Goals for 2012

For some reason, I’m not ok with New Year resolutions. Resolutions seem doomed for failure, don’t they?  Only 46% of resolutions made, make it past 6 months. Kind of sad, huh? Instead of making resolutions, I make goals at the beginning of each year. Most of the time, I don’t even bother making goals at the first of the year, but this year is a bit different.

I made 3 main goals for myself this year, that I’d like to share (all of which were made before Christmas, so Christmas 2012 is my deadline):

#1 loose 30 lbs by Christmas

Funny thing is, both the Bestie and I made the same goal, with out knowing it!

At less than a lb per week, I should be able to make this happen. My plan? Yoga every day, some form of cardio 3 days a week (still trying to figure out what will work for me, since running is a no go & I’m petrified of bicycles), drinking a healthy amount of water, eating more veggies than carbs and cutting back on my sugar intake. I’m not trying to be skinny, rather, I want to be healthy and get to the point where daily exercise is a habit.  Don’t get me started on people who think skinny feels better than “fat”. Healthy feels better than unhealthy, no matter what weight you are!!


#2 Only use fabric from my stash

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Isn’t this lovely? If only my stash were as prettily displayed. Or that small….

Like most seamstresses, I have a huge stash of fabric, just waiting to be used. Right after Christmas, I went through my highboy dresser and organized all of my fabric. My poor dresser was overflowing into piles around my sewing room, crying to be put away. As I worked my way through it all, I’d start to remember what project each fabric was for. Most of it had been sitting around for 4 years! “Self,” I said, “no more buying fabric until you use all this up!” While I can by notions, like interfacing, buttons, zippers, etc. all fabric I use this year has to come out of my stash.


#3 Make all of Emmaline’s clothes

Along with #2, I can only make Emmaline’s clothes, not buy them. My hubby had my serger fixed for me for Christmas, so there’s no excuses. Underwear and socks will be purchased, but the rest has to be homemade. As she only wears dresses, I think I can do it.


Let’s hope I can stick to my guns!!  I’m off to a good start, since I already made one dress for Emmaline using 2 yds of fabric I bought a year ago.  I’ll post about it a day or so, once I can get her to stand still for a few photos.


Chicken Broccoli GF Casserole

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it’s been forever since I posted here. I’m posting a lot on the private blog, so this poor little thing has been suffering.  My conclusion is that I’m just not meant to keep two blogs going at the same time. There’s not enough writing talent (or drive) in me for it. So, I guess I should just have one public blog, but like a whining little kid, I just don’t wanna 😉

Anyways, I’m a Pinterest fiend, so pretty much anything I pin onto my craft, sewing, or food boards has been made by my own hands at some point. I just don’t always take the time to document what I’ve sewn or made for dinner.  (My user name is kristinhanson and if you want an invite, just shoot me an email.)

Speaking of dinner – tonight’s trial recipe turned out to be a keeper, even with the gf substitutions I used. So much so that I took pictures (please bear with me, I’m not a food photographer) and wrote down the changes I made, just to share it with y’all. Because if the almost 4 yr old ate a whole bowl of it, broccoli and all, it must be good.

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

(adapted from Get Off You Butt and BAKE‘s Chicken Broccoli Supreme)


1/2 lb frozen chopped broccoli

1 chicken breast, cooked and diced (seasoned with Mansmith’s Original Grill Seasoning, my go-to spice mix)

1 c grated cheddar cheese, divided

2 handfuls of Mary’s Gone Cracker’s Original, crushed

2 T butter


2 T  butter

1 T sweet rice flour

1 c chicken broth (I use Better than Buillion chicken flavor)

dash salt

1/2 c 1% milk

1/2 c grated cheddar cheese

  1. Grease an 8×8 pan, preheat oven to 350.
  2. Layer chicken and the broccoli in greased pan.
  3. Make sauce: over med heat, make a rue (melt butter, whisk in flour, cook until golden brown), then add in chicken stock and milk. Stir until thickened, then add in cheese and stir until melted.
  4. Pour sauce over chicken and broccoli.
  5. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 c of cheese on top.
  6. Melt the remaining 2 T of butter, then mix into the crushed crackers. Sprinkle on top of cheese.
  7. Bake in oven for 30 mins or until bubbly.

