Saturday, May 29, 2010

Alphabet Activities for 2010

Here is my list.  This is what we will do for Alphabet summer.

It has taken some time and thought, but I have it all ready to go.

I feel prepared for each activity, and plan to follow through with each and every one.  I hope to document it this summer... so stay tuned.

A: American Indians;study them and make a head dress

B: Bike wash,and bike ride

C: Cupcakes, and play at the Church of Rock Creek(local indoor playground)

D: Dinosaur dig; installing our new sand box

E: Everything for lunch; have whatever you want for lunch including junk

F: Fountains; play at the downtown spray park

G: Grandparents Day; color and make something to mail to our grandparents

H: Scavenger Hunt

I: Indoor Smores, Indoor Campout and Insects; make a sugar rub to attract moths and watch them at night with flashlights

J: Jellyfish; off to the library to read about jellyfish and make a craft

K: Kitchen wash; wash their dishes in lots of bubbles

L: Lollipops; homemade

M: mixes; make a whole bunch of ready-made mixes(cookies and brownies)

N: Nature walk; make molds with plaster of paris of tracks that we discover

O: Obstacle Course

P: Play dough and Popsicles(homemade)

Q: Quilt;make it out of felt and glue on paper

R: Recipe; learn to follow one

S: Stitches and Sno cones; make a stitch of their name and make a pillow out of it

T: Teeth; study about teeth, and use eggs to show what cola, juice and milk do to our teeth

U: Picture walk; take pictures of items that look like a U

V: Vegetables; plant a small container garden

W: Waterslide; set the pool up at the bottom of our slide

X: XXX(kisses) send  Hershey kisses to someone in our family

Y: Yellow craft

Z: Zippers; count the clothes with zippers in our house.  Who has the most and graph them.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

What I have learned Thursday...


"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass.  It is about dancing in the rain."

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There are many storms in life.  This thought can apply to all of those.  I think about it often.  I try to find ways to make it through; to cope.  A way to wait it out until the storm passes.

Today, I am applying this quote quite literally.

I really mean to DANCE.  Bust out those dancing shoes and dance.

When life gets hard,







It makes everything seem a little better.

Dancing can also make jobs go by that much quicker.

I always, always have music going when I am cleaning my house.

It makes the job go by much quicker.

Here is a post that I did with some of my cleaning tips.

My kids beg to have dance parties. 

We all have smiles and giggles when we are dancing.

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My kids love dancing so much, they danced to MOVE IT MOVE IT at our Primary Talent show.

... so next time life has got you a little down, find a favorite song and




Some of my favorite dancing tunes right now:

Miley Cyrus, "Party in the USA."  (Yes, I love Hannah or Miley as much as my kids.) (Say What?)

Anything Jason Aldean these days.  I don't know what it is, but the beat and his voice.  Well lets just say I REALLY like him.  I am a country girl through and through and you will have a hard time changing that. (Just sayin)

Oh, and as you all know a little Mindy never hurt anyone.  Click on the link to take you to my favorite.

Take time to dance this week.

Don't forget to check out 365.  My picture tonight reflects my sentiments exactly.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Are you ready?

.... for Summer?

I am working on it.  We have four school days left.   


It has taken me a few weeks but...

I have cleaned out all of the closets, cupboards, games, art supplies, and toys.

Everything is organized and ready to go.

I have also been preparing for summer.

I have laid out our schedule.

It is a flexible schedule, but nonetheless a schedule.

I plan to share this with you in a few days because...

Today, I am too excited to share our big summer project.

Some of you already know all about this.

We do it every year.

Every year it is a little different.

I have added some new elements this year.

Around here we like to call it:

Alphabet Summer.

Alphabet Summer info from 2008.

This year instead of flying by the seat of my pants each morning.  I am a little more scheduled.  The kids are getting older and I think they need to have some expectations.

We will do Alphabet Summer every MWF.

In the morning, they will work in their journals.

