Saturday, February 28, 2009
Calvin's been teething recently and I had caught a glance of the tooth he was getting earlier in the week and it was almost breaking through the surface. It had been a couple of days so I decided to check to see if it was up, I put my finger in his mouth and I was surprised to feel more teeth, his molars on the top and bottom are also coming in on both sides, so that makes 5 teeth coming right now. This would explain his fussiness and wanting to be held all the time, so I busted out the Tylenol last night. Lately he had been waking up several times a night and if I had known he was getting this many teeth I would have brought it out sooner. He slept so soundly last night, praise the LORD!
Calvin is also learning self-control right now. He's not very good at it, but I've caught him several times over the last week stopping himself do something he knew he shouldn't do. I know it's so hard for him, but I'm proud he is obeying. He did the sweetest thing yesterday, he confessed! I know he can't talk, but I went to the bathroom and when I came out he was standing in front of the door and he looked worried. Then he pointed towards the living room. We as we walked he had his finger on the side of his face and he kept the worried look, next he pointed at the floor. There before us were my coupons spread out on the floor. He had climbed up on a chair and gotten them off the table. I was very proud of him because he only got a few out. It was pretty sweet. I think we have a long road ahead of us, but it's nice to see he's starting to learn a few important lessons in obedience.
Friday, February 27, 2009
When I make it again I plan to tone it down a bit. Poor Calvin was grabbing his tongue and crying because it was spicy, so his dinner consisted of cornbread and fruit. I guess you can't win them all.
1 T. olive oil (.01)
1 1/4 lb. pork tenderloin, cubed (2.66, I used 1 1/3 lb.)
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (1.19)
Fresh or Canned Jalapeno Peppers to your liking. I only added 5 and was dying (.10)
1 c. chopped onion (.25)
1 T. chopped garlic (around 5 cloves) (.10)
1/2 t. ground cumin (.01)
1/4 t. ground cinnamon (.01)
14 oz. chicken broth ( approx. 1 1/2 c.) (.10)
1/2 c. water (free)
1 c. frozen corn kernels (.25)
1 1/2 c. salsa (.25 purchased with coupon)
Heat skillet with 2 t. of oil and add pork, cook on medium high heat until browned, about 7 minutes. Set aside.
Heat remaining 1 t. oil in large pot. Add potatoes, peppers (if using fresh), and onion. Cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring until peppers and onion are soften.
Stir in garlic, cumin and cinnamon cook for a few seconds until fragrant. Add broth and water; bring to a boil. Add corn, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until veggies are tender.
Stir in salsa and pork; heat through. Serves 6
268 calories, 23 g. protein, 4 g. fiber, 5 g. fat
I served this with cornbread (.75) and grapes (.25) making our meal $5.93
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½ large can Evaporated Milk (free with coupon, stocked up at Christmas time)
1 c. oatmeal (.10)
½ c. chopped onion ( .20)
¼ t. garlic powder (.01)
½ t. pepper (.01)
1 t. salt (.01)
½ t. chili powder (.01)
Mix above ingredients and form into balls, makes approximately 15 meatballs. Place in 9x13 baking dish.
1 c. ketchup (.50)
½ c. brown sugar (.20)
1 t. Liquid smoke (.05)
¼ t. garlic powder (.01)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I have a tendency to go overboard, but I think this is a nice little garden that I can manage. So all you gardeners out there, any tips for me, perhaps the worse gardener in the world? When should I start my seeds? I think I should do it soon, but what do I know?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So this little transition is hard for all of us. Last night Marvin and I talked about bumping lunch up (11:30) and putting him down earlier so we could drop his morning nap. I was all set to do that today but he was literally falling over he was so tired. So I gave him a little snack and put him down, he was asleep in no time. Yesterday was another story, he acted tired so I put him down for his normal morning nap and he slept for maybe 20 minutes and was wide awake. He usually goes down again at 3:30 but he was so grumpy and just wanted me to hold him so I put him down again at 1:00 and he slept an hour and a half. But boy was he tired by bedtime, 7:30, he had a melt down at dinner when he discovered he had water instead of milk and we weren't going to give him any more milk.
