Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My "assistant"

So I have this insanely cute "assistant" who works for hugs! :) I call my three year old my assistant because sometimes she really assists me...and other times it is intended to be sarcastic! ;) There are days where she "helps" by scattering packing slips or sticking shipping labels to her shirt (insanely funny, by the way...but then I have to reprint!) sometimes she just helps me eat my lunch...



...and other times she "knits" which resembles knots. But she tries so hard and I keep letting her help because I know one day it will turn into a marketable skill! I spent lots of time in my moms office, filing and doing anything else she would let me do...and it really did help me out later in life.

Most recently she has discovered a love of cooking...which is new territory for me because my son has never shown any interest despite my attempts! I usually ask her to help me count or dump into a bowl but today we tried a new task.

Awhile ago I was out of clean knives and needed to pierce some potatoes before I threw them in the microwave and discovered a corn cob holder works pretty darn well!!


So, I explained to little Miss P that it was VERY sharp but she could help me if she went slow (I was more worried about her puncturing me than herself). 


She did really well and was SO proud of herself! She really has taught me to let go a lot more (hello, my name is Jen and I like to be in control). Sometimes it's so easy for me to just do things...but if I just slow down I get to have some really fun moments with my assistant!!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Alright, maybe I'm just slow and everyone knows about this...but have you roasted Garbanzo Beans??? They are FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!!!!!



So here is what you do....ready? Cuz it's SUPER hard!

Take a baking pan (or whatever that thingie is called), spray it with oil of your liking, empty a can of Garbanzo Beans (rinsed) onto the pan and sprinkle with whatever you like (I used a good amount of cumin and a small sprinkle of chili powder). I think Mrs. Dash would be pretty yummy and maybe even a sweet version with cinnamon!

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, shaking every 15 minutes so they don't burn.

They cool off pretty quickly and disappear SUPER fast because they are sooooo yummy!!! I was hoping since I used spice my 3 year old would let me eat my snack in peace...but alas she thought they were fantastic and ate a ton!

I highly recommend organic beans with no extra "stuff" added.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Giveaway

Yes, I haven't blogged in forever and YES, I keep promising to be better...but obviously I'm a busy liar! ;)

I have been busy knitting and growing my business and exciting things are happening!! One very exciting thing is an upcoming giveaway that I'm hosting...and it's already looking pretty awesome! Right now it is in the planning stages and we are still needing sponsors. Sponsors can contribute an item, or $10 cash to go towards a super exciting Etsy gift card (I'm telling you, this is going to be an awesome gift!!!) If you have a business, consider donating an item...and if you are pregnant, thinking about having a baby, going to a baby shower or might go to a baby shower in the near future...stay tuned!!!!


If you are interested in applying...please go here: Membership Application Form

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mexican Lasagna

I used to beg people to teach me to cook! I didn't understand how someone could stand in front of an open fridge, grab random things and throw them together to make dinner...it boggled my brain!

Lately, I have noticed I'm able to do this more frequently...which is pretty darn cool! Today I'm feeling a little under the weather but I'm told my family still has to eat...so here is what I did! I found some corn tortillas and ground turkey in the freezer and a can of black beans in the pantry...so Mexican it was!

Mexican Lasagna


Ingredients
1.5 lbs ground turkey
1 can black beans
1/2 cup diced onions
Garlic
12 corn tortillas
3 cups shredded cheese

Brown ground turkey. When fully cooked, add diced onions, garlic and black beans. 

Cut all 12 tortillas in half and dredge 8 halves through the homemade enchilada sauce and place on the bottom of the 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with 1/3 of the meat mixture and 1 cup cheese. Repeat until you have 3 layers ending with cheese. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Enjoy!!


enchilada sauce
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp flour (I'm gluten free, but still did it this way)
1/4 cup chilli powder
2 cups chicken broth
10 oz ketchup 
2 Tbsp cumin

Heat oil and add flour. Whisk and cook about 1 min. Add chilli powder and cook and additional 30 seconds. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a low boil. Pour into a bowl and let cool.






Thursday, February 6, 2014

Amazing Shops!

I have been blessed enough to meet some amazing ladies who follow their passion each day! Sometimes it is rough...but they keep trucking and inspiring others! Please check out their shops! You might find something you can't live without! :)




