Making the Bed ~

How to Get in the Habit of Making your Bed
In addition to knowing how to make your bed, you need to overcome the obstacle of not really wanting to make your bed. It’s just something that most people don’t want to take the time and energy to do in the morning. Here are some steps for getting used to making your bed each day:

. Make it a habit. The first thing that you need to do is to establish a ritual that you use for always making your bed. Perhaps you want to do it as soon as you first wake up. Or maybe it’s something that you’ll do after you’ve showered. Find a time that works for you and make that “bed making time” every single day.

. No, making your bed doesn’t take very long. But the few moments it takes can be used to do something that’ll get your day off to a good start.

. End the bed-making with something that’s going to be nice to come home to. Yes, you like just getting into a well-made bed. But you’d like making it even more if you gave yourself a gift every day. After the bed is made, place a flower from your garden on it. Or find a book on your bookshelf that you’d like to read a passage of that night. Or write down a favorite quote and leave it there for yourself when you get back. You’ll begin to look forward to making your bed in no time at all.

. Hubby coming home to a well-made bed is a treat that you should offer him. And if you think of it in the right way, making the bed can be a treat to you as well.

. Train the children to make their beds every morning as well. Be sure you are a good example for them.

. Teen agers need to make their beds every morning as well. This is not a time to get sloppy. Remember the Army makes young people do it, so should you.

. Remember to inspect what you expect. Don’t settle for a job half done. Go for excellence !!!!!

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 12:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Bless this House ~

Bless This House

Bless this house O Lord we pray; Make it safe by night and day;
Bless these walls so firm and stout, Keeping want and trouble out;
Bless the roof and chimneys tall, Let thy peace lie over all;
Bless this door, that it may prove ever open to joy and love.

Bless these windows shining bright, Letting in God’s heav’nly light;
Bless the hearth a’blazing there, With smoke ascending like a prayer;
Bless the folk who dwell within, Keep them pure and free from sin;
Bless us all that we may be Fit O Lord to dwell with thee;
Bless us all that one day we May dwell O Lord with thee.

~Author: Helen Taylor 1927

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

To Do List ~

The thrill of a check mark is a good feeling to me !!!! Strange I know. Oh well, it’s true.
I love the fact you can see things actually getting done. It is a friendly reminder of what you wanted to get done today.

RELAX ~ rarely do I have everything checked off for the day. Simply move the things that did not get done today over to tomorrow’s list at the end of the day. Right before bedtime or early early in the morning take 10 minutes and write down your list for the next day.

Take your To Do notebook with you everywhere. I jot down all kinds of things in the margin during the day on my To Do List. Phone numbers, groc. list, decorating ideas, thoughts that randomly pop in my mind, etc. Take it to town with you, take it to appointments, take it to the groc. store, etc………

You can always go back several days and see what you have gotten done and have a good feeling of accomplishment. As a busy woman sometimes we beat ourselves feeling like we are going all day long and getting nowhere. But, with a check off list even the simplest things get a check mark and make you feel like a real domestic queen for the day !!!!

Another thing I like about my written To Do List ~ is that everyday it is different. There are new things for each day of the week. I have tried the typed To Do List and they never work because everyday is different. So when you write it down you are in charge of what goes on the paper.

Be sure and leave some room at the bottom for adding things that pop up that you weren’t expecting. Yes !!! I write down the new things I did that day that weren’t on the list just so I can see the check mark…. It’s GREAT

I do not like to strike out or draw lines through my accomplishments that day because I go back often and reread my list when I am making a new list and I need to be able to read the items I have listed on my list. Check marks or X’s are better, I think.

Sometimes I have a page of longterm goals or shorterm goals on pages between the pages of my notebook. I have gift giving list in there on the months that I need to shop a lot. Also, there are times that I am out and see a great idea in a magazine that is not mine, I can jot down the idea or recipe or website on my To Do notebook ~

Here is a sample of my typical ~To Do List~ :
~ Prayer
~ Make bed
~ Cook breakfast
~ Vitamins
~ Clean kitchen
~ Exercise video
~ Shower, dress and hair
~ Start laundry
~ Emails
~ Children on schoolwork
~ Plan dinner
~ Vacuum downstairs
~ Mop kitchen
~ Reboot washer/dryer
~ Check mailbox
~ Post on blog
~ Phonecalls
~ Dust master bedroom
~ Feed/water chickens
~ Rest time
~ Work on rental business Q.Books
~ Start dinner at 5pm
~ Finalize today’s laundry
~ Put out any hotspots in house
~ Set table
~ Family dinner
~ Clean kitchen
~ Family time
~ Prepare for bed
~ Read my daily bread Bible portion
~ Hugs and kisses to children
~ Check doors, leash on dog
~ Prayers
~ Lights out

