Wednesday, September 02, 2015

How Bad Could it Be??

Baby Girl has been experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes.  She loves to play but she is MESSY!  I try to get her to clean as she goes, but that doesn't always never works.  I have a couple of friends tell me that I should make a rule,  if she doesn't clean up, then she can't cook.  While it adds to my workload, I can't bring myself to do that.  There will be enough time for her to clean when she moves out.  Meanwhile I want her to experiment with different recipes and not worry abt the 3 pots she uses for pudding.

Which leads me to my post.  She made an Indian Pudding (didn't keep the recipe, it was NOT good!) that required her to constantly stir the milk.  While she stirred the milk, the bottom of the pot burned. I could NOT get it clean, even after soaking it for a couple of days and  then scrubbing.  Fast forward to yesterday.  I google *how to clean a burnt pot* and it said to boil some vinegar in the pot, add some baking soda (it will bubble) and after it cools, it will be easy to clean.

My reality:


The good news is not only is my pot clean, but so is the stove!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

For Today

I've started this post four times this AM and I've deleted every one.  I've decided to keep it simple and a bit more upbeat.  There is enough negativity in this world and I refuse to add to it.

Life can get very stressful and if we aren't careful we can be consumed by it.  So for today, I plan on fighting that stress the best I can.

Today I started the day by walking.  I didn't run 5 miles.  I didn't even walk a full mile.  I walked down the street and back, a half mile.  Not much, but better than I normally would do.  At one point I had a goal to walk a mile a day, but mentally I didn't want to.  However I *can* walk down the street and back.

Since I went for a walk, I'm actually dressed for the day and it's only 8:30.  I've also made coffee, fed the cats and cleaned out litter boxes.

I read somewhere the best way to stay afloat in this life is to start:

  • early in the day
  • early in the week
  • early in the month
  • early in the year

Right now all I want to do is walk a half mile every day.  If I add anymore I know I will crash and burn.

Not bad for a Monday!

I'm a teenaged kitty, you need to feed me first.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Slow and Steady

In my never ending quest to organize, I decided to work in the office today.  It never really got unpacked and while I did organize yarn at one point, this room has become a catch all for junk.  It is hopelessly messy and my goal was to not get distracted by smaller projects (THAT'S where that quilt went!) and focus at the task at hand.  I took before and after pics.

Before

After


I at least now have a place to sit/stand/walk.  I came across a couple of boxes that I wont bother unpacking.  It just has books I want to save.  I tried to organize the bookshelves a bit better as well.  Knitting books in one place, cook books in another.  I did about half.

I also had an epiphany today.  I have a ton of magazines with recipes that I want to try.  Piles of "Oh that would be yummy for an appetizer" or "wouldn't that be perfect for a pot luck"??  But when I need an appetizer or pot luck recipe, I can never find them.  That was when I realized I can look them up on line and post them to my Pinterest boards.

*and then the heavens opened and the angels sang*  

Why have I not thought of this sooner???  It will alleviate SO MUCH PAPERWORK from my house!  I am still keeping cook books, but all those magazine pages will now live with me virtually.

Last but not least, I'm abt 13" and one skein in on this sweater.



Not as much as it could be, but I'm happy I'm moving along!!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook



For Today... 


Outside my window...  today was cloudy but no rain.  We've been getting rain at least once a day for abt a week now.  Aug 1st actually had a breeze!!  It's courtesy of two lows on either side of the state.  I think there is another one forming as one dissipates, will be watching the weather for more details.


I am thinking... I need to leave soon to get #1 Son from band practice.  Theatre is over, band camp has begun.  School and theatre start back up on  the 24th.  Band rehearsals and football games begin.  Not sure how #1 Son is going to handle it all.  


I am thankful... for community theatre.  It makes my kids very happy.


I am wearing... pjs.  


I am creating... I did 3 more rows on the sweater last night.  I plan to work on it some more after I get #1 Son.  I didnt even touch it since the last time I blogged, show week gets busy!


I am going... to be cleaning out my purse once I finish this post.  I havent cleaned it out in two weeks and its full of receipts.  


I am wondering... what else I'm going to find in there!!


I am watching..... some movies from Hallmark Movie Channel.  Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Gourmet Detective, Garage Sale Mystery and Signed Sealed Delivered.  Nice mindless mysteries, not too gory, not too sexualized.  And I continue my Netflix watching of M*A*S*H

I am hoping... for a good school year.


