Day to Day Adventure: 1/30/11 - 2/6/11

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Weekend busyness

Welcome to the blog if you are hopping over! 

I sometimes wonder if I am just rambling here & if anyone reads through our day to day stuff.  I love comments about our family’s blog, pictures or posts I have put up, so speak up!

First time visitors, welcome & I would love for you to follow our adventures.  I am glad that you are back if you’ve been by before!

So around here we are pretty sick of the snow.  Guess what?  We could be getting even more in the next couple of days.  Sigh. 


Kids made some pretty cool tunnels and had a spur of the moment snowball fight this evening.

We traveled to Lee’s Summit today for a Bible Quiz


The kids & hubby did great and I hopped around and got a million questions about the crutches.  I won’t rehash the whole story here.  Only 2 more days!!!


Tomorrow will be a fun day of worship, a carry-in dinner(yum!) and then a Super Bowl Party.  Wow this weekend sure is packed for our family.

What are you doing with your weekend?

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Friday, February 4, 2011


I stood in my kitchen today and baked some yummy bread.  I haven’t gotten to be creative in the kitchen for a month.  I’ve missed it.


It’s February and I don’t have a calendar up.  I finished making one on Shutterfly today.  It has all the birthday’s for both sides of the family on it.  WOW that is a lot of birthdays.  Going to get it printed this week.

Everyone is home tonight.  Michael said 3 days of being snowed in with a bunch of crazy guys was enough.  He had to get out and come home.  Love that.


My boys are playing games at the table

Finished studying with my girls for tomorrow’s Bible Quiz. 


Best of all I only have 3 days left on crutches.  I cannot tell you how happy I am for that.  I am glad for a busy weekend so I won’t have time to be frustrated it by it.  The time should fly.  Happy Weekend!

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Peanut Butter and Banana Bread


This is baking in my oven right now.  I am a sucker for anything peanut butter & if you throw in chocolate well I am pretty defenseless.  A dear friend sent a loaf of this home with me before surgery.  It was delicious & so we are making some to have at a carry in Super Bowl Party(if it makes it that long).  Enjoy!

Peanut Butter and Banana Bread

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 T baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 ripe large bananas, mashed (1 cup)

1 cup milk

1/4 cup peanut butter

3 T cooking oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg slightly beaten

6-oz pkg milk chocolate pieces (1 cup)

Recipe for Peanut Butter frosting

In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugars, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  In another bowl combine mashed bananas, milk, peanut butter, oil, vanilla and egg.  Add to flour mixture, stirring just until combined.  Stir in chocolate pieces.  Pour in to two greased loaf pan.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans; cool for thoroughly on a wire rack.  Wrap and store overnight before serving.  To serve, frost with Peanut Butter Frosting.  Top with Chocolate Chips.

Peanut Butter Frosting

In a small saucepan melt 3 T peanut butter and 2 T Butter.  Remove from heat; stir in 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla.  Stir in 1 T milk.  Add more milk, if necessary, until it is of spreading consistency.

I will post a picture when it is frosted—it disappeared to fast earlier to snap a photo!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

20 years and counting

Yep today is Groundhog Day.  In the US that means we watch a groundhog to know how long we have until spring.  Kinda silly isn’t it.  But hey winter will make you do things like that.

Another silly things is that I got married on Groundhog Day.


  Steve likes it.  He never forgets when our anniversary is that way.

Usually we don’t spend our anniversary together because he’s working & I am home schooling/corralling our young’ins.  But God arranged it this special year that we could be home together.  Well sort of—he’s outside shoveling a ton of snow off our driveway.  That and making snow tunnels with the kids.  I am kind of jealous. 


That is saying something because I don’t really appreciate the cold or snow.  But it looks fun from the window.

I cannot even begin to write a blog post that would do justice to the love I have for my husband.  He is kind, loving, hardworking & above all loves Jesus with all his heart.  He is continually striving to grow and become the man God wants him to become.  I am so thankful for the first 20 years we’ve had together and I eagerly anticipate the adventures we will have in the next 20.

And because sometimes pictures speak louder than words. . .

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Brrrrr! Broccoli Cheddar Soup

imageWe are hunkered down.  Everyone is home and we are NOT going out until this blizzard stops blowing.  The wind is blowing like crazy but inside it is nice & warm.  I know my family & tonight they are going to be looking for some warm yummy food.  So I am baking bread & making soup for supper.  Well I have that planned & they girls will be making it.   Ha!

This Happy Honey Wheat Bread recipe is delicious! 


Don’t feel guilty if you have to have a piece right out of the oven with lots of butter & cinnamon/sugar sprinkled on it.

Tonight’s soup will be . . .

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

4 cups diced broccoli

1/2 tsp basil

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped onion

4 cups chicken broth

1/3 cup cornstarch

2 cups instant dry milk

2-3 cups grated cheddar cheese

(Optional:  2 cups diced chicken and 1 cup dry brown rice)

Chop up broccoli & cook until tender in 2 cups of water.  Add spices & onion as the broccoli is cooking.  Mix  4 cups of broth, cornstarch and milk powder in a separate bowl—you can do this in your blender if you want.  Combine with broccoli and cook until sauce is thickened.  Add 2 cups of cheese & stir until melted.  Additional cheese can be added to the top of the soup or in individual bowls.

