Saturday, March 30, 2013

My favorite thing...

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On the eve of Easter I wanted to share one of my most favorite products right now...I LOVE this!!!! It really works and it will save you a bundle if you are a facial person who loves a good chemical peel or MicroDermabrasion peel (ignore spelling on that one). I recently read on another blog (I can't remember which one!) about Oil of Olay's MicroDermabrasion peel kit and how amazing it made her skin feel. So, in my constant search of products to keep my face looking younger, I tried it! $22.00 at Target and I had a $3.00 off coupon~who could go wrong with that purchase! I eagerly went home and tried it that night. It was amazing. My skin felt soft, layers of skin felt like they had been removed and my skin was so tight. I loved it! I use it once a week~you can use biweekly or even once a month. I'm feeling younger and my skin is looking great! This is my favorite thing...doing mine tonight so I can look my best tomorrow!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Free Easter Imprintables!

I just LOVE when all these talented people share their imprintable for FREE! Here is a collection of all the fun stuff out there to help you make your treats EGG-stra cute this year!!! Enjoy!
These are found at Shaken Together Life

Free Subway Art at Making Messes

SUPER Cute! Another Subway Art Freebie at Eighteen 25

Super Cute tags for any treat! Found at Hip Hooray

LOVE the simplicity of this print. Found here at Madigan Made

These are so elegant! Found over here at the Rubber Punkin
One last Subway art...always a favorite! Found at Hopscotch Studios

Happy Easter Everyone!!!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

She is my mother, I am her daughter

You can't tell, but she is laughing here because I was taking too many pictures

Tonight I spent the evening taking care of mom just like she used to take care of me for so many years in this very house. I remember walking these halls when I was young and this house filled with life. And as I clean her up after her meal and help her drink her water, I remember those younger, youthful days. Mom was always cleaning up after dinner while we got ready for bed. And as I stand here tonight in front of the same sink she stood so many years ago, washing all the dishes from  dinner, I let out a sigh of sadness reliving my mother's footsteps. I helped her in the bathroom, she still is so modest, but this is what she used to do for me. I push her wheelchair and think she used to push me too. And here we are full circle, one evening out of many where my heart is filled with what used to be. I love my mother. I love our time together. She may not be able to tell me she loves me, she may not be able to do much for herself, but I can. She cracks a smile as I enter back into the room from shutting down the house for the evening. With her withered body, weak and frail, she lifts her hand and rests it on me. She is my mother, I am her daughter.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Slow Cooker Sesame Seed Chicken

Image from Family Fresh Meals
Tonight's meal was a new one! Sesame Seed Chicken in the crockpot from Family Fresh Meals. My kids don't like sesame seeds, so I did not include them, but I followed the recipe up to the seed part. I even made it a bit more fun and less work for me, by picking up some steamed rice and some fried rice from Panda Express on the way home. They gave me some chopsticks and extra fortune cookies and we made it quite a mulit-cultural night learning about Chinese ways of eating! It was great! Fun, cheap, family night!!! Enjoy!!!!

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
  • Sesame seeds
  1. Start by seasoning chicken lightly with salt and pepper and place into crock pot.
  2. In a bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes.
  3. Pour over chicken.
  4. Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or on HIGH 3-4 hours,
  5. or just until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Remove chicken from crock pot with a slotted spoon, leaving sauce behind.
  7. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot.
  8. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on HIGH for ten more minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  9. Shred chicken with two forks and then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.
  10. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice, quinoa, noodles or MY favorite, spinach!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mirror Mirror


"Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all?" The fairy tale begins with the queen asking the mirror to tell her the truth, which it does time and time again. The queen of course never liked the answer, but it was the truth, there was someone more beautiful than she. How true most fairy tales are, the mirror always shows us the truth. The truth of our age, the truth of our weight, and how we look to others. And as I passed one yesterday while browsing in TJMaxx, I caught a glimpsed of myself, a short but ever so revealing glimpse. There she was, my mother was staring right back at me. Her demeanor, her walk, her face, her eyes, starring right back at me.  And in that moment every memory of Marshalls, TJ MAxx, and Gemco flushed my mind like roaring rapids; filling me up with happiness and sadness all at the same time. She loved shopping at Marshalls and revealing all her deals. She would go there often, probably when we were all in school too. That's where she hung out, made friends, and felt pretty trying on clothes. There she was, staring right back at me wanting to hang out with her me. She loved hanging out together with the kids, shopping, filling our lives up with tokens of love. I'm her, I'm my mother. And I will probably end up like her, sitting on a couch not able to do the things I love doing, with the people I love being with. I am her, my daughters are me, and they will probably, hopefully, remember our moments, our memories and how much I used to be able to do, and how I can't anymore. I saw her starring back at me, wanting to hang out, and do what she used to be able to do. I am my mother, and with this knowledge, I will live every minute to the fullest, most joyful limit possible, because I may not remember this at all. Mirror, mirror on the wall...

