Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Strawberry Dress

Remember those Springs fabrics I shared with you last week? Well dress #1 complete!
{Disclaimer: Not-so-great Cell Phone Photo Shoot. Will reschedule one with a real camera in the future.}

Strawberry Peasant Dress with matching ruffled pantaloons. 
{Not so happy with the pink lace. Looks white against the dress. Looking for a darker shade}

Trying the dress on. 
{Prior to added Lace}

Funny face and blurry hands. 
Dancing and prancing in her new dress.

Just need to create a little headband, then outfit complete.
Now some warm summer days need to head our way so she can wear her dress!

Healthy Buffalo

Okay, I'll admit it. As cliche as this sounds... I am a sucker for Buffalo Wings. Especially the messy ones just slathered in sauce. Mmm, the messier the better. And, honestly? When I think no one is watching, I even lick the leftover sauce from my fingertips. Yup, can't help it. 

However, we are currently on a Slim-Down mission in this household. So I was thrilled to stumbled upon a Buffalo skinny-recipe. And this one earned an "unbelievable" on the Husband Scale. 

Buffalo Turkey Wraps

1 pound lean ground turkey
1/2 cup onion, diced finely
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 cup carrot, diced finely
1 cup celery, sliced thinly
1 head iceberg lettuce, leaves removed to form cups
salt and pepper  
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Buffalo wing sauce 
Blue cheese crumbles or 
Blue Cheese  or Ranch dressing to drizzle over the top

*Frank's sauce does tend to be on the spicy side, so I started with 1/4 Cup and worked my way up to what we could handle.

1. In a large skillet, saute the onions over medium heat until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add ground turkey, season with a dash of salt and pepper, brown meat and cook until cooked through. Drain any grease if necessary.

2. Return meat to pan and stir in the wing sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer for a couple of minutes.

3. Prepare lettuce cups. Place spoonful of meat into lettuce cup, top carrot and chopped celery.  Sprinkle with some blue cheese crumbles and/or dressing. Wrap up and start eating!

Yum! Served this with Sweet Potato Oven Fries and some greens. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Little Things

Today is a lovely day. 

If you can't already tell, this is the sun... shining right into my window. And it's gorgeous.

My treat of the day. Almond Joy Creamer.

And my new Spring fabrics arrived for H's dresses, which means that today I have a hot date with my serger.  =)

The little things.

"This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it." 
Psalm 118:24

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Above All, LOVE

"Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away..." 
Song of Solomon 8:7

"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." 
Colossians 3:14

"Above all, love each other deeply..."
1 Peter 4:8

Homemade Valentine Cards for our Loved Ones

My Valentines
Blowing Kisses

Our Valentine's breakfast. Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy.
*Recipe Here.

Happy Valentines Day, Nicholas. There's no one else I'd rather spend forever with than you. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Keeping It Clean

Cleaning: it never ends. And somehow I'm okay with that.  We genuinely live in our home.

Just substitute our names for "children" and you've pretty much got that right. Except one thing... we also appreciate order. I've always felt that mess equals chaos and clutter brings confusion, and so we strive to keep a clean, warm and welcoming home.

Okay, I realize that statement may not be popular... but that's just how we roll. :) To each their home. { pun intended}

Early in our marriage I kept a mental list of every job to be completed. Once "pregnancy brain" hit, I found that I had to write everything  down just to keep my mind straight and on task. When I entered the nesting stage my list doubled- and I loved it. 
Once Baby was born it was back to the drawing table, because "cleaning" as we knew it took on a hit-and-miss schedule of it's own.

A few months ago I discovered the most wonderful thing. The Money Saving Mom's  "Daily Cleaning List" closely resembled my own, expect for the pure genius of planning out every chore {even the most obvious} around  meal schedules. Every thing else is split by day of the week. And those jobs that I rarely got around to are split into a Monthly/Semi-Annual List.

So I gave her list a try for a week and then adapted it to fit our home. Here are my lists:

So why am I sharing this with you???

Because now less is more. I have found with this new routine our house is consistently clean {the more} and I spend less time working for that. {the less}

This for me has meant more play-time with the Sweetie- pie; more one-on-one time with my Nick; more free time for the fun projects {when I'm feeling crafty}; more time to get those work-outs in; more time for reading; etc. 

I realize as time passes and life changes that we will rearrange and adapt this schedule. And no, I am not a Nazi about my lists. However, right now... this is really working for us. :)


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