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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Would You Stand in Front of Jesus Wearing That!?

Love this video clip I found today on why modesty matters!  The lady is Apostolic (I'm Trinitarian) but we do agree on the modesty issue.  I love how she posed the question "Would you stand in front of Jesus wearing that?" I say - then why do you stand in front of your brother wearing that?  Some food for thought.....

The video was too big for some reason to put here, so you can view it here:

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Hair Update - April 2010

Last post I did on my hair was July 2009!  I finally got out the measuring tape today.  As you may recall, I have been growing out my old (2) perms.  Here are the current stats:  My hair is now 32.5 inches long at the longest point in the back.  I have 18 inches of new hair and 14 inches of perm left in some areas and less in others.  Its really tricky because I grew brand new hair around my face that wasn't there before the perm - it is all new and totals 22 inches!  Then I have different lengths all around my head - so go figure.

These stats mean I've lost 5.5 inches of old, processed, permed hair since July.  I knew it would break off, after all - perms are damaging to anyone's hair!  It was sad to watch my hair get shorter and shorter and even some asked me if I cut it - not sure why they thought evil of me and not good - but I haven't cut my hair since 1999 when I was 19.

I took some quick pics today in the bathroom mirror - yes those white spots are spots on my mirror lol.  As you can see I have different lengths all over because the perm doesn't really break off evenly.  You can see my new growth is sleek, shiny and healthy because I hardly ever use heat on it!  I still have to straighten out my permed part and I may do pics on what it looks like before straightening and how I do it to minimize damage. *Update: Here is a video of how I fix the permed portion of my hair.

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Reduce Your Toxin Exposure

Great video describing why you should reduce your exposure to toxins in/on food by Dr. Weil.

There is also a printable of the clean 15 and the dirty dozen here:

Here is Dr Weil's commentary along with the lists as well:
Clean 15
Dirty Dozen

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Motherhood IS Doing Something for God

You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God's fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.

Charles Spurgeon

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Quote on Sin

O, the work that sin has done in the world! This is the enemy that has brought in death; that has robbed and enslaved man, that has turned the world upside down, and sown the dissensions between man and the creatures, between man and man, yea, between man and himself, setting the physical part against the rational, the will against the judgment, lust against conscience; yea, worst of all, between God and man, making the sinner both hateful to God and the hater of God. This is the traitor that thirsted for the blood of the Son of God, that sold Him, that mocked Him, that scourged Him, that spat in His face, that mangled His body . . . condemned Him, nailed Him, crucified Him. . . . This is the bloody executioner that has killed the prophets, burned the martyrs, murdered all the apostles, all the patriarchs, all the kings and potentates; that has destroyed cities, swallowed empires, and devoured whole nations. Whatever weapon it was done by, it was sin that caused the execution. Do you still think it is only a small thing? If Adam and all his children could be dug out of their graves, and their bodies piled up to heaven, and an inquest was made as to what matchless murderer was guilty of all this, it would be all found in sin.

Joseph Alleine 1634 – 1668

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Yellow Vases

I found these cute little yellow vases today as well as the yellow utensil holder - my lucky day I guess! ;-)  I tried them with a lot of colorful flowers but it was just too much to me.  Then I tried them with just one simple contrasting color flower and voila!  I love it!! I put one on the bookshelf and the other on top of the armoire.

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Yellow Cooking Utensil Holder

I had a mission to find a yellow cooking utensil holder or something that would work as a holder.  Imagine my shock when the first store I went too had this!  It is made of heavy ceramic and then its so very yellow! (my favorite color by the way)  I still have more utensils that are being cleaned to add to it will be fuller than this and free me up a drawer! ;-)

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Human Pesticide Turns 50

I had seen the CNN news report the other day and watched the video of the "celebration" of the birth control pill's 50th anniversary.  The career women at CNN were rejoicing in how it started the sexual revolution and how women didn't have to worry anymore about a child interfering in their lives and careers and sexual pursuits.  They could sleep around with whomever, wherever and not risk the chance of conceiving a child (gasp!) that would prevent them from fulfilling their desires.  Ah, yes.....that lovely little pill paved the way for freedom for the modern woman.  It was the feminists prayer answered.

