Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
My goal for today is to put out the small fires that have sprung up. The little girls are busy playing dress up, so I'm going to go through their dresser drawers and do some purging while they are happily occupied. Right now they have clothes all over the floor. Bookworm and Mickey Mouse went through their own dressers yesterday which was such a help! I also have some work to do in the master bathroom. I started a project in my linen closet the other day and have yet to finish it.
I hope to update my Tackle It Tuesday projects in a couple of hours. What are you tackling today?
O.K., 4:00 has arrived. The girls' room will have to be finished tomorrow since I have a toddler taking a nap in there right now. However, I'm pleased to announce that the linen closet is now accessible!
I have had a cardboard box full of picture frames sitting in the bottom of the closet since we moved into our house 18 months ago. Today I took all of the frames out of the box and removed the photos from the frames. I put all of the photos in a file folder to keep them safe.:) Take a look at this frame; does it not have "1976" written all over it? Sorry, Mom, this one has to go! (Not the cute picture of me, just the out-dated frame.)
I was able to salvage 4 frames to use around the house, but the rest of them are on their way out the door. I think I'm going to start a little savings envelope and designate it "frame fund."
After cleaning out the bottom of the closet I was able to relocate some of my scrapbooking supplies. Now that everything is easily accessible, hopefully I'll find some time in the near future to do some scrappin'. Here's the linen closet post-tackle.
Monday, January 29, 2007
I really enjoy browsing all the great menu links at Laura's each week and finding new recipes. I found a recipe for Lazy Potato Soup on a Slow Cooking Thursday link that I'm going to try this week. Blogging can be so helpful! :)
Sunday: fried chicken tenders; oven roasted potatoes; green beans
Monday: spaghetti and meatballs; garlic toast; salad
Tuesday: hamburgers; French fries; applesauce
Wednesday: lazy potato soup (can't wait to try this one!); fresh baked sourdough bread
Thursday: tacos w/all the fixins'
Friday: Pizza; salad
Have a great week!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I found CD's, two wallets that I haven't used in a while, empty jewelry tins, a cell phone charger, photos, and a ton of receipts. One of the receipts was from our first trip to Wal-Mart when we moved into this house 18 months ago. Time to throw it out!
I did a thorough purge and realized none of those things needed to go back into the drawer. Hmmm, so, what should go into the drawer? I decided to put my everyday jewelry in it. It's so much faster to just reach in the drawer and grab what I need instead of getting out my jewelry box (which is kept on a shelf far away from little hands) where I keep my "good" jewelry. I placed a piece of non-slip fabric in each basket to keep everything in its place. Here's how the drawer looks now.
One of the boxes was just the perfect size to keep the little girls' jewelry in. That works much better than them keeping it in their rooms.:)
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Monday, January 22, 2007
They serve the food "family-style," so everything is brought out to the table in bowls and platters. I can't even begin to tell you what all we had for breakfast (definitely grits with biscuits and gravy), but you can see part of the meal in these pictures.We were absolutely stuffed after breakfast. Unfortunately, none of the forecasted snow presented itself :(, so we decided to head about 40 miles away near Lake Toxaway, NC. We have some friends that own a huge Christian retreat on the top of Cold Mountain (yes, the one the book was based on). The owners graciously gave us the code to get through the security gate even though no one was home. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to make it those 40 miles along winding mountain roads. We then made the six-mile drive up Cold Mountain. We saw lots of frozen waterfalls along the way.
When we arrived at our destination, we were a little disappointed that instead of falling snow there was just a light "wintry mix", whatever that is. So, we decided to take a walk around and show the cabins to the kids. When we reached the chapel building, we saw this.
We continued our walk before leaving the mountain. We followed the path of a small train track designed for the "kiddie train" at the camp. The large cabin is the main lodge where the owners reside. It was once the vacation lodge for E.M.Backus, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and some other smart, rich men from the early 20th century. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. We look forward to going back for an extended visit during the summertime so that we can hike further up the mountain and visit some of the waterfalls and lookouts.After the ride back to Dillard, we were ready for supper at the Dillard House. We were so stuffed after our huge breakfast that we didn't even eat lunch, so we had worked up quite an appetite. We weren't disappointed. I think I counted 17 different foods that were brought out to our table. We saved the leftover biscuits and ham for our breakfast the next morning.
Monday: Spaghetti; tossed salad; garlic toast
Tuesday: Crockpot Salsa Chicken (I'll post the recipe on Thursday); tortilla chips
Wednesday: Meatloaf; mashed potatoes; green bean stir-fry
Thursday: Hot dogs; french fries
Friday: Pizza; tossed salad
I hope you all have wonderful week!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The temperature was close to 70 degrees, so the kids worked up a sweat in no time at all. Lil' Nut tried riding on Curly Girl's bike, but she couldn't quite get the hang of it, so she spent most of her time on the playground. Mr. C took the training wheels off of Mickey Mouse's bike. He continued to practice on the grass, and he did a very good job! We had a great time together, and we are already looking forward to our next "Bike Day".
