Thursday, August 25, 2016

Help control the CRAZINESS with Routine Charts for Children

As  many of you know I've had many fruitful careers that I have loved and learned from.  Over the past several years my full time professional role can best be described as "Efficiency Expert" (as well as mom, wife, farm owner and blogger!) .  I've used many of the techniques I learned on the job in our home and on the farm as well.  They have helped streamline activities/chores and help tame the CRAZINESS we call life!  

I've shared our menu and activity calendar on Facebook last week and got great feedback and questions.  I'm still working on creating a free download for you but thought I'd share something a little easier to upload while I'm working on the family calendar uploads!!

Last year we added these three routine charts and they helped tremendously!!!  
Morning Routine Chart
The morning routine happens as soon as the kiddos wake up.  They are always ready before we have to leave in the morning so we get extra time to chat and have a relaxing drive to school!

After School Routine Chart
The After school routine happens as soon as they get home from school.  We have sports and activities some nights after school so we usually substitute the "Play time" section for that activity.  This has eliminated the gross lunch containers we used to find in the mornings when packing their lunch.  We also know that they are all ready for the morning with a smooth sendoff.  A bonus side effect of this routine has been learning personal responsibility and contributing to an organized living space! 
Bedtime Routine Chart
The Bedtime routine happens after dinner.  Typically they are excited to read a fun new book so they usually do a great job at this checklist to earn it (although we have had to push on some nights - especially when first introduced)!

Hope this helps tame the crazy in your home like it did ours.  Please leave comments bellow with your great "how we tamed the crazy" solutions below!  We can learn from each other - sharing is caring hahaha :)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Canning green beans the easy way!

Farmer J is always talking about his mamma's canned green beans.  For him that flavor brings him right back to his childhood.  When we started canning we processed ours exactly how she did ... I was blown away by how beautiful they were and the delicious fresh flavor!

Here is how to do it:
  1. Wash and snap your green beans.
  2. Raw pack the green beans in sanitized one quart jars.
  3. Add one teaspoon of salt to each jar.
  4. Pour boiling water over the green beans leaving one inch head space.
  5. Remove the bubbles from the jar by running a spatula or butter knife along the inside wall of the jars.
  6. Add sanitized lids and rings then tighten finger tight.
  7. Pressure can the jars 10lbs for 25min.  *adjust the weight for your altitude if needed*
  8. Use caution when removing the jars from the pressure canner as they are HOT!
  9. Allow to cool completely before labeling and store in a cool dark place.
Let us know in the comments below if you would like some of our green bean recipes!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

My mamma's banana bread recipe


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Mom always made the BEST banana bread!  Every weekend the house smelled amazing and we couldn't wait to dive into that delicious sweet bread.  Here is the recipe:
Ingredients:
Crumble Ingredients:
  • 6 Tbs sugar
  • 4 Tbs flour
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs butter, softened
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven @ 350
  2. Sift flour and add in baking powder, baking soda and salt
  3. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and butter and mix well
  4. Add eggs to sugar/butter mixture and beat until well incorporated and you get a soft texture
  5. Add yogurt, banana and vanilla to the egg/sugar/butter mixture and mix well to combine.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and beat well to combine.
  7. Pour entire mixture into a greased and floured loaf pan
  8. In a small bowl, mix together crumble ingredients (sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter) until mixture becomes crumbly (I use a fork to combine)
  9. Sprinkle the crumb mix on top of the loaf
  10. Bake for 25-30 min or until you can insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean
  11. Let cool before slicing and enjoy :)
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