New blog

I am finding myself needing better “organizing” options for my blog without paying a “premium” price.  So, I’m moving over to blogger.  You can find my new blog at http://lisashomemakingcorner.blogspot.com/  I will probably leave this one up for awhile so everyone can find me, but will be closing it eventually.  See you over at the new place! 

Love,
Lisa

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Finally, a morning routine!

Well, we have been doing pretty good on our evening routine, so I started integrating a morning routine for our family as well.

Wake up, get dressed (have the older boys get dressed while I am), fix hair and makeup
Make bed and pick up bedroom (have the older boys do the same in their room)
Pick up bathroom and do a swish & swipe (have Vincent do the same in the main bathroom)
Vincent unloads the dishwasher while I do laundry
We all pick up the house together
Vincent gets breakfast for himself and Andrew while I get Isaac up, changed, and fed
I eat breakfast and check email and such while the boys play
A little play time with the boys…if it’s nice we may go outside for some fresh air and exercise
Isaac will usually go down for his morning nap (I am so thankful he still takes these!)
If hubby’s working during the day (most times he’s not), we do school at this time
If he’s not working like most days, we just do whatever we end up doing. 

And of course, this all goes easier and faster if we completed our evening routine the night before, especially the dishes and laundry part.  If dishes were not done the night before, we easily tack on another half hour–at least!–to our morning schedule.

That’s it, so far.  It may get tweaked here and there, but for now, it works well!  Next, we will be working on our weekly stuff. 

Love,
Lisa

Menu Plan Monday

Menus for the week of 4/13/09

Monday:
Cereal, yogurt
Turkey sandwiches, chips, leftover tuna salad
Homemade chicken nuggets (from the freezer), mac n cheese, salad

Tuesday:
Scrambled eggs, toast
Salmon patties, raw baby carrots, crackers
Leftovers

Wednesday:
Muffins, yogurt, fruit
PB&J’s, soup, crackers
Sweet & sour kielbasa, rice, salad

Thursday:
Oatmeal, fruit
Ants on a log, crackers
Leftovers

Friday:
Cereal, yogurt (or fruit if there’s no yogurt left)
Toast pizza, salad or baby carrots
Stuffed chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, veggies, rolls

Love,
Lisa

Books

In the left sidebar, you will see I added a link for my Amazon book store.    If you shop Amazon for books, please consider doing it through my link, if you aren’t already shopping from someone else’s.  If you haven’t shopped Amazon before, why don’t you go ahead and click the link and see some of what they have to offer.    I love Amazon, and I think my Wish List is about a mile long.

Love,
Lisa

Menu Plan Monday

Menus for the week of 4/6/09

Monday:
Cereal, yogurt
Leftovers
Spaghetti, rolls, salad

Tuesday:
Bagels, fruit
Leftovers
Beef tenderloin, baked potatoes, veggies

Wednesday:
Oatmeal, yogurt
Grilled cheese, tomato soup
Leftovers

Thursday:
Muffins, fruit
Mac & cheese, bread or rolls
Pizza burgers, chips, baby carrots

Friday:
Cereal, yogurt
Leftovers
More leftovers (if there’s any left), or fish (salmon or tilapia, whichever I can get to the easiest LOL), fries, and veggies

Love,
Lisa

Weird math

In case I haven’t said it before, I LOVE the Grocery Game!  Take a look at my wonderful trip to CVS today.

Transaction #1:

2 packs green tea supplements
1 tube toothpaste

Shelf price:  $16.25
What I paid:  $1.20

Transaction #2:

6 boxes tissue
2 cans infused air freshener spray
2 bottles of *nice smelling* dish soap
2 things of popular name eye shadow
2 packs good lip care sticks

Shelf price:  $45.46
What I paid:  $1.00

And, I still have $2.00 in CVS Extra Bucks for next time.

Then on the way home stopped at Sonic and got a couple of cherry limeades for hubby and myself.

Total spent there: $4.70  More than double of all of my CVS stuff! 

Seriously, check out the Grocery Game!

Love,
Lisa

How much really changes?

I stepped out tonight onto our deck, much in the same way I stepped out our deck at the old house many times before we moved.  I looked up at the sky and saw the almost full moon, the thin, wispy, scattered clouds passing over, the stars.  As much as life has changed for my family in the past year, when I look up at the sky from my new deck, it’s pretty much the exact same view as from my old deck.  Two totally different places with the same view.

It reminds me of how no matter how much life, this world, or whatever else has changed, when you look to heaven and to God, He hasn’t changed.  Not one bit.  Just like when I look up at the sky in the midst of all the change in my life, I’m comforted by the familiar view.  In the same way, I know that no matter where the storms of life take me, I can look to God, and be comforted in who He is…the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He will not ever go back on His Word or His promises.

