Curly Crafty Mom: February 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

And, how do you eat your oreo?

Obviously, Autumn goes for the middle first. SO cute! Oreo sent me two free coupons for two packages of Golden Double Stuf Oreos for become a Facebook fan, and every time I give Autumn an oreo, she eats the center and leaves the outer cookies alone. Its so fun to watch her eat the middle... here are a couple of pics...



Saturday, February 27, 2010

Handprint Shamrock

Nathan kept waking up with a cough last night, and in the morning his nose was a faucet (trust me, I know, because I found out he wiped it on the arm of the sleeve of my coat TEN times! uUUUggGGhhHHH! Why!!!) and he just wasn't his usual self. By mid-day he was running a low-grade fever, and so we were stuck in the house all day. I have a few St. Patty's day projects planned for the kids, even though I am not Irish but they are! So, I figured today would be a fun day to do the first project...

I got the idea of making handprint shamrock's from Melissa's blog which is My Little World: Choo-Choos, Cars, and Lip Gloss as she always does fun projects with her boys. Thanks, again, Melissa!

I bookmarked this project from last year and thought it would be a great project to work with Nathan on his sensory issues with paint.


Even though I have green paint, I love the idea of teaching Nathan how to mix the two primary colors (blue and yellow) to make green.



Nathan loves to mix up the paint!



And, Autumn loves to brush her luscious locks



Autumn is the opposite of Nathan, having paint on her hands is a thrill, she had a ball squishing her stubs on the paper for her Momma.



Oh my goodness... it is SO hard to get a picture of them together! But, I got ONE!



My poor sick boy... he wanted to wear his hood so he could look like a shamrock, too! Ha!



Autumn is admiring her work... :o)-



Yay! Now I have some cute St. Patty's day artwork to hang on my door.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Peach French Toast

I wanted to share a simple yet delicious breakfast recipe that I made on Valentine's day. You make this recipe the night before or 8-10 hours before you plan to serve it, and then all you do is throw it in the oven the next morning! Perfect for a Valentine's day breakfast, Christmas morning or... well, anytime!



When I made this recipe, I realized I didn't have enough eggs (thanks to the cupcakes I made on Valentine's day)... boo! So I halved the recipe and did an 8x8 pan instead of the 9x13 pan. First you spray the pan with oil and layer the bottom of it with slices of french bread.



Make up the egg mixture (see recipe below), pour over the bread, then top with coated peaches



Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.



In the morning, uncover and bake for 40 minutes at 350 F. Drizzle with maple syrup, and I didn't do this but a side of Canadian bacon would go great with the sweetness of the french toast.

Here is the recipe... it is soooooooooooo good! YUM!

Peach French Toast Bake


Cooking spray
French bread baguette
4 whole eggs
4 egg whites
1 cup low fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups sliced peaches, fresh or frozen
1/2 lemon, juiced about 1 1/2 tablespoons
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Slice the baguette into 1/2-inch slices and arrange the slices in a single layer in the baking pan. Whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk and vanilla. Pour the egg mixture over the bread in the pan. In a medium bowl, toss peaches with the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar. Scatter the peach slices evenly on top of the bread. Combine the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover and bake for 40 minutes.

Serving suggestion: Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt, a drizzle of maple syrup and a side of Canadian bacon.


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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Autumn's 15 month Well Visit


A photo of my sleepy little girl... Its been almost a year since I've taken a photo of her sleeping so I had to take one tonight...

This morning we took Autumn to her 15 month well visit at Dr. Atteberry's office. She fell asleep on the way there and I woke her up right before I had to undress her for the scale. She was not a happy camper, but after we got her weighed she cheered up and was checking out our room in her diaper while we waited.

Here are her stats...

Height: 31" (70% in her age bracket)
Weight: 19 lbs 14 oz (10% in her age bracket)
Head Circumference: 45.8 cm (50% in her age bracket)

Autumn is still a little peanut, and since she is under 20 lbs, we still need to keep her rear facing in the car. I still have her in the pumpkin seat, but we are planning on buying the Graco Nautilus for Nathan and then moving her into Nathan's Britax Marathon (but Jeremi will turn it so it is rear facing). We are going to keep her rear facing until she is 18 months and is in her lower 20's as far as weight goes... Nathan was forward facing by a year because he was 23+ lbs at the 1 year mark!

Autumn got her Hep A shot and also the Chicken Pox vaccine, they let me hold her while they did the exam and while giving the shots so she did not fuss much at all. I am so relieved because I noticed she has little pea to peanut sized lymph nodes in her groin area and apparently that is normal in babies and toddlers as their immune system is still immature. I also brought up that Autumn is not saying many words, just Mama, Dada, and a few others, but she rarely says them. Lately she LOVES to nod her head yes and no, it is so cute!! The doctor said we should see a huge increase in her speech around 18 months, and that this is common in the 2nd child. I guess we will see, Nathan said so many more words at this age, so maybe he is doing all the talking for her!

