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Mrs V Hello. It’s been a while. What a week we’ve had. James and I took

Potato Mountain

  • 21.10.2017 20:35
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Hello. It’s been a while. What a week we’ve had. James and I took turns taking sick days to be home with Madie. She’s spent a good 7 days straight fighting bronchitis and an ear infection. As a parent it is the worst feeling not being able to fix your child’s pain right away. She’s been strong through it all. But it’s also been a struggle. Many nights without sleep isn’t good for anyone. Glad I wasn’t tracing away for work! We are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now let’s hope the rest of us stay healthy. Fall has been beautiful here. Finding fun activities on there weekends, watching the kids grow closer, hikes, and finally getting some fruits/veggies on our trees. After planting them a year ago, it is an exciting time! Well worth the wait. The trees were our birthday, anniversary and Christmas gift to each other last year. Just sad we didn’t do it years ago. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend everyone. Planning to have a few good posts for y’all as the holidays near. Please share your fall/winter activities with links and/or Photos, recipes! Thank you. 🍂🍎🥑🍯🍾 @madieskitchen @surferboy.1977 #smudgepot #fall #bigbear #airplane #cableairport #hiking #weekendfun #siblings #sickkids #produce #homemade #madieskitchen

Mrs V Wanted a little sweet treat after the week I've had. Worked since Sund

  • 07.10.2017 06:49
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Wanted a little sweet treat after the week I've had. Worked since Sunday and soooo ready for the weekend. Decided to get creative with what we had at home. Sliced up a fresh peach, heated the peaches and some salted caramel, and poured it over lactose free vanilla ice cream. Everyone enjoyed it and yes the ice cream tastes like the real deal. Have a wonderful weekend! Had to throw a Steve Miller song... https://g.co/kgs/fRmF7M #madieskitchen @madieskitchen #peaches #stevemillerband #lactosefree @lactosefreeme_ #saltedcaramel @breyers @smuckersbrand #dessert #fall

Mrs V Good morning! I hope everyone is ready for Fall. It's officially here

  • 01.10.2017 21:05
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Good morning! I hope everyone is ready for Fall. It's officially here in So Cal which is nice. Last night after the kids were asleep I started packing for my 3 day business trip. I thought of some of you who may or may not have kids. Who may or may not travel for work. Who may or may not be pumping milk on your business trips to bring back to your little ones. Doesn't matter if you are male or female; I just thought this post would help some of y'all. Plan, prep, and get a running start! What this means to me: Make a list. What to do prior to leaving for your trip, what to pack. My list always has the chores I like to check off before I leave (vacuum, sweep/mop, prep meals, laundry) and what items I need to pack. With my OCD I always feel better knowing the house is clean before I walk out the door. I like to think ahead of time on what my travel day will look like. What time I need to leave by, or what time to call a car service to pick me up. Set an alarm so that you know you need to get in the shower by that time, then reset your alarm to either call your Uber/Taxi or what time you should be walking out the door. I try to pack snacks that I'm accustomed to so that I can wake up and have what I need. Of course my vitamins, tea, and fruit/bars for energy food. If you are pumping, bring enough storage bags/bottles, zip-Loc bags for ice, ice pack, scrub brush, etc. And as much as you can get done the night prior the better. Especially if you have kids and you have to leave on a weekend. Which today as I arrive at the airport my heart hurts knowing I have one less day with them but I know they are in the best of hands while I'm away. Plus it helps knowing we are able to work hard and save for their future. 💕 Feel free to share some of your ideas to help make your travel days easier. I made the easiest crock pot meal that will feed the family while I'm away. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend the Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan! @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #chickenparm #chickenparmesan #mealprep #travel #breastpump #breastfeeding #packing #traveling #travelingmom #businesswoman @fijiwater http://madieskitchen.com/2012/06/crock-pot-chicken-parmesan

