The Holidays are (almost) Over!

And to that I say woo hoo! I love the family and camaraderie of the holidays but they leave me feeling overwhelmed and anxious 😦 Thankfully they are almost over!! Jayden will be back at school next week, which makes me really sad! I am goinna miss my bug a boo πŸ˜₯ but I know he will love it and we will be back to gymnastics which all the kids need and our schedules will be normal again, CJ hasnt been working much this past week leaving what mini version of a schedule I had self imposed flying out the window but it has been fun spending time coloring on the windows and playing farm with the kiddos! I am super neglectful of this here blog when I have such cute people to pay mind too! I love doing it though πŸ™‚ Amazing! I am grateful for my family, for my time with them and for holiday breaks :love:

Yum! Some Delish Recipes :D

Has anyone noticed I totally blow at catchy titles? Ya, me too 😦 Awe well I am sure it will be okay!
So, I have been the sucktastic queen of the kitchen, as in we have had take out and pizza more times than I care to mention in the last couple weeks. I lost my mojo, couponing, meal planning and cooking just weren’t working for me 😦 Totally a bummer, I think a big part that I became SOO OBSESSED with frugal that I was sad with the lack of really yummy, quality ingredients! Well, Mama got her Mojo back πŸ™‚ Yay buddy!

This week Jay had a play date with a girl who is not big on the eating side of things, so I thought who doesn’t love PIZZA?! So…off I went on a search for a quick and easy dough, I wanted to veer from what is the norm for me and this is what I found on
I added the ingredients from the bottom up and this made 3- 2 people pizzas! So fun, the kids made their own, and soo yummy I topped mine with sweet onions, mex cheese blend (cus that is all I have on hand) and banana peppers


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    Caramelised onions and roasted garlic.
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    Mozzarella cheese, Camembert, Romano and Feta (for a really, really cheezy pizza!).
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    Equal parts of basil pesto and olive oil mixed together with Parmesan or Romano cheese.
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    Plus some roughly chopped sundried or SEMI-dried tomatoes, sliced black olives and LOTS of grated Mozzarella cheese, salt and lost of freshly ground black pepper!
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    Cranberry jelly, shredded chicken, sliced Brie!
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    Mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken and sliced avocado!
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    Place all the above ingredients in the order I have listed into the bread machine.
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    Select the dough cycle and press start!
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    When the dough cycle is complete, take the dough out of the machine and place in well greased bowl, and roll the dough around (in the bowl) thus’coating’ it in oil.
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    Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1/2 an hour.
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    Knead the risen dough lightly.
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    To shape and bake: roll the dough into a circle.
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    Place on well greased baking tray or pizza pan.
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    Then add a topping of your choice and bake at 225’C. *I baked at 450
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    NOTE: for a nice crisp and very thin pizza, bake BEFORE adding the topping AND after!

Last night I opted to continue on my drive out of my comfort zone (IE yummy gourmet-esque foods) and made a Tator Tot Casserole! I am personally opposed to all casseroles because of a horrible Tuna experience over two decades ago, I couldn’t eat lays chips for a long time afterward either :shudder:
But I hopped on Pinterest and let my fingers take me away

mail.jpg this is what I came up with! Looks totally unhealthy right?!
Believe it or not, it borders on healthy! 

2 cups cream of anything soup with chicken bullion
2 oz velveeta
1 1/2 Cups milk
8-10 Cups broccoli florets
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 bag tater tots, frozen
1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cubes sweet potato/carrot puree
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place soup and milk into a large pot over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in broccoli and puree and cook for 5 additional minutes to soften slightly. Stir in salt, pepper and garlic seasoning. Pour mixture into 11Γ—7 inch baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Top evenly with tater tots and cheese; bake for 20 minutes then cover with foil. Bake for an additional 15 minutes with dish covered with foil. Remove from oven and serve.

recipe modified from 

I haven’t been cooking a ton lately but these two were def successes and with the Alton Brown recipes I have lined up for this upcoming month I am sure that I will have a few super long Wednesday posts πŸ™‚

Foreclosure Questions

We’ve been trying for the last year to short sale our house, with no success. The bank foreclosed and sold the house at auction earlier this month. From those who’ve had this experience anything I should watch out for in the next year? I got a bill for over a thousand in property taxes – do I still need to pay that? Will the bank actually come after us for any of the money? I’m pushing hubby to talk to a lawyer so we can have some idea of what to expect as fallout because I have no idea.

