Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kitchen Organization


Organization is so very important in the Kitchen. When I moved in with Todd nearly 10 years ago we joined two households and had eight people (well nine because Kera's boyfriend was living with us as too basically.)   It was rather challenging trying to keep store the food I purchased weekly.  Our refrigerator I began to organize like this in 2009.  I basically still keep our refrigerator like this but we also have a container for water with a pouring spout in it.

In 2014, I decided I wanted assistance with measurements and a place where carbohydrate list of foods.  Todd and I started to track carbohydrates once again to become healthier, he is diabetic and I am border line.  I refer to my charts in the cupboard often the first several months.

 The same time I added my charts I added lid holders to my pots and pans cupboard.  I love this!
 
 Our pantry seemed to be a catch all and was not organized well at all.


In 2011 I did a little organization to the pantry.  It was just the beginning.

Then in 2014 I added more organization.  I removed all the appliances and stored them in the closet (small walk-in closet off the small living room.) and I added a few hanging baskets.

 As soon the weather warms up a little, we plan to re-organize the pantry one more time.  I am tired of having to go into the small living room closet to get my appliances so I have pinned this on Pinterest last year. I found my husband looking at it as well from some forum he belongs to.  We both have agreed this will be a project we are going to definitely do.  I plan to have the top shelf hold all of the boxes of cereals and other tall boxes. then the next shelves will be the cans.  I cannot wait because I will be able to move some of our canned items downstairs in a storage room moved into the pantry.  Seriously I am nearly squealing from excitement. 
Detailed instructions for a DIY narrow Rolling Pantry which slides between a wall and the fridge.


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Monday, February 16, 2015

My Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day as you may or may not know is my favorite holiday so I wanted to make it extra special for those who were home.  Of course I bought chocolates and candy for all the kids (Todd picked up a rose for each of the girls too.) and I added a couple of books for Taj as well.  I made a special breakfast for everyone who was home.  I made heart shaped pancakes for all. 
Each family member's plate was specific for them.  Todd had his egg white omelet and one over easy egg along with bacon and ham and his heart shaped pancake.

Ethan does not like eggs, so he is heart shaped pancakes to the max with ham, he also does not like bacon.

Noah likes his eggs scrambled, so he had scrambled eggs and cheese, bacon, ham, and a heart shaped pancake.

Taj had the same meal as Noah but he does not cut his pancakes and I wanted him to recognize the hearts, so I made his pancakes more of a bite size.  (Well we only had to cut them in half for him.)

Emily stopped by late morning and took Taj with her to pick up some flowers for Kera and bring lunch to her.  Taj loved giving his Mommy flowers and lunch.  I guess he did not want to leave her. 

While Taj was away, I baked some heart shaped cookies.  Well I tried to make heart shaped cookies as much as I could.  The dough was already made and in the squares.  I just made a cut on the top and pinched the bottom of the square to make a point.  The kids could see the hearts and it made them happy and that is what counts.

For dinner, Todd and I had reservations later that night but I did not want the boys to be left out or Kera, so I made heart shaped personal pizza for them.  They all loved it. 
My Sweetheart picked out some beautiful long stem roses for me.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Confessional


It is Friday and you all know what that means?  Yep, you guessed it, time to fess up.  Come join the fun over at Aubrey's High-Heeled Love.  She host this little party every Friday.  
Okay I am late again...this time for a reason as you will read.
 
I confess...

Where I work we do have a lot of fun.  It is silly fun but it really does set a fun atmosphere.

I confess...

In one of our weekly meetings we decorated Valentine bags.
One of my co-workers was gone for the day, so I made hers.
I hid a little message on the back to tease her.
 
Another friend used her little grumpy cat for her decoration.
Yes, like grade school.

I confess...

We then hung them up at the end of our cubicles or placed them on the corner of our desk.  Yes, you guessed it.  We purchased Valentine cards and goodies and distributed them to one another.  We had some co-workers go all out and bake cupcakes and cookies too.

I confess...

I felt young again and brought home my Valentine bag full of cards and candy.  I know the kids are happy my Mom taught me how to share.

I confess...

