Granola Roll-Up

What’s for breakfast at your house?

CEREAL?  OATMEAL?  EGGS?

We actually have a schedule here and it has worked for us for years!

Don’t get us wrong, we have made adjustments along the way like the death of the yogurt parfait.  (Worked when they were younger, but not filling as they grew older.)

A schedule is just a great way to streamline the morning.  It takes the guessing out and when school is in session……………. ain’t no one got time for second guessing.  Can we get an AMEN?

So here’s what it looks like here:

M- Cereal*

T- Eggs (burrito, sandwich, fried, scrambled, whatever we have time for)

W- Treat Cereal (First bowl..any after that must be “good” cereal)

Th- Oatmeal or Granola Roll-Ups (Recipe below)

F- Cereal*

S- Whatever happens based on plans

Sun – Family Breakfast/Brunch (full on waffles, bacon, etc)

*Cereal must meet “Mom” standards – Dietary Fiber 5g or higher, Protein 5 g or higher, Less than 10g of sugar examples Wheat Chex, GrapeNuts, Kashi, Mini-Wheats are just a few.

These are just a guideline for us, but it does also make shopping easier.  ALL ABOUT MAKING IT EASY!

So here is the “recipe” for………

GRANOLA ROLL-UP’S

This is a quick breakfast and can be adapted to personal preferences.

Here’s what you need -

  • Tortilla (whole wheat, regular, or whatever you use)
  • Peanut Butter (natural, creamy, chunky, almond)
  • Apples (or banana works really well too)
  • Granola (have also used Kashi too)
  • Honey, if desired
  • Nuts and raisins are also nice additions

1) Take tortilla and spread your peanut butter of choice all over in a thin layer

step 1 rollup

2) Chop up apples in small dice and add to center of burrito

step 2 rollup

3) Add granola.  If in big chucks, try to break it up a bit so the roll-up will…..roll.

step 3 rollup

4) Add honey if desired.  *We mostly do this when it’s a non-sweetened peanut butter or if the apple is on the tart side.

5) Roll up burrito style and cut in two.

granola rollup

6) ENJOY!

Any favorite breakfast meals your family enjoys?

 


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Junk in the (Mailbox) Trunk

Three items can appear each time you walk to get your mail….

BTW- Did anyone ever have, or still have, a mail slot?  We, Salvage Sister’s family growing up, use to have one in our home in Chicago.

1) THE GOOD -A letter from a friend (although a rare species), favorite magazine, package you ordered, or even a check.

2) THE BAD – BILLS, BILLS, and more BILLS!  Maybe a tax audit.  You know this kind of mail.

3) THE INDIFFERENT – Junk mail, coupons, catalogs, etc

You pretty much have a handle on the first two.  You enjoy the first and deal with the second so you have a house to live in (or car to drive).

The THIRD…ah…that’s where the problems can come in.  Sometimes this mail is “middle” mail.

The true junk (POLITICAL ADS…anyone like these?) gets thrown away/recycled BUT WE HAVE SOME IDEAS FOR YOU………………………….

  1.  If you are a crafter, there are lots of craft projects you can do like making beads, bookmarks, etc!
  2. Shred the non-glossy, black and white,paper and use it as compost.
  3. Shred the colorful paper and use it as fill for presents in gift bags.
  4. Catalogs, that you want, can be used for home decorating inspiration and they are FREE.  Catalogs that you don’t want, call the toll-free # to “opt-out”.  AND they can be great for collages and kids art projects.
  5. Paid Envelopes can be used for grocery lists.  You can put your coupons right inside, and you are ready for the store.
  6. Paper that is only printed on one side becomes scratch paper.  We have a designated spot for this in the house so it’s not all over the place.  (More on this below.)
  7. Crumble up the paper and use it as packing material for presents you are sending soon (In case you missed the signs, Christmas is coming up).
  8. Anyone into Origami?
  9. If you are a teacher or homeschool parent, here are some GREAT IDEAS!
  10. Last but not least, if you have paper punches, this is a great way to make your own confetti.  (Favorite way!)

junk mail confetti- turn junk mail into something useful

———> To cut down on junk mail, get on the National Do Not Mail List. <——–

Now onto the “middle” mail solution…………….

