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What’d You Do This Weekend? #23

Welcome back to What’d You Do This Weekend!  This week was a busy one.  Bubba was on Spring Break and learned how to crochet chain stitches, we planted our new garden, and had an unexpected ER visit.  I can’t say that our lives ever get boring!

This week I shared the Easter edition of my Weekly Worksheets and my recipe for Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup.  Soooo yummy!  Bubba helped to make this one, I hope you check it out!

2014 Weekly Worksheets: Week 17 (printable) by PioneerMomma.com Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup by PioneerMomma.com

Now, on to YOUR features!  Be sure to stop by Tumbleweed Contessa to see her faves.  Here are mine:

Skinny Avocado Chicken Salad by Sumee's Culinary Bites

Skinny Avocado Chicken Salad by Sumee’s Culinary Bites

Melissa's Cuisine:  Sausage and Egg Breakfast Boat

Melissa’s Cuisine: Sausage and Egg Breakfast Boat

Happy Puppy Dog Hat Knitting Pattern by Little Red Window

Happy Puppy Dog Hat Knitting Pattern by Little Red Window

Thanks to everyone for sharing such awesome ideas!

A big thanks to everyone who linked up last week, and to our new bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.


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Weekly Worksheets: 2014 Week 17 (printable)

Weekly Worksheets: 2014 Week 17 (printable) by PioneerMomma.comWe are now in week 17 of 2014!  Can we still call it the new year?  I’m not so sure when we are already A THIRD OF THE WAY DONE!  Holy moly!  Time is flying, and before we know it, it’ll be pumpkin season again!

Alright, alright.  Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.  One week at a time.  After all, that’s part of the purpose of these worksheets, right?  Last week I wasn’t able to make one because of an unexpected ER trip.  Everything is alright now, and it’s back to organizing.  Hubby was actually confused a couple days ago when he asked what was for dinner and I gave him two choices.  ”Huh?” he asked, shocked. “What happened to meal planning??” :-)  How funny!  My house has apparently become more reliant on the meal planning than I thought.  So, let’s start with this week’s!

What’s for Dinner?

Sunday:  Rainy Day Chili

Monday:  Vegetable Soup

Tuesday:  Seared scallops and salad

Wednesday:  Taco night

Thursday:  Meatloaf and Mac n Cheese (Bubba’s request)

Friday:  Lettuce wraps

Saturday:  Boys’ Choice

For the goals this week, they are mainly about what happened last week.  I need to make sure to get everyone’s medical records organized, copies made, appointments scheduled, that sort of thing.  I also wrote up a chore list for Bubba.  I am super excited to share how we did that one, look for the post soon!

Here are our goals for the week:

Home:  Sort and organize all medical records and schedule necessary appointments.  Get a copy of Hubby’s school schedule.

Personal:  Go to the library for an hour.  This one might seem silly, but I really enjoy it and come home very relaxed!

Blog:  Organize all pictures into separate files (way easier to sort through when they are needed!)

Tackle:  Re-inventory deep freezer and pantry.

You might have noticed that “Focus Word” this week says “Feature Word”.  I’m going to pretend that I did that on purpose, but really it was because I had a million things going on at the same time while making the worksheet….so we are just going to act like it is an awesome switch up :-)  This week my “Feature Word” will be:

Leap.

I chose “leap” because sometimes when you want something, you need to take that leap of faith to get it.  You can’t get anywhere in life by being scared.  Fear is the only thing that can hold you back.

So do you have your week planned out?  Writing it down is a great way to keep track of your progress and what is left to do.  Grab your worksheet by clicking here or on the picture, and get started!  Have a happy Easter, everyone!

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

slowcookersoupIf you are like me, you like a good hearty soup now and then.  I mean a stick-to-your-ribs-good soup.  This one will definitely do it for ya.  My slow cooker split pea soup recipe is super simple, but really filling and perfect for the type of cool day we had yesterday.  It is another one that I use my Homemade Chicken Stock recipe as the base, which saves tons of time.  I even throw it in there frozen, as it just melts into everything else while it cooks.

