Last Minute Holiday Recipes

Holiday Blog HopSo, for those of us who tend to do things a little last minute or just want to change things up a bit this year… here are some last minute ideas to inspire you in the kitchen!

Waldorf Moms
Moogie Light
Waldorf Inspired Learning

These helpful ladies have come to our rescue with a few great recipes to tempt our tummies. If you do give one of their recipes a try, make sure to drop them a note and thank them for their inspiration!

Merry Christmas and happy cooking!

And Their “Off”…

Learning about lightbulbs

Literally!… We had no electricity from 9am till 3pm this afternoon, due to the fact that someone was working on something in our neighborhood. One day without power doesn’t seem like that big of a deal until you consider that we live in Southern California, home of eternal sunshine and temperatures of 100˚ or more, and we work from home.

 

We weren’t sure what do with a whole day lacking electricity, but it turns out the Lord did! It seems we needed to learn appreciation for and the importance of electricity!

I got up a little earlier than the kiddos and made sure to pack our cooler with water bottles, a little milk, eggs, and some sandwich makings. I loaded it with ice and then (because kids tend to forget) snagged a couple of my husband’s zip ties and “locked” the fridge.

Electricity, E-lectricity
(School House Rock)

When our babies got up, the lessons began. We learned that you can’t open the fridge… no electricity! We learned you can’t use your appliances (other than our stove)… no electricity! When we finally decided we could eat potatoes and the eggs mommy put in the cooler, along with some fresh fruit, we learned that you can’t start the stove like usual. You have to light the pilot yourself, because without electricity, the mechanism won’t work. There were no lights to use the restroom… electricity! No fans to cool the house… electricity! Worst of all, no air-conditioning… electricity!

When my hubby woke up (he tends to sleep in late as he works until the wee hours of the morning), we all decided it was too hot to stay in the house. It was time to find something else to do. We decided to head over to the library, as it was our usual day, and were given a wonderful surprise. As a treat for finishing the summer reading program, the kids all received free ice cream from Cold Stone! Oh, yeah; we needed that! In addition to the ice cream, they all received a free video rental and a book to keep. We grabbed our ice cream, headed out to the splash pad, and spent the afternoon enjoying being cool.

What we resort to when we have no electricity!

Before we knew it, it was 3 o’clock and we were ready to head back home. The kids were excited to watch their rentals and the hubby and I needed to get some work done. Walking into our air-conditioned, electricity filled home was such a blessing.

Today we learned some valuable lessons. Our kids were able to see how much electricity affects our lives. They learned how to function in an electricity free environment. Most of all, we learned to appreciate a blessing we often take for granted.

 

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Part Two

Fail-to-planOut of all the chores I have, creating a grocery list and figuring out what to put on next week’s menu, is the hardest. For whatever reason, food just isn’t a priority for me. That doesn’t mean, however, that my family doesn’t need to be fed and taken care of. In order to make this job more pleasant, I have implemented a couple of steps to make things easier for myself.

The first thing that I have done is post an ongoing grocery list to the inside of one kitchen cupboard (conveniently placed above the pencil drawer).This allows me to place things on the list immediately instead of having to remember everything I need on grocery day. The morning I go shopping, I take the list out of the cupboard and do a quick house check to make sure nothing has been forgotten.

The second thing I have done is to create a list of meals my family enjoys seeing on the menu. I then sit down with THIS weekly menu, which my husband created, and start adding in meals for the following week.  As I go along I continue to add items to my grocery list, as needed. The finished menu is then posted in the kitchen, and I finalize my grocery list.

With my list and calculator in hand, I want to do a quick “budget check” to make sure that I am on track with my spending. Our family has a monthly budget for groceries and I need to make sure that I stick to the allotted amount for the week. If I am well in the black, then I feel free to add a couple of extras like cookies and chips. I will also make sure to check my coupon folder and grab any that pertain to my list. Now that my list is complete and checks out with my budget, I am ready to go

The third thing I have done is organize my grocery list to make my shopping faster and easier. When shopping, especially if the kids are tagging along, I prefer to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible. To accomplish this, my grocery list is organized according to the aisles at my grocery store. As I am shopping, I simply walk aisle by aisle grabbing the items listed for each. No need to go back to an aisle for something forgotten, or hidden further down the list; everything is organized and simplified.

With these the help of a few printable lists we’ve made one area of our lives a little simpler, leaving time for more important activities like spending quality time with our kids.

“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Psalm 107:9