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Elephant, Fox, Giraffe, and Hippo

These are some of Tristan’s favorite animals (mine too), so this was extra fun!


I found some FREE printable letters to go along with E F G and H.

It’s really neat seeing things start to click in Tristan’s brain. He almost knows all of his colors and points out colors everywhere we go. At two and a half he’s learning his alphabet and points out the letters he knows when he sees them.

All the kids get really excited when we look at our alphabet, number and color books. The girls have started to repeat letters when we do flash cards.

Learning is fun, and I hope it stays that way!

E for Elephant 
F for fox.

G for Giraffe

H for Hippo

I’m pleased that he can tell me the name of each alphabet animal, without me telling him! He traces the “hidden” letter with his finger and says “F for fox”. 

I do not have a pattern to share, I free hand all the animal letters. I use a pencil and erase a lot. Using a ruler helps to make some of my lines strait. I hate drawing eyes so googley eyes work great!

Thanks for following! 

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Meal Plan

I eat to live. Some people live to eat.

I have been married for 5 years, and one of my biggest struggles is planning and preparing dinners for my family. I am solely responsible to feed my husband and children. Unfortunately I am not yet the Proverbs 31 wonder woman.

The repetition of thinking “What shall we eat today?” can drive a person crazy – especially when the freezer is not stocked with meat, the pantry is empty and the cook is worn out! Hey, that’s me, so if you’re with me, let’s make things go smoothly with meal planning so we have time to craft, smell the roses, giggle with our children and greet our husbands at the door with a kiss and smile when they get home from work!

I’ve organized my meal plan into categories of types ofΒ meat. You can (or will be able to) click on each recipe i.e. Italian Chicken and it will direct you to the recipe to follow. I have provided a grocery list at the bottom of each recipe so you can make sure you have all the ingredients you need.

I will be editing this blog post and updating recipes as I have time. Family comes first – as to why my blog posts are so sporadic. Subscribe if you want to be notified when I post on my blog. πŸ™‚

Meal Plan

Chicken

 

Beef/Venison

Ground Beef
  • Salisbury Steaks
  • Meat Balls
  • Ground Beef Oriental
Steak
  • Skillet Chops
  • Pot Roast
  • Pepper Steak* Goes well with Yellow Rice
  • Cheese Steak

 

Pork

  • Ham Balls

 

Fish

 

Side Ideas

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Quinoa
  • Creamy Rice
  • Yellow Rice* Goes well with Pepper Steak
  • Potato Wedges
  • SpaetzleΒ -Homemade German Noodle Easy and kids love it!
  • Alfredo Sauce – over Penne noodles.
  • Rice-A-RoniΒ – Homemade Version -My recipe
  • Tuna Sketties
  • Tuna Mac
  • Mac – n – Cheese

 

Baked Goods

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Repurposed Broken Crayons DIY

This was an easy project I’ve been meaning to do for a while now.

img_2200-3I had a bunch of broken/old crayons that my kids don’t really like to use. I pulled all the paper off the crayons.

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I broke the crayons to fit in my sylicone molds. Next time I’ll probably cut them smaller with a knife so I can fit more in each mold.

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Heat your oven to 150-200 Fahrenheit. Cook for about 10 minutes or until melted. I didn’t stir mine and they looked nice and marbled.

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Let them cool, then carefully pop them out of your molds.Β img_2230-1
img_2244They are the perfect size for toddler and baby hands. They wouldn’t work well for a child who can stay in the lines. 😊

img_2249-1I store mine in a pull string muslin bag.

That’s it, have fun!

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DIY Moisture Proof Picnic Quilt

I’m sick of getting a wet butt every time I sit in the grass. You can buy waterproof blankets that are the same general idea as the one I made, but I just like making stuff myself! 😊

  • 42 X 62 reversible quilted fabric
  • 42 X 62″ plastic vynal – may need to cut a little off to fit
  • Scissors – good quality fabric ones make it really easy!
  • Wonder clips Bought on Amazon
  • Sewing machine. 
  • Patience 

First step, go to your fabric store and buy your fabric and plastic backing. I got reversible quilted fabric that was fluffy and cute, but you really could use anything!

Fold over the raw edge all the way around using wonder clips (or push pins) to secure the fabric.

Sew a nice edge. 

This is what mine looked like – not perfect.
This is the vynal plastic.

Lay the plastic on top of the back side of your quilt. Again use the wonder clips to make a nice folded edge. This will hold the plastic onto your blanket.

Sew down your fold. Make sure the needle is catching the plastic. 

It’s a little tricky to sew with plastic vynal. My vynal kept pulling out of the wonder clips and getting all crinkled up. I used a chair to support the blanket. As always, my project are trial and error.

This is the finished edge.

Perfect for picnics. The wet spring season. Morning, in the dew covered grass. You could even use the plastic side as a table cloth!

Paisley trying out the new quilt. She’s not a fan of itchy grass blades so she loves this idea!

