12 July 2010

O:M-C has moved!

Operation: Mini-Chaux has moved on over to a new URL!


See you all there!

29 December 2009


We found out that we're expecting about two weeks after Bubba got home from his short tour :) YAY! A couple of weeks after that, we got the marvelous news that it's TWINS! Thank-you for all the continued support and prayers, and please keep both coming! We'll need both to maintain our sanity :)

We will be finding out the genders of both babies on our 6th anniversary at the end of January....only a few short weeks away :) The babies are due at the end of June.

Ciao for now!

<3 M

23 September 2009

Casa Chaux

Here are some pictures of the new house! We love it, and we're working to make it more us everyday! Our next project will be revamping the master bedroom and ensuite bath.

The Front View
(We are on the right):

The Back View:

The Foyer:
The Living Room:
First Floor Half Bath :)
Where the meals are served
(aka the Dining Room):
The Kitchen
(I'm really excited to get back into cooking and baking, two of my most favorite hobbies besides Crochet :)

Various Shots of the Master Bedroom:
AHHHHHH! The Walk-In Closet in the Master Bedroom!
EnSuite Master Bath:
Bedroom #3
(This will be Mini-Chaux's Nursery ;)
Hall Bath:
Bedroom #2
(This will be the room for our older foster kids):
That concludes the tour, y'all!
Til next time!


WOW! So much has been happening the past few months since I moved to our new base. We're fortunate enough to be at Andrews AFB in Maryland....literally right down the street from nifty neighbors like the president and Congress, just to name a few ;)

Bubba and I are in the process of making some major decisions for our little family. We're hoping that this round of infertility treatments works. It will be our first real try with the Clomid. We've also decided to pursue adoption and are looking at the Ukraine (international), Barker Foundation (domestic newborn) as well as the Maryland State Foster-Adoption program through our county social services. We are also exploring me becoming a SAHW/M. So, I guess Operation: Mini-Chaux is in full effect! :)

Hope to keep up more often! I miss posting here, so expect it more often especially if I will be at home fulltime! LOL

Off to crochet some fun things and clean some house! Lots of adventures en la casa de Bubba y Fochaux ;)

<3 M

27 May 2009

AHHHHHH! The new house!

Well, we bit the bullet and decided to live in base housing. About a week ago, DH received paper orders in hands and then emailed them to me so that I could make the advance application for housing...and let me tell you that this worked out waaaaaaaaaaay to our advantage. I was able to secure a 1700sf twin (duplex for all you non-Phillyites out there) with a 1.5 car garage and more toilets than I think a girl could ever want or need (Cindyrella I will surely be). I'll be moving in on July 1, shortly after Bubba returns to finish out his tour overseas. I'm thankful that I'll be able to have the house all setup and get settled in so he doesn't have to stress out when he gets home permanently in October.

In any case, the house is 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths with said garage and LARGE common areas and a nice big yard. I'll be sure to post pictures as soon as we get into our new home (and if I don't do it in a timely fashion, feel free to harass me about it)

Til then,

<3 M

08 April 2009

Tying Up Loose Ends

I'm inspired......even if only to destash to restash LOL

Let me explain:

Aunt Mary and I traveled to a faraway land....in all reality, an hour up the Garden State Parkway to get to civilization, but anyway.... We were off in search of some fabric and patterns so she could make some presents for the little girls in the family for their Easter baskets. Of course, I couldn't resist a pattern and fabric sale at Walmart, but who can? :) I came home with some things that needed a home until their use and I had to reorganize some stuff to find them some space in the garage (aka Rubbermaid Tote Warehouse) and happened across a few...no several....well let's just say 'some' unfinished projects.

Which led my 'ADD' self to remember that I hadn't had my quiet time with the Big Guy for quite some time, and of course this is what I was led to:

"Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit. Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith."

