Pumpkin Painting, Cloth Diapers and a Houseful of Kids

Pumpkin Painting

Last week Jonathan’s preschool class went on a field trip to a local orchard. We went on a hayrack ride to the pumpkin patch, there Jonathan was able to find his perfect pumpkin and bring it back to school with him.

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So this morning I got ready and left the house (with coffee in hand) to join Jonathan and the rest of his classmates and parents. This was pumpkin painting day. The parents joined their kids and picked out all sorts of interesting crafty supplies to paint, glue or draw on their pumpkins. Jonathan picked out all sorts of things including a small straw hat, a corn cob, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and much more! As we get ready to start guess who takes off and guess who does the whole project. You got it, Jonathan and myself. He took off and played with all the other hyper kids. It was more like a project for the parents while we were all at the tables doing everything. All and all, we all had fun and the snacks were wonderful. Apple cider donuts, trail mix, mini pumpkin cupcakes and either coffee or milk. I will have pictures coming soon.

Clothes Diapers

While I was pregnant with Lillian this past summer, my boyfriend and I decided we were going to try out cloth diapers. Boy are they wonderful! We have saved so much money. We are on our second package of disposables since she was born. We use disposables when we are out and about and at night. Well recently I have noticed a funny odor coming from the diapers even after I have washed them. Come to find out, about once a month you have to soak them in Oxi-clean like solution for 6 hours to get every bit of gunk off.

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The results were AMAZING! The icky smell was gone, they were super soft and the absorbancy was back at 100%.

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If you use cloth diapers on your little ones I would really recommend doing this about once a month, 10 diapers at a time, so it really gets in there and cleans good.

“Homemade” Oxiclean (Good for one batch of diapers)

  • 2 cups Hydrogen Peroxide (Can be found in the first aide aisle for very cheap)
  • 2 cups Washing Soda (NOT baking soda, can be found in the laundry detergent aisle)

Add to a bucket and swish it around to dissolve the washing soda and fill halfway with HOT water. Add your cloth diapers and fill the rest with more hot water. Push everything down making sure all the diapers get soaked. Let it sit for 6 hours. Then wash like you would normally do in the washing machine and then dry them. You will be amazed at the results!

Houseful of Kids

Every now and then I would watch my three cousins aged 6-11 for a few hours about once a week. Everytime I tell Jonathan that his little cousins are coming over he gets super excited. I sometimes feel so bad for him, we live in a small country town of 380 people and they’re not many kids his age to play with. In a small town like this, everyone just kinda keeps to themselves. So its almost like a treat having Emily, Maddy and Nathaniel coming over.

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I always try and make a kid-friendly supper when they are here. Overall they are good eaters but one is picky as heck. So its hard pleasing everybody including Jonathan. So tonight I figured I could not go wrong with some porkchops, mashed potatoes and veggies. Dessert after supper are the Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies I made last night.

Baked Lemony Porkchops

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  • 4 boneless porkchops
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Nutmeg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 lemon
  • Butter

Preheat / 400 degrees.

  1. Spray cookie sheet with Pam. Salt and pepper porkchops. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
  2. Pat breadcrumbs over top of chops. Slice 4 thin slices from the lemon and set aside. Squeeze the rest of the lemon over chops.
  3. Dot with butter and place thin slices of lemon on each chop.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes depending on thickness of chops. Do not overbake.

❤ Lynette

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