Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I hope you will join me for Making a Happy Home Monday. It is a blog carnival that I host in which I want to encourage and inspire others to take an area of their homes and improve it. You can take any area, big or small, and make it happier. You do this by cleaning it, organizing it, or simply making it prettier. Either way, when you do this, it makes you happier.....thus making your home happier.
If you decide to join me, please sign up on Mr. Linky down below. I would love to see what you are doing around the place. If you can, share some pictures to go along with your project. Hope to see you soon.
For this entry, I decided to share something that I had to do last night that really helped us out.
This past weekend, my husband and I took our older 2 children to a Junior Bible Quiz tournament. Well, wouldn't you know?,The day before we leave, my oldest begins to complain about his ear hurting. I gave him some Tylenol and he seemed to do better. The next morning, he was still hurting. I talked to the school nurse and it was determined that he had swimmer's ear.
On the way to the meet, I treated #1 with alcohol.....heh....RUBBING ALCOHOL IN THE EAR to evaporate any trapped water, then drops for pain. We put cotton in the ear. He did well until that night. He cried quite a bit, due to the pain. What a horrible feeling to be away from home, away from your doctor, on a weekend, when your child is in pain.
SO, I treated him with more meds and had him lay on a warm wash cloth....anything to soothe him and help him fall asleep.
The next morning, he did a GREAT JOB! (more on that soon) On the way home, the exhaustion and cold wind only served to cause more pain. BUT, I was reminded of something by a friend. I tried it and it worked wonderfully.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This has been a crazy week...a CRAZY week.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Welcome to another installment of Making a Happy Home Monday! I hope some of you will join me. If you are popping in as a result of the UBP, I REALLY hope you will join me :)
Let me tell you new readers about this blog carnival. I have hosted this for a few months. The point of this is to inspire and encourage women to choose an area of their homes that need some attention and love. If the area is dirty, cluttered or not efficient, then it is not happy. If it is not happy, the Momma isn't happy. And you know what they say? If Momma ain't happy....ain't NObody happy.
SO, pick a project...ANY project. Make it big. Make it small. Clean it. Paint it. Organize it. Do whatever you need to do to make that area happy. The goal is to do something....ANYTHING. Just one area a week to get your home on the path to happiness. I hope you will join me. Just link up on Mr. Linky. Post info about your task. I would love to see some before and after pics, too.
For my project, I chose to clean out the cabinets in the boys' bathroom. These shelves are used for some stockpile items, as well as all the boys' toiletry items. This cabinet was just gross....GROSS! Anytime I took something out, other things fell out behind it. It was hard to know what all (or how much) I had stored in there. Not only that, but I'm sure there were lots of things that needed to be thrown out.
Here is a before picture. This is embarrassing.....but as I'm trying to get YOU to do something around your home, I figure I need to be totally transparent on all of this. The top shelf isn't really that bad...neither is the middle shelf. But, the bottom? YIKES! The picture honestly does not do it justice.
I wanted a picture of the contents of the top shelf 'cause I was really wondering how many I had.
You're wondering too, right?
- 8 shampoos
- 8 conditioners
- 6 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners
- 12 body washes
While I'm at it, I counted the other stockpile items from the 1st and 2nd shelves (not shown specifically)
- 9 deodorants
- 7 hand soaps
- 15 tooth pastes
- 14 toothbrushes
- 5 (brand new, in the pkg) razors for both men and women
This doesn't count anything currently in use. And if you think I buy tons of one item....well, inspect the pictures a bit more closely. Out of the toothpastes, I probably have 5 different kinds. Shampoos? Well, we have Herbal Essence, Pantene, Garnier Fructise, Suave, Finesse.....body wash? Zest, Irish Spring, Soft soap (Spa line), and a few kid shampoo and bath items.
And here we go....the finished product. It only took me about 30 minutes. I emptied every shelf and wiped them down with Clorox wipesSO.....there you have it. Sign on up! I would love to see what you're doing around the place.
Friday, March 20, 2009
This is my first time to join in this party. I think it will be a lot of fun! Won't you join in? Go HERE for details.
The party for this year is during the week of March 20-27. Apparently, there are prizes....I'm pretty pumped for that. But more than anything, to find a cool new blog to read. I browse blogs every now and then. But, few do I return to visit. Some, I have even dropped. Anyway, you never know what you can find.
So first, let me introduce myself to some new readers.
My name is ~LL~. I live in North Texas. My DH is a pilot...we have been married for almost 18 years. We were high school sweethearts. We have known each other for much longer....we were in the same first grade class and continued to be in the same classes until graduating high school. We have 4 boys: ages 9, 8, 5 and 3. I'm a certified teacher, but have been staying home, with the younger boys, for the past 4 years. I really enjoy blogging. I hope you enjoy your visit.
PRIZES! There are prizes.....LOTS of prizes. The 3 I especially want are: #59 - the Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer, #22 - a $50 gift card to Target, and #119 - 2 Life journals for Bible study. You can see a list of prizes HERE!