So what do I do? How long does this transition last? How did you do it? I'm sure going to miss two naps a day, but I want him to get the rest he needs, even if it is in one chunk rather than two. Your advice please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Calvin has been a bit obsessed by clocks the past month. We hear the word clock at least a 100 times a day, but I'm sure it's much higher if we ever counted. I was on Etsy looking for something to buy to support Cora's playground and I found a clock. We thought it was perfect and I have been wanting one for the kitchen so we ordered it and received it yesterday, I've never seen Calvin so excited. The excitment didn't end yesterday, he's still going on and on about the new clock today. We moved the clock that was in his room to the kitchen, so there is lots of excitement around these parts. Whoever thought clocks could be this exciting? Hopefully he moves on to something else very soon, we're a bit tired of hearing about clocks.
Monday, February 23, 2009
It's a new week and a busy one at that. Marvin came home yesterday afternoon and it was neat to hear how his trip went. It was a busy quick trip and I only talked to him for a few minutes Thursday-Sunday so it was great to catch up. I was thankful Calvin was napping, I know Marvin missed him because the second Calvin made a sound Marvin was headed towards his room, but I needed some time to catch up with my hubby.
Today is a normal work day then it is off to 12-14 days to prepare for the garden show, so I tried to plan some meals he could take in his lunch since he won't be home for dinner at night. To make up for the lost family time we're having breakfast together this week.
Banana Muffins & Sliced Strawberries
Happy Toast (Eggs in the middle) & Pears
Waffles, Sausage links & Sliced Strawberries
French Toast & Grapes
Biscuits and Gravy, Bananas
Blueberry Muffins & Bananas
Monday-BBQ Meatballs (recipe to come), Broccoli & Cauliflower, Tossed Salad
Tuesday-NEW RECIPE Mexican Pork & Sweet Potato Stew with Mexican Cornbread
Wednesday-NEW RECIPE Pasta Fagioli with Homemade French Bread & Salad
Friday-NEW RECIPE Basil Cheese Polenta, w/ Meat Sauce mixed veggies, fruit
Saturday-Mac & Cheese w. leftover Polenta
For other great ideas visit here. Remember this is how I find most of my recipes I use, it sure is a handy way to plan your meals..
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Cilantro Bean Burgers $1.47 (including guacamole)
From Country Living
(makes 4 burgers)
for one burger: 177 Calories 4 g. fat 6 g. fiber 8 g. protein
1 c. canned/cooked pinto beans (rinsed and drained if using canned) .25
1 c. canned/cooked black beans (rinsed and drained if using canned) .25
1/2 c. shredded carrots .25
2 T. Minced fresh cilantro .05
1 1/2 t. lime juice (I used lemon) .01
2 small garlic cloves minced .05
1/2 t. cumin .02
1/4 t. salt (add a bit more if they aren't canned) .01
1/4 t. pepper .01
1/2 c. soft bread crumbs (toast a piece of bread and then run it through the blender, it's a great way to use up those heals nobody ever eats.) .06
4 T. egg substitute (or two eggs) .22
3 t. corn meal .02
3 t. canola oil .03
Use a food processor and combine the first 10 ingredients, cover and pulse until blended.
(I just mashed it together with a potato masher since I don't have a food processor.)
Stir in bread crumbs and egg substitute. Refrigerate 30 minutes.Shape into 4 patties and sprinkle with cornmeal. Heat oil in pan then add burgers. Cook 4-5 minutes on each side until lightly browned. (It took me a bit longer to get them browned probablly around 7 minutes each side.)
Serve with guacamole .79 or salsa (free Christmas gift from Dad).
Baked Spinach Supreme $4.18
We served this with grapes .25 bringing our meal total to $4.43
Lentils with Garlic and Tomatoes $1.58
From the CA cookbook
4 T. olive oil .05
5 cloves garlic minced .15
1 can whole tomatoes 14.5 oz or 2-3 chopped & peeled fresh tomatoes .50
1 c. dried lentils, washed and drained .45
2 1/2 c. water
¾ t. salt .01
1 T. lemon juice .02
1 c. brown rice (prepared according to package directions) .30
Heat oil in a heavy pot over medium heat and add garlic. Stir and fry until garlic is lightly browned. Add tomatoes and stir and cook, mashing tomatoes until they turn into a paste about 5 minutes. Put in lentils and 2 ½ c. water. Bring to a boil, cover and lower heat. Simmer gently for ½ hour until lentils are tender. Add the salt and lemon juice.
