Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spooktacular Halloween

We're just about all settled into the new homestead. I'm ready for chilly autumn weather, warm soups and cozy crafting. To me, Halloween signifies the start of the 'fall feeling.' In just the last few days, the trees have stripped naked all over our lawn and the forecast for
 the foreseeable future is hovering around 60 degrees. Yep, it's fall y'all! We headed out to grandma's church for Trunk or Treat. 

 Sawyer is some bad ass Star Wars dude--please don't ask me which one.

 The whole gang.

A very special boy is turning SIX!

And more fall fun...

Our friend Hannah gets to meet "grandma's cows."

Dirty face=playtime success!

We had our first overnight guests at the new casa! We love our friends so much and are glad they like us enough to make the drive here!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Zucchini "Noodle" Stir Fry

We are always looking for ways to sneak more nutritious foods into Avery's meals. Sustaining oneself almost entirely on peanut butter and jelly just can not be healthy! We have found that an simple stir fries are simply the best way for both of our finicky wee ones to eat their veggies! This is an easy recipe approved by my picky darling. Try it for lunch or do it up it green onions, vegetables and chicken for a quick, crowd pleasing dinner.

1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 tsp garlic
1 tbs rice vinegar
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp water
2 medium zucchinis (roughly 2 cups "noodled")
1 6oz. package Chow Mein Stir Fry Noodles, prepared according to package directions (found in the Asian section of most supermarkets). Cooked spaghetti would also work here.
2 tbsp stir fry oil
1 cup tofu cut into cubes

Use a cheese grater or vegetable peeler to your zucchini to make noodles. I used a peeler here for thicker strips.

Combine soy sauce, garlic, rice vinegar, sugar and water to make the sauce. Yes, I cheated and used jarred garlic. Shoot me.

Heat your oil and get the tofu going first. Saute for a couple of minutes.

Add your zucchini noodles. Keep it going a few minutes more.

Add chow mein noodles and sauce and work it all together until everything is nice and hot.

Serve! Grow- ups and adventurous kids can add a little Saracha for a nice kick!

Avery approved!

Monday, October 15, 2012

{Out For A Walk}

Leaves are just starting to change their hue and slip off the trees here in Virginia. Mornings have that distinct, sunny autumn chill that has me wanting to stay cozy under the sheets for just a few more minutes, please! Afternoons, however, are the bees knees as far as weather is concerned. Avery and I decided to head out for a stroll down the long gravel road behind our house.

I am in love with this owl hoodie!

Basking in the fabulous golden sunshine! Hallelujah! 

Please take note of the exquisite mani which also entails painting actual fingers!

We finally made it to the pond!

This sounds sappy but I am always in awe of the landscape here. I like to imagine being a visitor from another part of the world, seeing it for the first time!  

Go, sit upon the lofty hill, 
And turn your eyes around, 
Where waving woods and waters wild 
Do hymn an autumn sound. 
The summer sun is faint on them — 
The summer flowers depart — 
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone, 
Except your musing heart.

-Elizabeth Browning

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Controlled Chaos

My son apparently woke up some time in the middle of the night and peed in the bathroom trashcan. Of course, I hadn't put a new trash bag in it yet so clean up will also consist of soiled toilet paper rolls and facial cleansing pads. Ahhh, the joys of parenthood! I have a fairly consistent routine when it comes to keeping the house tidy. This means that when some unexpected chore pops up, it throws me off just enough to mess up my whole house! Ok, so pee in a wastebasket won't lead to house chaos but early appointments, a sick child or a missed school bus definitely will. Or anything on Friday, that's my deep cleaning day.

So here's my cleaning schedule. The key for me is the routine of it. I do my basic chores first thing in the morning, otherwise I'll forget. I try to do these everyday and with the addition of deep cleaning on Friday.

Start a load of laundry
Unload dishwasher
Sweep kitchen
Clean the litter box
Put up folded laundry

Switch laundry over/hang on the line

Start dishwasher/wash dishes
Pick-up toys, shoes, etc.

Clean kitchen table and counters
Mop floors
Deep clean bathrooms
Change sheets
Change litter
Wash windows

We have recently moved to a smaller home and gotten rid of a lot of our stuff. This has made it so much less overwhelming to keep our spaces tidy. I recommend it to anyone thinking of downsizing.