A Sh*t Ton of Snow, AKA Blizzard of 2013

So for once, the weatherman earned their pay.  More than 3 ft of snow were dumped on us. although I am pretty sure Alaska is laughing at us New Englander for all being stuck, when this is just another normal day for them.  Laughing or not, the reality of things is that half of the streets are still not plowed.  We are lucky, we live on a street that tends to be a drive-thru so our street is very well plowed.  Plus David worked hard the past couple of days  and snow blow the driveway out.  But just to give you an idea, this is what it looked like when David started…

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And of course, with this much snow, one HAS to take advantage of all the potential on a snowball fight!  Well, alright, there was no real snowball fight, but there are definitely snow playing!

 

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So while all the snow is going on, I decided to try my hands on homemade marshmallow.  I’ve seen them, eaten them and been wanting to try to make them for a long time, but it seems kinda time consuming.  I saw a few recipes online, and me being me, made up my own recipe based the ones I linked above:

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Step 1:  Ingredients

  • 3 packets of gelatin powder
  • 1/2 + 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • oil and confectioner’s sugar (powder sugar) for the dish
  • confectioner’s sugar for dusting

You can totally change up the flavoring by adding different extracts, although if you are interested in a minty flavor, I would start by 1 teaspoon, taste it, then add more, since the mint flavor is much stronger.  You can also substitute vanilla bean paste instead of using vanilla extract.

Step 2:  Prepare Your Dish

I used vegetable oil in my handy dandy Pampered Chef Oil Spritzer, but you can totally use Pam, or just put some oil on your paper towel and wipe the dish you are using.  Then dust generously with powder sugar. I used a 9 by 13 pyrex dish, but you can do various sizes.  If you use a smaller dish, it just means that the final marshmallow cubes will be taller.

Step 3 & 4:  Preparing the Gelatin

Put three packets of unflavored gelatin powder with 1/2 cup cold water in the mixing bowl.  Let it sit while preparing the rest of the ingredients.  Now there are other forms of gelatin, such as gelatin sheets.  I’ve never used it before, but I don’t see how they will be any different than the powder. 

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Step 5 – 8:  Cooking the Rest of Ingredients

In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup cold water, sugar, corn syrup and salt.  On low heat, stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves using a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula . Turn the heat up to medium, and bring it to a boil. Without stirring, let the mixture simmer until it reaches 240 F by the thermometer.  Remove from heat and immediately pour it into the gelatin mixture.

If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can still make this.  This took about 10 – 12 minutes.  As seen in picture 6 to 8, you can see the progression of the mixture color.  Once it had become clear, let it simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes, until you couldn’t stand it anymore.

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Step 9:  Beat it, Beat it, and Beat it Some More

Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture on high speed for around 8-10 minutes until white, fluffy and almost tripled in size. Add vanilla (or your choice of flavoring) and beat just until smooth and combined.

Now, this is the marshmallow fluff!  If you want to make rice crispy treats, use this stuff!  It is soft and yummy.

Step 10 – 11:  Pour the Fluff

Pour the mixture into the oiled and sugared dish, and sift confectioner’s sugar generously on top.

Step 12:  Cut and Eat

Allow the marshmallows to set for at least 3 hours in room temperature. Remove from the dish and cut into rough cubes using a sharp chef’s knife. Instead of back and forth movement, just press down with the knife. This way the knife won’t get stuck, and the cubes will spring back up.  

Now, there are a few ways I’ve seen on the net regarding the knife.  I personally prepped it with some powder sugar, just in case it sticks, but some say to use oiled knife, and some just go straight in without anything.  Your mileage may vary.

As I cut them into strips, I turned them and dust power sugar on top, then turn them 180 to make sure there are sugar on the other side.  And I repeat to ensure all sides have powder sugar to prevent sticking.  I then put them back into the pan they came from and covered it with plastic wrap for storage (less dishes to wash!). Although air-tight storage is probably a better choice.  Store in cool room temperature up to a week.

This is the time where you can put them in pretty packaging and give them away along with some hot cocoa mix, whether homemade or store bought.  

I hope you try it and let me know what you think!

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Yummy in My Tummy

Pinterest.  It is my new love affair and my worst enemy.  My friends told me about it and I was super addicted at first, then I gave it all up due to school.  Now that school is not in session yet, I’ve been pinning up a storm.  Originally I used it to pin for craft room and home organization, but then right before Christmas, all I did was look for ideas to decorate my house.  Now, it’s all about food.
I came to a realization that we eat out way too much in 2012.  Between the new job which requires travel and school, I just don’t seem to have the time to cook as much.  I’ve decided that I need to figure out a way to cook more so David and the Little Lady don’t eat out so much.
 
