Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday #203

On Saturday #203 (#23 for Harper) I woke up and said "Enough is enough!" My bed had to go. I set my mind on one goal... buying a new mattress. My back was sore, my shoulders were sore. I was waking up at least 5 times a night. Our mattress was only 3 years old, but sleeping on concrete was more comfortable than climbing into bed. That is a true story.

My dear husband tried to talk me out of it, but he did so knowing that after the accident in our bed courtesy of the stomach flu my little boy had, he would never sleep in it again... nor would anyone else for that matter, as I had made the attempt to sleep in it the night before and did not enjoy the experience or the smell, so his frugal attempt fell short. After he tried the bed we ended up buying his speech about saving money abruptly ended and he sighed happily.

We decided to visit Hobby Lobby. I had not visited Hobby Lobby in years. Honestly the experience was not at all satisfying. I found everything was ridiculously more expensive than at Jo-Anne, the selection was very limited and the layout of the store is terrible. I did purchase several Safari LTD Toobs for sensory bins and a few crafts to do with Roo, but I grumbled over how expensive my tiny bag of goodies was.

That was the day in a nutshell, typical. Filled with spending too much money. Considering I am a few weeks behind on my 940 Saturdays update, I will say I am not complaining. A new bed was money well spent, and I had a ton of fun shopping for beds with the family. Roo was hilarious trying out all of the beds,

I hope you had a chance to do something with your family over the weekend!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Confetti Pancakes

Do you know who I am loving? The good people at Post who sent me cereal to get creative with.

I asked my son Roo, who is 3, what he wanted for dinner and he said "Pancakes!" That is easy enough, a request I was glad to honor. But anyone can make plain old pancakes. If you are looking for a great pancake recipe that is full of color and fruity flavor keep reading!
Confetti Pancakes

To make Confetti Pancakes you will need:

3/4 cup milk
 2 tablespoons white vinegar
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 2 tablespoons of sugar in the raw
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 egg
 2 tablespoons butter, melted
 3 cups of Post Fruity Pebbles lightly crushed
 cooking spray

Mix vinegar and milk in a mid size bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Combine sugar, baking powder, flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

In the milk/vinegar (soured) mixture, add egg and melted butter. Mix well. Pour this mixture into the large bowl of dry ingredients, mixing until the batter is smooth. Add Fruity Pebbles and stir.

After using the cooking spray, heat a griddle or a large skillet over medium heat Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle/skillet and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula and cook until golden brown.

Confetti Pancakes

So, these are pretty pancakes right? But the important thing is how do they taste? I asked my son if he liked them and he declared they were better than birthday cake. Out of the mouths of babes right?

Do you have a special pancake recipe? I would love to hear about it in a comment!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tips for Visiting New York

With a population of over 8 million people, New York is the largest city in the United States. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Many people are scared when traveling to the Big Apple for the first time. Here are some guidelines that you may want to follow to make things go more smoothly.

Don’t Be Skittish

New York has a stereotype of being one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Although the city does have its share of crime, it is actually a lot safer than most people think. In fact, Neighborhood Scout doesn’t even rank it as one of the 100 most dangerous cities in the country.
In general, you don’t need to be nervous about traveling in the city. There are some areas that are more dangerous than others. For example, you may want to be extra careful traveling through the Bronx, while most of Manhattan is pretty safe. However, it is still a good idea to be careful, because dangerous crime can occur in any city.

Learn How to Navigate the City

While the city is a lot safer than people give it credit for, New York can also be a stressful place to travel. You will want to look at a general map of the city while trying to get around. You don’t want to be overly reliant on your phone’s GPS. It is always a good idea to bring a paper map with you in case your smartphone dies.
Choosing the right transportation is also very important. You would be surprised by how quickly you can get tired while walking around the city. There are tradeoffs between taking a cab, bus system or subway. If you aren’t sure what option is the best, then you should look into the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for more information on the best ways to get around different parts of the city. They have a number of resources that can help you save money and avoid stress.

Eat Out Wisely

There are over 4,200 restaurants in New York City. Some of these eateries are among the finest in the world.
You may be tempted to eat out at some of the city’s finest restaurants. However, you will need to be careful if you are on a tight budget. Here are some ideas that you may want to try if you need to save money:
  • Try some of the great cuisines in Chinatown.
  • Eat some of the thin crust pizzas from local vendors.
  • Look at some of the humbler delis in the city.
All of these options are great ways to eat out without breaking the bank. You can read more on the post How to Make the Most of New York - On a Shoestring.

Visit the Smaller Shopping Plazas

New York has a number of very popular shopping centers. While these places can be very exciting to visit, they can also be very expensive and have large crowds. It is definitely worth checking out the smaller shops instead.
You can find a number of great boutiques on the lower east side of the city. You can also find some great artistry places in Brooklyn. These places tend to have much better prices than Macy’s or the shopping centers around SoHo. You also won’t have to fight the crowds.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pretty Pebble Marshmallows

I was really excited when Post sent me some fun supplies to create this recipe

My family loves cereal and we love gourmet marshmallows, so I combined two of our favorite things to create a fantastic treat that is colorful, sweet, easy to make and fun to eat.

If you need a quick sweet treat or if you want to make someone something very memorable, Pretty Pebble Marshmallows will work perfectly!



You will need:
1 bag of white chocolate chips
1 bag of jumbo marshmallows
1/2 cup of Fruity Pebbles

Place 1/2 cup of Fruity Pebbles in a zipper seal baggie. Using a rolling pin or crush the cereal. Pour it into a small bowl.

Spray a microwave safe bowl with cooking spray. Pour in the bag of white chocolate chips. Microwave in 30 second increments. Stirring every 30 seconds until the chips have melted and blended smooth.

Using a skewer or a fondue fork dip your marshmallows into the melted white chocolate, then dip into the crushed cereal, repeat until you have depleted your white chocolate or marshmallows. Allow to dry before serving, about 30 minutes. Store leftovers in a zipper seal baggie for freshness.


Do you love cereal? What is your favorite kind? If you love marshmallows you might want to check out this recipe for Double Chocolate Marshmallows.





Monday, April 14, 2014

Tell Me About It Tuesday!

Welcome to Tell Me About It Tuesday!

Let me tell you about my life since the last party:

1 word.
BUSY!

I would love for you to leave me a comment. Tell Me About It, I want to hear about your week!

Okay, now on to the good stuff :

The most clicked link was:

Lemon-cupcakes-2-slider

April's favorite was:

Olive-Tomato-Focaccia
Olive Tomato Focaccia from A Few Shortcuts.

Sara's favorite was:

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Jacqui's favorite was

bang bang shrimp

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