Spring Fling ~

Spring Fling ~

I don’t know about you but I love to get rid of and throw things away and I strive to keep things neat and organized. But, where does all this stuff come from? I can’t imagine how high it would be if I never threw or gave anything away. I try to take a bag to the Goodwill donation center every two weeks even if it a small one. This info came out of that same little book by Renee Ellison and I will share a paragraph with you that I liked on this topic.

Striving for order ~

Sort and Pitch page 15

Get rid of all excess stuff. There are simply whole trash cans full of stuff that you don’t need sitting around your house, basement and garage. All of this stuffed, wedged, stockpiled paraphernalia weighs you down subconsciously. Sorting down external material possessions stashed on shelves, in boxes, cupboards, drawers and filing cabinets has a profound impact on your psyche.
When you get control of it, it serves to narrow down and define where you are actually going in life. it is a physical way to focus internally. for maximum, immediate freedom, do it for 15 minutes each day as your highest priority and stick with it ” til it’s” completed, even if it takes months.

Eliminate and concentrate ~ dejunk and declutter.

Proverbs 31:27
The wise woman looks WELL to the ways of her household….This is not a casual endeavor. Apply yourself to it.

Published in: on August 31, 2010 at 2:56 am  Comments (3)  

Preparing meals ~

Planning and Preparing Good Meals (on time)

This article is taken from a little book of mine called, Turn-your-head-Home Management Strategies by Renee Ellison. I was reminded again today of how important cooking good home-made meals are. My son told me today that he missed my good old fashion recipes that he loves. He asked when was I gonna fix some of his favorites that he has been missing like: real mashed potatoes, blackberry cobbler, lasagna, old fashion potato soup, green bean casserole, broccoli cornbread, and a few others. Well, I did think back over the last couple weeks and my meal planning needs a revival, lots of repetitious meals. This article encouraged me and I pray it will encourage you too. Here are a few highlights ~

Here’s to some good ol’ home cooked meals this week ๐Ÿ™‚

page 13
If meal preparation does not stay your highest priority through the years of raising a family, your household will suffer by little degrees and by big. Many woman trade meal preparation hours for decorating, phone calls, etc…while their families face dashed expectations over and over.

So, see to it that before proceeding on any personal projects you’ve made sure your family’s food is all prepared for the entire day, the grocery shopping is done for the morrow, the house is fully cleaned and picked up.

It is important to deliver wholesome nutritious food for the families stomach. As a mother you’re engaged in providing food for others from the womb to the tomb. You might as well saddle in and not only get used to it, but work at improving your delivery. since it must be done, the only way to enjoy it is to improve doing it !!!! Running out to meet your meal preparation ahead of time removes the fear and dread of having to do it at all.

A good cook always has one foot in the next meal. Realize meal preparation takes time. Protect that time. Pray for God to help you with ideas when you feel bankrupt and out of steam. Begin to do it with excellence. Finesse both your skill and your delivery.

You optimum strategy is to do all your food preps first thing in the morning. Set out any frozen food needed for the evening meal.

Run out to meet your meals or you’ll be mowed over when they arrive. As long as we’re on earth this is a necessary work, vital work, rewarding work. See to it that you consistently give your best time and your best energies to it. Your family will rise up and call you blessed if you do.

Published in: on August 30, 2010 at 1:23 am  Comments (8)  

Creamy Enchiladas ~

This is a great recipe that I made for dinner tonight. What I like about it is the ingredients are things I keep stocked already so it makes it quick and easy to put together. Hope you enjoy it too.

Happy Cooking ~

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 tbsp of oil
1 med. onion
1 can of rotel
12 oz jar of salsa
8 oz of shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 small can of black olives (optional)
dash of fresh or dry cilantro (optional)
8 -10 flour tortillas (whole wheat are my favorite)

Boil chicken and set aside.
In a skillet, saute onions in oil.
Add shredded cooked chicken.
Add 1/2 can of rotel, whole can only if you want it spicy.
Add almost all of salsa.
Cook and simmer for 10 minutes.

Fill each flour tortilla with meat mixture and cheese and roll up and place seam side down in a 9X13 casserole dish.
Mix sour cream and chicken soup together and pour over top.
Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
Place sliced black olives on top.
Pour remaining salsa down the center.
Sprinkle cilantro on top.
Bake 350 for 30 minutes or so.

