The Fort Worth Homemaker’s Day

schedule-compressed

By Liz

You might be asking yourself, what does a day in the life of this homemaker look like?  I get emails wondering what it is I do all day and we now have such amazing technology that keeping house must be a breeze, so I think many of my readers think I have plenty of time that gets wasted on a daily basis.

Unlike many other homemakers, I don’t home school any of the 5 kids .Regardless of the fact that they are much older, honestly this was never in my wheel house, I know my weaknesses and frankly I was not equipped with the patience level to home school.

Also, like many other homemakers, I don’t do many DIY projects.  You will probably never see a post about how I turned an old sock into an adorable stuffed animal, although you will see mentions of me using old socks as dust rags.

I also don’t have a long reading list. While I agree that reading helps one broaden their minds, helps you relax and is some pretty cheap entertainment, I just never seem to have enough time.  Kudos to all those other homemakers and blogging moms that are able to read 40+ books in one year, because it usually takes me months to get through just one book.




So exactly what does a day in my life look like?  Here is a schedule of a typical day:

6:00 – 8:30 Read, answer emails, compose posts.

8:30 -9:30 Exercise, shower, dress, hair.

9:30 -10:00 Dust and sweep all of the downstairs of my house. (This gets done daily due to dog hair tumbleweeds that drive me crazy).

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10:00 -10:30 Prep and put on a pot of homemade dog food in the slow cooker, then prep and marinade chicken for evening dinner.

10:30 -11:00 Fold and put away 2 batches of laundry.

11:00 12:00 Proof read, edit and photo shop for upcoming posts.

12:00 – 1:00 Make and enjoy my lunch hour, (eating does not take me an hour, but if there was anything that stuck with me from my days in corporate…it was enjoying the respite of the lunch hour before delving back into work).

breakfast-sandwiches

1:00 -1:40 Make a batch of egg sandwiches for the freezer.

1:40 – 2:00 Played with puppy and other dogs outside giving them some exercise.

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2:00 – 3:00 Blanched, pureed and freezer bagged all garden ripened tomatoes (to be used in sauce at a future time).

CPP-books

3:00 – 4:00 Work on homework assignment from the Saturday class I am taking (I had mentioned this previously, I am working on keeping my CPP certification as a Payroll Professional).

4:00 -4:15 Empty dishwasher.

4:15 – 4:30 Bagged up dog food from slow cooker.

4:30 – 5:00 Judge Judy and coffee break (Guilty pleasure, hey!…I am only human).

5:00 5:30 Dinner prep (slicing veggies, shredding cheese, etc…)

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5:30 -6:30 Grilling dinner outside while periodically coming in to check on side dishes.

6:30 – 7:30 Eat with family, package leftovers, wash dishes.

dog-walk

7:30 – 8:30 Take dogs for a walk.

8:30 – 10:00 Downtime…finally!!! (Usually this time is spent either watching a movie or talking with my hubby and kids).

10:00 BED..it’s been a long day and I am tired!

For those of you who might be wondering, NO, I did not embellish this schedule.  This is a typical day for me, other days also include errands, grocery shopping, scheduled appointments at the doctor, dentist, vet, mechanic, etc…

I do try to make a habit of doing less on the weekend, but with the class I am taking on Saturday’s this summer, that has me out the door at 7:00a.m. and not returning until 2:00p.m. I still have homemaking items that I accomplish on the weekends, but these tasks get done on a less stringent schedule.

So there you have it, a day in the life of The Fort Worth Homemaker, I did not write this post to complain, I just wanted to let the public know that homemakers far and wide generally are not sitting around watching daytime T.V. talk shows; shopping and spending money all day; or taking naps for hours upon end.  And if you are a homemaker that does exactly those things…please let me know your secret, cause who couldn’t use some of that?

 


Sauteed Cauliflower with Lemon

cauliflower

By Liz

This is a light and easy side dish that will go great with any meal.

Ingredients:

lemon-cauliflower-011 head of cauliflower, rinsed

1 – 2 small lemons rinsed and cut into ¼ size wedges

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

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Directions:

1. Rinse and core the head of cauliflower.

2. Rough cut cauliflower into large bite size chunks.

3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to high heat.