Makes about 3 servings


Potent Quotable

One of my favorite quotes these days is by the amazing C.S. Lewis. It’s been rattling around in my brain for a few weeks and I just had to design something with it (the images I found of it on the webs were just disappointing). So, here’s my artistic typographic interpretation 🙂

Certainly puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

We Want To Know Wednesday

 We Want to Know Wednesday Q&A hosted by:

Impulsive AddictJanetteMamarazzi and Seriously Shawn


This week’s questions are from Impulsive Addict:
{1} What was the last thing you searched for online?
{2} If we visit your home state, what is one MUST we should do before leaving?
{3} What do you think pharmaceutical companies should invent a pill for that isn’t on the market yet?
{4} When was your first kiss? Was it good or bad?
{5} What is your guilty pleasure tv show that you can not miss?
{1} Sailor Moon doll postings on ebay – I have two Tuxedo Mask dolls that I need to sell that were unearthed at my Mom’s house.  Not sure if they will sell or for how much, but it’s worth a try!
{2} You must, must, must visit Super Taq if you are ever in the Cali Bay Area. I love me some cheap, honest, Mexican food. If you’re looking for something to do (other than tickle your taste buds), I’d say you’ve got to hit up Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey. It’s free and super awesome.
{3}A pill to cure celiacs disease!! I want to eat yummy food again and not have to spend a fortune for crazy flours to make bread stuff by scratch. Or spend $5 on a loaf of gf bread at the grocery store.
{4}My first kiss was during the summer before college when I was a tender 18. Of course, it was with the worse possible guy (not confessing who at the moment…) and not the smartest move I ever made. In my defense, I was 18, on the cusp of the biggest adventure of my life, and feeling like I was the only girl on the planet who was unkissed at 18.
{5} My guilty pleasure show? Well, I love me some Say Yes to the Dress, but am unwilling to pay for cable, so I watch it when the new seasons are uploaded on Netflix’s instant streaming 🙂

Friday Confessional

I confess….

I sing to any song I know, no matter the location.  In the car, at the grocery store, watching tv, watching a movie, etc.


I confess…

I don’t always know I am singing. Or even singing aloud.


I confess…

My sister hated that I sang with every musical or Disney movie we watched growing up. And now my daughter commands me to “STOP SINGING MOMMY!!!” from the back seat of our car. Abba is only for 3 year olds, dont cha know?


I confess….

If I’m unhappy, or annoyed, I don’t sing along. So if there’s a catchy tune on, like an Abba song, or an Erasure song, or anything Classic Rock, and I’m not singing along, I am definitely not in a good mood.


I confess…

My sister and I used to sing as horribly as possible to songs on the radio, just to see who could sound the worst. And now, when Bean and I play dolls, I do the same with her dolls. Only now I’m belting out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as horribly as possible. Good times.


I confess…

I’m excited to further embarrass my child in her teenage years by being that mom in the grocery song belting out tunes with the radio.

We Want to Know Wednesday

 We Want to Know Wednesday Q&A hosted by:

Impulsive AddictJanetteMamarazzi and Seriously Shawn


This week’s questions are from Janette.

{1}Everyone seems to have a quirky family situation– what is something unique about your family dynamic?
{2}What is the most stressful aspect to blogging (aside from the network going down)?
{3}We all end up on a blog at some point in our day, but name your top 3 favorite websites you flock to daily (non blog)!
{4}What’s your sign? Believe in it or not, does any part ring true to you?
{5}IceCream!! ICECREAM!! We all scream for icecream! Name your favorite flavor/brand!