When I made this recipe today it made 2 – 9X13 casserole dishes full of Enchiladas and I just had to make another soup/sour cream topping for the second casserole. It makes a lot.
Hope you enjoy it ~

Teresa ๐Ÿ™‚

Published in: on August 25, 2010 at 5:20 am  Leave a Comment  

A Merry Heart ~

Hello friends I pray your day going well. I have been re-reading “Created to Be His Helpmeet” by Debi Pearl. And loving it !!! I am re- discovering all these nuggets that I had forgotten were in there. Here is one I found today that got me to thinking about my need for more cheerfulness. It needs a little tune up and it got it today…. So glad that Debi is not afraid to speak plain !!! Seems that is the best way for me to understand. Hope you are encouraged and challenged to be more cheerful and full of joy today…yes it is a choice, btw.

Sincerely yours ~

A Merry Heart …. page 26 & 27

When he first fell in love with you, you were a sweet little thing, full of laughter and fun. Every day you woke up planning some activity that involved you both. Is he still married to the same sweet little thing? or have you become a long-faced, sickly complainer? Love is like a flower; you can’t expect it grow without sunshine. Has your lover seen your sunshine lately? Is he still your lover? What would he say?

Proverbs 15:13 says “ a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance…” Everyone is drawn to a smile. Who and what is reflected on your face? Does your husband see you as a happy thankful woman? Does he smile when he looks at you, amused at the cheerful little grin on your face and the totally delightful things you think and say ~ even the dumb things ?

Learn to charm him with your mischievous “only for him” grin !!!!!

Published in: on August 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm  Comments (1)  

Back to H/School ~

~ Back to School tips for Homeschoolers~

With thirteen years of homeschooling, I’ve learned that schedules and routines along with eliminating chaos and wasted time, sets the stage for a much better school day. I’m not promising you perfection, but by implementing these practical organizational tips, you should find your school day running more smoothly and efficiently.

First, you should have a school schedule with a starting time, class order, lunch time and ending time.

1. Start by setting a realistic time for everyone to be up by in the morning.

2. Figure out how much time is needed for breakfast and getting ready for the day. You should have a morning routine with every child knowing what they need to do, like getting dressed, making their beds, brushing their teeth, etc. and what time they need to be done by.

3. Then set your school start time. Every child should know the start time and be ready at that time.

4. Next, decide which order you want to do the classes in. These decisions will be affected by how many classes your children do together, how many they do separate and how many they can do on their own.

5. Schedule classes you need to do with children at the same time as classes other children can be doing on their own. This way everyone is doing school and you are free to teach a class without interruption from the other children.

6. You can also have quiet reading assigned or computer school game time for any students that get done with their class before you are done teaching the other children. Every student needs to know which class they should be doing and what to do if they get done early. The goal is to keep things calm, quiet and non-chaotic to create a good learning environment and keep things moving along smoothly.

7. Now, find a good break in classes to set a lunch time. You may also want to have a short recess time after lunch to get some energy out of any restless children.

8. Then do your afternoon classes, ending at a reasonable time. It is good to have a “done by” time set so the school day doesn’t tend to drag on longer than it should.

You should also have specific places for children to be doing school.

1. Pick a place to teach classes that you need to do with your children and places for children to do the classes they will be doing on their own. For example, you could teach classes at the dining room table and have children who are doing classes on their own be in their rooms.

2. Having desks or small tables in their rooms make an excellent place to do school. Older students often do well with being able to go to their room, shut the door and focus on school.

3. If you have the luxury of an extra room in your house, you could set up a school room with desks and assigned seating.

4. The important thing is for every child to know where they should be for specific classes at specific times. This creates a sense of order and routine, which children do well in.

Another important factor to organizing your school day is eliminating distractions that take you away from teaching school. This can be especially hard if you also work from your home like I do. You have to make yourself focus on school and not be pulled away by other things.

1. If you use your computer a lot for work, it helps to not have your computer close at hand while doing school. The “out of sight, out of mind” helps minimize the pull it can have on you.

2. Check your email, sales, articles, accounts and anything else work related in the morning and leave them alone until you are done with school unless you are waiting on something that absolutely can’t wait.

3. Screen your phone calls and do not answer them unless it’s important. You’re not being rude, you’re prioritizing. You can call people back after school is done.

Published in: on August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm  Comments (2)  

Help Meet ~

Traits of a Good Help Meet

* She acknowledges the “good traits” in her man.
* She speaks of her husband with esteem.
* She defers to him.
* She never responds to him with scorn or ridicule.

