Saturday, May 23, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Twenty-One


Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  
Be sure to take some time over the next few days for your WEEKLY REVIEW. It's always easy to lose track of things you need to accomplish when there is a holiday weekend thrown into the mix!

 Let's... 

1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

** Don't forget to schedule a Planning Forward Day as you look ahead to June. 
I'll be doing my regular Planning Forward post on Wednesday. : ) **

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on the monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings


MONTHLY HOME BLESSINGS
Week Nineteen

** Just a reminder!  This month is full of bigger projects.  If you aren't able to fit them in during the week I have them listed, be sure to schedule a day on your calendar to complete them later! **

Take a trip to GoodWill or a consignment store.
Let's get rid of all those bags that we've filled! : )  I have two in my car as we speak!

 Pick up some flowers for the flower beds or boxes.
Let's brighten up our homes for the upcoming summer!


Happy Home-Making!!

Tricia


Monday, May 18, 2015

{A-B-C's of Gratitute} Perfect Timing

Isn't God's timing perfect?  Just last Friday I received a call from my daughter letting me know that her brakes had gone out as she left the college campus.  As she left campus.  Not in the midst of big city traffic.  Not on a long drive home.  But as she passed the gate.  No one was coming and she came to a stop in front of some campus housing.  When we had been there for graduation we had some work done on her car and I was able to call the same place to take care of her.  And the car could be towed easily because it wasn't in the parking garage but on the street.  Perfect Timing.

When we were there for graduation it didn't seem like perfect timing to have to search for someone to work on her car, but now we can see how God smoothed every step and we are so thankful.

Do you have your own story (or stories?) of God's perfect timing??  Be sure to write them down -- be sure to share them.  They will encourage you and others during the times when things look bleak!

Here's your Happy Monday prompt for today...
I saw God's perfect timing when...

Have a blessed day!

Tricia

Saturday, May 16, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Twenty




Hello again!  We are already half-way through the month of May!  It won't be long before we are planning Memorial Day picnics and summer vacation!

Let's start with our WEEKLY REVIEW to keep us focused!

 Let's... 

1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

** Memorial Day is the 25th.  Can you pick up any picnic supplies like meat for grilling, chips, or condiments this week? **

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on the monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings


MONTHLY HOME BLESSINGS
Week Twenty

** Just a reminder!  This month is full of bigger projects.  If you aren't able to fit them in during the week I have them listed, be sure to schedule a day on your calendar to complete them later! **

* Outdoor Clean Up!
Is there anything that you can do to straighten up outside?  Picking up sticks, trimming bushes, putting tools or toys away, sweeping the driveway or deck, maybe even putting new cushions on the patio furniture... all of these help your home look cared for!

 Clean out the gutters.
Sticks and debris can clog them over the winter.  Be sure they are free and clear for the spring rains!

* Wash siding, windows, trim, etc.
I'd recommend recruiting help from your husband for this one!

Enjoy your spring!

Tricia

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

{Mastering Your Menus} Snacks



Merchandise Research: Snacks 

Good morning, friends! 

Today we’re going to talk about snacks. I’m positive that some of you go without snacking at all between meals, and I honor you! Somehow that has never become a habit at my house. Little people and big teenagers, hungry husbands - and even myself! - seem to look for something to munch on around 10:30 in the morning and 3:00 in the afternoon. The best thing to do, I’ve found, is to have a scheduled, thought through snack available. Whether it is cut up vegetables, a piece of fruit, some cheese and crackers, a piece of cinnamon toast, or perhaps a fruit snack or some cookies and milk, it makes my day so much easier when I know what to say when I get the, “Mom, I’m hungry!” plea.

Your challenge for today is to list out a number of acceptable snack ideas for your family. Remember to include ideas for the football games or other sporting events that your husbands and sons may watch. Those seem to be the times that I forget about!

Here are a few ideas…

Portion out chips and snacks into snack size baggies, rather than eating out of the bag.

