Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cloth Diapering might want to change its name to non-disposable diapering when it comes to pocket diapers.

No. 1's baby shower is coming up soon after I return from Thanksgiving in Illinois, so I finally got around to ordering some diapers that will be sent straight to the home of the person hosting the shower.

My personal opinion is that every mom (in the world) should be able to use disposable diapers until after the meconium stool with no environmental concerns because there's a fair amount of yuk involved with that one. Kudos to the moms in a position to just let that fall into the garden you're working in, but I don't think No. 1 will be in that position in February, even here in North Texas or even if she were the type to garden.

I got the "sampler" from Nicki's Diaper. Nicki is apparently a mom who decided to make a business of encouraging other moms to cloth diaper. I'll probably be ordering a few of the diapers Casey used (from the Canadians), but right now I needed to order something to have sent to the house where the baby shower will be held because I'll forget all about it while I'm in Illinois.

No. 1 knew I was going to do this; the only surprise might be the colors I chose. Looking at them again, though, I couldn't help but think again about how the entire pocket diaper thing is simply what some European countries have been doing since at least 1980. We are SO backwards as a nation on some things!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Freezing Yams (from the store).

I recently posted about how to freeze sweet potatoes picked from the garden, but today I realized that even if you don't have a garden produce goes on sale seasonally and Thanksgiving in the US is one of those times for yams.

There's a difference between yams and sweet potatoes, and I'll let you discern the differences, but (to us) they both taste good.

The folks at Coupon Mom told me today that yams were on sale at Kroger for $.19/lb. "Holy majoly, we need some at that price!", I said and put it on the short list of things to get from Kroger when Em went to get his hair cut at a place new (to him) next to Kroger. The newspaper ad had them more like $.33/lb, but that's still a bargain if you can use them.

From eight yams (total cost $1.92):

Boiled and sliced the same way I do the sweet potatoes from the garden: Photobucket

Seven meals worth.


That's less than $.28/meal for us (family of only two).

AFTER I put the 7th in the freezer bag, I realized that this would be good for tonight's dinner with fresh broccoli and frozen tilapia. The bag will be washed and reused.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fall Gardening in North Texas.

Em's been helping me in the garden lately. I can't describe how much that means to me. Not only is he taking half the stress off my back physically, but it's just a lot more fun to have someone to talk to while working in the garden.

The goal is to spend one hour per day out there getting the summer weeds (grasses) dug out and the winter garden planted, but we don't always feel like it. Today was the first time out there in over a week. Em dug with the spade and I came along behind him fertilizing and planting.

When his back started to complain, Em noticed some peppers that were store-size. He didn't want to pick them, so I did when my back started to complain, breaking off a branch on a salsa pepper plant (accidently).


Lots of chiltepins out there, but I haven't yet found a hot sauce recipe, so I'm leaving them for now. Picked a bunch of kale today, though, which are soaking for tonight's dinner of salsa salmon and kale.


It's delightful afternoon gardening weather, AND fireants seem to only come out in hot weather. There were none when I did the Spring planting and there are none now. Three cheers for that!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Pregnancy of No. 1 ... as the body changes.

I was of the opinion that ALL the "belly shots" should be taken next to a friend's giraffe, but I only got two. They don't get bigger if you click on them, so don't bother.

This one came between the two, but stripes always make us look bigger, don't they?


Jump to this week:

She's due first week of February.