Right before Christmas, I found the Oreo Truffle recipe.  It looked super simple to make, and super yummy.  I follow the recipe exactly, but instead of warm up the cream cheese and hand do it, I leave the cream cheese cold, and dump it into the food processor after I have made the Oreo crumbs.  I find it much easier and it’s probably much quicker.  In about 20 seconds, the cream cheese is bind together with the Oreo crumbs in pie crust consistency, and all I do is take out enough for a one inch ball at the time.  I also find that I don’t need to let it freeze as long.  The amount of time I melt the dipping chocolate is the perfect timing.  And I put them back in the freezer for as long as I can stand and viola!  Oh, and one cup of the Baker’s dipping chocolate is perfect for one recipe! (I of course have no idea where the pictures I took went.  But rest assured, they were gone pretty quickly!)
 
A friend of mine at work is always pinning recipes.  One day I was browsing and came upon a crockpot recipe.  It isn’t exactly what I wanted, so I decided to google some crockpot chicken recipes anyways.  I found the Bacon Wrapped Chicken.  I know, it isn’t crockpot.  Now, I already make something similar on my own, but this uses one less pan, and adds the cream cheese to the filling, so I decided to give it a try.
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Well, David and the Little Lady seemed to like it.  I find that because the whole thing is done in the oven, the chicken is a bit dry.  Maybe I overcooked it, but this recipe has less flavor than the ones I’ve already made.  If I were to make this again, I would definitely season the chicken first prior to wrapping for the cheese.  And I don’t find the cream cheese adds anything, so I’ll probably skip it all together, since cream cheese isn’t something I have on hand all the time.
  
And now let me introduce you to Bacon Ranch Chicken.  I found this recipe the same time I found the Bacon Wrapped Chicken.  Now, I know there are a ton of negative comments on this, and honestly, I didn’t read the review prior to commit making this.  Since none of us are on weight watcher, I modified the recipe based on what I have.
3 chicken breasts (straight from the fridge)
4 slices of bacon, cut up into strips, cooked and drained
½ cup of buttermilk ranch dressing (not the powder mix)
½ cup of chicken stock
1 container of non-fat Greek style yogurt (I got mine from Trader Joe’s)
Olive oil to spray the bottom of the crockpot
 
  1. Spray the buttom of the crockpot with olive oil, and place chicken into the crockpot (I used a 2 qt size)
  2. Mix the ranch dressing and chicken stock well, pour it over chicken
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours
  4. About an hour before eating time, cook the bacon and put it into the crockpot.  At the same time, mix the yogurt with some hot broth from the corckpot.  I usually do this when I add flour or corn starch, so I tried it to prevent the yogurt from curdling.  Once the yogurt is warm and mixed well with the broth, dump the whole thing into the crockpot.  Cook on high for 10 minutes.
  5. Shred the chicken.  Juices will mostly be absorbed by the shredded chicken.
  6. Serve over a bed of white rice.
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It was very very yummy.  It doesn’t have very strong ranch or bacon flavor, so I definitely wouldn’t claim that this will curb your craving for bacon or ranch, but the flavor is nice, the chicken is tender and the food overall is very yummy.  David and the Little Lady approve.
Then I was out of chicken.  (David at this point says Thanks Goodness! LOL).  So I had him raid the freezer to see what we have on hand.  All we got were ground pork, ground turkey and pork tenderloin.  I happen to be browsing through this book that I checked out from the library, and one of the recipe was meatloaf.  Now, I don’t make meatloaf often, partly because I really dislike the taste of ketchup and most of the meatloaf recipe calls for that.  Although I like the book I was reading, I went online and did a quick google search, can I came upon this recipe from Ree Drummond.  Still, it called for ketchup AND mustard.  Me being me, I had to modify this recipe.  Instead of ground beef, I used a package of ground turkey and a package of ground pork, which resulted to almost 3lbs of meat, but I used the same amount of milk to soak the same amount of bread and put those into the meat mixture.  I also added 4 beated eggs.  The seasoning is where that’s really different.  Instead of using what the recipe called for, I used some of this seasoning from Taiwan that my dad brought me when he came to visit.  It is very different from what I ever had here in the US.  It’s part salt, part pepper (although I think it is white pepper, not regular black pepper), and part some herb seasoning that were grind super fine.  I mixed it all together by hand and shaped it into a loaf on a 9 by 13 pan, then I wrap the whole thing in bacon, and mixed up the sauce/glaze that go on top.  I used equal part of Worcestershire sauce and maple syrup, mixed well and brushed on top.  I baked it in 350 degree F oven for 40 minutes, took it out, brushed more glaze, and put an aluminum foil on top to prevent the bacon from completely burned, baked for another 20 minutes.  Let sit on the counter for 10 minutes then serve with a bed of white rice.
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The resulted meatloaf was tender and melts in your mouth.  I can easily see this recipe being made again and again here at chez jennsquared.  Although next time I would make two smaller loaves and freeze one for later.
So have you tried some new recipes lately?  Are you on pinterest and saw something irresistible that you must try now?  And definitely stay tuned as there are plenty more things I would love to try from Pinterest, whether it be carbon copy or modified.