ORGANIZING TIP - For the next two weeks, separate your “middle” mail immediately into different categories….coupons, catalogs,  to read.  After the two weeks, have a designated spot for the items you do want to keep i.e. “This is where I will keep Restaurant Coupons” or “Catalogs to look at”.  Now pick a day to deal with these before you end up with 20 catalogs and expired coupons.

Would love to learn how you deal with your junk mail.


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9 Natural Pest Eliminators

Awhile back, we posted on our ant “situation”.  If you want to read more, which of course you should, you can read about it HERE.  But just to let you know ahead of time, we are NOT pro-ant!

Since we are not pro-ant, we needed a way to eliminate these little buggers!  But you know what else we are not fond of……… chemicals!   We want to do as much pest control naturally, if at all possible.  It’s not only a win avoiding chemicals, but it’s also a win to save $$ buying said chemicals.

Anyone else with us?

hometalk 9 natural pest eliminators

Hometalk, which is the largest home & garden knowledge hub on the web, recently reached out to us……whooohooo, to curate a board on natural pest eliminators.

We were thrilled to put this together and help others avoid chemicals and save some $$$$$.

You can find 9 Natural Pest Eliminators HERE on our Hometalk board.

There are TONS of great ideas like this and more on Hometalk so join and follow our board there.  We will be posting, pinning, and clipping tons of great ideas on “Making the most with what you got!”

P.S.- As always don’t forget to tell us what natural pest eliminators works for you and what doesn’t.  We are all about the learning process.

P.S.S.- Thank you Hometalk for allowing us to curate this board!


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HALLWAY IS DONE!!!!!

We have been working on our Hallway for a few months.

There was a list of MANY things that needed to be done….

  • Flooring
  • Switches
  • Molding
  • Painting
  • Painting
  • More Painting

…………….but we kept at it.

You can check out previous posts to see what we have done, but here is the basic before and after:

BEFORE

hallway take 1

And here is the …………

AFTER

hallway finished after
And…..

hallway finished two

And …….

hallway after picture

Why check out previous posts in this hallway series?  Well there are details on what we did and the comedy of errors along the way!

Our next DIY project?

We are finishing the dinning area so come on by to check it out.

…..Each Wednesday we will highlight a project we are working on.  Since our blog is “Making the best with what we have”, we hope to inspire those to see how you can do just that.

 


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What to do on Halloween?

This has been a question in our family for YEARS!

Some Christians feel this “holiday” should not be celebrated at all.  Some do.

Both The Mister and I celebrated as children, in Christian homes.

The Mister would prefer if we didn’t celebrate this day at all.  Don’t give a foothold. (Eph 4:27)

I don’t mind as long as it’s clean fun as all holidays have sketchy roots.  It’s what we do with them- what’s in our heart. (I Cor 10:23)

Sound familiar?

Many families may struggle with this as well.

christian ideas for halloween

We still don’t quite have it all figured out, and we have an 18 and 13 yr old,  but here’s what we have done in the past, or know others have done:

  • Fall Harvest Festivals at churches
  • Have a family night at our home with pizza/movies (Note-If you choose this option decide how you are going to handle the doorbell/candy situation.)
  • Get together with other families
  • Go Bowling, Roller Skating, or to the Movies (If you are avoiding scary costumes/situations, ask around to see how the businesses are setup this day)
  • Challenge your kids to come up with costumes that would be Biblical in nature (Noah and the animals)
  • Throw a party that will be appropriate (and so you know what’s going on)
  • Go outside, hand out candy as usual, and use it as a way to get to know your neighbors (maybe even play some Christian music)
  • A family “minication”..weekend getaway
  • Have a reformation celebration

As your children get older, make sure to explain to them where you are coming from and even ask for their input!

We realize this is a personal decision each family needs to make.

Whatever your decision, we would like to ask that we don’t look down upon others as they try to do what they think is right on either side (believer or non-believer).

BARGAIN ALERT…….Finally, one of the things we use to do when the kids were little is buy costumes after Halloween.  They were deeply discounted and the kids like to play dress up all year long.


