Monday, October 27, 2014

Life Right Now

Well, I figure enough has happened lately that y'all deserve a general update again. First off, I finished Gone With the Wind! It was a beast of a book but I'm SO glad I finally read it cover to cover....metaphorically speaking since I have the kindle version but you catch my drift. If I can get my act together this week I'm going to try to write a post all about my devotion to the book and movie. Also, I plan to watch the movie as soon as The LT heads back out to the field since it is far from his favorite film to watch. 

We have PCS orders y'all!!!! We will be heading back to Fort Sill, OK around the first of March for The LT's Field Artillery Captain's Career Course (FA CCC). We don't have our pack out dates yet but we are hoping to have packers at the end of February and hit the road the last few days of February or first of March. We will extend the road trip a little in order to spend some time visiting friends along the way. I'm hoping over the next month or so we can start to get some of the official stuff nailed down...packers, movers, potential house hunting trip, etc. We are already starting the early prep for the PCS...things I hope to post about as we go through them. I'm determined to eat down our pantry and freezer early so we don't end up with super weird meals at the end. I'd rather go grocery shopping twice a week that last month and just purchase what we need for a few days each time over eating weird mix and match meals for 2-3 weeks. As a result, I'm currently noshing on some Lorna Doone shortbread cookies that I'm pretty sure I bought about halfway through my pregnancy because they were the most delicious thing in the world at the time. 

The LT and I are both excited about PCSing and a little sad. We are looking forward to being closer to family and moving on to the next phase in his career. On the flip side, we feel like we have some really great friends here and enjoy our day to day life and leaving that is always the hardest part. 

We are FINALLY going to Hawaii!!! I've been dying to go to Hawaii while we are still living on the west coast and hopefully while Belle is under 2 so we don't have to buy an extra plane ticket. We are fortunate enough to have extremely generous friends who are currently stationed in Hawaii that are letting us stay with them! I'm so SO excited to visit our friends, spend time at the beach, see the sights, relax, and see Belle take in all the adventures Hawaii has to offer. There are no words to express how much I'm looking forward to our trip. 

Ok, that's all I can think of for now. Until next time my lovelies!

In case you missed it...check out House 6 Creations on The Pearl and The Pilot last week!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

House 6 Creations on The Pearl and The Pilot...and Gone with The Wind




So, today House 6 Creations is being featured/reviewed by my amazing friend Caitlin over at The Pearl and The Pilot!! You should definitely go check out what she has to say about some H6C things I made for her...there may even be a little something in it for you. Hint Hint, wink wink. Go. Check. It. Out. 

In other news...I started reading Gone with The Wind about a week ago and I'm totally sucked in. See, Gone with The Wind is my favorite movie of all time. Seriously...it's been my favorite since I was little. Even as like an 8 year old I could sit an watch the ENTIRE thing. I also may, or may not, have been Scarlet O'Hara for Halloween one year. But that's neither here nor there.  I can't believe it's taken me 26 years to get around to reading the book. Sooooooo....I may not be blogging much until I finish the book because instead of using evening and weekend spare time to blog I'll be reading. #sorrynotsorry 

P.S. It's taken me a LOT of self control to not read during Belle's nap time which is usually my devoted work time for H6C whether that be sewing, taking pics, editing, posting on Etsy, etc. 

P.P.S Don't forget that the House 6 Creations End of Summer Sale is still going on through October 31st!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Homemade with House 6: Dairy Free Carrot Cake Waffles



I don't remember how I stumbled across this recipe but I am SO glad that I did. I'm always looking for new, quick, easy breakfast ideas that are tasty and these definitely meet all those requirements. They even allow you to sneak in a few veggies which is always a bonus. For Belle, The LT, and I, I make a double recipe which some times leaves us an extra half waffle and sometimes not. 
I wish I had a better picture of these but I was about to have a husband/toddler mutiny if I didn't get breakfast on the table this particular morning. 
I do have one proverbial bone to pick with this recipe.... about half the time the two sides of the waffle stick to the iron and when I open the iron to remove it, it splits it open. This in NO way affects the taste and if you have a toddler who doesn't know the difference or a husband who is too hungry to notice after PT give them the "screw ups" and save the pretty ones for yourself. ;)
So, without further ado here's my version of Carrot Cake Waffles.  <-- click that link to see the original recipe 

Dairy Free Carrot Cake Waffles
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot (about one medium carrot)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (plain unsweetened, or vanilla sweetened depending on what I have on hand)
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 1 t vanilla extract
Combine all your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Add shredded carrot to dry ingredients. Add all wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine. 

