Peaches and Pumpkin

Enjoying the sweet and sour in life.

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice May 1, 2013

Hey everyone!  I know it has been close to a year since my last post..and I am hoping to start things up again, and post regularly!



There has been so many changes in the last year. We have lost a dear grandmother, who was a big supporter of my blog. After reading about a cheesecake failure, she surprised me with a perfect cheesecake pan! She will definitely be missed in our lives.
mema and paige

On another sad note: our dog, Tank, went missing. I posted about him last year, and what a wonderful addition to our family he was. He has been missing for a little over a month, and we would love for him to come home still! It’s hard to give up hope on something, and I still look for him everyday.

On a lighter note of course, Paige’s birthday is in less than a month…she will be three! I can’t believe it. And Colt is just about as big as her already. It’s hard to belive.



On to the recipe!! I found this one over at Life as a Lofthouse Food Blog. I’m in love with a lot of her recipes, and this is definitely a family favorite.

Sweet and Sour Chicken


  • 3-4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tbs. ketchup
  • 1 tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and heat 1/4 cup of oil in a skillet over medium. Rinse chicken, and cut into cubes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

2.  Dredge in the cornstarch, then dip into the beaten eggs. Fry for a couple of minutes, or right before it is done. Set in a 8×8 cooking dish.

3.  Mix together vinegar, sugar, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic powder with a whisk.

4.  Pour over cooked chicken in baking dish. Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.



This recipe is perfect with fried rice! I’m going to try to stay on top of things here, and keep updating with more recipes!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read my blog!


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!



Thank you! January 12, 2012

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I just wanted to take a minute today, and thank everyone who takes time from their day to read, comment or even glance at my blog! I’m celebrating the 1,000th view today, and 63 followers! Blogging has really openend me up to a different world. Reading about everyone’s experiences has almost become addicting, and definitely an eye opener to what people are dealing with, and going through. So keep reading when you get the chance, and I definitely will!

Paige, during our overly exciting dinner.

I have also put a link to my friend Kristen’s blog on the right. She has written some wonderful posts about natural parenting. I’m also anxiously awaiting the birth of her son, Oliver, at any time now! So if you can, read and follow her blog.



The Wonderful Timing of Children January 9, 2012

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Recently, we’ve moved Colt into his crib. For the first few months, he slept in a cradle next to our bed. Doing this has made me discover one of the more humorous sides of being a parent…the wonderful timing of children.

Colt woke up around 3am for his usual feeding, got a new diaper, and quickly went back to sleep. I can usually fit all of that is a thirty to forty minute time frame. Very tired, I slid back into bed, got comfortable and closed my eyes…to sound of Paige crying.  This isn’t unusual. Recently she’s been getting up in the middle of the night from the loss of her pacifier. So, I lay her back down with her beloved passy..and return to my comfortable spot in bed. After once again closing my eyes..I hear Paige crying, again. I can’t help but laugh at this point. It’s as if children know the most inconvenient moments to do anything.

These moments include…but are not limited to: crying screaming as soon as the grocery cart is full at the store, pooping in the tub (not on the potty before the bath), getting syrup all over their hands only when mine are full and then rubbing their head, being silent all day until I have to make an important phone call..the list is endless.

As inconvenient as these events sound, they’ve actually become quite funny to me. It’s inevitable that things like this will I just enjoy them. Just funny little stories I can share with them one day when they’re older. I also learn new things about my kids everyday..for example: pooping can’t wait. Regardless if it’s in the tub.


Top Five Ways to Enjoy Your Morning December 30, 2011

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The mornings are always a tough time for us. Everyone needs to eat, laundry has to be done, dishes need to be washed. The to-do list is endless, and can be overwhelming. I started thinking of my favorite things to do in the morning, that make my day better, and here are my top 5:

