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Installing Snaps on Wee One Swimsuits

I can’t take credit for this idea. Truth is, two years ago we had a swimsuit, for our then 1 yr old, that had snaps to make diaper changes easier. I have wondered and wondered why this isn’t more readily available, but after discovering that the suit I adored retailed for $30, I had resigned myself to suffering through.

Finally though, I decided to take a stab at altering one. I chose the one she never wears. You know, just in case something went terribly wrong. This is everything I used, minus the sewing machine.

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I cut the suit right through the middle of the crotch, and then I cut two pieces of bias tape to go on the ends.  I used the sewing machine to attach one side, hammered on the snaps, and then hand stitched the other side.

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I’m glad I used a suit I wasn’t attached to because I wasn’t paying attention and put the snaps close to the wrong edge. It doesn’t really matter, but it irritates me. I feel certain though that now that I’ve made one, I could make another pretty quickly.

Oh, and it works! Voila, easier bathroom breaks!

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Our Advent Calendar

Last year I bought a large box of Christmas books off ebay, and picked 25 of them to wrap up. Starting Dec. 1st, we let LG open one every evening. I like this because it’s a tradition that can grow with your child(ren). Last year we only read the book. This year we sing a Christmas song, and then open a book. Maybe next year we can sing, read a scripture, open a book.

Next year I’ll attach numbers to the wrapping paper, so she can make sure she has the right day. I didn’t bother this or last year, and the only one that has a tag is the one I want read on Christmas.

Here is hubs, going through the box to pick out the books for this year. He did that while I was making ornaments, I’ll post more on that later.

And no, this picture has no purpose other than that it tickles me

This is where we keep them

At night, we put one under the tree for her to find. She’s got it all figured out by now, so she grabs it and runs it over to us while yelling, “oh book!”

Pureed Pineapple Stir-Fry

I don’t know what else to call it. From this point on, assume that every measurement I give you is a guess… because it is. The only thing I measured was the soy sauce.

This is kind of like sweet and sour stir-fry, but with more zip and less (none) atomic red sauce. What is that stuff anyway? This is a way to use up pineapple when you love pineapple, but a whole one is really too much for your family.

Anyway, I happen to have all fresh ingredients today.

  • Pineapple
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes (from my brothers garden, no less)

The garlic is a lie, I forgot about it

First, the only thing I cooked separately. Those mushrooms are sauteing in sesame oil and butter
I pureed a few slices of pineapple
Then I added:
  • the puree
  • all the soy sauce I had (like 8th of a cup because I ran out. Who runs out of soy sauce! Me apparently)
  • 2 T of sweet chili sauce
  • little more than fourth cup of vinegar
  • 3 T of honey
  • 1 ½ t brown sugar
  • 1 T flour
Once that was thick, I added everything else. Oh, I lie, I held off on the tomatoes until everything else was heated through.
It was quite tasty. What I would do differently though, more soy sauce, less vinegar. I still can’t believe I’m out of soy sauce!
Here’s the finished product, side by side with brown rice, in Little Girl’s bowl.
I definitely recommend pineapple puree as a base for stir-fry. Who knew?!

Hello World, take 2

It’s too late to take pictures and make a post tonight, but I’ll try to get pictures up tomorrow of our dressers that are now GREEN.

And since dinner has already been eaten and there can be no picture, too bad, so sad, you don’t get to know what I had.

Great start;)

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