Serve over rice(.30), top with strained yogurt (.10) and garnish with chopped green onions or cilantro if desired.
We served this with homemade french bread (.25), and salad (.20) making this meal $2.03!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Double Batch=approx. 16 4 inch pancakes, very thick pancakes
1c. whole wheat flour
1c. white flour
2 T. sugar (brown or white)
6 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
few shakes of cinnamon
Mix and Store. Then add the following wet ingredients when ready to cook.
2 beaten fluffy eggs
1 1/2 c. milk
4 T. vegetable oil
double batch-approx. 12 waffles
2 c. whole wheat flour
2 c. white flour
2 T. sugar (brown or white)
8 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
Mix and store. When ready to prepare add following wet ingredients and mix until smooth:
4 Large eggs, beaten until fluffy
3 1/2 c. milk
1 c. vegetable oil or melted butter
Makes approximately 12 biscuits
2 c. all purpose flour
1 T. sugar
3 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
Mix and store. When ready to prepare cut in 1/2 c. butter or shortening until it looks like fine crumbs. Sir in 3/4 c. milk (1 c. for drop biscuits) until dough leaves sides of bowl. If cutting biscuits turn dough onto floured surface and knead 10 times. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick and cut out biscuits. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes at 450 degrees F.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Grocery Total: $40.03
- Manager Special 1/2 gallon milk .99 each
- 3.07 lb. bananas 1.11
- 4 pears .79 (I bought 2)
- Avocado .89
- 8oz. bars of cheese 1.29 (I bought 4)
- American cheese slices 1.49
Household Items Total: 18.25
This picture has a lot of memories with it. This is our first place we lived overseas, and it definitely carries lots of memories, unfortunately mostly negative, we expereinced lots of culture shock here, could barely communicate and had a problem every week with this lovely apartment.
Here Marvin is working on putting together a shkoff, wardrobe, one of his least favorite tasks ever. I believe this was in our bedroom. In order to move things around we had to take apart these monster things, by we I mean Marvin. Even though I hated that apartment I'd live there in a heartbeat, minus the grouchy neighbor who always wanted money from us....ah the joys of being an American in a foreign country.
Monday, February 16, 2009
This Monday morning started off with wonderful kisses from Calvin, that's always a pleasant way to start my week. I also found out this morning my friend Marie welcomed her second little one into the world this weekend. Congratulations Marie, I'm sure she is prefect.
Now onto our menu.......
Rice and Beans X 2
Monday-Pork Chops, Potatoes, Green Beans, Biscuits
Tuesday-Lentils w/ Garlic and Tomatoes, Salad, Peas & Garlic Bread (New Recipe)
Wednesday-Cilantro Bean Burgers, Spanish Rice, chips and salsa, and guacamole
Thursday-Soup from Freezer
Saturday-Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, corn, salad
Head on over to Organizational Junkie for more menu ideas. I often gather my ideas for meals this way. It's a great way to find some variety in your meals without scouring cookbooks. Check back later in the week for a few of these recipes, plus a few successes from last week.
Friday, February 13, 2009
¾ c. BBQ Sauce (50 cents)
2 T. Brown Sugar (pennies, you can substitute if you wish)
1 T. Minced Onion (pennies)
1 t. Salt (pennies)
Biscuits (75 cents)
1 -1 1/2 c. Shredded Cheese (75 cents)
1. Boil lentils in salted water about 20 minutes or until tender. When lentils are tender drain them.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
What a legacy Cora has left. Her family has set up a fund to build a playground in her honor. I know I have been touched to help make that possible, even when times are tough financially. If you are interested please visit her website. I also found a few people who are donating the proceeds of items they have made to benefit Cora's playground. I haven't decided which one I will order, but it's neat to see how others are using their skills to remember Cora. A beautiful reminder of the body of Christ.
adorable Flower Headbands
The Busy Bee
Cute Button Flowers
I love Plum
Children's Tees and Onesies
If any of you would like to listen to her celebration of life go here. Their family's website does say that a video of the ceremony will be coming soon. Thanks for grieving with me and celebrating the legacy of this sweet child.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Today we dropped our car off at the repair shop across the street and Calvin and I began walking home hand in hand and I about lost it, I was overcome with the sweetness of the moment God had given us. So in the midst of this incredible sadness, I'm thankful for the time He has given me with my son.