Mrs V When it's 103 degrees after school, you find things to do before and a

  • 29.08.2017 16:52
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When it's 103 degrees after school, you find things to do before and after dinner. No outside evening stroll for us last night. But the slime project was well worth the wait. I had tucked the ingredients in the pantry for that perfect moment. Thank you Elmer's for the recipe. I found all of the items at Target. Thanks to Amanda Lewis Gutierrez for your help! Recipe by Elmers: Elmer's Recipe for Large Colored Slime Need more slime in your life? Create your own larger sized colorful slime using a few common household ingredients. It's super easy and kid friendly! skill level: easy to moderate supplies needed: 1 tbsp of baking soda 2 tbsp of contact lens solution 7.625 fl oz Elmer’s White school glue Large bowl and mixing spoon Your choice of food coloring instructions: 1. Pour out the entire contents of a 7.625oz of Elmer’s school glue into a bowl. 2. Add 1 tbsp of baking soda and mix thoroughly. 3. After mixing, add your choice of food coloring. 4. Mix and/or add more food coloring until you get the color you want. 5. Add 2 tbsp of contact lens solution. 6. Mix until mixture gets harder to mix and slime begins to form. We used our hands to mix it up. It took about 5 minutes or longer. Be patient. 7. Take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands. 8. If needed, add ¼ tbsp of contact lens solution to make the slime less sticky. *Adult supervision is required; This project is not appropriate for children under the age of 3 years. Always wash your hands before and after making and playing with slime. Warning: If large quantities of contact lens solution are accidentally ingested (greater than a tablespoon), get medical attention immediately. http://www.elmers.com/projects/project/elmers-large-recipe-slime #madieskitchen @madieskitchen @beene_as_in_beene #slime #elmersglue #elmersslime #toddlers #toddlerfun #bakingsoda #contactlenssolution #project #fun #daddysgirl #daddydaughtertime #foodcoloring #hotday

Mrs V Most of you already know this about me...I love antiques. And of cours

Big Bear Lake, California

  • 26.08.2017 21:08
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Most of you already know this about me...I love antiques. And of course...memories! Since I was a little girl my mom and family were always into the old vintage things. And we all still are. The old postcards too. This one is from 1944! One thing that drives me crazy are the price tags that are stuck on frames or stuck on anything. A trick we use to remove the stickiness, is Desolvit. Pour the smallest amount on a paper towel. Rub it over the sticky spot you removed the price tag from and then with glass cleaner such as Windex on another paper towel to clean it spotless. Another tidbit is where to buy frames. I'm all about the Marshall's and TJ Maxx's of the world for frames. I don't go often but when I do, I grab a few frames. Also perfect gifting options to always have on hand. Now time for the Big Bear Air Show! http://www.de-solv-it.com/ #madieskitchen @madieskitchen @bigbear_trailriders @bigbearlake @desolvit #memoriesforlife #bigbear #photos #frame #pictures

Mrs V James had a few nights away for a guys trip to the river. He got back

  • 22.08.2017 07:42
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James had a few nights away for a guys trip to the river. He got back last night and had requested today off from work, so it only made sense for me to put my work on hold for an hour so that we could make our own solar eclipse viewers and drive over to show Madie. Her school didn't have anything planned so we surprised her by pulling her out of class, showing her the eclipse and popping her back into class. She showed the kids her cereal box and I showed them a few photos on my phone. Even though she probably won't remember, it felt good to be a part of it with her. Oh! And my Land Cruiser hit 260,000 miles today. Felt like a pretty big milestone to share. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of summer. Life is quite busy with us. Non-stop! @madieskitchen #solareclipse #solareclipse2017 #solareclipseviewer #cheerios #cerealbox #3yearsold #landcruiser #toyota #stickfigure #activities #toddler #ilovemybaby #madieskitchen

Mrs V http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-winery-restaurant-2017/the-re

The Restaurant at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

  • 12.08.2017 18:59
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http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-winery-restaurant-2017/the-restaurant-at-justin-vineyards-winery-paso-robles-calif/ - Please vote for The Restaurant at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery. All you have to do is vote. No personal info required. And if you haven't been there, it should really be on your bucket list. Thank you. 🍷#justinwinery #therestaurantatjustin #justinvineyards #wine #usatoday #pasorobles #paso #madieskitchen

Mrs V One of my closest friends for over 25 years, lost her mom suddenly two

  • 11.08.2017 08:08
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One of my closest friends for over 25 years, lost her mom suddenly two weekends ago. This is an extremely difficult time for her and her entire family as you can imagine. The family is trying to raise funds to pay for the funeral and the expenses that come along with it. If you can spare even $5, please do. Anything will help this family and it's better than nothing. Thank you in advance. ❤️ helping others is the least we can all do. Even if you don't know them personally. Prayers are also greatly appreciated. #prayers #support #donate #give #love #thankyou #mom #prayer https://www.gofundme.com/47j1aaw

Mrs V We are told time and time again how fast these years will go by. Madel

  • 05.08.2017 23:07
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We are told time and time again how fast these years will go by. Madeline turned 3 on Sunday. We spent time with our family in Solana Beach. She road in on her belly on a surfboard for the first time with her aunt Carrie Troxell, she just took 2 weeks of parent and me swim lessons, jumped off a diving board by herself last night and is getting more and more used to sharing the attention with her little brother. Ages 2 and 3 are a roller coaster but she has her sweet moments. She loves to cuddle, tells us she loves us all the time, wants as many bedtime stories as possible, and has the best memory. She remembers everything! Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer. The first two photos are ages 1 and 2. The bottom last two are photos I took this week. ❤️#madieskitchen #3yearsold #solanabeach @madieskitchen @nancybustle #swimlessons

