Good morning! I was inspired to start my own blog by my friend, Gabby. I enjoy reading her blog, and I enjoy exchanging ideas with other scrapbookers and homemakers, so I decided to create my own blog to share some of the tips and encouragement I have received from others. I am sure the format will evolve over time, but I have decided to just "jump right in"! I have been married to a wonderful man since 1987. We worked our way through college, and welcomed a daughter in 1996 and a son in 1998. I worked as a kindergarten, first and third grade teacher for six years before we had children, and returned to teaching after staying home with my kids for four years. After ten years back in the classroom (kinder for nine, third grade for one), I decided to return to life as a full time homemaker for a while. I was feeling a little burned out, my husband's pay had increased to a level that we thought with some careful budgeting we could manage, and I realized my kids would be leaving for college in a few short years, and that I wanted to spend more time with them. Lest you think this blog is geared solely towards stay at home moms, let me assure you, that I hope I will provide inspiration for all kinds of homemakers--SAHM, WAHM, working moms, singles, retirees, etc. Maybe even some dads/male type homemakers! Anyone who cares about running their household is invited! I love to scrapbook, and hope to share ideas and inspiration for those of you who have also taken on the role of family historian. Today, I will just start with a favorite quote, a simple recipe, and a housekeeping challenge:
Quote: "Bloom where you are planted." You may not be in a "perfect" spot in your life--job, home, weight/health, financial bracket. But you can learn to find joy and meaning wherever you are!
I was reading the latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens "Scrapbooks, etc." and drooling over the scrapbooking/crafting room that is featured this month. Maybe someday I will have a room like that! But over the past 15 years, I have managed to create over 20 scrapbooks of special memories at crops and my kitchen table. Thank goodness I didn't wait until I had the "perfect" crafting room!
Recipe: Super Easy Crock Pot Chicken cut up six boneless, skinless chicken thighs into two or three large pieces each. Place in greased crockpot (or use plastic crockpot liner for easy cleanup). Mix together 1 can low fat cream of mushroom soup, 1 can low fat cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup chicken broth, and 1 pkg onion soup mix (I substitute 1 1/2 Tbsp. of Mrs. Dash Garlic Herb Seasoning). Pour over chicken, and place lid on crock pot. Cook on high for four hours or low for 6-8 hours. Serve over cooked rice, mashed potatoes or egg noodles. Serves four.