Love conquers all!

I fully believe that God, and love for my kids got us to the end of the day.

We started our morning with diaper leak on my Ken man.  Later Korvin, my potty trainer had a poop disaster. I will simply leave it at the description of muddy foot prints around my kitchen.  We made it past dinner.  Then not 30 minutes after they are tucked in bed both boys fill their pants.

So after multiple loads of laundry, and general clean up the day is ending.  We all survived, and I did not lose my mind.  I am certain God kept my on the right path today.  The love for my children only made the clean up process a little better.  Korvin dearly loves depositing things in the washing machine which helps too.

Cooking experiment

I love to experiment in my kitchen with everything. I will take a new recipe and twist around to make a new dish. I take my old recipes and twist them around for a new taste. Today I am going to attempt the latter. I am going to take my classic oatmeal peanut butter balls and coat them in white chocolate. I will post the recipe for ever one tonight if it works out to my liking. Really what could go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate. Well I am off to experiment with my two year old in tow. I hope you all have a great day with the weekend blog hops.

Pesto

Well here is a picture of all the things that the garden had to offer last night. We had basil, rosemary, savory, tomatoes, jalapenos, and birds eye peppers.  Basil is overly abundant right now but I know it will not be in the coming months.  So I made a batch of pesto to put in the refrigerator for later. First I pulled all the leaves off of the stems.  I let them soak in a sink of cool salt water for about 30 minutes.  This gets all the bugs and dirt off of the leaves.

Freshly washed basil
After it is done soaking I placed it in a colander, and let it drip dry.  While it was drying I peeled four entire cloves of garlic.  The garlic peeling probably took about 45 minutes. That meant that there was plenty of time for the basil to dry off a bit.

Now I went about putting all of the garlic in my food processor. I also put in a dash of white wine. Next, I piled basil leaves in to the top, and put the lid on only to add more basil until the shoot was full too.  I turned the food processor on and let it begin breaking everything down.  Once most of the leaves were down into the bowl I commenced adding in the olive oil.  I opened it to scrape the sides down one time, and then blended it for a few more seconds.
pesto in the ice tray

Now I wanted to save the pesto for a later date so I decided on freezing it.  I did not want to freezer the entire batch together so I divded it in to and ice cube tray.  Most trays will hold about two tablespoonfuls in each section.  This way it will know how much pesto I am grabbing out of the freezer at a time.

After it was completely frozen I popped the cubes into a ziploc bag, and squeezed the air out. As a note pesto typically has pine nuts in it, bution was out and they are expensive.  I also have a difficult time finding them at the local stores.

Now if only my tomatoes produced as well as my jalapenos I would be set.  As for right now I have way more peppers than tomatoes.  I will make as much salsa as I can with the tomatoes that I have.  I guess I will have to try making pepper jelly for the first time with all these extra peppers.

The Funk

I have been in a total funk for 2 days now.  There is no real reason, but grumpy me is  here.  Today I plan to leave the house and hope that makes it better.  Who knows but something has to give. I have recently revamped my entire schedule.  I do not think that is the reason for the funk to have invaded, but I am looking for ideas to snap out of it.

I have been taking my vitamins, getting up early making the hubby breakfast, and doing a short morning devotional each day.  Now as for exercising at home it depends.  If the boys wake up early it usually gets thrown out the window.  Some days they sleep in, but I have been known to just crawl back in bed and read instead of working out.  I started the entirely new schedule so that I could get more me time into the day.   This just leaves me puzzled as to where the funk came from.

So as I do have about 5 blog post in draft at the moment none of the are finished.  I am going to set a new goal to ensure there is a new post available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for sure.  All other post I get out will be a bonus for us all.  I hope all of you are doing well out there in the blogosphere, and I will see you all tomorrow with a new post.

The Wheels Are Spinning!!

So busy day around these parts.  Hubby is on duty so no break from the kiddos in sight until some time on Friday.  We made it through are day safely, and with only minor potty train accidents.  That screams victory at our house.  Dinner was left overs because Daddy was on the ship, so no reason for me to cook myself a meal.  The kids still really do not eat enough for me to justify cooking a meal with no other adults at the house.

Then my friends tells me I should market one of my skills.  She may be right on with that thought.  So my brain is spinning 90 miles an hour with questions.

  1. What would I call my business?
  2. Is that name already taken on the web?
  3. Would people really want to buy that from me?
  4. How would I start it off?
  5. Do I build a client list first, or start on the product?
  6. When is a realistic goal to launch my product?
  7. Will my husband think I am insane?
  8. Will this benefit my family in the long run?
  9. Why did I never think of this my self?
  10. Then just a general AHHHHHH??? As I sit here pondering all of the above.

