- Monday: Stuffed Shells - I got a box of free manicotti noodles awhile ago and have been looking forward to trying to make these.
- Tuesday: Tortilla Pizzas
- Wednesday/Thursday: Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
- Friday/Saturday: Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas (thanks for the recipe, Sarah!)
- Sunday: Veggie Spaghetti
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Committing Packrat Suicide: How I Killed My Need to Keep Absolutely Everything. I don't think I have any petrified cake frosting, but I'm quite positive I have kept things that I don't need or really want. (Offbeat Home)
Want to Save the Most? Do Without. Smart advice. (Money Saving Mom)
Kitchen Organizing Tips (The Scrappy Housewife via I'm an Organizing Junkie) and Storage Made Easy Thanks to Recycling (Northern Cheapskate). Both of these posts talked about reusing containers and other things you already have to make organizing easier. I did some more kitchen organization this week, and I used some Rubbermaids that were the wrong size for most leftovers (and thus were just sitting in the cupboards) to organize my dried beans.
Go Green and Simplify Your Life. These are just a few easy ways.
Simplify Your Life with the Touch It Once Rule. Because if you're going to deal with something, you may as well deal with it right away, or have a system of organization in place for it. (both from Life Your Way)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I absolutely love the spiral bookshelf in the first picture of this post. (Offbeat Home) Also, speaking of cool bookshelves, this tree shelf was featured in an issue of Martha Stewart Living a few months ago, and it's pretty amazing too. Neither holds enough to be functional for me, but they have such an impact that it almost doesn't matter.
DIY Pantone Paint Chip Magnets. Cute! (How About Orange)
Tagalong Peanut Butter Parfaits. Girl Scout cookies mixed into a rich, yummy trifle? Yes please. (My Baking Addiction)
DIY Wheat Thins. If I hadn't just bought a whole bunch of crackers for cheap, I would totally make these. I actually have all the ingredients already. Definitely one to keep and try sometime... (Two Peas and Their Pod via Money Saving Mom)
Monday, March 21, 2011
Tuesday/Wednesday: Multi Bean Soup
Thursday/Friday: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli and Mushrooms - one of my absolute favorites!
7 Layer Casserole
- 1 cup instant rice, uncooked
- 1 can corn
- 2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
- 1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey, cooked
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 4 strips bacon, cooked
- shredded cheese (optional)
- salt and pepper, to taste
Pour rice, corn, and one can tomato sauce + 1/2 can water in bottom of casserole dish. Add ground beef and second can tomato sauce + 1/2 can water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with onion and green pepper, followed by strips of bacon. Bake covered at 350 F for 25 minutes. Top with shredded cheese, uncover, and bake 5 minutes, until cheese melts.
I should note that 9 times out of 10, I make this casserole without the onion, green pepper, and bacon. In fact, when I got this recipe from my mom, I was surprised to find those ingredients listed, because I didn't remember ever having them in there. Regardless, it's very simple, and I always have the rest of the ingredients on hand if I need a quick and easy meal.
Next came the trays. As you can see, they're still in the living room, and they're not empty, but I did get rid of all the extra statements and manuals that were living there.
Jesse has already overtaken the top of the scanner/printer that I had cleared off, and I left him the pile to the right to sort through, which is a bunch of information about his student loans. He can decide what needs to be kept and scanned, and then we will get rid of that stack as well.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
8 Reasons You May Not Have Enough Time. I like the first one: "You're just busy, not productive." (Life Your Way)
How to Clutter Your Home. Instead of focusing on decluttering, here's how to go the opposite direction. (Making This Home via Simple Mom)
What My Five-Year-Old Taught Me About Organization. (Life Your Way)
Thoughts on Choosing Guardians for Your Children. We focused mainly on those we believed would line up most closely with both our religious beliefs and parenting style. (The Simple Dollar)
My Stock-Up Price List. In reading this list, I found that my stock-up prices for a lot of the items were similar, which is nice for me to see. (Money Saving Mom)
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Miscellaneous tax info and papers need to be put away. We actually already got our refund, so it's not that I have to do taxes. They just need to be filed.
I need to go through my crafty binder and miscellaneous pile and organize that. I have a bunch of random things I've torn out of magazines and catalogs because they looked interesting or I wanted to try them, so now I need to categorize those and remind myself what I have. I also have a few odds and ends here that need to get put away.
