A Happy Halloween Hello

Posted by casey on October 31, 2009 in Snapshots

I know, I know….he isn’t even here yet, but Baby Kaz has a Halloween costume.
And, he wanted to say, “Hello.”








May we present, Baby Skeletor.
What, don’t like the costume? I mean, come on…its perfect.
(We have been saving this for a month since our last sono…the perfect Halloween pic.)
No, we aren’t already bad parents, we just appreciate the humor in life.

Happy Halloween, Don’t Get Scared by a Baby!


Football Sunday

Posted by casey on October 25, 2009 in Snapshots

The kid is a natural athlete….








Check out his moves…








Just don’t look away after telling Uncle to throw it.








Does it help if I promise the ball did not smack him in the face like the picture looks like? 
Worth a thousand words right?


Hide and Seek

Posted by casey on October 13, 2009 in Snapshots

Can you find the mystery student?













The mystery student who didn’t notice 18 classmates getting up, pushing in their chairs, lining up, talking and leaving the room until they had been gone for 30 minutes.  Look closely…it looks like an empty room but don’t let that fool you.  You think this is a rare occurence? Nope, every, single day….constantly.  Please save me…please give me a winning lottery ticket….please tell me I don’t have to go anymore because I don’t want to.  Welcome to my world.


The Kazmann Men

Posted by casey on October 11, 2009 in Snapshots

Jess said it best in her comment on “Mystery Clue“.
“The Kazmann men strike again!”








Come March, Colter’s Dad, two brothers and two nephews will be joined by one more Kazmann man because you guessed it, Baby Kaz is a boy!

(A boy who has these super cute sneaker socks to keep his little feetsies warm!)


Adjusting to Isolation

Posted by casey on October 11, 2009 in For Your Funny Bone, Home, Life as I Know It

Colter, my dear hubby started a travel rotation in August with work, but it has taken this many hitches of him leaving for 16 days straight a month for me to accept and adjust to being alone fifty percent of every month and him being gone for half the time I will be pregnant.

We found out that Baby Kaz was on the way just before he began his 16 days offshore a month.  I think at times it is even harder for him to be away as I know he worries even more and then comes home to see me and I have already grown that much!  When he is home we always have a list of things we want to accomplish before he leaves and I just don’t know how he does it all because between first trimester uselessness and then the flu I haven’t been much help.  It is always a bit glum around here when  his final days at home come around but we both try our best to not make the other feel bad.  I do a terrible job of this as I spout off “Are you sure you have to go?” like a broken record.  I’m working on it.

dsc_0535_edited-1This time, something clicked.  Maybe it is the fact that I am finally recovering my energy and stamina from being sick or maybe it was that I’ve decided that I feel a little like I am in isolation.  I mean, you can only talk about so many things to the dogs.  After awhile you realize that the cocked head and perked ears is just them trying to figure out if you are going to give them something to eat or get out the leashes and that they aren’t really digesting the conversation. 

I also came to the realization that I am actually going to have to start cleaning up after myself again.  Crazy right?  If you are shocked that I, “Ms. Always Wiping Something Down” had forgotten this little life detail, get pregnant – first you won’t care and then you really will just forget, and then you pass that and start nesting.  It is like I all of the sudden became aware of my legs and arms and their ability to work together to accomplish a task.  Now, can I say that I am slightly nervous as to how some of these tasks are going to play out as I get bigger and slower.  Let me paint a picture for you….three pictures to be exact.

1. Today I went to get more dog food for Bo.  I never get a cart when I get dog food, I just think of it as an extra arm workout.  Well, that is going to be problematic.  You see, Bo’s 40 lb. bag of dog food was on the bottom shelf.  “Just bend over and grab it,” you say? Ha! First, my abdominals have been shifted to an unknown location that no longer allows them to engage and lift me back upright.  Second, I have this obstadsc_0524_edited-1cle in the center of my stomach that makes bending a little difficult. ( I wonder when Colter will have to start tying my shoes…I bet he makes me get Velcro sneakers). Yes, I am making excuses – deal with it!  So I get the bag and drag it up front and I wish you would have seen all of the strange looks I received as strangers watched a prego lady haul a massive bag of dog food into her car and in the trunk.  No, no one offered to help.  I think they were too shocked at the sight…and the asthmatic breathing.

2. Yesterday, I tried to empty our overflowing kitchen trash-can.  However, it seems that when we put the last trash bag in it something was in the bottom. (I think I am glad I don’t know what was in the bottom).  Yes, something in the bottom that successfully super glued this now full bag of trash into the can.  I pulled, twisted, grunted, yanked, thought about crying , scraped, stared…still stuck.  I even thought about going to the neighbors.  At this moment I thought to myself, “you need a man”.  Instead, I took the woman’s way out and drug it outside where I left it for a day. (I mean, I wasn’t going to let it sit in the house so it could start smelling all trashy.)  I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t leave it sit there for two weeks until Colter got home, and that something nasty in the bottom was sucking that bag of trash into a nasty black hole AND that the lid was already broken so the only real solution was to thrown the whole thing away.  By the whole thing I mean I drug the heavy, stainless steel trashcan that we paid WAY too much for the first time around lifted it (after several tries) and pitched it along with the bag of trash stuck inside into our garbage cans.  Don’t judge me, I am pregnant and have been left to my own devices.

