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The Best Baby Gift (IMHO) – Aden Anais Blankets!

January 20, 2012
aden anais swaddle blanket

I love the Aden Anais blankest SO much…that I am going to do a post about them.

Aden Anais (said a-den uh-nay) blankets are seriously one of the best baby gifts you could give someone. Doesn’t matter if they are a new, first time mom or an experienced mom having her 8th baby.  They are 100% muslin cotton. (different than the muslin used for quilting or patterns – this is MUCH softer and a different weave)

So soft and perfect for almost anything you could use a blanket for. Many mothers use them to swaddle their newborn baby with…but you can do much more with the Aden Anais® blankets.

We went to Hawaii last May with our 11 week old and I used the A+A (that is their acronym) blankets all the whole time.  I’m telling you these are the best baby gifts, you can’t have too many.  I use it to cover the carseat to protect our little one from the sun.  When we were on the beach, it was a perfect cover to protect the baby from the wind and sand.  It’s so light weight and breathable, that the baby was never too hot.

They are 47×47 cm – a nice large size.  I use it for a nursing cover, a stroller cover and a carseat cover.

I have had friends ask me the difference between the ones Target sells versus the ones in the Boutiques.

The Aden Anais ‘snobs’ say the Boutique blankets are better,  here is why:

  • Bigger –  Target’s Aden Anais blankets are only 44×44.
  • Better made – rumor has it that the Target blankets are more prone to tears.
  • More Prints – Boutique Aden Anais Swaddle blankets have 4 prints to a package, Target 3 prints with one white/plain blanket.

Of course Amazon sells them.  This is the one that Prince George was swaddled in when he left the hospital.  It was the bird print.

Here is a diagram of how to swaddle, I thought it was really cute 🙂

Best Crock Pot Cheese Dip | Real Cheese & Hamburger!

January 10, 2012
Best Crockpot Cheese Dip

Best Crock Pot Cheese Dip

There are so many reasons that this will be the best crock pot cheese dip you’ll have.  I like real cheese (vs, Velveeta or cheese out of a can).  Not only is this made with real cheese, but it also has ground beef in it.  I love taking this to parties.  It is a true crowd-pleaser.  Be prepared to hand out the recipe. And you won’t have to take any home – it’ll be gone!


2 pounds ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can (4 ounces) mild green chili peppers
Sea salt to taste
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
16 ounces cream cheese, softened and cubed

Brown ground beef in a skillet with the onion.  Place cooked meat into a crock pot and add remaining ingredients.  Set crock pot on low for two hours.  Stir, taste, and add additional seasonings if desired.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Here are two more recipes I love.
Chicken Pot Pie
Chocolate Chip Coconut Muffins (gluten free)

Best Way To Store Bed Sheets ♥ Konmari Fold Sheets This Way?

January 9, 2012
konmari fold sheets

Would KonMari Fold Sheets This Way?

I think this is brilliant!  Would konmari fold sheets this way?  I’m not sure, but I love it!
It meets several pieces of criteria:
– being able to see everything at once
– organized
– brings joy (vs a shoving it all in and trying to make it work)
Now off to my closet to implement this idea 🙂

Best Chicken Pot Pie | Cooks Illustrated

October 31, 2011
best chicken pot pie

The Best Chicken Pot Pie – Dare I Say Gourmet?

I LOVE it!  Truly the best chicken pot pie recipe I’ve ever eaten.  Even though it has a lot of words 🙂  it’s really easy to make.  I used canned chicken the last time I made it…SO simple!  I make biscuits instead of the pie.  You won’t be disappointed.  Oh, and it calls for sherry… I would recommend it!  It gives that eloquent, gourmet flavor. (but if you don’t have it, no worries).

Why this recipe works:          Our goal was to formulate a pot pie recipe for a delicious but quick pie. For the chicken, we found that poaching boneless, skinless chicken breasts streamlined the process. It also made for tender chicken that could be shredded into irregularly shaped pieces to which the sauce clung well. As for the sauce for our chicken pot pie recipe, we preferred a milk-enriched sauce thickened with flour, which made a sauce creamy in both color and flavor.

Serves 6 to 8

You can make the filling ahead of time, but remember to heat it on top of the stove before topping it. Mushrooms can be sautéed along with the celery and carrots, and blanched pearl onions can stand in for the onion. If you don’t want to make a pastry topping, make the related biscuit recipe, stamp out 8 rounds of dough, arrange dough rounds, over warm filling and bake as directed.

Chicken Pot Pie Ingredients

  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • 1 1/2pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1can low-sodium chicken broth , with water added to equal 2 cups (or use 2 cups homemade chicken broth)
  • 1 1/2tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion , chopped fine
  • 3 medium carrots , peeled and cut crosswise 1/4-inch thick
  • 2small ribs celery , cut crosswise 1/4-inch thick
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 4tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2cups milk
  • 1/2teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3tablespoons dry sherry
  • 3/4cup frozen peas , thawed
  • 3tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

Chicken Pot Pie Instructions

  1.  For Pie Dough: Mix flour and salt in workbowl of food processor fitted with the steel blade. Scatter butter pieces over flour mixture, tossing to coat butter with a little of the flour. Cut butter into flour with five one-second pulses. Add shortening; continue cutting in until flour is pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal, keeping some butter bits the size of small peas, about four more one-second pulses. Turn mixture into medium bowl.

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Small Changes | Most Chores Take Less Than 15 Minutes To Complete

October 25, 2011

Most Chores Take Less Than 15 Minutes To Complete

I “stole” the following from an email I got from the Life Mastery Course:

‘Do something every day, that takes 15 minutes or less, for the
next 30 days that in some SMALL way moves you forward’

Before you start grumbling about the commitment level here (I dare
you to be more wary of commitment than I am),

let me clarify…

I’m not asking you to make enormous changes…I just want to see what
happens when you decide to commit to taking 1 small action every
day for 30 days.

IT SHOULD BE SMALL…the ONLY rule of this Mission is that you must
be able to take this action in 15 minutes or less or it doesn’t
qualify. (And it doesn’t need to take a full 15 minutes
either…that’s just the top time.)

Here are some examples:

– Learn 1 word of Spanish a day (that’s small) and use it today

– Call or email 1 person you want to connect or reconnect with

Walk for 10 minutes

– Walk for 1 minute

Fold the load of laundry straight out of the dryer

– Wake up and actually enjoy a cup of coffee or tea before you leap
into your day

– Write for 10 minutes

Drink a glass of water (just 1)

– Write a letter to someone (yes a real letter, remember those)

Touch your toes 10 times (or as close to your toes as you can get)

– Laugh for 1 whole minute (even if you have to start with a fake laugh)

– Take 1 picture

– Eat a piece of fruit

Sit in silence for 1 minute (or 10)

– Listen to your favorite song

– Pet your cat or dog and really pay attention to them while you do

– Stare into the eyes of someone you love for 1 minute

– Stare into your own eyes for 1 minute

Wake up and say, ‘Yes’ out loud

You get the idea…


What would you add to this idea list?  Post it below.