Friday, August 31, 2012

This Week's Meal Plan

A few items that we tried ages ago...
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes-Absolutely delicious!  I  could eat these every.single.night.  I will definitely make these over again, but not on a regular basis as they aren't the healthiest choice!
Mojo Pork Tenderloin-This tasted to familiar to me.  It was good, but nothing new or special. 
Chicken Gyros-Definitely a do-over.  This taziki sauce is wonderful, and the chicken was super moist.
DIY Pita Bread-A good start but needs some tweaking.  I will add more salt next time as they tasted a bit bland.  I will also let them rise on the pan as they were difficult to get off of the floured counter, and I will only bake them for half the time next time as I like a more mouldable pita.
Drunken Pork Chops-Loved by both Ryan and I, and super easy to boot.  Definitely worth the booze.
And some new inspiration:
Green Bean Casserole
Quiche Lorraine
Stir Fry Udon with Prawns
The World's Best Chicken
White Chicken Enchiladas

Friday Night Leftovers

  • Carter and I are going to a baby shower tomorrow for a university friend who just had a little girl.  This will be my first interaction with another baby since Carter was born.  I am sure he will seem like a giant after that!
  • I went grocery shopping this week, but accidentally forgot to put the list of items for my meal plan on my list.  We live 30 minutes from the closest store, so instead of going back, it has been a week of winging it.
  • I am trying to clean out my deep freezers and plan meals around what we already have in our freezer.
  • I have been struggling to try and find a cloth diaper that we love for the next "stage" of diapering (Carter's current diapers are only sized to 16 lbs).  I haven't come across anything that we like as much, but the type that we are currently using are discontinued.  This week I found a stash of 80 gently used diapers of the type we love, but in the two larger sizes on Kijiji.  I am just waiting for a shipping quote, but am pretty sure that I am going to buy them as they are a great price.
  • I fear that today was the last day that I will receive a "top up" cheque from my employer :(.
  • Our property taxes are due in October.  I am really thinking we should set up a separate account for these so it isn't such a big blow, but that would mean that I have 9 separate accounts for different types of savings.
  • I am looking to get some professional family pictures in October.  I can't wait to have a picture of our little man to put on display.
  • This weekend is our 2nd Anniversary.  Man time flies!
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Favorite Things-3 months

1. Aden and Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets.
These were originally on our must-have list as they came highly recommended by friends.  Auntie Kaley bought us our first one, and we have since ordered 2 more (in Camo print) to add to our collection.  What makes them so great you ask...They are nice and light for summer, large enough to use as a nursing cover-up and super cute.
2. BOB Revolution SE Stroller.
We initially knew that if we were going to get a stroller, this would be the one.  We couldn't stomach spending upwards of $500 on a stroller though since we weren't sure how much we would use it. So our family and friends pooled their resources and bought it for us as a shower gift.  We absolutely love it and have used it so much more than we had thought we would already. It rides incredibly smooth, is easy to transport and accommodates our infant car seat. It's also pretty manly, don't you think?
3. Carter's ribbed cotton Onesies & Sleepers.
Gifted to us from a friend, these have become our favourite things to put on our little man.  Super cute, light weight and extra stretchy, these sets can be found at Costco for a reasonable price.

4. The Mommy Hook.
Such a simple concept, but this has come in handy so many times.  It is especially useful for grocery shopping as there is not an excess of room in the carts once you fit a car seat in there.  I use it to hang my reusable shopping bags from the cart handle and also to keep fragile items like eggs from ending up at the bottom of my cart (thanks to our wonderful local grocery packer *snort*).

5. Nuk Pacifiers.
I originally said that I was going to avoid pacifiers at all costs, but truthfully,  it is much easier to shove one of these in your kid's face than listen to him scream non-stop every time you take him out in public.  At this stage, the Nuk Pacifiers seem to be the ones that he takes best, and lo and behold they come in Camo!  (Ryan is obsessed with Camo BTW).  
6. Fisher Price Aquarium Cradle Swing.
Yes, I am eating my own words.  Our friends lent us this swing, and it has truly become a lifesaver.  It is the only way that we can get Carter to fall into a deep enough sleep to go into his crib, and he literally spends hours in it.  (As a disclaimer, I do not like to let him spend hours in it, and try to find other ways to stimulate him-but it really is his favourite!).

