Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: November 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy 6th Anniversary!

This past Sunday My hubby and I celebrated our 6th anniversary. I am so thankful for the wonderful man I call my hubby. He is my best friend and just my favorite person in this world. I am thankful to get to have him here with me always. We didn't get to be together last year, since he was deployed to Iraq so this year was special. My poor hubby woke up sick on our happy day, but he was a good sport and even let me take pictures of him when he wasn't feeling his best. For our day we made yummy salmon and shared it with our kiddos and then we decorated the Christmas tree. It was such a simple night, but a wonderful night.

Yummy Lemon Pepper Salmon
This is supper easy to make. I will post the simple directions later.

Don't worry folks we don't drink. It is Sparkling Apple Cider (my favorite).

Preschool: Christmas ABC's

To start off December we are doing the Christmas ABC's. I thought I would post them on here just in case anyone wants to steal the idea and use it with your little ones. Today was the letter A. A is for Angel. We made Angel pictures and also added some glitter to make them sparkle, practiced writing the letter A, talked about the angel Gabrielle and how he came to tell Mary she would have a baby, and we made letter A ornaments. Overall it was a fun day of preschool.

Christmas ABC's

Coming up this week we have B is for Baking. I plan to have us make some yummy Christmas Cookies tomorrow and we will probably play a game using the letter B. On Wednesday we will do the letter C, and C is for candy. We are going to sort candies by color and put them into different groups and then we will probably enjoy some yummy candy treats for a snack. I'll post some pictures of the activities we do later.

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather in my neck of the woods:
The high today it 63 I am happy to finally be able to really wear my sweaters that have been tucked away all year.

One of my simple pleasures:
reading a good book right before bed. Everything is quiet and it is so peaceful

On my bedside table:
How to Homeschool your child for free
what your kindergardener needs to know

On my TV:
Mickey's Christmas

On the menu for tonight:
Tamales with beans and corn

On my To Do List:
Laundry (always I know)
clean fridges out (still haven't gotten to that one)
Tidy up the upstairs

New Recipe I tried last week:
I really want to try this one out here
it looks os yummy and I am itching to start my holiday baking:>

In the craft basket:
too much! Holly and I hit the Joann's black Friday sale and I have a load of stuff to make for the Christmas. Flower hair clips are on the top of my to do list

Looking forward to:
strating my crafts and my sister inlaw Shelly coming to town

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Make things ahead of time. It saves you so much time and sanity. I did this the night before Thanksgiving and because of that I was able to just sit and relax with my family and watch the parade on TV since everything was already prepared. IT was great!

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):

On my Prayer List:
my family;

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Prayer is really the key

Please stop by and visit Sandra to see what other Happy Homemakers are up to. Have a great Monday!

Scratch & Sniff Painting

Do you guys remember the scratch and sniff books you would read as a kid or the scratch n' sniff stickers? I loved these! Well I have found a way to do scratch n'sniff painting with your kids. I read about the activity on a favorite blog of mine there you can get to Wondertime (a Disney publication) to read the step by step instructions on how to do this fun project with your kids. I haven't tried out this activity yet, but I plan to get the Kool-aid packets on my next shopping tirp so I can do this with my kiddos. Let me know if any of you try it out. I am dying to know if your paintings really will smell delicious

Homemade Freezer Croutons

Does anyone other than me hate when you have like 2 hot dogs buns left and nothing to do with them or you are down to the last of your bread and are a afraid it will go bad before it is used? Well here is a solution to your dilemma:

Make Homemade Croutons


left over bread (loaf of bread, hot dog buns, hamburgers buns, etc)

Your Choice of Seasoning:

I have down ranch (using a ranch dressing powder packet) croûtons and cinnamon and honey croutons.... both are yummy and simple to make.

Here's what you do:

Homemade Freezer  Croutons

1) Break your bread up into pieces and place in a big bowl. The amount of bread can vary. I did a whole pack of hotdog buns that we weren't going to be using.

2) Melt one stick of butter in the microwave and then pour over bread. If you do use more bread than this you may want to add some more butter.

3) add seasoning. For the ranch croutons I used an instant ranch dressing packet and just mixed it into the bowl. For the cinnamon and honey croutons I add a generous amount of white sugar & cinnamon. I basically add a bit and stir and then taste it. If it taste good then I move onto step 4. If not I keep added the seasonings.