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4. Add cauliflower and saute until edges are slightly browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender (if cauliflower starts to stick to pan add ½ teaspoon of water to loosen it up).

5. Add lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the juices and oils release from the lemons.

6. Discard lemon wedges; serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.

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Sauteed Cauliflower with Lemon
Serves 6
A light and easy side dish, bursting with flavor.
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75 calories
7 g
1 g
5 g
2 g
1 g
125 g
69 g
2 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
125g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 69mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
97%
Calcium
4%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower, rinsed
  2. 1 – 2 small lemons rinsed and cut into ¼ size wedges
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Rinse and core the head of cauliflower.
  2. Rough cut cauliflower into large bite size chunks.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to high heat.
  4. Add cauliflower and saute until edges are slightly browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender (if cauliflower starts to stick to pan add ½ teaspoon of water to loosen it up).
  5. Add lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the juices and oils release from the lemons.
  6. Discard lemon wedges before serving.
Notes
  1. Serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
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calories
75
fat
5g
protein
2g
carbs
7g
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Five Frugal for Friday

By Liz

Did you ever have those times when you felt like you were in a fog, and it lasted for a long time?  That was us this week.    At the beginning of the week, I got to meet up with an old friend for lunch and that was great. However, the rest of the week just seemed to have a heaviness to it that felt like it just would not go away which made the week seem endless, but thankfully it is now Friday and the weekend is upon us.

Here are my 5 frugal accomplishments for this week:

1. We flipped a car. This accomplishment was not intentional. We had purchased a used, “first car” to help a close relative over a year ago. At the time, they could not afford the car out right, and was considering a loan with a very high interest rate.  We were in the position to help out by purchasing the car in full, and the arrangements were, they were to pay us monthly, for the cost of the car (no interest or fees) until the car was paid for.  Unfortunately, that did not work out, so my wonderful, more than handy, mechanically inclined husband, did some minor repairs, buffed out scratches and touched up paint, detailed the car top to bottom and we flipped it for a profit that will pay for our summer vacation this year.

2. I made Saturday morning pastry. I always treat my family to some kind of pastry on Saturday morning, whether it is bakery bought donuts, bagels, or pan dulce. However, some Saturdays if the conditions are right and the motivation is there, I will bake. This past Saturday, I made both strawberry and cheese Danish.

 

3. I made bread crumbs. We seemed to have a variety of breads with our meals last week. We had sourdough, Italian, baguette, and pita ends and pieces sitting in bags on top of the fridge. So I took all of them and dried them out in the oven and ran them through the food processor.  It yielded me almost 2 cups of crumbs, which I then used to make a double batch of meatballs.

 

4. I made a batch of homemade pesto. We love pesto in our house. We use it on pasta, sandwiches and on meat, fish and some vegetables.  Our micro garden is in full bloom, so I used the basil from our garden to make a batch of pesto sauce. Making pesto does require a lot of basil and we only have to planters in our garden, so I basically wiped out our crop, but I am hopeful the plants will regenerate.


5. I gave myself an overdue pedicure.  I do my own pedicures at home every 2 weeks, keeping my toes looking fresh, however time got away from me this month and I had finally reconciled that I had the time to do it.  I set up shop on my back patio, with my pedicure kit, a book and a very large, icy glass of sparkling water and spent an hour of pampering time.

So those are some of the ways I saved some money this week. How were you able to save some of your hard earned cash this week?



Easy Cheesy Danish Recipe

danish

By Liz

Our Monday through Fridays are rush, rush, rush but thankfully come Saturday mornings, our vibe in the house is relaxed.  I treat the family with some sort of continental breakfast one day a week making it interesting and tasty for them, and really easy for me.

On this day of the week, our breakfast usually includes fresh coffee, juice and some sort of pastry that was either store bought or just really easy to make.  Here is the pastry I made this past, dreary, rainy Saturday.

I doubled this recipe for my large brood to make a total of 16 Danish, however, the recipe below is for 8 Danish.

cheesy-danish

Easy Cheesy Danish

*Makes 8 Danish

Ingredients:

1 can of crescent rolls

4oz cream cheese (softened)

¼ cup Granulated Sugar

½ tsp. lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Fruit jam or jelly, optional

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

cheesy-danish

2. Beat together the cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar, & vanilla.

3. Remove the crescent dough from the tube. Do not separate into triangles! Slice the roll of crescent dough into 8 rounds. Place the rounds on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

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4. Press an indentation in the center of each crescent round with your fingers. Fill the indentations with a big dollop of cream then a small addition of jam or jelly if desired.

