Sunday, June 1, 2014

One week from today!

Another week goes by in Germany.  Tried out a couple new shops.  So far, I've liked Kauflands because it's got a lot of variety and decent prices.  It's only about a 15 minute drive from my house too!  KIK was recommended to me for clothing, but it's a bust. Not my style, and kid clothes in Germany is hard to come by.  Very character/cartoon oriented...not how I like to dress Delilah.  I have also shopped at Aldi (which we have in the States).  It's nicer here and the produce selection is great.  

Watched our friends' kids last night.  Took them on a walk to a zipline nearby, came back and had dinner, then they just bugged Ben with video game stuff all night.  Ben didn't mind.  He's an expert at that stuff.  

I just kinda relaxed after Delilah went to bed, so it was an easy night.  Kids got picked up this morning, and I hoped to get out of the house to a few festivals happening within an hour of us, but it just wasn't in the cards today.  In any case, my house is now cleaned up and the weekly meal plan is finished.  

Speaking of....

Hot dog and carrots
Leftovers (x2)
Boiled eggs and string cheese
Quinoa salad (this didn't happen last week) and smoothie
Spinach/avocado/strawberry salad

Hawaiian crockpot chicken (same as last week, it didn't get made!)
Teriyaki chicken (same as last week, it didn't get made!)

Popcorn (we may do something fancy and add caramel or something)
Mixed veggies (depends on what is at the stores)

Oh, did I happen to mention I'm doing something really really fun in exactly one week?  



Got some incredible floor tickets and we are staying in a great hotel like 2 miles from where the concert is.  It's going to be absolutely fantastic.  This is my anniversary gift!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Another week, more fun, and more food!

Saturday officially marked our ONE MONTH anniversary of being in our house.  It really doesn't feel like it has been that long, and we are finally at the point where we can have people over.  (Minus the boxes by the second balcony that I can't lift and get in the attic...)  
We had our friends and their kids over on Saturday and it was a fabulous time.  We played some video games, drank mojitos (ok, the boys drank whiskey and rum), and played catchphrase.  Amanda's sons are so sweet.  They play with Delilah and they actually all laid down in the living room and watched Lady and the Tramp.  It was incredibly sweet.  

I've been having allergy issues.  My throat is super scratchy and sometimes my left eye will just burrrrrrn and itch.  It's so frustrating.  I'd take medicine, but anything stronger than ibuprofen just kinda messes with my body.  Even after surgeries, I've not taken the medicine I've been prescribed because I don't like that swimmy vision and haze and confusion.  I'll deal.  

We went to a carnival tonight in Kaiserslautern.  It was OK, but they claimed to have 140 was really like 5 different vendors and then there were 28 booths of each, all food.  We were expecting something like crafts/housewares/etc...but that just wasn't it.  It was fun though, and Delilah got to ride some kiddie rides, so all in all, it wasn't a bust.  If Ben hadn't been on call this weekend, we would have gone to the Black Forest.  There was one mission that kept getting cancelled and he had to go in for a couple hours Saturday, Sunday, AND today.  So it wasn't easy to do anything this weekend.
Just a random building in Kaiserslautern

This was painted on the side of a kid's bathroom at the carnival....

HUGE ferris wheel!

This week is the end of swim class for Delilah, and that kinda stinks because it gave us an excuse to get out and go do something productive.  I think we will keep going swimming though.  It isn't very much and she loves it so much. I love it that she isn't afraid of the water.  Perhaps on the days we don't go swimming, I'll take her over to the next village and run with her in the jogging stroller through the main strip.  I've got to keep myself on track.  It's been hard lately with not feeling well and the rain.

Ok, here's the upcoming week's meal plan: 
(PS. My landlord ordered the part to fix my oven, so I'll be able to branch out more when that's fixed!)

Wraps with mustard and turkey with mixed veggies
Quinoa salad (corn, tomato, avocado, and salt) with a smoothie
Grilled cheese and frozen peas (I don't know why, she loves them more when they are frozen...)
PB and honey (a must have each week) and string cheese
Boiled eggs with veggies and triscuts
Leftovers with blueberries

Hummus and veggies
String cheese&pretzels
Dried fruit
Apple Slices


So there you have it, folks.  I'm gonna stick with it again this week.  Makes life just a bit easier.  

