Friday, August 31, 2007
Hat tips to Melanie at ChiliHead, and Jennifer at Gathering Grace for these.
Finnish Cover for YMCA
Dove Real Beauty
These are really fun videos. I hope you enjoy them. And one day soon, I'm going to figure out how to post a Blogger video or a YouTube video. Then you'll get to see some of the fun stuff my two angels have been up to.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
And I'm running late again. My tip this week is one that was born out of frustration. I am blind as a bat without my glasses. It's even worse at night when all the lights are off. So, in order to find my way down the incredibaly dark hallway, and into my incredibaly dark bedroom and into my incredibaly dark bathroom, I needed a light. But something that wouldn't kill what little night vision I have. My solution?
Glow in the dark stickers. Stars happen to be our shape of choice. I put one on each lightswitch, on strategic places in the hallway, and on a dangerous dresser corner in my bedroom. And at 4:30 am this morning, I realized, hey, this REALLY works for me!
Monday, August 27, 2007
- Sunday: tuna fish, mac n cheese
- Monday: Jambalya, Potato Soup
- Tuesday: Spaghetti w/o meat, sandwiches
- Wednesday: Jambalya leftovers, tuna fish
- Thursday: bacon and eggs, pot pie
- Friday: hamburgers, chicken nuggets
- Saturday: mac n cheese, buttered rice
- Sunday: chicken nuggets, PB & J
- Monday: Tuna Fish, grilled cheese
- Tuesday: Pancakes (making extra to freeze), hamburger helper
- Wednesday: sandwiches, homemade pizza
- Thursday: baked potatoes, chicken and rice
- Friday: Spaghetti with meat, mac n cheese
- Saturday: I haven't planned this yet, because Friday is also PAYDAY!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
What works for me in one word: AQUADOODLE.
You would never believe it. I wasn't going to get one because it was too expensive, or it looked too complicated, or some other lame excuse. Sweet Pea got one for her second birthday, and man oh man! I love the sweet sound of silence when it comes out. And the best part about it: it's water, so it's NOT messy! :D
And she's just so gosh dern cute!
I think one of the cutest things is when she sings. Does everyone know the Barney song that goes "Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere. Clean up, clean up, everbody do their share." Little Bit's version goes something like this: "Tean up, tean up, Body share."
And then there's Twinkle, twinkle little star (which everybody knows is also the alphabet song and baa-baa-black sheep). That one goes like this in her version: "Tickle stas, tickle stas."
I love the growing up years. :D
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday: Chicken Nuggets, PB&J sandwiches
Monday: Pancakes, Buttered Rice
Tuesday: Spaghetti, Baked BBQ chicken thighs and mashed potatoes
Wednesday: Biscuits and Gravy, Bacon Cheeseburger Roll-up (off of Velveeta package)
Thursday: Sandwiches, Hamburgers
Friday: Leftovers, Potato Soup
Saturday: Mac N Cheese, Buttered Rice
Sunday, August 19, 2007
My problem with reading books is the same problem I have with reading different blogs (like BooMama and Rocks In My Dryer) and online forums (like Family Life), or watching a TV series (like "Mad About You") on DVD, or to some extent, quilting even. I get so involved in the characters and the plots that it consumes me. I have to read it, I have to see the end.
The problem is, things like laundry and dishes get ignored. Does anyone else suffer from this obsession to the point of oblivion? How do you focus on many things instead of one thing?
P.S. Have I mentioned how much I dislike computers, but how grateful I am for the "autosave" feature in Blogger?
Friday, August 17, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
This is what "Works For Me!" Check out Shannon's for more tips.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Morning. So I'm trying for a second week at Menu Plan Monday. And after this, I'm going to try actually posting regular posts again. LOL Again, I post lunches first, then dinner.
Monday: Fishsticks, Sandwiches
Tuesday: French Toast, Chicken Alfredo
Wednesday: Hamburger Helper, Cornbread Casserole
Thursday: Sandwiches, Chicken Soup Casserole
Friday: Leftovers, Grilled Cheese
Saturday: Mac&Cheese, Buttered Rice
So, there are a couple of recipes I need to post. The first is for Cornbread Casserole, a recipe my mom got from my grandpa. The second is for what we call Chicken Soup Casserole. It's a combination of 2 recipes that my SIL gave me, that I had to combine when my BIL came for a visit. Feel free to make these. Let me know if you enjoy them.
