Tuesday, October 30

Today's Grocery Trip

I need to kick it into high gear & get my stock pile full while I only have 1 child to drag to the store!Here is what I did today:::
Dawn dish soap= .49 & .24
Head & Shoulders shampoo= 1.50
Herbal Essence Shampoo & Conditioner= 2.99
=Total was $5.21- ECB
===paid $3.25 {And I got $1 ECB to use next time}
Pineapple=.41 ea
Soup= .75 ea
Yogurt= .35 ea
=paid $5.82
Got all this for $9.07!!!!

Monday, October 29

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather::: Low 50s- no rain!

On my reading pile::: Beth Moore's bible study on James

On my TV::: Cartoons

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Tuna noodle casserole & green beans
Tuesday - Gnocchi
Wednesday - Beef barley soup & homemade rolls
Thursday - Butternut squash Lasagna & garlic bread
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Homemade pizza
Sunday - Tamale Pie

On my to do list::: Put away laundry (its washed & folded. I just stall when it comes to putting it away!), wash bedding, do floors & pay some bills

My "project" of the week::: Get the yard ready for winter

What I am creating::: Nothing, Wait, I take that back- A baby ;)

Looking around the house::: Its dark this morning & cold! Mae & me are cuddling in the recliner. I need to do some tidying up.

From the camera:::
From our Mom's Life "Culver's Night' fund raiser!

Highlight of the past weekend::: Having my niece & nephew here on their fall break!!!

Looking forward to this week::: Trick or Treating w/ Mae for the first time

Bible verse, Devotional:::

Thursday, October 18

Out of the mouths of babes

This morning Cora was on a roll talking about our baby. W/i 10 minutes all of this came out of her mouth:

"I'm ready for our baby to come out!"
"Mommy, the baby is cold. I need to keep 'her' warm." (As she covers my belly w/ a blanket)
"Mommy when the baby comes out. I'm going to stay w 'her' & watch 'her' and you can leave. Like go to store"
"I want to go in your tummy too to be w our baby"

Maybe she was so lovie bc she knew what her shirt said?!?!

Baby #2 is GROWING!


Tuesday, October 16

Not Ashamed

This is what my stove currently looks like!!!!
But I am not ashamed! Why?
Because I have been canning for days! And anyone who cans know how Messy your stove gets.
 So instead of cleaning it 5 times a day. I let it build up and I'll tackle it when I'm done w/ apples....which should be today :)

Monday, October 15

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather::: Mid 60s- chance of rain on Wed.

On my reading pile::: James & Song of Solomon studies

On my TV::: Cartoons for lil Miss

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Coconut curry beef w/ rice
Tuesday - Capellini Pomodoro
Wednesday - Dinner at friend's
Thursday - Swedish meatballs w/ egg noodles

On my to do list::: I have a busy week. Somewhere to go everyday- Lots to get done!

My "project" of the week:::  I have apple butter & applesauce to can. This weekend I canned 13  half pints of cranberry-pear butter & we ate it on our cream of wheat this morning. It was delicious!

What I am creating::: Halloween costumes for Cora & I. We are going to a Halloween party tomorrow that they need to be ready for!

Looking around the house::: Dark. Clean. Cuddling w Cora in the recliner :)

From the camera::: Ooops, no pictures to share!

Highlight of the past weekend::: We didn't do much. It was chilly & rainy! But I enjoyed being lazy on Saturday watching Notre Dame & visiting Bass Pro Sunday after church.

Looking forward to this week::: LOTS! Monday is a doc. appt. Tues is my mom's group. Wed. our small group is meeting & Fri. we are traveling to IN! + A bday party Sat & a baby shower Sun. AHHHH! I'm tired just thinking about it all!!!

Bible verse, Devotional::: From my bible study this morning: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?"= James 2:14

Friday, October 5

Freezer Friendly Friday- Individual Frozen meals

So I just got the brilliant idea to make individual frozen meals, especially for Ken's lunches. I used to buy SmartOnes or Lean Cuisine meals but only when I could get them for right around a dollar a piece, which is getting harder and harder. Ken is now sick of them and lets admit it- they really aren't the best tasting and they are loaded w/ sodium.
I started off w/ 2 different recipes that I know freeze well: Stuffed shells & Lone Star chicken enchiladas w/ Mexican rice! Today, I am sharing how I prepared the chicken enchiladas.

Lone Star Chicken Enchiladas (recipe originally from Taste of Home):

1 (2lb) whole fryer chicken, boiled, skinned, shredded
1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, drained well
3/4 c. salsa verde
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
1 c. black olives, sliced
1 tsp each: cilantro, chili powder, cumin
S & P to taste
1 c. half & half or Vitamin D
1 Tbsp. AP flour
12 flour tortillas, warmed
1-1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
-In a large bowl combine: shredded chicken, tomatoes, salsa, chilies, olives seasoning and 1/2 c. of the cheese.
-In a shallow bowl combine half & half plus flour. Whisk until flour is incorporated.
-Dip 1 tortilla into milk mixture then fill w/ aprox. 1/3 c. of chicken mixture. Roll up & place in a Glad freezer container. (Because I am doing individual frozen meals I put 1 enchilada in each container)

The filling
Finished individual meal

Mexican Rice
 1 Tbsp. butter
3 stalks of green onion
1 small red bell pepper
1 c. white rice
S & P to taste
1/2 tsp each: cilantro, cumin, parsley & garlic powder

- Melt butter in a medium sauce pan.
-Add green onions & bell pepper & cook until softened (about 5 minutes)
-Add rice & cook about 3 minutes.
-Add S & P and other seasonings
-Add 2 c. water
-Bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
-When finished, fluff w/ a fork.

Tuesday, October 2

Weekend Cooking

Here is another weekend of cooking: Vote for the recipe that you would like me to share!

Chicken & wild rice soup

Irish Soda bread

Chicken pot pie w/ white wine sauce

Pear applesauce-This was Cora's favorite from the weekend :)

Spiced cookies w/ pumpkin dip from Taste of Home

Monday, October 1

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather::: Have I mentioned I love fall?!?!?! This week looks perfect. Low 70s no rain. Looks like we'll be at the park a lot this week!

On my reading pile::: Nothing except the 2 bible studies I am doing. I couldn't keep up w/ anything extra.

On my TV::: Dora

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Stuffed green pepper soup & cheese quesadilla dippers
Tuesday - Lone star enchiladas & Mexican rice
Wednesday - Lasagna & garlic bread
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - homemade pizza
Saturday - Super nachos
Sunday - Beef barley soup & corn bread

On my to do list::: Laundry, pay a few bills, grocery store, make some phone calls

My "project" of the week::: 

What I am creating::: Homemade applesauce. The price of apples gave me a heart attack but we did buy a 1/2 bushel of Jonathan that are delicious.

Looking around the house::: Mae is watching Dora, her new Obsession! I'm being lazy & haven't even showered yet.

From the Camera:::
Ok, this picture is 2 years old. But Ken just found it on this phone and I love it. Such a sweet lil thing!

Highlight of the past weekend::: Tanner's orchard on Saturday w/ Kenny (his idea actually). Cora had so much fun this year. She touched all the pumpkins and loved the petting zoo but Ken & I especially enjoyed the apple cider donuts:)  Pictures to come soon.

Looking forward to this week::: Since today is October 1st my answer will be that I am looking forward to this whole month. It's going to be busy but lots of fun things are planned already.

Bible verse, Devotional::: My favorite verse that has screamed my name so many times: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction & faithful in prayer"- Romans 12:12
Doesn't that verse just about sum it all up??? Love it!