September 30, 2011

September Favorites

 Wow, has it been another month already?  Sometimes I can't believe how fast the time goes but between work and Asher I've been staying really busy.  Here are some of my new favorites this month!

My new camera!!!  I finally couldn't stand it anymore and bought the D7000 the beginning of the month.  Ironically, I'm still using my D3100 most of the time.  Its taking me a while to get used to the new one but I have a feeling we'll get along just fine!

Brantley's Deluxe version of Halfway to Heaven came out on the 13th!  You'd better believe I have a new favorite song!  Hell on an Angel :)

Dolman tops, like this one from Maurice's.
I have no idea what "dolman" really means but most of the tops I've bought lately have been described that way.  I like the ones with the banded bottoms and then lots of room up top!
**Update: I couldn't stand it so I had to google what a Dolman top was:
dolman sleeve: (Clothing & Fashion) a sleeve that is very wide at the armhole and tapers to a tight wrist.

Mmmm apple cider.
And yeah, I totally put cinnamon sticks in mine. JK

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser.
After all the trouble I had last month I broke down and ordered some more of this stuff.  I used it a couple of years ago and works great!
I have a couple of things going on this weekend that I'm VERY excited about.  I can't wait to share them with you next week!

Playing at Grandma Sue's House

Last Friday when I sent my camera with Sue she got a couple of pictures of Asher playing in the sandbox at their house.  Looks like he had a good time!

September 29, 2011

Homecoming with Kate

On Saturday afternoon Katelynn came over & I did her hair and make-up for Homecoming.  Then Mom & I rode over to the Forrest park to snap some pics of her and her friends.

Kate with her boyfriend Tyler

You see this girl? I babysat her when she was born. Just like her Mom babysat me and she now watches Asher. Wow. I feel old.  And short.
Asher & Kate 2011
Asher & Kate 2010

September 27, 2011

Prairie Central Homecoming

On Friday I sent my camera with Sue to get some pictures of the Homecoming Parade since I had to work.  Too bad Dad didn't get the fire truck out this year so Asher could have a ride!
Asher & Papa Ray watching the parade! 
There's Kate with the cheerleaders 
And The Sister with the Boys & Girls Club 
And RJ with the Senior class 

Kind of cute. 
As I was taking Asher to the sitter last week we went down 7th Street and he saw the trees.  I said "Your Uncle RJ did that." 
Poor kid started bawling and screaming " NO NO NO RJ!  RJ's a bad boy!"
Haha you are so right my smart little boy.

September 26, 2011

Tid Bits

I got RJ's pictures in the mail a couple of weeks ago.
Very exciting for me. 
Fun stuff.
I like to take pictures of Asher in the tub.
It's the only time he is confined to one spot!

I'm tired.  The last 2 nights Asher has been up 4-5 times a night.  Ever since we started potty training he's been waking me up every time he pees in his diaper because he wants changed.

At that time he also wants to "night night Mommy's room" and he wants chocolate milk, and gold fish and for me to put Toy Story back in, and he wants me to cover him up with his night night.  We do this SEVERAL times a night.  This Mama isn't getting much sleep and she's tired.

But on a good note, Asher was accident free on Saturday!  He even got to pee outside twice since we weren't home (I'm a brave woman for taking him out of the house with Underwears on).  He would have been accident free yesterday but I found him hiding in Mom's livingroom by the fireplace - pooping his pants. 

Saturday we went to the Wabash Festival in Forrest for a little bit.  I forgot my camera.  But Asher was SUPER happy that Uncle RJ rode the little train with him.  And Uncle RJ was SUPER happy that I forgot my camera and there was no evidence of him riding the little train. 

I promise, when I have the time to sit down and get the pictures off of my camera and a few minutes to myself to write - I'll have something to say. 

