Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Friday, April 20, 2012

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Success or was it Luck? Update on Potty Training

 I would have been back sooner to update, if I had had anything to update you on. Three days and almost nothing. She is loving the Pull-ups and is excited to be wearing them. But I get the feeling that her excitement stops there.

No more timer. Call me crazy. I prefer randomly asking her if she needs to use the restroom. Since our last post on Patty Training, I have been very consistent and making sure that my little one is attempting and thankfully she has been a great sport and no tantrums or meltdowns. That there is some success. Yesterday mid-morning I hear "I made potty." Reflecting on that moment, I laugh at the excitement that rushed through this house. Someone passing by would have thought we won the Lottery.  No repeat performances that day.

I will take it as luck and success. Right time, right place and our goal was met. Patience and perseverance pays off. What is right for one may not be right for another. Focus on achieving the goal at hand rather than focusing on a "game plan" that you think you "have to follow." Potty training is teaching me to be flexible.Trying different methods until I find one that works for both my daughter and myself.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Potty Training

I am always dumb founded when parents mention that their child/children potty trained right away and without any hassle. I think, I am even more bamboozled when I hear that the child/children were potty trained by age 2. My oldest, took 18 months to fully potty train and what a struggle it was. My son, took about 6 months. He was a lot easier to train than the oldest, but we did have a more difficult time with doing #2 on the potty.

Two down and one to go. She is 2 1/2 years old. I first attempted Potty Training shortly after her second birthday. I bought her, what I thought, was a really cool potty chair that would play music when she was successful at using the potty. With two kids potty trained, I am thinking the third one won't be to bad. Was I wrong.

So it began. First thing first, set the clean potty chair in the living room so that the little one could get used to it and feel comfortable with it. I left it in the living room for about two days and then I had her move it to the bathroom. Next, take her to the bathroom every thirty minutes around the clock, unless she is sleeping of course. First day comes to an end and no success. It was only day one, what was I thinking? Day two same routine. On this day, she would sit, say she was done(even though she hadn't done anything) and then run out of the bathroom. As soon as she had her diaper on, she would go the bathroom. Now at this point I am feeling a little bit better because I feel that she is having some control as she waits until her diaper is on. Day three and success, she used the potty for the first time. I am so proud of her. The potty begins to sing and scares the daylights out of her and she runs from the bathroom screaming, "I don't like it!". From this point on, anytime I ask her if she needs to use the rest room or I guide her to her potty chair, I get the same reaction, "I don't like it!" It is amazing how quickly success turns to failure. I continue to encourage her to use the potty and still I get the same reaction. I take the batteries out and prove to her by pouring water in it that it will no longer sing. She still isn't having it.

After about a week of "I don't like it", I threw in the towel to save my insanity and decided to try again at another time. Fast forward 6 months and here we go AGAIN. I am hoping this will be the last attempt. My girl loves Minnie Mouse and as a form of encouragement, I bought her Minnie Mouse undies. Day one, sit on the potty, no success and I ended up with a lot more laundry that day. Day two, I am thinking, I will be smarter and instead of going to undies first, we are doing pull-ups. We have made many runs to the potty, but still no success. I am determined to get her potty trained and am hoping my patience will last. Funny thing is, every time she sits on the potty she wants to brush her teeth. I find myself wondering where she comes up with some of this stuff. I mean, really, who brushes their teeth when on the potty? Kids, gotta love them.

Potty Training is not fool proof and in my opinion, there is no right or wrong way. As with parenting, you've got to find what method works best for each child, remember that each child is an individual and what works for one certainly is not guaranteed to work for the next. At this point the only thing I can do is be consistent, encouraging and cross my fingers that it will all "click" for her real soon.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Apple Bake


  • 5 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a bowl, combine the apples, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples, pressing down to smooth top.
  2. Slowly pour water over the top; sprinkle with remaining cinnamon. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm.

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90 Minute Cinnamon Rolls


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)


  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in margarine; stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. Add water, egg and the milk mixture; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.
  3. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, softened margarine.
  4. Roll out dough into a 12x9 inch rectangle. Spread dough with margarine/sugar mixture. Sprinkle with raisins if desired. Roll up dough and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal size rolls and place cut side up in a 13x9 baking dish. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until browned. 
  6. Serve warm


  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 7 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Beat together the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl until creamy. Mix in the vanilla and milk, then gradually mix in the confectioners' sugar and salt until smooth and  fluffy.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If your cream cheese and butter are cold, it won't cream well. Microwave each separately for about 10 seconds and they will be soft enough to work with.

