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Whew! I feel like I’ve been hit by a freight train this morning!
For the past couple of mornings I’ve been waking up with a slight discomfort which I believe is caused by the way little Miss Priss is laying… she already has her favorite position. The only way to get any relief is to either get up and walk around or lay on my back. Laying on your back while pregnant is not recommended so I usually end up getting up… no wonder I’m so tired.
I guess everyone needs to learn to cook all of a sudden, even if home cooking wasn’t your norm before.
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The past couple of days have been a doozy here. As you all know my kiddos have had the stomach bug, then Mr. Awesome caught it, and then I got it. It seems to be taking me a bit longer to get over it but today I do feel like I’m on the mend. I’ll spend today focusing on getting rehydrated and trying to eat a little bit.
Even if you aren’t sick I know this time is harder for some than for others. We are facing a lot of changes and uncertainties that we’ve never dealt with before.
How’s everyone doing? If you are like a lot of folks then you might be getting a little stir crazy right now and it seems that the shutdowns in our area are only getting started.
Many parents are having to deal with the stresses of their kids being out of school… we all know how easily kids can get bored. Well, if you need some ideas to keep those kiddos entertained then be sure to check out some of the links I have listed under our Homeschool Tab! There are tons of fun (and educational) things to keep the kiddos busy.
I might even recommend that you check out our ‘Little House Academic Adventures’ if you’re kiddos are out of school. There are tons of great links and videos that they can do for FREE while learning about how things were in the 1800s. My kiddos have really enjoyed these lessons so far and we are looking forward to getting moved and getting started with them again!
You can also check out some of the other programs like Kids Cook Real Foods (link under the Homeschool tab), Mystery Science, and/or Skill Trek for ideas to keep your kids in learning mode.
For my kiddos it’s really not a big change. I’ve had my kiddos helping a bit with moving things over to the new house. They are finally getting over the stomach bug (although Mr. Awesome seems to have it now) so they’ve been outside quite a bit as well.
When they are indoors they are reading books, playing board games, or coloring. Our internet seems to be on the fritz right now so no TV or tablets … which is probably a good thing.
I have been trying to keep myself busy. I really need to pick up a few things at the grocery store but I’m trying to hold out a few more days. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that they will have grocery pickup available when I need to run out.
We will be doing some pantry challenges to get by until things return to normal. You can find out more about our pantry challenges by using the search bar. For lunch we are having some pigs in a blanket and I pulled out a freezer meal for dinner tonight. I’ll try to add some links later on but my laptop has been packed up right now. 😦
Our weekly dances have been cancelled so I will really miss getting out and seeing other adults. We are planning to keep to ourselves for a bit… something we are really quite good at anyway. I do have a few appointments (more than usual) scheduled this month that we will be keeping. I plan to leave the kiddos at home though if they don’t need to go.
This is a great time to start on some Spring cleaning as well. Yesterday I cleaned out the kitchen and dining room in the new house. I also scrubbed and polished the floors which look pretty awesome this morning!
Mr. Awesome helped move a couple of the pantry shelves over to the house. I secured them to the wall (to prevent tip overs), cleaned them, and got them sorted.
While I worked on arranging and rearranging things Mr. Awesome worked in the bathroom. They got the insulation in and then they got the ceiling down. He had planned to get the new exhaust fan up but the ceiling needed some additional framing so they worked on that instead.
This morning I cleaned off the island that I’ve been using as my workstation. I also emptied it and had planned on getting someone to help me move it but now that he is sick I guess that will have to wait.
I might try to get a few things moved over after I get the laundry finished for the day. (I’m loving the new machines.) I saw a recent post about things to do while being ‘quarantined’ and I might just tackle a few of those in the old house if I don’t feel like moving anything later.
I know our little house could use a good cleaning. I have been cleaning as I go but it’s been hard trying to work around all the chaos here.
If I’m felling crafty at some point I have a couple of old wooden spoons that need some TLC. I plan to paint them and hopefully make them look something like the picture below. There are a ton of things on my To-Do list that I can probably tackle.
We know from past experiences that things are likely to get worse before they get better but remember that it will pass. Keep your eyes on Him and trust in His plan even though it may be hard to understand right now.
We are sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone being affected by this crisis.. and praying that it is over soon!
What are some things you are doing to stay busy and make the most of your time right now?
I’ve started feeling a tad bit better this week… not having constant nausea like I previously had although it still hits and still knocks me down from time to time. I have managed to make all of our ‘normal’ breakfasts for the week… yay! The kids were happy to have French Toast and Pancakes again. I had cheated and bought quite a bit of cereal over the past few weeks… they like cereal but they missed their hot meals.
What is it about this meal that everyone loves? I think my kids love it because they can make a mess while eating it. I love this recipe because I can sneak veggies in and they never know! This recipe is so much healthier than the kind you find in a can.
Just blend up the frozen veggies or chop them really fine before adding to the meat. I also like to make a couple of batches of this to put in the freezer for an easy mess.Continue reading “Sloppy Joes”→
I think every kid loves playdough and mine are no exception. I recently pinned a bunch of playdough recipes on one of my boards but as luck would have it I actually found one of my own recipes in my old recipe box… it also happened to be the last recipe in the box.
Don’t worry though because I’ve got recipes stashed everywhere in this little house and I have some packed away in the shed so I’ll get them posted… hopefully faster than it took me to get through the recipe box though!
I have also seen some new recipes that are using essential oils which would smell so good. You could probably use this recipe and omit the Kool-aid pack. You could also color them with some natural dyes if you desired too.
I adapted our Dutch Puff recipe to use some of the sourdough discard and it was so good. This doesn’t really even need anything on top but my kiddos like it with a dusting of confectioner sugar or a drizzle of honey or syrup! They also like to eat it with applesauce, fresh fruit, or yogurt. Continue reading “Sourdough Dutch Baby”→
Forget the days when croutons were just for salad toppings. We love to eat croutons on our salads, our soups, stews, and we have even been known to eat them as a snack every now and then as well.
I know I have a recipe for homemade croutons somewhere around here but I’m not sure where it is but I’ll update this one if there is anything different about the way I made them the other day. It just happened that my sister sent home some of the Quick & Easy Garlic Bread and it got pretty hard even though we had it in a Ziploc baggie.
Well, I really didn’t want to throw it out because it was really good and then I had an idea. When we did our last Walmart Grocery Pickup they were out of oyster crackers. I had planned to make Loaded Potato Soup that night as Mr. Awesome had requested it but we really like to eat it with oyster crackers. I had some regular saltines but decided to give it a try with some garlic croutons and they were a HIT!
I skipped a couple of the steps as our bread already had the garlic and butter so I simply had to cut it up and bake it for the most delicious croutons ever. I also keep a baggie in the freezer with scrap bread for making croutons and/or bread crumbs.Continue reading “Homemade Croutons”→