15
Jul
12

Summer Vacation & Super Woman

I remember as a kid how I would look forward to summer vacation. Starting January I would be counting the days till the last school bell. Each month would pass and I would celebrate as the temperature would rise and the snow would melt.  When the flowers bloomed I knew my days of hanging out with friends and endless lazy afternoons were ahead!  Summer would finally arrived then it seemed to fly by before I even felt settled in. The Fair would start and we were shopping for school clothes.  So here I sit 20 years after my last day of school with kids of my own in the middle of Summer.

My son The Noodle will be going into First Grade in September and it will be the first time he will be away from me all day long. I go back and forth between mourning the fact that he is growing up so fast and cheering at his accomplishments. My Little Goon will be in Preschool 3 afternoons a week and then next year he will be in FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN! So this will be my last year with a kid home during the day again another fact that I look upon with a mixture of mourning and cheer! I have thoroughly enjoyed being a stay at home mom a job I never planned on having. Sure I always thought I would be a mom but somehow I just never thought I would have the opportunity to be home with my kids. My mom was a single mother and worked her tail off when we were growing up and almost every single one of my friends had mom’s who worked.  So my examples of Stay at Home Moms were limited to TV, movies and the occasional friend whose mom seemed to do it all.  I realize that I have spent the better part of 6 years now trying desperately to be Super Woman. I have somehow bought into the fact that a Stay at Home Mom has to do and be all things.

  • I should have a clean a house because I am home all day
  • I should take my kids to the Zoo, Library, Bounce House, Museum…because I am home all day
  • I should have them in activities like Karate and Dance ……
  • I should do craft projects with them every day …..
  • I should make them healthy meals……….

The list is endless, I also feel that I should be in better shape and that I should be the perfect wife and that I should give the best gifts and cards and SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD………………………………………

The lists in my head are endless and overwhelming. So this year when Spring came and every mom I knew started talking about Summer Camps for their kids I backed out of the conversation. I remembered how fast my summers went when I was little and I wanted my kids to enjoy their summer and not feel like it was eaten up with too many activities.  I wanted them to play outside and ride their bikes, swim with the neighbor kids and learn how to play ball.  Unfortunately what I didn’t think about was that Super Woman over here started her own business last November that is busier than ever and Super Woman is on the board of a theater company that is going through a huge transition and Super Woman is training for the IronGirl. So now I am trying to be Super Woman and Super Mom and all I am managing to do is feel stressed out and scattered and all my kids are doing is whining that they are bored and fighting over video games.

Last week on my morning run with my cousin she mentioned that she had to get her daughter to Dance Camp.  Before the words were out of her mouth I jumped on that!!!!  “What time is Camp? How Much is Camp? Is there Room for my Kids?” Luckily the Camp is at my BFF’s Dance Studio and I had an in.  I ran all the way home I packed those kids up so fast their heads were spinning. We raced down to the dance studio and I dragged those kids in there and walked into the crowded room. “Is there room for 2 more in the class?” I had Cash in hand and looked desperate. The kids got in and I walked to my car feeling a huge weight off my shoulders for the first time since the school bell rang in June. The camp was only an hour and a half each day for the week and the boys didn’t really participate but they were out of the house and I had a moment of peace. I then drove directly to my local Michaels Craft Store and signed them up for Craft camp next week.  As I left the store heading home I felt a little guilty for what I felt was dumping my kids at camp. The truth is no one can do it all and even a Stay at Home Mom can’t handle her kids 100% of the time. We all need a break and my kids are having fun and learning new things. Yes it’s true that the Noodle asked me “Mom can I never ever come to this camp again?” after dance camp by the Goon had a blast.  He made a fairy wand and danced in the recital. So next week they will tackle craft camp and I will have 100 things to display on my refrigerator.

I guess the real difference from being a kid and being a mom when it comes to summer vacation is that as a kid I counted the days until the last school bell rang in June and as a mom I am counting the days until the first school bell rings on September 8th! Thank you teachers for taking my kids for a few hours a day and helping me be the best mom I can be. Can someone please kick Super Woman for me cause she is really getting on my nerves!

07
Jun
12

Looking for a gift for Grad??? How about

Looking for a gift for Grad??? How about your favorite scent in one of these mugs? $10 Each http://ow.ly/i/GfZw

07
Jun
12

Cute idea for Watermelon treats! http://

Cute idea for Watermelon treats! http://ow.ly/bqbND

28
May
12

Twelve Steps for the Dollar Store

Twelve Steps for the Dollar Store.

 

Very funny!  Especially if you are a Dollar Store Whore as well!

10
May
12

The Blog Post from the Black Lagoon

The Blog Post from the Black Lagoon.

Love these books!!!  They are so so great!

