Saturday, August 29, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Thirty-Five


Hello again and happy Saturday !!  

It's time for our WEEKLY REVIEW ..

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. 

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 Thirty Five

The days are definitely starting to get cooler here in the Midwest!  Let's take some time this week to look ahead to the fall season...

* Find your "Back to School" and/or fall decorations and display them.
* Finish any last minute school planning and/or shopping.
* Look ahead to winter needs and make a list of things you may need to budget for... lamps, heaters, blankets, sheets, pajamas, gloves, boots, coats, etc.

Have a wonderful week!

Tricia

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

{Planning Forward} September




What a quick summer it has seemed to be this year!  The leaves are just starting to turn here, and the squirrels are wandering about stocking up on nuts for the winter.  It's time for us to do a little forward planning, too!!

Ready to look at our calendars?  First, let's mark September's paydays, any scheduled appointments and any special days.  Are there any birthdays this month?  Do you need any cards or presents?  Have you scheduled a special date with your husband?  Mark that down as well!!

Now look ahead to next month.  Are there any special days that you will need to buy or make cards and/or presents - especially early in the month?  Make a note of them on your Monthly Reminder sheet so you can pick them up when you are out and about this month.  You'll have everything all ready when Planning Day rolls around again!  Don't forget any special school days that might require you to provide treats!

Now let's check our spending and saving goals.   My husband and I are sitting down for our monthly budget meeting tonight.  It's always entertaining, and it is so good for us to connect on our goals over the next month!  

Then there are our practical Purpose Statement goals...

1.  What is your quiet time plan this month?  What passages will you read?  When?  How often?  Will you memorize any Scripture?  Read a devotional book?

2.  Which aspect of your character will you work on this month? Gratefulness?  Trust?  Replacing anger or irritation with patience and love?  Are there verses that could help you?

3.  Which relationships will you focus in on this month?  Will you make time to have coffee with a friend?  Have a date with your husband or a special Mom and I time with a child?  How about making a meal for someone or writing a letter to a relative or missionary?

4.  How would you like to improve your home this month?  Do you need to wash the bathroom walls?  Or repaint them?  Maybe you need a new throw rug, or to clean out a closet.  Or even to remember to take out the recycling on the right day!

5.  What projects head your list for the next month?  Making a quilt?  Trying a new recipe? Researching honeybees?  What is the next step in each of those projects?

I'm always amazed at how much more I get done if I write it down.  Often I don't complete it all in one day, but if I look over the list regularly I really want to complete them so I can check off the little boxes!! :)

PART II of the post today is a preview of the Monthly Home Blessings for September.  Our focus for the month will be our Living Rooms.  Mine definitely needs some TLC - perhaps yours does, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll see you back here Saturday with another installment of our Home Bless-A-Thon!

Blessings!

Tricia

Saturday, August 22, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Thirty-Four


Happy Saturday !!

It's time for our WEEKLY REVIEW ..

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. 

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 Thirty Four

One more week in our office!  Let's focus on some office upkeep...

* Clean out file cabinets
* Update your planner
* Delete unnecessary files from the computer
* Rearrange your desk for maximum efficiency

Have a wonderful week!

Tricia

Monday, August 17, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Thirty-Two and Thirty-Three


Happy Saturday Monday - again!!

Well, I've certainly shown that I do NOT have it "all together" by any means!  Since my husband's surgery I haven't been posting regularly at all!  So sorry!  I'm praying that I'll be able to be more of a blessing here as the weeks progress, but sometimes I wonder if I'll be back on my schedule fully before the new year!! : )

But... since I need some sort of structure to my days, let's run through our WEEKLY REVIEW quickly since I didn't post on Saturday. 

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. 

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 Thirty-Two & Thirty-Three

We're working in our office this month, so let's focus on cleaning up our space this week.

* Check for cobwebs
* Wash light fixtures / Dust lamp shades
* Spot Clean walls
*Vacuum / Dust / Polish furniture
* Straighten Desk Drawers
* Clean computer screen and keyboard

Have a wonderful week!

