The Mighty Man

29 04 2009


Bean calls her little brother “Mighty Man.” And he is…Just look at him showing off his startle reflex muscles in his sleep!

More Giveaways for Moms

28 04 2009

I’ve been planning early for Mother’s Day by planting some extra flower seeds (mostly marigolds) in little pots to give to my mother-in-law. Since they aren’t looking too great, I’d better start making other plans!Mothers Day 2009

Well, maybe I can win something for her over at 5 Minutes for Mom. They’re having a Mother’s Day Giveaway through May 9th with lots of neat prizes like a $300.00 gift card to The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Good luck entering!


Sharing a happy thought

27 04 2009

I’m very sad this week that our travel plans have changed and the kiddos won’t get to see their grandparents. The best remedy to cheer yourself up is to do something nice for someone else. So we’re having a giveaway…

This week, you can win a mystery care package of good things. Not sure yet exactly all that’ll entail, but I’ve started with a potluck stack of 50+ unexpired coupons. I also put in some true lemon packets, since I love them. I’m sure I’ll put some chocolate in the package too! As the comments add up, I’ll add more to the package.

How to enter: Leave a comment. (something cheerful is much appreciated!)     Giveaway is now closed. Check here for the winner.

Five additional random ways to enter: (leave a separate comment for each)
1. Leave a comment on any other post on our blog. Leave the name of the post in your comment here.
2. Visit A Full Cup and comment with the name of the forum you find most useful. (I’m “massachoomommy” and I love the Price Chopper Forum!)
3. Follow me on twitter. Leave your twitter id in a comment.
4. Comment with the name of a favorite blog & tell us what you like about it.
5. Comment with the name of your favorite cookbook. (Looking for new recipes!)

I’ll close this giveaway to comments on May 1st and pick a random winner from eligible comments. I will email the winner and post it here. Winner has 3 days to confirm.  US addresses only, please.  Thanks!

Visit the Springtime Giveaway Carnival at Heavenly Homemakers to find more giveaways this week.

Meal Plan Monday in MA

26 04 2009


I’m not happy about summer weather taking over my spring time! Looks like a week to reheat meals from the freezer and cook in the toaster oven. Arghh, another week without the microwave! It’s fate is in the hands of the Geek Squad as they make good on their appliance extended warranty… hope it comes back soon!

Monday: Pork fried rice (with leftover pork & veggies)
Tuesday: Quiche (already made!) & salad
Wednesday: Bratwurst & potatoes
Thursday: chicken ceasar salad
Friday: Fishsticks & veggies
Saturday: Microwave meal while hubby is off playing games—no wait, I keep forgetting there is no micro! 
Sunday: Leftovers

For lots more meal plan ideas, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie!

Menu Monday AK

7 04 2009

Menu PlanningOh what a week we had last week! Two toddlers with every version of sickness between them (fever, ear infection, colds, and much more I won’t mention because this is supposed to be a post about food). My poor son- his third birthday was April 1st. He was so out of it most of the day and didn’t even want to eat any of his cake.

But I’m back on track for menu plans now! If you remember two weeks ago hubby was out of town so I endeavored to fill our freezer with ready made meals. This made last week easy and will make the coming two weeks easy as well (items in blue are from the freezer).  You can find more menu plans, recipes and dinner ideas at OrgJunkie.

This Week

Monday– surf and turf barbeque with friends (flank steak, salmon, halibut)
Tuesday– spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, green beans
Thursday– leftovers
Friday– dinner out
Saturdaysalmon enchiladas
Easter Sunday:
       Breakfast: eggs, sausage, hot cross buns, orange juice
       Dinner: we are probably going out with friends, but if we were eating here this is what I’d make…ham, scalloped potatoes, bacon and carmelized onion asparagus, Parker House rolls, orange cream salad, and lamb cake

Next Week

MondaySteak salad and baked potatoes
Tuesday– baked chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli
Wednesdaymeatball sandwiches, baked beans
Thursday– Hamburger pizza ground beef, onions, jalapenos, tomatoes (on my half)
Friday– Girls night out! The boys are on their own.
Saturday– leftovers so the fridge is clean when we leave!

Hope everyone has a Blessed Easter.  I’ll see you all back for more meal plans in May!

Toddler Speak

6 04 2009

As I am trying to post my meal plan for the week, my three year old comes up to me to tell me he and his brother are going on a “abenchure”. “A what? An adventure?” I ask. “No,” he says, “say aBENchure.” “Oh, ok, have fun!” This got me thinking of all the silly mispronuciations he shares with me. I need to record them so I can remember them in 20 years!

Here are a few more!

snesame: sesame
bandana: banana
eggo: Diego
nah-sree-us: rhinocerus
a lick: a lollipop

Funny thing is, he can say Massachusetts perfectly (even pronounces the T on the end)!

Spring is popping up at Bakerella

6 04 2009

You should see the cupcake pops that Bakerella has designed for Easter. They are stinkin’ cute! The chicks are probably my favorite, but the  wooly lambs are pretty sweet too.

Easter Cake Pops