Mrs V Well I missed National Tequila Day. So here's a belated post. We were

  • 25.07.2017 17:18
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Well I missed National Tequila Day. So here's a belated post. We were going camping with our new dual-sport club a few years back, and heard it was one of the clubs member’s birthdays. Instead of baking a cake, I decided to make these margarita shooters the day prior so that we could celebrate with Jell-O shots! These came out so good and everyone enjoyed them. Yields: 24-30 Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters Ingredients: 1 box (3.9oz.) Strawberry (real, not generic) Jell-O 3 green baskets of fresh strawberries from the farm (about 24-30 strawberries) 8 ounces tequila, preferably reposado or blanco (1 cup) 6 ounce Cointreau (3/4 cup) Kosher Salt for garnish 1 lime, cut into small triangles and cut a slit to fit onto side of strawberry Strawberry Preparation: Cut the bottoms of the strawberry flat to get them to stand upright. When you do so, make sure that you do not cut off so much that there is a hole at the bottom. Use a huller or apple corer to empty out the strawberry. Once the strawberries have been emptied, use a towel to pat the outside of the strawberries dry. Check each strawberry and make sure there is not a hole in the bottom before you start filling. Jell-O Instructions: Boil one cup of hot water in a saucepan, then add in Jell-O powder and whisk until powder is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. Set aside. Measure out 1/4 cup of cold water and set aside. Combine tequila and Cointreau, in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add liquor mixture to cold water and stir to combine. Then add cold liqueur mixture to hot Jell-O mixture and stir to combine. Pour final Jell-O mix into strawberries and chill overnight. Fill your strawberries as high as possible, as the Jell-O will sink a bit in the middle. These are best made the night before and served the next day. Dip your finger in water or use a moistened brush to wet the edge of the strawberries, dip and rotate the strawberries in salt to rim. Garnish with cut lime triangles to finish. http://madieskitchen.com/2013/03/strawberry-margarita-jell-o-shots/ @madieskitchen @lauriemontee @acasper805 #jelloshots #strawberry #tequila #nationaltequiladay #madieskitchen #birthday #jello

Mrs V Thank you to everyone for the sweet Facebook messages, text messages,

  • 15.07.2017 20:00
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Thank you to everyone for the sweet Facebook messages, text messages, voicemails, and wonderful surprise treats. I started the morning with a visit at daycare by my best friend Jen Roybal Logan who brought me a delicious carrot cake from the bundt shop, a platter full of yummy homemade oatmeal raisin cookies from Katlyn Peters, a delivery ordered from Keith Burke and Amanda Burke of the freshest chocolate dipped fruits from the Edibles company, an amazing delivery of gifts from my mom and dad (not just gifts for me but for each of us) and the icing on the cupcakes...Cheryl Wyers Wallace made these absolutely beautiful cupcakes. Some with lactose free butter cream. Love the talent behind these. And a nice lunch with my mother in law. Oh...and my alternator went out on my 94 LC as I was leaving daycare so hubby came and gave me a jump. Taking the weekend to get a new battery and dropping it at the shop before I head out on a TX work trip this week. Never a dull moment. Love to all. Thank you again. Looking forward to a dinner date with James tonight. The first date without a kid or being pregnant we've had in a few years. 💕#madieskitchen @madieskitchen @jenjlogan101 @burka_durka @i.love.superman82

Mrs V When it's been 105 for multiple days straight, you get creative! Forts

  • 10.07.2017 02:19
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When it's been 105 for multiple days straight, you get creative! Forts in the living room. We put on the movie Frozen for the 1st time and it took all day to get through it. She liked it though. Thanks Jen Roybal Logan for letting us borrow it. Madie and I hit Target at 8am before the heat wave. A couple things on this subject. Target! It's become very convenient for us. They nearly have everything. Where you can get gifts, kids swim shoes, groceries, and toiletries in one place. I've always had the Target Red card. You get 5% every purchase when you use it and free shipping for online purchases. I just started using the Cartwheel App. Yes you have to scan each item but it does give you a nice little discount when you check out. I love saving money. Madie saw the Frozen popsicles and asked to have them. At first I said no. Then realized I didn't have any homemade popsicles made and these just happened to be "mini" popsicles. 15 calories each. 3g carbs. It also gave me the idea to make mini ones next time. At Target now with discounts you can get 20 popsicles for about $3.50. Nicolas turned 8 months today and he's majorly teething so he indulged in a popsicle as well. @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #homemadebabyfood #8monthsold #frozen #popsicles #forts #target @target @targetcartwheeldeals http://madieskitchen.com/2013/06/strawberry-paletas-popsicles/

