Friday, February 28, 2014

Family Favorite Foods

Just thought I would mention the delicious (but not so healthy) foods that our house enjoys!!

As a kid, I have fond memories of eating these breakfast sandwiches at camp in southern Ohio with my cousins!! My Aunt is amazing!! Cooking and coffee are only 2 of her many talents.
Jon knows how much I loved these so he started making them for our kids.
I am grateful my Aunt introduced me and also that my husband has passed on this delicious memory to our kids.

English muffin, sausage patty, cheese and egg.

This next yummy (extremely unhealthy) food is a HUGE hit at many parties!!
The first time I had Buffalo Chicken dip, I was attending a Partylite show (I was the Consultant), for my cousin's wife. I asked her to share the recipe.
I have been making this for parties, after school snack and sometimes I send it to work with Jon.

This is the result after only a few hours every time.

Since moving to Texas, my family eats more fruit then ever!!
There are so many fruits I had never heard of until we moved here.
One being kiwi berries (little green grape sized item on plate). They are a hit around this house, we found them at SAMs.





Brussels sprouts have been a favorite of mine since childhood, but I am thrilled that my kids (most) like them as much as I do!!
Coolest thing, while at the grocery store, I came across brussels sprouts still on the stem!


I had no idea that this is how they grew. I was excited to learn something new.




Cous cous is a heavenly food that my awesome cousin introduced to me when she came to visit!!
There are many ways to eat cous cous, but my favorite is when Jon makes this salad pictured below.
Jon flavors the cous cous with chicken bouillon and tosses in tomatoes and my fav... cilantro!!




As you may have read in the post Hannah wrote, she is a Pinterest addict.
Well this sandwich (that we are grateful she found while pinning) known as Peanut Butter 2.0 is a HUGE hit around this house!!
You get a different flavor almost every bite.
It is creamy peanut butter, nutella, crunchy peanut butter on one slice of bread. 
On the other slice of bread jelly, honey, and marshmallow creme. 
We have changed out the honey for bananas as my other daughter suggested.
Even Jon and I love this sandwich. You should try it!!



I have always loved tacos. 
Up until last year, I would have defined a taco... as a flour tortilla shell, with ground beef, lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, topped with taco sauce and sour cream.

Little did I know that a different type of taco would soon consume my taste buds!!

I could literally eat these tacos every day!!

My new definition of taco...
Crispy corn tortilla, chicken, taco sauce! 
Optional toppings... avocado, shredded cheese, banana peppers. I love any of these!!


This is just a few favs around our house. I don't always think to take pictures of my favorites foods, as I want to dig in as soon as they are ready!!

What are some favorite foods around you house?


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Moms Club


After being in Ohio, seeing friends and family often, I knew I needed to find some friends in Texas that were home during the day like me.

So I looked online and found Moms Club.
                                     We are a local support group for moms with a purpose of:
                · Supporting mothers who choose to stay at home to raise their children
              · Engaging in activities to enrich the lives of children in our community
And so much more!!
My life has been enriched with some wonderful friends through this Club!!
My kids are so excited to 'go play with the kids' each week.
Each Monday we rotate hosting at our house, the host has snacks or in some cases a full out lunch!!
Once a month we have MNO (moms night out), which I look forward to time out with the ladies.
We have a board that makes decisions, plans outings, and puts together the monthly newsletter.
 So grateful to these ladies, as it is all volunteer and sometimes time consuming.


Let me share some pics of the group...
Some of the following pics are a bit old, (as you can tell by the Christmas tree).

Pictured are just some of the Moms and kids in our group.


Chrissy and her son Orion
Chrissy is expecting another baby, and has recently taken up sewing on her new sewing machine.
Please notice that Spider-Man had to come to play group with Leo!

Annelise pretending she is innocent     HA

Ali and her daughter Rose
Ali is known for her delicious scones, I love her phyllo mushroom yums.

Francine is from New York (I love her very faint accent),  she is my go to for just about any information I could need about things in this area.
I have already declared to her I am keeping her for the rest of my life as my friend! I love her!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Clean YOUR house

I have taken way to much time off from my blog.

I learned to crochet, as my daughter told you in a previous blog, I seem to be slightly (when I say slightly I mean completely) obsessed.  I have completed many scarves, and blankets for 2 daughters. Another will be completed before bed tomorrow.  

I have a pretty full schedule lately and I love it.

So, I logged in with no idea for a blog. But I figured it would just come to me….

It has.
Caution-- no pics, lots of words, and honesty below

I have been making changes in my life, ones that I never would have believed, or dreamed. But I am growing, learning, and maturing everyday.

I have made many bad decisions over the course of my life. I am sure I will continue to make mistakes but hopefully I think before acting. (the opposite of my norm)

I want to apologize to anyone and everyone that I have offended. (that list would be entirely too long)
My mouth has spilled mean, nasty, disrespectful, nonsense over the course of my life.  I am trying to clean that up.

