tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37941929232400418372014-12-29T10:24:37.708-05:00Blaze-in' On: Life On a Wanna-Be FarmLife with my husband and son on a wanna-be farm. Where I talk about farm animals, craftiness, cooking and ways I have learned to save money. Simple living is good living.Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.comBlogger317125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-75025909662770665142013-06-07T01:01:00.000-04:002013-06-07T01:01:30.251-04:00Cascade Platinum Review<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zMQ2YCinlx8/UbFg0b8cKSI/AAAAAAAAElE/c5KjPYuKrjw/s640/cascade+001.JPG" width="425" /></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;">“I participated in a campaign on behalf of <a href="http://www.momcentralconsulting.com/" target="_blank">Mom Central Consulting</a> for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;">I know a lot of people have had problems with their dishwasher detergent with the law changes a while back and I was one of them too.&nbsp; I made my own for a while but it really started scaling up my dishes even when using water softener and rinse aids so I went back to commercial brands.&nbsp; I have been using one particular brand for a long time now but lately I have had issues with left on bits of stuff on dishes and my dishwasher being dirty and dingy looking.&nbsp; The gel pacs I have been using were also starting not to dissolve for some reason although I am not sure why.&nbsp; So when I had the chance to work with Mom Central for Cascade I jumped at it.&nbsp; I have been wanting to try the new <a href="http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/product/037000844846">Cascade Platinum</a> packs in the dishwasher anyway!&nbsp; I really wanted to give them a good test too so I let a glass baking dish sit for 2 days after cooking meat in it for supper.&nbsp; I know.&nbsp; Gross right??&nbsp; But I really wanted to see if they worked!&nbsp; And they did!&nbsp; No kidding.&nbsp; It killed me not to at least rinse this nastiness off but I didn't and I couldn't be more pleased with how <a href="http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/product/037000844846">Cascade Platinum</a> performed for me.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;">I don't have a fancy, schmancy, newfangled dishwasher either.&nbsp; Mine is a hand me down but it does a great job and I am thankful for it.&nbsp; So this was done in a basic machine and the results were awesome.&nbsp; Check it out!</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;">EEWWWWW! </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2xDUg8pEXOg/UbFg5EUsMVI/AAAAAAAAElU/PbzdK7fqmGU/s1600/cascade+003.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2xDUg8pEXOg/UbFg5EUsMVI/AAAAAAAAElU/PbzdK7fqmGU/s400/cascade+003.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>&nbsp;Ready to go!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FAaOPbg8h8w/UbFg7IpdFxI/AAAAAAAAElg/8tz8tPxvT3c/s1600/cascade+004.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FAaOPbg8h8w/UbFg7IpdFxI/AAAAAAAAElg/8tz8tPxvT3c/s400/cascade+004.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>&nbsp;Done and sparkling!&nbsp; The foggy look is from steam on the glass.&nbsp; It is sparkling seriously!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OB5xWU-WLSk/UbFg6xyN5wI/AAAAAAAAElc/c2hyRXrS6yI/s1600/cascade+005.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OB5xWU-WLSk/UbFg6xyN5wI/AAAAAAAAElc/c2hyRXrS6yI/s400/cascade+005.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;">This is all the results I need to prove to me.&nbsp; I never can leave dishes not pretty much washed before i put them in there for fear of stuff sticking to them.&nbsp; Now, I don't have to worry about that!&nbsp; And on the plus side, the inside of the dishwasher itself looks and smells better too.&nbsp; I am definitely a fan and will be buying Cascade Platinum from now on.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;">Right now, Cascade is partnering with Top Chef judge and and editor of Food and Wine magazine, Gail Simmons, for an Instagram contest!&nbsp; The contest is a 4 week Instagram contest encouraging fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes.&nbsp; Show off how your dishes and your dishwasher sparkle and shine!!&nbsp; You can visit the contest page <a href="http://cascade.promo.eprize.com/platinum/?affiliate_id=blog">HERE</a>.&nbsp; The prizes are amazing and anyone would love to win.&nbsp; It could be you!&nbsp; Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher.&nbsp; AND a grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover!!&nbsp; To win, users have to both register and upload a photo with the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade. &nbsp; Get more info on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cascade">Cascade's Facebook</a> page and on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxR4lhRXkPWQEFNphRD7Fpqqa00T5A9-H">Cascade's YouTube</a> channel.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;"></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Sans-Serif; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span> </div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-21307260653857567602013-05-23T23:40:00.000-04:002013-05-23T23:40:33.280-04:00End Of The Year Teacher GiftI wanted to post the special gift I made for Blaze's main teacher as she was so wonderful with him this year.&nbsp; I don't know if you have seen the poem <u>When You Thought I Wasn't Looking</u> or not but I took that and switched it up to make it personal for Blaze and his teacher.&nbsp; Then I used a cheap frame, scrapbook paper and stickers, and cork letters to make a plaque for her.&nbsp; I am posting the poem and a photo of the plaque.&nbsp; She sent me a letter telling me how much she loved it and how much it meant to her.&nbsp; So sweet.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CWLaJ9yNFMY/UZ7gnVJvYoI/AAAAAAAAEk0/ATmkXcweekc/s1600/923050_374539742652816_791851186_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CWLaJ9yNFMY/UZ7gnVJvYoI/AAAAAAAAEk0/ATmkXcweekc/s640/923050_374539742652816_791851186_n.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><u><span style="font-size: large;">When You Thought I Wasn't Looking...</span></u><br /><h5 class="uiStreamMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: small;">When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you put faces on the chart for me, <br /> and I finally understood what it meant.<br /><span class="text_exposed_show"> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> You displayed my art,<br /> and it made me want to make more.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you kept my routines the same for me,<br /> and I knew school was safe and fun.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you explained things to me more simply,<br /> and I knew that I could learn too.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you smiled and hugged me, but not too tight,<br /> and I knew you cared for me.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you cared,<br /> and I wanted to do my best for you.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you made kindergarten amazing for me,<br /> and I knew that I was smart.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> I looked,<br /> and I want to thank you for all the little things you did, <br /> when you thought I wasn't looking.</span></span></span></h5>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-74127265816911704092013-05-10T23:14:00.000-04:002013-05-10T23:14:44.194-04:00Italian Spinach TortelliniToday I tried a new recipe.