Curly Crafty Mom: September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Fall To Do List

The Kids and Me

1. Explore Parks: Whitecliff and Watson Trails Park

2. Apple Picking at Eckerts

3. Boo at the Zoo

4. Pumpkin Patch

5. Make ornaments for our Halloween tree/Halloween crafts

6. Soccer (Nathan)

7. Hot Air Balloon Glow

8. Trunk or Treat

9. Autumn's 3rd birthday party - plan

10. Red Bud Holiday Happenings - Rained out :(


Me

1. 10K Go! Halloween Run

2. Change exercise routine after 10K, I want to take a little break from running. Perhaps a Zumba class, some arm weights and still a little running... then, plan a date for when I want to start 1/2 Marathon Training for this coming Spring.

3. Haunted Paintball Hay Ride - Couldn't go :(

4. Best of the Market at Missouri Botanical Gardens

5. Eat at Josephine's Tea Room in Godfrey, IL

6. Chandler Hills Vineyard, check it out

7. Finish cleaning unfinished part of basement (Why can I not encourage myself to finish this?!)

8. Elephant Rocks

9. Start on redecorating Master Bedroom

10. Review Mondo Beyondo list, see where I am at

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Baked Spaghetti with a special secret ingredient. Yumm-o!

ingredients
I really love baked spaghetti, and when I saw John Deere Mom post her baked spaghetti recipe on her blog... I had to try it! It was delicious! Can you pick out which ingredient is the 'secret' ingredient that made it extra delicious? Cream cheese!


hot-spaghetti
First, cook the noodles


sauusage-and-onions
Meanwhile, cook the sausage (she insists you get Sage sausage) with onion and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.


creamy-in-pot
Drain. Then add milk and CREAM CHEESE.


hot-spaghetti-mix
Reserve 1/3 cup of the spaghetti sauce. Pour the remaining sauce into an 8X8 baking dish. Mix the spaghetti into the sauce.


creamy
Add cream cheese/sausage mixture to top of spaghetti


sauce-on-top
Add remaining sauce


cheese-on-top
Cover with mozzarella cheese and more sprinkles of Italian seasoning


out-of-oven
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes until hot and bubbly.


done
The end result? A delicious baked spaghetti! I also toasted some garlic bread from Trader Joe's, but it would also be good with a crispy green salad.

Here is the recipe...

John Deere Mom's Baked Spaghetti

3/4 lb. spaghetti
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 lb. sage sausage
1/4 cup chopped green pepper (I omitted this)
1/4 cup chopped onion
8 oz. block cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
Italian seasoning


1. Boil 3/4 lb. spaghetti according to package directions

2. Meanwhile, brown the sausage with the onion, green pepper, and Italian seasoning.

3. Once the sausage is brown, drain. Then add the cream cheese and 1/4 C milk. Cook over medium-low heat until combined.

4. Reserve 1/3 cup of spaghetti sauce. Pour the remaining sauce into an 8X8 baking dish. Gradually add the cooked spaghetti to the sauce and mix well.

5. Then spread the sausage/cream cheese mixture on top.

6. Pour the reserve spaghetti sauce on top of this.

7. Top it with the mozzarella cheese and a dash of Italian seasoning.

8. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Toe Surgery. Check!

Me-in-bed
If you know me well, you know that for the last month I have been anticipating a lovely surgery of my toe. Well, alas, it is finally over and my poor little toe is healing as fast as it can so it can be productive and healthy for a 10K race I am signed up for on October 15th. A race I have been training for week after week for 3 months, that I hope I get to still run in. My stitches will be taken out next Thursday, which will still leave over a week until the race. Unfortunately, if the doctor says no to running, I will obey his orders... but, I have a good feeling I will be healed by then, even if I do not get a chance to run again until the race. Here I am after the surgery!


foot
Here is my foot in a walking shoe. AND there is a huge icepack on my foot. Really!!! All this for just a little toe surgery! Oh, and the surgeon said that it was just scar tissue that was causing the little bump/cyst/whatever on my toe. I am not sure how I got scar tissue there, which may be a good question to ask him when I see him next week. It was sort of right where the middle part of my flip flops are, so I am not sure if that could have caused it? Running? Or maybe my toe just wanted to give me trouble? Who knows!


Smiley-face-flowers
I was really surprised when Fedex arrivd with a beautiful yellow rose bush for me in a smiley face pot. So cute! Thanks Jeff and Tracy! So sweet of you both to think of me!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Things that Go '2011'


Every year since Nathan has been a baby and I have had him in the Parents as Teachers program, I have taken him (and Autumn) to the Things that Go. It is really fun, they have a lot of different vehicles for the kids to see and go in. Some years it is really big, other years (like this year) it is more on the smaller side. Every year we have fun, though! We got there a little late this year because I wanted to take the kids to Lowes Build and Grow to make firetrucks (how perfect! ha ha!).


