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lets talk turkey and stuffing and cranberries too!

As you know I love Holidays and I love to plan. I am actually a great planner. I sometimes lack on the follow though but I have found a few tricks to help me with that. I am going to share them in scary detail with you. The best part of all this is that it gets rid of stress and I actually get to enjoy thanksgiving. Welcome to my crazy and follow along for a wonderful happy thanksgiving full of food and home cooking and spending time with the people you love.

  1. The first is that I plan every little tiny detail out. Plan ahead less thinking later so it feels like less work.
  2.  I scheduled my time so I only do a little here and a little there and then again I don’t feel like I am doing a lot of work.
  3. accept help. My mother and I throw this feast together. Also when some one says can I help what can I bring I say YES! I ask them if they have a special dish they would like to bring if they do I cross off the corresponding one on my list. If they don’t I ask “how about the yams?” and then cross of yams.

so let’s get started with the plan. I have binder that was made for me by a dear friend and recurring guest to our table. Before that I had a report folder which I liked a lot too. Find somewhere to keep all you papers all in one place. In mine I keep a November Calendar page and my thanksgiving plan sheet (pictured above) which has the menu, the shopping list and a place to write in who will make the dish when. I use the back for the shopping list too. I then have print out copies of all of my recipes that I will be using in order of their appearance on the menu.  I have given you my menu below and a few links to some recipes. I will be typing up the rest of the recipes to share with you in the next few days. But this will get you started and like I said if you (and I) do a little each day it doesn’t feel like work.


Baked Brie with apples and spicy pecans

fresh fruit platter

raw veggies and homemade hummus

Green Fall Salad

Acorn squash soup

Roast Turkey with herb and Juniper dry rub

BBQ Turkey breast with corn bread stuffing

bread stuffing

Chestnut dressing

green beans

mashed potatoes

Aunt B’s best Broccoli


brandy cranberry sauce

Caramel Apple pie.

Great Grandmothers Pumpkin pie

mince pie

Ice cream and whipped cream.

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40 bags in 40 days

oh yes I have gone crazy.

But I’m inviting you to join me.

Of course I was on pinterest and saw this 40 bags in 40 days challenge and I thought what a good Idea I should do that some time…later. Well with the realization that Hubs is serious about moving and with lots and lots and lots of new jobs/ duties/ blessings coming into our lives.I feel like it is seriously time to clear out the junk or at least the stuff that we no longer need, use or love.

I think I tracked down the original post to here, but I am unsure since lots of blogs were talking about it. Anyway she does have a nice write-up about it in spiritual terms. She is talking about it for lent, a time of looking inward and purification. I am sure I will do this from Imbolc to Beltane as well but what better time than now. As the days grow shorter and the weather wetter (I hope!) we will be spending much more time inside our tiny house. So why have it filled up with things that get in our way. or we will be moving and why move things our family doesn’t use, need or love? Why give clutter all that space and time?

Of course me being me I whipped up a quick little sheet to print out and post on the kitchen cabinets. Of course I am going to share it with you too. 40 bags in 40 days print out.  Some people seem to write in a plan of what they are going to go through (not a bad idea) and some seem to write as they go. Pick your poison I say.

If you are going to join drop me a comment so we can cheer each other on.

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Day Planner/ Homemakers binder

The thing about being a house wife and stay at home mom ( which I pretend to still be even though I am working out of the home part-time these days) is that it is complicated. For one thing we don’t get a lot of respect as a profession because I think people figure anyone can do these tasks and if anyone can do them they must not have value. This is just a guess I don’t know but I do know they tend to not get respect. What is amusing about this is that these two jobs are really hard!

Anyone that is a mother knows motherhood is no joke, and it’s not like you can call in sick. You are there all the time 24/7 rain or shine through good times and bad times and sick and cranky. You are in charge of oh so much and for some crazy reason people (especially those without kid experience) think you sit at home and watch your stories while your child does who knows what. Maybe plays quietly by themselves or peacefully with siblings and teaches themselves how to read and have manners. In short they don’t think of it as a job.

Trust me folks it is a job. True I don’t get paid for it and it is a labor of love but it is hard work and should be treated that way. When I clock in at my other job I am expected to be present and focused on my work. When I am home with Little it is the same thing. I need to be in the now and focused on her. I happen to also be in charge of about a zillion other things and so I have a home makers binder that I use to get my work done and stay one step ahead of the game. Because running out of food when you need to cook dinner or clean underwear when you need to get dressed is just not ok!

Day planner and homemakers binder

I do love trees. The quote on the bottom is from Gretchen Ruben’s book “The Happiness project” it says “the days are long, but the years are short” good for perspective. The binder itself is about an inch thick and I use the Martha Stewart tab dividers.

next up the back of my binder.

my weekly plan. I color when Little colors. besides it is so much prettier to look at. Anyway I keep it on the see through on the back so I can see it easily. The first column I just have the days of the week and my dinner theme of that day. The next column has my to do list that I fill in. And the last has my activities that are assigned a particular day. The bottom footer shall we call it has my daily task that I do every day and sometimes need to look at pre coffee to remember what it is I am doing. I included my version as a PDF here week at a glance

When opened the first section is called Calendar. Now for my actual Calendar I use the flylady wall calendar so what I have in here is my important dates page.

Followed by a print out of this month

and its back

at this point I should say no one sees this for me so I don’t care about my messy writing or that I can’t spell 🙂  As you can tell I use the back of the month to write out ideas both for Little’s education and for our family holidays or really anything else pertaining to this month. I will probably go find the right place in my Book of days (peak here or here) to write it in or write it up and put it in.

This is followed by the current months section from my Book of days. So this month I have August in and at the end of the month I will take it out and put in September.

My Next section is called Rhythm with as you guess various rhythms

This was taken from a pin I saw on pinterest and you can see the blog post here.

These are the themes I use for Little’s education. I made them up myself 🙂 it Gives each month a nice focus and is something that you can use at any age of a child.

After rhythm is my menu planning section.

This is my menu plan and shopping list for the week. Mi casa es su casa so her is my menu plan for you to use as you like. behind this I might have recipes that I plan to use for the week.

I think have another food section with a print out of typical harvest availability dates for my area( I think I got it from, several pages with lists of food ideas one page for each day of the week. I also keep pinterest boards by category. So I have a food love pasta  board, because Monday is pasta night. Hopefully in the near future I will be reorganizing my ginormas Cook Book binder and so this might change but for now it works.

and I have this 

Which tells you how to store what, and you can find it here.

Next section is Little’s section. I have her lesson plan.

I have our Simplified Lesson Plan followed by some different articles that I find meaningful for us during whatever stage we happen to be in. They may be on sleep or on developing the habit of yes or really what ever we are going through right then.

Next up is my blog section which I have shared about before but basically I have my   weekly blog sheet followed by paper for other ideas that come to me.

I then have a clean section with papers like this

which is a copy from I think a 2009 real simple but really any recipe you want to keep on hand for cleaning solutions or cleaning tricks.  I also have the detailed cleaning  list from flylady like this one

The next sections my emergency section which no doesn’t have chocolate in it though an envelope with a stashed bar is not a bad idea…I digress. I am working on this section and am using this post that I found via pinterest of course.

As with everything this is a work in progress for me. If you want to follow along with my crazy please feel free to follow my pinterest board

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