Thursday, May 24, 2012

Check out our new favorite thing!

So after searching online and doing a TON of research on bicycle seats for Aurora, I finally decided on one!
I knew right away that I didn't want a trailer and I wasn't a huge fan of the ones that hook onto the back of the bike. Particularly because my bicycle has a heavy duty cargo rack attached to it that I'd have to remove.
That left me with pretty limited options. There was one that mounts on a rail between the seat and the handlebars, but my bicycle didn't have a long enough frame. Then I found one called the iBert that I really liked. It mounted on the handlebar stem which made it perfect for my bike and it was getting amazing reviews. However, it only came in a strange green and orange color and it was pretty expensive so I had a hard time committing to it. Well, lo and behold a month later when I decided to break down and buy it... There it was on Amazon; $15 cheaper and in PINK! Decision made! Two days later the seat and a tiny helmet arrived in the mail! Unfortunately, it was raining so our first ride had to wait until the next day. 
What the heck is this... a new hat?
This is Aurora "hugging" the box. She's a little strange haha.
It was super easy to install! Looks good, right? 
Aurora was so excited to get in it! She kept pointing at my bike yelling "vroom vroom!"!
Vroom!
We had a blast riding about the neighborhood. She learned to say "Whee!" and waved at everyone. She even clapped her hands a  bunch of times. Everyone one we passed on the street got a kick out of her!
And of course we had to stop for a snack!
Mmm... fruit cup!
It looks like this bike seat with be getting a TON of use! Aurora loves it, I love it and we get tons of compliments when we're out. I cant wait to start taking some longer rides! <3








Shopping for new insurance? Here are some tips!

Many people don't consider looking for a less expensive auto insurance policy simply because they’ve payed their premiums for so long. It becomes a routine to just write a check every month and continue coverage. You should pay close attention to the price trend of your insurance policy. many companies are willing to offer discounts to new customers as part of the marketing effort aimed at people who are dissatisfied with their coverage. If you can’t convince your current insurer to cut back on those added expenses, then take the time to look for a new company.

If you or someone else on your policy are classified as “high-risk” by your insurance company, your premiums will skyrocket. There is no choice but to accept the higher cost. However, after two years of safe driving, and paying high premiums, it may be time to search for new insurance that is cheaper. A new company may be able to start you out at lower premiums for similar coverage.

Moving to a different address can also impact your car insurance policy. Different areas are not rated the same by insurance companies. Your insurer will adjust your policy’s cost after the move. This is a great opportunity to see what other insurance companies are offering in your new neighborhood. Moving from a city to a rural area could result in hundreds of dollars in savings per year.

Insurance companies will typically look at the last five years to determine what kind of driver you are. If you  have no incidents in five years, you may ask any insurance company you do business with to recognize that they should be offering their best rates. If they offer anything less, you should start hunting for a new policy. It is very easy to find car insurance rates online, where you can find quotes from several reputable insurance companies who are eager for your business. Don't be afraid to ask for discounts! Good luck!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Holy curls, Batman!

Aurora has always had curly hair, but today it was really humid and her hair got SO curly... 

Crazy right?!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Easy, healthier, freshly cracked pepper crust-ed quiche!

Ok, I know I teased everyone with the picture of my quiche yesterday. To make it up to you, here is a step by step recipe with pictures! This is delicious and much healthier than a traditional quiche. Most quiche recipes call for SEVEN eggs and FOUR cups of cheese! Yes, they're also super yummy, but how often can you justify eating like that? My version is practically guilt-free!
Make it for yourself and tell me what you think! <3

Ingredients:


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust (preferably rolled, not folded)
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  •   cups liquid egg white (or 6 egg whites)
  • 1/4 cup low fat or skim milk
  • 1 cup low fat shredded cheese of your choice - I used a four cheese (mostly cheddar) blend.
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper - I used about a tablespoon but I LOVE pepper. You may want less.
  • filling(s) of your choice - I used cup spinach and 1 cup sliced mushrooms                                     (raw measurements- if you're using already prepared ingredients, aim for about 1 cup)

Preheat your oven to 350° with the rack in the middle position. 
First, you're going to start with your pie crust. 
*These usually come in a pack of two and they aren't too expensive. This is a one crust project so store the other one. The best part of these is that they actually freeze really well and thaw out pretty quickly. I always have an extra box hanging out in my freezer for quiche or pie emergencies! (Believe it or not, they happen!)
Unroll the crust and sprinkle liberally with crushed black pepper  I added a little pinch of salt too. 
Use a rolling pin and lightly roll over the crust. You aren't changing the shape, you just want to make sure you get that pepper embedded into the crust. Flip the crust and repeat on the other side.
 Either wrap dough on the pin or fold the crust in half gently (this makes it easier to move) 
then transfer to a very lightly sprayed 9" pie dish. 
I always use a glass pie plate, (more on that later) but any kind will work.


 Now press the air bubbles out and shape the crust so it sits just below the lip of the dish. 
This will make it easier to cut and serve later on. 
Pop it in the fridge for a little while to chill while you prepare your filling(s).
This one is going to have some mushrooms and fresh spinach in it. There's really not really a trick to the fillings, use whatever you have on hand. Just be sure if you are using vegetables that the veggies are cooked almost all the way through. Also be sure there isn't too much moisture left on anything you put in. That's a surefire way to get a soggy crust! Don't go nuts straining or anything, a slotted spoon will do the trick.
 