How We Spent Our Winter Holidays

First, a belated Merry Christmas to all!  We were traveling out of town so I didn’t get to post.

On Christmas eve, the Little Lady opened one of her presents, like always.  She was super excited about this year’s Christmas jammies!

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Since the Little Lady has been a good girl, Santa brought her the toy she had asked for – Helicopter Legos!  The sparkle in her eyes and the surprise on her face was priceless.  I think she just sat there for a few seconds staring at the box.  You can see the wheels in her brain working!  Super cute

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She also got three sticker books (a Disney Princess one from Uncle Terry, Aunt Page and Cousin C, and two from David and I), and of course, between GG (Sheryl) and YeYe (dad), grandma and Uncle Terry, Aunt Page and Cousin C, she was spoiled with many more toys, including a Cinderella bath boy, a Hello Kitty magnetic dress up kit (which she absolutely LOOOOOOOVES), a Princess magnetic dress up kit (she also loves this one, it gets equal attention with the HK one!), a coloring book and of course, more stickers.  She also got this awesome headband I found at Gap that has a little crown shape on it that I put in her stocking, along with a kiddie scissors (she loves cutting!), a princess necklace and bracelet set, and Hello Kitty stamps.

Although we had said that adults will not exchange gifts, mom got me and Page each a super cute blue doggie sillicon pot holder.

See, isn’t he adorable!?

Because we drove to the midwest, I had a lot of time on my hands on the way there and back.  Lots of knitting and spinning were done, but I will save that for another post to showcase all the FOs.

We encountered Winter Storm Draco the first day while driving towards the midwest.  We ended up stopping half way, which is about what we were expecting.  The next day although was long, it was a dry, sunny and easy drive.  On the way home was another story.  Winter Storm Euclid started just as we were leaving.  We drove in it the entire day, and after 6 hours of driving, we were only 3 hours away from where we started.  David was very worried the fact that we were in the minivan and if anything happen, there was really nothing we can do to recover.  So we made an decision and called it quits.  The place we stayed had a pool so the Little Lady had a little fun before going to bed.  The next day was much better, although we had to skip going to see David’s grandma since Euclid decided to linger around where she lives and also it is a much longer route.

We got home late Thursday evening and promptly put the essentials away and crashed.  We slept in Friday, including the Little Lady! We tooled around the house until David and the Little Lady had their dentist appointment.  Now, this is the Little Lady’s FIRST EVER dentist appointment.  Not going to lie, I was a bit nervous that she will scream her head off during the visit, and also she was going to have lots of cavities!  Well, us holding off giving her sweets and juices really paid off!  The dentist was impressed with her behavior AND that her teeth are super healthy

ImageWe spent most of Saturday cleaning out the Little Lady’s room since David and her went to the consignment store and got her a Dora big girl bed for $15 before Christmas.  David disassembled the crib and put it up on her bunk, along with the changing table that we no longer use for her.  We plotted out some potential solution for the room and went out shopping.  Of course, promptly after we are finished at the dance store to get the Little Lady her leotards and ballet shoes for her first ever dance lesson this upcoming Saturday, it started to snow… again.  This time, Winter Storm Freyr left us some very wet snow.  It was also super windy.  At first, we thought the snow supposed to end at 6pm, no such luck.  We also thought it was supposed to be around 2 to 4 inches, well that was wrong also.  David ended up needing to get the snow blower out and did both houses and came home around 11pm.  But it’s not all work!  After we got home from IKEA, David and the Little Lady got all suit up and went to the front yard to play with the very wet, very awesome snowball forming snow.

