Monday, July 29, 2013

City Noise


The sound of my 2.5 year old little guy who we will call "Buddy" knocking at his door or my sweet little 9 month old (I'll call her "Ten") crying because someone or something was noisy and woke them up is the worst!

I cringe when I hear sirens at night or nap time! Don't you?!?!?

In the country, loud noises just don't happen as often.  If you hear sirens you run to the window to see whose house they're going to and hope that "Thelma & Frank" down the street are alright!

Here in the city, I don't even know my neighbors names really.  Well, I do, but that's about all I know.  The guy 2 houses down??? I call him Mike the Yeller.  Yep, he yells A LOT! Most of the yelling contains obscenities.

2 houses down the other direction?? His name is Don.  He fixes our cars from time to time.  Nice guy.  Don't know his last name though.

My advice to you city dwellers with little ones...invest in one of these babies PER ROOM!

The nice thing is that they can use batteries as well! I have 2.  One for each kids' bedroom.  I couldn't live without them!

Homemade is the only way to go!

As a stay-at-home mom, I don't have an income.  I'm sure many mothers/fathers are in this position.  To be thrifty and save money...and enjoy food more, I cook/bake most things we eat from scratch.  Today, I will tell you about the homemade hot dog/hamburger bun recipe I use.  I found the recipe on Budget 101. I usually double the recipe below in my Bosch mixer. Once finished, I allow the buns to cool and then bag and freeze.  My family does not even LIKE the taste of store bought buns anymore!  

8 cups all purpose flour
2 packages active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
3/4 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
3 eggs

In large mixing bowl 4 cups flour with yeast.

Combine water, oil, sugar, and salt. Add to flour mixture. Add
eggs. Beat at low speed with mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl.
Beat 3 minutes at high speed. By hand, stir in 4 cups flour to make
a soft dough.

Turn out on floured surface, knead till smooth and elastic. Place
in greased bowl, turning once. Cover, let rise in warm place till
double (about one hour). Punch down, divide dough in 3 portions.
Cover, let rest 5 minutes. Divide each portion into eight balls.
Turn ball in hands, folding edges under to make a even circle.
Press ball flat between hands. Place on greased baking sheets,
pressing to 3 1/2 inch circles. Let rise till double (about 30
minutes). Bake at 375F about 10 minutes. Makes 24 buns.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The S word.

Yep! Surgery.

Looks like I will be having surgery sometime (hopefully) in August.

Last year, while pregnant, I found out that I have more than 1 thyroid nodule on the left side of my thyroid! Yikes! They biopsied it and said that it's not cancer (most likely). But, it is now causing1111111111111111111111g me trouble swallowing, so I must get it out! LAME! I always thought that I had an Adam's apple...but that would be weird because I'm a I'm glad it's not an Adam's apple!

Meanwhile.  Post-baby weight loss has come to a screeching HALT! I have known for a while that it's my eating habits, but writing down a meal plan and actually following it today has proven to be HARD! I am doing the old Weight Watchers program since I have the materials already and know what I'm doing (and have had so much success when I actually followed it after baby #1). Let's just say that I was EXTREMELY disappointed when I found out that I was only able to have 5 meatballs today for my lunch meal.  I wanted more so bad! Oh well. Life goes on.

We are planning a camping trip with my in-laws! I'm excited! It's been a long time since I've been camping.  The last time I went camping was when I was barely pregnant with my little guy (who is almost 2 1/2 now!)  So roughly 3 years ago!  Life gets away from you!