Author: Kathleen Peters (page 4 of 54)

My Challenge for the Next 100 Days

To do something silly every day for 100 days, document it on Facebook and Periscope, and then journal my experience (what was scary, how did others respond).

Why? Well first, my life coach believes there are lessons to be learned from the experience. And by the very fact that the thought of having a tooth pulled with no Novocain sounds more fun to me, I think maybe there is truth to his mad fantastic idea.

Let me explain. I was that girl in school who only got A’s and B’s. Yes, I was always serious about working hard and succeeding. From the time I was 6 years old and decided I was going to make my parents proud of me by getting good grades, the little perfectionist grew and rose to new heights. And let’s just say, it hasn’t always been pretty. Why? Because, much to my chagrin, I learned I cannot control everyone and everything. Whaaattt?? I know. Crazy, right? Thankfully, over time I have learned to let many of my perfectionists ways go. I’ve learned I’m much happier that way. My mom would always ask us kids, “Would you rather be right or happy?”  I have decided happy is best. Most of the time.

Nevertheless, from time to time that sneaky little perfectionists rears her head and attempts to draw me back into her clutches. Yes, I know. Someone needs to give her a lil’ spankin’.

So, to say the least, sometimes, it’s difficult for me to just cut loose. Fun for me is researching how to make goat cheese, growing a garden, or how to raise a baby chick. I love to learn. Which in of itself is not bad. It isn’t. But I realize there are things in this life I miss out on because I don’t want to be seen as ridiculous or silly. I want to be seen as an intelligent woman. But somewhere deep inside me is this fear that if I do something outlandish, folks will lose respect for me, and then they will know for sure that I am really not that smart. And THEN I’ll be found out. Everyone will know that it’s all been just a façade.

I’m just being honest. It’s ugly in there (in my head) sometimes. The good news is I want to be rid of that stinkin’ thinkin’. And that is why I am willing to jump into this hateful wonderful exhilarating exercise that will put me smack dab into pure discomfort.

That’s right, I am entering the Uncomfortable Zone on purpose. My goal is to face my fears and see if they really are true. My mom says fear is like a shadow. It always appears bigger than it really is. Yep. My mom is a very wise woman. And so I’m off to find out what is true and what is not. I expect there will be some major dumping of extra baggage along the way. I expect I will come out on the other end much lighter. I expect I will be freed. And that is the goal. To be freed from the lies that stop me from being all that I can be.

Pray for me. I already feel my heart trying to leap outside of my chest.

Real Fast Food – Fried Rice

Do you know what this is?

Can you identify this food?

What does real food looks like?

I was watching a TED talk the other day about….you guessed it, food! I know, it’s baffling that I would even be a bit interested in food.  I know. I know. I’m odd. But you love me anyway.

Anyway, this particular show was hosted by chef Jamie Oliver of Food Revolution. Don’t know what the heck I’m talking about?

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Jamie had a show on TV called Food Revolution. He worked with schools to help them make more nutritious breakfasts/lunches.

In the video I watched, Jamie was holding up different vegetables (potato, tomato, radish) and asking children if they knew what it was. Let’s just say, I gasped out loud when the little tikes couldn’t identify them. And these were not 3 year olds, folks.

What in the world? How is it that these children don’t know what real food looks like? Something is not right.

Jamie goes on to interview everyday people to discover what they are eating/feeding their children. So many parents are only providing premade/frozen/in a box food. Their children have not ever seen them chop an onion or bake a potato. I am astonished.

Real Fast Food Made with Rice

So, in light of what Jamie is doing, I thought I would do my part and share with you some of my own real fast foods. Making your own food doesn’t have to be difficult or super time consuming.

Brown rice is best, but start whatever tickles your fancy first.

Brown rice is best, but start with whatever tickles your fancy first.

First : Buy a bag of rice.

Please don’t buy a box of rice. That is highly processed and has little resemblance to the actual grain itself. Trust me. You can do this!

Grab yourself a largish pan like this.

Grab yourself a largish pan like this.

Second: Make a big batch of rice.

Follow the directions in that link or just cook your rice in water. It doesn’t have to be with chicken stock.

Third: Store your cooked rice in the refrigerator or freezer.

If storing in the freezer, a couple of cups in a ziploc bag works great.

Fourth: Make some quick delicious meals.

Fried Rice

2-3 Cups cold cooked rice

1/2 onion

2 carrots

2 celery stalks

oil

1-2 cups leftover meat

2 scrambled eggs

Soy sauce to taste

optional: ginger (diced), garlic (chopped)

Chop a couple of carrot and celery stalks and an half onion. Place a few Tablespoons of oil in a pan. Cook the onion until it’s soft and kind of clear looking. Now add the other veggies. Cook until soft (5 minutes or so).

Grab some leftover meat and chop into small bites. I’ve used steak and bacon, but whatever you have will work fine. No meat in the fridge? No biggie. It will still taste delicious.

Add meat and rice to the veggies. Cook a few minutes until heated through.

Push the meat/veggie mixture to the side of your pan. Dump in scrambled eggs and cook until done.

Mix the cook egg into the meat/veggie mixture. Add a splash or two of soy sauce to flavor.

