Friday, February 25, 2011
So in keeping with tradition this is what my utensil drawer looked like before
and here is what is looks like after a trip to BB&B
I bought three bamboo boxes in different sizes. On the left are spatulas and tongs, in the lower right is my wine opener, flat spatula, thermometer, small strainer and large biscuit cutter. In the upper right is my meat tenderizer along with two other biscuit cutters.
I saved the space in the back for larger, less used items, like my grater, pastry cutter, steamer basket and manual can opener.
I am sad my rolling pin won't fit in there any more but maybe one day I will have a baking drawer so it can fit in there.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
No I mean I really suck. Add up my score.
That's right. I scored 1.
I lost major points for being an atheist. We don't make good wives, I guess. And really I should get a half point off b/c I hate other people's children. So really, I'm more of a .5. FAIL
Although I should get extra points for being so damn jolly and gay.
So I thought The Good Husband must score off the charts. He must be perfect.
No, he totally fucking sucks too. But he scores 15 points.
But I don't think snoring should count since you can't really help that.
So both of us losers deserve each other.
How do you rate?
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
So on Valentine's Day, she woke up to this:
I got her a little Bug 'Em from the Hallmark store and stuffed it with heart shaped sunglasses and barrets. I also made her a card, which Bug 'Em is holding, and a treat box with chocolate candies. (I didn't put a ribbon on this treat box and as a result, it keept opening up and spilling the candy.) She likes bugs for now and can say "bug" and I thought it was a cute little thing.
I also made heart cut outs of watermelon and cantaloupe. Then I made Xs and Os toast and a little double heart toast. TGD only wanted the candy, though. Go figure.
So this year there was a tiny voice in the back of my head at the end of January saying I should find something cute to make for V-Day. Then I saw this idea in Parenting magazine and it was cute and easy and I already had all the materials to make them.
The idea is to take a wooden block with raised letters, put a piece of paper over it and color the image. The problem I found was the entire block was too big for the front of the card, so I just colored the letter and not the surrounding border.
For the boys, I used green card stock and bold colors. For the girls I used either purple or pink card stock and pastel colors. As you can see, I didn't line up the letters perfectly. Just pretend I did that on purpose to give it a more hand-made look.
To make these:
~You'll Need: card stock, alphabet blocks with carved letters, craft glue stick and colored pencils
~Arrange alphabet blocks letter side up to spell out desired word or phrase. Fold card stock in half lengthwise and then half again, this time widthwise, to create a card. Open the card and position its lower right flap on the block arrangement. Rub a colored pencil over the blocks until the impression appears. Or, you can color each letter singularly like I did, to achieve my uneven look. Turn the card over and cover the entire surface in craft glue. Fold the card in half, smooth out any lumps and allow to dry. This just holds the paper together. I could have just cut one piece of card stock in two and not messed with the glue but I'm not smart enough to figure that out until I was through.
My next project was creating this treat box from Martha Stewart. I will let her explain how you do that.
I can't wait for next year.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Even though they weren't fried, they were still pretty tasty and the Epicourious app is now 1-0. Download this thing if you have a smart phone. You will love it too.
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
8 oz light sour cream
1 (4 1/2-ounce) can chopped green chiles
2 cups frozen organic corn, thawed
1 small red onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced I used a combo of red and green
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Juice of one lime
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
24 whole wheat, low carb tortillas Directions:
~Grill the chicken until done, allow to cool and shred with a fork.
~Combine the remaining ingredients, expect for the tortillas and mix thoroughly until well blended. Place a rounded tablespoon of the mixture onto each tortilla and roll tightly. Seal the edge with egg white and place seam side down on a baking sheet lined with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
~Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes until the edges turn brown.
Makes 6 servings
recipe by: The Good Wife
Friday, February 4, 2011
This is what I looks like currently, although The Good Daughter's first birthday photos are now replaced by Christmas ones. However, it is still basically the same stuffed mantel and boring white walls.
Since I have no creative bone in my body, I have been searching and searching for ways to make my mantel pop. Then last week I was over at The Good Aunt's and she suggested whatever we do, make it an odd number so it would be more interesting. I dismissed that right away since I am way too anal to have anything but even numbers.
I thought I would find four photos, maybe of mountains or a field and group them into one large rectangle. Then I couldn't find any prints I wanted and a poster of an Ansel Adams photo just seemed too tacky.
Then a combination of things fell into place to inspire me into the perfect grouping. Check out this idea:
The Good Husband and I were watching The Last Picture Show on TMC the other night and I just happened to catch this as the layout over the couch in the living room as Ellen Burstyn was talking on the phone. It had everything. An odd number to keep your eye interested, but matching end features to appease my anal ass. I even made TGH pause the show on the DVR, so I could sketch the design. We also learned a cousin in the family is taking photography lessons and we saw some of his work and loved it.
The plan now is to commission three black and white photos to be the same size as the actual fireplace (black part only, not the title or trim) with one large photo and two smaller ones. They will most likely be farm fields, so we will have to wait until summer to get a beautiful shot of corn swaying in the breeze. I want to find to small silver oval mirrors for either side of the smaller photos and I already have some sconces for either side of the larger photo. Then I can clear the mantel off and move the photos to another wall, as yet determined.
