Saturday, April 30, 2011

Quick Tip

Real quick tip today. Some people...uh huh...leave open Kool-Aid packets on the counter when they are in a hurry and kids are saying, "Mama, I'm hungry!", "I'm thirsty", or if you are barely 18 months old, "AAAHHH!". Then, some people may let the packet and some of the residule Kool-Aid granules get a puddle of water. If you know some people that may accidentally do this and now have a lovely purple stain on the counter top, you can now inform them that putting a small pile of baking soda on the stain and letting it sit for a while (30 minutes to an hour?) will remove the stain. Do this while the stain is still damp, although I think that adding damp baking soda to a stain will help also. My best tip though is to not be a goober like me and make a stain to begin with! Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Stew on a Stormy Night

I am behind. I think I am always behind. I need to either get caught up permanently or change my thoughts about being behind. Anyway, let me tell you about using my  leftover ham repeatedly.  I made a super yummy ham for Easter. Crock pot overnight with brown sugar and coke. Yummers. It was truly finger lickin’ good. My Hubby was in heaven because ham is his fave!
I made homemade rolls to go to Easter dinner, they were so not my best. I had issues making them because I am a goober who apparently has to read the directions to a simple recipe every single time I make it. Sorry they weren’t great #3, I’ll do better next time.  So, yummy ham plus ok rolls equal fantastic ham biscuits for breakfast Monday & Tuesday (did you enjoy that math lesson?).
For supper on Tuesday, I made a casserole from the ham. I put rice, egg, sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, a bag of mixed veggies, and cheddar cheese together and ta-da. Nothing major, Lazy Mama remember? I also made some fried tater cakes from leftover mash potatoes, they were ok, but I could have done better. Of course we also had deviled eggs from Easter eggs. I won’t tell you what that did to Risky, just think about that a minute…
Anywho, on Wednesday I had a little less than half a casserole left. That casserole was great and everybody liked it  but it was extremely filling so you couldn’t eat much. What to do? Make stew!
I had some chicken stock in the freezer that I made last week. I pulled that out to thaw early in the day. I dumped it into the pot and got it hot (poet and didn’t know it!). Then I added the casserole by cutting it into small pieces with a knife in the dish and then just slipping it into the pot.  Add salt, pepper, cornstarch, dried chives, and a few leftover noodles and dinner is served (say that with a British accent). I grilled some ham and cheese sandwiches on homemade bread that I made earlier in the day. My Hubby loved it. He said I should serve that in a restaurant. Now, I thought it was yummy and hearty for the fam, but trust me this was so not something I’d order at a restaurant.
Later in the evening, we were rocked by the worst set of storms that my area had seen in over 30 years. It was scary and impressive. My little family experienced lots of rain, wind, lightening, and thunder.  I was ready to bend over and kiss my booty good-bye several times! The kids and I spent a fair amount of time in the basement. We were not hurt and sustained no damage. Others were not so lucky. My prayers are with everyone who is hurting. May God comfort and hold you tight during this difficult time.
In a very UNimportant side note, my garden survived the drenching. If I can walk on the swampy thing called my yard, I'll take pictures later to post. Have a blessed day!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lazy Mama Lasagna

Man, we a had busy weekend! We went t o a local theme park on Friday, I shoe shopped with my 3 oldest kids most of the afternoon on Saturday, Easter was fantastic, and Monday was “oh my gosh we are behind in all the yard work” day. I’ll tell you more about my weekend in another post because I want to share with you what I made for supper on Saturday night.
I’ve already said that the kids and I had been out for most of the day on Saturday; I made a quick pit stop to unload shoes and kids then headed out to the grocery store. I so did not want to go but I knew we’d pay for it later if I didn’t go then. So about an hour late,r I was back home and it was 5 o’clock and the critters were hungry. I have really been trying to use my stocked up items and just shop for the fill in stuff soooooo… we had Lazy Mama Lasagna. Oh yeah baby.
If whole fryer chickens are priced right, like 78 cents a pound, I will buy 2 or 3 of them to stock up. I roast one and have that for dinner one night and then I like to cook one in the crock pot all day and do different things with it. I usually have lots of leftover chicken and I freeze some for later use.  Where am I going with this? Leftovers rock. Well they do, but my point was I had leftover chicken so  that was my meat for the lasagna. It was very tender crock pot chicken so yum.
I have had tons of spaghetti sauce and pasta noodles because I bought them on sale and stocked up. We are kind of tired of spaghetti and that is where the inspiration came from for the lasagna. I knew I had the sauce, pasta and chicken, so I bought a big container of cottage cheese and extra mozzarella and dinner was on baby!
First, I boiled the noodles and drained them. Then after spraying my pan I lined the bottom with half of the noodles and left the rest in the colander. I added half the container of cottage cheese in dollops on top of the noodles.
In the same pot I had boiled the pasta in (less dishes makes Lazy Mama a Happy Mama) I heated the pasta sauce and the diced up chicken together. I added some Italian seasoning and salt, because I can’t leave anything alone, and scooped half of that over the noodles and then a layer of mozzarella cheese.
I repeated that pattern one more time and topped it with extra mozzarella and some Parmesan cheese I had left over. I baked it at 350 for 20 minutes and broiled it for a couple more to brown the cheese.
I was disappointed that I let the cheese get too brown. I like it a little less solid, but hey, when you are trying to cook and cool eggs for after-dinner-Easter-egg dying that’s what you get!
It was yummy though, and we are going to have the leftovers tonight with some other leftovers from last night. Holler for leftovers!!

