Thursday, September 13, 2012

Week 44 Menu & Grocery List

Two years ago this week I embarked on a journey to provide all of our fabulous fans with free weekly menu and grocery lists. It's been such an awesome experience, including having the opportunity to publish our cookbook "The Gift of Time", which also provided you with those weekly menus and grocery lists. 

As the anniversary has arrived, we have decided to step back from sending out the weekly menus and grocery lists every week. We've loved it, but have just found the time of always being able to get them posted sometime very difficult! Don't worry, MomSimplified will still be sharing some great craft ideas, recipes, etc.  The only difference is not having the menus and grocery lists each week!

If you'd like to get your menus and grocery lists from "The Gift of Time" we are offering a LOW price of just $14.95 for our fans! Thank you for all of your support! We appreciate it more than you'll ever know! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Outdoor Christmas Ornament Decor

It seems that Christmas has already begun to take over Pinterest. I absolutely love the season, but am usually not one that likes the music and decorations going starting in October. That being said, I'm on a high today for planning this year's decorations. (Just planning. Don't worry, nothing will go up for a bit.) :) 

I wanted to pin the large ornaments that I'd made last year, but since I'd only posted them on the Facebook page, I wasn't able to pin from there, so here it is:

Making these large ornaments is a fun craft that you and your family can enjoy together! Simply wrap $1 playground balls with a plastic tablecloth. Trim the excess table cloth and hold together with a rubber band. Use a plastic cup for the top of the ornament and use craft wire to wrap around the rubber band and go up through the cup to tie for decorations. Enjoy! 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Week 42 Menu and Grocery List (with recipe cards)

To print, simply click on the photo. When it opens in a new window, right click and select "Print". Each image is formatted to print on an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper. Happy Cooking!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Week 40 Menu & Grocery List

We hope that you all enjoy next week's menu and grocery list. As always, you can print these by clicking on the image and then right click and select "Print". Both are formatted to print on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.

If you enjoy these menus and grocery lists each week, check out "The Gift of Time" Cookbook, that includes an entire year's worth of menus and grocery lists!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Week 38 Menu & Grocery List (with Recipe Cards)

 Here's Week 38's menu (with recipe cards) and grocery lists for you all to enjoy:
As always, you can print by simply clicking on the menu/grocery lists and then right click and select "print". Happy Cooking!

Be sure to check out "The Gift of Time Cookbook" if you're interested in having all of your meals and grocery lists planned for lifetime! You can get a 25% off discount, by clicking here! Enjoy!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Week 37 Menu & Grocery List

As usual, you can print your recipe cards and grocery lists by clicking on the the photos, then right click and select "Print". They're formatted to print on an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper. Happy Cooking!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Chore & Responsibility Board

Once the summer began, it quickly became apparent that we needed to come up with a more adequate way of getting things done around the house (and in some cases making sure certain things weren't getting done as well...we'll get to that in a minute).

I began looking for different ideas and everwhere I went had ideas that I really liked, but nothing that included everything that I was looking for. A fully functional board was what I was looking for, something that my kids could see their responsiblities for the day, see activities that we could do for the day, plus somewhere for the children to track when they were doing things that they shouldn't be doing.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kitty Litter Hideaway

A kitty litter box isn't exactly the most appealing thing you see when you walk into a room. That's why I've been trying to figure out a better way to store it for quite some time. After checking out several different options of keeping the kitty litter box a bit more hidden, my husband and I came to a quick conclusion that coming up with our own project would be the cheapest way to go.
My mother-in-law has had this piece of furniture stored away for years and was quick to let me know I could do what I'd like with it. I'm kicking myself now that I realized I'd forgotten to take a "before" picture, so you could really see the transformation. It was a bright royal blue color with outdated knobs and handles. (You'll also be able to see the original color on the picture showing the inside of the cabinet.)

I simply painted it to match our laundry room and refinished the knobs to also match. After painting, the final touch was simply cutting out the hole for the cats to enter. After sawing down the corners, we realized it was still a bit sharp and didn't want to take a chance on hurting the cats, so we simply cut pool noodles to fit the hole.

