Thursday, April 30, 2009

Froot Loops

Yesterday was a rainy nasty day out so we made Froot loop necklaces for snack.

The little girls got to just put the Froot loops on any way they wanted
We put some tape on the end of the yarn to make it easier to put through the Froot loops.

I had Brianna sort hers into groups of different colors first.
They had a blast
But after this picture the batteries in my camera died...
So I didn't get any pictures of their finished products. But they really enjoyed them!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It was a great afternoon!

Yesterday after dinner the kids were begging to go out and play... first they headed down to their favorite spot..And kind of paired off
It was cute watching them...
Ohhhh dandelion puffs

finding sticks

Not sure whats up with his face
Oh lookie it is hug time
you know sometimes these girls are very best friends
The boys too
Then we headed out front and the kids made friends with a new neighbor
Nothing like a big log and a pile of gravel to inspire the imagination
It was a little hot outside..
We had a TON of fun yesterday. Of course today it is rainy and just blah... Yeah it figures LOL.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

chicken noodle casserole

One word YUM! Now my kids like casseroles and so do I but I rarely ever use an actual recipe. I just wing it and throw in what I think sounds good :). But I got this recipe from my cloth diaper board and OMG is it good. And filling, and full of lots of good stuff too! The kids declared it the BEST EVER! Yay!! I will post the recipe at the bottom but first a few pictures.

Nathaniel Reading the fourth book in the Maximum Ride Series By. James Patterson. He is LOVING these books! If you have a child ages 9 and up that loves to read check them out!
Brianna says Yum! (she ate 3 servings!)
Look at the concentration!

And now for the recipe! (Though next time I am adding broccoli!)

2/3 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
3 celery ribs, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried savory
3 tablespoons butter or stick margarine
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups 2 percent milk
1 1/4 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
8 ounces wide egg noodles, cooked and drained

In a large nonstick skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add chicken; cook and stir until no longer pink. Add the broth, carrots, celery and savory. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted. Pour over chicken mixture. Add noodles; mix well.

Transfer to a 3-qt. baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.

Mmmm Sourdough

Lately I have been baking like a mad woman... And it has all been this sourdough bread.
It is WONDERFUL.. And I found the other day that I could split up the dough for one large loaf and make small 8 rolls. Baked for 15 min. And they transform any sandwich or cheeseburger...

And look they are all cute and little!!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Our trip to the skating rink!

The Stoney Creek Roller Rink (and fun center).
And we didn't even go skating .. (next time!) But we found out Saturdays they have an early bird special.. Admission is just $2 between 11-12. And better yet children 2 and under are free (Caitlynn), and Parent's also get in for free!
Gotta love the ball pit!
And the tubes!
Oh and because we were there early we were the only ones there for a few hours.


And the climbing wall
Check out Brianna

Alex met up with a friend from school
Nathaniel waiting for little ones to move

Friday, April 24, 2009

Playing outside, and dinner last night.

I love my kiddo's. They make friends so fast and easily. All it takes for them is a quick "hello" and they have new best friends..
A nice new comfy outfit from grandma and Papa :)
Caitlynn.. she is so easy to take pictures of ... She is oblivious and just having a good time.
Like the outfit?? She picked it out herself.
Sneaking into mama's candy :)
Climbing the mountain!

Nathaniel isn't so easy to take picture of... He was running away from me and my camera.
Queen of the mountain!

This was the BEST picture I got of him..
And here was dinner.. cinnamon apple topping over pancakes with scrambled eggs Yum!
To make the apple topping I melted 1/4 cup of butter, then threw in 3 cut up granny smith apples, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar and about 1-2 tsp of cinnamon. I then put a lid on it and let it cook at medium heat while I made the rest of dinner. When the apples where pretty much done I added about 1/4 cup of apple juice so we had more "syrup". I let that reduce until it was the consistency I needed. They turned out AWESOME!