Goals for the New Year
It didn't hurt that this scripture has come to my mind over and over again the past few weeks:
and this one too:
We have about eight birthdays this month, and countless birthday parties to attend too. I am trying to make gifts this month to save a little money. This is what I came up with:
I made the apron with some fabric that I had laying around. I add a cake or brownie mix, a little recipe and WA-LA; a baking kit.
I love gifts like this. I really like consumable presents, and then I don't have to find a home for it in the midst of my already too cluttered house.
The aprons were easy. It took me about 2 hours to make 5. There are many patterns out there. I made mine up. Just a simple square of fabric with a few pleats and a long tube for the tie. I made a simple pocket with a monogram. I used my zig zag stitch for that. Then I used bias-tape to outline the pocket. SIMPLE SIMPLE.
I hope our friends will enjoy a day in the kitchen making a goodie.
OH HAPPY DAY!!
This is one of our family favorites! It is so yummy and so fast! We like Tilapia because it's not as "fishy" of a taste. Hope you enjoy!
Broiled Tilapia Parmesan allrecipes.com
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets
|1.||Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.|
|2.||In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.|
|3.||Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.|
My friend Malauna marches to the beat of her own drummer. I first met her not long after she had broken up with the guy that several of my roommates were secretly in love with. We all thought she was crazy. (She later married him! :)
Anyway, she happens to be very talented, and when she decided she wanted a bonnet for her soon-to-be-born new baby, well, she just sat down and made one.
Then, when I asked her how, she posted a great tutorial on how to make these sweet baby bonnets. How great a friend is that?!
I can't wait to try it!
Click here to see her post. Don't forget to thank her! :)
I needed a new one...
Something to keep my kids motivated to use manners, and play outside... to not watch so much television and beg to play on the computer
I stumbled on this:
Here is my spin on it:
Token can be earned, spent, and lost. How?
How to earn tokens:
1 shoes put away
1 coats hung up
1 back pack, lunch pack, papers put away
1 dishes cleared after meals without asking
1 folder brought home
1 hairbows put away, or not lost at the end of the day
1 using a napkin at the dinner table
1 using your manner words
1 (isaac) telling us that you need a diaper change
1 cleaning up your crumbs after snacks
1 staying at the table to eat your snacks
1 listening the first time
1 setting your clothes out for the next day
1 following instructions
1 being kind to your siblings
1 washing your hands after you eat
1 bringing in belongings from the car
1 if mom or dad don’t clean up after ourselves and you catch it and have to do it for us
1 mom or dad speaking unkindly to you when it is not an appropriate thing to get upset about
2 listening and sitting reverently during fhe
2 (stella) taking your dance bag to dance
2 homework done before play time
2 eating all of your food without complaining
3 being reverent during sacrament meeting
3 morning routine done without asking
3 evening routine done without asking
3 extra jobs without complaining
3 good behavior at a store
5 ½ hour playtime outside
5 ½ hour art project
5 ½ hour reading
5 ½ hour quiet time
5 100% spelling test
5 a good report from school
15 (jex) finishing a chapter book
How to Lose Tokens:
1 leave your shoes out
1 socks on the floor
1 coat laying on the floor
1 pajamas not put away
1 clothes laying on the floor
1 making messes at the dinner table
1 wiping your fingers on furniture
1 bothering parents while on the phone
1 not listening
1 not clearing your plate
1 leaving belongings in the car
1 fighting with your sibling
1 anything left laying around that I have to pick up
2 not bringing your folder home from school
2 losing a hair bow
2 getting in to things that you are not supposed to
3 complaining or gagging at the dinner table
3 poor behavior at church
3 poor behavior at a store
10 if I have to clean up your room or playroom at the end of the day
How to spend tokens:
1 package of fruit snacks
2 cookie, or treat(bedtime snacks will be given on special occasions)
2 ½ educational computer time (approved by parent)
2 ½ hour educational television program (approved by parent)
3 extra story at bedtime(must be paid by all listeners)
5 ½ hour computer time, television, or a full movie
(family movies are free, but designated by parents)
5 extra 15 minutes at bedtime
100 $10 to spend on something you would like
Fruit and yogurt and crackers do not cost anything
Mom and dad have the right to add to this list at anytime
Tokens can be handed out randomly for special things and good behavior
You must ask mom and dad before putting tokens in your jar.
This list hangs on our laundry room door. We can refer to it at anytime.
Isaac carried around this little container of tokens all day. He even made his own bed to earn tokens. He told me tonight, "I give you tokens, and watch a "OOBIE?"(that's a movie.) By Golly I think he is getting it.
I bought 3 hundred poker chips for their tokens, and these easy non-breakable containers.
It has already helped with the nagging in our home.
Need one more idea?
Here is another idea that we continue to do:
Super Kid (the idea came from here)
Here is my poster to remind me whose turn it is.
It hangs on the fridge and I change it out each week. Their name is attached with a magnet.
Just tonight, I was trying to decided what easy microwaveable "mom of the year" meal to make the kids; chicken nuggets or corn dogs.
Stella wanted nuggets
Isaac and Jex wanted corn dogs.
I was only making one thing, because each of these are so time consuming. he he
Isaac is super kid so corn dogs won. It really does settle a lot of battles.
Thanks Michelle for this great idea, and Vanessa for helping me be less of a nag.
Recording our Memories is such an important commandment. We have been asked to keep records since the beginning of time.
Our family has a new fun way to record our memories.
We have 4 children, but only one that can read and write. This is our way to record our history.
Here is what we are doing:
I found this cute little file box. I put an index card in there for every day of the year.
Each night at dinner time, we write something on our card.
ie: January 24th: Today we blessed Tessa.
Then next year on January 24th, we will read the card and add to it.
If we miss an evening, we do it at breakfast or lunch for the previous day.
This is so simple, but a great way to record the everyday happenings.
It also teaches our children the importance of record keeping.