Weekend Warrior Oct 4-6

It’s Fridaaaay! That means a weekend to do list. I do manage to get more done on weekends as the other half is around and can help entertain kids or have a nap with the baby while I work on stuff uninterrupted.

This weekend I will be getting in as much crochet as possible to fill the orders I got while waiting for my yarn order to come! I would love to get 3 or 4 items crossed off the order list.

I also have plans to bake and freeze a couple dozen buns and muffins. I’d like to get a few logs of cookie dough made up and rolled out for freezing for future days where I have no time to make kids school snacks. I hate having to buy snack foods from the store for them.

I have a couple fall themed crafts that I’d like to accomplish with the kids at some point too. They love to do crafts, so I think they will be pretty happy to get to do some. I’m trying to get it planned out so that we can do one small craft each day of the weekend, it’s some quality time together that doesn’t involve the tv and that builds skills and confidence and creativity.

There is some sewing I’d like to get done too. I have a skirt to make for each of the girls and if time permits I’d love to be able to get a pair of flannel pants done up for each of the boys. My poor large baby is having issues with most store bought baby pants because he has the cutest rolly baby thunder thighs ever!

So there it is. My weekend plans. On Monday we shall see how much I actually managed to get accomplished. You know what they say about best laid plans. And I know my ability to get distracted, and my children’s ability to get me off track. (Which is fine. That happens when you have 4 children 7 and under!)


Get Baked!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
originally from cleaneatingonline.com

    3/4 cup sugar substitute (or 1 cup sugar!)
    1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
    2 eggs
    3/4 cup pumpkin
    1/4 cup water
    1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    3/4 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400F. Line muffin tin. (I spray mine as I find the muffins stick to the paper too much!)

Mix sugar, applesauce & eggs in a medium bowl. Add pumpkin and water. (I do ALL the mixing in my mixer bowl because I hate dishes and it works just as well.)
In a separate bowl (unless you’re like me) mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full (I use a 1/4 measuring cup.) Bake 20 minutes.
Tada! Super delicious, semi healthy and very fall with the pumpkin and spices! Enjoy, try not to eat them all in one sitting.
Note: I doubled the recipe for my pictures, in case anything looks funny. There is no point in me only cooking one batch at a time!
Yum 🙂

Love List: October 2

Dogs in Clothing and Accessories!
Woof in Sheep’s Clothing
2. Lion Mane
3. Magical Unicorn Hat
4. Dog Coat
5. Dog Leg Warmers
6. Bear Snood
7. Mini Hat
8. Mohawk Hoodie
9. Dog Wig
Dress Coat

Do I necessarily agree with dressing your dog? I am still iffy on it, but does it make me laugh or bring a smile to my face to see dogs in clothes? Heck yes. This is why dogs in clothes made my love list!

Try It Tuesday!

This week I’m debuting new features for the blog as I’m getting organized in life and also more busy. Each Tuesday I’m going to try something that I’ve been wanting to try, but not “had the time” for. It could be anything. A new experience. A new craft. A new recipe. A new technique. Whatever it is, it will be something from my “want to do” list.

This weeks “try it” is daily journal type books for my kids. The intention is that every day they will write or draw something. It may be free choice or I may ask them to go along with a topic. I didn’t want these journals to be huge because sometimes they may be doing this between supper and bedtime. I didn’t want to give them too much free space or they would be there forever!
I had a pad of photo mats for scrapbooking and I decided when folded in half it was the perfect size for their little journals.
Then I folded some blank paper and cut it along the centre score lines so that there were 4 pieces and each piece folded in half lengthwise. Doing this to 2 regular pieces of printer paper yielded 32 blank surfaces for drawing. Perfect since there are 31 days in the month.
After I had them cut I stacked them inside the folded cover. Then I stapled through to hold the papers in and numbered them from 1 to 31! Easy peasy! And the kids love them. They are drawing today’s picture right now. It’s kind of like art journaling for kids. As the month progresses I may do an update and show some of their artwork off. We will have to wait and see.