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Five Minute Monogrammed Pumpkin

WARNING………………………….

Super easy project ahead!

If you want a quick way to add some character to your pumpkin, this is it!

five minute monogramed pumpkin

Supplies -

  • Pumpkin
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Computer/Phone/Tablet (Unless you can draw without looking at an example.)

Yep, that’s it!

  1. Do an internet search for a monogram for the initial of your last name.
  2. Take your pumpkin and find the section you want to face front.
  3. Looking at the image from the internet, draw a similar image onto the face of the pumpkin with a pencil.
  4. Make any changes you need.
  5. Trace over the pencil with the Sharpie color of your choosing.

Well how’s that for “making the most with what you got”?

Honestly, it may take a few more minutes, but not much.  Very little time was spent searching for a monogram or getting this perfect.

If you do a Five Minute Monogrammed Pumpkin, will you show us on Instagram or Facebook?

motivational monday looly jane


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Domestic is NOT a Four Letter Word

I was in the middle of monogramming a pumpkin for our front porch……right after I had fixed a few of my sons shirts (minor alterations) and had made some cookies for my oldest (he was having some friends over for a belated birthday get together).

The house was smelling DELICIOUS and looked festive!

As I looked around, I felt great about what I had accomplished that day.  I was feeling very domestic despite the pumpkin took 5 minutes, I can’t sew much…. but enough to fix a button hole and attach some new ones….and the cookies were a modified box recipe.

But isn’t “Domestic” a four letter word?

If someone were to say a man is domestic, it’s suppose to be an insult.

Animals that are domestic(ated) are seen as pulled from their original habitat and tame.

Even women, who naturally have a nesting instinct, are viewed as not reaching their full potential.

I believe this is one of the reasons blogging is so popular among women.  It’s a place to feel validated for all the wonderful things women can……….and so willing do for those they love.

Think about it…..

Interior Designers……Paid Profession!

Chef’s……Paid Profession!

Artist…Paid Profession (well sometimes)!

Financial Advisor….Paid Profession!

Painter….Paid Profession!

Nanny…Paid Profession!

Seamstress….Paid Profession!

Maid….Paid Profession!

………I could go on and on!

Yet somehow if a women does these for her family, she is “domestic” and all the views that come with that.

Even though I have worked outside the home for a lot of years, I take great joy in the things I do for my family.  And if someone does this for their home, shouldn’t they get the same respect that someone who would get paid to do it?

Well I for one take great joy in these jobs and am not afraid to say it…..

Domestic is not a four letter word

 

How about you? Do you think domestic is a negative or positive word?

P.S. – The 5 minute pumpkin is coming up in the next post.

P.S.S. – Did you know it’s FREE to get our updates to your email?  Just add your email address to the “Get Updates” section right under our picture on the right side.  You will NOT get any junk mail…just a notification that a new post is up!

 

 


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The Blog Hobnob

Welcome to the October Edition of the

New Linkup~

August Edition

 We were invited, by Kim at Made in a Day, to participate in The Blog Hobnob, formally known as my Blog Hop Social.

We are thrilled to be part of it!!!

Here are the guidelines. This Blog Hop is a Meet & Greet where you can connect and network with other bloggers in various genres! Link up below and check out other blogs, follow them on social media and leave a nice comment! Super easy to make new friends!

This is a monthly Link Up. It will start on the first day of the month and will stay open until the last day of the month. So stop back by and check out who’s new each week!

OCTOBER Hobnob Co-Hosts

Made in a Day~ {Host}

Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Google+ / Instagram

My Pinterventures {Co-Host} ~

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+

The Doyle Dispatch {Co-Host} ~

Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Bloglovin

Our House, Now a Home {Co-Host} ~

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My Silly Little Gang {Co-Host} ~

Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Google+

Krafts & Kiddos {Co-Host} ~

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Salvage Sister & Mister {Co-Host} ~

Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Google+

Guess What?

We need a few Monthly Co-Hosts!

I’d love to share the Hobnobber Spotlight and of course, gush over you through Social Media throughout the month! XOXO

~email me for more info!

Here’s how to join the party:

Link up ONLY your HOMEPAGE

Do not link to a post. This is not a Post Linky Party.

