Saturday, April 11, 2015

Long Time No See...

Wow! It has literally been months if not years since I have made a post on this blog. I have been busy with life and trying to get things in order for when we move. Yes, I said move. Ryan and I have decided to downgrade our lives and go on the road full time in an RV with all the kids! It'll be an adventure I have no doubt about that but teaching our children about the simple things in life will be a wonderful lesson in living life and showing them that with each other and God you really don't need all the material things in life.

I am still sitting at about 190-200 pounds, which is about 40-50 pounds more than I was when I got pregnant for the first time with Sopheria, yes I said the first time. I recently, well not really recently he will be a year old on May 9th, but we added another little blessing to our family on May 9, 2014.

A 6lb 13 ounce perfect baby boy, we named Maverick. He is a sweet heart through and through. Actually when I was thinking about getting back to basics and getting on track we found out we might be expecting again. No, this one was not planned in fact if it turns out we are pregnant again it was a total surprise and unexpected but will be welcomed with nothing less than love and open arms.

I did find this really awesome book and DVD set that I plan on using to help me get back on track. It's Fit & Fabulous in 15 minutes by Theresa Tapp. It's such a great book. If you want to see the full review you can check it out here on my other blog.

I wanted to stop and touch base in case anyone still reads this blog, I have not fallen off the face of the Earth, just got a lot on my plate at the moment.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day - Heart Shaped Stained Glass Cookies


The finished product


Well, allow me to begin by saying the "directions" I found for this online were NOT very detailed, after some tinkering I finally got it down to a science and now I will let you all know about it.

First, begin with your favorite sugar cookie recipe...I used this one...

4 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 egg yolks
1/3-1/2 cup of milk

* Measure the flour in a large bowl and add baking powder and salt, stir to mix and set aside

* Cream the butter and add sugar slowly and beat until light and fluffy

* Add the egg yolks and vanilla and continue beating until well blended

* Add the dry ingredients slowly and the 1/3 cup of milk

* Continue beating until well blended

*NOTE* At this point the dough will be crumbly, this is normal, lay some plastic wrap on the counter and turn the dough out onto it and wrap up tightly.

* Chill the dough for at least 10 hours or overnight

*NOTE* Now this is where the tricky part began for me, when I went back to get my dough (once it was warmed up enough to work with) it was still crumbly, so I put a 1/3 cup of milk into my measuring glass and slowly added a little as I kneaded the dough until it became more dough like.

* Once your dough is more like a dough go ahead and flour your table and rolling pin well and roll out your dough to about a 1/2 inch in thickness and cut out your shapes

* Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 8-10 mins (BEFORE DOING THIS READ ABOUT THE STAIN GLASS PART)

In The Making


~ Stained Glass Heart Cookies ~
First batch I used my pizza stone, I suggest using an actual baking sheet

Now, once you have your dough all ready you are going to want to get a baking sheet and lay a piece of aluminum foil on it, then spray the foil with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

*Use your heart shaped cookie cutters and cut out your big hearts, then use a slightly smaller heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out little hearts from the center of your bigger ones.

*Place 2 Jolly Ranchers inside the little heart (I used 2 different colors)
*Bake according to your cookie dough recipe (I did 8 mins @ 350)

*Remove from the oven and stick either outside (if you are in winter like I am) or put in your freezer for about 5 mins until cooled (This will make getting the cookie off the baking sheet MUCH easier)

*Now your cookie should pop right off the foil, set them aside to cool completely before you package them up to prevent the candy from sticking.

*HINT* Placing wax paper between layers when packaging will also help keep them from sticking together.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mini Wonton Tacos


Here is a super easy recipe for a very yummy dish.

Ingredients:

1 pack of wonton wrappers
2lbs ground beef
1 bag mexican blend shredded cheese
Packet of taco seasoning
Your favorite taco toppings

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees

* Brown your beef and add any seasonings you like or just use a packet of taco seasoning

* Take your muffin pan and spray it with non stick cooking spray, then simply line each muffin cup with a wonton wrapper, to form a cup.
 
* Fill your wonton cups with your ground beef and top with a sprinkle of cheese
 
* Bake for 8 minutes in the oven, remove and let cool
 
*Serve warm and with your favorite taco toppings. (I chose just to use sour cream but you can use lettuce, tomato, onions, taco sauce, or any other topping you love)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What's For Dinner Tonight

How about "Honey Roasted Breaded Pork Chops"? That's what I made tonight. It was super easy and delicious! In fact my overly picky 8 year old dug right into dinner tonight.



Ingredients:

6 Pork Chops
1/2 cup of milk
3 eggs
1 cup of Honey Roasted Bunches of Oats Cereal

I began by placing my cereal into a baggie and punching it. My son had a great time doing this for me. Continue to punch your cereal until it is all crumbly. Then I got 3 bowls, one for my milk, one for my eggs, and one for my cereal. I placed the bowls in that order on my counter and after the bowls I placed my pan for cooking the pork in.

