Jan – March

Everything is meant to be done over and over (and over) again!

→ Sew something.

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Two new cloth diapers (Feb 14) For one, I used paisley flannel on the front, white flannel on the back, and microfleece on the inside. It was waterproof! I love/hate microfleece, lol. On the other, I used the blue/violet sun bursts, white flannel and fleece.

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Spa Hair Wrap (Feb 6) I saw the idea at a craft fair a few months ago and finally made one after finding a cute towel at a charity shop on Saturday. It was easier than I thought it would be.

flamingo-bibAnother new bib (Feb 1) I used the flamingo fabric on the front, white flannel on the back and microfleece inside.

new-bibNew bib (Jan 30) I used some of the same material I recently made a headband with and it turned out really cute. I hand-sewed the snaps on this one.

clothsCloths for Elizabeth (Jan 30) For baby food cleanup.

flamingosFabric Headband – (Jan 29) I decided to make another one after buying the flamingo fabric on Monday. Super cute!

img_93191Fabric headband – (Jan 21) I am so happy with how it turned out! She needed a new kind of headband since the others no longer work with her chia pet look, lol. It was easy to make; I used a printable child’s pattern and then scaled it down to fit her six month old head. Worked great!

Cloth napkins (Jan 15) I finished three more for us and did the first step on six (really soft ones) for Elizabeth.

Shopping bag holder (Jan 14) I used a fat quarter, a little bit of ribbon, and elastic. ^_^

→ Try a new recipe.

Easy Barbeque Chicken Bake (March 21) I am so happy I made this! It was easy and delicious!!

Maple Syrup Baked Pears (March 8) These were yummy. Next time, I will make a cake of some sort to serve the pears over.

Smothered Chicken Burritos (Feb 28) I thought they were great and Stephen enjoyed them but Maggie and Joshua thought they were too spicy. I’ll use a milder taco seasoning next time.

Bacon Barbecue Turkey Burgers (Feb 27) They were really tasty though next time I’d like some additional bbq flavor in the burgers.

Philly Steak Sloppy Joe’s (Feb 20) These weren’t terrible but they lacked a good, strong flavor.

hwn-dinnerHawaiian bbq chicken wraps (Feb 18) These were definitely a hit with all four of us but they are too light for dinner. I’ll have to make them again for a lunch on the weekend when Stephen’s home.

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Buffalo Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers (Feb 12) These were really tasty! The (very easy) sauce that goes on the burgers went perfectly with the flavors of the burger. Stephen, Joshua and I all really enjoyed them. Maggie isn’t much of a fan of the buffalo flavor so she wants to pass on these next time.

Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken (Feb 4) Blah, it wasn’t good. At least not to me, Stephen or Joshua. Maggie actually liked it, but I really don’t know how. The flavor was strong, but not in a good way. lol

better-than-helperBetter than Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni (Feb 3) It was a favorite for all four of us! It had a wonderful home-style taste, and just as the recipe title says, it’s better than Hamburger Helper. It was creamy and had Stephen going back for seconds.

Easy Restaurant Style Blended Salsa (Feb 1) This recipe, because of the use of the blender, intimidated me but it turned out to be no big deal! The salsa was really yummy, too. I think I’ll make a good size batch and store it in Ball jars.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Casserole (Jan 30) The boys and I really loved this one but Maggie felt it was too spicy. I liked the way the tator tots’ texture changed to be more like rice after the casserole was done baking. The flavors were incredible!

french-dipSlow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches (Jan 28) They were really good! A little bit of prep work in the morning, but easy overall. The house smelled AMAZING when we got home at dinnertime! 

coleslawColeslaw (Jan 28) This was for Stephen as I don’t eat coleslaw. Ever, for any reason. lol Maggie and Joshua liked it, Stephen was somewhat unimpressed, I think, because it was different from the slaw he’s used to.

Southern Style Green Beans (Jan 27) I don’t know why but I was totally turned off by these! Stephen enjoyed them and Maggie and Joshua thought they were fine, but I was not having it. Samuel said I acted like a kid by not finishing my beans, lol.

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Breakfast sandwiches and burritos (Jan 27) Joshua and I made these this morning and he was blown away at how much better they tasted than the sandwiches he’s used to. Hopefully Stephen feels the same way! (Update: Stephen loves them, too!) They cost 25¢ less per sandwich than we normally pay so that alone is a big selling point! They’re healthier and bigger as well.

