Sunday, May 31
Today was the first official "half day Friday". Until Labor day David comes home at noon. I love the feeling of three day weekends. It gives us extra time to do fun things, or in today's case I ran errands ALONE! It is amazing how much one can get done when you are the only one getting in and out of the car. The children enjoyed special time with Poppa and then we all had noodles for dinner.
Saturday, May 30
We had some time before she had to leave to get her children to school so she took us to a fabulous park near-by. It sits next to an Historic home, creek and covered bridge. Is was so nice and I can't wait to go back as a family and have a picnic so the children can play in the creek.
After the park we went over to Shady Maple, an Amish grocery store. I purchase my flour, oatmeal, cornmeal, maple syrup, honey, and spices here for cheap prices and most of that is local also! It's always so much fun to shop with a whole variety of people from, tourists, Amish, and Mennonite. They also have a great smorgasbord if your ever in the area! Miles told me it was his favorite place to shop it smells so good! It's not just shopping, it's an experience!
Thursday, May 28
Wednesday, May 27
I was able to plant the herbs and strawberries and edge the beds. I still need to finish the edging around the tree and move some bushes that the neighbor is giving us. We mulched the flower beds, cleaned out the garage, and cleaned up the side of the house where we had piled a bunch of broken things. Now all that's left is two bags of mulch and the boat. Someday I will plant hastas and rhododendrons there if we get to stay that long.
Sunday, May 24
Thursday, May 21
Owen officially finished kindergarten today and Miles is plugging away at his last math lessons.
Hurray for school breaks! I am working on getting projects done; like my schedule and binders system. The Managers of Their Homes(MOTH) schedule that I am using has you fill out activity sheets for all the things you want to accomplish for each person in your family(except hubby, he can do his own if he wants) before you start scheduling things. I am currently working on Owen. I have mine and Miles done. It's amazing how many things they need to accomplish each day. Don't worry they still have plenty of free time! I however need to figure out a way to incorporate 27 hours of tasks into a 24 hour day. I am assured I can in the book but it is going to take some planning! I'll share my sample schedule when I am done with it. I am purposely taking my time and praying about it to make it the best it can be to benefit everyone.
This is how I spent the rest of the evening organizing the recipe binder! What a mess! It used to be in order but I started piling new recipes instead of filing them and couldn't find anything. Now everything is back in categories and easy to find.
Wednesday, May 20
1 1/2 pounds chicken apple sausage
1/2 onion chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
6 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves
8 ounces fusilli pasta
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
8 ounces ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
pinch of pepper
2 cups shredded cheese
In large pot, saute sausage until browned. Add onions and saute until until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and saute for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and saute until the paste turns a rusty brown, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, the broth, and the bay leaves and bay leaves and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Add the pasta, then increase the heat to medium high and boil the soup until the pasta is tender to the bite. Discard the bay leaves, then stir in the basil, season with pepper.
In a small bowl, combine, the ricotta, the Parmesan, pinch of pepper. To serve, place about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the ricotta mixture in each bowl, ladle the soup on top and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
To Freeze. Do all the steps but don't put the noodles in. Bag and freeze.
When you reheat add noodles until cooked. Serve.
Monday, May 18
When things don't go according to plan
Our dishwasher won't latch correctly any more, causing the water pressure on the inside to push the door just enough to leak a little. This chair does the trick and I don't have to replace the latch just yet. We just paid to have the brakes redone on the car two weeks ago and today shelled out another $600 for the new fuel pump. Why does it always seem like everything breaks down at once? At least my dishes are still getting cleaned for me and I am so thankful for that.
Sunday, May 17
It was a busy day today. The girls and I got up early to go to some yard sales with a friend and we had a GREAT time! We found great deals; I got so many things on my list for the house. Now I have lots of projects to work on, but it will all be worth it in the end.
We got home around noon, unloaded everything made some lunch and then the boys and I were off for a bowling birthday party while the girls napped.
We then came home and rested for an hour and then off we went to a friends for a kindergarten graduation party. Half-way there the car breaks down. I called my friend to let her know we were going to be late and her husband drove over, picked us up and drove us over to our house to get the truck and then back for the party. Thankfully it all worked out perfect and I was not out alone with all the children stuck on the side of the road somewhere. We ended up having a wonderfully relaxing evening with our friends and the children had so much fun playing flashlight tag before the rains came.
Here are photos of the things I purchased today. I am so excited to cross some things off my list for cheap!
The first sale I went to by myself at 6:00. I picked up the weather vane and pot that I plan to use for gravy and also for display. $6 for both.
Then I came home and got the girls and met my friend at the first sale across the main road from our houses. I had gotten some great things there a couple of years ago, so we knew we wanted to go there first. We could have gone home after the first sale I got so many things!
Little log cabin $2.
Decorative Jars $1 (I am going to change out the fabrics to go in the kitchen)
Bookshelf $10 ( I am going to put feet on it and paint it to go in the front room, not sure what color yet or if I'll leave the back stained)
Sofa Table $10 (I plan on painting it black to match the end table I am currently painting, but it works for now)
Still with me? :) I can't wait to get started on all of the new projects. First will be the sofa table and end table, I all ready have the paint! I hope to get to some of them this week or weekend as it's a holiday and there won't be very many yard sales. This is good thing considering how much work I now have created for myself. I'll post pictures as I finish the projects.
Saturday, May 16
We stopped and got Pretzels on the way home for a last minute Porch picnic. Gwen received her first birthday package in the mail and just HAD to try it on. She loves bathing suits. She danced around the yard to show it off.
This one is pictures from our trip to Blacksburg last year. Our favorite donuts!
Friday, May 15
My allergies got the best of me this week. I barely managed to get school done and dishes washed. I just have no energy. We have just been hanging out, reading books around the "fire". (love the pencils as marsmallow roasting sticks)
decorating, (I always wanted words on the walls since I saw the idea in a magazine years ago, and then again at The Lettered Cottage blog)
hemmed my drapes to the perfect length, (note to self; recenter the flag picture)