Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Do the Right Thing

Hey friends.    Next time your at a Big Box Retailer or Grocery Store  -- do the right thing.

Take your buggy either back to the cart return in the parking lot or directly back to the store.

Don't be lazy -- it only takes a minute.  You''ll make some bagger/clerk happy that they don't have to run all over tarnation to gather carts.

For my West Coast friends...."buggy" is a southern term for grocery cart.

This has been my first public service announcement.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

It All Starts with a Clean Sink....

I'm still making good progress with my online bible study,  "A Life that Says Welcome" led by Karen Ehman.  The reading for this week covers cleaning, clutter and decorating.  I'll talk later about decorating (my lack of) but for now let's discuss baby steps.

Do you know who Fly Lady is?  Fly Lady is actually a gal by the name of Marla Cilley.  Fly stands for Finally Loving Yourself.    She helps people from all walks of life get their life in order by establishing short and quick routines.  Whether it be meal planning, laundry or just keeping the house clean, Fly Lady (aka Marla) has a plan!  She says many of us never begin our tasks because just the thought of it all overwhelms us.  Anyone agree?  I do!

Fly Lady constantly preaches, "baby steps" and she says it all starts with a clean sink!

Sounds silly right?  Get your life organized and all you have do is clean your sink?  No way!  Yes way!

 Baby Step #1 is never go to bed with dishes in the sink.  Put them in the dishwasher -- wash them by hand -- whatever it takes to get them out of the sink.  How many of us have been lazy after dinner and said "I'll take care of that in the morning"?  I'll be the first one to raise my hand!  I'll also be the first to say how much longer it took to get all the food, gunk, whatever off those dishes in the morning.  Probably twice as long as it would have been had I taken care of it after dinner.

Fly Lady says that even though you may have a messy kitchen, if your sink is clean and polished it will provide motivation and encouragement to get the rest of your room and eventually home in order!

She's got lots of other routines, but this is where it all begins.  I encourage you to look at her website and sign up for her daily emails to get you started.  Even if you are already a tidy person, she has great "steps" to other things such as:

  • Moving Tips
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Vacation Planning and Packing
  • Menu Planning
  • Calendar Organization
  • Surviving the Holidays
...and much much more!!

You'll never look at housekeeping the same way again!  Now, depending on when you read this, go do your morning or evening routines!  You'll have to check out Fly Lady to learn what I am talking about!

Good luck!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Life that Says Welcome

I just began a new online bible study one week ago that is about Hospitality.  It is based on the book, "A Life that Says Welcome" by Karen Ehman.  I am definitely one that gets started on things with much enthusiasm only to get bored, or busy or ________ (fill in the blank) and not finish what I've started.  Can any of you relate?

My assignment this week was to read Chapters 1-3 and answer the questions of which there wasn't too many.  I am so proud to say, it is Sunday and I finished the first assignment.  Yeah me!  And guess what? I did not get bored or too busy, because this book is speaking volumes to me!

I am guilty of getting sucked into watching loads of episodes on HGTV and Food Network.  I long to be able to whip up a meal in 30 minutes or have someone stop by to rearrange my furniture "while I was out", but in my corner of the world those things don't happen.  For one, I have to cook with a recipe.  I'm not the creative kind that can throw a few things in a pot from her pantry and call it a meal.  Nor, am I gifted with decorating abilities.  Still, I love love to watch this kind of television as well as read as much as I can on the subject.

Where I am going with this, is I REALLY REALLY want to be gifted in the area of hospitality.  I want to invite friends over after church for lunch or throw together a quick BBQ on a Saturday afternoon.  Don't get me wrong -- I can do it.  But for me, it involves a lot of planning, a lot of stress and a lot of worry.  Why?  I just feel like everything has to be perfect and since it seems so much work to get it perfect (which in my mind, it never is) I just don't do it.  BUT, I really want to.....

I found out about this study from the Proverbs 31 devotional I receive daily by email and thought I would give it a try.  I downloaded the book using the Kindle app on my phone and I'm so glad I did.  I am learning that Hospitality is so much more than just having someone over to eat.  It starts at home with your family and it does not have to be so complicated.  I hope you will check it out!  See the box to the right of this post!

