Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sew Fun Sunday

My bestest bud is having a baby.  Her baby shower was this past weekend in Fort Kent (hence my travel, once again).

I made her a few things for Sprout.

A sling:


A changing pad:


Burp clothes:


This is a hand me down, but Sprout’s Daddy said to include it with baby shower gifts.  It’s a Daddy sling T wore with Little Man :


And I wonder why I don’t have anything new listed on etsy lately…  I’ve been sewing so many presents in the past few weeks.  (I made a few aprons, pot holders and totes, too – and I forgot to take pictures of all of them before shipping them out). 

Working on any fun projects?  I’m supposed to be making myself a dress for a wedding in August.  Right.  T has suggested I buy myself one because he sees how much time I have to sew for myself.  haha

Up next is a custom order Mommy & Me apron set.  I can’t wait to get started on them!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Vacationing for Less

Last Thursday, T e-mailed me from work to tell me he was going to try to get Monday off and how do I feel about taking our New Hampshire trip this weekend?  How do I feel?  Let’s do it!


On Friday, he found out that he could, indeed, take Monday off.  So he called and booked a cabin at the Twin Mountains KOA campground.  We got the basic, no frills other than electricity (we only had lights) cabin.


Cute place, right?  It only cost $60 for the night where as the cheapest motel he could find in the area was $120.  If you know me, you know I don’t dig germs – and public bathrooms disgust me.  I’d rather pee behind a tree, thank you.  But you can’t shower behind a tree.  I was willing to give it a try even though it meant having to use the public bathrooms. 


We only have good things to say about this place.   Even the scary public bathrooms were really really clean.

My only complaint is this.  The pool and playground claim to close at dusk.  I don’t know about you, but at this time of year 7PM is NOT dusk.  After putting on our swim suits and heading to the pool, we discovered it had been closed in the 5 minutes it had taken for T to check it out, come back to change and the walk back up to it.  We were still able to entertain the kids fairly well with our very very limited supply of tricks.

Something else we do when we’re on vacation is avoid eating out.  Restaurants cost big bucks.  We packed all of our food in a fairly small cooler.   We decided sandwich fixings for lunch on day 1, dutch oven pizza casserole for dinner, mini-bagels and a small pack of bacon for breakfast and grab lunch at the park before heading out. 


This pizza casserole was really easy to make.   Once again, you know me.  I couldn’t leave it as was.  We added pepperoni, green peppers and mushrooms to it as well.  I would suggest cooking your green peppers ever so slightly because they were still crunchy.  This one will be pulled out for a BBQ some time later this summer.  It was that good.

You don’t need to spend big bucks to have a great vacation.  Normally, we’d do hiking and outdoors stuff but the point of this trip was to take our kids to Santa’s Village (and Storyland, but that didn’t happen.  Long story for another day).  So to Santa’s Village we went.  And it was worth the entire 4 1/2 hours it took for us to make the drive (with stops, of course – there’s no NOT stopping with 2 little ones!)

If you’ve never been, I’d suggest checking it out.  It’s a great place to go even with the younger kids. 

We’re already trying to figure out when we’re going to go back!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Wordless Weekend Rewind







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Friday, June 18, 2010

My $3 Toy Bin

Back to my yard sale loot of a few weeks ago.


See that adorable little hard cased blue suitcase?  I scrubbed it out with the kids this week.  Then it got a little paint love.


Little Man’s toy storage looked like this:

IMG_2711Originally, I thought I could just close that drawer every night and hide away the mess.  Then we had a finger catastrophe so I pulled the drawer right out and here it sits.

Now we have:


And it can tuck away at night.  Even better.


I’m linking up at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday (again).   

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My $10 Lamp

Remember this lamp:


I showed you it’s original makeover last week.  It’s since received a little more love.

A close up of the stone look spray finish:


I bought some rustic looking ribbon this week to finish off the shade (it cost me about $6 for 2 rolls – hence the $4 lamp is now a $10 lamp):


I’m really pleased with how it turned out.


Our living room was in dire need of some lamp light.  One lamp is a start.

*ETA: I’ve linked up over at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Poor chicken

I don’t know who laid it, but ouch.


See the difference in size from the one on the bottom left to the rest?


This is what we found inside. 

This is the second time we find a double yolker.  The first time was last fall some time.  They’re apparently rare and with such a small flock I’m surprised to have had this happen twice in such a relatively short span of time. 

At least that explains to me why the chickens were so restless that morning. 

Either way…  I pity the poor girl that had to lay THAT beast!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cooking on charcoals

Normally when I talk about grilling, I’m talking about a propane grill.  We don’t have a charcoal grill and I’ve honestly never used one. 

T went on his annual camping trip a few weeks ago.  They rough it - out in the middle of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway with their canoes and their tents.  Don’t think about a cell phone.  Or a toilet.  But one thing these guys do right is food.  They eat like kings.

T’s favorite meal of the week was a jambalaya made in a cast iron dutch oven.  He’s been talking about it for 3 weeks now.  This got him thinking and so he did some research online last week.


Who knew?  You don’t need a charcoal grill to cook out with charcoal. 

We had Dutch Oven Turkey & Rice Casserole Saturday night (but we used chicken).  It was really good. 

Now T wants to venture into desserts.  We’ll probably do that this weekend, weather permitting.

With the Great American Backyard Campout coming up, this would be a good thing to try out that night!

Happy cooking!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wordless Weekend Recap


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