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A glimpse into my life

Why didn’t anyone tell me?

grilling our hobo stew and corn on the cob

Why didn’t anyone tell me how awesome it is to grill out?  I have absolutely fallen in love with grilling out.  What started as a way to not heat up our house during the heat wave has turned into (as my husband would probably say) an obsession.  My gamma had a grill that hasn’t been touched in many years, so she told us to take it.  All it needed was a little TLC (and lots of elbow grease) to get it looking brand new!  I wish I had grabbed it last year when we moved into this house.  We’ve used it each weekend now (I’d be using it every night, but it’s hard to grill and watch the little one).  So far I’ve made:

  • burgers (of course), with seasoned salt and minced garlic mixed in
  • quartered a chicken (first time ever!) and used the Trinidad Lemon Garlic Marinade from the Spice House (leftovers were turned into a very tasty chicken salad for lunches)
  • corn on the cob (only caught one on fire since I didn’t keep re-wetting the husks)
  • Hobo Stew (as we called it growing up)–burger, carrots, onions, potatoes, whatever else you want tossed in a foil packet
  • sliced potatoes, with butter and Grippo’s Bar-B-Q seasoning in a foil packet
  • baby carrots with honey and brown sugar in a foil packet

yummy hobo stew and corn on the cob

Tonight we’re making hot sausages with green beans, and tomorrow night we’re going to try to cook pizzas.  I’ve heard peaches are good on it, so I might toss a few of those on, too.

What are your favorite things to grill out?

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This month in review

Busy month, but here’s a few photos from the month of June.

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My little troublemaker….

Ignoring all the rules of what she is allowed/not allowed to do….

No photos please…I’m trying to sleep!

Uh oh…busted!

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The wonderment of a child

Oh, how I wish I could be a child again, just to have simple pleasure and wonderment from my world around me.  Just watching my children enjoy all the wonderful things that surrounded them at the zoo yesterday made me take a little more time to get the same enjoyment that they did.  As we grow older, we seem to lose the time we use to take to enjoy all that is around us.  Take a minute to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you today.

Alyanna getting her first glimpse at the elephants.

Dalton enjoying the polar bear.

Alyanna and her Nana checking out the penguins.

Dalton and his Nana

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We must be doing something right…

Growing up, we were taught to respect our elders, help others who needed help, watch our language, and treat others as we wanted to be treated.  I’m amazed at how many people don’t seem to teach these values to their children (or maybe they try, and the children have no interest in following them??).  I’ve been observing people quite a bit over the past week, and have just been amazed (saddened, really) about how many people don’t seem to care about the other people around them.  I try to go out of my way to help others, and if someone takes the time to help me, I show them how much I appreciate it.

I’ve noticed I’ve passed these values on to Dalton.  He always has a kind word to say to others, always helps without being asked, genuinely cares for others around him…the list goes on.  I could go on and on about the wonderful things he does for those around him, and how selfless he is, but Aly would never allow me enough time to say it all.  I know we have something very special in him, and I’m very glad to know we must be doing something right…  🙂

Dalton helping his Papa work in Gamma’s yard–trimming the grass after weeding and mulching around her bush (which he offered to do without being asked to).

 

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Kids in the kitchen

Making tortillas

I believe the earlier kids are allowed to help in the kitchen, the better cooks they will be.  I know a few adults who were not allowed in the kitchen as children, and they have no desire to cook now.  Dalton loves being in the kitchen with me, and he’s already turning into quite the little chef.  He can follow a recipe and measure all ingredients.  One of the only things I don’t let him do yet is prepping items that need cut (I’d rather not see him chop off a finger or two).  He’s gotten a few small burns over the years, but it’s made him more aware in the kitchen, and has become more careful when dealing with the hot surfaces.  I look forward to Aly being old enough to help me out in the kitchen.  Sure, it can be messier or take longer when kids are helping, but the benefits they get from learning how to be in the kitchen are worth it.  Plus, what a way to get some family time in!

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This Month In Review

Wow, I can’t believe May has come and gone!  It was a very crazy month here between ant invasions (they are persistent little buggers), Shyla (the dog) eating a burp cloth and having to have surgery, David going up to visit his father (who has cancer), and me finishing up the school year with my preschool kiddos.  So here’s a look back at a few of the photos from the month, and hopefully June provides me with more opportunities to update.

 

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Scratch cooking

Recently I’ve become very upset with how much artificial foods we eat everyday.  It seems like so many foods now have high fructose corn syrup (I’ve seen applesauce with it in there–seriously?  Isn’t applesauce sweet enough??), or they have a slew of ingredients that I cannot pronounce.  It doesn’t seem right to be putting all that crap into our bodies.  I also shop with a very limited budget for food, and all the “convenience” foods really are expensive when you factor in how little they make.  So, I’ve been cooking a lot more from scratch.  I’ve learned to make tortillas (sure, they aren’t round, or really any shape yet, but boy are they good!) which Dalton absolutely loves.  I’ve been making muffins and storing them in the freezer to grab as a quick breakfast on my way out the door with a piece of fruit and a hard boiled egg (much healthier than a huge bowl of frosted cereal).  I have hummus in the fridge to snack on with veggies.  I have a (very spicy) black bean and corn salad chilling out in the fridge for lunches.  It takes a bit more work, but I think it’ll be a lot healthier for us in the long run.

So dinner tonight?  I think it looks pretty yummy, don’t you?  Homemade tortilla with rice and the black bean and corn salad.  I think I’ll enjoy some pineapple with it, too.

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A day in our life….

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The many faces of Alyanna

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