If you aim at nothing you are sure to hit it everytime ~ Zig Ziggler

~ Teresa

Published in: on February 24, 2010 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Clean Cupboards ~


It only takes 15 minutes to put a kitchen cabinet in good order. It does not take all day to reclaim victory in your cupboards 🙂

~1. Set your timer for 15 min. and remove everything out of your kitchen cabinet (one cabinet at a time). Maybe only one a day.
~2. Wipe down the inside shelving with a damp cloth or baby wipe. Use hot soap water if it is really dirty.
~3. Put things back in a neat and organized fashion remembering to disgard and throw away anything that is old, broken, un~used or no longer needed.
~4. Label your containers and shelves for the ultimate orgainzational appearance.
~5. Once the cabinets are in good order, take 15 minutes a week to watch and maintain your hard work. Keep them nice 🙂

Close the cabinet door and you will S~M~I~L~E the next time you open it to get out something. Yes, it is worth 15 minutes !!!

Also don’t forget about your cabinets under the bathroom sinks !!! YIKES, it only take 15 fast minutes to be proud of them, again.

Still want more order????. peep into the linen closet??? Take it all out and refold it and stack like minded things together. Throw those old ball-ie sheets out, those towels you got for your wedding shower 10 yrs ago, they are dead !!! Buy 2 new things a week until slowly restock your linen closet with fresh nice bed linens and towels….you’ll be so glad you did.

~Keeping the House in order~
Teresa

Published in: on February 24, 2010 at 7:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Biblical Womanhood ~

I appreciate Pastor Voddie Baucham’s view on “Biblical Womanhood” and hope it challenges and encourages you to raise the standard higher for this generation and the ones to come.

~ with much love and support
Teresa

Published in: on February 21, 2010 at 2:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Brownie Sheet Cake ~

~ Brownie Sheet Cake Recipe ~

Having a church meeting?? Having a passel of young folks over?? Family get-together??
This recipe is just what you need to satisfy that chocolate tooth craving !!!
It makes a big pan and will serve a lot of folks …..

~ from Teresa’s kitchen recipe box

Here how to do it:
Pull out a soup pot and put on the stove (this will be your mixing bowl:-)
Here is what you’ll need:

2 sticks of butter
1 cup of water
4 tablespoons of cocoa
2 eggs
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 cups of all purpose flour
2 cups of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking soda

Melt butter and water in pot.
Add cocoa, eggs, sour cream, salt, soda, vanilla and mix well.
Then add sugar and stir in flour.
Remove pot from stove and pour into sheet greased/sprayed sheet pan.

~Bake in a 13X17 inch sheet pan (I got mine from SAM’S) and love it !!!!
Bale @350 for about 30- 35 minutes.

Frosting:
1 stick of butter
6 tablespoons of milk
4 tablespoons of cocoa
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Melt butter, milk,and cocoa, stir in sugar and vanilla and pour over warm cake.
Cool and serve it on the sheet pan !!!

The is a crowd pleaser, guaranteed !!!

Published in: on February 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm  Comments (3)  

Breast Feeding ~

~Breastfeeding protects your baby from gastrointestinal trouble, respiratory problems, and ear infections
~Breastfeeding can protect your baby from developing allergies.
~Breastfeeding may boost your child’s intelligence
~Breastfeeding may protect against obesity later in life
~Breastfeeding may protect your baby from childhood leukemia
~Breastfeeding may protect your baby from developing type 1 diabetes
~Breastfeeding may protect preemies from infections and high blood pressure later in life
~Breastfeeding may lower your baby’s risk of SIDS
~Breastfeeding helps you lose weight
~Breastfeeding can lower your stress levels and reduce postpartum bleeding
~Breastfeeding may reduce your risk of some types of cancer
~Breastfeeding may protect against osteoporosis later in life

You’re probably well aware that breast milk is best for your baby, but did you know that the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition? In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. And scientific studies have shown that breastfeeding is good for your health, too.

Published in: on February 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Home Making ~

A wife a man chooses should be a good housekeeper. To some romantic young lovers this will seem a very prosaic feature to put into the picture. They are moving just now in a sort of third heaven atmosphere, in which such matters as housekeeping seem almost profane. But never mind; they will not be many weeks married before they will come down out of the clouds to walk on common earth, and then alas, if the poor woman does not prove a good housewife!