Pre-heat your waffle iron and grease very well with oil of choice. Once your waffle iron is hot add half your batter into the middle, close the lid, and (if you have an iron like me) wait for the little light to change from red to green signaling your waffle is done. Re-grease your iron before pouring second half of the batter in. 

I never add anything to these waffles as they have a bit of sweetness and a lot of flavor on their own but feel free to top them however you like!

See...sometimes they turn out like this.

Orrrrr like this...sorry for the blur. But seriously, still DELICIOUS.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Arabella Rose - 18 months

As Belle is currently 19 months (pushing 20) this is WAY overdue but we will just pretend I wrote this back in August when she was actually 18 months old. 

Belle is at such a fun stage right now and I really enjoy watching her learn and explore the world. At her 18 month appointment she was just over 25 lbs and measuring 32" tall. Personally, I think she's a bit over 33" and that her measurement wasn't accurate as she was screaming bloody murder and thrashing while we tried to measure her. At 18 months her 18 month clothes had been small for a bit and had moved into both 24 month and 2T. She's also wearing a size 5T shoe...she has big feet, poor girl can only blame me for that.


She is smart as a whip, observes everything, and constantly amazes me with what she notices and catches on to. She loves playing outside in the yard and going to the park. Slowing down is not part of her vocabulary. She's eaten pavement a few times lately trying to climb on things she isn't quite big enough for. Coloring is also a favorite although we are working on not eating crayons and not coloring on the door. In case you were wondering, a paste of baking soda and water gets crayon off white doors/walls like a charm. Her favorite toys include: her play kitchen, her Madeline tea set, cozy coupe, and anything you put in her little purse. Oh! And books! She loves to read and brings me books all day which is great....except she brings the same ones over and over again. Mom problems.


She tries so hard to say new words and points at things all day long for me to say what it's called. Her current consistent "words" are: hi, bye/buh bye, dada, mama, nanana (banana), uhh (up), dow (down), eee (eat), wow/woah, moah (more), bubble, mmmm guh (mmmm good), yeah. Most of her current struggles and/or melt downs stem from her knowing exactly what she wants and not being able to communicate it. 


She gives lots of hugs and kisses which are quite possibly the best things ever. As soon as she hears the door from the garage open she gets SO excited for The LT to walk through the door. She usually squeals and runs her little toddler run as fast as she can to him and tackles him with her 25 lb self.  It's beyond precious and no matter how stressful the day was it makes it all better for The LT. Occasionally, if you are deemed worthy, Belle will even give you a high five or fist bump. I almost forgot! She dances! She has the cutest little dance when a song with just the right beat comes on the radio...still trying to figure out what makes a song worthy of dancing to. There's a lot of bouncing and chicken dance style arms, a little spinning, occasional head bob, and my personal fav,  the finger pointing/waving up to the ceiling. 


She's still a pretty good and healthy little eater. She definitely goes through phases of things though. If you take her to an Asian restaurant be prepared to spend some time there because she will eat for what seems like forever. Rice and quinoa are sure fire ways to get her to eat. Bananas are probably her favorite fruit although she will eat pretty much any fruit you put in front of her. As far as veggies go she has times where she will eat loads of any veggie and times where she won't eat any at all. Still not a fan of ground meat but loves anything in sausage form...and chicken legs. 

Well, that's all I can think of for now but we are really enjoying this toddler phase and look forward to her speech explosion and being able to understand what she's so desperately trying to tell us. 


Friday, October 10, 2014

Right Now at House 6 Creations

I feel like I haven't done an update on House 6 Creations stuff on the blog for a while so I figured it was about time. The way my mind is running today, I think bullet points are the best way to get it all out.

  • The House 6 Creations End of Summer Sale is still going on. I decided the sale will officially end at midnight, pacific, on October 31, 2014. At which time, any un-sold items will return to their original prices. 
  • I've been able to expand the selection of items available through the Etsy store. As time goes on I will probably phase out selling things directly through Facebook and everything will be posted on Etsy. Facebook will still be the best way to stay up to date on what's going on with the store as far as new items, sales, etc. So, make sure you "like" House 6 Creations on Facebook as well as on Etsy
  • Creating custom items for customers is still one of my favorite things so don't hesitate to contact me if you're looking for something in particular or if you see an item you like but want it in a different fabric. I will do my best to create something just how you want it!

Last weekend I made a big fabric shopping trip and I'm only about 1/3 of the way through all the fabric I bought to make things out of. I'm cutting, sewing, taking pictures, and posting it all as fast as toddler nap time will allow. 