In the afternoon we will do a craft, project, play, or field trip that correlates with that letter.

I don't go in order.  I pick a letter that fits with our week.

I decided to be on  my game with their journals.

In years past, I have just printed out their sheets the morning of.  Not this year.  I need to have time to EXERCISE!!

I found these folders that Jex used his Kindergarten year.  I decided to re-use them.

Alphabet Summer

They had his name on them in permanent marker, so I covered that up.

I made this little diddy in photoshop, and taped it on.


Then I made a sheet for Jex to write a short story on. 

He will make up a story. 

I will help him pick a topic that works with our letter of the day. 

Behind that sheet is a blank sheet to draw a picture about his story.

Jex folder

Isaac and Stella have worksheets in theirs.  I found them at

letter j

I just printed one off for each folder, and then placed a blank sheet behind to draw a picture.

Stella will do well to trace the letters, and then draw a picture of something that begins with the letter.

Isaac will probably color the picture at the top of his tracers.  On his blank sheet, I plan on writing the letter big, and letting him color it. 

We will also discuss the sound the letter makes.

Here is a previous post with alphabet ideas.

Go here and here to see some of them in action; one of these posts has links to great ABC ideas.

Two more from 2009, here and here.

This is their folders all ready to go in their special spot.  Every thing in a place, ready to go, without chaos.


My kids can't wait.  They keep talking and talking about it, and asking and asking about it.

They are speculating about what we will do for each letter.  They have come up with some pretty hilarious ideas. I am keeping it a secret.

Stay tuned for my ABC project ideas for 2010, and our summer schedule.

As a side note:  I know this little summer tool helps our kids with their reading.  The first summer we did this was right before Jex went in to Kindergarten.  He went in reading, and now reads almost 2 whole grades above his grade level.  He is completing first grade, and read Harry Potter 1 and 2 this year. 

He does not stay in his classroom for reading.  He goes on to a second grade class to read each day.  He will do the same next year.  I think Stella is well on her way.  She is beginning to read, and spell.  Knowing the sounds to your alphabet is such a good piece of knowledge.  It helps pre-readers feel confident.

Two Tips:  Leap Frog DVD's/ The Letter Factory and Word Factory

Isaac uses this site, as did the other two.  He is well on his way to knowing and recognizing his letters.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monthly Letters.

When I had Jex almost eight years ago.  Did I write that right?  EIGHT years ago?  WOW!!  Any-hoo.  I made a promise to myself that I would write a letter to him every month  for the first year of his life.  I lived up to my promise.  They are safe on my hard drive and a copy in his baby scrapbook.

Every one told me that doing it for the rest of my children would be harder.  I didn't believe them.  Stella has a letter for almost every month.  I think I missed one or two.  I think Isaac has 5 or 6.

Tessa  lives in the day of blogging, and my awesome camera.  She gets different promises.  I promise to take pictures of her once a month, and include a little message.  I will incorporate these in to her baby book. 

Here she is Seven Months Old:

(did I really just write that?)

Tessa 7 months-5

She is the sweetest girl around.  Her personality is so calm, until.... you take a toy away from her.  Then she lets out the lion.

Tessa 7 months-3

She can scream with the best of them, and I have a feeling that she will be very capable of keeping up with her spirited brother.


She is always very aware of her surroundings, including where her mother is.  She really doesn't like it when I leave the room.  She has the most intriguing blue eyes.

The kids think we should have named her Mae, because that is what we call her most.


She loves her pink blanket that her Grandma Lorene made her.  She has the most adorable chubby legs.  I just want to eat them.

Tess stand up

She just cut 2 teeth, and I had no clue.  The runny nose was my only sign.

Tessa 7 months-2

She has the funniest little hair.  We call it the faux-hawk.  It just sticks up all on it's own.

Tessa 7 months 4

She is sitting all on her own, rolling all over the house, and loves real food.  She watches every bite I put in to my mouth.

