Peaches and Pumpkin

Enjoying the sweet and sour in life.

Work from home page update May 2, 2012


Happy Wednesday!

For those of you interested, I just updated my “work from home” page. I’ve added two more sites that I have found to help bring in extra money.

 

1. Opinion Place: You are given a new survey on this site about once per week, and they will pay you accordingly..usually $2-$3. They pay you with a Paypal or Amazon certificate sent to your email account. It doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but it adds up over time! Add this to other survey sites you use, and it helps.

2. Jingit: This site is relatively new to me..and I’m still figuring it out. You are paid to watch advertisement videos. Usually they will pay between $5-$10 per week. They also have apps for Andriod and Iphones that allow you to check in at certain places, and take surveys about a particular product.

So, add those two to your list! All of the sites I have mentioned can be found under the “Work From Home” page at the top.

 

My mom is coming in town tomorrow to visit the kids, and also attend my older sister’s baby shower on Sunday.  Her son is due at the end of July, and we are all so excited! Unfortunately, she lives a few states away, so don’t see them too often. My sister has always been my best friend, and been there for me through everything. I am so excited to meet her son, and look forward to watching our kids grow up together! Even if it’s just on holidays:)

Paige is turning two on the 19th, if you can believe it! Check back soon, I will be sharing her birth story!

Paige at the Fish Hatchery Aquarium

Paige and Tank

 

Colt just turned seven months, and is getting so big! I think he will skip crawling, and just go on to walking. He’s already pulling and standing up!

Thank you to everyone who takes time from their day to read my posts! I hope your week is going great!
 

 

 

Mother’s Day Gifts from Kids: Free Customized Card! April 27, 2012


Mother’s Day is getting close..so I thought it was the perfect time to share some fun crafts I’ve found (compliments of Pinterest). Nothing is better than a homemade gift, and these ideas were my favorite!

Mason Jar Cookies

I love these! Here are the ingredients: ( this is for just one jar )

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Combine the flour, baking soda and sugar in a large bowl.  Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to a one quart mason jar. Add the chocolate chips, then brown sugar. Fill the rest of the jar with the remaining dry ingredients.  You can customize your own label for the jar. The instructions for baking are as follows:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Empty the contents of the jar into a large bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine 3/4 cup softened butter, 2 eggs, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat until creamy. Add butter mixture to dry mixture. Stir just until combined. Drop by spoonfuls to an ungreased baking dish.  Bake 8-10 minutes, or until light brown around the edges. Remove from oven. Allow to set for one minute before transferring to a cooling rack. Makes 20.

Baking Soda Molds

Mix one cup of cornstarch, 2 cups of baking soda, and 1 1/4 cups cold water in a non stick pan. Stir until smooth. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture becomes thick, and gunky. Remove from heat, and let it cool while covered. This is kind of like play dough, and will keep if stored in an air tight container for a few days. This also dries hard when left out for 2-3 days. Or you can speed up the process by putting it into a 350 degree oven with the heat turned off. This could be a great idea for handprints, or anything else your mom/grandma would love!

 Handprint bouquets

Perfect idea for a card from the kids. Use different color paint for the handprints, green lines for the stems and any color bow you would like. Another fun bouquet idea:

This isn’t my family…just in case you were wondering! I thought this idea may be cute for grandparents, or great grandparents. Although, would still be cute with just a few flowers.

Free Card:

Here is an offer to make a free customized Mother’s Day card from www.cardstore.com. Create a card, and use the coupon LUVMOM at checkout. This is valid through 5/6/12. This also includes free shipping to you! This is a great website, I’ve used many times. They usually have free card offers around every holiday, so check back!

 

 

 

 

 

Buttermilk Pancakes April 21, 2012


When I posted the Chicken Fried Steak recipe..I told you would share other recipes with buttermilk. The first is buttermilk pancakes!