&nbsp; I saw it somewhere but I cannot remember if it was Pinterest, Facebook, or a blog or something.&nbsp; So I am going to post it here so I won't lose it first of all, but also so you can try it if you want to!&nbsp; It was super easy and so worth trying.&nbsp; We will be having it again I am for sure.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><u><b>Italian Spinach Tortellini</b></u></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ngy_CEHGNX4/UY22VcnUScI/AAAAAAAAEkQ/BkDNGqCV-h0/s1600/food+002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="425" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ngy_CEHGNX4/UY22VcnUScI/AAAAAAAAEkQ/BkDNGqCV-h0/s640/food+002.JPG" width="640" /></a></div>1 bag frozen tortellini<br />2 cans Italian diced tomatoes<br />1 block cream cheese<br />1 carton chicken broth<br />1 small bag fresh spinach<br />salt and garlic to taste ( I just added a tad)<br /><br />Put all ingredients in crockpot (cut cream cheese up in cubes) and cook on low 5-6 hours.<br />Done.&nbsp; Easy peasy.&nbsp; I served it with cheesy garlic bread.&nbsp; This is very filling too so there will be leftovers I am sure!<br /> Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-25153006722316318992013-05-08T21:27:00.000-04:002013-05-08T21:27:04.447-04:00Teacher Appreciation Gift and Poem<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y4QvDmukVBY/UYr46eluyVI/AAAAAAAAEkA/TNTAaGtr-bo/s1600/apple+cozy+003.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y4QvDmukVBY/UYr46eluyVI/AAAAAAAAEkA/TNTAaGtr-bo/s400/apple+cozy+003.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It!" src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/shana0923/pinit.gif" style="border: none;" />&nbsp;</a><br />It is so hard to believe that my baby boy is almost done with kindergarten.&nbsp; I have no idea how it happened so quickly.&nbsp; But it did, and he did so well.&nbsp; I am so proud of him and how far he has come since school started.&nbsp; He couldn't say a full sentence clearly when school started and now he never stops talking!&nbsp; He has also been below grade level all year until this last progress report.&nbsp; At his end of the year IEP meeting everyone was in agreement that he will be promoted to 1st grade (ON grade level for math and reading!) and that he has made amazing progress and reached all of his goals. <br /><br />I have his teacher to thank mostly for this.&nbsp; Or a few of them really lol.&nbsp; But his actual class teacher is wonderful.&nbsp; I knew she was before he even went because she was my kindergarten teacher too!&nbsp; And Chris'!&nbsp; And several of our nephew's and niece's too!&nbsp; She has made a world of difference in Blaze's life and I am so thankful he had such an awesome start to his school career.&nbsp; SO for her end of the year gift I made her the apple cozy you see in the pic above and will put an apple in there.&nbsp; I also changed up the When You Thought&nbsp; I Wasn't Looking poem and made it personal from Blaze to her.&nbsp; Let me know what you think about it.&nbsp; I am going to type it out on pretty paper and frame it for her.<br /><br /><br /><h5 class="uiStreamMessage userContentWrapper" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}"><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}"><span class="userContent">When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you put faces on the chart for me, <br /> and I finally understood what it meant.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> You displayed my art,<br /> and it made me want to make more.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you kept my routines the same for me,<br /> and I knew school was safe and fun.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you explained things to me more simply,<br /> and I knew that I could learn too.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you smiled and hugged me, but not too tight,<br /> and I knew you cared for me.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you cared,<br /> and I wanted to do my best for you.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> you made kindergarten amazing for me,<br /> and I knew that I was smart.<br /> <br /> When you thought I wasn't looking,<br /> I looked,<br /> and I want to thank you for all the little things you did, <br /> when you thought I wasn't looking.</span></span></h5><h5 class="uiStreamMessage userContentWrapper" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}"><span class="userContent"><br /></span></span></span></span></h5>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-73028404018186966222013-03-31T01:21:00.002-04:002013-03-31T01:21:36.210-04:00Happy Easter!<br /><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It!" src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/shana0923/pinit.gif" style="border: none;" />&nbsp;</a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/6QvX4CwSmwY/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/6QvX4CwSmwY&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/6QvX4CwSmwY&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div>Happy Easter everyone.&nbsp; Remember that OUR Redeemer Lives!&nbsp; Thank you Jesus!<br /> Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-20175896484001535642013-03-25T23:16:00.001-04:002013-03-25T23:16:36.500-04:00Surgery For MeSo if you follow me on Facebook then you have read all the doctor, er, testing updates.&nbsp; My gallbladder sucks apparently.&nbsp; I finally got my surgery approved and I will be happy to be done with it. I am nervous about having surgery though.&nbsp; He said because I am obese (blech) that the chances of having to open me up are higher.&nbsp; I am hoping that doesn't happen though.&nbsp; Poor Blaze is having a hard time understanding the whole thing though.&nbsp; I don't hide things from him and I try to explain them as clearly as possible but still keep it on his level.&nbsp; He just doesn't like that they are going to cut me lol.&nbsp;<br /><br />We have had so much going on this year with it being Blaze's first year of school and him having all of the evaluations done.&nbsp; He has been diagnosed as Asperger's and ADHD.&nbsp; At separate times of course.&nbsp; I can't believe the difference in him though since the beginning of this school year.&nbsp; It really blows my mind that my son who didn't even recognize that letters had sounds is now trying to sound out everything he sees and is reading a lot.&nbsp; His social skills have came a long way too and he doesn't have to wear his earmuffs nearly as often as he did.&nbsp; He is really just a good kid.&nbsp; I love him so much.&nbsp; He is still below grade level though so he may have 2 years of kindergarten.&nbsp; That was my suggestion at his first IEP meeting though.&nbsp; You know, he is a very young kindergartner anyway since he turned 5 the day school started.&nbsp; So he wouldn't be behind any other kids anyway.&nbsp; His doc says he doesn't want him held back often and if we are going to do it to do it now because Blaze isn't going to be small and he will start looking out of place as he gets older and it will make him more likely to get made fun of.&nbsp; I don't think that will be a problem though.&nbsp; I have been thinking lately that he may not need to be held back though.&nbsp; I want him to have a good educational foundation but I don't want him to get bored by having to do kindergarten all over again either.&nbsp; We shall see what happens I guess.<br /><br />It is tball season again and Blaze wanted to play.