Archive | June, 2011

Sew A Clothespin Holder: Pattern Review

9 Jun

World's Best Clothespin Holder


If you are trying to be more green (or save money) by air drying your clothes then you definitely need to make one of these!  I finally made one last summer in a bright floral fabric that just screams me!  🙂  I also recently made the above star print one for my mom for her birthday. 

I did use a pattern and would recommend picking it up the next time patterns are on sale for .99.  (Happens every 6 weeks or so.)  I used McCalls 6051 and it was a cinch to make!  Perfect to make on a lazy afternoon or during nap time.  One thing I love about the holder is that it is so wide it is makes hanging clothes out fast!  It is also perfect for Eli to reach in and hand me a clothes pin. 

The pattern also contains instructions for making just about everything you would need in a laundry room: Apron, Ironing Board Cover, Laundry Bag, Hanger Cover, Organizers, Banners, and Bins.  Hopefully I’ll be able to make some more things as time permits me too!  Many of these items would work very well in other rooms of the home.  I also think the clothes pin holder would be a nice addition to one’s closet.  It could easily hold: pantyhose, slips, belts, scarves, children’s socks, etc.

Southwest Beans

8 Jun

One of the tastiest vegetarian meals you will ever eat!


If you are looking for a great way to add nutrition to your diet and help your grocery bill at the same time you must try this recipe.  It is delicious!  The recipe was given to me by the Spalding family.  We make these beans at least twice a month.  They also freeze very well.  You can also add the beans to other recipes in place of canned beans.   For example, We use 2 cups of this recipe of beans in place of 1 can of pinto beans in CrockPot Beef Enchiladas. 

  1. Soak 1 pound of dried pinto beans in water with a little buttermilk, lemon juice or kefir (1 T) for 6 hours or overnight. Drain.
  2. Bring beans and 8 cups of water (or homemade chicken broth) to boil.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours until tender.
  3. Add the following: 1 chopped onion, 1 green bell pepper (you can also use a red bell pepper but I like the taste of green peppers slightly better here), 1 t. minced garli, 2 T. Worchestershire sauce, 1 T. chili powder, 3/4 t. salt, 1/2 t. dry mustard, 1/4 t. pepper.  Simmer 1/2-1 hour. 
  4. Add 1 10 or 14.5 oz can of tomatoes with green chilies.  Simmer 1/2 hour.
  5. We like to serve this over brown rice with cheese and a little plain yogurt.  (You could also use sour cream.) 



Vegetarian Moo Shu

6 Jun


  • Heat 1 t. oil in a large pan.  Add 4 lightly beaten eggs.  Stir gently about 3 minutes.  Remove to a plate. 
  • Heat 2 t. oil in pan.  Add 1/2 t. ground ginger and 1 t. minced garlic and cook 1 minute. 
  • Add 1 12 oz. bag of broccoli slaw (this is often on manager’s special at Kroger) or shredded mixed veggies. 
  • Add 1 small can of water chestnuts (drained), 1/2 bunch green onions chopped, 1 T. soy sauce, and 1 T. rice vinegar.  Stir.  Cook about 3 minutes until veggies are tender. 
  • Add 2 T. hoisin sauce or General Tso’s sauce and cooked eggs (from the plate).  Cook about 2 additional minutes.  Stir in 1/2 bunch green onions and enjoy! 
  • This recipes makes 4 servings and has only 171 calories.  It is very filling and tastes great!  It doesn’t taste “vegetarian” at all and is a great way for my family to eat vegetables that we don’t otherwise eat.  🙂

 Recipe adapted from Eating Well: 500 Calorie Dinners

Surviving an Awful Morning

1 Jun


We’ve all had them.  The day that begins awful and just gets worse.  Well that’s exactly what happened to me today.  I woke up and we realized that our air conditioner was in fact broken.  Of course the baby had gotten up really early and would not be consoled (not even with Tylenol).  The house was a disaster.  Then I started working on a project for Brandon only to find out that the printer was broken.  To top off my morning my bank informed me that someone had stolen the number of my debit card and was trying to charge hundreds of dollars from my account.  Really could this morning get worse?  It was only 10 o’clock by this point.  It did.  I was short with my wonderful husband. 

When it seems like our day keeps getting worse what on earth are we to do?  Have a good old-fashioned teenage girl cry-a-thon?  No way!  Run, run, run to the Cross of Christ! 

  • One of the best ways I have found to do this is to PRAY.  Really pray from your heart.  God cares how many hairs are on our head so He definitely cares when our days are not going so well.  I have found it helpful to journal a prayer to the Lord.  It helps me to express how I am feeling, but also shows me areas of my heart where sin is taking hold.  It is also great to look back later on during similar trying times. 
  • Look to God’s Word.  Especially the Psalms.  There is almost a Psalm for every feeling, thought or event that takes place in a person’s life.  Did you know that there is a Psalm that seems to speak directly to the stressed out woman?  I realized it a few days ago.  I guess it was just in time for the morning I had.  Here it is.. 
  •   “O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.  O Israel, hope in the LOrd from this time forth and forevermore.”                 Psalm 131
  • The next time you are having an awful morning cling to the Cross.  Then calm and quiet your soul before the Lord.