For the longest time I’ve kept Bisquick mix in my cabinets, and used it maybe once a week for biscuits, pancakes, or an easy ground beef meal. But then I ran out…and had to make pancakes from scratch. I have no clue why I wasn’t doing this to begin with. You can really tell a difference, and it’s not that difficult. Plus, any leftovers I have, I freeze and can microwave for a morning that we are too hungry to wait!

Buttermilk Pancakes

From Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a separate bowl beat together buttermilk, milk, eggs, and butter. Wait to mix the wet and dry ingredients until you are ready to start cooking.
  2. Heat a lightly buttered griddle or frying pan over medium/high heat.
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and use a fork or wooden spoon to blend. Be careful not to over mix.
  4. Pour about 1/2 cup of mix into the heated frying pan. When you start to see little bubbles coming up in the pancake, it’s time to flip it..a minute or so. Brown on both sides, and serve.

A few notes: Do no overmix…it will make take away from the fluffiness (if that’s a word). I noticed in my batter, there were still lumps, but once you cook the pancakes they disappear, so don’t worry about them.

Also..this recipe makes A LOT. I halved it..and it still fed Paige, Brandon and I for two days. While making this yesterday, I halved the flour, got distracted..and continuted adding the ingredients. I didn’t notice I was adding the complete serving amounts until I got to the buttermilk. Don’t do this 🙂

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter! April 17, 2012

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Okay..better late than never. 

Paige with her oversized Easter basket.

Our day started at an all too early 6am. Brandon was first out of bed, and couldn’t wait to show Paige her Mickey Mouse Easter basket. And of course was more than willing to let her eat all of her candy (keeping in mind that at this point, its 6:30 in the morning). Later, we went to have lunch. Brandon’s mother saved me from my cooking plans. Probably for the better… I couldn’t have imagined a better Easter lunch, finished with home-made ice cream!

The guys set out the eggs for Paige to find. She didn’t really get the point that you find all the eggs, then eat what’s inside. I think we spent five minutes at each stopping point, to open the egg, unwrap the chocolate for her, and she would eat it. A little left over evidence here:

Colt slept through all of the festivities. But woke up just in time for a picture!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, and got to spend time with family! Enjoy your week.

Did you do anything fun with your families?

 

Legitimate Ways to Work From Home: Part 2 April 5, 2012


I’ve received a lot of great feedback on my last post about scam-free ways to make extra money. Here are a couple other sites I have found, and use. All of the links can be found on a new page I created titled “Work from home!” (top right, in blue).

1. Care.com: I have actually used this site for 5-6 years, and have no clue why I am just now putting it on here!  Create a profile, and you can then search for families who are seeking a babysitter/nanny, pet sitter, tutor and so on. I have found many jobs on here. Some of them where a one time thing, and others were full-time! Obviously this isn’t work from home, from it can be a side job.

2. Valued Opinions: My friend Alex actually pointed me towards this site, and I’m so glad she did! I’ve already made about $20 from taking surveys within the last week and a half or so. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up. But beware! The site is very slow, and can be very frustrating!

I also wanted to thank all of my followers, and viewers for voting for me as a Top Mommy Blog!  I’m hoping one day I will be able to make money from blogging, and add it to my list here:)

If you know of a way to make extra money from home, please share! Thank you!

 

Easter Findings April 3, 2012


This year marks the first of many fun times with the kids! After having Paige, I was too excited for all the celebrations, adventures, and excitement that seemingly disappeared after I grew out of my childhood. I couldn’t wait for our first trip to the beach, or the zoo, were I could show her everything that being a kid has to offer! Little did I know, I had to wait until she’s old enough to actually understand everything! Since she will two in May, now seems like the best time to start the fun..with Easter! Some good food, family, and a visit from the Easter Bunny should kick things off right! Maybe next year, Colt will be able to join in on the fun.

I wanted to share some Easter ideas that I found this week, that I plan on trying.

