Good morning!

Good morning, friends!

Hope you have a great Monday and a blessed week! 

Decluttering and getting ready for a yard sale are on my agenda this week. What are your plans?




Today in my neck of the woods…

56 degrees and a little rainy this morning for our 5K. Glad I didn’t pick today for my first half! Admire those who are running it, though.

I think that I’ll run, come home, take a hot shower, and get back in my pajamas and drink coffee. Put some soup on in the crock pot. And a nap will definitely be in order!
Y’all have a great Saturday! 


What’s going on and where I’ve been…

So I’m recovering from my Alabama trip – had to go to physical therapy for my back today and it’s feeling much better. 

Have a race on Saturday – 5k…not ready for a half marathon just yet, but hoping to do one in December.

Really hoping to be be back to our “normal” next week. FYI, one can have a laundry schedule for years and leave for three days and it’s like it never existed. Just saying. 😳

Y’all have a great night! I’m going to put heat on my back as instructed. 


Italian Flat Bread/Pizza Dough Recipe

This is the recipe I’ll be using tonight to make homemade pizza. 🙂

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from Lynn Pridgen 🙂

  • 2 1/2 – 3 cupsflour
  • 2 teaspoonsItalian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoonssugar
  • 1 teaspoonsalt
  • 1 envelopeyeast
  • 1 cuphot water120-130 degrees
  • 1/4 cupextra virgin olive oil

Directions( Default | Numbered )

Mix 1 cup flour, seasoning, salt, pepper and yeast together in mixer bowl. Add hot water and oil and mix on low for 3 minutes.

Add additional 1 1/2 – 2 cups flour and use dough hook to mix. Mix on low until well mixed and dough starts to pull away from side of the bowl.

Remove hook and cover; let stand for 10 minutes.

Grease cookie sheet or pizza pan, place dough on pan and spread to edges. Cover and let rise 30 minutes.

Prick with fork all over, brush with olive oil, and bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes until lightly brown.

If using for pizza…

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Defeating the Laundry Monster

Something that needs addressing periodically…

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Good Monday morning!

So we’re just going to jump right in and start paving the way to an organized, well-run household. Having talked to many women over the past few years about what household chore most often overwhelms them, I have learned that laundry is a problem for many people. In fact, there are people whose laundry pile could be measured and it would be taller than they are. They could get lost in the laundry pile and not be found for days. Did you know that there are people who don’t do their laundry for weeks at a time? That spend entire weekends “catching up” with the laundry monster and not enjoying their days off? Well, I am here to help you not only catch up with him (the laundry monster has to be male, after all), but to kick him in his rear end and defeat him once…

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Menu Plan for 4/18-4/25/15

Happy Saturday!

Guess what? It’s still raining!!

I’m “recovering” from my quick (as in days), long (as in miles) trip to Alabama with my mom. It was the first road trip we’d taken – just us – in a long time and it was great to spend time with her. Driving in the pouring rain – both ways and the whole time we were there – not so much. But we survived though I was almost in tears because my back was hurting so bad by the time we got home. (Yes, Karen, I will be calling you for PT this week.)

I’m sitting here watching Food Network and menu planning for next week. I love menu planning. I’m still trying to use up the stuff in my stocked freezer and pantry. And, of course, using my slow cooker as often as possible.

This is what I have so far:

Tonight: Homemade Pizzas

Sunday: Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos, Mexican Rice, Homemade Refried Beans

Monday: Alice Springs Chicken, Roasted Parmesan Potatoes, Stuffed Zucchini

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Beef Stroganoff, Buttered Egg Noodles, Green Beans

Thursday: Shepherd’s Pie (This is for me. If they don’t like it, the rest of them can have leftovers.) 🙂

Friday: Grilled Steaks, Baked Potatoes, Salad

Saturday: Steak Salad, Twice-baked Potatoes or any other leftovers anyone wants to finish off 🙂

Y’all have a great Saturday! I’m off to have some lunch.


