Thursday, November 20, 2014

Penny for your thoughts (vol 3)

Look, that leaf is running away from the wind!

I want you to take me up the North Mountain.


Only girls have boobies. And mamas.

When Santa comes to our house, I will get chocolate from him. Really really REALLY mommy! We will share it.

In a very angry, teeny tiny toddler voice: Wurt (Squirt, the dog) tried to trick me! So I went upstairs to hide in the bafroom. Wurt, stop trying to find me! Mama, Wurt ate my sawich. I need it back!

I think I like Ruby Booby.

What do leggings look like? A horse, pants or a kitchen box? I ask her questions in the same format, so now she's trying to test me!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Copycat Crispy Chicken Caesar Wrap

This didn't take a secret lab with multiple testings to uncover the perfect copycat recipe, but hey, when you got it you got it. And let's just say that from the time that I made these for dinner on Thursday, in the 5 nights that have passed since...we've had them for dinner or lunch 3 more times. So log this one away for an easy, short ingredient, 20 minute dinner or lunch recipe. You'll be happy that you did!

You will need:
Foster Farms Crispy Strips
Your favorite cheese shredded - hubby likes Pepperjack, I like Asiago
Romaine lettuce
Creamy Caesar dressing

You'll do:
1.Prepare the Foster Farms Crispy Strips as according to the directions on the packaging.
2. Cut your torilla in half and smear a good amount of dressing onto it.
3. Layer the lettuce, a crispy strip (or two!) and a sprinkle of cheese.
4. Roll it!

And that's all it takes. Wrap them up as to-gos for the car or for a lazy night in.

Foster Farms offers a variety of poultry products that have become a staple for my family. In addition to these strips, I've been buying their breasts for years and have always been happy with the quality. I was surprised to learn that the company's roots are in California and that all of their fresh chicken comes from farms in Washington and Oregon.

Foster Farms has offered to give 5 Pierogie Mama readers free vouchers to try their product as well! Enter to win through the giveaway widget below.

Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my honest review, all opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lotus Bumz diaper review + giveaway!

Welcome to the FluffMas Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! Each blogger in this hop has a fabulously festive and fluffy prize for you, so be sure to hop around to them all and don't miss the fantastic Grand Prize featuring Buttons Diapers, Balm Baby, and SprayPal! You can enter to win the FluffMas Grand Prize here.

For the last month I've been trying out a new cloth diaper that I've heard about for a few years but haven't gotten a chance to try in person. What's the brand? Lotus Bumz!

Lotus Bumz is family owned by Lorain and the diapers are ethically made in China. The diapers that I got to review are a one-size pocket diaper. If you are new to the cloth diaper lingo game, "one size" means that the diaper is made to fit most babies from usually 8 - 35 lbs, and "pocket diapers" means you stuff an insert inside the cover.
One size pocket diapers are the bread and butter of my stash. They are my first choice in diapering because I'm currently diapering two, a toddler and an infant, so it's very very handy to be able to use the same diapers between the two girls. All I have to do is adjust the rise. I love pocket diapers because the insert always stays in place and they are the easiest to get non-primary caregivers on board with. From the changing diaper standpoint, they go on just like a disposable (with the exception of snaps versus velcro). I just prep them in one big load after I'm done with my wash and they wait patiently in a basket until it's time for a change. Grandparents, aunties and uncles don't have a problem changing them because there's nothing to it. 

Besides the cute prints that you can only find on Lotus Bumz diapers, I really like the quality of the PUL material. The PUL (polyurethane laminate) is the exterior part of the diaper and is the printed fabric. It's the waterproof layer. If you have gotten to feel different brands of diapers, you might notice that some PUL fabrics are slick versus kind of "sticky" on the inside. I don't think there is a benefit either way, in my experience one is not more waterproof than the other. But what I have found with a "stickier" fabric is that it's a little harder to stuff them because your skin gets caught on the sticky PUL or the insert does. Lotus Bumz have a slick PUL interior, which makes it easier and quicker to stuff. It's all personal preference, but when you've got a TON of diapers to stuff and two girls begging for you to play...well, let's just say that I take whatever shortcuts are given to me and I appreciate a quick stuffing diaper! The material the touches the baby is fleece, which is soft and hasn't caused any irritation on either of my girls. The diapers come with a standard microfiber insert.