It's been great and the cats absolutely love it! The best part???...It's SO simple to clean the litter box!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Week 36 Menu & Grocery List

As always, feel free to print your recipe cards and grocery list by clicking on the each image, then right click and select "print". They're formatted to print on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper! Happy Cooking!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Week 34 Menu & Grocery List

We hope you enjoy next week's menu/recipe cards and grocery lists! If you'd like an entire year's worth of menus and grocery lists planned out for you, our sister site, MomsTakenCareOf is currently offering a special on their cookbook "The Gift of Time", which gives you just that! Click here to check it out!

As always you can print this week's recipe cards and grocery lists, by clicking on the photo and once it's opened in a new window, right click "Print". The images are made to print directly to an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper! Happy Cooking!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Week 33 Menu and Grocery List

 Good morning! We hope that you all are having a wonderful day and that you've enjoyed your menu for the week. Here are your grocery list and menu/recipe cards for next week:

To print, click on each sheet (either the menu/recipe cards or the grocery list). Once the sheet has opened in a new window, right click and select "Print". The documents are made to print on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. Happy Cooking!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Week 32 Menu & Grocery List

Good afternoon! Due to a pre-planned tripped, we're providing you your weekly menu and grocery list for next week a couple of days early. We hope you all enjoy! Happy Cooking!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Week 31 Menu & Grocery List

We hope you all enjoy your weekly menu and grocery list for the upcoming week! As always, to print, simple click on the each photo. Once the photo has opened in a new window, right click and select "print". The photos are formatted to print on an 8.5"x 11" sheet of paper! Happy Cooking!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cowboy Themed Bedroom

When our youngest son, Abram, was born we had no doubt that a cowboy themed bedroom would suite him just right. After a lot of research for new, creative cowboy themes, we ended up coming up a little short. From there, we decided to begin brainstorming and come up with a theme that our little man would love for year's to come. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Meat Loaf Minis

There are several meals that I love to make, but I've got this problem with always wanting to try a little something new each time. Meat Loaf Minis have been a family favorite for quite some time, so when I considered changing them up just a bit, I was careful not to push it too far. Simply changing my normal ingredient of refrigerated biscuit dough and using won-ton wrappers was the key and we'll stick with the new recipe now (especially since it's healthier)!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Week 30 Menu & Grocery List

Good afternoon!! Here's your updated menu/recipe cards and grocery list for next week! Enjoy!!

To print, simply click on each individual photo. Once photo has opened in new window, right click and select "Print". The images are made to print on an 8.5"x 11" sheet of paper.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

1st Birthday Jar

The month of April marked the month that both of my children were born. Like most parents, I questioned how they had gotten to be three and six years-old so quickly. With my first son, I had already began planning his first birthday celebration by the time he reached three months old. One of the thoughts that ran across my mind in those months of planning was to make some sort of a "birthday jar" that the party guests could use to write well wishes, silly memories, etc. and place them in the jar for my son to see at a later time.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Week 29 Menu

Good afternoon! It's so hard to believe that another week has flown by and it's already time to update you with our menu for the upcoming week! We pray that you are enjoying dinner time with your family and that these meals and menus can become a tradition for year's to come! Enjoy!

As always, you can print by clicking on each individual photo, then right click and select "Print". Each photo is formatted to print on an 8.5"x 11" sheet of paper!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Crock Pot Lasagna

Most all of my favorite dishes to prepare are Italian meals and now that I've made a recipe for Lasagna to go in the crock pot, I have no doubt that this will be a regular!
This recipe is such a simple one and one that I'm sure all will enjoy. So here's what you'll need:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 6 oven-ready lasagna noodles (uncooked)

Brown your beef; drain.  Mix in spaghetti sauce and water. In a separate bowl, mix cottage cheese, 1-1/2 cup mozzarella, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, egg and Italian seasoning.

Spoon 1 cup meat sauce into crock pot, then top with layers of lasagna noodles that are broken to fit; top noodles with cheese mixture. Next, cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles, broken to fit; cheese mixture and meat sauce. Cover with lid.