 

BLACK LAGOON!

29
Apr
12

Homemade Granola Bars – For real this time!

So if you read my last post you know I tried making Granola Bars and ended up making Baked Oatmeal! Now that was pretty yummy but not the intent.  So I finally got around to making the real thing so I thought I would share with you my results.

 

First off there are quite a few ingredients (don’t get scared!) I actually was surprised to realize I had most of these things in my cupboard already. So here ya go, you will need the following:

3 Cups Oatmeal

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (use regular if you don’t have it- no sweat!)

1/4 Cup Flax Seed Meal

1/2 Cup Wheat Germ

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Cinnamon (I used a few extra we really like Cinnamon)

1 tsp Ginger (optional)

1 Tsp Nutmeg (optional)

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Cups Dried Fruit or Nuts or Chocolate Chips ( I used Craisons cause it’s what I had)

1 Egg

2 Tsp Vanilla

1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil

1/2 Cup Honey (I might have used a bit more)

1 Mashed Banana

2 Tbsp Applesauce

2 Tbsp Peanut Butter (If allergic to Peanuts just add another banana or twice the applesauce)

Cry IngredientsFirst mix all of your dry ingredients; Oatmeal, Flour, Flax Seed, Wheat Germ, Salt, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Ginger, Nutmeg. Mix all together and make a well in the center. Feel free to add a little more or a little less of the Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Ginger you are making your Granola Bars so make them taste yummy to you!

Now add the rest! Egg, Vanilla, Vegetable Oil, Honey, Mashed Banana, Peanut Butter, Applesauce. At this point the consistence of your final product is in your hands! If you want a crunchier Granola Bar stick close to the wet measurements!  If you want a softer chewier Granola Bar add a lThe whole shebang!ittle more Honey or Applesauce. Not too much just one or two extra Tablespoons.

 

 

 

 

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Now you need to Spray a 9X13 baking pan or a cookie sheet with nonstick baking spray. I chose to use

Ready for the Oven!

a baking pan because I wanted thick and chewy Granola Bars.  For thinner crispier bars use a baking sheet. Now spread the mixture evenly in the pan.  Use a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper to help you spread it evenly without getting your hands all gooey! Then pop it into a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

 

Once they come out of the oven let them cool in the pan on a baking rack for 5-10 minutes.  Then you want to make sure you cut them before they cool or they might be too hard to cut!  I removed them from the pan and let them cool completely on a baking rack.

 

Once they were cool go ahead and chow down-  I sure did!!!  These are super yummy!  My kids love Granola Bars and I am so happy to be able to make some that they love just as much as Quaker but are made with love by me!

 

I promise these are really Granola Bars and you will really like them!

Finished Product so Yummy!

 

I found the original recipe on Pinterest  http://therealhousewife.com/blog/goin-granola/

13
Apr
12

Baked Oatmeal by Accident!

So I have recently gotten hooked on Pinterest. It is slightly addicting and I am trying very hard to keep my addiction under control.  So this afternoon I saw a Pin which read “baked Oatmeal to go instead of Granola Bars” but somehow all that registered in my brain was GRANOLA BARS. So I repined it and thought what a great idea I am totally making those! So I got out all the ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Applesauce, unsweetened
  • 5 Cups, Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 3/4 Cups Almond Milk
  • 3/4 Cup Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Flaxseed Meal
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • Optional Toppings: raisins, walnuts,  chocolate chips

 

 

I followed the directions to a T:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix eggs, vanilla, applesauce, banana & honey
  3. Add oats, salt, baking powder, flaxseed & cinnamon mix well
  4. Pour in milk and combine

    Ready for the Oven!

  5. Spray muffin tins w/cooking spray or use cupcake liners.
  6. If using fresh fruit, add before filling cups.  If using toppings add after filling cups.
  7. Bake 30 minutes until a toothpick in center comes out clean!

 
So I mixed them up and popped the bad boys in the oven fully expecting to have granola bars when they were done.  Um hello???  It’s not like I haven’t baked before how would my kids eat a 3 inch think granola bar! Yep I was really thinking clearly.  So after 30 minutes to my surprise I have a dense cupcake…what happened to my granola bars? I immediately go back to my aforementioned PIN. Oh isn’t that crazy how it says quite clearly Personalized Baked Oatmeal!!!  LOL Yep

 

Now that being said!!!!  I tossed one of those babies in my mouth and was delighted!  What a great idea for breakfast.  My kids love oatmeal and I know it only takes a few minutes in the microwave but hey I made this myself! So the directions from Sugar-Free Mom say that I can just plop these suckers in the freezer so that is what I intend to do!  Some times the best surprised come from the biggest accidents!

Yummy Yummy BAKED OATMEAL!




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