Monday, March 31, 2008
First a recap from last week. I made everything last week except for Crockpot Brown Sugar Chicken which is actually in my crockpot today. I got sick this week with a bad cold and one night we had leftovers and the other night I just ordered pizza. I'm feeling a lot better though.
Crockpot Meatloaf by Organizing Junkie was a hit. I always know when it's a hit when my family goes for seconds. My son actually ate 2 servings of meat and one of my daughters had 2 servings for carrots. My husband said it was okay. He added cheese to his portion as that's how I normally make my meatloaf so I guess he didn't want a change. I thought it was very good and easy to make. Thanks Laura f0r sharing your recipe.
Crockpot Beef Casserole was very good. The sauce was very good. I served it over rice but I think the next time I'd serve it over egg noodles. Adding to my monthly planner.
Now for this weeks menu:
Monday - Crockpot Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken with rice
Tues - Cake for Dinner? Okay, it's April Fool's Day so I figured I'd try this out as a joke. If I don't do it on Tues I will try this sometime this week.
Wed - Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Thurs - Kathy's Delicious Slow Cook Chicken I have made this before actually many times. I serve it with rice.
Fri - Mom's Zucchini Pie I have made this before and even my husband eats it even though he doesn't eat Zucchini
Sat - Mild Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas
Sun - leftovers
Sorry this is going to be a chicken week since there was a sale and I over purchased chicken.
For other menus, please visit Organizing Junkie.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Right now, Deco Pages has a CT Call going on. If you can spare fifteen minutes or so a day, have time to work with two kits a month from two designers of your choice they could use your help. You can send PatinParis a PM from either DST or Deco Pages expressing your interest and links to two other galleries to apply. I love being on the CT at Deco Pages. They have such talented designers and such a huge variety of kits and colors. I hope to see you there!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I am starting to feel overwhelmed by all the clutter in my house. I am trying so hard to get rid of things we just don't need. I'm tired of having to clean up every night the scattered toys that are in numerous rooms throughout my house. So each night I've been trashing things. And why is it that the kids just won't help? It's a never ending battle! Even if I tell them they will be rewarded I still get the whining and I wind up doing it myself because I get so frustrated. Okay, now this is not what really is bothering me.
How can you tell your family members not to purchase anything for us and give us anything from like the dollar store without hurting their feelings? It's mostly junk and I just don't need more clutter in my house! Then when I'm throwing it out I feel guilty that I'm doing so. I just don't know what to do.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday - BBQ meatballs and pirogies (okay, I have made this 2 times. I made it last week and this week. So easy. I made it both times on the stove on low putting the meatballs which were frozen and cooked it for like 3 hours. The pirogies were on sale.
Tues - Chicken Cordon Bleu, roasted red potatoes with garlic, and carrots (were on sale)
Wed - Crockpot Beef Casserole with rice
Thurs - Stuffed Shells and chicken parm
Fri - Crockpot brown sugar chicken
Sat - leftovers
Sun - crockpot meatloaf (I so want to try this recipe. Unfortunately last week it didn't get made so I'm hoping to make it this week.)
For other menus, please visit Organizing Junkie.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Your Heart is Blue and Orange
Your heart is bright and brilliant.
You are knowledgeable, wise, and confident.
You bring dynamism and sparkle to relationships.
You know how to keep your partner hanging on your every word.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
That dessert had better be good for all the trouble I went through to get that ONE ITEM - Apricot Reserves.
Monday, March 17, 2008
On Thursday when I was supposed to make Beef Roast with Root Vegetables I was crunched for time and wound up doing a different recipe instead. So Thurs I made Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized onions in the crock pot. The meat was a little dry but the gravy this made was really good. I probably will make this again. And no it did not taste like coffee.
On Sunday I made Beef Brisket with Smoky BBQ Sauce in the crock pot (recipe below). I really screwed this one up because where it said 1/4 teaspoon of celery seed I put 1/4 teaspoon of celery salt. It was so salty. Oops! We did all eat it though so I will probably make it again but will leave out the celery seed!
