Doctors, Waterfalls, and Girl Scouts…

Hunter Creek Waterfall

This was the first week back to “normal” after winter break. We did almost nothing during the two weeks of vacation largely because both girls were taken down by the crud one after the other. This week though, has already had two weeks worth of stuff crammed into it and it’s not even Friday yet.

Monday I had a dental appointment.
Tuesday I went on a 6 mile to the Hunter Creek Waterfall with 3 other photographers.
Wednesday my parents needed to run some errands and my dad had a doctors appointment.
Today was Girl Scout cookie training as I am a troop leader. I wear a lot of hats if you hadn’t noticed.
Tomorrow I get to do actual grocery shopping for the menu plan I need to make tonight.
Saturday David is getting our Prius serviced, we have a meeting to view a rental house, and the girls have a birthday party to attend…

Which brings me to some sad panda news. The house I was hoping to get was rented from under us despite being in talks with the property management owner. We got an application turned in and paid the $50 fee for it, and then nothing. Not a single response from the property management owner. I had to call the office myself to find out someone had gone in and put a downpayment in. I’m actually a bit pissed off about it, and will likely a do a Yelp review about it.

BUT. I’m hoping that the place we’re going to look at Saturday doesn’t get snatched up before we can lay claim on it. I so want out of this drafty townhouse. I want my girls to have their own space… a kitchen with a window… no snotty office manager… a drive way… not hearing your neighbors TV or them walking up the stairs. All things I miss about a real house. This place is a newer duplex, but it’s 1,500 square feet which is plenty of room for us to stretch out (and accommodate all the bookshelves). I’m going to try and remain hopeful after the last burn we just took.


Just visiting…

A friend of nearly 20 years has a young son who ended up in the ER the Sunday night. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and was just transferred out of PICU yesterday afternoon. I decided some handmade Minon cards from my girls would cheer him up, and a cup of coffee and a friend to chat with would make mom smile too. After David got home and I ensured that dinner was pretty much ready I headed to Renown to visit…

Tahoe Tower from Mill St. Parking Garage

365 Project Picture

I took a few pictures as we took a stroll down to get some more coffee (somehow I ended up with the white mocha instead of my plain old latte), and then some more pictures as we strolled around the floor with their 3 month old daughter in her stroller…

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

A few years back I tried doing homemade laundry soap of the powder variety.  It wasn’t bad, but powder was more of a pain than I wanted to deal with since you needed to mix it with water to ensure that it dissolved properly.  In 2008 I got my LG Tromm washer and dryer set, and it was HE so I used HE detergent until we came back to Nevada.  I had been doing some research because I was pretty well set on not having commercial chemicals all over my house (yeah, I’ve cheated a bit, but I’m still over 75% on it).  I found some HE friendly liquid laundry soap recipes that seemed easy enough.

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Mushroom Soup

David’s dad used to make hamburger patties smothered in cream of mushroom soup.  I on the other hand have only done it with marmite gravy.  Tonight I decided to make mushroom soup to go with it.  I thought it was delicious, though I always manage to feel guilty after eating creamy soups.  After potato leek soup I swear I need to diet for a month, and this is the same way.  😛

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I asked one of my friends who happens to be extremely thrifty and crafty how she does it, and how she stays clear of the fast food and too much impulse buying.  Since my ER visit, I’ve also been wanting to up my pathetic fiber intake.  Her answer to me was “muesli!”.  I of course Googled, because that’s what I do.  I got a rough idea was muesli is about, and picked up the last few things I needed today.  Tomorrow morning I shall try my creation.  My poor kids may not like it when their “fancy” cereal is gone and they get mixes made by mommy instead.  😉

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Coconut Macaroons

I tried a few days ago and wasted 2.5 cups of coconut, and 4 eggs.  Stacy was nice enough to point me towards a coconut macaroon recipe she had used that was more like what I had made back in Texas in 2008.  Coconut macaroon recipes that call for flour or for you to whip the egg whites into peaks is NOT a proper coconut macaroon recipe.  Just trust me on this.  I didn’t even bake the whole batch, and what did get cooked didn’t even get half eaten before it was trashed.

This recipe is full of win though, and is perfectly delicious.