Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

We made peanut butter cookies today. My daughter made the cookies and I cleaned the mess.

Peanut Butter Cookies

3/4 cups peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening ( we used cooking oil)
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cups flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine first 5 ingredients until mixed well then add the egg and beat until blended in. Add in flour and mix well. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork. Bake for about 8 minutes.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weekly To Do List

Thrifty Homemaker Weekly To Do Ideas for February 20 - 26, 2012

This Month Is - February - Celebrate something during the week to make it special for your family.

20-President's Day
21-National Sticky Bun Day
22-National Chili Day and George Washington's Birthday
23-National Banana Bread Day
24-National Tortilla Chip Day
25-Quiet Day
26-Tell a Fairy Tale Day

National Bird feeding Month
Canned Food Month
American Heart Month
National Black History Month
National Cherry Month
National Grapefruit Month
Potato Lover's Month
National Snack Food Month

Sites To Visit this Week:

The internet is full of great blogs and websites to visit to learn all about homemaking. Each week I will share some of my favorites with you. If you have a favorite please let me know so I can share it also.

Mommy's Kitchen is full of great recipes that your family will love.

Six Sister's Stuff has lots of recipes and every weekend they have a linky party for people to share their stuff called Strut Your Stuff and it is a great place to find crafts and recipes to make.

Sour Cream Chicken Casserole - Recipe to Try this Week

3 cups cooked, diced chicken
1 (8-oz.) bag noodles
1 small can mushrooms, drained
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 (16-oz.) carton sour cream
8-ounces Swiss cheese slices

Cook and drain noodles. Combine all ingredients except the Swiss cheese. Place in a 9x13-inch pan; top with the Swiss cheese slices.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

Weekly To Do Ideas

1. Go through all your ink pens and throw away any that do not work. While you are at it go ahead and sharpen any pencils that need it also.
2. Dust your window sills.
3. Clean your windows to make them clear and let the sunshine in.
4. Delete any files that you no longer need on your computer.
5. Go through your bathroom supplies and make a list of things you need such as razors, toilet paper, shampoo, etc.
6. Go though your bathroom towels, wash cloths and your kitchen linens and get rid of those that are worn out and replace them if you can. I usually buy the ones at the dollar store that are cheaper and I have found them to last about as long as the more expensive ones.
7. Make a cherry flavored dessert in honor of George Washington's birthday.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Celebrating Bird Month

  • We printed these cute birds and cut them out and punched holes and will be making a banner with them or just hanging them from the ceiling to "fly" around the room.

  • In the first picture we used cookie cutters and cut out the stale ends of bread and then spread with peanut butter and put the bird seeds on top. I used a drinking straw to poke a hole at the tip and tied ribbon through it to hang from trees outside.

  • The last picture is a toilet paper roll smeared with peanut butter and rolled in birdseed. Then to hang it for the birds just stick it on a limb of the tree - no ribbon needed.

  • View nest cams. Right now the nest cams are for a Barn Owl and Great Horned Owl.

  • We also will be getting some colorful yarn and cutting into smaller pieces and putting around so the birds can get it and use in their nests.
These little birds were in my tomato plant a couple of years ago.

President's Day Activities

For President's Day we will be doing some fun activities and I thought I would share them with you.

1.We are taking the online class Live! president's Day at by Lynn Schott of Founders Academy and then on the 22nd we are taking the Live! Happy Birthday, George Washington online class.
2.We are going to make top hats like Lincoln wore using toilet paper rolls painted black
3.Visit this website about George Washington
4.President's Day Math
5.Word Search for presidents
6.Use this idea and the free printable of the president's to make a wreath or maybe just a poster display.
7.Decorate with some red, white and blue
8.This is a great website for looking up information about the presidents.
9.Make a snack - We are making cupcakes and frosting with cherry frosting (easy) and we may make a pretzel stick log cabin if I can remember the pretzels.
10. Amazon has lots of Books for President's Day. It may be too late to order for this year but you can get some ideas that you might can find at your local library.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

17 Ebooks for 12.00 on homemaking topics

If you’re a fan of Moms In A Blog, The Hillbilly Housewife, Living on a Dime or Menu Planning Central then you’re going to LOVE the sale we have for you this week.

For just $12 you can get 17 ebooks/products created just for women like you.

There are topics like Home Organization, Menu Planning, Freezer Cooking, Cookbooks,Getting Out of  Debt and Getting Healthy as well as, those that will help you figure out how to earn an income by starting a blog and make money online. There are also some very timely items that will help you with your Valetine’s Day planning.

