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August 25, 2010

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Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Recipes

May 31, 2010

I love to cook, but I am not a fan of heating up house on a 90 degree day in order to do so. This inspired my Top Ten Tuesday at Oh Amanda! for this week 😀 Click the link and join the fun!

Top Ten Summer Recipes:

1. Apple Pie in the Crock Pot : It turns out a little more cobbler like than pie like, but it is super yummy and you don’t have to turn the oven on.

2. Grilled Pineapple with butterscotch sauce: The sauce is a mixture of butter, heavy cream, and brown sugar with a dash of vanilla and salt. Spread it over grilled pineapple slices and serve with vanilla ice cream for a really decadent dessert.

3. Grilled Veggie Skewers: soak your skewer sticks and then stab your veggies of choice. My favorites are peppers, onions, and zucchini

4. BBQ Glaze Salmon – I make them on the grill instead of in a 425 degree oven.

5. Strawberry Shortcakes: Simple mixture of strawberries (and other berries) with angel food cake and home made whipped cream.

6. Misty Melon Cooler: I am usually not a fan of cantaloupe but I love this nice frosty drink. I also make it with lo fat yogurt and ice if I am caring about calories that day.

7. Crockpot Granola: PERFECT for on the go, on top of yogurt, and you can use more honey to mold them into bars if you want granola bars on the way to go. I tend to up the flax seed and the honey amount in the recipe. I also have to cook on low and stir a lot so it won’t stick and burn. I also like to add Crasins, and dried pomegranate to mine.

8. Fox Point Green Beans: Foxtrot is a spice that I buy from Penzy’s and am in LOVE with it. I simply boil fresh green beans until “tender crisp” and then add just a few drops of olive oil, finishing salt, and the Fox Point spice. I had never touched green beans since childhood and when a friend brought these for Thanksgiving, I was HOOKED.

9. Sugar Free Gummi worms/bears: I don’t have a mold but we have used other candy molds and they have turned out okay. I am a little worried about the possible dyes in Jell-O, but haven’t researched it yet. I will be though before we make these again.

10. Fruit Salad: It’s easy and simple but it is one of our favorites. I just cut up all sorts of fresh fruit, put it in a bowl, and hand out plates. Our most recent favorite combo is strawberries, bananas, Cutie orange slices, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. I also will put out some low fat yogurt for dipping and get some protein into them.

Thanks for checking out my Top Ten Tuesday!

Wordless Wednesday on a Sunday!

May 29, 2010

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Felt Breakfast for a King

May 29, 2010

I made this for the OWS on Craftster and am loving the way it turned it out. I have never done pancakes this way and I don’t think I will ever do them any other way after seeing how fluffy the look.

Wordless Wednesday

May 26, 2010

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Operation Cook Book!

May 25, 2010

I have a ridiculous amount of cook books. I love to buy them and occasionally use them. I love to thumb through them and think about all the great things I am going to try. And if there is a sale on cook books, watch out and get out my way.

I am planning to cook a recipe from one of these books every week and blog about it. And at least once a month I am going to try a new recipe from my almost 3 year subscription to Taste of Home magazine.

So get ready for some yummy posts coming soon!

Top Ten Tuesday: Laundry on the Line

May 25, 2010

I have not participated in Oh Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday in a very long time.  I would say years even.  I remember how much fun it was to post a list of Top Ten and then scamper throughout the wide of world of blogging and read other lists.  My list this week may sound boring, but it is something that means a good deal to me and I want to spread the word and maybe even the enthusiasm.

Top Ten Reasons I LOVE to Hang Dry my laundry:

1. The cost – It may not be a huge cut in the monthly budget, but money is saved each time I hang the clothes out on the line and don’t run the dryer.

2. Environmental concerns –  Each time I hang the clothes out to dry instead of running the dryer, I save energy which saves fossil fuels.

3. Baby, it’s cool in here! – the dryer heats the house up and in the summer I don’t need anything else heating up the house.

4. The Smell – I am addicted to the sweet smell of sunshine on my sheets and clothing.

5. Sensitive Skin – We all have sensitive skin and dryer sheets really irritate that.  When I hang the clothes out, I notice much less static in our clothing. (I also put vinegar in a Downy ball to help that out).

6. Vitamin D – Get out there in the sun! Studies show that being in the sun and soaking up the Vitamin D can make you happy.

7. Get the kids outside – in a society where children are indoors and sitting in front of a screen, why not bring them outside and let them run around a bit while you are hanging the laundry out to dry?

8. Teaching opportunity – I get to tell my kiddos all about fossil fuels and how not using them helps conserve them and even helps with pollution.

9. The clothespin apron – I have a crazy obsession with aprons and getting to wear my cute apron that holds my clothespins (and makes the job easier) is a definitely a plus.  It makes me fell all cute and sassy.

10. It drives my husband nuts – Yup! That’s right.  It drives him crazy when I can prove that my way is not only better for our planet, but also good for that wallet of his, it drives him nuts.   Don’t get me wrong, it makes him happy that there is less money spent, it just irks him a bit that I was right. 😀

So there is my top ten reasons that I love to hang my laundry out on the line to dry.  Try it sometime!  I bet at least one of those reasons speaks to you.

Mommy The Maid: not just for crafting anymore!

May 25, 2010

This blog has been mostly about my crafting adventures since I started it. I have been thinking a lot lately about fun things that I could blog and I have decided that Mommy the Maid isn’t just a crafter in the crafty sense of the word. For instance, I craft my own soaps and cleaners and I decorate my house. Most days I keep the house clean, the children fed, and the husband happy. That in itself is well honed craft to master.

So I bring to you, the new and improved (and a little re-visited) Mommy the Maid. (changing the tag line, but not sure to what just yet lol)

Felt Grocery Store in the Making

May 23, 2010

I bought a group of patterns from BuggaBugs on Etsy a long time ago. A few months before Christmas of 09. I started the really cute set that included a cash register, market basket, money, a wedge of cheese, and loaf of bread.

Then I got tired of it and stopped. I put the entire project away in a bright tub and even though I saw it a few times, couldn’t bring myself to dig it out and work on it. I am not really sure why I didn’t want to work on it, I just didn’t.

Silly me, the only part really left to work on took me less than 2 episodes of Cougar Town on Hulu to complete. I wrapped it up and gave it my daughter for her birthday.

Not all of the buttons on the cash register are sewed down.  I started using glue to hold them down and then realized this was a bad idea.  There is a reason we have a felt Graham Cracker box that is now labeled “ham” .  Little Man pulls the pieces off.

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Scrapbooking Bingo Frenzy

May 10, 2010

I entered a really fun challenge on Cafe Mom called Scrap Bingo. Bacially there was a BINGO board with 25 different scrapbook related challenges on it and if you completed a blackout on your board you were entered into a drawing for a brand new Storybook Cricut Cartridge.

I didn’t win the cartridge, but I got 25 pages done in my very behind scrapbooks. I even had to print out new pictures (which was a HUGE hassle with Wal-greens…bleh) to participate in this month’s bingo. The prize is a Home Decor Cricut Cartridge which momma has been wanting!

So here are my 25 scrapbooking LO’s entered for the April Bingo.