We are also going to paint the wall with the fireplace red and the rest of the house tan. I will update as soon as our lazy asses paint since we are both too scared to do it and then hate it.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
What I did need:
Infant Car Seat OR Convertible car seat
Booster car seat
Travel System OR Full-size stroller OR Lightweight stroller
Breast pads, shields & cream
Breast milk storage
Gentle shampoo & body wash & baby lotion
Stand alone potty seat
Brushes & comb
First aid kit
Pain relief products
Gas relief drops
Cradle, bassinet, portable crib OR crib
Cradle, bassinet, portable crib OR crib sheets
Crib mattress pads
Smoke & carbon monoxide alarm
What I did NOT need:
The other 80% of BRU registry checklist. Seriously. I didn't buy a changing table so I didn't need a changing pad or covers. I didn't buy a monitor since TGD slept in our room and still sleeps with us. I didn't buy any carseat toys or highchair toys or a gym or bouncer or walker. While I did have a swing, TGD was never in it. She also only used her pack and play once. She got far more clothes than she needed and since she was a summer baby, spent most of her days in just a diaper anyway. I didn't get a bottle or wipe warmer. So just rethink the impulse to buy buy buy.
~Shop consignment and yard sales
~Buy wooden and earth friendly toys
Another major snag is finding toys that are not plastic. I had requested no presents for TGD's birthday but she still got toys from everyone. I plan on donating the ones that require batteries once she (and the next babies) outgrow them so they won't end up in a landfill but eventually they will and that does make me upset. I love Plan Toys. TGD has the activity blocks, the shape and sort it out, the xylophone, the stacking ring and animal memory. There is not a day when she doesn't play with one of them.
We also have some stacking cups from Green Sprouts, which also offers clothes and feeding products for your baby but we haven't tried any of those. We also bought 100% organic plush fruit and veggies (grapes, green bean - TGD's fav-, banana, strawberry) from Under the Nile. We also bought two rattles - happy caterpillar, cherry tree rattle - from Sassy Earth Brights. And finally we bought two teething toys from Vulli, makers of the famous Sophie the Giraffe. We bought the Chan Pie Gnon Soft Chew Toy, which was nicknamed Obi Won and a teething ring that has been since discontinued. To complete our hippy list of toys, TGD also got vintage letter blocks, which I totally saw on Mad Men this season (baby Gene was playing with them).
I talked about that here, here and here.
~Use chemical free body product
sI love the California Baby line of products. Their diaper rash cream is cloth diaper friendly and I have used about everything in their baby line and love them. I can find them at my local Target and Babies R Us.
~Use an organic mattress pad, sleep contour and/or sheetsWe have this organic mattress from Serta along with this mattress cover and sheets. It was important for us the place TGD spent most of her time in the beginning was free of chemicals and pesticides. Even though we have a full crib for her, she slept in an Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper until 7 months (I found some organic sheets and a mattress at my local Target). After that, we put her to bed and naps in her crib and bring her to bed with us when we go to bed. Yes, she sleeps in the bed with us now. I told you we are crazy hippies, who also sleep on an organic mattress and sheets.
~Use organic swaddling blanks and regular blankets
We swaddled TGB for almost 7 months as well, since she loved it. We also swaddled her all day for about 3 months. Again, I picked up some organic cotton swaddling blankets from Target. There are also sleep sacks that are organic but we never used those.
~Buy books from a used book store or library
Twice a year our library has a used book sale and I have gotten a ton of books there. No they are not in mint condition, but they were only 50 cents each and TGD doesn't care about a bent page.
~Use gender neutral clothes, accessories and bedding
This harder for clothes since once everyone knew we were having a girl we were flooded with pink shit. Now if the next babies are boys, we will have to buy mostly new clothes. We did go gender neutral for the nursery and the car seat, high chair and travel system so they can easily be used again.
~Feed your baby organic food
I talked about making homemade food here. If you don't or can't make your baby food at home Earth's Best, Ella's Kitchen, Plum Organics, Happy Baby and Yo Baby are all great products. I used the Earth's Best glass jar baby food for meals containing meat. TGD also loved all the puffs and yogurt bites. I also love the pouches of organic food since they are super easy to take with us when we are out and since TGD can squeeze them herself, she can feed herself mess free. She still loves them now at 19 months and it is a good way to get her to eat a wide range of foods. With the exception of the Yo Baby, I found all the organic food at my local Babies R Us.
~Use wooden or BPA free feeding tools
We use the Tommy Tippie line of products and like them.
~Use glass bottles
We used Born Free glass bottles for 15 months and only broke 3. The only down side is they are heavy.
Since this is the most controversial one, I saved it for last. You might not want to breastfeed or find that you can't and I sympathize. The first night in the hospital when I sent TGD to the nursery so I could sleep, only to be woken up every 3 hours to nurse her, I thought then it would be so much easier to formula feed her. But I stuck with it, even with latch issues and breastfed exclusively for four months. Then I switched to pumping and feeding her expressed breastmilk until she was 11 months old. I pumped every two hours for 8 months to maintain my supply until it crashed at 11 months out. So I understand how much of a pain it can be. However, it was cheap. I got a free used pump from my cousin (I know you aren't supposed to do it, but there is no way I got the milk into the pump, which is the main concern of sharing, so I didn't think she did either. I did buy new tubing, bottles and shields). Other than buying fenugreek to keep my supply up, a nursing bra and milk storage bags were the only other investment I made.
~Use reusable nursing pads
What are your favorite green baby items or tips?Please note that no company I linked above paid me for this post. It would have been sweet if they did, but I bought all this stuff on my own.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
But I am being "good" this week so far and eating all my fruits and veggies and taking my vitamin, so here's hoping to continued weight loss.