Sunday, September 18, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #139

Messy Messy Fail - In preparation for LuLaRoe about to take over my house, I have been trying to move all of the toys out of the one side of the unfinished basement.  Every few days I go down there to take inventory of the situation and try moving a few things, and regardless of my toy removal, they have all magically found their way back.  All over the floor.  Everywhere.  Everyday.  Like they come to life at night and fling themselves everywhere.  Or my sons have no regard for my efforts to contribute to the family.  So rude.

Tidy Victory - I have another amazing recipe to share - The Best Sloppy Joes from Chef in Training.  I made this recipe tonight for dinner, it is a staple in our house!  The sauce from this delicious recipe is so thick and sticky - make it and see it for yourself!  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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Messy Messy Fail - Definitely had the cute t-shirt I had on under my sheer LuLaRoe Lindsey inside-out for half of the day yesterday.  I only noticed when I looked down and saw the hem on the outside of the v-neck.  Perhaps no one noticed (da da DAaaaaaaa).......or did they?

Tidy Victory - I am so excited that the new fall TV show lineup is in progress - so many new and exciting series it's hard to know what to pick!  There is simply not enough room on my DVR for all of them - will there be anything to replace Parenthood in my life?  Only time will tell - what are you excited to watch this fall?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #138

Messy Messy Fail - Last night was our date night - we talked about it previously in the week, found a sitter, all set to go.  We get to our destination of choice - the entire restaurant/bar was closed for a wedding.  Arrive at our second choice - completely overwhelmed by customers because choice #1 was closed from the wedding.  Call choice #3 - closed for the season.  Seriously?  I mean, we really ONLY go out to a nice dinner perhaps two times a year......

Tidy Victory - Choice #4, and old but good stand by, was completely open and completely delicious.  I had hot and spicy crab cakes with a corn salsa and sweet potato fries - so much food that I boxed half of it and brought it home.  I know what Mom-Mom is eating for dinner tomorrow night :)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #137

Messy Messy Fail - It was rather chilly today, so I thought I could break out a frozen freezer bag of homemade tomato soup and make grilled cheese sandwiches.  Unfortunately, SOMEONE did not mark the frozen bag properly and it was actually spaghetti sauce - not tomato soup - in the freezer bag.  

Tidy Victory - So I quickly cooked up some pasta and made a nice Italian lunch with a simple side salad.  There is nothing more disappointing then having something in mind to eat but then having to change plans.  However rather then letting it ruin my lunch, I made the best of it and enjoyed a hot meal.  The spaghetti sauce was tasty, too!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

First Day of School Free Printable Sign

Messy Messy Fail - In preparation for the UPKer going to Kindergarten, we had to get the boy new sneakers.  We are slightly limited in our options around here, and I should have known to call ahead to see which stores would have the toddler size we needed.  Especially when the buckets of rain started to fall from the sky.  The third store was the charm, but even more unfortunately the 4th store we stopped in just to look (MISTAKE!) had the same sneakers, slightly different colors, HALF OFF!  The UPKer wouldn't even entertain trying them on.  

Tidy Victory - This AMAZING recipe is what I made for dinner on Wednesday night - Grilled Salmon with Black Bean Salsa.  It was quick, simple, fresh and full of so many lovely flavors!  Total hit, for the adults anyways.  The UPKer said it didn't look like the fish sticks they had at school......his opinion doesn't count on this one.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Uncommon Gifts for "That Person" from UncommonGoods - A Gift Guide

Messy Messy Fail - After our huge kitchen facelift (a before and after post perhaps?) everything is back to normal with the exception of one thing.  I noticed last week when I was cooking on the front left burner of my glass cooktop stove that everything seemed to be either A) cooking much quicker or B) simply burning.  After a few ruined meals that had to be thrown away from that particular burner, I proceeded with the boil test and sure enough - I was able to boil a pot of water on the "2" setting.  Now I'm trying to figure out if we are within the limits of the warranty still.  In the meantime, only boiling on that burner.

