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Teenagers and Dating

This is not a topic that comes easily to me. Anyone who knew me 20 years ago will probably not believe how my views on dating have changed. When you have daughters and have to be both parents to those daughters, your attitude changes very quickly.

All I can think about is protect, protect, protect.

Protect their hearts.

Protect their emotions.

Protect their bodies.

All I want is for my daughters is to find the very best man for them. One that will respect them and cherish them as much as I do. One that understands what taking care of them means.

This may seem old-fashioned. This may seem conservative. I can not help what my mothering instincts dictate.

First of all, we do not have dating until they are 16. I think I have made some slips in this area lately and it is time to get back on sturdy footing. No one-on-one dating until 16 and, preferably, not much time spent alone. People will ask why on this part and I know. Too much alone time and they will be tempted to do things that shou…

Random Thoughts - April Edition

Since my mind has been so scattered lately, I will attempt to give you all an idea how many different directions it goes!

#1 Prom is this week for Shali! Yeah! To me, this is more exciting than when I went myself. She is not my child who loves dresses so to see her get all dressed up is awesome! Although I broke down today and admitted defeat...I called the stylist about her hair. I can do part of it, but not all of it. Oh well, I shall learn!

#2 In one year, we will not be just getting ready for prom, but also graduation. For me, it is so hard to believe that Shali will be in her last year of high school. Time really does fly!

#3 Why is it when one is trying to simplify their life, do so many people take offense? I quit selling Avon which made some of my customers less than happy. I just didn't have time anymore and I simply have no desire to stretch myself so thin. I also withdrew from all but one of the coupon groups I was in and said no to a few civic commitments. I don't …

We have a new member in our family!

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Welcome to the newest member of our family! She is simply adorable!

Meet Emmie!

Getting her to look at the camera!
Emmie is a seven year old coonhound. When we saw her, we couldn't leave without her! We adopted her from the Paws and Claws Humane Society in Rochester. They had several dogs we liked, but we fell for her. I wanted to give her a forever home that she would be comfortable in and loved a lot!

Photo courtesy of Paws and Claws
This is her adoption photo. She didn't know quite what to think of me yet, but she warmed up quickly! 

She loves to be outside, but when she is inside she like to curl up underneath my desk or on a blanket in the front hallway!
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Tuesday's Thrift Store Finds

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Yesterday, I went to one of our local thrift stores, Everything Under The Sun, to see what she had. She usually has some really cool things in there! I have been on the search for some bigger containers to store my bulk ingredients. This is what I found:


The picture doesn't do this a lot of justice, but I got a 3 gallon Tupperware container, a 1 gallon Rubbermaid container, 2 Tupperware Modular Mates, a purple candle, and a mini curling iron. All I spent was....$3.00! 
Can I get a whoot-whoot!!!
The containers are already in use. The candle was put into the prepping supplies. The mini curling is in the bathroom awaiting the girls to discover it. Shali wanted one to experiment on her hair with for prom. 
I am loving the money I saved from this! Can you imagine how much this would have all cost retail? Yikes!
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Re-evaluating Routines

I have been re-evaluating our household routines for the last few weeks. What I was doing was not working anymore. I have been following FlyLady for quite some time now. She has been wonderful for decluttering my house and getting into a routine. She believes in baby steps and that worked for me, especially after my divorce when I was trying to get my feet back under me again. I would highly recommend her for anyone wanting to declutter their home and start a household routine.

In this stage of life, I am finding that this no longer works for me or for our household. Not that we are done decluttering. We are never done decluttering. That is a constant with a household of our size. But only working on one room a week with a weekly cleaning of the house? That is just not working anymore.

However, I will keep the doing of one load of laundry a day. That has been a game changer at our house! This makes laundry day look a lot more attractive! Shining the sink will also be kept. Believe it…

Think Practical This Easter

Some of you may know, or have figured out by now, that I am not one to go overboard for any given holiday. I like holidays. I dislike the over-commercialism and impracticality of the holidays. Mainly because I see a lot of junk being sold that will just sit around in a closet somewhere gathering dust if it makes to my house.

Easter does not seem as bad as some holidays like Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Hallowe'en. But here is my confession: I find Easter baskets to be totally pointless. They usually aren't made with quality craftmanship, are awkward to store, and do not hold much unless you buy the huge ones. To me, they are not practical at all.

Yes, we do have some baskets. I haven't thrown them out. I just don't use them except for when the kids would like to decorate with them. Nor do I discourage the grandparents from giving them to my kids. That is their prerogative.

I find other ways to hold the Easter bounty that awaits my kids on Sunday morning. In the …

The Way Grandmama Does It: Do You Have The Skills To Survive A Depression?

A great article with an awesome quiz about your skills! If you don't pass, don't worry! You can still learn them. And if I am being honest....I didn't pass either! I have a lot to learn!

The Way Grandmama Does It: Do You Have The Skills To Survive A Depression?: Want to take a simple test?   Do you have the skills to survive a depression? Two years ago (before I had my own blog) I wrote a b...

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Making Chicken Stock

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In our quest to become healthier, more frugal, and self-sufficient, we have been making our own things. Chicken stock is one of them. I think I only have one can of the store-bought stuff left on the shelf. I have been using my homemade variety a little over a year now and I love it! I can my chicken stock and sometimes I will freeze it, but I like canning it the best. No unthawing!

Chicken Stock

The ingredients are very loosely based. It really depends on what I have on hand. I also use the bones and leftovers from when we roast chickens. I will keep these in the freezer and pull them out when I get time to make broth.

1-2 chickens worth of bones and leftovers
3-4 carrots, roughly chopped into pieces
3-4 celery stalks and leaves, roughly chopped into pieces
1 onion, cut up into wedges
3-4 garlic cloves, whole
Salt to taste (I add roughly a scant palmful)
Whole peppercorns (10-12 roughly)
Water to cover the whole thing and then some

Put all ingredients except water into a big pot. I us…