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Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo (Buttery Pasta)

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Fettuccine Alfredo (Buttery Pasta)

This is another one of my husband’s favorite dishes. We first made this while I was pregnant and it became a staple during that time of fickle taste buds.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb Fettuccine Pasta (or spaghetti noodles)
4 Tbs Butter
2/3 c Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 c Cream (or milk)
Pepper (optional)
Nutmeg (optional)

Instructions:

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saute pan over low heat. Add the cream and stir to combine. Keep the burner at it’s lowest setting while the pasta finishes cooking. Once the pasta is al dente, take it out of the pot with tongs (do not strain the pasta!) and put it in the saute pan. Bring the heat on the saute pan up to medium. Swirl the pasta around, adding extra pasta water if needed. Add half the cheese, swirl to coat, and then add the remainder of the cheese. Once it’s all incorporated, dish up and serve topped with pepper and/or nutmeg.

Moving: The First Steps

So you’ve found out that you’re moving. Now what?? Well, I’ll tell you some step by step things to do in the beginning.

Step 1: Breath

Really, breath. Moving can be overwhelming and you need to remember to relax. Everything will be OK in the end. Will stuff break? Yes! Will You miss your old home, neighbors, friends, favorite store…? Yes! Will you move on and make new friends, find a new favorite shop, fill your new home with memories, and keep in touch with your old friends? YES! So, no matter the problems with moving, it will all be OK in the end and you just need to take a moment to breath and assure yourself that it will all work out.

Step 2: Gather Information

It’s important to gather as much information about your move as possible. I like to keep all of this information in my “Moving Control Binder” which is a binder in a red zippered case. We move a lot and it comes in handy time after time. You don’t need to have something fancy, but at least grab a spiral notebook, binder, or make a new notebook in Evernote to place all the research you are doing. Here are a few things you’ll want to find out:

  • When are you moving?
  • Where are you moving to?
  • How far away is it?
  • How many days will it take to get there?
  • Will you drive to your new home or fly?
  • Are you renting or buying?
  • Will you need money set aside for deposits at the utility company for the new house? (This can range from $0 to $200 per utility I’ve found based on the part of the country you’re moving to and if you have a previous history with the company)
  • Are you moving yourself or is a company moving you? (If you’re moving yourself, I recommend renting a truck from Penkse over U-Haul or Budget)
  • Do you have a set weight allowance (mainly for military moves)?
  • Are you moving with school aged children? Do you need to register the kids with the new school?
  • Are you moving with pets? Are their shots all up to date? (Make sure to get a copy of their records from your vet to take to the new vet)
  • Who do you need to notify of your new address? (Make a list of banks, utility companies [for deposit refunds], friends & family [don’t forget your Christmas card list], magazine subscriptions, health insurance, car insurance, DMV, rewards or loyalty programs, credit cards…)

There are hundreds of other questions but this is at least a start for you. As you find more information, put it in your notebook!

Step 3: Declutter and Downsize

When you are moving, it is easier to do when you have less stuff. If you know the size of your new house, you’ll know if all your furniture will fit. If some pieces won’t fit, sell or donate the pieces so you don’t have to pay to move it. With the big stuff figured out, start to declutter other things too. Go through your closet and see if there are old clothes or shoes that no longer fit, are irreparable, or just plain out of style. If you don’t need it, use it, or love it, out it goes. **Once you are in the new house, everything that gets hung up should be placed on hangers and put the hangers up backwards (hook it from behind). Once you wear something, put it back up the normal way. Then in about 6 months, 1 year, or the next time you move, you can easily see what you don’t wear. This makes getting rid of it much easier emotionally.** 

Go through other things as well, do you need all of your kitchen gadgets? tools? kids toys? seasonal decor? How about going through your papers. Now is a great time to make sure everything is filed correctly and you know where the important papers are (birth certificates, shot records, bank statements, mortgage papers, marriage certificate…) that you will want to move by hand. Recycle or shred any papers you don’t need. I like to use my Neat Receipts portable scanner to scan in the really important papers, and some that are mildly important. The less important ones I will scan and then toss/shred the original. Make sure to use a good quality Crosscut Shredder to shred your documents for higher security.