5. Bake at 350 for 16 to 18 minutes, rotating pan during ½ time of cooking (8 minutes).

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6. Serve warm or at room temp.

7. Store any leftovers in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.


Easy Cheesy Danish
Serves 8
Delicious and easy morning pastry.
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88 calories
9 g
17 g
5 g
1 g
3 g
26 g
64 g
7 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
26g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88
Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 64mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 9g
3%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 can of crescent rolls
  2. 4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  3. ¼ cup sugar
  4. ½ tsp. lemon juice
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. *Fruit jam or jelly, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat together the cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar, & vanilla.
  3. Remove the crescent dough from the tube. Do not separate into triangles! Slice the roll of crescent dough into 8 rounds. Place the rounds on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Press an indentation in the center of each crescent round with your fingers. Fill the indentations with a big dollop of cream then a small addition of jam or jelly if desired.
  5. Bake at 350 for 16 to 18 minutes, rotating pan during ½ time of cooking (8 minutes).
  6. Serve warm or at room temp.
Notes
  1. Store any leftovers in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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calories
88
fat
5g
protein
1g
carbs
9g
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The Fort Worth Homemaker http://thefortworthhomemaker.com/

 

Five Frugal Friday

by Liz

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It was a usual week here, nothing out of the ordinary, although, our downstairs A/C unit stopped working last weekend. As we waited for the repairman to show, my husband and I were both convinced that we were going to be told that the unit was toast and it was time for a new one.  Our current units were installed when the house was built, about 13 years ago, so we know we can’t avoid that purchase forever. This day, though were really lucky, the repairman told us that a transformer blew on the unit, and he replaced it, did a thorough check on the rest of the downstairs and the upstairs unit.  The total bill was $315.00, this sounds like a lot, but we were bracing ourselves for the cost of new units, somewhere in the range of $12,000 to $15,000 (big sigh of relief). Technically I guess, I could consider this event as one of my weekly frugal victories, but I won’t, since it is all part of home ownership.

So here is my five frugal for this Friday:

sheet-cake

1. One of my kids turned 22 this week. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE! Joe is a “no fuss” kind of person, he always has been, so when I asked him what kind of cake or treat he wanted for his birthday he asked for just a simple yellow cake with chocolate frosting…..DONE!

gift

2. This one was almost a 2fer, we gave Joe a gift card to Target, one of his most favorite places to shop for his gift, but my husband had previously run across some old Nintendo Mario (Joe is a huge fan) figures still in their boxes, so we gave him these as a little extra gift.  I was all out of wrapping paper, so I got creative and used an old tourist map of Fort Worth from 1963 as wrapping paper….Joe thought that was cool (YAY for me, my kid thinks I did something cool, maybe I am not a complete nerd like the kids think I am).

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3. I rescued the 3 remaining Bosc pears we had in our fruit bowl that no one was eating. To us, the Bosc did not taste as good as the Anjou, so I pulled up my recipes and found a quick and easy recipe for raspberry poached pears. We ate the poached pears with some whipped cream for dessert that evening, and they were really tasty.

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4. I stopped into one of the thrift stores by our house to look for a skirt, found one, but the real prize was the Tommy Hilfiger one piece bathing suit that I found, brand new with the tags still on it for $6.00, in my size. One of the seams had started to come loose, (I assume that is why it was at the thrift store). As a homemaker, I would like to brag about my mad sewing skills, but the truth is I cannot sew to save my life. My only aptitude in this department is fixing a seam that isn’t too far gone, or fixing a button. My skill in this area was enough to save to save the garment, and now I have a new swimsuit for the summer season.

filters

5. I cleaned the filters from my vacuum cleaner.  The vacuum had been sounding like it was struggling so I pulled the filters out to clean them, like I do on a regular basis, but found that this time; the filters were particularly gross. They had a lot of dust and gunk adhered to them.  I washed them both by using warm water and a mild dish detergent, let them thoroughly air dry (this took over 24 hours) and reassembled my machine.  No more struggling sounds. My vacuum is working as good as new. I guess I was lax about cleaning my filters that time (going to have to stay on top of that).

