Memorial Day Camping Trip

28 05 2009

Denali[1]

Mt McKinley

What a beautiful, wonderful, and not so wonderful weekend we had…

First the beautiful wonderful part- the weather was AWESOME!  60’s and sunny the entire weekend- not a cloud in the sky!  I drove out to the nursery on Friday and bought a flat full of flowers and lettuce.  Saturday while hubby helped a friend move, I planted everything.  I gambled a little planting flowers in the front yard since the kids love to dig the dirt out of that planter, but hopefully I’ll be able to keep them out of it.  Flowers and plants make me happy. 

Sunday we drove up to Alaska Veterans’ Memorial at Byers Lake for a memorial service put on by the Viet Nam Vets Motorcycle Club (hubby was taking pictures and brought up the sound equipment for it).  The boys had ants in their pants, so I sat with them in the car.  I’m sorry I didn’t get to see the service, but we heard the music and got to see the motorcycle parade.

Talkeetna[1]

After the service we drove over to Talkeetna for dinner and some icecream.  I’ve never been there so it was nice to see.  We got some great views of Mt. McKinley too.  Sunday night we camped at Montana Creek.  The boys had fun throwing rocks in the creek and cooking marshmallows.

We had a great time and even though we were only gone one day, it felt like we had a long weekend.  The weekend was made even longer though, and turned not so wonderful when we got home Monday afternoon.

While taking the camper off the truck the front left jack broke.  We really want to be upset about it, but have to be thankful because it could have been much worse.  The camper could have crushed the truck, or rolled down the hill and been ruined.  One of the kids could have been near it and gotten hurt.  This could have happened when we were camping (two hours away from here).  And we are thankful for the friends that came to help us get the camper back upright.  After looking at the damage it doesn’t look as bad as we initially thought either.  Hopefully it won’t take too long to fix so we can still use it for camping this summer.Camper[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now back to work- we are having a garage sale this weekend so I have lots to do!  I’m hoping when it’s all over with my home will be a little less cluttered.  Right now everything is pulled out so I can sort through it and gather stuff up to sell!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Jennifer





Ahh, sleep!

26 05 2009

Sleepbaby





Don’t Worry Baby; Beach Boys revisited

24 05 2009

It’s so easy to sing along with the Beach Boys, but it’s even more fun to make up new lyrics to their classics. We’ve gotten pretty good at filling in the empty, forgotten spots in other tunes to sing a fussy baby back to sleep, so rewriting their hit “Don’t Worry Baby” to fit the theme of feeding baby was lots of fun. Hope you get a giggle with my version:

Time to Feed the Baby (as sung by the baby)

Well, I’ve been drinking milk and lovin’ it
For oh I don’t know how long.
Mommy says, “Time for solid food,”
But I keep thinking
Something’s bound to go wrong.

But mom looks in my eyes
And then I start to cry
And she says, “Don’t worry baby,
Don’t worry baby,
Don’t worry baby,
Beets and carrots’ll taste alright.”

But don’t feed me, mommy
Don’t feed me mommy
Don’t feed me mommy

I guess I should’ve kept my mouth shut
When I saw her fly the airplane spoon ov’r.
But I can’t back down now because
I’ve never tried to eat food from a jar.

And it makes me feel alive,
And I need food to survive!
And mom says, “Don’t worry baby,
Don’t worry baby,
Don’t worry baby,
Beans and squash’ll taste alright.”

Dont worry baby
Dont worry baby
Dont worry baby

She told me “Baby, when you eat today,
Just try not to spit it out.
And if you know how much I loved you,
Baby you would not fuss and pout.”

Oh what she does to me
When she makes me eat peas!
And she says, “Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
(Agh!) Don’t spit up baby,
I’ll get a wipe; & you sit tight.”

Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby
Don’t worry baby

See what you can come up with and enter to win a Sleepy Wrap, a reversible double baby bib from Bebe Au Lait and a Natural Nurser Ultimate Baby Bottle from Adiri. This shower game can be found here, but be sure to catch the rest of the shower fun here too.





Bean’s Sandwich Creation

22 05 2009

 

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Bean helped me make a veggie dip this morning to bring to playgroup, but of course, I forgot it and left it behind in the fridge! So, when we got back home, I set it out on the table for Bean to munch on while I got lunch ready. Well, if you give a Bean some dip, she’ll want some bread to spread it on (see “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie“). Then she’ll ask for some salad and cheese to go with it… And she will create a sandwich masterpiece for you.

Dip Recipe (in very scientific terms):
Mix together a hunk of cream cheese (low-fat is ok) with a few tablespoons of mayo and/or milk (low-fat still ok) to loosen it up. Add a chug of your favorite dressing and/or spices mixture to taste. Bean loves blue cheese dressing with italian seasonings. Ranch dressing would work well, but I’m not keen on the msg. Parsley adds a nice color without a sharp flavor. You could even add shredded veggies to the mix (carrots would work great).





Quiche Made Easy

20 05 2009

Last night while my husband was grilling our steaks for dinner I whipped up two batches of this recipe for crustless quiche. (Great idea for saving time- cook tomorrow’s dinner while hubby is cooking tonight’s outside on the grill.) I substituted 1/4 cup of Country Crock spread for half the butter and added some spinach. I was thinking we’d have one for the freezer and one for tonight’s dinner. Although there may not be any left! I had a small taste while wrapping up the one for the freezer and decided I should have another taste for my breakfast. I might just have to have some for lunch too! It is SOOOO GOOD!!! And very easy! I’m always hesitant to make quiche because they never turn out great for me.