My assignment today was to share a recipe that I make for company.  While this is not always used for that, it has been taken to a sick friend or made for family dinner.  It's super easy and was given to me by my sister-in-law.  It's great for those days when you need something hearty and quick.  The only planning involved is getting the ingredients and crock pot out!

Super Easy Crock-Pot Roast

  • any type of roast
  • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 package mini peeled sliced carrots
  • 1 onions, cut in half and quartered
  • 2 cans Campbell's Beefy Mushroom Soup
Layer in crock pot --roast, potatoes, onions, carrots and cover with soup.  NO WATER NEEDED.  Cook on low 8-10 hours.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Easter Egg Decor

Slowly, I am beginning to to slightly understand this Blogger world.  Really, I'm just blogging for myself as a way to document things that happen at the White House.  Whether it be family photos, milestones or even just recipes, it's a good way to keep it all in one place.  If I get a friend or family member who reads it even better!

I am getting some great ideas over at Centsational Girl for spring crafts.  Thought I'd throw in my "craft idea" as well although not home made - just store bought in time for Easter!

The Baby Chick door hanger was purchased at my favorite pharmacy and I think I may have picked up this Easter swag from Hobby Lobby?  I've had it awhile, but have not gotten it out in several years.

A closer look at the swag.  Wish I had bought a few more!

This is my Easter centerpiece.  Found all of these pieces last year at Pier One Imports at 90% off.  Pier One is my secret friend.  I should add some moss at the base but seeing as I already have this set out and up and published, I don't have a burning desire to return to a craft store.

These glass ornaments are so delicate.  Forgive my photos.  Thats another goal to tackle!

Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Double Easter Mantle

Allow me a bit of grace as I try for the first time to link up to a blog mantle party!   This one is hosted by The Lettered Cottage.

Because I have a double sided fireplace, I have two small mantles to work with.  As you can see, I am by no means a professional.  I tend to find a picture of something I like and then recreate from there.  I am great at "borrowing" ideas as I was not gifted with any creative genes!

Mantle in the hearth room:

I am still using the camera on my phone but have a goal to do a better job with picture taking on a real camera!

The candlesticks usually stay on the mantle year round.  I like the dark color for contrast.  Pastel eggs were purchased from Pier 1 Imports last year at 90% off.  The paper grass in bottom of hurricane vase was what was tied around the eggs.  White bunny from TJ Maxx.

Vintage banner purchased from Etsy.

Miscellaneous Easter decor purchased from TJ Maxx and Cracker Barrel.

Wood tray from Paul Michael's.  Three moss balls.  Simple and easy.

Mantle in the Living Room:

The Pottery Barn plant in a Southern Living at Home container is typically on this mantle.  Easter Bunnies with votives are from Pier One -- again at 90% off last year.  Small Easter decor is from TJ Maxx and I don't remember where I picked up the Easter egg topiary.

The ears on this bunny votive are bendable.  

So that's it.  My first time linking up to a "party".   

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Menu Plan Sunday (two days late)

Not doing so good in posting these menus!

Grilled Pork Chops
Parmesean Potato Wedges (Semi Homemade by Sandra Lee)

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff (Pinterest)
Green Salad

Homemade Mac n Cheese
Fried Okra
Corn on the Cob
Green Beans

Taco Salad

International (i.e, find what you can in the pantry)


Sunday Lunch:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chicken -- It's Whats for Dinner

I didn't post my menu plan for the week because I did not put one together.  Marty had the stomach bug  earlier in the week and for those who know how germa-phobic I am -- well you know what happened.

I put him in solitary confinement in our guest room -- administered the topical phenagrin -- got him a Gator Aid -- left the remote within reach and then checked on him from time to time.  We had left overs one night and chinese takeout another.  I ordered too much chinese so that extended over for another dinner.  Marty does not EAT left overs more than 2.5 hours old and since he was out of commission it worked out ok for the rest of us.

Fast forward to today.  Still have not gone to Kroger, but I do have four chicken breasts that are thawed and ready to be cooked but into what, I'm not sure.  Did you know you can Google, "What do I make with four chicken breasts" and you'll get an answer?    Just like the Magic 8 Ball.  If you don't like the answer, you can ask again until you get the one you want.  Lucky for me I had all the ingredients on hand!

If you make this, let me know what you think!