Friday, March 30, 2012

Starting my garden

Spring is in the air and I LOVE fresh veggies from the garden and I love to start gardens!  Every year I thinking "This will be the year it produces all my favorites".  Well, this is a picture of last years garden from start to finish.  It looked like this a week after I planted.  LOL  I had netting placed around it to keep out the goats and chickens.  Well, the goats trampled it.  We no longer have goats!

Last years garden

I've decided this year to do a square foot garden. It is where you build a wooden box and put soil in it. Then mark off square feet and plant your plants in a square foot. So here is my box. I moved it in front of an eyesore in the backyard.

 This years garden spot I started looking in to square foot gardening a long time ago but never found what I was looking for. I was looking for a spacing chart to know how many plants to place in each space. Usually it is one per square foot but sometimes its more. Here is a great blog post to let you know how much to plant in each square foot.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

72 hr Kits


I was searching for 72 hr kits online because it has been weighing on my mind for awhile.  I am the type of person that likes lists and patterns, so I went looking for a list for 72 hr kits.  This is what my kit looks like right now.  It is WAY out of date (4yrs) and not very functional.  Tell me, who is gonna lug a suitcase full of soup!  Not me!

This morning I was looking at other blogs to see if I could find a good 72 hr kit that fits my family's needs. This is one I found.  She even gives the calorie count. I will be changing some things but this gets me started.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pirate Four Patch Quilt


Pirate Fabric
I found this fabric while looking for material to sew my DH a surgical hat for work.  He is a diehard Vidor Pirates Football Fan.  I loved it so much I wanted to design a quilt out of it.  It has been sitting in a drawer for awhile because I haven't found the right pattern for it.  Well, I now have the design I want to do.  I bought four more fabric colors.
Pirate Match colors
I am cutting the pirate fabric into 6 1/2 in squares and the colored fabrics into 3 1/2 inch squares. I will place them together to make a twin size quilt (extra long) DH is 6 foot 4 inches.
Pirate four patch

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Don't forget to label!

I forgot to label my first two quilts! Yikes!

Here is a tutorial on how to label your quilt.

My first quilt
My first quilt

Look at these colors!

This is the first step to a disappearing nine patch. Two friends are
starting their fist nine patch quilt and we are going to tag along.

Nichols quilt

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Microwave Chocolate Odies

I love no bake cookies! A long time friend gave me a microwave
recipe. I would love to share it with you.

 Microwave Chocolate Odies

                      2 cups sugar
                      5 Tbs cocoa
                      1/2 cup melted margarine
                      1/2 cup milk

Mix in a large microwavable  bowl.  The sides of the bowl need to be high.  The mixture boils high. Cook on HIGH for 25 second and then stir.
Cook on HIGH for 4 mins and 25 sec.
Stir
Cook on HIGH an additional 1 min and 30 seconds

                            Add
                  1 tsp Vanilla
                  1/2 cup peanut butter
                  2 1/2 cups oats
Stir well and spoon on to was paper

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Oven Brown Rice

I make my brown rice in the oven. It is so easy and very tasty.

Oven Brown Rice
 
   2 1/2 cups chicken broth
   1 1/2 cups long grain brown rice

Place in a 8x8 baking dish and cover with foil.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook for 1 hr.

Mexican Chili And Brown Rice

I found a recipe on Pinterest that had ingredients that I didn't have
on hand and I needed a crockpot recipe. I tweaked it a little bit and
here it is.

CrockPot Mexican Chili

   1 lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs cubed
   2 small cans of diced green chillies
   2 tsp of Adobo 
   1 cup diced frozen onion
   2 Tbs diced garlic
   4 cups of water and 4 tsp of chicken bullion
   1 can black beans
Cook on High for 4 to 5 hours.  Serve over white or brown rice.  
   
   

Breakfast Quinoa

I love a healthy breakfast in the mornings but it is usually easier to eat dry sugar cereal. Well, today I rode my recumbent bike and decided I was not going to waste all those calories. I decided to make a hot breakfast cereal out of quinoa (keen-wa). I found a recipe from Martha Stewart that is very good and versatile.
Breakfast Quinoa
 2 cups of low-fat milk
1 cup rinsed quinoa

cover and simmer 15 mins add sugar cinnamon and anything else you would like.
The Martha Stewart link above has a short video on this recipe.

Monday, February 20, 2012

I finished my quilt!

I am very pleased with my quilt. I didn't realize that it cost over $40 for the materials. It is a disappearing nine patch pattern. If I could change anything about it I would change the way I quilted it. I used knotted spiral for quilting the quilt and I used wiggly woven lines for the border.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Binding a quilt

It's time to bind my baby quilt but I forgot how. Here is link to learn how to bind a quilt.

Crockpot Jambalaya

I made this Crockpot Jambalaya today for after church supper. Delish!
And very easy.

My second quilt

This quilt was a gift to a co-worker of my husband. It gave me a lot
of grief because I could not get into the color scheme. It was the
color scheme she choose. I ended up being pleased with it even though
the colors were different than I would of chosen.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Disappearing Nine Patch

I'm excited to be working on my third quilt. This baby quilt is for a friend and I love the colors. It is made with a disappearing nine patch. Here is the tutorial

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rotisserie Style Chicken

I made this Rotisserie Style chicken in the Crockpot and it was delish. I changed the seasoning. I used a dry package of Italian Dressing Mix. You can also use a frozen chicken.

Fresh Boiled Eggs

Have you ever tried to peel a fresh egg? It usually doesn't peel very nicely. It makes an ugly mess. Here is a link to cook boiled eggs so that they peel beautifully every time.

Why!

Disclaimer: This is not a "Churchy" Mormon Blog. I thought it would be fun to create a blog about something. I found that I have to many interests to just have one subject to blog about. Being Mormon made me think about all the things I'm "suppose" to be good at but not. In the Mormon Culture the term "Molly Mormon" refers to a women that are perfect homemakers, mothers and wives. I thought it would be hilarious to create a blog on how to be "perfect" (NOT!) So I thought I could blog about the things I want to do and liked to do. This blog will have tips about all the things I want to be better at and things I like to do but not perfect at, such as: Food Storage, quilting, cooking, cleaning, organizing, raising chickens, growing a garden, reading, crochet, being a better wife and mother,and much more. I'm excited about this adventure. I'm always up for new ideas so feel free to comment.
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