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I guess a budget modification in is order! March 29, 2008

Filed under: Family Business — Flickerchic @ 10:35 pm

Well, in order to prepare for the arrival of a new baby, I think a budget modification is in order.

S and I have been discussing our options and have come to the conclusion that I will nurse this baby as well. Although some of our extended family won’t be too thrilled with this, well his mom won’t be because K was so clingy and wouldn’t go to anyone during the first few months. But we have to do what’s best for us and our family. We also decided that we want to cloth diaper. I’ve been doing some research and the more I read, the more I think this will be a good choice. And besides the little dipies are available in so many cute styles! In doing just these two small things, we will be keeping money in the budget to go toward other things. Now we just have to crunch the numbers. Updated budget soon to come. (Please pardon me if you’ve read some of this in one of my other blogs. Sometimes I tend to forget what I’ve already posted. Guess that’s one of the drawbacks of having more than one. But it’s not as if anyone reads this anyway.)

 

It’s Official

Filed under: Life - Mood: Happy — Flickerchic @ 10:10 pm
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Well, there is no more guessing. The 2nd and 3rd HPT are positive. Looks like we are expanding our family once again. You would think we’d be worried. But we are ecstatic! I think the best gift God could ever bless us with is a child. A tiny being to shape, mold, teach, and love. Someone who will love us unconditionally and not judge, despite how many times we show how unperfect parents we are. How could anyone be upset about that?

I do worry how K will react. He loves babies, but this particular baby will be invading HIS territory. He may not take to that too well. LOL Actually, I think he will be fine as long as we continue to give him his time. We also have to ensure that we spend QT with D as well. We are going to be some busy parents!

I’m anxious already. I love being pregnant. I’m looking forward to swaddling, nursing, burping, diapering…I’m weird like that I guess. It’s just that I think motherhood is an amazing job. As far as symptoms go, I’m not experiencing many yet. Outside of being a little tired more often, I feel great. No nausea…YET!!! But S has been a tad bit on the blah side. Better him than me! My day is coming!

As for Daddy…he couldn’t be happier! Although we know we are done after this. Financially we will not be able to have anymore babies, that is, unless we win the lottery!!! We’ve told a few people and most have been happy for us. D is happy and of course is hoping for a girl. Tonya actually spared us the dramatics and actually congratulated us and even said she is ecstatic! Go figure. I guess my lil sis really is growing up. She shocked me even more when she told me that she has been thinking she wants to have a baby! No way was I expecting that! But I think my sister would be beautiful pregnant and be a wonderful mother. Her and her SO have actually been looking at their options. As for Meme, well, let’s just say this has to grow on her. We haven’t been able to tell B yet. I wonder how he is going to take the news! I can just hear him, “Mother, I’m 20 and you’re still having babies!” LMAO…oh well…

A little dess than 8 months to go!

Photo: 4 weeks 5 days (ignore the stretch marks…I have 3 kiddos, okay…)

 

What’s Cooking – Week of 3/30-4/6

Filed under: What's Cooking — Flickerchic @ 11:11 am

Here’s what’s on the menu for us this week.

Sunday: Grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, greens, hot water cornbread
Monday: leftovers
Tuesday: Baked ziti, salad, rolls/bread
Wednesday: Manwich, fries/onion rings
Thursday: Pork chops, mac n cheese, greens
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Chili dogs, fries/onion rings

Grocery List for the week:
charcoal
salad dressing
greens
sweet potatoes
cornmeal

 

Recipe of the Week – Chili Dog Bacon Cheeseburgers and Fiery Fries March 27, 2008

Filed under: Recipe of the Week — Flickerchic @ 4:47 pm

Here’s one for the kids! If your family is a fan of cheeseburgers and chili dogs like my family is, try this recipe. It’s sure to please!

Chili Dog Bacon Cheeseburgers and Fiery Fries
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

8 slices center cut or other lean, thick-cut, smoky bacon
1 pound ground lean beef
2 hot dogs, beef or pork, diced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon grill seasoning (recommended: Montreal Seasoning by McCormick)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire, eyeball it
1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon hot sauce, eyeball it, divided
2 tablespoons ketchup
Vegetable oil, for drizzling
4 slices deli sliced Cheddar
1 sack (16 to18 ounces) crispy style frozen potato fries
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons chives, a handful
Salt
1/2 cup chili sauce
4 kaiser rolls, split
1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 lime, juiced

Preheat broiler to high.
Place bacon on slotted broiler pan. Cook bacon 10 inches from the heat and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side until crisp then adjust oven to bake setting for temperature recommended on fries packaging.

While bacon cooks, make the burgers. Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Mix beef with diced dogs, chili powder, grill seasoning, Worcestershire, 1 teaspoon of hot sauce and ketchup. Form 4 large patties. Add a drizzle of oil, 1 turn of the pan and add the patties. Cook burgers 6 minutes on each side, then top with 2 slices bacon and 1 slice of cheddar, each. Turn pan off, cover with loose foil tent and let cheese melt, 1 to 2 minutes.

While the burgers cook, add fries to oven and cook until extra-crisp. Remove from oven. Place butter, 1 tablespoon hot sauce and garlic in a small dish and microwave on high 20 seconds then transfer fries to a large bowl. Toss fries with garlic-hot sauce butter and chives and season with salt, to taste.

Slather chili sauce on the tops of split keiser rolls. Place bacon chili-cheese burgers on bun bottoms and top each burger with lettuce, cilantro, and lime juice. Set bun tops in place. Pile fries alongside and serve.

 

Woo woo woo woo wooooo!

Filed under: Life - Mood: Anxious — Flickerchic @ 4:23 am
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Okay…so now I am 10 days late! No sign of a period in sight! Only 4 more days in this month left. So I guess we better start making preparations.

Although we said we weren’t going to tell anyone, well our parents and Meme, we did! Well S told Meme – I wasn’t about to touch that one! LOL Of course my mom was happy – she loves babies. MIL was cool about it. She didn’t want to wait until the weekend to find out for sure, but she had not choice. S said she is going to have to wait until the weekend like everyone else. LOL Needless to say, she said we better get the test done Friday because she is going to call bright and early Saturday morning. And I know she is! The wait is killing me as well. I asked D hypothetically how he’d feel about another baby. I couldn’t believe he was happy about it. Now B and Tonya, thats another story all together. We will not mention it to them until we know for sure. (They may be kind of dramatic…lol)But I don’t think we are going to get a different outcome. I am pretty sure that I’m preggo…

 

A Space to Call Your Own March 24, 2008

Filed under: It's All About Me — Flickerchic @ 7:46 pm

I find a lot of good information on CleanHomeJournal.com. When I came across this article I had to stop and read. It thought it was very fitting to post because we, as women, seem to always neglect to take care of ourselves. This includes setting aside a space where we can rejuvanize minds. To have some peace. Think about it…our husbands have their own personal places where they hang out. For my husband it’s the garage. He’s setting it up to be his own little haven where he can go to regroup; have some alone time. Our kids have their own spaces inside their bedrooms. Even the dog has his own little space in his doghouse or his corner. So, why don’t we claim what we so rightfully deserve; set up a small nook in your bedroom or anywhere else you can come across a little space. My restroom makes quite a peaceful sanctuary. So get creative. Claim your space!

Click on the title of this post to read this article.

 

Getting Organized for Spring – Kitchen

Filed under: Household Stuff — Flickerchic @ 7:02 pm

I found some great information to help get those kitchens decluttered and organized for Spring. If your kitchen is in need of some organization, click below.

Oranizing the kitchen & 8 Spring Cleaning Twists
http://www.cleanhomejournal.com