Friday, April 29, 2011

Once Upon a Time . . .

There were three potties . . .

While taking my little sunbeams for a potty break on Sunday,

one little boy kept peeking into empty stalls.

I asked him to please pick one.

I finally heard him say, "Too soft."

It's important to find a potty that is just right!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Veggies on the Side

Remember this fun meal?

Well, here's the recipe for the veggies on the side.

Nana Jan's Vegetable Medley Casserole


1 -2 bags frozen California mix vegetables
1/3 - 1 C sour cream (more = creamier)
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 C shredded cheese *

Place veggies in 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes to soften the vegetables.
Mix sour cream, soup, and 1/2 C of shredded cheese in a medium bowl.
Add to slightly softened veggies.
Sprinkle 1/4 C shredded cheese on top.
Return to oven for 30-50 minutes depending on how soft you want the vegetables.
Optional topping: French fried onions.

*The original recipe calls for swiss cheese, but any cheese will do!

In the picture above, I actually just added some cream of chicken soup to the veggies and sprinkled a little cheese on top. It was less creamy, but still tasty.

Super easy.

Super adaptable.

Super yummy!

Monday, April 11, 2011

DIY Pasteurized Honey - Or Not . . .

I love honey.

I've heard if you eat local honey you may have fewer problems during allergy season. I haven't tested this line of thought myself, but there's probably some truth to it. And it doesn't hurt to try!

I recently found a local lady who sells honey at a great price. It's yummy and the drive is kind of fun too. We pass goats and other farm animals on the way there.

The only thing is, the honey is not pasteurized. Does that matter? Well, the thought of getting botulism is pretty scary. It's pretty rare, but still a concern when you have children.

So, I decided to buy the honey and pasteurize it myself - after googling it of course!

I put the honey in a pot on the stove, stuck the candy thermometer in, and waited for the temperature to rise to 140. It did. And it kept rising. I tried to get it to remain at 140, but I was also feeding the girls breakfast, doing laundry and dishes (separately) and really just not qualified to be in charge of pasteurizing this honey.

So, it may have gotten a little too much heat.

And may have boiled over and made a mess all over the stove at one point.

It also may or may not have been on the stove a little too long.

(I picked the WRONG time of day to do it, really!)

All of these things resulted in honey with what I think is a slight burnt taste. My husband actually likes it. He says it tastes just the same as it did before - it's a wild clover honey and a little stronger flavor than most honey you get in the store.

But, if Mr. Picky-Pants - don't tell him I called him that! ;) - likes it, I guess it's okay and I might even attempt to pasteurize it again. With more research and fewer distractions next time!

What do you think? Do you have any experience with unpasteurized honey?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Game Over?

I use coupons when I shop. I am not a huge couponer, but I try to save money where I can.

Recently, I learned that Kroger will no longer be doubling and tripling coupons.

As a non-avid couponer, I am disappointed.

I wonder what all the avid-couponers are thinking?

Is it game over for Kroger?

One friend says she will by boycotting them as of April 15th (?), the day Kroger officially switches over.

I currently shop at both Kroger and HEB and know which things I prefer to buy from each store. There are some things I don't like from HEB, like their hand soap. It's so thick it clogs up the dispensers. Kroger's flows nicely. But how loyal am I? Will hand soap keep me coming back?

I also really like Kroger's reward points towards gas. Sounds like that incentive will get better with the opportunity to save more than just $0.10 per gallon. With gas prices going up, will it be worth it to continue shopping at Kroger for the savings in gas alone?

How will this affect you? Not at all. A little. Devastatingly.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Conference Weekend

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

If you belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints, you probably watched General Conference all weekend.

Isn't it so nice we can watch it at home now? I remember being really small and trying to sit nicely on those church pews for two hours so my parents would take us out to dinner on Saturdays.

Good memories!

Anyway, if you were able to listen to conference you probably feel a greater desire to do good. I love listening to our Prophet and the other leaders of our church. What a wonderful way to make sure we're on the right track in our lives.

I think most of us walk away from conference with a stronger testimony and goals to become better. One goal I made this conference is to be a better visiting teacher! I am excited to get ideas from this site, and do more for those I visit.