Tessa 7 months-1

I love every part of this little girl. 

Everything you do.  Every cry you make, every smile you give.  Every little inch of your chubby body.  You are a pure delight.  Thank you for coming to our life.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

11 years ago...

My last name changed.  I heard the words "for time and all eternity."  I left my home of 21 years, and made a new one.  My life changed forever.

Wedding picture

Eleven years ago, I don't remember thinking to myself,where will I be in eleven years?  What will my life be like?

All I remember is the excitement to be a new bride, a wife, and start our journey together.  Oh what a journey it has been.


If I would have taken the time to ask myself what my life would be like, I don't think I could have seen all of this.

I have been blessed beyond measure.

Family photo

I never could have fully comprehended how my love for Jonathan could be any more then what it was eleven years ago. But it is.

I now understand what it means to share my life with someone.  I don't think I understood that when I took those vows on May 20, 1999.

It has been a tremendous life.  I wouldn't trade any of it.


Thank you for sharing it with me.

Photos taken by: Krysta Moes.

Keep going to find #4 in the series of being prepared in the kitchen.

What I have learned Thursdays... Being Prepared in the Kitchen; week 4. Share with others.

This is the most exciting step in the whole process.  This is where all your hard work and preparation pay off.  This is when you see smiles from those around you, and you know that what you are doing is worth it.

The phone rings.  You answer it.  It's the missionaries, or your husband, or your mom.  They are coming by or bringing someone for dinner.  NO SWEAT. 

Remember the other half of the lasagna that your froze.  WA-LA.  Dinner is served.  Everyone rants and raves over how delicious it tastes, and you smile because you were not in the kitchen all day.  You didn't have to run to the store, it did not effect your plans for the day.

You look at your calendar.  Oh no, it is your neighbors birthday.  What can I do for her?

You took the time to prepare some mixes ahead of time. (I recommend Make a Mix cookbook)  You have a cookie dough mix already prepared.  You tie a bow on it, and WA-LA; you have a gift.  You made someone in your life feel special.  You should feel good about that.


Your son has baseball tonight.  You have to be there at 5:30.  How will you have time to prepare a meal for the kids between school being out, and the time you have to leave.

Oh wait, you prepared this morning, and put something in the crock pot.  You may have to eat a little earlier, but now your children won't be wandering around the ball field hungry.  You know your son will be playing on a full tummy, and you can feel good about that.

The phone rings.  It is a nice woman from your church.  A mother in your church has been put to bed, "would you be able to take them a meal?"

SURE.  I have a pizza crust ready to go.  I have all my salad ingredients cut and ready to go.  I can throw something together in 1/2 hour.  You feel good because you were able to serve someone you love, and it wasn't a burden on your time or finances.


You forgot that you have to take a snack to pre-school.  NO PROBLEM.

You already have a brownie mix made up (make a mix cookbook) or google mix ideas.  You set your daughter to work finishing them.  She takes them with a gallon of milk, and some apples.  You feel good.  You sent something that looks like you spent time on.  Your daughter feels even better because she helped in the kitchen.

You are tired.  You have been running around all day.  You are prepared, but you just want a night off.

You buy a pizza, and eat it with the kids on a blanket in the  yard.  It's okay, everyone needs a night off.  You enjoy it, and so do your kids.  You are making a memory.  Your kids know that eating out is a special occasion, so you make it one.

pizza night

It's 5:30.  Your family is home.  You call them to the table.  You have it all set with your nice dinnerware.  You made chicken enchiladas.  In fact, you made two  pans; one for later.  You dish up.  You talk about your day.  You hear, " mom, that was great; thank you."

You say, "you are welcome."  You feel good about your day.  You just shared a meal with the most important people in your life.  It wasn't about the food; it was about the time and the moments spent together around the dinner table.


Being Prepared in the kitchen really has helped our family become closer and more unified.  I feel satisfied with my efforts.  I am less annoyed, distracted, and irritated at meal times.  I understand this is when my kids are teachable.