&nbsp; His team is the Valley Point Timberwolves and he is so excited about playing.&nbsp; I think he gets it a little more this year and is more focused too.&nbsp; I can't wait to watch him play.&nbsp; He is of course, the biggest on his team.&nbsp; Although he is not the oldest haha.&nbsp; My boy is going to be so big. <br /><br /><br /> Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-56811420797358588492013-03-19T00:05:00.002-04:002013-03-19T00:05:27.316-04:00Bloglovin Claim<br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3808853/?claim=bpc8kapzty7"&gt;Follow my blog with Bloglovin&lt;/a&gt; Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-83056374797575157252013-03-18T23:47:00.001-04:002013-03-18T23:47:21.515-04:00Long Time No See<a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It!" src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/shana0923/pinit.gif" style="border: none;" />I cannot believe I have not blogged since Christmas Eve!&nbsp; Crazy.&nbsp; I think because I keep up on Facebook daily with most of my blog friends, I don't think about it.&nbsp; So, I really need to get back to blogging.&nbsp; Today though I am just going to leave you with some cute photos.&nbsp; :)</a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ckLxDCDme7Y/UUffLuRo3vI/AAAAAAAAEi4/5Bs_V2CmCuw/s1600/chicka+002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ckLxDCDme7Y/UUffLuRo3vI/AAAAAAAAEi4/5Bs_V2CmCuw/s320/chicka+002.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v9SBw8DNe2s/UUffWWEvxJI/AAAAAAAAEjA/NEcc4tjiQcE/s1600/cowboyday+003.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v9SBw8DNe2s/UUffWWEvxJI/AAAAAAAAEjA/NEcc4tjiQcE/s320/cowboyday+003.JPG" width="212" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2gUI4VNPRPk/UUffZHx3GfI/AAAAAAAAEjI/ZixxH6OgrJ0/s1600/cowboyday+004.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2gUI4VNPRPk/UUffZHx3GfI/AAAAAAAAEjI/ZixxH6OgrJ0/s320/cowboyday+004.JPG" width="255" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4w8q423qTQ0/UUffondJwPI/AAAAAAAAEjQ/dT_UnwAKSP4/s1600/crazy+hair+day+002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4w8q423qTQ0/UUffondJwPI/AAAAAAAAEjQ/dT_UnwAKSP4/s320/crazy+hair+day+002.JPG" width="255" /></a></div>&nbsp; Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-78844234538143191182012-12-24T00:59:00.000-05:002012-12-24T00:59:15.771-05:00Magic Reindeer Food (My Version)<a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It!" src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/shana0923/pinit.gif" style="border: none;" />&nbsp;</a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QauCGy2_dMo/UNftg0bf9VI/AAAAAAAAEh4/zO93tNKcVQI/s1600/christmas+003.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="302" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QauCGy2_dMo/UNftg0bf9VI/AAAAAAAAEh4/zO93tNKcVQI/s400/christmas+003.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<span style="font-size: large;"><u><b>Magic Reinde<span style="font-size: large;">er Food</span></b></u></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">1 cup oats</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">2 TBSP sugar</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">2TBSP Christmas sprin<span style="font-size: small;">kles</span></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: small;">handful mini marshmallows</span></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: small;">about 10 red and green <span style="font-size: small;">M&amp;Ms</span>&nbsp;</span> </span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CEAbz1GmSSQ/UNftiST6HjI/AAAAAAAAEiA/dSygjXvE1LQ/s1600/christmas+004.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="296" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CEAbz1GmSSQ/UNftiST6HjI/AAAAAAAAEiA/dSygjXvE1LQ/s400/christmas+004.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>&nbsp; This is the first time we have made Magic Reindeer Food and I know Blaze is going to be so excited about it.&nbsp; I have seen many versions of it and just kind of came up with my own based on what I had on hand.&nbsp; I didn't use anything that wasn't edible because of birds and our chickens.&nbsp; I didn't want to harm them by using glitter or confetti.&nbsp; I have some super cute Christmas confetti I really wanted to use though lol.&nbsp; Do you make Magic Reindeer Food or have little traditions like this that make Christmas even more exciting??Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-30313734200529164042012-12-15T15:21:00.000-05:002012-12-15T15:21:52.734-05:00Homemade Potato Candy<a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It!" src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/shana0923/pinit.gif" style="border: none;" /> This is my absolute favorite candy of all time!&nbsp; I couldn't wait till Christmas time growing up because I knew that we would have potato candy.&nbsp; I never knew that all people didn't have this so I thought I would share the recipe here for you guys.&nbsp; Trust me, the real butter makes ALL the difference in this candy too!&nbsp; Let me know if you try it!!</a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-De-vLaDi_6s/UMzYaiNtyPI/AAAAAAAAEhQ/P25yIWbzGjs/s1600/potato+candy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-De-vLaDi_6s/UMzYaiNtyPI/AAAAAAAAEhQ/P25yIWbzGjs/s400/potato+candy.jpg" width="400" />&nbsp;</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><u><b><span style="font-size: large;">Homemade Potat<span style="font-size: large;">o Candy</span></span></b></u></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;">1 small potato </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;">1 stick real butter (unsalted)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;">1-2 cups peanut butter (depends on how much you like)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;">2.5-3 pounds confectioners sugar</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;">1 TBSP Pure Vanilla Extract&nbsp;</span> </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">1) Boil your potato till done then peel and mash.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">2) Add half of your sugar and vanilla, mix well.&nbsp; Then add more sugar until the mixture reaches a dough consistency like you would use for sugar cookies or something like that.&nbsp; You need to be able to roll it out.&nbsp; Add a dusting of sugar to the top if it becomes sticky at all!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">3) Scatter more powdered sugar on your surface and turn dough out.&nbsp; Roll to about 1/4 inch thickness in a rectangular shape (doesn't have to be perfect).&nbsp; </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">4) In a bowl cream together butter and peanut butter then spread mixture all over the potato mixture.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">5) Roll dough up lengthwise and wrap in plastic wrap and put in fridge till chilled well.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">6) Pull out and slice however big you want them.&nbsp; This is pretty rich and so yummy so you may want to slice about 1/4 inch thick.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">7) Enjoy :)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div>&nbsp; Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-52295188797217950652012-10-20T00:36:00.000-04:002012-10-20T00:36:08.113-04:00Hunter Update<br /><br /><br /><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It!" src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/shana0923/pinit.gif" style="border: none;" />&nbsp;</a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oYJ6-MLLhPM/UIIqDM5_2BI/AAAAAAAAEcg/tcY2A0mfLWk/s1600/Putnam-0011.