What did women do BEFORE the pill 50 years ago?  Could it be they had even more of a reason to NOT commit fornication and adultery and thus stayed faithful?  Could it be that they stayed home and fulfilled their Godly role?  Was the birth control pill really the great tool it is played up to be or was it rather the great tool of immorality?

Now the modern woman can have it all - unlimited sex with multiple partners, careers and nothing but herself to be responsible for.  In the words of our current President - rejoice women because you shouldn't have "to be punished with a baby!"

There is an awesome article to further your reading here.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Whole Wheat & Flax Banana Muffins

I made a batch of some banana flax muffins today to see if we would like them and we do!  They are sooo good and going to be a staple now for our muffin baking! I like how they not only use whole wheat but also honey and flax.  They are moist as well and bake well and freeze well.  Next time I plan on baking a couple of batches but I do need another muffin pan or two - I had to use a pie pan for the rest of the batch this time.

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A Mother's Proper Balance

Person A's life consists of displaying perfection.  She doesn't have time for her children because she is too busy being perfect.  She prides herself on her self-perceived perfection and thinks that others feel the same. However, others see neglected children dressed in rags all the while her home is pristine and she is groomed to the max.  She constantly scoffs at others imperfections, lack of grooming and untidy homes to boost her own self esteem.  They see Mrs. Perfect decked out in her finest array and then they see standing next to her - disheveled, disobedient, crying for attention children.

Person B's life consists of herself.  She doesn't have time for her children much less her house.  She neglects both and could care less about her appearance.  If someone is ever in need she doesn't have the time because she is too busy worrying about herself and her problems and her life.  She is self-consumed and therefore has no room for anyone else.  Her children AND her home display her laziness. 

Person C's life consists of serving others but her own.  She is so busy doing "good works" for others and helping those in need that she neglects the very best - her children.  She showers others children with gifts and candy and gives her own cardboard to play with and oatmeal for a treat.  (insert hysterical laughter)  She prides herself on what she thinks is her selfless spirit and generosity yet others see her pitiful neglected children.  She therefore makes the good the enemy of the very best.

Person D's life consists of the proper balance.  She understands she must keep her home but at the same time she doesn't let it come first over her chidren (and husband).  Her children know they are loved because she doesn't choose dishes over them.  She would rather have a few piles of laundry undone and happy, loved children than a pristine home and neglected little ones. She understands that she will always have to clean her home but her children are only young for a short time.  She would rather her children have the best and herself lacking. 

Which one are you? In case you were wondering, Person D is the correct balance! 

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Free Printables - Chore Chart and Bill Organizer

Chore Chart Printable

Bills Due Printable

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Stove Funny & Italian Dressing

I have tried for months to get the black part of my stove shiny - it seemed no matter what I tried, it was smeary! I was so mad at it and gave up.  This week I've done a lot of cooking, so the stove has been hot a lot more than normal - and then I saw it today.......a piece of plastic sticking up.  I started to mess with it and then realized, it was the factory plastic coating that you are supposed to remove before using your stove LOL!!!!!

The more I pulled it off, the more excited I got and finally to see a nice, CLEAR, SHINY black top!!  Too funny, had to share:

I made a batch of homemade italian dressing today, which we use for salads and oven fries:

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Pumpkin Bread, Peanut Balls & Granola Bars

I made hubby's pumpkin bread for the month.  He likes just having this with coffee for breakfast - so works for me! I made 4 mini loaves and then 2 large loaves.  When they cool, you simply slice them up (one serving is usually 2 slices) and put in baggies and freeze half and the other half can stay on the counter or in the fridge.

I made 12 peanut balls and put those in the fridge for a snack treat.  Then of course granola bars - they are a favorite in our house! One pan makes about 12.

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April & May Freezer Cooking Index

Here is a handy index for my freezer cooking for this month.  I have 19 meals and then I have all the sauces for our spaghetti and pizza for the month as well!  It is time to reap the rewards!! ;-)  19 days without cooking dinner - can we say WOOHOO!!

Spaghetti Sauce
Pizza Sauce
Beans, Burritos and Ground Beef Meals
Chicken Meals
More Ground Beef Meals
Italian Dressing
Pumpkin Bread, Peanut Balls & Granola bars

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Last of the Freezer Meals

Here are the mini meatloafs - of which this makes 2 meals for us.  I used my homemade ketchup as the topping.