Chicken Caesar Salad (Jan 26) I used Perdue Italian chicken, Newman’s Caesar dressing, parmesan/romano cheese and (too crunchy) croutons. It wasn’t exactly homemade because I used a lot of convenience items but it was the first Caesar salad I’ve made and it was really good! We all thought so. Maggie liked the Chinese salad I made last week more, but she still liked this one.

One Skillet Cheesy Chili Maccheesy-chili-mac (Jan 24) We really enjoyed this one. It is like a homestyle version of Hamburger Helper; healthier and less processed. The seasonings were interesting and tasty. We had it with frozen green beans and biscuits.

saladChinese Salad (Jan 19) This was tasty though I think I’ve realized I’m not the biggest fan of vinaigrettes. Stephen and the kids liked it more than I did.

Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Meatballs (Jan 15) Oh my, these were a complete hit with all four of us, which is a first since the start of the new year and all these new recipes. I changed the original recipe and used turkey instead of beef, downscaled it from 2lbs to 1½, and used buffalo sauce instead of original hot sauce. They were amazing!!!

enchilada-riceCheesy Enchilada Rice Skillet (Jan 13) Stephen really liked it, Maggie, Joshua and I thought it was alright. I changed things a little bit; I combined everything in a casserole dish instead of in the skillet because I knew we were going to have leftovers and I wanted to be able to easily put it in the refrigerator. I will likely make it again, but perhaps just a half recipe.

Marie’s Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roastpot-roast (Jan 12) My first pot roast ever and it was absolutely mouth-watering!! I added the veggies in at the halfway mark and seasoned the meat with steak seasoning while browning it (before adding it to the slow cooker). I can’t believe I made a pot roast and that it was so good! Yay me!! lol

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas (Jan 5) The seasoning combination was new. I mixed it with two tablespoons of vegetable oil and a 1/4 cup of water before pouring it on the chicken in the slow cooker. Cooked on low for four hours. Sautéed the onion and green pepper and then added them to the slow cooker. The fajitas were pretty good but quite different from what we’re used to. I don’t think I will make this one again. I’m going to try another fajita seasoning recipe.

salisbury-steak-dinnerSlow Cooker Salisbury Steak (Jan 3) It was amazing! I substituted ground turkey for the beef and it was perfect; easy and delicious. We had it with mashed potatoes and rolls. Oh my, I will be making this again.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Bread (Jan 2) I made them as individual sandwiches on philly steak bread. I used breaded Perdue chicken, pepper jack cheese, and buffalo sauce with butter. Mmmm They were very good! Super fast to make. We had them with steak fries. Next time I am going to up the heat; I was careful not to make them too spicy but ended up wishing I’d added more sauce.

→ Go to a new zoo or museum.

→ Visit a new city.

→ Exercise.

Power walk (March 14) 2 miles

Ab Workout (March 13) 15 crunches, 10 pulses, 20 rope climbs.

Power walk (March 8) 1½ miles

Ab Workout (March 7) 10 crunches, 20 rope climbs, repeated each set.

Power walk (Jan 19) 1½ miles

Ab workout (Jan 14) 10 crunches, 20 rope climbs, repeated each set.

→ Try something new off the menu.

Apple Cider Barbeque Grilled Chicken with apple and cranberry chutney from Cracker Barrel (March 12) It was delicious and I’m so glad I tried something new (I really struggled while looking at the menu – I wanted to get an old favorite, but I braved the unknown, lol!)

Spinach alfredo with grilled chicken pizza from Papa Johns (Jan 14) Not a fan. :( It tasted exactly like an alfredo pasta I’ve had before, which seems like I would have enjoyed it but I didn’t at all!

→ Read a book.

Death at a Diner (March 26) This was another cozy mystery and I enjoyed it for the most part.

Dinnertime Survival Guide (March 10) I enjoyed the tips on dealing with picky eaters. Found one new recipe.

Quick Family Meals…In No Time (March 9) Found four new recipes.

Etsy Excellence (March) I read the first half and was then inspired to write a post about the similarities between running a shop and writing a blog. I skimmed more of the book but I didn’t finish it.

Smugglers and Scones (Feb 23) I loved this book! It took me the better part of the month to read it because of school planning and flat-out tiredness in the evening, but I finished it. It was great and I look forward to reading the second book in the series once she’s written it.

