Sunday, July 31, 2011

Simple Things {smile}

I love her smile.
I love her two budding teeth.
I love her bright blue eyes.
I love how messy she is when she eats.
Oh, how I love my sweet little Emily. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Project 365 {204-210}

day 204: Lounging in the pool
day 205: Blueberry stained face {she wore her bathing suit to breakfast}.
day 206: Car nap
day 207: This is how we found Emily in the morning. Jesse thinks she got hot. ha!
day 208: Olivia "painted" her toenails.
day 209: Finger painting
day 210: Do your kids show up with random boo-boos?  We have no idea how Liv scraped her nose {neither does she}.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

{her own} Style

On top of wearing a ladybug costume and tutu around town, Olivia is also dressing herself everyday {accessories and all}. She's all about dresses, shoes and headbands. I love little girls.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kickin' it {old school}

Do you remember the dry erase board I made last year? Well this:
was starting to look like this:
Annoying right? I couldn't read or make sense of anything. So I decided to organize our board. Since I don't have a Silhouette {gasp, I know} I had to go old school and I use scrapbook letters. Let me tell you those things are a pain. Add a nine month old running into your ankles with her walker and well lets just say some of the letters didn't make it.
Ahh, so much better. I even added an area for our weekly menu. Now I just need to work on the rest of the wall. Stay tuned...

Corn & Tomato {salad}

It's corn season here in PA.  Last week we shucked, blanched and froze ten dozen ears of corn for the winter. Jesse's grandmother came over to watch the girls while I worked on the corn.  Instead they both napped at the same time {never happens} so she was able to help me. Yay! We froze corn on the cob and kernels. There's nothing better than fresh corn in the dead of winter.
Since we had lots of fresh corn on hand and our garden is over flowing with tomatoes I thought I'd share a simple summer salad; corn and tomato salad. It's easy to make and very yummy.

Corn & Tomato Salad

2 cups of corn {four ears of corn, if you're going fresh}
2 cups of tomatoes, diced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 red onion, diced

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Combine corn, tomato, avocado and onion in a larger bowl. Mix together the dressing in a separate bowl and pour over the salad. Mix together, serve and enjoy.

We still have a ton of corn and tomatoes to eat. Do you have any corn and/or tomato recipes?

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Kitchen {fail}

The other day I had a random sweet potato so decided to bake it into chips for lunch. So I washed the potato, sliced it with the mandolin, coated the chips in olive oil and baked them. I baked them for 10 minutes at 400 then flipped them and baked for another ten minutes. This is what happened...
I burnt them! What!?! Seriously!?! I couldn't believe it. When I baked regular potato chips I never seem to cook them long enough. I was so disappointed. Olivia and I ate the few that weren't too burnt. Well Olivia ate one but made a face the entire time. I hate kitchen fails.

Have you ever been disappointed by a kitchen fail?

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Monday, July 25, 2011

{snow white} Broom

Olivia loves princesses. Adores them. She also wants to "help Mama clean". So when I saw this adorable broom I knew Olivia would love it. Isn't it just the sweetest? Now I need to get her a Snow White dress and teach her how to whistle while she works.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Project 365 {197-203}

I usually work on my 365 pictures Friday night after the girls go to bed, then hubby and I will go outside to have a drink and relax. But the past three Friday nights I've fallen asleep putting Olivia to bed {8:30 pm}. I guess our busy summer schedule and early morning wake ups{Olivia gets up between 6-7 am} are starting to catch up to me.

day 197- We went to our town's summer festival and had yummy crabcake sandwiches
day 198- Olivia's first ponytial. So cute.
day 199- The girls fell asleep in the car after a playdate so I took some pictures of an old barn.
day 200- Emily had her nine month check up.

day 201- Olivia wanted to help feed Emily her yogurt. She's very helpful.
day 202- The girls had another car nap. I love red doors.
day 203- We shucked and frozen two dozen ears of corn. My house smells so yummy.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

{my} Hottie

When Jesse and I met we were in our early 20s. He was still in the Army and looked oh so good in a uniform. Thirteen years later the uniform is gone but he's still my hottie. Now he's sexiest when he's just being a dad.  My heart skips a beat when he makes Emily giggle, reads to the girls or picks corn out of Olivia's teeth {yep, he's a rockstar}.  I love that he's my husband and I love that we're raising these two beautiful girls together. I'm one lucky mama.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Butter {in a jar}