Set some goals for yourself. 

Will you eat at the table 3 times a week?

How many crockpot meals do you need a week?

Will you share a meal with someone once a month?

How many times would you like to take a treat to someone?

If you are looking for the rest of this series.

Week one

Week two

Week three

I will leave you with my cookie mix recipe.


4 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. salt

2 C. shortening

2 C. chopped pecans

2 Pkgs. chocolate chips

In a large bowl combine the first 5 ingredients.  Cut in shorening until crumbly.  Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.  Store in rubbermaid containers for six months.  It will make two batches.  7 cups per batch.

TO PREPARE COOKIES:  In a bowl, beat two eggs and vanilla.  Stir in cookie mix until well blended.  If dough is too dry add 1-2Tbsp. water.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.  Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Just a little idea...

We have about eight birthdays this month, and countless birthday parties to attend too.  I am trying to make gifts this month to save a little money.  This is what I came up with:

Birthday Apron

I made the apron with some fabric that I had laying around.  I add a cake or brownie mix, a little recipe and WA-LA;  a baking kit.

I love gifts like this.  I really like consumable presents, and then I don't have to find a home for it in the midst of my already too cluttered house.


The aprons were easy.  It took me about 2 hours to make 5.  There are many patterns out there.  I made mine up.  Just a simple square of fabric with a few pleats and a long tube for the tie.  I made a simple pocket with a monogram.  I used my zig zag stitch for that.  Then I used bias-tape to outline the pocket.  SIMPLE SIMPLE.

I hope our friends will enjoy a day in the kitchen making a goodie.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Food for thought.

I have been thinking about this quote by Anna Quindlen all week,

"The biggest mistake I made is the one most of us make... I did not live in the moment enough.  This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs.  There is one picture of the three of [my children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four and one.  And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night.  I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed.  I wish I had treasured the doing a little more, and the getting it done a little less."

Just thought it might give you something to think about.

Don't forget to check out my Project 365.  I finally updated last week.  It was a little crazy around here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

What I have learned Thursdays... being prepared in the kitchen. Week 3: Make Ahead

Now that you are all stocked up in your kitchen and pantry, it is time to do something with all that food. 

Most importantly to do it in a timely manner, and at a convenient time.

On March 11, 2009 I read a quote on one of my friends blogs.  It touched me and hit my core so deeply that I have been trying to figure out just how to help myself in the area that she calls "the swing shift."  The quote came from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints news.  It was said by Sister Julie B.Beck.

"The most valuable time of the day for a family is the afternoon/evening shift. Be at the top of your game on swing shift. People are hungry, people are teachable. You feed them; that's when you serve them most. PLAN FOR SWING SHIFT, AND THEN WORK THE REST OF YOUR DAY AROUND THAT."

I now plan for the swing shift.  Four o' clock to 7 0'clock is the hardest part of the day.  I hate it when I am unprepared.

#1.  Plan your meals in the morning.  If it is a casserole, make it in the morning.  Throw something in the crockpot.  Get your meat out of the freezer.  What ever you plan to feed your family have ready to go.  My friend Krysta lays all of her items out on the counter with the recipe.  This way she is ready to just throw it together at meal time.

#2.  Double your recipes.  If you are making lasagna, make 2.  Most of the time you don't even need more ingredients.  You could double the noodles, and spread the rest out between two pans.  This will save you money, calories and time.  Then place the second pan in the freezer for a later date.  Make sure that you label it.  Soups freeze well also.  For freezer ready meals, I suggest the book; Dinner is ready by Deanna Buxton.

#3.  When you cut a vegetable for something, cut the whole thing.  I also chop my whole onion.  I cut up all of my peppers.


  Then I place them in a container and they are ready to go for the next meal.  I also cut up a whole block of cheese at once.


Whatever it is you are preparing, do it all at once.  It will save you so much time the next time you cook.

