It’s Cold Outside So…Here is My Week Wrapped Up!

It's Cold Outside Baby

It’s Cold Outside Baby

The baby and I are still in Connecticut, we will be flying back home on December 5th and Daddy will be meeting us at the airport!

Things have been nice while we have been visiting, this week we have done many different things.

We decided to got to IKEA and pick up some boxes to store things that Soli does not know what to do with yet. Of course we played in the kids section and found a mushroom cap for Soli to model.

Nothing says kids toy like a poisonous mushroom!

Nothing says kids toy like a poisonous mushroom!

I can easily say that every day we go out and run some kind of errand, there is always a to-do list. I find this helpful because we are getting things in the house done and assuring we have time away from the house.

My baby has been showing signs of being homesick. This Saturday we did our shopping at the Farmer’s Market  like we did last week. She stopped at every dog to greet it and pet it like it was her dogs, and we also saw a little girl about the same age as my oldest daughter running towards us. She made me put her down to run to her just to be disappointed it was not her older sister. We also spent time with a mutual friend and watch the Doctor Who (Day of the Doctor) Special and this mutual friend has certain attributes like my Mother has so the whole day the baby was calling this friend Nana. We kept correcting her but by the end of the night the friend told the baby it was ok for her to call her Nana. I am sure when we head home she will happy to be in her Daddy’s arms and give her sisters and animals the love she wants and will see her Nana and PopPop.

Soli and I have this agreement, she cooks breakfast and I cook dinner and we make our own lunches. So I have been taking the time to cook veggies I normally don’t eat because I have a very particular pallet. I am actually cooking veggies and trying them to see which one I like and which I do not care for. So far everything I have made I have actually enjoyed, even Brussels sprouts. I have found the key…roasting them.

Last week I made baked chicken with seasonings, roasted fennel, Brussel sprouts and broccoli, and a side of baked sweet potatoes and apples. Everything came out so good, and it was super simple to make.

Roast Chicken and Veggies

Roast Chicken and Veggies

The best thing about this meal is everything is cooked in the oven at the same temperature for almost the same amount of time. I have found the foods that cook the longest ate the ones you put in the oven first. In this case it is the chicken.

Baked Chicken – Chicken Breast, Leg and Thigh (half of a chicken) placed in a Pyrex dish with the following seasonings: lemon pepper, garlic, salt and rosemary.

Once this is placed in the oven you work on the next dish.

Roasted Veggies – Fennel, Brussels sprouts and broccoli cooked in lard with salt to taste. The hardest part of cooking this meal is prepping the vegetables, but is not difficult at all.

Then the last dish:

Roasted Apple and Sweet Potato – I made sure I washed the sweet potato well bad cut it up, left the skin on both it and the apple (for fiber!),  added butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

At the end of cooking when the roasted veggies are just about browned you add a small pat of butter and cook for another 10 minutes. This aids the browning and is just simply delicious.

Mommy veggies are yummy!

Mommy veggies are yummy!

All the veggies and the chicken were organic and fresh, nothing was in a jar or mass-produced. I am going to say this because I feel it needs to be said. I live in a household of 7 people and for me to be able to buy organic is harder but I do try. With that said I am not promoting organic to make anyone feel like they HAVE to use organic products. I am promoting feeding your family good food which is more veggies and meats. As long as you are preparing vegetables that are fresh, flash frozen or pickled there is nothing wrong with that. Do not feel that having the label of organic makes everything better. I am lucky this week because I have the freedom to eat these foods because it is what my friend Soli purchases. When I go home I will be buying fresh vegetables to cook for my family and if I cannot find them at a good price organic I will just buy them fresh.  That is the key, feeding your family good food your prepare yourself rather than opening a box. I like the ideas of Nourished Living Network (NLN) and I am trying to adopt things others are doing as well. I am also a fan of supporting my local farmers and when I get the chance I buy from them (usually during the summer months when the flea markets are open).

*steps off soapbox*

Last night it was actually cold enough to snow. I was so happy, although it did not snow a lot, but there was enough to take pictures to send to my older daughters to see. I shall share them with you.

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And then this morning after I showed the baby the snow she fell and hit her head against the coffee table and got a nice little shiner.

I have a black eye because I fought with a coffee table!

I have a black eye because I fought with a coffee table!

This morning she was in such a good mood dancing to music and then there was a sickening thud and as any Mom has seen the “I stop breathing” for 5 seconds and then an outcry and screaming. My world went into slow motion and I could not pick her up fast enough. Soli and I both thought she hit the top of her head and I was looking for a bruise when the bruise you see in the picture above started growing out of nowhere. I started to panic (which I hate admitting to) and then after a few moments I pulled it together and picked up the kids homeopathic kit which has a bumps and bruises ointment and Arnica Montana. The arnica is a ingestible tablet that helps bring down swelling and cares for the bump and bruise. Within 10-15 minutes my baby was walking around and playing again. I am going to be honest when I had to put her down for a nap 2 hours later I still was worried and had Soli set up the baby monitor so we could listen to make sure she was ok.

After nap we went out and ran a few errands with Aunt Soli and things were back to normal.

Happy in the Car

Happy in the Car

As for working, I am still doing my virtual assisting and getting things done on a daily basis. I love that I am able to work, help my best friend and take care of my baby while away from home. I would have never been able to do this with a “normal” job and that is what I am thankful for this year. I know I will be thinking it on Thursday when I am spending time with my best friend who is starting new family traditions, which  I am honored to be part of  this year. I will be counting my blessings from the moment I lost my job, which I thought was the end of the world but in reality it was just the beginning.

I hope you enjoyed my post this week. I think I am keeping posting to once a week until I am home and back into the swing of things (which will probably be the beginning of the new year) and then I will be back to posting every 2 days.

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Please stay tuned, until next time!


About Palmer Fancy-Freelance

My name is Amanda (Mandy), recently I have become unemployed and after lots of thought and encouragement from a dear friend I decided to start freelancing business as an Administrative Professional. This blog will document my endeavors to launch a successful freelance business. Why freelance you ask? I have many reasons why I want to freelance and the most important is so I can stay at home and raise my children. In the past year of being unemployed I have found that going to work everyday and being in a management position for a company took me away from what is important, my children and husband. Unfortunately I need two incomes to support my household and freelancing seems like the answer to my prayers. Why blog about it? well I am hoping that I can help others that are wanting to do the same. Maybe someone reading my blog will learn from my mistakes (I know there will be many) and from my triumphs. I am also hoping maybe other freelancers will read as well and help me along the way.
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