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday-Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom before.  By far the worst room in our house.
Love the linoleum tub surround?

Bathroom after.
I have yet to pick out a light fixture. 

My grandma created these when she was 19.  She is now in her 80's.
Slate tile.

The shower curtain that inspired my colour scheme!
So it wasn't completely wordless...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Night Leftovers-Over a Month in Review

  • Being displaced from our home for an entire month feels like the summer has slipped away on us.  At least we had the opportunity to do some road tripping to Saskatoon, Brandon and Winnipeg.
  • Since returning home, I feel like I cannot catch up on all that has to be done-house cleaning, paperwork, canning, etc.  The list goes on.
  • This week, I canned 4 jars of dill pickles, 5 jars of peaches, 10 jars of sweet pickles and 32 jars of crab apple sauce.
  • We have flights booked to Ontario for Ryan's holidays in October.  This will be Carter's first flight and our first "long" trip from home.  I am thinking I will have to cave and use disposable diapers.
  • We finally picked up a good used "overflow fridge" for our basement.  It was for sale at a local furniture shop for $75, but we got it for $50 since it needed to be cleaned.  Who trades in a fridge and doesn't clean it first?
  • Our dryer is on the fritz.  I think that the bearings are shot because our clothes are coming out with black grease stains.  Yes, this was my own diagnosis, only to be confirmed by Ryan.  We have a used dryer lined up that we should be able to pick up on Monday.
  • For the sake of time management, I have done some major blog roll and Facebook thinning.  I decided that if I were to run into you at the grocery store and "hide" in the next aisle, we don't need to be Facebook friends.  
  • Finally *fingers crossed*, we are getting our new well trenched in.  The back hoe is in our yard so it better happen!
  • I am addicted to Bachelor Pad.  I would love to see Rachel win.
  • I have purchased Eye-Fi cards for each of my cameras as a solution to keeping all of my photos organized. They automatically upload onto one folder on my computer.  Now I just have to keep on top of editing and organizing them into folders.
  • I got new sunglasses this week.  I love them.  Ryan doesn't.  
  • The crickets this year are nuts.  Every time I open the door, one gets in the house.  They are driving me crazy.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

3 months

I have to say that your third month has been the most interesting yet.  We have spent most of this month away from home as daddy has been working hard to finish off our bathroom renovation.  First, you and I took a road trip to Saskatoon to visit Stacey, Scott and Markus in their new home.  You were a perfect traveller, sleeping through the trips both their and back, and only waking for snacks and diaper changes.
Once we returned from Saskatoon, you, Uncle Braden and I decided to go to Brandon for an overnight trip to visit Auntie Kaley.  Uncle Braden was shocked that you only cried for a total of about 5 minutes throughout the entire two day trip.  If only he knew what you had put us through over the past two months!
Finally, after returning from Brandon, we pretty much moved our whole house and home to Grandma and Papa's farm, where we stayed for close to a month.  Although it was challenging being away from home, it was a great opportunity for you to be spoiled by Grandma, Papa and everyone else that came by.
Over this past month, I have seen so many changes in you.  First off, you are now a whopping 14 lbs!  You are talking up a storm and are becoming increasingly expressive in your speech-if only I knew what you are saying!  You continue to smile whenever you get the slightest bit of attention, and now giggle as well.  Your attention span has improved significantly, and you now enjoy longer bouts of playing with all of your toys-from your exercise mat from Baba, to your Jumperoo from Auntie Amber.    Your favourite "toys", however, are your hands and your blankets, both of which you could chew on for hours!  You continue to love your baths, which have now moved into the regular bath tub due to your ever increasing size and desire to splash!
I am seeing such personality in you, and can't wait to see who you are going to grow into over the next several months.  But for now, just slow down!

Monday, August 13, 2012

I'm Alive

Although I am sure that nobody except my immediate family has noticed my blog absence, I would like to say that I am alive.
Due to an impromptu decision to finally start our long awaited bathroom renovation, I have been squatting with any friends and family that would allow it!
Thankfully the renovation is coming to an end, so I should be back home this week and resuming my typical level of blogginess!  So stay tuned for pictures and all sorts of other randomness in the next week or so!