Janette also has 2 BONUS QUESTIONS if you dare..
A. Name the blog you credit for linking up with us today?
B. Suggest a question you want to see in future WWTK’s

{1} Hmmmm, I’m not really sure it’s a unique quality, but I’ll share it anyways. Like most married couples who come from differing family sizes, we have an interesting dynamic when it comes to holidays and making sure that the small family is happy as well as the large one. I come from a family of 4. The hubs comes from a family of 8. All of my family (as of next Tuesday) live in the area and all but 3 of my husbands’ siblings live close by, as well. The Bean is the only grandchild on my side, but number 10 of 13 (and counting) on his. So when it comes to holidays, I always feel torn between having a rotating Christmas schedule and sharing time on the holiday with both families. Either way, I always feel like one family is getting the shaft and I don’t want that to be the case, since we love both sides of our families (I have awesome in-laws). Still not sure how to balance that one…

{2} Getting my pictures edited, resize, uploaded to Photobucket and then onto the blog. There’s a reason why I don’t post more often. It just takes too long to get it all done. Plus I feel this need to do tutorials, but just don’t have the time nor the patience to snap photos (in my badly lit sewing room) as I sew and then write it all out.

{3} My top 3 sites: Gmail, Google Reader and Facebook. I’m addicted to Facebook, but aside from blogs, I view it more often than other pages.

{4} My sign is Taurus. Not sure if it’s true to my personality, since the only thing I remember about that sign is we’re supposed to have green thumbs. I most defenitly do not. I’ve never given much clout to astrology. To me it’s just a bunch of bunk.

{5} Dreyer’s Take the Cake – tastes like birthday cake without the gluten. Can life get much better than that? I submit that it can not.

Friday Confessional

I confess….

it’s been a hard few weeks. Being sick isn’t any fun, but when your hubby, kid and self are sick, it just ain’t pretty.

I confess…

I get anxiety attacks that linger for days. There’s an equation for me to have them: sickness + no sleep + bills + being stuck in the house = anxiety. It’s gotten better with a higher dose of my depression meds, but it still comes.  I still have this lingering sense of panic in the back of my mind, but thankfully it doesn’t cause my body to go into a full on episode of crying, heart racing, labored breathing attack. I am, however, afraid that it will happen. That the feelings of panic won’t subside (usually, my attacks last 4 days).  It’s hard to be a good wife, mother, daughter, and friend when I feel like my world is going to combust at any moment. But man, when it lifts, do I realize how good life is! There is so much in the world today that can cause an unrelenting anxiety attack – sky rocketing prices for neccesities, an economy still in the crapper, tornadoes, massive earthquakes, horrible things happening to people near and far, etc. No matter how depressing these things may be, there are still lovely things that surround us. Sunshine. The laughter of children. Family. Friends. Faith. Good books. Good music. Smiles. A loving Father in Heaven.

I confess…

I started writing this confessional over a week ago, when the anxiety was still plaguing me.  Now I am back to my normal self and so thankful that I am!

I confess…

In an effort to kick myself out of my sad state, I created a daily chore list for myself. And put it on my fridge.  It’s helped a lot, though this week got thrown off by Memorial Day.  Just knowing what I will be doing 3 days out of the week (and having playdates set up for the Bean on Thursdays and Fridays) is liberating. Really, it is.

What do you have to confess? 🙂

We Want to Know Wednesday


Impulsive AddictJanetteMamarazzi and Seriously Shawn

This week’s questions are from Impulsive Addict

1). If the blogging world had a talent show, what would your act be?

2). What’s the most likely reason you might become famous?

3). What question are you repeatedly asked that you are tired of hearing?

4.) What’s the last thing you broke?

5.) Finish this sentence.  I can’t believe I used to ________.