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    You are my Sunshine Part 1

    I got lazy with my blog posts lately, aka more busy with “real” life. We have been visiting with the soon to be member of the Kemmerer family. Eclipse the horse. This is a dream come true for me, I’m a little more excited than the kids. 😍


    So my Twin girls are turning ONE next month. Wait what??? I seriously can’t believe it! Time to start the party planning! My theme is Sunshine and Lemonade. Colors are yellow, pink and purple. 


    Today I made a sweet sign to hang in the kids bedroom, and use for the party as well.

    I used some already cut old pallet boards and picked out some wood letters that fit on the boards. 

    I didn’t have another “P” so I put painters tape over that spot.

    I used white spray paint. Spray back and forth from about a foot away so you don’t spray the letters off the board. 

    Let dry outside then remove the letters. Since I was missing a “P” I had an extra step. I removed the tape, moved the “P” over, held a board over the already finished part and sprayed the new “p”.


    For the “make” sign I wanted to hand paint the letters white and leave the pellet board brown. First trace the letters.

    Then paint them in with white paint and a little paint brush.

    To hold my sign together I used scrap prices of pallet board. My husband was home from work so with a kiss I convinced him to drill and screw the sign together for me. 😊

    All finished! Cute for the kids’ room and party decor. πŸŽ‰

    I always let out happy squeals when I finish a project that I’m pleased with…tell me I’m not the only one that does this…

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    Raised Bed Gardening with Woodchips and Pest Preventers.

    A little precaution, I don’t have a green thumb. πŸ˜” But I get a lot of tips from my parents are sister who are expert gardeners. 😊

    First off if you don’t already have a garden, choose a spot in your yard that gets a good amount of sun. I made my raised beds out of cedar decking that we had from doing demolition on our house. Cedar is naturally rot resistant. Unfortunately I don’t have a DIY on the raised cedar beds, we made those last year.

    Here are my beds, full of weeds.


    To take care of the weeds I did 3 things.

    Homemade Weedkiller


    • 1 gallon white vinegar
    • 1 cup Epsom salt
    • 1 Tablespoon dawn dish soap, any kind.


    Use a funnel and add the other two ingredients right to the vinegar bottle. I write my ingredient list right in the vinegar bottle and use it to store my extra weed killer in.

    I bought the green pump spray bottle from Walmart. Works ok, but I might have to get a full size weed sprayer like my hubby has for landscaping.

    Spray the weeds, carful not to get it on your vegetable or flower plants, it is not toxic but it will still kill your plants. After a couple of hours the weeds should be shriveling up in the sun. I’d give it a day or two then pull the weeds, weed whack them, or use a scuffle hoe, pictured below. The scuffle hoe (aka hula hoe or stirrup hoe) works wonders, it cuts of the weed just below the soil line. So easy to use and it’s not hard on your back.

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    Hula hoe

    Once you have taken care of those weeds you can cover your garden with woodchips. Woodchips keep the weeds down and the moisture in!


    Tada! Weed free and hopefully it will stay that way for a while!

    If you live in the woods like I do then you’ll have all kinds of pest problems; turtles, rabbits, deer, birds etc. I got some wild life netting and step-in horse fencing. I wasn’t quite sure how it would work when I was at the store buying my supplies but that’s what I came up with.


    I think I need some more step-in fence, so for now I just draped the wild life netting overtop of the fence poles.

    Lastly, I’m so sick of my husband stepping on all of my plants, because he never knows where I’ve planted new ones. So I made some pallet board garden markers.

    Tristan and I had some fun painting some goose egg rocks to put in the garden.



    Can not wait to eat fresh strawberries out of my garden!

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    Chicken Bacon Casserole

    Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day spent with those you hold dear. I am personally grateful for the sacrifices made for my freedom! Since I was relaxing with my family yesterday, this is “Monday’s” blog post, enjoy.

    For those of you like me who are not fond of casseroles, you have got to try this one! Credit goes to my sister-in-love Rebecca for creating such deliciousness. She has a gift!

    Ingredients:

    • 3 free range organic chicken breasts
    • 1/8 cup Romano cheese
    • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 8 oz Alfredo sauce – or homemade Alfredo sauce (1/2 cup cream, 2 TBSP butter, 1/4 cup Romano cheese)
    • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/8 cup scallions, snipped
    • Rosemary, Salt and garlic powder to taste.
    • 1/2 lb. bacon, fried and crumbled

    Start out by cooking the chicken, or use leftovers from the night before.

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    I cut my chicken into little cubes and then cook it in boiling water for a couple minutes.

    img_1246My little helper Paisley, enjoying her fresh snap peas from Mema and Poppops’ garden. 😊

    While the chicken cooks put all your ingredients into a 9×13 Pyrex baking dish.

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    As you can see I separated the scallions because I won’t bake that with the rest of the ingredients.

    img_1274TIP: Keep scallions in a cup of water to use again and again.
    Mix everything together and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until heated and cheese has melted. Stir several tomes through out cooking.

    Feeds about 4 people. Serve over cooked rice or noodles.

    I have lots of lettuce right now so I will have a salad with my casserole.

    Can’t wait till the hubby comes home and we can eat dinner out on the patio. πŸ˜ƒ