Sunday, October 19, 2014

things i DON'T do homemade.

you all know that i try to do a lot homemade.

diy deodorant, toothpaste, hairspray, lotions, dish and laundry detergents, hair conditioner, baby wipes and spray, house cleaners, etc.
and we try to get as minimalistic as possible too, with shampoo bars, organic soaps, essential oils as remedies, cloth napkins, cloth diapers, and etc.

but there are some things that i just can't live without. 
or can't homemake. 
or (shh!) haven't tried to homemake yet. 

here's my guilty pleasure list:

nail polish/remover.
cannot live without my nails being "dun up". any suggestions on diy or organic nail care?

makeup.
i know there are organic products out there but i haven't found one that beats maybelliene mascara. i only ever wear eyeliner, mascara, and blush so i don't feel too terrible about this one...
although! i found a "recipe" for homemade beet-root blush that i will be trying, post-haste!

bugspray.
ok. help on this one. we've tried so many diy remedies from essential oils to old wives' tales but darnit if i can't find one that beats good, old-fashioned OFF. especially in texas in the summer. 

sunscreen.
aaaaaany and all recipes welcome! i've seen many a recipe but haven't tried any yet. does your work? i've seen many including carrot seed essential oil...anyone with diy experience on this? i'd love to try but i don't want to spend $40 on a tiny bottle if it's not gonna work...

clothes.
i (kinda) like to sew.  i am not very good. i make the boys' stockings, curtains, Halloween costumes, and the occasional miscellaneous item or two. but clothes are always probably something i'll go shopping for. 

so, that's about it. but i'm sure there are more.  what suggestions do you have for me??  i would love to try your recipes and tricks!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

spicy asian cobb salad



man, oh, man.
was this ever good.

i've said before how i really don't care for traditional salads...you know, the ones with lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers?
yick.
but, this.
oh, this is something else entirely.

fresh, crunchy, healthy, and filling.
perfect.

Spicy Asian Cobb Salad
Serves 4.
Inspired by a picture on Pinterest :)
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, rinsed and patted dry
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup sriracha sauce, or to taste
Salt and pepper
12 pineapple rings, fresh would be best but I used canned and patted dry here, in a pinch
8 cups, washed, chopped, lettuce of your choice
1 pint cherry tomatoes, rinsed, dried, and cut in halves
4 small, ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
12 ounce bag of frozen then steamed edamame
1/4 red onion, sliced thinly

Marinate the chicken thighs in the canola oil, sriracha, and a healthy pinch of salt and pepper, for about an hour and up to 8 hours.
Preheat your grill to medium-high.
Grill thighs until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side.  Remove to rest.
Grill pineapple slices, until sizzling and slightly charred, about 2 minutes per side.  Set aside.
Divide the lettuce onto 4 plates.
Slice the chicken into thin slices and divide evenly onto lettuce.
Add 3 slices of grilled pineapple, a small handful of the halved cherry tomatoes, 1 sliced avocado, and 3 ounces (1/4 of the bag) of steamed edamame to each plate.
Sprinkle with a bit of red onion and serve with your favorite Asian-inspired salad dressing.  
Enjoy!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

homeschooling wrap up: september!

can you believe we are starting another year of homeschooling?!
i can't.
and with two kiddos this year!

even with a(nother) move squeezed in the middle of september, we managed to learn alot and have fun doing it!

jack jack started his letters-of-the-week...



and his color-sorting.
amazing what the second child has already picked up on!


mv reviewed his letters and was matching upper case to lower case here...


and now he's on to beginning reading and spelling!


jack's color of the month was orange and shape of the month was circle!




and i thought we'd might as well practice orange and circle with some going on a bear hunt crafting for our party ;)
binoculars...


and bear-print thank you's!


practicing shape-tracing...


and gross motor skills for jack.


c for caterpillar!


and more sight-spelling
jack's social studies were focused on our family tree


and then, to make things just a bit more interesting (ha ha.), we moved!
back to east texas and in with my parents!
(my dad offered m a job and to teach him the "family business", and we decided the boys would be happier here anyway!)
so, the new schoolroom set-up in my parents' library!


then, back to usual routine :)
exploring spacial relationships...big, bigger, biggest, etc.


and farm week, of course!
did you see our fun trip to the state fair of texas?


the boys do tractor rides with daddy or paw paw almost every day anyway ;)


stockyards at the state fair of texas!





it was a great month and we can't wait for more fun!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

lately...

lately, we've been...

picking wild american beauty berries all over my parents' land...




...and teaching mike how to make american beauty berry jelly!




mulling over starting my own meal planning business...and taking pictures to promote it ;)




trying to take family photos ;)


enjoying this newly-smiling baby!  
can't believe he's 8 weeks old already!


loving these farm-fresh eggs every morning


and watching our big boy play soccer every saturday!





Sunday, October 5, 2014

state fair of texas!

we did the state fair of texas, y'all.
:)
and we had oh, so much fun.

we studied farms, farmers, and farm animals in homeschool this week and thought the state fair of texas would be a good learning lesson.
plus, we like the fair just as much as kids do :)

we started, of course, at the stockyards and visited all the animals!


hahaha, mv did you step in poo poo? ;)




baby gabe was super interested.


jack just loves his nanny!




a bit of wine tasting never hurt anyone.
...especially a 6 week old ;)


my sweet, sweet boy.


gabe woke up for the dog show!




 some leaf rubbing


watching the beautiful peacocks and pheasants


milking demo during another gabe-nap



and big tex, of course!!


a beautiful day for the boys' first trip to the state fair of texas!!


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