Monday, March 26, 2012

Tide Pods

I got a sample of Tide Pods in the mail and tried them. I think they worked great, unfortunately the sample only contained one pod which is good for one load. I used it on my towels, which turned out great. They were clean and smelled good, exactly what I have come to expect from Tide. They dissolved in the water almost instantly, so there was no worrying about if it was actually going to do the job or not. I will have to go buy some of these to try on my clothes too, when I do I will let you know how they turn out. Especially since my kids and I all have eczema combined with very sensitive skin and can't use just anything on our clothes and skin.  I'll let you all know how that turns out after I go and buy some to try on the clothes. Until then, they do work great on towels.

**Update, I got some more and used them on my kids clothes and mine. And the verdict is if you have sensitive skin you should NOT use Tide Pods. I love Tide and use Tide on my clothes and Tide free and clear on my kids clothes with no problem. However, the Tide Pods broke out all three of us.  My poor little baby girl got the worst of it as her skin is the most sensitive and she broke out from head to toe.  So while it does do a great job on getting clothes and towels clean and it smells great, it is not for those with sensitive skin. Maybe they will come out with a Free and Clear version for those of us with sensitive skin.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Parmesan Chicken

My entire family loves this recipe so I thought I would share it with you all.  I unfortunately do not have any pictures right now, but next time I make it I will be sure to take some pictures to share with you all. 

Parmesan Chicken

What you need:
1/2 cup Parmesan (shredded)
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (seasoned will work if that is what you have on hand and don't want to buy plain)
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. both Thyme and black pepper
Approx. 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 Tbs. both Olive oil and Dijon mustard

How to prepare:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, combine dry ingredients on one plate and wet ingredients on another plate.  Remove fat from chicken if desired (I do this because I HATE fat on my meat).  Coat chicken in wet ingredients and then dry and place in a greased baking dish.  Repeat with each chicken breast. Cook for 1 hr or until chicken is done (one hour is usually perfect for mine, unless I just happened to find some huge chicken breasts).  Remove and serve with whatever your desired sides are. 

I hope you all love this recipe as much as my family does. 

This recipe is being linked up at Dishing it Up!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pre-K lottery

I don't know about anyone else, but my state does a Pre-K lottery.  You have to register for the lottery and then children are chosen at random for the drawing.  It isn't first come, first served or anything like that....and if you are in my situation where you are in the process of moving between counties you are completely screwed.  Because in order to register your child you have to have EITHER a power bill or a gas bill with the address in that school's area and it HAS to be in the child's legal parent/guardian's name.  We are moving from McDuffie county to Columbia county, but by the time we get our land surveyed and get a 911 address and get the land cleared and our home there and set up to be able to get a power bill in our names the registration period will be closed.  My son has a December birthday, so he's already having to start school a year late because of his birthday and now this stupid crap.  They won't let me register him until I have this stupid bill, but I can't get a bill until I have a freaking house. How retarded is that?! I have proof that I am having a house placed in their school area and everything,f but can't get a power bill because there is no house there to hook power up to.  That just doesn't make any since to me.  So my child will probably have to go another year without being in school, by which time he will be too old for Pre-K and will have to start school behind everyone else in regular Kindergarten.  My sister-in-law said getting her kids into Pre-K was much easier before the drawing started because of "No Child Left Behind"  seems to me like the no child left behind is making it easier to have children left behind.  Because even for those that are able to get their children registered before the end of the registrations period are NOT guaranteed a spot for their child.  Leaving more children behind.

This is my little man, Zachary.  His birthday is Dec. 3rd.  He's four and will be 5 this year.