Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Quick Tip

Maybe everyone does this and I'm just late to the party, but I thought I'd share something that I do when baking. When whipping up a cake (I almost always use a cake mix but I'm crazy like that lol), of course I use the same measuring cup for the water and oil.

image from Amazon

But I also use it for one more thing. Instead of breaking out a separate bowl for cracking the eggs in (you know, to check them for impurities before dumping them into the batter) I just crack them into the measuring cup (after I do the water and oil) and dump them in from there. I'm all for using even one less dish! What simple but useful kitchen tip(s) do you have?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday

I threw together a simple lunch for Ashlyn yesterday. She loves getting her meal in a muffin tin. :)

I made her a Mickey Mouse peanut butter and jelly sandwich, provolone cheese, and veggie chips. She ate almost all of it except the cheese. I think I never did muffin tin meals very consistently because I wanted to do these elaborate themes for Ashlyn but whenever I didn't have time to come up with one I just wouldn't do it. But I've realized recently (I made her a quick MTM last week but forgot to post it) that she gets excited just over a simple one like this! I still have fun making elaborate ones for her every now and then but I've gotten okay with the fact that I just can't do that all the time. I may not always post the simple ones on here (though I will sometimes) but I'm excited by the "new" idea that she'll have fun with even the simple tins. :)

To see what others did this week, head on over to Muffin Tin Mom!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

An Update and Father's Day Decorations

Hi everyone! Things have been, and are going to continue to be, CRAZY busy around here. Last week we were in Florida house hunting. We found a place that is great for us and hope to close in about a month. Please keep us in your prayers that it all works out with all the last little details! On top of trying to buy a house while living in a different country (sometimes it makes things a little extra difficult but everyone has been so willing to work with us!), we will have our stuff packed up and shipped in 2 weeks and then 2 weeks after that we will be moving! It's going to go buy so fast! I am really wanting to get at least one movie night in before all our stuff is packed as well as a couple of crafts. So keep a look out for those!

Today I finally put up a couple of Father's Day decorations. I can't believe that's already this coming Sunday!! I don't exactly have any Father's Day decor, but remember those cheap frames I have that I switch the picture or printable out for each holiday? Well, you know I couldn't not find something super cute for Father's Day!

I found the printable from Holiday Snob. In the smaller frame I put a super cute picture of Aaron and Ashlyn that we took while in Florida last week. I had seen other sites where people put some tools next to their printables as decoration and while Aaron is my handyman and likes to work on stuff when it breaks, I wouldn't say it's his #1 passion. He loves computers and Warhammer/WarMachine/Hordes. So I stole borrowed some of his guys from one of those games (I've tried more than once to learn to play both those games but it's just not my thing I guess) to guard the frames.

He hasn't seen it yet so I hope he likes it! He'll of course get to choose the meals on Sunday (not that he doesn't have a say the rest of the week, but you know what I mean). I feel bad but he probably won't get a special dessert. I have two cake/cake pop orders for this weekend so we will probably eat what extra ones I make. He's never complained before, though. :) Ashlyn is also making him a present, but I'll share that later considering Aaron reads this blog sometimes. He knows he got a computer game he's been wanting, but I have to keep something a secret! ;)