Life After the Bottle.

A few weeks ago, well almost a month ago now, we finished the painstaking process of weaning Harper from her bottle at bed and naptime. It was kind of terrible for a week or so, then less terrible, then all better in a little over two weeks. Yay us!
My newest challenge: what to do when the damn kid wakes up at night.
You see, I’m writing this after midnight, from my smartphone, while in bed. I’m awake because this kid still doesn’t consistently sleep through the night, and without the bottle I’m at a loss. Now, I’m not sure what makes my kid such a crappy sleeper and unless knowing will fix the problem, I don’t particularly care. What I do know is that when she was on the bottle at bedtime, I could have just given her one and she would have gone back to sleep. Now that we don’t do that anymore, her waking just goes unanswered and I have to wait for her to go back to sleep. I don’t like this.
There’s a giant push to not have babies and toddlers take a bottle or a cup or anything to bed with them. It’s supposed to prohibit them from learning to put themselves to sleep. Ok, fine. She can put herself to sleep, but won’t stay asleep. She wakes up and instead of peacefully putting herself to sleep she cries and yells. I want the bottle/cup back! If she’s gonna get up either way, of like to at least be able to get her back to sleep.
Life after the bottle is loud and sleepless for me, it seems.

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It’s That Time Again…

Funny Haley things!

I made impossible pie the other night (I just posted the recipe, here it is!). Not only do I love it, but it’s a good way to sneak some veggies into the table, usually.

I served it up all hot and fresh and yummy. Harper dove right in and loved it. Haley grabbed the fork and went for it! I was so excited, I thought I was out of the woods and was going to win the veggie war for the day when all of a sudden, she grabbed the fork and, with precision accuracy, carefully extracted a piece of broccoli from the mix, holding it up like a mom who just pound a Playboy under her son’s (or husband’s) bed. I knew I was done for…

Haley: “Mom, what is this?”
Me: “It’s impossible pie, baby. Isn’t it awesome?!”
Haley: “Yeah, but… is this broccoli?!”
Me: “Yeah, Hal. It’s good, just eat it.”
Haley: “Mommy, it’s impossible for me to eat this.”

Why, God? Why me? I can’t even with this kid…. how am I supposed to make her eat her vegetables when she is hysterical about it?! IT’S SO DAMN HARD TO BE MAD! What do you even do?!

Oy vey….

Impossible Pie Recipe

Impossible pie is impossibly easy, versatile, and delicious.

The recipe came from my aunt Helen, who got it from a Bisquick box! Here are a bunch of impossibly easy pie recipes from Betty Crocker!

Here’s my recipe for Impossible Pie (as we call it) made with turkey, broccoli, and cheese:

INGREDIENTS:

1 pkg (a little over a pound) of ground turkey
1 -2 cloves or 1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 bag of steamable broccoli with cheese sauce
1/2 C. Bisquick dry mix
1 C. milk
2 eggs
Salt, and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • Drizzle a bit of olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the minced garlic for a minute or two, to open the flavors
  • Add the ground turkey, salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you want the meat to have (you can also hold the S&P until the egg part if you want.
  • While the turkey is cooking, throw the bag of broccoli in the microwave, as per the directions on the bag
  • Drain the turkey, toss the cheesy broccoli in the pan, and toss everything around to mix it well.
  • Spray a 8×8 or 9×9 pan with cooking spray and put the turkey, broccoli, cheese mix in there.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the Bisquick mix, the milk, eggs, and the S&P if you were waiting until this stage to add them, and mix it well
  • Pour the mix over the turkey and broccoli (you can sprinkle some extra shredded cheese in top, f you have it lying around…. I didn’t)
  • Bake at 400° for about 35 – 40 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean from the center.

Enjoy!

GoGo Squeez Me! (food for thought)

I fully support, and am a little jealous of, moms who make all their baby food and do the all-natural, organic, clean eating thing for their families (come feed mine?).  On the other hand, that’s just not me. At least most of it isn’t.

My kids love these GoGo Squeez applesauce pouches. Harper uses them and doesn’t squeeze them all over the house, Haley loves them, and they are a great way to get my kids to have healthy snack without a fight (and on the go!) The problem? They are SO expensive. MY solution?  I bought a box of them and a jar of applesauce and refilled them. It worked okay, but I couldn’t see through the case, so I couldn’t be sure they were clean (not a good idea).  Then, I went out looking for reusable pouches thinking they were going to be cheap. WRONG. Wal-Mart wanted over 7 dollars for ONE pouch, I don’t think so, Wal-Mart.

Then I found this. Infantino’s Fresh Squeezed refillable pouches. They actually have an entire line out for people who make their baby food. The line comes with the steamer, grinder/processor, the pouches, and the pouch filler station. Since I am done with the baby food stage, I didn’t really need all that, I just bought the pouches. Now let’s be clear here…. The pouches clearly say not to refill them so I’m pretty sure I can’t tell you to do that. I can tell you that I refill them. I can tell you that it works great. I can also tell you that I have yet to have a problem refilling them. But, I can also tell you that a box of 50 was only 16.99 at Target, so not refilling them isn’t really going to kill you.

