Archives for the month of: October, 2012

• My brother and some of my friends are on the east coast right now for various reasons and luckily all of them (I think) are doing ok! My brother, Ben, is doing a show in NYC and luckily he still has power and is actually able to walk around outside. He sent me this on Facebook:
“We were stuck inside yesterday so I went through my camera and found that I had these photos.”

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I’m so glad that he’s alright!

• I wrote this in an earlier post, but I’m so thankful that Dan took work off early in Thursday because I’m all better now!

• Dan is trying a new thing with Owen every night where he’s trying to teach him how to get off of the couch by himself. Owen has such a fun time even tho he’s not quite grasping the concept lol. His giggles and smiles are so cute and such a great way to end the night. 🙂

• I thought I had lost Owen’s 7 month handprint tile but we accidentally left it at Paintpots lol at least we didn’t lose it!

There are so many inspirations for this smoothie, I’m not sure where to start. All I know is that it’s yummy and I knew that Dan would love it too – and he did!! 😀

Oh, and this makes a warm smoothie. Sounds kinda weird but it’s so good. If you want it cold, add a few ice cubes (about a cup).

Nutty Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Ingredients:
1/3 Cup dry oatmeal, cooked
1 Banana
3/4 Cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (or one individual-sized cup)
2 Tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
Milk to liquify everything*

Directions:
Blend and serve.

* When I’ve used regular yogurt I’ve noticed that I don’t have to add much milk. It also depends on how thick you cook your oatmeal, so just eye it.

When we get vanilla protein powder I want to add a scoop and see how it tastes. It’ll probably be even better! 🙂

Several weeks ago I purchased a LivingSocial deal for two 2.5 hour sewing classes. Yes, sewing lol. I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew, so this was a perfect way to learn!

The classes were held at A Common Thread, and the $35 LS deal also bought you a $25 voucher to use at their store for fabric, materials…anything! The other cool part about these classes is that they supplied sewing machines and materials. If you had a sewing machine then you could bring your own. I don’t have one, so this is what I learned on:

20121028-173021.jpg That’s a Janome DC2012. Mom, Dad, Santa, anyone – I’d be happy with a Janome DC2011 or 2010 for Christmas lol! 😉

We learned how to thread a machine, how to clean it, and how to work it.

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Then we made a pincushion/beanbag (mine turned out a bit pathetic cus I ran out of thread and didn’t rethread it properly lol), and then for the second class (after the lunch break) we made another project. I’m not going to say what it was because its going to be my mom’s Christmas present. 🙂 But here’s a sneak peak:

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No guessing what it is either cus I’m not gonna say! 😉

Sometimes LS deals can be kind of a dud. Like one time Dan and I bought one for a sushi restaurant and it was in a terrible part of town, but the food turned out ok. We haven’t been back cus of where it’s at (we literally pulled up to the restaurant, looked at each other, double checked the address to make sure it was correct, and hesitantly walked in lol). This deal, however, was not a dud. Overall I really learned a lot from this class and the instructor, Jan, was super helpful and knowledgable while keeping the class interesting. All of the women working at ACT were very friendly and just so helpful. If/when I get a machine I think I’ll be returning back there for help and supplies!

Owens third tooth is popping through! Finally!

And, I don’t know what Dan fed him while I was gone at my class (more about that tomorrow!), but Owen sure looked different than normal 😉

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High Five!
Owen can high five now!! He does it when he’s in a good mood and gets a big smile on his face when he does it (usually cus the recipient is happy to get a high five from him lol!).

Sick Mama
Yesterday I randomly woke up with aches all over, a really bad headache (I usually never get headaches!), and Dan said I had a fever too. Since I was feeling terrible, Dan came home super early and watched Owen and took care of me. 🙂 I slept pretty much the entire evening and Dan took complete care of Owen. Then around 1:30 in the morning I finally couldn’t put up with the pain anymore so I took another dose of acetaminophen and Dan very kindly massaged my back! At 1:30 in the morning! Talk about a great guy! I feel a lot better, but still not 100%. I have to give Dan so much thanks cus I know I would still feel terrible if he hadn’t come home. Even just taking care of Owen was a huge help! I think Owen would agree too haha 😉

