Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bento Box Lunches


I completely cheated because I did not purchase actual Bento Boxes....but I did use what I had and decided to make up four of these (mainly because I only had 4 available plastic containers). :)

It was so easy to make these and the boys loved helping!  I'm excited because maybe I can get some painting done on our upstairs tomorrow since lunch is already ready!

My boxes contain:

3 Ham Slices

Carrot sticks

Grapes

2-3 pieces of Monterrey Cheese

2-3 pieces of Medium Cheddar Cheese

4 Ritz Crackers


I have a menu prepped for this week and Kevin already did all the shopping...slowly but surely....I am getting more energy.  Since my morning sickness is still hanging around (I'm 19 weeks pregnant today), I'm thankful for the boost in energy that has allowed me to accomplish some projects.  We have a lot more to do before the baby gets here, but I will continue to praise God for the bursts of energy, no matter how short lived, because they're allowing for things to get done!

Last night I was able to put up 6 pounds of sweet corn that I blanched and cut from the cobb.  It's not a lot, but I was thankful for the amount AND it was free from our neighbors!  Thank You Lord!!! 



Monday, April 22, 2013

Curtain Rod Re-do

Our home came equipped with this fantastic curtain rod that spanned the old bay window.  After we replaced the bay window with our tri-panel sliding door I kind of left this area alone for far too long.  Just before Christmas I went through and began painting all the trim on the first floor white.  You can see the dark walnut stain that was everywhere prior to my white transformation.  I have always LOVED white trim....Kevin however, was not convinced.  Needless to say...he loves it.  So back to my story. :)  I had been pricing these hardward pieces but either they were far above my price range or not long enough (the door is 9 feet long and another foot with trim).  The brass/gold look was not pleasing to me and matched nothing in our home except our door knobs (which is an upcoming DIY project as well ;)).  So, I mustered up my DIY strength and talked my amazing husband into painting this and making it more attractive. :)  I am sooo pumped with the results.

I removed all the hardware and the pull cord.  I never did replace the pull cord.  It was a fantastic feature that I miss, but I could not get the cord to go back in correctly. :(  The rings and finials were plastic, but the rod itself, was metal.  Kev sprayed it with Rustoleum and it worked perfectly.  I gave everything a thorough cleaning, but no other prep work was involved.

The rod, ready for spray.

For easiest access to all sides of the rings, we clipped them to the clothesline. :) This worked fantastic and helped them dry quickly. :)


The rod is back up.  We hung it quite a bit above where it was previously.  Kevin didn't want it all they way to the ceiling....but it is very close.  :)  I added the curtains ($9.99 for two panels from Ikea, I have 4 panels total).  I may change how they are hung at some point....but right now I'm just happy they are hung. :)  This door has had no window covering since December!  Now the zombies can't see in if I get up in the middle of the night for some water. ;)

Day shot, with the curtains open and all the light in!  I added a tie back that I got free from my sister so that the 4 panels are contained. :)
 
I love this space.  This is typically where I sit when I'm feeding the little girl that I watch during the day.  The boys love all the light that comes through.  This room is tied with our kitchen, for the most used room of the house.  The cornstove is in here and the boys LOVE to sit in front of the stove and read stories, build train tracks, or snuggle/wrestle time. :)




Friday, April 5, 2013

Weekly Meal Plan


I'm back to creating my meal plans. It makes life so much easier when I know what's for breakfast and dinner. I did not add lunch because lunch will most likely be leftover of PBJ (depending on how much Kevin takes to work). :) I also created a weekly shopping list. The fruits and vegetable section is vague because we purchase our fruits and vegetables from Bountiful Baskets. We LOVE this co-op because the produce is fantastic and ordering two baskets that last us two weeks costs us $31.50!!! For a family of four with fruit and veggie lovers-this is a GREAT deal. Needless to say, I usually just saute some veggies with butter (Paula Deen style!) and seasonings. I tend to make a fruit salad that is really easy and delicious. I'll post that recipe sometime....the boys LOVE it and fresh fruit is good for them. Below is one week work of meals. :) I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