3. Totally proud of myself that I took action and took care of that trash, I went to throw something away.  Oops….I threw away the trashcan.  Damn, now I have to buy a new one.  Colter informed me (the occasional call) that I could use the grocery money from this week to buy a new trashcan which means poor Baby Kaz has to eat less this week. Okay not really, but sort of. Haha.  Lets just say that buying a new trashcan to replace the first one we paid WAY too much for (Remember, I mentioned that in story #2?) looked a little like getting the dog food, except I did use a cart.  BUT, after I wheeled the box of gold (that is what they charge for it) out to the car I got the stares again as I tried to maneuver this thing into my car.  My four door sedan that is now packed with dog food, a trash can and a strangely disproportionate woman who sounds like she just ran the Boston marathon.

Can you even idsc_0509_edited-1magine how hilarious these outings are going to continue to get?  I am going to have to start hiring people to question my judgement so I don’t throw away entire trashcans…although there truly wasn’t a better option in my sane opinion.

I am going to have to start hiring people to question my judgement so I don’t throw away entire trashcans…although there truly wasn’t a better option in my sane opinion.

Hey, but I was out of the house and in action.  So I continued the trend.  This weekend I bathed myself in alone time.  Per my husband’s request upon leaving me just after the “illness incident” I slept, napped and rested some more.  The dogs were particularly pleased with that decision especially with the cold weather!  I also decided that I couldn’t live on takeout meals while he was gone and that I would have to start cooking for one…well two…okay more but I promised I would freeze it!  I spent a great deal of time in the kitchendsc_0520_edited-1cooking Baby Kaz exactly what he was wanting – French toast, lasagna, scrambled eggs, pot roast, grilled cheese. Mmmmmm maybe I need to take a break and go look it the kitchen – never mind, I swear I can focus.  Next to laundry and cleaning I finally finished the touches of fall around the house and I even threw in a craft to keep me busy.

A glitter craft. (Are you nervous already?)  It only got slightly out of hand it the quantity I ended up having to glitter based on what was purchased.  Sort of like if I glitter anything else before Colter gets home, he is going to come home to me waiting to spray him with glue adhesive so I can dump a bucked of glitter on him because he will be the only thing left “unglittered”.  Okay, I am exaggerating…it was only mini pumpkins, but it feels like more.

So I think I am adjusting.  I don’t really want your take on how successful I am being, but the dogs seem happy and seeing as how they are the only ones I have to answer to each day, it works for me! Oh damn…I still have twelve days until Colter gets back.  Anyone have anything that needs glittering??? 


Making Monday Easier – Crock Pot Beef & Veggies

Posted by casey on October 11, 2009 in In The Kitchen, The Main Show

Monday is the perfect day for a Crock Pot meal.  No one wants to have to go to the store and then put together a meal after the first day of the work week, so what better reward than coming home to a house that already smells like a delicious meal?  This Crock Pot beef stew is in strong competition with my favorite pot roast recipe, especially when served with mashed potatoes.  I encourage you to go to the store this evening, grab the few items you need and chop them up tonight.  Then, before you leave in the morning throw them in a Crock Pot and get ready to come home to a complete meal!

What You Will Need
2 lbs. stew meat in 1″ cubes
1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. beef broth
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. paprika
4 sliced carrots
3 diced potatoes
1 stalk celery, diced

Put meat in crock pot. Mix flour, salt and pepper and add to meat and stir to coat meat.
Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix.
Cover and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours or on High for 4 to 6 hours. Stir well before serving.

I hope this helps ease the start of your week, enjoy!



You Know You Want to Make It – Pie for Dinner

Posted by casey on October 8, 2009 in In The Kitchen, The Main Show

I love this time of year….I just love it.  That is all I have to say.

Chicken Pot Pie

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 2-3 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (I think you need more than this to thicken it)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups 1 percent milk
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (Season to Taste! Be Careful to not Over Do It)
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 9-inch store-bought piecrust, thawed if frozen


  1. 1. Heat oven to 400° F. Cook the chicken in a pot of simmering water until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes; let cool, then shred.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, celery and carrots and cook, stirring, until they begin to soften, 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  3. 3. Add the wine and cook until evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the milk and simmer until the sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the chicken, peas, thyme, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
    4. Transfer to a shallow 1 1/2- to 2-quart baking dish.
  4. 5. Lay the crust on top, pressing to seal. Cut several vents in the crust. Place the pot pie on a baking sheet and bake until bubbling and the crust is golden, 30 to 35 minutes.Adapted From Real Simple


Mystery Clue

Posted by casey on October 7, 2009 in Snapshots

Outside the box people, think….








In case you couldn’t read the attached note.



The Land of Oz and Swine

Posted by casey on October 2, 2009 in For Your Funny Bone, Home, Life as I Know It

What might seem like a such a strange title actually blends quite well.

stormYesterday, I took this lovely shot for you so that if the next time you see me I am wearing a blue gingham smock, have renamed Thrasher “Todo” and have a collection of new munchkin friends, you know why. “I’m off to see the Wizard….”

