Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Cut out the picture of each puzzle from the top and sides of the box. Assign each puzzle a number and write the number on the back of each of the pieces (so you know where that lone puzzle piece goes that you find 2 weeks later). Store everything together in a slide-zipper top plastic food storage bag, labeled with the name and number on the puzzle.
We were able to fit all of our puzzles in a small plastic bin, ordered from 1 to 25. :)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
As you receive Christmas cards this year, before you display them, pray for the person or family who sent you the card.
I plan to save ours in a pile to pray over at dinner as a family. Let's all choose to make Christmas greetings even more meaningful!
Monday, November 8, 2010
So these mini cones are now a staple at our house. The cones themselves are not made with wholesome ingredients, but they are so tiny, it seems insignificant. I can use a melon-baller to scoop the ice cream into them and my kids are flipped over having an ice cream cone. Even if they ate 4, it wouldn't compare to what would go into one full sundae cup. (Although we still use those for special ice cream nights.)
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
We currently buy at least two loaves of bread at the beginning of the week, and it doesn't always keep well until the end, unless I refrigerate it. I miss "soft" sandwiches! On my next shopping trip, I'll choose the honey wheat variety and maybe we can have sandwiches on the weekend!
Friday, October 1, 2010
- My son skinned his knee pretty badly and got blood on my yellow purse. Hand sanitizer got it all out instantly.
- My touch screen phone gets yucky from makeup and my kids' dirty fingers. Hand sanitizer makes it like new again.
- We use dry erase markers to write on the windows for school. Sometimes the kids miss and color the painted window sills. :( Hand sanitizer cleaned it right off.
Unfortunately most hand sanitizers are just anti-bac, not anti-viral so it doesn't protect us against viruses like the stomach virus, or even the common cold. I prefer my kids to actually wash hands (unless we're out somewhere and have gross hands and cannot wash) BUT I will be adding hand sanitizer to my cleaning arsenal!
Please comment if you have a tried-and-true hand sanitizer cleaning solution!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Thanks to some of the ideas on the blog 1+1+1=1, we are starting a Morning Board time in our home. We are pinning several things on an old cork board in our school room.
My 2-year old chooses the Color of the Day and then uses a dry-erase marker to draw on the window in that color.
My 5-year old writes the date onto a Wipe-Off Calendar then my 7-year old writes in the full date on the Today Is template. This also has a place to tally our Days of School and I've created a Lesson Number template, too.
We choose our "What's the Weather today?" card and discuss the current temperature and the High/Low for the day. (I really need to get a thermometer for outside.)
We recite the Pledge of Allegiance (with a YAY! from my 2-year old at the end). A small flag and the words are posted on our Morning Board. (The printout I'm using is from the Adventures in My Father's World curriculum.)
We also have our Bible Memory Verse for the week up there. I'm hoping my 2-year old will learn those with us, too!
Morning Board time is now one our favorite times of the day! If you have any other ideas for Morning Board time, please do share!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
First, we use our base cereal. Plain cheerios. Not much sugar and some soluble fiber. Next we get to choose a sugared cereal as a topping. My favorite is Reese's Puffs. Yum! The cheerios seem to take on the flavor of the sugared cereal, yet everybody's bowl is about three-fourths toasted oats and one-fourth "bad" stuff. (SHHH! don't tell my kids!) I hope you enjoy this tip!
(Photo courtesy of Colin Purrington via Flickr.com)
Thursday, August 12, 2010
First, use Feed Burner to share your blog:
Then, create an email subscription widget and add it to the design of your blog:
Lastly, please look to the right and sign up for emails on THIS blog, if you're interested. :)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
This is the basic idea:
Take a slice of trimmed sandwich bread
Place a few filling ingredients on one half of the bread (pepperoni, cheese, marinara, etc.)
Fold the sandwich to make a little triangle
"Fork" the edges to make it pretty
Toast until cheese is melted
You can make a BBQ chicken variation, Mexican variation, etc. I hope your family enjoys these as much as we have. The creativity is half the fun!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Chocolate milk works better than most sports drinks to replenish electrolytes. It can also help you lose weight. And if you drink the whole milk version as a treat, it may raise your good cholesterol.
So drink up!
P.S. Happy Cow Creamery is famous for their chocolate milk. Everyone around here raves about it.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I happened upon this Cooking For Engineers site when trying to figure this out and I found this measuring tip.
When measuring flour without a scale, always assume it calls for sifted flour, because unsifted flour produces different measurements every time. This explains some of the unpredictability of recipes. The author of this site recommends shaking your flour in a large container before measuring. And do NOT pack the flour. It should be lightly spooned in and then leveled off. And shaken in the container first. I've had great results so far!
My favorite containers to store flours, sugars, and other dry goods in are like the Lock and Lock Storage 11 Cup Medium Container.
Friday, May 21, 2010
I mentioned the call to my husband and he told me the man must be a storm chaser. According to an old post on Wikipedia's site:
Storm Chaser (contractor): A term used by insurance companies, municipal building departments, local contractors, and the general public to describe roofing and siding contractors from outside a local area that come to help people in need of repair. General contractors do not have enough skilled workers on staff to compensate for such severe damage, so contractors from all over come with a helping hand and their expertise.Apparently these "storm chasers" often times charge very little money but perform terrible jobs and then disappear. The reputable companies have to come in behind them and re-roof the house.
