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Originally Posted by limabean View Post

What a cool cake idea, I love it! smile.gif

DD and I baked and decorated DH's cake, and I wrapped his presents and bought stuff to make a special breakfast tomorrow.

 

Thanks! I am a very, very novice cake decorator - I can use a star tip, but that's about it. So I like simple, creative arrangements the best. What kind of cake did you decide to do? I used the Amy Sedaris recipe for vanilla cupcakes and it is so, so good! They baked up in about twenty minutes and made 48 minis. 

 

So I've gotten a few more things done - 

 

- Baked Little Man's birthday cake. 

- Took out the birthday supplies. 

- Put out the goody bags (I hung them on the coat hooks in the living room so the kids can grab them as they come in). 

 

Husband said he'll vacuum and mop the kitchen in the morning (yay!) so it's actually looking like I'm going to be able to relax a little bit tonight! 

 

Am getting ready to finish wrapping gifts, and the margarine is coming up to room temp so I can make the icing. 

post #1182 of 1361
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Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post

What kind of cake did you decide to do? I used the Amy Sedaris recipe for vanilla cupcakes and it is so, so good!

Mmm, I'll have to check out that recipe! It's funny you asked about the cake I made because I was just chuckling about it today. My mom recently gave me a cookbook from Miette (a fancy bakery in San Francisco), and it has recipes to die for that I'm so excited to make, but DH's favorite is boxed yellow cake with canned chocolate frosting, so that's what I made him. I mean, I think that's yummy too, but it wasn't quite the bittersweet ganache cake I've been drooling over. lol.gif I'll have to make one of those just because soon.

Enjoy Little Man's party tomorrow -- happy birthday to him!
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limabean and kitchensqueen,  Enjoy the birthday parties tomorrow!

 

Yesterday I didn't get too much accomplished.  I did the usual daily 'things'.  Schooling went well, took the kids to an art class and picked pears, apples and the straggler tomatoes.

 

Today I accomplished almost nothing practical...but we had a great day.  The weather finally turned beautiful and my husband was home so we all went for a bike ride downtown, ate at a café, shopped the antique 'mall' and the new antique bookstore.  Then we went to home improvement stores and checked out decking (we like home improvement projects).  I made dinner and we all watched several episodes of 'American Pickers.'  I also cleaned the piggy cage tonight...not fun; but necessary.

post #1184 of 1361
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post

Enjoy Little Man's party tomorrow -- happy birthday to him!

 

Thanks!

 

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Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
 

limabean and kitchensqueen,  Enjoy the birthday parties tomorrow!

 

Thanks!

 

And I got it all done. Now I'm going to bed! 

post #1185 of 1361
I made it through another work week and mostly finished a paper for class!
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Happy birthday parties!  We've got a bunch coming up in our family early next month.  Watch me forget.  :P

 

Busy and pretty fun today:

 

- worked cash box at a book sale for a non-profit

- visited my mother

- came home, made lunch, and sat down to eat it

- washed dishes

- moved some furniture and boxes with DH

- did prep work for the dinner DH is making

 

Forgot about meal prep

 

- made DH a couple of grab-and-go frozen lunches with some boiled chicken and frozen vegetables

- took the stock from that chicken, made kielbasa and cabbage soup for Monday's dinner

 

Sitting on the couch and reading this evening.  Can't wait!


Edited by MariaMadly - 9/15/13 at 6:32am
post #1187 of 1361
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Originally Posted by One_Girl View Post

I made it through another work week and mostly finished a paper for class!

 

Ooh, what class?

post #1188 of 1361
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Originally Posted by MariaMadly View Post

Ooh, what class?

Issues in bilingual education. It's a lot of fun but my thesis and conclusion are not coming easy.
post #1189 of 1361

A very busy day here, but Little Man's birthday party was a great success! 

 

- Cleaned the stove (forgot last night). 

- Vacuumed. 

- Decorated for the party. 

- Iced the cupcakes for the cake. 

- Had the party. 

- Took out 4 bags of recycling after the party.

- Cleaned up from the party. 

- Ran to Target since I forgot to get Command strips so we could assemble the Hot Wheels track gift on the wall. Also ended up doing my deals shopping for the week while I was there - I ended up getting a third of what I bought for free! 

- Made dinner. 

- Played with Little Man and his new toys. 

- Put away the new toys. 

- Found a new free offer code for Shutterfly - you can either choose a mousepad, 12 notecards or 12 folded notes. Enter code FREEBIE; expires tomorrow on Sunday 9/15.

 

And now I'm sitting. What a day! 

post #1190 of 1361

Kind of a lazy day here, but that's really the point of Sundays, isn't it?

 

- Made breakfast. 

- Put pumpkin butter to cook in the crockpot (the house smells amazing!).

- Decorated the house for fall/Halloween - I just need to pull out some photos to go in 2 Halloween picture frames. 

- Organized my coupons and planned out the Target deals for next week (though husband has put a cap on the Target spends... he thinks I may be getting carried away...)

- Worked on the grocery list for next week. 