1. LovelyLake - www.loveylake.etsy.com
2. Imagineif Boutique - www.imagineifboutique.com
3. Wee Delights - www.WeeDelights.com
4. Pieces To Peaces - www.piecestopeaces.com
5. Saffron & Nutmeg - www.etsy.com/shop/saffronandnutmeg
6. DEAR CUB - www.dearcub.com
7. Raine+Skye - www.raineandskye.bigcartel.com
8. Curly Q's Counter - www.curlyqscounter.etsy.com
9. Weestructed - www.weestructed.com
10. Stripes Boutique - www.stripesboutique.com
11. Sweet Besitos Creations - www.sweetbesitoscreations.com 
12. Summer Sariah - www.summersariah.storenvy.com/
13. Drooly Scrumptious - www.droolyscrumptious.com
14. Jumping Jack Baby Boutique - www.jumpingjackjack.etsy.com
15. 10th and pepper - www.10thandpepper.com
16. Half Pint Kids - www.lilbellenyc.com
17. Pirapir - www.pirapir.com
18. EnchantedHoneyBee - www.EnchantedHoneyBee.com
19. Cloverbear Creations - www.etsy.com/shop/cloverbearcreations
20. Monkeybug - www.shopmonkeybug.com
21. Polish By Laura - www.etsy.com/shop/polishbylaura
22. 3 Birds Boutique - www.3birdsboutique.com
23. A Painted Nest - www.apaintednest.com
24. hello dear handmade - www.hellodearhandmade.storenvy.com
25. A Little Knitty - www.alittleknitty.com
26. BeautifulBabyO - www.etsy.com/shop/BeautifulBabyO
27. Lucky Face Threads - www.luckyfacethreads.com

Friday, January 10, 2014

The days feel like years and the years feel like days...

I was recently chatting with another mom about the phenomenon that our days feel sooooooooo long, but the year seems to fly by.

Today I have been reflecting a little about my life as a stay at home mom and how it has slowly morphed into a work at home mom of school aged kids. I feel like I'm one tiny step (potty trained child) from being in a totally different season of my life...and I'm very thankful!

I love my children. I love that I get the opportunity to be around them 24/7 for their early years. I'm thankful for the sacrifices we have made to allow this. But...I won't lie...it was hard! It's hard to be CONSTANTLY on the clock. It's hard to keep a curious 18 month old alive! It's hard to shower with a slippery 6 month old because they loose their mind when you step behind the curtain. It's hard to feel alone. And the hardest thing of all...no matter how well you did your job today, it will be exactly the same tomorrow! There will be more meals to make and clean up after, there will be more fits and diaper changes, there will be more of the same every. single. day. And it begins to feel like it will never end (especially if you decide to have more children!) 

Today, as I was running errands with my 2 year old while my 5 year old was in school...I realized how much I truly love being around my daughter now...but I won't lie, it wasn't always like this. Eighteen months to 30 months was HARD. If you are in this stage of your life, give yourself a pat on the back and let me say "this too shall pass". One day they WILL hold your hand in parking lots without running for the hills! One day they WILL help pick up. One day they WILL be able to tell you what they need/want without shrieking and freaking out! One day your purse WILL no longer weigh more than your child!!! One day you WILL look back on the days of teething and potty training and not remember that it was a form of torture!!! 

I'm actually sad that my days of mommy group get togethers and not having to wear a bra (cuz if you are staying home all day with an infant...there is no need to get all sorts of fancy like brushing your hair or putting on a bra)! ;) 

So when you are up to your neck in dirty diapers and dirtier dishes...try to remember that someday you will miss this...but for right now just count down the minutes to bedtime and grab a good glass of wine and toast to making it through another day that felt like a year!!

UPDATE:
If you have a child under 2 years old...you MUST listen to this song! :) http://stearns.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/rested/

Friday, January 3, 2014

Missing in action

Ya, I've been completely missing in action. And not just from my blog, from meal planning, cleaning, grocery shopping, doing laundry...my poor family and house!!!

So what is new with you? *sits back with her coffee and waits for an update*

Well, since you asked...I've been a busy little bee!! This year my little knitting business has exploded and I'm beyond blessed! 



I have been an entrepreneur all my life (what 12 year old makes her own business cards? This girl!) it is my passion...and coupled with my passion for knitting, it fulfills a spot in my heart that just can't be touched by being "just a mom". I feel guilty saying that...I adore being a stay at home mom and I know I'm very lucky I get to do so...but owning my business is just awesome! Of course I have goals to grow, but with the new year I'm stepping back...checking the priorities and seeing where adjustments need to be made.

At some point I should start a new paragraph, huh?

My little ones are doing well. Mr. N is in all day kindergarten and Little Miss P is my sidekick and personal assistant (maybe she needs business cards!!) 

I discovered a few months ago after some horrible stomach pain, that I'm indeed lactose and gluten intolerant. Both seem to be fairly minor, I can still have little bits here and there...but if I have too much, my body lets me know! At first I didn't fully believe that was the problem (doctors didn't diagnose me, it was just an elimination diet) so I would test the waters...and that was just a bad idea! So now I am trying to meal plan and find freezer meals that are gluten free (dairy isn't as much an issue). This is an interesting journey and I hope to share recipes soon!!

Please check out my online store at www.alittleknitty.com and 'like' me on Facebook www.facebook.com/alittleknitty