Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Toddler Friendly Thanksgiving Art Project

When we moved here, and I knew I was going to become a stay-at-home mom, I made a weekly schedule for myself with different things to do each day in different areas of my life. I knew I needed some structure to add variety to our days and make sure things got done. We've loosely followed the schedule for the past few weeks, but I started really trying to achieve everything on the schedule this week. It hasn't totally happened (surprise for all you moms out there - the area that keeps getting left out is me time), but I did pretty good.

Anyway, on Fridays, my "special" activity with Cadie is arts/crafts. Last week, we painted, but I wanted something a little more interesting this week. Of course, I didn't think about this until yesterday morning. I've also been wanting to help her understand Thanksgiving. So, I grabbed a bunch of my magazine from October and November (I get a lot of magazines - Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, Woman's Day, Ladies' Home Journal, and Parents - they were all gifts or free, and I love them)and started cutting out pictures that have to do with Thanksgiving/Fall, hoping she would be into making a collage.

She loved it! I let her pick which pictures she wanted to glue.
She really did it all herself. She was very methodical. She would pick a picture, put it in the top left corner of her desk, apply the glue, put the lid back on the glue stick, then stick the picture down.
We got to talk about some Thanksgiving things - most of my pictures were of food, but that was okay.

She was very proud of the finished product - we put it on the fridge right away.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Deals of the Week

I got some good deals at the grocery store this week because of the Thanksgiving sales (cheap stuffing and Campbell's cream soups, in particular), but I got free stuff this week and that has to count as the best deals. The Yakisoba noodles were free at Ingles with my $.50 off coupon doubled, and the deodorant and toothpaste were free samples that came in the mail. I'm wondering if between coupons and sales and free samples we might never have to pay for deodorant and toothpaste again!
P.S. I finally upgraded my blog look when I has some free time the other night. I changed up the layout (which I'm still working on) and added a pretty background and header from

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dassa and Pa-Pa came to town

Matt's parents came to visit a couple weeks ago now, but I'm just now getting the pictures off my camera. Here's some of the highlights of their visit.

In other news, we converted Cadie's crib to a toddler bed on Sunday. I think this means she is giving up naps entirely, which she has not been great at for awhile now. I'm still putting her in her darkened room with her sound machine on, but from what I can tell through the monitor, she gets up and plays the whole time. She goes to sleep really well at night though. The first night she rolled out, but from then on, no problems.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Candied Almonds

The candied almonds turned out YUMMY and super easy. I got the recipe from my trusty Better Homes and Garden cookbook, but I changed it up some, so I'm going to share it here! This would be perfect for the holidays.

1 1/2 cups raw almonds
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
scant tbsp pumpkin pie spice (I added this part and didn't actually have any pumpkin pie spice, so I made it up with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves)

Line a baking sheet with buttered foil or parchment paper (doesn't need to be buttered). In a skillet, combine nuts, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Cook over medium high heat till sugar starts to melt (no need to stir). Turn heat to low and cook until sugar is golden brown. Add spices and stir until almonds are well-coated. Pour mixture onto baking sheet and cool completely. Break into clusters as needed.


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Today we:

*went to playgroup.
*ate eggplant pizza bites for lunch. (Well, Mama did. Cadie had cheese and sweet potatoes, and pretty much didn't acknowledge the fact that the eggplant was on her plate.) We're eating up the eggplant Dassa left for us last week.
*made candied almonds. If they come out well - we're waiting for them to cool - I'll share the recipe.
*found a new way to entertain ourselves on the potty.
And it's only 1:30! Now, to the mailbox!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Deals of the Week

We got to get out of town this weekend, spending two nights at my family's cabin, which Cadence calls the "mountains house", and surprising our friend John at a great surprise party. On the way home, we tried to take advantage of civilization and went to Target. They had just marked all their leftover Halloween items 90% off. Thankfully we were there early enough to still get something decent - and there was quite a crowd of eager ladies digging through the costumes. The pumpkin was $1.50, the snow princess $2.50 (I got this one in a child's medium - should fit Cadie when she is 5 or 6 and cares more about being a princess), and the zookeeper for $1.20! The snow princess includes the dress, hooded capelet and muff, and the zookeeper includes a hat. For just over $5 - three great costumes for Halloween or playtime.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween festivities

There was much debate among parents around campus here (and much debate in my head) about how/where to celebrate Halloween here. In a rural area like this, going door-to-door is completely unreasonable. The church we've been attending here wasn't doing anything, and I could hardly find details about any other events. A lot of families with older kids drive half an hour through the mountains to trick-or-treat in downtown Highlands, NC, but it was far away and at night. I finally managed to get some details about Hay Day put on by the Rabun County Chamber of Commerce and we went with that - we especially liked that it was on Saturday morning. Some of the games were a little beyond her, but it was fun; she liked wandering around and seeing all the costumes. All that said, here's some pics.

She was not about to put her hand in the "boiling" cauldron, even if it was for a prize. Daddy did it for her.
Bowling for a prize at the McDonald's booth. (They were super generous with the gifts - coupon for free coffee for grown-ups and a whole bucket of candy and prizes for the kids. Cadie got a my little pony that she loves.)

Taking a break to eat some raisins in front of the department store. Note the deer hunting rifle behind her. Yep.
Also a big hit - the train table play set at a favorite bakery/coffee shop where we stopped for lunch.
Maybe she'll grow up to be a ballerina/train conductor?