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Santo Cinco…. de Mayo that is!!! May 5, 2011

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Ok, first I’ll start with a little Mexican history {because honestly, I look this up every year for myself}.

Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day {the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, which occurs on September 16th}.

The Battle of Puebla was important for at least two reasons. First, although considerably outnumbered, the Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army. “This battle was significant in that the 4,000 Mexican soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the well-equipped French army of 8,000 that had not been defeated for almost 50 years.” Second, it was significant because since the Battle of Puebla no country in the Americas has been invaded by a European military force. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo

Now with all of that “technical” stuff aside I can get down to the good stuff!!! MEXICAN FOOD!!!

My little family loves Mexican food, so obviously, it only makes sence for this all American family to celebrate this joyous holiday! {As if we really need an excuse to make/eat mexican lol!}

Tonight I decided it would only be right for me to serve up comida, fiesta style!

SO… I made homemade refried beans, mexican rice and pollo verde! Wowzer! It was yummy! {Sorry I forgot to take pics, but I’ll post recipes in a later blog as I will be making it again!}

For me the best part was dessert!!! Oh yeah! I made dessert!!! {A rarity in my house!}

Banana and Dulce de Leche Chimichangas!

3 bananas sliced

1/4 c butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp cream/milk

pinch of cinnamon

3 flour tortillas

ice cream/whipped topping {optional}

 

Preheat Oven to 375*

To start slice up your bananas as your butter melts in a saucepan, after butter is melted add brown sugar and stir until combined well. Stir in your cream or milk {or if you’re like me and are out of milk you can use flavored coffee creamer… it didn’t add or take from the taste}. Fold in your bananas, reduce the heat to low and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Next put 2-3 spoonfuls of banana mixture in the center of each tortilla and fold up burrito style. Brush lightly with melted butter and bake in the oven at 375* for 10-15  minutes until golden brown and puffy!

Now top with ice cream and drizzle with any leftover banana mixture!

OH YEAH!!!

I must warn you that this is one of those desserts that is super rich and delicious but you just simply cannot put it down!!!

Don’t feel too bad about it though! It’s baked instead off fried {and I used fro-yo instead of ice cream!}

Ok you guys! GO make some!!!!

Love,

Amanda

 

Spring Break & Then Some! May 1, 2011

Ok… I know, I know… I have been seriously slacking in the blogging department, but I just haven’t had the time and really haven’t felt like it! But, that is all going to change because I have also been feeling very guilty about not blogging!

I really don’t know how many readers I have, but those that have subscribed and have commented that you read, I want you to know that I appreciate the time you take to spend with me 🙂 and I’ll be giving you more of that!

Well, enough with the “excuses”! It’s time to get down to it!!!

Here is what has been going on with us! {in pics}

As you can see between sewing, life and entertaining my 2 youngest sisters through their spring break I haven’t had the time/energy to blog!

Well that’s it for now & see you soon!!!

Love,

Amanda 

 

Schooling & Such March 29, 2011

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Today was a very fun day! Ana had her very first day of “preschool”!

Now before you go thinkin’ that I put her in an actual preschool let me explain!

 I decided (or have been thinking about for quite some time) that I wanted to “home-preschool” Ana now before she is actually preschool age. Reason being, she is smart. I’m not just saying that because she is my daughter, it’s just true. She can say anything and has a memory that blows my mind! {I know I sound like one of “those” parents, but I really don’t care.}

That being said today we had a couple “lessons”. Math was first…

We used this print out "phone pad" to practice her numbers! She would "push the button" and I would say each number in a different tone. 🙂

…next was Shapes and Colors!
She moved these from this wall to the wall next to the phone pad. Every time she got a new shape I would tell her the shape and color. By the end of the day (this evening) she knew all of the shapes!

She already knows some of her colors (pink especially lol), so I wasn’t pushing that as hard as I could have.

After these first 2 lessons it was snack time, then on to art “class”! 

Supplies: Paper, empty oatmeal canister, broken crayons, finger paint...

After I taped the paper to the inside we put paint onto each piece of crayon and dropped it in! Then it was time to shake, rattle, and roll!

