Thursday, September 20, 2018

Domestic Doings

The past couple of weeks have had a few challenges that have kept me from getting as much done around the house, but I have managed a few things including:

I managed to take the cupboard above the refrigerator from this mess...

To this.  Not a huge accomplishment, but I feel much better whenever I need to open this cupboard.

I made a batch of my favorite raspberry jam bars.  I will share the recipe soon.

I also tried a new recipe for lemon poppy seed muffins.  They were good, but not perfect.  I will probably try them again, with a few tweaks, before I share the recipe.

I also, of course, kept up with the mundane daily tasks around this place.  Pairing socks is one of my least favorite tasks.  I usually have to talk myself into it by turning on a movie and just sitting down and getting it done.  My husband keeps trying to turn this over to the boys, but unfortunately, they are not very detail oriented and I end up with my seven-year-old's sock being matched up with one of my fourteen-year-old's socks.  That does not work so well, and ends up causing me more work later.  So, for now, I am still the chief sock matcher-upper around here. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Domestic Doings

I have just a few pictures to share this week.

First of all, and most importantly, my oldest boy turned fourteen.  He always lets me do fun things for his cake, so this year I decided to do a donut tower - 14 donuts for 14 years!  All of my boys loved it, and a couple asked if they could have a donut tower for their birthday.  That is totally okay with me, because this is about the easiest birthday cake I have ever made.

I am sharing one more shot, just because it was such a hit. (And because I am a little short on pictures this week ;). )

I am also working on getting my kitchen organized.  I will share more pictures as I get to them, but for today, here is a picture of my organized medicine cabinet.  Well, most of it is a medicine cabinet. As you can see, the top shelf holds a few disposable pans and containers I can use when I need to take food to someone, and I don't want them to have to worry about returning dishes.

Finally, I dusted off the old sewing machine and worked on a quilt.  Hopefully I will have more progress to show on this quilt soon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

German Pancakes

Last week, I mentioned that I made German Pancakes for breakfast.  There are several variations of this recipe to be found out on the internet, but this one is my favorite.

I often make this recipe a little healthier by only adding half the amount of butter into the pan, and then replacing it with applesauce in the batter.   I have also made this recipe with some or all white wheat flour, omitted the dusting of powdered sugar, and served with fresh fruit rather than syrup.

Here is the recipe in its original form.

You can click here for a printable copy of this recipe.

German Pancakes

6 Tbsp. butter
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
½ tsp. Salt


Preheat oven to 350.  Put butter in a 9x13 pan and put it in the oven, while it is preheating, to melt. Put all remaining ingredients in a blender and blend well, scraping down the sides if necessary.  When the butter is melted, and the oven is ready, pour the batter into the hot pan and put back in the oven. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar.  Serve warm with syrup.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Organized Pantry

I am lucky enough to have a large (not fancy) pantry/storage room just off my kitchen, but in my kitchen, I have a small pantry where I keep most of my everyday food and cooking spices and seasonings.  Last week, I decided it was time for it to get cleaned and organized again.

If you remember, in last week's Domestic Doings post, I showed a snapshot of some shelf paper.  This is the project that I was working on.  I love all the fancy schmancy pantries on Pinterest that are painted and wallpapered and perfectly organized with matching bins and baskets.  I did not feel like I had the kind of time or money to turn my little pantry into a show piece like that , but I could make it just a little cuter with some shelf paper, and get it back into a good state of organization.

So, I am sharing just a few pictures of my organized pantry.  Obviously some things needed to be restocked when I took these pictures, but I think you can still get the basic idea of my simple pantry organization.

I cook a lot, and I like to cook a lot of different kinds of food, so I have a lot of different spices and seasonings.  Basically one whole shelf is dedicated to them, but to relieve that shelf just a little, I put several of my most used spices in these little magnetic containers and hung them on the door.  I also hung a little "map" on the corner that tells me what spices are where, since several of them look similar.

I put some shingle flashing up on the door with some caulking (My husband assured me he could fix any damage if I ever decide I want to take it down).  Then, I put spices in magnetic canisters that I got from Ikea.  I tried to find them on Ikea's website, but I couldn't.  I did find some similar ones on Amazon, but I am not including a link, because it is hard for me to recommend something that I haven't actually tried and liked.

It is so nice to have this pantry clean and organized again, and made just a little cuter with the easy addition of some shelf paper.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Domestic Doings

These are some of the fun domestic things that I have done this past week.

I made our favorite chocolate chip muffins for Sunday Breakfast.

Then, on Monday morning, I realized I was without any of our regular breakfast staples, so I whipped up some German Pancakes to feed my boys before school.  I will share my favorite recipe soon.

I tried two new cookie recipes this week.  First, I made these yummy Glazed Lemon Crinkles.  I will try to share this recipe soon too.

I also made these soft chocolate cookies.  They were easy and sooo good.  I got the recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe and made the changes she suggested for high altitudes.

I just now realized that I dont' have any other pictures to share with you of my domestic life this week.  That is because a project has taken up most of my free time.  I will be sharing it soon, but for now, here is a little hint. . .

Monday, August 27, 2018

Living Room

Today, I am sharing my living room.  It got its good cleaning last week, so I snapped a few pictures.

This room is right off the front entry to my house and it always looks pretty much like this.  I love this room because it is always clean, but it was in need of a good deep cleaning.

I washed the window and cleaned out the window tracks.  I pulled out the couches and swept and mopped underneath them and gave everything a good dusting.  Please don't pay any attention to my console table decor.  It has obviously not been finished.

I also cleaned all the baseboards, vacuumed the couches and rug, and fluffed all the pillows.

This room is fresh and clean, and ready to be enjoyed.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Domestic Doings

Some of the things that have kept me busy around the house this week . . .

I made these yummy double chocolate muffins for my kids for breakfast on Saturday.  This recipe makes a big batch, so I was able to put a bunch in the freezer for breakfasts/snacks throughout the week.  The recipe is from Mel's Kitchen Cafe and can be found here.

I also made a double batch of our favorite blueberry muffins with streusel topping.  A bunch of these went in the freezer too. I blogged about them and shared the recipe several years ago.

Also, I totally love my 24 cup muffin tin.  I have added an affiliate link to the bottom of the post, if you are interested.  I highly recommend it!

I also made these yummy Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Fingers to package up individually and put in the freezer for my kids lunches.  I will share the recipe soon.

I tried this sheet pan dinner.  My husband and I liked it. The kids were split on whether it was a hit or a miss.

I also worked on a household project that I will be sharing soon - - hopefully, next week.

And finally I had to share this sign my youngest made.  He lost a tooth and the tooth fairy forgot to visit.  The next night, two of his brothers helped him make some signs so that she would hopefully find her way to him.  Luckily it worked!

Another good week!

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