Archive | February, 2012

Housekeeping Checklist

27 Feb

Okay, so I can’t seem to find exactly what I am looking for when it comes to a housekeeping checklist, so I created one. I figured I would share it on here for anyone who might find it helpful. Click the link below to take you to the PDF.

This is a checklist so that you won’t forget anything when you are cleaning. You can print a copy for yourself or leave a copy for the housekeeper!

–Amber

Check it off!

Housekeeping checklist

Housekeeping Checklist PDF

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Iced Penguin Cookies

21 Feb

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Since I haven’t shared this on my blog yet, and I am trying out the WordPress app, I decided to post these! Cookies are my canvas…at least for the time being.

Lynn’s Fried Rice Recipe

15 Feb
This is a repost of the fried rice recipe from my previous blog. It’s here by special request.. enjoy! Cook it up. I promise, it doesn’t disappoint. πŸ˜‰
My mother-in-law, Lynn (or Lola), makes the best fried rice. Everyone that eats her rice always wants the recipe, so here it is! It is so delicious, you won’t believe how easy it is to make.
First you start out with cooled rice. She usually makes hers in a rice maker the day before. She uses Mahatma rice. There is a difference in good Mahatma rice versus an off brand of rice, she will tell you! Then you break apart the rice so that there aren’t any clumps. She says to break it apart by hand; I don’t know why but this is just how things are done and I don’t question it. πŸ™‚

Get a skillet going over medium heat, and add some oil and chopped garlic.
Now… I know this is going to be hard to believe, but you have to add SPAM! *gasp* Don’t worry, I am an avid Spam hater, and I ate this rice up like it was going out of style…and THEN found out she used Spam. I survived, and so will you. You will like it, I promise. The Spam adds the saltiness you need for the perfect fried rice. So, suck it up, and try it.


Next, you add your rice. The important thing to remember with the rice is to fold it over. If you do too much stirring, your rice gets mushy. Give it time to get a little of the fried texture on the bottom of the rice, then fold it over.


Now you need to add some soy sauce. I do not have a measurement.. just until the rice is a little brown.


You need about this much. It’s an exact science, as you can see.


Mix it all together by folding it over until it looks like this. You won’t get every grain of rice brown. It’s okay to see some white rice.


Now, add your frozen carrots and peas; however much you want.

Lynn. She’s pretty..and she can cook. πŸ™‚


YUM-O! This is the perfect fried rice! She adds a scrambled egg sometimes too. When you do that, you just push the rice to the side, add a tad of oil (just enough so the egg won’t stick to the pan), and crack the egg directly into the pan. Then scramble it up and mix it with the rice. You can also add chicken to the rice. She’s even made this stuff for breakfast with bacon added to it. At first, it was a little weird for me, but who would turn down bacon fried rice?? Hello!

Addison loves Fried Rice. “Mommy loves rice, she eats rice everyday,” is what she told her teachers today at MDO. I assure you that even though it looks like it, that is NOT true, even though this stuff is good enough to eat every day. Try it out and see if you like it!

–Amber

Nothing says "I Love You" like a Ring Pop & Pizza!

14 Feb
Chris and I actually celebrated our Valentine’s Day last night. Mr. Social wanted to make sure and miss the crazy crowds, plus my parents were willing to watch the girls last night. πŸ™‚ We went to our favorite restaurant…. Applebee’s of course, and then we went to see the movie Safehouse with Denzel. (I thought it was a fantastic movie, btw. Very suspenseful.)
So it is a low-key V-day over here. We are hanging out with Mamaw today, instead of our usual Friday visit. She bought the girls some little Valentine’s heart candies, so they are as happy as can be. (And they are actually playing Cinderella as we speak… and Mamaw is the Fairy Godmother. Needless to say, the girls are LOVING it.)

I bought the girls some Princess Ring Pops, and they are happy little campers. AND.. since they are only 2 &4, they don’t have anywhere to actually go to make Valentine’s cards, so instead we are going to hit the clearance rack tomorrow and snag some cheap valentines. We are going to stock up. It’s the best time to get little cards to color to keep them occupied, PLUS all of the little stickers. MK is the sticker queen. I frequently have to “de-sticker” my house, but as long as they have fun!

