Thursday, April 23, 2015

Carrot Cake

I'm in the mood for this!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Garden Goals & Goals for the Week

I like the idea of documenting my goals for the week like the prudent homemaker does on her blog.  I think it keeps me more accountable and helps me organize my time and be able to look back and remember what I did at certain times of the year or what was accomplished.  (Wow!  That was quite the run-on sentence!)  So here are my goals for this week:


  • Plant Armenian cucumbers, bunching onions in the blackberry bed and lima beans, pole beans, and jade bush beans in far sunny bed.  Also plant nasturtiums around tomatoes and a few sunflowers in front flower bed and butterfly garden.
  • Weed around plum tree.
  • Weed butterfly garden and far sunny garden.
  • Add border to blackberry garden.
  • Fertilize tomatoes, strawberries, plum tree, front flower bed, and peppers.  Fertilize pomegranate with whey from homemade yogurt.
  • Spray peppers for slugs and set out snail trap.
  • Deadhead blanket flower and keep for seeds.
  • Trim rosemary, bulbs and tidy up butterfly garden.
  • Take pictures!

Frugal goals:

  • Cut boys' hair
  • Make granola, homemade yogurt.
  • Cook beans and freeze for future.
  • Plan menus for two weeks.
  • Go through clothes for next size for Levi


  • Finish baby gift.
  • Maybe start Evie's sundress.
  • Find a bonnet to make for her (free pattern?)

Family History:

  • Catch up on blog


  • Help boys catch up on scouts
  • Play games with Levi; guide him in his chores daily
  • Start planning summer goals/activities


  • Record scripture study and impressions in journal.  Look for patterns as to what the Spirit is teaching me and specifically ask what I need to learn.


  • Make flashcards for piano student.
  • Find and make copies of Primary songs for students.


  • Do exercise daily.


  • Update 72 hour kits
  • Create a cleaning schedule that will work

Monday, April 20, 2015


I've tried some delicious new recipes from Mel's Kitchen Cafe this past week.  My family loved all of them!!  We tried Skillet Taco Pasta with ground turkey, Smothered Pork Chops (these were a little extra work in the morning but a great crockpot meal and SOOOOOO good!), and crockpot Beef Stroganoff.  We also tried Chicken Ceasar Wraps that were super good but I like my version of Pioneer Women's better.

This week I want to try this Baked Potato Pot Pie. So here's my menu for the next 2 weeks:

Monday- Baked Potato Pot Pie (see above link)

Tuesday- Chicken Salad Wraps

Wednesday- Korean Beef and Rice, carrots

Thursday- White Bean and Tuna Salad with homemade Wheat Crackers
Fruit and Cottage Cheese

Friday- Pizza Night

Saturday- Mexican Haystacks

Sunday- Fauxtiserie Chicken (our best bites), Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (in freezer from smothered pork chops), green salad or green veggie

Monday- Taco Shell Pasta

Tuesday- CHicken Taquitos  (Best Bites- make ahead)
Corn, Black beans
Start beans in crock****

Wednesday- Bean Burritos

Thursday- Tuscan Pasta

Friday- Pizza Night

Saturday- Baked Spaghetti

Sunday- Kalua Pork

Monday- Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili, cornbread

Tuesday- BBQ Pork

Wednesday- Baked CHimicanguas