Tuesday, December 26, 2006
I'm" due Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Visit My Babies Online Pregnancy Journal
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I noticed that every little free corner here and there, every free small space.. I have stuff crammed and packed in. Probably because I don't have room for these things anywhere else. Well, today I am off to clean these spaces.. I will show you before and after pictures. I will try to get all of this done before tomorrow. I have to be at my sons school at 1 today, for a meeting. We had a fund raiser, and we have to see how much money each person raised. Two years ago I raised almost 500 dollars for my daughter, this year.. I have only raised 200 for my son. The main reason.. when my daughter was in school.. I was a SAHM, now I am going back to school myself and don't have as much free time to work on selling items, or asking for donations.
O.K., O.K., back to the mess. I guess I need to do this in every room. I will set my timer for 15 minutes.. that seems to be what almost every site I visit asks you to do. It's amazing what you can accomplish in just 15 minutes. lol. So.. I think I can get all the spaces cleared out, thrown away, and at least have a mental idea of what I want to do with what's left over afterwards, in the 15 minutes. I will even see if I can get my children to clean up around the rest of the house while I do that.. tell them that they have to make room for all the new toys and clothes that they will get for Christmas.
I hope I soon overcome my messiness. I guess every day I will have to go around my home and take pictures with my digital camera, load the pictures into the computer, and find all those little items that are invisible to me otherwise.
hhhhhum, I don't know.. I have been praying for God to delivery me from my messiness. It's not that I am lazy... I do clean.. I just don't see things like other people see them I guess. That and the fact that growing up, I never had anyone show me how to clean. When my grandmother finally got us kids, she kept her home clean, but we never actually seen her cleaning, and she never required us to do anything to help her out.. which in the long run, hurt me (I was the oldest and only girl). When I got on my own.. I didn't know you had to clean a toilet. lol.. I know sad huh, I didn't know that you had to actually wipe down the sink and mop and sweep as much as you have to. The clothes were just magically in my drawer every day, the bed was magically made. I wish my home ran as smoothly as hers does. I wish my home ran smoothly period.
Well..... I am off to tacle the mess.... I will try to post pictures tomorrow. I have to charge my camera again before I can use it. lol. May God bless each and every one of you and keep you safe today.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
This is a picture of my husband and I.... before we were married. It is the best picture I have of the both of us together (in my opinion). It was taken a while ago though... it's hard to believe almost 7 years ago already. I was 17 in this picture. lol. I still look the same, I straighten my hair now, instead of letting it curl. At the moment, I also have highlights, hubby wanted to see them in my hair, and now he has. lol
Here are a couple of pictures taken a couple of months ago... I think, not that long ago anyway. I had just cut my hair... I think I will let it grow back out long... I just hate taking care of it. The first time I ever cut my hair, it was down to my waiste. Well... this is me... I don't really like posting pictures of my kids, but I might figure out something later on.
The picture above was taken by my 7 year old daughter... she likes taking pictures, her and my son... he's 5 and boy oh boy is he all boy.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup scalded milk
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1 egg, beaten
- About 4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons melted butter (glaze dough before baking)
Stir sugar, salt, and butter into milk/ cool to lukewarm. Place warm water in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with yeast and stir to dissolve. Add warm milk mixture and egg; blend well. Stir in 2 to 3 cups flour and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Mix in additional flour about 1/2 cup at a time until a soft dough forms. The dough should be soft and sticky but not stick to the sides of the bowl. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Place dough in a large greased bowl, turning to cover dough with grease. Cover with damp towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in bulk (I usually place in oven) takes about 45 to 60 minutes. Punch down dough, Shape into rolls (1 1/2 inch balls) and place in two greased 8 or 9 inch cake pans or on a large baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart. Cover with damp towel. Let rise until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush rolls with melted butter and bake 15 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Serve hot. Makes about 24 rolls.
Now... here's the winner... always is, every time. Sorry guys, I also forgot to take a picture of this before I brought it over to the Christmas party... this was all that was left of it when I got home.. and there weren't that many people. lol. At least they had this much left.
