Friday, October 29, 2010

It's a Mini Me!

Hubby said Katie is a Mini Me!  She came into the living room tonight to announce she has organized her Polly Pockets and proceeded to show us what each bag was - one for the snow mobile Polly, the next for the mermaid Polly, etc.  Too cute and then she rushed back into her room to organize more!  Had to snap a pic and show you guys:


Then, she has been drawing and shocked us with her creativity lately.  I haven't taught her to draw this stuff, she just comes up with it on her own and I thought they were too cute!  The last one was her self portrait.




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Thursday, October 28, 2010

I Want My Body Back!


The title just fit lol.  I've been through the ringer but one thing is for sure, all that has happened to me the past few years health-wise have only made me healthier, beat laziness and value things in life differently.  I hurt my back and was basically sitting/laying down for 10 weeks and those were honestly the best 10 weeks of my life.  You may be saying what!?  Really - in those times of being unable to do much, God really showed me how much time I WASTED before then.  All the "oh, I'm going to do this" and Pastor's famous line "Someday I'll" pretty much summed me up.  I was wasting time doing things that really didn't matter and they were robbing the time I could have had for things I actually want to accomplish in life.  So it changed me but I will share more about that in another post soon.

I used to be fit and even trained a few people in Anchorage and some friends here where we live now.  I was so into fitness that 2 hours of exercise a day was normal for me and well - it was my life.  I don't want to return to that degree of obsession with fitness but I do want my body back!  It is so sad that I used to be a size 6 and now well - let's just say far away from a size 6 lol.  It has been almost 4 years and I've had enough of this extra weight and so get ready - my engines are fired up and I'm raring to go!

For the past 9 weeks or so, I've been consistently exercising - walking most days for about 30 minutes and doing some light weight training.  Over this time I've finally regained my strength from the back injury and gotten very strong and built muscle!  I was able to even move bookcases and other furniture on my own this past week, which felt so good to be strong again!

I have tried to do my old Firm dvd's in the past but could only make it through barely 5 minutes haha.  I had a feeling today that I was strong enough to try one out and I did!!!!!  I did the whole 39 minutes and felt like my old self and you know what?  It felt good!

I'm just going to do my monthly or weekly reports here instead of having another blog to track that.

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Sewing: Kitchen Curtains

It took me a while to learn how to do a bobbin and then actually get the thread on my sewing machine but I stuck with it and then after an hour or so - I made curtains!  I had been waiting to find the perfect fabric for our kitchen curtains.  We haven't had curtains for years now for the kitchen, unless you count the valence deal that came with the place lol.  Then I saw it......oh so mod and retro fabric at IKEA and I about fell over!  I absolutely loved them and so did hubby!  ;-)  Up until yesterday, I really didn't have a name for my style except mod but after looking through styles - I would have to say its closest to Retro Modern.  A mixture of retro/mod styles with modern.



I didn't have a pattern but just kind of guessed on how to make them from what I wanted them to look like and they came out exactly as I had envisioned!  They were even even so that was an added bonus.  We also had bought some orange curtains and white comfy chairs for the homeschool/dining room and you can see those in the pics.

Katie worked on her Singer Jr. sewing machine with me:


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bookshelf in the Kitchen

As you can tell, I was busy today!  Since my daughter has a cold, I've been indoors for the past few days and I'm getting a bit cabin feverish so I had to DO something before I went crazy lol.  Yesterday, I did the spare closet clean out and you can see that here.  Then today, hubby bought 3 more black bookshelves for me and put them together tonight to boot!  ;-)  I used one in the homeschool room, the other in the laundry room and the last one in the kitchen.


We had this wall of space and it dawned on me yesterday that I could utilize that space since I had been cramming my crockpots into cabinets and it was a hassle trying to get anything out of those cabinets.  I also don't like things on my counters - I deal with the coffee pot and microwave but I really like my counters empty.  So having a bookshelf in the kitchen to store my Bosch, crockpots and other things really comes in handy.  That gave me room in my cabinets to not having everything so jam packed.  I also disliked having to go to the living room to get my cookbooks when I needed them and glad that now I have a shelf dedicated to my cookbooks!

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Laundry Room - Simplifying With a Shelf

I love bookshelves for many purposes if you couldn't tell already.  I had a wire rack shelf and another shelf in the laundry room and it took up a lot of space and we had to cram my floor cleaner and small vacuum and buckets in there and it was a hassle to get through the back door.  I wanted something simpler - and as I was getting black shelves, I figured why not another shelf for the laundry room?  It definitely simplified it and I love it!


