Thursday, January 27, 2011
So, last night he came running downstairs and asking me for a plastic container.
"Don't ask any questions. Just hurry!"
Red flags! Alarms! Bells and whistles!
You see, each nest on average contains 100-200 babies!!! They can have as many as 400. By the time he found them, they were EVERYWHERE! Down the dresser, into his drawers, all over his clothes, behind the dresser, under the dresser, in with his matchboxes, on the walls, in the carpet.
Itch. Itch. Itch.
These are just a few of them. I don't think we will ever find them all, although I am sure we got more than 100. They are a little more than 1/4" long and very skinny.
He will most definitely be cleaning his room. Thoroughly!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I decoupaged fabric onto a cheapy $1 recipe box and touched it up with some paint. Here is how:
I measured VERY carefully and cut out a piece of fabric to wrap around the bottom, plus a little overlap, and a piece for on top with the corners cut out so it could come down over the sides.
So, I just got out some Country Tan paint that matched pretty nice and looked like sandy dirt, and I used a sponge brush to paint the inside and smudge some here and there and all over the edges to give it a grungy effect/cover up my mistakes. In hindsight, I wish I had pained it FIRST, because some of those stripes show through (with the digital camo it is OK) and it would have been easier to cover up some of those mistakes.
So, now I can give him all the secret family recipes I want. Except we don't really have any.
I think, though, that doing recipe boxes like this could be really nice bridal shower gifts. The fabric could match their kitchen or wedding colors. I might try it again. If you make one, I would love to see it!
Friday, January 21, 2011
This post will be part recipe, part frugal food tips. I think a lot of people are trying to cut corners wherever they can, so I hope this is helpful information. Here is how I made Ham Bean Vegetable Soup yesterday:
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups diced, cooked ham
When I boil a large ham, there is usually an excess of meat, so I cut it up and freeze it in smaller quantities to use in recipes later. This is a great idea if you can get a big ham on sale around holidays, like Easter. If you don’t have the freezer space for a big ham- cook it right away and make a big pot of ham pot pie or ham and green beans (typical PA Dutch foods), freezing the rest of them ham for later. You can get several meals out of it this way.
2 cups diced, peeled potatoes
Potatoes are a big food staple in this house. We grow a lot but we need a better way to store them…
2 cups sliced celery
I didn’t have any so I skipped this, but it sure would make the soup prettier!
1 pound navy beans
Remember to soak your beans the night before! Dry beans are really cheap and they take up less space in your cupboard than canned ones.
6 cups chicken brothInstead of canned chicken broth, boil some chicken and save the broth. The chicken was used in zucchini casserole, but other than casseroles, I sometimes use the meat in chicken wraps for lunches, too. I boil the broth down to condense it sometimes, then freeze it in old margarine or sour cream containers. Another great way to take advantage of a good sale on chicken, or better yet, get your meat directly through the farmer- you will cut out the middle man and save! If you want it to be lower in fat, you can let it cool and then skim the fat off of the top.
Combine all ingredients in a large crock pot and cook on low 8 to 12 hours.
It was pretty good. Next time, however, I might try to use ham soup base instead of chicken broth. I am used to my regular ham bean soup with that good, smoky flavor. Bacon would really make this, too. :)
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I did do some touch up staining after this picture, but I do love the dark color stain and dye so I plan on adding some in this color to my shop.
1. Link and thank the person who gave it to you
2. Share 8 things about yourself
1. I am the oldest of 6 kids- 3 boys whose names all start with "B", 3 girls whose names all start with "L". Ironically, my husband is the youngest of 6 kids- 3 boys with "M" names and 3 girls with "J" names. We aren't planning on following family tradition and each of our kids' names starts with a different letter!
2. I went to Susquehanna University where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
3. I was a cheerleader in high school. I even coached the Midget squad while I was still in high school and later I coached the high school program for about 5 years.
6. I have 4 kids. Caleb, the only boy, is 10. My girls are Halley, 6, Isabelle, 5, and Lydia, 2.
7. Until last May, I had never tried a tomato! Ever! I was very picky as a child (NO GREEN VEGETABLES! ICK!) but I am getting much better (I now eat a few green veggies). Mom always said I would learn to like things as I got older. I hate when she is right...
1. Amarias Blog - I love reading her kid stories. It is a good thing she is a half a world away because if our kids ever teamed up we would be in trouble!
2. Bloomfield Beads - Renee has such beautiful jewelry and a really nice blog as well!
3. The Blissfully Blessed Wife - I enjoy seeing her home makeover projects and craftiness as well.
4. craftiness is not optional - Jess is so talented and does a lot of refashions and girls' clothing that are so cute!
6. Little Prairie Baby- her photography is stunning and her writing is equally beautiful and entertaining!
7. Helen's Corner Blog - She makes screen printed baby and home items, but she is another breathtaking photographer. She also hosts great giveaways, too!
Saturday, January 8, 2011
I am a little late on my New Year’s resolutions this year. I usually don’t even bother with them. Actually, these are more like things I want to focus my time on a little more.
I want to do more activities with the kids, some new things and some we already enjoy. Going to the library, taking walks, doing craft projects, having tea parties, playing school, reading Bible stories, having picnics, baking cookies, writing letters, making home movies, building snowmen, gathering flower bouquets, playing with the bunnies, and just spending more quality time together.
~Home~Inspirational Art from http://www.studiojru.etsy.com/
I want to get better at keeping my house clean. I know a lot of this is just staying on top of things, but I have been getting a lot of cleaning done this week and I am feeling pretty good about it. Part of this cleaning thing is that I want to get my fabric stash used up more and my sewing stuff reorganized so that I can move everything and make room for Baby #5. So June is my deadline for that part. I also want to do more home decorating. I make things for other people’s homes, but never for mine. It would bless my family to have a more beautiful place to live.
I want to be on top of my game for my etsy shop, getting seasonal things made early. Especially, I want to have a lot of snowmen cut out and painted in advance for ornament season this year. I also want to expand my shop to include a wide variety of country style décor. I have the abilities to make so many different things and I want my shop to be filled with all of the beautiful, warm, rustic things you would see in an old farmhouse. I have a vision of the style I am going for, but now I need to make it a reality. This will include revamping my pictures and trying to tie this wide variety all together with the same look and feel. A challenge indeed!
So these are my plans for 2011. Thanks for taking the time to let me share them with you. Do you have any goals for 2011?