Friday, February 08, 2008

New Location`

Drowning in Laundry has moved here

Cutting Back (my no shopping blog) has moved here. 

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Child labour and new blog news.

I have been dedicating a lot of time to my new blog (formatting and stuff) and it is going quite well. I really enjoy that on Wordpress I can actually watch my stats and see how many hits each day I get on my site. It is encouraging to see those numbers - even though so very few people comment. I have learned that comments are like currency in the blogging world, and you need to leave some to increase traffic back to your site (which is how I have found many of my favorite blogs - through comment sections). 

I bring this up because I have realized that on Blogger I only know who reads my site by how many comments I get; which is discouraging sometimes. 

That is partially why Drowning in Laundry will be moving here soon, So for the 6 of you who comment regularly you can update your links; and for the rest of you come and see me at Cutting Back (my second blog) and leave me a note! 
Until then I leave you with photos of how housework gets done in this house. Because I know how to train men (ok, maybe just impressionable 18 month olds)...... :) 

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


pssst.... I am over here now with my second blog called: Cutting Back.

Soon Drowning in Laundry will be moving to Wordpress as well. I just find it less clunky to use. Until then I will be updating on this site and moving archives over.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

What I feed my Kid when I am Stuck. For. Ideas.

I admit I am pretty lucky, Rito is a reasonable eater - but the boy gets damn picky at times. He also is not a very good meat eater, and does not appreciate all vegi's equally. I figured I would post some no fail recipes that I make when he is either being picky or what Dad! and I are eating for dinner is entirely inappropriate for a tiny digestive system. 

Mac and Cheese with hidden Vegi's

3/4 cup elbow macaroni - cooked
1 tablespoon butter 
1 to 2 ounces milk 
1/4 to 1/2 cup Velveeta cheese (depending on how you like it) - melted
1/2 cup pureed steamed butternut squash

Mix it all together. It freezes really well too, so you can have it on hand for those days you don't want to cook.

Cheesy Tomato Pasta Stars with extra Vegi's

1 28oz can of tomatoes with the juice 
1 cup of carrots 
1 tablespoon butter 
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese 
1/2 to 3/4 cup pasta cooked (small pasta like stars and alphabet noodles are really easy for the kids to eat when they are little, Rito likes this on elbow macaroni now)

Melt butter in pan, add tomatoes and carrots to pan and cook at medium temperature until carrots are soft. Puree mixture and return the puree to the pan. Add the grated cheese and melt. At this point you can freeze portions of the sauces or you can freeze the sauces plus the cooked pasta. Your choice.

Baby Meatloaf

This stays really moist, so the babes can chew it easy. Rito is not the best meat eater but he likes these quite a bit, in fact I should be making him another batch! 

1lb lean ground beef
1 box stovetop stuffing (we like the cornbread one here)

Moisten the stuffing according to package directions. Add the raw ground beef  and mix very well. Portion into muffin tins for cooking at 350degrees for about 20 minutes (may take up to 35 minutes depending how you portion them out). This recipe also gives you a ton of room to add softened or pureed vegi's to it, we like adding roasted red peppers or carrots and onions. 

AppleSauce Muffins

These make a nice snack for your kid, and if you make the bite size small muffin tin size ones the adults love the "one bite" muffin effect. 

1 cup butter, softened
2 cup sugar (1 white & 1 brown)
2 eggs
3 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups flour
2 cups applesauce 

Mix all ingredients together and fill greased muffin tins or paper baking cups 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Batter can be stored in refrigerator and used as needed. Freezes well too. Makes 2 dozen.  NOTE: I usually make 1/4 of this recipe and it makes about 18 bite size baby muffins (those tiny muffin tins). 

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with a protein boost.

Make a regular grilled cheese sandwich, but instead of buttering the outer sides of the bread, drench it in whipped up egg (like french toast). It fires up easy and your kid will never know you are sneaking a shot of protein.

Creamy Cheese Sauce with Chicken and Broccoli

This one can be pureed as needed depending on age. 

2/3 Cup edam cheese grated
1 cup milk 
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup broccoli steamed
1/4 cup chicken cooked and minced/diced/pureed to needed texture

Melt butter in a pan, add flour. Add milk and wait to thicken into a creamy sauce. Add cheese to melt. Finally add the broccoli and chicken. If needed chop or puree to a finer consistency. Freezes great and can be added to small pasta (alphabets or stars) to make a hearty meal. 

Monday, January 14, 2008

Sick. Stress. And way too many brackets to count.

I decided to wait on the laser eye surgery, mostly for financial reasons. But, barring a pregnancy it will be getting done this year (go figure you can't do laser eye surgery when pregnant - and having kids is my reason to want to fix my eyes). Maybe I will do it next month, I just need a bit of time to put the extra 1000$ together. 

I had been waiting on a car repair that I have been DREADING the bill for (to do with the ABS system) and after taking it to a "friend" mechanic who said it could cost 1700$ or more to fix (for a new ABS module or 800$ for a rebuild), I decided to seek out a second opinion (after Dad! and I did some research online and Dad! encouraged me to take it to a shop that really knew their import cars). Today I got a call from the fantastic guys at the repair shop #2 with the good news that they suspect the problem is a simple $80 part. NICE. That totally made up for some of my shitty day. Getting a second opinion is always a good thing. The GreenMachine should be home tomorrow for hopefully a reasonable repair price.

Last night after Rito went to bed I had the freezing cold shakes so bad I was in tears, crying, shivering on the couch (in three piece polar fleece pajamas and a blanket). This morning I woke up (with Rito at 7am) with a fever, raging headache, shortness of breath and every bone and muscle in my body hurting. After consulting Dr. Google I decided that it sounded like I had the flu and that some rest may be a good plan. So now Dad! is watching Rito and I am lying in the spare room watching A Baby Story and playing on the laptop (I had a HOT shower and snoozed earlier and feel somewhat better but the headache still persists and I can't take another Tylenol for another hour).  I think I will feel much better tomorrow once I shake the majority of this "Flu" off. Rito goes for a nap soon, and I think I will feel much better by dinner. 

I just want to go enjoy my little boy, I miss him even when I am in the same house. Right now I can hear him running around the kitchen giggling - and it makes me smile.