Monday, July 4, 2011

It's Like My Drug

I may have an addiction to the best website ever, Pinterest. It is my fantasy world, and I think that’s why I like it so much. When I’m there, I get to look at pictures of beautiful houses, food, DIY projects, etc. and imagine what it would be like to have them in our future home. I have this image of filling my house with amazing creations designed by Jeremy and me; amongst the thousands of pictures on Pinterest, this dream comes true.
            I have no proof of this, but I think this site gets its name because you can “pin” your interests you find anywhere on the web to a virtual board. So, that’s how I’ve been spending my recent days. Searching through copious amounts of photographs (mostly in the DIY section) and pinning them to one of my many boards. If just looking at the pictures is not your thing, never fear, for when you click on the photo, it shows you the website the original pinner found it on. I’ve found that most of these sites are blogs with directions on how to make the craft which is even more fabulous!
            What’s fun about Pinterest is that you can upload your own photos or find them on any site and drag the “pin it” button over the URL and pick which one you want to pin. Also, you can share your pins with your friends by following their boards. You can also describe your pin. I love this feature; because I can make little notes to myself like “Perfect for Tyler’s toys” so I don’t forget what I wanted to do when the time comes.
Re-purposed brooch as refrigerator magnate
(found on
            I’ve been a member of Pinterest for a few months now, and for the first time the other day, I went to the Nate Berkus show (which I love by the way) and pinned several activities to my "Future Projects" board. I’m so excited to view more websites and dig through their DIY stuff to pin for future reference! Also, I decided yesterday to make a new board for my "Finished Masterpieces", so I can keep track of those too. :)     

SIDE NOTE: In order to be a member, you have to either receive an invitation from a friend already on Pinterest or request to the makers of the site an invite. So, it’s kind of like a little club, which is also fun :P

Friday, June 17, 2011

My growing boy!

My little boy is so amazing! He changes so much every day. He is almost 4 months now, and he has finally found his feet! He loves to play with them, and stick them in his mouth, and take his socks off. He also wiggles like crazy. I just set him on the floor facing us, and he has managed to wiggle and scoot all the way around to see the TV. Oh and, by the way, he loves to watch TV.

Grabbing his foot for the first time! :)

Tyler also loves to giggle and laugh. Jeremy always comes home and plays with him after work, and Tyler loves it! Shrikes and giggles can be heard from opposite ends of the house when daddy and Tyler are playing. It is so adorable! :)

Hangin out watching TV :P

New found love of cake

Last night, for the first time in my life, I made a cake from scratch! I must say that it was delicious! So moist and full of flavor! Pictures cannot do this cake justice.

Here is the most wonderful chocolate cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting. My brilliant husband was the genius behind the idea to use the strawberry cream cheese.
All we did was make a chocolate cake recipe and cream cheese frosting recipe, but we added strawberry cream cheese instead. I know… very anticlimactic, but that’s all it is. So simple and yet so delicious :)   

Saturday, April 30, 2011

My husband can't be trusted...

My husband can’t be trusted… in a grocery store that is. I wish I could tell you that the words “Um... I may have bought two whole lobsters” have never been uttered from his lips, but that is not the case. It is unknown where Jeremy found his love of cooking, but I’m sure glad he did! I feel like I’m living with a gourmet chef! I am truly blessed :)
Jeremy has no fear of adding anything and everything in the kitchen to his creations.  I can’t recall the first meal he ever made me, but I’m sure it was absolutely amazing! The way he cooks is wildly entertaining, because he loves to do it, and because he pretends he knows what he’s doing. :P I’m sorry to admit this… but he is a much better cook than I. 
One night, I proclaimed to my husband that I was in the mood for baked chicken… and this is what came out of that.
I believe that every lemon flavored item we possess went into this dish. It was kind of like baked chicken and lemon bread. The bread was a result of the egg and flower that was put into the marinade. Chicken was added to the dish, and it was put in the oven. We weren’t sure how it was going to taste… but it was surprisingly good!
When at the grocery store, we usually purchase frozen chicken. First because we love it and second because it can be kept for a long period of time. In recent events, however, we decided to give tilapia a whirl, and it has proven to be a very good choice. This dish consisted of tilapia baked in butter and lemon, boiled spinach, lasagna noodles, fried asparagus, a dash of Alfredo sauce and an assortment of spices and oils. If that doesn’t sound amazing enough, we also had these amazing “cheese sticks”. This was not an original recipe, however, but rather one he found in the cook book my sister, Chris, gave me for Christmas. These “cheese sticks”, as they are called, put me in mind of Red Lobster rolls… except they had the consistency of a pretzel.
Possibly the best desert I have ever tasted was this apple masterpiece. Traditionally it is made with peaches, but I prefer the apples. This recipe, like the last, was taken from the “Taste of Home Cookbook”. This pie like creation was made of a flowery substance for the crust, brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices in the middle,
and apples on top. The “pie” was then baked and taken out of the oven.
At that point a custard like mixture was added, making the apples float to the top, and it was placed in the oven once again to finish baking. It was simply amazing, and I must admit I ate all but one piece. :P
This was our amazing attempt at making biscotti. I have never attempted this process before, and it was very interesting. Almost like making a giant chocolate cookie and then cutting it. These were strangely addicting.      

