The Caffeine Addict

Good to the last drop.

Next – snacks :) January 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 1:28 pm

Hello! Wow – 25 hits in one day! I have not had that in a long time!

So – in the last post – I talked about what we have for dinner.

I thought in the next few days – I would share what we do for breakfast, lunch and dessert. Today, it is snacks.

I feel like the kids are constantly snacking. I try to get them to fill up on nutrient rich foods.

Here are what we eat most days:
dried fruit
fruit leather
Annie’s bunny grahams
Pirate Booty
String cheese
Honey wheat pretzels

I am very picky about what I serve my kids. I know it and they are picky about what they choose to eat. Seriously, do you know what GMO’s are? Do some research – it is kind of freaky to learn that they are in most traditional kid snacks.

Then, you might ask – how are MY kids going to make the transition? Well, with anything – start slow. Take away those Goldfish crackers – I know they say they are all natural but NOPE! Replace with Annie’s Bunny Grahams. So much yummier and healthier.

Today – I have my dehydrator going. I love that thing. Most weeks it is in use! Today, I am making dried pineapple and homemade fruit leather. Am I a domestic goddess? NOPE. I thrive on simplicity!

Fruit Leather

Any fruit puree (throw thawed frozen fruit in the blender)
Same parts applesauce. (no sugar added)

(Example – 6 cups to 6 cups is what I used)

Mix and throw in the dehydrator. Sits for 12 hours.

Dried pineapple

Big can of pineapple pieces (bought at Costco for $4.50)
Drain (save liquid if you want homemade jerky marinade or use for fried rice chicken marinade)
Put on dehydrator trays!
Let sit for 12 hours.

Uses about $1 for electricity.


Grocery challenge January 3, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 5:24 pm

Hello all! Thought I would try my hand at blogging again.

We are trying to cut costs in the grocery area. I am trying to be realistic about my budget – we do eat organic whenever possible. I am feeding 5 total.

My goal this month is to spend $600. I have already spent $375 mainly because I menu plan for the month and know what we will be having. The only thing left is to buy cheese, fruits, veggies and milk.

Here is what we are having this week (fruits and veggies are sides):
Sunday: Egg burritos
Monday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Tuesday: Homemade bean burritos
Wednesday: Corn Chowder (lots of veggies – kids have NO idea)
Thursday: Meatballs and Mac and Cheese/Salad
Friday: Cereal/yogurt with granola – kid choice
Saturday: Taquitos
Sunday: Fried Rice (using up all veggies that did not get eaten)

I am trying to use what I don’t spend on groceries towards our travel budget!


Dead fish December 15, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 7:57 am

Our first dead fish. Now what? Can you still flush it? Bury it? My quest for an answer led me to my best friend Google.

Here is what I found courtesy of yahoo answers:
flush it
bury it
burn it
put it in the trash
eat it
preserve it and put it on the wall
finely grind it and add it to pasta
let it break down
the possibilities are endless…

We decided to throw it away since it was trash day…Now to change that Christmas letter…


Does anyone blog anymore? October 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 9:26 pm

Or have we all become Facebook addicts? 🙂


Masula September 4, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 7:15 pm

Our youngest has an imaginary friend named Masula Depending on the day, she migrates living down the street from us or in California. She has a special phone that calls her and most days it is her birthday. This is all very interesting for me because none of the other kids have had imaginary friends.

My first thought was to get her more friends that are real. She is around other kids most all the time but Masula is talked about even when she is around friends and brothers and sisters. She is starting preschool tomorrow so we shall see if Masula is still around as the year progresses.


Finally, home made donuts! August 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 1:44 pm

Kids enjoying home made donuts
I have been all talk and no action for the last year on making donuts! Finally an overcast day with nothing to do! The girls and I made the dough this morning and let it chill for 2 hours. We had a neighbo over wo of course wanted to help! I used a basic recipe from a Betty Crocker cookbook. They turned out pretty good but next time I will add a bit more nutmeg and some vanilla extract.

Home made donuts
We used some leftover frosting – next time I will make a glaze.

Home made donut holes
I love donut holes. Next time I will make them a bit bigger!


Salsa or pumpkin pie anyone?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 1:40 pm

Bush early girl tomatoes
These are my tomatoes this year – I am getting a lot!

Sunsugar Tomatoes
These ones are sweet and small.

Pumpkin patch
This is the harvest of what the cub scouts planted.
Baby pumpkin
These are what they start out looking like. I have about 12 of the small ones and two of the above big ones! Last year, we carved the pumpkins and I roasted the pumpkin seeds! Yummy!

Big pumpkin