The top shelf is towels, washcloths and linens.  2nd shelf is toilet paper, paper towels and some extra cleaning items.  Third shelf is the "tool" box or junk box and bucket with scrub brushes.  However, I've since put the tool box on the very top and the bucket in the shelf above the washer/dryer.  So now, that shelf is our mail center.  I plan on buying a plastic container for the tool/junk box eventually.

The last two shelves are for hubbies shoes.  I lined them with paper towels to catch the dirt and he knows to let wet shoes dry on the red rug before putting them on the shelf.  ;-)  My daughter and I have shoe racks but hubbies are too big so this works well for them.

A note on the red rug - it has been wonderful!  When we come in the back door, with it raining here a lot, our shoes are usually wet and muddy/dirty.  I was soooooo tired of mopping the floor there and it always looked dirty.  So I got the idea to put the red rug down and now I just vacuum it once a week!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Homeschool Room Redo

We are changing up the homeschool room this month. You can click here to see what it looked like when we first started last year. We started tonight with adding another bookshelf, seeing how we needed more shelves to keep our projects and crafts coming up. I ended up putting the easel in front of the window since we aren't using the air conditioner anymore.



We are getting 2 armchairs for the ends of the table and then one more simple black chair and we will finally have our dining table chairs lol. I've gone so long with the just 3 chairs but when we have friends over they don't have a seat and we will clean up the chairs on the patio and bring them in. I will take more pics as we finish the room. We are also changing the curtains to bright orange - the color of the paper tray on the shelf. I will do more pics when we finish the room.

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Freezer Meal Recipe Index

This will be my master list of freezer meals we have tried and I will update it from time to time.  These are items that freeze well.

Dinners

Chicken
  1. Chicken Divan and Homemade Condensed Cream Soup
  2. Chicken Spinach Pasta Bake
  3. Crockpot Chicken Tacos
  4. Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki
  5. Chicken Pintos - I took the above crockpot chicken tacos recipe and then after cooked, added cooked pinto beans, taco seasoning, seasoning salt to taste.  You can use this for burritos, tacos, rice or baked potato topping.
Pork
  1. Crockpot BBQ Pork - same as BBQ beef recipe below just with pork
  2. Crockpot Tangy Pork
  3. Crockpot Pork - simply cook roast adding whatever seasonings you prefer; shred and bag for tacos, burritos
Beef
  1. Lasagna
  2. Taco Pasta
  3. Mini Meatloaves
  4. Crockpot BBQ Beef
  5. Sloppy Joes
  6. Crockpot Beef Pot Roast - place roast on top of carrots and celery; add seasonings; cook for 6 hours on high
  7. Stuffed Pasta Shells
  8. Lawnmower Taco
  9. Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup
Meatless
  1. Macaroni & Cheese
  2. Pizza
  3. Spaghetti - make sauce below; freeze - cook noodles on day of meal or make noodles ahead; refrigerate till cool and then freeze
  4. Pinto Beans - 4 cups dry pintos; 3/4 full stockpot of water; 2T salt.  Bring to boil, cover, remove from heat and let sit for 1 hour.  Drain and rinse beans.  Add new water and bring to boil and then simmer for about 2 hours.  Add seasonings to taste and use in tacos, burritos, on rice or for bean dip
Sauces
  1. Jam
Baked Goods, Desserts, etc.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Spare Closet: Before and After

We have been using the spare closet as our "craft room".  I had a bookcase in there and lots of other things all nice and tidy but over the past few months with my daughter going in and out and having piles of papers, her crafts and on and on - it was an eyesore for me.  So I cleaned it all out and threw out a lot of stuff and re-organized the plastic drawers to prepare for Christmas crafts in a few weeks.  Now we have a lot of room in there and space available for storage.

Before


After


I decided if Katie was going to be using her craft items a lot then they are going in her room!  The shelf fit conveniently behind her door, which amazed me at how I could utilize that space.  I organized it, and she was so happy to have her crafty stuff in her room now.  During her 2-hour quiet time she can do crafts without having to go back and forth to the closet to get supplies.  She has a table and chairs under her loft bed where she works on her crafts or writes her penpals.


