Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Quality time Challenge

Each member of our families deserve some quality time with us. One on one time that is focused on them. My challenge to you (and myself) is for this month make time for one another. This is the month of love after all! So forget that the floors may be a little dirty, or dishes need to be done and take 10 minutes to spend time with a family member. Then tomorrow do the same with another family member, and so on. Today is my time with my son, tomorrow my daughter, and every night is my time to snuggle up to my husband.

Let me know what changes. I have heard it can help lower sibling rivalry. I am willing to give it a shot. Worst case is they will still fight and we will gain a few memories to cherish later.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Toy Box Cleanout

Today is the day. My kids are not going to be happy. I am going to do a full clean out of their rooms. I know they still play with some of those broken toys (do not work as intended), but it is time to get rid of some stuff. So while my son is at school I will attack his room, and start on my daughter's.

I need to stop by the store and pick out some new totes to organize some of the toys, but for the most part it will be trash, donation, and craigslist. Want to join me? It gets on my nerves to clean their rooms and have overflowing toy boxes.

I also hope to find that missing Mario Party DS game that did not get put up and has not been seen in about a week. (I'm guessing it is at the bottom of the toy box or under the bed.)

So wish me well. Hopefully the kids will be excited to have organized rooms, and not miss any toys that disappear.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Kids and School

Ok moms (and stay at home dads). It is time to admit it. As much as we love our kids there is nothing better than when you can send the last one off to their first day of school. We love that quiet that hits the house for the first time in years. But there is one thing I am guilty of and that is not giving that time up occasionally for the school.

Our schools are fighting to try to make ends meet. You want your kids to be in the best school? The time you give to your school will help them be better. It gives the teachers a little help they need, but the school cannot afford.

I volunteered my time to help my son's class with celebrating their 100th day of school yesterday. It felt great and my son was in heaven. I realized that one of my fondest memories was when my mom came into my school as a kid and I could show off how smart and cool she was. Yes this has to be done before they are preteens. My son was so excited, the teacher grateful, and I had a blast!

So talk to your kids teachers and ask if you can go help out a few days a month. I promise you will feel better for doing so.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Trying to be healthy

Wow! I cannot believe it has been a year since I posted last. It has been another crazy year. We have started to remodel the house, and now both of my children are in school. I apologize for not posting. I am getting on track and plan to post daily.

So for today's post lets focus on a new recipe. My family and I are trying to make all healthy choices and make this new year a slimmer one. So I am on the search for new recipes to try and come up with a few of my own that are cheap yet healthy. So here is two of my new experiences to share with you. First I tried the Banana Soft Serve, and I did not like it. It needs something to off set the texture, so I will play with it and let you know if I find something I like.

Second, I found this recipe that made my whole family eat in silence. Trust me, if my 6 year old son is too busy eating to talk that means it is a huge hit! Two cups each were enough to fill both my husband and I. I served them with salad and steamed broccoli. So I will post the recipe and also include the link on the bottom of the page.

Cheesy Chicken Cups


    1 can Buttermilk Biscuits (10 biscuits)
    1 cooked chicken breast, cut into small pieces
    1 can Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup
    2/3 c. FF Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    1 TBS dried parsley flakes
    1/2 tsp. black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place each biscuit into a muffin pan. Press the biscuits into the holes (and up the sides) to form cups In a bowl, combine chicken, soup, cheese, parsley, and pepper. Mix well. Spoon evenly into cups.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Weight Watchers Points:
2 chicken cups: 5 points
3 chicken cups: 7 points

Number of Servings: 10