Saturday, January 22, 2011

Be Creative - Part 2


In our home, one of the most frequently asked questions is,
“What’s for dinner”? 
I repeat the answer more often than I would like to. Seems one child asks, and then a few minutes later, here comes the other one with the same question!  J
So I thought why not create a menu board. I had an empty antique frame that belonged to my Grandmother that I was not using. It is a very pretty frame and I had been looking for a use for it.  And one day I thought that it would be perfect to make a chalkboard out of and use it to write down daily menus!
I traced the outline of the frame on a piece of thin fiberboard, and then cut it out. Then I painted it with chalkboard spray paint. After the paint dried, I put the board in the frame and hung it on the wall. Now I have a unique chalkboard in the kitchen to write menus on. I have also used it to mark holidays and welcome guests! You could also use corkboard in place of a chalkboard if you prefer.
I apologize I didn’t get any pictures of this creative process. I guess I was just too excited!
Anyway, it has helped let everyone know what is on the menu for that day. The cost was quite minimal, and the sentimental value is priceless.
Blessings!
Love,
Anna

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Simply freshen your fridge

For those of you that know me, you know I like simplicity. Simple, but of course, pretty!  (That really goes without saying) J
I have always used an open box of baking soda to freshen my fridge. But I recently started a new way.
I heart love the smell of citrus, so I wanted to share with you what I did.
Ok, Ok, I know, I am rambling, so my kitchen tip?
It is so simple, this is all you need.

First, you will cut the lemon in half, and then scoop it out. (I found it helpful to run a serrated blade around the inside first. This will help separate it from the peel.)

Second, place the lemon half in a bowl. (I had to trim just a little off the end of this lemon so it would sit upright in the bowl).

Third, pour just ordinary table salt in the lemon half. Place in the refrigerator, and the salt will absorb any odors, and the lemon will leave a wonderfully fresh citrus scent.

It is that easy! And believe me, I am all about doing things the easiest way possible!

Be sure and check back as I will post my Be Creative: Part 2 series soon.
Warmly,
Anna

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Be Creative - Part 1


I was feeling particularly creative in my kitchen the other day. I have always been dissatisfied with the dishwashing soap bottles. You know the ones. You have to turn them upside down to dispense the soap and either wind up getting water on the counter, or putting too much soap on the sponge or in the sink.
So, my kitchen tips? I thought why not use an empty plastic hand soap bottle with a pump to dispense my dishwashing liquid. I transferred the soap from the original bottle, and using it is fantastic! I just refill it every so often, and it is so handy.
I also wanted to jazz it up a little. So I took some shelf lining paper, and cut a strip off. Then I wrapped it around the bottle. Used some raffia that I had on hand, and voila! It is so much prettier and at no cost! You can’t beat that!


Blessings!
Love,
Anna

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ah, teenagers...


Wow, I could devote an entire blog to the subject. Teenagers are a whole different species. You parents who have had or have teenagers now can relate. I have one word for those of you who have little ones …..wait.
I often find it frustrating at the time, but now it is amusing. Don’t get me wrong, my girls are super. Respectful, polite, loving, thoughtful, but boy do they have their moments. I don’t know about teenage boys, but teenage girls are m-o-o-d-y.
Oh my stars, I have joked with my husband that when I do try to make a point with my girls, and believe me, I hold my tongue a lot!  But on the occasion that I have a valid point, (and of course I am right), I feel like I am in an Abbott and Costello routine. I receive one of these two responses.
Response number one: I am either met by the question “What are you talking about”? (This is only after explaining the situation and resolution in great detail)  Only to be followed by a perplexed look, as if I have started on the topic of Physics.
Response number two: I am met by a catatonic stare. It looks like they are either in a Trans, or like they have just noticed a third eye on my forehead.
Talk about frustrating. Age really does bring with it a whole different perspective on things. I guess maybe my parents did know what they were talking about back when I was a teenager. Of course when you are young, your parents couldn’t possibly know anything about anything. However, as your children grow, you soon become aware that mom did know a thing or two.
Well, I want to thank you for being such a wonderful sounding board. I know that I am not alone, and that all parents of teenagers can relate.
I would love to hear your stories if you would like to share.
Always,
Anna

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Beginnings


Mercies
I don’t know about you, but I am a list maker. I am much more efficient at accomplishing tasks if I already have them mapped out on paper.  For years now, I have made New Year’s resolutions. I generally do pretty well at keeping them. However, I used to get discouraged when I failed and say “I’ll try again next year.” But I have come to realize that every day is a new beginning, a fresh start, a clean slate. Well, you get the picture. 
This sunrise recently reminded me that God’s mercies are new every morning. Every day we should be thankful that we can begin again. I hope the New Year brings you peace, health, joy, grace and hope that no matter what our circumstances, we can remain thankful for new beginnings.

Fondly,
Anna