Great ways to get rid of your stuff:

  • Sell (craigslist, local classifieds, garage sale)
  • Donate (freecycle, church, local thrift shop)
  • Trash

**Please be safe if you are selling or donating your items! Be aware of your surroundings and look out for scams. Pick public places and always have someone else with you if possible.**

Step 4: Start Packing

I don’t mean start packing everything (unless you have a very short time frame). But start packing things you don’t need right now. Pack up your clothes that are out of season, extra office supplies, hobbies… If you don’t need it again before the move, pack it up. Ziploc bags are a great way to keep small things together like office supplies (pens, pencils, paper clips…), kitchen items (chip clips, corn on the cob holders…), bathroom items (hair accessories, nail polish bottles…).

Step 5: Use What You Have

A major pain about moving is that often you can’t take your half used bottles or food items with you. So, use up the last of your soaps, shampoos, lotions… and work your way through the food in the house.

In preparation for my own pending move, I’m currently working on eating us out of stock for every item in the freezer, fridge, and pantry. I took a blank calendar and started planning my menu carefully. I first took stock of all the pasta I had left and decided that every Monday we are eating pasta. Wednesday’s we are eating chicken. Friday’s we are eating sandwiches. Saturday’s we are having breakfast for dinner. Sunday’s we are having a crock pot dish. I went through my recipes and penciled in dishes all the way out to our moving date. We don’t follow it 100% all the time, but we are thinning out our stock of everything! We just finished up the last of our turkey so we won’t be eating that again until after the move. We have one ham, one pork shoulder, one pack of sausage, 3 lbs of ground beef, 3 packs of dogs, some bacon, and a bag of chicken. I have bread in the freezer, and some veggies. In the pantry I need to use up flour and some emergency food supplies we opened. There are other canned goods but they can be donated to the food pantry if we don’t eat them before we go. The fridge gets cleaned out regularly so the only foods we purchase anymore are fruits and veggies, milk and eggs. It has dramatically helped the budget. Click here to see our menu plan, in progress, for August and on with links to the recipes I’m using! 

In the bathroom, I’ve taken stock of all our open items and I’m using them up! I use up the ones with the least amount left first. I’m not opening anything new unless I have to. If I really don’t like it, I’ll either donate it on freecycle or trash it.

We’re Moving!

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Hello blog friends! I’d like to announce that we’re moving! Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to find me here. 🙂 My husband is changing jobs and in 3-4 months we will be moving to Anywhere, USA. We are excited for the change and a bit nervous too. Even though this will be our 6th move since we’ve been married, there is always something to be nervous about. This time, I have little man to take care of during the move. I’ve amassed quite a bit of knowledge when it comes to moving and I have many tricks up my sleeve. I’ll be sharing some of these as the months go along. If you have any tips on moving with a little one, I’d love to hear it!! My little man will be around 18 months old at the time of the move.

A Proud Moment in Motherhood!

We have been delighting in such joy at our house lately. I’m proud to announce that little man can officially walk!! I’m such a proud mama and my husband is such a proud daddy. A few weeks back little man took his first four steps toward his dad. It was so magical that we were all together to see it happen. Since then, he really didn’t walk. About a week ago my husband calls to me “he’s walking” and when I popped my head around the corner he had stopped and sat down. I didn’t get to see anything! Then a few days ago little man was at it again. My husband decided to try and “bribe” little man into walking. Recently my sweetheart got a new wallet and wanted to pass on his old one to little man. So, he stood up little man and dangled the old wallet in front of our little guy. Soon, little man took a few steps in order to reach the wallet. Dad moved it further away, little man took a few more steps. And now little man is walking every day and all over the house. We are so proud of him and he is so proud of himself.

Here is a short video of little man walking that I took the other day.

