I'VE heard this saying but never thought it would become the family THEME...... The "PLAY" part definitely takes precedence. We love ALLEN!!!!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Addie at 19 months and me at 34 weeks!

Mommy is so happy Addison is keeping herself busy.  She always needs mommy every 15 minutes or so, but at least I'm not picking her up all the time because I really can't, we both almost fall when that happens.  She is a very smart little girl and I cant wait to see how much she loves her sister.

Addie loves to have picnics.  She sure loves her boots, well shoes in general.

She has a favorite place on the couch where she lies to read watch movies and eat her snacks.  Daddy's hat was looking pretty fun to play with too!

Grandma came to visit and help mommy catch up on a few cleaning tasks.

I feel old and out of shape for this pregnancy.  Mark my words, if there is a next one, I will be in shape before getting pregnant.  Okay, I will do my best with that scenario.  It's getting harder and harder to pick Addie up let alone put her in her crib.  I just keep telling myself 6-7 more weeks!  I would sure be nice if she came just a bit early, but we'll wait for her arrival.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Recipes to Try....Pretzle Bites

I found these on pinterest and wanted to try them so on Superbowl Sunday someone brought them to share.  THEY WERE GREAT.  Here is the tested recipe.

Homemade Pretzel Bites
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 T. plus 1/4 tsp. yeast
3 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. + 2 T powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vegetable oil

2 c. warm water
1/4 c. baking soda

 Mix water/yeast (let sit 10 minutes), add dry ingredients, knead, raise until doubled.}

When dough is done, preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Make a bath for the pretzels by combining the baking soda with warm water and stir until soda is mostly dissolved (it won't dissolve completely).

Roll out dough into a long rectangle (about 12"x24"). Using a pizza cutter, cut into small 2" sections. Dip each dough square into the water/soda bath and place on a greased baking sheet. If you are making salted or garlic pretzels, sprinkle with kosher salt.

Bake for 4 minutes, then rotate pan and bake another 4 minutes.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I came across these cleaning tips and liked them...

So I thought I would share.  Here is the complete blog post if you want to explore, Click here.  

I have a similar system for cleaning my house like this, but I think this is a really good idea to have  a chart for each day so you don't get overwhelmed.   Especially being 33 weeks pregnant it's getting harder to do anything!!!!!

(Monday is cheating because it is 3 chores...but they aren't as big as the other ones so you can squeeze more in.)
  • Laundry day. Always keep your machines running.  Start first thing in the morning and consciously keep loads going throughout the day. Set an alarm in your phone if you have to. Fold laundry at night watching TV with the hubby. Make sure all clothes are put away before you go to bed.
  • Tidy house. Go through every room in your house and put everything away. 
    • Tip: Never leave a room empty-handed! As you walk throughout the house ALWAYS pick at least one thing up as you come/go. Your house will be picked up before you know it.
  • Vacuum main rooms (not bedrooms or stairs). As you walk through the house picking things up, drag a vacuum behind you. **NOTE: I vacuum a lot because I have a dog that sheds. You may not need to vacuum as much as I choose to do.
  • Bathrooms. Everything: toilet, tub/shower, replace towels and wash clothes, sink, floors, wipe out drawers/cabinets, mirror, re-stock toilet paper/fresh towel supply. Spray some good smelling stuff in there when you are done. The satisfaction is amazing.
  • Surfaces. All surfaces: anything that can be dusted, mopped, swept, wiped, vacuumed, etc. 
    • For me this included counter tops, windows, banisters, floors, microwave, kitchen sink, wiping down kitchen chairs, dusting and wiping all mantles/shelves/dressers/night stands/etc.,  wiping the top of the fridge, and vacuuming my floors, couches and stairs.
  • Organize/clean out something. This can be a closet, your car, your child's toy box, your makeup drawer, pick one thing and don't stop until it's clean/organized.
  • Tidy the house (Go through every room in your house...and never leave a room empty-handed!)
  • Vacuum (all rooms including stairs.)