I am a total “A” personality.  I love to make list, and I have notebooks all over my house.  The good news is with the hubby on duty I can stay up making list about this pending venture, and not feel guilty.  I tend to feel guilty when I don’t make some time every night for the hubby.  I think that having spouse time every night is important.  Ecspecially when the military makes sure he has duty every four days.

The Mass Update Part Two

So if the previous update on kid happenings was not enough here comes the rest of the update.  Keep in mind that some of the things here happened simultaneously with the boys having their run through the illness list. I think I dealt pretty well with everything that went on while we were out and about.  The hubby did manage to get a lot of his qualifications completed while we were gone.  He is still waiting on one board, but that is not in his control.

So at one point after the ear infections and respiratory  infections, but before the chicken pox and strep throat! The check engine light and TCS light came on in my van.  OH JOY! Not really I mean I knew it needed a tune up, but was not pleased with the warning lights.  So I took it in to get it fixed up.  All fixed up, and lots of money later the van is ready to go.  So as I am packing the van to leave for the second time I get called into the house.  K1 now has developed the chicken pox visibly.  We concluded that his chicken pox fever must have been masked by the strep throat fever so we thought he got out of them.  Glad I got the kids vaccinated for that! Oh well moving on.

housewifePicture from www.usehomeremedies.com

I decided to pack up my now itchy kid anyway and start my drive back home.  By this time we were already delayed by several days, and I just wanted to get home before anything else could spring up.  We hit the road later than I wanted to, but we were still on the road.  After driving until about midnight with multiple stops for K1 to pee, get gas, and walk the dogs we were not as far as I had hoped.  All in all the drive was uneventful and we made it home safe and sound.  Only down side was we arrived while hubby was on duty so we had to wait until morning to see him.

I guess about two days after getting home we decided to go out for breakfast.  At first the gas pedal on the van was sticky.  After checking it out we blamed the extreme change in climate and temperature over a short time, and we continued on to breakfast.  On the way home the idle was not quite right, and the van kept revving up then dropping down it was odd.  After the boys took naps we decided to run over to the Navy Exchange to pick something up.  The van then proceeded to get worse as we arrived at the parking lot.  I spent the rest of the day googling the vans symptoms.  That weekend we drove it over to my brother-in-laws house he looked at it, and blamed the timing so we would have to take it in as we don’t know anyone with the tools to fix that.  So another chunk of money later, and the van is running smoothly again.  Now we just have to get a slow oil leak from the oil pan drain plug fixed.  That however is waiting until I find some money after one of these pay days.

To check out how I did on my weight loss and fitness journey visit Healthy Family Fitness .  I think that gets everyone up to date.  Now hopefully back to regular posting on both blogs.  I really think we have to be over that first of the year hill we were climbing up.  Thanks for reading, and leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by.

The Mass update part one

It has been a little busy around our house for the last month and a half.  Navy life kept hubby terribly busy through the holidays! So the boys and I jetted off to see grandparents in Texas.  Little K2 got to meet his great grandma  for the first time.  Of course the boys scored fat loot for Christmas.

We made two trips to the ER while we were visiting.  First, K1 woke up screaming with an ear infection on Christmas Eve only thing open was the ER.  He had been a little congested for a few days before, but nothing indicated ear infection.  Poor little guy had a pretty crumby Christmas Day, but there were plenty of people to dote on him. Monday after Christmas K2 was having trouble breathing and was grabbing his ears so we went in to the ER to get him checked out.  Nothing like sick kids while you are on vacation.  After a breathing treatment and prescriptions we were back at the Grandparents battling fussy kids.  K1 and K2 responded quickly to their medications, and were back into trouble in a few days.

Wait for it on week after K2 was at the ER he broke out in the chicken pox.  Kept the little guy covered in calamine, and dunked in oatmeal baths.  After a few days of being covered in calamine K2 was feeling better.  We got up the morning after he finally slept all night again, and K1 had a fever of 104.3 that we could not get to respond to ibuprofen, so we had to call the doctor, and get the ok to add acetaminophen  after only 2 hours.  After 6 hours at 2 hours dosing intervals per the doctors orders the fever was down to a manageable level.  We braced for the onset of little spots.  No such luck K1 ended up with strep throat!! Hooray we were knocking out everything on the list of child hood diseases.

So K1 started eating soft solid foods after a few days, and no one had fevers.  I begin packing to go home since everyone was looking to be on the upside of sick.  Nothing like the gut wrenching call of Jess you better come see this.  Sure enough K1 is breaking out in the chicken pox!! That vaccine did us a lot of good I guess!!

I am hoping we are done with sickness around here for awhile.  I really need to get back on a good work out schedule.   Staying up all night with screaming sick kids is not conducive to maintaining a consistent workout schedule.  I seriously missed working out while they were sick, but usually fell asleep when they did so I could get some rest.  No use running down my body so I get sick too.

More update coming soon.  Screaming kids around here! Something about them wanting food and drink! Grabbing a Shakeology for me on the run.