Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Favorite TV Shows?

What are yours? Are you able to watch them when they're on or do you get them on your DVR and watch them later?

My husband and I have been living in our house for just over 3 years. We've not had cable as it is too expensive for us. However, that doesn't mean we don't have TV. We use HD rabbit ears that we picked up from our local grocery store.

I was surprised when we first hooked them up to the TV. Not only on how many channels we got but also on the clarity.

When we first hooked them up and had friends and family over they asked when we got cable. We explained to them that we didn't and even pointed out the rabbit ears. They were amazed because some of the channels we got were HD.

One of the channels I like the most is OPB, which is also known as PBS to some. My children are able to watch cartoons, educational cartoons of course. It helps keep them occupied for a little bit so I can get some things done in the morning, which is nice!

I have a couple shows that I like. I don't always get to watch them as we don't have DVR and aren't always home, but when I do get to watch them its nice.

Some of my favorites that I get to watch as we get the channels they're on are:
The Bachelor
The Biggest Loser
Law & Order SVU
What Would You Do?
Shark Tank

Please share what your favorites are, whether you're able to watch them now or they're old favorites you'd like to get caught up on.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Crafting day...maybe week?!

I have not done any crafting in quite some time and I believe it has affected my mood a bit lately.

Its amazing how the simplest of things can be so calming and relaxing.

Are there little things that you like to do on a daily or weekly basis that help keep you more calm and less stressed?

Some times reading a book helps, being with friends, blogging, going on a hike and more can help get you out of a rut.

I'm off to clean the kitchen from breakfast and then I'll be at the kitchen table most of the day crafting away. I'm thinking of making some headbands and getting some sewing in.

The finished items will be photographed and posted on Honie's Little Shop

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Italian Soda

Ever go to the coffee shop, such as Dutch Bros.Starbucks or any other shop? Have you ever purchased an Italian soda?

One thing that my husband and I do is get a $20 gift card to Dutch Bros. Reason being is that with getting the gift card you get a FREE drink, doesn't matter what it is, the size or the cost. We then use that $20 to occasionally get the happy hour special at our local Dutch Bros. (any cold medium drink for $2.50)

Some times I have our daughter with us and at which point she will ask for an Italian soda. She used to ask for smoothies, but decided one day she wanted an Italian soda and has stuck with that since.

Yesterday we were out and about getting some items for dinner and as we are close to the coffee shop she asks, "Are we stopping to get a coffee? I want an Italian soda please?!". I informed her we weren't because the happy hour specials are only Monday through Friday and from 1-4pm.

It got me thinking... I wonder if Walmart has the necessary items to make them at home? It was our next stop and I wasn't about to turn around and go ALL the way across town.

So, I told her that if Walmart did in fact have everything needed to make the Italian soda we could make one at home for her and buddy (her brother). She happily said, "Ok, mom.".

Wouldn't you know, Walmart DID have everything we needed to make them. Adalynn chose to get the vanilla flavored syrup as she wanted a vanilla flavored Italian soda.

Here are some photos to show the delicious Italian soda made by myself... they're so good that my husband had TWO last night, yes, the guy that doesn't like sweets. HAHA

So what we have here is Torani Vanilla flavored syrup, Darigold Half & Half and Mixer Club Soda. I chose those because that is what Walmart had and was more affordable than the other options. The Vanilla flavored syrup was because that's what my daughter wanted. 

I just used the fridge to get a few ice cubes in a glass

Next, I poured the club soda into the glass. It just so happen that what is in the glass is all that was left in the plastic bottle. 

 I took the Half & Half and simply poured it into the mix of the ice cubes and club soda. Not a lot, just enough that I thought it was good!

Then with the remaining room left in the glass I filled it almost to the top with the vanilla flavored syrup. No exact measuring/math was used for this. I did however, use a stir stick to mix once done and did a taste test before giving it to the kids. 

Once I was done and the taste test was finished. I scooped out an even amount of the ice cubes and placed them into the sippy cup for each of my children. I then poured the same amount in each of their cups. Of course it took me more time to make it (which wasn't a lot in my opinion) than it took for them to devour it!