 

This is going on my wall next to her last finger painting art work! 🙂

 

Then it was time to work on position/direction. For this I used cut out hands and feet and taped them to the wall and floor. We used these to give hi-fives (hands) and low-fives (feet) {teaching high and low}. Also, we did a little jumping, showing up and down. 🙂

We had SO much fun in “school” today, and the best part… she napped earlier than usual!!!

I hope you all have had a great day and now I’m off th catch up in my “Tiger Mom” book, I have a book discussion on Friday so I have to finish it!

Be Blessed!

 

Festivities Food & Fun! March 25, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,Fun,Life — silimommy @ 9:01 pm
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This week has been a pretty good one {looking back}. We have had lots of fun and family time. 🙂

Tuesday Ana and I were supposed to go to a playdate at a park about 30 min. from us but… let’s just say she didn’t want to get up! So we went to a park closer and ran errands instead. It was still lots of fun, and I got to chat with a nice mom while we were at the park too! 🙂

Wednesday we stayed home, but Ana had some things in mind for us as soon as we got up (you’ll see in the pics). 😉

Thursday (yesterday) we went downtown! Thursdays in G’ville’s beautiful downtown is Downtown Alive! Live music and local vendors on the street! It was great :). Not many vendors yesterday, but I’m sure as the season warms up there will be more and more! We also tried (and loved) another mexican restaurant, this one downtown (of course)!

Today (Friday) my grandma Pat and papaw Larry came down! Papaw cleaned up my yard (mowed and weed-eated), while mamaw put another perm in my hair! 🙂 (It was way overdue… both things!) And finally, tomorrow my in-laws are coming back down for more food and fun! 😀

Yep it’s been a great week, and it’s looking like a great weekend!

Hope your’s is fabulous too!  

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Catching up… March 21, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,Fun,Life — silimommy @ 10:59 am
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I know it’s be forever since I have posted, but we have been some sickies around here… I had a severe sinus infection and Joseph had a stomach bug {week before last}, and this past week I had to take Ana to the doctor and found out she has a bad ear infection in her right ear (due to cutting a molar) 😛 { blah}

So here is a little rundown of our doings here recently, via photos. 🙂 {Hover over the image to get a description.}

I should probably give a time line on this {lol}, and a little more description. 🙂 St Paddy’s day was the 17th (Thursday). The following day (Friday the 18th) I took Ana to her new doctor whom I LOVE, and afterward we went to Tony’s NY style pizzeria (my fav new italian/pizza place), thus the salad picture. Saturday the 19th, Joseph’s parents came to visit and the guys had guy time (basketball), and us girls went out on the town… only to get caught in a BIG storm (in which I later found out a tornado spawned from and touched down in Laurens, about 45 min from here!) No worries though, we found refuge in the mall! 😉

 

Family fun & FOOD!!!! March 12, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,Fun,Life — silimommy @ 9:24 pm
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Thankfully I am finally starting to feel human again!

Last night We went on a family fun date! I wanted Italian food SO bad {specifically a cannoli}, so we found a little italian restaurant and fell in love! This place was small, but authentic and the prices were unbelievably low! I decided on a small {actually quite large} greek salad and a slice of Sicilian pizza with spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes! Joseph got a small {read HUGE} calzone stuffed with onions, mushrooms, sausage and other things that I simply cannot remember, for Ana we chose baked ravioli, and to start us all off we tried their cheese bread!!!

You wouldn’t believe the food! Everything was beyond good…. I can’t begin to find an adjective to fit it… The cheese bread melted in our mouths, the marinara was perfect {and I am extremely picky about my marinara}, my Sicilian “slice” was huge and amazing {Sicilian pizza has focaccia crust), Joseph’s calzone was superb, and Ana’s raviolis were huge and delicious!!!