{All other Links will be deleted}

Follow me and my Co-Hosts via Social Media and/or blog!

I always follow back!

Be Sweet and Share the party!

Tweet: The NEW October Blog Hobnob is open! I'm networking with great bloggers, are you? @madeinaday1 #bloghop

Want to host the party on your blog?

Then grab the code in link below~

get the InLinkz code

Add my party button, make a new post on your blog and share the party! Super

XOXO KIM

Share the Hobnob Love!~

Made in a Day

 



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The Aftermath of a BBQ Bash

 

Have you ever had a BBQ Burger Bash?

Recently our son’s school had one with all the fixins……

Ketchup, mustard, mayo, tomato slices, pickles, lettuce, and rings of onions.

Now you know all those goodies won’t be used up.  LEFTOVERPALOOZA

So what do you do with all those leftovers?  Cause you know throwing them away is not an option!

using up leftover BBQ fixings

We have some ideas for you………………..

  • Mix your ketchup and mayo for some fry sauce, here is a recipe
  • Your lettuce will go first, so use it up quickly.  You already have the makings for a basic salad with onions, tomatoes, and maybe a easy homemade Thousand Island Dressing
  • With your lettuce and tomato you can add some bacon for a BLT
  • Take those onion rings and make crispy onion ring appetizers
  • Pickles can be blended up for a homemade dill pickle relish
  • Usually the lettuce is in big pieces just ready to be used as lettuce cups
  • Tomato slices can be used for a caprese salad
  • Onions can also be caramelized, YUMMY! (recipe below)
  • Roast up the tomatoes and maybe some onions for a simple pasta sauce, just add a little garlic

Those are just a few of our ideas.  Now what would you make with any of these leftovers?

how to caramelize onions

Caramelized Onions

1) In a large skillet, add a tbsp of your choice of oil, on medium heat

2) Add your leftover onion rings in a large pile

3) As onions release their moisture they will reduce.  Stir frequently.  Once they start to brown add a bit of water, a little bit of sugar, and a pinch of salt.  Scrap up the bottom of the pan.  That’s your deliciousness.

4) Anytime the pans dry add a little water to it just to keep the onions from sticking to the pan and drying out.

4) Continue to stir and cook the onions until they are soft and caramel in color.

* This is a about a 30 minute process or so, so take your time.

onion graphic

BONUS TIP - Don’t forget to cut up those leftover buns, season them, and toast them up for some croutons.  Can’t use the bread right away, then cube them, label a bag, and freeze them.

 

 


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Our Miracle

Almost 19 years ago I sat in a doctor’s office confirming I was pregnant.  I received the packet of info, prenatal vitamins, and all the information we needed to begin this joyous journey..

The doctor then became concerned.

When he did an ultrasound, he couldn’t find the baby.  OUR BABY!

You could see the concern.

The nurse asked me to leave behind all the materials and started to explain they thought I would be  MISCARRING.

I was told all the things to expect in the next 48 hours.

They scheduled me for a more intense ultrasound just in case, but there wasn’t a lot of hope.

To say the emotions ran rampant during those hours would be an understatement.

It went from overjoyed to waiting for our baby to die in a matter of moments.

Then the waiting…………..

ANXIOUS WAITING!

When would we loose our baby?

48 hours is a long time!

But nothing happened.

At the appointment, for the more intense ultra-sound, a miracle happened….

…… they FOUND HIM!

Our miracle.

He was hiding.

Today that miracle is now 18.  A LEGAL ADULT!

isaiah

Where did the years go?

We are so blessed to have a son that not only has stealth abilities, but he is….

-Obedient

-Loves his family

-Honoring

-Caring

-Loves God

We could go on and one, but we really are so honored to be his parents.

He has taught us so much!!!!!

As most parents know, the unconditional love you have for your children is such amazing thing.    You want to help, protect, and do as much as you can for them.  Even more so when they are a miracle.

Now as he moves to adulthood we have to start letting him find even more of his own way.

It will be another journey, but we are thrilled for this ride of parenthood with him.

Happy Birthday to our “Future Engineer” …or whatever you want to do in life is good with us cause we love ya!

 


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