Love,
Lisa

Never give up

I’m currently reading in 1 Samuel.  Today as I read, a particular verse stood out to me.

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:  1 Samuel 12:23

Samuel had just appointed Saul king over Israel.  He did it reluctantly as he knew God was their true king, but the Israelites wanted to be like “all the other nations” and have a king over them.  He showed them what a horrible decision they were making by replacing their Lord with a king.  But they insisted.  So, God told him to go ahead and give them a king, in spite of what both God and Samuel knew what would happen to the nation of Israel under the rule of a king.  Samuel was giving an address to Israel after anointing Saul king in front of all the people, and the verse above was toward the end of his speech.

It was another one of those verses (aren’t there many??) that I haven’t seen/noticed before.  He said that ceasing to pray for the people would be a sin.  He was to keep praying for Israel even though the Lord had already revealed what would happen to them in the time ahead.  Even though it looked bleak for them and it seemed praying for such a stubborn people would be useless.

Woah.  Do you have anyone like that in your own life?  Someone you just “know” is never going to change?  Maybe at first, you prayed for them fervently, but after awhile, you felt it was a waste of time.  You give up on any hope for change in them.  I know there’s people in my life I have felt that way about.  But here it is right here in 1 Samuel.  If it was a sin for him to cease praying for a people who desperately needed to get right with God, wouldn’t it be the same for us?  If there is someone you know who needs prayers, and the Lord puts in on your heart to pray for them, don’t shove those thoughts away thinking it’s useless.  Even if we don’t feel like it, we need to be on our knees for those in our lives who need our prayers.  It doesn’t matter if *they* are receptive to them or can “feel” them.  What matters is that GOD hears our prayers.  Keep petitioning Him and He will answer…maybe not when or how we *think* He should, but in HIS own way and HIS own time.

So, please join me in re-committing to praying for all in our lives who need prayers, but especially for those who we feel like giving up on.  Someday, you may just be surprised…and GOD will be glorified.

Love,
Lisa

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Last night I made BBQ chicken pizza for dinner and it turned out so yummy, I thought I’d post a recipe.  A while back, we had one by Bellatoria and I really liked it.  But, I haven’t been able to see them anymore at the wonderful price I got them for, so I thought I’d make up my own.  I browsed online for different versions and wasn’t really happy with any of them, so I made up my own.  WARNING:  If you must have exact measurements, this recipe is NOT for you!

Start with your favorite recipe for pizza dough.  I rolled mine out (I so wish I could toss!) onto my pizza stone. 

Pour some of your favorite BBQ sauce onto the dough.  I used Famous Dave’s, as it’s what was open in my fridge at the time.  Now, like I said, I don’t have exact measurements, so you’ll just have to use your own judgment.  I would go with a little less than what you would normally put on for pizza sauce in a regular pizza.  I think I put on about the same this first time, and that’s about the only thing I would change, is to go a little lighter on the BBQ sauce. 

Next, sprinkle on some cooked, shredded or cubed chicken breast meat.  I had a small bag of pre-cooked grilled chicken breast strips in the fridge, so I went with that…just tore them up as I went along. 

Next, cut a red onion from top to root and peel one half and put the other half in the fridge for some other time (it will last longer if you leave the outer peel on).  Thinly slice the peeled half and disperse those over the top of the chicken.  Now, you can skip right to the cheese.  But, I had some broccoli and cauliflower pieces in my fridge that were just this side of going bad, so I chopped those up roughly and threw them on.

Next, I sprinkled just a light amount of grated Parmesan cheese, then a mixture of shredded colby/jack over everything. 

Pop it in a *preheated* 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.  I have a gas oven, and with the pizza stone, 20 minutes made the crust absolutely perfect.

I wish I would’ve thought to take pictures, but it disappeared fast!  I think there might be one lonely piece left in the fridge that will most likely be gone before the day is over.   I won’t bother the poor thing with the camera. 

Enjoy!

Love,
Lisa

Show and Tell

What I’ve been reading this week.

Great Learning Games
Here There be Monsters  Demons just for Bible times?  No way.
Children and Chores  As someone who had to have her hubby show her how to iron, I’m big on teaching my children everything I do, too.
The Return of the Homemaker  A wonderful post about the homemaker in today’s world versus yesterday.
The Frugal Home  A wonderful vision for the homemaker in our current economy.
Small Steps Toward a Simpler Life  A follow-up to the post above.
Idiots in the Midst  I found the bit about the toddlers particularly funny. 
Lunch Ideas for Busy Moms  A treasure trove of lunch ideas!
Easy Recipes  For those days when you have to throw something together fast.

Enjoy!

Love,
Lisa