Friday, April 22, 2011


Wednesday it was a full can of paint. Yep, the whole can, my darling angel baby knocked it into the floor and swoosh paint went everywhere. Don’t ask why it was available to knock over this was not my fault. Well, yeah it was, but that is beside the point. In my panic, I finally decided the best thing to do was to start scooping by hand.  Scoop after scoop, and many, many paper towels later it was finally sort of clean. I, on the other hand, was covered in paint.  I can still see some speckles of paint on me 2 days later. I have showered I promise, and I have scrubbed my poor skin raw but still the paint remains.

Thursday it was a half a bag of dog food. You know the big ol’ bags from Sam’s.? Those 50 pounders? I needed to dump some into the dog food bin so instead of waiting for Hubby to help I took it upon myself to pour it in the bin. Sometimes I go all nutty and work like a bull in a china shop and even though I have this little angel on my shoulder saying, “You know this could turn out badly” , I don’t slow down and regroup, I go for it. And boy do I pay for it! So as I’m sure you’ve guessed, dog food went everywhere! Aydan said, “Huh Oh!”.  You said it right son. Thank goodness that I have a big ol’ sturdy broom from Sam’s to clean with.
This morning Aydan took the last of the big bag of potatoes and dumped them off the dishwasher into the dogs’ water bowl.  {Sigh}.  Water everywhere.  2 towels later I finally cleaned it up. You may think that I’m complaining and well, I am, but… I’m grateful too. Grateful that I have these things to get messed up in the first place. Grateful that I have the ability to clean the messes as they happen. Grateful that I have that little baby to help me make these messes.
Today is Good Friday. The day my Jesus gave it all for me.  Trust me, I’m not worth it, but he loved me then and he loves me now. I’m going to take a moment to think about my savior and how he died for me.  This is my favorite holiday. It’s not about toys and we don’t get caught up in that. It’s about a miracle beyond measure, a gift that is so big but so easy all you have to do is accept it. Thank you Lord for your unending love and thank you for cleaning up the messes I make in my own life.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Quiet Time

I actually got up on time this morning. You probably don’t understand what an accomplishment that is for me but trust me, it’s big. I’ve struggled for months with a drowning depression that makes it hard for me to get up in the morning. If I didn’t have 4 kids that needed me, I don’t know if I would have ever have gotten out of bed.
This morning though I was determined to carve out time with God. I need time that is uninterrupted to read God words, pray, and LISTEN. It’s hard to listen to the Lord when little voices are breaking in all the time saying Mommy, Hey Mommy, she hit me, he bit me, I bumped my head, etc. etc. Now, this is not the kids fault, it’s mine.  God deserves better from me and I need more time alone in his presence.
So this morning, I woke up, got dressed and groomed, made some coffee and sat down to study my bible. I do not say this with pride or braggingly. I say it with humility and a little shame. I am ashamed that at 33 years old I have only maintained a steady quiet time of bible study for a short time in my life. Yes, I have studied my bible at regular intervals over the years, but I don’t believe that I have done it often enough or consistently enough to really grow where God needs me to be.
Today I started my day in the Lord’s presence, for that I am awed and grateful. Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Onions, Blueberries, & Okra, Oh My!

