Monday, February 28, 2011

Rural Style Valentine

Limited restaurant choices (and limited means) allowed us to continue our home-made Valentine dinner. Brinly and Cade have learned to love the "special" aspect of this dinner. They moved the kitchen table to the middle of the living room and set a little kid table up as well. As you can see, they thoroughly enjoyed it. Cade is a bit perturbed because he wanted to be at the big table not the little one.
We enjoyed salmon burgers, potato wedge fries, strawberry shakes, vinaigrette spinach salad, shrimp cocktail, and heart-shaped rolls. We had to save 2/3's of it for another meal:)! It was yummy, and the company was even better!

Shane woke up early (and I mean super early- before his normal leave by 6:45am early) to make these beauties! Side note: if found a big glob of white chocolate in the trash, so I think several attempts were made. They were SO yummy...makes my mouth water just looking at them!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

More Sledding Fun

The outing ended with Brinly and Cade crashing into each other. They are still asking if we can go again:).

Winter Wonderland

We live in the winter wonderland zone, for sure! We made a Saturday outing of sledding one afternoon and enjoyed a local slope (though it was actually quite difficult to find ONE hill in these parts). We lasted for a little while. It was really cold. Adelle HATED it, and bawled the entire time! The falling snow kept falling in her eyes and she couldn't take the aggravation...and I think she was probably cold. It was frigid.

Washer Crud

I honestly have to say, I am very proud of this accomplishment. My washer has been semi-stinking for several months now...and I've done everything from washing with bleach, vinegar, lemon juice, etc. SEVERAL times, to no avail. Fortunately, I have a little bit of appliance savvy (thanks to u-tube and various Internet sites), and was able to take my washer apart and found the culprit of the stank!

NASTINESS in the outer plastic barrel....ewwww (TMI, I know):

So, I did what any frugal fanny would do, covered my nasal passages to save my lungs from the hazardous fumes and particles, grabbed an old toothbrush and started scrubbin.And, wha-la! That was all the way around the washer. Can you see the stark contrast????!!!Now, no more stink! And I saved myself a service call and a few dollars, and got a pretty good work out, if I do say so.

If anyone is interested in learning the HOW of this process, let me know- I'd be happy to share:).