Happy Tuesday, All! How is this final week of April 2017 treating all of you? The last few days (weather-wise) have been beautiful around here! I took the time to hang some laundry and it really felt good. I had some help from my #1 helper. She loves to clip as many clothespins on one article of cloth as she can. One of her little washrags had eight clothespins perfectly lined up on the wash line. We don’t have a normal wash line because DH doesn’t want one. When he is at work I just string a rope through the railing of our deck. I hang four lines that get some decent sun and wind up on our hill. I save us a little money on the electric bill and DD and I get more time outside. Win, win!
Last week DD took an interest in Playdough again. We have been spending a lot of time at the kitchen table surrounded by plastic molds and tubs of wonderful smelling Playdough! I am stopping by today to share my favorite characters.
At the end of February I strayed from my meal planning. During the month of March I flew by the seat of my pants and wrote nothing down. NOTHING! I am back at it for the month of April and beyond.
Everyone does some form of meal planning. Some people are disciplined. They write everything down for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and stick with it. On the other end of the spectrum there are those that grab what they can for breakfast and lunch and throw frozen pizza in the oven at the last minute or zoom through a drive thru restaurant for dinner. I fall somewhere in the middle (I think!). I have been doing my version of meal planning for the last 10+ years and it has served me well. It is healthier and has saved us money from eating out. It helps me use up leftovers and food that will go bad soon.
First, I visit calendars.com to print off a current or future month, for free! Next, I pencil in events that will effect prep and cook times of meals, or special events for which we will be eating out. I plan meals and grocery shop for two weeks at a time. Then, I fill in dinners for each day of the week keeping in mind ingredients we have on hand and writing on the grocery list what we need to buy. I only plan the DINNERS of each day. The same breakfast and lunch ingredients are always kept on hand. The grocery list and dinner calendar are always done at the same time, Thursday or Friday morning.
Sometimes I stop the meal planning because I am short on time. If I only have time to make the grocery list and get out the door, the calendar meal plan has to wait until later. Later never comes. I have been working on April’s meal plan and have been sticking to it. Yesterday, the chicken I pulled from the chest freezer wasn’t thawed enough. I had to come up with something quickly. I settled for “Tuna Noodle Casserole”. I haven’t made it in weeks and it felt like it was time for some creamy tuna goodness! Download the printable recipe here: Tuna Noodle Casserole
TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE 2008 – Serves 3-4
4 oz. dry noodles, cooked and drained
1 (7 oz.) tuna (drained)
1 can (10.5 oz.) cr. mushroom soup
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup mayo
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 cup shredded mozzerella cheese
1 small can (4 oz.) tuna, drained, flaked
1 tbsp. melted butter
2 tbsp. bread crumbs
Cook noodles, drain.
In a medium bowl mix soup, milk, mayo, and dry mustard.
Stir in noodles and cheese; gently fold in tuna.
Turn into a greased 1.5 qt baking dish (8in x 8in or 9in x 9in)
Combine butter and bread crumbs in a small dish. Sprinkle over casserole.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until heated through.
This serves my husband, toddler, and me with leftovers. Double, triple, or make what you need. You can make this ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Pop it in the oven after work. Serve with salad or cooked veggies. Enjoy!
Happy April, Everyone! I have been kicking around a few new ideas and I finally buckled down and made something new. I will soon be an aunt for the second time and have been thinking about baby necessities. I took a look at the bibs we have been using and tried making one of my own. Pictured below is the first one I have completed.
I ran this bib through the laundry today and it held up well. I will be testing it at dinner tonight for comfort and staining. I am confident it will be a winner! Look for bibs in the shop in the near future.
My vegetable plants are starting to pop up in their cells and the weather has been warmer. The weather is damp and gloomy, but that is how spring rolls in ‘sconsin!
I hope your April is starting off with hope and BIG plans!
Good Morning, Everyone! Today I am tackling an important task that I have been dancing around for far too long: cleaning off my desk. Why don’t all of these papers, receipts, and even Christmas cards (yes, Christmas cards!) have a home of their own?! I don’t know, but they need one NOW. This disorganized mess is costing me time and money. I have many ideas that I need to explore and they get thwarted every time I look at my eyesore desk.
I wanted to share an easy project I took the time to do last week. While working on taxes I had some ideas of how to organize my receipts and paperwork so next year at tax time I would be even more prepared. While putting my ideas into practice I decided to pretty-up some of my file folders that I plan on looking at frequently. I always want to go nuts at Office Max and buy their trendy office supplies so I have an inspiring work space. Then, my frugal brain kicks in and says, “No, we can make it ourselves, or go without it.” So that is what I did. I made my own pretty file folders.
Manila file folders – 9 ½ x 11 5/8
Scrapbook Papers (I used scraps I had leftover)
Place scrapbook paper face down. Place the file folder face down so the tab lies on top of your scrapbook paper.
Trace around the tab with a pencil.
Cut out the tab from the scrapbook paper.
Glue the scrapbook paper tab onto the tab of your file folder with glue stick.
I needed a file folder for each month of the year, so I made some labels to go with my new, pretty tabs. I created a table in Microsoft Word and added the months of the year (Click on this link for the table: File Labels MONTHS.) I printed the labels on printing paper, cut them out, and glued them on my tabs with the glue stick. My tabs are a bit wrinkly from all of the glue, but I still like them very much!
I liked this little project. I needed more motivation to work at bookkeeping and this has helped a lot. I am off to use my file folders!
Happy Spring, Everyone! Yesterday was the first day of spring and things are really starting to thaw out around here. Over the weekend I started planting some vegetable plants for my garden, including a new endeavor: BROCCOLI. Last year I planted potatoes for the first time, and they were pretty easy. I planted just two 12-inch pots and they will be my experiment for this year.
I have been working on a few things for the shop, but life keeps getting in the way. I hope to have a few items in my shop soon.
I hope you are thawing out and enjoying this spring!
It’s been over a week now and before I go on I need to say “Thank You” to everyone who stopped by the giggleFritz booth on November 12 at the St. Ann’s Holiday Gift Fair. This craft fair was run very well and everything went smoothly. The other vendors were friendly and had great products to choose from. Most importantly, there were many customers who came through the door and they were wonderful to speak with and sell to. This is the second time I have participated in this event and I am so happy I could be included. This is a great community! Watch for the giggleFritz booth again next year!
I am pleased to announce giggleFritz and Co. will have a booth at St. Ann’s Holiday Gift Fair in Stoughton, WI this year! The craft fair runs from 9am – 2pm on Saturday, Nov 12, and 9am-1pm on Sunday, Nov 13. Our booth will only be participating on Saturday, Nov 12. Please, see our Events page for a map to the show. I can’t wait to see you there!
Last night I was dead tired. After a nice hot cup of cocoa, I fell asleep reading a book in our recliner. I woke up some time after 10pm and made my way to bed. It’s not my ideal way to spend the evening, but I feel great this morning! I am working on Sock Monkeys today, and my buddy Timmy is helping me out. He is very supportive and encouraging with his sweet Christmas smile!
I just picked up new pairs of Red Heel Socks in different colors. I have pink, yellow, green, light blue, and of course, traditional brown. Now it is time to turn socks into friends! They will be in the giggleFritz Shop soon.
I am waiting on admittance to the St. Ann’s Holiday Gift Fair in Stoughton, WI Nov 12-13. I will post an announcement if/when I am accepted. This is such an exciting time of year!