This weekend was absolutely crazy in my house. First, it was apple mania. I processed 6 pounds of apples. I made two loaves of apple bread and a double batch of apple sauce.
Then on Sunday it was supposed to be day 2 of apple mania but I got super sick. I still am I have the chills, coughs, and everything hurts so badly that I want to cry. However, life has to go on. I am a mom to my girls and they need me.
This week is going to be a week full of healthy comfort food in my house. The comfort food is also going to be very frugal food so anyone can afford to do this meal plan.
I have some great blog posts that will be out soon I just really need to get better first so just bear with me on this little blogging break. I will be gone for a few more days and then will be posting a lot more.
- French toast
- Smoothies with strawberry yogurt, and frozen strawberries- I just mix about 2 cups of yogurt, 6 strawberries, and a cup of milk together in the blender. It comes out so good. My 2-year-old will eat these any time of day!
- Pancakes and sausage on the weekend
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
- Tuna Sandwiches
- Possibly smoothies
- Apple Bread
- Roast beef sandwiches, with white bread, and homemade mac and cheese
- Grilled Cheese and cream of mushroom soup
- quesadillas (with sour cream), tortilla chips, and salsa
- baked chicken with mashed potatoes
- chili and cornbread
- Pulled chicken sandwiches, and chips
- Chocolate Pudding
- Apple Crisp
- Apple Bread
- (Possibly) Apple Pie
This lists included my favorite comfort foods. I hope everyone tries at least one because everyone needs to be able to take a break and eat some good food sometimes.
Meal Plan Monday
I love burning candles. It makes the house smell so wonderful. We burn them all the time pretty much around the clock in my house.
An adorably small problem
As much as I love to smell them my two year old loves to rip them apart. It is something about playing with the wax. I think she thinks it is playdoh in a jar or something.
Repairing the problem
It is really easy to repair a broken candle.
1.) Put the wax that has been pulled out back in the jar.
2.) Put the candle on the stove top.
3.) Wait until it has heated up a bit and the wax is melted.
4.) Make the wax stand back up.
5.) Let it cool off
When that is done you should have a functional candle again.
Linking back to Weekend Wind Down
A normal life
Like everyone else as a teen I ate and drank whatever I wanted pop, and candy bars while doing homework. Eating out during lunch hour. My favorite place was Taco Johns. I pretty much ate crap food all of my teen life.
Stolen from me too soon.
I was hanging out with my then boyfriend He is my husband now. The phone rings and my dad told me my uncle died. It was hard enough, but I hadn’t seen him for years. Then the kicker came my grandma was diagnosed with stomach cancer and hadn’t told anyone for six months. It broke my heart to realize she was going through this all alone.
So I sat with her as often as I could just to get the remaining time with the wonderful woman who raised me and loved me unconditinally. She died just two month later. I planned to go the next morning not knowing she would pass away that night. I never got to say goodbye.
I later found out that the town she had moved to just one year prior had polluted fields with GMO seeds in them and had a huge cancer rate. She trusted everyone and never checked out the facts.
I try to always eat as organic as I can afford now. I hate GMOs with a passion. My daughters will only eat organic or from scratch food. I make tons of food from scratch. Many of the organic companies were bought out by big companies so I have to.
I have grown so much stronger since my grandma died. Both emotionally and physically. I wish every day that she could have met her great grand daughters, or even lived another decade to be 80, but no all of that was stolen from me. Some nights I cry myself to sleep missing her. Well tonight I am blogging and crying my eyes out.
I was finally relaxing from a day of hard work. Girl scouts were over for two weeks. My house was clean for my two year old’s teacher to come over the next day. I was feeling pretty good and getting ready to look up topics and try to get some content published.
Kids do the darnedest things
Suddenly my peacefully sleeping adorable five year old daughter gets up walks and walks to her dad’s computer. She normally does this and I have to tell her to go back to bed. I think nothing of it. Suddenly I hear a water noise, and turn around. She had peed on the floor!
I instinctively clean it up. She turns around and falls right back to sleep. She was definitely sleep walking. So I found out that I was a sleep walking five year old.
This definitely has me thinking. I have no idea she sleep walks. Have I not noticed or was she so tired that it is a one time thing. All I know if that I hope she never pees on the kitchen floor again. She would normally be in trouble but she doesn’t even know she did it. So I am a little bit ornery and a lot confused right now.
I have been playing video games since I was 4. I played until I was 12. Then I stopped for a couple of years with middle school, and high school socializing. I started again when I was 19, and my now husband introduced my to World of Warcraft. Our first date was just sitting at his house playing the game.
I have been writing forever. I used to write stories all the time as a kid. Then it turned into blogging on kiwibox as a teen. Finally as mom I created this wonderful blog.
It all payed off
It is only in the begging stages, but if I do well on my test project I get a job on the Gamers Decide website. This is a huge video game news site. My first ever published article! This is my first ever publised article. I am so exicited!
twinkle toes shoes– These shoes. They are so cool expecially in the dark. I can see where my 5 year old is going. They are very useful and super sparkly so she is willing to wear them.
Frozen Fleece Lined Pants– Fleece lined pants for both girls. They kept them nice and warm during the harsh Wisconsin winters last year and they still fit so I am sure they will again.