Ballplayer
Have I ever told you how much Owen loves to play with balls? One of my brothers gave him a foam soccer ball when I was pregnant (cus he was kicking so much lol) and Owen loves to play with it. Not only that, but whenever Dan and I drop him off at the Kids Club he always goes for the balls there, especially the soccer ball. It’s really funny, he’s always playing with them! So we went to the dollar store to see if they had cheap balls and they did! They had three different kinda – a basketball, a football, and a soccer ball. Owen’s favorite? The soccer ball lol I have a feeling he’s gonna wanna play soccer later. 😉

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• Last Sunday started out on the wrong foot, but the day turned out really good!

• Every other weekend when we go to coffee we always see the same people. We saw them before I got pregnant, during my pregnancy, and now they comment as Owen grows older! Some of them will always come by and ask how Owen’s doing and will always say how cute he is! 🙂 It’s so funny because Dan and I always wonder what their reaction must’ve been when they first noticed that I was pregnant, and then when we first brought Owen to coffee! LOL! I bet that must’ve been a big surprise 🙂 Nonetheless, it’s a really nice atmosphere there and such a great way to start off our weekend mornings.

• On monday night, I skipped doing the dishes and gave Owen his bath, bottle and put him down for bed. Usually Dan does it cus it’s easier for him to give Owen a bath (I have really small hands) plus it’s their chance to have quality time together, but whenever Dan’s gone I get to take over. As I was feeding Owen his bottle, I was lightly stroking his face and head and he was so cute and started drifting off to sleep. Ever since he was a newborn I would always stroke his face really lightly and he has always loved it. Even to this day he will sit in my lap and sorta zone out when I do it. I love that I get that special bonding time with him, esp since he’s such a wiggle worm now.

It seemed like every baby website, book, and magazine I read while I was preggo would always say how important touch is for a baby. That always made sense to me because touch is important for adults, young and old. So while I was pregnant Dan and I would always rub my belly and once our little guy came out we opted to have the skin-to-skin contact immediately after. My little sister is 7 years younger than me and I remember when she was a baby she would always love us touching her forehead and nose in a certain rhythmic way. I tried that on Owen a few times when he was a newborn, but he never cared much for that. Then I tried lightly touching his cheeks and lips and forehead and nose and he loved it. Correction: loves it. You know when someone scratches your back really lightly and it feels like your whole body is numb? Or, when you get a massage and you can’t focus on anything but where the touch is coming from? That’s the look he gets when I lightly stroke his face. It really is something special. He’s something special. 🙂

• I skipped the dishes again last night and was able to lay in bed while Dan washed and fed Owen. That’s such a bad habit I’m getting into (not doing the dishes) but it felt sooo good to get into bed early. Thanks Dan! 😀

• Yesterday I bought Owen a coat! It’s a lil big on him (size 12 months), but he’ll be able to wear it the rest of the winter (hopefully!). He looks like a giant charred marshmallow, but he’s SO CUTE! We were looking for a coat and just wasn’t having much luck, so I tried a local consignment store and they had ONE near his size and it was in great condition, looks good, and was only $9! Woohoo! 😉

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Yes, that’s him laying on the floor in the store….it was such a hassle putting it on him cus he was wiggling so much, but he finally gave in and just laid there! Mom: 1, Owen: 0! ;D

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These balloons are on display at our local Fred Meyers, and I think it sums up our “Crocktober” pretty well. Dan’s daughter and her boyfriend have been crock-potting like crazy lately causing Dan to keep suggesting that I bring out our crock pot and make some yummy dishes too.

So I looked at a few recipes I had saved, bought some cheap meat, and started slow cookin’! 😉

We’ve made beef and broccoli, BBQ pulled beef sandwiches, salsa chicken, pot roast, and sloppy joes. I haven’t taken any pics, but all of the dishes were so yummy! I love BBQ anything, but my favorite might have been the sloppy joes so far (the BBQ pulled beef was a very close 2nd). And Dan seemed to like them too, he said that they were the best sloppy joes he’s had! This is a little spicy, so if you don’t like that much heat then cut back on the cayenne pepper and Siracha. 🙂

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:
2 slices whole wheat bread
1/4 cup milk
1 lb ground hot Italian sausage*
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 heaping teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 (24 oz) can pasta sauce
1 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon Siracha
Choice of bread, buns, hoagies or rolls.