I'm off to watch some True Blood. 


Monday, May 19, 2014

Ok, I just had to come and give an update:
Made the Mexican quinoa.  It was amazing.  One pot, everything just gets dumped in.  So easy and my first vegetarian made meal.  I was extremely happy.

This is one of the easiest things I've ever made and it's so addicting.  My husband came home and had to make himself put the lid back on after a bit.  He told me he could have eaten the whole thing.  A super easy and cheap snack.  It made a lot too!

We've tried store bought hummus, and Delilah won't touch it.  I thought that maybe if she helped me make it, she would try it.  We made the avocado hummus and she actually got upset when we were done snacking.  Another great success!

Links to all the recipes are in the previous post!

In other news: the women are still complaining about the Frozen dolls and it's cracking me up.

Now excuse me, but I have to go watch some Game of Thrones.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Back at it.

Hello, friends!

We are finally out of living in a hotel.  We moved into our house on the 24th of April, and didn't get internet until the 12th of May.  Using a data plan on my phone was not ideal, but it did give me more motivation to get a ton of stuff done at the house.  I've stuck with meal planning, just obviously couldn't post it.  

As always, when I'm away for awhile, a picture update is sometimes easier than trying to remember everything that went on in the 3+ weeks I was absent from the internet.  Here we go:
A really cool kid making a wish on a walk on base.

She's learning about even amounts and learning how to use a mouse at the library.

Super cool kid taking a walk with me.

My friend Amanda has a SUPER sweet kid, Aiden, and Delilah just loves him.

My house looked like this for awhile...and it was awful. 

On a hike on one of the many trails around our village.  The other night, we did almost 4 miles and it was awesome.

A really cool a gross German slug I found on a hike.

We've got this statue in our backyard and Delilah loves it.  Don't worry, the grass in our yard is cut now.

Delilah started swim class and absolutely LOVES it.  She's getting so comfortable in the water and her teacher has nothing but high praise for her.  I'm so happy!

They're making juice (and a mess)

Out and about with my girl, and a sudden big rainstorm trapped us in the car.  We decided on a little photoshoot.  

This is a view from my balcony 7:30am vs 11:00am.  

Our neighbors have sheep that now LOVE us because we bring them carrots.  They are super cute and really stinky.

Authentic German food for Ben's birthday dinner!  They served him this for his birthday and just gave him a bottle of wine (which I drank while we all played Cards Against Humanity). 
Amanda's kids.  Delilah loves them, and they love Delilah.

Went out hiking on May 4th, and stumbled upon a Wanderung.  It's basically a giant walk through a bunch of different villages and everyone is out and about.  There was a tent outside our village that was selling Bitberger (Half cola, half beer).  It's delicious.

A view of my little village from one of the trails.

This bakery is SO GOOD.  

Saw this on the way to Globus the other day...hilarious.

After a trip to Ikea, Ben set out to put together a piece of furniture. It wasn't as bad as he expected, and definitely didn't include nearly as much swearing as when he had to put Delilah's crib together.

Delilah's bed, just waiting on the blanket from Aunt Ruthie.  She's making a pink, gray, and white chevron quilt...because she's AWESOME.  I did all the paintings on her wall.

Another view of her room.

Of course she had to get this cute owl lamp. (Ikea)

Finished toy storage that Ben put together.  So much nicer with toy storage instead of random boxes like it was before. 

Cute little doll bed.
The rug we got for her room. It's perfect.  All the paintings, rug, accessories, etc...go together so well. I'm really pleased with how her room turned out.  Now I just need to get the rest of the house done.

Our Mother's Day pictures.  Love my girl!

Working on new stuff for my etsy site (

This is the sectional we found on MEGA sale.

Our cool retro looking dining room table

Delilah was totally over furniture shopping.

Just walking around our village.

I made Thai soup.  Trust me...don't ever leave out the red curry paste.  I made it in the hotel and had put green peppers in it (which are really bitter out here for some reason) and no red curry paste (because it was out at the store) and it wasn't that great. Remade it the other day and it was AMAZING.

We got her this little easel at Ikea and I moved it into the kitchen.  She likes to be creative while I'm cooking.  The other side is a whiteboard.