So consider this a buyer beware - if you receive an unsolicited call asking for permission to check your roof, decline the invitation. You can then contact a reputable roofing and siding company in your area to obtain a FREE damage estimate.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
A good friend of mine, author of simpliful.com, shared this pediatrician-recommended potion: Combine equal parts Lotrimin, Auquaphor and Maalox and store in a small container. Dispense as needed. (Generic Lotrimin and Maalox may be easily substituted - my friend stores hers in a tiny Play-Doh container.)
Here's why it works: The Lotrimin is an anti-fungal cream and will treat any yeast that may be present. The Auquaphor is a very thick ointment that will coat the skin, adding a protective barrier. The Maalox helps to soothe the skin by cooling it on contact. Please try it. You'll be glad you did.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Basically you float an egg in water in a bowl and look to see if it stays on its side or floats to the top. This site states that a fresh egg will stay on its side at the bottom of the bowl. But if it floats...well toss it! Somewhere in between - it's up to you.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Men, stop reading now. This is one of those areas where ignorance is bliss.
When I was breastfeeding I had the lactation consultant's number on speed dial! I rarely pumped so it really did not matter what setting I had it on...until I went away for several days. So, I thought I'd post this for all of you who may be using the Medela Pump In Style Original breast pump. Because the numbers do matter!
To maximize volume start with the the Primer Rate. (Turn the dial to 4/5.) Once you've let down, reduce it to 1/2/3 (set the suction on the place that feels most like your child feeding).
I hope this helps!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
My new time saver? The flat iron that DRIES your hair, too. My hair also ends up much straighter and I can watch a TV show (in the mirror) or talk on the phone (on speaker) while I work. You know YOU like to multi-task, too. And my hairdresser said my hair seems healthier than it did before.
I purchased the Remington Wet2Straight last year for about $25 at Wal-mart. Best $25 I've spent in a while!
Friday, March 19, 2010
It's great for flipping pancakes, moving warm cookies without disturbing the shape and it's perfect for delicate food items. It is small enough to get under food. It is flexible enough to not break something fragile. It is long enough to move a large piece and keep it in one piece. Every cook should have one.
I found mine for $3.99 at TJ Maxx. You can also find them at Williams-Sonoma or on Amazon.com.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I am assuming you'll smell like a salami the next day, but it beats 10 days on an antiobiotic!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Here are the steps to create your own Sandwich Roll-Ups:
Remove the crust, creating two squares.
Flatten the breadout with a rolling pin.
Squish the two pieces together, creating a seam in the center of a long rectangle.
Next, add the sandwich yummies. In this case I was making a turkey and swiss sandwich. Only fill half the sandwich.
On mine, I added a little spicy mustard. My kids have theirs plain, though.
Roll it up and then cut it into four pieces, cutting at an angle to make it pretty.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I've tried everything under the sun. The best advice I've read (and tried) is to place your burned skin under COOL running water until the pain subsides. Do NOT ice it. Do NOT run super cold or warm water over it. Do NOT immediately put an ointment on it. The skin is very fragile after a burn simply running cool water over it transfers the heat out of the finger without making the burn worse.
And this is a tip learned the hard way. Many times over.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
In our market, Publix sells the Louis Rich brand. Our Wal-mart sells the Jennie-O brand. They come packaged in 1-pound rolls, which is also great because I don't waste money on meat I don't need. And it is usually only $1.50/lb, a savings of about $2-$3 per pound.
I've discovered the turkey "rolls" hidden in obscure places. You may have to ask a grocery employee for help locating them.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
You can still choose to pay based on other criteria, but it gives you a great place to start!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
In fact, leave the meat alone and allow it to caramelize for a few minutes in the pan. Don't worry it won't turn into one huge patty! After the meat gets a little color on it then start to break it up with the masher.
If you try it, I'd love to know what you think.
(This is a tip I picked up from Rachael Ray.)
If a recipe calls for cooked chicken, most of us throw it in a pot of boiling water and ends up tasting more like rubber bands than meat, right?
Here's my solution. Wash the chicken, pat it dry then dress it with olive oil, salt and pepper. Insert a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the meat and bake it on 350F until it reaches 165F. This takes around 30 minutes for most chicken breasts. (I recommend a digital meat thermometer that alerts you when the meat is done. I bought one like this on ebay.) After the meat cools, shred away. You will end up with no-fuss-tender-chicken you won't have to chew in the back of your mouth.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
If you refrain from rinsing you can instead coat the pasta with a thin layer of sauce. For example, if you're fixing spaghetti, drain the noodles, return them to the pot and add a few tablespoons of the marinara sauce, stirring well to combine. This will keep the noodles from sticking to each other but will still allow the sauce to stick to the noodles.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
First, go to http://www.redbox.com/ and find the closest Red Box kiosk to your home. You can then see which titles are available at each redbox location.
(If you want to research each title, you can try one of our other favorite sites: http://www.pluggedin.com/)
Next, reserve the title you want and then pay with a debit/credit card. When you go to pickup the movie you want you just swipe your card and voila, you have an inexpensive movie rental without the hassle!
How great is that?
Thanks, Brandon, for this tip!