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oYJ6-MLLhPM/UIIqDM5_2BI/AAAAAAAAEcg/tcY2A0mfLWk/s400/Putnam-0011.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />I have talked about my nephew Hunter here before.&nbsp; He is the one who has Neurofibromatosis Type1.&nbsp; He is my red headed sweetie nephew.&nbsp; Truly I love this kid so much it hurts.&nbsp; Today it hurts even more though.&nbsp; The results from his latest MRIs were not good this time sadly.&nbsp; He has a large lesion wrapped around his cervical spine.&nbsp; The most he has had before, and still has too, is 3 nodules on his neck but these don't affect anything really.&nbsp; He has been having head, neck and leg pain for a while now though.&nbsp; And now I am sure we know why.&nbsp; We know he has it.&nbsp; But I can say that this has truly made it real for all of our family.&nbsp; It can be easy to forget when you look at him and he isn't disfigured or sick but it reared up today and showed us that it is still there.&nbsp; That any nerve ending in his body, anywhere, can become a tumor.&nbsp; This sucks.&nbsp; A neurosurgeon is being called in and we won't know more really till then.&nbsp; Please keep him in your prayers along with his whole family.&nbsp; This is a big hurt for all of us.&nbsp; I am reminded through all this that no matter the issues Blaze has, we are lucky.&nbsp; His issues won't take him from us.&nbsp; This will eventually take our sweet Hunter and that isn't fair.&nbsp; I love you Huntman.<br />&nbsp; Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-5781200883639621302012-10-10T23:20:00.000-04:002012-12-10T22:45:43.784-05:00Ham and Cheese Sliders<a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It!" src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/shana0923/pinit.gif" style="border: none;" />&nbsp;</a><br />I had been seeing ham and cheese sliders all over Pinterest but I thought they had too many ingredients so I wouldn't make them.&nbsp; I loved looking at them and drooling over them though haha.&nbsp; Finally I decided I would just make my own version and the result was pretty darn good so I thought I would share the recipe with you guys!<br /><br /><u><b><span style="font-size: large;">Ham and Cheese Sliders</span></b></u><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iOkBk70sa8U/UHY3DZ48AzI/AAAAAAAAEbY/oCm2gOO9WKs/s1600/blog+004.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="255" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iOkBk70sa8U/UHY3DZ48AzI/AAAAAAAAEbY/oCm2gOO9WKs/s400/blog+004.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />1 package King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls<br />1 small container Philidelphia Chive and Onion Cream Cheese<br />Greek Seasoning<br />butter<br />1 package sliced Provolone Cheese (or your choice like swiss, mozzarella, etc.)<br />1 lb sliced Black Forest Deli Ham ( or smoked, honey, etc)<br /><br /><br />1) Slice all rolls in half and place bottoms in baking pan.<br />2) Spread chive and onion cream cheese on all bottoms and top with ham and cheese.<br />3) Spread butter on all tops on the inside and sprinkle with greek seasoning.&nbsp; Place tops on to make your sandwiches.&nbsp; Melt a little bit of the butter and brush the tops of the rolls.<br />4) Cover with foil ( I didn't so mine browned a little too much) and bake in a preheated 350 oven for around 15 minutes or until cheese is melty and gooey.&nbsp; Take off foil and let the tops get a little browned and then serve and enjoy.<br /><br />Just so you know, these would be wonderful with soup like my <a href="http://www.blazeinonlifeonawannabefarm.com/2012/10/crock-pot-potato-soup_8.html">Crock Pot Potato Soup</a>.&nbsp; Yummy, filling, and easy to boot!&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><br />Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-4559286356793938802012-10-08T22:35:00.000-04:002012-10-08T22:35:06.359-04:00Crock Pot Potato Soup<a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It!" src="http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f391/shana0923/pinit.gif" style="border: none;" />&nbsp;</a><br />&nbsp;<u><b><span style="font-size: large;">Crock Pot Potato Soup</span></b></u><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ES831W_ozHI/UHOKWB7k1TI/AAAAAAAAEaw/lIRgUW87c64/s1600/blog+002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="295" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ES831W_ozHI/UHOKWB7k1TI/AAAAAAAAEaw/lIRgUW87c64/s320/blog+002.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>I would have to say that potato soup is one of my all time favorite fall and winter foods.&nbsp; It is thick and warm and creamy and so yummy.&nbsp; So, of course, I have to come up with an easier way to do it.&nbsp; I nailed it this time for sure.&nbsp; I think it is the best I have ever made by far.<br /><br />And yes, I do love cheese and bacon.&nbsp; Why do you ask??<br /><br />&nbsp;This soup will not disappoint I promise!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />1 bag frozen diced hashbrowns (not shredded)<br />1 large can Cream of Chicken Soup<br />1 carton Chicken Broth/Stock<br />1 soup can of water<br />1 container of Philidelphia Cooking Cream in Savory Garlic<br />1/2 onion diced (I use the frozen, diced onions)<br />salt and pepper to taste<br />1 cup instant mashed potatoes (1/2 cup for smaller crock pot) <br />I used a 7 quart crock pot but a 6 would work with less water added. <br /><br />1) Add cream of chicken soup, broth, water, and cooking cream in crockpot and mix as well as you can.<br />2) Add potatoes, onion, salt, and pepper.&nbsp; Stir.<br />3) Cook on high 4-5 hours.&nbsp;<br />4) 30 minutes before you are ready to eat stir in the instant mashed potatoes to thicken the soup a little more.&nbsp; Finish cooking the last 30 minutes.<br />5) Serve with cheese, bacon, green onions, etc on top.&nbsp; I forgot to get green onions...oops.&nbsp; You can serve with crackers, rolls, cornbread, croutons, or whatever you like with your soup.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-60387184582231229182012-10-07T15:15:00.002-04:002012-12-13T23:30:51.320-05:00Get Unreal For Halloween!<div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ME-h9Yq2hqk/UHHJOUFgUmI/AAAAAAAAEYo/TxWLZ5My0xQ/s1600/unreal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="207" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ME-h9Yq2hqk/UHHJOUFgUmI/AAAAAAAAEYo/TxWLZ5My0xQ/s320/unreal.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>&nbsp;Have you ever wondered why candy has to be so bad for you??&nbsp; I know I have and so did a little boy named Nicky.&nbsp; He was 13 years old when he asked his Dad on Halloween why candy had to be so unhealthy.&nbsp; His Dad started doing some research and found that most candies were filled with gmo's, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors.&nbsp; This stuff didn't make the candy better!&nbsp; It didn't even make it taste better!&nbsp; It only made it last longer.&nbsp; How sad is that?&nbsp; So Nicky, his Dad, and his brothers set out to <a href="http://getunreal.com/">UNJUNK </a>candy!&nbsp; I can attest to the fact that they did.<br />Some of you know my best friend Kathryn got married yesterday.&nbsp; Her shower was last week and I decided to combine the two so more people could try this awesome candy.&nbsp; It was a huge hit and everyone was thrilled to get full size packages of all the types of Unreal candy.