* We only had 1lb of sausage, but the original recipe called for 2lbs of ground beef. The ingredient ratios is what we used and it turned out super yummy, but feel free to use more meat and a different type if you’d like.

Directions:
1. Mash together the bread and milk in a medium bowl. Using your hands, mix in the sausage until all ingredients are combined. This trick keeps the sausage moist as it cooks in the slow cooker. Set aside.

2. In a large skillet heat up the olive oil to medium high heat and cook the onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cayenne pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

3. Add the sausage mixture into the pan. As it cooks break up into small pieces. Cook until sausage is no longer pink.

4. Transfer sausage mixture to the slow cooker and stir in pasta sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and Siracha.

5. Cover and set the slow cooker to cook on low for 5-7 hours, or until sausage is tender. Your cooking time may vary! Serve on your choice of bread!

On this past Saturday, the Southwest Community Center was holding a bake sale in association with No Kid Hungry to help end child hunger in the United States.

According to their website, 1 out of 5 kids in the US are struggling with hunger. That’s approximately 16 million kids. Just in the US! Since I don’t have much extra money to donate, we decided to bake something for this fundraiser cus it’s the least we can do.

Dan suggested I make the coconut chocolate bars from Martha Stewart. I had made them before but I didn’t like the big chunks of chocolate chips, plus I felt like they were missing something.

So, I decided to add Heath bar bits and butterscotch chips, and chop them up so that once the bars cooled each bite was pretty consistent in taste (not one bite with a huge chocolate chip and another with a huge butterscotch chip). After letting them set overnight they were so yummy! Best of all, they were easy to make too.

There are many different ways that you can help out too – just click the link at the beginning of this post for more info.

Everything Bars

Ingredients:
3 cups finely ground graham crackers
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup walnut pieces
3/4 cup Heath Bar bits
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly splash a 15-by-10-inch rimmed baking sheet evenly with water, then line with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter until combined. Evenly press onto bottom and up sides of prepared baking sheet. Bake, rotating halfway through, until firm, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; cool, about 20 minutes.

3. Chop up walnuts, Heath Bar bits, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Sprinkle cooled crust evenly with the nuts, Heath Bar, chocolate, and butterscotch bits. Pour condensed milk over the top, spreading to cover completely (do not let it drip over the edges). Sprinkle with coconut.

4. Bake until coconut is toasted, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool completely. Trim edges, if desired, and cut into equal-size bars.

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Last night Dan and I took Owen to his very first Halloween event! The Southwest Community Center was holding their annual Halloween Mash and we decided to take Owen so he could wear his costume, meet other kids, and just have some quality fun family time together.

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There were so many ppl! We didn’t really know what to expect, but were pretty surprised to find the parking lot full, as well as the lot across the street for the neighboring shops.

First things first – Owen’s costume 🙂

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He was a monkey! Ever since he was a newborn we have always called him our little monkey boy, so we figured that a monkey would be very fitting as his first Halloween costume!

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Inside the gym, they had all sorts of games for the older kids and right in the middle they had a baby center with all sorts of foam blocks and even some pumpkins. Owen wasn’t entirely sure about going off and playing with other kids, but he did play a little and was generally in a good mood all night!

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I LOVE this pic below of Owen clinging onto Dan. He got a little scared or overwhelmed at all the commotion and turned to Dan to be held. It was so cute! He didn’t cry or anything, he just got very quiet lol

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They had all sorts of games and activities for all of the little ones to enjoy and win some candy.

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They even had a costume contest for each age group, and though Owen didn’t win it was still fun to sign him up! (A 2 year old cheerleader won and she was very cute!)

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As you can see Dan didn’t dress up, but I did! As a cat lol

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Have any of you already gone to any Halloween events for the kiddos? We don’t have anything planned for actual Halloween day, but aside from handing out candy, what is there to do with a baby? Ideas?

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