September 21, 2011


I haven't had much to say lately, have you noticed?  We're in a routine right now and there isn't much exciting goin on.  Asher has been wearing his big boy underwears a lot lately.  I believe he only had one accident today.  Mom dropped him off with RJ around noon to run an errand and when she came back 10 minutes later Asher was sacked out on RJ's bed... in underwears.  So what did they do?  Haha Mom put a garbage bag then a towel down on Asher's bed and RJ carried him in there.  He stayed asleep but did pee his pants.  Mom said he woke up crying saying that he peepeed.  Poor lil guy.  Here's a pic of him on our way over to Meme & Papa's house tonight.  He's so stinkin cute.

September 19, 2011

Freezer to Crock Pot

I got these recipes from Mama & Baby Love and thought I would share them with you.  I mentioned before that I really liked the idea of preparing meals all at once, freezing them and the throwing them in the crock pot.  This works really well for me since I work full time.  Here are a few of the recipes she has posted - I have not tried these yet...

Chicken n' Cherries (Makes 2 gallon sized bags)
5 pounds of chicken breast ( I used chicken strips, it saved me time on cutting up the breasts)

2 cans of pitted cherries

Chili Sauce ( I used a couple of tablespoons in each bag, because the sauce I bought was super spicy, so add as much or as little as you want in accordance with your families taste)

1/4 cup brown sugar

Assemble all ingredients into freezer bags. Place in freezer. Day of cooking, place in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4. You can shred chicken if you want, or leave in chunks. Serve with rice or cous-cous or make sandwiches.

French Beef Dip (Makes 2 gallon sized bags)

5 pounds of rump roast or bottom round beef (cut into smaller sections, not tiny, just enough to fit into the bag, you can cut them up more after they are cooked)

4 packages of portobello mushrooms, leave them whole.

2 14 ounces of beef broth (add day of)

2 onions chopped

Assemble all ingredients(except broth) into freezer bags. Place in freezer. Day of cooking, place in slow cooker and add broth. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4. You can shred chicken if you want, or leave in chunks. Serve with rice or cous-cous or make sandwiches. This recipe makes extra liquid, for dipping if you make sandwiches

Freezer Beef Stew

1 C. Diced Onion
3 C. Beef Broth
2 C. Diced Carrot
2T. Brown Sugar
1 C. Cubed Red Potato
1 tsp. Salt
1 C. Green Beans
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 ½ lbs. Beef Stew Meat
½ tsp. Pepper (I’d do 1/4 tsp)
¼. tsp. Dried Thyme
3 T. Flour
1 tsp. Chopped Garlic
2 tsp. Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp cornstarch (if desired)

Combine all ingredients into one gallon zip lock freezer bag removing all excess air and freeze. To serve thaw completely in refrigerator and cook in crock pot on low for 6-8 hours. On the stove bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 30-45 minutes until vegetables are cooked through. Now if you want you stew thicker, use the 2 Tbsp cornstarch and mix it with 2 Tbsp cold water and add it to the cooked stew. On the stove top, just cook until thick. For the crock pot, turn it on high and cook for 30 more minutes. Serve in large bowls with bread for dipping.

September 14, 2011

On Sunday Mom & Dad had a little improptu Pool Party at their house.  Milissa brought the kiddos over and Grandma Jane, Aunt Kristi, Heidi, Aunt Sandy, and Aunt Teri all came over for the afternoon.
We're getting there.  Hopefully the fence will be up in the next couple of weeks and the concrete poured in front of the garage. 
This is how Asher feels about the pool.
This is also how Aunt TeeTee feels about the way Asher feels about the pool. 
Even Aunt Heidi couldn't get him to stop crying. 
But she said she would teach him how to swim next year.
If she teaches Asher how to swim it will pry be the same way she taught me...
by throwing him in and telling him to swim. 
Brody was a happy camper and loved the water! 
HAHA and so did this little fishy! 
Asher was much happier in his "cow boots" and pull up. 
He is totally my kid.
He LOVES his boots. 
And does that crinkly nose thing just like me :) 
But he'll never take a good picture with Mommy. 
Little Buddy might not like the "big water" but would spend all day in the hot tub. 
As usual, Dad & Dustin were working on a project.
Sunday it was the automatic pool cover. 
My Goodness.  Just look at this child.
He's gonna be a year before we know it!