Anyway, if you are a regular reader, pop on over and join in. If you are new.....WELCOME!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Secondly, these are in reverse order. Why? Well, when you download on blogger, you can only do 5. Those 5 are posted in the reverse of what you selected. Then, every subsequent download is over the others. I didn't think of that until I was on photo number 10. It doesn't matter the order, though ;)
This is our trip to Austin. The MAIN reason we went is to go visit these people right here. If you go to Mommy Spice on my sidebar, you can read her blog. This couple has meant so much to us over the past several years....we love them dearly. You can see Spicy Girl in the pink. (You WOULD have been able to see a picture of me and all the goodies, along with my other 2 kids, but I look pregnant. I refuse to LOOK preggers if I ain't actually preggers. It was NOT a pretty picture....all hangin' out and crap like that....but I digress.)
Anyway, this couple has an Auntie Anne's Pretzel Shop in the Austin area. We went to see them, their store and, of course, to sample. As I had never had an Auntie Anne's pretzel product, I was lucky to taste some of EVERYTHING! YUM!!! The cinnamon sugar with light cream cheese is YUMMY!
Checking out of our hotel. This is one of the few places that trusts their guest to NOT jump out of the window...they still opened. We took full-advantage and let the kids throw all of the soft stuff down to DH and the FTU. TOO FUN!
After some Amy's ice cream.
DH and DS #4
Brothers: #2 and #1
DH and DS #1
The food court area, where Amy's was, had a lot of cow statues....the kids were all over them. Here is #3 and #4.
His ice cream was obviously quite yummy!
All 4 outside the Oasis restaurant in Austin.
OK...there is a story with this. This picture is taken at the Oasis over Lake Travis. It is gorgeous...a lot of fun. Well, the kids kept walking to the glass looking over onto the lower decks and down to the water. We look up and notice one of the boys "caressing" a certain part of the sculpture. I'll leave it to your imagination, but the thing I think of is Ralphie and the leg lamp.....watch the following clip to about 1:45....THAT is how it was with this sculpture.
#3 and #4 on the swings
Notrees was named by grocer Charlie Brown who started his store in 1946. The town had one native tree before the construction of a Shell gas plant forced the removal of the tree. A lot of oil companies set up camp in the town and at one time the town boasted ten oil camps. The community still exists and has just recently started to grow trees again.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thought I might try a new thing. If you would like to join me, I certainly don't mind you borrowing this banner. Just PLEASE link back to me. If someone else does this, I'm sorry....I didn't see it.
FUN FACT FOR FRIDAY 13, 2009
This week's Friday the 13th is one of three to endure this year.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
- clean all linens (including curtains, bed spreads and blankets)
- flip/turn mattresses: vacuum the mattress before AND after the flip. Freshen with either Febreeze or baking soda
- wipe down walls, doors and baseboards
- air out the house (open windows....at least two on opposite sides of the house so the air will pull through)
- vacuum UNDER/BEHIND furniture....the heavy stuff
- wash light fixtures (yes...you have to remove the globes)
- put away the winter coats
- clean out fire place of all ashes; close damper
- hose down outside of house
- work on garden
- clear out computer files
- clear ceiling and walls of any little fuzzy cobwebs
- wipe down the inside of all kitchen cabinets
- wipe down TOP of refrigerator (yep...the top you don't ever see, but know that it is NASTY!)
- get lawn mower, tractor mower, tiller and weed-eater up and running
WOW! I guess now that it is up there I actually have to start working on it. Who said I'm not smart?
Hope you have a wonderful beginning of spring. Let me know how you are doing.ETA:
clean out the vent-a-hood
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
My friend, Lisa, and her sister Lana, co-host this fun blog carnival. Several people get together and share kitchen tips, recipes and other ideas. It's a lot of fun. I hope you will join us.
My submission is kind of a follow up for yesterday's Making a Happy Home Monday.
My kids LOVE pizza rolls. But, the ones you can buy in the freezer are garbage. I don't know what all you allow your kids to eat. Quite honestly, up until a few weeks ago, there were a lot of junk foods we would let our kids eat, but God has done a number on me. (A bit painful, to be sure....more on that another day.)
Anyway, I wanted to find a way to give my kids the "fun" foods they enjoy, but without the guilt. I don't know why I didn't think to do this before.....well, all I know is, "better late than never."
HOMEMADE PIZZA ROLLS
1 box Jiffy pizza crust mix (or 1 pkg of another crust mix....you can get these for less than $1)
1 package TURKEY pepperoni slices*
1 jar pizza sauce*
1 package mozzarella cheese*
* you will not need the entire amount
Mix crust according to package directions. While it is in its rise, chop up the pepperoni. Mix with pizza sauce and a handful of cheese. I heated for 1 minute in the microwave to make to combine a bit more.
Using a biscuit cutter, cut out 2 circles per pizza roll.
In the center of a circle, place a bit of pizza topping. Using either an egg wash, or a bit of water, moisten the outside of the dough circle. Top with another circle. The moisture acts as a glue and allows you to stick the pieces of dough together.
