Thursday, October 27, 2011

Baby Elf Hat

Finished a new style baby hat. calling it a Baby Elf Hat. B was kind enough to model for me.





Saturday, October 22, 2011

6 months and counting

Happy half birthday baby B! Today you are 6 months old!


Your birth has brought so many positive changes to our family in the last half year. From the first moment I held you, I felt as if I had always known you. You delight us all with your sweetness and your curiosity. We love you baby girl!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie

Perfectly Easy Chicken Pot Pie!

2 rolls of pre-made pie crust
2cups frozen mixed veggies
1 can of cream of potato soup
1 can cream of something else (chicken is what I used)
red pepper, garlic to taste (i added cayenne, and then used a mixed peppercorn and garlic grinder)
2 large chicken breasts.

preheat oven to 350. cook chicken thoroughly, chop. mix veggies and cream soup and spices with chicken. i have a 9in deepdish pie pan i use. lay one pie crust in the bottom of your pie pan, spoon in mixture. lay the second crust on top. trim the excess then pinch the edges shut. poke some holes in the top crust to let steam out. cover the edges of the pan with foil. bake for 30min then remove the foil. bake for another 30mins. let stand to cool.

it really can't get much easier than this, and it's supremely tasty!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Just an update on life

The last couple weeks have been really busy. The kids and I went to TN for a week to spend time with family and friends. J couldn't come with us cause the dirty, rotten, stinking USAF wouldn't let him have any time off. The kids were real troopers and for the most part we had a great time. It's great to be back home though. This place really does feel like home too. I marvel sometimes, at how far we've come in the last 6 months, and how wonderfully happy I am with our family. The kids absolutely make my world go round. B is just the greatest thing ever. And R is so clever and smart and full of energy. J and I are working so much more as a team. Our 4th wedding anniversary is in a few weeks. Unfortunately, he'll be at a class in TX. We'll have to celebrate when he gets home. 4 years of marriage and almost 10 as a couple, 11 as best friends. I really, truly believe we were meant to find one another. Even when he drives me batty (which is not all that often right now), at the end of the day, we have so much love for each other.

I'm still knitting, even though I took a semi-break from it over vacation. I made a sweater and intended it to be for B, but it was too snug on her baby chub, so I made a hat to match, and it's now for sell at Up and Dyed. I wish I'd gotten a picture before it left me, it was really quite cute. Now I have to knit another, bigger sweater for miss chubbness. But I have to finish this hat I am working on first. It's still a bit warm for sweaters here anyway. I'm not sure it will ever get cold. We're having an Indian Summer here right now, in mid October.

Someone gave the kids a used swing set while we were gone. Today I found a baby swing on clearance for B. The kids both love the swing set. They were so cute together.


We have so much fun playing in the back yard here, especially now that it's not miserably hot.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy Fall Ya'll

I've been a busy knitter the last few weeks. Here are just a few of my finished projects:



I'll try to post some more pictures soon. Everything is available for sale, and will soon be displayed at Up and Dyed. I haven't had much luck yet with the Facebook Page for The Hippie Homemaker, but I also haven't been doing a whole lot to promote it. I just don't have the time to devote to it yet. I have a lot of stuff now for sale, hopefully some of it will start to move as fall rolls in. We really need the extra income. Two house payments and all. Cause ya know, our house in Fayetteville is still on the market. Our shitty ass realtors won't show it. Our contract isn't up until January either- but I digress.

We're putting in fruit trees and berry bushes here on our mini farm this fall. Apples, pecans, blue berries, blackberries, and hopefully PEACHES! J informs me there are huckleberries growing wild in back, and a grape vine. We already have several pecans, but J wants more. Fine by me. I like pecans.

The kids are a blast right now. Well, R. occasionally makes me want to pull my hair out. But I am trying so very hard to keep my cool with him. We're trying the 1-2-3 thing, and it seems to be working pretty well so far. We're doing some real unstructured preschool stuff with him right now. He's not really able to handle too much sit down learning at this point. So I work learning into our play and daily routines. He's done really well with colors, and now we're working on counting- 1 to 1 correspondence, and reciting numbers to 20. He knows through 12, and this week I introduced 13-20 and he got quite excited about the new numbers. We do lots of sing songs to help with letters, as well as coloring pages. We read a lot of books, we watch a few cartoons. We play outside. We color. I have all these fun ideas that he's just not ready for yet. We'll get there someday. Honestly, he's still just so little, even though he has a huge personality.
B continues to be her fabulous self. She's a rollin fool right now. She rolls everywhere. Happy as a clam most of the time. She thinks R. is hilarious, and they enjoy playing together. He gets down in the floor with her and gives her toys, and helps her get unstuck when she rolls up against the furniture. She is also totally a daddy's girl. She lights up when he comes in the room. Coos and hollars and grins and flaps her arms. She just loooooves her daddy. She's been trying a few bites of solid food here and there the last week or so. Mushed banana, green peas, mushed up rice. She is pretty offended by it when she actually manages to get a taste of it in her mouth. Which is fine. She's got her whole life to eat solid food. She's a great nursling.