 Of course we had to have dessert! For Daddy and miss priss it was chocolate chip cookies, and for me it was cannolis!!!! Yes I said cannolis (plural). 😛 I intended on just getting one, but they just had to offer regular and chocolate covered cannoli shells… So I decided on one of each, but in the mini size… didn’t happen… they were out of mini chocolate cannolis and my sweet hubby (who got them at the counter while I waited at the table) didn’t want to bring me back one tiny cannoli! {Sometimes I think he wants me fluffy, lol} Long story short everything about our meal was FABULOUS!

Afterward we went to see Rango… We were not at all happy with this movie and wouldn’t advise anyone on seeing it. There was nothing to it for the first 30-45 minutes, and once it finally started (being interesting) I began hearing a word slipped in here and there… Not what I wanted out of a cartoon. It was also kind of scary to be a kids movie. If I had it to do over again I think we would have seen Gnomeo & Juliet

I think my favorite part of the movie was before it actually began. Ana turned around and looked at her daddy and said {so seriously} ” I wan pa-torn”… We both bust out laughing and our poor child just looked at us like she couldn’t believe we thought this was a laughing matter! Of course her daddy got her some “pa-torn” (after we made her say it a few more times and got all of our kicks in), which we wnjoyed with our cookies and cannolis that I snuck in via my big bag! (What? Concessions are outrageous these days!)

All in all it was a pretty good night, and I learned a valueable lesson, Always look up a movies reviews before going to see it…

Also this evening out broought back to the front of our minds the desire that we share to open our own Italian restaurant! My husbands family is Italian and I may as well be as much as I love the food! (We even named our restaurant! Sorry not sharing the name…) 😉

Here are a few pictures of food {like what we had}, and from the movie. (Sorry, this isn’t actually what we ate, I forgot to take pictures.)

 

The Magic of Food, Family & Love! March 11, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,Fun,Life,Love,Uncategorized — silimommy @ 12:47 pm
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Yesterday was a day from down under… and I’m not talking about Australia. It was one of those days when you wake up and feel awful and it just keeps getting worse.

Ana whined and I cried…This was our pattern for the day

I cried because I wasn’t feeling good, because I felt like I didn’t have anyone close by me (which I don’t), because I have been sick and just wanted a break. I cried because my house was (and still is) a wreck, because I don’t know anyone here, because I just felt like crying… See the pattern here? I, I, I, I, I…. Whaa, Whaaa, Whaaa! I was feeling sorry for myself, and a little depressed too. {Don’t judge me, you know you’ve done it too.}

After a while I managed to pull out of it a little (thanks to a sweet friend and sister in Christ, whom I called on for prayer). Somewhere around 1:30 pm I finally gout out of my pj’s, took a shower, and even blow dried my hair! (No small undertaking).

When my hubby got home he gave me a big hug, which always makes me feel better! He even said he was going to take me out (or should I say us, since we don’t have anyone to watch Ana)!… YAY YAY YAY YAY!!! This meant I was actually getting out of the house! Despite all of this the bad energy was still flowing, but the evening kept getting better, as did my mood.

Joseph was going to take me out, and to make it even better we were going downtown! My favorite place to go! 🙂

My Town!

I love this place! It just feels like home!

Joseph wanted to try a new restaurant, one that I had already been to and raved about! THE LAZY GOAT!!!!!

On our little 10 minute drive downtown Ana fell into a deep sleep! (Her only nap of the day at 4:30, turned out to be the best baby-sitter we could have asked for!) She actually slept through most of our meal!

About the restaurant:

The Lazy Goat is an eclectic, tapas style restaurant, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine. It is fab! {lol}

Our view to the left... a fun clock wall!

The view to my right... beauty!

A little further down the river...

A little further to the right...

 

This place is so much fun! As Ana’s slumber continued Joseph and I talked and laughed, and ATE!!! 🙂

As we sat and talked we couldn’t help but be taken in by this beautiful city that we now call home. We talked about why we love it here… the classy business people, the funky artistic edge, the outdoorsy-ness (yes it’s a word… now), how family friendly it is (note the family out for a stroll in the above picture). We love the character, and culture this city has to offer. Most of all we love that it’s perfect for us!

…back to the eating part!… We ordered a smorgasbord of yummy tapas!
 
