Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Really Cute Sweater

A while back, my Grandma would make crocheted gifts for people.  Fast forward 20ish years, and now I am the one with that talent too.  I get to make things for people at this time.

A couple of years ago my Grandma asked me to make a sweater for my cousins daughter.  It turned out so gorgeous, she asked me to make another one for his second daughter.  The first one was beautiful plum with ivory ribbons.

I really enjoy making things for people.  I really enjoyed the combination of the aqua yarn and white ribbon.  I used this pattern for both sweaters.  The pattern was pretty easy to follow and gives a variety of sizes, just so you know.

Let's face it, most of the time babies don't care what they wear (usually they are trying to get out of it).  I really hope my cousin and his wife like this sweater.  I think it turned out awesome.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A New Homework/Note Solution

So last year with Cheyenne is second grade, Dakota in kindergarten, and Austin in preschool, we had papers everywhere.  There were times I would forget where something was or that something else was due.  I even had an organizer to help with all of it, but it would often be overrun.

I wanted a better solution for this school year.  Enter, wall pockets.  I happened to have this set from a previous organization project.  When I came across them while cleaning up our office, I thought it was the perfect solution.  I have three kids and there were three pockets.

I mounted them to the wall with some anchors and put them up, where the kids can reach.  Now they can put all of their homework and notes in them right when they get home.  It really has helped so much more than any other solution for now.

These are fairly inexpensive and were really easy to put up.  That is my favorite kind of project.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Low GI Meals: Peach Crisp

Ok, Matt really loves peaches.  I really prefer them cooked and he really likes them fresh, but doesn't mind them cooked either.  Matt had requested peaches for his lunched at work, but it was also his birthday.  For desert on his birthday I decided to make peach crisp with ice cream on the top.  Yummy.

I sliced and peeled my peaches into a glass 9x13 pan.  I mixed 1/2 c. brown sugar, 3/4 c. wheat flour (that I ground), 3/4 c. old fashioned oats, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 c. melted butter and sprinkled it over the top.  Then I baked on 350 degrees until golden and the peaches were soft.

Scoop some ice cream (which vanilla ice cream is actually considered low glycemic too) over the warm crisp, it's the best.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday Morning Scripture Study

As this week was finally a week that we were able attend actual Church, we also needed to plan a lesson.  Of course the lesson that we planned still had to be about commandments.  We have been given more commands than just the 10 Commandments.  This week, I read up on the Word of Wisdom.

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we are told not to consume alcohol of any type.  The only thing alcohol is good for is cleaning things, such as the body.  If you look at all of the problems that alcohol causes and I can say that this is the best advice that can be given on the use of alcohol.

We are also told not to use tobacco or coffee/tea.  I have thought about this a lot, I find this advice excellent as well.  So many people gets addicted and then come to rely on these substances to function in daily life.  I have seen many who can afford cigarettes, but not food.  I have also seen many who have to have their coffee in order to wake up in the morning.  The Church has warned about these substances in order to avoid addictions.

We are also counseled on what types of things to eat and when they should be eaten.  Such as how we should eat meat sparingly and how grains and fruits and vegetables are to be eaten as much as we need.  We are told if we follow this, we shall run and not be weary and walk and not faint.  I love this advice we are given to follow.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge: week 8

This week I want to express gratitude to so many people.  There have been numerous people who have shaped my life.  However, I will keep it small and keep it at three people.

I want to thank my sister, while she is a pain in the backside and sometimes I want to kick he right square in the pants, her knowledge of special needs stuff has been really helpful as of late.

I want to thank my Mom, while we don't always agree about things.  I am so thankful for her being there to have someone to talk to.

I also want to thank my brother for reminding me of what it was like as a teenager.  I often forget what that was like since it has been a while now.  Sometimes I miss being a teenager and not having as much responsibility as I do now.

Thank you all.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Our Little Trip to Snowbird

Matt's work does a big company wide party every year.  The last couple of years they have paid to take the company to Cowabunga Bay, an awesome water park.  It was so much fun, they even take care of dinner and give out prizes.  The kids still keep begging to go back and play there.

This year his work took us to Snowbird, a ski resort here in Utah, they have a lot of fun stuff to do in the summer as well.  They also supplied dinner and Matt won some pretty cool battery charger (he works with a bunch of other nerds, at a technical job where he fixes robots - that's all I really know).  He was pretty excited.  

Cheyenne and Matt came down the Alpine slide and had so much fun, she really wanted to keep going.

Isn't she a cutie.

We all road the Tram: to be completely honest, I totally hate hights.  I really didn't do any looking out the window, I was freaking out.  I am not really sure how he got me up there.  I would have rather hiked it, at least my feet would have been on the ground.

You really have to admit, the views are gorgeous.  I love living in such a beautiful state.

Matt took the photos, due to my white knuckle fear.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Low GI Meals: Chicken Enchiladas

I really love Mexican food, one of my favorites is Chicken Enchiladas.  The only real problem is the tortilla, everything else is already low glycemic.  My kids and husband also really love this meal.  It takes a little bit more work but not drastically harder.

I boil my chicken and while it's cooking, I mix sour cream and cream of chicken soup (add a little milk, if it is to thick).  I shred my chicken and mix with the sauce.  Spray my pans put mixture in tortillas and roll up.  Line up in pan and cover in cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and warmed through.  I make Matt's and the kids in flour tortillas, and mine in whole grain tortillas.

I usually go for salad or veggies, but this time I wanted peaches.  Yum.