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Enter Sandman

Last modified on 2010-05-05 13:07:51 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

Remember that song mid to late 1990’s friends?  Anyway, Metallica didn’t come visit nor did finally complete our Guitar Hero collection, but…!  But Anna took full advantage of her carpenter grandpa and requested a sandbox for her birthday.  Ok, she really didn’t but grandma and grandpa came up with the idea and said so in her birthday card in October.  So as promised, G & G Tiemens came up last weekend to build her (and Izzy) a 6′ x 6′ sandbox in the space we’re now making into a little play area for the girls.  I forgot to take play by play pictures of the construction but as you can see the air was filled with happiness and the crushing of Uncle Alex’s sandcastles which both girls delighted in for some weird destructive reason.

Anywho, thank you grandpa, daddy and Uncle Alex in the making and filling of the new sandbox!  This will be a wonderful thing for years to come and hopefully we can leave most of the sand in the box and not in our pants.


Smart or Crazy?

Last modified on 2010-04-30 02:31:48 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

So instead of us running the Calvin 5k Classic on Saturday morning in the iffy 60 degree weather, we decided to prep a little more for the big OAMC day!  Sounds like a pretty exciting thing, right?  Well it is.  It stands for Once A Month Cooking.  I put out a distress signal on Facebook a couple weeks ago to see if there was anyone interested in doing it with me and I got some great responses!  Most of them were out of state except one, my friend Nisi of A Foody Craft and a long time friend of ours.  She loves cooking and I love the idea of cooking and having fast but tasty meals for my family ready after work, so it was the perfect marriage.  I’ve seen books and a few other blogs I frequent talk about this but haven’t really loved their recipes.  Now to all my wonderful family who still thinks of me as a picky eater, I’m about to wow you with the recipes we did.  But first, I found a blog a couple months ago aptly named Once a Month Mom and started going through her (Trish’s) site.  First of all, she is an amazing Christian woman with 2 little ones of her own and she does all this.  It’s truly amazing what she’s set at no cost to her readers.  If you go by her breakfast, lunch and dinner plan monthly, she has the entire grocery list made up, the recipes, packing and preparing instructions and labels!  On top of that, she made an AB plan, where she goes through what person A should be doing while person B does this on the day of.  Very cool.

After talking with Nisi, we decided based on our own needs, we really only need dinners.  So Nisi went through this years menu’s, made a list of recipes that sounded good to her and her family and narrowed it down to 7 this month.  The remaining recipes will wait till we do this again because we will.  :)   Nisi complied a list of ingredients, we chatted together on Facebook to figure what we already have and who was getting what.  We both had quite of a bit if the more common things like spices, corn starch, honey, etc but needed quite a bit of the meat and fresh items like pineapple, peppers, chicken and pork loin.  So we both headed to Sam’s and Meijer before we met up at our house at 1:30 on Saturday afternoon.

We corralled all our food on the counters, the kids were off playing already and we started in on the hot beef sandwiches that need to go in the crockpot.  From there we cut up chicken for the chicken spinach parm pitas, sweet and sour chicken, chicken broccoli pineapple stir fry and the chicken ranch pizza.  I know, lots of chicken.  We had a total of 30 pounds in house (don’t worry, we each took home a full package).  We chopped fresh pineapple, peppers, lots and lots of onions and garlic.  Boiled many a noodle for the cannelloni and made a chimichurri marinade for the grilled pork tenderloin.  All in all, we made 16 dinners for each of us to take home and feed a family of 4 in about 7 hours give or take.  Keep in mind this doing our own AB system and working together for the first time.  We hope next time we’ll have some prep work done and all we have to do is chop and assemble for the most part.

Overall I think it was a huge success.  Nisi was great to work with, learned a few more things and had a fun family day!  Thanks to the dads for watching the kids all day – they were troppers too!

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