Saturday, March 13, 2010
My Job Chart offers up a list of possible jobs and lets you decide who will do them. There are even some chores that all can do. Decide how many times a week the job needs done. Some may require every day attention while others may need once a week attention. The great thing about My Job Chart is that it put the maker of the list in charge.
Don't forget rewards. There is a section to keep track of rewards, how often they are to be given out and what needs to be done to earn them. The reward for you is to know that you are not the only one taking care of the house and that your family is learning how to take care of the house as well.
6 graham cracker boards (oblongs)
2 Tbsp each sugar and melted butter
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup each canola oil and water
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
6 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Small handheld butane torch
Heat oven to 350ºF. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. Crumbs: Process graham crackers in food processor until fine crumbs. Add sugar and butter; pulse until blended. Spoon about 2 tsp into each muffin cup. Top with 1 tsp mini chocolate chips. Cupcakes: In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt until blended. In medium bowl, whisk buttermilk, eggs, oil, water and vanilla until blended; whisk into flour mixture until smooth. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter into each muffin cup. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely. Marshmallow Topping: Put egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a large metal bowl. Set over a saucepan of simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to large bowl of an electric stand mixer. Beat 5 to 7 minutes, starting on low speed and gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Spoon into a large ziptop freezer bag. Snip a 1-in. opening off one tip; pipe topping onto each cupcake. Using handheld torch, lightly brown the topping, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners. Serve immediately, or store in airtight containers at room temperature for up to 2 days
located on womans day website
It is uncommonly quiet in my house today. Everyone is here and all are doing their own thing with a couple playing games, more watching sports, one doing homework and yet another teen sleeping. So my six word Saturday this week is
Our house is very humble today
Friday, March 12, 2010
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. The blog An Island life celebrates this by hosting Aloha Friday. Where I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
2. Will you pay for your children's college or raise them to pay for their own way?
3. Have you ever been in a car accident?
4. What is your favorite book?
5. Do you make your bed everyday?
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This is Princesses latest picture she is so cute I love her very much.
This is my lil divas picture at her birthday. I love her smile in this picture
Birth to 12 months:
Yes even at this young age according to Parent magazine will allow your child early experience in reading. The lil ones are able to find patterns in what he is able to hear and helps to boost their structure and use of language. The best books at this level are chubby books. The pictures in these books are often larger and can help infants develop eye muscles. Textured books also introduce the tiniest readers to new world expectations. By playing games of pat a cake and reading nursery rhymes your child learns to model speech in a playful nature. Reading is a lot more than books learning symbols such as the golden arches or daddy's car sends messages that they can read and understand what is going on in the world.
12 to 24 months:
your child has gathered a large listening vocabulary and soon will be talking in understandable speech. Its time that the baby talk takes a break and that proper words are use model of ts. Regular spoken language is the best model. Read often and let the books become part of every day life. Start asking questions to your child to make sure they are following along, being sure they understand what they are hearing, as well as predict events. Teach your child that there is more to read than books. Read the cereal box, recipes, or newspapers any where there is printed material for your child to read. Open up the world of interest and conversation by posing questions that take thought such as "will we get mail today" Reading has many steps built into it and many of these can be taught without a book.
2 to 3 years:
By this age the child's language begins to develop even further. There are favorite books that are read often and have become so familiar that your child may be able to share the story with you. Allow them to do this it is good practice for them and this skill will become important when they begin to write. Themes become fun at this age they may have their favorite characters and it would be so fun to read books about these characters. The seasons, home, holidays etc... will be fun themes to share and read about. Riddles are good learning tools both asking them and having them repeat them are building skills. Hero's at this age are real whether they see daddy or mommy as a hero or a character or person they are familiar with. Hero's can help teach skills in a fun interactive manner.
These tips and more can be found on the parenting website here
The book The four Seasons finds the great Sesame Street characters sharing the seasons in a great fun way. The Sesame Street website offers fun games for spring as well here.
I also love Gail Gibbons, she has many wonderful books. The book Arnold's Apple Tree teaches about apples as well as seasons.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
1 2-pound package prepared frozen mashed potatoes
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups meat loaf mixture
1 large carrot, chopped (1 cup)
1 celery stalk, sliced (1 cup)
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 14-ounce can whole potatoes (drained and cubed).
