Monday, January 31, 2011
Monday: Homemade Pizza and Brushetta
Tuesday: Chicken stir fry
Wednesday: Wingers Salad
Thursday: Wild rice soup and rolls
Friday: Hearty chicken noodle casserole
Saturday: Chicken and rice burritos
Sunday: Hawaiian Haystacks
Click on links for recipes!!
Friday, January 28, 2011
To Do List- click on link to see an example
I made my to do list on the computer. It is super simple, but I love it. It lets me know everything that I need/want to do each day. And yes, I write down even the smallest things so that I can cross them off my list. I used to have a day for cleaning, laundry, errands, etc. but with a new baby I had to change what I was doing and just do a little each day. This is what I am currently doing. I am sure it will change.
Morning & Evening Routine-click to see my routines
I thrive off of having a routine and so do my kids. It changes as our family changes. And it is different during the school year vs. the summer.
Weekly Menu Plan-click to see how I plan
I don't know how we would eat anything with out my menu plan. I like to plan all of our meals. I make breakfast for my family on the weekdays and then we usually eat cereal on the weekends. My husband usually comes home for lunch so I like to plan lunch so that I can keep him coming home!
Click HERE to read more details about how I menu plan.
simple-just what we are out of or need for the menu that week
I actually do most of this in Excel, but I do have a few notes that I keep in this section.
I have all of this on my computer. I just printed out all of my addresses and phone numbers. It comes in handy for me.
Each child has a section for important papers I need from school.
I love to write down ideas I have or things I would like to get to. Nothing fancy.
Like I said. I love to write things down. It is probably silly, but I will write down who needs new church shoes or a white shirt. Or other things I am looking for in our house. Sometimes this can turn into my Christmas/birthday wish list.
Medical Records-Click to see example (this loaded strange, but it still gives you the idea)
I keep medical records for me and all of my children. I really should for my husband too, now that I think about it. I kept needing this information and decided that it would be worth tracking.
Info to Keep
The catch all category for all those other papers I need.
Hope this helps. I am fascinated with how and when people do things. Let me know what works for you or if you have more questions.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (can also use a rotisserie chicken)
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 cup canned black beans
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup chunky salsa
8 ounces corn tortilla chips
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
In a large pot over medium heat, saute the chicken in the oil for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin and mix well. Then add the broth, corn, onion, chili powder, lemon juice and salsa. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes. Top with tortilla chips and cheese.
* I use less onion that the recipe calls for.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Well, this give away is for you!
Jenny and Teddy Creations is giving away 2 patterns of our choice to 2 winners.
There are so many cute ones to choose from take a look at all of them HERE.
visit her Etsy site and tell us what pattern you would like to win
become a follower of our blog
LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL ON YOUR ENTRY FOR US TO CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN!!!!
Winners will be announced on February 1st.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
I seriously can not function without it.
I even made one for my sister for Christmas.
It contains everything I need to stay organized and productive.
Weekly To Do List
Info to Keep
So I'm sure a lot of you get the itch around January to re-organize and get your life back in order like I do. My problem is that right around October, my motivation seems to go right out the window and all our daily routines go to pot. I've tried a lot of things in the past, but this one has helped me out the most.
It's my "House Happenings" book. I got the idea from my wonderful friend Sarah. She is perfect. Like 100% without flaw. I'm not kidding. A few years ago, when I asked her how her house always looks so nice and how she still has time for everything else, she shared her secret. She pulled out a plain old 3 ring binder and forever changed my life. When I put mine together I changed a few things to fit my family and our home a little better(and I tweak it every year), but the key point is the same...maintenance.
Spend 15 minutes a day focusing your cleaning on one major room/area of your house with a last minute "attack of the hot spots" (areas that seem to breed disorder & clutter) right before bed, as well as one day a week to different "chores" you have to do. That way you spread your weekend load throughout the week and just maintain it as you go. I'm not saying my house is now spotless and ordered all the time(I do have a 2 yr old) and that every little thing gets done, but it's a heck of a lot better.
Here is what's inside my book.
I have it split up into 9 categories - Routines, Calendars, Menus & Recipes (for the upcoming week), Church Info, Missy's Notes, Abbi's Notes, Brad's Notes, Budget, & Goals.
Under "Routines" I have a morning and evening checklist...
and a daily checklist. It has a daily "chore" or theme that the day focuses around (Monday is the wash day, Tuesday meal planing, Errands on Wednesday, Thursday is paperwork and letter/thank you note writing, Friday is for any needed home projects, Saturday is a family fun day, and a day to relax on Sunday).
I also have a checklist of what to focus on for each of the 15 minute cleans under this section. It may take more time than the 15 minutes at first, but once you get it to where you want it the maintenance is easy.
The other sections are all pretty much self explanatory. It's a fantastic way to keep everything together so anyone in the family can be on the same page.
Do any of you have a system your family uses to stay on track?
*PS - Are you thinking about what projects you want to link up to our first Linky Party this Friday? It doesn't have to be new, or even this weeks theme. Just something inspired by SYTYC. I'm excited to see what you guys have to share!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Click on links for the recipes.
Monday: Baked Potato Soup and rolls
Tuesday: Cajun Chicken Pasta
Wednesday: Meatballs, baked potatoes and veggie
Thursday: Whole chicken, rice-a-roni and veggie
Friday: Southwest Egg Rolls
Saturday: Vegetable soup and homemade bread
Sunday: Roast, Potatoes, Veggie and Caramel Brownies
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
These are a yummy treat that my family just enjoyed.
1 c. Karo syrup (found with other syrups)
1 c. sugar
1 c. peanuts (I got unsalted and I don’t chop them)
1 c. peanut butter
3 c. Rice Krispies
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1 pkg. butterscotch chips
Stir together Karo syrup and sugar. Microwave for 2 minutes. Add peanuts and peanut butter to the Karo mixture. Microwave everything for 1 minute. Add 3 cups of Rice Krispies. Spread into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan.
Combine chocolate chips (on bottom) and butterscotch chips in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Spread over krispie mixture and cool in the refrigerator.
Remove and cut into 1-inch squares.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
My sister and I made these darling hair accessories that go perfect with our daughters' zebra pettiskirts.
I bought this feather strip in the ribbons and trim section on Joanns. You need about 8 to 10 inches.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Tuesday: Baked Taquitos and Spanish Rice
Wednesday: Taco Soup with Tortilla Chips
Thursday: Stroganoff over pasta with veggie
Friday: Hawaiian Haystacks
Saturday: Eat Out
Sunday: Shrimp, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Veggie and Rolls
Saturday, January 1, 2011
On Mondays we will still do our menu. Wednesdays will be a linky party, be sure to link up! Friday we will be featuring ideas we love. The other days we will continue to share recipes, crafts and lots of other stuff. Here's to a great new year!