Tidy Victory - Our beyond slow internet has been fixed!  Over the years, the speed of our internet has become so slow and cumbersome until just this last week when it took at least 2 minutes to load a web page, and sometimes they just wouldn't load at all.  A quick call to our provider along with the reminder of the competition's great rates got a service technician to our house within a few days.  Apparently over the years as the phone line has been moved around the house, the old lines were not cut off.  As the internet was passing through all of the old lines, it was slowing the whole process down.  Whatever that man did, it was amazing - my Snap Chat has never loaded so quickly (lovemymmmess)!

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #136

Messy Messy Fail - Glow sticks from the Dollar Store for the kids to whip around at night can be a wonderful thing.  That is until the dog gets a hold of one and now has a glowing mouth.  Kind of a funny scene actually.

Tidy Victory - You know that pile of mail that tends to build up, the one that has the semi-important information from things like automatic bank statements that you can't just toss in the recycling bin?  My pile has been growing for quite some time, and I finally made myself go through it and shred while sipping a delicious One Buffalo beer from Southern Tier Brewery.  It's the only way to organize, really, with some libations to keep the motivation alive.  Mission accomplished!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #135

Messy Messy Fail - I thought I was all set to make venison tacos with my favorite homemade taco seasoning - I got the sealed package out of the freezer this morning to thaw during the day.  I was quite disappointed when I realized I had grabbed medium heat ITALIAN venison instead of just ground.  Don't try making Italian tacos, doesn't work too well.

Tidy Victory - It's taken me four years to figure it out, but I finally know how to clean my stainless steel appliances.  Clean with vinegar, then go over and "polish" with oil.  No fingerprints, no streaks, picture perfect!  Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #134

Messy Messy Fail - One of the final steps in our kitchen facelift project this summer is sealing the grout on our groutable vinyl tile.  Because it is not sealed yet, the water bowl for the animals currently sits on our L.L. Bean waterhog mat in the middle of a doorway.  I've completely kicked the water bowl over 3 times now.  It has since been moved into the powder room.

Tidy Victory - We were finally able to visit some friends in a neighboring town who had a baby about two months ago.  I always like to make a dinner for new parents - if I can relieve them of one duty for the day I am happy to do so.  My husband requested I make his favorite enchilada recipe for them - Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas by Robin Miller from the Food Network.  I believe there were no leftovers, so I think they liked them!  And I got to hold a newborn for a good chunk of time, so that's a win-win in my book! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thomas Land - A Family Review

Messy Messy Fail - I met a friend and her two sons for a swim date at one of our local pools. I slathered both of my boys in sun block, and I thought I had covered myself pretty well.  One day and a nasty back sunburn later, I realized what I had missed.  Ouch.

Tidy Victory - I was in Cleveland, OH over the weekend enjoying some much overdue college friend reunion time when I remembered that the Olympic opening ceremonies were on! I had only missed the first 45 minutes so I quickly texted my husband to record them.  Do you think I've watched them yet?  Nope :)  Going to save the recording for Saturday night!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #133

Messy Messy Fail - Let's do a throwback - in college you remember from this post that I was not familiar with the kitchen, the stove or food preparation in general in college.  One night my dearest roommate Topic informed me it was my turn to cook us dinner.  The frozen Morning Star burgers we had in the freezer called for using a skillet - we didn't have one of those (wink wink)!  Or to be exact, I had no idea what that was.  We had frying pans and such, but as far as I knew no skillet.  So OF COURSE I ran upstairs to ask our male housemates if they knew what a skillet was, could I borrow one, etc.  Let's just say I was humiliated on their front step.  If they could only see me now!

Tidy Victory - I am typing as we speak from an undisclosed location in Cleveland, OH and having a BLAST with some college friends.  We have not all been together for at least 4 years and are having a terrific time catching up and reminiscing about one of the best times of our lives.  Always remember to keep in touch with your friends near or far - it's worth it.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #132

Messy Messy Fail - Note to self - bring more than one cover-up on a beach vacation next time.  I felt fun and glamorous for a couple of days, but then my beach cover-up became just plain old beachy and gross.

Tidy Victory - I had planned on making a few dinners and eating out a few times on our recent family vacation.  I ALWAYS bring a crockpot so I can put dinner in before we leave in the morning and have it ready after our day's activities.  I happened to run across this recipe I had on my Pinterest for Mississippi Roast, grabbed the 5 ingredients I needed from the local Stop & Shop and VOILA - a DELICIOUS dinner was served.