Why a “Schedule” Works for Me


Schedules work for me. Having a schedule is how I survived working full-time with two toddlers at home. Schedules kept me sane when I homeschooled for ten years. Schedules give me a sense of control or focus for my days. The dictionary defines “schedule” as follows:

1. a plan of procedure, usually written, for a proposed objective, especially with reference to the sequence of and time allotted for each item or operation necessary to its completion.
2. a series of things to be done or of events to occur at or during  particular time or period.
3. a timetable.
Please know that having a schedule does not mean being inflexible. Things come up. Life happens. Schedules get interrupted. That’s okay. I like a combination of the above definitions.
1. I like to have it written down.
2. I like to know what needs to be done when.
3. I like setting a timetable but knowing that that’s where the flexibility really comes into play.
When I worked full-time, clearly I had less flexibility. When I homeschooled, there was a little more flexibility but still things had to be done in a timely manner. Now that both kids are grown and much of my day is wide open, without a schedule or plan I could very easily lose myself in a good book and a pot of coffee and never accomplish anything. At all. Zilch. Nada.
“Oh! Is is dinnertime already?”
“What? You need your work clothes tomorrow morning?”
“I have no idea what I did today.”
Now that I’m a relatively free woman, here is how I schedule or plan my days. Again, this is not set in stone. But having a general idea of what should be done and when is freeing rather than restricting. And when my “to do” list for the day is done, it’s done. And when I write my “to do” list, I try to limit it to five things in a day…and only one can be a BIG thing if at all possible.
Here is how my weeks usually look:
Mondays-Fridays (early mornings)
5:30 – Rise and shine (The shining only comes AFTER coffee). My coffee pot is on a timer so that I can smell the coffee when my alarm goes off. Otherwise, my brain doesn’t understand why it should get my body up. 🙂
Between 5:30 and 6:30 when I meet my friend to run, I throw a load of laundry in and do my morning devotion and drink coffee. After running, I come home and eat breakfast. Then I hang out the laundry (or put it in the dryer depending on the weather); put dinner in the crock pot if that’s planned (or put meat to thaw in refrigerator if that’s the plan). If I’m going to work (Tuesdays), I shower in the morning. If I’m going to be home doing chores and such, I wait until chores are done.
My mornings will then consist of daily chores (listed below),  gardening, or work (some work gets done at home), and blogging (I’ve been a real slacker about this lately). After lunch, I try to get a one hour nap (or at least be still and quiet), then read for a while and have a cup or two of coffee. Folding laundry is followed by dinner prep. Dinner is followed by kitchen clean up (my least favorite thing).
I have a laundry schedule, too. Here it is:
Mondays – whites
Tuesdays – towels and underwear
Wednesdays – darks
Thursday – delicates
Fridays – sheets
I don’t do laundry on the weekends unless hubby needs work clothes. (Facing piles of laundry on Saturdays when I was a working mom was the main reason I came up with my first schedule!)
And I have a general chore schedule. (Truth: If you saw the pollen/dust in my house right now, you might think I never clean. Did you know that you can dust and vacuum and then open a window to enjoy a cool breeze and the pollen obliterates any proof that your house has ever been clean??? Also, it’s spring break for everyone else, so why not me?
Mondays – Clean kitchen top to bottom
Tuesdays – Work (no chores except laundry)
Wednesdays – Clean bathrooms; tidy up dining room; plan blog posts (Must get better at this one!)
Thursdays – Dust, vacuum and mop; menu plan for coming week
Fridays – General walk through/straighten kind of day; grocer shop after run (Pleasant for others, I’m sure.)
Every morning – Make the bed
Every evening – Do a 5-minute walk through downstairs before bed, straightening as I go so that I don’t awaken to a mess in the morning.
Saturdays are rest days since Sunday is a work day for me. I just piddle around the house and yard, read, etc. Sometimes I’ll work on a bigger project if I need to, but that’s not the norm. Sundays are definitely napping days! And my HOME group (small group) meets on Sunday afternoons. I almost always have a slow cooker meal going on Sunday morning before I head to church (also my work place).
Evenings are for relaxing, reading, watching television, etc. And I need to be better at putting down my book at a reasonable hour so that 5:30 a.m. doesn’t hurt so much!
So…whether you’re a working or stay at home; whether you have kids or don’t…schedules give some structure to your days. For me, that is important.
If you need help making out a weekly schedule for chores, laundry, etc., just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help you with your particular situation. 🙂
Have a blessed Wednesday! I’ve got to get to those bathrooms! Yay!

Family Easter Celebration

Today we celebrated Easter a day early, but it was still fun. Here is a picture of my parents with 7 out of 10 grandchildren. Mine are the tall dude in the back (coral shirt) and the blond girlie on the far right.

Happy Easter, everyone!


Easter Family