Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Austin has been a little ham all week, getting in trouble, and being King Kong.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Homemade Seasoning- Taco and Ranch

A few months ago I started making my own seasoning and always having it sit around the house ready to go when I need it. One day I read the back of the package of a store bought taco seasoning mix and ranch mix. I was blow away by how much additives and sodium where in them. I tried to make my own by searching on Pinterest for recipes and came up with a recipe I liked. I was shocked by how easy it really was.

Taco Seasoning
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1. Put all ingredients in.
2. stir or place lid on and shake, until blended.
3. Season meat of choice.

These cute little glass dishes are from Pampered Chef and come with tight lids. I leave the dishes sitting on the top of our stove. 

Ranch Seasoning Mix:
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp parsley flakes
1 tsp dry onion flake
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dill
1 tsp chives

1. Put all ingredients in.
2. stir or place lid on and shake, until blended.
3. shake on desired food. or add with 1 cup of greek yogurt

Monday, January 16, 2017

Meal Planning Monday

Yesterday was a crazy busy day. I slept in after having a even crazier Saturday. I had to work part of the day, came home and finished up my weekly menu and grocery list, then went out grocery shopping, which was crazy busy. Then I came home put everything away, started cleaning, had a follow-up call from an event I did over the weekend, plus so much cleaning it all didn't get done. (and it isn't getting done today either)
Today starts week 2 of the New Year New You Health Bet accountability group and I am doing Country Heat. For my menu this week I have decided to keep it very simple. It helps to save on cost, prep, and having to think to much. I also based my menu around foods we already had in the house instead of buying a whole bunch of new foods and other food going to waste. I am sticking to the same thing for breakfast and snacks everyday, plus lunch, kinda. I change up lunches with leftovers but it will be the same container count.(1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue)
Here is my menu for the week. Tuesday dinner is in the crockpot and we will have leftovers on Wednesday.

Here was my grocery haul for this week. Remember I had a bunch of food at home already, this was just the rest of what I needed. I spent less than $50 for our family of 4. Eating healthy and clean can be affordable. You just have to stick to it. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Elf on the Shelf Recap 4th Week

So I maybe a few weeks behind on doing my final recap of our wonderful Elf on the Shelf, GusGus. I give myself credit though. There was night a morning that Aubriella woke up and he wasn't in a different spot. He may have magically moved at the last second before she came out of her room but he moved. 
I have to admit that Ella isn't really good about not touching GusGus. She will move him if she doesn't like where he is, such as if he is touching one of her toys. But then she will put him in the fridge so he gets his powers back. She doesn't think he can see or hear her while he is in the fridge though. We will have to work on that next year.

Does anyone want to watch " The Grinch?"

GusGus is just hanging out in Ella's stocking

I Obviously don't know how to count again. I will have to be better about that next year.

GusGus wants to be a Who from Whoville.

I want to go hang out with Mickey and Minnie.

Shh GusGus is sleeping 

I'm watching you from up above. 

Gusgus left his goodbye note. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites- Christmas Gifts Edition

I'm back for another blog hop with Erika, Narci, and Andrea for some Friday Favorites. My theme for this week is Christmas presents. 

Austin got so many presents this year, not like that is going to be different than any other year lets be realistic. One of his favorite toys is this car skytower that Santa brought him. I just need to find more cars that are the right size to go down it.

The week before Christmas Ella and I had a little "puff" where she said she didn't like living with me cause I didn't have a doll house for her to play with. Well what do you know Santa brought her a doll house. It really has been a great investment. She spends hours playing with. You can't tell by this photo but it was 3' high, 5' long and is double sided with 8 rooms. Santa didn't take into consideration how large it was but well worth having to rearrange her room for her happy smile. 

Now onto me. I didn't ask for it but I much needed a new warm winter jacket. My mom surprised me with this one. I love it and it is so warm. I am guilty of leaving the house just with a tank top underneath my coat and I have yet to be cold.

Brian got my the Amazon firestick. I originally wanted it just to watch Netflix on, but then I have found so much more to use it for. My excitement when I found that I could stream my workouts from Beachbody on Demand to my tv, ahhhh. Now I do all my workouts in the living room, or I can take it into the bedroom, No more fussing with my laptop that has a mind of its own. 

My sister got me this gorgeous Snow White sweater. I had been wearing the same Mickey Mouse sweater every day in the house. Now I have options and this is so pretty and fancy I can wear it out and about and not feel like a bum.

This has to be my favorite thing I got for Christmas. It is the most memorable, cherished and even made me cry. My mom had this necklace made for me with a picture of Aubriella, Brian and Austin on it. Now I can have them with me at all times and close to my heart.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mother Daughter Date

Ella woke up today in her mood. She wanted to have special time with me. She didn't want to include Austin. Sometimes this is hard with Brian's work schedule. We were able to make some time after dinner yesterday for some Mother/Daughter time. 
I gave Ella a list of 5 things to do/ places to go. One of them was to the library. I hate to admit. I have never taken her to the library before. When I brought up the library. She was excited. Lets go there, I have never been to the library. 
We get there and go to the kids area. There was a farm "house" with a horse that she had to ride. There was also a bull pulling a wagon and some other fun stuff for the kids to play on.

In the corner they had a felt wall. I imagine they change the craft with each season/holiday. Ella had fun making a snowman. She was so impressed that you didn't have to use glue or tape to stick it to the wall. Her only disappointment was someone had stolen the snowman's eyes. She improvised and used snowflakes. 

After playing for a little bit, we walked around and looked at the kids books. She picked out 4 she wanted to read. We found a couch to sit on and started reading. We read "Froggy's First Kiss" first. She had to tell me not to worry she was never going to kiss a boy. It was cute and innocent. (I never want her to grow up). We also started to read a My Little Pony reading level 1 book. She got distracted and wanted to go to stop #2 on our Mother/Daughter Date

Stop #2 Ella insisted on going to see fish. She was so content with looking at all the fish at the local fish store. She knew we weren't getting any new ones (our stupid sharks keep killing anything new we get) but enjoyed looking. We also looked at the snakes and lizards. She was good until one of the little snakes got to the front of the tank. She was then done. 
Ella also wanted to look at the birds, hamsters, and cats for sale. She asked if we could have a hamster. I told her maybe in a few years. (mental note I have to find out if Brian is allergic to them too)

After the pets store we stopped by World Market to get coffee and Ella got a chocolate egg with some little toy inside.
For the last stop of out date night Ella wanted to go to Target. We ended up getting ice cream sandwiches. How do you say no to a cute little girl, "But mommy it is date night" She wins every time.