Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In a nutshell

we had a filled weekend, with many highlights.  Adam's birthday fell on a Friday this year and that was nice.  Friday eve the boys had their last practice/dress rehearsal for a Thanksgiving musical they were involved in.  During the snack time, Rod's aunt handed out birthday cupcakes and they sang to him....  Saturday Rod and I hosted the men/boys from church for breakfast in our barn, followed by a clay pigeon shoot on the runway.  We had 50+ men and boys here from 7:30-2.  It was cold but they had a great time, and my boys each had their turn shooting  (except Clay, of course). 

So many guns....all pointing at me.

Adam then had a buddy from school over for a few hours in the afternoon.  I've been trying to get to know this boy and his family, Adam is very attached to him and talks about him constantly.  And while I confess I have concerns about his upbringing, he did clean up after himself, after the birthday snack.  Even put his fork in the dishwasher, on his own!  I was impressed. 

an eagles cake was the request this year
Sunday was the musical at Landisville church.  "An Attitude of Gratitude".  I appreciated the theme of the musical, sometimes Thanksgiving gets overlooked due to Christmas being right behind it.  They had a lot of fun with the other kids, and were actually sad when it was over.  No more Friday night practices. (or social hour)  Ben and Brad did a little solo in the beginning of the play. 
 The words to their verse:  "We worship you God, of our Father we bless you.  Through life's storm and tempest our Guide you have been.  When troubles 'ore take us, you will not forsake us.  We bless your holy name, to Him praise belongs".  (or something like that!)
Sunday lunch we had Grandma and Grandpa here, Adam picked subs as his birthday lunch.  I kissed him immediately after he told me he wanted subs :)  I didn't have to cook!
Sunday late afternoon-eve we went to a Hershey Bears game.  It was the boys first Bears game, they've seen the uncles play hockey games in a rink before so they knew how it was played.  They really got into it and didn't want to leave.  We left a little early and headed to Red Robin for supper.  The employees sang to Adam and gave him a sundae.  A great ending to an enjoyable weekend. 
Nose bleed section. 

"Red robin" was at the game.

The boys have off for 6 days over Thanksgiving.  And other then T-giving day at my parents, I told them we're going to do a whole lot of nothing!  Although I am currently working on what I call "mommy's staying sane list".  Where i'm jotting down ideas of things for the boys to do during these 6 days, so I can stay sane.  Since it's going to be so cold they will probably be outside only a couple hours a day and that means they are in the house being little wild men for many hours of the day.  If we don't have a little structure things get out of hand in a hurry :)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  Remembering to pause for this holiday, before the commercialism of Christmas sneaks in.  Christmas 'stuff' shouldn't begin until we have Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday Adam!  I love celebrating birthdays around here.  Since the other boys birthdays are all in April, I'm always ready to have another birthday boy come November. 

We have a busy weekend the way it is, but w/ birthday stuff on top of that, it's packed full.  Pics to follow, if I survive it all :) 

I love this birthday boy!  It is so fun watching him grow up.  He is a talented and energetic, fun loving, all boy, inventive, go getter.  I think he's got a good year ahead of him. 

By the way he's turning 8.  hahaha.  A friend used this 8 with her son a couple months ago.  It's on the top of the Prince Street garage!  I don't enjoy going into the city, but what I won't do for a photo op.  And there's a huge 7 too, for Ben and Brad in the spring!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

placemat redo

It was time to retire the old placemats again.  So this time, I PRINTED new ones, instead of using up a whole evening trying to draw :) 

Lego men!

With some Godly wisdom!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Freezer meals

I wanted to share how I prepare freezer meals; what works for me.  I know there's a lot out there about setting aside an entire day with friends and just cook and prepare for hours on end and end up with lots of freezer meals to share amongst each other.  While that sounds like fun for the first couple hours, I cannot set aside an entire day for that.  For me, a day like that defeats the purpose of trying to save time, which is why I do freezer meals to begin with! 

We had a full weekend, and I did not cook for 3 whole days over the weekend, but we didn't eat out once.  I went to the freezer meals (and the grandma's houses).  I always have at least 10 meals in there, ready to go.  To keep the freezer stocked I double or triple what i'm making throughout the week, and freeze the extra.  Last week I made a double batch of pasta fagoli one day, and was able to freeze 3 meals of that.  And I made 3 lasagnas another day and froze 2 of them.  So right there are 5 extra meals that I didn't go out of my way to make.  I only make and freeze extra of what I am already planning to make for that day's meal. 

I know some people do not have freezer space, and therefore can't do this method.  But if you have the space, I think you'll enjoy being able to pull meals out of the freezer, if you don't do this already.  I did not start this until after the twins were born.  Then it made good sense :)  I find out more and more how many different meal items freeze well.  This week i'll be making stuffed shells and beef bbq. 

Here's a list of things I've made for the freezer:
- chicken pot pie
- meatballs, cooked or uncooked
- tator tot casserole
- chicken etti
- chicken pie
- other chix dishes: honey mustard, chix parm, bbq chicken, etc
- taco soup
- chicken corn soup
- ham and bean soup
- pasta fagoli
- veggie soup
- enchiladas
- mac and beef cass
- tuna noodle cass
- baked spaghetti
- hamloaf
- meatloaf
- lasagna
- stuffed shells
- spag. sauce
- rice, cooked
- quiche, cooked
- granola
- cooked, cut up chicken
- fried up ground meat
- chili
- scalloped potatoes
- cheesy potatoes
- twice baked pot.
- beef stew
- homemade broth
- mac and cheese
- baked beans
- beef bbq

- ...and on and on.  Really anything other then milk based soups are good to go.  (Mashed potatoes are no good either).  I've never tried tuna or chicken salad (for sandwiches) but i'd like to try and see how that freezes.  Since mayo is not a good ingredient to freeze either, those things might not be a good one to do. 

Of course cookies, muffins, and cakes are good for freezing also.  ours never make it to the freezer!

Hope this is an encouragement to anyone who might want to try storing away meals!  Since I usually make 2 hot meals a day, and am on the go a little more w/ the boys activities and things, I find this so helpful. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Friday the boys and I went down to mom's to rake leaves.  There are a ton of oak trees, on the neighbor's property, that drop millons of lovely brown gifts for my parents every year.  The goal was to get the side yard done, but after lunch the boys really got into it and we cleared almost their whole yard and flower beds!

several truck beds full of leaves, plus several loads on the mower wagon, were taken way down to the fields. 

Uncle Gerald to the rescue, the spouts were full of 'em. 

What looked like a daunting task, ended up going very smoothly.  Many hands really do make light work!