Bubba has been asking me about some of my recipes, so I thought this might be a good one for him to learn.  He was super excited, and asked many many questions along the way.  Love that!  His favorite part was sorting the peas.  Oh, and sneaking diced onion bites when he though I wasn’t looking!  Having him participate in most of the prep helped with the finished product, in that he ate his ENTIRE bowl clean.  No having to fight on this one, he got those veggies in no problem!

I was asked on Instagram if I used ham hocks in the recipe.  I have before, but actually prefer to use bacon when we can (not too often).  We were lucky enough to get ahold of two huge slabs of bacon meat from one of Hubby’s friends last week.  No clue what I’m going to use the rest of it for, but I’m pretty sure those will last us a pretty long time!  Hubby was nice enough to dice up about a cup of meat earlier in the week, and put it in the freezer.  That baggie is what I used for this recipe.

Now!  Are you ready to eat??  Feel free to print out the recipe below and bon apetite! :-)

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
 
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A hearty soup easy enough for the kids to make.
Author:
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 lb split green peas
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 carrots, shredded or diced
  • ½ tsp marjoram
  • dash salt and pepper
  • 1 cup bacon meat, diced
Instructions
  1. Pour bacon into bottom of slow cooker. Layer on salt and pepper, garlic, marjoram, peas, carrots, and onion.
  2. Pour chicken stock and water on top of layers and cover with lid.
  3. Cook on high about 6 hours.

 

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What’d You Do This Weekend? #22

So I’m assuming you have all heard of the heartbleed bug going around the internet?  That is what I’ve been doing this week…nothing like an internet security breach to make you realize that you have WAY too many accounts with WAY too many passwords to change!  If you haven’t heard of it, the short version is anything with “https” before the URL has potential to be compromised by this bug.  Sites are working out the problem, so change your passwords, but be sure that site is on the list of corrected pages (you can always call them).  Good luck!

Aside from that, I have great news!  We got to go see our plot in the community garden!  Scratch that, TWO plots!  I am so looking forward to our own organic fruits and veggies this fall!  I took a ton of pictures, and will be sharing them very soon.

Now for the fun, welcome to this week’s What’d You Do This Weekend!  Awesome links this week, it was hard to pick just a few!  Be sure to stop by Tumbleweed Contessa to see her faves.  Here are mine:

I love the simplicity of these really neat DIY Faux Potted Grasses by Satisfaction Through Christ.  And it helps that they barely cost anything to make!

 DIY Faux Potted Grass by Satisfaction Through Christ

DIY Faux Potted Grass by Satisfaction Through Christ

Just YES to this recipe for Oreo Coconut Delight Fudge Cremes Ice Cream by Table For Seven!

Oreo Coconut Delight Fudge Cremes Ice Cream by Table for Seven

Oreo Coconut Delight Fudge Cremes Ice Cream by Table for Seven

After seeing the Relay for Life booths this weekend and planning to sign myself and Bubba up to walk, how could I not share this story and some great ways to help the cause by Taylor Made Ranch?

Some Things Just Can't Be Done Alone by Taylor-Made Ranch

Some Things Just Can’t Be Done Alone by Taylor-Made Ranch

Thanks everyone for sharing!

A big thanks to everyone who linked up last week, and to our new bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.


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Weekly Worksheets: 2014 Week 15 (Printable)

Weekly Worksheets: 2014 Week 15 (printable) by PioneerMomma.comI noticed something last week.  Although there was so much going on and I didn’t create a weekly worksheet, I was following along with one in my head!  All the meals, tasks, etc. were laid out in my mind and I was going through the mental checklist.  So, although I didn’t have that actual piece of paper in front of me, everything still got accomplished!  I suppose that means they are working!  Awesome :-)

How was your week?  Did you get everything accomplished that you wanted?  Did you create your own worksheet?

