Friday, February 28, 2014

Flowers & Pancakes

Lately, I've been trying to give each day a set schedule.  Laundry on Monday, Bills on Tuesday, etc.  I just love schedules.  Even though I do it imperfectly, or miss a day, I love having something in place that can keep me on track.  Well, Friday is Project Day.  Can I just say that I LOVE FRIDAYS!  I have been trying very hard to keep this day free.  That can be such a hard thing to do with little ones, scheduling errands, dealing with messes, and just the general busyness of life.  I definitely still do a lot of work on Friday (the dishes won't do themselves) but just knowing I'm going to work on projects is so fun!  Not only am I getting some decorating, crafting, and scrapbooking done, I'm also able to focus on my work the rest of the week because I know that I can work on the fun things on Friday.  Yes, I must say, schedules work so well to motivate and keep me on track.

I'm so surprised March is right around the corner.  The weeks getting busier.  Spring is coming, with all the rain and warmth that comes with it.  Today the sun is out and I couldn't be more pleased.  Being a true Oregonian, I know that sunny days in February are to be enjoyed fully and completely.

I have been going to the gym.  This is my 3rd week of going and I couldn't be happier.  I have finally found a routine that works with 4 kids and a busy schedule.  It takes some sacrifice and diligence on my part but I have friends I'm going with and a supportive hubby, so it has been consistent for the last 3 weeks with no signs of stopping. 

We have a Friday night ahead of us with nothing going on.  I can't decide if I should scrapbook a bit, start on the gallery wall that has been floating around in my head, or snuggle on the couch with my kiddos and watch a movie.  All sound so very appealing.   

The Proper Place For Crafting

I've been thinking about the items I put on my to do list.   About what I feel I have to do versus what I really need to do.  Projects, crafts, decorations, ideas, scrapbook pages, blog posts, when do these things stop becoming things we choose to do and become things that we have to do.  I had a list a mile long of projects and ideas I wanted to accomplished.  I was feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with how little I was accomplishing in that department.  But why was I/am I stressing about things that are not things I have to do.
So, I have decided I'm swiping these things off my to do this.  They need to be put in their proper place, they are extras in my life right now.  They should not cause me stress.

I've even taken scrapbooking off my to do list.  As long as I'm recording stories and taking pictures, I can put those in a book later. 

I have been experimenting with these thoughts for a few weeks now and I'm loving the way I feel.  It really is quite freeing to let go, to put things in there proper place.

And as my to do list has become shorter, my time to spend with the most important people in my life has increased.  I feel more space for relationships, more space to connect, more space to chat and play.  More space to parent well, to rest well, to manage the day to day.  To spend time bonding and connecting with family and friends, the most important to dos in this life.  

This doesn't mean that I won't be doing crafts or scrapbooking or decorating projects.  I still have a crazy long lists of all I want to do, it just isn't on the to do list.  It is what I do when I have time to do it.  It is what I do when I need to have fun or relax.  It is what I do to rejuvenate and enjoy.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rolled Flower Burlap Wreaths

I made these wreaths a couple years ago at my mom's home.  I used a foam wreath, covered it with burlap, gathered the burlap with hot glue, and hot glued a layer on back and a layer on front.  I was thinking Christmas when I did them and also thinking they would work year round.   
I rolled the flowers and hot glued the flowers onto the wreath. 

Rolled Flower Burlap Wreath
Foam Wreath
Scraps of Fabric
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue

These last couple of years I have been working on bringing more neutrals (whites, wood grains, and black) into my home.  I decided to redo these wreaths.  I cut off the above flowers and started to roll new white and cream flowers.  My sister taught me to roll flowers a couple years ago at my parent's home.  It really is so fun to roll these flowers, here is a good tutorial.  I hot glued them on and couldn't be happier with the results!  I love all the white and all the white and neutrals added to our home over the last couple years.  

I added one downstairs and one upstairs.  I love what they add to our home, I love that I was able to take an old project and make it new, I love adding my own creations to our home.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

35 Meals | Meals #8 - #12

Meal #8 Chicken Tamale Bake
This was a nice throw together casserole.  You can find the recipe here! 

Meal #9 Baked Tilapia
This was easy to throw together.  You can find the recipe here.

Meal #10 Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Yum!  This recipe I got from my SIL and we love it!  I've listed the recipe below. 

Chicken Pot Pie Soup    
(I at least double this for my family)

1/4  cup  butter
onion, chopped
2 chicken bouillon cubes (smash into a powder) or 2 tsp. bouillon powder
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk (or 1 cup water, 1 cup milk)
1 potato, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1 or 2 chicken breasts cooked and cubed
1/4 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup frozen corn

Sauté onion in butter. Add bouillon, basil and then Worcestershire sauce. Stir in milk.
Bring to a boil and stir until thick (boil at least a minute, stirring constantly).
Add potato and carrots. Cook until tender. Add frozen peas, frozen corn and cooked chicken. Heat through.

I also have added sautéed mushrooms just omitted the flour to make it gluten free.  Yum! I also have just thrown in all in a crockpot both times so it can cook away all day and be done in the evening.

Meal #11 Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
Another big thumbs up!  I love soup.  I love making it, it smells up the kitchen nicely, and tastes so yummy when you are done.  This soup was awesome!  Loved all the veggies in it, it was a hit with my family, and the touch of lemon was perfect.  Find the recipe here.

Meal #12 Mustard Chicken
This was from the book Practical Paleo and should be made with thighs.  I did it with boneless, skinless thighs the first time.  This time I did it with some drumsticks.  We

preferred the thighs. 

Meal #13 Upside Down Pizza
This was another fun, one dish meal.  You can find the recipe here.

I thought I would share another recipe, one in the baking department.

Grain Free Granola Balls
I've made these a couple times.  I compare these to a soup, where you can throw anything in the fridge into it.  This is a great recipe to get rid of extra seeds, dried fruit, and raw nuts.  Just mix together and bake.  I decided to process the nuts in the food processor and cut the dried fruit into tiny pieces so my baby could eat it.  You can find the recipe here.