&nbsp; The kids loved it just as much as the adults did. <br /><br />UNREAL provides many of the great flavor combinations we love in our treats, but without the corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, gmo's, artificial flavors, colors, preservatives AND with 40% LESS sugar per serving on average! The key ingredients are responsibly sourced.&nbsp; The candy is available at the stores we usually shop at anyway and the cost is less!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UKjILBT5SIk/UHHLC7EnECI/AAAAAAAAEZg/g-Fz80FDADw/s1600/unrealCandy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UKjILBT5SIk/UHHLC7EnECI/AAAAAAAAEZg/g-Fz80FDADw/s1600/unrealCandy.jpg" /></a></div>The majority favorite at the shower was the chocolate caramel nougat but a close second was the chocolate candy peanuts for sure.&nbsp; I think they are much better than the main brand and look at the difference how the colors are attained.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_wKYGb-74s8/UHHK9Y3blBI/AAAAAAAAEYw/es_CXa5As3o/s1600/Picture+9.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="224" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_wKYGb-74s8/UHHK9Y3blBI/AAAAAAAAEYw/es_CXa5As3o/s400/Picture+9.png" width="400" /></a></div>&nbsp;Now do you care how bright the color is?&nbsp; I don't.&nbsp; I would much rather a more natural color that isn't man made. <br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 12px;"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-l6B6BAv1F8w/UHHMZFAcSxI/AAAAAAAAEaI/S8tNNnxSKUc/s1600/bridal+shower+049.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-l6B6BAv1F8w/UHHMZFAcSxI/AAAAAAAAEaI/S8tNNnxSKUc/s320/bridal+shower+049.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div>"I am in love with the peanut butter cups!!!</div><div></div><div>"These are so much better than m&amp;m's Aunt Shana!"</div><div></div><div>"You can taste a HUGE difference!"</div><div></div><div></div><div>"Now THIS is candy I can eat!" </div><div></div><div>Now, I think these are some pretty encouraging comments.&nbsp; Especially on candy which is generally not good for you.&nbsp; You can get loads of information about each of the candies at <a href="http://getunreal.com/">GET UNREAL </a>also.&nbsp; Find them on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/unreal?ref=ts&amp;fref=ts">HERE</a> and Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/getunreal">HERE</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; Contact them to ask questions, look around, or tell them what you think about Unreal Candy!&nbsp; Unjunk your Halloween this year and give your kids something you don't have to freak out about!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xH6UkZu3jbI/UHHMO019MDI/AAAAAAAAEZw/GnJvaxMXscM/s1600/bridal+shower+017.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-790Xz9cS9Uk/UHHMSjAGksI/AAAAAAAAEZ4/_hygvJoGpiA/s1600/bridal+shower+018.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-790Xz9cS9Uk/UHHMSjAGksI/AAAAAAAAEZ4/_hygvJoGpiA/s320/bridal+shower+018.JPG" width="240" /></a><img border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xH6UkZu3jbI/UHHMO019MDI/AAAAAAAAEZw/GnJvaxMXscM/s320/bridal+shower+017.JPG" width="320" /></div><br /><div><br />I received free products and compensation in exchange for hosting a party and reviewing the product honestly.</div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-227095593195749162012-09-21T16:25:00.001-04:002012-09-21T16:25:50.778-04:00Autism Really??<div><span style="font-size: small;"><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}"><span class="userContent">Well, we have a lot going on here. Finally getting some answers on Blaze. We had a conference and evaluation at the school with his teacher, the child psychologist, the speech/language pathologist, and the occupational therapist. There will be lots more testing and stuff to come but the diagnosis is Autism. I have said and known for a long time that his communication skills weren't good but I didn't realize how not good until I got more info about what he is doing in school and the issues he is having. Our school has a 4 tier system for levels of education needs. 1 is regular education, 2 is a little help in the normal class, 3 is regular help in class with interventions and outside of the class help in special ed or autism resource class etc, 4 is all special ed. Blaze is at tier 3. That floored me. They will be keeping him in his regular class as much as possible because he needs the social skills and because he loves it and the teacher is awesome but he will be getting time every day in the autism resource class and speech and language class. I sent him to school without explaining too much to his teachers on purpose. I wanted to know I wasn't crazy and I know they are objective and well trained to spot issues. I have been researching a lot lately and had come up with sensory processing disorder but I know in my heart it is because I just didn't want it to be autism. I knew the signs and I knew the things he was doing and new things he is doing now are classic signs but I tried to play it off and think I was overreacting. But I wasn't. I have been trying to get this stuff going for 3 years with his doc and I let them tell me it was ok, he is just a boy, boys are slower than girls, boys are just rough, blah blah blah, but i know deep down that it wasn't right. I was looking back through his baby book and I could see when things happened and when he lost his words and I let them tell me it was because his ears. But the things he did are classic. He never wanted to be held as a baby, you couldn't put him in a swing or bouncer or crib. You could hold him but facing out, the food issues, not knowing his strength, the speech and other stuff. I can see it clearly now that I have heard the word. I am ok with it. If his charts say autism to get what he needs to learn how he needs to learn I am all for it. I hate it. I know nobody wants anything to be wrong with their child and I surely don't. But I do know that I did everything to make sure if it happened it wouldn't be my fault. I didn't get him vaccinated till he was 4 which gave him time to be big and healthy and able to take it more and autism is usually being recognized at 18 months which is about the time the mmr is given so I didn't want any chance of me causing it if it happened. The school is amazing and there will be more evaluations and testing and stuff coming up but they are all about him and what he needs as an individual and want the best for him as I do. Please just keep us in your prayers and any info you have will be greatly appreciated. I just want him to be ok and to have a normal life. I want to be able to have a conversation with him. I want him to be everything he wants to be. I want him to live up to the potential he has. He is so smart and cute and loving and sweet. I just want the best for him.</span></span></span></div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-49419737958425381612012-09-16T22:52:00.000-04:002012-09-16T22:52:01.156-04:00Blaze Update<div><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It" class="aligncenter" src="http://www.clickinmoms.com/cmprodaily/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pinit.jpg" />&nbsp;</a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fj8NNEoatKI/UFaQEEEdBlI/AAAAAAAAEYA/BNUusVDM3rU/s1600/clifford+001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fj8NNEoatKI/UFaQEEEdBlI/AAAAAAAAEYA/BNUusVDM3rU/s400/clifford+001.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><br />So Blaze has been loving school.&nbsp; I mean, really loving it.&nbsp; I am beyond thrilled that he does too!&nbsp; As far as how I thought he would do and the worries I had about him going I think some are founded and some haven't been as bad as I thought.