July 17th, 2008

Since the farmer’s market is today, I’ll most likely be wandering up there to get some home grown potatoes for supper tonight. Last year we picked up small red potatoes and made a very easy dish that was absolutely delicious. All you need is butter (we use sticks) and dried rosemary. Just cut the potatoes into cubes (they don’t need to be very small), and bake at 400* for about 30-40  in a casserole dish. Make absolutely sure the potatoes are done though – you may need to cook them a bit longer. That’s it! Pretty easy huh?  Read More →

July 15th, 2008

Are your kids spoiled like mine are? If so, you probably have toys scattered EVERYWHERE.  Well this week I’m going to do something about it. Since we are still remodeling, I’ve got to get the kids rooms completely empty very soon (yes they are STILL in my room, but hopefully almost done).  We’ve been collecting boxes from family members so that all toys can find a home. If we have time (and the energy), we’ll also do some sorting, putting all similar toys in the same box (we already do this with several things – my daughter’s Littlest Pet Shop, my son’s cars, and a few other things). In addition to boxing everything up (stuffed animals included), we’ll be throwing some things away or giving them away. Seriously we have just way too much stuff and it’s time to downsize a bit. Even clean... 

July 14th, 2008

We are officially in the middle of summer, and with summer comes ice cream! If you have an ice cream maker, now is the perfect time to pull it out. And don’t even bother with plain old vanilla (as tasty as homemade vanilla is) – there are MUCH more flavors you can try out. This very yummy ice cream machine recipe comes from our ebook. If you need more recipes, be sure to check it out! BROWN SUGAR PECAN 1 cup milk 1 scant packed cup brown sugar 4 egg yolks 3 cups heavy cream 1 cup pecan pieces Heat the cream. milk and sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot. place the egg yolks in a bowl and whisk briefly. Still whisking, slowly pour in about 1 cup of the hot liquid. When the mixture is blended, slowly pour it into the liquid in the saucepan, whisking constantly.... 

July 11th, 2008

The Scholastic Store. is currently offering free shipping on all orders over $39. Just use the code: SMRAFF. This is a little short notice because the sale ends in 4 days, so hopefully you catch this before it’s over. If you are looking for summer reading or getting ready for school, this is a great deal to take advantage of. Hurry! Ends July 15th!  Read More →

July 10th, 2008

Today I thought I would post something a little bit different. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to be “when I grow up”. While I do enjoy running websites (most days), it’s not exactly what I thought my adult career would be. Think back to when you were a kid. Do you remember how fantastic your imagination was? Sure we got bored once in awhile, but never for that long. We could think up hundreds of different games to play. During the summer you were probably outside for hours at a time, playing games with friends or just by yourself. We also didn’t have the fear we’ve got now. Remember the first time you climbed to the top of a tree? I sure do! If you tried that now you probably wouldn’t get too far, since you’d probably be afraid of falling. But we didn’t fear that as... 

July 9th, 2008

For some reason I don’t even think about sewing in the summer. When Christmas gets close, I do this mad dash to get quilts and pillows done for gifts. But why don’t I do them all year round? I mean a hobby is a hobby, right? So I’m curious. For those of you that love to sew but don’t do it so much in the summer time – why? Is it because we have so many other things (some outdoors) to do? Is it because it’s too hot to sit with a blanket on your lap sewing? Do you not like to sit still in the summer? What IS it exactly?  Read More →

July 8th, 2008

Last week I probably should have picked something a little shorter and easier for a weekly challenge. Not only was I late getting started because last Tuesday was so hectic, but we had a holiday weekend in there too. I’m sure there were quite a few of you who had a busy week or weekend too, so we’ll give this another shot. This week’s tidy Tuesday challenge is to get caught up on your laundry. I won’t hold it against you if you leave a few half a load or so in the laundry basket, but for the most part it should be mostly caught up. This means all hampers in the house should be empty (luckily we only have one), and all clothes picked up off the floor. Since some of us are way behind, I’ll leave the putting away part up to you. Right now I’m going to be the mean mom and make the kids put their clothes away... 

July 7th, 2008

Here’s a funny story for you. If you’ve spent any time at all on this blog, you know I get addicted to PC games pretty easy. Well, any game for that matter, which is why we don’t own multiple game consoles. The computer sucks up enough of my time. Anyway, a few years ago I was talked into the buying THE computer game – The Sims. I loved it, played it all the time. Until we lost the disk that is. Every once in awhile I would see the box and pout a little, wanting to play it again. But never did actually replace it. Just sorta put it out of my mind. Well the other day I found the disk. Rather strange actually, since it was wedged between my desk and the wall where lots of stuff falls, and I’m just sure we looked there before. But there it was, on the top of other stuff, like it had just fallen back there yesterday.... 

July 3rd, 2008

It’s always nice when the 4th of July lands on a Friday, since we can all enjoy a nice extended weekend. There’s sure to be a whole lot of backyard grilling going on, so I probably should be giving you grilling recipes. But that’s not exactly “my thing”. I’m more of the type that makes the side dishes while the men tend to the grill. One dish in particular I love to make because it’s so easy and tasty – plus it goes great with grilled food. Any time we grill, this is what I make. Summer Pasta w/ Balsamic Vinegar 1 package thin spaghetti 1 can sliced mushrooms Minced Garlic Balsami Vinegar Tomatoes, diced Cook pasta as directed, drain and cool a bit. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Amounts will depend on your own taste, so do test as you go. I don’t usually use more than one tomato... 

July 2nd, 2008

Kids have a wonderful imagination, there’s no doubt about that. Why not draw out some of that creativity by writing as a family? Yes mom and dad need to join in too! This activity is perfect for a rainy day. In fact I just heard thunder outside, so it’s something we might be doing today. To start you’ll need to pick a place or time. It can be a fantasy world, or a real world in any area you chose. Here’s a few ideas for real world eras: - Roaring 20s - Modern day (as in today) - Pioneer days (1800s) - Pilgrim and Indian days (late 1600s, early 1700s) - Medieval times - Dinosaur age Once you pick your place and time, you’ll need some characters. Take a little time to study up on your chosen era, unless you chose fantasy, then you can make up whatever history you want. Describe your characters in their clothing,...