An ancient philosopher, roaming at night, and gazing at the sky while he walked, stumbled and fell. His companion said to him, “One should not have his head in the stars while his feet are on the earth.” There are women who live in sentimental dreams, among the stars, neglecting meanwhile the duties which lie close to their hands. It may be set down as a positive rule, whether in palace or cottage, that the wife whose home will be happy and permanently beautiful must know how to work with her own hands at the commonplace, housewifely tasks which the days bring to her. Good breakfasts, dinners, and suppers, good bread, good coffee, in a word, good housekeeping – far more than many young lovers dream does wedded happiness depend upon just such unromantic realities as these.

One of St. Paul’s special counsels for young women is that they be .“keepers at home” As our common version renders it and that is good too; but in the Revised Version it reads “workers at home.” That is, the place for a young wife’s most sacred duty is in her own home. No doubt women have a wide field for Christ like usefulness in ministering to human need and sorrow outside; but in performing such ministries, however beautiful and noble, a wife should never neglect her divinest duties, – those which lie within her own doors. A young man in choosing a wife would better seek one, a prominent feature of whose piety it is to be a good housekeeper and homemaker.

Published in: on February 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Washing Dishes ~

Washing Your Dishes By Hand
There are two methods you can use to wash your dishes by hand. One requires a double bowled sink and one is for those with just one sink in the kitchen. Besides that, they take roughly the same steps. Before you start the actual washing process, you should scrape any leftover food into the trash. You can also run it through the garbage disposal, but then you risk clogging the sink.

1. Fill the sink with hot water
Use the hottest water that you can without making it so hot that you burn yourself. Don’t fill the sink all the way to the top, since you need room to drop the dishes in. Make it about half full. If you’d like you can fill a large bowl in the sink instead of the sink itself. This will make it a little easier if you have to change the water.

2. Soak pots and pans
If you have any dishes that have baked on grime that will be hard to get off, such as pots or casserole dishes, fill these dishes with the hot water as well and set them on the counter so that they are out of the way. Let them sit for about ten to 15 minutes. You can also put smaller dishes with baked on crud in these pans, such as spatulas and knives.

3. Add soap
Add a couple squirts of dish soap for hand washing to the sink and stir it around with your hands to make a uniform solution with lots of bubbles. If the soapy water is hard on your hands, you can wear a pair of rubber gloves. This will also protect you from cutting yourself on any utensils.

4. Start washing
Begin with the glasses and delicate plates, such as those used for dessert. Then proceed to the dinner plates, and then the pots and pans and utensils that had been soaking. Simply immerse the dishes in the water and scrub any grease, sauce or food off by using a kitchen brush, sponge or steel wool pad. Since steel wool can be abrasive, don’t use it on dishes made from delicate materials, like stainless steel.

Replace the water and add more soap whenever it becomes too full of gunk to really clean any subsequent dishes.

5. Rinse the dishes

As you finish with scrubbing each dish, you want to rinse it off under the tap, or in the second sink if you’re using the double-bowled method. For this method, you can simply fill the second sink with lukewarm water and dunk the dishes in to rinse them, replacing the water as needed. If you don’t have a second sink, just rinse the dishes under the tap. You may need to drain out a little of the water as you do so. Using lukewarm water is fine.

6. Check the dishes
After you rinse each dish, double-check that you’ve gotten it completely clean. Any remaining sauce or food will be fairly obvious, but you may have to remove your gloves and check with your fingers to ensure that you’ve gotten off all of the grease. If any amount of soil remains, repeat steps four and five. If you still can’t get the dish clean, you can try soaking it longer or using a stronger cleaning solution.

7. Dry the dishes

Once you’re sure each dish is indeed clean, dry it off using a dish towel. Don’t use a bath or hand towel since the lint may stick to your dishes. You’ll want to dry the dishes as you go, not save them all for the end, since you don’t want them to get streaks or spots from sitting wet. If you can, recruit a friend or friends to help you dry. It’s an easy task; they’ll still be your friends after this. If this isn’t an option, you can leave the dishes to dry in a drying rack. Be sure to put bowls and glasses in the rack upside down so that the water doesn’t pool.

8. Put the dishes away

Put the dishes away in the cabinet after you dry them. That way they’ll be easy to find later and harder to knock on the floor and break.

Published in: on February 20, 2010 at 4:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Wise Women Build ~

“Every wise woman buildeth her house….BUT the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” ~Proverbs 14:1″

Rather than using her energy to tear down her home, every wise woman devotes herself to building her home. How do you spend your energy? If you are wise, you’ll spend it building and bettering your house.

Time is never wasted when you and I use it to create an enhanced environment for our families and for others. Here is a situation where busy-ness is proper, called for, and desperately needed !!

Don’t be guilty of neglecting to busy yourself with your homemaking 🙂

~ taken from my book: Life Management for Busy Women ~ Elizabeth George

“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
~ Proverbs 24: 3-4

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm  Comments (2)