 

And now I'm sitting in a quiet, mostly clean house. Husband took Little Man out to exchange a particularly appalling birthday gift for something more suitable so I could have some me time. I'm thinking of working on my poorly neglected blog. :-)

post #1191 of 1361
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Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post
 

- Put pumpkin butter to cook in the crockpot (the house smells amazing!).

 

Would you share how to make this?

 

kitchensqueen, I thought of you when I read this recipe last night.  I've seen the recipe in other places...but never put together like this.  It seems like something you would make....http://hoosierhomemade.com/caramel-apple-cream-cheese-dip/

 

 

 

I have not been feeling well this weekend so I haven't done much.  My husband was home all weekend - which rarely happens.  As usual, when he is home he completes a ton of projects and does a lot with the kids.  (I am such a slug compared to him :o .  I do not know where he gets the energy.)

 

We took the SUP's to the beach yesterday.  While dh and the kids paddled, I sat on the beach and read a book.  Today I am trying to get a few things done but am failing miserably.  My new attitude I posted about above has resulted in a messy house.  My mom flies in tomorrow...she is super critical.  I am hoping to get the house in a bit of order before she arrives.

 

It is a rainy lazy day today.

post #1192 of 1361
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Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
 

Would you share how to make this?

 

kitchensqueen, I thought of you when I read this recipe last night.  I've seen the recipe in other places...but never put together like this.  It seems like something you would make....http://hoosierhomemade.com/caramel-apple-cream-cheese-dip/

 

Incidentally I just wrote up my pumpkin butter recipe for my blog today. :-) And that website looks great!

 

Got a few more things done this evening - 

 

- Organized my work bag. 

- Laid out my clothes for work. 

- Baked pumpkin muffins. 

- Froze the extra pumpkin butter. 

- Put away the clean dishes from the dishwasher. 

- Loaded the dishwasher with dirty dishes. 

 

And now I'm going to bed!

post #1193 of 1361
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Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post
 

 

Incidentally I just wrote up my pumpkin butter recipe for my blog today. :-) And that website looks great!

 

Thanks, It looks much easier and doable than I expected...I thought it was made from whole pumpkins!

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dbsam, how is your mom's visit going?  Mine is coming over tomorrow -- I'm signing her out of rehab for a pass to have lunch at my house.  Her first home-cooked meal in . . . five weeks?  So between her visiting and her moving in when she does get released, today has been very hectic:

 

- got a haircut

- moved a bunch of books from our bedroom (which my mother is moving into) up to the attic (where DH and I are moving)

- rented a U-Haul with DH

- got my mother's bed into the U-Haul and up to our place

- returned the U-Haul

- hauled the mattresses upstairs, and oops the box spring wouldn't fit between the first and second floor, so we . . .

- lashed it to a rope down in the driveway, pulled it up to the balcony off the master bedroom, and then took it up the attic

- swept and vacuumed the downstairs

- fielded a call from my cousin and aunt (mom's sister) about her recovery

- called my mother

 

Now time to put some (already prepared) kielbasa cabbage soup on the stove and put my feet up.

post #1195 of 1361
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Originally Posted by MariaMadly View Post
 

dbsam, how is your mom's visit going?  Mine is coming over tomorrow -- I'm signing her out of rehab for a pass to have lunch at my house.  Her first home-cooked meal in . . . five weeks?  So between her visiting and her moving in when she does get released, today has been very hectic:

 

 

MariaMadly, I hope your visit with your mom goes well.  It sounds like your family has been through a lot.  Your mother is moving in with you?

 

My mom's visit will be short...She arrived an hour ago and will be eating dinner with us then I am taking her to my sister's house.  She came into town to help my sister so we will not see her again until I take her back to the airport.  Typically she tries to split the time between my house and my sister's house.  But my sister needs a lot of help so she tends to stay there more and it is better she stay there...actually I prefer it (yes, I have 'mother issues'). 

post #1196 of 1361
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Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
 

Thanks, It looks much easier and doable than I expected...I thought it was made from whole pumpkins!

 

Ha, no. I do a lot of from scratch cooking, but preparing whole pumpkins isn't one of the things routinely on my list! Though you certainly could - you'd want to roast the pumpkin until it was soft, then cook the pulp down by about half on the stovetop to concentrate the flavor. Worked from home today, but did a few things - 

 
- Stopped at Target to exchange some birthday presents for Little Man (one was clearly for an infant and the other was a duplicate of something he already has). 
- Went to the garden and potted up the thyme to overwinter in the house, picked tomatoes and peppers (probably one harvest left next week), and checked on the rest. The squash and cabbage will probably be ready next week, with a few more weeks on the brussells sprouts. And then that's it for the garden this year. 
- Made dinner. 
- Handwashed a few dishes. 
- Had the last of the birthday cake with Little Man and husband (today is his actual birthday). 
- Gave Little Man his last birthday present (a book that we all read together for bedtime). 
 
And now I'm going to relax with husband since he's home tonight. 
post #1197 of 1361
I got a bunch of administrative stuff done.