It seems silly to post anything other than praises to God for all the good in our lives. May you cherish the blessings he has given you today.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Lord you know the pain Joel and Jess are experiencing right now. Father I pray that you would grant them strength they need to go on in this life without their sweet Cora. Give them strength to bear each minute, may they keep their gaze on you. I beg you to wrap them in your arms. Jesus be near them tonight. Amen!
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Last week he learned how to open the door to the bedroom on his own, it doesn't latch so it pulls open and he can fit little fingers in the crack to pull it open. He was always ready to find grandma and grandpa as soon as his eyes were open, he didn't inherit his morning brightness from either of us. Monday morning Mavin brought him to bed with us when he woke up because we were still tired and of course he didn't want anything to do with bed, he was ready to eat, so he wiggled off the bed and comes back to our room with one of those Gerber Graduates Entrees that I left out on the counter. (His reach is pretty amazing these days.) Needless I was feeling like a pretty horrible mom when he brought that in, our poor son was foraging for food. I need to get back in routine again of waking up early and working out, and stop staying awake until 1:30 reading.
And here is my curious 15 month old. He can now climb onto chairs independently, I didn't think about this until he emptied the salt on the floor. I was cleaning up the kitchen and surprise, Calvin was pouring the salt out. I am now reminding myself to push the chairs in. We've had to add a few more safety precautions to our house since his curiosity is growing everyday.
Remember the part about how his curiosity is growing everyday? Well here's where I found him the other night. I had pulled out a new bath toy and he had so much playing with it in his bath that later on he just couldn't wait anymore. I guess I'll have to remind myself to close the bathroom door as well as push in chairs. He certainly keeps us busy.
Monday, February 02, 2009
almost 5 lbs Ground Beef $8.88
Ken's Salad Dressing Free (coupon)
2 Kraft Dressing $.50 each (coupon)
16 oz. Highland Cheese $2.20 (coupon)
Dillons Round One 19.73
4 pkgs Cottonelle $.75 (3 coupons)
Soy Milk $2.49
Jar of Yeast $5.25
Sweet Potatoes $1.11
4 Valley Fresh Green Giant Steamers FREE (used 4 coupons)
2 boxes Wheat Thins $1.78 (used coupon)
8 oz. Kraft Bar Cheddar Cheese $1.50
2 pkg Fiber One Bars $1.43 (used coupons)
1 pkg Nature Valley Granola Bars $1.09 (used coupon)
Dillons again $14.61
Skirt Steak $2.81
Dannon Plain Yogurt $.63
2 boxes Fiber One Granola Bars $2.68 (coupons)
2 bags Chex Mix $1.78 (coupons)
8 oz. Kraft Mozzarella Bar Cheese $1.50
Kraft American Slices $1.50
3 boxes Nature Valley Granola Bars $5.77 (coupons & got back 1.50 towards next purchase)
Kleenex Lotion Tissues $.20 (coupons)
Gala Apples 1.19
2 bags Baby Carrots $.98
Iceburg Lettuce $.99
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Here's what our menu looks like this week:
Monday-Italian Lentil Barley Soup with Biscuits and salad
Tuesday- Caribbean Pork with Rice & Sweet Potatoes
Wednesday-Belated Kansas Day Meal Steak, Potatoes, Salad & KS dirtcake
Thursday-Chicken Pot Pie, Salad
Friday- Left overs
Saturday-Leftovers for lunch, Dinner: Homeade Pizza, Salad & Cooked Carrots
Sunday-Sunday Lunch Guests! Baked Ziti, Breadsticks or french bread, Salad, Cooked Carrots, some sort of dessert