Archive | July, 2011

Strawberry Julius and Orange Julius

13 Jul

So refreshing on a hot summer day.


This morning I made a mistake and walked a couple of miles to the library.  At 9:00 it wasn’t that hot out but by 11:00 it was unbearably hot!  As soon as we got home I made this Strawberry Julius Smoothie recipe.  Although we had taken water along I wanted to ensure that Eli had enough fluids.  I knew this would do just the trick.  It’s a little sweeter than our typical Green Smoothies. 🙂  Oh and it tastes wonderful by the way! 

Simply combine all ingredients in a blender:

  • 2 cups strawberries (about 1 container)
  • 1 cup of milk (skim tastes great)
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 16 ice cubes
  • 1/4 c. sugar or your choice of sweetener-You can omit this but the hubby sure enjoys his with a kick of sugar. 🙂 
  • Enjoy! 

If you don’t have strawberries on hand you can also make an Orange Julius. 

  • 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 c. Cream or milk
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 4 c. ice

Both of these smoothies would make a wonderful treat for your hubby after a long hard day at work or mowing the grass.  I have such fond memories of being a newlywed and making Brandon an Orange Julius while he mowed the yard at our first house.  🙂

Menu Plan July 4-10

5 Jul

This week we are preparing for a sweet friend’s wedding, a baby shower, and looking forward to a fun-filled weekend with old friends. 


  • Breakfast: Toast with Fruit, Milk, Tea
  • Lunch: Leftover Roast
  • Dinner: Beef Barbeque, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad


  • Breakfast: Granola Bars, Nectarine
  • Lunch: Mushroom Burger sans the meat (very good although Brandon says it sounds like the worst thing ever a burger with no meat), Squash with Onions 
  • Dinner: 40 Clove Chicken, Bread, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Salad  


  • Breakfast: Oatmeal, Fruit, Tea
  • Lunch: Leftovers 
  • Dinner: Small Group: Take Homemade Potato Salad, Homemade Cole Slaw (recipes coming soon), Peach Tea  


  • Breakfast: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Lunch: Pack Lunch: Hummus Sandwiches, Veggies, Hard Boiled Eggs for Eli
  • Dinner: Crockpot Pork Roast with Apples and Sweet Potatoes, Salad.  (This is a new recipe if it’s good I”ll post it.)


  • Breakfast: Coco Wheats, Scrambled Eggs
  • Lunch: Leftover Pork Roast and Veggies
  • Dinner: Chicken, Veggie and Biscuit Bake   



  • Breakfast: Pancakes, Sausage Links, Milk
  • Lunch: Baby Shower
  • Dinner: Beef Enchiladas 

What’s on your menu this week?  Are you trying any new recipes?

Creative Frugal Pajamas for Elijah

1 Jul

Eli's New PJ's.

A couple of weeks ago Eli desperately needed some new pajamas.  I had 3 options: go to Babies R Us, buy material and make them, or get creative.  I decided to take the creative route this time.  First I headed to the thrift store to see what I could find.  I picked up the adorable monkey pajama shirt shown above.  Doesn’t it fit Eli nicely?  We had just learned what sound monkeys made that week.   This shirt was perfect.  I looked and looked and could not find the matching shorts.  😦  What to do oh what to do? 

The solution: a size Large boy's polo shirt.


As I was debating I came across the above boy’s large shirt.  What do you know the brown on that shirt is awfully close to the brown on the monkey shirt. Hmm.  This I where things get creative.  I purchased both shirts for $2.00 and went home hoping my idea would work.

The fabric from this old shirt worked perfect for Eli's pajama pants.

Using the basic baby short’s pattern from the Kwik Sew Sewing for Baby book I cut out the shorts from the boy’s shirt.  It just barely fit.  (If I ever try this again I will definitely purchase a boy’s XL or man’s small.)   

Once cut out it looks just like a regular cut piece of fabric. You would never guess it use to be another shirt!

I actually cut the shorts out in a way that I didn’t even have to hem them.  I just used the existing hemmed edge from the shirt.  After sewing the shorts they looked like this:

All finished! (These ended up being a little big in case you are wondering.)


How cute is this?


Not only were these a fraction of the cost of new pajamas but what a fun memory I have every time I look at them.  I’ll remember all of the fun trips Eli and I have made to the thrift store and the week that Eli learned the monkey sound.  He also played next to me while I sewed them and helped me cut out the pants. 😉