Sorry… I forgot to snap before we dug in! 😉
 

This is the last of our delicious Fried Goat Cheese! These were warm, little pieces of heaven, deep-fried, dusted with ground pistachios and drizzled with honey!!!! 

Oh My Word!!!

 

Here we have the rest of our meal!

 Mediterranean Pimento Cheese (it will blow your mind!), is made with feta cheese and served with warm bread; Even Lazier Paella (in the molcajete), is a dish of roasted chicken, house made chorizo sausage, “bomba” rice,and sofrito broth; and Toasted Garlic Shrimp which features blistered tomatoes, feta, ouzo and arugula tossed with the best tasting shrimp you will ever eat!

Ana did eventually wake up and she was in a much better mood, as was I, she even ate… She actually devoured the rest of our Mediterranean pimento cheese! 

Our bellies were full and we were all ready to head home and finish out this great evening with some relaxation!

 

Shopping, Family, and Fun! February 28, 2011

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Sorry I was lazy this weekend… actually I was very busy! My hubby had a day off so we enjoyed it to the last drop!

So here is what you missed out on!

Friday Joseph took a half day! We had to go to his brother’s b-ball game that night, but on our way we made a pit stop at an outlet mall (my husbands idea!), and bought new tennis shoes! This was wildly exciting for me because I haven’t owned a good pair of tennis shoes… maybe ever! {Sorry mom, but I HATED those New Balance’s!} we both got new Nike’s! I love them!!! His and mine 🙂 We tried our hardest to get Ana a pair, but she cried and cried and SCREAMED “No. I non’t yike it, shoes!” So we gave up, and decided that maybe they were uncomfortable to her.

Friday night my brother-in-law had his very last basketball game of his high-school career… Sad. 😦 Even more sad was the fact that the referee’s were terrible and we lost… At least we got to spend a little time with the family! I love my in-laws! They’re the best! (I know, you’re jealous because yours are probably not so cool) lol!

Saturday was great! Ana and I woke up like normal human beings and ate breakfast, then the waiting began…………………………………… more waiting…………………………MORE waiting………………………………MORE WAITING………………………………….and FINALLY around 11:00 am Joseph emerges from his slumber. He does work very hard, usually 10 hours a day 5-6 days a week, so I guess it was ok. 😉 We had the best time on Saturday! We decided (or I planned) to go to the park! We started out downtown at The Falls at the Reedy Park and took the Swamp Rabbit Trail down to Cleveland Park. The weather was gorgeous! It was in the high 70’s and breezy! Heaven!!! We  took a picnic and had a late snacky lunch of hummus, veggies, pretzels and cracker chips (Yumm-a-licious)! After it was all said and done we ended up walking at least 4 miles! Woo Hoo! We were all exhausted and I did not feel like cooking so we found a great Asian place downtown! I think I went to bed around 10:00! Way early for me!

Sunday was fabulous! An amazing service Sunday morning, then lunch with my family and some friends. 🙂 Afterwards I wanted to go visit my great-grandpa and my great-grandma… This was hard for me, it was the first time going to the cemetery since my papaw passed, but I’m glad I went, I got to talk to him a little, and of course cry a lot… but it’s all part of the grieving process, I guess. We also went and visited mamaw Betty-Boop (my great-grandma). She seemed to be doing well, but I do worry about her being all alone now, mostly it makes my heart ache for her… We had a great visit and I hope to  be able to do it again really soon!

Well, enough of that sad stuff! here are some pictures from this weekend!

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Easy As 1, 2, 3! February 23, 2011

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There are normally 3 meals in a day… Having said that, here are our 3 for the day!

1: Breakfast! The most important meal of the day!

Grilled Banana Sandwich!

 

 

 

 

 

This is a party in your mouth!!!

You need:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (I use the low cal.)
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar
  • a drizzle of syrup/agave/honey (your choice)

 

What to do:

Beat eggs with cinnamon and sugar in a bowl (large enough to fit the bread). Lay the bread in the egg mix just like french toast, but only coating one side. Cook the bread in your pan, toasting both sides. Add the banana slices cooking them until they are warm and gooey! 🙂 Now build your Bananwich! Layer the toast (egg side in) banana slices, and top toast (egg in), drizzle with topper of your choice. ENJOY! (I suggest you use a fork.)