#4.  When you make lunch for your school aged children, make it for all of them.  I make lunch for all the kids in the morning.  They look like this: 


I send it to school, and then I store the others  in  the fridge.  When they are ready to eat they pull it out like a lunchable and we are good to go.  I also have a lunch prepared if we have to go somewhere.  Then they can bring it along in there lunch box, and I don't have to buy them McDonalds.

#5.  Make your bread ahead.  You can buy bread, but I like to make it.  It takes me 2 hours each week.  When I make bread, I plan for whatever meals we will have that week.  I always make 2 loaves of bread.  Then I make 2 of something else.  My recipe makes 4 somethings.  I make rolls, hamburger buns, soup bowls, breadsticks, pizza crust.


  What ever it is that we may need for the week.  Then they are ready to go.  Pizza crust is so great to have on had.  I pre-bake it, then I cover it and place it in the fridge.  When I am ready, I add my ingredients and bake.  It is such an easy meal.


#6.  Make your meat ahead of time.  You can cook all your chicken in a crockpot, and shred it.  Then you shred it and place it in ziplock bags.  When you are ready to make chicken enchiladas, you just pull out your pre-cooked chicken.  It is also handy to cook ground beef ahead of time, and freeze it.  For ideas on this, I suggest the book Make a Mix by Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward, and Madeline Westover.

#7.  Make muffins, and extra pancakes and waffles.


Muffins are such an easy breakfast food and there are so many good recipes out there.  I like to make these after dinner.  I already have a mess, and then they are ready to go in the morning.  I usually make 2 different kinds.  This is a recipe for 6 week bran muffins.  This will stay good for up to 6 weeks in your fridge:

Six week bran muffins

6 C. bran flakes

2 C. boiling water

1/2 C. shortening or olive oil

1/2 c. sugar

1 qt. buttermilk or 2 cups buttermilk, and 2 C. vanilla yogurt

(have soured my own milk instead of buttermilk, and I also have used powdered)

5 C. flour

5 t. soda

1 t. salt

Pour boiling water over bran and let sit. Can use four cups bran in the water and leave two out for more texture. Mix shortening with sugar, and add bran. Then add the rest of the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients.

Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes. These will keep in fridge for 6 weeks. This makes a lot.

When you make pancakes french toast, and waffles; make extra.  Freeze them; they cook up so nicely in a toaster.

#8.  Make smoothie popsicles.  We drink a lot of smoothies, thanks to my favorite kitchen appliance.  I make popsicles with what is left.  I never feel bad about letting my kids have a popsicle for breakfast.


#9.  Prepare for breakfast in the evening, and lunch and dinner in the morning.

I hope these ideas can help you prepare for "the swing shift" in your own home.  I hope you can share more meals with your family.  I know that dinner time is when our family bonds, and our children are the most teachable. 

This method has helped me not be so stressed out at dinner.  I am also less resentful because I am not in the kitchen for 3 hours at night.

GOOD LUCK planning ahead.

Disclaimer:  DO NOT FREEZE YOUR LETTUCE.  I was only freezing my spring mix and spinach because I read that you could.  I think my previous post was confusing and led you to believe that you could freeze it all.  My spring mix lettuce didn't freeze so well either.  You can freeze your peppers though, and spinach is fine when you add it to a recipe.

For week one click here.

For week two click here.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Day…

  the best Mother’s Day.  Somewhat surreal.  My family is finally complete.  My first Mother’s day with ALL my children.  I tried to reflect on that today.

 Mother's Day 2010

I woke up to a sweet little coo.  Then a morning nurse.  Back to bed for a morning cat nap while daddy takes care of the kiddos.  Finally get up. I remember that I am at my BFF’s house for a visit.  What could be better then that?

Wake up to the smell of blueberry muffins. YUM!! made from fiber one mix.  Always need more fiber.  Good Good.

