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April 28, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - April 28, 2014


As I look outside my window...
Cloudy.  It is going to rain this afternoon, then hopefully be sunny for the rest of the week (although it may snow again on the weekend).     

Right now I am...
Watching Miss C play with her Lego. 

Thinking...
That this year is flying past!

On my bedside table...
MoneySmart Family System by Steve and Annette Economides

Listening to...
Miss C playing.  

On the menu for this week...
Monday: Shepherd's pie with roast carrots and asparagus
Tuesday: Barbecue chicken with baked potatoes and corn
Wednesday: Chicken a la king with rice
Thursday: Homemade pizza
Friday: Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday: Butter chicken with naan bread
Sunday: Steak with potato salad, green salad and roasted red peppers

On my to do list...
Laundry/Ironing
Write grocery list
Sweep/wash kitchen floor
Clean out magazines - donate or recycle

Plans for this week...
Grocery shopping
House cleaning
Paperwork/filing
Clean all light switches and door handles
Restock gift wrapping supplies

What I am creating...
Fudgey black bean brownies, new play dough. 

My simple pleasure...

Visiting the library. 

Looking around the house...
Girls' artwork and paper spread out on the living room floor, library books on the table, a little gloomy as it is cloudy, kitchen is neat and tidy!      

From the camera...
The girls' driveway artwork from yesterday
If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here.


April 27, 2014

An update to the Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle



Are you interested in the homemaking bundle, but aren't able to buy yet as you have to wait until a new month for pay day?

I'm excited to announce that Stephanie and Erin have come up with a way for you to still buy your bundle but pay in May.

This is how it works: You go ahead and "buy" your bundle now, before 11:59pm EST on Monday (when the sale ends). BUT, your card is not charged until May 1st, and once your order is processed, your bundle will be sent to you.

I am so happy that they can offer this special option to all of you who wanted the bundle, but didn't have it in the budget for April.

Click this link and scroll down slightly to find this option -->>
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April 25, 2014

Banana Strawberry Smoothie


Ingredients:

1 cup strawberry yogurt
1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks
1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)  
1/2 - 1 cup water / ice

Directions:

1.  Place yogurt and fruit into a blender.

2.  Add water or ice and blend until smooth.  If you are using frozen fruit, add water.  If you are using fresh fruit, add ice.  

3.  Serve in glasses.  

Enjoy!


April 24, 2014

How to Clean Your Shower with Lemons

I did a post about cleaning your shower with vinegar a while ago {How to Clean Your Shower Head} and today I wanted to tell you about another way you can clean your chrome shower fixtures ... with lemons.  


See those hard water spots.  I wanted them gone!


I cut a lemon in half and used the cut side to rub all over the fixture.  With the parts of the fixture that I couldn't reach properly, I rubbed a damp cloth into the lemon half and rubbed the fixture with it.  

Rinse off with warm water and buff with a dry cloth.    

Much better!


April 23, 2014

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April 21, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - April 21, 2014


Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  We had a great time with my in-laws.  The girls enjoyed an Easter egg hunt and then we all had brunch together.  

As I look outside my window...
Beautiful! The sun is shining, the skies are blue and the snow has finally melted.    

Right now I am...
Typing up this post while waiting for my photos to upload.   

Thinking...
That I will plant my vegetable seeds this week if the weather stays nice.  

On my bedside table...
Polly by Freya North

Listening to...
The girls playing.  

On the menu for this week...
Monday: Cheese smokies with salad and corn
Tuesday: Salmon bake with roasted cauliflower
Wednesday: Chicken with mushrooms and rice
Thursday: Girls' choice!
Friday: Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday: Steak with baked potato and salad
Sunday: Hamburgers

On my to do list...
Laundry/Ironing
Write grocery list
Sweep/wash kitchen floor
List items for sale on Kijiji
Disinfect remote controls/phones

Plans for this week...
Grocery shopping
House cleaning
Paperwork/filing
Clean television screens
Declutter bookcases

What I am creating...
Nothing planned yet this week.  

My simple pleasure...

Browsing favourite blogs. 

Looking around the house...
Messy.  The girls have been playing through the whole house (and garden) today.      

From the camera...

If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here.