Try to show your husband noticeable esteem at least three times a day. Plan small habits you can establish that will make it easier to remember, until giving him deference comes naturally.

taken from my book ~ Created To Be His Help Meet, by Debi Pearl

Published in: on August 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm  Comments (6)  

Mexican Lasagna ~

Teresa’s Mexican Lasagna ~

Ingredients ~

2 pounds of fresh ground Turkey or Beef
1 medium onion
1 pkg of taco seasoning mix
1 or 2 bags of shredded mexican or sharp cheddar cheese
1 8 ounce carton of sour cream
1 fresh tomato
1/2 green bell pepper
1 cup of mild salsa
1 small can of sliced black olives
4 – 8 inch flour tortillas
optional – 1 small drained can of kernel corn and black beans

Directions ~

1. Brown ground turkey and chopped onion together.
2. Add taco seasoning mix with a little water.
3. Add Salsa in a separate bowl, dip flour tortillas on both sides.
4. Place 2 tortillas on the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.
5. Layer with 1/2 the meat mixture.
6. Layer of cheese.
7. Light sprinkle of salsa and sour cream.
8. Layer another layer of dipped flour tortillas.
9. Put remainder of meat mixture.
10.Layer with cheese.
11. Put 2 large dollops of sour cream on top.
12. Drizzle some salsa down the center.
13. Place dices fresh tomato and bell peppers down the center.
14. Place black olives on top.
15. Bake for 30 minutes on 350 degrees.

Enjoy !!!!!
Mrs. Teresa A. Haley

Side Dish Ideas:
Spanish Rice
Chips and Dip
Mexican Corn with red bell peppers
Refried Beans sprinkled with cilantro sprigs

Published in: on August 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm  Comments (5)  

Housewife Evaluation ~

I found this in a book called “Domestic Planner, Home Organization Manual” and wanted to share it with you today. Pretty ouchy in spots. Answer the questions honestly. Hope it encourages you to be a better housewife this week ~

Sincerely ~
Teresa Haley

Housewife Self-Evaluation Test

1. When you get up in the morning, what do you do?
a. get up and have no plan for the day.
b. get up and immediately start the tasks for the day.
c. get up and think about what you should do.

2. What describes you best when you go to a meeting, appointment, or social event?
a. late!
b. 5-10 minutes early.
c. on time !

3. How well do you stay in your budget?
a. What budget???
b. you budget for household items and function within the budget.
c. you’ve tried different budgets, which only seem to work for short periods of time.

4. Unexpected guest arrive at your home. What do you do?
a. panic !! Consider not answering the door.
b. happily greet them.
c. throw a few things in the closet and answer the door.

5. When it is time for bed where do your clothes go?
a. in a pile on the floor, with the rest of the weeks clothes.
b. in the laundry room or basket.
c. on a chair, to be dealt with later.

6. What do you do when you take laundry out of the dryer?
a. put it in a pile on top of the dryer.
b. fold it promptly put it away.
c. fold it and leave it on top of the dryer.

7. How often is your house cleaned?
a. hardly ever !!
b. regularly.
c. when it needs it.

8. You get the mail from the mailbox, What do you do with it?
a. throw it on top of the other mail.
b. sort and act on each piece immediately.
c. put it on the counter to sort through later.

9. You can not close your junk drawer. How do you solve this problem?
a. leave the drawer open.
b. clean it out and reorganize it.
c. pull out a few items so it will close.

10. What is your motto?
a. put off today what you can also put off tomorrow!!
b. file it, Don’t pile it.
c. if you don’t succeed then try, try again.

Published in: on August 6, 2010 at 1:44 am  Comments (9)  

The Family Altar~

The family altar is where you draw your children to the Lord. There is no other education that can compare with this.

Here are steps to take in building your family altar ~

#1 Start now. Do not put it off.
#2 Get a good devotional book suitable for the age of your children or choose a passage of Scripture to read for each day.
#3 The husband should take the lead in establishing and leading the family altar. If the husband is unable to do so, the wife can do her part.
#4 Encourage everyone to pray. Teach children not to mumble their prayers.
#5 Pray passionately. Remember, the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
#6 Sing a song of praise.
#7 Continue the family altar, even when you have visitors.
#8 If you miss a night, quickly get back to doing it.

Published in: on August 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm  Comments (11)