Sunday, May 30, 2010

Where did all those body rolls go?

I was looking at this picture from a past post and I couldn't believe how much thinner Joshua is now. I guess that's what happens when you run around like a wild animal all day long.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fruit Leather

I was looking through my blog posts and found some old ones that I forgot to post. I will be posting some of these over the next little while. Anywho, here's this one from 9/14/09...


I decided to make some fruit leather again this year but used peaches instead of apricots because that's what was available. Sadly my sister in law's apricot tree didn't feel too giving this year :( I couldn't remember what recipe I used last year so I tried a couple different ones off the internet. I used my oven to dry the leather since it was raining and I didn't have any of those cool drying racks to use outdoors anyway. Pretty much everywhere I looked said to put the fruit 1/4-1/8 inch on the trays and I did it somewhere in between that...I think. Here's how the two recipes compared, one being a time consuming cooking recipe, and one being quick and easy.

Peach Fruit Leather Trial (from here)
8 peaches peeled
2 cups of unsweetened applesauce
juice from 1/2 a lemon or 1.5 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 cup of sugar if desired or some honey

Blend fruit ingredients in blender until smooth. Add to pan and add sugar if desired, bring to boil while stirring. Reduce heat and skim foam from the top with a spoon. Simmer over low/medium heat for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture has properly reduced. Pour mixture onto a parchment or plastic wrapped cookie sheet and bake at 145 {with convection if you have it} for 8 to 10 hours. Cut into strips and roll up with parchment.

I know it's silly, but one of my issues with this recipe is that it asks for a number of peaches instead of pureed cups of peaches. What if you have huge peaches? What if half your peaches have bad spots in them you have to cut out? Can you tell I like things to be exact :)

Peach Fruit Leather Trial #2 from here
2 cups blended peaches
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons honey
This makes 2 roll-ups depending on the size of tray


This recipe is SO nice because it doesn't require cooking and is therefore quicker and requires less clean up. Who wouldn't want that?! I ended up making six cups of blended peaches that fit onto ONLY 2 trays. Hmmm. I don't know what happened there but they turned out just fine. The true test is in whether this tastes as good as the cooked version, which it...does (at least to me and James).

How long does it keep? Apparently it will keep at room temperature about 1 month, in the refrigerator about 4 months or in the freezer about 1 year. As if it would ever last that long!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Coupon Sites

I've put together a list of some email sites that help you save on everyday things. Just beware! Sometimes you end up spending more than you normally would just because something is "on sale"! I may have been caught in this trap once of twice...

Many of the sites let you sign up for daily/weekly emails that will tell you what deals are going on. Most sites are free, a couple cost a little bit to use.

Coupon/Deal Sites
www.upscalebaby.com/blog/
hip2save.com
http://slickdeals.net/
http://mypricesavings.com/
http://moneysavingmom.com/
http://www.iheartriteaid.com/
http://iheartwags.com/
zulily.com
www.pinchingyourpennies.com/ScreamingPenny
http://www.utahdealdiva.com/
http://www.totallytarget.com/
http://grocerysmarts.com/
http://www.dealstomeals.com/
www.dailydealster.com
http://www.thriftynorthwestmom.com/
http://savvyshopperdeals.com/
www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=13
http://www.craigslist.com/
http://www.freecycle.org/
http://www.groupon.com/
http://www.buywithme.com/
http://www.citydeals.com/
http://kidsteals.com/
http://babysteals.com/
http://livingsocial.com/
target daily deal
spreebird deals



Blogs with tips on saving money (I know there are MANY more out there)
http://lifeasmom.com/
http://moneysavingmom.com/wp-content/w3tc/pgcache/moneysavingmom.com/

A great site that will email you about fun things going on in. As a member (costs $) you can find out about tons of free stuff and get discounts to a lot of things. This isn't cost effective for me with just a 2 year old but probably would be if I had more kids.
http://www.utahkidsclub.com/

I'm sure I've missed most of the awesome sites out there so feel free to leave a comment with more sites if you know of any.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Joshua in May



To my surprise, Joshua fell asleep in the car at 9:30 am the other day. He wasn't feeling very good obviously.



That's one exhausted looking kid.



Joshua loves to wear his swimming towel around the house.



FHE is a hit at our house. Of course, it only lasts about 4 minutes and the lessons mostly involve Joshua doing some sort of activity.



Joshua decided to rip off all the crayon wrappers(?) one day.



At least he placed them neatly back into the box after ripping them off.



Joshua's first ribs. He made about as big a mess as I did.

Friday, May 21, 2010

April

Joshua decided he wanted to dress himself this day in what he called "church clothes". He got the tie right at least. I'm not sure why he looks so distressed right here. Seeing as how he is 2, it could be due to almost anything.

It snowed several times during the end of April (and some in May). It would literally be 70 degrees one day then 25 the next! That's Utah weather for you.

Here's Joshua in his new sleep sack--which he has had to wear lately since it is so cold! He calls it his dinosaur blanket and loves to wear it.
 He is obsessed with numbers, letters and counting right now. He spends much of his day finding things to count and letters to sound out. His favorite books right now are his number books, letter books (above) and books about babies.

Joshua's favorite pajamas have, surprise, firetrucks on them. Unfortunately they are way too small for him. I bought him some new truck ones which has helped him get over not being able to wear these ones anymore.

Here's Joshua at the Hogle Zoo. He loved climbing on the lions.

He especially liked the baby lion. He is into anything baby right now. Hopefully this will stick around for a few more weeks...or months!

Joshua LOVES to go on bike rides with his dad.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Frozen Meals Galore!

I now have 53 frozen meals in my freezer. That's right--53 meals! Baby is now given permission to enter this world!

While I have frozen a meal here and there in the past, I have never done some huge freezing meal process. So I looked up some information on it first to help me out. Here's a post from my cooking blog with some info on freezing meals if anyone is interested in trying this out. It was a lot of work to make all the meals (especially when you are 8 months pregnant), but I'm sure I'll be VERY grateful once baby comes and I have weeks of prepared meals that I just have to pop into the crock pot or oven.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Two And Still REAR-Facing

Like most parents out there, I planned on turning my son around when we switched car seats at 1 year. Being the researcher I am, I researched convertible car seats like crazy. In the process I found out tons of stuff about why it is recommended (not law, but recommended) to keep your child rear-facing way past his first birthday. I had no idea, and from all the comments I've gotten from people over the last year or so ("Um, does Joshua not weight 20 lbs yet", "Is your car seat broken", etc. etc. etc.), I'm pretty sure most people don't know either. Why is it that I have never heard a pediatrician talk about this???

He has plenty of room back there too, and he's over 3 feet tall (it helps that I bought a car seat (first years true fit)that is especially good for rear facing d/t the seat depth). Does he complain you ask? He's never known anything different. And he can see just fine. I know because he spends much of his time in the car reading off letters on things as they go by.

Still think I'm crazy? :) Here are a couple sites with info on rear-facing:

http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/30/4/12-a

http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/stayrearfacing.aspx