We went on base yesterday to the opening of the Disney aisle.  I wanted to go because there were supposed to be prizes and crafts and meet and greets.  First of all, about an hour before it opened, someone had the bright idea to move the line dividers, so people that showed up at 11:45 we starting to shove towards the front instead of acting like adults and waiting in line.  Second of all, they had blown up about 30 balloons and passed them out...and then they were there were a bunch of kids that just couldn't have a balloon.  The meet and greet characters were a JOKE.  They were store employees wearing really cheap halloween costumes.  The announcers made a big deal of looking for Mickey and Minnie, and then out walked 2 people with mouse ears.  The kids were not impressed.  I was looking around, and I could see these women starting to get super aggressive as they were almost drooling waiting to run in and grab some Frozen toys.  I told Ben, "If you want to go in the aisle and try and get a doll, that's fine.  Delilah doesn't need one though, and she's not going to care either way."  He told me we were up at the front, he'd go grab one.  I told him, "You need to be careful, these women are going to get aggressive and shove and they won't care about pushing children or you out of the way to try and get a doll."  He didn't believe me.  So the curtains opened, and as you can see in the picture below, one curtain was almost pulled down as the crazy women shoved children, lost their own, pushed people, and just surged into the aisle.  Ben watched people just start grabbing dolls off the shelf.  Luckily, he's a calm person, and would never think about pushing a woman or child to get a plastic toy, and someone we had talked to just handed him one.  The people running the event had told people not to do exactly what they did, and there were several kids that got hurt and lost, one lady even had her stroller with her child in it pushed over.  It was freaking ridiculous.  A huge disgusting show of greed and lack of care.  I'll just tell you that if someone had pushed Delilah over or ANYTHING to get a freaking doll, I'd probably unleash my temper that I have worked so hard in the last 6 years to control.  

And what is REALLY funny and stupid, there are women on spouse page today complaining that they showed up 15 minutes after the event started and now their kids are disappointed because the toys were gone.  Give me a break.  First, you kid doesn't need a doll that badly, secondly, don't show up late and expect to get an insanely popular toy.  

So here's the meal plan for the week.  Breakfast/Lunches are usually the same, but I'm trying to mix it up.

Vanilla/almond yogurt
Cereal (she loves cracklin oat bran!)
Boiled eggs
Toast and fruit

Homemade pizza "lunchable"
Tuna salad with carrots and pita bread
Strawberry and avocado salad

Chicken Parmesan
Pigs in a blanket and mashed cauliflower


Monday, April 21, 2014


I have a dream that we will get an email saying our household goods arrived today.  
I'm so tired of being in temporary living.  I want our stuff to get here and be in our own house.  I want to unpack, go to IKEA again, and get my house set up.  I want my kid to be able to play in our yard and play with more toys than just the ones she's had for the last month and a half.  SIGH.  

Ok, so here's the plan for the week:

Breakfast (these are typically the same each week)
Nutella pancakes 
boiled eggs and toast

All beef Hebrew National + veggie
Pasta salad

Breakfast quesadillas

So that's my plan.  I'm gonna have to figure out one more thing, because we definitely had the breakfast quesadillas already and the week JUST started.  They were really good though!

Yesterday was Easter, and it was a nice day.  Delilah got a nice little stash from the Easter bunny, and we had a relaxing day.  Went over to the Merlin's home for dinner.  Love them, they are so easy to be friends with.  
Family Easter picture. I might actually get this framed.  It's a pretty cute shot!

Delilah's little stash from the Easter Bunny.  Let's not kid ourselves though...she's gonna get a couple pieces of candy...the rest will be eaten by me and Ben.

First Easter egg hunt, and she filled her little basket.  Didn't have any issues with crazy parents or kids.  Delilah was VERY pleased with herself.

We went to Outdoor Rec and got a nice hiking backpack to carry Delilah around in.  Now, Ben is all about camping/hiking. I don't mind hiking...but I'm not a huge fan of camping. 

I think that's all for now.  I'm gonna go take a shower and get ready for the day.  I got a Bare Minerals starter kit this weekend, and I have been having fun playing with it.  First time wearing makeup aside from just my eyes/lips.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My week.

All the meals for last week were a definite success.  I think the only thing I would change would be doubling the quinoa patties.  They were good, but didn't make a whole lot...and my husband can definitely eat at dinner time.  

