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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tomatoes for soup

 Many of you know we had our first garden this year.  I had no idea that when our tomatoes ripened, we would have such an abundance.  I love tomatoes on sandwiches, in salad, even in cottage cheese for a snack...but a girl can only eat so many tomatoes...

So, I got some advice from my sweet neighbors across the street to cook them down.  Yeah..I had no idea how to do it at first, but here is my attempt and I think they turned out pretty good.

First stick them in the water whole and let them get good and hot.  
I let mine come to a boil for one minute.


When they are done, I cooled mine off faster by putting them in a colander and running cold water over them.  Then you peel them.  Boiling them is the trick to a fast and easy tomato peeling job.  Here is a pic of before (right) and after (left).  


Next, cut the tomatoes up in to chunks and put them in a pot, juice and all.  Cook them until they are hot all the way through.  It turns into a soupy looking consistency.  

Note: I went ahead and seasoned them with a little bit of salt, but this is optional.


Once they are cooled down, put in a freezer bag and freeze for the winter...



This is gonna make us some yummy soup.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

New Shoes

Well folks...it's that time at the Poland house...somebody is FINALLY walking.  We were starting to wonder if this day would ever come, but it definitely has.  In one week Briggs went from walking from the couch to the coffee table...to walking all over the house.

It's the cutest thing I have ever seen.  We had tried getting him shoes a couple of times, but he has a bit of a fat foot, so we had to find a store that carries WIDE shoes.

Here are the pics from our successful shoe shopping trip.  There was a sale so we left with two pair...he was so proud :)


And did I mention that he likes his shoes so much, he pitched some kind of fit when I tried to take them off to pay...so we ended up wearing them home...thanks for working with us Rack Room Shoes associates :)

When we got home, the kid wanted to wear them all day...so we ended up putting them on with our jammers too...


They are good for cutting grass in his swimsuit (we like to start training them up early with these things)...


Pushing the buggy at Hobby Lobby...what a big helper...


And walking around the tire store...


Needless to say, Briggs thinks he is BIG STUFF in his new shoes.  He starts giggling in the mornings when it's time to put them on and I'm pretty sure this kid would sleep in them if we would let him :)

We are thankful for such an easy transition to shoes b/c from what I hear...it doesn't go this smooth with all kiddos.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Organizing Manuals

Thought I would share another organizing tip we have implemented in the Poland household during my season of nesting....if you want to call it that.

You know all those user manuals that come with all your appliances, electronics and, in our case, baby gear?

We had all of ours scattered all over our house in different drawers and folders.  It was a mess and looked a little something like this...


Until I purchased a binder and page protectors...under $10 and got them all in one place, organized by kitchen appliances, electronics and then baby gear.

Note:  You can organize however works for you...I mostly did one manual per page protector, except for a few of the smaller appliances or baby items that could be combined into one.


Then it took me about 2 minutes to print a label on some colored paper...


It makes me happy to look at the small steps of progress we are making around here.  And most importantly, they are things that work well for our family.