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday.  I am all about LOVE. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

It's Another Swap: Mug O'Comfort


My second favorite swap is Mug O'Comfort.  It is a delightful little swap where you get to know another blogger and then sending a package perfect for your new friend.  Mug required and then mug related treats.  This will be my third time participating in this one.  My first was definitely a lesson...wrap the mug well.  My poor partner received a broken mug.  I felt awful.  I am so excited about this swap. I cannot wait to see who I am paired up with.  You can participate too here is the info:

Your Swap Objective:
Get to know your fantastic partner and send them an awesome package that has a mug and other mug-related goodies.  Goodies can include things like treats, cocoa, coffee, tea, etc.
Dates to Remember:
  • Sign-Ups Start: Monday, February 9th.
  • Sign-Ups End: Monday, February 16th.
  • Giveaway Ends: Tuesday, February 17th.
  • Partners Assigned: Wednesday, February 18th.
  • Packages Ship: by or on Saturday, March 7th.
  • Show-Off Link Opens: Wednesday, March 11th.
Mug O'Comfort Swap Rules:
  • After being accepted, you must post on your blog saying you're participating. Post must include the button/link back to the sign-ups and must be posted within 3 days of signing up.
  • Packages must cost $15-$25 before shipping.
  • Send things that fit your partner's preferences-make it a package you'd love to receive!
  • You must respond to host's & partner's emails in a timely fashion.
  • Packages MUST be mailed on or before Saturday, March 7th. (if you have any problem please contact hosts and partner immediately.)
  • All packages REQUIRE tracking when shipped. This tracking number must be emailed to your partner and to Chaotic Goddess Swaps when your package is sent out.
  • Flaking wont be tolerated. If you sign up for the swap you are making a commitment to participate and follow through. Flakers will automatically be added to our Blacklist.
  • After receiving your package, you must post about it on your blog and link up with the show-off linky when it is open. This is non-negotiable.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Sundays Make Me Happy~ Plus How to make Garlic Bone Bread Sticks and Blood Clot Brain Cupcakes

Sundays are my absolutely favorite day of the week.  It is the day most of our children come over to our house and have dinner.  It started with the boys playing games with one another after dinner, then the girls started to join the games and finally Todd and I did as well.  We also have some shows which most of us love and come on Sunday nights and we watch them as a family.  Yesterday was the premiere for the second half of the season "Walking Dead" and the premier for "Got to Call Saul" a spin off of "Breaking Bad"

Typically I am trying to find something to cook for our little get together.  Joshua's girlfriend is a vegetarian so I have been creative to include her.  Todd thought it would be fun to have a Walking Dead themed dinner. He suggested elbow macaroni and cheese and possibly chicken fingers for dinner.  I loved the idea and thought we could do better, thus I searched Pinterest for some creepy dinner meals.  I really wanted to make the meatloaf zombie head but I thought I really wanted to include McKenzie too.  (I do have an alternative now for McKenzie, so I might do it for the season finale dinner.)  We decided on our menu:  Chicken Alfredo (meatless pot for McKenzie) with Garlic Bone Bread Sticks and for dessert it was Blood Clot Brain Cupcakes.

Todd was excited when he saw the cupcakes completed and the bread stick prepped.
Blood Clot Brain Cupcakes.
I only had 3 minutes to decorate, so the brain did not turn out exactly like I would have liked.
Below, The Garlic Bone Bread Sticks prepared for the oven.
Everyone was excited about dinner.  The bread sticks turned out perfect.  
All you need to do is take a package of tubed garlic bread stick and unroll.  Instead of twisting, roll together, as if you were little playing with clay and making a snake.  Tie a knot on both ends and with scissors make a cut in the center of your knot.  Took as directed.  Perfect bones!
 
The cupcakes I cheated and used a box of white cake mix.  Follow the instructions on the box.  Fill the cupcake liner half full, then take a scoop of strawberry jam and place in the middle.  After the jam is placed in the middle top with cake batter.  Cook as directed and let the cupcakes cook.  Then decorate the top to make it look like a brain.  The insides was suppose to ooze but I do not think I placed enough jam in the center.
 
Although the cupcakes did not ooze, the kids loved them and thought it was a cool idea. 
 
Do you ever have themed dinners? 
 
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