I have passed judgement, shared my opinion (when not asked for or even wanted), and gossiped.
This is not the actions I would like to be remembered by, so I am working hard on all of these as well. I apologize if these actions have hurt you.

A pleasure of mine was to stuff any kind of food into my face no matter the consequence. Then I would complain of my health, and weight. No more, I have realized that if I want to stuff a slice of greasy, cheesy, carbtastic pizza into my face, I will not complain but take mental note to be stronger to temptation next time. (or attempt to find a non greasy, no carb pizza)


Those of you that have known me for a long time, know the lack of religion, praying, church attendance. You also know my (ridiculous) control issues. 
 I have experienced the Grace of God, I have experienced forgiveness, I have learned many lessons from my mistakes and bad decisions. (and from others)

I believe everything happens for a reason. 
(this is easy to say, but very difficult to see the reason when the 'thing' sucks)

From my understanding, Texas is part of something called the Bible belt. I have not done much research as what that exactly means, (uneducated slacker I know) but I can tell you that I have never been around as many people in my entire life that believe and turn to God. 

As I am in the 'diaper' stage of my faith, I will not say that all my positive changes are all because of my belief.

I can tell you I made a decision to be the best person I possibly can. I take others into consideration. I let things go that would have consumed me with anger and hate in the past.
Not everyone has good intentions, but most people do. 

With that being said, I know I have hurt people, sometimes intentional, as a reaction. I have to live with those mistakes.  But I can assure you I have hurt people and it was not intentional. 
Please try to think through the people that have hurt you, did they intentionally hurt you?
 Have you given them the chance to make it up to you, or explain their side to you?
If you are the one that hurt someone have you apologized? Have you tried to change? 

Letting go of negative feelings helps us to have happier lives. ( I love happy days, I want to share them with everyone I love)

Some of you are thinking, if I just walk away from that person it will make my life happier, this could be true, but it is not always that simple. Plus will you be hurting the other person by walking away? Will that sit on your conscience? 

Self reflection is a high priority for me these days. And as luck would have it, I get tons of self reflection while crocheting!!

Next time you decide someone has done you wrong, try self reflection, what was your part in the situation? BE HONEST!
A phrase that a friend of mine uses makes sense to me "You need to clean up your own house before trying to help someone clean up their house".  

I would really appreciate your thoughts. 
What did you like/dislike about this post?









Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pinterest -Strongly recommended

How often are you bored and don't know what to do? I am constantly trying to come up with something to do.


I don't know how anyone lives without Pinterest. For those of you who don't know about Pinterest, I'll catch you up. Pinterest is a virtual pin board. 
It caters to everyone's likes and interests. A visual representation:


If you love to laugh, look no further.
This one made me laugh for like 20 minutes

Foodies love Pinterest, too. There are delicious recipes for any occasion.
Including feeding picky eaters!



For those of you artists/DIY lovers, Pinterest is proven to be the never ending pit of projects.

I want to try this one.

Let your child's inner Da Vinci shine through with the great crafts on Pinterest.

I'm talking hours of entertainment.

Not to mention all the cute/gorgeous pictures you can see.

Amazing, right?

And that's still just barely scraping the surface.
I was considering put my favorite pins at the bottom of this blog, but there would be too many!
If you don't have a Pinterest, I strongly suggest that you get one. 

Signing off,
Hannah
AKA Pindiana Jones



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Big Family



As I was looking through my photos, my thoughts wandered.

Man, we sure do love our kids!!


 I was allowed to highlight 2 shows a day in the TV guide, every Sunday when Mom was done memorizing the great deals at every store around. That was the extent to what I was allowed to watch.
Our kids have less TV time then most of their friends, but more then I feel is needed.

Playing video games was so rare. Tetris was my game of choice. On Nintendo (yes the original).
Some of our kids act as though they will melt into a blob of gooey slime if they have to go 2 days without video games.

They have chores, but nothing as straining as washing the floors on hands and knees, or mowing the grass. I did both of those by age 10.

Each has one chore that is strictly their own, and I call out names as something small needs attention.
I never make it from point A (let's say the living room recliner) to point B (let's say the kitchen) without picking up something. Its a habit I love about myself, and also hope my children take notice and begin to make this a habit of their own.

People often say "You have your hands full", I feel like the only time my hands are fuller then other parents is when my kids slack on their chores.

Yes we have to take roll call every time we get in the van, yes we have to line up 11 plates every night for dinner, yes we have to schedule showers, but this feels so normal to us. 

I find it odd when we only have 4 kids home for dinner, I find it quiet when there are only 5 kids in the house, I feel like we are on a date when we only have 2 kids run to the store with us.

Our kids are so lucky to have each other, being an only child was lonely, boring, and not to mention it meant I had no one to blame anything on! haha

Being in a large family makes some outsiders look at our kids with pity… HA

We have more pictures, more game nights, more laughs, more parties, more family discussions, more compliments, more love and lots more hugs then the average size family. 
We feel like we hit the kid lottery, not only are they healthy, happy, and well behaved, they are kind, giving, entertaining, and just plain awesome!!



How do you feel about big families?