The Friday List Thing

Does anyone know how to make a rug lay flat? We bought a rug from Ikea several months ago for Jansen when we were getting things for his playroom. It’s one of those rugs with the city and street printed on it. I think it’s probably a 4.5′ square. We have it sitting on our carpet. Apparently the carpet doesn’t hold it in place AT ALL. From day one, it has moved every time you step on it. It now has a crease along it from where it keeps folding. Is that fixable?

Last night I gave Jansen some frozen chicken nuggets for dinner because I am an awesome mom. Stephen worked late so it was just the Jansenator and me. I didn’t feel like cooking. I made him a plate and put a dab of BBQ sauce in one of the plate compartments for him to dip. Instead of dipping the chicken, he dipped his fingers into the sauce and sucked it off. Over and over. It was cute. And I can’t really blame him… BBQ sauce is good.

I need a new crock pot recipe. Something that doesn’t involve cream of anything soup. Something that is still pretty healthy. Anything? My go-to crock pot meal is carnitas. Everything else I make in there  is smothered in BBQ sauce, cream cheese, or some sort of cream of mushroom soup. I love making crock pot meals but I don’t want it to always be think and heavy. Anything that you love?

Jansen said “I love you” for the first time a few nights ago. We’ve been trying to get him to say it for months but it is a hard sentence to say. But the other night he was heading off to bed with daddy and he came to give me a kiss. I said, “I love you, Jansen” and he turned and said, “wuv woo.” He’s said it several times now. I love it!! He is also getting better about saying thank you.

I’m exhausted. I get like this every now and then when I get overwhelmed with life. We have a ridiculously busy few months ahead of us with things on our calendar just about every single weekend. Most of the things are wonderful and I’m looking forward to them, but it still very overwhelming. I’d like time to stand still for a bit. I’d like some quality time with my husband and my son without any outside stresses or plans. Is that too much to ask? Apparently.

I hope YOU have a relaxing weekend. Get some sleep, have some fun, and report back on Monday!

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8 Responses to The Friday List Thing

  1. Stevie June 22, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    Most of those IKEA rugs work much better on a hard surface. They’re not really designed to go on top of carpet. But, we have the same situation at our house and it’s so freaking annoying. But we did recently get one of those no-slip pads to go underneath (even though they’re meant for hard surfaces, too) and it has worked decently. Not great, but ok.

    As for the crock pot, I have a great butter chicken recipe. I actually leave out the yogurt at the end and it’s so delicious.

    I also sometimes cook a whole chicken in the crock pot. Put the chicken in, add some carrots, potatoes and any other veggies you want, put some herbs and spices in (I usually use Herbs de Provence, an onion, lots of garlic, lemon juice, and about a cup of dry white wine). You could also do the same thing with chicken breasts or other cuts of meat if you didn’t want to do the whole bird.

  2. Lindsey June 22, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I second the whole chicken in the crockpot. I just put salt pepper and a cut up onion in with the chicken and cook it on low for about 5 hours (or until it’s done). We sometimes eat it straight out of the crockpot but because I like to try and save money where ever I can, I take the meat off the bones, and divide it all into 2 sometimes 3 meals (usually for a casserole or chicken tacos). You can then take the skin,fat, and all the bones, put it all back in the crockpot w/ some carrots, celery and onions, add water just until all of it is covered and cook on low overnight. In the morn strain everything out and the liquid your left w/ is homemade chicken stock!!!! It’s awesome to use for homemade chicken noodle soup!! Hope you try it!

  3. Holly June 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Happy weekend! My son loves ketchup and ranch dressing – if I give him a little blob he’ll actually eat it with his fork and forget about the rest of the food on his plate. The other day he actually asked for ketchup with the fruit he was having for breakfast … Maybe it’s because I craved ketchup when I was pregnant?

  4. Allison Blass June 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Yep, you can get no slip pads that should keep them in place. We have a carpet on our hardwood floor and have one underneath. I would think that it would work if you put it on top of carpet, and then put your rug on top of that. The no-slip pads aren’t expensive either… Target or BB&B should have them.

  5. Lesley June 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    my husband made this the other day with a 5.5 pound pork shoulder and we made sandwiches. seved it with some baked beans and a bag of coleslaw with a little dressing on it. It was super easy, just soak the night before and cook the next day. He made a homemade BBQ sauce but a bottled one would be even easier. It made a LOT and has been great for lunch and another dinner for the 3 of us.

  6. Allie June 25, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    You know I have been a reader here forever and I’ve never commented… But my love of the crockpot and no one helping you out has lured me in lol

    I also do the whole chicken thing.

    You can set a metal strainer in your crockpot and put some liquid (broth, wine, water) under it and slow steam veggies.

    You can wrap potatoes in foil and cook them in the crockpot

    Pork shoulder + verde (or chicken breasts) makes a good burrito filler

    Chicken and enchilada sauce w some canned black beans and frozen corn comes out nice to serve over rice

    I like chicken breasts w mustard, honey, and a little cayenne pepper roasted in the crockpot too

    Also, unrelated to keep my rugs from slipping I use the firm side of Velcro strips the little teeth will grab your carpet

    Enjoy :)

  7. TarynB June 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    go on my Pinterest in the recipes board and look for the recipe i have pinned for crockpot lasagna. It’s AMAZING! I love lasagna and hate all the prep and cook time… the crockpot totally takes care of that! :-)

  8. Jocelyn June 28, 2012 at 4:53 am #

    Hey! I’ll share my favorite crockpot recipe :)

    Santa Fe Chicken
    2-3 frozen or fresh chicken breast
    14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies (I just add 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes)
    15 oz can black beans
    8 oz frozen corn
    1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
    3 scallions, chopped
    1 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp onion powder
    1 tsp cumin
    1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste – I usually put 1/2 tsp in)
    salt to taste

    Just combine everything and put the chicken breasts on top. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours Half an hour before it is done, shred the chicken breast and put it back in. You can serve over rice or with cornbread (that is our favorite way of doing it!!)

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