If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......
Photo was taken around Christmas 1962 when I had just turned 5. That is my pretty mom behind me. She made the cross stitched clock on the buffet. The stocking with my name on it was made her mother and delivered to me before my first Christmas even though I was not even a week old. My apron was made by great grandmother. I come from a long line of homemakers who did stuff and got lots done.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Use what you have

Hello everyone
We shopped at the commissary last Saturday and I haven't been to any grocery store since then.  While our pantry and freezer are still pretty full, I knew we had used all the bananas, grapes, melon, leaf and romaine lettuce.  Grand children will be here today and maybe more family for supper so I wondered if I should go shopping. 
I looked to see what was in the fridge.  I found about half a pound of strawberries that were still fresh so I washed and quartered them.  
Then I found 5 nice oranges so I peeled and separated them. That will be plenty of fruit for today. 
There was only a quarter head of iceberg lettuce and I knew that would not make a family sized salad but when I added half a bell pepper, 4 shredded carrots, some purple cabbage, red onions and tomatoes, it turned out to be a very nice sized and delicious looking salad.  
So,  I don't have to go the store today!  
I also mixed up pizza dough in the bread machine.  It will hang out in the fridge all day until I make pizzas for supper.  
I'm sure I will shop for produce tomorrow to get through next week but I feel so thrifty using what we already had for today's meals. 



I've been looking through this recipe book.  One of the authors is Mary Berry.  We have become a big fan of hers by watching The Great British Bake Off on PlayOn on Roku.  I think it is in the 6th season now.  Some of the episodes are also on YouTube.  Australia and Scotland also have versions of the Bake Off and they are good too - much better than the American version that aired here in the summer of 2014.  
The British version focuses on the baking skills and the history of different baking traditions.  It is also a family friendly show.  But it will make you want to go in the kitchen and whip up some scones or croissants. 

Yesterday,  baby Jackson was my laundry folding helper.  He was happy while I was moving all the laundry around as I folded it but by the time I decided to take a photo, he was tired of it all.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How yesterday went

These 3 little cousins spent all day with me.  Two are 3 years old and one is 2 years.  
After they got here,  we went for a long walk in our neighborhood and they climbed on some rock piles.  Exercise and fresh air are good for children,  I think it helps them sleep better, eat better and just be healthier.  
After that walk, they played on riding toys in our driveway.  
We came inside after 2 hours of outdoor fun.  We washed up and then it was time for play dough.  
Then we had lunch and watched one episode of Daniel Tiger.  
Nap time!  They all slept at the same time but only for 90 minutes or so.  
They moved on to doing some art.  Little ones love stickers and I have a good supply of them, much of them are from my Mom's downsizing.  
Snack time - apple slices, string cheese and juice drinks.  

A couple of selfies from our walk - the grands picked these beautiful flowers for me.  Shhh- don't tell them they really just picked some Oklahoma weeds.  


It was a fun day, and I slept quite well last night.  I expect the 3 little cousins did too.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

grands coming today!

3 preschooler cousins will be here today.  I think the weather will be pleasant enough for lots of outdoor play.  

Indoors- I set out 3 babies, all with their own blanket and bottle.  Toddlers are not fond of sharing but we are working on it.  
Stickers, big crayons and poster board for art time 
An assortment of spill proof cups so they can each choose - and a dry erase marker so Grandma can remember who's is who's.  
The planes, motorcycles and construction vehicles are ready for play!  They will be flown and driven all over the house by the little boys.  
Yesterday. I did some food prep- cooking 4 pounds of ground beef into taco meat filling.  Some will be for supper tonight and 2 meal size containers went into the freezer for future meals.  
And I got some fresh fruit ready for either lunch or supper today.  

It will be a fun and busy day.  It will be easier with some preparations done ahead.  


















Sunday, August 23, 2015

This week's to do list

Hello everyone!  I didn't mean to stay gone so long.  July and August have  just been busy.  I spent lots of time with my 7 grands.  The 2 new babies are so precious and the 2 oldest are now both in public school full time when the new school year started last week and the 3 in the middle are wonderful and keep us all on our toes.  
July was also doctor appointment month as I saw my doctor, eye doctor and dentist.  I needed a filling, my first in many years, and I needed new glasses.  I am glad all my appointments had good results but they sure use a lot of time.  

The other big event is my parents just moved to our town into a brand new and beautiful retirement home.  They grew up in Oklahoma but have lived in East Texas for more than 50 years.  So they are happy to return to Oklahoma and especially happy to be so close now to their grands and great grands.  They are still unpacking and decorating but I hope to post some pictures when their apartment is photo-ready.  


This is my first pretty to do list after a 3 week break.  
The purple polka dot fabric tape is from Dollar Tree.  The designs are made with rubber stamps. 

I did a little CVS shopping over my blog break but not much.  Frankly, we are stocked up on most all drugstore products.  But I may go this week for a few things and I will sure blog about them if I do.  

Have a good week everyone!  I not only didn't blog for the last 3 weeks,  I have not read many blogs either,  now I hope to catch up with you all.  






Monday, July 27, 2015

Last week of July's to do list and CVS - a good week for beginners

Hello everyone - here is this week's list.  It's all black and white
Designs are made with rubber stamps,
The utensil washi tape is from my daughter, she got it in a PickYourPlum surprise box years ago and the floral fabric tape is from Dollar Tree.  

CVS - all of these things were bought with coupons from the July 26th newspaper and with coupons from the CVS red box where you scan your card before shopping.  Anyone with yesterday's coupons and a CVS card can do this same deal.
The Suave shampoo and conditioner is on sale for $3.99 for the 1st one purchased and $1.99 for the 2nd.  Sunday's paper had a buy 1 get 1 free coupon that automatically subtracts $6.99.  Also when you purchase $12 of Suave, you get a $4 ECB.  
The Irish Spring 3 packs of bar soap and Gear deodorant are all $4.  The Sunday coupons were for $2 off the soap and B1G1F on the deodorant.  When you purchase $20, you get a $10 ECB.
After coupons, I owed about $14 and I paid it with some prepaid Visa rewards cards I get for doing weather surveys for a University research project.   I think the price before coupons and sales was $49

Several of you have commented you would like to start doing CVS deals.  This is a great week to start! 

As always, if you want more CVS info, look at IHeartCVS.com or look on Facebook for CVS groups. 

Jeff and Rhonda

Jeff and Rhonda