Friday, March 22, 2013

Just got home from a day of driving around Salt Lake.  A month or two ago a co-op group I am a part of did a pettiromper order as well as fascinator headbands, direct from China.  How could I resist pettirompers for $5 each and fancy headbands for $3 each?!  They all arrived this week and I drove up to the co-op group leader's house to pick them up.  Since it is pay day we threw the cooler into the car so I could do grocery shopping at Trader Joe's and London Market....only I discovered bangers all have wheat.  It doesn't matter to me of blood pudding has wheat or not it's for the hubby and I, not the kids, as is the marmite.  Unfortunately I was hungry when we went shopping and spent $10 more than I had planned.  And I didn't have a menu plan in mind, so I randomly grabbed things I thought we might eat, and a chicken. And because I was hungry two salads that Mr. Man can now take for his lunches at work because I didn't eat either as I didn't have a fork.
Then I stupidly decided to go by Against the Grain which is a Gluten-free only store....the prices aren't anything to swoon over, in fact most every thing they have is much cheaper on Amazon.  Yet I spent $40 there...and have been kicking myself since.  Oh well.  I don't plan on going there again.

Then on the way home Mischief said she needed to use a potty so we tried to stop at Carl's Jr...but the whole shopping center (all food places) there was packed so we went to the next one over which had a TJMaxx so we went there and then walked around.  I resisted buying two hard to find lalaloopsies (they were full-size), as well as a nightstand that would be perfect for my room.  I did buy ice pop molds that I've had on my Amazon wishlist for three years...almost bought them a few times but the price always held me back.  TJMaxx had them for half of what they cost on Amazon.    And I got cute cupcake papers.  And a cute frame.  And I resisted getting a butterfly pillow pet even though they were only $20 there (usually $30, and it's the one DQ wants).

Anyway.  I am grumpy today, mostly because I spent way more than I was supposed to no matter how much I point out what I didn't spend.

And the house is a mess.

And I am great at screaming today.  Partly because the kids are great at asking something and then not listening to the answer and asking again and not listening again, and so then I scream the answer, and then there is blessed silence.

I'm a delight, can't you tell?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Good days

I guess I should spend a few days not sleeping more often because then I appreciate my days more, or something, because yesterday was a good day, and today was a good day!  Two good days in a row is a rare event!

I even got some sewing done yesterday and today.  Yesterday I sewed this crayon/coloured pencil case for Mischief's Easter basket.

And today I sewed up the sides and sleeves of her nightgown.  Going to work on some chicken scratch on the hem tonight if I can find my cotton floss.  Then I will hand hem it.

But first, some ice cream....

Back to the trail

The weather warmed up the last week or so and yesterday we took our first family walk of the year down along the Provo River Trail.  The trail follows the river from Utah Lake and up into Provo Canyon.  We were surprised at the number of ducks that were out, and Drama Queen and I were surprised and delighted by the friendliness of some.  Three walked right up to us obviously hoping for food.  Unfortunately I did not think there would be ducks already and did not bring anything for them.  Now we know better for next week.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mr. Man's Birthday

For Mr. Man's birthday this month we had a small party with his brothers and their families.  We went to Nickel City (a nickel arcade that Mr. Man enjoys) and then had a BBQ at one of his brother's house.  It was lots of fun until Mischief threw herself down the stairs from the 2nd floor as part of her tantrum of being ignored due to it being her 3rd or 4th tantrum of the evening...
Sunshine had fun playing cars with her Aunt and Uncle before dinner though!



Happy 29th Birthday Mr. Man!


Sunshine is starting to feel better!  We found a chair she can sleep in well at night, though this morning when I woke up (I was sleeping on the couch next to her chair) I found her on the floor...I hope she climbed down rather than fell... :o/

Today we played outside.  Sunshine decided she is a cowgirl today.  Mama loved it!  We went to the playground, we rode bikes, for family home evening we went for a walk along the river trail.

 She can't actually pedal Mischief's bike, but she sure tries!

And then it was time to go inside...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cloudy Sunshine

Still sick. Her fever last night did not want to go down by the easy methods of tylenol and peppermint oil. She was uncomfortably hot. Uncomfortable for both of us. Finally I got up and got her lion and blankie and she laid on blankie with an ice pack under it. We were both just too tired to do a bath safely. And happily. The ice pack did help and in the morning her fever was gone completely. Came back a bit during the day. We got some motrin just in case it returns again tonight. She is still a little delight despite the clinginess and whining. She is loving the warm weather and loves to be outside.