If you want a higher protein meal you can add about 2 cups of cooked diced chicken.  I also have a large portion of my family that claims this soup needs brown rice in it.  I cook the rice(1 cup) in 2 cups water while I am preparing the rest of the soup.  I add both chicken and rice to this recipe & it is perfect for a cold wintery day. 

What warm comfort food are you reaching for tonight?

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Gratituesday: Getting Caught Up

There are battles we face every day. 

This week it has been the battle of doing things I DON’T want to do. 

Like grade papers.


Homeschooling has many joys.  I love reading aloud to the kids.  Teaching them to cook & work around the house reaps all kinds of benefits.  Drawing, logic problems, even writing thank you notes are no problem.  However when I look at the evil basket full of math, grammar, science, literature & history papers to grade.  I sort of just wilt and groan.  My kids are just too self motivated.  Is there such a thing?  The girls just keep working even if I am not keeping up with them.

I’ve tried many things to keep caught up. 

--Grade everything that comes in on the same day.  Works until we have to leave the house in the afternoon(grading time).

--Grade at night.  My motivation to do this just flies out the window when hubby comes home.  I have to have some time where I am a wife not a school teacher.

--Get up early.  This actually works pretty well but since surgery I haven’t convinced my body to rise before 7.  Working on that one.

So I spent the whole afternoon yesterday grading.

Then Steve rescued me.


They closed work early today, due to the blizzard like conditions, so he was back home by 10 am.  Yipee!  We were working hard on school.  Here is how the conversation went

Steve: “Well I should be doing “something” since everyone is work here.”

Me: (Light bulb moment)  “Well you could grade Physical Science for me, but only if you want to”  Hopeful expression on my face.

He actually did it!  I was SO far behind.  I hadn’t graded since Thanksgiving due to the holiday, doctor appointments & then surgery.  Wow he graded for 2 full hours & got me caught up all the way!  I only have to enter the points into my computer program!  I would do a happy dance if the crutches allowed it!

Confession time.  I procrastinate about Science when it gets in the high school years.  I am not as confident in those areas so it is AWESOME when Steve grades because his expertise is in that area.  He is taking a well deserved break as it snows & blows.  And I am going to work on history and literature—smiling all the way with gratitude to my wonderful hubby.

Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Menu Planning—for a month

Some days I really don’t like the weather man.  Nothing personal but in the winter he hardly ever has good news.

Ice?  Snow?  Frigid temperatures?

See what I mean? 

The forecast is keeping me seriously homebound.

One REALLY amazing thing is that I don’t need to make a run to the grocery store!  Yesterday hubby & I hit Hy-vee to pick up some on sale items but we didn’t NEED any of them.  About a month ago, Elizabeth & I sat down & planned a month’s worth of meals.  She was going to be cooking the majority of the meals so I wanted her input & for her to see the process that I use to do this.

How to plan for a month

1.  Check the pantry & freezer—first I had her go through & make a list of what we had.  Those items need to be used first, if possible.

2.  Print a calendar or if you like Excel there are some great templates at Vertex42.  I use the 2 week menu planner because I plan all 3 meals each day.  You have to when you are home all day with hungry children!

3.  Decide on a plan.  Are you going to use up all the old meals first?  Do you want the same kind of meal on a specific day of the week?(ie Mexican Monday, Crockpot Tuesday etc) I knew we were going to have meals brought to us for about a week this month so I didn’t plan those days.  Then I looked at what kinds of meat we had on hand.  Lots of chicken, some pork & hamburger.  I try not to over load any one week with too much a single kind of meat.

4.  Fill in the blanks.  Don’t feel like you need 30 different breakfast, lunches or suppers.  I repeat lots!  In fact this month I made a two week menu plan and just repeated it.  Easy peasy.

5.  Make a grocery list.  Look at what you have & what you still need to put on your list.  Don’t forget stuff like chips, sour cream, etc.  The sides are important too so add what might be good with your meals.

6.  Clean out the frig & do a quick organize of your pantry.   It makes life easier when you bring home all those groceries!

7.  Go to the store(s).  Take a snack, drink & a list.  This can be a big job—go prepared.

8.  Relax a bit.  Isn’t a great feeling that you won’t have to make a grocery store trip for much?  Steve is so good about picking things up for me.  We’ve had to pick up fresh fruit, milk, eggs & things like that but NO major parts of the meals. 

This is seriously saving us some $.  We normally spend around $600 for our family of 6.  So far for the month I am $150 under budget and we have a TON of food in the freezer/pantry still.  One of my goals is to shrink our grocery bill.  I have been using coupons but not lately for various reasons.  I may need to go back to planning/shopping for a month at a time for a while & see if it helps me reach my goal more than coupons did.

We did have meals brought in for a week so that affects things.  I would say about $75-80 worth of the amount I spent was in stocking up.  I bought $60 worth of chicken for batch cooking that will last us for several months.  I also was cooking college food for my oldest that will last for a couple of months.  He loves being able to pull a meal out of the freezer rather than going over to the dorm for a meal.  Overall I am super pleased with this months outcome on the grocery budget!

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