Monday, March 30, 2015

TIp for Tuesday

My friend Terri had something on Facebook the other day asking about meal planning.  After seeing that, I thought it would be a good thing to share for a Tuesday Tip.

I've been meal planning for years - I actually have calenders going back about 15 years!  Here is my current calender and last years.  I use these calenders that I get at the dollar store.  They are small and easy to tuck away in the kitchen, or into my purse when I go to the store.
I plan 2 weeks at a time.  On one Friday, I try to buy all the groceries I need for 2 weeks, then the next week I only go back for things like milk, fresh veggies and bread.  I feel that doing 2 weeks saves me time and money.  I don't spend as much time in the store, and buying double of some things gets me a better price.  Then I prep it at the same time, which saves time and mess.
I like to look at my older menu plans, so I keep them around.  It gives me ideas oft hings to make, but it also tells me what was happening on those days a year or more ago.  I find things like birthday party, church dinner, home group, out with friends... written down,  which is fun to look at.
I try to plan my meals according to my work schedule.  For instance, I am always late on Thursday because I do rounds with our Dr.  On that day I plan something in the crock pot or a freezer meal that Bob can throw in the oven when he gets home.  I try to make a nicer meal on my days off, on Fridays we usually go out.  It really doesn't take too long to figure out, but I sure do appreciate it when I'm at work and I don't have to be thinking about what I'm doing for supper that night!
What about you - do you plan your meals?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weekend Report

I had a nice weekend, hope you did too!
It has been very busy at work.  We've had several admissions, discharges and sick people.  This means crazy days and long ones too.  I didn't get out on time once this past week, and often was there an hour or two late.  I love my job but was looking forward to my weekend, which was actually a 3 day weekend!
I got laundry done, the house cleaned, did some baking and had fun too.
On Friday I did some shopping and found this:

With Spring here, I was feeling like a new purse, but I don't like to spend too much on one because then I'd feel like I had to use it forever.  I found this one at Penney's.  It was an $80 purse, but was on sale for 40% off.  Then, card carriers got another 25% off, and then I had a coupon for $10 off.  That brought it too $26.  Gotta love a bargain!
Bob and I went out for supper Friday night, then planned to get Alaina and Ruby for the night.  However, when we got to their house, Ruby took one look at me and started crying.  We sat and talked, tried again and there was more crying.  She is now 4 months and is apparently scared of people.  We decided to just take Alaina for this time.

As usual, she enjoyed her evening with Grandpa!

Saturday morning,she was ready to go a little after 7am.  I heard a little voice by my ear telling me "Grandma, I think the sun is up!"
We had fun together - she helped with the laundry and some baking.  She loves to help!

Here she is helping me make a pie.  She even helped pinch the edges of the crust!  We did some playing and read some books, then she had lunch and a nap.

 We went to my Dad and stepmoms house so I could get his meds set up for him.  She had fun playing her version of marbles with them.  After that it was time for her to go home.

We had a quiet Saturday night.  Sunday was also uneventful, but I did enjoy church and Sunday school.  I appreciate a Sunday that is truly a "day of rest".

Back to work on Monday - and I'm going in at 5am.  Hope this week is a little calmer!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The wedding and the kids!

Here's the rest of the photos I have to share from the wedding.

Andrew walking me in.  I wasn't thinking about having my picture taken and was saying hi to a few guests!  Andrew is 6'5" compared to my 5'4", so I was feeling a somewhat short! (Laura's husband Aaron is 6'6", so this is not a new feeling for me)

Kids in a wedding are the best!  This is Andrew's niece and nephew, Ruby and Wesley.  Wesley was carrying the antique Bible that I shared in an earlier post.  Ruby had a note from Heather to give to Andrew.  It said "We finally made it to someday".   You can see it in her hand and you can also see she was on a mission to get to him.  Heather saw that idea on Pinterest and Andrew didn't know anything about it, so he did wonder what Ruby was doing when she came up to him.  :)

 Here's our second set of kids, Alaina and Andrews nephew Judah.  They were carrying a sign that said "Uncle Andrew, here comes your girl".  We were so worried about how Alaina would do, because she can be so shy, but she took this job seriously and kind of dragged Judah along.  He actually tried to dive into a pew in the back, but was sent back out and they made it to the front.

