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Homemade Vanilla Extract

I have always considered myself creative.

I have never considered myself crafty.

Tonight I consider myself both. I am so pleased with how my Homemade Vanilla Extract came out. I will post a teaser picture now and give you the tell all tomorrow!!


Living off of Pinterest!

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Pinterest: A unique bulletin board style bookmarks list. It’s better than your average bookmark. It is a fantastic time sucker. It is just awesome. The new Facebook, only not really because it is nothing like Facebook other than it just sucks your time away. Now I am having to budget some of my Facebook time for Pinterest. It’s a crazy kind of awesome.

Follow Me on PinterestSo far I have created the “Mama’s Ransom Rubbage Bin” which as it turns out is working famously. The kids were *so* excited about it they didn’t even know it is a consequence. They will quickly figure out that it is not all that much fun. So far Javien has cleaned out my car, Jaylean has dusted and made her bed blindfolded, and Kobe has umm well nothing but he has several things in the bin. I added a rule. Once they are in there for a month the kids will go to school and the item just disappears. I figure if it is in lock up for an entire month they must not want it very badly. We did some role-playing {note to self: my kids love to role play} in one of the role plays Javien picked the job “Wipe down the front of the fridge and eat a tasty treat” which he translated as “Eat some candy and get your stuff out of the Ransom Rubbage Bin” – he was so sad when I pulled it back out and he read the job again. Interesting how his little brain translates things to what he wants to hear. Isn’t that how kids are? Too funny.

For dinner last night we had the Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken – I have lovingly renamed it Hawaiian Jerk Chicken – why? First, because if I cook I can call it what I want. Second, because I am going to Jamaica in 99 days and Jerk Chicken just sounds more tropical and fun. It was delicious and a big hit with the whole family! I did feel like I needed more to complete the meal but I am not sure what. Maybe some peaches?

Both of these things I found on Pinterest. I have created a new catch phrase for Pinterest. I say Pin it, Love it. I know it’s awesome. But it’s trademarked and copyrighted so you can’t have it.

Go on, get signed up for Pinterest. Beg for an invite on Facebook someone will come through. It’s fun! Who doesn’t have a little extra time to waste looking for more stuff to do?



Autumn Cooking

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My mom invited me to come help her use up the apples on her apple tree. So Javien and I took off and stripped it clean – no really. We left only one and it was by accident. So the weeks after that the kids and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen mixing up delicacies. The first was Apple Butter followed quickly by a batch of Cinnamon Apple O”s – very delightful! Jaylean did all the hard work of peeling, coring, and slicing the apples. And she loved it! She also enjoyed the big long string of apple peel that left her to eat.

Oh and yes, let me reiterate, I do let my kids dress themselves and INDEED we did go out in public with Miss wearing this gorgeous ensemble!

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A Story of Nap Time

We have a new rule in our house nap time can involve sleep or quiet play. The only rule: LEAVE MOMMY ALONE! So today my two littles are at opposite ends of the house (de-lightful). Suddenly, as I’m baking mini apple crumbles for my big boys class treat tomorrow I realize that nap time has just opened my eyes to the huge differences in my two littles. Jaylean relaxes with her leapfrog book reader and lounges on the floor with ALL of her love things and a blankie to undwind. Kobe rocks to some music blasting from my I-Pod to relax sure he has some books scattered around the room but is he really reading them, no. While Jaylean is totally in her element reading and lounging, Kobe, could not be more opposite, he “chills” by¬† rockin’ to some music and jumpin’ and jivin’ around the room. Thank you God for nap time.

You can find the recipe I am using for Apple Crumbles here!

We love Haiti! (Am I really about to share a recipe with you?)

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On Friday night I decided that after a really rough day we needed a Haiti dinner. I made this recipe a year ago about a week after we became parents to not one, not two, but THREE (!!) kids. And Kobe and I loved it and everyone else gagged it down – literally. Well after a year of integrating new and different foods I decided to go out on a limb and try the recipe again. This time I looked around online and then developed my own recipe. I want to document it because I might forget next time and I want to eat this for dinner again soon!!

Haitian Whole Bean Sauce and Rice

Three cans of Beans (I used two cans of dark red kidney beans and one can of Black Beans)

Three boil in the bags of Rice (I used one white rice and two whole grain rice)

One small can of tomato paste

2 + Tablespoons of garlic powder or minced garlic cloves

1 Tablespoon of Cloves

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Green Pepper

1 Onion

2 teaspoons salt

1 Tablespoon Pepper

Sprinkling of Crushed Red Pepper flakes

Dash of ground Cumin

First get everything out. Clean and chop onions and green pepper. Put the onion and peppers in a bowl with garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Set it aside. Drain beans BUT KEEP THE JUICE. Put the beans and liquid in separate bowls (duh that’s what it means to drain them right?). Set them aside. Now warm up a large skillet with olive oil and cloves. Saute the onion, green pepper, and spice mix. Once the onions and peppers turn a light brown add in most of the can of tomato paste and beans, stir around and add a small amount of the bean liquid juice. Let it simmer until the liquid is almost gone. Add the rest of the liquid and simmer.

Boil up a large pot of 12 cups of water (or whatever it says on your box of rice!) drop in the bags of rice.

Serve beans over rice or separately. My kids like to have it separate so they can mix it to taste. They are funny like that. Also, it’s a bit “picey” (as Kobe says) but we like it like that and in fact we (all but Javien) added more pepper and salt to ours. What can I say we like it hot.

Try it. You will like it!

PS: Drink Corona and Lime with your meal. You won’t be sorry.