Mommy Wars and Truffles

I promised a new blog post with a delish recipe for truffles but as usual I am a week late :-/ LOL

I also mentioned a vent that would be coming (if you are Facebook friends you know this)

WELL lets start with the vent! I was at Bretts classroom party and he goes to dig into the truffles I brought; I realize they are yummy and a hit so I made FORTY! He took 3 (mind you he can’t eat anything else on the table due to cross contaminants) wellll this mom who was running the party gets all up in my grill because he took 3 instead of the one she was instructing each kiddo to take. I get this can possibly pose an issue, but every other kid also has two cookies, fruit and goldfish. I just politely say well I made them for him because he is allergic to dairy and eggs. She gets all defensive and goes super loud ‘OH HES THAT KID!’ I about bitch slapped her right there and then but I stepped back collected myself and said ‘yup he is that kid’, the little girl next to him asked what that meant so I calmly told her he was really allergic to eggs sand milk and that they could kill him, her response was sooo cute…Im allergic to dust, it makes me sneeze! Well back to this lady and she is all well did you even make 25? (number of kids in class) and I said I made 40 at least and she goes well there aren’t 40 here (the two tables that had come before us all the kids took 2!) AHHHHH So that is my vent, when you know what its like to raise THAT KID and fight with doctors and worry about reactions, then you can step to me, until then bite me. Oh and lady stop acting like you’re five years old too.

Vegan Truffles
1- 8 oz container tofutti
1- package Oreos
colored granulated sugar

I used my kitchen aid mixer and put all the Oreos and tofutti in and let it mix. Once well mixed use a spoon and spoon out mixture and roll into balls and place on parchment paper. Repeat 40 ish times πŸ˜‰ place in fridge to set for at least an hour. Remove roll in sugar, put back in fridge for at least 15 minutes. Eat!!

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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Life in My House…

Has been mellow but hectic lately…sounds a little ironic, ya? Well, we had swim and gymnastics in two different place at the same time on Saturday- this to most wouldn’t be an issue but for us it is because…we only have one car! So, I had to drop CJ and Brett off and then stick Emmy in the gym daycare and Jay into swim lessons…then reverse that scenario 40 minutes later to pick Cj and Brett up. Then we went home and cleaned, okay, in all honesty I has been sick and CJ cleaned :love him: Yesterday we went up to CJs moms house and I was not unhappy to go but worried it would use the rest of my gas, no bueno since I have to go into Boulder this week, but alas I still have a quarter tank to get me through this week, not enough but I will only need to put $20 in my tank before CJ gets paid on Friday!

Well, on our way home we had a chance to get to work on a solid budget for this upcoming year (after all the bills and rent are paid…so tentatively this is the plan

Extra toward truck/FFEF/’Mortgage’- 763.45 
(will be paying off the truck the doing FFEF, then setting up an account to pay a ‘mortgage’ so we can pay like its a loan even though its just saving for a place)

New Vehicle/Maintenance Savings- 470 
*will start after the truck is paid off*

CSA 110.75
*will be less since we found a less expensive CSA*
Family Pix 8.50

Insurance *life and car* 111

Sports 334 
(Brett just made pre-team in gymnastics so cost has gone up)
This covers

Gymnastics x3
Football
Softball
T-Ball
BMX
Including gas to and from

Christmas (whole fam) 40

Birthdays (me, dh, kids) 21

Clothes 83.30
For kids and CJ and myself

Co-Pays/Opt etc 142
Covers Co-Pays (30 to reg dr, 50 to allergist, Dental work for all of us, and an ER visit)


Extras (fun money) 40


Pregnancy, fish hooks and veggie chili

Sigh- yes, I sigh a lot!
This weekend was the epitome of hell for me :-/
It started well and ended alright but the in-between was well far from a pleasant experience.
Let’s start with saturday…I went to work and it went well! Yay! Until 5 o clock rolled around…Corey starts texting me frantically call me asap, emergency…I call thinking someone fell or something- nope of course it’s more complicated than that (I carpool to work so I only drive halfway)- Brett has a fish hook imbedded in his foot! Fuck me- so I take Beckys car drive to her house grab the truck drive home leave the other two with the neighbors mom- go to the ER have them extract the hook and wait to see if there is a reaction from the tetanus shot…3 hours later we are home! I’m sure the trip will only be about a grand :sigh:…I think my weekend can’t get worse than this…than it does, I head to work Sunday get to work…and a patron of the store asks me…when I’m due! I’m not I just broke into the 130’s and I’m not pregnant I’m losing πŸ˜₯ sigh so I get off work I go massage Amy…drive pick up the fam in Estes realize I forgot to give Amy her key back drive back to her house drop off the key get home finally…it’s over! Bed!!! Now it’s monday and I have found a fish hook hidden in my boys room and quit my job because I’m honestly next time it will be much worse :-/
So this weekend I have spent a total of $91 in gas, been asked if I’m pregnant and spent 3 hours in the ER…the weeks not off to a much better start oy vey!