April 18, 2014

Chocolate Easter Egg Nests

Chocolate Easter Egg Nests

Ingredients:

8oz semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
1 tbsp golden syrup
2tbsp butter
3 cups cereal (Corn Flakes, Rice Crispies)
mini chocolate eggs or jelly beans

Makes approximately 8 - 12 nests

Directions:

1.  Line a muffin tin with paper cake cases.

2.  Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  

3.  Stir until smooth.

4.  Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cereal until it is all coated in chocolate.

5.  Divide the mixture between the cake cases and press three chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest.

6.  Chill in the fridge for an hour until set.  

Enjoy!


April 16, 2014

Easter Bunny Candy Bar Wrapper

Easter Bunny Candy Bar Wrapper
How sweet is this little bunny?

Very!  He covers a chocolate bar.

Wrap your chosen chocolate bar in white paper.  Use craft punches, a die cutting machine or scissors to cut out ovals and circles to create his ears, feet and body.  Glue the ears and feet down first, then the body and lastly the head.  

I drew his face with a fine tipped black marker pen and coloured his eyes with a blue Tim Holtz distress pen. The heart was made using a heart craft punch and trimmed to size.  

Add a fluffy cotton wool ball for his tail and he's all finished!

Bunny Chocolate Bar Wrapper
A really fun and easy Easter craft to do with your children.


April 14, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - April 14, 2014


As I look outside my window...
Sunny, so far!  The snow has been melting over the weekend and I can see the grass again.  This is going to be the best day of the week though, as it will rain tomorrow and more snow is due again on Wednesday.    

Right now I am...
Typing up this post and enjoying my blueberries and Greek yogurt snack.  

Thinking...
About Easter break and activities I would like to do with the girls.    

On my bedside table...
Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule

Listening to...
The Smurfs movie.  Miss C is enjoying watching that while I type this post.     

On the menu for this week...
Monday: Barbecued maple salmon with rice and peas
Tuesday: Homemade chicken nuggets with baked beans
Wednesday: Sausages and mash with green beans
Thursday: Spaghetti bolognaise and caesar salad
Friday: Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday: Dinner out?
Sunday: Pork chops with asparagus and salad

On my to do list...
Laundry / Ironing
Write grocery list
Sweep/wash kitchen floor
Play at the park with Miss C

Plans for this week...
Grocery shopping
House cleaning
Paperwork/filing
Clean blinds/inside of windows
Wash make-up brushes

What I am creating...
Nothing planned yet this week.

My simple pleasure...

Sitting out on my deck reading a good book and enjoying the sunshine.

Looking around the house...
Kitchen has been cleaned, laundry machine is whirring washing the bed sheets, windows are open, Miss C is watching the Smurf movie and playing with her new toy vacuum.

From the camera...
The girls were able to play in the garden this weekend.
If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here.


April 11, 2014

Butterfly Cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes

Makes approximately 15 cupcakes.  

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350F.

2.  Line a tin with paper cases.  

3.  Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

4.  Beat together with a wooden spoon or whisk until very light and creamy.  

5.  Add the vanilla extract.

6.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

7.  Add the sifted flour and fold in until just combined.

8.  Fill the paper cases 3/4 full with the cake mixture.  

9.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cakes are golden brown and the centres feel firm to the touch.  

10.  Leave to cool in the pan for 5 minutes.  

11.  Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.  


Vanilla Buttercream

Ingredients:

6 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

1.  Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.  

2.  Add the vanilla extract to taste.

3.  When the cakes are cool, carefully cut round the top with a small sharp knife and remove the top of each cake.  

4.  Slice the top in half to create the butterfly wings.  

5.  Use a piping bag to pipe a whirl into each cake.

6.  Press the wings into the buttercream and dust with icing sugar.  

Enjoy!


April 09, 2014

How To Dye Easter Eggs

How To Dye Easter Eggs

Here's an easy craft to do with the children.

First, buy white eggs and hard boil them. 


Next, fill a container half full with water and add between 5 - 20 drops of food colouring, depending on how strong you need the colour. Add a splash of white vinegar and mix together.  

Place the egg in the container and make sure it is covered with the water. Soak in the dye until the egg is the colour you desire.  


Leave on a paper towel to dry and then decorate them any way you wish.