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Today we opened up our "greenhouse". Most everything has sprouted, the herbs being the exception. I for some reason can not grow herbs. I bought two living herbs plants that I am hoping are not totally root bound (not actually meant for growing). Despite throwing up last night/this morning (whatever you want to count 2am as) Sunshine was completely involved with potting up our brassicas.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

When it comes to gluten free baking, I stick to pre-packaged mixes for the most part.  It is just easier.  But not always tasty.  For a while I've had this recipe and I can't even find where I copied it from.  Someone's blog or recipe site.  If you recognize it, let me know so I can give proper credit.

Mischief has been asking for cookies for...well probably a month or more.  I keep saying tomorrow and then it never happens and I feel bad.  Today I finally printed this, and we ran to the store for milk and vanilla extract, then came back and Sunshine and Mischief helped me make them.

And they are GOOD.

I even had the girls take some over to the neighbors house. I bet they won't notice that these are not gluten-y.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
* 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree
* 1 cup of white sugar
* 1/2 cup of natural unsweetened applesauce
* 1 egg
* 2 cups of gluten-free all-purpose baking flour (I used Grandpa's Kitchen Gluten-Free Flour Blend - it already has xanthan gum in it, so add..a teaspoon of xanthan gum-I think- if yours does not)
* 2 teaspoons of gluten free baking powder
* 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon of salt
* 1 teaspoon of baking soda
* 1 teaspoon of milk (I used unsweetened SO Delicious coconut milk)
* 1 tablespoon of gluten-free vanilla extract
* 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips 
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
* Combine pumpkin, sugar, applesauce, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together GF flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in to the wet mixture. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; mix well.
* Add GF vanilla and chocolate chips; stir.
* Use a cookie scooper/spoon to scoop cookie dough onto cookie sheet. 
* Bake for approximately 12 minutes. (Touch the center of cookies-- it should be firm and not sink or not be soft. Pumpkin can feel undercooked, and you definitely don't want to undercook these cookies! You will get a grittier flavor.) 
NOTE:  I cooked mine for 15 minutes to get them done.

Toddler approved.

Mischief was up three times last night.  I was up all those times too, but that's due to my insomnia not the kids.  The third time she got up I finally told her to go climb into my bed after using the potty.  So she did and shortly there after I decided to join her and hope I'd fall asleep.  I did.  But of course it was 1am by then and so when morning came I tired.  I slept soundly enough that I didn't need my arm that was trapped until Mischief until the sounds of DQ getting Sunshine out of bed woke me and my arm was in so much pain I quickly pulled it out from under her and that process woke her instantly (I don't think things through well when I'm tired). It was already 8:05.

Now I'm hoping Sunshine takes a nap around 11 so I can take a nap too.  I'd say around 10, but I don't know what time she got up and lately she's been pushing her naps back, probably due to the fact that she's finally sleeping through the night (or I simply am so out once I'm able to sleep that I don't hear her).

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Mischief is hard to understand sometimes, and I kinda wonder if it's getting worse rather than better.  Though it does sometimes make for amusing moments...such as how, once I sort of understood what she was saying, her "tickering" sounds like "tinkling".  Now my children don't think of pee when they hear tinkle, so I'm the only one sitting here giggling as we watch Tinkerbell, and Mischief say "Why is she tinkling?"

And now thanks to Tinkerbell I got to explain what fairy Mary meant by "get off your laurel"

It's an amusing day today.

Which is far better than how yesterday ended.  It was Mr. Man's birthday and we had fun at Nickel City (a nickel arcade) then had a bbq at his brother's house (cause they have more space than us and kindly agreed we could go there to do it) with his other brother coming also and bringing ribs.  Though next time I need to point out to Mr. Man that he needs to use the roasting pan for the ribs because the way he did it this time packed the ribs in together too much so they were NOT tender. :(

ANYWAY I digress, yet again.  Mischief by the end of the night was ridiculous.  She was crying about every little thing.  Throwing fits when it was Hazel's turn for the balloon they were playing with, and after my trying to respond nicely to her three times, I ignored her next tantrum since she was ignoring Sunshine trying to give her the balloon.  What did Mischief do instead?  She went to the top of the stairs and sat there wailing.  I didn't respond for a few minutes, and just as I was getting up to go to her, I hear thump thump thump, and here she comes, tumbling down the stairs.  No she wasn't hurt, she threw herself down them in sort of the way one rolls down a hill.  I swept her up, made certain she was not hurt, then informed Mr. Man it was time to leave.  I got them buckled in while he said goodbye.  It was only a half hour past bedtime, so I don't know why she was so very irrational, but it was disturbing.

I'm super excited that my monthly doTerra order is this week!  Monthly scheduled orders get you LRP (loyalty reward points), when can later be used to buy products.  the longer you are on monthly orders, the more points you get per order (it's based on percentage).  We love essential oils in our house.  Last night before putting the grump to bed I coated her with lavender (to calm and relax) as well as oregano and onguard (on her feet, to help with any illnesses she may be dealing with, she has a virus I know for sure) and melaluca on the waterwarts on her nose.  Or at least I think they are waterwarts, I don't really know cause I'm not going to pick at them to check and we don't have insurance this month.  I got it a lot when I was a kid, and in fact still do on my toes in the summer and on my face sometimes.  The fluid in them is highly contageous, so keeping her hands clean is a must.  She also has been picking some mighty large sores onto herself.  The usual one on her forehead, where her waterwart is had been one and she must have touched something that had the virus and then picked at it some more.  she has a big hole in her arm that she picked as well.  it's a little over an eighth in diameter which is huge on her tiny arm.  Oh this child.  She is darling and quite the character.  I need to chop her nails off ASAP though!  They've obviously gotten too long.
Anyway, the lavender and melaluca on her sores seems to help.  I hope to eventually get heliochr...something which is supposed to be the best for treating skin things, it costs alot though.  We need more frankensince as well.  It's my favorite.  Sunshine made the 5ml we had disappear.  It costs like $56 though, so it'll be perhaps next month's order.  I'm trying to keep each monthly order to $50.
On so last night I did the oil on Mischief and Sunshine loves loves loves the oils, so she came and sat on my lap until I coated her (lavender to help her sleep and oregano and onguard for wellness) then got her jammas on and then Drama Queen appeared and too wanted oils on, so I put those same three on her feet as she'd already gotten her pajamas on (I do the onguard/oregano on feet or along spines.  Spine for Sunshine)

I'm ramblng I know.

Anyway, bye!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday facts

1. Little girl clothes take a long time to sew when you have little kids at home.

2. Puggles are still the cutest dog ever.  Good thing I don't have $400 since the local pet shop has some.

3. These two are fun.

4. Those cute little snack cups from the dollar store are NOT water tight.  I had put our left over water colour paint in them yesterday and last night knocked one down, this is what I found in the morning.

5.  Five Guys burgers was disappointing.  I prefer In N Out (though my brother says it's because Five Guys in the West is not as good as Five Guys in VA) burgers.  And why does it not say anywhere that a hamburger has two patties on it?  Ew.  I read "little hamburger" and I think kid size, not normal.  I read "hamburger" I think hamburger not a gag as you take a bite stack of ground beef (aka two patties).  The girls did quite like the fries though.  Sunshine liked them more than Mischief though.  And a large fries is way too large.

6.  The container with the yellow water colour paint in it got knocked down at 1am when Mischief woke up crying because her leg hurt.  I had to dig through the medicine cabinet mostly blind attempting to find the toddler tylenol, vitamin E and both vitamin D (2 & 3).  I was to tired to bother putting any of it back.

7.  Sheye Rosemeyer is who inspired me to start really taking pictures.
She posted beautiful pictures of her three oldest and the twins she had last month.  I love her pictures.  I discovered her old blog back when Drama Queen was 2 (and Sheye's daughter Ivy was).  Sheye's daughter Ava died at age 3 when she snuck into their car during the summer and succumbed to heat exhaustion.  Do not leave your car unlocked in the summer -or winter for that matter- and teach your kids to not play in the car!  Anyway this is her latest post:
and in the last few pictures Ivy is wearing a DARLING batwing dress...I totally love it.  If you look in the comments you'll see my comment is the 8th one and the tenth comment is her responding to me because I mentioned I was going to hunt for a dress like it.  She told me the maker and I looked it up...unfortunately it's an Australian brand (they live in Australia after all) and on sale the latest version of it, which is coral, is $50.  Not my price range.  But I felt like I needed to go to Kid to Kid today and so we did.  There I found, not a dress sadly, but shirt similar to Ivy's dress:

8. I hate sequins.  BUT I also found a lacy look cardigan for Drama Queen to wear with her dollcake birthday dress.  The sequins will be removed ASAP.

9.  Easter is in just over 3 weeks.  I'm not ready.  This is obvious when you look at my Easter basket fillers pile.

10.  Sometimes I can catch a good picture on my iphone.  Rarely, but it does happen.