Monday, March 31, 2008
I'm feeling the need to air out the house, reorganize everything, and scrub away the darkness of winter. I usually love the winter, but this one has seemed especially long. But I'm certain that has more to do with the state of our lives then the temperature outside. I'm ready for spring, for freshness and for newness of life...in every area of my life. I'm ready for something new.
The Lord, in His perfect timing, knows just what I need. We have come to a place where important things in our life are coming to an end, but I know that is only because there are new things to come. I don't know what lies ahead, but I'm okay with that. It's time to clean house around here so that we can be ready for what lies ahead.
I'm ready for spring.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Holding on when the train picked up speed
My two favorite people
Lots of walking, lots of exclaiming "Lookatdat!" and lots of fun. I even had the foresight to stick dinner in the crockpot before we left so we came home to a delicious smelling house and dinner ready in no time.
A wonderful, much needed Saturday. It's marred only by the fact that Cale is now under the kitchen sink taking it apart because it is all backed up. But he's a handy guy and I'm sure he'll fix it in no time.
Maybe it's worse then I thought.
Well, at least we had a good afternoon because it looks like we could have a long night ahead of us. Maybe I should go help...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Batter Splattered - Delicious recipes as well as photos. The fare is sometimes a bit more, let's say, sophisticated then we go for, but still some great ideas.
This Week for Dinner - Easy, practical go-to recipes. Encourages weekly meal plan sharing, but also has a massive list of all the recipes that have been posted. Some personal commentary intermingled (that I could do with out), but full of simple recipes.
Dinner Tonight - I'm a huge fan of Everyday Food magazine and this is their blog offering week night suggestions from previously printed recipes. If you're not familiar with the magazine this is a great way to try some of their recipes.
A Year of Crockpotting -My friend, J, told me about this site last night and I am thoroughly impressed by it. A woman committed to using her crock pot every day in 2008. She shares the recipe, her variations and her verdict. Everything from breakfast casserole to dessert with everything in between. I can't wait to try a few of these in the coming week.
Smitten Kitchen - This site isn't really practical for moms who don't have tons of time to prepare a meal, but the pictures are lovely and their are some very interesting recipes on here. Maybe you can broaden your food horizons a bit?!
As always, my go-to site for a recipe is Allrecipes.com . I'm sure you already know about the greatness of this site (and I think I have mentioned it before), but it's so great it's worth mentioning again. Many of "my" recipes have come from ideas found here that I've tweaked to suit our tastes. I have been using recipes from this site since I got married and it definitely has contributed to my success as a cook.
Try something new for dinner this week, but don't waste as much time as I did searching for inspiration on the Internet!
**Disclaimer: While I have looked through much of what's on these sites, I am by no means endorsing or agree with all they might say. I probably don't even need to say this, but it makes me feel better!**
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
-reorganized the dreaded tupperware cupboard
-sewed some gifts: 2 baby blankets and a bib
-started to sew a pair of capri pants for Haven that I cut out 6 months ago (better late then never, right? although they seem huge and probably won't fit til next year anyways!)
-did all my regular cleaning, plus paid extra attention to a few areas in the kitchen
-baked cookies (recipe to follow- they were GOOD!)
-sorted and put away clothes Haven's outgrown and got out some more springy things
It's been nice to knock a few things off my never-gets-any-smaller-to-do list, but I want my husband back. Thankfully, he will be here soon!
I came across this recipe yesterday and they sounded good so Haven and I whipped them up after dinner. Really easy, fast and doesn't make a ton (which is a good thing!)
1 c shortening, margarine or butter (or a combo of these)
1 3/4 c sugar
2 3/4 c all-purpose flour
2 t cream of tartar
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
4 t cinnamon
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and 1 1/2 c sugar (reserve the remaining 1/4 c of sugar for later). Beat in eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to the creamed mixture. You can chill the dough overnight as the original instructions instruct, but who has time for that?
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine remaining 1/4 c sugar and the cinnamon in a flat bowl. Shape dough into balls the size of a walnut and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place 2 inches apart of an ungreased baking sheet and bake just until barely golden -- about 8 or 9 minutes. The cookies will puff up first, then flatten a bit with crackled tops. Cool on a wire rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies (at least it did for me!).