→ Grow something.

Strawberries (March 1) Moved young plants to planters. Kept them inside for a few days.

Tomato and Cucumber seeds with Samuel. (Feb 23) We used a little peat greenhouse set, “planting” eight peats of each vegetable.

→ Watch a movie or television show.

Just Add Magic (Feb 25) A new show to me, but one Maggie has been watching for awhile. It’s fun!

Father Ted (Feb 17) It’d been a long time since we’d watched any of this series. It’s funny but we both had forgotten how lousy some things in it are. :/

Everybody Loves Raymond (Feb 13) We hadn’t watched it in a while. It was a Christmas episode; Ray and Deborah fought a little too much, but it was still funny.

Poirot “The Theft of the Royal Ruby” We’ve seen this one before, but it’s been a long time. I’d been missing the music, mannerisms, and humor of Poirot! (Jan 29)

America’s Sweethearts (Jan 26) Watched it with Maggie. We both enjoyed it as it was quite funny. Billy Crystal, Julia Roberts, John Cusack and Katherine Zeta-Jones were great.

→ Do something spontaneous.

Start a food diary for 30 days. (March 12) I woke up and realized I wanted accountability for my food, water, and exercise so I made an intro post and started keeping track of everything.

Buy a PeachPass (March 1) Maggie, Elizabeth and I went down to the DDS and bought one for $20. We rode on the express lanes for the first time on March 9th.

Phone call (Feb 27) I called an online (blogging) friend for the first time!

Super Bowl Party (Feb 5) I decided on Thursday or Friday to watch the Sunday game and have a bunch of party foods for dinner. It was exciting for the first three quarters but then it was stressful in the last quarter! lol

→ Make a craft or DIY.

Memo board (Feb 22) Bought a pretty piece of scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby and put it in a white photo frame. Planning to write Bible verses with a dry-erase marker.

Dorie and Nemo paper craft with Samuel. (Feb 5) It turned out super cute!

crochet-hatCrocheted beanie (Jan 27) I decided to make another hat for Elizabeth, this time using a soft white yarn. I extended the length so I can fold/roll the bottom.

sam-sewingFelt Pokeball (Jan 22) I cut the pieces and assembled them, Samuel did the sewing. He was very proud!

A mirror with felt flowers for Elizabeth. (Jan 7) I made seven of her “signature” flowers and hot glued them to the top left corner.

A flag banner for the kitchen. (Jan 4) I chose green construction paper to go with the “green” changes I’m making.

→ Buy something handmade.

Cocoa Butter Skin Cream by Dripping Leaf (Feb 18)

Furniture polish by Dripping Leaf (Feb 18)

12in Heavy/Overnight Pad by CozyCloth (Feb 8)

Small PUL Wet Bag  (2) by WhereDidAllMyTimeGo (Jan 22)

→ Try a new restaurant.

→ Volunteer.

→ Learn something new.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (March 26 and 27) Read a good amount of CBT workbook and completed several worksheets.

Humanistic psychology and the hierarchy of needs. (Feb 10) Started in the textbook but looked more up online when it sparked my interest.

→ Declutter & donate.

Random things like clothing, Maggie’s stuffed animals, and a few movies. Dropped off at Goodwill. (Feb 7)

→ Play a game or complete a puzzle.

Monopoly – with Stephen and the kids (March 12)

Bowling – on the Wii with Maggie and Samuel (March 11)

Terraria – on the tablet with Joshua (Feb 26)

Scrabble – with Joshua (Feb 18)

Angry Birds shoot and topple – with Samuel (Jan 29)

lp-puzzleLittlest PetShop 100 piece puzzle – with Samuel (Jan 23)

Thomas Kinkade “Peter Pan” 500 piece puzzle – with Maggie (Jan 21)

Pokémon TCG – with Joshua (Jan 15, 17, 21 and 23) with Samuel (Jan 23) with Maggie (Jan 23)

Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, UNO – with Samuel and Maggie (Jan 7)

Thomas Kinkade “The Jungle Book” 500 piece puzzle – with Maggie (Jan 6)

→ Set a goal and do it!

Drink 2L bottle of water (Feb 13) Finally did it again!!

Drink 2L bottle of water (Jan 30)

Drink 2L bottle of water (Jan 23) Poured into my glass over the course of the day. Equal to 67oz.