Utility-Work-Ahead
Loved this photo of the kids standing by the AmerenUE electrical truck and this sign that says 'Utilitiy Work Ahead'. The AmrenUE guy gave the kids both karate headbands! So fun!


Utility-Work-Ahead2
A close up :o)-


Nathan-behind-wheel
Nathan sitting in a dump truck seat


Auttie-big-smile-jeep
Autumn in an army jeep


school-bus-aisle
Going down a school bus aisle



The kids got to make their own first aid kit. They loved picking out the color case they wanted and getting band aids. Nathan asked the lady what is in a second aid kit. Ha, ha!


pink-car
The kids got to play on the playground after they looked at all of the vehicles


auttie-swinf
Autumn on the swing. Wheeee!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gifts from London

Paddington-Bears
The kids and I got some really neat gifts from London. Both Nathan and Autumn got Paddington Bears, straight from Paddington Station!


Paddington-Book
The book to go along with the bears... good thing, because I had never read this story to them. They really enjoyed it, especially Mr. Nathan because he is a train and stuffed animal lover!


cars
So, which do you think Autumn took out of this package, and which did Nathan take? Ha!


Windsor-Castle
I am really into collecting lighthouses, from the ones I have visited, and the ones that my family/friends have seen. I have a curio cabinet with a couple of shelves full of them. However, now I have the Windsor Castle tower in my curio!


Hello-Gorgeous
I love Lush bath products, they are handmade and smell so wonderful. I received a gift box, and I am going to have to keep the 'Hello Gorgeous' tag since it says its from England. Too cool! Of course, it got knawed on by the cat. That's ok!


Lush-popcorn
It was a huge shock when I opened to box, to find they had stuffed it with edible POPCORN! No, I did not eat the popcorn, but usually it is styrofoam peanuts! And, amazingly enough it got through customs!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hot Air Balloon Glow

Nathan-smiling-metro
I have always wanted to go and see the hot air balloon glow in Forest Park, it is the night before the hot air balloon race. It is late at night, and the last several years just did not work out since the kids would just not function being out that late at night. This year, I thought it would finally be the year to take them, and boy did we have a lot of fun! The kids also got to ride on the Metrolink for the first time, and Nathan was really excited about that!


Me-on-Metro
Here we are on the Metrolink, which was really pleasant to ride on the way to the park. However, on the back, it was CROWDED and we were packed in there like sardines! A guy that sits behind me at work said they attempted driving to Forest Park for the glow, and they drove around for over an hour and did not park until 8pm when it was almost over! So, maybe Metrolink was the best route!


Tracy-and-Jeff
Jeff and Tracy came with us, and Jeff was in charge of carrying the stroller. Whew! Thank goodness for an extra set of hands!


energizer-bunny
Getting to the park from the Metrolink was a little bit of a challenge, but not bad. We had to walk a good 15 minutes from Metrolink into the park, and we cut through the park so there was some fun areas to take the stroller through! Uncle Jeff and Nathan helped me push Autumn in her stroller over all of the muddy patches, sticks and steeeeep hills! LOL! What an adventure! But, it was ALL worth it when we saw the pink bunny ears that belonged to the Energizer Bunny hot air balloon!!!!


hot-air-balloons-day

deflating
So, here are the hot air balloons before it got dark outside...


my-favorite-picture
Here is my favorite picture I took all night of the balloons. Once it got dark out, they would sound a horn and ALL of the balloons would light up all at once. It was fascinating!


just-one-lit-upo
Here is a balloon close to where we were sitting and eating that kept lighting up. Nathan said it was his favorite balloon.


Popcorn
You can barely see it, but the Wehrenberg Theater popcorn bag balloon is behind the balloon that is lit up.


basket
They were letting people inside the baskets of the balloon, look how crowded the basket of this balloon is...


me-and-kids-hotaie
Just a shot of me and the kids


Hug
Nathan and Autumn hugging... yes, I had to get the binky out, it was WAY past the kids bed time!


Kids-asleep
Tired kiddos on the way home. We left before the fireworks, because we wanted to beat the crowds home. We left at a good time, before the kids got too overtired, and THANKFULLY Nathan walked the entire 15 minutes back to Metrolink without needing me to carry him (which I was worried about). Yay!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Family Reunion Farm Pictures

Nathan-and-cousins
Here is a picture of Nathan with his cousins. They had fun exploring the corn field for deer with their play guns.


Auttie-walking
Autumn exploring


rooster
Nathan loved all of the roosters


nathan-rock-pile
This boy had so much fun, he didn't want to go home!

Lowes Build and Grow - Cop Car

Autumn-serious
Lowes has had some REALLY nice Build and Grow projects lately, so today we went to do the cop car with flashing light! Here is Autumn at work.


Kids-with-cars
This was one of the easiest projects, we were done within 15 minutes! Some of them have taken us an hour! Here are the kids with their cop cars...


Race
AND, of course they had to race the cop cars!


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