Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Comfort Food: Vegetable Soup

With fall time in Michigan comes cooler temperatures.  Much cooler.  So that means that warm filling foods are a must.





One of my favorite things to make is a vegetable soup. It's filling and it's cheap (and that is the best part) I make it little thicker than a soup although you can tweak it easily to make it more of a soupier consistency.

Ingredients
  • A bag of frozen mixed vegetables                                                                       $1
  • A jar of spaghetti sauce                                                                                       $1
  • A box of noodles (usually I use radiatore, but I used cavatappi this time)         $1
  • Can of diced tomatoes                                                                                         $. 75
And that's it.

I cook the noodles until they are done, then mix everything into a crockpot and let it cook on high for a few hours.  

I use spaghetti sauce since it's the same thing as tomato soup (although I do occasionally add a can of that as well), and I only use half of the box of noodles.

I also will add other veggies if I have them on hand (such as onion or pepper).  Basically you can use up what you have in the house. 

I make this meal every few weeks, and if there are leftovers freeze them in individual portions for me to have for lunch.


Toddler Approved!





Friday, October 17, 2014

Braun No Touch Forehead Thermometer

I was sent this for review from Influenster.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

When I got that email saying I was chosen for the Braun vox box I was really excited.  It's definitely a 'you know your a mom moment' when you get excited over a thermometer.  But I was.  A thermometer that reads in just a few seconds and you don't even have to touch it to the forehead. Yes please!

We take her temperature the old fashioned way (If you know what I mean?).  It's the most accurate way for a baby, but as she get's older she's a lot less cooperative - and really can you blame her?  That's no fun.





This is her watching me take my temperature.
With cold and flu season coming up I am really happy to have this.   This will easy become my go to thermometer.  I'd still take her temperature the other way if it was borderline, but this would function every other time.

And it is so easy to use.  Seriously takes the temperature in seconds.  I had to pin her down to take a video because otherwise she would grab for it.  I turned it on, took her temp, read it and had it back off in ten seconds.  With a squirmy wormy girl this is a must.






And another amazing thing about this is that you don't even have to touch it to the forehead.  You can just hold it an inch or so away.  You can touch the forehead, but if you have a sleeping sick baby you don't even to disturb them.   There is a slight variation in temperatures (like 98.7 to 98.9) from touching the forehead to not, but I expected that.

It's got a huge screen and a back lite to make it easy to read the temp which is nice.

I love this thing and would absolutely recommend it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Birthday Wrap-Up

It's been a really wild here lately (Rob's had some health issues,  and I haven't had a chance to do really get on the computer), but here is the birthday post finally!

A few days before her birthday we had her party at our house. We had about 20-25 people show up and while it was crowded it was a nice pretty low key time.  

There was no theme really, just pink (and a few white) decorations.  Rob made the wreath, I made the banner & the cupcake toppers (seen in pictures below), and the rest of the decorations came from the store. 

I bought her a little cake, cupcakes, donut holes and cookies from Meijer. I made brownies (from a box) and also bought ice cream.













































Then on her actual birthday Rob took the day off work and we hung around most of the day.  I had dreams of going to do something but we didn't really have any money to spare.  We ended up going to a park and then out to dinner (on a giftcard from my birthday).  When we got home she got her presents from us and then she had a cupcake.


Happy 1st Birthday Eleanor!  We love you so much!