Monday B- Pancakes and Bacon       
D- Crockpot Chicken and noodles (dark Meat only-reserve breast for Lasagna) Glazed Carrots Fruit Salad Fresh Bread
Tuesday B-French Toast
D- White Cheese and Chicken Lasagna Salad Jello Fruit w/ Whipped Cream
Wednesday B-Cereal
D-Corned Beef and Cabbage Cottage Cheese and Peaches
Thursday B-Eggs and Sausage patties
D-Baked Swai Persian Rice Fresh Veggie Fruit Cocktail
Friday B-Cereal
D-Shrimp Alfredo Garlic Bread Salad
Saturday B-Biscuits and Gravy
D-Tacos Mexican Rice
Sunday B-Leftovers
D-Baked Ham Mashed Potatoes Veggies

The Grocery List is a complete list of all ingredients needed. Some places I added measurements because I may have the item in the refrigerator and I'll just need to check quantity. My plan is to print this off and cross of the items that I have on hand for the week. Some may prefer monthly shopping, the reason we don't do that is because my Kevin loves to grocery shop and he does a much better job of sticking to the list than I do. ;-)

Grocery List
Produce Fresh
 Parsley
Onion
Cabbage
Raisins/Cranberries
Cilantro
4 heads of garlic
Lettuce
Dairy 4 c Mozzarella
Parmesan brick
Ricotta
Cottage cheese
HWC
1 lb of butter
Whipped topping
Sour cream
Meat Whole Chicken
4lb Corned beef brisket
Swai Fillets
Shrimp
1 lb Hamburger
Bone in Ham
Bacon
2 Sausage
Freezer Frozen Spinach
Canned 1 can Peaches or Pineapple
2 Fruit Cocktail
Black olives
Pineapple slices
Aisle 1 package Jello
1 Package pudding
Mini Marshmallows
Salsa
Rice
Lasagna noodles (9)
Tortillas



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Silhouette

Kevin surprised me for my birthday two years ago by ordering me a Silhouette. YAY! I am embarrassed to say that I have used it all of 4 times. I seem to always get the vinyl positioned incorrectly and mess up my project. Long story short....I need to use it more.
 
There is a wall in our kitchen that we added some picture frames to a while back. The frames are black and create quite a contrast...I'm not sure I'm madly in love with it but Kevin really likes the black contrast in the kitchen, so I leave it up. :) I decided that the pictures needed something more so I turned to my Silhouette to create a vinyl piece. Being the creative guru that I am, I went with an inspriring phrase: Eat. I realized that, although purposeful and direct, my word needed a bit of flair. Back to my Silhouette I went and cut out some flair. Instead of mirroring the image (which is completely possible and most likely the best choice in this scenario) I copied the image. So my curlies came out the exact same for both sides. Rather than have the Silhouette get the best of me again, I simply arranged the identical curlies to make it appear as if this was my intention all along. Kevin gives it a questioning look every now and then so I assure him that this was indeed my intent. ;) If you are unable to read the text beside the arrows: the arrow pointing left indicates where I finished painting the trim in the kitchen. There is a small wall there that we are going to remove so I didn't paint the paneling on that wall, or the trim around it. :) The arrow pointing right is pointing out a necessity every home should have: an indoor/outdoor thermometer. For the longest time Leo was convinced it was a clock, now he likes to "read" it and proclaim that it is indeed warm enough for him to go outside. While I love French food and decor....I'm not in love with the pictures beside my rooster. They were the prints that came with the frames and they have managed to stay in them, despite my best attempts to find others. I haven't found two other prints that would complement Mr. Rooster perfectly so these two remain. Perhaps when I get that completed I will post another update. ;)







My Cup Overflows

I sit and reflect on my life and am amazed at how blessed I am. While spending the day with my boys, outside eating leftover Easter candy, Leo sighed contentedly and said "mom, this is the life." That simple statement from my philosophical three year old set my heart to burst. I know how much I enjoy being a wife and mother; finding crafts, spending time with my loves reading, creating kitchen masterpieces and runner ups. But to hear my boy reiterate how fantastic our life is shows me that I'm not alone in my awe of our wonderful life. :) My cup is overflowing.