I am super excited for the meals this week.  I was able to pick up a bunch of fish on sale, and snagged some scallops at a really great price.  They were actually mislabeled as mussels, and on sale even after that.  And because of the mussels originally being half the price of scallops, this was amazing!  I have a guilty conscience so I brought it up to the store, and they honored the price!  So I went home happy as a….scallop, with a bunch for just $3!  Hubby can’t wait to have them.

I also picked up some whole Tilapia to oven roast.  We eat filets and such, but I really want to start getting Bubba accustomed to the fact that the fish we are eating really is fish.  After all, when we move, we will be fishing quite a lot, and the last thing I would want to happen is for him to not want to eat any of it.  I showed the Tilapia to him after I bought it, and Hubby was there to talk it up as well (Bubba seems to be more inclined to like or go along with something if Hubby likes it) and after the initial shock, he agreed to try it.  So, on the menu it goes!  I’ll be sure to post the recipe I use next week.

For the tasks, I do have a number to choose from.  But, for the purposes of not getting overwhelmed, I will narrow it down and consider any other ones completed as an added bonus.  What tasks will you be listing this week?

Are you ready?  Let’s get started!  Here’s how our week will look:

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

Sunday:  Breakfast for dinner

Monday:  Shepard’s Pie (my chicken version.  Look for the recipe tomorrow!)

Tuesday:  Tortellini with tomato and roasted baby eggplant

Wednesday:  Tilapia

Thursday:  Roasted chicken

Friday:  Meatloaf (Bubba’s request)

Saturday:  Boys’ night

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THIS WEEK’S GOALS

Home:  Sort and organize Tupperware and sewing area.

Personal:  Choose another audiobook and start “reading”.

Blog:  Create and choose sidebar options.  If I don’t like it, I can always keep it the same.

Tackle:  Redo home budget folder.

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FOCUS WORD

Push

I chose “push” because even if there is a task I just really don’t want to do or feel up to (also with exercising!), if I just push through, I know I will feel so good that I accomplished it, in the end.

Alright!  Are you ready to make yours?  Click here or on the picture above for your printable worksheet.  And good luck!

What’d You Do This Weekend #21

Welcome back to What’d You Do This Weekend!  We had a whopping 123 links this week!  How exciting!

Our week was spent mostly on regrouping our house and Hubby’s injury.  Thankfully, it seems as if things are moving along more smoothly, and this coming week should be more or less back to our norm.

All three of us went to Hubby’s mom’s house earlier today to help with some yard work.  Bubba volunteered himself, jumped right in, and started clipping weeds and even learned how to use the lawn mower!  Although it was only for a minute, he was so proud of himself that he ran around and took pictures of his work when we finished.  And though it was pretty warm out, we all had a lot of fun!

Last week’s links were awesome.  It was so hard to pick just a few favorites!  Be sure to stop by Tumbleweed Contessa to see her picks for the week.  Here are mine:

I can’t tell you how much I wanted to eat my computer screen when I saw this recipe!

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Rollups by What's Cooking in the Burbs

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Rollups by What’s Cooking in the Burbs

This is a really neat scrub recipe that sounds like it would smell and feel amaaaaazing.  Especially after that yard work today!

Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub by Jordan's Onion

Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub by Jordan’s Onion

Adding to the incoming Easter ideas, this wreath is an excellent way to recycle that cardboard!

DIY Cardboard Easter Wreath by Little Red Window

DIY Cardboard Easter Wreath by Little Red Window

Thanks so much to everyone for sharing!

A big thanks to everyone who linked up last week, and to our new bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.


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Momma Time: Unofficial Break Day?

