Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Saturday, March 20, I had a glorious experience. I was able to go and see a sister that I served with while on my mission, Sister Kallon (in yellow). She has a beautiful testimony of the gospel and of the need for humanitarian help around the world. She travels frequently and shares her story to inspire people. Her story has also been published in the New Era
It is much better if you can just read it rather than me retelling it! It was just a fabulous reunion with a friend who has truly changed my life for the good!
I was able to go with my friend Maxine, who also enjoyed the presentation. I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes things like this! After listening to Mariama Kallon you go home and just want to give all you can to help those around you. I wanted to clean out and share, reduce what I had and find ways to serve more. I have so much to work on and don't even know where to start. If you EVER have the chance to hear Mariama it will change your attitude..I promise. She travels around to cities when asked but also is part of Time out For Women and regularly speaks with them. She has a beautiful spirit!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Eliza calls out, "Mom, I cleaned the toilet."
Me, "you cleaned the toilet? With what?"
Eliza, "With a toothbrush." Holding it up...
Me, "You cleaned the toilet with a toothbrush! That is disgusting! You brush your teeth with that!!!"
Eliza, "Oh. It's Jenna's."
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Well, I have wanted to get a better grip on my menu planning. It makes life a bit easier just to know what I need to cook for dinner. It also helps me keep on track better for WW. The better I plan the better I eat! Duh. I have a few obstacles with my menu planning.
- I'm lazy
- I don't take the time to think things through
- It's a pain!
- Who knows what I'll have in the house
- What if I don't want it that day?
I just have to push past my first obstacle... #2...last week when I sat down to do this I didn't take into consideration certain things like
a) fast Sunday - a simple sandwich isn't going to cut it
b) am I having company this month?
c) are there nights I am too busy to cook and want something SUPER fast
#3...once again - I need to get over this
#4...I realized that I eat a LOT of the same things, especially since I'm living on my food storage and the staples are all the same. Really all my variety comes from veggies. Usually I just buy what's on sale so this is an easy fix too.
#5...I'm able to change the calendar! I don't HAVE to fix what's there! I'm the MOM!!!
Now the freedom of having a calendar!
I have heard of people doing a month at a time...which I have tried but I really do make the same things over and over. This is my solution. I made 7 weeks of meals which can be rotated to suit my mood. At any time I can add a new week... So the "month" calendar has Velcro on the front which my "weeks" stick to. I did spend quite a bit of time making sure that the meals were "balanced" throughout the week.
This was my thought process:
- Sundays I cook a bigger meal because Scott is home and I have the time now that church is in the morning.
- Monday is quick and super easy because we have dance at night and Scott isn't home. I really cook a lot lighter on nights when he's not home
- Tuesday and Wednesday could be interchangeable
- Thursday Scott is home for dinner so I put in a bit more effort
- Friday we have salad and eat our leftovers. I like my salad night because I weigh in on Saturday morning so it keeps me eating a salad and the family full.
- Saturday I like to BBQ since Scott likes to help with dinner.
Then I went through and made sure I didn't have too many "chickens" in a row. We don't eat a lot of red meat so I only put that on once a week. I tried to incorporate a few cheaper meals like soups and potatoes. Now I feel like my weeks are pretty balanced. I'm excited to see how it works out!
The last thought I've had about this is that I really do enjoy trying new recipes. I have learned though that this is can be expensive. I've decided that I will only try new ones every once in a while and wait until the ingredients go on sale.
Isn't he adorable!
I made her a cat cake but it looked more like a bear because the ears were not triangles...Eliza should have told me that sooner! Obviously I didn't take enough pictures though because this is all I have. Happy Birthday sweet girl!