The other thing that I like about doing this is that I can be as ambitious or lazy as I want. I have made both fruity and veggie batches of applesauce in the pouches. I actually used some sweet potato, carrot, and squash stage 2 baby food that I had left over and mixed it 50/50 with the applesauce and loaded the pouches with that. The kids loved it and didn’t even notice that thy were eating veggies! (win) I also just made a batch the other day with 1 part applesauce, 1 part thawed frozen mixed berries, and a little splash or orange juice, all blended up. Even I enjoyed that! If I’m feeling lazy, I can just use plain applesauce in there and call it a day. I usually make like 10 at a time for them and they go pretty quickly. You obviously don’t HAVE to use applesauce, you can do blended yogurt, smoothie, or if your kid likes veggies unlike mine, some other kinds of puree.

The time they can be out depends on what’s in them. I take them with me in the diaper bag when I’m out for the day. If where I’m going has a fridge, like a friend or family member’s house, then I stick it in there, if not, then so be it. I wouldn’t leave these out overnight since they aren’t sealed like the applesauce pouches you buy from the store.

If anyone has any ideas for veggie or other mixes, or if anyone has tried/uses/tries this, leave a comment and some feedback!

Time for Crafting (literally!) A Tutorial?!

This is probably one of the coolest crafts/projects I’ve done to date.

For Father’s Day this year, I made my husband’s gift from the kids. What did I make?

A freakin’ clock with the kids picture on it!

Yes.

Super simple stuff too. Here it is:

clock

How adorable is this? Scrunchy faces because well, look at them!

What I used: 

  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium 
  • Mod Podge in gloss finish
  • ArtMinds Quartz Clock Movement Kit – 3/4 inch thickness (make sure to note the measurement of this against the piece of wood you are using!)
  • 1- 10″ x 10″ piece of square wood with a hole drilled in it for the clock mechanism (I found this by the clock parts in the craft store)
  • 1- 10″ x 10″ LASER COPY of my photo of choice (you NEED a laser copy, this will NOT NOT NOT work with an inkjet printer copy. Staples, and almost any other commercial copier service, uses laser printers, so these are still easy and cheap to get your hands on, don’t worry)
  • Sand paper (medium or light grade)
  • A medium size sponge brush

 

What I did:

  • First, I sanded down the edges of the wood to make it smoother and a little rounder around the corners, and sanded the front of the clock to make a more even surface.
  • Next, I took the image transfer medium and applied it EVENLY (not too liberally, but to too thin either) on the entire front of the clock (This part is really important) What I chose to do for this was to add a little brush texture to the edges of the wood so that the image would have a distressed look. You can go for that too, it looks awesome, but I would suggest trying this out as simply as you can first and then getting a little fancy with it. 🙂
  • Then I placed the image ink side down onto the wet transfer medium exactly where and how I wanted it to be. Be sure to get allllllllllllll of the bubbles and pockets of medium flattened and out from under the paper before you let this bad boy dry! I’m not sure if moving the image after placing it will mess anything up, but why chance it right?  Then I let the sucker dry overnight.
  • In the morning, I grabbed myself a wet paper town and laid it over the paper on the wood to get it all wet then used a much less wet, but still damp, towel to gently rub all the paper off of the wood, leaving me with a block of wood covered in adorable scrunchy faces! Be careful with this part. You do NOT want to go to town on the wood because you WILL take the image off and leave but white spots on the wood that will look like crap, I promise.
  • I covered the entire block with a pretty thin but even layer of gloss finish mod podge to seal the image to the wood and make this a little sure durable. It only took about 15 – 20 minutes for this to dry completely, but it did take over a week for it to completely harden and not have that slightly sticky, sort of tacky feeling to it. I know online it said to wait 2 to 3 weeks if you plan on using a mod podge item for storage or for something that will get dinged up (a tray bottom where you throw your keys or something maybe)
  • After this was dry, I added the year to the bottom because it WAS a Father’s Day gift after all.
  • Then, I grabbed the clock parts (which were a lot easier to assemble than I thought they were going to be). I only used the quarter points instead of all 12 spaces, but obviously all 12 are provided. I did have some trouble with the mechanism not fitting properly, and we did end up using the hands upside down because they didn’t seem to really work the way they were supposed to be, but it didn’t really affect the overall result.

 

My husband loved this and I did it in one day. This only cost about 20 bucks and it is a great project to do (fun, quick, and easy-ish) and it’s super personal and professional looking. I’m sure you would pay a reasonable amount more for this to be custom made.

I’m actually thinking of selling these!

It’s Not You, It’s Me.

Honestly, I’m not kidding.

I’m pretty sure I’m back now though. Things were kind of strange for me the past few… since April, I guess… but that’s okay because I’m baaaaack and I’ve got a LOT to say.

Trust me.

Expect big things.

Or don’t, it’s okay to be a reader, scorned, abandoned, alone (dramatic).

But I still love you.

To show how serious I am, here’s Gerard Butler in 300, as a blog meme! (you’re welcome)

gerard blogtler!

(img cred: google image search – memegenerator.net)