Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Bucketlist

  1. Plant a garden
  2. Participate in a Relay for Life event- June 27th
  3. Go to the farmers market
  4. Fill the bird feeders
  5. Bonfire with friends
  6. Play tennis
  7. Barbecue
  8. Go fishing
  9. Flea market
  10. Make homemade jam
  11. Go to the batting cages 
  12. Paint 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Weight Loss

Sorry I've been gone so long followers. I've been so busy and focused on my health. My husband and I joined the local gym in January and we have been spending a lot of  our spare time there. The weight loss started about last year in January but it was very touch and go. Losing and gaining. Losing and plateauing. In all Michael has lost 70 pounds. And I have lost 30 pounds. 

I've been overweight most of my teenage and all of my adult years. It's been great to see steady progress since January. At times it's slow going and it's always a struggle. Michael has much more self control when it comes to food than I do. I'm a typical comfort eater.  Anyways, I have found a lot of exercise quiets my stressed mind. And lifting weights makes me feel accomplished. Here's a picture of my progress thus far.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Laundry Detergent

  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
  • 5.5oz Fels-Naptha Soap (you may also use Zote or castile soap)
  • Water
  • 5 gallon bucket

1. Grate Fels-Naptha bar. Measure out all other ingredients.

2. Bring 6 cups water to a low boil. Add a handful of Fels-Naptha shavings at a time. Melt completely before adding another handful. Add borax and washing soda, stir until dissolved.

3. Add 4 gallons warm water to 5 gallon bucket. Then stir in soap mixture. Cover overnight, the detergent will gel up. 

4. Break up the gel by mixing it very well. If necessary get in there with your hands! You can leave the detergent in the bucket or you can funnel it into milk jugs or empty detergent containers.
  • Before using your detergent give your container a good shake to mix everything together.
  • I use about 1/2 cup per load.
  • You may add essential oils, I have never done this because I prefer the fresh soap smell.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Filofax Frustration

I'm going to keep this short since it will be whiny! I ordered a new Filofax with a gift card I received for Christmas. I'm planning on using it to track weight loss/exercise/food intake. It arrived at the post office on Friday but I was unable to pick it up because of work. So Saturday afternoon I visited the post office, they were closed early!! Oh no, such disappointment. I looked up the tracking information to see if it could possibly be redelivered to the house but that service is unavailable in our small town. On the door at the post office I notice a red sign. Closed for New Years Day!! What?! Yes, I have to wait until after I get off work at 2 on Wednesday to pick up my long awaited new Filo-companion. So glad the wait is almost over. Why is New Year's Day a government holiday?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Filofax Tour

This year for our 1st anniversary I got a black Cuban Filofax. I guess you could consider that as paper.  It was on sale for around half off. I LOVE it so much. I am a list person and it totally enables me to organize and keep track of my whole life. 

-On the right side of my dashboard I have my "wallet," debit card, rewards cards, money. In the zippered pocket I have small sticky notes and labels.
-On the left I have 2 sizes of sticky notes. On the small size I have December goals and immediate blog goals. On the large size I usually have a grocery list, but it being December I have Christmas shopping that still needs to be done.

-In my diary section I use small post it notes for lists: to do, blog, etc. I also have things color coded and I highlight the dates accordingly. Blue is a holiday, green is a payday, pink is AF. 
-When I write in these sections I try to color code as well. Light blue pertains to Michael, orange for deaths, purple for birthdays, green for work, red for bills.
-In the space on the bottom page I write reminders of occasions for the upcoming week.

-I have 2 groups of tabbed sections. The first is for expenses, blog, blank,  (seasonal) bucketlist, long term to do, and Christmas stuff. 
-The second is for addresses and phone numbers.

-On the back side I have a clear zippered pouch with bigger post it notes and tabs. And on the right a notepad with more lists!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Aunt Joy's Caramel Corn

Aunt Joy's Caramel Corn
-1 cup Margarine-not vegetable spread, it has water whipped in that deflates the popcorn
-2 cups brown sugar, light or dark
-1/2 cup light corn syrup
-1 tsp. salt
-1/2 heaping tsp. baking soda
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-11/2 cups peanuts-add more or less according to taste
-6 quarts naked popcorn (24 cups)

-Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place popcorn in shallow roasting pans pour peanuts over top of popcorn. Do not stir.
-In a medium/large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. The soda will cause the caramel to rise. Be extremely careful, this is HOT candy and it will burn if you get it on you. Pour over popcorn, stirring to coat.
-Bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour.
-Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Winter Bucketlist

Winter Bucketlist

1. Holiday embroidery hoops
2. Listen to Elvis
3. Decorate Christmas tree
4. Set up Christmas train
5. Hide Christmas pickle
6. Decorate house
7. Cookie/treat swap
8. Decorate moms tree 12/11
9. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
10. Donate to Toys For Tots
11. Decorate Grandma Sallie's house/tree
12. Christmas Eve jammies/movies/hot chocolate
13. Bake Christmas cookies for Santa
14. Fill stockings
15. Prime Rib dinner