Oh Yeah, I Guess I’m 33 Now

My Mom started off a conversation with me at the beginning of February with, “So, you’re 33 now…” It really hadn’t occurred to me that I was a whole year older. You see, the weekend we were set to celebrate with family two of our girls came down with the stomach bug. I was really excited to celebrate too, because I had spent a few hours making a Strawberry Dream Cake like I saw on Pinterest. All that to say, I didn’t feel like I was a year older because I had not blown out candles and eaten birthday cake. So I bought myself a few more weeks of being 32.

My Dad suggested freezing the cake, which is what I did, and we finally celebrated my and my Grandma’s birthdays this past weekend.

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What’s Cooking: Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Jonathan and I are a fan of enchiladas, but we’ve always stick to the red sauce variety. I’ve always wanted to try a white sauce enchilada and this recipe for Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas piqued my interest.

IMG_7115Modifications/Substitutions: I didn’t make any changes to the recipe, though I changed a few methods.

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To cook the chicken I popped a few frozen pieces in the crock pot for a few hours. A handy way to shred chicken is to use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. It literally takes seconds to shred the chicken. IMG_7108IMG_7110

Also, rather than add the chicken mixture and then a bit of cheese in each tortilla, I mixed the cheese with the chicken mixture and then added that to each tortilla.IMG_7107IMG_7111IMG_7112IMG_7113

The Verdict: After our first few bites we were pleased with our meal. By the time we were maybe halfway done we were honey-ed out. It was a bit on the sweet side. If I were to make this again I might cut the honey amount in half.

Is it Family Friendly? Not quite. Abigail did tell us a few times how yummy it was, and she did eat most it. Sarah wasn’t into it at all.

Would I Make it Again? I think I am more likely to try a different white enchilada recipe first.

Valentine’s Day

The girls were pretty excited for Valentine’s Day this year. The actual day was pretty low key, but we did a few fun crafts leading up to it.

We started with simple decorations for our window. We made these flowers by accordion folding two pieces of construction paper and attaching them to each other with tape.IMG_7299

Valentine’s Day fell during the week we learned about the letter “O” for preschool/homeschool. So we made cute owl valentines using different sized hearts and glitter glue.

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For dinner the girls had one of their favorites, white bean soup, followed by a dessert of Oreo truffles. I had them bathed and ready for bed by the time Jonathan cam home.IMG_7226IMG_7240Jonathan came bearing gifts for the girls and flowers for me. Abigail and Sarah got cute little animal Lego sets and Lily got a Duplo set. I was ready to send them to bed, but Jonathan was generous and let them build their sets first.IMG_7265IMG_7251IMG_7250IMG_7248IMG_7256IMG_7258IMG_7252Once the girls were in bed we set out on our Valentine’s Day tradition. Since the beginning Jonathan has made dinner for us followed by dessert made by me. We had steak, potatoes, and fresh green beans. I easily cleaned my plate, but still managed to eat two truffles. We watched the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, where I fell asleep an hour in. And that, my friends, is how a married couple with three young children celebrates Valentine’s Day!

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Our Fun with Nemo

Last Friday was the start of the big blizzard of 2013. Jonathan worked from home while the girls and I tried to find ways to have fun while not disturbing him. The snow started lightly falling around 10:30 in the morning, which is also the time Abigail started to ask if she could go play in the snow. Abigail would go on to ask this pretty frequently as the day went on and night approached. We tried to reassure her that there would be plenty of snow for her to play with on Saturday. Boy did the storm deliver.

We managed to get Abigail to wait until after lunch before we headed outside. We bundled all three of the girls for our journey. Thankfully, the staff at our complex had snow-blowed a path along the sidewalk.

IMG_7157Sarah, Lily, and I were only out there for about ten minutes. Sarah got really upset once the wind started blowing snow in her face. Lily didn’t seem too bothered by it, she just wanted Jonathan to hold her the whole time. So, in we went, and Jonathan and Abigail played for another 45 minutes or so.

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Later that afternoon I took both of the older girls out. And, wouldn’t you know it, Sarah had fun!

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I think we are all set for snow now. I heard that the Groundhog did not see his shadow and that spring comes early. I don’t believe it though. I guess we will have to wait and see.

What’s Cooking: Pulled Pork

We go grocery shopping once a week (at least). I make our weekly menu at the same time, basing a lot of what we’ll have on what’s for sale that week. A few weeks back pork butt was on sale. I didn’t know what to do with it, so I went to Pinterest for help. That’s where I found a recipe for “Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches“. I saw that it involved using a slow cooker and less than five ingredients, so I was sold!

IMG_7081Modifications/Substitutions: Coke was on sale, so we went for that instead of Diet Pepsi. Plus, we don’t do diet soda here. Also, I like cole slaw with my pulled pork sandwiches, but I didn’t factor that into our grocery list. So, I made a carrot slaw with carrots in a sauce made of mayonnaise, a splash of vinegar, a drop of Dijon mustard, and a pinch of sugar. I thought it was pretty good!IMG_7070IMG_7074

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The Verdict: this was a very easy and affordable recipe to make. I thought there would be a little more flavor, but nothing really knocked my socks off. I will say though, that it was even better as leftovers.

Family Friendly? We actually didn’t even have the girls try this and gave them hot dogs instead. This may be more of an option for them when they are a bit older.

Make Again? Sure, but probably not until pork butts are on sale.

Taming the Mane

All three girls were born with very little hair. Even so, whatever hair there was would end up falling out a few weeks into their lives. It seemed to take FOREVER for their hair to grow. I longed to be able to put Abigail’s hair into cute pigtails. I was finally able to when she was about two years old. Her first haircut was a few months after she turned three. IMG_1148

Then came Sarah. We waited, and waited. A year ago we could do pigtails, and now we are here:

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This is Sarah after a long night of sleep. Most of the time I just leave it alone. Other times we need to make public appearances and I tame her mane.

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Right now putting it up seems to be the best way to manage her baby thin curly hair. It is pretty cute no matter what, though.