Wednesday, January 19, 2011

How To Make People Paranoid

While I take a break from blogging today, I thought I would share this funny little video with you.

How To Make People ParanoidAdd Video

Blessings on a great day,

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Leftover Chicken

Roast chicken has become a staple in my house over the last few years. I love how easy it is to prepare and I love that it will make two meals for my little family. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it is very inexpensive as well. You can make just about anything from appetizers, soups, and main dishes with the leftovers.

Lately, I have just started the week off roasting a chicken or two and cutting them up for recipes for later in the week. Most recipes I have found call for two cups of chopped up chicken, so I make up several two cup bags and put them in the freezer.

I came upon this great website that you will have to check out. It has some great recipes to help you use up your leftover chicken. I love their chicken quesadillas! They are quick and delicious.

So if you aren't sure what's for dinner tonight, try roast chicken, it can go a long way.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Meal Plan Monday January 17 - 23, 2011

Good Monday Morning to you! With My Sweetie being home for The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, we are heading out to an indoor play area with the kids. I love three day weekends, because it is more time I get to spend with my man!

So here is my menu for the week:

Monday: Bang Bang Shrimp (this is delicious and very close to the original at The Bonefish Grill).

Tuesday: Chicken Quesadilla's (these are my favorite and a great way to use up leftover chicken).

Wednesday: Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops and Spaghetti Squash with Honey Ginger Glaze (the squash is another Bonefish Grill favorite of mine. I have been making it for years).

Friday: B.L.T.'s

Saturday: Ordering In Pasta House

Sunday: Beef Brisket

Have a very blessed week, Lori

Friday, January 14, 2011

Saving Money, One Trip to Wal-Mart at a Time

Most of you know that I love saving money and that I always try to have coupons for everything I purchase. I recently had a great experience during one of my trips to Wal-Mart that I just had to share.

This is why I am so crazy about coupons:

4 Bottles of Similac (Stockpiling for my little one coming in 10 weeks) for $3.36.
4 Bags of cereal for $1.00.
Oil of Olay Bar Soap (Twin pack) for $.48.
Hand Soap for $.12.

Grand Total Out of Pocket: $4.96.

There are so many great sites on the web that teach you how to use coupons and show you how to group and stack coupons to get the best deal.

It may take a little time to get started, but once you do, you will find saving money is totally addictive!

Take for example this week, I bought the entire weeks worth of groceries which I usually spend $200.00 or more, and purchased them all for $50.00! That included several types of cleaning supplies for my stockpile.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Keepin' It Real: Say Cheese...Please

I was in the laundry room recently when I heard an unfamiliar sound. I heard the refrigerator door open and then heard lots of laughs and giggles. I was shocked that Sissyboo could even open the refrigerator being that it is so heavy and hard to open. But nonetheless, there she stood, along with Double D...and cheese slices all over the floor.

Sissyboo also thought it might be a good idea to rub a cheese slice in Double D's hair!

Double D's cheese is stuck to the refrigerator! Isn't that where we all eat cheese from?
As we say in our house, the two little ones are thick as thieves. Both of them are always getting into something, and I just love it.

While most people raise their eyebrows when I tell them that my children are only 13 months apart, I wouldn't change a thing! They keep each other entertained and are each others best friends.

Every evening before bed, they give each other hugs and kisses. In the morning, Sissyboo always runs into Double D's room to get him up and give him his morning kisses!

Their evening kisses are always on the stairs through the rails. We call our stairs "The Kissing Stairs" because we always give kisses through the rails.
I am blessed beyond measure....even when the children make messes. Those messes represent the Lord's blessings of little ones in my home.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A 2 Year Old and Her First Chore Chart

I have always felt strongly in favor of chores. I think it is important to teach my children a strong work ethic early as well as having the children feel like they are doing their part to take care of their home.

Sissyboo does really well following directions and she is always eager to help. With starting a new year, I wanted to start her on her first chore chart. I found some great customizable chore charts at

Sissyboo's chores are the following:

~Clean up toy boxes in the am. (All the main floor toys are put away seperaly in white plastic boxes. Each toy has an individual box. No new toy comes out unless the other one is picked up and put away).
~Help set the table (we are currently doing training on where the spoon, fork and butter knife are to be placed with this printable table-setting placemat).
~Wipe down her part of the table after each meal.
~Clean up toy boxes in the pm.
~Brush Teeth (while this isn't a chore, it is to her! She hates to have her teeth brushed. It takes two of us to hold her down to get her teeth brushed...actually it's a chore to me too.)

Sissyboo gets a sticker (which she loves) for each chore accomplished and at the end of the week, will receive an age appropriate reward.

If anyone has any suggestions on other age appropriate chores, please pass them along my way.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

I decided to take some time off from blogging after Christmas to get ready for our trip back to Ohio over the New Year's Holiday weekend. We all had a wonderful time visiting family and it made me miss home all over again. So, that makes this my first blog of the New Year, Happy 2011!

I have spent last week recovering from the trip and getting the house back in order after Christmas. I am not sure why I feel the need to put a Christmas tree up in every room of the house, because I hate taking them down. Next Christmas I am going to simplify the house decor quite a bit. (Especially since I will have a 3 year old, a 2 year old and a 9 month old!)

Speaking of simplifying, please stay tuned later in the week for a look at our project from this past weekend. It is amazing what can be done in just a day!

Here is my Meal Plan for this Week:

Monday: Chicken Pot Pie wit Two Crusts

Tuesday: Vegetable Pizza

Wednesday: Tomato Bisque and Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Thursday: Roast Sticky Chicken and Vegetables

Friday: Slow Roasted Beef

Saturday: Out to dinner for my Mother-In-Laws Birthday