Oh, and the doctor wants us to give up her bottles in the next month. She gets 2 bottles of whole milk and we need to give it to her in a sippy cup or straw cup. She loves her water in a cup but she always spits the milk out of the cup. So, we may try a tad of chocolate in the milk, I am not sure how we'll get her to drink milk out of a cup. Argh.

Autumn loves her food these days but gosh she is making SUCH a mess under her chair on the hardwood floor! I sort of hope these messy food days are over soon ;o)-

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Covergirl Blast Product Review


Last week I received my Cover Girl blast package in the mail from Jennifer's blog giveaway. She sent me two $2.00 off coupons, a ShadowBlast eye shadow and ShineBlast lip gloss to try out. Jennifer mailed three of these packages out because she is a member of Bzz Agent, which is a site that mails you free product samples that you try out and then you Bzz (spread the word) about them. Thank you Jennifer for mailing me the actual products to test out.

Ok, I am going to be honest here... first, the bad.


I did not like the Covergirl Shadowblast eye shadow at all... and, this was the product that I was the most excited about! It wasn't the color, I loved the smokey silver color... but, it was the product itself. First off, the second day I used it, the entire stick of eyeshadow fell out of the tube ON BOTH SIDES! Yes, it came unstuck and I had to put it back in the tube and, sure, it works, but on the second day? And, no, Autumn did not have her hands on it prior to me using it. ;) So, I did stick it back into the tube on both sides, but I have to be careful because it is loose. Now, I know it was mailed two times, but still...

I also did not like it because it doesn't dry... I usually use a special foundation on my eye lid and on my eyebrow bone so that my eyeshadow lasts all day and to prevent creasing. I have never had a problem with creasing, but I did get this with the eye shadow after only an hour! Also, the darker color was not dark enough to really show up over the lighter color. And, the darker color applicator was difficult in my opinion to use because it was a thick slanty shape, I'd rather it be smaller like an eye liner. It was just hard for me to apply and I even poked myself in the eye with it. haha! The product does not dry and isn't smooth so if I touched my eyes I got the eye shadow on my hands. I will say that I did like how it blended and how it looked the first hour, after that, no go.



Ok, now I feel bad but I felt I needed to be honest... but, Jennifer, I will say that... I LOVE the lip gloss!! It stays on for a really long time, I love the light pink color that you sent me and... yes, I will be wearing it quite often! Thank you! The scent is a bit sweet, but that is ok, I still like it!

I can't wait to read the other reviews from the two other ladies you sent packages to! Thanks so much, I love freebies!

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Cornbread Chili Bake

My husband told me that this is the BEST chili he has ever had... and, it IS really good! John Deere Mom made a blog post about her Award Winning Chili recipe, and since I tried it and it was REALLY good I thought I would share the recipe, too!



You brown the meat, then add the tomatoes (1 can diced and 1 can of tomato sauce), beans (kidney and baked beans), onion, salt, garlic powder, chili powder and crushed red pepper. John Deere Mom added red and green peppers to her chili, we are not pepper fans so I left those out. Cook at medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.



Once the chili has cooked about 30 minutes, transfer it to a 13 X 9 baking dish. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese on top.



In a separate bowl, add 2 cups of Jiffy corn muffin mix. (That's just about 2 boxes.) Add creamed corn, sugar and milk. Mix the corn muffin mixture well. Pour the corn muffin mixture evenly over the top and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.



And, ta-da! Here is the sweet red chili with sweet cornbread on top! I have never made a chili with baked beans in it, but I really love the flavor that the baked beans added to the chili. YUM! Thanks John Deere Mom, I will be making this again sometime soon!

Here is the recipe:

Cornbread Chili Bake

Ground chuck
Onion
Salt
Pepper
Sugar
Green and red pepper (optional)
1 can diced tomatoes (16 oz)
1 can tomato sauce (16 oz)
Kidney Beans (16 oz) - I did rinse these
Baked Beans (16 oz) undrained
Garlic Powder
Chili Powder
Crushed red pepper
Jiffy Corn Mix (2 boxes)
Can of sweet cream corn
Milk


1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with a little onion, salt, and pepper.

2. Transfer the meat to a large pot and add one large onion, chopped.

3. Add 1/2 C each green pepper and red pepper.

4. Add 1 can (16 oz.) diced tomatoes and 1 can (16 oz) tomato juice.

5. Add both 16 oz. cans of beans, kidney and baked

6. Add 1 1/2 tsp. salt.

7. Add 1 TBS garlic powder.

8. Add 1 TBS chili powder.*

9. Add 1 TBS crushed red pepper.*

10. Stir the mixture well and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

11. In a separate bowl, add 2 cups of Jiffy corn muffin mix. (That's just about 2 boxes.)

12. Add one can of creamed corn.

13. Add 1/2 C sugar.

14. Add 1/2 C milk.

15. Mix the corn muffin mixture well.

16. Once the chili has cooked about 30 minutes, transfer it to a 13 X 9 baking dish.

17. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese on top.

18. Pour the corn muffin mixture evenly over the top and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Nathan added some bushes to his train tracks the other day... so creative! I remember playing with toilet paper as a kid, too, and no, it wasn't to TP someone's house! ;o)-

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Finally, some snow photos!