Beef Brisket with Smoky BBQ Sauce
1 2 to 3 pound fresh beef brisket
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbs vinegar
2 tbs worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1. Trim fat from brisket. If necessary, cut brisket to fit into crockery cooker.
2. Combine chili powder, garlic powder, celery seed, and pepper; rub evenly over meat. Place meat in crock pot
3. For sauce, combine catchup, chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and dry mustard. Pour over brisket.
4. Cover; cook on low heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Remove meat and cut into thin slices. Skim fat off juices in cooker. Serve juices with meat. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Now for next week:
Monday - Beef Stir Fry from 101 Delicious Diabetic Recipes book borrowed from my friend.
Tues - Green Chile Beef Empanadas. Since I have left overs from the roast from Thurs dinner I might as well reuse the meat.
Wed - Swiss Chicken and Corn Casserole
Thurs - Pizza (Dinner with Triplet Moms)
Fri - Easy Meatloaf in Crock Pot
Sat - Left Overs
Sun - Easter Dinner at restaurant
Thanks Laura from I'm an Organizing Junkie in hosting the Menu Plan Monday
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I'm going to share the one which I made recently. It's a dip called Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (note you need to scroll down to get the recipe. I found it from menu4moms website.
I am actually cooking this right now to bring to the MOMS Club Night out. I made this back for superbowl. It makes a lot. In Feb when I made it I split it into 3 containers. One container I used for that day and 2 I froze. I wasn't sure it would be okay defrosted so I wanted to try instead of tossing it in the trash as it was really good. Just the other day my husband found it in the freezer and defrosted it to go with his chips and it defrosted pretty well and tasted great.
Check out other Slow Cooking Thursday recipes at Diary of a SAHM.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I'm even selling some of my Stampin Up retired stamp sets on e-bay just so I can get season passes to Great Adventure for the kids this summer. Unfortunately, they are 3 years old and we have to pay for them this summer because they changed the age requirement for getting in free.
Of course, if I got my organized magazine like Laura did today maybe my post would be more on a positive side. As for today's mail, I got an invitation to a Bar Mitzvahs that I had no idea that we were going to be invited as it's from our Rabbi who's son is making his Bar Mitzvahs. How do you respond? We just can't afford to go. Of course, the Rabbi knows that we are having some financial difficulty because he is working with us to pay our monthly dues to the synagogue. We just don't have anything extra to give because if we did we would definitely give it. Luckily everything else was junk mail. Oh, I did get a Dora Leapster game for the kids that I got from ebay after selling one of my stamp sets to get it. They don't know anything about it though until tonight when they need to switch games. They now have 7 different games. Each night they switch games. Some nights it can be very chaotic when one wants the same game but the rule is they can't have the same game 2 nights in a row they have to take turns.
Here's wishing for some good mail as I don't know how much more stress I can handle.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
For the First Time. She actually came to visit my blog today so I had to check her blog out. First she had the What type Writer Should You Be on her blog so that's where I got that from. She also wrote a very nice comment on my blog and her blog about my blog. Love the party crashing lists she made so I'm copying this as well.
Hyperactive Lu wrote a nice article about cooking at home how much cheaper it is than eating out. We too were eating out a lot last year but for 2008 I have been meal planning which has helped with the "What's for Dinner?" problem.
Mommie Daze - What inspired me about her blog was that she had a 3 year old. Since I have 3 year olds I know the chaotic life. And I loved her recipes. Since I am meal planning every recipe that is recommended would really help me out. I also loved that she had some 3 year old projects as I'm always trying to keep my kids busy. I will be following her blog in the future.
Kimmie & The Sprouts - She's sharing chips and dip and she has a beautiful quilt that she's working on.
Desperately Seeking Sanity - I can so relate! And I so need some laughter some days in my life.
Who has Time to Scrapbook - her title is so cool.
Mid-Life Bliss - oh my this woman has 11 children and is only in her 40's. I am fast approaching 40 (only 2 more years) and I only have 3 (the triplets). I couldn't imagine having any more as the triplets are so much work.