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  • 30 Days to an Organized Home ($12)
  • Dinner Conversation Cards ($7)
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  • Freezer Cooking Made Simple ($24.95)
  • Meal Planning Made Simple
  • Craig’s List Yard Sale ($7)
  • Spring Cleaning Guide ($9.95)
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Kelly McCausey
  • The Power of a Focused Business ($9)

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  • How to Start a Craft Blog for Fun & Profit ($14.95)

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  • Memory Lane Meals ($12)

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  • 7 Habits of Successful Internet Marketers ($37)

Busy Moms Network
  • Valentine’s Day Party Pack ($8)

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  • Valentine’s Day on a Dime

Menu Planning Central
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  • CiderBeneFIT ($27)

If that sounds good to you then visit the FIRE SALE right now because Tracy is also giving away some really cool bonuses for fast action takers:

 The 1st person to order will receive an Inspirations Gratitude Journal

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 And if that weren’t enough she will hold a random drawing (using where ONE very fortunate customer to receive every ebook and product for sale at as well as any other future products* created by Moms In A Blog.

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Make a Candy House for Valentine's Day

Valentines Day Candy House

Get your family together and make these adorable Valentines Day houses.

Each person will need the following:
  • a sturdy paper plate to sit their house on,
  • a small square box such as a pint size milk or juice carton
  • enough graham crackers to cover their boxes

Everyone will need easy access to the following:
  • Melted white chocolate to use for glue
  • Arrangement of bowls of candies and other edible decorations
  • such as: Conversation hearts, chocolate kisses, pretzels, red, pink &
  • white sprinkles, colored sugars, red hots, coconut,

How to Put the House Together:
Simply paint the crackers and the box with the melted white chocolate and put the crackers where you want them on the house in order to cover it. For the roof it is easier to just lay the graham cracker down flat instead of trying to angle 2 together for the roof.

Then use the melted chocolate to adhere the candies to the house. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a frosting of light snow.

Display your Valentines Day town for all to see. Don't forget to get some pictures of the cute houses and the fun time making them.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Popcorn Cake for Valentine's day

Valentines Day Popcorn Cake

1 cup butter
32 marshmallows
16 cups popped popcorn
1 cup conversation heart candy
1 cup chocolate covered peanuts
1 cup red hot candies

Melt butter and marshmallows in a large heavy pan over low heat. Stir often.
Put popcorn into large pan. Pour marshmallow mixture over top. Stir and mix well. Add peanuts and candy. Mix together.

Put mixture into a well greased angel food cake pan or cake pan. The deeper the pan the better the cake will look when you place it on your cake plate.

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20 Easy Valentine's Day Ideas

  1. Message Hearts - Cut heart shapes from white paper and write on it a message with white crayon and then let the kids paint over it with water color or make your own by adding food coloring to water. Ice trays or egg cartons are great to hold these homemade water colors.
  2. Make Foam Roses -  Use green pipe cleaners to make your flower stems. Cut red foam into small teardrop shapes to form the rose petals. Using white glue, layer the foam pieces in a circle shape and attach to the pipe cleaners.
  3. Easy Sweetheart Wreaths - Take a paper plate and cut out the center, so you are left with a 2-inch base for the wreath. Cut out heart shapes in a variety of construction paper colors. Write messages like “Be Mine”, “You’re Sweet”, etc. and glue hearts around the paper plate, creating a wreath shape. 
  4. How to Make Rose Votives - Remove the petals from a silk rose. Hot glue petals to glass votive holder, making a rose shape. 
  5. Make Handmade Valentines - Stock up on red, pink and white card stock. Stickers, rubber stamps, glitter and markers complete the job.   
  6. Easy Valentine Craft Tip -  Make it easy for kids to create their heart shapes by providing ready-made stencils in a variety of sizes.   
  7. Cookie Tip -Use thin red licorice to decorate patterns and heart shapes on Valentine cookies. It’s easier than icing. 
  8. Red Icing - Invest in a red gel food coloring to get a true red color. 
  9. Make Button Hearts - Gather red, white and pink buttons. Cut out a cardboard heart and glue some buttons on in an attractive design to make a unique Valentine.   
  10. Heart Shaped Food -Make your Valentine’s Day dinner into a craft: Think heart-shaped pizzas, cheeseburger and ravioli.
  11. Love Notes - Give little love notes daily to the members in your family.
  12. Read - Read some Valentines Day books. You can find several Valentine's Day Books here.
  13. Special Meal - Have a special breakfast, lunch or dinner on Valentines Day!
  14. Roses - Put a rose in all the bedrooms, you can use artificial roses.
  15. Help Others - Make valentines and simple gifts to add to goody bags and deliver to nursing homes to those residents that never get visitors.
  16. Bible Verses - Cut out construction paper heart shapes and write a Bible verse on each one about love and hang around the house or send to your family, friends and neighbors.
  17. Jesus - Make a special Valentine for Jesus!
  18. Drinks - Have red punch or fruit juice ready to serve.
  19. Heart Shapes - Use heart shaped cookie cutters for toast, sandwiches, brownies, rice krispie treats and more.
  20. Hanging Hearts - Cut out hearts form construction paper and decorate them with glitter and hang them everywhere.

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