I'm making my new store list/meal plan this morning.  I'll try and link what I'm making to the list on here.  I think that'll be much nicer than just a list, right?

Boiled eggs
Fresh fruit
Cereal (a FAVORITE)

Honey&PB sandwich
Roll ups
Apples w/ melted pb, crackers, and cheese
Pasta w/ sauce

Chicken fingers and sweet potato fries (Was going to make this last week, but we had a fun trip to the ER yesterday...more on that below)
Homemade pizza
Chicken burrito bowls (big hit here!)

All sound good!  I think I'll do the BBQ sandwiches tonight.  I've already got cooked chicken that can easily be drained and shredded and mixed in with some warmed BBQ sauce for an easy meal tonight.  Something easy for a Sunday evening.  

Now for the ER visit info:

Delilah woke up from her nap yesterday, and everything was going completely normal...until she fell face first into the hard wood floor of our hotel after slipping.  I immediately picked her up and comforted her, and when I looked down, she was covered in blood.  I remained calm (I'm not really sure how) and ran to get a towel and icepack.  She wouldn't let me near her chin.  Ben was out getting supplies for the car, and I texted him to come home immediately.  I was able to remove her shirt, but I still couldn't get a good look at the injury.  At this point, the blood wasn't flowing, just the occasional drip.  Ben got home, and to get her calm, they started watching Frozen.  At this point, I was able to kinda slide up and look at her chin.  WHOA.  Yep, we gotta go to the ER.  That's gonna need stitches.  
So we got in the car and made the drive.  When we got there, we got seen right away...unfortunately, Ben and I had the task of holding a lidocaine soaked gauze to her chin.  For 15 minutes.  I had an idea of how strong my daughter is, but after holding her arms and head for even 5 minutes was a strain.  Eventually, the numbing worked and things got a bit easier after that.  She kept telling Ben, "No, Daddy, stop! Let's go bye-bye!"  It was heartbreaking.
Doctors came back in, and we had to wrap her up in a blanket to keep her from flailing.  Ben held her knees, I held her arms at her chest and stayed near her head so she could see me.  As she was getting stitched up, she kept saying, "Mama, mama, I need you!"  Holy crow.  I felt like my heart was actually shattering.  It was quick, only 5 stitches, and everyone was telling her how well she was doing.  
I comforted her as soon as they were done, and I had brought her Hello Kitty bandaids (because normal ones are "ugly" according to Delilah).  We got home, and ice cream and Disney movies were on the agenda.  She was brave, I was brave.  It was awful.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Starting anew.

It's been over 4 months since I last wrote an entry.  I honestly was going through a lot, and I couldn't find the words to express how I was feeling...and I also didn't want to share  lot of that with the world.  At the same time, I couldn't write about my life without skipping over a lot of what was going on, so I just decided to take a break from blogging.

I'm a refocused and am taking charge of my life again.  I'm living in Germany with my family right now, and our travels (and my domestic side) are going to be the focus of the blog.  Occasionally, I'll put in some personal insight or opinions on things, but for the most part, I'd just like to focus on traveling Europe, household DIY projects, and meal planning for my family.

This week, I started a firm meal planning routine.  Too easily, I let Ben distract me from my schedule of what I'm making for meals, and I'd really rather just keep to it.  In an effort, I'll be posting my weekly meal plans (including snacks) on this blog.  I'll take pictures (although I forgot to the last 2 meals.  whoops).  

Nutella pancakes
Yogurt and dry cereal (Delilah's fav is Cracklin' Oat Bran)
Fresh fruit
Whole grain blueberry waffles

Egg+cheese quesedillas
Pasta tossed with olive oil+spices
Grilled cheese sandwich 
Peanut butter and banana quesedillas

Chicken burrito bowls
Chicken fingers and quinoa salad
Homemade tomato soup w/ grilled cheese sandwiches
Quinoa patties w/ sweet potato fries
Ziti bake

Whole grain crackers
Parmesan goldfish
Fruit snack

We've had the quinoa patties and the tomato soup for supper.  Both were GREAT.  I think I'll double the quinoa recipe next time so I can freeze some of the patties for later or save some for lunch the next day.  

This weekend, we are hopefully going to do a bit of traveling, so I'll have some pictures to share.  

That's all for now!