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Simple Elegance

So fun afternoon today. I was a part of a elegant, simple bridal shower. Client hired me to make centerpieces, Menu cards, Place Cards, and Favors. The theme was simple, but elegant, and I think I hit the mark! So much fun working with the family hosting their closest friends shower at the Ripe Tomato, very beautiful! Enjoy the pics!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Times have changed

Gone are the days when my kids were little and didn’t do anything but a little preschool and gym class; when I was much more organized in the kitchen with my meals and my house keeping. When I was able to decorate my home because my kids just drooled on everything and didn’t know what jump, throw, color on, or smudge meant! With a  new stage of life of gymnastics twice a week times 2 and basketball practices times 2, dance 3 times a week and award ceremonies, and Oral Interp Festivals, the monthly calendar print out of all our meals and freezer meals stacked high in outdoor freezer is just not working anymore. New plan! Since we (encompassing all mothers) are SO BUSY, you know you all LOVE to say that, I had to re-think what I can do to provide dinner for these kids who actually eat-X4!!!!! I have finally realized we are a family of 6 who all have huge appetites…gone are my mini eaters, hello hungry active children! And they say it’s only going to get worse!!!! Lord help me! Here is what I do know and hopefully it will help all you other BUSY moms have a little less worry about what’s for dinner…EVERY NIGHT for the next EIGHTEEN YEARS!!!!
What I’ve done now is have my basics on hand at all times. My go to meals are always in the fridge and freezer waiting for me to mix together with my magic cooking wand. I shop at the beginning of the month from Costco and do weekly runs for fresh fruit and veggies, and of course milk…I need a cow in the back yard-it would be so much easier!!! Here are the meals I have on hand. Every now and then I throw in a new couple of recipes to keep my customers guessing!
1.       Shredded Pork in crock pot:
Buy four Pork roasts from Costco for around $14.00 and throw one in the crock pot in the morning, pour a jar of salsa over it and I can make tacos, burritos, quesadillas, you name it! Meal set with leftovers for lunch the next day. Or smother in BBQ sauce and make some man sandwiches, or smother in green or red sauce and roll up in a tortilla and make enchiladas, or layer in between tortillas and make an enchilada casserole. 
2.       Frozen Atlantic Salmon Filets
I buy 2 bags of these from Costco. Love these because they defrost quickly and they are individually packaged! I can pull out as many as I need and make whatever my heart desires. My favorite has been Giada’s Tomato olive oil, garlic, oven baked in foil Salmon. So easy, so quick, and super yummy!!!
3.       Chicken Breasts
I buy one bag from Costco. Frozen bag from Costco have the same effect as the salmon. They are individually packaged and defrost quickly. There are endless ideas for chicken but we BBQ them with all kinds of marinades and keep them for the week on salads, etc.
4.       Jack Daniel’s Pull apart meat
I buy two of these. Throw on in the freezer keep the other for the night of my Costco run. It’s fast on the stove top, tasty Jack Daniel BBQ sauce. I add some in the French rolls I just purchased from Costco as well and we have some meaty manwhiches…top off with sharp cheddar cheese and the girls in the house eat it up too!
5.       Organic Pasta and Canned Tomato Sauce
I buy one pack of the multi-pasta pack and one pack of the Whole Wheat Spaghetti. They last me a month, barely I could buy two of each! I always make a homemade sauce (it’s cheaper and it has less sugar!) so whenever it’s pasta time I’m set. I use two cans of the tomato sauce, add garlic, parsley, oregano, Italian seasonings, salt, pepper, olive oil, a tsp of sugar, and a bit of water and voila!
6.       Ground Turkey Meat
I buy one package of four from Costco. I pull this out and add to my spaghetti sauce, or use it for tacos, or add to my lasagna. The ideas are endless!
7.       Spinach Raviolis
I buy one or two of these packages-depending on how much room I have left in my cart! These are great for those nights you come home late from running around and a meal just sounds exhausting. I pop these babies in a pot of boiling water, 6 mins. later I have my veggies & main course covered and the kids LOVE them!!! I always add fruit & Veggies on the side of any and all our meals! Sides will be another blog post!
8.       Kirkland Pancake Mix
I buy one every two months. Sometimes, it’s pancakes for dinner when dad is in charge or mom is just wiped out. Yes it happens to every supermom, no joke! And it’s perfectly acceptable to do this, a lot if you have to! This mix is great because you just add water!!!! Oh I love SIMPLE!!!!!

You seriously have meals here for an entire month! No Joke!!! As long as you have the basics, the choices are endless!!! Next Post will cover what we call 1st dinner! I serve it after school because it seems lunch at noon didn’t cut it!

March Madness!!!

Of course here in the Jonesy Household March Madness means basketball, but I thought I would share some FREE printables from all these awesome sites! Enjoy and much LUCK to you this Saint Patty's Month!!!!

Free 8x10 from designbycp

Another free 8x10 from poppiesatplay

Free Tags at cute!

Saint Patricks Day Bump classroom game Free printable pdf - Bump is a great game for practicing addition facts to 12. Students roll a pair of dice and cover up the sums.
Free Bump game at Fun To Be In First blog, to use in class...great way to practice adding!

How cute are these cupcake toppers from TomKat!