Sunday, April 7, 2013

My the Force be with Willaim Sonoma!?!

As our move date gets closer I am dreaming about how different our life will be at the new house. I am especially excited about the kitchen and I have been thinking about all the meals I will be preparing in there and the tools in which I will prepare them with. Most of my kitchen tools are in desperate need of an upgrade. I am not going to lie, I dream big. I told myself that I would save up and outfit my kitchen in William Sonoma, Le Cruset and have a new Sub-zero glass front fridge. Yes me, one of the most frugal people out there, who tries to buy most things second hand and when I do break down and pay full price I never truly enjoy my prize. I did have a plan, find the fridge second hand or one that needs fixed, buy a couple plates at a time and wait till things went on sale at William Sonoma. As I put my plan into action my husband started to sweat because he knows if I put my mind to something it will happen. He hopes my normal, frugal sense of mind would be stronger than this new crazy woman kitchen spending spree mind set. But you must indulge your self every once in awhile.  So as soon as I had the chance I was off to William Sonoma. Did I mention that I don't really even like cooking that much :) Well as I wandered around looking at copper pots and cast iron skillets I could feel my cooking skills getting better. That is until I actually pick up an idea to buy. I was planning on picking up an ice cream scoop for Matt, ours recently broke and Matt said he wanted a good one. This is where my dreams came to a crashing halt. I found one I thought he would like it was heavy and good quality but it was $27 DOLLARS! Yes, now you might laugh because an idea that is under fifty dollars burst my bubble but it brought me back to reality. I am proud of saving money were I can. Since I am a stay at home mom, every dollar I spend is time my husband has to be away from us, so I will stick to my dollar store spatula. Not to say a splurge here and there will not happen, especially when it comes to my Munchie. For Easter Corbin received Star Wars pancake molds and a spatula. They were well worth the money, we have used them a handful of time already. And if my crazy William Sonma cooking craze comes back I will whip out Corbin's R2-D2 spatula and whip up  something yummy!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cool trick with green onions

Did you know that you can use green onions over and over again? I didn't! This is one of the coolest things I have learned lately. All you have to do is put them in water after you cut off what you want and they will grow back! I have them in my kitchen window so they get lots of sun and I make sure they never get dry. I usually keep about an inch or so of water in the glass, always making sure the roots are submerged. This is a picture of my green onion today and by the end of the week they will need trimmed because they will be falling over. I have cut them back this far four time already. If they need cutting and I don't have a use for them in my cooking I have found that they freeze nicely. I wash, chop and them throw them in a freezer bag to be used at a later day. Now I know green onions are not super expensive but every little bit helps right. If you are going to do this I recommend getting organic because they will taste better and be better for you. Also since you wont have to buy them again for at least awhile the added upfront cost will end up paying for itself.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekend update

In an attempt to blog more, I have taken the iPad into the bath tub this evening. For me a bath is really the only thing I get to do without a million interruptions.  So I try to multitask as all moms do. This past weekend was full of good news and fun times. Saturday morning Matt took and passed a test he has been dreading to take! At the last minute Munchie went to my parents and I got a trip to the mall all by myself. I am happy to report that Lu Lu Lemon was not out of yoga pants :) I didn't buy any but had to check and see if the world was indeed ending. Later that night Matt and I actually got a date night and we stayed out till....10:30pm!!! Today we were given a tour of our new house by the current owners. I can not wait to move, and am hoping to have a closing date by the end of this week. Happy Sunday and here's to a calm and productive week.

Goals for the week
Drink lots of water
Use my new Bliss Yoga And meditation DVDs each morning

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sorrow, Strength and Reflection

It's funny how your mind works, that today of all days I wanted to do a blog post.  Today is the day I spend a few quiet moments and go through my baby's box. As I open it I smile at the name printed on  a sticker that is affix to the top of the box. Jude K. R. Koch. I think of how unfair it is that I have a certificate of death instead of a birth certificate, sympathy cards instead of congratulations cards and I wonder how I will explain to Corbin one day that he is a little brother. I think of all the mind numbing pain that I thought I would never escape. I wondered what I would do with all of that sorrow I felt, and I now realize that you bundle it up, tuck it away and carry it around with you. Or at least that is what I have done for these past three years. Even when feeling immense happiness I have held a little back, scared that  tragedy is around the corner waiting for me to let my guard down. But today as I look back I don't  see things the same. I look at the strength that it took to get through it all and tell myself that you are stronger than you think. I remember all the friends and family that helped us along the way and remember that I am not alone. I hug and kiss my little one that sits next to me as I write and remember that each day is truly a blessing. Life is hard and  can be an uphill battle, but I can't let it beat me down. I am reminded to live  in the moment, and when tragedy happens, take a deep breath and carry on. Today I lay down some of my sorrow so that I can smile more and enjoy what I have.