Dinner at the table is important for any family. Whether you are a family of two or a family of eight, sharing moments around the table is priceless time. When I was growing up we were a family of six, I the oldest of three younger brothers. We always had dinner at the table, held hands to say the blessing, drank sweet tea and ate meals that were made with love. Needless to say every dinner was not perfect, because no family is perfect. We even had a saying, "Not a meal, at the Dill's, without a spill." I laugh out load as the memories flood back, how silly. Oh, and who could forget my oldest brother having to get up, and "get something" just so he could lovingly pop you on the head on the way back, funny, those pops weren't taken in love by me then, but when I think back it makes me happy. Not only does it make me happy but it brings a slight smile to my face as my eyes glaze over. Moments like these are meant to be, because it shapes who we are. All the little moments no matter how simple and sometimes annoying (at certain ages) are there to make memories. One day, hopefully, you will look back and see a moment around the dinner table you can laugh or cry about. No matter how old, no matter if you have no kids, or 7 children, sit down at the table. Look at the person, or people that you love, and EAT. Isn't that what family is about, the good, the bad and crazy.
My husband always has projects going on around the house and most of them get him really DIRTY! Until now I have always had a problem with his "good" clothes and his "work" clothes, a.k.a garage clothes getting put in the same drawer together. Thankfully, now they are kept separate and when laundry day comes sorting them for their drawers is a no brainer. All I did is take his work shirts and put a big fat "W" on the tag, now the work shirts go in his designated garage drawer and his "good" clothes aren't at risk...well...less at risk. He has really been enjoying how easy they are to find and put away.
This system works well if you have help doing laundry. Marking the tags makes it easy to distinguish which clothes can go in the dryer and which need to be hung on the drying rack.
Homemade Cleaners are so much better for you and your family. Try this easy and enexpensive multi-purpose cleaning solution. Vinegar, Water and Tea Tree Oil 1 -
DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner
1/4-1/2 cup of white vinegar, 15-20 drops of tea tree essential oil, enough water to fill spray bottle.
**UPDATE: Recipe has been updated and no longer contains baking soda.
**Note - Ideally you want to use a glass or aluminum bottle due to acid content of vinegar
These meatballs are a mix between a meatball and a meatloaf - the rice inside makes them moist and fluffy!!
1 lb ground turkey (or meat of choice)
1/2 grated large white onion (TIP, chew a piece of gum while doing this to minimize eye irritation!)
2 cloves chopped garlic
1/3 cup rice (if using raw rice, the cooking time will be longer, if using cooked rice the cooking time is much shorter. I use long grain brown rice. You can also use breadcrumbs for a more traditional meatball)
Seasoning -- salt, pepper, Italian seasoning
Combine and roll into balls (approx the size of golf balls). Place into baking dish that's been saturated in marinara sauce and cover the balls completely in the sauce. Cover with foil and bake at 350.
If using cooked rice or breadcrumbs, cooking time is 20-30 mins, if cooking with raw rice cooking time is 1.5-2 hours, you will want to check on them as it may vary depending on the type of rice used.
I like to eat these with spaghetti squash. I wash and puncture a whole squab wit a knife 10-15 times and place in the oven at 350 for 1-1.5 hours. These meatballs store well in the freezer or refrigerator and can be used a variety of different meals including
---with your favorite pasta
---with quinoa or other grain
---on a sandwich or sub
---wrapped in lettuce with sauce
---with a side of veggies
Put pictures, of drawers jars, make note they can do labels on top then put in box in pantry as well.
Overnight Oats- Healthy, Nutritious and Time Saving!!
Easy overnight oats. Make them on Sunday and have breakfast all week long. These little jars are packed full of nutrition, lasting satisfaction and yummy goodness!
OVERNIGHT OATS (per 1 jar)
1/3 cups oats
1/3 cups milk (I prefer almond milk)
½ banana, chopped or mashed
1 Tbsp nut butter (almond, cashew or peanut)
1-3 tsp coconut sugar, to taste
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp chia seeds
¼ tsp vanilla
2-3 Tbsp berries
Combine all ingredients in a jar. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy in the morning cold or pop it in the microwave to add a little warmth.
Lasts 5 days in the fridge.
Give me your bins of your children's artwork, paintings, stories and certificates, and I will return, to you, personalized memory binders. Memory binders allow you and your child to enjoy accomplishments of the past and they are great for sharing with grandparents as well. Children have great fun flipping through them, and you can keep your fridge free of clutter. When a new piece comes in, file the old one in the memory binder and enjoy the new one on the fridge. You can even have a memory binder made for yourself containing your childhood, that way you can share it with your children, your friends, or just each other.