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October 30, 2014

10 Uses for Baking Soda



1.  Freshen Cuddly Toys

Place the toys inside a plastic bag / garbage bag.  Sprinkle baking soda on the toys and let sit for 15 minutes before brushing or vacuuming off.  

2.   Unclog A Drain

Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly follow with 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar.  Let sit for 10 - 15 minutes, then pour down a kettleful of boiling water.  

3.  Clean Up Grease Spills

If you have small oil and grease spills on your garage floor, sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.  

4.  Erase Crayon From Painted Walls

Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, rub gently on the mark.  Rinse the sponge and wipe the wall clean.  

5.   Fruit and Vegetable Scrub

Sprinkle a little baking soda on a clean, damp sponge.  Scrub the fruit or vegetables and rinse with clean water or make your own homemade fruit and veggie wash.  

6.  Treat Insect Bites and Stings

Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply as a salve to the affected area.  

7.  Freshen Your Breath

Mix 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water and use as a mouthwash.  

8.  Keep Flowers Fresher

Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase to help keep cut flowers fresher longer.  

9.  Remove Tea and Coffee Stains

If you have tea or coffee stains in your mug, simply dampen a cloth and dip it into a small amount of baking soda.  Rub all around the cup and rinse with clean water.   

10.  Antacid

Stir 1/2 tsp of baking soda into a glass of water and drink.  




October 27, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - October 27, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Toast with strawberry jam and a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Empty paper shredder
Disinfect phones and remote controls

Currently reading:
Charlie by Lesley Pearse

The weather outside is:
Chilly and windy.  High of 5C today.  

On the menu this week:
Monday - Baked chicken strips with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked beans
Tuesday - Baked penne with Italian sausage
Wednesday - Fish and chips
Thursday - Chicken fajitas
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Butter chicken with rice
Sunday - Roast pork with trimmings


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Watch some of Rick Steves' Europe shows.
     
Favorite photo from the camera:


The toy hedgehog Miss S and I made this weekend


Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye): 
I just recently discovered Shannon's lovely blog Cozy Country Living.  

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



October 22, 2014

Patience

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Oh give me patience when wee hands
Tug at me with their small demands.
And give me gentle and smiling eyes.
Keep my lips from hasty replies.
And let not weariness, confusion, or noise
Obscure my vision of life's fleeting joys.
So when, in years to come my house is still -
No bitter memories its room may fill.

~ Ellen J. Macrorie (1928)



October 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - October 20, 2014


Good morning!  How was your weekend?


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Baked oatmeal and a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry (wash bedsheets)
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list / Grocery shop
Wash make-up brushes
Clean inside of windows

Currently reading:
Stand By Me by Sheila O'Flanagan

The weather outside is:
It's going to be another beautiful fall day. There was a chill in the air this morning as I walked the girls to the bus stop, but it will be sunny this afternoon.   

On the menu this week:
Monday - Barbecue pork chops with mashed potatoes and green beans
Tuesday - Cheese tortellini with pink sauce and caesar salad
Wednesday - Shepherd's pie with asparagus
Thursday - Sweet and sour chicken with rice
Friday - Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
Saturday - Pepperoni pizza and salad
Sunday - Roast chicken with trimmings


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Think through some Christmas gift ideas.
     
Favorite photo from the camera:


The beach scene Miss S made out of playdough yesterday

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye): 
I enjoy Allyson's blog at Domestic Superhero.    

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




October 17, 2014

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese



Ingredients:

12 oz macaroni pasta
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
1 lb Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.  Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set to one side.

2.  In a large saucepan, melt the butter.

3.  Add flour and stir until smooth.  

4.  Keep stirring, while slowly adding the milk.  

5.  Bring to a boil.

6.  Cook, while stirring, for 2 minutes until thickened.  

7.  Reduce heat to medium low and add the cheese, mustard and seasoning to taste.  

8. Cook and stir until cheese has melted.

9.  Add the drained pasta and cook for another few minutes until heated through.  

Serve and enjoy!


October 15, 2014

Meet Heather Von St. James: Mesothelioma Survivor


I recently learned about Heather Von St. James' story and wanted to help raise awareness of mesothelioma. This lovely lady is an inspiration and I am honoured to share her story with all of you.    

In 2005, Heather was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma only three months after giving birth to her daughter. Mesothelioma is an aggressive, rare cancer that attacks the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen. Approximately 3,000 people a year are diagnosed. 