Four crisp white papers placed in my hand.  One says, “You are the best mom in the universe.”  The other, “I love you because you play with me.”  Another, “I love it when you lay by me and sing to me.”  and last a coupon for a 4 person massage.  Each person will massage a different part of my body… it expires tonight.

Off to church for some spiritual uplift, and guess who the speaker is?  None other then my BFF.  I sat in the peaceful mother’s room, and nursed my little baby as I listened.

  Wonderful. I was able to listen without distraction.  Tears pouring down my cheeks

as Krysta spoke about motherhood with such a sweet reverence and utmost respect.  Like it is the most important job on earth.  Oh wait, it is!!  There was nothing more wonderful then nursing my last little miracle while my favorite friend shared simple reminders of how our time could not be better

Home for a little rest.  Tess is unsettled.  I lay her next to me on the bed.  We lay there for 30 minutes.  She grabs my cheeks, smiles, coos and snuggles with me.  One more reminder of

how love really makes the world go round.  Love is what motherhood is all about.

Tess finally settles.  I make sugar cookies.  A favorite for everybody.  I haven’t had a cookie in 5 weeks.  I deserve one today.  So… I’ll have 2 or 3 or maybe 15.

Off to the farm discovered by Krysta to take family photos.  What a wonderful day to capture

my family. My family.  They are mine.  These five people are what made me a


Home to dinner.  Yummy!! Cafe Rio.

Time to redeem my massage.  HEAVEN.  Tessa lays between Jonathan and I on the

bed.  Isaac rubs my feet.  Jex my back.  Stella my legs.  Jonathan my neck.  He leans over and whispers I love you.


So surreal.  Four children.  All mine.  A miraculous beauty.

 A remarkable day…. I will not forget.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

What I have learned Thursdays... Being Prepared in the Kitchen; week 2

Well.... are you ready?  Do you have your list done?  Are your recipes organized?

I hope last week helped you start thinking about how to have meals at the dinner table.

Don't forget that I have files with all that info already laid out.  If you would like a copy please leave me your email.

You have your list in hand and you are ready to shop.  Here are my tips for shopping day.

#1.  Start Early and plan on using a good chunk of your day.  By planning ahead, you will only have to do this big trip once every three or four weeks so you can use your day to do it right.  The stores will also be less busy if you go earlier in the morning.

#2.  As you shop, keep your basket organized.  This way when you lay it on the belt it will also be organized.  Then it will be bagged with like items, and so much easier to put away when you get home with it.

#3.  Stock-up.  Part of being prepared is having a store on your own shelves to shop from.  This allows you to stay away from the grocery store as much as possible.  My rule of thumb is to spend an extra $10 every trip on something.  This time, I stocked up on green beans. 


We were out, and I like to have a supply on my shelf.  I try to have enough of the item for one year.  We use about one can a month in Shepard's Pie so I know that I need 12.  Now when I go to make Shepard's pie I won't be running to the store for one can of green beans.  I do this every trip.  I try to buy items that are on sale.  ie:  if you notice in an ad that BBQ sauce is $.89 then stock up and buy several.

#4.Pack Hot and Cold bags in your trunk. 


I always have more then 1 store to go to.  I use these hot and cold bags to keep my frozen and refrigerated items good until I am finished.  They really work great.  If you put a few frozen in with a few refrigerated you will be set.  I always try to buy icecream products at my last stop.

#5. Once you are home, unload your Hot and Cold bags first. This takes care of anything requires refrigeration quickly.

#6.  Now move on to your produce.  Take a little bit of time now, and it will save you so much throughout the week.  I wash all of my fruit, except Strawberries.  They seem to spoil if they have to much moisture around them.


a.  for grapes I take them out of the container.  Wash them, and then leave some in a bowl.  I pull the bowl out of my fridge every morning for easy snacking.  The rest go back in to the container they came in.  I wash it and dry it well to prevent any spoiling.


b.  once I have washed everything I leave them on the counter to dry.  I move on to putting the rest away and when I come back to it, it is all dry.