The other night we made a yummy veggie chili Our rendition of her recipe! and Rosemary chicken!

Chili
1 can chili beans
1 can kidney bean
1 package chili sauce mix
1 can roasted tomatoes
1/2 onion diced
1 carrot
1/2 yellow pepper
1/2 red pepper
2 tbs evoo

Cut/slice/dice veggies and sautΓ© in evoo
Put every thing in a pot and simmer for 30 ish minutes
Eat!

Rosemary Chicken
6 chicken cutlets (or less)
Drizzle of evoo
Sprinkling of Rosemary

Preheat oven to 350
Drizzle evoo on to cutlets sprinkle Rosemary rub in and bake for 20 minutes (or until cooked through!)

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So, what does a 1099a mean?!

I finally grew some balls!
I started my taxes…and then I got to the 1099a and I googled, searched and maybe cried just a little.
Then I got the bright idea to call the IRS…I proceeded to sit on hold for like 2 hours and then the IRS lady walked me through it!! It was actually happy
It reports we foreclosed, we filled out a schedule D (not hard!) and I learned we owe…3,000 on our first mortgage so if we can get our second to drop it we are good and will pay back the 3k!!! And we don’t have to pay taxes πŸ™‚
So all and all I totally didn’t need balls for that!

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It’s been a long weekend

In a good way! Well mostly…Corey and I got into a fight which sucked but ended well πŸ˜‰
Actually that something I wanted to write about :eww: Corey and I had lost some of that flame, ya know what I’m talking about right? That feeling, butterflies, kissing and hugging and desire for eachother. We, by all means, have had a rough road and we jumped into all this with two feet. For those of you who don’t know Cj and I met when I was 18 and he was 22, it was a fling (I was engaged) and then feelings started I broke it off with the other guy and we decided at some point a baby would be fun – Jayden was born 2 weeks after I turned 19, we got married 6 weeks before I turned 20, Brett was born 3 weeks before I turned 21 and Emmy was born on my 23rd birthday. Whirlwind – yes, romance – not so much. We have made plenty of mistakes and fallen really well into our roles of mom and dad but neglected lovers. Okay well that’s all leading to…
We made out of hours last night! It was amazing and sensual and touching and feeling! Truly stunning, I’m still feeling butterflies! I wouldn’t call it romance but fun and intimate and giggly- everything out marriage has been missing for so long!! We needed it πŸ™‚ and when we texted this morning it reminded me of how exciting it was the time we talked after our first night together (we made out til 5 am) and I was that excited albeit more rested since we hit the pillows around midnight this time around.
On a less sexy note we went to my mother in laws place yesterday and it was soo fun! It snowed and it was gorgeous (posting pics during nap time) and we got to go for a walk sans kids πŸ™‚ we also made amazing and easy vegetarian lasagna
And of course I’m posting the recipe
Veg lasagna
No boil noodles
Spaghetti sauce
Spinach
Zucchini
Cottage cheese (or ricotta)
Mozzarella
Provolone

Light layer sauce
No bake noodle layer
Sauce
Cheese (all mixed up first)
Spinach
Zucchini
Repeat with sauce on top
Bake for 1:20 minutes at 375
Set on counter for 30 minutes
Enjoy!!!

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RockStar Review Wednesday…Fly Lady

It is finally spring (well in some parts of the country) so I decided March should be Spring Cleaning month!!!
Now, raise your hand if you suck at cleaning! Yay! I’m not the only one. I am a list kinda girl and I was raised by a woman who believed in hiring the help and not doing it yourself. Unfortunately I cannot afford this luxury so I must implement some kind of system. I opted for the http://www.flylady.net system. Its free :yay!: its easy :yay!: and its only an hour-ish a day :again yay!: I know as a stay at home mom I feel like I have, oh, like, no time at all – ever to clean! I mean where am I supposed to find time for cleaning between teen mom 2, soaps and bon bons, right? Or- uhm, dirty diapers, laundry, cooking, picking up dishes, cleaning up spilt water and accidents, trips to the park, homework, coloring on the walls, locking someone in the closet and whatever else my wee loves can conjure up for me! So I needed something uber organized, straight to the point and idiot proof :because lets face it even after 2 or 10 cups of coffee I still haven’t slept through the night since September 2005 and I’m not working at 100% here:!
Flylady rocks it with a control journal
Mine of course is hot pink with an outline of everything it contains…
it also is broken down into
morning, afternoon, bedtime chore
days of the week chores
and fly zones (one area a week)
My control journal has easy meal plans, budget, packing check lists, party check lists, emergency lists, pass word lists…erm pretty much everything I may forget (or already have!)
I love flylday although I did have to modify it to work for me. I think it will benefit just about every one because it isn’t exclusive to the housewife or the working mama or a mama at all it’s just an easy break down of the house. It makes it so its not CHAOS :Cant Have Anyone Over Syndrome:

And such is life….