 

2: Lunch, it keeps ya goin!

Salad and Boiled Eggs!

Pretty self explanatory…

 

3: Supper: Fuel for the night!

Naan Pizza!!!

This one was so much fun to make with my little helper! So I decided to make these instructions so simple you don’t even have be able to read!

 

  

  

(Naan is an Indian bread.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her version of a thumbs up!
 
These were SO good!!!
Hope you enjoy these!
 

Planes… er Rocket Ships, Trains and Automobiles February 22, 2011

Filed under: Family,Fashion,Friends,Fun,Life — silimommy @ 10:40 pm
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Hello Blog world! Sorry I didn’t get to give more detail about my day yesterday, but I have the time and energy to tell you now!

So yesterday was great! Up at 5:30 am to take the hubby to work… Yay 5:30 am! (sarcasm  intended)…

Sleeping Hard!

 

Sweet baby! *muah*

Look at that face! I don't even wanna know what she is thinking...

We had a mom’s breakfast meetup to go to and I really wanted to meet more mommies! So we went, and let me say that Cracker Barrel isn’t exactly vegetarian friendly… but oh well, I had 2 eggs and 1/2 of a biscuit. Ana hardly ate (as the trend continues) 😦 Breakfast was fun, it was nice to have grown up conversation with other moms!

Afterwards we went to our my favorite place The Mall!!! I did have a very specific reason for going… Ana had been asking me for a week for a “feener” (ring) and I had saw a very cute one that I wanted to get her. Of course I couldn’t stick to the plan and ended up buying her the ring that also came with a necklace, and a bracelet… rotten child! 

Ana's Bling Ring!

Ana's new bracelet... She HAD to have this!

 

Wearing her "nessace"

 

Adorable!

I also bought myself a new scarf!!! One I have been looking for since the beginning of fall!

Wow I look tired! Oh well, you get the picture… Leopard!!! …and it’s an eternity scarf!

 

After I decided I didn’t need to spend any more $$$ I let Ana play in the kid area. 🙂 (This is where the Rocket Ships and etc. come from, fyi). 😉 She loved playing, but as usual she took a while to warm up to all of the other kids. When she did, it was not what I expected!… She was BOSSY!!! Not to all of the kids, just the ones trying to slide down the slide while she tried to climb up it, and to the boys! She would say “NO! I wuna swide”, or “Sop it!”. She has no clue how to share yet and it is now apparent that we HAVE to work on that!

Rocket Ship...

 

 

 

"Piddy"!

 

 

She loved jumping off of this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During all of this fun I began chit-chatting with a couple next to me… A very odd couple. Muscle man, good looking guy, and a very… earthy/hippie woman. As we talked (the mom and I) I found out our daughters were only 2 days apart! Cool right… Well the dad thought so, and when he verbalized this I almost laughed… He sounded like Mickey Mouse! (Steroids?) …I had a hard time not staring before the conversation because they just didn’t match, but now… I don’t even know how I managed to notice my daughter running out of the play area toward the $4 a pop train ride in the mall. (Hokey I think, but whatev).

 

After all of this playtime she became extra sassy and I had to put her in timeout… When I told her what was happening and why, she said “Otay” and laid on the bench… Whhaaaat!? I almost lost it, she normally throws a FIT! Later after playing more she walked up to me and said “Mommy Ina time out”… Did she just ask for time out?… Yep!… So I let her have another… Why not?! {haha} I decided this was her way of telling me she was done, so we left, and she was fine!

Today

…was almost as fun. We stayed home, but since the weather was SO nice (72*) we spent most of the afternoon outside! Somehow I managed to get a farmers tan only on my right arm… weird? I also raked my front yard, which I will never call small again! There had to be 2 years worth of leaves out there…. This did help me out with my water consumption! 2 Liters in today!

Well you guys have a great day (or night)!

Until Next Time, Toodles 😉