The Infertility Chronicles - Since I also had a problem with infertility I was drawn to her blog. After being told that I could never had children naturally and that IVF would be my only way and then being told that there was nothing wrong with me. Many years of unexplained infertility and 3 treatments of clomid with IUI and 2 treatments of Gonal-F and IUI we were finally blessed with triplets.
Surviving Motherhood - Great article about not being perfect.
Well, it's 11:12 pm and I swore I would not stay up late again so I'm heading to bed. Tomorrow is another day.
You Should Be a Song Writer
You have the ability to evoke emotion, tell a story, and hook someone...
In a very small amount of words, perhaps with some deft rhyming.
Even if you can't write music, you can sure write compelling lyrics.
Lyrics so good, people will have them stuck in their heads!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Review of last weeks meals:
As I mentioned in my last weeks post I'm getting fed up with my crock pot. If any of you have any good recipes please share because everything I seem to make in mine comes out really crappy. Baked Honey Pecan Chicken was really yummy. I liked the honey sauce. The Broccoli with creamy lemon sauce was really good. My kids actually dipped their chicken into the lemon sauce. I didn't put the honey pecan on their chicken. Chicken Burgers came out yucky. The Beef and Veggie Stir fry is a keeper. My husband loved the sauce so it made it to the monthly cook book. The cowpoke BBQ sauce was a disappointment. Somehow I didn't make the chicken Burritos, chicken fajitas or swiss chicken. I think we wound up having left overs. I did substitute sweet and sour meatballs for one of the nights (husband's favorite as it was his birthday.)
Now to this week:
Monday - Chili - used cooked chop meat that I had left over from power cooking today.
Tues - Stuffed Shells (frozen from power cooking)
Wed - Meat balls and Spaghetti or pasta (frozen from power cooking)
Thurs - (Crock Pot) Yes I'm going to attempt again! Wish me luck. I'm going to try a recipe from Robin Miller from Food Network called Beef it Up. She cooks one meal and then uses it 2 other times. Beef Roast with Root Vegetables and Mixed Greens with Raspberry-Walnut Dressing
Fri - Green Chile Beef Empanadas
Sat- Asian Beef Salad with Cilantro, Scallions and Sesame Seeds
Sun - leftovers or eat out
Friday, March 07, 2008
There's a blog party going on. Did you know this? You can find more information about it at 5 minutes for mom's blog. Anyway, welcome to my blog.
I am a mom to Girl, Boy, Girl triplets age 3 1/2. It's been a long hard road raising them but I am survivor. I was a stay at home mom for 3 years. Recently I went back to work part time doing accounting while the kids are in preschool. So basically I get no relief from the stress of raising toddlers almost alone since my husband works 24/7 to support us.
In my spare time (once the kids go to bed) I enjoy digital scrapbooking. I have been paper scrapping for 10 years and digital scrapbooking for a year and half. At my blog you will see many of the digital pages that I have created. I am currently on 5 designers Creative Teams.
In January I decided to take control of my life. I struggled with "What is for dinner?" question every night. I found I'm an Organizing Junkie and have been following her Monday Meal Planning. In addition to that I've also been following her organize a room a month that she started in February. We were in the kitchen the month of Feb and I came in her top 12.
I use Google Reader to keep track of all the blogs that I do read. Looking forward to meeting new people this week. Happy Blogging.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Do I need it?
Or just want it?
Who convinced me that I need it, and why do I want it?
Will it make my world a better place, or will it end up taking up landfill space?
Do I need it?
Or just want it?
The tv commercials are telling me
I need to buy lots more,
but I can’t figure out what I’d need
those fifteen cell phones for…
Our dining suite is older than me,
our furniture doesn’t blend,
but I can’t throw out stuff that’s good
just because of the latest trend… CHORUS
Those convenient plastic shopping bags
are fluttering in the trees,
so I’ve started to use my old cloth bags
to move my groceries…
Spring water sold in plastic bottles
Is really quite the fad
But water from my tap tastes just as good
And using less Polyethylene Terephtalate isn’t bad… CHORUS
I’ll admit that I’m a Tim Horton’s junkie
Had my share of those disposable cups
But now I take my travel mug along
And I ask them to fill ‘er up…
How many books in my personal library
sit there still unread?