Then, when I went to make my shepherd's pie, I realized I had no potatoes!  So I thought quick and made "Dinner in a Bag" which is basically Beefy Mac.  This made 2 more meals for us.

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Batch Cooking Chicken

I baked 15 chicken breasts and then tore them apart.  Then I took the already cooked beans from the fridge and  made some "unfried" beans and then assembled the southwest chicken rollups and froze those.  I divided the leftover beans in freezer bags in portions equal to 2 cans of beans each - for beans and rice later in the month.  I saved a portion for bean dip as well.

Then I assembled my other chicken meal - Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake, covered it with cheese and baked!  It lasts us 3 meals!!

Then, for the first time ever, I made my own homemade cream of chicken condensed soup! Now that I know how to do it, I will probably make my own condensed cream soups to save us from the bad stuff in the store-bought ones.  Here is the Chicken Divan, which will last 2-3 meals for us:

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Small Spaces = More Time

Am I the only one who absolutely LOVES the Small Cool series at Apartment Therapy?  They did one last year and you can see all those here.  This year's is under way and I've been following the posts and enjoying the photos of small living spaces and how simple it is!  We have even entertained the idea of downgrading and living in a smaller space so I can have more time for real life and not so much taking care of this 1500sq foot home!  The yard takes work as well so we have looked at condos/townhomes where we would have no yard work but then I wouldn't have my garden, so hmm.

Check out the posts (they do new ones each day) here:

Simplify and have more time for the things that are really important in life! ;-)

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Batch Cooking Ground Beef & Freezer Meals

Whew!  That sums up the past few hours.  I'm so sick of the smell of ground beef and to think I still have meatloaf and shepherd's pie to assemble. =0  Hubby helped out as you can see, he was being silly.  You do not want to see my kitchen! It looks like a tomato sauce bomb went off in here.  Its everywhere and then I have soooooo many dishes to wash.  I don't know how these ladies online do this in one day because I've spent close to 6 hours and still have a ways to go till I'm done but I'm striving to finish it all by tomorrow night.

I cooked 2 crockpots full of pinto beans - probably about 5-7 pounds!  Then I made refried beans for the burritos and browned the beef and added the rest of the ingredients.  I made a total of 22 bean/beef/cheese burritos and put them in the freezer.

Then I cooked more ground beef, macaroni and shredded more cheese and assembled 2 meals of taco pasta and froze those.

Then I had yet more ground beef lol - I made 12 patties, which equals 3 meals for us.  Two burger nights and then the other for salisbury steak.

Anyone want to help out with the dishes!?

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tortillas, Pizza Sauce Batch Cooking

Things went a bit slow today and I didn't get much done.  I did however test out my whole wheat tortilla recipe (since its been a long time since I made some) and I burnt the first one lol.  So I only have 7 made but I think I finally got them right.  I have to make 29 more or I may just buy them because quite frankly, I can't stand rolling them out! *Update - I ended up buying the rest because I was done rolling them out LOL.  Maybe next month, I can do them all homemade.

Then I made 4 servings of pizza sauce since we are having it every Friday and I froze those as well.

Then I made about 4 cups of enchilada sauce, froze half and the other half goes in the fridge for the assembling of the burritos tomorrow.  And I made 12oz of ketchup - I would have made 24oz but I ran out of tomato paste.  I will be using the 12oz for the meatloaf topping, so will need to make the other sometime this week for a condiment.  It isn't necessarily cheaper than some generic ketchups but homemade doesn't have that terrible high fructose corn syrup in it!!

I've been saving any glass jars from jelly, pickles or the like and I got a few and eventually want to have all my spices/seasonings in them.  Here is the onion powder I got from our stockup that I filled one of the little glass jars with - ain't it cute? ;-)

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Spaghetti Sauce Batch Cooking

We had spaghetti tonight, so I figured it was the perfect time to start off my batch cooking.  I made about 12 cups of sauce and filled 4 freezer containers that will give us enough for 8 meals.  I love these Ball freezer containers I found that twist and seal and then stack (lock) on top of each other.  They are bigger than the picture shows, for some reason they look small in the photo, it could have been the angle I took the picture at.

Here is what I used to make this spaghetti sauce (it was adapted from Crystal's recipe @ thefamilyhomestead)

2t salt
4T italian seasoning
2 - 6oz tomato paste
2 - 15oz diced tomatoes
3 - 15oz tomato sauce

Cost: $3.24

Believe it or not its actually cheaper for us to buy 4 - 28oz Hy-Top brand spaghetti sauce cans at Winco than it is to make it homemade.  It is 3.1 cents per oz whereas mine is 3.6 cents per oz.  Go figure!  Next month, I may just buy them if the ingredients aren't too horrible.

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Meals through May 10th

Here is my planned list of meals, snacks and desserts for this month through May 10th.  The way I plan my dinners is each one usually is enough for 2 meals and then we eat pizza each week.  Just about everything below is all homemade as well.

  • Oatmeal or oat bran - add flaxseed, almonds or fruit
  • Pancakes, eggs
  • Eggs, jelly toast or muffin
  • Shakes 
  • Pumpkin bread 
  • PB&J sandwich
  • Tuna melts
  • Burritos or rollups
  • Pizza 
  • Spaghetti
  • Chicken & Spinach Pasta
  • Chicken Divan
  • Tomato soup & grilled cheese 
  • Burgers & Home fries
  • Enchiladas
  • Meatloaf, potatoes, veggies
  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Salisbury Steak
  • Taco Pasta
  • Beans n' Rice
  • Tuna tacos
  • BBQ tuna sandwiches, veggies
  • Granola bars
  • Hummus & carrots
  • Popcorn & string cheese
  • Yogurt & almonds
  • Grapes & string cheese
  • PB bread & milk
  • Shakes
  • Fruit & hardboiled egg
  • Tortilla chips & bean dip
  • Sugar cookies
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Various sweet breads
  • Fruit
  • Muffins

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Batch Cooking Baked Goods and Freezer Cooking

I was going to cook all day today but some things came up so tonight I plan on starting and then tomorrow morning.  I'm making a lot of baked goods for the month and freezing those and then also making some meal starters and full meals and freezing those!  This is my first time doing the frozen meals so this should be exciting and I hope ya'll can glean something useful or helpful in my next few posts.  ;-)

Here is my rough draft plan - I'm still working it out.  Planning is KEY to a successful baking/freezer cooking day I've read and I want it to go smoothly.  Here is a list of my intended baked goods, meal starters and meals.

Baked Goods, Snacks and Condiments
  • Italian dressing done
  • Ketchup  done
  • Granola bars done
  • Bread
  • Tortillas - 36 done 
  • Pancakes
  • Muffins 
  • Pumpkin bread  done
Preparation items to make/cook:
  • Pinto beans - cooked and frozen, also some refried for burritos & dip done
  • Cheddar & Mozzarella cheeses - shred done
  • Spaghetti sauce - 11 1/4 cups done
  • Pizza sauce - 4 cups done
  • Enchilada sauce - about 4 cups done
  • Taco seasoned meat - for burritos and tacos done
  • Beef patties - flash frozen after patted out for burgers & salisbury steak done
  • Chicken - cook and cube half and shred other half for burritos/enchiladas done
  • Brown rice - for casseroles done
  • Elbow Macaroni - for casseroles done
  • Condensed Cream soup done
Meals to be assembled and then frozen:
  • Chicken & Spinach Pasta done
  • Chicken Divan done
  • Chicken Southwest Rollups done
  • Taco Pasta done
  • Brown Bag Burritos done
  • Meatloaf done
  • Beefy Mac done

*I will be updating this post as I go along and showing how much I made 

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Yearly Pantry Stock-Up

This month we are stocking up our pantry from Azure Standard again since we are about completely out of everything from sugar to flour, etc.  Just about everything is organic (Azure is an organic farm in Oregon).
  • Hard White Wheat Flour - 20lb
  • Cane Juice Crystals - 25lb
  • Natural Peanut butter - 15lb! ;-)  We love us some peanut butter!
  • Pinto Beans - 25lb
  • Baking Soda - 5lb
  • Pure Vanilla Extract - 4oz
  • Yeast - 2lb
  • Quick Oats - 25lb
  • Light Eggless Canola Mayo
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Raw Honey
  • 100% Lemon Juice
  • Long Grain Brown Rice - 25lb
  • Strawberry Conserve - 2 jars (until I get to make my own)
  • Vital Wheat Gluten Flour - 5lb
  • Unbleached White Flour - 10lb
  • Seasonings - Italian, curry powder, garlic powder, onion powder
I'm also doing batch cooking and freezer meals and will post on those when time permits! 