&nbsp; I kind of sent him in with the teachers having blinders on.&nbsp; I gave them only the most pertinent information on how he is and what he understands so they could make their own judgements about his maturity and what he needs.&nbsp; It seems that I am not crazy and that he definitely has issues but he is behaving better (most days) than I thought he would.&nbsp; School started on August 9th and I received a letter that Blaze would be getting extra help around the 3rd week of school.&nbsp; I am good with that because he needs it.&nbsp; Last week I got a letter from the Tier III Student Support Team to set up a conference so we can decide what testing, evaluations, interventions, etc that Blaze needs.&nbsp; In a way I am sad because nobody wants their kid to have a hard time or need extra help.&nbsp; But in a way I am happy because maybe someone will finally listen and get things rolling for him so we can deal with the issues and get him learning the best way he can.&nbsp; Sensory Processing Disorder is the real possibility here and it is overwhelming to say the least.&nbsp; It is kind of hard to understand and even harder to explain to people who don't get it.&nbsp; I am lucky though because Blaze isn't nearly as severe as some are.&nbsp; Most of his deals with speech, auditory, and physical stimulation problems.&nbsp; He doesn't realize his strength and has always been this way.&nbsp; Of course we all know the whole language thing has been a problem for a long time.&nbsp; I do feel that the steps are finally getting the ball rolling now and he will be helped.&nbsp; I am good.&nbsp; He is good.&nbsp; It will all get better.&nbsp; So anyway, the meeting will be Thursday at 2:30 and I will know more then I suppose.&nbsp; Wish us luck.</div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-26715936650018652662012-09-10T07:45:00.000-04:002012-09-10T07:48:14.608-04:00Cheesy Doritos Chicken Casserole<div><img alt="Pin It" class="aligncenter" src="http://www.clickinmoms.com/cmprodaily/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pinit.jpg" /><br /><a href="http://www.blazeinonlifeonawannabefarm.com/2012/09/cheesy-doritos-chicken-casserole.html" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="367" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sB1T5k9l-yU/UE3Qo9uFGBI/AAAAAAAAEXM/SBLWZHkBwF0/s400/food+004.JPG" width="400" /></a><u><b>Cheesy Doritos Chicken Casserole</b></u><br /><br />4-5 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded<br />16 oz sour cream<br />1 can cream of mushroom soup<br />1 can cream of chicken soup<br />1 can Rotel<br />1 can of corn, drained<br />1 can black beans, drained and rinsed<br />2 cups shredded cheese of your choice<br />1 bag Nacho Cheese Doritos<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9x13 baking dish lightly with nonstick spray.<br />2)Boil and shred chicken and place in large bowl.<br />3)Crush entire bag of Doritos and pour them in the bottom of baking dish, reserving about 1/4 of the bag.<br />4)Mix all ingredients except the remaining chips and 1/2 of the cheese and pour over the chips in dish.<br />5)Top chicken mixture with remaining chips and cheese.<br />6)Bake for 25 minutes and enjoy.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AvuiGg3MvE0/UE3Se4QruYI/AAAAAAAAEXU/1kFA_Pa7Im0/s1600/food+003.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="313" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AvuiGg3MvE0/UE3Se4QruYI/AAAAAAAAEXU/1kFA_Pa7Im0/s400/food+003.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-37761844265180628372012-08-31T21:55:00.000-04:002012-08-31T21:55:08.310-04:00Recent Crochet Fun<div><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It" class="aligncenter" src="http://www.clickinmoms.com/cmprodaily/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pinit.jpg" />&nbsp;</a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IRTt--cYwyU/UEFqffsna2I/AAAAAAAAEWM/NcDb5w0Wlws/s1600/Putnam-0051.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IRTt--cYwyU/UEFqffsna2I/AAAAAAAAEWM/NcDb5w0Wlws/s400/Putnam-0051.jpg" width="380" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-m1_1uwABLHA/UEFqmYGKlQI/AAAAAAAAEWU/BIHqlgPYPRQ/s1600/Putnam-0055.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-m1_1uwABLHA/UEFqmYGKlQI/AAAAAAAAEWU/BIHqlgPYPRQ/s640/Putnam-0055.jpg" width="377" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KICYmRLherk/UEFqty5WTkI/AAAAAAAAEWc/B4OGpWluwKo/s1600/Putnam-0057.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KICYmRLherk/UEFqty5WTkI/AAAAAAAAEWc/B4OGpWluwKo/s640/Putnam-0057.jpg" width="420" /></a></div><br /></div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-5881476424615437502012-08-29T11:26:00.000-04:002012-08-29T11:26:46.451-04:00Best Cleaner Ever<div style="text-align: center;"><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It" class="aligncenter" src="http://www.clickinmoms.com/cmprodaily/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pinit.jpg" />&nbsp;</a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I saw a pin on Pinterest that I was intrigued by.&nbsp; Since joining Pinterest I have seen a million ways to use vinegar and I always wonder how something so simple can do so much.&nbsp; Well, I still don't really know how but I do know it works.&nbsp; First we used it as weed killer and although it took 2 applications it totally worked.&nbsp; * Do not use if you have plants you want to live.&nbsp; It is nonselective and will kill them all.*&nbsp; I then used it as a rinse agent in the dishwasher.&nbsp; Although that works, I don't like the smell on my dishes.&nbsp; </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://www.foodservicedirect.com/productimages/OT342514S.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="220" id="il_fi" src="http://www.foodservicedirect.com/productimages/OT342514S.jpg" style="padding-bottom: 8px; padding-right: 8px; padding-top: 8px;" width="220" /></a><a href="http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSAo-ERrhrdj0KdLMlhRelRMMX6LLDJPwwzQ0OnWByDKR9SR3tqkg&amp;t=1" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" id="il_fi" src="http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSAo-ERrhrdj0KdLMlhRelRMMX6LLDJPwwzQ0OnWByDKR9SR3tqkg&amp;t=1" style="padding-bottom: 8px; padding-right: 30px; padding-top: 8px;" width="87" /></a></div>&nbsp; This time I found a pin that said to mix one part vinegar to one part Dawn dish detergent and use it to clean your tub or shower.&nbsp; I thought to myself, I have to try this.&nbsp; I have a really hard time cleaning our tub and shower (we have one of each) because of all of fluids, greases, and everything else Chris gets on him when he works.&nbsp; This stuff is so hard to get off and I hate doing it.&nbsp; I can go through 2 magic erasers at one cleaning and I thought that was great.&nbsp; Boy was I wrong!<br /><br />I mixed up one cup of white vinegar and one cup of Dawn in a spray bottle and shook it up.&nbsp; Then I sprayed the tub in one bathroom and the shower in the other and let that sit for an hour.&nbsp; I took a wet sponge and with the first swipe the gunk came right off.&nbsp; I actually squealed because I was so excited.&nbsp; I cleaned my big tub in like 5 minutes with no scrubbing, elbow grease, sweating, or hard breathing lol.&nbsp; Well, besides my asthma bothering me, but that is just me.&nbsp;<br /><br />I highly recommend you try this if you want to use the best cleaner ever.&nbsp; It is so easy and less chemicals.