1 pound (or so) of browned ground beef (I also add a teaspoon or so of chopped garlic to the meat while I'm cooking it.)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce or 1 can of tomato sauce and 1 can of tomato paste
1 can of corn (OPTIONAL)
velveeta, cubed (add as much or as little as you want)
chili seasoning to taste (OPTIONAL)
1 box cornbread mix, made according to directions (I prefer Jiffy brand)
Mix the meat, sauce, corn, cheese, seasoning and put in casserole dish. Add cornbread to top of meat mixture. Cook at temperature on cornbread directions until cornbread is dark golden brown, approximately 30 minutes.
Chicken Soup Casserole
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked, and shredded into bite size pieces
1 stick butter or margarine
1 8oz carton of sour cream
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 can of cream of chicken soup (could use cream of mushroom)
1 teaspoon of garlic (optional)
1 tube of refrigerated crescent rolls
1 stick of butter/margarine
1 stack of Ritz crackers, crushed
Melt the 1st stick of butter, sour cream, cream cheese, soup, and garlic in a saucepan on medium heat and stir together. Place chicken in a largish casserole dish (I use a 15x11 (?) Pampered Chef dish.) Pour the soup mixture over the chicken. Layer the crescent rolls over the soup/chicken. Melt second stick of butter in saucepan (I use the same one) and add crushed Ritz crackers. Once the crackers are all coated, spread on top of crescent rolls. Cook at temperature of crescent rolls package (350 usually) until rolls are dark golden brown (approximately 30-40 minutes).
Obviously, this one is loaded with calories. We try to have this only when we have company over or for taking to a potluck. I know it can be adapted, you know low calorie butter, no fat cream cheese, etc, but I like this version. Feel free to make it your own, though. I have even added a layer of frozen peas under the crescent rolls. :D
I hope you like these recipes. Enjoy.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Monday: Quiche, leftovers
Tuesday: McDonald's, Homemade Pizza
Wednesday: Tuna Fish Sandwiches, Hamburgers
Thursday: Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Pot Pie, Hamburger Helper
Friday: Spaghetti, Potato Soup
Saturday: PB&J, Buttered Rice
Sunday: Mac & Cheese, Chicken Nuggets
I know, it's not all that healthy, and it's very kid friendly. I'm also trying to save money by using up what we have. And when my husband works nights, he likes to have a "dinner" at lunch. Hopefully, my menus will look more like "normal" when school starts in 2 weeks. :D
I start with a blank weekly calendar. I got this one out of my Microsoft Excell Templates. Notice how it has breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and every day of the week.
Then I take this meal list that Dale and I made up a year or so ago. It has the names of all the meals that we like to make or can make. It also has divisions. The breakfast category, things that are fast and easy to make (basically throw them in an oven for 10 minutes or so), and then the more complicated dinners to make. When you are looking at this, please remember, I have an 8 year old, and a 2 year old.
Then I fill in the blanks. This is an "in-progress" week. We only planned through payday, which you can see written above Tuesday. (As you can see, we are treating the girls on payday. After we wear them out on the McD's playground, we're going grocery shopping.) I date everything. I do have some abbreviations that might be hard to understand. "D-mwm" stands for when Dale is at work, and he will either take leftovers or a "microwave meal." Those days are easy to plan for the girls and I. They will eat just rice or just macaroni. Sometimes, I feel like Dale wants meat at every meal.
This is a completed week. Last week in fact. You can barely see that I mark the meal off when we make it. You can also see where I make corrections, like when I crossed out potato soup and wrote in leftovers (we had a LOT of leftovers). Once my menu is complete, I make my grocery list, which you can see to the right side of the menu.
I double check (or try to) to make sure I don't have the ingredients already on hand. This helps cut out duplications. When my list is done, I transfer it to a different paper and go grocery shoping.
And that's how *I* plan my menus. Now, I'm off to finish this week, and see about the next two weeks after that.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
I inherited this from my mom...... I don't really want to use it as a spice rack. Any other suggestions? Right now, it's living on my kitchen counter. One of the jars has my mom's collection of pressed pennies in it. Sweet Pea and I have determined to keep adding to it. But what do I put in the other 4 jars?
Friday, August 03, 2007
Little Bit.... well, she will GIVE you her nose if you ask.
I love them both.