In trying these out on both of my girls (Penny is 32 months and Ruby is 8 months) I've had no problem with fit or leaking, which is what everyone wants to know when buying a cloth diaper!

Now here's your chance to win a 3 pack of Lotus Bumz diapers, and you get to choose your print (as long as it's in stock)! Check out the giveaway widget below to enter.

Don't forget to hop over and enter for the GRAND PRIZE!

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the FluffMas participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Pierogie Chickens vol 1

I think it's high time I introduced The Pierogie Chickens to you! We've had them for about 9 months and the learning curve was surprisingly easy - seriously, the internet will tell you everything. We got these ladies as a complete flock as year olds and about a month before Ruby was born. I've let Penny name each one of the girls and over the course of 9 months we've got 4 out of 5 named.

The easiest to spot and the first to be named. I guess Penny thought she was a baby because she's the only yellow one, and thus the name has stuck. She's the Queen of the Roost, but unfortunately goes broody every few weeks. A broody chicken doesn't do me any good around here; I don't keep a rooster so she fruitlessly tries to hatch eggs that just aren't going to hatch. It's heartbreaking and silly all at the same time. She's a Buff Orpington.

Yep, my daughter made a BBT reference. And I totally didn't encourage it. We taught her the word about a few months ago, but she rarely says it. One afternoon while playing with the chickens she decided that one of our black hens is now to be called Bazinga. It took almost 5 months to find the difference from her sister, but I found that this girl has a larger, floppy comb. She is a Black Sex-link, which means the female chicks are born black and the male chicks have a white dot on their heads.

The other Black Sex-link. Her comb is straight up and she seems to be a little smaller than Bazinga.

Brown Fluffy
She's the smaller of our two Rhode Island Reds and has 4 points on her comb. Unfortunately both of these characteristics are really hard to see at a glance, they usually move too quickly for me to count the individual points on the combs..

Well, last week I thought I had finally figured out a difference between our two RIR besides the "count the comb points" / "which one is smaller" game. This one had a black feather in her tail, which made it really easy to figure her out. So I called her "Black Tip," like a black tip reef shark. And then it rained and I realized that perhaps it was just a dirty feather or she lost it. So I'm back to square one. So perhaps a new name will come to me soon.

Related: 3 reasons why keeping backyard chickens is good for my toddler

Thursday, November 6, 2014

11 Handmade giveaways

This week I've focused on a few giveaways that will give you ideas for Christmas gifts and how to support handmade. Click here to see all of the other Pierogie Mama giveaways you can enter!

Thankful for Thorns and I have teamed up with eleven other amazing handmade shops to help you get a start on your Christmas shopping! Because really who doesn't love some handmade goodness?!

My long time sponsor, Stargazer Soaps,  is giving away a $20 shop credit! You can choose from her handmade soaps, sugar scrubs, lip balms, bath bombs, lotions or body butter!
Jen's Tie Dye Creations is giving away an adult custom tshirt.
Sew Cute Cards is giving away a set of four hand-stitched thank you cards with envelopes.
StorkStopover is giving away a fitted pocket diaper package that includes the following:
  • Fitted pocket diaper in choice of size, gender and closure
  • minnette wipes with case
  • extra zorb inserts in appropriate size for diaper
Embitchery is giving away a $25 shop credit that can be used on anything in stock or a custom design.
Nora's Nook and Gifts is giving away a momma of an angel purse.
Cook Crafted is giving away TWO shop credits! A $20 and a $30 shop credit to use on anything in the shop.
Thankful For Thorns is giving away TWO things! A $20 shop credit and a canvas tote.
Homespun Aesthetic is giving away a $20 shop credit.

Charmed Creations by D is giving away an adorable 8" Owl.
Niko's Treasures is giving away a $25 shop credit.

WOAH! That's a whole lot of prizes!
So go ahead! Entry away.

The first two entries are mandatory for entering but anything after that is completely up to you!
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Disclosure: The Pierogie Mama and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.


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