Infant Massage

wpid-2013-01-10-21.23.16.jpg While little man is not a tiny infant anymore, we went to an infant massage class today anyway. We had been many times previously, but took about a month off for the holidays. I started doing infant massage with little man when he was about 2 months old. The first few times were rough but he soon learned to love and enjoy each massage. This helped to strengthen the bond between little man and I while it was still new. We learned some gas relieving techniques which were much-needed. And, most importantly, we learned how to calm down little man. The massages make him feel secure, loved, and relaxed.

Would you like to do infant massage? If so, here’s what you need to get started:

  • Baby safe oil or lotion (I use baby oil)
  • Blanket to lay baby on (to make a cushioned surface that’s ok for oil to get on)
  • A quiet space
  • A few infant massage moves / techniques
  • Time (our class runs about 30 minutes long but even 15 minutes can be great)

Here is a quick guide to infant massage moves you can do at home for you to download. (File from baby.com) If you have an infant, I encourage you to look to your local community for a nearby class. It’s great to get together with other moms and babies. It’s also nice to have a scheduled time to do infant massage since sometimes the day can get away from us and don’t always take the time.

Do you do infant massage? Or have you done it with your kids before? I’d love to know!

I Am NOT a Pintrist Mom!

I’ve looked through Pintrist and I’ve just been in awe over some of the things that these people are doing! It amazes me that any one has the time, effort, money, endless creativity… to create so many Pintrist things to one up all the other moms. I am by no means a Pintrist mom. I do have a Pintrist page which I like to pin my recipes to. While I’m great at making my son all his own baby food (I’ve never given him store-bought baby food), I’m not one who wraps up perfect little gifts with perfect little bows. I’m also not the mom who can expertly decorate cakes. I’m just a mom who loves her son and tries to do the best she can every day. Some days we get lots done and I feel like Supermom. Other days, we’re lucky if little man makes it out of his pajamas when we go to the store.

I know I’m not the only mom out there who feels inferior to the Pintrist Moms. How do they do it? What is their secret? When I look at these pins from them I want to be like them. I want to be a Pintrist Mom. Then reality hits. Do I really want to be a Pintrist Mom? Well, I do in the sense that I want to be a “Stepford Wife”. I want a nice and beautiful life with perfect hair, a tidy house, a husband who brings home flowers, a son that never cries, dogs that always obey… We all secretly want perfect lives, but if we had them, we wouldn’t be us! I love the picture I have of my dog looking up at me after digging in the flower bed. His entire snout is covered in dirt. If I got flowers every day, they wouldn’t mean as much so the little things my husband does do, mean the world to me. If my son never cried, I wouldn’t find the quiet times so wonderful.

So no, I’m not a Pintrist Mom, I’m not a Stepford Wife. I’m Me! I can’t draw a horse (my husband will attest to that), my cupcakes are not all the same size, I bought my Christmas cards from Costco rather than making them like a scrapbook, I don’t take the dead leaves and sticks and make them into centerpieces. I’ll never be that perfect mom and that’s OK. I have a perfectly imperfect life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

This will never be my house

Dog Raises Boy

If Little Man Were Raised by the Dog

The Good

  • Little man would be clean all the time (Dog loves to lick his hands and face)
  • Little man would alert me of strangers
  • Little man would shake hands
  • Little man would always want to play
  • Little man would sit by the food when he is hungry
  • Little man would sit by the door when he had to go to the bathroom
  • Little man would help clean the floors (Dog licks the floors clean when we drop something)

The Bad

  • Little man couldn’t cut his own nails
  • Little man couldn’t feed himself
  • Little man couldn’t go to the bathroom on his own
  • Little man couldn’t be discrete when farting (Dog farts a lot)
  • Little man couldn’t say “I love you”
  • Little man couldn’t dress himself (But what man really can?)
  • Little man couldn’t ever live on his own

The Truth

I’m glad that little man isn’t raised by the dog. I’m glad that he’s raised by Dad and I. Because we raise him and not the dog, he will grow into a strong, well rounded man that can cut his own nails, feed himself, go to the bathroom on his own and clean it too! He won’t fart in public and he will say “I love you” and he’ll at least be able to put on his own clothes. He’ll grow up and move out where he can have a dog of his own and teach the dog to do the things that dogs do.