My life would be less cluttered if
I used my library card instead… CHORUS
How many computers, tvs and stereos
does one family really need?
It’s time I learned to live with just enough
instead of giving in to greed…
A wardrobe from the Sally Ann
can be as good as buying new.
That way I’m not creating consumer demand
and there’s money in my pocket, too… CHORUS
Our lives are filled with so much stuff
This song could go on and on
But if we think before we buy
I’d be singing half as long.
So I’m not gonna buy things on a whim
I’m gonna think things through
If I can live with less, I’ll reduce my stress
And lighten my workload, too…
If I don’t need it,
I don’t want it.
No one convinced me that I need it, So I won’t buy it.
Gonna help my planet get “out of the woods”
By refusing to USE up so many Goods
‘Cause I don’t need so much stuff,
And I don’t want it.
I don’t need so much stuff
And I don’t want it, ohhh no!
I have been trying to declutter my house and saw this video on I'm an Organizing Junkie's blog.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Monday - Italian Style Beef Sandwiches (Crockpot). I had a late play date so again I attempted my crock pot. I am so fed up with this crock pot cooking. It just is not working out for my family. Every time I make something from that thing the meat is dry and my family hates it. Please if you read my blog and use a crock pot and have a recipe that you know is good please send me the recipe. I so need help.
Tues - Baked Honey Pecan Chicken and Broccoli with creamy lemon sauce (pg 64 101 Delicious Diabetic Recipes (borrowed from a friend)
Wed-Chicken Burgers (pg 52 101 Delicious Diabetic Recipes (borrowed from a friend) and potatoes au gratin (pg 62 101 Delicious Diabetic Recipes (borrowed from a friend)
Thurs-Chicken Burritos recipe on page 42 of 101 Delicious Diabetic Recipes (borrowed from a friend)
Fri-Beef and vegetable stir-fry (pag 49 101 Delicious Diabetic Recipes (borrowed from a friend)
Sat- chicken Fajitas with cowpoke bbq sauce (pg 54 101 Delicious Diabetic Recipes (borrowed from a friend)
Sun-Swiss Chicken and Green Pea and Rice Almondine (pg 68 101 Delicious Diabetic Recipes (borrowed from a friend)
Sunday, March 02, 2008
You can join the club for 1 month @ $7.99 to purchase this kit or you can join for 3 months @ $15.00 or 12 months @ $36.00. Each month there is a new mega kit for you in a different theme with matching colors.
More info here:
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Check out their blog for the mention of my winning here plus a little video on how to use this new recorder they are selling in their store.
This is my best trip ever to the supermarket. I got this all at Shoprite. Out of pocket was $1.46. My husband was amazed. He said, "What, how much?" Then he said, "They are not going to let you back in the store."
Everything I had coupons for plus they are having the dollar days rewards this week. I now have $25 in rewards to use next week on my shopping.
What did I get for 1.46?
3 boxes of pop secret popcorn
4 Purex Laundry Detergent
2 Welch's Grape Juice
2 Welch's Jelly
4 Viva Towels
2 Kotex maxi pads
1 Soft Scrub
3 Pert Shampoo
Bag of Wize cheese doodles (not pictured because my kids snagged it)
SR paper plates
SR Graham Crackers
I used $63.45 in coupons 13.06 of which was price plus savings and $35 of it was SR rewards from earlier this week.
Final Total out of pocket was $1.43
Wow this month went fast. Can't believe it is Roundup Time already.
