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22 June 2016

Homemade Slushy

 With free Slurpee Day coming up, I wanted to share this healthier alternative!  I know, slurpees are so good but also so full of ick.
This one you can make at home, no driving required! 
  I promise this is easy and inexpensive!

Only 2-3 ingredients!
Frozen fruit
Cold seltzer water,  any flavor
And powdered greens for us!

I am using strawberries and peach.
 In your blender mix equal parts frozen fruit and seltzer water.
Don't fill your container too full, it's carbonated and is going to bubble!
Just blend enough to get the frozen fruit chunks out. Done! 

We are in the middle of redoing the kitchen cabinets so it's a disaster in there!



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21 June 2016

I Miss The Mom Tribe!

Do you miss it too? Maybe it's just me? I feel like I am missing out on the mom friends like my mom and grandma had.


 On any given day there would be another mom at our house at some point. Some had girls my age, some had boys and some had kids my brothers age, or older than both of us. It didn't ever feel weird, it wasn't a play date, often it was just a mom, no kids. There was no phone calls from the road ahead to check and see if a quick stop was ok, no cell phones. My mom and grandma were both social, I am social, where are the friends that stop by for coffee or just to kill 10 minutes between errands? Some of these moms even had their own coffee creamer at our house. No one cared that there was a really good chance that they would have to move laundry to sit and chat, or that if it was before school I would probably ask for help French braiding my hair (I still can't braid my own). I didn't know that wasn't a thing? I really expected that as an adult, especially once I had school age kids. We have an 11 year old. It hasn't happened yet. Which makes me wonder why?!? What has changed in the past 2 decades that this practice of stopping by to call on friends and have a quick cup of coffee has become non existent?  Is this part of why relationships seem only surface deep more often than not lately? Because we aren't seeing the real day to day stuff, only the put together show?

Is it too crazy to say to your friends "stop by any time" and mean it? I can probably make sure there is coffee or tea, you will probably have to move books or laundry to have a seat, but stay for 1 cup or for 3. No promise that I will be dressed all the way, I probably won't have my hair and makeup done. But it's an open invitation to our real life and we want you in it! Is that really weird or crazy?  Are we too worried about our appearances (or our home)  that friendships suffer? If it's ok for neighbor kids to come by to see if kids can play, when does that stop being ok for adults? 

I'm putting this out there for my friends, stop by, I mean it. I don't care if you are in a cruddy mood or have good news to share, if you are out of creamer or just need to get out of the house for a few. I want to know your real life ❤️
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18 June 2016

Easy Cobbler


This is for sure my go to dessert!
It used to be cupcakes, but I have memorized this cobbler recipe, and I love it, it's perfect and versatile for what's in season. No weird ingredients and it doesn't have to look pretty. It's just right for the busy mom/wife. It isn't ever going to look polished or decorated, but it still looks good in its own rustic way. Easy to use a foil tray and bring to a new mama or friend.

Ingredients 
1 stick butter (melted)
1C sugar 
1C self rising flour
(you can use regular and add 1.5 tsp baking powder and 1tsp salt)
1C milk
1-2C fruit (I like more cake less fruit)
Little extra sugar for the top

Directions
Heat oven to 350
Mix flour and sugar together in a mixing bowl, add milk and whisk together

Add melted butter and whisk together, pour into greased pan. I used a 9x9


Then just sprinkle or scoop your fruit onto  batter 

Sprinkle with sugar! Depending on what size pan you use, the amount will vary. I don't measure, I just sprinkle.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Serve it with ice cream, or have it for breakfast (my fave, so naughty) 
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13 June 2016

Take Back Your Weekend .2

Organizing a Laundry Schedule!
 
 The other thing that can really be a time suck on the weekends is LAUNDRY !

I've always aimed to not do any on the weekends, managing that is hard and takes planning to make sure we have uniforms clean and towels for showers! I use my planner, and can make a laundry schedule based on our games scheduled for the week. I also try to wash towels every Wednesday, that way I can clean the bathroom, sweep and toss the bath mat and cleaning rag straight in.

I needed a better way to keep track of what needed done, so many uniforms! Something more convenient than in my planner.
So I took this half painted cabinet in the laundry room

Put a few coats of chalkboard paint on it, got these cute labels, and it's been great!
I have terrible handwriting, not helped by only having a chalk stub left! 

It's not perfect but it's good enough for me! I just update it Monday's with the weekly schedule and no more going back and fourth to my planner.

How do you stay on top of laundry? 

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