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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mailbag: Plastic Surgery

Q.  Hi Bev~
I've got another question for you that I'd love to have your insight about!  I was wondering what you believe when it comes to Christians (mainly women) having plastic surgery done?  I know so many who have had something "done" or would like to.  Personally, I think it is fine when correcting an abnormality that someone may have been born with or after an accident of some kind, but that is not really what I'm talking about.  The women I know seem to have given in to the world's perception of beauty and are becoming fake!  Many times I wonder what this is teaching our young girls and I am concerned about the influence this has on their self image and perhaps they may grow up believing God did not make them "good enough."  I expect things like this from those who do not know the Lord, but like I said, these are Christians.
Thanks for your time

A.  This would be entirely my opinion of course but we can also take into account the Bible's instructions against vanity and apply it to this as well.  I agree with you, on if its an abnormality or needing re-structuring after an accident and such like, that would be ok.  

When we look at the world's ideologies, mentalities and spirit - we know that we should not want to adopt them as Christians.  To have plastic surgery purely for cosmetic vanities is in itself pride.  Tampering with God's creation is never something I would want to dabble in.  I go so far and don't even wear makeup because I believe God did a wonderful job in creating me the way I am and there is no need for me to paint over his masterpiece!  

Bigger breasts, smaller nose, tighter face and liposuction and all the other many plastic surgeries women undergo for what!?  So that others, themselves included, will think they are prettier than God made them.  When women are sure of themselves, in other words - confident, and when they have the self esteem that comes with being a Christian woman - they don't need to mar the Master's work!  

Christians have a whole set of principles, guidelines and other notable traits we should seek after mentioned in our life's manual - God's Word; the Bible.  Sinners will follow the way of the world - nip and tuck and suck and all that other stuff lol!  =0  The world constantly searches for the bigger, better, more alluring and enticing and better looking image.  The Christian isn't focused on such because pride is a sin and we should rather seek after a pure heart than a face lift.

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Nothing Shall Offend Them

Pastor preached a message recently that really touched my heart. He was talking about how nothing can offend those that love the Lord. He dwelt on NOTHING for a while and well - that silence really let God move in hearts, including mine! I can't say that I have never had offenses - I have and its hurt.

Psalm 119:165
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

He talks about great peace being the property of those who love God's law and then ends it with nothing shall offend them.  We could say that others will know that we love God's law because of our peace and because we are not easily offended.  When we really study out the word offend, we can see more on why we should let NOTHING offend us:

Hebrew definition:

offend - a stumblingblock, literally or figuratively (obstacle, enticement (specifically an idol), scruple): - caused to fall, offence, X [no-] thing offered, ruin, stumbling-block.

Webster's definition:

offend - a : to cause difficulty, discomfort, or injury.
b : to cause dislike, anger, or vexation

1 a : violate, transgress
   b : to cause pain to : hurt
2 obsolete : to cause to sin or fall
3: to cause to feel vexation or resentment usually by violation of what is proper or fitting offended by their language.

Whew! I don't know about you but sometimes its a struggle to not let anything offend me. Why would we feel offended in the first place? Did you ever think about that?  Some was shared on that as well and basically its when we are prideful and feel we are something that we become offended.  However, we should not be so readily offended he was preaching, but yet realize we are nothing without Christ. Because to be offended, we must think we are something, or in other words - we have pride in our hearts.  It could be over anything - someone not looking at you the right way, someone's words, someone forgetting your birthday or whatever.  Humble people don't get offended and Jesus was the prime example of that.  If anyone had a right to be offended it would have been Him but he was not offended.

When we think on the fact that we are nothing without Christ and humble ourselves, we then realize that nothing can offend us.  We have that peace because we know that no matter what others may do, say or forget to do or say - we are sure of our stand in Christ and we suffer His reproach with gladness!

To further my study, I read Henry's commentary on the above verse and it really speaks volumes:

They are safe, and have a holy security: Nothing shall offend them; nothing shall be a scandal, snare, or stumbling-block, to them, to entangle them either in guilt or grief. No event of providence shall be either an invincible temptation or an intolerable affliction to them, but their love to the word of God shall enable them both to hold fast their integrity and to preserve their tranquility. They will make the best of that which is, and not quarrel with any thing that God does. Nothing shall offend or hurt them, for every thing shall work for good to them, and therefore shall please them, and they shall reconcile themselves to it. Those in whom this holy love reigns will not be apt to perplex themselves with needless scruples, nor to take offence at their brethren, 1Co_13:6, 1Co_13:7.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 2 - Nov/Dec/Jan Freezer Cooking

I'm so excited that I finished today!  I'm so tired, sore and ready to reap the rewards from now till mid-January! ;-)  I'm telling you all, its so worth it.  Not only do you save time for the future, have meals prepared for when you are sick but you also save money.