Source: Wikipedia - Rosie the Riveter

Source: Wikipedia – Rosie the Riveter

Normally I would be posting a Weekly Worksheet for myself and all of you to follow along and get more organized.  This week we will be taking a slight detour, as I am going into crazy Momma territory.  I’ve got to make sure our things are in order, 3 day emergency bags packed, Hubby needs to get to his appointment later today to figure out what the heck we are in for on his knee, and countless other things (including bracing the important house items to the walls..).

I know,  I know, some people have told me “It’s just a 5!  The earthquakes will stop, there are just aftershocks now!”.  But I am pulling from my younger Girl Scout days, and I am pretty sure we’d be better off prepared.  Whether I am overreacting or not, there have been too many aftershocks and articles about how a 7.0 earthquake on our fault line that has been causing so much trouble the last few days would be ten times more disastrous than the “big one” California has been waiting for.  Ummm…..no bueno.

The 5.1 we had the other day, being so close to the surface, and us being right near the epicenter, was a pretty big wake up call.  While we are still living here, it would probably be in our best interest to heed those warnings from the USGS and put together those 3 day bags.  Especially for Bubba!  I can’t imagine what we would do if he had to miss even one day of medication because it was stuck in our rubbled house.

So, that is what I am doing.  Hubby has to get his knee figured out (the poor guy can barely walk right now), Bubba NEEDS to understand the importance of our disaster routine (he kept moving from his “safety” spot and was screaming to where I don’t feel comfortable he’d be able to know what to do if another one comes), and I need to get those bags packed.  And who knows?  I could just end up eating all the Spam and chili out of them, like last time they just sat there forever.  BUT, with recent occurrences, I think I’ll stick with being prepared.  Even if it does make it look like I’m the crazy over-reactor.  They’ll thank me later.

Do you have a family disaster plan in place?  Do your kids know your address and phone number?  What do you keep in your 3 day bags?

What’d You Do This Weekend #20

Holy earthquakes, Batman!  If you didn’t already know, we are still living in Southern California until Bubba finishes his school program.  But boy howdy, I can’t wait to get on with the move!  This week we had a 5.1 earthquake (complete with damage) in our area, and over 100 aftershocks.  THEN, I come online to see this!  Not cool, California.  Not cool.

We also spent the majority of the day at the ER today for an injury Hubby sustained.  What a week!  He is alright now, currently elevating his leg and under strict surveillance by yours truly.

Bubba went to sleep alright tonight after we practiced and practiced our earthquake routine.  He didn’t do so well during the 5-er, and we need to make sure he understands the importance of our directions.

Oh yeah, and I shared my DIY Spring Burlap Wreath.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath by PioneerMomma.com

So overall, I missed a day of work, my kitchen fell apart, Bubba freaked out, and Hubby got hurt (unrelated).  Again, what a week!  I’m ready for some link sharing!

I did catch some time to run through the wonderful things y’all shared, and would love to show you my favorites.  Be sure to check out Tumbleweed Contessa’s faves as well.  Here are mine:

Swiss Roll Cake with Apple and Poppy Filling by Something Sweet Winnie's Blog

Swiss Roll Cake with Apple and Poppy Filling by Something Sweet Winnie’s Blog

Cajun Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps by I Thee Cook

Cajun Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps by I Thee Cook

Wine Bottle Lights by Mamas Blog Central

Wine Bottle Lights by Mamas Blog Central

Thanks so much to everyone for sharing!

A big thanks to everyone who linked up last week, and to our new bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.


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DIY Spring Burlap Wreath

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath by PioneerMomma.comSo last fall I really got into burlap.  I even used it to make Bubba’s trick or treat bag!  Now that spring is here, I knew that I wanted to incorporate it into my decor.  What better way than to use it to make a spring wreath?  And better yet, how about going all out and making it without sewing or using my glue gun??  You heard right, no sew, no glue, DIY spring burlap wreath.