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I know I am biased, but isn’t she super cute all bundled up?  And yes, my daughter has a Spyder snowsuit, because her daddy wouldn’t budge for less, “only the best for my girl!”  Luck for him that his wife is very good at bargain shopping.  I found this suit online for $99.95 with free shipping, since this is last season’s color.  We had seen one from the local ski shop, but it was a boy suit (which we almost purchased anyways), but decided to check online.  It was almost $200!!!!  Once we got the suit, the Little Lady tried it on, and that’s when we realized that the suit has places that we can let out to make it bigger so it grows with her!  And it is a little big to begin with, I think we can actually get at least another year out of it, if not two!!!!  PLUS, her little sister will be wearing it when it’s time anyways!  So really, I can get total of four to six seasons out of this thing! HA!

I woke up at 8 this morning to a very quiet house.  Since we haven’t really done ANYTHING house chore wise since we got back, I utilized this quiet morning to do the dishes, clean the kitchen, and catch up on the internet.  The Little Lady woke up around 9:30 and of course deciding that her daddy needs to be awake as well, except David woke up SICK!  ICK!  He decided that he needs some OJ and went out to get some, even though I’ve offered to drive out to the store, but he insisted since the truck was already cleaned off and ready to go.  Little did I know, he really wanted the orange strawberry banana juice, not straight OJ.  I guess I would have gotten it all wrong if I’ve gone!  Of course, I also asked him to buy some chicken so I can make chicken soup for dinner.  

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I made the chicken soup into chicken noodle matzo ball soup.  I also cooked up some rice and baked up some honey butter biscuits at David’s request.  It was a very yummy dinner, especially since I’ve been wanting clear soup for dinner for a few days, and the Chinese take out place soup was just not cutting it.  It was really satisfying when your 3 year old had some soup and said “mmmm, it’s good!”.

And now, after full tummy, we are watching the Patriots game and chilling.  So what have you been up to this winter holidays?

 

 

 

Catching Up… Yet Again.

It’s been quite awhile.  This blog has been really quiet.  Mostly because I am busy with school and the Little Lady, but it doesn’t help when I am tired half of the time.  Why you asked?  Well…

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Yup.  The Little Lady is going to be a big sister comes April next year!  I think the idea is finally sinking in for her.

So since September, besides mentally preparing to be a parent of TWO kids, lots had happened…  Let’s see:

  • I started and finished school!  I got an A- on Economics, and I am waiting for the other grade to come in, but I really don’t expect anything less than an A. 🙂
  • We went to the Big E, TWICE, and Quassy!  We actually got to go to Quassy for free! Of course, I cannot remember where we got the free passes now.  I think it might be Chips!  The Little Lady was a tall girl and was able to get on many of the rides on her own.  And!  I tried Fried Oreo for the first time!  It was really good!

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  • Rhinebeck.  This year, our hat was based on the fiddle fern pattern.  But they were all heavily modified.  Mine was Christmas themed.

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  • We experienced super storm Sandy.  We only lost power for about a day, compare to some other less fortunate folks.  We also have a generator so we were able to have some lights, watch tv and keep the fridge.
  • A week after the super storm Sandy, we had the not so little, but not so big snow storm.  Although I was in Houston for SWE Conference recruiting.  Aunt Jenny was super nice and watched the Little Lady when school closed, yet again, so David didn’t have to take another day off.

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  • And because of the two storms, treat-or-trick was cancelled.  But no matter, there was a school parade and Sam got dressed up anyways.

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Please excuse the hair.  Mommy wasn’t home to do it!

  • The Little Lady turned THREE!!!!!  I think that deserves its own post, so I’ll do another entry later.
  • We had Thanksgiving here at home.  David’s mom, Paul, Robin, and Robin’s parents were able to join us for the festivity.  Although I completely forgot about taking any pictures, I did remember the recipes that I used, and they were super yummy!  Honey brined smoke turkey on the grill, parmesan roasted broccoli, green beans with shallots and pancetta (I substitute the shallots with a small onion and smoked bacon with pancetta), maple orange glazed carrots (I used organic baby carrots instead, and because of the thickness, i blanched the carrots first to accelerate cook time), scalloped potatoes (I followed this recipe to the T!  and I got to try out my new mandolin), sweet potatoes, sweet potato pie and apple pie.  Robin’s parents also brought a pan of lasagna, a box of cannolis and a coconut custard pie from a local bakery.  YUM.
  • After Thanksgiving, David’s dad and Sheryl visited us.  We went to Treat Farm and tagged a tree to cut it down later (almost exactly a week later).  We also went shopping to get the Little Lady some winter outfits.

