Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
We had been using a responsibility chart for the past 6-9 months. Our first chart was an Excel spreadsheet which I made and printed out weekly. The kids were each assigned a daily chore and paid 50 cents per day that they complete it. Everything else on their list is simply responsibilities they have to get themselves ready in the morning, after school, and before bed.
I wanted a more permanent solution that did not involve me printing charts weekly so I began to search online and through Etsy for chore charts. I found some great ones but none that worked exactly as I envisioned for our family of 5. Hubby suggested I make my own to save money and viola, the chore chart was born.
I bought a framed dry erase board from Target ($15) and measured out three equal section and wrote each child's name at the top.
The basket was in the school supply section of Target ($3) and it holds all the magnets when chores are completed.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
My sister and her husband were nice enough to let us stay at their house most of the trip.
Me and my BFF, Michelle
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
1 TBSP olive oil
1 1/4 lb ground beef
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp steak seasoning (McCormick Montreal Seasoning)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper chopped, any color
1 TBSP red wine vinegar
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 - 15oz can tomato sauce
2 TBSP tomato paste
Hamburger buns or rolls (enough for your family)
1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add oil to pan, about enough for once around the pan.
3. Add ground beef and begin to brown.
4. Combine brown sugar and steak seasoning with ground beef in skillet.
5. Once meat has browned add onion and bell pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Add vinegar, stirring briefly to reduce, then add Worcestershire, tomato sauce, and tomato paste, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 5 minutes longer.
7. To serve, scoop sloppy joe mixture onto buns or rolls. Enjoy!
Tips: I usually cook by feel and measure very little, a pinch of that, a handful of this, I just estimate. Be careful with doing that with this recipe until you are familiar with it. The first time I made it I put two big handfuls of brown sugar instead of measuring and the entire little can of tomato paste. The sloppy joes turned out yummy but distinctly sweet. The second time I measured everything and the flavor was less sweet and more on par with a traditional sloppy joe. This is one of my kids new favorite dishes.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I was lucky enough to be able to be in Colorado for one of my best friend's bachelorette party and wedding. April and I have been friends since Freshman year in high school and Nate and her husband Chris are also friends.
We started out the festivities Friday night by celebrating (and embarrassing) April with a girls night out. Cafe Vino was the first stop and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere was great and the food and wine was even better.
The girls, Becca, Michelle, April, Me, and Catherine
These girls and I have been friends for 13 or more years and I love them to death. Miss you my Colorado girls!
Then Saturday was the big day, April and Chris's wedding, August 14, 2010.
The view from the ceremony site
So, so happy we could be there to celebrate your special day. Love you guys!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Amazingly my kids never tire of the beach and would stay there all day if we let them.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I'd like to introduce you to Ruth, our newly sponsored child through Compassion International. Sponsoring a child through Compassion has been on my heart for a long time but the timing never seemed right financially for us but after watching this on Kristen's blog a few weeks back I knew God was speaking to me and our time, Ruth's time was now. I hope over the years we get to know Ruth well and our sponsorship and support will truly be a blessing in her life. I know sponosoring her will bless my family in ways I cannot even imagine. I know my children will learn countless lessons of compassion, love, poverty, generosity, and thankfulness through this experience. Ruth shares a birthday with my middle daughter Wyn, which makes it even more special. Can't wait to share with you all how this has touched our lives.