We have had several days of snow here in St. Louis, but either the snow has fallen on a weekday so that it is almost dark by the time I am off work, or the snow has fallen on a weekend and one or both kids have been sick. FINALLY, we had a snowfall where I was able to get both the kids outside to play in it... Last year Autumn was a demanding little newborn so Nathan never got a chance to play out in the snow. He really enjoyed himself out there and Little Miss Autumn enjoyed her first time out in the snow!



See the big smile on Nathan's face? He is having a blast! He really enjoyed playing with the bucket and shovel.



So, its not a lot of snow, but oh well, the kids still had lots of fun!! And, it was still plenty cold! I love this photo because it shows Nathan's foot prints.



Autumn had a really hard time walking in the snow, she kept falling over and then would cry when her little gloves would fall off and her hands would touch the cold snow. Poor thing! Look at her awkward stance in this photo! hahaha! It just makes me smile and laugh! Such a cutie!



Nathan came over to give Autumn a kiss!



Autumn was a little hesitant about the snow at first, but then she decided she liked it. She was so silly because I would bring her inside every 5-8 minutes just to warm her up, and she would fuss and point to the door handle because she wanted to go back out. THEN, once we all came inside, she stood by the patio door and would point outside and fuss to be let back out. Then, she'd walk away from the door, play, then come back and fuss again! She is going to love it when Spring comes and she can be outside more often.



Here she is playing with the snap on gloves that came with her hand me down snowsuit. They didn't stay on her hands well and she kept playing with them.



Our neighbor has pet ducks and Autumn is watching them through our new fence. I must say I LOVE our new fence, I love that I can have the kids in our backyard now and I don't have to worry about them going onto the field, going in separate directions out of the yard, etc... Nathan loves to wander off, so now he can wander all over the yard and I can just watch and relax. :o)


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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Funfetti cupcakes on Valentine's Day! Yum, yum!

So, we are all coated in sugar in our household tonight... not only did the kids have chocolate pops from Chocolate Chocolate, but we made funfetti cupcakes! (And, I made peach french toast, which I promise to share the recipe later this week as it was FANTASTIC.)


Here are the ingredients we used to make our funfetti cupcakes...



First I had the kids put the fancy schnancy Valentine cupcake liners into the cupcake pans.



Autumn just loves working on putting her liners in her pan.



Did they stay in the pan? Nope. She took them in and out, out and in, in and out... well, you get the idea. It was nice because it gave me and Nathan time to make the cupcake batter!



But, before we go onto that... let me show you a super cute picture I took where both kids are smiling! Wow!



Autumn loved watching her big brother prepare the cupcake batter. Nathan is such a good little helper in the kitchen. Lets just say, I am proud to say that I know my kids are going to be great little cooks someday!



Nathan helped pour all of the ingredients into the bowl, I mixed it in the mixer and then I let him slowly mix the sprinkles into the batter.



We let the cupcakes cool and while sissy slept, I let Nathan ice his very own cupcake.



He even got to add his own sprinkles!



What a GREAT looking cupcake!!



Then, Autumn got her cupcake after dinner... she was quite excited about it



Her second cupcake! Her first one was at her 1st birthday party. Yum!

Tomorrow I will post the snow pictures I took of the kids outside, I got some really great shots... !

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Valentine's Day with the Munchkins!

I decided to throw a little Valentine party for the kids today at the house and we had lots and lots of fun! We made cupcakes together, opened gifts and played out in the snow! Jeremi had to work this weekend since they are super busy because of Mardi Gras, but we had a mini-celebration on Saturday night and ordered Sqwires to Go (I heart their breaded scallops and risotto) and watched Marley and Me. Jeremi got me Office 2007 for my Valentine's gift and I got Jeremi a new headset. Oh, what a GREAT movie but what a sad ending. I cried at the end and even started crying this morning when I thought about the movie, I guess it sort of brought back memories of my cherished orange tabby cat, Brat, and how much I loved him and how he was a party of the family until we had to put him down. AHhhhhhh. Ok, on a lighter note... here are SOME PICTURES of the kids with their gifts.



Here are the kids on the couch after they had opened their gifts. Nathan got one of the new 'talking' Thomas trackmaster trains...



and Autumn got a Sassy sink that you put in the tub. She loves her baths!


We haven't tested this bath toy out yet, but it has great reviews on Amazon. Basically its a floating sink and the net serves as the bowl to the sink. The faucet actually sprays water when you squeeze it and there are 7 other little gadgets on it such as a scrubber, squirt bottle, etc. So cute!! I can't wait to see how she likes it when we have our next bath night.



Isn't Autumn adorable in her Valentine dress?



The kids also got their cherished Chocolate Chocolate suckers. Nathan got a train and Autumn a princess. These were a HUGE hit with them!!!



Autumn was done with her chocolate princess pop within 15 minutes, Nathan gnawed on his all day long but did finish it.



Mmmmm! I sort of wished I had gotten myself one.



Autumn was in pure heaven... at least she was ready to brush her teeth after eating all of that sugar!



Yeah, it didn't take me long to realize that I better put a bib on her chocolatey face.

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