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  • The Little Lady attend one of her bestie’s birthday party.  The party was super cute at a local community center that has gym class.  All the kids had a great time!

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  • This past weekend, I hosted our annual SnB holiday get together.  We also held a cookie swap at the same time,which we usually have it on a Thursday night.  I made Triple Chocolate Cookies for the swap.  It was YUM.  Although David thought they were a little too dark chocolatey for him.

That’s all I can think of now to catch you all up for the past few months.  I’m sure there are other events that happened but I can’t remember them now.  I’m going to try to post more, but no promises!

Happy 4 Years

It’s hard to imagine 4 years ago at this time, David and I are dancing with our friends and family, celebrating us becoming a family. Four years and one little lady later, I spent the past few hours in school learning economics and now we are going to bed.

Oh the joy of life.

Happy anniversary babe!

Fall Is In The Air

This morning, my weather app on my phone told me that it was 50 degrees.  BUUURRRRR…  Considering not too long ago, we were all still basking in the close to 100 degree weather, it is quite a change.  And honestly, I would love to have days like this everyday!  The crisp air in the morning is turning the leaves a bit but the warm days still let us enjoy the outdoors.

Needless to say, I seized the moment and took the Little Lady to the park in the afternoon, after a great swim lesson at the Y and a brief nap in the car.

Can you tell she loves the swing?  And making faces also!

This morning, she woke up bright and early like always.  We hung out a bit and decided that we will go apple picking after breakfast.  We weren’t sure where we wanted to go but ultimately decided to go to Lyman’s since they have lots of varieties of apples, plus pears, peaches and pumpkins currently.  They also have a corn maze, in case we were up to it.  Plus you can’t beat their farm market and outdoor picnic area!

After arriving, we spent quite a bit of time looking for Asian pear, but we were too late in the season.  We only picked three the entire time we were there!  By then, the Little Lady was hungry again for lunch, so we decided to skip the apples and go straight to the farm market for lunch.  But before we depart, we all agreed that we need to at least go look at the pumpkins.  Well, I think we got a winner.

 

We enjoyed some lunch along with apple cider out in the picnic area by the pond.  We watched the ducks in the water and bought some cider, apples, fudge and apple pie from the farm market.  After sitting on the couch for awhile, the baker in me decided to look up some apple muffins recipe, since David mentioned it while we were in the market.  I was surprised that of all the apple related things they have, the one thing they don’t have are apple muffins!  I did some research and decided to go with the Ellie Krieger’s Apple Muffins.  She is known for substituting items to make the food healthier.  Plus I have all the ingredients on hand – minus the Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.  I had to look up the difference between that and regular Whole Wheat Flour.  Turns out that it was different enough to make baked goods taste different!  Hmmm…  Well, all I have is whole wheat flour, so I decided to go with 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 all purpose flour along with the original 1 cup of all purpose, just so the muffins won’t taste too dense.  And instead of the Golden Delicious apples, I subbed it with a Jonamac.  Jonamac is a bit tart, but I think it is great for baked goods since sugars are usually added anyways.

Yup, my Little Lady is big enough to help me cut things!  The first time she helped me cut hot dogs to make dinner.  It was just the two of us home so I was busy watching her than taking pictures, but this time, David was home, so we now have photo evidence of an almost three year old with a knife!  No worries, it is a special kid’s knife I bought just for her, and used only when adult supervision is available.  She is so excited when she can help me in the kitchen.  I think I need to make this baking business a regular activity so she can get used to it.

Our muffins turned out to be pretty large.  We shall see how it taste after when they are cooled down a bit.

So how have you enjoyed the nice weather?

Sullivan & Son

Have you seen the new show, Sullivan & Son?  I watched a few episodes and I have to say, it is really hilarious!  I don’t know if it is because I got the whole stereotypical Asian joke that goes in there or what, but I just find it funny.