Homemade Freezer  Croutons

4) Place the bread crumbs out on a baking sheet in one layer. If you are doing ranch croutons just pop them in the oven. For the cinnamon and honey croutons I drizzle honey over the croutons before placing them in the oven.

5) Bake @350 for 15 minutes.

Homemade Freezer  Croutons

I have used these straight from the oven or I make a bunch and freeze them. They thaw out pretty quickly so you can take them out an hour or so before dinner and then you will have homemade croûtons ready to top your salad in no time.

The salad in the picture has mandarin oranges (canned), raisins, cinnamon and honey croûtons, and I top it with Honey Mustard Dressing. This is such a super yummy and simple salad!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Our Goal This Past Month...

Our Goal this month has been to get to church on time and possibly with time to spare. This is always a challenge for us and takes a lot of prep time to be able to achieve this goal. The past few weeks (minus when we were home sick) we have been on time. The first week we had minutes to spare and this past week we just made it after the opening prayer. It is something I hope to strive for again in the next coming month. There is such a different feeling to sacrament meeting when you are not rushed. Our Sunday Mornings have been more relaxed and not full of chaos and whining. We have been setting our clothes out and getting up a little early so we can all have our showers and be ready on time. This seems to be working for us...I just hope it continues to. Any tips or suggestions on how to make our Sundays go a little more smoothly?

Here are some pictures from after church last Sunday:

Miss Priss wearing her Thankful headband she made in nursery

In case you are wondering why the pictures of the bubba have been few and far between lately I just want you to all to know I do try to get pictures, but he is a very hard boy to get a hold of.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Soccer Nights...

So For the months of October and November our Thursday Nights were spent at the church soccer field. Bubba got the chance to play through our stake and he loved it. It was his first time playing soccer and he still hasn't quite gotten the concept, but he did enjoy playing with friends and having a good time. It was fun to go out as a family and watch Bubba play. Thank you to our family who came out to support Bubba. Here are some pictures of his last game. I am sad because the pictures of him playing didn't come out very well they were either too dark or to blurry so here are just some of us on the sidelines.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Embracing Childhood...

The Cardboard Box
by Beryl Dyson

He came on a visit, a six-year-old lad,
A path he could race on was all that we had,
No toys for amusement, just a large cardboard box,
He jumped into this, no shoes on or socks.
Using a felt tip, he drew wheels without fuss,
Then made bubbly noises resembling a bus,
A throwaway plate made a fine steering wheel.
My word! When he cornered he made those tyres squeal.
We remember this lad, his vision, his fun.
Think also of Christmas and the outlay for some,
Requests and demands for all sorts of toys;
Nothing’s much hidden for a Christmas surprise.
The toy’s lie discarded, the child’s with no socks
Oh, so contented, with a new cardboard box.

So Miss Priss and Bubba are not in Christmas boxes, just boxes that held things from our latest trip to Costco, but I think the idea of the poem still remains. What joy children have when making a simple cardboard box come to life. These boxes were airplanes, cars, trains, trucks, and in Miss Priss's case she made hers a home for her dolls and even a potty chair for them. It was so much fun watching them use their imaginations and create something from nothing. Now if only I could have such an imagination when trying to making something great from last nights leftovers :>

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Movies: New Moon

new moon poster Pictures, Images and Photos

I was one of those fans in line Thursday night so I could see New Moon at midnight. It was a fun girls outing. My motherinlaw, sisterinlaw, and a bunch of friends all went together. We had such a blasts and this movie was awesome!

Monday, November 23, 2009

So I am definitely Playing some Major catch up. I am still getting used to this new computer and how to load my pictures in and stuff. My normal editing programs are gone and I am forced to try out some new stuff my hubby found for me. I will say the programs are neat, but I just have to figure out how to use them. I do have new catch up post coming later this week Promise Miss Holly :>

Embracing Childhood...

 Monica has had some Embracing Childhood Posts on her blog and I just love them. When I first saw her post it made me reflect and wonder if I was really embracing childhood with my children. They are only going to be this little once and I don't want to miss out because I am cleaning or busy with other things. I do think it is a very hard act to balance (which I struggle with each day), but I don't want to look back years from now wondering where the time went and all the memories we could have made together. I know I am very fortunate to be able to stay home with my little ones and I want to enjoy every minute.

