Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Closet Keeping

I had this great idea that I would iron Megan's cloths as needed. Not a great idea! I found that I was skipping over outfits that needed to be ironed and only pulling them out to iron when there was a special occasion. Most of the time I was waiting until the last minute and stressing out about time.

My solution was to go through Megan's closet. I sorted clothes, put everything in order and ironed everything!


Everything is in order. Sorry, but I forgot to take a before picture. This is what her closet looks like now.



The plan is to iron Megan's clothes as I do laundry, before I place them back in her closet.

I am so pleased with the way this closet turned out that I am going to do the same thing in my closet. Do you iron as you do laundry or as needed? What works for you?
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Monday, June 29, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:
Sunny and pleasant. The temperature is in the high 60's and it only suppose to get to around 83 today. My kind of weather!

One of my simple pleasures:
All the windows open and a pleasant breeze blowing through my home.

On my bedside table:
The Secret by Beverly Lewis

On my TV:
Nothing

On the menu for tonight:
Not sure. I haven't made my weekly menu yet.

On my To Do List:
Laundry
Clean Kitchen
Spend time outside, weeding and trimming bushes
Make grocery list and match coupons

New Recipe I tried last week:
Lemon Sponge Cake

In the craft basket:
Nothing yet. I finished the last baby quilt Friday and haven't started anything new.

Looking forward to:
Spending time outside enjoying the wonderful weather.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
To help prepare breakfast faster mix up all of your dry ingredients and wet ingredients the night before. The next morning mix them together. This really speeds things up and makes it so you don't have lots of dirty dishes to start the day.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
Leanne's post What do You Hunger for?

Favorite photo from last week:

Lesson learned the past few days:
Not only pray for the things you desire, but also take the steps to make it happen.

On my Prayer List:
My husband and daughter

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." Luke 11:9-10

Friday, June 26, 2009

Lemon Sponge Cake

I was up early yesterday and decided it would be a good time to bake. I was looking for something that would be a refreshing Summer desert. After doing some research I finally found a recipe where all the ingredients were in my pantry.



6 eggs, yolk & white separated
1 cup sugar
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt

Beat yolks of eggs until thick and lemon colored. Gradually beat in the sugar, grated lemon rind, and juice. Fold in half of the stiffly beaten egg whites.

Cut in sifted flour, salt and remaining egg whites.

Bake at 325* for about one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Glaze:


1cup powdered sugar
3 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs milk


Combine and pour over cake.


This cake reminded me more of a pound cake then a sponge cake. It was quite tasty and would be very good served with fresh fruit. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fun in the Sun!

It has been extremely hot in Central Indiana. We are having the kind of temperatures that we usually see late in the summer. Since it has been so warm we have been spending our afternoons in my parents pool.


After so much fun in the sun Megan crashed on the way home. She was moved from the car to this spot.


When she sleep and sleep and sleep some more it was decided to change her in to pj's and put her in bed. She has been asleep since 6:30 last night. I guess when you play hard you sleep hard!

Hope you are all finding ways to stay cool!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

When Life Gives You....

Lemons



Make Lemonade!


I never intended to be away from blogging for so long. We have been doing all the fun things that come with summer like; swimming, pulling weeds, cutting grass, time on the swing and slide. Besides all of the fun stuff there has been lots on my mind and heart. Everything is fine and at this point I am not ready to bear my heart to the world. I have been spending time in thought, discussion with Chuck and in prayer.

Here are a couple of verses that I have been pondering.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

I am looking forward to getting back in the swing of blogging. Hope everyone is doing well!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:
Sunny and warm. The temperature is predicted to be about 80 and finally there is no rain in today's forecast!

One of my simple pleasures:
Lighting a candle. Not only do I love the warm candle glow, but I also love the yummy scent it put outs!

On my bedside table:
Magazines, Magazines, Magazines. I really need to go through them.

On my TV:
Nothing.

On the menu for tonight:
BBQ Grilled Chicken Breast, Green Beans & Rice. If I have time I am going to make Honey Wheat Bread.

On my To Do List:
Laundry
Clean Oven
Quick run to the grocery.

New Recipe I tried last week:
None. I barely cooked last week. Got to love invites to other homes for dinner!

In the craft basket:
Baby quilts for a couple upcoming showers.

Looking forward to:
A week with no babysitting. I hope to paint the living room ceiling and hang some wallpaper.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
If you have a corner that you can not get clean while scrubbing floors, use a wet Q-tip. Works great to get that hard to reach yuck out of the corner!

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
I haven't had much time to be on the computer. I know, I keep saying that. It must be a summer thing!

Favorite photo from last week:


Aunt Ping and Megan

Lesson learned the past few days:
Not everyone will be kind. Sometimes it is just better to keep smiling and pretend that you haven't heard something. You have to pick your battles and sometimes it just isn't worth the fuss.

On my Prayer List:
My husband and daughter

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
"Be kind to everyone." 2 Timothy 2:24

Please stop by and visit Sandra to see what other Happy Homemakers are up to.

Friday, June 12, 2009

K-Mart Deals

K-Mart is having double coupons up to $2.00. Since I had some $1.00 off coupons I went to see what I could find. Here is what I bought.