Mrs V With these 100 degree days quickly approaching, we are trying to find

  • 07.07.2017 05:45
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With these 100 degree days quickly approaching, we are trying to find meals that don't require using the oven. We found this delicious yogurt lactose free cheese at Sprouts that was perfect for a light charcuterie appetizer before dinner. Also got tons of produce: cucumbers, grapes, 🍓, and watermelon. Please post some of your favorite summertime meal ideas. Crock pot and BBQ welcomed as well. #madieskitchen @madieskitchen #fruit #charcuterie #lactosefree #sprouts @lactosefreeme_ #salami #cheese #cashews #ritzcrackers

Mrs V For all the Momma's and daddy's looking to make homemade stews for you

  • 02.07.2017 20:32
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For all the Momma's and daddy's looking to make homemade stews for your infants/toddlers, it's really simple. Each week I use a different poultry, carb, and veggie. No seasonings necessary. Boil until soft, blend with enough of the boiled water to get the thickness you want. Chicken, steak, pork, ground beef, ground turkey. Yams, sweet potato, russet potato, Yukon gold, tomato. Peas, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, string beans, garlic, onion, squash. Nicolas has liked every combination so far. We've still not made one with pork. This was a meatball style soup. Ground beef, peas, potato, garlic, and shallots. Don't be afraid to get creative! ❤️#madieskitchen #homemadebabyfood #meatball #soup #nutribullet #meatstew @madieskitchen #peas

Mrs V

  • 28.06.2017 07:45
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"Ride with Pride in 85..." I just can't get over this find of mine. I've been on a business trip since Sunday. Walked in late this afternoon to a small package in the mailbox. I pulled out this vintage t-shirt that a cool guy on EBay sold me recently. Not sure his story behind it, why he was selling it. Either way, I put it on and when my husband walked in he shook his head. He is very sad it's a Small and not a Large. Mine, mine, mine. Let's see some of your oldest favorite t-shirts. I've done LAB2V so I feel like that gives me authority to wear this. LA-Barstow-to-Vegas @madieskitchen #lab2v #barstowtovegas #d37 #dualsport #dualsportwomen #1985 #vintagetshirt @lab2v @kiethhuff @district37_ama

Mrs V I've been craving halibut for some time now. After a quick trip to Cos

  • 25.06.2017 01:25
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I've been craving halibut for some time now. After a quick trip to Costco with Madie last weekend, we decided to grill the fresh Atlantic halibut we picked up spur of the moment. Yes it was pricey but we already had all the ingredients so it was really a dinner for 3 for less than $30. Found this recipe on HEB and altered it a bit. Pat halibut with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spray a large piece of foil with cooking spray and grill the halibut on the foil. BBQ until internal temp is around 135. In a large pan sauté garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, capers, white wine, and 2 tbsp of butter. Once it's at a boil, add in a pinch of dill and remove from heat. Only flipped fish once. Enjoy halibut with French fries or over white rice. Spoon the lemon caper sauce over the fish. And heaven is what you get! https://www.heb.com/recipe/recipe-item/grilled-halibut-with-lemon-butter-caper-sauce/1398728864312 #madieskitchen @madieskitchen #halibut #capers #bbq #whitewine #pineridgewinery #costco #lemon #grilling #fathersday #fish

Mrs V With the Big Bear Run beginning this weekend, it seemed like a good ti

Big Bear Lake, California

  • 24.06.2017 03:07
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With the Big Bear Run beginning this weekend, it seemed like a good time to post some images from my latest magazine purchase. I may have a problem. You will see a few more of these posts with articles on Big Bear and LAB2V. Today's post comes from the September 1967 issue of American Motorcycling. A one page article on the 4th Annual Big Bear Run. Good luck to all the riders this weekend. Hubby and I lack babysitting options for our near 3 year old and near 8 month old. Have a great time! @bigbear_trailriders @jnicholson1966 @madieskitchen #bigbear #bigbearrun #madieskitchen #americanmotorcycling #vintage #1967 #dualsport

Mrs V https://youtu.be/_GUgKcdmb4k - got up for my usual 2am pump and saw th

  • 20.06.2017 16:09
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https://youtu.be/_GUgKcdmb4k - got up for my usual 2am pump and saw this commercial just as I was turning on the Television. Smart folks over at Yoplait. Our fave is the lactose free French Vanilla. Yum! https://www.yoplait.com/product/regular-lactose-free-french-vanilla #yoplait #yogurt #frenchvanilla #lactosefree #mom #fitmom #nursing #formula @madieskitchen #madieskitchen