Here is what I cooked today and this completes my cooking till mid-January!

  • Pork Carnitas x 5
  • Chicken Pinto Chili x 3
  • Baked Chicken Breasts x 6
  • Beef Pot Roast x 3
  • Mac n' Cheese x 4
  • Pintos x 2 

I got cheddar cheese almost half off, so I bought extra and made more mac n' cheese.  I also decided to make some extra pintos and freeze them if I want to add them to the pork carnitas or another meal that it would go well with.  My freezer is full!!

All I have left to do is baking......if I have the energy, I'm going to do it tomorrow.  I kind of feel like I have lived in the kitchen since Friday lol.  I also am tired of smelling meat!!!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Storing Freezer Meals - Utilizing Space in a Small Freezer

I wanted to give you all an idea of how you can utilize a small chest freezer and easily fit in freezer meals along with other items.  First, I will show you the freezer space above our fridge - where we store ice cream, berries, ice, ice packs and whatever else.  I also keep my sauces here and you can see that you can get the ones that stack and then I use freezer bags for my pizza sauce:


When packaging up your meals, you will find that most easily go into freezer bags - only casseroles need a larger container usually.  Here is an example of how little space these meals take up, this is 4 meals of sloppy joes flattened and stacked:


For my casserole dishes, I stack those on the side ledge and put a piece of strong cardboard between them so they don't smoosh together.  I didn't have enough room for the 4th one, so I stack it on top of the other items.  Here are some photos I took of my small chest freezer to give you an idea of how little space freezer meals take up:


Until the meals freeze solid - I will keep them on the top baskets.  Then once they are hard, I stack them with the others in the bottom.  I still have a lot of space for the rest of freezer cooking this week, making 4 total months worth of freezer meals.

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Day 1 - Nov/Dec/Jan Freezer Cooking

It is so hot in the house, we had to turn on the air conditioner lol.  I cooked for 6 hours today and my freezer is finally filling up a bit.  I bought extra meat, so I actually have enough freezer meals, not only till January but 16 extra meals too!

Here is what I got done today:

  • BBQ Pulled Pork x 5 
  • BBQ Beef x 3
  • Sloppy Joes x 4
  • Meatloaf x 5
  • Chicken Tacos x 2
  • Chicken Divan x 6

Tomorrow, I'm either going to finish my freezer cooking or do my baking - it depends on how I feel.  Here is what I have left for my freezer cooking:

  • Mac n' Cheese x 4
  • Pork Chalupa x 5
  • Beef Pot Roast x 2
  • Chicken Pinto Bean Chili x 3

I still will have some chicken breasts leftover and haven't decided what to make with those yet.  Any ideas for the chicken breasts?

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

November/December/January Meal Plan

If you didn't think I was crazy by now, you will once you read my plan lol.  I bought the 7 pound cans of tomato sauce and tomato paste so that I could get ahead on making my sauces.  Then I looked at how much it made and I have enough spaghetti and pizza sauce till January!!  That is 2 nights of the week till the end of the year already taken care of.  That felt just TOO good..........so why stop now!?

With the meat sale ending soon, I just couldn't let it pass since meat is going up.  So I'm doing freezer meals till January - yes, I'm crazy lol.  ;-)  I will be cooking our Christmas dinner though because that is my favorite meal to cook of the year.  When planning the meals through next year, I skipped the dates I knew I wouldn't have to cook - birthdays, holidays and other planned outings.

I can only do 2 more casseroles because that is all the 9x13 pans I have available right now.  So all the other meals will have to be those that can go in freezer bags.  What better way to enjoy the holidays but have that time freed up for crafts, learning to sew and homeschool activities.  I'm stoked, motivated and raring to go!

