Sunday, June 29, 2008

CWA/LOK Challenge entries

With the deadline looming...TOMORROW...Anne and I have posted our entries for this month's challenge.

You can read about Anne's HERE.

You can read about mine HERE at my new blog over at the Large Family Network. I decided to go with a family friendly hash. The blog entry has pictures of everything, but my favorite pic is below. I just think it looks great on the Pooh plate!

Blog/Site Roll of Other Entries:

None Yet.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

My Walls Will Never Be Clean

I'm thinking about this in a realistic light, really. I mean, I do have moments where I'm totally frazzled by the fact that the kids seem to be following behind me as I clean, messing up everything I've just done. That's not an exaggeration, either. I've actually caught them doing it! In fact, just the other day I was cleaning up the "library" (a.k.a. sun-porch-on-the-second-floor-now-filled-with-books) and I turned to grab something and Ian and Lara were happily playing with books I had just previously re-shelved. I wanted to put little signs on their chests reading, "Free to a Good Home" and set them out on the front walk, but I shook my head and sighed instead.

The walls in my home are that way, too. I can keep them clean about as long as I can keep the windows clean; 5 seconds from the last wipe is usually it. For something I clean so often, they should be sparkling, but they're messier than ever and I know they won't ever be clean.

Why is this? Well, you could say that the kids will one day be gone and then the walls will be clean, and I'll miss it all:

'The hand prints on the wall get higher and higher until one day they’re gone.'

That should hold true, at least for a while, but with my oldest daughter nearing her 19th birthday, and my youngest just nearing 19 months, the chances that I'll have grandchildren before my youngest is out of the house are quite high.

So, you see, I should be able to have a reprieve, even just for a short while, but I probably won't. I'll have grand kids to fill in the "gaps" on the wall before I ever get a chance to get them clean. And you know what? I'm good with that.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Waffles for Large Families

I just posted this picture in the 1000 Words blog, but thought I would re-post it here, since it truly is a great tip for large families.

I have to admit, I use frozen waffles. I know there are a lot of other moms out there who insist it is better and cheaper to make them homemade. Thing is, time does not allow, and since I only buy them when they are on sale, they end up being a relatively cheap meal for my family. In the past, when I made them, I would cook 4 at a time in my double toaster, and then put the cooked ones in the oven on a low heat to keep warm until the whole batch was done. Since my family can eat 4 boxes, that would take a while. Then I had a "DUH" moment when I realized the oven would work just as well. So I placed them all on the racks and cooked them. Granted, this requires 2 things. First, the racks need to be relatively clean--though honestly I my toaster is pretty dirty. Second, you need to be careful to line them up so they don't fall through the cracks, and that means taking care when sliding the racks in and out. Yes, we have had a few waffle casualties on the bottom of the stove. Otherwise, it works great, is so much faster than the toaster.

June Cooking Challenge

We have a new Cooking Challenge for June! Get over there and check it out. Even better, see if you are up to the challenge and participate!!