Thursday, February 16, 2012

Things We Love: Baking Soda + Peroxide

Who would have thought something so simple could be so effective?

I have heard that baking soda and peroxide, when used together, is a fantastic cleaning agent.  BUT before now I really haven't had a reason to give it a shot.

The sink in our house is old, but is really in pretty good shape.  The problem? After years of renters and no dishwasher (so it gets ALL the grime) (and yes, we live in the stone ages), it is nasty.  Don't get me wrong...I have spent a lot of time scrubbing it until I am blue in the face...but I have never had very much success, and our sink looked like this:

I am really even embarrassed to show this picture. It is brown, grimy, and completely disgusting.

Until I cleaned it with baking soda and peroxide, that is.

All you do is mix about 1/4 cup of baking soda with just enough peroxide to make a paste.  Then just spread it around on whatever you are cleaning (because apparently it can clean anything)...

I just let it sit for about 5 minutes and work its magic, then scrubbed it down with a sponge, rinsed, and...

Presto! We have a clean sink and life is good :) 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

HOMEMADE oatmeal cream pies

Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, I am getting braver in the kitchen :)

These are so good. And so easy. And this is coming from the girl who, once upon a time, couldn't successfully bake cookies from a simple mix!

I will seriously never buy oatmeal cream pies again.

Here is the link for the recipe:

I doubled the icing recipe, and you should too. I don't really think there would have been enough if I hadn't. I ended up with 16 pies with this recipe. And we will probably eat every last one of them. Nick even likes them, and he doesn't really care for sweets!

DIY: Menu Board

One of the things I have struggled with as a new mom and wife is menu planning. Every night, when it is time to cook, we struggle with trying to figure out what to eat. And it almost never soon as we decide on something and I start to cook, there is a missing ingredient that is absolutely necessary. OR I wish I had started cooking earlier/used the crockpot. The other problem is that because of our lack of planning, we end up buying groceries that we don't use, or going out to eat way too much.

I have really been working hard to fix this problem over the last month or so. I look up recipes I want to try, make a list of meals (according to hubby's work schedule, since he works odd hours and is a picky eater), and then make a grocery list from there. It has worked like a charm. And it has also made me try cooking new things since I plan ahead. The only problem is that my notebook wasn't cutting it for the menu portion, and the all-purpose dry erase board on our refrigerator kept getting erased by accident. A designated menu board was the answer!

This was seriously so easy, and so cheap. I just re-purposes an old frame! Painted it red, wrote the days of the week on scrapbook paper, glued letters saying "menu" at the top, and put it all together. I LOVE how it turned out. It's cute, looks great in our kitchen, and best of all...keeps me organized!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

just an update

Holy cow. Is it really possible that my son is 10 months (and 3 days) old???

Max is working on his fifth and sixth teeth, and is SO close to standing without holding onto anything. I feel like the second he masters standing he will probably just take off running.

He loves the swing, if you can't tell :) We have been going for a run to the park when the weather is major perk of living in a big town. There are lots of neighborhood parks, and one happens to be walking distance from our house. I couldn't help but post these sweet pictures!

We were looking into buying a house, and even went last weekend to look at one we thought we really loved. BUT it ended up needing more work than what we wanted to do, so we decided not to go that route. We are thinking about staying where we are a little longer, saving money, and eventually buying a great fixer-upper that we can turn into the perfect home for our family.  Everything will happen in God's perfect timing, and we are pretty happy where we are for the time being!  No more living out of boxes in case we do move though...we are going to make this our home until we have a new home.

My "learning to cook" bit is going splendidly! I am behind on posting, but I have several recipes that I have tried and need to post. Soon. Promise. I even made homemade oatmeal cream pies tonight (no, I'm not kidding, and yes, they are delicious)!

Oh, and I just have to newest obsession? The Temperance Brennan books by Kathy Reichs.  Nick and Max gave me a Nook for Christmas, and I have really gotten into this series. We are already obsessed with the Fox show, "Bones," and these books are what the show is based off of. They are fantastic. You should read them.

Well, enough with my rambling.  Sorry if you were expecting a more interesting post ;) At least there were stinking cute pictures of our sweet little man!