Verse On The Wall

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him...

2 Chronicles 16:9

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Caramel Corn Recipe

Okay here it is, the most asked about recipe. It is right up there with my thin mints! I found the recipe on recipezaar which is now called it is #273797. The poster said that it is originally from The Taste of Home.

- 8 quarts popped popcorn
-2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. Place popcorn ( 8qts=24 cups) in a large bowl and set aside. In a saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt; bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.

2. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

3. Remove from heat

4. Stir in vanilla and baking soda; mix well. Pour over popcorn until well coated.

5. Pour into two greased 13x9 baking pans

6. Bake, uncovered at 250 degrees for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes

7. When slightly warm break up and put in and airtight container.

My Notes
I use an air popper and 3 tablespoons of kernels equals about 6 cups of popped. 8 quarts of popped popcorn is about 12 Tablespoons.

Wait only about 3 minutes after taking it out of the oven to break up and put in a bowl. If you wait too long it will all just stick together.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Little Help For My Closet

A few weeks ago I started to work on decluttering and organizing my closet. I always put it off since it seemed like such a huge project to take on but at the same time was always a burden to me having it such a mess. With my new habits I am learning from Fly Lady I have decided to tackle it only working only 15 minutes at a time. I set my timer and when it is done so I am. It really is amazing how much you can get done in 15 minutes if you just buckle down and do it!

I found out that I have a good collection of baseball hats and I wanted a better way to store them. I posted on freecycle for one of those hat organizers. I had only 1 person respond and she suggested that I just put a bunch of nails in the wall and hang them that way. I thought that was a great idea (and also a cheap one). I have a perfect wall for that behind the closet door even... Well my husband has a thing about hanging stuff on walls correctly so he didn't go for it. He did however come up with an even better idea. He said he could build me a board and put knobs on it to hang my stuff off of.

I spent $4.50 on the fabric and $14 on the knobs, the wood was leftover from another project and ended you with and nice place for my hats and bags. I must admit I did get rid of over half on my hats as well. Once they were all hung up I noticed that I actually 3 out of my 5 hats that I kept say "Yellowstone". I now can clearly see that I should get rid of a pink "Yellowstone" hat and replace it with a new Blue U.C. Davis hat (I tossed all my old ones)

The closet is not done yet but it is much more livable and no longer stressing me. Just a few more 15's is all it will take.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Towels and Toys

For the past month I have really been working to get the house in order and so far I have been successful in keeping it clean and orderly (the parts I have gotten too to far). Many thanks go to Fly Lady and Motivated Moms. Today I will share a few organizing things that I have done that have helped keep things orderly.

I had one drawer in my kitchen for dish towels and pot holders. It was always stuff full and even more so now since I have been on top of the laundry. I saw this idea about folding dish towels on the Infarrantly Creative blog and thought it was such a great idea (the picture is from the blog). I had a drawer that was holding a few bags so I emptied it out and it became my new dish towel drawer. It looks great and it hold so many more towels! I now have a drawer that has just a few pot holders and a neat dish towel drawer. I liked this so much that I also have a wash cloths and bib drawer and folded my T-shirt drawer this way! It creates so much more room and you can see everything that you have.

Another project that I have been meaning to do for a LONG time was to label the toy baskets. I had great plans of taking cute pictures, laminating them and tying them on with some cute ribbon. Two of the lessons I am learning from Fly Lady if "Do it Now" and that is doesn't need to be perfect. What I ended up doing was just using clip art, Google pics, card stock, packing tape and some string. Once the toys were sorted and grouped I just found a picture that I like and printed it on the card stock. I have some wide clear packing tape so I "laminated" it with that and tied it on the basket with a string. It didn't take very long at all to do!

Since I was on a roll I decided to also tackle Alex's room. He has a shelf of bins that are from Ikea
( I got them at a garage sale) Since there were no clip art pictures to really fit his toys I used Google Pictures and he helped picked the ones that he liked. I just printed them on plain paper and taped them on. It really tool no more then 15 minutes to complete! It should also be easy to change out as needed. Making the baskets and bins labeled makes clean up time very fast and easy. Check out one of my favorite blogs Make It and Love It to see how she labeled her bins.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I'm Back

It has been awhile since my last post but I am now really going to make an effort to post once a week! I am also playing around with the format and the look. This is all pretty new to me and it does not come naturally so things may look a little off at times but I am working on it. I welcome any suggestions and comments along the way.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Review of Sunshine Kids Belt Guard

Originally submitted at Toys R Us

Sunshine Kids Belt Guard Seat is an alarm device that provides an audible alarm if a seat belt is unbuckled. No more worries of child loose in the backseat. Easy to install and fits most vehicle seat belts. CR2032 lithium battery included. Sunshine Kids Belt Guard is the safety device every mom nee...

I Like It

By Jen from Modesto, CA on 7/27/2010


4out of 5

Pros: Easy to install, Small

Best Uses: Toddlers

Describe Yourself: Parent of Two or More Children, Parent of Multiples (Twins etc)

The device lets out a short audible sound when it becomes unbuckled. The noise is not to shrill or annoying but does sound like an alarm. It has helped my 3 year old to know that Mommy WILL know when he takes he seat belt off and he is now doing a great job waiting until I say it is okay to do so. It is nice and small so not very noticeable. I do move his booster seat often in different positions in the car and the device is meant to stay on one spot. I will just have to buy more if I want to use it at more then 1 location.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Kidco PeaPod

I have convinced myself that we need these for the twins. Last year we had our smaller "pod" that we were able to use while camping. It made for a very nice and safe bed for the in our trailer. I have been racking my brain on what we can do this year to have them sleep safely in the trailer. The Kidco PeaPod is the solution. They can still be secure in a bed and we could put them on top of the existing beds.

Our family would also like to start taking some vacations but the thought of having to bring along 2 pack-n-plays, ugh! They takes up so much room (and we need that for our jumbo strollers) and they are heavy and then you have to find a place to set them up....Having the peapod would make traveling easier, especially if we were to fly somewhere. I really don't want to pay for pack-n-plays to fly!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

White Pizza Sauce

I have been making homemade pizzas for lunch lately. Usually I just use a jar of spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese. One day I decided a white pizza sounded really good and I came across this easy recipe for the sauce. It was great and very simple. I also topped it with some chicken breast and mushrooms. I only had string cheese stick so I just sliced 2 sticks and placed it around the pizza it turned out wonderfully.

White Pizza Sauce
enough for 2 pizzas
can also use on pasta

2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 garlic clove minced (I keep a jar of minced garlic in my fridge)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced (I used dried)
1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese (I just used Parmesan since that is what I had on hand)

Heat butter in small saucepan. Add flour and stir until thoroughly mixed. Slowly whisk in milk, adding gradually. Stir in remaining ingredients. Will thicken upon standing.