I will still have to do my monthly baking but that isn't as time intensive as the dinner meal cooking is.  Here are our dinner meals from November 10th through January 10th:

Spaghetti x 9
Pizza x 9
Meatloaf x 5
Chicken Divan x 6
Sloppy Joes x 4
Mac n' Cheese x 4
Crockpot Chicken Tacos x 2
BBQ Beef Sandwiches x 3
Beef Pot Roast x 2

Extras (I bought extra meat)
BBQ Pulled Pork x 5
Chicken Pinto Bean Chili x 3
Pork Chalupa x 5

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Easy Crockpot BBQ Beef

My 2nd pastor's wife taught me how to make this, at least I think that is where I got it from lol.  We used to eat bbq beef sandwiches a lot years ago but somehow I forgot about this recipe till this month.  It is so easy and even though I make homemade bbq sauce for this, you can easily use bottled sauce.  I've never tried this with pork but it would probably work too.

Ingredients
Beef Roast - 2-3lb
Brown sugar bbq sauce
Water

Directions
Place roast in crockpot.  Cover with water to halfway.  Cook low on 12 hours or high for 6 hours.

In a skillet or large sauce pan, place cooked beef and shred.  Add bbq sauce till desired taste - I used to use 1/2c to 1c.  Stir over medium heat.  Serve on heated buns.

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October/November Freezer Cooking Plan

You can see our menu here.  Below is my plan for freezer cooking day tomorrow.

I got 16 chicken breasts last night because Safeway had a BOGO sale and the price was too good to pass up.  So I may make 2 Chicken Divan casseroles and then some other chicken meal to use them up.  Whatever I choose, I'm going to have about 10-12 extra meals in the freezer WOOHOO!

I'm going to start utilizing my crockpots more this winter.  I have 3 - large, medium and small and then a bunch of little ones for keeping sauces warm for holiday meals.  They are really coming in handy tomorrow for sure!

Prep work
  • Make Tangy Pork sauce
  • Make Teriyaki Chicken sauce
  • Make ketchup 
  • Make BBQ sauce
  • Make spaghetti sauce 
  • Make pizza sauce
  • Shred 4 cups cheddar cheese
  • Crush 18oz tortilla chips 
  • Make 4 cups beef broth
  • Brown 2 pounds ground beef
  • Dice 1 onion
  • Slice 2 cups carrots
  • Chop celery
  • Chop cabbage

Crockpot-A-Thon
  • 6qt crockpot - Chicken Teriyaki - 1hr high, 6 low
  • 5qt crockpot - BBQ Beef - 6hrs high
  • 4qt crockpot - Tangy Pork - 5hrs low

Assembling
  • Lawnmower Taco - layer ingredients; freeze
  • Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup - Cool; freeze by 4-5 cups per freezer bag
  • BBQ Beef - transfer meat to pan; drain crockpot; shred beef; add bbq sauce; cool; freeze

I load the 3 crockpots in the morning with their sauces (except the bbq) and that is all till they are done in the evening when I let them cool and then freeze!  

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mailbag: Christians & Halloween

Q.  Bev, I would just like to ask you a question on your viewpoint regarding Halloween. It is not an activity that we participate in, as it is not acceptable here at all in this country. I don't live in the USA.
We have chosen not to mark this day, and I am just a wee bit confused when I read of so many believers' blogs saying it is quite acceptable to join in the festivities.
I value your opinions on many controversial issues, and as you know, I really benefit from subscribing to your blog.

A.  I don't celebrate Halloween and I don't let my daughter either.  I think a lot of Christians that actually do participate in Halloween activities are not doing it out of a heart to celebrate wickedness but just because they think its "fun".  There was a great article from my church's publication a few years ago about the Origin of Halloween (click to enlarge):




Not only has Hallows Eve become Halloween and full of satanic icons, it also carries with it the "trick or treat" which is basically a threat that if you don't give a treat, you will receive a trick.  That carries over into the egging and toilet-papering of houses.  It is far from an observance of Christian martyrs lol.  Rather, its become a major day of the year to rejoice in all things evil, wicked and vile.  It is the most sacred day of the year for Wiccans who practice witchcraft with a night full of fear, horror and terror that enthralls them with excitement.

Would you want to join in on those festivities?  It is a night full of glory for the devil and all things devilish - so ask yourself the question: Would a Christian join in on a night and activities that bring Satan and all things evil glory?

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October/November Meal Plan

We had several interruptions this month, so we have 7 meals left in the freezer!  I also wanted to try some new recipes this month to change it up a bit.