Galatians 6:6-10 (NAB)

Ironic considering I was sorting through sewing stuff meant to be fashioned into items for a little one who is no longer with us...but that is a post for another day :) So that said, be forewarned that posts for the forseeable future will be of a 'crafty' nature....hopefully, I'll figure out how to embed pictures of my projects in the meantime :)

Oh yeah! And get ready for some giveaways!

<3 M

23 March 2009

MMMMMM MMMMMM Good! Filet-O-Fish

And no it ain't Campbell's soup!

Here is a recipe from Devin Alexander's "Fast Food Fix" And remember.........this one's for you Kel!

McDonald's Filet-O-Fish

olive oil spray
1 center-cut cod or other mild white-flesh fish filet (about 3.5 oz)
1 egg white
1 tbsp fat-free milk
1 tsp unbleached or all-purpose flour
pinch of paprika
pinch of salt
1 tbsp dry bread crumbs
1/2 tsp yellow corn meal
1 hamburger bun
1/2 slice (1/4 oz) 2% milk yellow American cheese
1Tbsp + 1/2 teaspoon McDonald's Tartar Sauce

1) Preheat oven to 450*. Lightly mist nonstick baking sheet with spray.

2) Place the fish on a cutting board, & cover with waxed paper. Pound to an even 1/4" thickness. Cut the fish into a 3.5"X3" piece. Feel free to reserve scraps for another 'fishy' recipe.

3) Combine egg & milk in a bowl, & beat until smooth. Line up two small sheets of waxed paper next to this bowl. On the first, combine the flour, paprika & salt. On the second, combine the bread crumbs and cornmeal.

4) Do fish as so:

a) Dip in flour and shake off excess.

b) Coat completely in egg mixture, and allow excess to drip off.

c) Coat completely in bread crumb mixture.

5) Put the fish on the baking sheet, and mist with olive oil spray (LIGHTLY). Bake for 5 minutes, then carefully flip the fish. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes until the breading is crisp and the fish flakes easily.

6) While doing #5, you can toast your bun cut sides down (apparently this takes 2-3 minutes)

7) Assemble as so:

a) Bun botom, cut side up
b) Cheese
c) Fish
d) Tartar sauce
e) Bun top, cut side down

8) Eat!

When made as directed, this is the nutritional information:

283 calories, 19 g protein, 34 g carbohydrates, 8 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 2 g fiber

Original Sandwich
400 calories, 14 g protein, 42 g carbohydrates, 18 g fat, 4 g sat fat, 1 g fiber

Devin's Cheat (which I do use as a time-crunched and VERY hungry person)

Buy frozen prebreaded/battered fish filets at the supermarket. Be sure they're baked and not fried.

My Cheat

I use 100% whole grain (usually whole wheat) buns....but be careful! Be sure you're not buying those huggantic ones....make absolutely sure the ones you get are regular hamburger-sized buns. The whole grains are much more nutritious and will help to keep you fuller for longer.

McDonald's Tartar Sauce
1/4 c low-fat mayonaisse
1 tbsp + 2 tsp dill pickle relish
1/4 tsp sugar
pinch of mustard powder
1 tsp chopped capers

Combine all the junk above very well. Store in an air-tight container, and it will be good for up to a month. Stir in capers just before serving (which in our house means just throw it in anyway).

Quite honestly, taste as you go with this. I know I use more relish (juicy-ness and all) and instead of jacking it up with more sugar to make it taste just like the original, I usually use regular granualated Splenda in pinches until it tastes just so. You could also probably just use Splenda for the whole recipe. In all honesty too, when I don't have any mustard powder (mmmmm Coleman's!!!), I just use the liquid stuff.

Makes 4 servings

Per serving:
32 calories, <1 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat, < 1 g sat fat, < 1 g fiber

And if you couldn't already tell....I 'eyeball' everythign through taste and eventually find reasonable and healthy substitutions. And please PLEASE go buy Devin's cookbooks! They totally rock!

And DUH! I use a WHOLE piece of cheese (SSSSSSSSSHHH!!!!)