Thursday, September 18, 2014

Birthday Freezer Food Prep

Oh so you spent your birthday at a Spa getting your nails did? Well I spent my birthday fixing a bunch of meals to put in my freezer, after which I needed to get my nails did!!!

Since I'm now a SAHM we need to save money however we can. One of those ways is to eat at home more often and making eating out a rarity. However, I hate cooking. It takes up too much of what little time I have and it's just not something I enjoy doing everyday. SO...I decided to try freezer meals. I looked and looked at blogs seeing what recipes they use, but could never find one that had recipes I'd actually eat (yes, I am a picky eater too!). Finally I stumbled upon Fun with Sharps! and her blog entry from a couple years ago about the way she prepares Freezer meals and I loved the recipes she uses!

The only day I had to work on this was my birthday, when Alan was off work. So as soon as Adeline went down for her nap we got to work. I should have prepped and wrote the recipes on the bags before hand, but oh well. It took a lot longer than it should have, but in the end we were happy. I had Alan on meat duty while I cut up all the veggies and other ingredients then had Alan finish up the bags with the spices. I ended up being short on meat so we had to put 4 bags aside to finish the next day once we got more. Here is the picture of all but the 4 bags in my freezer. Doesn't look exactly like the other bloggers finished products, but hey I'll take what I can get! I'm really NOT loving a side-by-side fridge right now. No freezer space compared to our last fridge.

We did go out later and got me a Birthday Cake! Alan picked it out because he thought Adeline would like it...HELLO! It is my birthday, not hers! However as long as it was an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, I really did not care!

So it's now been a week and a half, can you guess how many of those meals we've eaten? ONE! Yikes! I have been gone the past couple days and if Alan is working nights I don't fix a big dinner, but I do hope to fix these more often so we can have leftovers too!

Do you fix freezer meals? What are some of your favorites recipes? Do you cook then freeze or freeze raw then cook?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Horsin' Around at Walnut Springs Farm

Adeline and I were able to head to my parents for a couple days. Adeline was excited to show off her new scooter and has some super cute moves to show off! 

Of course while we were there we had to visit the horses. Mom and dad picked some apples from the tree in their yard to give to the horses. Adeline  helped handing the apples to her Paw Paw.

Chow down guys! Adeline's favorite is in the middle, Thunder.

Rusty thought he should have had more apples and kept trying to find some on the tail gate or Adeline's boots! 

We couldn't forget about the other two! Jessie and Chavo got their apples and attention from Adeline too!

Adeline loves these horses so much, Its frustrating that we are now two hours away and she can't see them as often as she asks! She of course misses my parents quite a bit too and always asks to go see them. She doesn't yet understand that they live farther from us now and we can't just meet them for dinner anymore!

Cash loves getting scratched! He was even shaking his back leg because it felt so good! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yard Work - Bristol Style

When we bought our house in July we knew we would have to cut down a bunch of trees and brush. We have been doing a little each week so as to not upset the trash collectors too much. But I'm sure they are pretty annoyed anyway! We are so thankful to live somewhere they will pick it up!

One tree I loved it when I first saw it and knew we would keep it since it provided so much shade over the driveway and it was pretty. However once we moved in we realized something was wrong with the tree - it had a fungus and was slowly dying. So we had to go ahead and cut it down. It was so big it was cut down a little bit each time. Also we cut down a spruce tree on the back corner of the house as well that you can see in the below picture. It had grown into the bush in front of it so we cut it down as well as it was way overgrown. It revealed a nice landscape detail that I hope to fill with pretty flowers at some point.

This corner of the house was crazy overgrown with multiple plants all entwined together. I liked the tree, but it was hard to distinguish between tree and weed as the weed was as big or bigger than the tree! Also cut down a bush on the side of the house that you can see through the windows and one on the corner. Alan weed-eated the weed patch and I sprayed with weed killer for good measure.

Alan's dad, Mike, came and helped Alan the 2nd time we cut trees and brush. That was a huge help to Alan since before I was just moving the brush around.

In the back yard we had several trees and a few really big ones. The biggest will have to stay plus they are sturdy and provide a bunch of shade for the yard. But there was a big dead tree in the back that could have fallen so we had to take care of that one and then a spruce tree right beside the house and swing set. When the dead tree was cut down we discovered it was home to a billion ants, so glad to have it gone and will cut the stump later in year when the ants go away. We have a problem with Mosquito's so we are hoping that cutting back the trees from the house it will alleviate some of the problem.

We still have A LOT of yard work left to do but the big part is done! The trash guys probably hate us but hopefully we won't have as much trash anymore!

The house looks so much better now! I wish they had done it when the house was remodeled. Next up are those huge bushes - we are going to try to just cut them back first to see if they are manageable.

Would love some recommendations on what to plant in the flower beds. I definitely want to get some plants that are natural mosquito repellents for around the deck.