Saturday, March 28, 2009

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Just wanted to share...

I have been trying to buy summer clothes for the kids lately, because you know, it is already shorts season here in Arizona and they both have grown a ton in the last few months.

So, I started my shopping earlier this week! Imagine my surprise when I found out how much NEW clothes would cost me! I tend to purchase the kids clothes secondhand or at consignment and Blake gets a lot of hand-me-downs from his cousin. I really just wanted a nice pair of shorts for Blake that would double as his Easter outfit and a pair of brown sandals for Cadence that would LAST her through the summer.

Well, I started at Tar*get, as that is where I normally shop for EVERYTHING! Brown sandals for Cadence-cheapest price $15! Cute shorts for Blake $15! I chose to buy Blake the shorts and regretted it later. I took them back tonight!

What are you willing to pay for clothes for your kids?

Here's a secret:

The clothes Cadence is wearing in her pictures below cost ME $15.00 total-if you count the hair bows! The shoes were $5.00 on Cra*igslist, the bows $3.00 at Wal*mart(pack of two) the rhinestone shirt was from Good*will for $2.00, the pink sundress was $4.50 at consignment, the brown flip flops .50 at a garage sale. The pettiskirt was a Christmas gift! Now, you're telling me that I have to spend $15 for ONE pair of shoes-NO WAY!

Blake's outfit cost $6.50 at consignment, minus the shoes, which I splurged on at the beginning of the school year for $20.

Got any brown sandals in size 9 you would like to sell me?

Pizza Pie

Last night, at the request of Blake, we made "Pizza Pie" for dinner. I made up that name so that the kids would eat it and it has worked ever since.

I have tried a making this many different ways, but the kids really prefer it the way I will share with you. We have added green beans, corn and peas to no avail!


Ground Turkey or ground beef (we prefer ground turkey)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
Instant mashed potatoes (I make enough for four servings)
1 cup of grated cheese
Seasonings for meat-I use garlic powder, onion powder, ground red pepper and black pepper.

Preheat oven to 425

1) Brown ground beef or ground turkey in a pan. I use olive oil spray to coat the pan to prevent sticking. I season the meat and add 1/4 of the jar of spaghetti sauce while browning the meat.

2) While browning the meat, make instant potatoes in the microwave.

3) Once the meat is completely browned, add 3/4 of the remaining spaghetti sauce to the meat.

4) Pour the meat sauce in the bottom of a lightly greased baking pan. Place the prepared mashed potatoes on top of the meat sauce and then pour the remaining sauce on top of the mashed potatoes.

5) Last sprinkle the cheese over the top of the mixture and place in the oven for 10-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted on the top.

This is famously named Shepherd's Pie and I don't even know the original recipe, but my kids think ours is delicious.

Typically I add pureed veggies to our spaghetti sauce, but haven't tried it with this recipe yet. I guess that would just be one more dish to dirty and I hate dishes!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Spring Pictures of the Kids

We had a photographer take some pictures of the kids last week and I wanted to share some with you! These are their Easter pics and Cadence's fourth birthday pics. I think that they turned out great! You can visit Amy's Blog at