Ah once again I find myself apologies to y’all for my lack of posting…so I am sorry. I was working all weekend and Emmer is having some wicked strange symptoms so off to the doctor we go this afternoon….which I will ofcourse be updating everyone with the outcome this evening :/ I hope it is my just being a nuerotic mama…she has a rare form of the flu πŸ™‚ yay!
Well today I really want to go over our budget with everyone, where it is versus where I would like to see it at I feel like since this is a blog about going from foreclosure to frugal that we should discuss this at least a little bit πŸ™‚ Let me start with I absolutely SUCK with a budget and as such I cut up my cards (debit) last night and trashed them! This is a huge step for me. We will be getting a prepaid debit and loading only enough for gas on it and then automatic payment from the online banking for all the bills and cash for the groceries, I am seriously hoping this will curb the spending. Because quite frankly I blow at the plastic money, I always have! Now give me a thousand dollars cash and I will have 700 at the end of the month LOL…
So here it is (and yes I know its bad)
Ideal Cash Flow Plan
4150 Monthly Income
Charitable Donations 400
Savings 280
Housing 1575
Utilities 400
Food 380
Transportation 600
Debts 400
Medical 115

Reality for this month
4150 Income
Charitable Donations 0
Savings 225
Rent 1575
Utilities 423
Food 700
Transportation 791
Debts 0
Medical 0
Misc 400
Total 4114 35 roll over to groceries for march
Thats PATHETIC!

its the exact same amount of money just distributed in a very ineffective manner 😦
Our goal for March is to pay insurance in full, pay bills (obviously) and rock the savings since we will be getting 500 off rent for three months…end/beg of each month I will be doing this to see how we do πŸ™‚ and let you follow along! Please make your own budget and show me I would love to see what everyone else does πŸ™‚

Now for a YUMMY thrifty treat!
Home Made Falafel
stolen from Epicurious
1 cup dried chickpeas
1/2 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1/2-1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon baking powder
4-6 tablespoons flour
Soybean or vegetable oil for frying
Chopped tomato for garnish
Diced onion for garnish
Diced green bell pepper for garnish
Tahina sauce
Pita bread
print a shopping list for this recipe

preparation

1. Put the chickpeas in a large bowl and add enough cold water to cover them by at least 2 inches. Let soak overnight, then drain. Or use canned chickpeas, drained.
2. Place the drained, uncooked chickpeas and the onions in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the parsley, cilantro, salt, hot pepper, garlic, and cumin. Process until blended but not pureed.
3. Sprinkle in the baking powder and 4 tablespoons of the flour, and pulse. You want to add enough bulgur or flour so that the dough forms a small ball and no longer sticks to your hands. Turn into a bowl and refrigerate, covered, for several hours.
4. Form the chickpea mixture into balls about the size of walnuts, or use a falafel scoop, available in Middle-Eastern markets.
5. Heat 3 inches of oil to 375 degrees in a deep pot or wok and fry 1 ball to test. If it falls apart, add a little flour. Then fry about 6 balls at once for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Stuff half a pita with falafel balls, chopped tomatoes, onion, green pepper, and pickled turnips. Drizzle with tahina thinned with water.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/My-Favorite-Falafel-231755#ixzz1FJCwVYXg

Switching it up ;-) diy elastic!!

So I had the privilege of making up this little ditty in exchange for a food processor (gotta love the barter system πŸ™‚


But I also promised the mama a how to with elastic! So here you go girl!!
Elastic Tutorial
Ingredient List
Garment
Sewing machine
Elastic
Safety pin
Iron

Step 1
Lay out your partially sewn garment like so


Step 2
Use something to measure the fold to make sure it’s even (I used a Fre because it’s easy to see)
Iron


Step 3
Fold over again and iron (make are your pin and elastic will fit through


Step 4
Sew along the bottom fold


Step 5
Thread your pin through your elastic and close (not to close to the end of the elastic)


Step 6
Thread the pin/elastic through the pocket you created in your garment


Continue


Step 7
Sew one end (the end with pin) in place


Step 8
Pull your elastic


Sew again once it’s the desired size!
Cut rest of the elastic and finish the garment!!


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