Well the ladies of the Cobb household have been learning some new tricks!
Maggie is offically pulling herself to standing! Most people respond ‘wow, great!’ to that. Not me. I know she is only a few short months (or maybe weeks at the rate she is going) from walking and I remember those early walker get into everything days, I was hoping to have a few more months before I had to chase 2 people! Also, there is the whole my tiny baby is growing up, and in a hurry, too! Every step towards independence is a reminder of how fast she is growing and fast these days go by.
As you can see, I have learned to knit, not well, but knitting just the same. To be fair this not a new trick, my grandmother is quite an accomplished knitter who can make just about anything, taught me how to knit when I was about 8 or 9. It had been a long time since I had cast on, though and found some great tutorials on the internet to re-teach me. I am just starting to get in the groove of it, and find that I am enjoying watching TV at night and knitting.
The gentlemen of the Cobb household are also faring well and are up to their same old tricks, I’ll leave you with some pics of the tractor in the dining room progress and this thought, ‘real men wear…babies!’
Forgive me for not posting the usual Meal Plan Monday! The next 2 weeks we are going to be trying to clean out the pantry, I went to the grocery this weekend and spent $75 on perishables and milk, eggs, that sort of thing. That is supposed to last us for 2 weeks, the rest of the meals will be made from the food we already have. The freezers were getting so full you couldn’t really see what was in the back and some things were coming to the end of their useful life. so here it is:
Monday – Potato Bacon Chowder
Tuesday – oven pizza and breadsticks
Wednesday – Ham steak, mac and cheese (from the freezer), mixed veggies
Thursday – Spaghetti and breadsticks
Friday – Baked chicken breasts, rice, green beans
Saturday – DATE NIGHT for the big people, tacos for the littles
Sunday – fried and battered chicken wings, tator tots, salad
That’s our week!
So, I have found the BEST candles! My friend, Becca, Makes these awesome soy candles. I bought some the other day to give as a gift at a bridal shower and they were a big hit! I got a small gardenia for myself and it is awesome, I really love the smell. Please check out her website, place an order, tell her I sent you! http://www.yellowhousecandles.com
So, Maggie is offically an ‘older baby’ she’ll be 7 months old in less than a week! She can crawl everywhere, she can really get some distance now! This of course means I have to reaquint myself with an old friend, the vacuum cleaner! How is that on a floor literally covered with toys (some age appropriate, some not, but whose counting?) Mags can find the one tiny little choking hazard I forgot to pick up? How is that? Is there some sort choking hazard honing device that babies have?
In other non choking hazard news, she LOVES to eat! After the sweet potato incident I realized it was time to stop being lazy and start feeding the girl. She has just gone nuts! To be honest she was so excited about peas that I thought she was having a seizure for a second, but no, just hysterical over the peas! She is up to breakfast and lunch with us now, she is still a little skinny mini but I am looking for a growth spurt to happen any day now. Here is a picture of her in her high chair, having dinner with dad!
I know everyone saw the post where we canned the turkey soup, here is what went on beforehand. Here is the turkey after it was cooked, yes, it was cooked in a cast iron skillet because I have no roasting pan. (I DO have a birthday in 3 months, but no roasting pan. *cough, cough*.)
I also used some of the elftover turkey to make quesadillas one night for dinner, I just added some turkey, chopped some onion, green pepper, threw on some cheese and fried in some oil and they were SO good, better than turkey itself! I was out of tomato or I would have added some. These were a big hit with everybody, even Jackson. While Jackson does like a lot of different foods, the hard part is getting him to taste them the first time. When he saw the quesadilla at first he said ‘no, no, no’ and when I didn’t offer him anything new, he finally tried the tiniest little bite and realized how good it was and ate an entire portion. I didn’t make turkey salad with this like I usually do, but that is also another way we use things up and avoid waste. I’ll be back with some decluttering pictures soon.
I haven’t been the best blogger lately. I hope you all can forgive me, between a hospitalization, vacation and stomach bug, the blog has sadly taken a backseat to my actual life! Here are some pictures of breakfast, the first is egg sandwiches and fruit salad (teh fruit salad was a manager’s special of pre-cut fruit, everything in obviously only had about a day left, so the whole bowl was $2. The second pic is just your average aggs, bacon and biscuits breakfast. I don’t make a full breakfast every morning, just on weekends.
So the first full week of the new year has begun! We grocery shopped this weekend (all 4 of us, what a nightmare!) And I have my meal plan ready to go for next week:
Monday – Turkey, baked sweet potatoes, green beans
Tuesday – Turkey noodle soup (with celery and carrots)
Wednesday – Keilbasa with rice and carrots (haven’t fully decided on what kind of rice)
Thursday – Leftovers (and turkey salad)
Friday – Hot wings and fries
Saturday – Grilled cheese, chips and fruit salad
Sunday – undecided (possible even out if I can find a good coupon!)
Lunches this week with be leftovers and turkey salad sandwiches, we also have some roast beef and one lone frozen pizza (the 99 cent kind) that need to be used up. Breakfasts, made hardboiled eggs on sunday,so those and sausage and fruit or yogurt.
That’s the plan for this week! I’m still using up and sorting through my freezers, the turkey and keilbasa are from the freezer. I am really going to try harder to start posting pictures with my posts, really, I am, I promise…..sort of.