  1. Put things away the night before: I realize this is more of a night time thing to do..but if I pick up all of the toys, and half way put things in their home before bed, I wake up and have less things to do. Therefor, I feel less rushed and stressed out walking out of the bedroom.
  2. Add some light: Opening the curtains, or on a warmer day, opening the doors and windows instantly brightens my day…literally. I’m not sure if it’s the fresh air, sunshine, or a combination of the two, but I instantly feel refreshed.
  3. Savor your cup of coffee:  It’s so easy to rush through that first wonderful cup of coffee. Especially when I have so much to do. I found that if I wait until my chores are done, or until I have a minute to sit uninterrupted (which seems impossible, I know!) I can enjoy that sweet cup of goodness!
  4. Find time for a workout: With two kids under the age of two, it sometimes seems impossible to find time for a workout. But studies have shown that working produces hormones that make you happier. I use this site: for my workouts. Not only is it free..but majority of the workouts are less than 20 minutes. I know everyone has at least that to spare. If you find that the kids just won’t go down for a nap, or won’t let you have that much time..include them in your workout!
  5. Laugh: I know that sounds strange..but laughter is truly the best medicine. Play with your kids, go outside, or enjoy tickle time! Having a good laugh always makes you feel better.

What do you do to get through your morning?



Away from home..and dogs.

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Day 2 away from home. It seems like every week, I think how great it would be to have some alone time, and peace and quiet..then it comes, and I think it’s too quiet, and I’m bored. Until Sunday, I have the pleasure of keeping two Dobermans and two horses. Brandon’s mom is keeping the kids..who I miss!! It’s a little too much work to have both of them here, plus take care of the dogs, and the horses.

Being here with these guys, makes me realize how lucky I am to have been raised around animals…dogs especially. I love being in this house because of how safe I feel. With the 220 pounds the dogs are combined, I know no one is getting through that door unwelcome! Ever since I was little, we’ve always had bigger dogs..mastiffs, and labs. I wanted to make sure that Paige wasn’t scared of dogs from day one.

We got our dog, Tank-an American Bulldog, in March of this year. I was a little skeptical at first about how he would be around her. I did my research, and found out that the bulldogs were one of the best family dogs. Once they grew out of their puppy stage, they were very protective to the people they are used to. This has definitely proven to be true. There isn’t a thing Paige can do to that dog that bothers him. She can crawl on top of him, bite his ear, eat his food..I’ve never seen him get mad. Although he drives me crazy 75% of the time, we are definitely blessed to have him.

Besides being wonderful with children..his other good quality is that his name fits him perfectly. He is literally a tank. In the last year, he hs broken his leg, eaten poison and ran head first into the wall (leaving a nice hole). Nothing phases him. He can also eat anything, including shoes, plastic toys, and raw chicken. The chicken wasn’t my fault. It was in the middle of the counter, and to this day, I don’t know how he got to it. At the end of the day, when I see Paige and Tank laying in the floor watching Finding Nemo, I know we picked the right dog! I just hope that Colt will take a liking to him as much as she has.



Fifteen minutes later… December 21, 2011

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With Christmas almost here, I am frantically trying to make sure everything is ready. So after a request to go to the store, I went ahead and picked up my holiday baking needs, and dinner for the family (sorry no recipe tonight!), and left the kids with Brandon.

Fifteen minutes later…

As soon as I walked in the door, all I hear is “Ashley!!!”

Colt, who has had tummy troubles for the last two months, only poops at most once a week. There isn’t anything wrong with him, that’s just how his body is working for the time being. Well anyways, his last BM was Sunday. The thought of him pooping while I was gone didn’t even cross my mind. Wrong! I follow Brandon’s voice to Colt’s room, where he is naked on the changing table, with poop all over him, the table, and Brandon’s hands. I can’t help but laugh. Of course, I got him all clean!Brandon is still amazed that I can keep my food down everyday. After getting Colt all cleaned up, we could continue to dinner.

On a lighter note..(literally)
We got a new car today!! Our cousin Melanie has been nice enough to let us borrow her car while she went away to basic training in the air force. After having it for six months, then having to go back to my two door, single cab truck, we quickly realized it wasn’t going to work for the four of us anymore. We are now the proud owners of a 2007 hummer H3. I know many of you are questioning the gas mileage. Although I know that there are so many other vehicles that probably would have been a better choice, I ultimately picked something we both liked, and I would be the happiest with. Not to mention, the gas mileage is significantly better than a lifted F-150 and 2500HD. Here is Paige and Brandon testing out the sunroof…


Don’t worry, Brandon is holding her!