The Land of Oz might not be such a bad option for me at this moment since I have been quarantined to my home for a week with none other than the swine.  Casa de Kazmann has become the land of jello, Popsicles and sporadic oinking.
(Sorry, I had to.)

First, before you freak, Baby Kaz is just fine.  We checked out Baby at the doc (a couple docs to be precise) and BabyKaz’s heart rate was just perfect and might I add that this kid was quite busy kicking, waving and crossing those stems.  It appears he was not minding the slightly warmer conditions, constant cough, etc., so there you go, tough already.  So now that you are feeling better about that, I will get back to the wittier side of the swine.
Dear Pigs, (Interpret as You Will)
I know that you are busy trying to make a fortune off of these “new” vaccines but I have something to say.  One, the “swine flu” sucks (Yes, that is the most eloquent adjective I have for you.) Two, stop calling it the swine flu and telling everyone we are all going to die from this pandemic of the flu, because really, after all, it is justswinethe flu.  That is right people….Influeza A and its MANY strands and the swine flu go hand in hand.  I’m pretty sure the people with Influenza B feel sick too, and for that matter left out.  If I was unlucky and had gotten Influenza B instead of my trendy, pink, snorting version I would still want someone to care about me.  Think about that.

Yes, being cutting edge and getting to join the media excitement and statistics has been thrilling.  I love joining conspiracy theories to make us all panic and guess what, if anyone should be panicked I think it would be me a pregnant lady.  You know, the “high risk” category.  No need, no need.  But, besides all of that I am surviving the swine like a pig wrangling champion.  They do have those right?  I think that is besides the point.  I tell you what though, I have not had a flu like this since well, the last time my Mom had to walk me through the flu and this turned my poor hubs into a slave.  A very willing and serving slave doing anything to help, but still you owe him.  I think you should write him a letter and maybe give him a bonus.  A husband bonus.  Or I guess it would be a raise since he technically doesn’t get a salary for being  a husband.  Again, besides the point.

Some other individuals you need to thank pigs.  Baby Kaz, upon arrival, deserves something for only getting angry once and fully stretching out in the midst of a fever round making my stomach crazy tight.  Not cool, both literally because of the fever and well, again literally in the slang sense because of belly stretch.  School security for guarding my car since I wasn’t capable of driving it at which point Colter became my medical chauffeur.  My bed.  Yup, I want you to thank my bed.  It has embraced me, tolerated me, and survived the tossing and turning as well.  That is no minor feat.

As I am now semi-functioning and coherent the real struggle is continuing to rest.  Today, a freshening shower and walking to the mailbox (just to see the light of day) topped my accomplishments and my energy.  So, when I am permitted to return to work mid next-week some stamina would also be nice.  Oh, and I think it is now reasonable for you to stinking sanitize my petri dish of an “office” since those germbuckets put me here to begin with!!!!  Other than that swine, I have nothing to say except you still suck and no, I will not be getting your stupid shot and I have Jello and Popsicles to get back to.  Oh and don’t forget the other flu folks, they are lonely. ~ Your Loyal Customer, Mama Kaz

(Yes I made Colter snap a picture of me with my beautiful prize, a “Hey, she has swine!!!” mask )


Fall Deliciousness Begins – Pumpkin Bread

Posted by casey on October 2, 2009 in In The Kitchen, Snacks and Sides, Sweet Treats

The food of Fall is what I wait for all year.  Forget Thanksgiving and Christmas, the feasting for me begins in October when it starts to get cooler and I can paint the house in browns, deep yellows and orange.  All the spices from cinnamon to ginger put me in a food coma next to a heaping pile of mashed potatoes.  I swear, it isn’t the pregnancy talking, it is fall.

I have been waiting for it to hit October to share my favorite secret fall recipe with you.  Yes, the one you have been hounding me about because I make it for you from now until Christmas constantly.  To make it more fun, I haven’t decided if I am going to leave this post up permanently or make you scramble and write it down before removing it in a few days so that it still remains somewhat of an elusive treat.  Either way, you should make this pumpkin bread today.  I promise it is way better than the pumpkin bread at Starbucks you bought this morning and it too makes a scrumptious snack, breakfast or even dessert (dollop of whipped cream). This recipe makes two full loaves and they freeze very well too in case you wanted to save one for later!

Pumpkin Bread

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees



3 cups of canned pumpkin puree

1 ½ cups vegetable oil

4 cups white sugar

6 eggs

4 ¾ cups flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

1 ½ – 2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 ½ – 2 teaspoons ground cloves

1 ½ – 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg


(On the three spices above, I like to go on the heavier side.  You can even add more to your taste or keep it light if you don’t prefer it.)



 Grease and flour two loaf pans

Mix together the pumpkin, oil, sugar and eggs

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Stir into the pumpkin mixture until well-blended

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans

Bake in preheated oven, Cool on a rack when done.



Bake at 350 Degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour

(Use a Knife to See if It Comes Out Clean)
If you bake both loaves at the same time it will increase your baking time and you will have to continue to check them in 5 min increments.

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