Monday, May 17, 2010

A few months ago I worked full time for a  few months and with that I needed to find a way  to be more organized for meal time. I guess in some ways I am a little more old fashioned. While I do really enjoy going out to eat even that gets old too.

A friend on a forum that I am a member of once said she kept menus in a binder and used that to help be organized for meals and grocery shopping.  so as i thought about what to do to be more organized I came up with a version that would work for me. I am not rigid about following this but it does save a lot of time and alleviates the "what's for supper" stress.

Ok, here we go. The first thing I did was get out some index cards and then just think of some of the meals we normally eat-- nothing new and nothing fancy. I did this for 20 meals.

On the fronts of the index card I wrote the meal and on the back of the card I wrote the ingredient list. Not nearly as hard as it may sound because ,remember , these are things we have eaten over and over and over. I also wanted to do grocery shopping every 2 weeks instead of weekly.

Here are a couple of examples:

Before grocery shopping I look through the cards and pick out 10 cards. I use these to make my list. I keep the cards in a zip lock baggie hanging on the fridge. In the mornings I can get out a card for the supper meal and know that I have the ingredients and if need be start to thaw the meat.

While this may sound time consuming it really isn't-- it is  a big time saver. I can made my grocery list in 10 minutes for 2 weeks of food.

This may or may not work for anyone else but  it saves me a little time that I can use for fun things. And of course nothing is ever written in stone-- we may eat out  or we may have something not on the cards.

If anyone has another method tha tworks for them I would love to hear about it. I am always up for a timesaver.

til later

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day !!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Stick a fork in me I'm done

I finished my committment of making 40 spring outfits for the grands. These shorts and t shirts are the final 2. the pattern for the T's is a pattern called Comfyalls that i purchased from Sewbaby a few years ago. It is a really good pattern for the t shirts.  I love this pirate fabric for the little boys too.

Now my next sewing -- or pretty much next sewing- will be for the newest grandbaby due in November. Just waiting to find out what the sex will be . Can I say this Nana is hoping for a baby girl-- it is for purely selfish reasons. I want to do more smocking and heirloom sewing and a girl is easier to do that for. but don't get me wrong -- a  baby boy will be just as loved and will be sewn for and smocked for. for me and probably for most seamstresses it is love sewn into a garment.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Today is a beautiful day with sunshine and warm temps after strorms, heavy rains and flooding this past weekend.

I am nearing the end of my summer sewing projects.

The first picture is a shortall for Dylan

Next are 2 short sets -- one each for Dylan and Wyatt.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

More sewing

I mentioned in earlier posts that I had committed to making the 4 youngest grands 10 spring/summer outfits each. These 3 are for Wyatt and are #s 31,32, and 33 out of 40. The fabrics were all fabrics that I had on hand in my stash. I have been surprised what  a small dent all this seeing has put in my stash.

The pattern is the Childrens Corner Johnny pattern. It is a really good pattern for shortalls or jon jons for the little ones.