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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Menu for 4/8/13-4/14/13

This week is Aaron's mother's birthday.  I am responsible for bringing cake for her birthday and I have decided to go with a banana poke cake (which I found on Pinterest).  I am also providing the sweet goodies for a wedding shower with a tea party theme.  I will be making petit fours and tea cakes.  I'm hoping the petit fours are not difficult because I will be attempting to make them the same day as the cake and the tea cakes, and I will be working Saturday morning (you know, for actual money) so I won't have most of Saturday to get it all together.  I would also prefer not to work on them too late on Friday night since I will have to get up early on Saturday, and Bailey has a habit of being up all night on nights when I need to be sleeping.

We had some especially delicious hamburgers at Grandmother and Papaw's house last night.  I used a very simple seasoning mix.  I only added onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to them.  They were so flavorful!  I will definitely remember next time I make hamburgers to keep the seasoning simple.

Unless something else comes up, tomorrow should be a baking day.  I need some bread and muffins in the freezer so I plan to start with Sugar Doughnut Muffins so we can have some nice warm sugary muffins for breakfast, then making some chocolate chip muffins, and finishing off with some Sandwich Bread and hopefully also a batch of Honey Yeast Knots.  We'll have some chicken salad on the rolls before I freeze it all.  I have been looking for an excuse to clear out the freezer anyway.

I'm hoping for an easy week.  That is, I'm hoping I don't have tons of errands to run and end up spending most of my time cleaning up messes made by Bailey.  Just to give you an idea of what a normal day of cleaning consists of I wanted to share a few pictures.

This is what the living room looks like about an hour after Bailey wakes up.

No matter how hard I try she seems to do this at least 5 times a day.  I don't usually clean it up immediately. I try to leave it because she usually is pulling things back out as I'm putting them away.

This is how it is supposed to look.

A wider view of the same area.

And all clean.

This is the other side of the room before.

And after.

I really do try to keep the place presentable, but it seems like every time someone comes over my living room looks more like the before picture than the after.  I even had a friend on Facebook ask me whether I make it a habit to allow Bailey to play with trash.  It's not that I let her play with trash, it's that by the time she gets hold of things they generally look like they are trash.  She pulls clean diapers off of the shelf and throws them about the room, empties full boxes of diapers just to play with the boxes, and drags out handfuls of DVDs and scatters them everywhere.  I can't tell you how many times a day I have to fold that stack of blankets on the bottom shelf.  She would rather sit on her bag full of blocks than in a chair or on her stool.  I have found that she can open almost anything, including her toy box, and throw the toys everywhere so I have resorted to normal cardboard boxes to keep her toys because if I tuck the flaps properly she can't get into the toys unless I open the box for her.

How do other mothers get (or keep) their houses clean?  If you have any tips please comment.  I would love any advice you have, as would other readers I'm sure.

Here is our menu for the week.

Breakfast- sugar doughnut muffins
Lunch- chicken salad on honey yeast knots
Dinner- chicken lasagna

Breakfast- yogurt and cereal
Lunch- Nana will provide lunch
Dinner- Senator (my brother) will be making peanut chicken stir fry

Breakfast- chocolate chip muffins
Lunch- ham and cheese toasts
Dinner- chicken and dumplings

Breakfast- strawberry and banana smoothies
Lunch- chicken salad with crackers
Dinner- taco tater tot bake

Breakfast- chocolate chip muffins and strawberries
Lunch- leftover taco tater tot bake
Dinner- creamy crock pot Italian chicken pasta

Breakfast- sausage, biscuits and gravy, and cheese eggs
Lunch- grilled ham and cheese sandwiches
Dinner- spaghetti

Breakfast- grilled bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches
Lunch- macaroni and cheese with ham
Dinner- Admiral will provide dinner

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