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Take Heed What You Hear (and Read!)

“Take heed what you hear” (Mark 4:24): the word “hear” obviously includes what is read, for that which is written or printed is addressed to the ears of our intellect. Few people today realize the urgent need for “taking heed” unto what they read. Just as the natural food which is eaten either helps or hinders the body—so the mental food we receive either benefits or injures the mind, and that, in turn, affects the heart. Just as it is harmful to listen to the rubbish and poison which is being served from the great majority of present-day pulpits—so it is exceedingly injurious to the soul to read most of what is now being published. “Take heed what you hear” and read! - A.W. Pink

"Christian apologetics and discernment are very serious things. It is very easy to incorporate the ways of the world into method and focus in this. When this happens then attacks on professing Christians come from an impure motive. This then causes the ones making the accusations to use slander, speaking evil against their target falsely. They revile the Christian, persecuting him and his ministry using innuendo. They have no real evidence that their accusations are true. Guilt by association is their bludgeon and their usage is meant to deceive many into believing their false report."

Envies, — are the envies or pains felt and malignity conceived at the sight of excellence or happiness. It is a synonym of “malice.” I have often wondered why some people always attack excellent Bible teachers and scholars as they attempt to discredit them or whatever. However, as these men of God become more and more firm in their adherence to God’s truth as the solid foundation for their ministries rather than the philosophies of men or man-made religion then they will be attacked, but there will be no grounds for attack in how they handle God’s Word nor in how they preach and teach it. No, the attacks will be focused on their humanity instead with the hope of discrediting them on that basis. This is why it is critical for us to have Christ as our firm foundation instead of any man.

Evil speaking, — describes the backbiting, slanderous attacks on a Christian meant as defamation. This is attack from the motive of discredit, not the fruit of real Christian discernment. What is the difference? The difference is that real Christian discernment is based on the comparison of what one teaches or says with what God’s Word says. On the other hand, this is based on innuendo, guilt by association, and the illogical definition of terms and will always have as its motive the discredit of the target Christian." - Mike Ratliff

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

April & May 2010 Free Printable Calendar

Here are April and May's free printable calendars. April's theme is April showers and then May is flowers! Enjoy!

Free Printable April 2010 Calendar

Free Printable May 2010 Calendar

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Friday, April 9, 2010

The Noble and Benign Office of Wife and Mother

This is absolutely amazing!  This is the answer from a Court Justice back in 1873 denying this Bradwell woman the office of a lawyer.  Although, some mock some of these words - how true they are and in line with God's word.  We need more men and women that will keep the "harmony of the family institution" as Justice Bradley describes below.


Justice Bradley concurring in the opinion of the Court.

The civil law, as well as nature herself, has always recognized a wide difference in the respective spheres and destinies of man and woman. Man is, or should be, woman's protector and defender. The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the oc-cupations of civil life. The constitution of the family organization, which is founded in the divine ordinance, as well as in the nature of things, indicates the domestic sphere as that which properly belongs to the domain and functions of womanhood. The harmony, not to say the identity, of interests and views which belong, or should belong, to the family institution is repugnant to the idea of a woman adopting a distinct and independent career from that of her husband. So firmly fixed was this sentiment in the founders of the common law that it became a maxim of that system of jurisprudence that a woman had no legal existence separate from her husband, who was regarded as her head and representative in the social state; and, notwithstanding some recent modifications of this civil status, many of the special rules of law flowing from and dependent upon this cardinal principle still exist in full force in most States. One of these is, that a married woman is incapable, without her husband's consent, of making contracts which shall be binding on her or him. This very incapacity was one circumstance which the Supreme Court of Illinois deemed important in rendering a married woman incompetent fully to perform the duties and trusts that belong to the office of an attorney and counsellor.

It is true that many women are unmarried and not affected by any of the duties, complications, and incapacities arising out of the married state, but these are exceptions to the general rule. The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfil the noble and benign offices of wife and mother. This is the law of the Creator. And the rules of civil society must be adapted to the general constitution of things, and cannot be based upon exceptional cases.