I am hearing.... a NCIS repeat.  The tv is always on, I enjoy the background noise.  


In my garden...  nada


In my kitchen... I've been making food before their shows and I made a chicken in the afternoon so #1 Son could have something healthy before he went off for band camp.  Today we got chick fil a for lunch and I put in frozen pizzas.  I'm hoping to make this tomorrow.




In the homeschool room...  I left this prompt in to say we are no longer homeschooling.  We tried it for 6 months.  It did not work for us.  Today I enrolled #1 Son back into public school.  He is a bit behind, but should be able to catch up.  Or so I hope.........  


A favorite quote for today...

What I need to start doing!



One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner:

The second I sit down....



A peek into my week:  Last week the kids were in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Baby Girl was Ms Flannery and #1 Son was Bun Foo.  They had a blast!  Below are just a few pics.  I contained myself!!










Hope you enjoyed this week's version of SWDB.  If you want to play, go here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today... 

Outside my window... Rain.  There is a low that developed in the Gulf that is migrating its way across the state.  Which means rain.  Lots and LOTS of rain.  I don't mind it.  It keeps the temps in the 80s.   

I am thinking... that until the kids are out of school, I will be busy.  This is show week for the kids and not only are they ramping up rehearsals, but I'm there more often as well.  We are there thru scholarships and part of the requirements are volunteering and providing items for the concession stand.  Baked goods, full sized candy bars, bottled water.  I buy on sale and help out making candy grams, little bags of candy we sell for $1 for friends and family to buy for their kids in the show.  It's a great money maker which helps reimburse the scholarship fund for future shows.   

I am thankful... for ankle braces.  Baby Girl twisted her ankle last week but it's not getting a chance to heal since she is on it every day, so she is wearing a brace.  She wore this exact one a couple years back.  She will need to leave it on for the show, but I need to get her one in black.  The white one sticks out like a sore thumb.  



I am wearing... I'm in my pjs.  

I am creating... I am making progress on my sweater.  I'm abt 6 inches in.  
I'm impressed I've gotten this much done!

I am going... to be at the theatre on and off for the rest of the week.  

I am wondering...  how I am going to finish out the week at theatre only to attend a band orientation meeting Sunday night.  Oh I know, copious amounts of coffee!!!

I am reading... play schedules, assignment rosters, costume requirements

I am watching...  right now I have The Wedding Date on while I post.  I am still watching episodes of M*A*S*H on Netflix and catching old episodes of Reba on cable.  Summer TV at it's best!

I am hoping... to clean off the foot of the bed sometime Saturday.  I'm getting quite the pile.

I am hearing......the bathroom fan.  I have the movie paused while I finish up this post.  

In my garden...  I think I need to just not add this until Oct.  I dont plan on doing much outside until after we move.  

In my kitchen... Tonight's dinner was chicken with a premade marsala sauce, noodles and mushrooms.  I wasnt thrilled with it, but everybody else was!!!  I have another packet of the sauce which I will use but I'm not sure it will become a staple in the pantry.

Also if you have a recipe that is gluten free and you have tasted it, can you post it in the comments?  I know of somebody who is trying to go gluten free and it's proving to be more difficult than anticipated.  No this person is not me, but I want to help.  We already have web sights and recipes, but I'm looking for ones already tried.

A favorite quote for today...

YEP!


One of my favorite things  AKA Hemi's Corner:  

Have you SEEN the inside of dad's shoes???



A peek into my summer:  Theatre and band.  That's also my winter.  Its amazing how much of my life centers around my kids, but I am enjoying every minute I can. 

If you want to play, go here.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday Sky

It's Saturday, did you look up today?

The verdict of the dueling dressings?  They tied!  They were different enough to be liked by all.  I will be adding them to my arsenal.  

It was really fun meeting up with my group yesterday.  We tried some tasty new recipes and I cast on for my sweater.  
Three more rows of ribbing and  then I get to start 17" of stockinette stitch.  Great time to catch up on movies!

However the day was truly a comedy of errors:  

1.  The filter shifted in my coffee maker so that I had more grounds IN my coffee than in the filter.  I had to strain it twice to get drinkable coffee. 

