Monthly Archives: October 2011

Menu Monday-Plan It Don’t Panic Challenge

You know when you have something to do and things just keep coming up to take your attention elsewhere? Well, that’s what happened last week as it came and went without posting the menu. I had it in my head, just not on paper or my blog for that matter. So I’m trying harder this week to get those items checked off that I typically put on the back-burner. My week’s menu will no longer have days attached to the menu because more likely than not, we eat a different days meal. I very rarely go to the store with a specific meal in mind. Instead I will list meal ideas that I have from what is in my kitchen because I only buy staples and some items that are on sale. Here is my Plan It-Don’t Panic menu for the week:

  • Noodles with homemade spaghetti sauce and salad
  • Meatloaf, Potato Gratin from In the Green Kitchen by Alice Waters(trying this) and broccoli
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Black Beans and Rice with salad
  • My Mother’s homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with homemade rolls
  • Tostadas with homemade tortillas

Cooking with Love,



Walking Down Mountains and Healthy Living

My daughter has always had a desire to be healthy and fit, taking walks and running just for fun. She would even include her brothers and set up races and obstacle courses. Kyra has a passion for cooking as well and her repertoire is getting bigger and better.
Today she came up with a plan for getting fit and healthy with her brothers. She says to me “I’m going to have the boys stretch with me and go for a walk to the mailbox twice a day. Once in the morning after Bible and again in the afternoon”. Bear in mind that we are near the top of a mountain and our mailbox is about 3 blocks DOWN the mountain. So I agreed and asked her how she plans on knowing what exercises to teach them. “Oh, I will just do the same ones that I used to do when I went to public school”, was what she replied.
So I’m alone in the house, waiting for them to get back and I start thinking. (I know! Scary right?) ;D If she wants to take this on, then she needs to do it the right way. I told her that I wanted this to be her project and that she needed to do some research. As she learns about living healthy, she is to share with her brothers what she has learned. This will help her to own the information and her brothers to gain some important knowledge. This is a win-win situation in my book! I can’t wait to see how it unfolds!


Book Review-A Mother’s Guide to Raising Healthy Children Naturally

A Mother's Guide to Raising Healthy Children--NaturallyA Mother’s Guide to Raising Healthy Children–Naturally by Sue Frederick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t agree with everything she presents but she doesn’t try to convince you of her opinion, just states what she’s found and I like that. I like being able to take what I want from a book without feeling pushed. A truly informative book! It will be one that is referred to often.

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Knitting Troubles and Starting Over

I have been working on a scarf and have made numerous uhoh’s. When completing new projects(or any projects for that matter) you typically take time to look at your work every so often to see how it is going. Last night was one of those ‘let’s see how it looks’ times and I took a good look at my handiwork. I’m not happy with what I saw, it has a handful of mis-knits(if that is such a word) and it doesn’t lay flat. I had told myself just to keep going and finish(my husband concurs) but since last night I have been having this gnawing feeling to rip all of the stitches out. But as I went to do it today my heart started palpitating and I had to stop. This usually isn’t an issue for me(having perfectionist tendencies and all) but this time was different. I realized how much time and effort I put into my knitted scarf and was hesitant to have to start over. What if my next try turns out as disastrous as the first? What if it turns out worse? Not wanting to make the wrong decision I frantically messaged my sister-in-law “help!”. I gave her the rundown and asked her opinion. An art piece to be reckoned with was her thoughts. Lol! So the final decision was made knowing that if a scarf can’t keep you warm it isn’t going to get worn.

My Take-Away? Sometimes it’s okay to start over. You begin with a fresh perspective knowing the lessons you learned and hopefully not making the same ones again. 🙂

So I’m off to knit a ‘new’ scarf, a better scarf…..


(I’ll keep you updated)

Scrapbook Saturday-The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

I thought it would be befitting to do a page on our first visit to the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum since Kyra and Zach are now official members of the Gem and Mineral Society. Their great grandparents are so excited and have already been giving lessons in cabachoning, wire wrapping and beading to them. All of the boys have been engrossed in finding rocks since we moved here and have found tons of them. Lol!