1) My act would be a duet with my hubby. We both love to sing, but he is the far more talented of us. I swear the boy has relative pitch, so when we sing together, I hold the pitch without going flat. He also plays guitar, so we could totally pull together a cute rendition of a Jack Johnson song.

2) The most likely reason I might become famous is through graphic design. If only I’d put the effort into designing 24/7 and getting lots of clients, but at the moment, I’d rather focus on Bean 🙂

3) “When are you going to have another baby?” UGH I am so sick of that question. I feel like I need to walk around with a stamp across my forehead that says “Infertile” or “We’re trying. Leave off.”

4) The last thing I broke…. hmmm…. I break things so often, I can’t keep track. I think it was a glass.  Or maybe a hairbrush….

5) I can’t believe I used to wear blue eyeshadow up to my eyebrows. I don’t know if it’s obvious from this photo, but it’s really all the way up to my eyebrows.  This was taken at my 16th birthday party, which was 70s themed, but don’t let the idea of a party lead you to think it was just a one time thing. I often wore my eyeshadow like that. And I always wore ridiculous 70s/80s non matching outfits. *sigh* It took me a while to comfortable in my own skin 🙂

Basket Make Over

My sister-in-law gave me a metal basket the other day. While I loved the shape of it, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about the woven wire and flower beads.

So I snipped off the wire, saved the beads and stuck on some vinyl I had left over from a magnet board I made a few years ago. (yes, it pays to hold on to certain things!)

Super easy and quick. My favorite kind of refashion 🙂

Want to Know Wednesday

We Want to Know Wednesday Q&A hosted by:

Impulsive AddictJanetteMamarazzi and Seriously ShawnPhotobucket

This week Seriously Shawn is asking the questions…
{1} What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Are you an eyes or a smile person? Maybe another body part?
{2} If a movie was being made about you who would you like to see cast to play you? And would your movie be a comedy, drama, romantic-comedy, action film or a horror movie?
{3} Does your high school yearbook include a senior comment section? If so share what you said about your future goals. Have you met those goals? If you do not have a yearbook just share what your goals where when you were 18 and if you have met them. If you’re brave enough include your Senior Picture!
{4} What latest trend simply baffles you?
{5} When you walk into a room how do you present yourself? Do you walk in with confidence and command the attention of others or do you slink in and do your best to go unnoticed?
These ones were a bit tricky for me:

{1} Eyes, eyebrows, and butt. I think. It’s been only 6 years since I left the singles market and I can’t remember what I noticed most about men. But these are the things I love most about the Hubs, so they must have been something I noticed first.
{2} A movie about me? Uhhh… I guess I would have to pick Anne Hathawayto play me, since she’s the only actress anyone has mentioned I look like. 
She also has my body type, but we’ll have to hook her up to an IV filled with twinkies to get her weight anywhere near mine. And for the hubs it would have to be Micheal Welch.
Don’t they look similar? This is the hubs at the tender age of 21.
And I guess it would be a romantic comedy, since I’m always doing strange things, being goofy (without trying), tripping over my own two feet and being a total nerd. Another reason why Miss Anne would work well. And I am totally in love with the Hubs and our little Bean.
{3} My goals at 18? To be a famous painter and live in San Fran. Or write a book. I’d be lying if I said I had a clue when I graduated from high school 🙂 I haven’t met either one of those goals, but my life is far more rich than I could have ever imagined back then.
oh, to be young and clueless again – sans those horrible eyebrows 🙂
{4} Leggings. Leggings are not pants people. They aren’t flattering. They aren’t modest. They don’t make a mini skirt acceptable. They don’t magically turn a tunic or a shirt into a dress. And they certainly don’t do anything for anyone over 90 lbs.
Just say no.
{5} When I walk in a room? That’s not something I think about much. I’m not an attention seeker, but I’m not shy either. So I’d have to say I am in the middle – I walk in a room with confidence, but don’t expect all eyes on me nor do I try to blend in. I just do my thing 🙂