Peaches and Pumpkin

Enjoying the sweet and sour in life.

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!

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Carrot Cake April 4, 2012


I wanted to go ahead and pass along a Carrot Cake recipe I found before Sunday! I found this recipe on Life as a Lofthouse (food blog). She has the most wonderful recipes! We recently made her Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice recipe…and I could not stop eating it. I think I finished Paige’s plate too!

Anyways..here it is!

Carrot Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 large carrots (peeled and grated, about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup coconut

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9 inch round pans.
  2. Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, mix together sugar, oil and eggs on low-speed until combined. Mix in dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in the carrots and coconut. Divide the batter evenly in the greased baking pans, and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Cool cakes on wire racks for about ten minutes. Loosen the edges with a knife, then place another rack on top of the cake. Turn upside down, and tap the pan to loosen it. The cakes should cool completely before icing.

Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

From allrecipes.com

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  •  4 cups  confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.
  2. Add powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy.

I showed a picture yesterday of a Bunny Cake. You could use this carrot recipe for it! Once your two round cakes have cooled..place one in the center as a face. Cut two half moons inwardly into the second cake, making a bow-tie and two ears for a bunny. Ice the whole thing, and decorate! You could also make cupcakes. Enjoy!

 

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:)

 

Chocolate Elvis Smoothie February 27, 2012


Castor Oil…just typing it makes me gag. And yes, I am one of those pregnant women who was so desperate to give birth, I drank castor oil. With both children. And it worked for me..although I know some aren’t as lucky. The second time around, I thought things would be better if I mixed it with a strawberry and banana smoothie. NO, all that did was make me sick, and forever scar me from delicious strawberry banana smoothies.

I recently started using Naturade’s Weight Gain powder. Since I’m still breastfeeding Colt, that alone can burn up to 500 calories per day. Not to mention the hours I spend chasing around the other maniac:) Keeping weight on lately has definitely been a challenge, and I’ve found myself getting into an unhealthy size for my height. The weight gainer I’ve started using is basically just protein and calories, and nothing in it is harmful for Colt. Many people have just told me to start eating more..but this isn’t really working for me. I eat three large meals per day, and always snack in between. I just needed a good way to add calories to my diet.

So, everyday, I’ve been making my favorite smoothie: a Chocolate Elvis, and adding a few scoops of protein powder. This drink is a knock-off version that Planet Smoothie serves. Every part of it I love: bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate! This recipe makes about 22 ounces of drink, which is around 550 calories. Once I add some protein powder, it goes up to about 1100 calories, which is perfect! I tried adding the powder to a strawberry banana smoothie… but if you read the paragraph above, I’m sure you can guess how much I liked that one.

So for those of you interested: here is the recipe!

Chocolate Elvis Smoothie

  • 12 ice cubes
  • 1-2 spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt (or ice cream)
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 3 tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced

Mix ingredients together in a blender until smooth. You can add or decrease things as you like, and it is still wonderful!

What kind of smoothies do you like?

 

Salisbury Steak February 26, 2012

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I’m always looking for good ground beef recipes. There are so many variations and different ways to cook it, it’s pretty hard to mess up…and that’s good for me:) I originally found this recipe on the allrecipes website. Here is the original recipe:

Salisbury Steak

  • 1 can of Campbell’s French and Onion Soup
  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard powder

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup of the French and Onion Soup with the ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Shape into 6 patties. In a large skillet, brown both sides of the patties. Pour off any excess fat.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk flour with remaining soup until combined. Add ketchup, water and mustard powder. Pour over the meat in skillet. Cover and let simmer for 20-30 minutes stirring occasionally.

Although this recipe is pretty good as is, I cut down on the ketchup the second time around. I also added a sliced onion to the skillet,  and let it simmer with the patties. So wonderful! Enjoy:)

 

Just another Wednesday! February 22, 2012

Filed under: Staying Home with the Kids — Peaches and Pumpkins @ 4:09 pm
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After begging and begging…neither child will stop growing. It never fails to amaze me the things both of them learn everyday.

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This is Paige explaining in great detail what face lions make. It won’t be long, and she will be two! It is so wonderful to see her grow and develop everyday. I can just watch her mind putting words together to make sentences, and nothing makes me happier! Of course every parent thinks their kid is a genius…and I’m no different!

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And Colt who will be turning five months tomorrow, has become the biggest Momma’s boy. Of course I don’t mind.

Unfortunately nothing else is new on our end! We celebrated Valentines day over sushi at home, and after receiving a very big and very thoughtful box of chocolate, I’m still blissfully enjoying it! I don’t think you understand what I mean by a big box…..as in takes up half of my body: big. I didn’t realize I had been complaining about the house being free of chocolate, I guess he bought it as a joke. But I as happy! Here you can see us enjoying Paige’s present:

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I hope everyone is enjoying their week! Does anyone have any suggestions about what they would like to read on my next post? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!