</div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-89989158093523722852012-08-25T10:13:00.001-04:002012-08-25T10:13:41.798-04:00Baking Eggs to Freeze For Later<div><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It" class="aligncenter" src="http://www.clickinmoms.com/cmprodaily/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pinit.jpg" />&nbsp;</a><br />We have a huge overabundance of eggs right now and have been giving them away like crazy.&nbsp; We are getting 5 a day out of 6 hens and that adds up pretty quickly.&nbsp; Especially since we don't use many.&nbsp; I saw a <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2010/03/breakfast-sandwiches/">pin on Pinterest </a>that said you can bake them in the oven and freeze them to use later so I thought I would try that today.&nbsp; They turned out so yummy too.&nbsp; We ate some for breakfast and I flash froze the others to keep in the freezer.&nbsp; Super easy and something to do when there is a big egg sale or if you have your own hens like we do.&nbsp; I know there will be a much shorter supply of eggs this winter so this will be a nice way to not buy them at the store very often and to still have the much better quality of our fresh eggs.<br /><br /><u><b>How to Bake Eggs To Freeze</b></u><br /><br />1)Preheat oven to 350 and grease muffin tins with butter. Make sure to cover each cup well so they won't stick.<br />2)Crack your eggs into the cups like so.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ynwu54X-JBY/UDjbFqyHtBI/AAAAAAAAEUw/QPEmAmFC2DI/s1600/eggs+001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="205" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ynwu54X-JBY/UDjbFqyHtBI/AAAAAAAAEUw/QPEmAmFC2DI/s400/eggs+001.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>3)Sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper.&nbsp; You can also add crumbled cooked sausage, bacon, ham or any other fixings you like.&nbsp; I have seen spinach too.&nbsp; I popped the yolks on ours but you don't have to.<br />4)Pop the pans in the oven for 20 minutes and then you pull them out and they look like this.&nbsp; Well, unless you added other stuff or didn't pop the yolks lol.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XTf2m_4RgqY/UDjbrPpxtrI/AAAAAAAAEU4/uRdNLZ8RCsE/s1600/eggs+004.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="237" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XTf2m_4RgqY/UDjbrPpxtrI/AAAAAAAAEU4/uRdNLZ8RCsE/s400/eggs+004.JPG" width="400" /></a></div>5)I used a butter knife to run around the edge of each egg and popped them out with a fork, put them on a cookie sheet and stick in the freezer for an hour or two then put them in freezer bags and there you go.&nbsp; They will be ready to pop in the microwave for a quick but healthy breakfast when you don't have more time.<br /><br />I am not sure how long they will take in the microwave as I haven't done that part yet but I would think not too awful long.&nbsp; Just test it out to see and when we use them that way the first time I will update on that.&nbsp; Seriously, these taste so good.&nbsp; Don't be afraid to try it!!</div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-37453268697090408162012-08-24T07:59:00.000-04:002012-08-24T08:06:01.021-04:00Shepherd's Pie My Way<div><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It" class="aligncenter" src="http://www.clickinmoms.com/cmprodaily/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pinit.jpg" />&nbsp;</a><br />One of my favorite meals has always been Shepherd's Pie.&nbsp; My Mom made it all the time when I was growing up and now I do too.&nbsp; Now, Blaze won't eat it but that isn't anything new lol.&nbsp; It says comfort and home to me.&nbsp; So I thought I would share my recipe for it here with you.<br /><br /><u><b>Shepherd's Pie</b></u><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o2gd4YLn9Pc/UDdpop3DdKI/AAAAAAAAEUM/HyiP04sPL2k/s1600/food+001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="191" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o2gd4YLn9Pc/UDdpop3DdKI/AAAAAAAAEUM/HyiP04sPL2k/s400/food+001.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />1 lb hamburger<br />2 small cans cream of mushroom&nbsp;&nbsp; soup<br />veggies if you want them, I used peas and corn this time.<br />salt, pepper, a little garlic<br />onion ( I used dried minced because I like the flavor) <br />1 cup water<br />1/4 cup sour cream<br />2 TBSP butter<br />1 bag steam and mash russet potatoes (2 if you want a thick layer) or you can use your own mashed potatoes but I got these for a good price.<br />1 to 2 cups shredded cheese (I used colby jack)<br /><br />1)Brown hamburger with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion and drain well.<br />2)Preheat oven to 400.<br />3)Return to pan and add soup, butter, sour cream, and water. Mix well.<br />4)Add veggies and mix well and warm through.<br />5)While you are doing the meat mixture have your potatoes going too so they will be ready when your meat mix is warmed through.&nbsp; Mash and mix your potatoes how you like them.&nbsp; I add butter, salt, pepper, a little bit of sour cream, and milk to mine just like i would for normal mashed potatoes.<br />6)Pour meat mixture in 13x9 baking pan, spread mashed potatoes to cover mix and cover the top with shredded cheese.<br />7)Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes and then broil till browned a little and bubbly.&nbsp; A couple of minutes probably.&nbsp; Take out and let sit for 5 minutes or so then serve and enjoy.<br /><br />Is there a meal that just says comfort and home to you?<br /><br /></div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-41340965525183065062012-08-22T23:03:00.000-04:002012-08-22T23:03:18.457-04:00Crockpot Mac and Cheese: Pinterest Remake<div><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It" class="aligncenter" src="http://www.clickinmoms.com/cmprodaily/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pinit.jpg" />&nbsp;</a><br />I have to say I really enjoyed this recipe.&nbsp; I love mac and cheese.&nbsp; Heck, I love just about anything with cheese.&nbsp; SO when I saw a recipe to make it in the crock pot and I didn't have to pre-cook anything I was so in.&nbsp; I am happy I tried it because I loved it and so did Chris and Blaze.&nbsp; I do have to say that I thought it was going to be ruined.&nbsp; I put all the stuff in the crock pot and turned it on so it would be ready for supper but when I went back 2 hours later it was cold.&nbsp; I checked and it was not plugged in all the way.&nbsp; What was I to do?&nbsp; I would not waste it so I had to improvise a bit.&nbsp; It is supposed to be cooked on low for 4 hours so what I did was cook it on high for 1 hour and then on low for 2 more hours.&nbsp; It worked but I believe the low for 4 hours would make the edge not as crispy.&nbsp; You can find the original pin <a href="http://tipgarden.blogspot.com/2011/09/one-pot-mac-and-cheese.html">here</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_Uc_eeba6YA/UDWb4DUkDQI/AAAAAAAAETo/oyQVN5Iqb8Y/s1600/food+002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_Uc_eeba6YA/UDWb4DUkDQI/AAAAAAAAETo/oyQVN5Iqb8Y/s400/food+002.JPG" width="400" /></a><u><b>Crockpot Mac and Cheese</b></u><br /><br />cooking oil spray<br />2 cups milk<br />1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk<br />1 egg<br />1 tsp salt ( I would add a bit more)<br />1/4 tsp black pepper (i used more)<br />2 cups shredded sharp cheddar ( I used a 4 cheese blend)<br />2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />1)Spray the inside of crock pot with oil spray well.<br />2) In mixing bowl whisk together milk, evaporated milk, egg, salt, and pepper.&nbsp; Pour mixture into crock pot.