What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
This is a major accomplishment for me. I actually read an entire book! I took out from the library this book Order from Chaos: A Six-Step Plan for Organizing Yourself, Your Office, and Your Life (Paperback)
by Liz Davenport (Author). I had it for 3 weeks. 3 days before it was due I tried to renew it since I was only 1/2 way through it. Well, I couldn't renew it because someone requested it. So for 3 days I took the book with me to the gym and read while walking on the treadmill. I did finish the book and returned it on time. What did I learn from the book? Well, I now have an air traffic control book. I bought one from CVS this week on clearance for only $1.75. You can see a photo of it in my previous post this week. I have this book next to my computer and I am using it to jot down all my to do's. I used to have post it notes all over my desk and now I have this one central book to refer to. Author Liz Davenport gives some good advice on organization by utilizing a 6 step method: Organize your desk, manage your task in 1 system, create a pending file, make decisions immediately, prioritize your tasks, and make them all daily habits. All of the information is solid. It was a good book to read.
Magazines: I got 2 new subscriptions this month: All You and Organize I read them from cover to cover. All You had tons of coupons and some quick articles to read. Of course, the big thing in my life now is coupons. I am so set on saving money that I've been trading coupons and shopping sales only. Organize is really cool too. I loved the neat articles and all the photos. I just love photos of the way people organize things.
What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?
I watched the season finale of Nip Tuck. This season was very bazaar. I cannot look at a stuffed bear the same way again. It just gives me the heevie-jeevies to even think about it.
Didn't see any movies that I can remember.
What special days did I celebrate and how?
Well, February 13 was my birthday. I turned 38. My husband bought me a special dinner with a brownie as my cake. He also sent me a dozen roses and 2 balloons one which said Happy Birthday and one which said Happy Anniversary. No, it wasn't my anniversary. It was an error on the florist part.
What gifts did I give and/or receive?
I went away to an SDV (Scrapbookers Dream Vacation) for 3 days. No children and no husband. It was a lot of fun and great to be able to relax for a little while. My mom watched the children. This was my birthday gift.
What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
We had a stomach virus pass through this month. Victoria and Justin had thrown up. Luckily, Naomi didn't catch it.
What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
We did a valentine day arts and craft.
I took the kids to the Children's Museum and met my friend Dawn there. I printed out from map quest the directions and then used my GPS system to get there. Unfortunately, both directions were different. I was almost there when my GPS died. It was kind of scarey to be with the kids and lost. When I called my husband he wasn't around and then I called my friend Dawn and she gave me directions. For a trip that should have been only an hour it took us a little over 2 hours! Luckily I packed the kids lunches so they were able to eat their lunch while I tried to find this place. The kids had a blast.
What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
I took the kids to Pizza Hut one day after their gym class. They loved going out with Mommy alone to eat lunch. They were very good too.
What special or unusual purchases did I make?
I did a lot of stock piling this month as I had tons of coupons for items that were on sale. Let's see, my husband just commented on this one. Why do we have 11 jars of peanut butter and 8 jars of Ragu sauce? Well, it's because I literally got them for almost free. Maybe 50 cents a jar. I don't think we will need any peanut butter or pasta sauce for a while.
What were this month's disappointments?
The loss of my triplet mom friend Helena.
What were my accomplishments this month?
56 pages completed for February. I had done a lot because I was away for 3 days where I completed 40 pages.
Anything else noteworthy to record?
The kids had their preschool orientation. I was informed by their teacher that she felt that they were delayed in speech. So I called the school district and made an appointment for an evaluation. Turns out that they needed to be delayed in more than one area which they are not. So we either can take them to an outside speech therapist or just wait till they turn 5 and get help during kindergarten.
Backup your digital pictures to cd/dvd and upload them to an online site or two for an extra backup. Send the links to the online albums to friends and family.
Choose photos (or digital layouts) to be printed out and get that done while you are thinking about it.
Make sure your scrapbooking area is cleaned up and organized. Put away new purchases (or organize your hard drive if you are a digi scrapper)
Look over the calendar for the coming month and make note of upcoming events you will want to capture for your scrapbooks.
Thank you Katie the Scrapbook Lady for organizing the round up each month.