So awhile ago, I got tickets for Comix at Foxwoods for half price.  We were gonna go see someone else, but his show got cancelled.  David and I thought we missed our show completely, which would not even surprise us.  So instead, we looked online and found that the Sullivan & Son show was doing a comedy tour and coming to Foxwoods this weekend!  I booked the tickets and lined up the babysitter, and had a rare date with David.  We got there about an hour early, which gave us plenty of time to order food and drinks.  We got some really awesome seats considering the fact that it was the livingsocial special!  I had a lot of fun sitting around watching everyone else in front of me getting called on, then we got the check from the waitress.  Not wanting her to wait too long, I immediately pulled the card out of my purse and started adding the tip, then I heard Steve Byrne said, “Hey, Asian there, put down the pen, stop doing the math!”  Needless to say, everyone had a good laugh at my expense.  Then later on, he came over on the “lets get to know our audience better” interview.  But instead of asking questions I was expecting, such as what do you do, they asked me what’s my mom’s name…  Yeah…  Then Owen Benjamin said, Oh yes, we are trying to get all your bank accounts password info!  And the following interview questions all revolved around those type of questions.

Overall I had an awesome time at the show.  Oh and yes, Owen Benjamin does know how to play the piano!  He had a keyboard as part of his stand up show.

Ravellenic Games – Day 9 & 10

I’m happy to report that I am knitting furiously, but I have just come to a realization that I may have to put my mom’s bolero on hold and cast on for a baby blanket as one of my coworkers is due in September and her baby shower will be NEXT THURSDAY!  Oh where did the time go!?  The last time I remember discussing her baby shower was MAY!!!!  But I’m debating if I should just wait till the baby is here to give her the blanket.  I can’t seem to decide.

On Sunday, David’s mom came to visit us, so we took the opportunity to sneak away from the bebe and went to the movies.  We decided to see The Dark Knight Rises.  It is by far the best movie I’ve seen all year, granted, I haven’t seen a lot of them.  Yes, ladies, this is definitely much better than Magic Mike, although that movie was totally fun to watch with my bitches!  I’ve heard that this was supposedly the last batman movie, but as always, there are loop holes where I can totally see them make the next movie with it.  And I have to admit, I forgot how much I really like Christian Bale!

Speaking of movies, I don’t really watch a lot of them, since I think the ticket price is just ridiculous, plus I rarely have time to spend in the theater, but I really want to watch The Bourne Legacy and Skyfall.  I’ve always really like spy movies and books, so these two are a must for me.

On a completely unrelated topic, I found out today that the Little Lady got into the pre-k program at our local Y.  I am super excited about this as it will save us between $300 to $500 a month!  Plus the Y program includes swimming lessons once a week!  Don’t get me wrong, where she is at is totally fine, but I feel like I’m paying for premium service but not receiving it.  When she was an infant, the program she was in was arguably the best I’ve found around town.  But as she grows, I noticed the service isn’t as great as the infant room, and frankly, I feel like the Little Lady wasn’t getting enough attention because she was a really easy going kid, and if I’m going to pay that kind of money, I might as well go to a different program, pay less, and have more.  She is such a fish I think she will totally love this place, since we’ve been going to a different Y for swimming lessons every Saturday.

So did you do anything fun this weekend?

Yarn Along & Schools

From small things:

Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

 

Project I worked on this past week:   Autumn.

Book just finished:  Magnet Schools brochures

Currently reading:  Daddy’s Little Girl

Currently listening:  Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

I’m slowly knitting the hat.  But I have a lot of knitting time coming up soon so I’m excited to get knitting more.  And I decided that I need to frog anything that I haven’t finished by now.  Especially if the item was for the Little Lady.  I’m sure it won’t fit by now.

I still haven’t finish reading the first book of Narnia.  I haven’t have a lot of time to just sit, knit and listen, so it is on the back burner.  In the mean time, I listed a bunch of my books on paperbackswap.com .  I decided before Christmas that I no longer need them, since I can easily borrow them from the library.  I do have a few books that remains on my bookshelf.  They either have the autographs to me or I especially like the books, such as my collection of Harry Potter series, Narnia series, Lord of the Rings series, along with a few books from my favorite authors.  When I listed the books, I realized that some of them I bought when I was collecting the author, but never read!  So I decided to pick one up to read it while someone haven’t requested it.  “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Mary Higgins Clark is very captivating.  I had a hard time putting it down the first night I started reading.  But now that I’m back to work, it’s a little tough to read a whole chapter before my eyes get tired.  I’m hoping to finish it before Saturday though.

So, the Little Lady being 2 years and 2 months old, you would think that you still have time to think about schools, right?  WRONG.  Tonight, we went to the magnet schools fair, which you can see from the picture the massive amount of information we had to sort through tonight as open houses are coming real soon!  One of them is this Saturday!  And the application deadline is Feb. 17!!!!!

HOLY CRAP!

Sometimes, I wish my Little Lady stays little.