Friday, April 22, 2011


Tyler's First Outfit

Deciding what should be the first topic was difficult for me… Till I elected to write about my greatest joy in life… which is without a doubt my son!
Tyler Logan Rabideau was born naturally on February 26, 2011. He was 9 pounds 5 ounces and 22 ½ inches long. Don’t worry; I’m not going to go into detail about the birth. I think that kind of information is a little too much even for the internet.  :P No really it was nothing like what I was anticipating. I had pictured the typical movie birth. You know where the woman is screaming the whole time, begging for drugs, and telling her husband how much she hates him for putting her in that situation. In all reality, it was much more peaceful than that.
I had heard that it is the worst pain you could ever feel in your entire life. Some would even go as far as to say it is unnatural to put someone through that kind of pain. Seriously? I think getting your hand cut off would be a million times worse! I know you’re probably reading this thinking “Oh she must have just had an easy birth”. Well the whole thing lasted about 13 ½ hours including the 45 minutes of pushing… which, again, was much better than I predicted. So what was hard about it you may ask? Well my beautiful baby boy was unfortunately looking the wrong way. That means with every contraction, his head pushed harder and harder on my pelvis. Even with that added extra pain… I never once told my adoring husband I hated him! Nor did I beg for drugs. It was, in my opinion, the perfect birth, and I wouldn’t change it for the world! :)    

Sucking On His Hand

Almost 8 weeks have gone by since then, and Tyler has already changed so much! It’s hard to believe he’s still a newborn. 6 weeks brought on the really noticeable transformations: smiling, talking, and sleeping through the night. With these marvelous new phenomena, however, came some not so pleasant ones as well. I think the first day my baby boy smiled back at me was also the first he donned his frown… which in itself is also adorable! Along with the talking came the shorter attention span. He loves to lay on the floor and play, but if you leave him there for very long without playing with him, he gets bored. However, the best but also hardest part about the 6 week mark is the sleeping through the night, for with it comes the overwhelming dislike of sleeping at all. It baffles me how a baby that small could fight going to sleep. It’s like he has better things to do. :P

Tyler's First Bath

Some fun facts about Tyler:
1.       Before he was born, the midwives swore there was no possible way he was over 7 pounds… he sure fooled them. :P
2.       He loves getting his diaper changed! Besides the obvious fact that his diaper is taken off, I think it’s because he knows he gets lots of kisses and tummy tickles then too… which he also adores :)
3.       Tyler is also fond of his bath time… which again could be attributed to the fact that his diaper is off and he’s getting a lot of attention. :)
4.       When he’s hungry, he can be heard sucking his hand from rooms away. This lets me know that I have a certain amount of minutes before the deafening cries of “starvation” set in.
5.       Unless he’s sleeping, he loves to wiggle and kick. Sometimes his cries mean he just wants to be put down so he can be free.   

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

This is what came out of that... Introduction

This blog is the result of a very bored mother and wife. Basically, I'm going to write about interesting food my husband makes me, projects we do, and stories about our kids and my life as a mom. If none of this sounds interesting to you... you should probably stop reading like... now. However, if you are one of the, most likely very few people, to actually be intrigued by this... then read on... I would love for you to listen to my nonsense.

DISCLAIMER: I am a horrible writer with an even worse vocabulary. On the contrary, my friend Laura Cardy should turn her blogs into books... they are just that good. I highly suggest reading them.