First on my list, are these cuties…

Peep Deviled Eggs (compliments of Pinterest)

We love to eat in our family. I’m pretty sure everyone just shows up to eat…unless there are presents involved.  This year, the most amazing chef I will be cooking! These deviled eggs are so cute, and just as easy. Boil your eggs, and cut the top off instead of slicing long ways. Prepare your filling how you like it, stuff the eggs, and place the top back on. You can use triangular slices of carrots as noses, and bits of black olives as eyes.

Next is the cake!

Easter Bunny Cake!

I actually found this on a search in Yahoo! and my mother in law told me how easy it was. Bake two round cakes. Put one in the center for the face, then cut two half moons inwardly into the second round cake. Place the middle under the face for a bow-tie, and the two outer pieces on top for ears! I am planning on doing this with a carrot cake recipe I found, and doing a homemade cream cheese icing.  I wanted to wait to post the recipe for the cake until I personally tried it though!

Easy Decorations:

These were actually made by my cousin Karrie, and are so cute, I can’t wait to make them! All you have to do is mix one cup of liquid starch and half a cup of flour. You will also need embroidery floss, and water balloons. Blow up the water balloons (with air, not water) until they are egg-shaped. Unroll your embroidery floss, and press it into the glue mixture you already made. Wrap the gooey string around the balloon, and allow several hours to dry. Then, pop the balloon once it dries. I’ve also seen someone hang these on a string as garland!

As you can see I’ve been playing around on Pinterest for Easter ideas..and I just loved this. Very refreshing to see a change in the usual flower bouquets. On the left, are just regular colored eggs. Obviously you wouldn’t want to leave this bouquet out too long! On the left is a vase filled with M&Ms, and peeps. This one you could really get creative with, mixing and matching colors, or treats!

Last on my list for now! No one likes to eat a big meal, then have to do the dishes…Here is a fun way to dress up your plastic ware:

I will continue my search for Easter goodies…and post my recipes later! I hope everyone has a safe, and happy holiday.

Before I forget! We are in the running to become a Top Mommy Blog! On the top right sidebar there is a picture of a juggling woman..you can click her to vote for us, or at the banner on the bottom! You can come back daily to vote. Once you click, that’s all you have to do! Votes are tallied by how many clicks from my site each day. I also wanted to thank all of my followers who have been so supportive.

Thank you! Happy Easter!

 

Legitimate ways to work from home March 10, 2012


As a stay at home mom, I am constantly on the search for ways to make money, and never having to put my children in daycare, or in the care of a stranger. I’ve seen my share of scams, and in today’s world, they are everywhere! I’ve complied my list of sites that I’ve found that can lead to jobs at home, or just extra money. All of these links can be found on the right side of the page under “Work From Home.”

 1. Mysurvey: Here you can earn points for completing surveys. When you register, you provide some information about yourself and they match you with surveys accordingly. You are given points according to how long the survey was, or how much you had to participate. You can then exchange your points for rewards. I usually exchange my points for PayPal money, and either get something I need on Ebay, or switch the money into my bank account.  I usually get about $40 per month, which isn’t much but every little bit helps!

2. Elance: If you have special talents, or skills, Elance has thousands of job listings. People and companies post jobs or projects they need completed, that can be full-time, or just something quick. There are many types of jobs on here, and you really have to check it out to believe me. Once you complete your profile, you can search for jobs, and submit proposals on the ones that you can complete. The individual or company will then choose someone to complete it.

3. Find Focus Groups: Search in your area for studies, or for companies needing products tested. You complete a quick survey, and if you qualify, you participate and get paid! Some of these require you to actually attend studies. From what I’ve seen, they are usually on the weekends.

4. Task Rabbit: Have spare time on your hands? This website has many jobs posted from people who don’t have any extra time to do the simple things that you and I do…laundry, grocery shopping, and picking up the dry cleaning.  This is a fairly new site, and they are only serving certain US cities. But check back in, they are expanding!

5. Pro Blogger Job Boards: Here is a list of freelance writing jobs you can do from home. It is updated daily, so check back!

I will keep up my search for more sites! Enjoy your weekend:)