Chaos Revisited

Wow this weekend went from crazy to crazier! I did eventually finish my baking.  I even had fun doing it AND recieved an offer of help from my hubby.  I didn’t take it but it was nice that he offered.  The oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies were a great hit at the guys night thing.  I had several of the men come up to me after church commenting on how they had never seen anything like that before and it was AMAZING.  Just the reaction that makes me giddy. Luckily I made a double batch and took some to the potluck where they went over equally as well.

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie

I also made Butterfinger Brownies. When I went to cut them after they had cooled I realized I had blackend on the bottoms. Which resulted in  me bursting in tears. That was really the second time I’ve ever burned anything. However I became suddenly inspired when I realized that the bottom was the only thing burned. So I rolled the salvagable parts of the brownies into balls and dubbed them “Brownie bites”!  They went over famously well also.

Last but not least I also made Bacon wrapped jalapenos that were stuffed with cream cheese.  I cannot tell you how painful this one was.  It seems my skin does not at all like jalapeno juice. So by the time I had halved and de-seeded 40 jalapenos my hands looked like they were sporting bright red fingerless gloves, and they felt like they are on fire. FINALLY I think I have rid myself of the burning.  Let me tell you, the burning was well worth it. I took 80 peppers to the potluck and came home with a dozen.  They were a huge hit! I was really surprised.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

Over all great weekend. Yesterday I found myself caught up with sorting and editing all the pictures I managed to take around the event.  It took me the better part of the day.  How was your weekend? Did you take a relaxing route for your plans? Or maybe a more filled and busy route?

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Whew!

   This week feels like it has just flown by. I’ve definitely lazed around since the 4th.  I am usually a great lover of holidays. They are an excuse to get together with family and friends to have a good time and make happy memories. I don’t know about you but I really like happy memories! This 4th of July was unusually lazy. J had to work, my original plans fell through, my sister was at camp and to be honest I was feeling kinda down. So what did I do? I talked to my mom.
    I ended up taking the kids to Mom’s and we still did absolutely nothing, but we did nothing with other people.  My  mom cooked, my step-father grilled and J met up with us over there for dinner after he got off work. We had a good time but missing family members were definitely missed.  By the time we should have left to go watch fireworks none of the adults felt like going anywhere. So we let the older kids (17- 19 year olds) take the littles out back to light sparklers. While all us grownups sat around the table and talked and joked.

   This is my crew, don’t let the cuteness fool you. From left to right: B (3), G (8) and A (10).
Yesterday I took my crew to the lake and I  layed on the beach while the older two kids swam and the youngest played on the beach making sand pies and bird baths. I am determined to make my legs not so white. So far it’s a success just a little slow.
   It was a very pleasant and relaxing afternoon. It surprises me when I take all three kids out in public and we don’t end up having to leave early. They actually listened with minimal complaining when I asked them to play with B for a little bit. I mean really I didn’t have to threaten to sell them to the gypsies once! This is what I call progress.
  Today we are continuing on with the theme of “Lazy”.  The kids and I are spending the day watching movies and then when J gets home tonight I am going to make chicken wraps for dinner and we will pack it up  picnic style and head back out to the lake and spend family night out there instead of in the house. We havn’t told the kids yet, they’re in for a surprise since J is generally not a fan of anything outdoors!  I think it’s a nice change-up and since J will be with us I think I will take my camera along and snap a few nice photos.

  How was your holiday? Did you do anything special? What is the happiest memory you made on this 4th of July?

Not Exactly a Failure

It’s important to break up potential frustration with incredible cuteness. (This is my 3 year old)

We started our chore lists today! I really am kinda excited. However I have made an unfortunate discovery. My 10 year old not only resembles me in looks but also in the motivation to clean. So far it has taken her more than an hour to clean the kitchen. A task I know very well she is perfectly capable of completing.  I believe I will observe her habits during cleaning and see if I can find a way to bring more motivation to her. Perhaps I will make it a race between brother and sister. Whoever finishes their chores first gets some sort of extra privledge? Hmm it’s a thought.
Moving along.  I need to begin the decluttering process.  I stumbled across this on Pinterest:  A Thorough Spring Cleaning Checklist it comes from “The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking“. It’s like a bootcamp for cleaning, if you ask me. However it may be exactly what I need to get a good head start on getting this house in shape!  I think that if I focus on 2 small rooms or 1 large room daily it may not be quite so overwhelming.  Kelly (The Author of the blog) also has a series of posts for organizing your home in 31 days and that looks worth looking into also. The problem with that is, I would really like to get something largely noticable accomplished in a week.  She has many posts that look highly beneficial to take the time to read.
These seem to be her most common tips. I really like them! Perhaps I will see what I can do to put them into action.
“Some tips for organizing your own kitchen:

  • Make it pretty.  Pretty spaces are fun to keep tidy.
  • Have less stuff than you have room for. If every space is filled, your whole system will break down the first time you come home with something new.
  • Be creative.  You don’t need expensive organizing tools in order to have an organized kitchen.”

I don’t feel like I accomplished everything I set out to accomplish today. The unfortunate truth is that I am not Mary Poppins, who only needs to snap and items magically return to their places. Nor am I the proud owner of a self cleaning house. I am simply a mom who is easily distracted (Seriously, I would much rather take the kids to the lake than clean.), and would rather waste away reading about how to clean and organize my home than actually put what I read into action. I have become determined to make my house into a home that has a warm comfy atmosphere and pleasant appearance. A home that is something that I can be proud of and I can see evidence of my work.