Archive for October, 2011

  • Menu Plan October 9-15

    Date: 2011.10.10 | Category: meal plan | Response: 0

    What are we having for dinner this week?

    Sunday- we had dinner with friends

    Monday- Mediterranean Shrimp Skillet

    Tuesday- Heavenly Chicken

    Wednesday- Cheesy Chicken with Rice

    Thursday- Burritos

    Friday- Chicken Pasta Salad

    Saturday- this mama’s not cooking- the hubs is out of town!

  • A quick redo

    Date: 2011.10.05 | Category: homemaking | Response: 0

    I’ve started storing food that I’ve been stockpiling on top of the washing machine.  This was mostly fine except I’ve been meaning to show you all the AMAZING laundry/mud room redo that we finished last year and I really wanted to clean up the laundry room first.  And when I started to clean everything so I could take pictures the other day I didn’t want to have boxes of food in my after photos.

    I mean really, it looked like this!

    The wheels in my head started turning and all of a sudden I came up with the perfect solution!

    Our dining room hutch has a section where I’ve been cramming all of our tablecloths.

    They were hard to access, totally wrinkled, and I could barely close the door!

    So I hung the tablecloths and table runners in the coat closet and folded the napkins and place mats into two drawers in the hutch that were empty anyway.  I have a plan to make labels for each hanger with the size of the tablecloth and how many leaves it fits with.

    Then I took all of the teacups down from the top shelf of the cupboard  where I keep the dishes.  I had three sets up there!  The cups and saucers for our regular dishes, our china and our Christmas china were all up there- and I never use any of them!

    Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before I took them all out- but they filled the whole top shelf!

    I put the real china in protective cases and stacked the mugs for our every day dishes.

    Next I attacked the pantry- you can’t see it, but behind the food on the top shelf are two bins full of tea and hot cocoa and cider.  I also had tea that we use more often in the coffee cupboard- making it hard to know what we have and where to find it!

    All of the beverage choices were moved up to the top shelf of the cabinet where I keep the dishes- now they are all in the same spot and the most frequently used items are easy to reach.

    This freed up most of the top shelf of the pantry for all of the food that was being stored in the laundry room.

    Whew!  It was a fairly quick and simple shuffle that freed up a ton of space, makes more sense, makes everything easier to find, and gave me the opportunity to clean out some old items that have expired or we just won’t ever use!

    And now I can finally post the laundry room pictures!  Soon…

  • Menu Plan Oct 2-8

    Date: 2011.10.03 | Category: meal plan | Response: 0

    What are we having for dinner this week?

    Sunday- I didn’t have a plan so we ended up ordering Chinese delivery!

    Monday- chicken gnocci soup

    Tuesday- cheesy beef stroganoff

    Wednesday- cheesy chicken and rice

    Thursday- pork chops

    Friday- Heavenly chicken

    Saturday- burgers on the grill

  • Playing with my hair

    Date: 2011.10.02 | Category: just blabbing | Response: 1

    I got a new haircut a few weeks ago.  I told the hairdresser that I don’t want to look like a “mom” (even though that’s exactly what I am!) and showed her a few pictures I had found online of haircuts with a little more spunk.  I fully admit that most of the problem is with me- I hate getting my haircut and always put it off for far too long.  I think it had been almost a year since my last haircut!  Anyway, she did a great job and added lots of choppy layers for me.  She also said it was a cut that I can flip or straighten.  Of course I don’t own a straightening iron, but a girl friend hooked me up with her old one and at girl’s night a few weeks ago they straightened it for me.  It’s so fun to have two different ways to style my hair now- I’ve been flipping it for ages!

    Right after my last haircut in Oct 2010

    Almost a whole year later it had gotten really long!

    Right after my new haircut

    With the straight iron

    Straight iron from the back

    Straight iron from the front

    It’s fun to have a new way to do the do!

    And just for fun I got highlights!

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