Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Off Topic Sunday: The Quickest Meal I Make

The church I attend often does not let out at the traditional 12:00 noon.  With us living 20+ minutes away, my guys are often starving by the time we get home.  I have a couple of meals that I can fix quickly, and I often use my crock pot as well.

One our favorite quick meals is Black Beans & Couscous.  We eat it "nacho style" - topping the couscous with different toppings.  Here's a play-by-play how I make it:

When arriving home I get out the pan for my couscous and add 2 cups of hot water per box.  I do not boil the water yet because couscous cooks very quickly - I wait until everything else is ready to eat and then start the water.  Adding the hot water just helps it boil faster.

Chop your tomatoes and onions and place in small bowls.  Open the black beans and pour into a microwave bowl and microwave.  Open the guacamole and put in small bowls as well (we love the guacamole from Aldi - all natural ingredients).  Put all the topping on the table and start your water.  By the time you get the drinks for your meal, you will be ready to add the couscous to the pan.

When the water is boiling, I pour in the couscous, stir, cover, and remove from the stove eye.  I immediately fluff up the couscous and serve it before it gets thick.  At this point, the toppings start passing around the the table and we're ready to eat.  I probably spend no more than 25 minutes on this meal and often it's less, cause every one is ready to eat and more than willing to pitch in!

Do you have a favorite quick meal?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Top Three List [printable]

Nearly all my inserts are developed from some sort of need of my own.  This "top three" insert popped in my head yesterday as I was contemplating all the things I'm behind on due to sickness.  There is really so much to do and eventually there comes a time where I am so overwhelmed that I just stopd and nothing gets done.

That's when the top three idea is usually started.  I make a list of just three things to do - and then I do them.  Add three more things and do them.  Calm returns and a plan develops

This insert was made for a more involved top 3 list.  There's 3 areas of my life that needs some constraining.  On this insert I listed them and then jotted down some notes on the graph paper of steps that I could take to show improvement  It's already helping.  You can download a copy HERE

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Grids and Lines Notepaper [printable]

I have a new note paper for you to try.  I enjoy writing on graph paper the best, so I went with grids and lines for this one.  Use this as your dashboard if you like - for tracking, notes, etc.  Be creative!

You can download it HERE.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

[31 Days #24] The Post Where I Express My Love For Planners


I have long been a fan of paper products, stationary, post it notes, etc.  It is only natural that I would love planners.  Since I am geeky about creating planner inserts (and other printables), it's like I have the best of both worlds.  I get to spend time creating and designing inserts, and then I get to turn around and use them!

As I look at my weekly planner spread, such as the one for this week, pictured above, I feel very content.  Maybe that's because I know there is a plan in place.  As long as I look at my plan, I'm not going to forget that I have an 8am appointment tomorrow or that one of the boys needs to put the trash on the street before Friday morning.

There's appointments on Thursday, Friday school coming up, a wedding on Saturday as well as a trip to the airport and one to see my family.  Those are not big, major deals but there are a lot of details flying around and I have corralled them nicely in my planner.  That is what I call planner peace.

Share with me!  What do you love the most about your planner?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

[31 Days #5] A Little Something For You [printable]

I absolutely adore this time of year and if I could pick one season to live in 365 days a year, this would be it.  This is the time of the year that I start thinking of pumpkin spice everything like all the other pumpkin crazies, start looking for the color change of the leaves, and enjoy every minute of cool temps that I can (notice that I said "cool" not "cold!"

One of my favorite things to do is make note paper and to do lists with clipart.  More often than not, I just stick white or graph paper in my planner, but occasionally I will treat myself.   Today I've combine two of my favorites and have made some note paper with this sweet autumn clipart.  Print it on 8.5 x 11 paper (2 to a page).

Download Here

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Blood Sugar Log


A reader requested this insert to help her track her blood sugar reading..  This was one of my earlier versions that I created for personal sized planners.  It should be printed on letter sized paper and then cut to size.  If I ever redo this one, I will work on giving it a bigger margin.  Click here to download.

Monday, July 27, 2015

How I Made My Devotional Journal plus 4 Inserts to Make Your Own! [printable]

A couple of weeks ago I found this binder/planner at Goodwill ($.55!) and decided to turn it into a devotional journal.


I traced my dividers from my planner onto card stock to make the tabs and started making my inserts.


I decided to do my devotional section using the SOAP method:  scripture, observation, application, and prayer.  I kept everything short and to the point.  There are other section if I decided I want to journal a prayer instead of using the small section.


The prayer request section is for simply that - a list of prayer requests from friends, family and church.  Again, I can journal these prayers if I desire - this is just the reminders.


Of course this is obviously a place for Bible Study notes.  I could have just used plain paper for this, and I may in the future, I just liked the way it flows with the rest of my journal!  :)


Scripture memory is also something I am working on.  This insert has a place for me to write down the verse I am memorizing and in my journal this is where I flip to when I want to review the verse.  There's some little check boxes to show when I've reviewed it.  I don't take myself to seriously - I don't need the check boxes but I like checking things off!


I've had a Christian themed blank journal that has gone unused for years.  For this project I decided to uncoil the blank pages, punch holes and use them in my devotional journal.  In this notebook I've used it for church notes, my journal section and my study section.  I plan to use the study section for word studies and maybe a place to look up definitions and/or Greek words that add to the understanding of my Bible Study.

Some of the tabs I've used
I also have a tab for "Scripture" where I do some sort of art journaling.  Might be more correct to just call it doodling!

I have all the inserts I've used, for you, if you are interested.  You can download them here.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Using Food Planning Worksheets

Most Saturday mornings will find me in planning corner with my laptop and planner working on my menu for the upcoming week.  As per me, I am always trying something different and I am currently loving my most recent menu planner that I posted recently (pictured to the left).  My breakfasts rotate between a few favorites and there is no need to plan them but my lunches and dinners I do.  I save my menu plans and file them away for inspiration later in my "everything else planner" with an A-Z file.  Tip:  once you've saved several, you don't even have to "plan" a meal, just choose a menu!

I follow a plant-based diet, more specifically Dr. McDougall's starch-based program, and find lots of ideas an inspiration from a Facebook group I created 2½ years ago called McDougall Friends (we're close to 5k members!). There is a steady-stream of great tips coming from the group that and I needed a way to compartmentalize those ideas so that I can use them - thus another printable - a Food Planning Worksheet! ~grin  This printable is so specific to my needs that I doubt anyone else would be interested but if you are, you can leave a comment and I'll post it.

During the week I'll pull out this worksheet when I see a tip for prepping foods, freezing ahead, a lunch combo someone from the group posted, etc.  This helps keep my head from getting full of information overload while still getting to try the ideas I've learned - just a little something that works for me.

Note:  In the picture to the right I have "caramelizing (that I never seem to be able to spell correctly) onions EN".  This tells me that I can find this idea for caramelizing onions in the crockpot on my Evernote account. 
I'm not fully convinced that I want to keep using Evernote because you only have a limited amount of uploads and I am too cheap to pay for a premium account.  I'm still working that one out.