pixely, but if you click on it, it is much clearer.
11 weeks! 1 week shy of the 3 month mark. And what are we up to? This week, I have noticed that Larkyn has developed quite an interest in the TV. My hope is that she is just looking at the colors and shapes and not tuning into the details of wholesome shows like Ice Loves Coco and Locked Up. I try to turn her the opposite way, but she will twist around to see it!

She is also a big fan of her hands all of a sudden. Does this mean teething will start, or did she just simply discover them and enjoys looking like she is doing party tricks?

And last, we had this fun little event (the flip cam is always laying out just for this reason...) Please ignore, if you can, the following: my ridiculous voice, the cat laying spread-eagle licking himself, and the bowl on the floor from my cereal...

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And as for baby's first 4th of July? Here it is...
Living it up on the 4th of July. I submitted a video to Good Morning America of these for their "My 3 words" video they do every Saturday AM. Watch for us!

Random Wednesday: my favorite website

Maybe you have heard of it, maybe you haven't. I am hoping that it won't get as annoyingly popular as facebook and twitter, but I'd like to introduce you to it if you please. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Pinterest. A month or so ago, I noticed that my favorite bloggers on younghouselove were referencing it more and more, so I had to check it out.

OK, picture this: You are planning a 30th birthday that has an 80's theme (I went to Jill's once and it was "tubular")...you spend hours online, google-imaging "80's party". You tediously copy and paste images into a Word document, sometimes remembering to include the web address to the Pop Rocks cookies or where you can buy an Atari. Ah, yes, yo must remember to text-wrap your pictures or they will end up all over the place or just disappearing.  I have done this SO MANY times (nursery decor, planning showers, etc). Now, Pinterest is there to help you organize inspiring images. You can either go on an image hunt by category (the other night I looked up pink and turquoise parties) or if you are bored, you just browse around other peoples' boards and "repin" their ideas. This is fun because I have found tons of recipes, ideas for my classroom, and DIY projects I wasn't searching for...they found me!

You can't just sign up (I don't know why), but you can request an invitation or ask me and I will invite you:o)  Give it a try. Yes, it may be a time-waster, but I need something to do during Lulu's naps. And I love a good organization system. And for instance, I just saw Ciao Bella Belgian Chocolate sorbet S'mores on GMA and God forbid I forget about them. Found them online real quick and pinned them!

TV Tuesday: More dancing and Made in America

Well I think I will take this little opportunity each week to share my favorite dance with you and maybe include something else I have enjoyed as well. I started it last week, and after watching this weeks' episode, I just can't keep it to myself!  The story this week is: 2 best friends...he has been left heartbroken at the altar by his fiancee...she is there to pick him up and put him together...he realizes SHE is the one:o) Enjoy!


Ok, the other interesting thing I saw this week and have actually been following for several weeks, is ABC Nightly News' report called "Made in America". The series has been covering the idea of "What would happen if we made and bought only products made in America?" The theory is that if we would simply check the labels on things before we by them, if businesses demanded their products be made in the USA, and if we start luring companies back home rather than shipping jobs away, it will turn around our dismal economy. Every night, I am amazed to see the difference that this makes. Here are a few videos to show you what is happening. As an experiment, start looking around your house. Would your house have anything left in it if you only had American products?  I am going to try to make an effort to buy more American products, and I think you should join me:o)

Made in America video-Dallas Family examines the American-ness of their own home

Mama Monday: Note to self

1. Just because the Diaper Champ bag isn't "full" doesn't mean that one should keep filling it to the brim. Empty the bag every week or face gagging your way through a REAL full bag later.

2. Bouncy seat after bottle= change of outfit

3. When you haven't had "Aunt Flow" visit in exactly a year, you forget what to do and immediately wish you were pregnant again (not really, but man was that convenient!)

4. Sometimes the baby starts crying after you start the vacuum and you can't hear them. Your neighbors apparently can.

5. A diaper change can sometimes include between the shoulder blades?!

Foodie Friday: Ranch Potato Salad

With the holiday weekend upon us, here is a potato salad I actually like to eat. Since I don't eat mustard, pretty much all other potato salads are no-gos for me. Try this one and I guarantee you won't have leftovers. Or if you do, consider yourself lucky because then you can hoard it:o)

Ranch Potato Salad

Ingredients
one 5 lb. bag of red potatoes
one bottle of Ranch dressing (I used Hidden Valley)
one bunch of scallions
one package of bacon
one bag of shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Wash and cut the potatoes into chunks (We like larger chunks, not so much "diced")
  2. Boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes until fork-tender. While they are boiling, wash and slice scallions.
  3. While the potatoes are cooling, prepare your bacon (we like it from the skillet). Crumble into the salad when completely cooled.
  4. Add scallions and pour on the Ranch!  I use about half a bottle, but you might like more.
  5. Mix it up and chill.
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