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Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy National Pie Day 2017!!!!





Did it sneak up on you?  National Pie Day!!!  YAY!!  A reason to make pie!! 

This year's pie is a very easy my-children-can-make-it-all-by-themselves chocolate pie.  And yes, my girls made it.  :)

Easy No Bake Chocolate Pie
1 box instant chocolate pudding
1 3/4 cup milk
graham cracker pie crust
whipped topping
chocolate shavings

Mix the chocolate pudding and 1 3/4 cup of milk.  Whisk together very well for about 2 minutes until pudding starts to thicken.  Pour into pie crust and let chill at least an hour.  When ready to serve, top with as much whipped topping as you like, sprinkle with chocolate shavings, slice, and enjoy!!!


We celebrated (and blogged!!!) National Pie day in 2009 and 2011.  Yummy days for sure!!


Are YOU celebrating National Pie Day in your home? If so, what did you make? Please share!!


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Night Biscuits...





 I haven't been making biscuits nearly as often as I used to.  The family still loves them just as much, so why not?  I've gotten lazy!!  I'd MUCH rather my family eat homemade biscuits over store bought stuff any day of the week (though, truth be told, that does happen!!!).  Homemade biscuits are so easy to make, they're budget friendly, too!!  Sooo I've decided that I'll make 12- 15 on Sunday nights and put them in the freezer. That way, we can pull them out for a quick breakfast or snack or even use them for sandwiches. 

My recipe for Easy Homemade Biscuits.

I always ALWAYS use a pastry blender when making biscuits.

It helps to have a helper in the kitchen, you know.  :)



 When cleaning up the mess from making biscuits, I've found it VERY helpful to use a dough scraper.  It helps scrape up all the flour and dough scraps from the area on the counter you've made your biscuits on. 

Another way we LOOOVE to use our homemade biscuits is in this yummy recipe- Chicken and Ham "Pot Pie"

Sooo do y'all make homemade biscuits? Do you even LIKE biscuits???  It can't be just a Southern thing, can it??  :)










Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Weekly Cleaning Routine....






(LOVE my little lady with a broom or what????)

I've posted before about my weekly cleaning routine, but as we all know, life changes. :)  So from time to time, a homemaker may need to revamp her routine to make it easier AND so that she can teach her children to clean, as well. :)

With this being a fresh new year, I decided it was a good time to switch things up.  Here's how I'm handling things here... for now. :)

Monday- bathrooms, launder clothing
Tuesday- dusting, launder towels
Wednesday- vacuum, launder sheets, bath mats, shower curtain liner
Thursday- mopping (including bathrooms), launder clothing
Friday- catch up, launder towels
Saturday- groceries
Sunday- REST!!

(I got the basic idea from Becky at CleanMama.  She has an AWESOME site!!!)

I have daily chores, as well.  You know, things that must be done every day or the whole house will end up looking like a pigsty!!!!  

-Make beds (but air your rooms out first!!!)
-take care of mail as soon as it comes in the door
-wipe counters in kitchen as I cook
-sweep floors
-tidy school room at the end of each school day (not clean it, just tidy it- put stuff back where it belongs)


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Homemade all purpose cleaner...





I've been making my own homemade cleaners for a few years now.  It originally started with me wanting something more natural so that it wouldn't hurt Elizabeth's skin when she was a baby.  I started using baking soda to clean the bathtub and a steam mop for all my mopping.

For some reason, not too soon after Elizabeth was home, I started having problems with my hands cracking open.  I haven't been diagnosed with anything in particular, but I have discovered that a lot of the strong fragrances in cleaners and soaps greatly irritate my skin.  Oh, and antibacterial soaps are the worst!!!!  I try my best to steer clear of anti bacterial anything as well as fragrances, but, come on, I'm a girl! I LOVE good smelling products!!!

One product I started making was homemade all purpose cleaner.  I discovered the wonderful scents and great benefits of essential oils this way!!  This is my favorite all purpose cleaner recipe...

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

16 oz glass spray bottle
2 cups distilled water
2 tsp washing soda (Arm and Hammer)
1 tsp borax
1 tsp liquid castille (I use Dr Bronner's*)
30 drops dōTERRA essential oil**

Mix it all together in the spray bottle and shake thoroughly.  Easy peasy!!!