Homemade with House 6: Raspberry and Strawberry Jam



Soooo didn't manage to take a picture of the raspberry until we were half way through a jar. Whoopsie


This summer was the first time I had made either this raspberry jam recipe or this strawberry jam recipe



I made two batches of the raspberry with amazing organic berries from the markets and it might be one of the most delicious things I've eaten in a long time. It's not a real thick/jelled jam since there's no pectin added but it still firmed up some once it cooled and spreads really nicely. I loved the simplicity of the recipe and since I buy giant bags of organic sugar at Costco I was able to make it completely organic without paying a hefty price. I've also caught Belle licking the jam off her toast with goat cheese so it's definitely toddler approved.

Strawberry ready for the water bath!

The strawberry jam was simple as well but did take a little more time to make since you let the fruit and sugar sit for a few hours before you start the cooking process. Next time I make it will blend it a little less though because it didn't jell as much as I would have liked and I think it's because I blended it a bit much. A little less smooth of a puree might have yielded a thicker jam. Am I making sense? Regardless, it tastes delicious and is great for spreading on...well...anything!

See...just a little too smooth and blended. Lesson learned for next time.

So, if you come across some beautiful berries that you don't manage to devour right away, make some jam! One of the great things about both of these recipes is they can be easily halved if you have a smaller quantity of berries to use. Or if you have a smaller amount of jam loving people to provide jam for. ;)
Fact: I have a jam problem. Well, it's really only a problem if we run out.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Limits

Written on September 21, 2014

I've been in a horrible funk since The LT left a few days ago for Yakima. This time he's only going to be gone for about 10 days..supposedly back before my birthday. We knew this trip was possible but didn't know exactly when he was going until a few days before. Still, didn't phase me. It's only a little over a week, I'll be able to call him whenever, just a few hours away if an emergency happens, no. big. deal. 

But once he left I just couldn't kick that first day funk after he leaves. It's day 4 and I'm still in a bad mood and kind of wallowing in his absence. I was talking to a friend about it this morning and she totally hit the nail on the head...for whatever reason, this YTC rotation was my breaking point, I just needed him home for longer. Right around the time The LT got confirmed dates for this trip we also found out that he would likely be heading back out there again later this fall. No idea when or for how long yet but now that trip is looming over us. 

I've been ready to leave Fort Lewis for a while now. We've enjoyed our time here but I'm ready to move on to the next phase, the next place. Ready to be a little closer to family and friends. By the end of this YTC rotation The LT will have been gone 16 weeks this year. The constant coming and going is wearing on me. In some ways I would rather if he had just been deployed. He would have left, we would have found our groove, then he would have come home. One set of good byes and one round of re-integration. It costs us money when he's gone like this. Yes, when he's gone for over 30 days we get Family Separation Pay butttt they take our BAS...there's about a $10 difference in those amounts if you were wondering. The LT spends money on food and such and since they upcharge everything at NTC and YTC it adds up quick. I'm tired of working our budget around him being gone...I'm just tired of all of it. 


Written October 5, 2014

I wrote the above portion in absolute desperation and frustration. The LT is back home now and I'm sitting at a Panera eating a blueberry bagel and drinking my hibiscus tea in toddler free solitude as I write. I never really was able to kick what I'm now calling my "YTC Funk"  and after a few great days upon his return I'm in a weird mood again. His last absence was the first time Belle really noticed him being gone. She asked for him and seemed to look for him during the times of day he's normally home. Whenever he called she didn't want to talk to him, pushed the phone away from my face, and often got upset I was even talking to him. I'm dreading him being gone again. She's older, she notices him gone now, she misses him, and because of all of that she acts out more. Again, if he were deployed we would get past that phase and into a new routine but since it's a short separation again right about the time we will find our groove he will come home. YAY! Booooo

The last week really wore me down too for some reason. There was so much packed in as far as FRG events, a birthday party, BBQ, prepping and planning for Christmas shopping/gift making, dealing with Belle's wild mood, and the list goes on. We've had a plethora of friends and family members have birthdays or new babies that I've been sewing gifts and dropping off at the post office all week. It's been a week full of doing things for other people. Individually I don't mind doing any of it but when Thursday afternoon hit and I realized that the week was almost over and I hadn't written a single blog post, done a any posting on FB for H6C, sewn or cut anything for myself or H6C, or even had a minute to just sit and read. I'm trying desperately to build a business that I enjoy in order to bring in a little extra income for our family and I felt like I was floundering.  I had had enough. I had hit my limit. 

So, there it is. Hopefully this week will be better. Yesterday I had several hours to myself to run errands which included a big fabric shopping trip. Today I'm enjoying a little more me time before we head to a BBQ. I feel like I can breathe a little better after a little time on my own. I'm excited to get sewing and determined to be productive this week. 


 
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