<br />3) Add cheese and uncooked macaroni and stir gently to mix.<br />4) Put your lid on, turn crock pot on low and leave it alone for 4 hours.&nbsp;<br /><br />Easy peasy.&nbsp; For those who aren't sure, this mac and cheese is southern style and has kind of a thick, custard like consistency.&nbsp; It is so yummy.</div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-83260269483345768432012-08-22T07:46:00.002-04:002012-08-22T07:46:34.437-04:00What's In The Lunchbox Today? 8-22-12: Homemade Bagel Pizzas<div><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It" class="aligncenter" src="http://www.clickinmoms.com/cmprodaily/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pinit.jpg" />&nbsp;</a><br />Blaze loves Bagel Bites.&nbsp; He can eat a lot of them too!&nbsp; So I thought, why not make some at home that will be bigger and yummier?!?!&nbsp;<br />The first part of the recipe is a cute 5 year old dressed as Clifford.&nbsp; He made it at school and wore it all day long.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OgatzXVCuCQ/UDTDgFgkn5I/AAAAAAAAESQ/DFKoykJSukw/s1600/clifford+001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OgatzXVCuCQ/UDTDgFgkn5I/AAAAAAAAESQ/DFKoykJSukw/s400/clifford+001.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><br /><u><b>Homemade Bagel Pizzas</b></u><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--doOZlVpSDE/UDTEiqgDDsI/AAAAAAAAES8/fIfvtW0pQWU/s1600/blog+005.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--doOZlVpSDE/UDTEiqgDDsI/AAAAAAAAES8/fIfvtW0pQWU/s400/blog+005.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Bagel Thins</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">pizza sauce</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">olive oil</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">garlic</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Italian Seasoning</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">shredded cheese ( mozzarella and cheddar is what I will use next time for more flavor.&nbsp; This time I used only mozzarella.)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">toppings such as pepperoni, sausage (cooked), peppers, onions, etc.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">1) Preheat your oven to 400 and lay out your bagels on a cookie sheet.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">2) Brush all of the bagels with olive oil, then add garlic and Italian seasoning to taste.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">3) Add as much pizza sauce as you want.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">4) Sprinkle with your cheese mix and add toppings if you want.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">5) Put in oven till browned and melted and yummy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><br /></div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-70391483951789550892012-08-19T23:08:00.000-04:002012-08-19T23:08:36.401-04:00Blaze Update<div><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It" class="aligncenter" src="http://www.clickinmoms.com/cmprodaily/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pinit.jpg" />&nbsp;</a><br />Friday was Blaze's 5 year well check appointment and it went great.&nbsp; He is healthy and strong at 49 inches tall and 58 pounds.&nbsp; He is in the 95th percentile for weight so his doctor said to keep an eye on his eating habits because they say hitting the 95 percent mark is "technically" overweight although he could see Blaze is not fat and he is not a small boy.&nbsp; I think he is about to shoot up again since he is eating a lot right now and he usually does that right before he gets taller again.&nbsp; Man, I can't keep up with this kid.&nbsp; He is definitely a growing boy lol.&nbsp; His eyes, ears, mouth and everything looks great.&nbsp; Dr. Jo did write up an order (AGAIN) for a referral for speech evaluation and therapy.&nbsp; He asked me if he was still in therapy and how he was doing and I told him I never got the referral and called many times and finally just started doing the best I could do.&nbsp; He got mad about that and wrote the orders, gave me a copy and their number and said if I don't hear from them by Wednesday then I should call them or go by and make it happen.&nbsp; At least now I know where it is.&nbsp; He also told me to go by the school central office and get them on the ball about evaluating him too so he can get help at school.&nbsp; I do have to say he has come a long way but still has a long way to go.&nbsp; We will get there one day.&nbsp; Dr. Jo said he can see he is smart and not to worry, he would be fine.&nbsp; He had to get one shot and he has one more and will be all on time till he is 11 so that is good and out of the way now.&nbsp;<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TDs_Vik0AfQ/UDGowtv787I/AAAAAAAAERs/kqtdC_j_N0M/s1600/Putnam-0011.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TDs_Vik0AfQ/UDGowtv787I/AAAAAAAAERs/kqtdC_j_N0M/s400/Putnam-0011.jpg" width="400" />&nbsp;</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">(Blaze with his cousin Hunter.&nbsp; This was on meet the teacher day.&nbsp; Hunter started high school this year and he was excited too!&nbsp; I can see so much of them in each other it cracks me up.)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">We signed Blaze up for football this season.&nbsp; I thought it was flag but it will actually be tackle football.&nbsp; Lord, help me.&nbsp; I think his size will be an advantage hopefully.&nbsp; It may help him to focus his energy too.&nbsp; I can hope right??&nbsp; His first practice is tomorrow evening so we shall see what happens.&nbsp; The coach called me tonight and asked about Caleb so I told him he goes by Blaze.&nbsp; He asked if that meant he was fast and I said well, he is fast and he is big too but that is his name.&nbsp; I know what is going to happen probably.&nbsp; I don't like football.&nbsp; It just isn't my thing.&nbsp; SO he will probably love it and be really good at it and I will be stuck with watching football my whole life haha. </div><br /><br /></div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3794192923240041837.post-23924938527480805022012-08-16T07:29:00.000-04:002012-08-16T07:29:15.347-04:00What's In The Lunchbox Today? 8-16-12<div><a href="javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());"><img alt="Pin It" class="aligncenter" src="http://www.clickinmoms.com/cmprodaily/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pinit.jpg" />&nbsp;</a><br />I am still using up the Lunchables I got on sale so that is what I have been packing.&nbsp; I have some freezer cooking to do for his lunches soon.&nbsp; I am going to make some homemade bagel bite pizzas and maybe some bean and cheese burritos too.&nbsp; Not sure what all I will make yet.&nbsp; Do any of you have any great lunch ideas?&nbsp; It just can't have anything to do with peanuts.&nbsp; He didn't eat his apples yesterday so&nbsp; I packed less today.&nbsp; We will see what he comes home with today.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xfUZxMvougs/UCzY5RG8tWI/AAAAAAAAEQk/gxjIuFKcOO8/s1600/lunch+001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="275" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xfUZxMvougs/UCzY5RG8tWI/AAAAAAAAEQk/gxjIuFKcOO8/s400/lunch+001.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><u><b>What's In The Lunchbox Today?</b></u><br />extra cheesy pizza lunchable<br />colby jack cheesestick<br />sliced apples with caramel dip<br />yogurt<br />fruitables juicebox</div>Shana Putnamhttps://plus.google.com/103546735125635708047noreply@blogger.com1