First begin by coating the pork chop with milk, then dip in the egg, and finally the cereal. Now, the cereal will not cover the pork 100% but just try to cover it as best as you can. Then simply place on your baking sheet or pan.

Now, I cooked my pork at 350 degrees for 60 minutes and it was done perfectly, you might have to adjust this depending upon your location and the type of oven you have. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Eco Friendly Mama Cloth Review



I have read many other opinions on mama cloth, for those of you new to the eco-friendly and cloth lingo, mama cloth is reusable and washable pads and panty liners.

At first my reaction was disgusting, but after thinking about it a while, it didn't seem so disgusting to me. I have been using cloth diaper on my little one for over a year now, and if I can do that then there is no reason I should find mama cloth disgusting, right?

Well, I got in touch with my partner in crime FaithKP and asked her to whip me up a batch of 10 panty liners and a wet bag for them. The picture above is the stash she sent me. I loved the fabrics and prints, the fabrics are super soft and feel much nicer against my skin then the plastic and paper of normal panty liners.

Now, most of us women have worn typical disposable panty liners at some point in time, whether during a pregnancy or before or after our menstrual cycle and you know they have the sticky backs and even some have wings now, well I don't know about you but mine would always slide out of place and bunch up and get very uncomfortable within a few hours, well these lovely little things called snaps on my mama cloth, hold my liners in place ALL day.

I had to write a review and share how wonderful these products are. The quality of the items are amazing as well, FaithKP does a fabulous job and takes pride in her work, I have ordered quite a few items from her and I have had zero complaints.

If you are looking for a good product that is easier on the environment and your wallet then give FaithKP a message and let her know you would love to own one of these amazing mama cloths today. She is able to make not only the panty liners, but regular pads for your menstrual cycle and also post partum pads for those weeks after baby arrives. The postpartum pads will be next on my review list because I am going to have to get some before this baby arrives, so be on the look out for that review as well.

New Year's Resolutions?

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Can you believe it? Only 11 days until Christmas and  only 18 days until we hit 2014?! It's amazing how fast this year has gone by. 

I wanted to write this a little early because I am going to begin a little early...You know how everyone ALWAYS makes those New Year's Resolutions? You know what I am talking about they usually consist of diets and losing weight, stopping smoking, or trying to be a better person. We all make these New Year's Resolutions with good intentions but I don't know many people who actually stick by them for the whole year. I know I usually don't, so I stopped making them, it seemed a waste if I wasn't going to stick to it.

This year is different, after watching shows like "Extreme Cheapskates" and "Extreme Couponing" I have decided I want to try my hand at saving my family money. I also want to continue my hand at being a more natural and homemade family, meaning I want to make more of the items we use daily and healthier foods.

To some of you who know me personally know the cooking and food thing will be tough cause I am in no way a Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray, in fact I despise cooking and baking, but I want to give it a try, it could be fun and it will certainly be healthier for my family and myself.

As far as couponing and taking advantage of sales I think it would be a fun little adventure. So, why not give it a shot?

I plan on posting the recipes, tips, tricks, and things that will go along with my New Year's Resolution, so stay tuned for some cool ideas. If you have not clicked the "follow me" button make sure to do so, and don't forget to add me on Facebook, Where I post lots of giveaways and contests, don't miss out.

From my family to yours, we wish you a happy, safe and joyous holiday season.

~~~~ Trista ~~~~

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rumparooz Fluff Review

My diaper right out of the mailing package (front)
Back

 I am super excited to get to post this review. I have been cloth diapering now for almost 2 years and will be continuing to do so since our next little bundle of joy is due in May. 

I received my diaper very quickly, which is a bonus as any other fluff loving mamas know, we love getting fluff mail, it's almost like Christmas for us each time the mailman brings a package. ;)

I was sent an One Size Rumparooz in the color Spring. It came packaged so nice and neat I almost hated to open it. There were 2 thick micro fiber inserts. They can either be snapped together and used doubled up or used singly depending on how much absorbency you need. I personally use this as an overnight diaper so I use both inserts.

After washing my diaper I put it on my daughter, I am usually not a big fan of velcro but the velcro on this diaper is great, there is a place to stick the tabs when you are washing it and storing it so that the velcro doesn't go sticking to everything!

I love how easy this is to use, no fussing with the snaps which we all know during middle of the night changes can be very difficult and time consuming.

 
My little model

 You can pick up your Rumparooz from a number of different online sites, and I will list a few for you below.






As you may notice the prices all vary depending on where you decide to purchase from, but all in all I would gladly spend a decent amount of money on this diaper, it has never leaked on me yet, and it has been holding up fantastic through my washing routine.

This is one diaper that you will definitely get your money's worth of use out of! Don't trust me though, go grab one and try it out for yourself!
She is loving it