Here is the breakdown:

Cascade Rinse Aid $3.79 - free coupon = FREE
Ritz Crackers $2.50 - $2.00 ($1.00 coupon doubled) = $0.50
Wheat Thins $2.69 - free w/purchase of Ritz coupons = FREE
Bounce Dryer Sheets $2.50x3 = $7.50 - $6.00 (3 $1.00 coupons doubled) = $1.50
A1 $2.99 - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon doubled) = +$1.01
Band Aids $1.79x3 = $5.37 - $3.00 (3 $1.00 coupons doubled) = $2.37
Easy Mac $1.00 (on sale B1G1F) - $2.00 ($1.00 coupon doubled) = +1.00
Kotex $3.79x2 = $7.58 - $4.00 (2 $1.00 coupons doubled) = $3.58

Grand total: $33.42 - $27.48 in coupons = $5.94 out of pocket

I hear all the time that coupons are not worth the trouble. I don't know about you, but I would prefer the $27.48 to be in my pocket.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rainy Day


The perfect rainy day...


warm candle light,


freshly baked cookies,


a cup of tea and a good book. It is the simple things that bring the most pleasure.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

62 Cent Bathroom Decorating

Come in and take a look at the changes in my bathroom.


Remember when I posted about a shelf I got from my father-in-law? Well, it was the inspiration to finally decorate the bathroom. Here is the shelf before...


and the after.


I had purchased three valances to use in the bath, but after putting them up I realized that two curtains above the shower was to much. I had saved the extra valance and used it to made these towels.

The items on the top of the shelf were previously in the bathroom. They sat on a single white shelf that I was never in love with.


Here is the middle shelf. The glass jars were in storage. I pulled them out and my wonderful hubby used scrap wood to create the box they are sitting in. All of the stars were pulled from my craft stash. The black star started out as just the star without the stand. The scale was off so I found a dowel in the garage and had Chuck cut a scrap to make the stand. A little hot glue and it was perfect.



For the bottom shelf I used frames that were in my craft stash. The frames were very inexpensive to begin with. I think they were all $1 at Michaels. I gave them a coat of paint and I stitched the saying "All Because Two People Fell In Love." I put bathtime pictures of my sweet girl in the other frames. That is were I spent my 62 cents. Printing out the pictures!


This sign is hanging on the same wall as the above shelf. It is above the mirror and a couple of towel racks.

I used scrap wood and the stencil belongs to my sister. It turned out much better then I imagined.

This area is on the opposite wall from the above shelf.


To disguise the top of the ugly shower doors I hung a valance. The signs are made from frames that again were in my craft stash.

Here is a close up of the signs. I wanted them to look like they could old slates. I really wanted to use black paper and white lettering, but my printer would not do that.

The signs say: A merica, B rave, C ourage, D ependable, E nergetic, F aith, G od, H ome

This sign hangs above the closet door. It was a Christmas gift from Chuck. It was made by the very talented Kindra.

Last but not least is this shutter. This is something that was already in the bathroom. It was already red, but not quite the same as the large shelf. I gave it a coat of paint to make it match.


I hope that you enjoyed the tour!


Monday, June 08, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday


On my bedside table:
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

On my TV:
Disney this morning, then nothing.

On the menu for tonight:
Chicken Casserole, Green Beans and Blueberry Muffins

On my To Do list:
Laundry
Clean Kitchen
Clean Baseboards & Mop Bathroom

New recipe I tried last week:
No new recipe last week

In the craft basket:
Hand towels for shelf in bathroom. I will have this finished today.

Looking forward to:
Finishing my bathroom makeover.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Wear gloves if possible when using black paint. It is so hard to get out from under your nails. I don't how I know this!

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
Like Merchants Ship had a nice post about a frugal lifestyle meaning different things to different people.

Favorite photo of the week:

Lesson learned the past few days:
It feels really good to mark things off of the to do list. I went to bed very tired all weekend, but feeling good because of all the things that were accomplished.

On my Prayer List:
My husband & daughter
Brian, my brother-in-law
Mike, my step-father-in-law on his job hunt

Devotional, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
"Be kind to everyone.." 2 Timothy 2:24

Please visit Sandra @ Diary of a SAHM to read about other Happy Homemakers. Be sure stop by and wish her a great Monday!


Thursday, June 04, 2009

Playing in the Rain

I'm singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain



What a glorious feeling
I'm happy again



I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above



The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love



Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain



I've a smile on my face
I'll walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Singing, singing in the rain


When was the last time you stopped to enjoy the rain?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Summer Preview

We still have a little while to go until summer, but with the warm temperatures it sure feels like summer. It looks like it is going to be a beautiful flower season.


My clematis is in full bloom and brings me so much joy to look at.

The little pool was filled up for the first time.


I foresee many days of fun in the little yellow pool.

The summer calendar is quickly filling up. I have been wondering what happened to the lazy days of summer? I have been thinking that I might have to remove some things from the calendar. I don't know about you, but I don't like to be on the go constantly. I also think that it is unfair to Megan to have her schedule off all the time and for Chuck to have no time to enjoy home.

It is all about finding that happy balance. What I do know is that I am looking forward to grilling out, swimming, garden fresh veggies and sharing summer with my family.