When I was a kid, it always bothered me that I never really knew what my heritage was. On my mother’s side there were rumors that we were part Native American, French and German. And I had no idea where my father’s family came from. (Though, from their last name, I suspected English heritage).
As I got older, I became even more curious. Especially when I moved to the Detroit area and found that there were so many clearly defined ethnicities. I had friends of Irish heritage who could participate in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, I had friends who were of Polish descent who would make a special trip to visit the Polish restaurants, and friends from Trinidad, Albania and even Canada who all kept the traditions of their ancestors alive. And I always felt left out because I didn’t know the parts that made me, me.
A few days ago, my sister-in-law bought a package of habanero peppers for my nephew. He took one bite, decided they were too hot and that was the end of it. Knowing that my husband loves, loves, loves spicy food, she gave them to us. And my husband immediately asked for his favorite habanero dish – pineapple habanero salsa.
I’ve made this salsa a few times in the past, and I usually use crushed pineapple. But I’ve found that making it with fresh pineapple (which just happened to be on sale for $1 at my grocery store last week) is SO MUCH better.
The Goose has always been really hard on clothes. Everything he touches seems to leave a stain behind, and I often find his clothes covered in ink, mud, blood, or ice cream. This means that nearly every load of laundry I wash needs to be pre-treated.
I used to buy Spray-n-Wash (and use it religiously) on all his clothes – but it never seemed to really get the stains out. Then I found a recipe for a homemade stain remover that REALLY works – and is made from ingredients that almost everybody already has in their home!
Weeknights at our house are always super busy. Between homework, after school activities and the busyness of everyday life, there are evenings when I struggle to get a hot meal on the table that everyone will eat.
That is why I <love> this simple recipe for one pan oven roasted chicken and potatoes. It takes 10 minutes to throw together and is full of healthy, wholesome food that my family actually likes. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s delicious – what’s not to love?
Now that The Goose is in school all day, and I have a bit more time on my hands, I have been looking for ways to make extra money, while still being a stay-at-home mom. These are the different ways that I’ve been able to make extra money without sacrificing family time.
1. Etsy – If you are creative, Etsy is a great place to sell your homemade creations. If you’re not creative (like me), but you’re able to make a product that people actually want to buy (like my dryer balls), then you should absolutely try selling on Etsy!
When it comes to menu planning, I’m pretty diligent about setting aside 10-15 minutes each week to jot down a quick list of meals. Doing this every week saves so much time and money (and it saves my sanity!).
But there are times when, despite all of the planning, all of the preparation, dinner just doesn’t come together. Whether it happens because I lost track of time, had an unexpected task arise, or just forgot to take a roast out of the freezer. And when that happens, I have a fail proof back-up plan: a rotisserie chicken.
When it comes to laundry, I keep a pretty tight schedule that includes washing one load every weekday. I’ve had the same system for a few years, and it really works well for my family. On Monday I wash towels, on Tuesday I wash white clothes, Wednesday I do lights, Thursday I wash darks and on Friday I wash sheets.
Though I am happy with the laundry method that I use, I do have one small problem. The Goose has swim class after school on Tuesdays – which means that his damp towel ends up sitting in the basement for nearly a week before being washed.
January weather is finally here – It’s cold, it’s snowy, and it’s the perfect time to make a batch of homemade chicken noodle soup. And the best chicken noodle soup starts with homemade chicken stock.
I’ve been using this recipe for years – and it always turns out great. Full of flavor, with a beautiful golden color. This recipe makes enough homemade chicken stock for two big batches of homemade chicken noodle soup – and since it freezes wonderfully, you can have soup today any day of the week.
For the past few days I have been up north, leaving The Goose and his dad home for a ‘boys weekend’. While they both assure me that they miss me, I think they have been having a lot of fun together while I’ve been gone. They’ve been eating pizza, hot dogs and elephant ears. They’ve played a little too much on the iPad, watched a little too much TV and eaten more than one bedtime snack. And they have been doing some other things, too…
On Thursday night, The Goose was excited that his grandma was at our house to pick him up at the bus stop. He was super excited to see her, in part because she has never picked him up from the bus before, and in part because he was hoping that she would bring her special bag of board games that she always brings when she comes over to watch him.
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, and I have a good excuse for being gone for so long…
A few weeks before the Christmas holiday, orders for my Etsy shop started pouring in. I sold so many sets of wool dryer balls that I ran out of wool and had to take a quick trip to Frankenmuth to buy 20 more pounds (which is almost gone already!). Then I spent day after day making more dryer balls. I was making dryer balls for hours on end, and I was barely keeping up with demand. On my busiest day I shipped 11 sets of dryer balls – that’s what I usually ship in a month!