I did a small Azure order and ordered something new this time - huge cans of organic tomato paste (112oz) and tomato sauce (106oz).  That way I can make hopefully 2 months of my sauces to freeze.


To Make
  • Baking Plan
  • Ketchup
  • Bean dip
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Texas BBQ sauce 

Here are our choices this month for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Most everything below is natural and organic.

Breakfast
  • Muffin or scone, fruit
  • Oatmeal, fruit, almonds
  • Eggs, jam, toast
  • Pancakes, fruit

Lunch
  • Tuna melts, carrots, fruit
  • PB&J sandwich
  • Egg sandwich, carrots, fruit

Snacks
  • Popcorn, string cheese
  • Carrots & hummus
  • Yogurt & almonds
  • Rice noodle soup
  • Tortilla chips, bean dip or salsa
  • Fruit or veggie
  • Granola bar

Dinner
  • Meatloaf 
  • Pizza x 4
  • Spaghetti x 4
  • Chicken Divan x 3
  • Beans n' Rice x 2
  • Lawnmower Taco x 4
  • BBQ Beef Sandwiches x 2 
  • Crockpot Tangy Pork; brown rice x 4
  • Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki; brown rice x 4
  • Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup x 3

It's fall/winter time so we are adding in a soup recipe this month to see how well it freezes.  I'm making a full stock pot full of soup - which is equal to 3-4 meals for us.  The way I'm doing it is after they are cooked slightly (don't cook your vegetables or pasta all the way!  It should still be crunchy), then let the soup cool - even putting it in the freezer or fridge.  After cooled enough, measure out one or two cups per member of your family into a freezer bag and seal.  Then simply thaw your soup in the fridge in a bowl the night before or put it in warm water in a bowl in the sink - and heat!  I plan on serving bread or sandwiches with our soup meals.

We used to eat BBQ Beef sandwiches a lot years ago and I guess I just somehow forget about the recipe, so we are bringing it back again, but this time freezing it!  I want to make my own homemade whole wheat buns, so we will see how that works out. ;-)

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Monday, October 11, 2010

New Homekeeping Schedule

We had a few changes this past week, so I'm changing my previous Homekeeping Schedule.  I'm so excited that my Mondays are now freed up!  Not only does it help with time for homeschool but it allows me to move my cleaning day back to Mondays and not have Tuesday so full.


Monday - 3 hour cleaning marathon; ALL laundry
Tuesday - dishes, wipe counters
Wednesday - dishes, wipe counters
Thursday - dishes, wipe counters
Friday - dishes, wipe counters

Doing my cleaning on one day for a few months now has been so rewarding!  I have so much time to do extra crafts/projects for homeschool and just for life in general.  

I'm planning on doing my fall deep cleaning the week of Thanksgiving, since we are taking school off that week.  I really need to clean behind the stove/fridge before the bugs come in from the cold.  I'm going to make a plan for those 3 days before Thanksgiving (Mon-Wed) so I make sure I don't forget anything because from Thanksgiving till Christmas break its going to be super busy around here with crafts!  Am I the only one who loves doing Christmas crafts everyday in December!?!  

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October/November Baking Plan

Last month, I didn't finish my baking day and then so many things came up and we suffered for it!  I found myself buying processed items and fast food to make up the difference of missing out on our filling snacks.  I do NOT want that to happen again because I gained a few pounds and mine, hubby and daughter's tummies just didn't feel right!  It also effected our energy levels.  It is amazing when you forego the whole grain/wheat, full of fiber, natural snacks for processed fluff - ugh!  It is so crucial to have this stuff on hand for those times when we need something between meals or at night - otherwise we end up eating too much because they aren't filling.  So here is my plan for this month's snacks/baked goods:

  • Make 2 loaves bread (I do this weekly)
  • Make 24 pancakes on griddle; freeze by 2's 
  • Muffins - assemble, bake and freeze 
  • Scones - assemble, bake and put in pantry 
  • Pancake & Sausage Muffins - assemble, bake and freeze
  • Granola bars - assemble, bake and put in pantry 
  • Cookies - assemble, bake and put in pantry

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    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Dental Hygiene System

    *Update - Read my post on the success of this regime HERE.  I no longer have Gum Disease!!