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Get crazy and experiment with this EASY recipe. Add some sugar snap peas, sliced cabbage,  green beans, green onion…show your kids what a vegetable looks like.

My family raves about my fried rice. And you know what I love about it? I don’t measure anything. That’s right, I just chop what looks good and throw it all in the pan. Sometimes it has bacon, some times it has no meat. I then taste as I go and add more seasoning if it needs it. This is truly fast food in that you don’t have to have all the ingredients I listed above. Just grab what you have and make it taste good. Honest. You can do this.

Next up in Real Fast Food is Easy Mexican Food on the Fly using, you guessed it, that rice you stored in your refrigerator.

Until then, enjoy some Food Revolution….


 

A Woman In Need

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My guest blog was my ‘cleaning for company’ article from last week. 

I had the extreme privilege to be a guest blogger this week on my friend Teri’s blog, Teri’s Take. To me, this is the ultimate in compliments. For one, Teri is a successful entrepreneur (Knowledge Quest Maps), which makes her famous to me. If you are a homeschooler and you’ve not yet discovered her business, you best be boppin’ over there this instant.

She’s got maps, timelines, and geography curriculum. I first discovered her when using The Story of the World in 2001. Yep, Teri’s black line maps were embedded into the curriculum. My son was labeling the Nile River and the ancient cities of Ur and Babylonia on her maps.   And now her business is so much more than just maps. I’m telling you, if you want History to come alive for your students, you have to check her out.

For two, she’s a great mom. We’ve had the privilege to work with her kids in our Theater Arts Group, and we are continually impressed with their character. They’re great kids. She may not know it, but Teri is one of those women in my life of whom I consider to be a homeschooling mentor. She has already graduated one high schooler and is well on her way to finishing up another. Yes, I watch what she does. I watch very carefully. I’m a stalker that way. Hee. Hee.

Okay, enough. Get to the point, Kathleen!

Yes, so sorry.

In the comments section of Teri’s blog, there came a cry for help.

Oh – I need your cards! Would you please share your list to “To-Do’s” so my family could have some “Ta-Da’s” without step-by-step instruction from Mom?! While I realize our homes are different, we seem so much alike that your list would be a great starting place for me! I love your magnetic whiteboard! Congratulations on training your sons! Their wives will thank you!!

A fellow woman is in need, friends. I love her already. And not just because she says my daughters-in-law are going to thank me some day (which of course soothes one of my uttermost fears that they will complain about me behind my back some day), but because she says it would be a great place to start.

Oh, my. She’s speaking my language. Little did this sweet woman know, this is my mantra. Just. Start.

Yep, that’s it, just start.

I’ve spoken at many events throughout the years, and this is the message that keeps popping up. If we will just put one foot in front of the other and not be dismayed or discouraged by the battle before us, we will succeed. Throw perfection behind us and just begin moving. I have found if I can just start, I end up propelling myself forward, energized to complete the task at hand.

Ahem.

Um, I’ll be stepping off my soapbox now. Sorry, I feel a bit passionate about this. You probably can’t tell.

So…., I must help my new friend. She wants to start. Yes!

Now, my kids are on the oldish side (12 and 16) and they’ve had much practice at cleaning various parts of our house. So, many of my cards don’t have too detailed instructions. But never fear, you can add your details to mine.

My boys have cleaned enough of these to (hopefully) know what this means.

My boys have cleaned enough of these to (hopefully) know what this means.

Cleaning For Company Cards

Living Room

  • Sweep – under tables, behind chair and couch
  • Dust – coffee table, TV, TV stand, shelves, fireplace glass, side table
  • Clean Coffee Table – with Windex & paper towels clean glass
  • Neatly stack video games/movies
  • Put away anything that doesn’t belong in the Living Room

Bathrooms

  • New hand towel – hang neatly, put old one in laundry
  • Hang bath towels neatly
  • Check to make sure there is enough toilet paper
  • Clean toilet inside and out – don’t forget under the toilet seat
  • Clean off counter – put away radios, electric razors, deodorant, books
  • Clean sink, counter, and mirror
  • Dump trash
  • Wipe top of trash bin
  • Make sure bath mat is hanging over bath tub
  • Wipe dust off top of bath tub
  • Clean bath/shower
  • Wipe baseboard
  • Sweep

Hallway

  • Sweep by front door and by the bedrooms

Bedrooms

  • Make bed
  • Vacuum
  • Pick up stuff off dressers, etc

Mom & Dad’s Room

  • Sweep

Kitchen

  • Clean off countertop (all things not belonging to kitchen removed)
  • Clean stove top
  • Sweep Eating Area – move chairs and sweep under table and under bar
  • Sweep Kitchen floor
  • Clean mat under dog’s water bowl
  • Vacuum kitchen rug

I did combine some of these jobs onto one card of which I recommend. If the stack of cards seem too large, it might become overwhelming to the family. And then again, if there are too many tasks on each card, that might hinder traction. Balance, my friends, balance. I would shoot for a maximum of 5 cards per working family member (babies might have difficulties with that toilet brush).

Clean For Company

Wondering why you would even want to make Cleaning Cards? Because it’s brilliant! Hee. Hee. Take a peek at my original article, Cleaning for Company.

What tasks are you going to add to your cleaning cards?

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