Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Candied Almonds



I am one who enjoys making the tried and true recipes, but I also enjoy making recipes of something that I would not normally think of. There are certain things I see in a grocery store or try at a restaurant and wonder "can I make that at home?" Typically I try and it's an epic fail. For instance, I LOVE Qdoba's queso, and I've tried copycat recipes, but I just can't seem to make a good copycat of it. I don't know if you ever have the strange desire to try and replicate restaurant or store-bought food, but I do!

One food that I have always loved are candied pecans and almonds. I've made candied pecans in the past, but I had never tried candied almonds. I have seen them in the stores, fairs, or markets, but I have never attempted to make them myself. I had a craving and finally tried to give them a whirl. I must say I completely "unhealthetized" (like my new word?) a wholesome food, but hey, it was worth every minute and every bite!

These candied almonds were incredible and I am going to have a hard time NOT purchasing almonds every week - not to eat them whole, but to eat the unhealthy version. This was definitely a copycat market and fair food I am glad I tried. And you will too!


Candied Almonds  (Print Recipe)

Ingredients:
1/2 c. water
1 c. white sugar 
1 T. ground cinnamon
2 c. whole almonds
White or brown sugar for coating

Directions:
1. Combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon in a pan over medium heat; bring to a boil
2. Add almonds.
3. Stir almonds in mixture until the almonds are coated with a syrup-like consistency. About 10 minutes.
4. Pour the almonds onto parchment or wax paper; separate almonds.
5. Dust with white or brown sugar after almonds are slightly cooled (so sugar won't melt).
6. Allow to cool before storing.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Steaming Away Stains + GIVEAWAY

A few years ago, we decided to join the "van club." We had a newborn and we knew that getting our child in and out of the vehicle we had, would prove to be too difficult on a daily basis. Well, I suppose along with having a young child also comes stains, spills, and lots and lots of crumbs (all things that are expected to happen in a van, right?)

To be honest, I had not spent much time getting the stains out, only because they seemed minor at the time, but I suppose over time, they started to pile up (literally).

I received an email from HomeRight, who also produces the amazing SteamMachine (which I also have), letting me know that they had just come out with the AutoRight SteamMachine. I was a tad skeptical because I was not sure how steam could get out years and years of stains from a vehicle 
(our van is 10 years old). 

Well, I was wrong.

The AutoRight SteamMachine does not use ANY chemicals, but purely water to steam clean dirt, grime, and grease from your vehicle's upholstery, leather, and carpets. It can even clean your wheels, windows, and dashboards. The cleaner has interchangeable accessories like a jet nozzle, small and large nylon brushes (soft and stiff bristles for both), a squeegee, and more!

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Let the pictures prove it's power:

Pouring water into the machine using the funnel and cup provided.

 Tighten the cap, plug in, push the "on" button, and allow to heat up (about 15 minutes)

Locate all of those stains!



Let the Steam Cleaner do it's job!


Voila! There were stones embedded into this rubber, a sticky residue from who knows what, and the Steam Cleaner took it ALL off within SECONDS!

I used a cloth to dab where I used the machine and look at how much it kicked up!

Now THAT is clean!
 A grease spot...

 Which is no more!



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Monday, September 26, 2016

Around The Home

I may have said this in my last "Around The Home" post, but Fall REALLY has arrived in Minnesota! Cool temps during the day, leaves are changing and falling, and it is WINDY. Who knew that Minnesota would be so windy? Needless to say, going on bike rides with Mazy is plenty of exercise since our "cart" acts like a parachute. 

We were thankful to have a very good report at Mazy's 18 month appointment! Much to be thankful for. She slept AMAZING last week too (outside of Monday night). She slept through the night completely one night, only woke up once for 2 nights, and then woke up twice 1 one night, but that is a major improvement! Then it went a bit downhill again, but hey, you take what you can get! I tried a few of the suggestions the doctor gave me, and they did not seem to work, but only made it worse, but I am so glad she suggested them! Love my doctor!

Mazy is again, learning new words everyday. She now knows people's names, can say "Go blue" and "I love you" in her own little language. Really, you can teach her any word as long as it doesn't have an "l" or "n" in it. Those are two letters that always seem to get missed in words (allow with many more I am sure). Toddler babble never gets old!

One of Mazy's new-found loves is for stickers. Again, we don't need a sticker book - mommy's and Mazy's faces are just as fun!

I had to get Mazy up for her appointment, and this is how I found her. pants half off, with her legs tugged underneath. She was OUT! Not really my preferred way of sleeping...

You can see the leaves are just starting to turn at the tops of the trees in Prinsburg!

As you know, Mazy is quite obsessed with Daniel Tiger (Danny as she calls it). Well, Dan found a stuffed animal Daniel Tiger that plays some of the sayings from the show, and he couldn't resist. 

And she's in love:



There were extra cupcakes from youth group (a sweet leader brought them for Dan's birthday). We knew Mazy would enjoy one! Never thought of licking the cupcake so you don't get your hands dirty!

Licking it wasn't really working...

We were walking through the mall and Dan saw the toys in the middle of the mall - I'm telling you, Mazy has her father wrapped around her finger (and I LOVE it). Mazy went for quite a ride to say the least!

Wearing an adorable outfit from my sister

When you try and take a nice pic with your daughter...

