Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pantry clean out time

Full disclosure time:  I sometimes buy groceries that I really haven't made a plan for using.  Sometimes these groceries remain untouched in the freezer or cupboard for MONTHS before I get around to figuring out what to do with them. 

This week my plan (if you could call it that) is to NOT BUY GROCERIES*.  That's right - I'm going to clean out that pantry of the "ingredients" and make room for "food."

That means the pork roast that I plonked into the freezer but then never used because it was so large that it takes so much time to defrost that I just shift it aside for the popcicles will get used (finally.)  Probably a whole bunch of rice too.  I have LOTS of rice. 

*Milk and eggs are exceptions.  We cannot live without milk and eggs in the house.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Party, Party, Party...

We've been in full party mode at the Hearts Residence. Deuce, Jack O'Hearts, and Little 4 are having birthday parties all within 3 weeks of each other. Deuce was easy - she wanted just a sleepover with a couple of friends. Movies, cupcake decorating, popcorn, giggling, and waffles for breakfast. 

You tell that there's a LOT of sugar at that table! 

Jack O'Hearts had an adventure themed party. For that I needed a little more planning. I made State Park type signs to mark the different areas of the backyard and the different activities that we were going to do there. We made a pretty neat-o obsticle course, a stuffed animal safari, crafts, and an ice cream sundae bar.  We finished up the party with s'mores made over the fire pit.
Jack O'Hearts - Adventurer!

Running the obsticle course

Now I'm starting to get the yard ready for Little 4's Carnival Birthday party.  I'll breathe later.