The humane movements of modern society, which have for their object the multiplication of avenues for women's advancement, and of occupations adapted to her condition and sex, have my heartiest concurrence. But I am not prepared to say that it is one of her fundamental rights and privileges to be admitted into every office and position, including those which require highly special qualifications and demanding special responsibilities. In the nature of things it is not every citizen of every age, sex, and condition that is qualified for every calling and position. It is the prerogative of the legislator to prescribe regulations founded on nature, reason, and experience for the due admission of qualified persons to professions and callings demanding special skill and confidence. This fairly belongs to the police power of the State; and, in my opinion, in view of the peculiar characteristics, destiny, and mission of woman, it is within the province of the legislature to ordain what offices, positions, and callings shall be filled and discharged by men, and shall receive the benefit of those energies and responsibilities, and that decision and firmness which are presumed to predominate in the sterner sex.

For these reasons I think that the laws of Illinois now complained of are not obnoxious to the charge of abridging any of the privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States.

Source: 16 Wallace 130 (1873).

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Simplifying; Kitchen Cabinets - Before

I'm planning on simplifying a lot in my kitchen because to me its too much stuff.  I decided to do a before and show you what we have and what I'm thinking changing and getting rid of.  You can click the photos to enlarge.

I will start with the cup, supplements and misc cabinet.  It's right near the sink and hubby's coffee pot so he likes to keep the sugar, creamer and cocoa there.  Then as you can see I have my good ole' psyllium husk for days I don't get enough fiber.  lol  Then my vitamins, tinctures and other supplements that I use a lot.  I think we have too many mugs - so that is one thing I want to go.

Then there is the top shelf that irks me - the plastic cups!  Katie doesn't want to let them go, so I have held on to some of them but I do plan on getting rid of most of them because she is able to drink from "big people" cups now I think.

Next, is the cabinet that holds the mixing bowls, storage containers, and other miscellaneous things.  I can't seem to let go of my 2 mini crockpots because they are handy to keep gravies and sauces warm for big dinners, like Christmas.  I may just put them in storage since I rarely use them.

Then there is the mixing bowls - I have a lot because I used to do a lot of baking and had so many bowls dirty at one time.  I do want to get glass, stainless steel or ceramic bowls though - I want to lessen my use of plastic because of the chemicals in it.

I don't think I need so many storage containers and the ones on the top shelf we don't really use at all, except for lunches at the park, etc.  Still deciding on a lot in this cabinet.

Next, is the dinnerware cabinet.  I like to keep it simple at dinner and use plain black plates and bowls.  Katie again has her area of plastic dishes, which I may put in storage for future kids and let Katie just eat on our dishes from now on.

Then on the top shelf, I have serving bowls and measuring cups.  I use the big one a lot but would rather have a glass one because the plastic is flimsy.  The two small ones are glass though.

You can see the little stainless steel bowls - I love these things!  We use them a lot.  I use them for salsa, hummus, carrots - basically anything that you just need a little bowl for.  I hardly ever use the 2 glass serving bowls - only for company when large amounts of salsa or dip are needed.

Next is the island cabinet.  This is where I keep my pots and pans and cookie sheets, pizza pans, etc.  I also have my crockpot, bowls, strainers and cookie cooling racks down here.  I eventually want to get rid of my 2 non-stick frying pans because I want to use my stainless steel exclusively but the non-stick is so convenient.

The big blue mixing bowl is what I use for a lot of things that I make in bulk so I need it but would prefer a glass or stainless steel one.  For now, it stays under here because its so big - it won't fit anywhere else really.

Then there is my crockpot - love this one!  I've bought a lot of crockpots and returned them but I finally found one that I can set the time, heat level and then when its done cooking, it goes to warm!  Love it!

Next, is the worst cabinet of them all!  It's the place to put whatever and I desperately want to redo this cabinet.

As you can see - I have my Bosch in the back with the blender.  Then another blender and then another blender on the top shelf lol.  I do like the one on the top shelf best though because I can make my shake and then take the cup off and drink from it!

Then we have 2 pitchers, hand shredder, food processor, indoor grill, popsicle containers, salad spinner, casserole dishes and a toaster!