LOVE my goofball!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Mazy Is 18 Months Old!



Stats: 
 ~ Height: 33 1/4 inches (88th percentile)
 ~ Weight: 23 lbs. 3 oz. (57th percentile

Food:
 ~ Favorites: lasagna, mac 'n cheese, strawberries, cheese, pizza, peanut butter and jelly, oatmeal cream pies, taking cereal out of the bag

Size:
 ~ 18 month-2T clothes
 ~ 24 month - 2T pants
 ~ Size 4 diapers during the day and size 5 at night

Routine:
 ~ Wakes up between 7:30 and 8:15.
 ~ Goes to bed, well, by 10:00 

 ~ Mazy's wake up time has varied a bit since she recently hasn't started to fall asleep until 9:30 or 10. When she wakes up, she likes to cuddle and then eat breakfast about 1 hour later. We will then run our errands and play outside. She eats lunch at about 11:30 and then between 12 and 12:30 she will go down for an afternoon nap. She can sleep 2 hours, but sometimes we do not let her so that she is more tired at night (though that theory seems to not work). After she wakes up, she cuddles for quite awhile (she wakes up really hard), and then it's off to playing again. Eats supper at 5:30 or so, more play, then by 7:30, we give her a bath, turn Praise Baby or Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on. Then we just pray that she will go to sleep eventually! 

Milestones:
 ~ Favorite Words: eyes (sunglasses), keys, bo, bane (plane), weese (swing), pay (play), bah (bath), dadee (daddy), sooze (shoes), eeshee (blankie), wubs (wubbanub), gawk (milk), woof (dog), bahsh (brush), ehwhoa (hello, phone), babee (baby), beebeebee (praisebaby dvd) eyes (for sunglasses), keys, mo (for motorcycle), daushess (strawberries)
New words: mommy (mom), sun, bri (Brianna), weesh (fish), miyee (more), gawga (cracker), bi (bike), danny (Daniel Tiger), roar (bear), baa baa (lamb)
 ~ Can get up and down off the floor solely on her own, without having to use furniture
 ~ Has 14 teeth - just pushed through her canines.
 ~ Loves to make animal sounds - can even do a fantastic beaver sound by smacking her hands together
 ~ Really is starting to comprehend what we are saying. Can get something if we ask her to.
 ~ Loves to dance and sing
 ~ Can bend over and pick something up off the ground if hanging onto something
 ~ Can get off the couch on her own
 ~ Got her first haircut, to get rid of the mullet (I cut it)

Other Things To Remember:
 ~ Has not been to the doctor since July!
 ~ Hast stopped pulling out her hair for the most part!
 ~ Loves to go on walks - but she has to now do the walking herself and start a leaf collection everytime
 ~ Enjoys swinging, playing in the sandbox, playing with chalk, and riding in her car
 ~ Can't wait for me to say "let's get the mail" (loves holding the keys)
 ~ Sometimes sleeps through the night, but sometimes wakes up 5 times in a night
 ~ Enjoys playing on the deck; especially in her water table
 ~ Would watch Praise Baby and Daniel Tiger all day if we let her
 ~ Always asks to pray before meals - holds our hands and she squints her eyes shut
 ~ Likes to try and put her own clothes on
 ~ Favorite toys: riding elephant, busy board, My Very First 100 Words block books, coloring, blocks, any book, baby, cell phone, puppy that she can pull
 ~ Can say a word and typically she can repeat it in her own form
 ~ Still loves her baths! Oh, and putting things in the toilet if the lid isn't down

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Around The Home

This past week we had the joy of having Dan's parents stay with us! They made the 10 hour trek from Michigan to visit, and what a wonderful weekend we had! Always good to catch up and to have visitors!

Besides having family come and visit, I feel life has been pretty hectic, but hopefully things will slow down (right?) The start of school is always a busy time, just getting our schedules coordinated, getting back into the swing of things, etc. If this says anything, I am finally posting my "Monday" post on Thursday. I must say though, we are also spending a lot of time soaking up our daughter - oh the joy she brings to our life!

This past Sunday was also Dan's 35th birthday! He sure looks a whole lot younger than 35 if you ask me! 

She makes us laugh. So this summer, she VERY MUCH disliked wearing her life jacket. Well, now she wants to wear it around the house (for just a few minutes). Silly girl!

It rained last Friday and Mazy kept begging to go outside. Granted it was warm out (so it was a warm rain as well), so we decided to let her go outside. She was given a new raincoat by a friend, and oh did she love putting on that coat and going out in the rain! 

Eating her favorite snack - OCP's (as coined by our friend), aka Oatmeal Creme Pies

Watching Daniel Tiger with Grandpa before going to bed

One thing Dan wanted for his birthday was to go fishing just us two. Thankfully his parents were in town so we did not have to get an official babysitter. It was a bit of a rough start (literally). We went to Green Lake and the motor would not start. It was also rather windy and bit chilly, but the conversations and company were warm and much needed!

And of course I got out-fished AGAIN


The clouds started to break and that sun started to peak out!

Never a dull moment with a toddler - Mazy loves to play with stickers now. It was pretty warm outside so we took off her shirt. Well, then she decided to use her body and belly as her "sticker book"

Cuddling with Grandma

Cuddling with Grandpa


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