Saturday, January 31, 2015

Love is in the air {Free Printable Valentine}

Seeing that February is, uh you know TOMORROW, I figure I better get a steppin' on this kid's Valentines for her class.  I love being able to be creative AND not use candy.

Balloon Valentine Printable

I bought these adorable balloons in the Valentine section at Hobby Lobby and scored them for 40% off.  
Simply print the Valentines from HERE, cut them out, and hole punch the top to attach the balloon.  I used bakers twine from the Dollar Spot at Target to attach the balloons.  I then had Miss O write her name on the back.
As far as the whole Valentine's Day excitement goes, this is about it.  In the LBH it is a swift Christmas to St. Patrick's Day.  I will say I am having "a ball" making Valentines so I can't wait until the next one!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chicken Noodle Soup {Recipe}

Tis the season.  Medicine, cough drops, and Kleenex.  Buster and Miss O continuously pass the nastiness between the two of them.  Buster has had zero hearing out of his right ear for over a month and Miss O daily thinks she should skip school due to her cough.  On his 2nd trip to Prompt Care, Buster was told to eat some good old fashioned chicken noodle soup.  HAVE YOU SEEN THE SODIUM IN THOSE CANS?!?!  His dutiful wife (that's me!!) offered to make the soup.  I used rotisserie chicken so it was pretty much a chop and dump kind of soup!

OK.  Because my sister, AKA Aunt Boo, may be reading this blog she will see through the lie.  See those vegetables, diced literally to perfection?  Fine.  Buster ended up chopping it all.  My vegetables would be a dead giveaway-chopped in usual ADD fashion.  He is quite the sous chef!

I had this and a tall glass of OJ so those germs better skip on over me!  Oh and it rumor has it, this greatly helps a hangover (wink wink).

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One Pot Wonder Sausage and Noodles {Recipe}

So I posted tonight's dinner on the ol' Facebook and was swarmed with recipe requests.  For real, easiest dinner ever.  Ok maybe not ever, but pretty darn easy!  The only dishes I used were a pot, cutting board, knife, measuring cup, and cheese grater.  It's as easy as...

Chop and Saute.

Add noodles and liquids.

Top with can never go wrong with cheese!

AND YOU ARE DONE!  The small amount of dishes can be done in less time then it took to cook the noodles!  I highly recommend you top with extra cheese (never can have too much) and red pepper flakes.  Since Miss O thinks everything with a little spice will "burn down her neck", I opted to leave them out of the main dish.

Have you tried any of the other One Pot Wonders?!?!?!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Lemon Cranberry White Chocolate Scones {Recipe}

Yes.  You read that right.  Add those 3 ingredients together and you have the perfect trifecta!  These light lighter scones are so light and fluffy that I may have had 2 right out of the oven.  I mean I have to make sure it is something LBH worthy for ya!

I had these and some Constant Comment Tea while watching "Downton Abbey".  Anyone else addicted to the amazingness BBC brings us?  I just can't get over that Thomas and his evil ways.  Why can't he just get the flu or polio or something?!?!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Monster On Top of the Bed {Book Review}

Where was "Monster Under My Bed" when Miss O was first sleeping in a big girl bed?  This adorable book is not only a great read for your kids, but helps ease their fear of sleeping alone.

Little Suzy is afraid that there is a monster under her bed and comes to find out quite the opposite.  Karrat lives under her bed and fears there is monster "above the bed".  After exploring each other's world, they come to realize they will be fast friends!

You can find it on Amazon HERE and before you know it your {hard to get to} sleeper ends up like this:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Romancing Christmas {Book Review}

Admission of Guilt: I read LOVE STORIES...and liked them!  "Romancing Christmas" is a collection of 10 stories that gives you a snippet of each of the different author's works.  The first couple of books, based on having conversations with cats and spouses 100 years older, were a little hard to get through.  When you get to the rest of the books, it was engaging and easy reads.  They were short enough to peak your interest in many of the authors' works.  Many came from within a series and I am checking many of those series out.  Check out this read HERE for some bedtime stories or the next Snow/Cold Storm!

The List {Book Review}

"The List" by Yuval Abramovitz is the perfect book to read to ring in the New Year.  This book, written by someone who truly faced adversities, helps motivate you to make a difference, big or small, each day in your life.  After a freak accident leaves him in a wheelchair with zero mobility, he felt he would take the chance to best plan for his he knew he would be taking an active role in. He began writing lists for each stage in his life.  These lists gave him a reason each day to have hope.  Getting his mobility back only enhanced his desire to achieve the List even more.

The book was well written and engaging.  It even includes exercises that allow you to gather, prioritize, and list your own goals.  I will say my own conscience would not allow for me to take some of the leaps of faith that is encouraged in the book.  Here at the LBH, we usually play it safe!  Here is what my list for tomorrow looks like:

Grab a copy at Amazon HERE!

Snowflake Art {Tutorial}

So it is day TWO of no school.  Here is the Midwest, the wind chill is so far below zero that school has been cancelled.  Not that any of the kids at Miss O's school have to wait outside for the bus.  Heck, we are probably one of the few families that do not drop off at the door in a car with heated seats!  Oh well.  It has given us time to bake cookies, do some art, grow her SeaMonkeys, and watch some PeeWee's playhouse!

This year was a totally ok mostly handmade year.  Miss O and I set out to jazz up the LBH with our own flair.  This snowflake art project is so easy!  Most of my decor is winter, not Christmas so that buys me some more time!  As far as snow goes, I DESPISE it.  Miss O on the other hand can't get enough of it!  For this super easy, buys you an hour of time, project all you need is 1) an art canvas 2) painters tape and 3) any color acrylic paint...we love blue (Duh!).  Just tape down a pattern with the painters tape (Making sure the tape is stuck on canvas so no bleeding of paint), paint over your design, and rip the tape off!  I tend to take the tape off before the paint completely dries.

I am looking forward to a doing this project again and again.  So easy.  Think Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Fourth of July!!
What is your favorite handmade decoration from your kids?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Spencer James "Don't Shake a Baby" Review

This comedy routine was a bit hard for me to get into.  It was along the lines of Howard Stern, and I am not a fan, so this was not really my thing.  Often women, those with disabilities, or other ethnic groups were targets and the flow was a bit choppy.    Take a minute and listen to it HERE see if maybe it is your thing!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Let's Eat!

New Year and new recipes!  I have great ambitions of working on Sundays to prep for the week as any sane person would.  But seeing that is Sunday at 11:40 at night and I haven't been to the store yet...maybe next week!

Notice a theme?  Thursday always seems to be a pork day.  The one meat I cannot eat.  Don't like it.  Never have, never will.  Oh and is happens to be one night I am not home for dinner.  They get their pork, and I grab a PB&J after group-it's a win win!