I have to confess that part of the reason I didn’t bust out my glue gun is because I burned myself pretty good the last time that I used it.  My glue gun and I usually have  a great relationship, but I’m not sure that I’m ready to forgive and forget yet.  So, stepping up to the plate are my handy dandy sewing pins!  Unsure if it would work at first, they ended up holding everything so well that this wreath only took me a total of a half hour to make (minus the time I spent trying to remember how to make the roses…)!

This is seriously the easiest craft I’ve done in a long time.  All you need is a foam wreath form, some burlap (in wide strip form), sewing pins (with the little balls on the tops), and some twine.  For this project we will use teal and orange burlap.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath by PioneerMomma.com

First, wrap the teal burlap tightly around the wreath form.  Secure the ends in the back of the wreath with pins.  I used pins with the same color head, so these wouldn’t stand out too much.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath by PioneerMomma.com

For the embellishment, I chose burlap flowers.  A while back, a coworker had taught me how to make toilet paper roses, and I figured that method would be perfect to try out for this wreath.  And after the hour trying to remember how to do it and my shirt eventually covered in burlap, I finally figured it out :-)  And don’t worry, it is super simple and doesn’t take more than a few seconds per flower.  Maybe I was just off my game a little…

Take the wide strip orange burlap and cut a piece about 1 1/2 feet long, then lay it out on a table.  Cut that strip in half lengthwise.  Fold the end corner down on one side.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath by PioneerMomma.com

Roll the end into the folded corner about two turns.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath by PioneerMomma.com

Take the loose end of the burlap strip and fold it backwards, with the end of the strip in a downward direction.  Then roll the burlap again, into the fold.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath by PioneerMomma.com

Repeat this until you have used the whole strip.  The trick is to roll the flower into the fold, but curve it slightly as you move along.  If you still have a hard time, you could try checking out some video tutorials on You-Tube.  Heck, you might even find a different type of foldable flower you’d like to make!

When you are done with your rose, secure it onto the wreath with a pin in the center of the flower.  If needed, you can secure the sides of the flower with a couple more pins, but I found that only a couple needed this.  They generally were pretty darn secure with just the one pin.  Cut any wierd edges you don’t want sticking out.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath by PioneerMomma.comDIY Spring Burlap Wreath by PioneerMomma.com

Once you are done adding the flowers, cut a piece of twine about a foot long and fold it in half.  Wrap it around the top of the wreath and pull the ends through the loop.  Tie a bow at the ends of the twine to use for hanging.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath by PioneerMomma.com

I love this wreath!  I actually like it so much that I will probably use it as a base idea for different holiday colors.  Maybe some glitter next time? :-)

Hope y’all enjoyed the tutorial as much as I did!  What kind of front door decor do you use?  Have you ever tried making toilet paper flowers?

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What’d You Do This Weekend #19

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to another week of What’d You Do This Weekend!  Last week we had a whopping 106 links!  How exciting!  Thank y’all so much for participating and I hope you are having as much fun looking through everything as I am :-)

Our week went by pretty smoothly, and I shared with you Momma Time: Silly jokes and my future as a Dauntless and this week’s 2014 Weekly Worksheet: Week 13.

Once again, we had some pretty amazing links last week.  Be sure to stop by Tumbleweed Contessa to see her favorites.  Here are mine:

With “Let It Go” being sung around every hall of my house right now, how could I resist these awesome Frozen playdate ideas by I Dig Pinterest??

Host a Frozen Playdate by I Dig Pinterest

Host a Frozen Playdate by I Dig Pinterest

Umm….Banana Rum Cupcakes.  Need.  I.  Say.  More.

Banana Rum Cupcakes by Moments with Mandi

Banana Rum Cupcakes by Moments with Mandi

The dry winds are still around, check out this deliciously easy recipe for DIY Lip Balm by To Work With My Hands!

DIY Lip Balm by To Work With My Hands

DIY Lip Balm by To Work With My Hands

Such great ideas!  Thanks so much for sharing!

A big thanks to everyone who linked up last week, and to our new bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.


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