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Monday, May 6, 2013

Let the demo begin...

Ok, so my husband and I decided it was finally time to do some remodeling on our home.  My husband has been helping friends and family with their renovations and is finally able to get to ours!  I am super excited about this, but not so excited at how our house looks presently.  Our kitchen is all a mess, our hallway is down to the plywood, we have the dining room table and chairs in the living room, and everything from the kitchen cabinets is also in the living room.  Yes, it has put our normal routine out of whack, but the final outcome will be amazing!

What are we doing to our home you ask?  Well, we are taking the creamy white carpet up in the living room, hallway, and stairs and putting wood laminate down there.  We are also pulling up the flooring in the kitchen and doing the wood laminate out there as well.  Now, when I say "we" in my post here, I am not trying to make you think that I am doing any of the renovations.  I just want to make that clear right now.  I am not going to take any of the credit.  I am giving it ALL to my wonderful husband!  

Day 1 - ripped up carpet and trim in the hallway.

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Day 2 - ripped out the 4 layers of flooring in the kitchen /dining room .
The next step is to pull out the rest of the stuff in the cabinets.  It is also a good time to decide to decide if I want to keep or throw away anything I haven't used or forgot that I had!  The items that get pushed way back in the cabinets and you don't miss them, probably are the items that should just be tossed!

Well, today I have the toughest job of all - deciding on which color I want to paint the cabinets in the kitchen!  Reza doesn't care.  The only things he cares about is that I make the decision soon (TODAY) because the flooring can't go in until we paint!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cheese + crackers = 2nds please

I currently found a recipe for homemade cheese crackers and wanted to try them since, 1) the recipe didn't call for an off the wall ingredient that I was going to have to buy this 1 time and never use again, 2) easy to make, and 3) I was in the mood for Cheeze Its!  As most of you know most of the recipes I find, make, and eventually post are from Pinterest!  So, here is another one of my Pinterest finds, Homemade Cheese Crackers.


In they go!
The recipe only called for flour, milk, cheese, salt, butter (I used unsalted butter since I was already adding salt), and crushed red pepper flakes.  


Out they come!  My house smelled like cheese!  I tried them on all my kids, husband, and my Mom.  Thumbs up from all of them!  I will definitely make them again.  Next time I will roll them out a little thinner so I get more crackers.  These were gone in a day!  

The 2 things I will probably do differently with them next time is to roll them out thinner and do half whole wheat flour and half regular flour.  Other than that, they were yummy!!

Oh, I almost forgot to leave you the recipe:  go to this yummy site and make them today!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy 1st Birthday Mr. Maison!

Well, Maison turned the big O-N-E yesterday, but we had his birthday party on Saturday!  There were moments that time stood still for me and stopped moving.  I thought I would never get through the first 6 months!  At least that's what I thought at times with Maison.  Here we are though celebrating his 1st year with friends and family memebers.  



What IS fun about about being 1?  You poop your pants, throw up on people, and cry to get attention?  
Oh, the being cute...that would be fun!


Well, here is my little guy!  He is a lot smaller than my other two!  He doesn't have any rolls yet!  



Here is his smash cake, but he didn't dig into it like we all thought he would.  Clean up was quick and easy so I was happy about that!





Big sister trying to help him out with a present.  


See his expression?  Well, he had that for most of the party.  It wasn't until after everyone left that he came out of his shell and started laughing and smiling!  I think he was a little overwhelmed with all the commotion!