After spending a couple of hours outdoors riding bikes, you would not believe how much food the kids ate at supper. Seconds wasn't enough; a couple of the kids wanted thirds! It's amazing what some fresh air and rigorous exercise can do to one's appetite!
So far today we've finished our lessons, washed and folded 2 loads of laundry (still needs to be put away-), and I've gone to the gym. All in all, it's been a good day!
I need to go get the last batch Cream Cheese Delight cookies out of the oven. We had three new families visit our church on Sunday, so today I'm baking some cookies that we'll deliver to them this evening.
I think I'm going to sneak a couple of cookies and enjoy them with a cup of English Breakfast Tea before choretime.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
My little man turned 7 today! Yep, a Y2K baby. I thought I'd share a few things about Mickey Mouse with you. The pictures above were taken a few months ago when everything was still green, but I wanted to share them with you because they really capture his personality.
Now for the low-down on the birthday boy:
**He is very loving. He loves to snuggle. He won't ever think that he's to big to give hugs and kisses, and I'm so glad about that.
**His hair is the most beautiful shade of red. We have no idea who he gets it from. I've heard it can skip five generations.
**He is thoughtful. He lets his three sisters borrow his action figures all the time to use as husbands for their dolls.
**He is named after his grandpa. No, his grandpa does not live at Disney World!
**He cleans the toilet in his bathroom every morning--by force, not choice! (His future wife will thank me.)
**He can't stand to be barefoot. He wears socks all the time.
**He's all boy, could spend the whole day exploring in the woods, and is dangerous with a slingshot or bow & arrow.
**He does an unbelievable impersonation of Yoda's voice (from Star Wars). Very talented young man, he is.
**I love him. Lots. More than he'll ever know.
I recently started using a candle warmer to burn my jar candles. Candle warmers can be very inexpensive. I picked mine up for less than $5. To us a candle warmer, simply place a jar candle on the warmer, plug in the warmer, and turn it on. A candle warmer ensure that the whole candle is used because there is no burning through the center of the candle, which is what usually happens when burning a candle with a flame. So, I get to enjoy the entire candle because all of the wax is used. This saves money and avoids wasting candle wax.
Here are some other reasons I like using a candle warmer:
~ There is no flame. I don't have to worry about one of my curious, creative children burning themselves (or burning down the house!).
If I forget to unplug the warmer before going to bed or leaving the house, I don't have to worry about a fire starting.
~ There is no soot, which can interfere with the scent and leave unsightly marks on the jar, walls, or ceiling.
I think that a candle's flame adds a lot to a room's ambiance, so I do like to burn them the "traditional" way, too. I can always use my candle warmer to burn the wax at the bottom of the jar when the wick will no longer do the job. :)
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I started back again a couple of days ago. My goal is to go the the gym at least 3 days a week.
I know that running is great for improving cardio health, but 30 minutes on a treadmill/elliptical machine seems like 4-ever!!
Here's what works for me and protects my mind and ears from the trashy music at the gym. I use a walkman and tune it to one of the TVs at the gym. Time just seems to fly by while I'm watching Paula Deen whip up some biscuits and gravy, which leads me to this question: Why do people watch cooking shows at the gym while they are exercising to lose weight and stay fit?
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Here's a view of the beautiful blue sky and our frosted front lawn. I took these pictures early this morning when Buddy went outside for his morning romp. He didn't stay out for very long; I think his little paws were freezing!
My two year old keeps saying, "Mommy, you've got shoes and purses on your tummy!"
Although I enjoy cooking and spending time with my kiddos in the kitchen, there are some days I really would rather be scanning the sales racks at the mall, LOL!
This apron was a Christmas present from my dad. When I told him that it was too pretty to wear because I didn't want to mess it up, he told me that I had better wear it because it cost way more than he thought an apron ought to cost. -: I've worn it several times, and it's still stain-free. I don't know how much longer I can keep it that way.
If you're wondering why my pretty little head has been chopped off in the picture, 5 year old Curly Girl was my photographer.
Do you have a favorite apon? Enter it in Barbara's apron contest.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Now, which scent will I enjoy tonight while I lounge in a bubble bath? Decisions, decisions, decisions...
Sunday: roast beef; scalloped potatoes; squash w/onions; fried okra; cornbread
Monday: crockpot chicken breasts; rice; broccoli w/cheese sauce
Wednesday: scrambled eggs; pancakes; turkey bacon
Thursday: meatloaf; mashed potatoes; stirfry veggies
Friday: pizza; fruit cocktail