*I use unscented so that I can smell the essential oils well, but feel free to use any scent of liquid castille you love!!

**I use any combination of oils that I'm in the mood for!!  My current favorite is 15 drops of wild orange essential oil and 15 drops of rosemary essential oil. 


What You Need:
16 oz. glass spray bottle (you can purchase one here)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 3/4 cups water
30 drops d
ōTERRA essential oil (see suggestions below)
1 teaspoon borax

Recommended Essential Oils: 
15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
30 drops On Guard blend
15 drops each of Grapefruit and On Guard
Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to spray bottle. Shake thoroughly.
- See more at: http://doterrablog.com/spring-cleaning-all-purpose-spray/#sthash.88EF67Qp.dpuf
What You Need:
16 oz. glass spray bottle (you can purchase one here)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 3/4 cups water
30 drops d
ōTERRA essential oil (see suggestions below)
1 teaspoon borax

Recommended Essential Oils: 
15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
30 drops On Guard blend
15 drops each of Grapefruit and On Guard
Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to spray bottle. Shake thoroughly.
- See more at: http://doterrablog.com/spring-cleaning-all-purpose-spray/#sthash.88EF67Qp.dpuf
What You Need:
16 oz. glass spray bottle (you can purchase one here)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 3/4 cups water
30 drops d
ōTERRA essential oil (see suggestions below)
1 teaspoon borax

Recommended Essential Oils: 
15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
30 drops On Guard blend
15 drops each of Grapefruit and On Guard
Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to spray bottle. Shake thoroughly.
- See more at: http://doterrablog.com/spring-cleaning-all-purpose-spray/#sthash.88EF67Qp.dpuf

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Welcome to 2017!!!!!!









Happy New Year!!!!

Hard to believe that 2017 is already here!!!  2016 FLEW by!!!  My mother always told me that time flies when you get older- she's not kidding!!!!

So, what plans do y'all have for this new year???  Any goals that you've set?  I always renew my plan to read through the Bible in a year.  This year I'm following this plan.

I'm also committing to reading more books for myself this year.  Yes, we read tons of great books in our homeschool and I do enjoy them all, but I want to read to challenge myself, as well.  Jami Balmet from Young Wife's Guide is hosting a Christian Reading  Challenge for Christian Women and I plan to read along.  :)

And, of course, at the beginning of each year I ALWAYS renew my commitment to eating healthier and exercise.  HA.  Doesn't everyone??  I TRY to stick to low carb (keto, THM S) meals, but I still cook and bake regular for everyone else.  Mr. U keeps his type 2 pretty much under control watching his portions and exercising.  I want to lose weight, yes, but OH HOW I LOOOOOOOOVE TO BAKE!!!!  A lot of times the girls and I will bake and give it away.  :)

So tell me about yourself! I'd love to hear plans and dreams for 2017!!!!



Monday, July 04, 2016

I ran across a tasty blog!!!




 Oh y'all!!!!!  I've discovered a WONDERFUL blogger after my own heart- she LOVES baking and cooking for her family!!  Her name is Jenny and her blog is Planner Perfect Meals.  I'm pretty sure y'all will be drooling over all her recipes like I have been this morning as I have scrolled and read her blog.  YUM!!  Yes, I will be trying MANY of her recipes (not sure about roasted beets, but I just may give it a go!!!!)

Sooooo where will I start first?  Easy!!  Her Homemade White Bread!!  My girls and I all agree we NEED this today!!!  :)

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Cleaning inspiration!!!

I've been in a cleaning rut lately.  Y'all ever had that happen?  I do the basics so it's not DIRTY dirty, but not spotless, either.  I haven't had a cleaning routine in a bit.  Sad, I know.  Life has just been super crazy ever since we moved!!!! 

Thankfully, I recently discovered a YouTube channel called How Jen Does It.  She's a fellow Christian and she loves taking care of her home!!!  Watching her videos have been sooo encouraging to me and YAY I want to tidy up our nest soo much more after watching her videos!!!

Here's a recent video going over 5 Habits for Maintaining a Clean and Organized Home.  In the notes, she provides links to other videos with more homemaking help!! 



Happy homemaking, y'all!!!

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