Here's Alaina during the wedding, watching what's going on.  However, it had been a long day for a little girl and she ended up falling asleep.  
She had to be woken up though, because she had another march to make, back down the aisle.

The sign was turned around and this time it said, "The Scott Family, Est February, 2015".
If you look closely, you will notice Alaina has bare feet.  She took her shoes off before she fell asleep, and I didn't think it was a good time to make her put shoes on in a hurry.
Laura, matron of honor, and Ed, best man are following the kids.

Here are Andrew and Heather with all the kids.  I think this is such a cute picture!

That's it!  It's been fun sharing this whole experience with you.  Hope you aren't all wedding'd out!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cooking Thursday

Once it gets a little warmer, I change the way I cook.  It's still been pretty chilly here though, so here's one last soup recipe for the season.  It's another good one!

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 Tbsp canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1 (32 oz) carton chicken broth
1 tsp of each chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and paprika
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 1/3 cups milk
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream

Heat canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and jalapeño and saute 3 minutes. Add chicken broth, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken breasts and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, cover pot with lid and gently boil until chicken has cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Remove chicken and allow to rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add diced tomatoes with green chilies to pot. Pour milk into pot and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture boils.Dice chicken and add to pot, then add black beans, pinto beans and corn. Then stir in cream and sour cream and cook until heated through.
Serve topped with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wedding pictures

We got the photos of the wedding from the photographer, so it's time to share a few.  We got so many pictures, that it's hard to even choose some to share. I'm going to share a few today, and then some of the others later this week, so you don't get too sick of them!

 The tables at the reception had burlap runners to go with the vintage, shabby chic theme. There was babies breath in ball jars and candles.  Each guest went home with a little jar of homemade jelly.

Classic ring photo

 Heather chose some shoes with a bit of bling!  The necklace and bracelet were made by our niece Alecia.  Aren't they pretty?

Here I am, actually having make-up put on for me.  That was a new experience, but fun!

The guys with their suspenders, bowties and hats.

 They braved the cold to get some snow shots!  

Our beautiful bride!

 Here's our family shot.

 I'll end with this sweet shot.  Bob was playing with Alaina while we were waiting downstairs for the guests to be seated.  Alaina gave Bob a kiss and the photographer managed to catch it.
I'll share some pictures from the wedding later this week.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A moms life!

Life with little ones is never boring. I recently got this e-mail from my daughter Laura telling me how her morning was going. I thought it was pretty funny and thought you would enjoy it too. She titled the e-mail - My Crazy Kid

I thought you might get a laugh out of the morning I'm having.  I think Alaina is trying to kill me today, I've had at least three heart attacks.

#1 - I was working downstairs while Ruby was sleeping upstairs.  Alaina was in the office with me playing.  She always likes to swing around on the treadmill.  Suddenly I heard a "thwack" and she started screaming.  I whipped around in my chair and she was holding her face with blood pouring from between her fingers.  So naturally I assumed she had knocked all her teeth out.  Once I got her calmed down and could check things out better, she had just cut her lip and face a little so I think she'll survive.

#2 - She decided the office was too dangerous to play in, so she moved to the laundry/storage room.  A little later Ruby was starting to wake up, so I came out to go upstairs, and discovered she'd been emptying the cupboards and shelves and had canned foods and potatoes up the stairs and all over.  I told her to start putting them back while I gathered some from the stairs.  Suddenly she's screaming about her foot and I look over and she's laying on the floor clutching her foot with a can next to her.  So I assumed she either had a broken or severed toe from a can falling on it.  Turns out that's ok too, thank goodness.

 #3 - I finally make it upstairs and start some milk warming for Ruby.  Lain went past and I figured she went in her room.  I leave the kitchen to get Ruby and here comes Alaina from the hall - carrying Ruby!!!! 

"AUUGGHHH"  I scream.  "I got Ruby for you Mumma."  she calmly says.  I think I was in shock because I was actually trying not to laugh while telling her she may never, ever carry Ruby again.

To top things off, as I was feeding Ruby she was doing her trademark tooting, and suddenly I felt quite warm and wet.  I held her up to see her jammies turning orange with poo leaking everywhere, including me.

Hope that all gives you a laugh today - and hoping for an uneventful afternoon!!
Love ya,

To balance out that craziness, here's a little video of the two of them. They love each other, and we love them both!