Heat oven to 400 F. In a saucepan, gently heat mashed potatoes and milk, stirring occasionally, until well combined. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meat-loaf mixture and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrot and celery, and cook 5 minutes. Sprinkle in flour, stir, then add chicken broth. Simmer 3 minutes and remove from heat. Add peas and whole potatoes. Spoon into an ovenproof casserole and top with the mashed potatoes. Bake until the top is golden, about 40 minutes.
•3 cups finely shredded green cabbage
•1 onion, finely chopped
•1/4 cup water
•6 cooked potatoes, mashed or 4 cups prepared instant mashed potatoes (prepared according to directions on package)
•1/4 cup milk
•1/4 cup butter or margarine
•Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Place cabbage, onion, and water in a saucepan or Dutch oven and quickly bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 8 minutes until tender. Do not overcook. Add mashed potatoes, milk, butter or margarine, salt, and pepper. Mix well, stirring often until heated through.
•4 tbsp butter
•½ cup onion, finely chopped
•Leftover mashed potato
•Any leftover vegetables, cabbage, swede, carrots, peas, Brussels Sprouts, finely chopped
•Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large frying pan melt the butter, add the chopped onion and fry gently for 3 mins or until soft. Turn the heat up slightly and add the mashed potato and vegetables. Fry for 10 mins turning over in the melted butter two or three times ensuring the potato and vegetables are thoroughly reheated. Press the potato mixture on to the base of the pan with a spatula and leave to cook for 1 min. Flip over and repeat.
sugar and iced if possible I love the ones from a local bakery the best
2. If a birds wing falls asleep, does it hurt when it tries to flap it's wings or does that make it feel better?
well since I am not a bird I would not know
3. Water - tab, bottle, filtered or....???
filtered is what we use at home bottled else where
4. Would you (or do you) have a stripper pole installed in your home?
nope do not never would but it may have been fun when I was younger
5. Do you still have any Christmas decoration up?
nope took them all down just this past week LOL
6. What brand of camera do you have?
7. Why do paint colors have weird names?
yes but I think many of them are pretty
8. Which toe is your favorite and which foot is it on?
never thought about a favorite toe before
9. What would you do if a celebrity sneezed in your face?
I would probably do the same thing I do to everyone else hand them a tissue and ask them if they have a health coverage for everyone they infect
10. If a stranger came to your door and asked for a glass of water, would you give it to them?
yes, but ask them to stay outside
11. The government has asked that you pick the newest national holiday - what is it?
moms day off
12. How many toothpicks could you fit into a beer can?
have no idea one day when I am bored have nothing else to do (like that would ever happen) i may take the time to find out
13. Whats the weirdest excuse you ever gave for missing school or work...or heck, even a social function, date, whatever?
besides the normal sick, kid sick, etc... cant think of any
14. Can we stop now?
please these questions are killing me
- Coconut-Supreme Oil (Cocus nucifera) I am not sure if you all have ever used coconut oil on your skin but I have to say that my skin loves it. Coconut oil is also beneficial to my skin because it helps my skin to become stronger and has been known to help prevent wrinkling and sagging.
- Olive Oil (Olea europaea) Olive oil has been known to help prevent dry skin and eczema. Olive Oil naturally contains vitamin E which has long been known as the skin vitamin in our family
- Vitamin E Oil (Dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate) Vitamin E (AKA the skin vitamin) can help decrease the effects of psoriasis, and erythema. Vitamin E also has the reputation to reduce scarring and help reduce stretch marks
With these three oils as well as canola oil, Jojoba oil, Aloe Vera oil, Grapeseed oil, Soy Bean oil, and Shea Butter Scrubz Body Scrub is sure to help skin ailments that the weather or health problems may leave behind.
Scrubz is not only great for your skin but it smells great as well. We received a sample of the vanilla Scrubz Body Scrub. Smells so great, feels great and in my personal opinion works great as well. Scrubz comes in a variety of scents from floral to fruity and sweet. I am sure that you will find one that is perfect for you. In addition to the wonderful sugar scrubs Scrubz also sells Scrubblez for kids, Shavez for men, as well as oilz, butterz and other products to help you feel wonderful.
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1 can (21 oz.) apple pie filling, drained
6 slices cheddar cheese
Toast or broil the bread sprinkle with cinamon sugar if not using cinamon raising bread. Top each slice of toast with equal amount apple pie filling and a cheese slice. Broil 2 to 3 minutes or til filling is heated through and the cheese melts. Serve at once.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Bonita J has the perfect jewelry for every member of the bridal party. From the brides and bridesmaid to the flower girl each member will be pleased with the jewelry offered by Bonita J.
Jewelry is essential and an important part of any wedding. Budget is a part of a wedding that no one likes to think about but everyone must respect. Bonita J. works wonderfully well with every budget as well allowing the bride and groom to enjoy their wedding and look great as well.
Bonita J. would love to give the earring in the picture above to one of Annie's Home readers. The earrings are valued at $40 and the winner has the choice between silver or gold as well as two colors of beads.
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My kids will eat nearly everything with hamburger in it. With the days getting nicer it will be so easy to start the crockpot and not worry about it til night time. This would be a great meal to have at the end of a busy day
2 to 3 med. carrots, unpeeled
1 (#2) can peas, drained or 1 c. frozen peas
2 to 3 med. onions, chopped or sliced or equivalent amt. of dried onions
1 lb. or less of turkey or chicken or lean hamburger
2 stalks of sliced celery
1 (10 oz.) can tomato soup
1 (10 oz.) can water
Place layers of vegetables in order given in crock pot. Season with salt and pepper. Put the lightly browned meat on top of celery. Mix tomato soup with water and pour into pot. Cover and set low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 2 to 4 hours. Stir occasionally. In the absence of a slow cooking crock pot, use stew pan on top of the stove for 1 to 2 hours.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
3 c flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
3 t cinnamon
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 c oil
2 c sugar
2 (10 oz. ) frozen sliced strawberries, thawed (3 1/2 c undrained)
1 c pecans, chopped
Mix first 4 together Thaw berries, do not drain. Mash Add all together: mix well to a soft dough Makes 2 large or 3 medium loaves Bake at 35o degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces
15 1/2 ounces can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
15 ounces ragu robusto
29 ounces canned Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
4 1/2 ounces jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon garlic powder, or to taste
1 cup water
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
6 ounces uncooked thin spaghetti, broken in half
Combine all ingredients except spaghetti in crock pot. Cover and cook on LOW 4-5 hours. Stir in spaghetti. Cover and cook on HIGH for 45-50 minutes until pasta is tender.
Follow this link www.recipeforagoodstart.com to enter your recipe in the contest where judges will select the top 3 contenders. These three will have the chance to prepare their dish in New York City August 2010. The recipe will also be shared and voted on by those visiting the contest site. The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship for their child.
2 lbs round steak ($3)
pkg dry onion soup mix (.50)
can cream mushroom soup (.50)
1/2 c water
Slice stea into 6 to 8 serving size pieces. Place in slow cooker. Add dry soup mix, 1/2 c water and can of soup. Cover cook low 6 hours to 8 hours If you desire more gravy you can use 2 packages of dry onion soup mix, 2 cans of soup.
Serve this with a salad or vegie and your family will be pleased.
I shared this recipe on $5 dinners you can visit there to see other great recipes as well
- use cooking spray to spray the grater prior to grating to prevent sticking
- placing softer cheeses, such as mozzarella, jack or mild cheddar or Gouda, in the freezer for a few minutes to firm them up will make them easier to grate.
- grated cheese melts evenly and quickly and makes it easier to incorporate into sauces and other dishes.
- It is best to add grated cheese to sauces at the end of cooking. Using just enough to heat to melt and mix it in.
Today is starting out sort of on the rough side. It has started to rain outside, I did not get my day started off great and now I am headed to my moms shop. So todays schedule looks a bit like this:
- laundry (3 baskets to fold, 2 to wash, dry and fold)
- clean bedrooms (did not get done yesterday)
- straighten main part of house (did not get done yesterday)
Yes yesterday we more of less lived and only took care of what we had to at the time. I hate days like that but when you are so busy OMG what are you to do?
what are you doing today?
shared at Mom Tried It where you can find other wonderful ideas moms have tried