Monday, March 26, 2012
We love Jello, whats not to love, its cheap and easy! Jello can be so versatile, you can add anything and the kids love it, the whole family does! Today we decided to make Cherry Jello with Ginger Ale and sliced banana's....Yummy, reminds me of when I was a kid and my mom would ALWAYS add the fruit cocktail to it! Wasn't to fond of the canned fruits so I love to use fresh fruit, great way for the kids to get their fruits in as well. Of course you can always use the sugar free jello if you like....
3 packs of cherry jello
3 cups of ginger ale
3 cups of hot water
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Mr.Retro asked me "What's so great about this Mad Men show"? He doesn't watch it ever, matter of fact the retro loving woman I am didn't even start to watch until this past year and I am not even caught up on all the episodes. There is something very appealing about this show, of course it has all the drama that a modern day soap opera but there is more to it, its almost like watching history. The clothes, the decor the way people talked, I mean really did people say "Swell" that much!? I love it! I can't get enough, its like Beatlemania to me, except Mad Men Mania! I love the fact that there are shows that actually have made it set in that era. Everything is so advanced today that its nice to see the days when there were no computers, cell phones, video games ect...Its refreshing to see the kids in the parks, or birthday parties outside with ponies and cookouts. I just love it. Of course seeing Mr.Draper is an added plus! My oldest made me a Man Men Lego set today. I just love it. I can't wait to watch season premier tonight!! Who's with me?!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Here's a "Kool" idea, seen it in one of those Family magazines. Take some flavored Kool Aid and make some ice cubes with them, try about 3 different kinds, then poor some sprite, seltzer or lemon lime soda and add the ice cubes and they change flavor and kiddies love it. I have the soda stream so I make the seltzer water and am ALWAYS flavoring it here. My kids love it, I sometimes will even add a splash of lemonade ice cubes to it as well. So refreshing and great with the spring and summer coming up!
1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough
Monday, March 19, 2012
I said awhile ago I was going to make a point to try and blog on Mondays about what my blessings were and what I was Thankful for instead of having the Monday morning dread, so here it goes. This Monday I am Thankful for modern day conveniences. I have a good friend of mine who has to buy prepaid minutes for a phone and we have unlimited, doesn't that sound so dumb, but I am blessed to not have to watch every minute I'm on the phone! These things that seem so small are the very things we rely DAILY on. We have cable, my friend doesn't, we have internet and she doesn't. She complains to me about how she wishes they had the money for these "small" things and I complain that there is nothing to watch! Go figure! It really makes you look and reflect on whats important and wants not. I want to raise my kids that even though we are blessed to have those things they are not necessities. This day and age thats a hard thing to do since we live in such a fast paced Society. I am trying though, and I am also trying to change my outlook. I hope you add to the list of what your blessing are too!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Heres a little sneak peak into our daily life. Today we have a full day planned, we are making some fun crafts, coloring some spring dittos and doing a cute Bible Study on kindness. I have the kind of kids, like most do, that need to CONSTANTLY be stimulated! They rarely let me alone, I know one day they will slow down, or I pray they will, but for now I am always trying to figure out the next thing to do with them. Our day usually consist of waking up and eating, watching a few cartoons while mommy drinks her coffee and sends daddy off to work then we start School. I put the little ones at the table, get the older ones books out, start talking about our subjects for the day, usually I need to get the play dough and puzzles out for them. I try to put on educational shows like "The magic School bus" or "Sesame Street" or"Veggie Tales" which has a wonderful lesson in each one to occupy them for the moment while I do school with the oldest. I hear a lot of comments made from my family that I am "crazy" or "I can't believe you homeschool" and it upsets me sometimes. We went to a birthday party a few weeks ago and one of the ladies there said to me "How can you do that, your crazy" I was so offended, really made me not like this girl to much! While it may not be ideal for everyone it works for us, people should really leave their comments at the door. I don't say "I can't believe you send yours to school" or "I can't believe you use daycare" I wouldn't do that, to each their own. I am learning that you have to do whats best for your family and not worry about what others think. I have heard many on those comments in the almost 4 years we've been homeschooling so I am getting used to it but it still upsets you. I think as long as your hearts in the right place, your kids are safe, and your family is happy then who are we to judge. We live in a society that LOVES to point fingers. I pray I raise the kind of kids that are not like that, I pray I am not that way either! So I just wanted to give you all a little peak into our lives, nothing to exciting, just a regular mommy who loves to be with the kids and her family.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
