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I am a work from home, home schooling Mom who loves her Kids...yep, I think my kids are great. You will find me: Knitting, cross stitch, embroidery and working with felt are things I enjoy for fun. I also love to decorate and find deep satisfaction in decorating my home with great finds and my handmade items.  Gardening is one of my great loves, it like decorating outside!

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Mamas Treasure Chest


Hey ladies I wanted to give you a gift...a Treasure Chest. I know you say that's too much you shouldn't have...but shush...stop it! right know! Yes, I should have you deserve it and everything that's in it.


I really do wish I could physically hand each and every one of you a Treasure Chest but them it wouldn't be yours, not really. You ll understand in a moment.


In my closet, way on the top shelf sits a beautiful box. Its rather big, it takes up half the shelf and the jeans next to it are pressed for room. But this box means more to me than a fussy ill only fit you on a good day pair of jeans. This box is the I am here for you, go ahead take a nice long soap in the tub, I can spot you $40.00 so you don't have to cook dinner type of box. This is the last minute you have the house to yourself for the day what are you going to do with it box.


OK I know you are intrigued. I went a few years ago and purchased my lovely box, just for this purpose. I then slowly started to fill my box will all the things I would love to pamper myself with. I got travel size bathing and skin products and Crabtree & Evelyn (Only use the bath size or you will find reason to snitch them otherwise). A small sampler box of Godiva Chocolates and a box of tantalizing teas. A couple of my favorite magazines, I could not peek between the covers. A CD by Enya, incense, special candle, a new fuzzy pair of socks, the kind you don't wear out because they are too poofy to wear around the house. And anything that crossed my path that I felt I could pamper myself with. Then I slipped a pretty envelope in and started dropping cash in it.


OK now that you have this glorious tantalizing treasure chest what do you do with it? Well, you wait. And if your husbands like mine his inspiration to give you a day off is last minute. And you will usually wind up doing chores of some sort. But this time! HA! You are armed and ready. You don't even have to cook dinner...remember that cash you have been slipping in the envelope each week? can you say Pizza? On your special treasure chest day if your home isn't the way you want it set the clock for thirty minutes work first on the rooms you will be in, then if you have time do the others. What I do so I am not spending more than fifteen minutes is I make Friday my cleaning day. Lets face it if our husbands are going to give us a day off its usually on a Saturday or Sunday. I can just about time mine and even arrange it so I get him to come up with the idea to make a visit to Mama's when I need him too. If you can do that then you can arrange to have a special lunch for yourself. I make sure I pick up something at the groceries store, the frozen food isle Amies has a great Spinach pizza, or one of the Italian companies (cant remember the name) eggplant Parmesan.


I know this is allot to consider, but all you have to do is buy a box. I didn't fill mine in one night, it took several weeks. And I used my left over Cash from groceries shopping. But the next time you just want to run and get a hotel to have some peace...you don't have to go far, you don't have to go at all. Just use your magic on your husband so that he comes up with the brilliant idea to take the kids for the day. While his mind is churning up the idea, you are quietly cleaning the house and lovingly eyeing the box in the top of your closet.


When the day is done, Mom is refreshed the house is still clean, dinner is on its way and you are loving your family by loving yourself so much.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Frugal Food Idea

Freezing Food

Here are some tricks that I use freezing food

FREEZING CASSEROLE MEALS

If you are going to make a mess of your kitchen cooking you might as well make a big mess and make as much food as you can. Especially Lasagna, it is so messy but freezes so well. As the ingredients go on sale I stock up, freeze it till im ready to put a few together. This is also a great opportunity for kids to get in the kitchen we line up and make our lasagna’s.

I have three casserole dishes that are exactly the same. One for me, one for my son and one for my daughter. And its all that will fit in my freezer at one time. Line the casserole dish three layers deep with tinfoil. Now proceed with your recipe. Fold up your foil over the dish sealing it well and put it in the freezer. Once it is frozen remove the foil wrapped food from the dish and put it back in the freezer. When you are ready to bake put it back in the casserole dish. Having the same casserole dishes will keep you from guessing and since everything is the same size it will save of freezer space.

FREEZER BAGS

When using Freezer bags, suck out as much of the air as you can then lie the bag flat as possible in the freezer, the less air the longer it will keep. You wont believe how many you will be able to fit in the freezer. And only use one or two sizes of freezer bags so they fit much better.

This is a special recipe that is basically free, we call it "Dump Soup." I keep a gallon size zip lock bag in the freezer. Whenever we have leftovers that cannot be used another night it go’s in the bag. Or if there is just a spoonful of something left it go’s in the bag. Anything go’s with very little exception. Potatoes do not freeze and recooking fish doesn’t work for me for some reason. But everyone looks forward to "Dump Soup" night, it is always very tasty and is never the same twice. Its also a great place when you only use half a can of broth in a recipe and don’t want to throw out the remainder. Yep, broth go’s in the bag too. I have also done this with meals that the kids don’t like. For some reason when I wave my magic wand "presto chango, you are now dump soup" they then like it. WHO KNOWS?