Toddler review- both boys ate everything I served them with no complaints!  This recipe is definitely a winner!

Jennifer





Mad Libbing Life with a Baby

20 05 2009

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Good gravy!” gasped New Daddy. It was 2nd breakfasts and baby was awake for the 150th time today. New Mommy had been hungrily de-linting sweaters, but rushed to check on New Baby. “No, no,” said New Daddy, who had been relaxing by bird watching. “I’m always flushed to help with the baby. I’ll go.” New Mommy was green, since this was only the 2nd time that New Daddy had offered to help. In fact, New Daddy was more inclined to snack on spaghetti, while sitting on the coffee table watching MASH. New Mommy knew that she should mightily accept, because New Daddy might not offer again!

 

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Other people get to be creative

19 05 2009

 I wish I had some space to spread out and get creative, but the little hands around the house have been getting into everything. So, I ‘m going to wander around looking at what other people have been up to.

How about sewing up a new friend? See Larissa’s Molly Monkey and Nina’s Felt Monsters. Bean has a thing recently for monsters and has keeps talking about monster shoes. Maybe she needs a monster friend…





Meal Plan Monday- AK

18 05 2009

Camping season is here!!  We are planning our first trip this coming Sunday- heading up to Talkeetna.  I haven’t been up that way yet, so it will be fun.  I am hoping for nice clear weather so we will get good views of Denali (Mt. McKinley).

I have a busy week planned- working in the garden, getting our camper set up for the summer, organizing for our upcoming garage sale and extra babysitting.  We also have an energy rater scheduled to come tell us we’re spending way too much money on heating our house (like I need to pay someone to tell us that).  Anticipating no time for the kitchen I am going to turn to some easy tried and true recipes as well as some make ahead items…

SPhotobucketo on to my plan…

Monday– grouse and rice casserole, broccoli
Tuesday– steak and eggs, asparagus
Wednesday– salmon spinach quiche (a variation of this crustless recipe)
Thursday– leftovers
Friday– guests for dinner?- Mario Batali’s roast chicken, salad, rice side dish (I want to try either this Wild Rice Bangkok recipe or a rice pilaf)
Saturdaysausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast, grill something for dinner- most likely salmon  (Note: for those of you who have never made sausage gravy before… it’s really easy.  Follow this recipe once or twice and you’ll be able to make it from memory.)
Sunday– camping (leftovers and/or hot dogs)

I had a dream last night that I missed a huge stack of salmon in a different freezer and had to work 10 extra packages into our meal plans in the next few weeks.  I think that’s a sign I’m getting burned out on salmon!  This year I’m going to try to can some.  That way I won’t worry so much about using it all before it gets freezer burn. 

Once I’ve organized the camper for the summer and we’re done with the garage sale, I’ll be able to try out new camping recipes.  In the meantime check out my posts from last year for some ideas (for those of you who are already well into their summer).

And as always, for more inspiration check out hundreds of menu plans at I’m an Org Junkie.  You’ll be sure to find some interesting meal ideas there!

Jennifer





New Balance Shoe Giveaway

13 05 2009

Ask my hubby about the condition of my footwear, and he will just shake his head. Yup, my feet are in desparate need of comfy shoes! The selection of sneakers from New Balance sounds heavenly. They have lots of nifty features like special supportive cushioning and “sure lace” to keep the laces tied. Maybe they even feel nice enough to make me want to work out more often! 

Right now you can win a pair of Men’s or Women’s New Balance 769 trainers at Peanut Butter and Smelly’s Dad (ends May 29)!





Neutrogena Baby Sunscreen

12 05 2009

Last Friday, I received some sunscreen to try as part of a new campaign I’m participating in as a BzzAgent. It’s got an incredibly long, yet descriptive name: Neutrogena® Pure & Free Baby Sunblock Lotion SPF 60+ with PureScreen . According to Neutrogena, PureScreen is a “physical sunblock that creates a barrier between baby’s skin and the sun to provide instant broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.” You can also find Pure & Free Sunblock in a stick, which must be convenient to tote around in a purse or diaper bag.
Miraculously, the same afternoon that this package arrived, the rain that had plagued us all week let up and we were able to try it out right away. Our littlest munchkin is only 3 months old, so Bean got to be the guinea pig. I liked how easy the Neutrogena sunscreen was to rub in to her skin. It felt more like a lotion than a cream or paste. We have been using an all-natural, non-chemical sunscreen which is very thick and despite my best efforts, makes Bean look like the Michelin Man.
The Neutrogena brand also boasts a 60+ SPF, whereas our current brand is only 30+. I’ve heard that anything over 30 is just fluff; that the difference is really null, but in my experiences (of having pallid skin that burns brighter than a beet when someone even mentions sun), I can’t stand all-out sunshine without SPF 45 or greater. May 2009 012
Bean played outside for a couple hours and fared well without needing to reapply sunscreen. Of course, I made sure she had her hat on, and she would not let me forget her sunglasses—both are key elements to combatting those pesky sun-rays!
I still prefer the PABA free, non-chemical sunscreen because I want to balance the amount of chemical exposure Bean gets with the amount of time that she wants to be outside. Still, if Bean squirms and protests every time I slather it on, it’s nice to have an easy option.
I’d be happy to hear your opinions & experiences and find out what it is you look for in a sunscreen.

Would you like to try it? I have a few coupons to share, so let me know!