Tricia

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

{Mastering Your Menus} Holiday Entertaining


Hello again!

It's time for another installment of Mastering Your Menus!  Today we're going to look forward to the holidays.  Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it!

When people think of the holidays one of the things that usually comes to mind is food. Food as gifts, food to eat, food to share. For today’s challenge let’s think through and write down three complete holiday menus - One for Easter, one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. When I say complete, I mean complete. Appetizer, Drink , Meat or Main Dish, Side dishes, Vegetables, Salad and Dessert. Even if you don’t make it all, it will be all thought through for you. Perhaps you’ll decide to scale back, perhaps you’ll organize a family potluck, but the extra stress of having to come up with a menu will be behind you.


Here’s our family’s basic Holiday Menu…

A relish tray (on a cut glass plate… it has to be pretty!!) with carrots, celery, green pepper, mini tomatoes, midget pickles, cheese, sausage and crackers for the appetizer. For a drink, we enjoy a mixture of CranGrape and 7-up mixed about half and half. It’s been a tradition in my family since I was little and my sisters and I have all carried it forward. The meat varies by the holiday. Easter was always ham, Thanksgiving was Turkey and Christmas was a combination. My mom loves to put out a smorgasbord for us to choose from and she will often have sliced roast beef in juice or boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half. For my gluten free readers, remember to check your ham and turkey to be sure that they are GF, and watch for seasonings that may flare up your symptoms.

There are some favorite side dishes that seem to appear at all of our holiday meals. Gourmet potatoes (which use hashbrowns, sour cream, lots of butter, and some sharp cheddar cheese) are my husband’s absolute number one choice, although my son would prefer mashed potatoes, with or without gravy, and my daughter would like rice. 

Before we became a gluten free family one thing we could not live without was my mom’s rolls. They were on the table at lunch, but then they reappeared at supper time as the bread for the turkey sandwiches. What a treat!

Another of my family’s favorite side dishes is Snickers Salad. Apples, butterscotch pudding, cool whip, chopped up Snickers (LOTS of Snickers)…. What more could you want???

Our vegetables are easy. Broccoli, cauliflower & carrots with cheese, or green beans - perhaps with bacon and almonds. As we can’t have any creamed soups, our options are a little limited. No green bean casserole for this family! :-)

Let’s see, for dessert I usually end up with a pie for my husband, (unless his mom or mine make him one!) and ice cream desserts for the rest of the family. The GF dessert that we love looks like this…

Crushed (GF) Oreo Crust
Peppermint Ice Cream
Homemade Fudge Sauce
Cool Whip
More Oreos Crushed on the top
Crushed Peppermint


Mmmmmmmm….. Makes me smile just to think about it!!


All right! It’s your turn. And don’t forget to keep all these lists. Very soon this will all start to fall in place, I promise!

Blessings!

Tricia


Monday, August 3, 2015

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


Happy Saturday Monday!!

Am I the only one that feels like the summer is FLYING by??  I was hearing the cicadas in the trees this week and my husband said, "Six weeks until the first frost!"   Of course, that is just a saying, but there is probably some truth in it.  Summer is drawing to a close and school will be starting before we know it.  Are you ready??

Let's run through our WEEKLY REVIEW quickly since I didn't post on Saturday. 

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. 

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 Thirty-One

This month we are going to tackle our office.... she says as she sits at a desk PILED with papers!  I'm looking forward to this month!

This week is easy...

* DECLUTTER

Throw away trash, shred old papers, file, give extra school supplies to your local school... Let's get our areas picked up!

Have a wonderful week!

Tricia

Saturday, July 25, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Thirty


Happy Saturday!

It's time for another WEEKLY REVIEW as we head into the final week of July.  It will be August at the end of the week!!   

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. 

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 Thirty

Remember, we are in our craft area for the month of July, but if any of you don't have a craft that you enjoy, feel free to pick another room that could use a good decluttering!!

Time to finish up our cleaning!

* Vacuum
* Clean windows and wash curtains

And don't forget to Plan Forward if you haven't already!  August and the start of school are just around the corner!!

Have a wonderful week!

Tricia