So that is my fiver for the week. How about you? What kinds of things did you do to save some green this week?




Easy 3 Ingredient Muffins

I am sorry to say, this recipe is not of my own creation and I cannot remember where I got it from, but give it a try if you want a very easy, healthy and delicious treat you can enjoy for breakfast, dessert or as a snack anytime of the day.

muffins

Ingredients:

1 box cake mix (any flavor will do) I used chocolate for this batch

1 can pumpkin or 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin

½ cup chips of your choice (chocolate, peanut butter, white, etc…)

Directions:

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium size bowl, beat cake mix and pumpkin together with electric mixer until smooth, (mix will be really thick) fold in chips.

muffins

3. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups and lightly spray the inside of the liners with non-stick spray (otherwise the wrapper will stick to the muffin when you peel it off).

4. Spoon mix into liners about 3/4 of the way full.

5. Bake  for 45 to 50 minutes, muffins are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes approximately 1 dozen muffins.

6. Enjoy warm and gooey or cooled completely.

muffins

 

 

I have to admit that because of how thick the batter is with these muffins, they aren’t the prettiest thing to look at, but they taste great, they are lower in fat and calories than the average muffin, and are packed with veggies because of the pumpkin.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.



Easy 3 Ingredient Muffins
Yields 12
So easy my sister can make it.
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240 calories
39 g
1 g
9 g
3 g
1 g
53 g
332 g
0 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
53g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
13%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 332mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 39g
13%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
6%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 box cake mix (any flavor will do) I used chocolate for this batch
  2. 1 can pumpkin or 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin
  3. ½ cup chips of your choice (chocolate, peanut butter, white, etc…)
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium size bowl, beat cake mix and pumpkin together with electric mixer until smooth, (mix will be really thick) fold in chips.
  3. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups and lightly spray the inside of the liners with non-stick spray (otherwise the wrapper will stick to the muffin when you peel it off).
  4. Spoon mix into liners about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, muffins are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes approximately 1 dozen muffins.
  6. Enjoy warm and gooey or cooled completely.
Other great variations are
  1. Yellow cake mix with peanut butter chips
  2. Spice cake mix with butterscotch chips
  3. Chocolate cake mix with; chocolate, white chip, peanut butter or mint.
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calories
240
fat
9g
protein
3g
carbs
39g
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The Fort Worth Homemaker http://thefortworthhomemaker.com/

 

Five Frugal Friday

piggy-bank

By Liz

This was an odd week here; the weather took on a very bi-polar tone.  The beginning of the week we saw severe storms with tennis ball size hail, mid week we pushed a 90 degree, muggy day, then the next day the weather was cloudy and we did not break the 60 degree mark. The household seemed to be in tune with the weather as well, the week went by pretty quickly, although it felt like I did not do much or get much accomplished.

Well despite the instability of the week, I still managed to do 5 frugal things before Friday:

books

1. I  went to the library and checked out a book “The Color Purple”, by Alice Walker and the movie.  I finished the book and was able to find time to re-watch this wonderful movie. (Maybe this is part of the reason I did not get much accomplished this week).

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2. My husband came home from the grocery store with 4 boxes of discounted Ghiradelli, dark chocolate, cake mix. They had been marked down to 75 cents each.  So I pulled up my recipe for 3 ingredient muffins and used one of the mixes to make a batch.

sophie

3. As much as she hates, it; I hate it even more….I trimmed my dog, Sophie’s nails instead of taking her to the groomer to do it.  Sophie has black nails, so it is really hard to see the quick and I am always afraid I am going to cut her.

nail-bag

4. Gave myself a pedicure.  Every 2 to 3 weeks (depending on how long the color lasts), I make a fresh cup of coffee, (sometimes have a glass of wine) put on a movie, and get my nail bag out and settle in to pamper my toes.

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5. I had managed to come under my cash budget for groceries. I still had a whopping $17.00 to spare.  I know this does not sound like much, but whenever this happens, the remaining cash goes into our “secondary house fund”.  Scoff all you want but, it adds up over time.

So that is my fiver for the week, what did yours look like?