Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Seussical Truffula Treats

Along with a few other moms, I created a playgroup. We get together every Wednesday to do a craft, and at the recommendation of a member of our Facebook group, the crafts fit into a monthly theme.
We started in August with bugs, and September was Dr. Seuss. We don't really do snacks, even though the group runs from 12 to 2. I would like to change that, so I looked up themed food ideas on Pinterest.

I found the absolute cutest treats. What I ended up going with I've been calling Truffula Treats. They are rice crispy treats made with Trix cereal. They matched the craft we were doing too - Truffula Trees using our kids hands!
Colorful, Seussical, and yummy to boot.
I followed the recipe here at Raining Hot Coupons.

• 1/4 cup butter or margarine (1/2 stick)
• small bag marshmallows
• 7 1/2 cups Trix cereal

First, I put the margarine and marshmallows in my only Pyrex bowl. It looked pretty full, so I was a bit worried. I figured correctly that the marshmallows would take up less space once I heated them up in the microwave, but I wasn't sure just how much. Or if I would have room for the cereal.

After heating, I started adding the Trix cereal. It's a good thing I didn't try to use the entire box because my bowl was too small. I did fit just around 7 cups of Trix in the bowl, but that was pushing it. Any time I tried to mix, a couple cereal bits would pop out of the bowl and try to roll away.
I really liked that this recipe used the microwave. It cut down on the time and mess. However, it limited my bowl choices, so I would either only use this bowl to microwave next time and then switch to a bigger one, or just use the stove. You live, you learn.

Another problem I had was flattening everything out. Trix are big and round, which made it difficult to smooth out the top. Regardless, they were delicious.

I bet these would make a great Halloween snack using one of the seasonal cereals too. Count Chocula for some Batty Bites, perhaps?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Starting New Projects (& following through)

My house is full of projects. Ones that, like this blog, have been started with the best intentions, but then left to gather dust.

There is the bathroom, where we just wanted to paint one wall and put up a medicine cabinet. It sounds so simple, right?
Nope. The former owner covered the top half of the wall in mirror squares, and the bottom half has one of those plastic splash guards in a dingy yellow color. So we started getting rid of the squares. That was the easy part. We discovered there is wallpaper behind it, but that's no big deal.
We left just a couple squares up above the sink, so we can still use them, before checking behind the bottom part. The wall isn't level. It's like they decided not to drywall the bottom portion of the wall. Suddenly the project became more time, work and money than intended. It was placed on the back burner for now.
We have a plan. We have the paint. We have the medicine cabinet. We just need the money, so we're waiting... and have been since spring.

That's why with our next project we are getting all of our ducks in a row first. Paper bag flooring, here we come!
Don't get me wrong, it's already turned out to be more than we bargained for. Nothing comes easy.

So far, we have the paper. We will be buying stain within the week. At the same time, we will be painting the walls, and we already have the paint.
It's going to be a lot of work, but I'm already excited. And scared. There really is no going back.

We want to get this one done within the month, before it gets too cold outside. We need subfloor, because apparently we don't have standard subfloor in our house. We need glue. We need sealant. And we need a few tools to get it all done. I'm hoping to blog every step of the way. I'm also hoping that it doesn't take long, because we're doing the main traffic area of the house.

Do you ever leave projects unfinished? Do your home improvement projects turn into more steps than you had planned?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

We Got The Funk: Ammonia

I've been far to busy to post. But I'm posting in an effort to vent, and record what we've tried so far.

Our diapers have a bad case of ammonia. It's just the overnight diapers though... the fitteds in regular rotation. We've changed up our wash routine a few times... we use eco nuts, eco sprout, or a combination. We've used borax and washing soda. We've added a vinegar rinse. And the last thing we tried was bleach. Bleach improved things tremendously - but we still have it.

Right now, Evan gets coated in CJ's before bedtime (which is a life saver!!), and we have to use a fleece liner. The fleece liner is new as of last night, and I'm hoping it helps until we get the whole thing figured out. Starting tomorrow, I will rinse all overnight diapers... maybe wet pail them. I've read of using fish tank ammonia neutralizer. Those are next on our list of things to do.

I wouldn't mind so much if Evan didn't wake up screaming every night throughout the night (when he usually sleeps through the night) and bleeding from the penis. Do you know how scary it is when your baby is bleeding from the penis? Holy crap.

Hopefully I will report back with good news!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Can't Deny It

I can no longer deny it. Evan is growing.

He is no longer the tiny baby he was...He has outgrown his infant carseat!

1. The day he came home from the hospital, 2. April - random nap, 3. Aug 25, saying goodbye!

I don't know how this happened. He's outgrowing all of his clothes too... And we've had to change the settings on his diapers. This can't be happening! He's still a bitty baby, right?!
We put him in it to figure out where to set the straps to.
We chose the MyRide so that we could have him rear-facing as long as possible. I'm really excited about this carseat - and Evan loves it too. He sleeps great in it, and isn't nearly as fussy, even when tired. He didn't mind the infant one exactly, but it was a tight fit to get in and out of, that is for sure!
I can see this one lasting us for a long time! It's a shame we didn't switch sooner, because no we don't get to use the infant insert with it. He's too big for it!
At least he looks like a bitty baby again in it. :)

Coming soon: CJ's review and giveaway, and a zoo trip! Among other things.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Forever in our hearts

This is a hard post to write.

I'm a part of a December '11 mom's group, and one of our own recently lost her sweet baby boy, Milo.
Sadly, his death was a tragic accident -- entirely preventable. Becky and her husband did everything they could do, and responsibly had him safely buckled into his rear-facing car seat. However, two other drivers mistakes led to the death of 6 month old Milo Fletcher.
One driver had an unsecured item fall into the road -- a cooler. Becky's husband braked, and they were rear-ended by another driver, who wasn't paying quite enough attention. Their car was totaled, and their little boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.

There are many lessons to be learned from this horrible incident.

Please, secure all items you are traveling with. Take the extra minute.
Not only that, but pay the utmost attention while driving. There are precious lives in all those cars around you. Don't text and drive, don't make a phone call, don't take your eyes off the road. Limit all distractions. Do everything you can to be safe.

Lastly, cherish the time you have with your own family. Cuddle your baby a bit closer. Take a video of your children playing. Be sure to snap plenty of photos.

The article about Milo's death.
Donation site -- extra money will be donated to a carseat charity.
Remembrance group on Facebook.

If you want to do something for Becky and her family, please e-mail me at learningandnesting@gmail.com -- I have their address and can forward any cards or gifts.