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Why I don’t do dressers

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When I was pregnant with my teenage son I excitedly bought all the matching pieces to a complete nursery. The armoire, dresser….. even a little rocking horse. It was all in cherry wood and couldn’t be more perfect. I found such joy in folding and putting away all those tiny little clothes in his room 😍

And then more kids came. And flights of stairs. And sometimes the same day I would put clothes in dressers and hang them in closets I would find myself bringing them back downstairs to set out for school the next day. It. Was. Insanity. I mean, the pic above is not a week’s worth of laundry. That is roughly 3 days worth. That’s average. That’s normal. See where I’m going?

Enter laundry room station zero.

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Sweet relief. $40 shelves and Dollar Tree baskets. And, this is only one part of the room. Over the washer and dryer I have dowel rods for hanging clothes and plenty of cabinets. I can get everything done in one room (unless I want to watch TV while I fold) and it’s all put away in one place.

The boys have a hamper in their bathroom upstairs for their dirty clothes and they bring it down every other day. They also have baskets for “play clothes” that they use to get dressed on the weekends. My daughter does too but she generally still needs help picking out her clothes.

There are 2 exceptions to this. Our master bedroom is just steps away from the laundry room and we use our closet and dresser. My teenager also uses both of his. After folding his clothes he takes them in one big stack up to his room and he is responsible for putting them away.

For the rest of the family this system is genius for me!

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Chili (for a crowd)

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Remember I’m cooking for a family of 6 with 4 of those being guys that eat A LOT. And, I purposely want leftover chili the next day for what else?? Chili Dogs!!!! This is something that also freezes amazingly well in a gallon freezer bag for a quick meal or when you want to make a casserole without spending forever in the kitchen cooking.

My family doesn’t like chunks of tomatoes so tomato juice solves that problem. The little ones don’t really like onion but when I’m making this for company I always add a small one, chopped.

Don’t underestimate simmering your chili for at least an hour. The seasonings need to blend and beans straight out of the can just warmed up are not the same as when they’ve soaked all the yummy flavors up and softened a little.

A note about cans:  give the tops a quick wipe and rinse with a hot soapy dish rag before you open the lids.  Think of all the little critters that might have scampered over them in a warehouse 😨

I always make cinnamon rolls with my chili because it’s heavenly to dip little pieces in the chili. Sweet and savory all the way. Of course you can’t forget the sour cream and shredded cheese.

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  • 3 lbs. ground beef or stew meat or half & half
  • 46 oz. can of tomato juice
  • 4 cans of black beans, drained
  • 4 cans of pinto beans, drained
  • 4 cans of dark or light kidney beans, drained
  • 1 box of Carrol Shelby’s chili kit
  • 1 envelope hot chili mix (any brand will do)
  • Pepper and garlic to taste

Brown meat and drain well, then add your tomato juice and beans. In the chili kit, add everything except for the mesa flour, you won’t need it. Yes, even the little packet of hotness. No, this does not make hot chili 😊 Save the mesa for another time. Then add your envelope of hot chili mix. It’s okay, just add the whole thing. Simmer for at least an hour stirring frequently. If you want, add a little more garlic and pepper. This is such a large batch of chili that it’s not spicy, it’s just perfect 😊

Easy Christmas Treats

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I’m more of a cooker and not a baker so these are right up my alley 😉

  • Pretzels
  • Hershey’s Hugs
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Christmas M&M’s

Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and cut Hugs and Kisses in half. Cover pretzels with candy pieces however you wish and place in oven until melted, about 8 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them! When you take them out smush the M&M’s into the candy while still warm. In the pic above I also chopped Hershey’s Gold candy bars 😊🎄

You Don’t Have To Sacrifice Yourself, Please Reblog

If you’re suffering with pain or unhappiness in your life, check out this blog post, it may help you tremendously!!

Emma Ortega Negrete

Folks,

What prompted me to write this is based on a few people blogging that are in emotional and maybe even physical pain but seem stuck in a rut and also angry at everyone.

Pain is not your friend nor is anyone who is causing that pain.  In life, you have to realize to show up for yourself and stop begging people, includes your blood relatives,  to love you.

This book no doubt was pressed in my spirit to get those folks stuck in a mental bondage thinking they need to sacrifice their life for love.  Your authenticity is what you need to be striving for in order to have peace, joy and happiness.

Here’s the cover again,   Please forward and reblog as I believe many are suffering in silence.  Frankly,  I  think anyone can relate but you need to be the judge.  Take care of YOU.

http://www.amazon.com/author/emmaorteganegrete 

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Thoughts about the P word

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My mom and dad have been happily married almost 50 years. I don’t remember a time where I thought my mom doubted she was the most beautiful woman in the world. Beautiful and loved. And important.

My dad always had Playboy magazines when we were growing up. I didn’t think much about them and it never occurred to me that I should have any sort of problem with them.

I share this background because I think how we were brought up for sure impacts so much about us as adults. I’m aware that if my family situation had been different my views today could be, too.

I like the way that men are men. I like that they appreciate a beautiful woman. Our curves, the way we smell, all that makes us feminine. In those same qualities, at least in my man, I need trust and security. I also need to know that I’m the one, his only one. That with all the women in the world, there’s this little pedestal that I stand on in his life and nobody can ever take my place.

And, he does that. He does that really, really well. He doesn’t talk about how pretty another woman is (when I know he’s thinking that) he’s really respectful in that area. So, for me, him having Playboy and Penthouse and pics of nekkid women on his phone doesn’t bother me. I don’t feel threatened or jealous or the other things I think women feel. Here’s another key thing though: I feel comfortable in my own skin. And, there is no deceit. I know what’s happening. If he had a secret porn stash then that would be a whole separate set of issues.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing that men like looking at beautiful women. Even naked ones. I think if you believe your man doesn’t possess this desire you’re wrong. I also think you’ve got to pick the right guy in the first place. Honest, faithful and loving.