Sweet Potato Casserole(or crunch)
- 2 Large cans of sweet potato's
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- (I add a dash of cinnamon, but it's not in the recipe)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- Mix everything in the first list of ingredients together, make sure you mash up the sweet potato's. After you make the mix, place it into a baking dish.
- Next mix together all of the topping mix. Sometimes the topping will come out too sticky, in that case... add more flour and see if that helps.. or you can just add a little butter at a time until you get it the right consistency. You should be able to "sprinkle" the mixture. If you can't get it that consistency... and I never can.. it comes out sooooooo good anyway, don't worry about it.
- Sprinkle flour mix over op of Potato mixture.
- Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes...... That's it.
Enjoy.... Like I said, this recipe is asked for at every event... I have even started printing out the recipe and placing it on the lid of the dish, because I know I will be asked for it several times that evening. I hope you try it... if you do.. let me know how it came out, and if you liked it.
Well... after I make the rolls, I will take pictures of them.. oh.. and the sweet potato crunch also. If the rolls come out good, I will post pictures, and the recipes on here tonight or tomorrow.
Now.. there is something else I want to write about. I was laying in bed last night with my husband, trying to sleep, when he came up close to me and put his arm around me.
I was thinking about Christmas, and how he never gets me anything. Instead of enjoying my husband close to me... I was thinking about how he better get me something this year because I have already spent over 200 on him. Then I stopped myself, or God did... and told me to shut up.. Christmas isn't about getting anything.. and you know, I don't worry about getting from anyone else, just my husband.. the one person who does for me all year long, who is faithful to me, who loves me, who treats me so good.
When it comes to anyone else.. I hate getting gifts.. I much rather give than to get, but no, not with him. I love to give to my husband, but I also long to get from him.
Well, I prayed to God, and asked him to take those feelings out of my heart. I have been corrupted, listening to women who feel if their husbands love them, they will buy them nice expensive things. I don't want to be like that. I want to feel like it's enough for my husband to just be there for me, loving me. I took a deep breath, let it out, and snuggled in closer to my husband... I am such a lucky.. rich woman.
Friday, December 15, 2006
I have started to make homemade bread for my family. I found a few recipes from the internet, and so far, this one is my favorite. I don't remember where I found it at though.
- 2 (.25 ounces) packages active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1/4 cup vegitable oil
- 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast, sugar and water until yeast is proven.
- Add salt, eggs, oil and 3 cups of flour; beat until smooth.
- Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a wamr place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch dough down. Divide in half and shape into loaves.
- Place in two greased loaf pans, cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from pans to cool and enjoy.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
This is the side of my binder, it is a picture of a victorian era lady and gentleman walking together.
And.... here is the back of my binder. There are two pictures, a lady with her son, and a lady with her daughter. There are inspirational scriptures on the back of my binder also.
This is the first page in my binder, it is an overview of all the things to be done, cleaned, picked up, cooked, etc. for the day. I usually write this out the night before, look through my journal and fill out a quick summary of things to be done. All of the pages in my binder are in page protectors, or plastic sleaves. That away I can mark, check off, line through items that are listed with a dry erase marker, and them just wipe them clean when I need to. This also saves computer ink and paper.
The second part of my binder, I have Candy's Rules for the Wife at Home, my Master schedule, then my Morning, Afternoon, and Night Routines, for the days that you just seem to be getting far behind.
The second part of my binder, I have my Weekday Routines.
Example... Monday clean kitchen and wash pants and Daniels clothes. Tuesday clean bedrooms and wash whites and little Daniels clothes. Wednesday clean livingroom and wash uniforms and my clothes. Thursday clean bathrooms and wash colors and Destiny's clothes. Friday speed clean the whole house, and wash towels and Angelina's clothes.
Then there is my Monthly to do list, or projects as some call it. It says Master To-Do list, but that's the only print out I could find that I could use. lol. Mine looks like this.
1st-7th of the month I will spot clean the walls in the house
8th-14th I will declutter bedrooms
15th-21st I will declutter kitchen
22nd-28th I will declutter livingroom
29th I will steam clean carpet and furniture
30th I will declutter laundry room
Then I have my Chrisis/Quick clean lists. Here, I have Candy's Emergency Quick Clean in Nine SImple Steps. I also have FlyLady's Chrisis Cleaning, and a detailed 15 minute cleanup list for each room in my home.
