Happy May Day!
When last I left you, I was busy cleaning up the terrible mess DJ made with a tube of butt cream, and that’s an experience I would rather not repeat. I wasn’t successful at completely removing it from the carpet, even after scrubbing with Dawn, and steam cleaning it. So… DJ is on my list right now.
And what else is new around here?
-eBay. We’ve been running a lot of auctions in the last couple of weeks, and have made nearly $800. Which is nice, except we also had to pack and ship 30 items, including a set of wheel covers to Western Australia. We will not be doing this again, because I spent an hour and 15 minutes at the post office, filling out various necessary forms, while the clerk asked me all manner of weird questions, such as, “Can you verify that these parts are free of live mosquito eggs?”
-The bathtub. It’s finally done!
My husband used a fine nap foam roller this time, instead of a brush, and the result was so much better. He put the first coat of epoxy on right before we left for church on Sunday morning. When we came home he gave it another coat, and we went out to lunch. After lunch, he applied the final coat, and to pass the time while it dried, we took the kids to an art show at the local college.
There were free cookies, bars, fruit, lemonade, and other refreshments offered (DJ’s favorite part), and Bee was able to ask one of the artists some questions about his work. One of the advantages of living in a college town is the readily available selection of music performances, plays, art shows, dance demonstrations, and other free entertainment.
Cakes, our budding artist, was especially enthralled by the college’s huge art studio.
She loves drawing the most, but lately she’s been experimenting with new mediums.
-Cleaning and organizing. This is an ongoing, neverending project. Last week I cleaned out some kitchen cabinets, and yesterday I steam-cleaned the area rug in our living room. I’ve also been working, little by little, on the semi-annual clothing purge, because Cakes is outgrowing her size 5′s, so I need to weed those out, and move in the size 6 clothing I’ve saved for her. DJ is also outgrowing all of his 24-month clothing, but since he’s my only boy, I don’t have a ready supply of hand-me-downs for him to grow into. Aside from a few 3T shirts, handed down from a friend, his wardrobe is pretty sparse, so I really need to hit some garage sales! I haven’t made it to a single one yet, because our weekends have been consumed by this bathroom remodeling project. Fortunately, once the tub plumbing is installed, we only need to finish up odds and ends – caulking, the mirror frame, hanging the shower curtain, etc. Hopefully then, I can get some clothes for The Boy, so he doesn’t have to go naked (not that he would mind).
-In the kitchen: I’ve been making a lot of recipes to use up seasonal produce that I’ve gotten great deals on, such as delicious stuffed peppers for supper last night.
We’ve also been making an old favorite – crepes.
I’d never had crepes until I met my husband. He used to make them for me for Sunday breakfast, but this tradition fell away after we had kids. We started making them again after Bee went to a slumber party, and her friend’s Mom made them for breakfast. Bee came home and said, “We had these really good things called crepes. Can you make those some time, Mom?” And I was like, “Hmmm….actually, I CAN.” They’re very easy – no more difficult than pancakes, really – and they’re so versatile. My husband likes them with fruit, or cream cheese and sausage, Bee likes chocolate chips and whipped cream, Cakes likes apricot preserves and powdered sugar, and I like Nutella and bananas – a combination I nicked from IHOP.
I’ve also been making raspberries stuffed with white chocolate chips for treats – such a quick and simple idea, but so GOOD – and I modified a “power bar” recipe that I tore out of our health insurance company’s monthly magazine.
These were a BIG hit in our house. If you’d like to try them, here’s Wellmark’s original recipe, with my money-saving modifications in parentheses:
2 cups quick oats (I subbed 1 cup Rice Krispies for 1 cup oats, because I had some that needed to be used up, and they were a wonderful addition)
1 cup natural peanut butter (creamy or chunky – I use Skippy Natural)
1 cup honey
1 cup dark chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
1 cup dried cranberries (I’ve made these with both cranberries and raisins – both are excellent)
1 cup ground flax
1 cup vanilla whey protein powder
Mix all ingredients together and stir until blended. Spread mixture into a 13×10-inch pan (??? I used 13×9, and I suspect this is what most people have) and refrigerate until ready to serve. Store in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks or freeze for later use.
-Miscellaneous fun. On Saturday, we attended a surprise 70th birthday party for my aunt, and the children had a rare opportunity to spend time with their cousins.
DJ was completely enamored with his sweet cousin, Claire, who played with him the entire afternoon.
Also, a couple weeks ago I took the girls to see Mirror Mirror (which I can’t recommend. It was just OK), and we snapped this self-portrait.
I love having kids. I have so much fun with them.