Cook on low 4-6.  Top with remaining mozzarella cheese; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted. Happy crocking!


Friday, April 20, 2012

Secret Agent Birthday Party Invitations

Last year for my son, Corban's, 5th birthday, we had a secret agent theme. We'd made these invitations and I'd blogged about it on my old blog, but as I'm realizing, it did transfer over through my Pinterest account, so I thought I better blog about it again and let you know how simple these were to make!
What you'll need:
  • Black Cardstock
  • Basic White Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Paper clips, Small Magnifying Glass, Small Envelopes
You'll need to start with a basic document editing software (Microsoft Word, etc.). I used Microsoft Publisher, but you would be able to use Word as well. For one side of the paper I used basic stats, including a picture of my son to let them know about the party. (Example: Name, Height, Weight, Age, Interests, etc.) I was able to find some small "top secret" images to include in the invitations as well.

On the other side of the invitation we listed details about this "top secret" mission A.K.A, the big party, with details in secret agent lingo. We attached small envelopes that included a word written in extra small font that they would use the magnifying glass to read, which would give them a word to access entry into the party. 

After printing off both sides of the invitations, they were glue to a folded piece of black cardstock, which was trimmed to appear to be a folder. We placed a label on the each folder (invitation) that included the child's name of whom it would go to. The outside of the invitation simply had a label that read "Top Secret". 

All of the kids loved these invitations and couldn't wait for the party! Enjoy!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Week 28 Menu and Grocery List

Good afternoon and WELCOME (if you're new here)!! Each week we provide you with printable menus with four great recipe cards, plus the grocery list to go along with your meals! Feel free to check out the cookbook, "The Gift of Time" in the right hand column if you'd like to receive an entire years worth of weekly meal plans and grocery lists! (All of the recipes are simple, tasty, and kid-approved.)

To print: Click each individual photo, next right click and select "print". Each photo is formatted to print on a letter sized paper.)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cleaning the Dishwasher...with simplicity!

There are household chores that I dread and several that I tend to put off far too long. The next thing I know I'm having one of "those" days. I'm assuming that you know what kind of a day that I'm talking about. It's one of those days that you roll out of bed and it seems that your eyes are directed to every spec of dirt, dust, and grime throughout your house and your daily chores list begins stacking up in your mind.

Well, for me today has been that day. That's just be fine by me though, because those are some of my most productive days. So as I was rushing through the house and cleaning several of the usually unnoticed spots, I realized that it was time to give in and get the dishwasher cleaned. Every single time I'd opened the dishwasher I knew that it was time to be cleaned, but I just didn't have time to do it. 

Today was similar, but I thought I'd try out a few things to save myself some time first. I knew that getting down to scrub the dishwasher would be time consuming, so why not experiment a little first. I started with placing a bowl full of vinegar in the top tray and running the cycle through with hot water to get the inside cleansed.
Once the cycle with the vinegar had completed, I emptied out the vinegar and poured baking soda through the base of the dishwasher and on the inside of the door to cover most of the stains. The baking soda stuck pretty well to the door and base since it had just ran a good cycle. 

Again, I ran one more quick cycle with the baking soda inside. I opened the door and to my surprise, voilĂ , a CLEAN, sparkly dishwasher! The best part was that as the dishwasher was cleaning itself, I was able to get more done throughout the house! Those are my favorite cleaning jobs...the ones that do the job for you! Hope this works as well for you as it did for me!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Week 27 Menu & Grocery List

We hope you all enjoy your menu, recipe cards, and grocery list for next week.
To print: Click each individual photo, next right click and select "print". Each photo is formatted to print on a letter sized paper.)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Week 26 Menu & Grocery List

Happy Holy Week! We pray that all of you enjoy this Easter season and that you and your families will see all of the blessings surrounding you :)

Next week's menu/recipe cards and grocery lists are below! Enjoy! (As usual, you can print the recipe cards and grocery lists by clicking each individual photo and then right clicking and selecting "print". Each photo is formatted to print on a letter sized paper.)