Saturday, March 26, 2011

Comfort Food

I love to cook! I am not a gourmet cook at all but, I love comfort food. That's probably why The Pioneer Woman's cookbook and website captures my soul when it comes to food and cooking. Being the mom to three little boys makes our house in love with meat. It just so happens that this crazy lady called "The Pioneer Woman" is married to a rancher. Meat is part of their daily life, literally. Check out some of my favorite Pioneer Woman recipes - yum, yum!

BBQ Meatballs

Meatloaf (Beef and Bacon together!)

Homemade Pizza (My boys prefer pepperoni)

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

Ok, this last recipe I haven't tried but I am dying too:)
Brandy Snaps (ok, so these are for me - don't they look yummy)

Favorite Blogs

I love blogs - what can I say! If I have an extra few minutes during my day I love to pop over to these blogs and see what they are up to. So many creative, fun loving, adventure filled, beautiful women (and handsome hubbys - YHL) writing blogs - it's so fun. I wanted to share a few of my favs with you:) Check them out - they are all lovely and full of fun and creative ideas.
Jones Design Company

Young House Love
Holly Mathis Interiors
Holly Mathis Interiors
IHeart Organizing
iHeart Organizing

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Going Public

My sister recently told me about this book. The author recently came to her Olympia MOPS group and spoke about discipline.

When we put our 5 year old in Tacoma's public school system this year we were extremely nervous but really felt God calling us to be a part of the public school. We had a rough couple of weeks but are so thankful that we obeyed God's calling. Noah loves school, his teacher and classmates.

My sister told me about this book and it has been extremely encouraging to me as Noah is not enrolled in the top rated elementary school in Tacoma. This book has once again confirmed the importance of character building, discipline at home and caring for our children's hearts. Being the best reader, getting perfect grades and test scores only gets you so far but, building character based on God's love for you will take you places.

What Color, What Color?

I purchased this piece on Camano Island a couple of years ago and I love it! I've always been a little undecided on what color to paint it. It needs to stand out in my dining room - everything is so brown in there. Here it is amongst the coffee maker, bionicles and some other random stuff. Any thoughts?

Also, here is a typical day at our house. All three boys in the dining room. Noah is coloring, Caed is playing with his Thomas train and Pearce is sleeping (good baby!)

Monthly Meal Plans

This last fall I realized how much time I wasting each day, week, month by not having a dinner plan each night. I also wanted to save money as well as time.

At the end of each month I print a new calendar and plan dinner for each night of the week. On Sunday I search the Sunday paper for coupons on deals for upcoming meal ingredients. I then go grocery shopping either on Sunday afternoon or on Monday morning. This has saved me lots of money and time! I think I spend around $50-$75 on groceries each week. Granted we do need to do a large Costco run every couple of months - I usually spend around $100 for that trip. I also run to Valley Farms Produce stand every other week and spend $25.

Here are my monthly calendars of meals. Sorry for all the check marks, crossed out meals, etc... I hang this on my frig so that I know what I need to set out the night before to unthaw. I sometimes switch my meals around within the week depending on how we are feeling or who is coming over for dinner. Right now I am feeding 2 grown men (my hubby and a friend who is living with us), our two growing boys, and myself, plus I am breastfeeding Pearce (ok, he doesn't really count but, I do have to eat an extra 500 calories a day to keep up with his every 2 hour eating schedule.)

My calendars October-January 2010

OCTOBER 2010



NOVEMBER 2010

DECEMBER 2010

JANUARY 2010

I often repeat some of our favorites each month and every Friday night is homemade pizza night at our house.

My favorite sites for meal/recipe planning are...
www.allrecipes.com (you can type in ingredients that you have handy to find a recipe)
www.thepioneerwoman.com (tasty kitchen)
http://www.rachaelray.com/
http://envymycooking.blogspot.com/
http://e-mealz.com/ (if you don't feel like doing all of this yourself)

So, there ya have it! Hope this is helpful:)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Clothing Labels

While I was prego I popped on over to IKEA (with my two little boys - one of our favorite places to go) and purchased this beauty for baby Pearce's room.

EXPEDIT Bookcase white Width: 58 5/8 " Depth: 15 3/8 " Height: 58 5/8 " Max load/shelf: 29 lb  Width: 149 cm Depth: 39 cm Height: 149 cm Max load/shelf: 13 kg
I then headed to Target and purchased canvas bins to hold Pearce's little clothes. My hubby gets annoyed that he can't figure out what clothes are in what canvas bin so, today I decided to create some cute little labels for each cubby.

Here is what it looks like before....



Here is what it looks like now, with happy labels...




No more confusion:)

Chalkboard Paint Mistakes

A few months ago I headed to the Goodwill to pick up a picture frame to turn into a chalkboard for our entry way. I brought it home painted the frame a light green and the inside portion with chalkboard paint. Purchased a chalkboard pen, and wrote "Happy New Year 2011." Little did I know that it would not erase completely, leaving a permanent "Happy New Year 2011" message. So, today I finally dug the frame out of the laundry/craft area and decided it was time to fix this little mistake. I whipped out the chalkboard paint and ta-da, repainted it again. This time I know a trick to fix this little mistake. Wait 24 hours for it to dry, then use chalk to cover the entire area, erase and then feel free to use it. I didn't wait 24 hours and I didn't cover the entire area with chalk - so now I know!