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Well, that baby is now a two year old who had never had a haircut. Until last night...dun, dun, dun. After a conversation with Amber about just cutting it myself this past weekend, I knew it was time. I got the idea in my head and I just had to do it. So last night Haven took an early bath so we could get it over with. Her hair had kind of grown into a "V" shape and so we needed to even it out. I put the longest little part (that had a little curl in it) into a pony tail holder and proceeded to snip it off. We took a video of it and she thought it was hilarious and was laughing the whole time (which was a relief since every time I asked her if she wanted me to cut her hair she said, "NO! NO!")
Before: At its longest point, it was the entire way down her back
After: Who is this big girl with shoulder length hair?
I'm glad that I waited until I was really ready to do this otherwise it would've been traumatic for all of us. I was sad about cutting off her little curl, but I knew it was time. I just want to know when my baby is going to stop growing up?
Monday, March 17, 2008
After being inspired by some ideas I found online I decided to adopt a clean something everyday approach. My schedule roughly looks like this:
Monday- Quick dust and vacuum downstairs, sweep kitchen, laundry
Tuesday- Downstairs bathroom
Wednesday-Deep clean kitchen, sweep and mop kitchen
Thursday- Upstairs bathroom, dust and vacuum downstairs
Friday-Dust and vacuum bedrooms, linen laundry, sweep kitchen
*bathroom sinks get wiped down as necessary throughout the week and I have become vigilant in picking up clutter at the end of every day
I can't tell you what a difference this has made for me. I honestly feel like I always have a clean house and that I am caring for it more effectively. I spend 15-40 minutes each day depending on the areas that need cleaned. This is a much more realistic time frame for me with a toddler under foot wanting to help. It also leaves the weekend free to work on other projects around the house with Cale (or do nothing at all!).
I've had this post in my head since Friday as I watched stuff piling up and knowing how behind I was going to be come Monday. I smiled when I read Pleasant View School House's post yesterday about this very same thing. Since I wouldn't mind being like her when I grow up, it made me feel like at least in this one small area, I'm on the right track. Now I just need to get to work on that law degree!
Friday, March 14, 2008
*I can't tell you how much I am enjoying the book I'm doing with some other moms on Monday nights. "Hoping for Something Better" is unlike any other Bible study book I've ever done and through it I am understanding more about Hebrews then I ever thought possible. Even more importantly I am growing in the truth that Jesus is better... than anything and everything!
*On a more worldly note, I was delighted to read on this site that the best show on tv will probably-almost-definitely-hopefully be back on the air next season. Yes, my friends, I am referring to Friday Night Lights. What else could I be talking about?!
*I took some clothes to the consignment store several weeks ago. I went back this week to pick up my cash and now have a lovely little sum to spend at the Mom's Market sale that Amber and I are hitting tomorrow. Since many of the things I took to consignment were gifts that we didn't like (sorry!) or items that just never fit or were ever going to fit Haven, I feel like my pocket is full of free money. Therefore nothing I buy tomorrow will really cost me anything. Makes sense, right?
*We have a weekend full of plans that make me happy. Babysitting for friends tonight, deal shopping with Amber tomorrow, a baby shower for an old friend Saturday night, church and then our own date night...what's not to be excited about? I hope your weekend is as happy as mine is looking to be!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Our life has been so incredibly hectic lately. Not in a busy-too-much-to-do way, just situations and people and decisions. I have been feeling heavy and overwhelmed and tired. And while I know that the Lord is walking through all of this "stuff" with us, I just hit a wall last night. I have had enough of thinking and justifying and defending and explaining. I think that's why I haven't in any way tried to articulate what's going on with us on my blog. (Well, that and the fact that some of it wouldn't be appropriate to share.) I spend so much time thinking things through that there's no energy left to express those thoughts in the written word. So until I can get through some of the haze in my mind, this is all I've got for you.
And hopefully there won't be more crying tonight!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I just sewed a strip of the fabric across the front and back of the bag and then embroidered initials on the front. This was my first attempt at embroidering, and granted this was super easy, but I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. I might be hooked.
A snowy afternoon at home with pleasing results.
Friday, March 7, 2008
But it's Friday, we have a snowy weekend ahead of us and I can't think of anything I would rather do this weekend then be stuck at home. We have movies to watch, games to play, cookies to bake and sleep to be caught up on. Sounds perfect to me!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
But what exactly was that person searching for I wonder? I'm sure they were disappointed when they wound up here!