Friday, April 17, 2015

Kids n' Pets Cleaning Cloth Review

When I was approached by the people who make Kids N' Pets wipes to do a review I jumped at the chance. I am constantly on the look out for a gentle product that can clean up tough messes.

The wipes come in a canister and don't have any scent at all. They are wet enough to clean almost anything.

Here are the things I successfully cleaned using Kids N' Pets wipes:

A smelly car seat
My kids' toilet
My son's shin guards
A trash can
All of the door knobs and light switches in my house
My kitchen door

Kids N' Pets worked great for me!

{Note: I was provided with a package of these wipes to try. All opinions are my own.}

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quick Lit April 2015

Gratuitous cat photo
I read a few hyped books this month, and I was glad to see they lived up to it.

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood resonated with me, but I wish there were more solutions presented. I found myself agreeing with everything the author said, but then waiting for a resolution that never came.

I'm so glad I read My Ántonia now and not in High School. I don't think my 16-year-old self would have seen this for the wonderful story it was.

Okay, so The Selection Series isn't exactly literature, and it probably could have been
condensed into one book, but I enjoyed my time with it. Perfect for mindless binge reading. I read the whole thing in about a week.

There's really not much I can say about All the Light We Cannot See that hasn't been said before. I'll only add that if you read amazon reviews many people did not like the ending. I'll disagree with them and say I loved it.

Station Eleven was another popular book I read this month that lived up to the hype. I liked it so much I found myself texting my brother in the middle of a chapter to tell him to start reading in NOW.

The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival is a great sit down and read cookbook. It would make a great gift even. I loved the recipes I tried, and loved how several of them called for a can of coke.

Reading challenge books:
A book I've been meaning to read: Station Eleven
A book I should have read in high school: My Ántonia

Visit The Modern Mrs. Darcy's monthly reading link up to see what this is all about.  If you want to see all of the books I've read this year (40 so far!) check out my Pinterest page.
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Gardening Update

Those are all of my seedling babies. I have four tomatoes, three basils, 4 parsleys, a pumpkin, and a sprouting apple seed that my son grew! I will harden them off and plant them outside in 2-3 weeks. I want the weather to be a little more steady before I take the plunge.

Outside I have swiss chard and lettuce sprouting. My oregano and thyme from last year are starting to come back, and my rosemary needs pruning. There have been no harvests yet.

So far my spending has been:
Seeds from $44
Mulch: $90

Monday, April 13, 2015

This Week's Menu & Goals

My packed lunches have been uninspired lately; I'm really trying to get back into my routine of big, fresh salads and homemade granola and yogurt for snacks. I still have to make granola, but after a winter of cheese and crackers with an apple or banana for lunch the salads I've made so far have tasted mighty good!

Mon -- Spaghetti, meatballs, breadsticks
Tue -- Minestrone soup and cornbread
Wed -- Scrambled eggs, cinnamon swirl bread, fruit
Thu -- Pizzas (we tried making a couple of smaller pizzas rather than one big one last week, and it was a hit!)
Fri -- Kid's choice (another experiment - but probably leftovers or mac n cheese)

Breakfasts -- pumpkin bread, yogurt, fruit

Lunches -- Salad, leftovers, granola

Linked to: Menu Plan Monday)

Last Week's Goals:

1) Unpack from vacation
2) Read & review one book from ARC pile
3) Start second set of seedlings for summer garden
4) Plant Spring garden {Had to spend an afternoon weeding it first)
5) Write 2,000 words

This Week's Goals:

1) Plant Spring garden
2) Read one book for summer reading project
3) Make granola, pumpkin bread, cornbread, and pizza dough
4) Iron
5) Write 2,000 words

Have a great week my friends!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Flowers and Sunshine From The Biltmore Estate

We were at the Biltmore Estate last week. They're about a week or two ahead of us in terms of flowers. I wanted to share in case you're having Spring envy like I am!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Freezer Cooking From The Pantry

A few weeks ago I went downstairs and noticed that my chest freezer was unplugged. I opened it up and realized everything was ruined. Luckily I didn't have much in there, but still it's been a struggle to replenish my stores while keeping within my grocery budget.
Rather than going nuts and buying a bunch of new groceries, I've been challenging myself to use what I have in my pantry to refill my freezer. Here are a few successes I've had lately.
Homemade Bread-
I used the recipe for Betty Crocker's White Bread to make two loaves of farmhouse bread and two dozen bread sticks. 

Frozen Hash Browns-
I had an overabundance of potatoes after all of the St. Patrick's Day sales, so I used them to make homemade frozen hash browns. I haven't tried them yet, but I have high hopes. Fresh hash browns is something I've never been able to master, and would love to stop buying the packaged kind.

Pizza Sauce-

I used a big can of crushed tomatoes, a small can of tomato paste, and some spices to make six pints of pizza sauce for the freezer.

Any more suggestions for me?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Back From Vacation Menu Plan and Goals

We had Spring break last week. It was a ton of fun, but I'm glad to be back to my kitchen!

Mon -- Crockpot beef ragu, egg noodles, salad
Tue -- Northwoods bean soup, corn bread, salad
Wed -- Crockpot "roasted"chicken, rice, veggies
Thu -- Salad bar
Fri -- Pizza & salad

Breakfasts -- three grain cereal (similar to this recipe), banana bread, yogurt

Lunches -- Salad, leftovers, cheese and crackers

Linked to: Menu Plan Monday

1) Unpack from vacation
2) Read & review one book from ARC pile
3) Start second set of seedlings for summer garden
4) Plant Spring garden
5) Write 2,000 words

Have a great week!