In case you’ve been wondering why I’ve been MIA for a while, I apologize. I have been taking the necessary time to re-coup and recover as well as adjust to the new family routine and schedule because:

 

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The wonderful hubster and I proudly welcomed our son into this world on April 9th, 2014.  He’s still in the NICU as his arrival was unexpected and premature. In the past two weeks, he’s come leaps and bounds and is healthy but underweight which is normal with a premie. We travel to the hospital daily to visit and be with him as well as care for him – I love that about the hospital – they encourage (semi-force) you to be hands on with your own baby all the time.  I guess the stereotype of only the staff caring for your baby is long gone.

So please excuse my absence for a lil while longer as I’m just starting to settle into a routine after a long phase of sleep deprivation. I know the real sleep deprivation and adventures will begin as soon as we get to have our lil one at home with us. (don’t forget, we’re still trying to find the balance between wrangling dad and the super pup as well!)

Just wanted to share the lil news with y’all :D

All I have to say is OMG I LOVE THE NEW STOVE!!!

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Check out the centre griddle action!

I had decided to celebrate the new stove by making a big breakfast for everyone vs the usual easy oatmeal or toast options that we gravitate towards.

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Bacon, eggs & blueberry pancakes it was! (Coffee too of course ;) )

Our 17 year old gas stove finally let us know that it was ready to move on to greener pastures via having two of the four burners not ignite anymore. At first the hubster & I suggested to dad that we shop around for parts to repair it but he refused and mumbled something about growing up in China and having to manually light the stove each time he wanted to use it. Then he told us he’d make due. So for about a month or so, we’d catch a whiff of natural gas each time he used the stove because he seemed to wait too long before lighting the burner.

Finally he asked me about looking up the repair parts & a serviceman. We looked into it ourselves figuring the hubster could fix it himself but what we learned, the parts are no longer available but if they were they’d cost about the same as a new stove.

Wanting to be practical & frugal, I started comparing different models, features and prices online for a new stove. DEFINITELY worth it to buy a new stove. The big bonus: The Home Depot was having a “no tax” sale on all major appliances ending that day. We hurried our butts down there to confirm our decision before purchasing.

Wanna see what we got? :)

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There’s a third rack that pulls out but not just once but TWICE so you don’t have to lean into the oven over the door.

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Look at that – FIVE burners! I love how the middle burner is for a cast iron skillet grille plate. Makes my heart skip a beat.

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There she is, all shiny, purdy and new!

Is it so wrong that I got super excited about a new stove? I can’t wait to use it!

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The other night I was craving something sweet but not overly indulgent. As I rifled through the cupboards, I stumbled upon a box of After Eight hot chocolate mix and decided to give it a whirl. I added whipped cream to make it that much more indulgent (and to prevent me from wanting a ‘do-over’ the following day shelling out $5)

Totally did the trick. :). What’s your fave way to enjoy hot chocolate?

FoodWasteFriday By putting off the grocery shopping last week and only picking up the minimum this week there has been no waste! :D   I know I keep saying this but I’ve proven this to myself time and time again: the less I shop and stock the fridge, the less waste I find. Yet I keep going through lapses and shopping and stocking. Ugh.

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

FoodWasteFriday We have waste again this week:

* 1 lonely triangle Chiabatta bun (from Costco)

* 1/3 of a french baguette

* 1/8th of the tub of prepared salad  (I guess we weren’t feeling ‘salad’ this week.)

Can’t win them all right?

I did salvage fruit by hacking off the unsightly bits and making a huge fruit salad *thumbs up* That was a huge hit here :D

Also, I have put off grocery shopping this week forcing us to only go out and pick up the essentials vs stocking up. I hope this produces a no waste week for next Friday.

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

FoodWasteFriday Gah – have waste this week:  remnants (1-2 servings) of the weekly prepared salad &  2 pints blueberries (shoved to the back of death pit)

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

As you know, we’re not ones to celebrate/observe all the holidays however we do enjoy corned beef with cabbage.   And to be honest, we did have our ‘festive meal’ (though sometimes routine in our menu rotation) on Friday. We were ahead of the game ;)

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Wishing those that celebrate a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

FoodWasteFriday No waste again this week! :D

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

FoodWasteFriday No waste this week! :D

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

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