Monday, April 9, 2012


I remember my step grandmother would Crochet blankets, dolls and clothes for all of her kids, grand kids and great grand kids when I was growing up. As a child, I never put much thought into the amount of time it took to make these items. Now, as an adult, I have a new appreciation for those items, non of which I have anymore. I wish I could have seized the opportunity to learn from her.

I have decided to give Crocheting a try and am teaching myself via videos I am watching on YouTube. Crocheting is not easy, yet, not all that difficult. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot to learn and it can be very frustrating. With anything, practice makes perfect. I do have a lot of learning to do and I am up for the challenge.

My reasoning to begin Crocheting is simple, I have a friend and a family member that are both expecting and I wanted to provide them with something for their little bundle of joy that can lasts a lifetime, is made with love and hopefully will be passed down generation to generation.

Being a first timer I choose to Crochet a scarf for my oldest daughter. I was enjoying myself and thought I was doing a great job, until that dreadful moment when I looked at the 1 1/2 foot long scarf and realized, somehow, somewhere, I had added in an extra Crochet. Then came the time when I had to start pulling apart most of my work. It was not something that I wanted to have to do. One thing about Crocheting, pulling apart your work is something that everyone will do at some point in a project. I have been able to keep count as to not add extra Crochets in and am now well on my way to almost completing the scarf.

It has been a learning process, which I have enjoyed. The satisfaction of taking a skein of yarn and watching it become something is amazing. The best part of it all, is seeing the look on my daughter's face as she sees her scarf and her excitement to be able to wear it soon, weather permitting and all. I am hoping that she will love it and will want to keep it forever as it is my first piece I will have made.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Family Fun Night

Making time for FUN time with the family can be difficult, but making fun time with friends can be even harder. When the kids' sports are in season we are a go, go, go, go family with most of our time being spent at the softball field or the basketball court. Coordinating schedules can be stressful and when invites to parties and gatherings arise, we usually decline because something else is already scheduled for that day.

A few weeks ago, I told my husband I wanted to host a Family Game Night for a few of our friends. I invited 6 families. During the invite process (two weeks before family night was to happen) we received a few declines, which of course, I expected. Remember, these are families, they all have kids and they all have schedules to juggle and prior commitments.

No major prep work was involved. I asked everyone to be here at 6pm and informed them that I would only be serving munchies. Of the three families that had accepted the invite, two actually came. Being the busy family we are, I understand. Final count, six adults and eight kids.

The night was perfect despite the rain trying to put out our bonfire. I had the greatest time. We all laughed so hard and everyone got along great. The kids were running a muck as kids do, played PS3 games, twister, ping pong and whatever else they could come up with. As for us adults, we played Catch Phrase. Catch Phrase is a game where you are given a phrase and you have to use words or actions without using any of the words in your phrase to get your team to guess the correct phrase. It is hilarious the gestures we can make and others know what it is you are trying to say. We played guys against the girls and the girls prevailed. Our guest departed about 10pm.

This idea was a hit. I would like to have Family Game Night with our friends at least once a month. I am thinking for the next one, I will make it a potluck dinner also. Spending time with your family is important, but so is time with your friends. Host your own Family Game Night and have some fun, you deserve it.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Money Saving Laundry Soap

I don't mind spending money when I need to, I just don't like spending MORE than I need to. As a SAHM, I am always trying to find ways to save money and make my pennies stretch. I had heard of people making their own laundry soap and I was eager to try it out.

The first batch I made was on 2/29/2012 and I made 4 gallons, I used the last of it today. There is a total of 5 in our household. My wallet is screaming with savings. My first batch was made using a recipe I found on Hillbilly Housewife. I loved how clean my clothes were. I honestly feel that our clothes were much cleaner than when I used commercial brand soap. Today, however, I am using the Duggar Family (from 19 Kids and Counting on TLC).

I know many will ask, "Why if you loved one recipe would you try another?" It all comes down to my pennies. Each recipe uses slightly different ingredients and amounts. I am trying to see which one stretches my pennies farther and still gives me my desired result. CLEAN CLOTHES.