A couple of months ago I saw a post on how to make butter in a jar. I knew it was something that we had to try. Olivia loves to shake things and this is all about shaking. We finally did it and I have to say it was a lot of fun. It's not something we'll do all the time {it's not very cost effective} but whenever we have extra heavy cream you better believe we're gonna shake it into butter. Ready to make butter? It's so super easy. All you need is heavy cream, a jar with a lid and an eager toddler ready to do some shaking.
Fill your jar 3/4 full with heavy cream, put on the lid and shake, shake, shake. You're going to shake the jar for 15-20 minutes. Olivia shook the jar for about 30 seconds before she got bored. So I did all the work. But every couple of minutes she'd come back to offer a quick shake. So what did I do during my 20 minutes of shaking? Baked a cake {don't be impressed it was a box cake}, got out ingredients to make homemade ice cream and sat on the kitchen floor singing "Wheels on the Bus". 

Now back to the butter. Towards the end of your time you won't hear the liquid moving around in the jar. If you open it you'll find out why. Your cream is now whipped cream. Mmmm. But don't stop there. Put the lid back on and shake for another five minutes. Now you'll hear a ball moving around in the jar. Yay, you've got butter. Open the jar and pour the excess liquid into a bowl {it's buttermilk}. Shake the butter some more until it's a smooth ball. Drain your liquid again and put the butter in a bowl. Run water over your butter until your liquid is clear. Spread your butter over some toast and enjoy.

What did I do with the buttermilk you ask? I made pancakes of course. No lemon juice in water for me. Thank.You.Very.Much.

As fun as this was I can't wait to do it again with both girls when they are older. It's going to be a great science experiment.

Linking to: Life Made LovelySugar and Dots, Delicate Construction, Naptime CraftersThirty Handmade Days, No Time for Flashcards, Made By Little HandsIt's Playtime, Smile Monster

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

{pasta} Salad

I LOVE easy summer salads. We eat grilled chicken and veggies a lot and pasta salad is a great addition. It's also a family favorite at cookouts. My Sister-in-law doesn't eat mayo so we always made sure this yummy salad is on hand. It make a good amount which is great because I think it's better the second day.

1 box pasta (I usually use tricolor rotini or shells)
1 cup diced green or red peppers
1 small can black olives, drained
1 cup ham, diced
1/2 cup pepperoni, diced (or you can use mini pepperoni)
1/2 cup salomi, diced
2 cups Italian cheese
2-14.5 oz of diced tomatoes
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
1/2 teaspoon parsley
pepper, to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain. Now for the easy part, mix everything together and enjoy. If you want a little kick add some pepperoncini.

Do you have a favorite pasta salad recipe?

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Monday, July 18, 2011

fabric {iron on} letters

When I was working on Emily's room I knew that I wanted her name on the wall but didn't want to use wooden letters. They're expensive and I really didn't feel like decorating them {hey, I was preggo and it was hot}. Instead I decided to use fabric letters.  I used my leftover material from the no sew crib skirt. All I did was iron Heat n' Bond on the fabric, cut out the letters and ironed them to the wall. Super easy and didn't cost an arm and a leg. Got the idea here.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

{B} is for bug

This past week we read books about bugs. Olivia has a bit of a bug phobia so I thought reading and talking about them would help her understand that she doesn't need to be afraid of bugs. She definitely likes pretending to catch them but when she sees a bug in person all bets are off. So even though she's still afraid of them she had a fun week reading about them. We read all of our books everyday this week and did a craft/activity with most our books. 
Olivia's {and my} favorite book this week was "I Love Bugs" by Philemon Sturges. It was always the first book she pulled out of the pile. For our craft we did dot painting inside the letter "B". Then I drew little legs on all the dots to make them bugs {I know they don't look like bugs but Olivia enjoyed them}.
We did three crafts for the "Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. First we made a caterpillar out of a clothes pin and pom poms then next day we turned the caterpillar into a butterfly. Later in the week we made fingerprint caterpillars.
'My "b" Book' was the only book we read that wasn't about bugs, but it was about the letter "B". In the book the girl finds "b" items and puts them in her box so we did the same thing. Everytime we read the book we'd fill the box. We found  a bear, bug, blocks, ball, book, brush, bracelet, bunny and of course a bathing suit. 

Simple Things {reading}

Taking time to enjoy a good book. 
Linking to Simple Things and Life Made Lovely 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Project 365 {190-196}

day 190: chillin 
day 191- floating {ten on ten}
day 192- lounging
day 193- playdate
day 194- swinging
day 195- fashion
day 196- cooking