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Who doesn't love a Friday, its the day we long for all week long! I can remember in School making plans and praying Friday would come fast so we could get together and have our sleepovers, go skating, to the pool hall, the movies and lets not forget the Mall. Boy how times have changed, while I still long for Friday its just in a different sense now, I long for the weekend so I have an extra set of hands here to help me with the kids, someone to help me do the laundry, help me give baths, feed the kids, do their homework and projects, take the Dog to the vet and the list goes on. Funny, when you are a kid you would NEVER be caught going to bed by 9 on a weekend, as a teenager I was just walking out the door at 9 now I can't keep my eyes opened. Yes this thing called parenting has turned me into a boring person, I am in bed by 9, keep ben-gay by my nightstand for those aches, drink coffee to wake up and I love every minute of it! I know its totally "cliche" to say things to your kids like "One day you will see", my parents said that to me but boy how true is it? Your whole life changes with a family and its such a blessing. We usually have on Fridays a movie, pizza and let the kids stay up late so its fun for them to look forward to that day as well. Its a nice time to bond with the kids with us all here and no hurries for bedtime and other things. So happy Friday, relax, enjoy the family and the weekend cause come Monday its back to the same old grind and we need the weekend to charge up!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
After this bout of sickness we all had for a whole week I really wanted to get back to cooking and baking but wanted to start simple since we all are still on the mend. I was watching "The Pioneer Woman" who I love, and she was making Strawberry Oatmeal Bars with the kids, whom she Home Schools, so I just had to make these! The kids can help to and thats always a plus. It also helps them learn their measurements which can give them some Math credit!! They are super simple and much to my surprise very moist and the kids loved them!! The cool thing is you can mix up the flavor, I think the next ones I am going to make will be peach. I was very surprised that my 3 year old asked for the "Strawberry Bar" for breakfast. Don't you just love it when the kids want to eat what you actually make and are not asking for something different!! Love this one and will definitely be making it more in the future.
- 1 3/4 sticks salted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for greasing pan
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- One 10 to 12-ounce jar strawberry preserves
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch rectangular pan.
Mix together the butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Press half the oat mixture into the prepared pan. Spread with the strawberry preserves. Sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly. Bake until light brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely, and then cut into squares.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Mr.Retro bought our kids the cutest "Veggie Tale" starter plant set. I can't wait to get started. I am having major spring fever. This year its been pretty boring and the weather has been so unpredictable its insane! With 3 kids and homeschool we tend to get spring or cabin fever pretty fast. We love to be with one another but its so nice to get out once in awhile. About 8 years ago I decided to give gardening a try and started with some cayenne peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and chives. Well, much to my surprise it all grew! My father was in love with the peppers, he said they were the best peppers he'd ever had! Wow, I couldn't believe I could actually garden, now it wasn't the prettiest garden but it was a start. Since then and 2 more babies added to the mix I've not been able to get out and do a lot of stuff like that but this spring I plan on changing that! I am going to do an herb garden with the kids and they love to help. Its easy to maintain since I can buy the green boxes and keep right on the back porch. Easy access for me to take the kids out the sliding door and right onto the porch. I want to teach them that they can be resourceful in things like their food. It definitely will save you down the road. Since we do homeschool its so nice to be able to learn things at our own accord. Its also nice to allow the kids to help with the planting of the seeds, filling the dirt, watering and everything else that goes with it. Its nice when there is a finished product for them to see, the actual fruits of their work! How many of you garden? What is the easiest thing you have found to grow? I could use some tips and much appreciate it.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Things my kids say that I just love: