Gratitude Sunday

Gratitude Sunday
Sunday’s heart felt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.

Here are some things I am grateful for this week:

1. Warm days where my girls read magazines together in the sun.

2. A silly boy who gets to enjoy the sun with us.

3. Beautiful bouquets of dandelions from little girls who love me.

4. Snacks outside in the sun

5. Little bumblebee girl playing the book xylophone with blocks. 

6.  Goofy grins from my baby girl wearing daddy’s cap.

7.  Sunlit days spent on the step with the little neighbour girl.

8. Yellow fields with my girls.

9. Goofy boy sticking his tongue out at me.

10. My babies hugging each other. 

Great Tips for an Easier Way to Clean Your Home

Seal your stove’s drip pans or burner grates in Ziploc bags with a few tablespoons of ammonia. Let sit overnight. Wipe clean.

http://www.cuteasafox.com/2013/09/pinterest-cleaning-tips-tested.html

Soak a paper towel in vinegar and wrap around sink fixtures for about an hour to remove hard water stains.

http://www.cuteasafox.com/2013/09/pinterest-cleaning-tips-tested.html

 Fill a dish wand with 1 part vinegar to 1 part dishwashing liquid and leave it in the shower. Scrub down the shower before you get out of it yourself. (also works on the tub after a bath)

http://joyfulhomemaking.com/2012/08/simple-shower-and-tub-cleaner.html

 Remove Grease Stains With Chalk 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/how-to-remove-grease-stain-with-chalk_n_2095134.html

How To Clean a Blender In 30 Seconds

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-a-blender-in-30-seconds-without-taking-it-apart-first-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-200776

Don’t Scrub Your Toilets: Instead, fill a mason jar with vinegar. Punch a couple of small holes in the metal lid with a nail. Drop that jar into your toilet’s water tank upside down. 

http://thediyguineapig.blogspot.ca/2013/03/no-scrub-toilet-bowl-cleaner.html

Nuke Your Sponges: To kill the bacteria on your sponges, microwave a damp sponge for two minutes.

http://momsagainstcooties.com/want-to-help-keep-foodborne-illness-out-of-your-home-zap-that-kitchen-sponge/

How to fix scratched plates:  Don’t throw your plates that have a trillion scratches on them! Instead just use a mild abrasive liquid! 

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/tips-for-cleaning-dinnerware-164790

Remove rust spots from cutlery by Using lemon!

http://www.thekitchn.com/clean-spotty-knives-with-lemon-juice-embracing-the-moment-174238

Guacamole Deviled Eggs (Vegetarian, Low Carb)

  • 4 whole eggs in the shell
  • 2 avocados – peeled, pitted, and mashed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced green onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice    
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style prepared mustard
  • 1 pinch paprika
  1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, and peel. Slice eggs in half, and remove yolks to a mixing bowl.
  2. In the bowl with the yolks, combine the avocado, cilantro, green onion, and jalapeno. Stir in the lime juice, and season with salt, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard. Mix well, and fill empty egg white halves. Chill until serving. Sprinkle with paprika just before serving.

Saturday Photohunt: Azure and Creative

The Saturday PhotoHunts for this week are: Azure and Creative.  In the first two pics my middle girls are being creative with sidewalk chalk and you can see the Azure sky overhead.  The last pic is of the creative birthday cake we had last July and I loved the Azure flowers.

Sweet Dilemma

My sweet Magpie is a thinker.  She thinks about things, she feels things deep.  So, it doesn’t surprise me that she has plans for her future.  She is loving and sweet and caring.  So, again it didn’t surprise me that she kept planning to be a mommy as she says, “like you mommy!”  It did surprise me when one day she declared that she wanted to be an astronaut.  But upon further thought, it made sense, she loves science and space and planets.  But the biggest surprise was when she started crying at nap time.  She had been in her room deep in thought and it crossed her mind that when she was in space she would be away from her family and the thought of being so far away from all the people she loved broke her heart.  So, she called out to me sobbing, “Mommy, I don’t want to be an astronaut anymore.  I want to be a mommy like you and stay home with you.”

So we had a talk and I explained that astronauts don’t live in space.  They go to space for a visit and come back like when daddy goes to work and comes home.  I explained that she can be anything she wants and she can be a mommy too if she wants too.  I explained that she could even be a mommy and an astronaut too.

It really emphasizes the kind of person that she is .  She went in her room and really thought about things.  And she thought of all that was entailed in being an astronaut and the thought of being far away from her family reduced her to tears.  I LOVE my Princess Magpie.  So thoughtful at only five years old.

Tomato and Egg Fry-Up (low carb, vegetarian)

  •     2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  •     4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  •     4 eggs
  •     salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. In frying pan, warm oil over medium heat. Add tomatoes to frying pan and cook until juices begin to evaporate, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Break eggs into frying pan and cook to desired firmness without breaking yolks. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Some Days

Some days you have to make the best out of things.  I have been sick the last couple of days, with mysterious headache and back pain, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying my kids.  They are loving the warm weather and it is sweet to watch them.

Here is Princess Belle with the little girl next door.  She loves kids the same age as her sisters.

Here is Princess Magpie and Princess Snifflefritz playing in the dandelions.  I love them surounded by a field of yellow.

And here is a silly Little Prince, watching his sisters and sticking his tongue out at me