Next I have a detailed cleaning section. Which is just that. There are the rooms in my home, with the day of the week I clean that room at the top in order Moday-Friday. There is a detailed cleaning list for each room, specific to my home.
Monday's looks like this. Monday/ Kitchen. Start at doorway, working around the room from top to bottom.
Clean off little freezer
wipe down plant table
take out ALL trash
wipe down counter
clear table/wipe down
Then there is my Menu section. I have a square for each day of the week as my first page, large enough to write in them what will be cooked each day. Then I have my shopping list. On the shopping list is everything I usually keep for cooking in my home, next to each item is a little check box. Whenever I need to pick up a certain item next time I go to the store all I need to do is put a mark next to the item in the list and I won't forget about it.
Now we come to the Kids' Chores section. The first page there is Candy's Rules for the Mother at Home in Training Her Children. After that there is a page for each of my children. On their page is a list of daily routines as well as weekly routines.
Second to last (as of right now) We have our own "phone book". We have a page for important numbers, then we have a "family yellow page" followed by a Restaurant and take out directory... maybe next time me and husband want to go and eat out, we can look on here and see that NOTHING is opened on a Sunday night. lol
Then... I have my recipe section. No pictures of that though. I will be posting later on pictures of my homemade bread, and breadsticks. Other homemade meals as I cook them, and remember to take pictures. I have a few posted now you can click on the links to be taken straight there if you want to check them out. homemade bread , homemade bread rolls & Sweet Potato Casserolle.
Now, if you need some guidance, or more idea's for your binder, you can go to Candy's site at www.keepingthehome.com . She also has an e-book for sale with step by step instructions on how to create your binder. Alot of my binder pages came from her e-book. The rest of them I either made myself on my computer, or I printed off of www.organizedhome.com . You can find lots of neat ideas on there. Try it, and see how much it helps you out every day.
Also, a reminder that I have moved to a new blog... please visit me at www.OneSewingMommie.blogspot.com ! I look forward to seeing you there!
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED!!!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
I have been asking him out on a date for over three weeks now, but something else always came up. I have a baby sitter ready tonight.. my mother in law.. and hopefully, nothing else will come up, and we can actually go out, and have a nice time without having to worry about anything.. kids included. Don't get me wrong.. I love my children, but sometimes it's nice to get out and actually hold an unenterupted conversation with your husband. I don't ever want to get to the point where my husband and I just pass each other in the kitchen every now and then, not giving each other a second glance.
Now.. even after eight years of being together.. I still love my husband deeply.. it's just a different stage of love. It's not that new, and exciting, head over heals feeling you get when you first start dating. It's a warm, comfortable, safe feeling. Knowing that he will always be there when I need him, that he will not harm me in any way shape or form, but will comfort me. I love that I am comfortable with my husband. I just don't want to ever take him for granted. I want there to always be a spark between us, and sometimes.. you do have to work to keep that spark there. Especially at stressful times, or when the both of you are going through a lot.
Update: I didn't think about the fact that it was Sunday, we went all over, and all of our favorite places were closed, we wound up eating at Pizza Hut. lol. But it was just the two of us, and it was still nice.
I have been making my own bread, and made some homemade breadsticks last night.. they came out so good, my husband is very picky, and he just raved about the breadsticks. I will post the ingredients and pictures later on, if I can ever figure out how to post pictures.
Friday, December 8, 2006
I am finished with school until next semester. I am so glad that I get a break from it for a while. I can spend time at home.. getting everything straightened up. I can catch up on sewing projects, maybe try and make some homemade bread. I really want to try and make some. I think the kids and hubby would love it.
I also want to try and find some nice patterns for modest skirts. I tried to do that also yesterday.. I picked out a pattern, in sort of a hurry, one that I thought was pretty. I also bought some material. When I got home.. I realized that I bought a pattern WAY to big for me. So now, I have to go back and see what else I can find since that one pattern was on sale, and the last one like it.
Thursday, December 7, 2006
I have had my morning time with God today, I ead my children their devotional stories. Well, I will write more after I get home from school today... I really would like to post my binder.