-transferred files from my old laptop to a USB hard drive to prepare for getting a new laptop (for work)
-emailed DS's teacher about room mom stuff
-firmed up hiking/walking plans with a few friends
-figured out back to school night logistics
-bought DD a gymnastics outfit for her lesson on Wednesday
-bought DS another binder for school
-dusted the banister and my work desk
-rewashed towels that I forgot in the washer yesterday (I hate that!!)
-made a super yummy dinner that was a new recipe for us
-like kitchensqueen, had the last pieces of bday cake with DH and the kids

In a little while I'll move the towels along (god I hope I don't forget again), kiss the kids goodnight before DH puts them to bed, make lunches for the kids for tomorrow, then watch The Newsroom with DH.
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Worked from home again today, so I got a few more things done with my "extra" time not spent commuting - 

 

- Got a free Shutterfly code for a notebook, so I made one as a cookbook notebook. I can now hand write all of our favorite family recipes inside. The code is FBNOTEBOOK, but it was only valid for the first 1000 people to claim it, so it's probably gone by now. 

- Tidied the kitchen and loaded the dishwasher. 

- Organized my personal email. 

- Properly put away the party supplies (it was piled on the floor of my closet). 

- Made dinner. 

- Packed my bag for work since I plan to go the office tomorrow. 

- Laid out my clothes for work. 

post #1199 of 1361
Well, right now I'm on my Kindle with a passed out little nursing child in my lap. Ah, down time, but this close to bed, it'll probably be late tonight. Oh well.

Today I slept in. This one was wiggling and nursing every 10-20 min from 3:30-7, so I saw no reason to get up just to come back. I think her stomach hurt her because she pooped before she woke up and that's really rare.

We got up and I got the day going, dressed, a cup of tea, my devotions, dishes, dumped some tomatoes I left on warm in the crockpot until they burnt. Oops. And general this and that of the morning.

I've had a touch of tendonitis or something since Sunday. That's made things fun, it's my baby-picking-up arm. Grrr It feels better today but I still have it w wrapped to remind myself to be careful.

I made gf biscuits and some ham for breakfast, we ate that and I cleaned things of as the girls came in for school.

I was also working on washing diapers, got those hung out this afternoon.

Folded the rest of the laundry from yesterday and put most of it away.

Took care of the babe and worked on school with the girls, I still need to grade it though. I love days when it's almost all graded by the time they leave, but that wasn't today. Rats.

We all took a break and helped their older sister remove the new batch of pups' dew claws, weigh and photograph them. They were born Saturday and this litter consists of 6 males and only one female. She is spoken for I hope. They are German Shepherds, so most people want males and every litter she's had had been mostly female. Lol

We finished school and I put hubby's lunch together and reheated burgers and sliced tomatoes for dinner.

He came in with a shirt-load of bell peppers to sell to a guy at work. After we are, he went back and came back in with cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes and a few Cukes. Most of those are to either sell to co-workers or let co-workers try to see if they want to buy more. We washed, weighed and packaged them in Ziploc bags and he left.

I then called my Mom to wish her happy birthday - and happy bday to all those whose just passed too! I told her what her gift is. My brother is going to change the paneling in her front room for drywall. I'll get the new paints for it. She already guessed, but she's happy about it.

Then I did some dishes and cut up some tomatoes, bell pepper, onion and garlic, tore some herbs and have it stewing down in there, jars waiting in water that WAS hot before the baby needed me. When she's up, I'll do this. There isn't a lot because he didn't pick it all today. Probably only 3 pts MAYBE.

Then I still need to finish (even more) dishes, get diapers folded, what's not on the line anyway. Some prefolds that didn't need sun, wash cloths, etc. Then I need to put the basket of laundry away, plant some pansies, asters, mums, ornamental kale and cabbage, and some radish seeds. 45 days to frost date today! Those won't happen though. Grading, dishes and a vacuum are really what I should do. She should wake up any minute, then I might have an hour max if I'll lucky....

Okay, rambling. I'll stop now and go big my DDC on Facebook. wink1.gif
post #1200 of 1361
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Wow...I am having difficulty schooling two children that are the same age.  I cannot imagine schooling multiple children of different ages and watching a 10 month old!

Both my husband and I have OCD tendencies and I have anxiety issues so it is no surprise the kids have OCD and anxiety...part of the difficulty with their schooling.

Like you, I am unable to ask for help. Actually, I don't have anyone to ask anyway.  Luckily I have a very helpful husband.  We've been a pretty good team for 25 years.  I've become accustomed to his help and cannot imagine how tough it w/b if I had to do it alone.

It can be overwhelming, but we managed. They can help me with her by holding her while they do their work on the pc(a few game format classes new this year), the older ones help the youngest some, but some days we have had to just stop while I can the babe down our skip elective subjects so they can just leave and I can take care of her and get hubby out the door for his second shift job. That makes it exponentially harder. Thankfully, his schedule changes for the better at the end of the month.

My Mom homeschooled from the time I was 4 until the last one was finished, a total of almost 30 years! She had me, a 2 1/2 yr old and a9 m old when she started. By the time I graduated, #6 was in kindergarten, so I know it can be done!
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