AND…we are going to go get a heart-shaped pizza today from Papa Murphy’s. I will take any excuse I can get to have pizza! Just remember, nothing says “I Love You” like a Ring Pop and a Heart shaped pizza!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

How to Make Your Own Laundry Soap

12 Feb
I will have to admit, I was just like you probably are right now. I can sense your skepticism. Make your own laundry soap…enough for 1 YEAR?! Unheard of! Ridiculous! It has to be a SCAM! Right?!

Wrong.

It really is a legit deal. I made some, and I am LOVING it. It’s super convenient, and to be honest with you, I feel like my clothes are softer..and cleaner! (Probably thanks to the Oxi-Clean, I am guessing.)
AND, you only use 1-2 TABLESPOONS per load. (2 TBSP if it is a large load, or extremely soiled.) That just goes to show you how much “filler” is in commercial laundry soaps.
Isn’t it pretty?! I added a couple of scent boosters just for the heck of it, but that is completely optional. I am a “Couponer” and I ALWAYS have coupons for Downy Unstopables or Gain Fireworks, so I added them. I originally added the Gain Fireworks scent, which are the pink grains you see there. It was an okay scent, but I prefer a “clean” smell, so I opted to add the Downy Unstopables Fresh Scent. In hindsight, I probably would have just gone with the Downy instead, but I figured a little extra scent booster wouldn’t hurt a thing, and it doesn’t! πŸ™‚
I also decided to drag out my trusty Silhouette Cameo (Seriously the BEST little machine I have ever had!), and I made a cute sign out of vinyl for the front.
OK, so here is what you will need:
1 Glass Apothecary jar. I used a 2 Gallon one. I found it at Wal-mart in the kitchen supply section.

Scent booster *Optional

Borax…what is Borax??! Heck if I know. I found this recipe on Being Creative Blog, and she added it. I am no chemist, so I decided to stick with her plan, for the most part.

3 bars of Fels-Naptha. (As you can see, Millions of Women insist on it. Who am I to argue?)

Now, here is a handy little tip: Get out your food processor and your GRATER attachment and GRATE the Fels-Naptha bars. THEN switch to your regular food processor blade to break down the soap shavings further. (Don’t bother to add your scent booster to the processor. Those things are made out of steel apparently, and you will NOT be able to chop them up any more. Save yourself the time. They are small enough anyway.)
Baking Soda, because EVERYONE knows that baking soda cleans just about everything…and deodorizes too!

Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

Oxi-Clean because it SERIOUSLY does get the stains out. I swear by the spray stain remover. I tried that Totally Toddler Stain Remover spray when my kids were babies and quickly switched to Oxi-Clean. Billy Mays did know what he was talking about when it came to this stuff.

I found everything in the laundry aisle at Wal-Mart, with the exception of the apothecary jar, which was in the kitchen supplies. If you are really smart, you will get it at Hobby Lobby when they have it on sale, or they have their 40% Off coupon.
Now all you have to do is put it in your apothecary jar, and mix it up! (It is easiest if you layer it though, to make mixing easier.)
Aren’t you frugal?! AND you don’t have to even THINK about laundry soap for about a year!! Woohoo! Check out the HowDoesShe Blog as well. They did the financial breakdown for you, if you are interested. (HOWEVER, always remember to USE YOUR COUPONS if you want ultimate savings!)
Click the link below to print out a grocery list so you won’t forget anything πŸ™‚
Enjoy doing laundry with your super thrifty frugal self!
MYO Laundry Soap Grocery List
1 Box of Borax (4 lb. 12 oz.)


1 Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4 lb.)


1 Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3 lb. 7 oz.)

3 Bars of Fels-Naptha soap


Oxi-Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs. total )
1 bottle of Downy Unstopables or Gain Fireworks Scent Booster (13.2 oz.)

1 Glass Apothecary Jar (2 Gallon)

(And don’t forget your vinyl and transfer tape if you are making a cute sign for the front!)