#7.  Buy  items in bulk. Freeze what you don't use, or store in #10 cans.

a.  Apples, plums, pears, grapefruit and oranges will not spoil if kept in your fridge for a long period of time.  I buy enough of these to last us close to 3 weeks.

b.  This is how I buy lettuce. 


I get it ready by breaking off the end and placing it in a ziplock bag.  I keep the bag open on one end. Then when I am ready to eat it, I only wash what I am using.  It will keep it so much more fresh.  I make salads for myself almost every day.  I only pull out 2 or 3 leaves and cut them up.  Your produce will last longer if you only make what you are going to eat.

c.  I also freeze peppers.  I will pull out what I need and freeze the rest.   Make sure you label it with a date.



d.  I also buy massive bags of shredded cheese and separate them in to 2 cup bags.  The simplest way to do this is to place a big ziplock bag in a bowl and fill it with the cheese. The bowl holds the bag open so nicely. Label it and then place it in your freezer.

e.  Anything else that I buy in bulk such as pasta sets on my shelf once I open it, I dump it into # 10 cans.


(these big bags of flour will be dumped in my buckets when I run out of what I already have.  Notice that we also store water in these 2 liter bottles.)

f.  I have 5 gallon buckets with flour and sugar in them.

g.  I also buy food storage items, such as powdered milk, rice, beans and wheat that I keep on a shelf for use in an emergency or if I don't want to go to the store.

#10 Cans

#8.  Open all of your boxes.  I open anything my kids need to get into. 

ie: go-gurts.


#9.  Plan to make an easy meal on grocery shopping day.  You will be wore out by the time that you are done.

Here are two great recipes:

French Bread Pizza

1 loaf of French bread sliced in half

1 # ground sausage

Jar of Alfredo or stuff for homemade

Any topping you like:


g. pepper

mushrooms onions


mozzarella cheese

load the French bread with all the fixins

Broil in oven for 5 minutes until cheese melts. Eat immediately

From Krysta Moes

Black Bean Burgers

1 can black beans

1 can green chilies

1 C. bread crumbs

1 t. chili powder

1 egg beaten

¼ C. cornmeal

2 T. vegetable oil

Hamburger buns

Mayo, lettuce, cheese, and salsa

Put beans in a food processor blend until mashed. Remove and add chilies, bread crumbs, chili powder and egg. Shape into 6 patties and coat with cornmeal.

Cook patties in skillet over medium heat. Heat 5 to 10 minutes.

Put mayo on buns, add burger and top with cheese, lettuce, and salsa, and avacado.

#10.  Enjoy looking in your fridge and pantry and seeing how prepared you are.



Meet me back here next Thursday to learn about making ahead.

For week one of "Being Prepared in the Kitchen" go here.


Monday, May 3, 2010

What I wore this week...

Lindsey over at The Pleated Poppy has been doing this fun post.  She posts pictures of what she wore throughout the week.  I love it, because it is real.


I am sharing pictures from last week because this is a good indicator of who I am.  I also think it is such a fun post.  Sorry for the pictures.  It is really hard to take pics of yourself in a mirror.


Outfit 2

My two fav's:

Old Navy shirt and Denim Jacket

OH, I must apologize for the dumb hair this week, I am trying to recover from a bad cut.


Outfit 1

I clean on Tuesday, so I just stay in my comfy clothes.  No makeup, and hair undone.


Outfit 3

I love cardigans.  They go with everything.


Outfit 5

Hat Day


outfit 6

This picture is a little dark, and my bedroom is still a mess.  Do you know how hard it is to remember to take a picture of yourself?  I did want this to be REAL, and this is the Real deal at my house.

Any hoo... This is my favorite jewelry day.  I love this necklace from Charlotte Russe, and the ring from Forever 21.

I missed Sat. and Sun., but now we are back to Monday and Guess what I am wearing?

Outfit 4

My Favorite shirt from Old Navy.

What are you wearing this week?

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