And I am now a renter for life. Home owning sucks !

You wont be getting a bill for the house if the house sold for what you owe for it OR if you willingly left in a Cash for Keys situation.

If you have an outstanding Property Tax bill call the county and ask who is liable for it the case of a foreclosure

You dont need to talk to a lawyer, call HUD (housing and urban development) in your area and they will answer your questions

Toning Tuesday

I feel like a total sell out with toning Tuesday because I have not worked out in 4 days due to me having a head cold! That being said I have lost some inches!!
Last weeks measurements
Waist- 30.5
Hips- 39
Legs- 20
Arms- 11

This week
Waist- 31
Hips- 38.5
Legs- 18
Arms- 11

Total loss- 2 inches
Last week I ran
Monday 1.59 miles up hill
Wednesday 3.2 miles
Friday 2 miles

I did PoP pilates
Tuesday and Thursday

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Tis the season

Tis the season for so much…in laws, out laws ;), stress, weight gain, family fun and drama, resolutions…

Well I am gonna throw out some goals for this year
Blog Daily
*Minimalist Monday
*Toning Tuesday
*We Eat Wednesdays (recipes)
*Through the Bible Thursdays
* Fun Day Friday

I think it will be a great way for me to organize my shiz πŸ™‚

I rock out with my Sock out ;)

I have a cold, a bad stinkin, gross COLD with like a head ache and snot….blech! The kids were at grandmas for the weekend and I finished! I cleaned, decorated and wrapped the gifts (as well as getting the last of my gifts!!!)
So heres my list with my price break down! What was your list like, how much did you spend? Did you score?

I am done, I spent 322 total, I have everything wrapped and ready to go
I shopped for
DH – Wrench Set $140
DS1- Farm set, knee pads, finger skate board, sweater, long sleeved tee, phineas and ferb water bottle, placemat, grinch board game, i-spy card game $40
DS2- Farm Set, sweater, toy story placemat, plate, cup, leap frog card game, chalk, animal set $56
DD- PBK Kitchen, Cabbage Patch Doll (and outfit), puzzle, leggings, princess placemat, plate and cup $35.50
SIL picture frame $2
BIL Sweat shirt free
MIL- Necklace $20
SMIL- Picture frame $2
Niece and Nephew- travel bags $20 total

I feel like I did pretty well considering DH had the most expensive gift and everything else is either new or nearly new (pbk kitchen is nearly new from the thrift store for $20)

My GEM was the Kitchen and the Cabbage patch doll which is 35 at walmart and I snagged for $2

Pics coming momentarily

Who am I this week?

I am following through! Some what- we came down with a stomach bug so there was quite a bit of tv the last few days but today we are going to bake cookies, ornaments, and paint jars! I am so excited! I have been doing my 3 days in the gym with out guilt, bible studying daily (gotta love the soap theory) and we are starting a small group at our house with people we already have great community with!! I still pray for patience a gentle heart but little things like running and showering and blow drying my hair first thing in the am help! OoO and pop pilates πŸ™‚

I ran 7 miles last week and did pilates twice

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Who Am I!?

My husbands cousin today posted a deep and insightful blog piece about not really connecting with his wife in all that was going on in their life. Which made me think and really pull deeply into who I was, and why I do the things I do.

I have always wanted to be successful, worth while, important and mostly the best. Any one who has ever met and spent more than 10 minutes with me will tell you that I strive to be perfect and the best to every one all the time, and anyone who has known me for longer than a week will tell you that I almost always fall short, and my husband whom has known me more intimately than anyone will tell you that I never follow through.