This type of cancer is only caused by exposure to asbestos and typically develops after a 10 - 50 year latency period following exposure. Heather's cancer was caused by secondary exposure to asbestos. When she was little, she wore her dad's work jacket, which was covered in asbestos fibres, to do outside chores.    

Wikipedia states that asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral used in manufacturing and building because of its strength, resistance to fire and affordability. Around 2 million tons of asbestos are still mined per year as of 2009, mainly in Russia (50%), China, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Canada (9% to 14% each).    

Asbestos is still not banned in the United States. Approximately, 30 million pounds are used each year and it can still be found in many homes, schools and commercial buildings.  The newest risk is from home renovation.  If you are planning on doing a home renovation and suspect asbestos is present, please contact a trained and licensed abatement company to help you.     

Today, Heather is a 9-year mesothelioma cancer survivor and continues to share her story to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos. Let's help Heather by sharing her story with others. You can learn more about mesothelioma here and about Heather here.  



October 13, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - October 13, 2014


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Granola shreddies and a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Enjoy Thanksgiving with my family

Currently reading:
The Trump Card by Ivanka Trump

The weather outside is:
So lovely.  2C this morning with a high of 18C this afternoon.    

On the menu this week:
Monday - Teriyaki chicken and rice
Tuesday - Peach glazed pork chops with mashed potatoes and green beans
Wednesday - Tacos
Thursday - Homemade mac and cheese
Friday - Pepperoni pizza with salad
Saturday - Butter chicken with rice and naan bread
Sunday - Roast beef with carrots, peas and roast potatoes


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Have a hot bath.
     
Favorite photo from the camera:


Miss S on a hay bale at her nana and grandpa's house

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye): 
Nothing new yet this week.   

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



October 08, 2014

5 Fun Fall Activities


Fun Fall Activities

Feeling a chill in the air?  Here are 5 activities to enjoy this fall season.

1.  Visit a family friendly farm.  Take a tractor-drawn hay bale ride, pet and feed the animals or ride a pony. 

2.  Make apple cider.  Adjust the ingredients to fit your family's taste buds.  

3.  Enjoy the cooler weather.  Ride bikes through a local park, jump in a leaf pile or make hot chocolate and take it with you on a nature walk.  

4.  Collect leaves for arts and craft projects.  Use them to make leaf tracings, paint them and make a leaf print or create a fall wreath.  

5.  Bake your favorite treats.  Baked apples, apple cider caramel cookies, pumpkin doughnuts, maple creme brulee or spice cupcakes.    


October 06, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - October 6, 2014


Good morning everyone.  I'm not sure what happened last week, but I forgot to post HHM on Monday.  Sorry!


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Cornflakes and a large cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list

Currently reading:
The Martha Rules by Martha Stewart

The weather outside is:
Really nice for this time of year.  A high of 15C today.   

On the menu this week:
Monday - Barbecue glazed chicken with rice, corn and peas
Tuesday - Spaghetti with meatballs
Wednesday - Gammon steak with baked beans and scrambled eggs
Thursday - Maple salmon with mashed potatoes, green beans and asparagus
Friday - Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
Saturday - Fish and chips
Sunday - Thanksgiving dinner with family


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Plan some fall crafts to do with the girls.
     
Favorite photo from the camera:


Miss S celebrated her 9th birthday yesterday!

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye): 
Lucy at Craftberry Bush is an artist and has such a beautiful blog.  

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



October 03, 2014

Homemade Croutons



Ingredients:

2 - 3 pieces of good quality bread
Olive oil
Italian seasoning mix

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350F.

2.  Lay out the bread slices on a baking sheet.

3.  Drizzle olive oil over the bread slices.

4.  Evenly sprinkle Italian seasoning mix over the bread slices.

5.  Bake for 10 - 15 minutes until golden brown.

6.  Cool and cut into 1" cubes.

Store in a zipper bag for a day or two or freeze for future use.

Enjoy!


October 01, 2014

Orange Spice Simmer Pot Recipe

Orange Spice Simmer Pot Recipe
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Fall is here!  

Now it's time to make the house smell yummy.  Simmer pots are a great way of adding moisture to your home (to combat dryness) and to make your home smell delicious!

Orange Spice Simmer Pot

1 or 2 oranges sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp of whole cloves

Add ingredients to a pot (or crockpot) of simmering water.  Top up the water as necessary throughout the day.   

Create your own flavors by adding or omitting ingredients such as vanilla extract, star anise, cranberries, allspice or ginger.