2.  Some of the lettuce that was bought for my salad was eaten last night so I had to run to the grocery store for more.  By the time I got back home, all I had time to do was take a shower before meeting with my friends.  I had to put all the salad ingredients and sweater ingredients into bags to assemble when there.

3.  I bought a new hair oil that is supposed to be so light weight you can use it as a leave in conditioner.  I looked like a grease pit even after I dried my hair.  I had no time to reshampoo so I went looking like I was wearing Jerry Curl. At least  I was clean.

4.  As I was using my friend's tomato knife to cut up the veggies, I impaled my finger.  To be fair the knife looked more like you would use it to gut a fish instead of chop tomatoes, and I was JUST about to switch it out for the one I brought but not soon enough. I did not bleed on anything so once I was cleaned up and bandaged we continued on as usual.  


5.  We were talking and relaxing and having a great time when I got a text from Baby Girl asking to go to a friend's house after theatre.  And could I bring her bathing suit.   It is time to pick her up and I am totally not ready to go.  

6.  I throw things into bags, gather my stuff, hug everybody goodbye and off I go.  I get the bathing suit, and head to get #1 Son.  As soon as he gets in the car HE wants to go with his friends that night to Ocala to see a friend perform in Into The Woods.  I'm leaning toward no.  These are all new drivers and I'm not comfortable with them driving thru Ocala National Forest at night.  

7.  I drop off the stuff to Baby Girl and the first thing she asks is if she can go to Ocala as well.  Apparently there are more people going and moms are driving.  Once us moms iron out the details, #1 Son and I head home to change, grab food and head back out again.

8.  I take my second shower and no longer feel like a grease monkey.  

9.  Our plan is to stop at the bank to get some cash and grab some food.  I get a text telling us the play starts at 7pm instead of 7:30pm, can we meet at 5:15 instead of 5:30.

10.  Forget the Starbucks (tear) and the drive thru, we grab cheese sticks and cereal bars.

11.  We have a caravan of 3 cars full of theatre kids.  I am in the car with all but one boy.  The one boy is #1 Son and he is in a car with the older girls.  My son is no dummy.


12.  We arrive 15 min before it starts and get in line for our tickets.  
SOMEBODY likes to make an entrance!

What a bunch of theatre kids look like

We called ahead to block out enough seats for our group.  As we each pay for our portion, the computer crashes.  When they get it back on line, it has no record of what seats it gave us or that we paid.  We delay the performance by 15 min.  (Why yes Devin, it WAS our fault that you guys had to wait to start the show!)

13.  We got to watch a wonderful performance with very talented kids.  This theatre has a summer camp for kids, but it's ages 16 - 20.  There is much talent here.  However there are no pictures since at this point my phone is dead.

14.  We hoot and holler for our friend during the final bows.  

The tall blond guy in the grey shirt is the reason for the drive.  He was one of the princes and did a fabulous job!


15.  Thankfully the drive home was uneventful, even though we almost ran out of gas.  

       In the middle of the forest.  

       Where there is sketchy cell service.  


By the time we get home it is after midnight.  I am beyond tired so I make my tea and head to bed.  

Whoever says I would be bored staying at home has no scope of imagination.  I seriously could not make this stuff up.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dueling Dressings

I'm doing something tomorrow I havent done is months.  I'm meeting up with my local crafting group.  We each work on something and then have lunch.  We all bring something for lunch and sit and chat until one of us has to leave.

I'm bringing a salad, but instead of bringing store bought dressings, I decided to try some homemade ones.  I couldnt decide between two so my friends will be my guinea pigs!

I made one creamy one and one vinaigrette.  I lean toward the creamy one, even though it's not as creamy as I was expecting.  It truly is a creamy vinaigrette, while I was expecting more of a ranch consistency.


I will let you all know who the winner was.

Meawhile I have started a sweater.  Actually I made a swatch for a sweater!.

(insert picture of swatch here, I cant seem to attach it)

This is amazing since I NEVER swatch!  I usually just start knitting and check as I go along.  My gauge was dead on so I will be casting on for this sweater either tonight or tomorrow.  I really should do it tonight so I can just do straight ribbing while there, but I'm really tired and I dont think it will look right.  Depending on how much time I have tomorrow after dropping kids off to theatre and before I head over to my friend's house, I may do it then.