Put your fillings aside to cool for a little while. 
You want anything you put in to be right around room temperature. 
Next you will beat together the egg, egg whites, milk, nutmeg and salt.  
Take your pie crust out of the refrigerator and sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese over the bottom.
 Add your fillings and top with 1/4 cup of cheese.
 Then gently pour over your egg mixture and bake for 40 minutes.
Turn the oven off and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese over the top.
Leave quiche in the oven an additional 10 minutes to let the cheese melt and the eggs fully set.
Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes before cutting.
Looks delicious, right?!
 Then comes the most important step...
 ENJOY!




Saturday, May 5, 2012

Aurora's First Corn on the Cob!

I've always loved corn on the cob and I get so excited when it starts showing up in the supermarket! Last week, they had some on sale really cheap so I couldn't resist. Aurora has a play food set and like to pretend  she's eating the corn, but she had never had it on the cob like that before. Anyway, I remembered that my little brother ate it with us almost as soon as he had teeth so I left a few rows of kernels on one and gave it to Aura to see what would happen. It took her a little while to figure out, but she loved it! 
Here's how it went...
(Pardon the bad lighting.)
What... the... heck is this?
Hmmm....
There's food on here.


Oh... I get it!




I guess she'll be eating corn on the cob with mama more often!! Saves me a lot of work, that's for sure!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Aurora has wormed her way into my schoolwork!

I got my first writing assignments back from school last week. Both with a grade of 100! The first was pretty short and boring but the other was about none other than myself and my little bean. The assignment was a 'personal reflection' essay. We were supposed to talk about a significant point in our lives and the result. my subject choice was pretty obvious haha. Its not perfect (despite the perfect grade... it's a low level class) but I thought it was worth sharing. Pardon the super formal speech, it's the exact essay I submitted and I didn't feel like editing it down for the blog. I mostly just wanted to put it here so I can keep track of it and look back at it later. Here it is, feel free to tell me what you think!


Born To Be a Mama: How Parenting Has Made Me a Better Person

To say that my daughter was unplanned would be putting it mildly. She was a complete and total surprise! She was also, undoubtedly, the best thing that ever happened to me. I know this statement may seem like the ultimate cliché, but it is the truth. My life was forever changed the minute I saw that little pink plus sign. Becoming Aurora's mother has undeniably made me a better person.
So, where to start?
I had an ill-advised fling with an old friend and, as it turns out, we were completely incompatible. We called it quits after about a month. Two weeks later, I discovered I was pregnant. I told the father and my two closest friends but I kept it from everyone else for a long time. I tend to be a pretty private person and I just was not ready for all the inevitable questions.
Finally at about seven months, my pregnancy was becoming a little obvious. I started to feel like everyone could tell I was pregnant just by looking at me. I planned to work until the last possible minute, but I had to tell my boss that I would be needing a few months off after the baby came. Though I had been apprehensive about telling him, it was a shockingly easy conversation.
After I had told my co-workers, I knew I had to come clean to all my friends. This was the first of many events that would forever change my self-image. They were thrilled. I was met with nothing but encouragement and told by numerous people what a good mother I would be. I was shocked, amazed and so very grateful to have such support.
Now, before I had gotten pregnant I was a bit reckless. I was a bartender by trade, working night shifts in bars with bad reputations. I smoked like a chimney. I was a night owl who enjoyed drinking which led to more than my fair share of bad decisions. I must admit was also a little selfish. My relationships were always temporary and I entered into them even if I knew the person was not right for me. Basically, I was a mess.
The metamorphosis came about pretty quickly. There were some major overhauls; I stopped smoking and drinking, cold turkey. I did not go out at night anymore and I cut back on shifts at the bar. Some changes were more subtle. I had never saved money before unless it was to buy something. Once I knew I had another person to think about, that was one of the first things to change. I needed to be prepared, I needed to safe guard the future of my child. I went to a doctor for the first time in 12 years to be sure I was healthy and I bought life insurance. Suddenly, being selfish was no longer an option. Everything I did was to get ready for her.
I had some apprehension about motherhood, it seemed like such a huge undertaking, but I should not have worried. The minute they put Aurora in my arms, everything seemed to come naturally. We had some hiccups, do not get me wrong. I will not sugarcoat it and tell you that every moment was perfect. In truth, it's the hardest job I've ever had. The payoff, however, is immeasurable.
Aside from the obvious life changes, there were emotional, and even social, shifts that came with parenting. Those are a little harder to explain, but I will try. For instance, I was a very closed off person before I gave birth. I would rarely do silly things, I would never ask for help or show someone how I was feeling. I did not want to share anything. Boy, did that change! It did not take very long before I was smooching my little one on buses and pulling faces at her in public. I was suddenly able to admit to my best friend that I needed help for the first time. Perhaps more importantly though, I was able to admit that I loved someone with every fiber of my being and without reserve. This was the ultimate 'first' for me and it has changed me for the better. It's amazing what that sort of love can do for a person. I truly believe it has made me more conscientious and kinder to others, not to mention happy.
Most of all, I am happy.

The best part was probably my instructor's comments:

What a wonderful tribute to your daughter this essay is, Angela!
This essay represents a job well done. You’ve told your readers just the kind of story required by this assignment, and have explained effectively how this experience helped to change you in a positive way. 
The essay is written in first person and for a general reader, just as it should be. It is also free of significant mechanical errors and formatted according to MLA guidelines. 
Please continue this high standard of work on future assignments, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns about doing so. 
All the Best, 
Prof. Yezbick




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