Friday, August 22, 2014

Grocery shopping...

Since we have moved I've been slacking on grocery shopping. I think it's because it's still summer. The kids do not have homework and what not. (Or it's just because I have come to dread it).

Well, I do a few things. I head to my cabinate that has all my recipes. 

The best thing I ever did was subscribe to The Food Network Magazine. I have been a subscriber since 2010. I have a few missing issues when we have moved and what not, but other than that I have all of them.  The books next to my magazines are the most used. (I know I should purge the others bet some were gifts)

The black binder has the recipes I've typed/printed off. Some are friends' recipes, most are from family and the rest are ones I've gotten off the internet. (Yes I have them in sections: main dishes, sides, breads, breakfast, deserts) 

Then I grab my current calendar 

I use pencil when writing the meals down. Just in case they get vetoed by other family members. 

Then once we've made the dish (I am not so anal we have to eat the dish on the night I've wrote it down) I use a high lighter to mark it off. 

That way we know essentially what we still have to eat. The picture above is a month from last year. If we do not eat it in the two weeks we put it down it will carry over. Something's come up like BBQs or just times we are tired of cooking and go out. 

Now if you zoom in the above pictures (or check out the picture below) you can see short hand. 

So the 22nd I've written down Orecchiette with Ham and Leeks pg 151
FNM~Apr14 which mean Food Network Magazine ~ April 2014 (I've had to start to write the year because I have 4 years of these magazines). My poor husband has had to get used to this short hand as he and I share cooking duties. 

Once I've filled in the two weeks that we need of meals. I use the recipes and compile my list. 

As that is finished I put the recipes and calendar , whether they are magazine, loose or in books in a magazine holder that sits on our counter. That way we are not searching for them through out the week. Helps with making cooking a little easier. (It used stress me out, but now I love it). 

Sorry for the long winded post. Hope it helps just a little. 

Hope you are having a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Here's a new start! It's Halloween Rules by Lizzie Kate. Started this last Thursday, while my kids swam in the pool.

I've never done a project like this. It's a new experience also have never used Hand Over Dyed Fibers. I am using 32 ct. chestnut like she did and let me tell you these colors pop! 

It seems to be working up fast for as much time as I was able to give to it. 

Hope all you lovelies are having a wonderful weekend. 

Sorry for the blurry picture. This is a test post as I just added Blogger to my phone. Maybe this way I can/will post more often. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Can be incredibly stressful. You would think I would have this down. This is my sixth move with the Army (well with the hubby being in the Army).  In the past we have gotten our orders six months out so we can get on the housing list and start preparing that far in advance. I'm hoping it was just the last post we were at that made it incredibly hard to leave. We didn't receive our orders until May with a report date of July 10th that is crazy.  Not impossible but dang there were some harry moments. 

Like not knowing if the movers were going to be able to come at the exact dates we needed. Even getting on the housing list in May didn't guarantee us a house on this end. 

So we've been living in a hotel for the last 9 days. Two adults, two kids, and two cats. It hasn't been easy. Wish those two room suites were under per diem. Bed time has been rough, specially when one kid will fight with all his power to stay awake. "He's not tired." 

We did find a house and have submitted an application on it. Crossing my fingers it all works out. The hubs has to sign in tomorrow to start in-processing. Here's to hearing back that we are a go for the house and we can move in this weekend and work on get our stuff delivered next week. 

Hope you lovelies are having a wonderful week!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

So long.....

I can't believe it's been so long since I have posted. 

May was kind of a blur and I pretty much volunteered the whole at my daughter's school. Help the Librarian inventory the books and collect all the technology from the teachers that are leaving or that administration wanted turned in. 

My parents also came out for a visit the last week in May. They came for my daughter's birthday and to get good Mexican food (my mom's words) one last time before we move. 
Honestly I am really going to miss the food here. Not to mention some of the people. 

June has been pretty quick too. We have had to get stuff ready for the movers. If you have flour or sugar in canisters on your counters you have to have them washed out before they can even be packed.  They weren't going to take our coffee grinder because I didn't even think to toss that in the dishwasher. You can believe I spent a good long time this morning getting that cleaned. 

This has probably been the hardest move we've had to date. Not getting calls from the moving company or the driver. Having our dates moved back. I am so thankful we have the benefit of contracting a moving company. 

No I should be off cleaning... I'm going, really I am. 

Hope you all have a wonderful day!!! 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Home Alone... Sort of!

It's 10:00 or 2200 for those associated with the military.

The hubs is on a night watch or some other. So I am all alone, well the kids upstairs in bed and the cats. 

I can't say I can't sleep without my husband there by my side. I just don't track the clock and I will end up finding its 1:30 am. He is my clock watcher. 

Ever have those days that diner just isn't going to be anything healthy, exactly?

Ya, that so happened tonight. I was suppose to make stuffed pork chops. Which will be our dinner for tomorrow night. We ended up scrounging around the fridge for whatever was easy and edible. 

I won't go into our bad eating habits. I do have to say I did put my foot down, to ice cream. Was tempted but it was a no go.

Have you had those days? What are your go to eats if you have them in the house?

Hope all is well!!!

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Blahs....

Ever just have the blahs?? 
I have a bad case of them. Haven't picked up one of my crochet projects or cross-stitch ones. 

I did catch up on the In Death series by J.D. Robb. I just can't not read those books in a couple days. I love them. I read Thankless and Concealed In Death.  

I absolutely loved Thankless. Roarke and Eve were awarded medals and Sumerset (Roarke's father of sorts) arranges Roarke's family to be in town for the ceremony. Then the whole scene between Nixie and Eve was beyond anything I could imagine. 

As I read that scene, I wondered if there was any book that J.D. Robb or Nora Roberts has had a hard time writing. I could not imagine writing Nixie's story. She is a survivor of her whole family's murder along with her friend. 

We may or may not be heading to Albuquerque to sell my husbands truck this weekend. If we do will have a post on what exactly what we did to fill the day. 


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend fun!

The plan was go through the section of the garage we stuck stuff we are getting rid of.
I really thought it was going to take a lot longer than it did. 
I put my husband on getting us some tunes. We have an extra tuner and speakers, by the time he had that done. I just needed help with the awkward pieces.

We put the boxes we have leftover on the shelves my husband built. I can announce I can actually park my car in the garage. It's the little things really. It will come in handy when it starts getting hot in  the next couple weeks. 

We hit the dump and then took the kids to the pool. Patrick has only been begging to go to the pool for the last month. Well, maybe two weeks, so we picked up his buddy Connor and hit the water. 

I actually didn't have to get in the pool, so I took along my latest project and worked up some on Eagles Majesty.  I am working it up for my father-in-law. 

It has worked up pretty quick, but then Dimensions use a lot of half stitches. I will get some pictures of the progress so far.  

Hope yow lovelies had a wonderful weekend!