Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Big girl?


The road here has definitely been an adventure, and although everyday presents a challenge with these two, some days I am reminded, just WHY I'm here. With Hubby gone off to Haiti to assist with the relief, we are doing it all ourselves, and yesterday was no different. As I am cleaning up as usual, Star informs me she needs to go potty, and we he have been working on getting them trained, so the gremlins were in undies, and no diapers. Being busy, I tell her to go ahead and go, honestly I wasn't thinking. Didn't take into account the message I was sending her, or the mess an accident was going to cause .... But, nonetheless... Well, after a few minutes, I finished picking up all the toys and was on my way downstairs, and realized it was very very quiet... HHHMMM that NEVER means anything good, so I started calling for them, and Luna comes up to me and tells me Star Potty, Star Potty (Yeah, whatever that means), and I ask her where her sister is.... As I walk past the bathroom.... SURE enough, there is Star sitting on the toilet, just about to finish up her business... I teared up.. Kind of sad the things that make us emotional once we procreate... and no it wasn't the fact that my girl is becoming a big girl, but the thought of saving over $100.00 a month on diapers... Hehehehe





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Monday, January 25, 2010

Baked Potato Chips


Always on the look out for a delicious recipe I can tolerate... Nothing like Fat Free...

Ingredients

  • 1 Baking potato well scrubbed
  • salt

Preparation

  • 1. Heat oven to 375F. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2. Hold potato over a paper towel. Using a vegetable peeler and slow strokes, peel potato, skin and all, removing strips as wide as possible.
  • 3. Cover strips with another paper towel and press down to absorb some of the moisture.
  • 4. Spread strips on prepared cookie sheet. (You don't have to be too careful. They can overlap in spots) Lightly sprinkle with salt and seasonings
  • 5. Bake about 10 minutes until some potato strips are golden Turn strips over with a broad spatula, separating any clumped strips. Move browned strips to center of pan and pale ones towards edges. Bake 5 minutes longer or until strips are golden and crisp




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Thinking Green: Dryer Balls



Well, one of our resolutions for 2010 included being a bit greener... I came across this great idea from my friend Carrie of Takin Care of Twins and it seems like with just a few simple steps, we can be a little closer to helping our environment and fight static cling...

What You'll need:

  • Wool Yarn: For the best results, use a yarn that is 100% wool. Do not use superwash wool. If it says it is machine washable, you don't want it for this project.
  • Old Pantyhose or a Sock
  • Cotton or Acrylic Yarn or String: You can use scraps here, too. This will be used to tie the hose or sock. You don't want this to felt, so don't use the wool yarn here.
  • Scissors
  • A Small Crochet Hook
  • A Measuring Tape
  1. Winding the Core~We'll begin by making the core of the ball. Making a core first will make the finished ball a little more firm. It is also possible to simply skip this step, but the ball will be a bit more squishy during the felting and might not have as nice a shape when you're finished.Begin by winding a bit of yarn around your fingers, remove your fingers, and keep wrapping around to form a small ball ( about 1/2 the desired size). Now tuck the end under using the crochet hook. This will keep it from coming loose as it's felting.
  2. Felting the Core~You can try to felt the balls by hand, but this isn't necessary and takes a while. I prefer to use the washer and dryer. Put your small wool balls into the pantyhose or sock, like the cheap knee-high pantyhose. After you put a ball into the hose, tie the hose closed with a piece of string or non-wool yarn with a secure knot. This will keep the balls separated during felting. DO NOT skip the hose/sock and just toss them into the washer. Trust me, they are very likely to fall apart and you will end up with a felted rat's nest. Toss the wool ball pantyhose caterpillar into your washer with a load of laundry (wash AND dry). They will felt faster in HOT loads. If you use a hand-dyed or not colorfast yarn, be careful for bleeding. They should be slightly felted. If you want them felted more, run them through another load.
  3. Winding the Dryer Ball~Begin winding more wool yarn onto the ball until the ball is the size you want. Tuck the end under using the crochet hook.
  4. Final Felting~Repeat the felting by once again doing your laundry and tossing these in (in the soc/pantyhose caterpillar OF COURSE). They don't have to be completely felted before you can start using them, just slightly felted will do. You just don't want them to come apart. They will continue to felt and get harder as you use them.


That's it! You now have wool dryer balls! Depending on the wool yarn you use, they may get pills on them with use. If these bother you, just give them a shave with a sweater shaver now and then.

TOOO much work? You can always buy Wool Dryer Balls...




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Sunday, January 24, 2010

MM16

I am definitely a glutton for punishment. With my hubby gone AGAIN, I have this song on repeat on that Ipod... This is ALWAYS a MUST on my "I can't believe your are F'N gone AGAIN" play list...

Come join Music Monday and share your songs with us. One simple rule, leave ONLY the actual post link here. You can grab this code at LJL Please note these links are STRICTLY for Music Monday participants only. All others will be deleted without prejudice.





PS: Because of spamming purposes, the linky will be closed on Thursday of each week at midnight, Malaysian Time. Thank you!


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Thursday, January 14, 2010

He's Off

Well, we were very sure, that my husband would not have anymore deployments until he retires in two years, but he left again today, to Haiti. My heart breaks for those folks, it boggles my mind how it could have easily been my family (We are from the Dominican Republic). My prayers to all those affected, our service men and women going to help, their families that have to be left behind, and all the wonderful amazing human beings that are donating, volunteering, and offering support. Reaching out is so important.




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