February 25, 2012

Sister Time

My sister is headed to a Pinterest Party tonight.  What a neat idea. Everyone brings a project and a recipe they found on Pinterest.   She needed help with a project so she stopped over this morning to raid my scrap booking supplies.  We whipped together a shadowbox project for her daughter's nursery with inspiration from a post she saw on pinterest.  I usually spend Saturdays cleaning but this was a way more relaxing way to spend my Saturday morning before heading to the restaurant to work.

February 24, 2012

Munchkins - 1, Aunt Trishie - 0

The way I envision how an evening with my nieces will go tends to be completely and utterly opposite of how it usually  turns out.  I plan out all these fun activities. I imagine them excited to play along. I picture them happily eating what I cook for dinner, settling down to a movie and falling asleep midway through before the clock strikes ten.

Come on, really?  You would think I would have learned by now.  We usually get through one activity before they wander off to empty out the toy basket, squabble over a chunk of brightly colored plastic, and manage to cover my entire house in toys and messy hand prints.  When they've exhausted their interest in the toys I have they wander/snoop through my rooms in search of anything that looks interesting to play with (fabric, home decor, blankets).  Come dinner time they've all decided they don't like whats on their plates and suddenly I'm swarmed in munchkins as the three of them pick my plate clean (even if its exactly what I served them).  Inevitably somebody's dinner ends up the floor and kicked around the dining room to the amusement of the three of them.   After dinner is cleaned up, toys are put away and they're dressed in their matching jammies they bicker over a movie choice which none of them ends up watching.  We go through two are three movies and it's after midnight before the last one passes out for the night.  By 3 A.M two of them have found their way onto my bed with little feet in my ribs or neck.  At 5 A.M  the other comes in crying that I turned her movie off (several hours ago actually).  By 7 A.M when my alarm goes off they are all sound asleep and I am sleep deprived but dragging myself out of bed to gather up clothes and shoes, get breakfast around and prepare for the inevitable struggle of getting them around to return them home in hopes I might be on time to my noon hair appointment.

I cringe when I think about my long work day ahead of me and the fact that it's one of the busiest nights of the year at the restaurant.  Then the oldest wakes up, gives me the cutest grin and asks if I want to watch Ghostbusters with her.  Who am I kidding? I love this!  The truth is, I don't do this often enough. 

Choose Joy

I have an abundance of projects I have been wanting to work on lately and with a full time job my time is limited. On my days off I spend as much time as I can working on home renovations or crafting projects I want to get done. But today I wanted to do something much more important.  I spent my day with these little munchkins.
My three beautiful nieces.  These three are a riot.  We danced, we played, we shopped, we cooked, and we painted... on the walls!!!
(It looks like the wall says "choose goy" haha I had some help from a very insistent 4 year old)
I have been following Ashley's blog over at Lil Blue Boo.  If you've never been there head over and check it out!  She is amazing.  She is my inspiration behind this day.   From painting with children to letting go and choosing to make each day joyful regardless of other circumstances.  Let go, be creative, choose joy.

By the way, I'm not entirely insane.  I plan to repaint this room next week, otherwise I am not sure I would have let them paint on the walls.

February 22, 2012

The Green Monster

The most delicious kind of green monster.    If you hop on over to Pinterest and do a search for this you'll come up with an abundance of results and variances on this monster of a smoothie.  I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first.  Though I love smoothies I'm not big on leafy greens.  I gave it a try though and now I'm hooked.  They're quick, simple, nutritious and to die for delicious.  Although I never make mine the same each time here is a basic run-down of how I throw one together.
I use a magic bullet blender to make these because that's all I have.  It's great for making one but sometimes I like to make two at a time so that I can have one for a snack later.  The bullet just makes it a little more tedious but the process should be the same for any blender.  I use 4 basic ingredients every time.
  • Kale and/or Spinach
  • 100% juice of some kind. Usually orange juice but apple is great as well
  • 1/2 a banana. frozen or not.  I prefer frozen but I used fresh today since I used all my frozen the other day.
  • Greek yogurt.  I like my smoothies creamy and the bananas just aren't enough. Plus Greek Yogurt is packed with protein.
After those ingredients I cram in a combination of whatever fresh or frozen fruits I have on hand. My favorites are peaches, mangoes, pineapple, strawberries, and/or raspberries.  I start by cramming in as much spinach/kale into my bullet cup as I can fit, usually a handful of each. I pour about a 1/4 cup of juice over top, twist on the blade and pulse until its liquefied. With the bullet it blends better if you only add a few things at a time.  With other blenders you might just be able to drop everything in at once and give it a whirl.  Once I blend the greens and juice I add 1/2 a banana or about the equivalent of frozen banana slices and two heaping tablespoon fulls of Greek yogurt.  Blend it up once again  then add your other fruits and blend. Today I did a handful of frozen strawberries and frozen pineapple.  The result is a delicious fruity smoothie with the added bonus of a heaping serving of greens.   It's incredibly filling and energizing also.

February 21, 2012

Howdy

Hi, I'm Trish. I wanted a place to keep track of and share my home renovations, craftiness and everything else I have going on so here it is. I love all sorts of crafting from sewing to scrap booking, painting, writing, building, gardening, cooking and decorating. You will find a little of everything here.

Happy reading,

Trish