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I moved …

I moved my blog to the following address:

I hope that I will see you there!


A 2nd Birthday Party – Part 2

Friday morning was great. Our little one woke up to a room full of balloons and had a blast. It’s amazing how something as simple as balloons can leave a child so utterly happy.

Somebody hadn’t woken up yet, lol.

After breakfast and a few pictures with Mommy, I was off to work and the birthday boy had the whole day to spend with daddy, who was lucky enough to have a day off.

I got home and then quickly assembled and decorated the sideboard, prepared the table and table wear:

I re-used last years dark blue table clothes, as well as napkins and plastic forks and knifes. Then I took a curtain panel found in Ikea’s  ‘as is’ section a few months ago for $ 3.00 and used it as table runner.

A blue bucket from the dollar store held little gifts (from the dollar store) for the guests. I also used blue and green hard plastic cups, which I had purchased for the 1st Birthday and which we use to this day every day.

I believe, the balloons, the bucket, and the little gifts altogether were less than $ 10.00.

After making final preparation and ordering 2 large pies of pizza to be delivered later on, our two little guests arrived.

We played, ate and had lots of fun to end the night with a birthday song and wish-wishing.

Now for my final approximate budget breakdown:

– 2 large Pizzas and Ice-tea: $ 28.00

– Ice-cream cake ingredients: $ 10.00

– Decoration, balloons and gifts: $ 10.00

Total: $ 48.00

A 2nd Birthday Party – Part 1

On Friday was my son’s 2nd Birthday. I can’t believe it, since the last two years just went by so fast.

My little preemie baby is growing up and we can see his character traits coming through. A strong-willed little boy who loves to shares food, who loves, loves, loves balls, going for walks to the port and our chocolate lab.

The last two years I have also seen our worries about possible long-term preemie effects go away.

So finally Friday was the big day again. We decided this time to keep things very small. We only invited one married couple with their two daughters, and had a great time.

Party preparations started on Thursday evening. I had decided on homemade ice cream cake. So, after dinner I prepared a simple chocolate cake, which I then cut in half.

I added slices of strawberry and then cover the cake in foil to keep it from turning dry.

I also covered the same sized form with aluminum foil and then used this as a form for my ice cream, which I added while slightly soft. The form was then also covered and put in the freezer.

The next day, I then assembled the cake and the ice-cream layer, to create this:

Since my mixer gave up on me a few months ago, and I haven’t gotten around to buy a new one, I used the ready whip cream to decorate my cake. Not ideal, but it worked. But a new mixer is definitely on MY birthday wish-list.

After the little one went to bed, the hubby and I started blowing up balloons. Our son loves them, so I thought it would be cute to see how he would react to a room FULL of balloons when he woke up.

About 20 minutes of blowing up the balloons our living room looked like this:

I used some of the balloons to create a garland for our party corner and the rest was brought next to the baby’s bed.

Part 2 will follow soon …

Happy Easter everyone!!!

I am just stopping by to wish everyone a Happy Easter and a great time with your families.

We just enjoyed a nice breakfast and will be taking a stroll at the port’s waterfront park to enjoy the surprisingly warm weather today.

I am finally back :)

After a month of absence I am finally back to blogging. We had some internet issues that took a while to be resolved and once done, I lacked the motivation to start writing again. I also made no meal plan this whole past month and I might have made dinner about 4 times. The rest of the nights were pushed on my hubby and his brother.

Last night I decided it was time to get back on track. On track with writing, meal planning, cooking and getting myself a little more prepared for the week.

I did go shopping though 🙂

After my month of absence, I have updates for several places to show you. One of them especially left me completely excited. But more on that throughout the week.

Last night we went to see the animated movie Rio and my family loved it. My son enjoyed his first 3D-movie experience and hasn’t taken off his pair of glasses since.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Meal Plan Sunday: 3/6/2011

Here is the meal plan for this week:

1) Breakfasts:

  • French Toast
  • Cereal with Milk and Fruit
  • Oatmeal with Cinnamon Sugar

2) Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches
  • Soup

3) Dinners:

  • Stir-fried Pasta, Green Beans wrapped in Bacon
  • Rice, Beans, Steak
  • Veggie Soup, Garlic Bread
  • Rice, Broccoli and Chicken Breast
  • Leftovers
  • Pasta Bolognese with Veggies
  • Pizza

So many ‘treasures’ and no space

Today the borough in which my work is located had the first pickup for bulk items since before the winter. So while trying to find a parking spot in the morning, I had to focus to keep my eyes on the traffic because there was SO MUCH STUFF on the side walks. I mean there were doors, tables, dressers, scrap wood, you name it. A lot of the items where in really bad shape, but there were a lot of treasures in between. Unfortunately my car is very small and on top of that after all I had to go to work.

One item in particular caught my attention. A leftover narrow upper cabinet combination that would have been perfect as a play kitchen or something along those lines. The treasure was lying on the sidewalk right across the street from my job, and was far too big for me to bring home. And it was still ‘treasure’ enough to stay on my mind until now.

Maybe next ‘treasure pickup’ I will have more luck or time.