Toilet Paper Roll Art. These are very pretty. (Full of Great Ideas)
Letterpress Drawer Collage. I love collages, and this mixture of photos and knick-knacks is right up my alley. (Offbeat Home)
Mesh Bathtub Toy Bag. We bought a toy storage thing, but I can't get the suction cups to stick on our walls. (Craftroom)
Monday, March 14, 2011
Tuesday/Wednesday: Upside Down Pizza
Thursday/Friday: Veggie Pot Pie
Saturday/Sunday: Multi Bean Soup
Enchilada Chicken Chili
- 2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- 2 cans kidney or pinto beans, drained
- 2 cans stewed tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can enchilada sauce
- 1 can corn
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
Mix all ingredients together. Heat to boiling; reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Such an easy soup, and so yummy! Top with shredded cheese if you want.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Choosing the Important Stuff. Because nothing else matters more. (Life Your Way)
What Are Your Favorite Green Living Blogs? Not that I need to add more blogs to my list, but... (Life Your Way)
Five Things You Can Do the Day After You Move in to Help Your Home Feel Like YOURS. (Offbeat Home)
How I Save Time, Money, and Energy in the Kitchen. I absolutely agree. (Money Saving Mom)
The Harsh Reality of Living with Next to Nothing. This article talks about living on $1000/month, which is actually not that far from what we currently live off of. However, the article and the game linked there definitely seem like they're from a higher cost of living area than we are. (Northern Cheapskate)
8 Money Saving Swap Ideas. (Life Your Way)
Secrets of a Former Credit Card Thief. He explains how he did it, and offers tips to protect your identity. (Yahoo Finance via Money Saving Mom)
Tips for Cluttered Surfaces. The easiest places to build up clutter are flat surfaces. Our worst is our dining room table. I have a basket there now to catch most of the miscellaneous stuff, but there's still more that ends up there that doesn't need to be there. (I'm an Organizing Junkie)
Free Printable Shopping Lists. I don't know that I'll necessarily print these out, but I really should start categorizing my grocery lists. It would mean less back and forth in the store. (Life Your Way)
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Here's the stockpile before...
Note the piles in front of the shelf, and also the stack of magazines next to it. All read, but not taken care of. Please don't hate me, but I finally threw them out because I realized recycling was not going to happen, and they needed to go.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Pinwheel Wall Flowers. Because I have a slight obsession with flowers, even though you wouldn't necessarily know it from looking at my house. (Offbeat Home)
Unique Magazine Racks to Make or Buy. I've seen the wine rack idea before, but the wire hanger and the repurposed crib segment are new to me. (Life Your Way)
Bow Tie Paper Clips from Fabric Scraps. (How About Orange)
DIY Dryer Sheets. (Northern Cheapskate)
Sunday, March 6, 2011
How to Make Five Meals from Five Chicken Breasts. They do seem like they're pretty large, but still a good demonstration of making meat stretch. (Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles via Money Saving Mom)
Surprising Traits That Reveal Your Personality. Like hair length. (Life Your Way)
I liked several of the Weekend Links from Simple Mom this week:
We've Been Conditioned to Not Make Mistakes (Nesting Place)
Parenting Your Polar Opposite (Steady Mom)
On Labels and Limits: Why I No Longer Call Myself An Attachment Parent (The Happiest Mom)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Homemade English Muffins. I've been on an English muffin kick the past few weeks. Jonah was bagels. Matthew is English muffins. I am curious what the next one will eventually be... (Utah Deal Diva via Money Saving Mom)
I really like the Leafy Cutout Card in this post. (A Little Hut)
TV Cabinet to Console Table. This is an impressive transformation. (Infarrantly Creative via Money Saving Mom)
Now I need ideas. I want to make some sort of jewelry organizer. I don't have a ton of jewelry, so it doesn't have to be too huge - we're talking 5-6 pairs of earrings, less than 10 bracelets, and a few necklaces. I have items in a jewelry box and a travel case, but I forget what I have since I don't have them out. Anyone have anything?
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
So, yesterday Mama got out a hammer, a drill, and some screws, and Mama installed 6 cupboard childproof locks.