Now going along with embracing childhood Libby asked me to go on a walk with her last week and so we did. She brought her babies in her little stroller and we walked down to the park. She even brought "baby snacks" for them, which she did give them on the way home. It was such a sweet time with my little girl. We were able to talk and laugh together and I am thankful for the time Heavenly Father gives me with my children each day.

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:
nice and cool I was still able to wear flip flops today:>

One of my simple pleasures:
The hour right before dinner. I love watching my kids cuddle on the couch with daddy while watching cartoons while I make dinner. It is such a sweet sight.

On my bedside table:
New Moon by Stephanie Meyers and a Fern Michaels book

On my TV:
My hubby and I have been watching
Fringe season 1
Supernatural Season 4

and with the kids
Beauty and the beast

(libby and keagans favorites this week)

On the menu for tonight:
Fettuccine Alfredo with rolls and meatballs

On my To Do List:
Go to the library
test out making rolls from scratch (want them yummy for thanksgiving)

New Recipe I tried last week:
Homemade Croûtons ---> Recipe coming soon

In the craft basket:
gifts for my family

Looking forward to:
Thanksgiving with family

Homemaking Tip for this week:
We put our dish sponges in a cup with bleach and let them soak for a little bit and they came out ready to use and smelling much nicer than before

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
The thanksgiving posts on Monica has some links to other blogs displaying their thanksgiving ideas for the week

Favorite photo from last week:

Just me and my hubby

Lesson learned the past few days:

I am a Daughter of a King and I need to remind myself that when I get down on myself.

On my Prayer List:
My husband and daughter and son

Please stop by and visit Sandra to see what other Happy Homemakers are up to. Have a great Monday!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Halloween Festivities...

I know it is already like a week from Thanksgiving and I am just posting about what we did to celebrate Halloween. Well things have been busy to say the least around here. We have been passing around a cold here, which is currently with Bubba right now and hopefully will leave us all for good soon, My hubby built us a new computer and we have been getting used to that and then just life happens and gets now that I am through with my excusses onto our Halloween Festivities.

Friday October 30, 2009

Well to start out, the day before Halloween we went to my brother and sisterinlaws ward's trunk ro treat. Trunk or Treat is where we go to the church building and the kids get to do trick or treating in the parking lot with everyone in our church. Everyone decorates their trunks and hands out candy. It is a safe enviroment where you know everyone and know that the candy and experience your family is having is a safe one, which I am thankful the church does this. Anwyays Libby was a lady bug and Keagan was a doctor (we just used his scrubs from last year).


This was Holly and Justins trunk all decorated
The kids loved it!

There were some games for the kids and a chili cook off, which was fun. There was also a haunted house that Keagan and daddy got to experience. Keagan loved it!

 After we got home we took some time to look at all the candy the kids had gotten. The kids were so excited to see all the candy they had gotten.

Saturday October 31, 2009
In the morning the kids woke up to our little kitchen table decorated with some treats for them. About a month ago I had them pick out Halloween fabric at Joann's Craft Store and then didn't mention the fabric to them again and they forgot. I took that fabric and made them matching pajama pants, which I put in the brown paper bags. I also included the shirts they painted here. I also purchased them each a new Halloween book and some little candy favorites like PEZ. It was simple, but special and the kids really appreciated it. We then had a yummy pancake breakfast.

For Halloween night we had some friends and family over for a little Halloween party. We did it pot luck style. Everyone brought food to share and then the kids played some games like bobbing for apples (without water we didn't want to clean up them mess). It was a fun and yet again simple, but it was a great way to celebrate together as a family


 Holly, Kelsie, and Rena (my motherinlaw)

 Holly holding Kelsie, Rachelle, and me


 all the yummy food

My hubby showing the kids how to bob for apples

After all the party guest left we got the kiddos all ready for bed, what we didn't expect was an hour long light/dance show with glow sticks afterwards. They kids were having such a blast we couldn't tell them no. Miss Priss especially was entertaining and just didn't want to stop. She kept asking if she could do one more dance.

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