I had so much fun yesterday. The kids and I went out in the morning and pretty much stayed out all day.  I cleared weeds out of the garden for the first part of the morning, which I’m sure will last all of 1 day since it is now raining. I always love finding my little plants springing up through the dirt. Green beans, onions, and potatoes are the first to show through. The okra may not make it though, because the seeds were a gift from my Grandmother and she said they were old.  If I don’t see some little plants by next week I’ll replant. Dylan and I have an extreme love of fried okra so we have to make them grow. Not the fried with batter okra that you buy in the grocery store, although we will devour that, I’m talking about okra stirred into cornmeal with salt and pepper, country style. Well, I don’t know if that is country style or cheap style but country sounds better so that’s what I’m going with.
Now let me tell you about my other excitement. I bought another grape vine! I have one that has grown on our fence since we moved in here but these grapes need to cross pollinate so all this vine has ever done is grow along the entire fence up into the poor, sick, apple tree. Soooo, I put a little friend out there! Will this work? I have no clue! What if this is a muscadine vine? Does that matter? Is it too late this season for them to pollinate each other? So many questions, so little knowledge.
The strawberry patch is feeding my unwelcome rabbit family well. Very well. There have been at least 5 strawberries that we were almost ready to pick only to come back the next day and find them chewed. GRRR! Naomi and I were watching one yesterday morning only to go back after lunch to find it nibbled on! My husband has a task this weekend… Not kill the rabbits! Sheeesh. Put up some rabbit proof fencing is what I meant. Visions of Elmer Fudd are dancing through my head.
I kept the blueberry bush and bought him a girlfriend. I planted them along the fence line together. So exciting. I was sad thinking that I would probably have no blueberries this year since they had bloomed already. Later,  I forced a tour of my plants on Hubby, he said,”They were probably pollinated at the store before you bought them.” Well duh. I’m so dumb sometimes. They probably have the best chance of being pollinated this year from being with all the other blueberry plants.
Finally, me and my girls planted some beautiful daisies that they picked out. I planted a peony that my Mom bought me and we planted sunflower seeds. I also transplanted a Jacob’s Ladder vine (plant?) that seems to be doing great. I’ll take pictures and follow up later if the rain stops. As a side note, while typing out this little post my baby managed to dump an entire can of paint on the floor. Holy cow, what a freaking mess!

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cuttin' the Curls

All you Mommas and Daddies out there have faced this dilemma, when to get that all important first hair cut. My littlest little guy had a mass of hair on his big ol' head. He was so adorable and precious and meaner than a snake! The Hubbs said, "He's getting his hair cut 'cause I'm tired of people calling him a girl." Hubby is so cute when he tries to be firm. :)

I waited. Then I put it off. Delayed the inevitable as long as possible. Then even I had to admit, it was time. So with all of the yahoos in tow (except the one incarcerated at our local elementary school) we went to the salon. Well, not really the salon, we went to the closest place that I had a coupon for, I'm cheap, remember? It was the stylist's first day at that fine establishment when in comes Psycho Mommy. We were the only ones there so I felt free to snap pictures the whole. entire. time. Poor lady.

Remember I said that little one is meaner than a snake? I was kinda hoping that when we cut his hair off it would have a Sampson effect on him, cut the hair lose the strength, right? Not so much, he's just as mean and still absolutely adorable. I started to choke up a few times. I could have bawled, but amazingly I held back. My baby crossed another growth milestone, my last baby, (sniff) I think I'll cry now.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Garden Is Planted

{Sigh}  I had to re-till and re-plant my garden, Can you say frustrating? The very day that I planted my first round of vegetables we had the worst flooding that my county had seen in years. As you can imagine, all the seeds either rotted or washed away. Soooo, I did it again. I planted zuchini, onions, green beans, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, and a strawberry patch with 1 lonely blackberry bush on the fringe. I didn't take a picture of the strawberry patch yet, it just needs more work to be what I envision.

I also planted a small herb garden in an old sand box. The problem with my poor herb garden is that my crazy little dog escaped and dug in the lady bug sand box. There are a lot of little plants growing in it but I don't know what is what now! I had a little map of where I planted everything, but now it is a mish-mash of different little sprouts shooting up, and the only one I can recognize is the chives! We'll wait and see...

One more important note, is that I am trying an experiment that one of my good friends told me about. Well, it's new to me, apparently lots of folks do this, I planted my potato plants in an old trash can. You just drill holes in the bottom to allow for drainage, then you put in some dirt, add your seed potatoes and then bury them. As they grow about a foot you recover the bottom part of the plant. Then you just keep doing that until harvest time. I started this little experiment about a month ago and thought that it was a total bomb but holy moly it worked! I'm so excited! Here is the site that I got the instructions from Heavenly Homemakers. By the way, I love this site!

I still have to decide if I will plant corn, it is so much work for such a small yield. Oh and I have one lonely blueberry bush that I have to either return to the store or buy a friend to keep him company. I try to be careful when buying plants to read the instructions, but I totally missed the label that said, "this plant needs another plant to cross polinate." Duh, what a goober I am. I'll let you know what I decide about the corn and the lonely blueberry bush. I love spring!