Prick holes in the top with a fork. This will allow steam to escape and prevent the rolls from exploding in your oven.
Bake at about 425 for about 10 minutes...until golden.
These are the rolls my DS #2 helped me to make.
Ready for the oven:
Nice and golden:
You can see they fluff up nicely. You don't have the guilt from the high fat and calories, the grease OR the money. My kids normally eat 15 of the the little frozen pizza rolls...EACH! 1 box of crust mix made 12 of these biscuit-sized pizza rolls....enough to feed all 4 of my boys.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Hey, everyone. It's that time of week! It's time for Making a Happy Home Monday.
This is a blog carnival that I host....a blog in which I hope to encourage and inspire people to take on a project. Many areas of our homes need attention. Many areas of our home are neglected. They might not be areas that are seen, but still, the shape they are in affects how we feel. (Or at least it does in my case.)
For example, nobody really sees my son's closet. It is an easy "overlook." BUT, when I got it cleared out and straightened, I felt so much better.
So, please join me! Just sign up down below on Mr. Linky. Tell us some of the things you are working on. Do you have before and after pictures? I would love to see them!
No matter what you do, make your home a happy home!
My entry for this Monday is not really a "project" or item around the house that needed to be cleaned....though the subject does need cleaning often. :) No, the subject of my Making a Happy Home Monday is spending some quality time with one of my children.
That's not to say that I don't spend quality time with ALL my children, it's just that this was a bit easier to document with pictures.
My kids LOVE to help in the kitchen. They love to cook (guess they got that from me). It is sometimes hard for me to let go long enough to let them help. I get in a hurry and, quite frankly, would rather have everyone out of my way and get my stuff done. I'm a messy cook, but my mess cannot compare to the mess my boys leave. LOL!
That is something that God has been working on me about. There are several facets of this work in progress...which is me...that have been touched on in this. One is that I NEED to spend the time with the kids. It doesn't have to be outside, with a toy or a board game...it can be in doing my normal day-to-day stuff and having them help out. Another thing is that I need to learn to let go. I know I can cook....my hubby knows I can cook...I shouldn't worry about every single meal looking magazine-cover pretty. I can't worry about a little flour being spilled onto the floor.
SO, without further ado, here is my 2nd son working on pizza pockets. (I'll post the recipe on Tuesday.) I was throwing together a recipe when he happened to come in and, as usual, asked if he could help. My first inclination? (I thought this, but didn't say it out loud) No...let me just get this going. Y'all have been outside, everyone needs baths, I can get 2 of you bathed by the time these are done, we'll eat then settle down for the night.
After about 5 seconds, my response was, "Sure."
I'm so glad I did. How many times have I missed (or almost missed) a truly pleasant time with my children because of my lack of patience or perfectionist attitude. I pray that I remember every time I am asked by one of my kids, "Can I help?"
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
My friends, Lisa and her twin Lana, host this blog carnival. It is a lot of fun. Many people sign up and share new recipes, old favorites, share tips and ask questions...anything to do with the kitchen. I hope you will join us.
I am going to show you what I made this past weekend. I have post this recipe before.
I will post it again, but the focus is on the frosting.
Cinnamon Chocolate Cake
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup water
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (1 pound) confectioners' sugar
1 cup pecan pieces
Sift flour and sugar into large bowl.
Bring 1 cup butter, 1/4 cup cocoa and water to a boil in saucepan. Pour over flour mixture; mix well. Add buttermilk, baking soda, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla, eggs and salt and mix well. Pour into greased and floured 10x15-inch cake pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
For the frosting, bring 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup cocoa, milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla to a boil in saucepan; remove from heat. Add confectioners' sugar gradually, mixing until spreading consistency. Stir in pecans. Spread over hot cake.
Cake may be baked in 9x13 inch cake pan for 40 to 50 minutes
*****What I did this time:
I followed the recipe according to directions, but I poured the batter into a Bundt pan that had been greased and floured. I baked it for 45 minutes.
THEN.....I just eyeballed the powdered sugar in the frosting. I wanted it thick enough to set, but thin enough not to have to be spread with a knife. I poured it over and this is what I got.....
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Today, I'm hosting a blog called "Making a Happy Home Monday." If you would like to join me, please link up on Mr. Linky (at the bottom) and share what you are doing. Please refer BACK to this blog by name or by the widget.
To participate in MHHM is simple. All you have to do is choose one area of your home that needs a little love and attention. Make the area cleaner, prettier, or more functional. Whatever you do, make it HAPPIER.
As this has been a CRAZY few weeks, I pulled a past project that I never did get to post about ~ my fireplace mantle.
Above my fireplace I have a Windberg and a cross-stitch sampler with our wedding info that my favorite aunt stitched for our wedding. On the mantle itself, I have various pictures and other pieces. The thing I really wanted to show you were my nesting Babushkas.
Aren't they cute? Can you believe there are 10 of them?
A blurry close-up of the tiniest one compared to the biggest 3.