    Since I have periodontal disease and underwent deep cleaning (cleaning below the gums) and then some other tooth work, I've started using a new system of taking care of my teeth.  I guess I took them for advantage all these years but not now lol.  I don't want another cavity or another session of deep cleaning or bleeding gums, etc.  So I have done some research and came across Dr. Ellie.  She has been a dentist for 35 years from what I read and shares a system of hygiene for your teeth that makes them stronger, self-healing, whiter and can even take away sensitivity overtime.  She isn't paid for these products she recommends, only the xylitol mints/gum she sells and other items on her website Zellies.  She seems pretty legit and I've heard good things about her from other bloggers I've followed for a few years now.

    So I bought the Closys and trying to use up my generic versions of Listerine and ACT before buying the original versions as she recommends and WOW what a difference in my mouth!  I haven't had to even use breath mints because my mouth is so clean!  You can download the Complete System and she tells you which products to use, when and how.  I have been doing this in the morning and at night and sometimes after dinner as well.  I haven't bought the xylitol mints yet but we plan on buying them.

    I start with a rinse of Closys, then brush with an extra soft toothbrush.  This week I'm buying the recommended original Crest but for now using up my Sensodyne.  Then I rinse my mouth with the Listerine and then rinse that out with ACT.  I can't even explain to you the awesome feeling after doing this - even an hour after my breath is so fresh and clean and my mouth feels brand new!  It's been so great that hubby is getting on board and starting the system tonight! ;-)

    If you follow this system, you probably won't ever have a cavity and that is what I'm hoping for.  I also want to heal my teeth and gums so this periodontal disease goes away and I won't have to get my teeth cleaned 4 times a year anymore.

    I also want to persuade those who think dental insurance isn't necessary to realize that as a responsible parent, you should take care of your children's teeth and your own!  I went several years without dental insurance and paid the cost now.  However, I refuse to not take care of my daughter's teeth.  She is in my care and I will do all I can to make sure she is provided the proper care - health and dental.  

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    Saturday, October 9, 2010

    What's Coming Up........

    Wow, has my life been awesome lately but also full!  As you can tell, this blog is on the bottom of my priority list but I do have SO MANY things to blog about you guys!!  A lot has been changing and I even need to make a new schedule for myself this week.  I'm also gearing up for my OAMC (Once A Month Cooking) this coming week and with it getting cold now, I want to add in some soups.  I also want to try some new recipes because I'm getting tired of a few of our meals.  Hubby isn't tired of them but I guess I like a little bit of variety from month to month.  Even just one new meal lol.

    Homeschool has been so fulfilling and I'm so into it that I actually started taking some learning classes myself on Bible/History.  We are immersed in projects at the moment and hope to post those on our homeschool blog this week if time permits.

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    Saturday, October 2, 2010

    Get Real!

    So many people today are fakes, phonies, pretenders and show offs.  There has to come a time in your life, where you GET REAL with yourself and put all the charades aside.  Enough pretending - simply be YOU!  So many times, I've seen people act a certain way to please others, all the while they are pushing their own individualities to the curb. They lose their sense of self and what God has made them to be.  They get lost in this persona that they feel will get accepted by their peers, those in authority over them or whoever it may be they are trying to please.

    It's time to get real with yourself and push aside your fear of rejection and allow the person God made you to be to shine.  I've come to the place in my own life, where I honestly could care less what others think of me and its taken me a long time to get there mentally.  Sure, I could say with my mouth that I didn't care what others thought but deep down there it was and would soon arise again.  However, through trials, personal slanders, insults, criticisms and seeing through the phoniness of others you began to realize that they don't matter in the whole scheme of things.  What really matters is GOD and what he wants for you and it isn't to live your life pleasing someone else besides Him!

    God wants us to take full advantage of what he has designed us to be and our personalities.  Through illness, I've learned what is really important to me and isn't mulling over who is gossiping about me this week!  Why would you let satan use what others think of you to the point where you are completely controlled by it in your mind?  It's time to break free from those chains and GET REAL!

    There will always be those who brown-nose, act a certain way around others to get approval and put on a good show but then there can be you being REAL and to those that value authenticity - they will take note!  If you can't let your hair down, have a good laugh, have a deep conversation without your mamby-pamby feelings being hurt - then you need to get real and let go of your insecurities!

    Are you a professional chameleon?  Do you change your demeanor based upon who you are with and who walks in the room?  Do you crave approval?  Do you do things to be accepted?  Play all your cards right and ensure you are the ultimate poster child of perfection?  Then its time that you.........GET REAL!

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