What Does Being a Perfect Mom Mean to Me?
Isn’t this the question of the year? What does a perfect mom do? Does she stay home? Does she work? Does she work from home? Is she in the PTA? Are her kids on honor roll? Does she drive a mini van?
I am an incredibly obsessive person. I obsessed so much about being perfect when my oldest was a baby that I missed much of what he was doing (not that I don’t now for the exact opposite reason). I wanted to be the prefect mom, my kids would never eat fast food, they would nurse, I would be healthy and thin, my house would be clean, we would go for long walks every day, my child would not watch more than an hour of television a week…and I did this, I was insane; until I didn’t do it anymore. Now I am the polar opposite, I am discouraged in my parenting and I let myself go. My house is a mess, my kids watch sooo much TV, my oldest HATES group sports AND I drive a truck! WTF!! Some where along the way I stretched myself too thin, trying to be what others wanted me to be, staying up late talking to my neighbor, getting up earlier and drinking 54687438694354 cups of coffee a day, always on edge, never being me. I have always wanted to be what someone else wants me to be…because I never knew what I wanted to be.
I have decided that there is a middle ground to all this. I don’t want my kids to eat McDonalds, I have no problem with Jack in the Box though, but only like 3 times a year πŸ™‚ My kids will watch TV mostly because Emmy likes to get up at 5:45 am and I can’t cope, but from now on when she wakes up I will pop on the TV and take a shower then instead of letting her watch TV twice a day. I love to cook, so I will continue to make as much from scratch as I can, but sometimes I will buy frozen pizza *oh, well, you can’t win them all*. I stopped drinking coffee, but I do run three or four days a week and while I feel guilty that my kids will be in daycare while I do it, I will still take an extra 1/2 hour to surf the net and do my makeup *blush*

What does being a Perfect Wife mean to Me?
Mothering is significantly less difficult than this question to me. Being a wife is incredibly scary to me and I play the victim in my marriage very, very well. I am not a victim but I play dumb and act like I don’t *get it* it’s pathetic, but it’s a defense mechanism. The only marriages I have ever seen have ended poorly. I want to have the gull to clean my house, but what if I don’t do it right? I want to be a supportive and uplifting Christian wife who brings her husband closer to Christ. I am not. I am incredibly selfish in my faith and relationship with Christ, unless of course I am NOT married to you and then I am overwhelmingly happy to share with you. I want to be a wife who shares her heart with her husband, who intimately loves and shares sorrow and delight, I’m not this either- I have spent 7 years talking and not being heard that now I talk to just about everyone but my husband.
This all makes me sound like the shittiest (or most normal wife) ever. That is not what I want, I want to be extra-ordinary wife. I am committing myself to sharing my love for Christ with my husband. I am going to share my heart and soul with my husband, even if he doesn’t hear my words. I will even try to clean my house πŸ˜‰

It’s amazing to get all these things off my chest to only realize that while these are all pieces of who I am, they are not what define me. They have defined me, it’s comfortable to be defined by something you can control, but what defines me is…my actions in situations that I cannot control (not generally good). Who I let myself be. I frequently forget who I am. I am someone who was once passionate, an activist, loved to read 18th century lit., wanted to further her education and self, wanted to be a missionary. I let someone(s) cut all that down, take away all that I was. In the next 365 days I will become *me*. I will listen to punk rock when I run, I will run even though I am not fast. I will pick up a book of sonnets from the library- and read it. I will get rid of the coach bags in my closet, because I don’t need a purse to tell me what my status in life is. I will buy clothes, and shoes, and make up- because I love those things. I will grow up, a little. I will stop trying to be what you want me to be and I will start being who I want to be. 

Im a Scrooge and I know it!

Everyone has a holiday that they dislike, something that just is meaningless, and maybe its because I have no soul, but I dispise Christmas. I love it for my kids and I love the events, the decorating and baking and shat not leading up to the day but the actual event itself makes me incredibly depressed, as does buying stuff for people who dont like me because it is the polite thing to do. As is the tradition we will spend this holiday season with my in laws (we have done this for the last 7 years; although the first couple years we would also go visit my aunt and uncle which was a little more like home) and I will sit there a little begrudgingly not because I dislike my in laws but because I miss celebrating Christmas at home, I miss relaxing for the holiday. I was probably 13 when my mom was over the gifts, the hoopla and she started a new tradition of fighting with her ex-husband in the keys while we swam and enjoyed the magical and majestic sunrises and devine ocean in shades of blue you can only imagine. I miss you Florida Keys, this christmas and everyone for the last 7 years. I will see you next Christmas though! Because next year I am leaving the drama and sadness here and I am taking my kids (and husband) to Disney for Christmas and shortly there after we will make the 5 hour drive to the Keys and Lauderdale by the Sea. Until then I will mourn another Christmas in a snowy place. I will also celebrate the magic and all that this holiday should mean to my children and enjoy them! I love my babies and I want them to have everything in this holiday I never did.