Surely I can minimize and let some of this go - or can I?  Do I really need my 3 blenders?  It hurts to even think of letting any one of them go. =0

Next, is this mini-cabinet next to the utensils drawer.  I just put in my smaller crockpot, rice cooker and other casserole dishes in here.  I have a set that have stains on them I can't get out strangely, then I have a set that I use to transport food to fellowships - the 'nice' set lol.  Ya, I know - crazy huh!?

Then I have the area under the sink that was once organized until the maintenance man came in and had to saw things and patch them up to keep the mice out.   Other than that it has some cleaners, dishwashing items, fire extinguisher and a large cutting board under there.

Next, is the cabinets above the stove.  This is where I store our spices, herbs and some sauces and non-stick spray.  I really need to go through all these - a lot I've never used.

Lastly, is the cabinet above the fridge.  We have coffee pot that is broke - its missing a part in the nozzle but the espresso machine side works.  Then we have containers of different kinds and candle holders, candles and scented tarts.

So begins the simplifying process - let's see how much I can do without!

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Leader of Grocery Shopping

Hubby did our family Bible study today and taught what a family is, consists of and the role of each member of the family.  He first asked us to tell what we think each member's responsibilities are and then later read scripture and told us what the Bible says are the responsibilities and roles of each member of the family.  It was great!  My favorite part was when we got to Mommy's responsibilities and Katie blurts out "leader of grocery shopping" LOL!!  It was hilarious.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Stress Relievers that Work!

Below are things, that I've found through my own experiences, that relieve stress and stop life from taking its toll on you:

  • Prayer - cast ALL your care upon Him!  
  • Meditation - meditate on God's word, even just one verse
  • Pilates - I do a combination of Pilates/yoga with Denise Austin's Mat Workout
  • Hot baths - light the candles, close the doors and play soft music if you want or just sit in quietness and relax!
  • Deep Breathing - close your eyes and do several deep breaths and then normal breathing and keep your entire concentration on each breath
  • Reading - read a novel or something non-stimulating
  • Nature Walks - take a walk and enjoy all that God created!  Notice the birds singing their songs, take note on the design of creation
  • Fellowship - hang out with friends or family for a night of fun; just relax and laugh and enjoy each other's company.
  • Vacations - I've found that I NEED these!  Even just a weekend getaway has rejuvenated me and helped me return home refreshed and feeling positive.  My favorite is a cabin in the mountains by the river - would be almost perfect if not for the mosquitoes!
  • Sleep - don't skimp on it!  Also try and keep your routine regular with same time going to bed and waking up
  • Keep Life Simple - simplifying has helped me have less to do and less stress!  I'm still working on this and constantly getting rid of things and the more I purge, the better I feel!  Organization falls into this category too - eliminate the stress of trying to find something by having "a place for everything and everything in its place"

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Cold/Sinus Infection Remedies

I can't take anything - no antihistamines, no decongestants, no pain relievers so I've learned things that are really working and helping me do daily things despite this sinus pain/pressure/stuffiness.  Here is what I use:

  • Echinacea - 3 times a day in liquid tincture form; usually shortens the duration of the cold - I take it with astragalus and there is some sort of instant boost and overall feeling better that lasts for an hour or so
  • Astragalus - I was taking this daily and then stopped and now back to taking it since I'm sick - I notice immediate boost after drinking this, it does something lol.  Taken 3 times a day.
  • Raw Garlic Cloves - currently swallowing 2 a day; its anti-biotic, anti-bacterial and all those other anti's lol.  
  • Neti-pot - definitely works!  Doing this nasal washing about 4 times a day 
  • Hot washcloth - as hot as my faucet gets, I soak the washcloth and then immediately place it over my forehead, eyes and nose area and hold it there till it starts cooling and then repeat; gives instant pain relief
  • Steam bath - I fill my large pot with 8 cups of water and bring to a rolling boil and then remove from heat and put a towel over it and I get under there and let it do its magic!  I do about 10 minutes twice a day - it really works for pain relief!!
  • Vitamin C - taking 1/4 tsp powdered pure ascorbic acid in 8oz water 2-4 times a day - 10,000mg or more a day when sick
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - just tried this for my sinuses last night; 1T in 10oz water 2-3 times a day; it actually did give immediate relief but only lasted a while - seems like I could breath better for a while
  • Hot drinks or just Hot water!   Also drink lots and lots of water to thin mucous.

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