Monday, March 5, 2012

February Goals!

If you regularly read our blog you know I (Bethany) have a list of books I am planning on reading this year.  2012 Books to Read  If you read this post you will see I was suppose to read Choreganizers by The Steward Family.  I looked every where for this book used and through inter-library loan.  It was no where to be found.  I finally ordered it from CBD.  Upon arrival I realized why I couldn't find it any where, it is basically a chore chart.  The book has a grand total of 4 written pages.  The rest is a large chart and money to pay your kids with.  I quickly returned it !

So in its place I read a book I got free from Amazon on Trevor's kindle: Have a New Husband by Friday   By Dr. Kevin Leman.  I have read several of Leman's books.  If you have ever had a conversation with me about birth order you know how much I LOVE  his book,  The First Born Advantage.  I will not go into great detail about how I feel about the New Husband by Friday book.  It has been a long time since a book made me so angry that I didn't finish it.   I gave Dr. Leman the benefit of the doubt and finished the book.  I have read a lot of marriage books.  I normally find at least one thing I can work on after reading the book.  This book left me thinking "Dr. Leman is a quack" (which is how Trevor feels about him anyway). 

The second book I read this month was The Art of Simple Food by Alice Water.  I really enjoyed this book.  It was more of a cook book than a reading book.  The entire second half of the book was recipes.  I borrowed this from inter library loan, so I didn't have it long enough to try the recipes.  If you are not a cook this would be a great book to read. She uses simple recipes without a lot of ingredients.  She talks a lot about what we eat and how good, "real" food tastes great!  I think she finally convinced me to stop buying the cheapest Olive Oil and get the expensive, good stuff. 

My other goals for the month:

Kids read aloud book:  We are currently making our way through The Hobbit.

The craft thing I tired this month was a dish towel with velcro on it.  It cost me less than $3 and took me less than 5 minutes.  I bought the self sticking velcro because it was cheaper than the sewing kind.  It has worked great on the stove.  I am not sure what is going to happen when I wash it.

Cleaning/organizing:  I was suppose to wash all the stuff on top of my kitchen cabinets.  I didn't get it all done.  I am hoping to finish it up this weekend.  We will see if that happens.

Marriage:  Trev and I finished The Scarlet Letter.  We went to the city dinner without the kids but I'm not sure I can call it a date.  It is the only time this month we were without the kids.  So I'm pretty sure we failed this month too!

New Recipe:  Molten Lava Cookies
I found this pin on Pinterest.  I made my normal Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I put the dough in regular sized cupcake pans.  I then used Dove Dark Chocolate as a center.  I put another layer on top of the chocolate.  I cooked them for about 25 minutes until they didn't look doughy in the middle any more.  They were super yummy!  They were a little big for the kids.  Next time I will probably do them in mini muffin tins!

DIY: Make my own fabric sheets

The site says it will last 40 washes.  Mine did not last that long.  More like 25 before my clothes started sticking together again.  I let it soak longer the second time I did it.  I'll see if it lasts  longer this time.  It will soon be spring and I won't be using my dryer any more!  In fact this week it was so warm one day, I had 2 loads of laundry on the clothes line!


  1. Sorry you wasted time on a book that stunk but thanks for saving me the time.I think it was part of series and they have one that is have a new kid by friday...won't plan on reading either one now!

    I wish that you needed me to taste test those cookies. Is that ice cream on the top??? I may have to bake rather then teach today....

    Never, ever in a million years did I think about making homemade dryer sheets! Very cool. Was it worth the time and how much money do you think it saved?

    1. I have read have a new kid by Friday and liked it.

      Yes, it is ice cream on top. We ate them straight out of the oven!

      I'm not sure it saving me $$. I need to sit down and figure that out! It didn't take any time at all to make it.


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