Romans Road Decor– This sign is so cool because a good friend created it for her business. She has been into art her whole life and she finally created a business to support her family I am so proud of her.
Caramel Apple Candles– They smell so good. I love to burn candles. They make my house smell so good.
Crock pot meals- They are so easy so I can get tons of cleaning done during the day while my 5 year old is at school and I don’t have to worry about making dinner after.
This is just a list of some of my favorites for fall. I hope you guys enjoyed it.
As a child, growing up my family rarely sat at the table together. I wish we did other families did it and their kids always seemed so much well adjusted to life. Once my dad and stepmom got together there were too many kids for us all to gather around the table. I will do it for my girls though. We just got our bigger house and my husband got the table he grew up eating at, as a gift from his mother. It is a big huge Ethan Allen table. I believe eating at the table is good for kids for a few different reasons;
1.) They can’t get away with not eating- My girls know that if they don’t eat dinner, then they won’t get dessert. If they throw a fit about this fact then they get to go to bed early that night. This actually works! My five year old just started eating meat. She still only eats a little bit but she will now try a bite of everything on her plate. Chicken was the biggest battle for her but she still tried it.
2.) We actually save on food bills- With my girls actually eating what they have on their plates they have a ton less room in their tummies for junk food. Gone are the days when they would beg for popcorn at night, or tried to have a third or fourth cup of milk at bed time.
3.) There is less tv watched at night- My husband and I ask my five year old about her day at school every night. She tells us about her day which normally includes a comment about new friends or what class she had that day music, gym, or art. Then she will ask her dad about any questions she has though of during the day. There has been so many things she has learned about so far this way like how to tie her shoes, and how to count to 20. If there has been any disciplinary issues to talk about with her about school we talk about it after dinner. Normally it is that she has been not high enough ranked on the clip chart at school and what she did that gave her a lower color. We make her do her homework before she gets to go and watch cartoons and maybe gets to watch one each night.
4.) It is a great place to play games- My church always had a game night with tons of food and litteraly played games for hours. Usually from 12 noon- 9pm, and I always wanted to be able to play games with my kids at the table when they got older because of that. Now we get to because my girls are old enough to do it. So much fun! We played our first game last Sunday and it was a money counting game. It was so fun to watch my little girl say aloud the name of the change piece and how much it was worth.
5.) It unifies the family. If you spend a lot of time together you are actually on the same page with each other and know what is going on in each other’s lives. It even helped my marriage because me and my husband are actually talking and not just going through the motions but not really talking to each other like we used to do before.
So if you don’t eat a the table as a family I challenge you to even for just a week. I bet it will improve the condition of your family relationships.
My family has been feeling very crowded in our two bedroom home. We found out about a three bedroom trailer in the same court that we could get pretty cheap due to it being a family friend’s family members. We were able to buy it and are currently renovating it. While my husband is working on it with his parents I am staying at home with the girls due to pain fumes. I am still being helpful during this wait time. This is a few ideas if you are waiting to get into your new home like we are.
1.) Keep the old house very clean so when it is time to move our you can. I honostly don’t know if I have days or weeks left to wait. It all depends on how long the renovations take. My father in law is a professional painter volunteering to do it all free, however we need to work with his problems due to pretty bad M.S. side effects.
2.) Show the old house. We are currently looking for a buyer for the old trailer, so we can pay off the loan for the new home very quickly. We have had a couple of offers come here and there but nothing is really locked in yet. There are things we will need to fix here and perfect before we actually get it sold.
3.) Eat down the level of food in our pantry using a pantry challenge. This helps us keep costs low to pay off our loan quicker, and also gives us less food to have to worry about packing up and moving. I have really picked up cooking from scratch again since the beginning of the challenge and that has been so fun and I am only currently cooking with basic ingredients, so it pretty much cut our grocery bill in half, and kept the cabinets pretty empty.
4.) Junk out stuff that you are not using anymore. Currently I have thrown away 3 bags of stuff we are not using anymore. We also filled up 2 bags of good stuff to donate to goodwill.
5.) Feed the people that are working on your new home. I like to bake cookies and give out snacks for my husband and his parents to eat while they work on the new home. They really appreciate it because there is no food in the new home yet. Sadly all of them need to eat regularly due to health problems. I figure since they are helping out with the new home it is my job to make sure they are all well fed.
6.) Box up stuff that you are not using daily. I have boxed many books and toys of my girl’s so far. This will make the actually moving day so much faster, and since they are not the toys that they play with every day they will not miss them much.
Even when my girls are not so little anymore I will still use these steps just to make future moves go easier. I hope these ideas help you if you are waiting to move into a new home you recently bought whatever the reason.
Today is my one year blogiversary here on wordpress. I can’t believe how many different readers I got on here this year. I got 15 subscribers so far. I also got more page views than I though to would get a grand total of 863. I had so much fun with two different sponsorships by two very cool companies Mealgarden and Baker Creek Seeds. It was so fun and I can’t wait to start blogging again after a summer hiatus I spent to hang out with my girls. I can’t wait to make my very special announcement of a very special event in my family’s lives. I will announce that tomorrow and it will be so cool and have lots of different blog posts about it. So thank you for all the support this first year of my blog and keep looking for new updates.