Prep a covered relish tray of vegetables and keep it in your fridge.  Maybe with a bottle of ranch dressing to use as a dip.

Fill a storage bag with oranges cut into wedges, or bunches of grapes and keep in the fridge.  Clementines (they go by other names like mandarins and Cuties) are wonderful snack sized fruits as well.

Make your own granola or trail mix for a healthier snack option!


See you again soon!

Blessings!

Tricia




Monday, May 11, 2015

{A-B-C's of Gratitude} Orderliness

"Let all things be done decently and in order"

One of the things that I am working on in my life right now is orderliness.  I've noticed a tendency I have toward getting sidetracked and leaving jobs almost completed rather than following through.  What would our lives be like if Christ had come to earth and lived - teaching us, training us - but then didn't complete His work on the cross and rise from the dead?  We would be of all men most miserable!  Let's follow His example in the  "little" things of life - not striving for perfection, but showing our gratitude toward Him in our perseverance and completion of the tasks He has given us.  Things like putting away the clothes rather than leaving them in the basket, putting the dishes in the dishwasher rather than leaving them on the counter, and even closing the closet door after hanging up our clothes can make a big difference in the orderliness of our home with just a few minutes of dedicated time.

Have a blessed week!

Tricia

Saturday, May 9, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Nineteen



Hello friends!  Did you get a lot done last week?  It was a busy week for us with a flying trip to our daughter's college graduation.  I don't think I'm quite caught up yet!! : )

I'm definitely ready for our WEEKLY REVIEW!!  I need it to get back on track!

 Let's... 

1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

** Remember Mother's Day is tomorrow! **

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on the monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings


MONTHLY HOME BLESSINGS
Week Nineteen

** Just a reminder!  This month is full of bigger projects.  If you aren't able to fit them in during the week I have them listed, be sure to schedule a day on your calendar to complete them later! **

Detail the car.
Remove trash, wash windows and vinyl inside, vacuum floors and seats and inside trunk, clean out glove box, and run it through a car wash. : )  Having a clean car always makes my husband happy!!

 Defrost the deep freeze.
It's best to pick a day that isn't too warm for this, so you can store any freezer items in coolers while the freezer defrosts.

* Wipe down the outside of the freezer.
This will be an interesting job for me.  The top of my upright freezer has become home to a number of little articles over the year - not to mention it being really dirty!  I'm going to go schedule this one right now!

Thank you for joining me in this year of home blessings!! 

Tricia

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

{Mastering Your Menus} Leftovers



Merchandise Research:  Leftovers


Or for our purpose... “Planned Overs”!  Planned Overs are a little different than leftovers simply because they are - well - planned! For example, if I am serving Sweet & Sour Chicken over rice, I can very easily make up an extra serving or two of rice to add to my Chicken & Rice Soup tomorrow. Perhaps I could have even made an extra chicken breast! Planned Overs require thinking ahead, and a little portion control (i.e. putting the portion that you need for tomorrow away after it’s made, so they don’t get eaten by hungry teenagers!), but they will save you time and energy later! Please realize that I’m not talking once-a-month cooking here. That practice is wonderful - but *way* too overwhelming for me. I’m simply talking about thinking ahead to save yourself some work later.

Your challenge today is to pick a few meals and sketch out how you could “think ahead” so you would have “planned overs”. You might even want to try some of your ideas out this week! One great example of this is the “Rubber Chicken” on Flylady’s site. You’ll find the recipe and some other wonderful ideas on this page at this link… http://www.flylady.net/d/getting-started/flying-lessons/control-journal/step-8/

Need more “planned over” ideas?  

How about using leftovers in a baked potato bar as toppings? Mmmm… 

Or what about throwing leftover (or planned over) taco meat in the chili? 

Or buying a larger roast and saving half to put in a crockpot stew? 


Have fun planning, and I’ll talk to you again soon!



Blessings!

Tricia