Go big or go home

Packing lunches for our large family can be time consuming, as you can imagine. To cut my time down, I make a slew of samiches at one time. I label them in ziplocks and make a row of them in the fridge.

This cuts my time down considerably in the mornings.

Do you have any large family, time saving hacks that I need to know? Drop me a line. ❤️

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Speed cleaning

As moms, our biggest responsibilities are cleaning the house, along with feeding and rounding up the herd of children.

I don’t love cleaning.

I don’t love Monday’s.

When the kids all left for school and Tim was out the door for work, I looked around and instantly felt overwhelmed.

The weekends destroy our house. Food, games, movies, sleepovers – they’re everywhere!

I decided to watch some of the speed cleaning vids on YouTube. I watched two and was instantly annoyed. These ladies each had one kid. Their homes looked perfect BEFORE they started cleaning. 🙄

So I decided to try my own style of speed cleaning. I sent my two littlest, that aren’t in school, to the other room to watch a movie. I took my before pics, set my stopwatch and started in. I set out my cleaning supplies first.

Next, I started in the kitchen – picking up counters and wiping them. Once the counters were done I moved on to the dining room table. Then the living room, and entry way, vacuuming as I went. I tried to stay focused on one room at a time until it was done. I saved the dishes for last – because I hate them the most. When it was all said and done it took me ninety minutes.

Once my main areas were cleaned I moved on to bathrooms, laundry and bedrooms.

I don’t have cleaning perfected by any means whatsoever. So please skip on the hate mail. Yes I do have the help of seven children and a hubs. I also have the messes of seven children and a hubs.

Like I said, my house isn’t perfect, but it’s clean enough for friends to stop by for coffee. So stop over!

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great Monday friends! ❤️

A secret that I have

My secret won’t really be a secret after today. Lol! I’ve shared this with a few of my friends and I love hearing back from them when they put my lil dirty secret to use.

All of us wives know that our men come home hungry.

Hunger = crankiness.

Hunger + the smell of food = a man that has hopes taller than the Eiffel Tower!

Our men love walking into a home with the smell of food on the stove. The floors can be piled high with toys. The dishes can be stacked on every counter. The laundry piles can hide every piece of furniture. But when they smell good food none of those other messes even matter. As moms, we just have some crazy days in our week and our giant messes don’t even move, so it seems. So while I encourage you to try your best to keep a tidy home, remember my little dark secret….

When you’ve just completely run out of time, and you know that hunk of a man of yours is about to walk through the door, but you haven’t even thought of what to make for dinner…..just get out an onion and some butter.

Give those babies a minute on high and the whole house will smell like you’re the Queen of the kitchen.

While they are smelling up the house, take a quick sec and meet your sweetie at the door. Smooch his face and encourage him to put his feet up.

Now run back to the kitchen! Quickly assess the staple foods you have on hand. (Keep in mind after this to never let yourself run out of onions and butter!!!!!)

I am the master of cooking “I don’t know”. My kids ask “whatchya making mom?” And I answer them “I have no clue.” I mean it. I start with the onions and butter and roll from there. Next I will choose a pasta or rice. And then some sort of sauce to mix it all together – spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese, sour cream, plain Greek yogurt… you get the picture. Toss in a vegetable as well. Now throw it in a 9 x 13, crumble some Ritz crackers or bread crumbs on top and toss it in the oven. While it is browning set your table and whaah la…..another marriage has been saved.

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Enjoying the nite

We took all seven kids to the roller skating rink last night. Tim and I skated with the oldest five while the two littlest watched.

One thing that I loooove about our marriage is that we have fun together. We haven’t been on skates in almost thirty years but we laced up, went out on the floor and chased each other like teenagers….only a little slower. 😜

If your marriage isn’t “fun” remember the old saying “if you always do what you always did, then you’ll always get what you always got!” Switch it up a little bit this week. Plan a date. Take your man to a movie. Get a babysitter and go sledding. Make coffee together before the kids wake up. Give each other a massage. Our spouses are important and we should cherish our time with them.

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Pony in the house

Our kids have been begging for a pony. We finally decided to get them one at Christmas time. We snuck the pony home without them knowing and hid it in the barn.

When the time was right, we told them to close their eyes. They were sitting at the kitchen table with Gramma and Grandpa.

I brought the pony into the kitchen while they had their little eyes squinted shut. Yes, into the kitchen.

This picture is the moment they opened their eyes. ⬇️

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hey were so surprised that no words even came out. While most folks might lay an egg at the thought of the barnyard coming into the kitchen, it excites me. These are the kinds of things I want my kids to remember. Our life with our kids has been nothing close to boring.

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ur kiddos are little for such a short time. What's the worst that could happen with a barnyard animal in the kitchen? A little clean up on isle nine? Maybe. But what are the memories these kids will tell their kids? Time will tell. Don’t wait to have some fun with your kiddos. Time is slipping away quickly.

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Cast iron hunting

I have a new hobby – hunting for cast iron pans. They are hidden at Goodwill stores, garage sales and stacked in many garages. I’m sure many are handed down from grandparents and many users don’t know how to use them – thus – they are stacked out in the garage.

I make everything in my CI pans.

These pans work best, over the stove, if they are heated up first very much like stainless steel pans. When they are used the right way they don’t stick. A simple wipe down with a wet cloth is all they need to be cleaned. They are perfect for going in the oven as well.

They do need to be “seasoned” with oil when they are new or if you clean them with soap. Seasoning is wiping them down with oil and baking them at 400 degrees for an hour and a half.

A lot of these pans are from the 1930-1950 era. They each have specifics markings on the bottoms that help date them.

I’m finding it to be a lot of fun to look for these treasures. Many of them can be picked up for around $5 and can be resold for $75. So if you have a pan that you don’t know what to do with, covered with rust or mouse poop, drop it off on my porch. I’ll gladly restore it and show you how to make a real pizza.

Or a batch of smores brownies…

Or a batch of cornbread or grilled chicken.

The benefit to these pans are many.

  • They are an heirloom passed down from generation to generation. They have a very long lifespan unlike most pans.
  • They clean up easily.
  • You don’t need to worry about consuming teflon.
  • You actually increase your iron levels in your body as the food absorbs iron.

The downfalls aren’t many. They are pricey and they are hard to store depending on how many you collect.

If you have further questions about your CI pans be sure to check out the Facebook group called “cast iron cooking”.

Happy cooking on this beautiful Sunday. ♥️

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Homemade bagels that will blow your socks off!

I can’t wait until you guys try this recipe! Especially those of you doing weight watchers. #easypeazy

These breakfast beauties come out to 1.5 smart points each! As if that’s not enough to just about make you squeal, wait until you see how easy they are!

Here are the ingredients:

  • Self rising flour
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Egg whites
  • Seasonings of choice

Mix together equal amounts of the self rising flour and nonfat Greek yogurt. Add your favorite seasonings. I used season salt, garlic and everything but the bagel seasoning. Next, roll your dough into little logs and pinch them together. I made small bagels but you can make any size. Brush the tops with egg whites. Add seasonings to the tops. Bake at 375 for 22 mins and then at 500 for 2 mins.

I hope all of you are enjoying your Saturday! I’ll leave you with this verse for the day – “But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me.” ❤️

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