Cleaning Calendar

Cleaning Calendar PDF

Now that my grad school classes are finally done (AMEN!), it is time for me to get back to taking care of my home.  Although it is not my favorite thing to do, cleaning has to bet done.  I am a SUPER procrastinator, so I found this great list of items to do everyday to help keep your home clean.  While I read the list, I realized there are things I NEVER do, like clean the baseboards.  Oh well, now I will!

I made this little calendar to help me keep on track.  Laminating the page will allow me to write the dates for each month in those little white boxes.  I realize not every month has exactly 30 days, but I figured we can all be a little flexible and figure it out. :)

Enjoy!

Washing tennis shoes??

Today, I noticed one of the lovely ladies I work with had some sparkling white tennis shoes.  When I asked her if she bought a new pair, she told me “No, I threw them in the washer.”

THE WASHER?!?

I feel like, when growing up, my mom used to throw my shoes in the washing machine, but something about is still seems…wrong.  How often do you hear parents telling kids to keep out of the water so that they don’t get their shoes wet!?

Thank goodness I can ask Google; does anyone remember what it was like when people used to have to look things up or call on a land line!? hehe :)

Here are a few nuggets I gleamed from my search:

About.com says that shoe laces are a great thing to wash, but if you really want to wash your shoes, remove the soles first to allow them to air.  Then, stick them in the washer on a low water temp and delicate.  Apparently, don’t ever put them in the dryer!

If those directions are still a little unclear, visit eHow for (litterally) step-by-step directions.

I am not sold on the idea quite yet, but if my tennies get too nasty, I might not have a choice!

The Huntress

My husband is currently married to law school. (SMU, you are a lucky lady!!) Because he spends so much time with her and her books, I keep myself entertained around the house…and with my dog.


Today, while I was studying for my grad school classes, June (my dog) sat by the doggie door.  For two hours.  Just like this.  For two hours.  She. just. sat. for. two. hours.

She wants to catch those squirrels so bad, she has had to resort to stalking from a distance.  Now she is outside barking.  Oh the life of a pup!

Salted Caramel Mocha Latte

Like many of you, I am enamoured with all things fall most things fall, minus Halloween…I know, maybe I will love it one day.

Anyway, one of the best things about fall is coffee time.  I pass two Starbucks on the way to work (and I only live 8ish miles away), and I have tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte…YUM…and the Mocha Salted Caramel Latte…YUM.

Also like many of you, Pinterest has become a new hobby.  So when I found a recipe on Pinterest for the Salted Caramel Mocha latte, I decided to try it!

I used the Salted Caramel sauce from The Cooking Channel because I needed a little bit more direction on how the make the actual sauce.  Cooking sugar was a new experience for me!

Then, I followed the directions from 52 Kitchen Adventures, and viola! Salted Caramel Mocha Latte.

ps.  Mine was still a little bit sweet, so next time I am going to try cocoa powder into the hot milk.

Pps. To clean my caramel sauce pot (I had NO idea it would look like a crazy brown mess…but I guess that I should have known!), I added water and boiled on the stove top until all of the sugar dissolved off of the sides.

Texas Hill Country

If you have ever been to the Texas Hill Country, you probably didn’t want to leave. My family lives in Fredericksburg, a cozy little hill country spot with great shopping and only about an hour from Austin and San Antonio.

If you want to stay outside of town, consider Comfort.  My Aunt and Uncle’s cabins Walnut Canyon Cabins have an amazing view and they are pretty stinking wonderful people.

If you want to stay in town, stay at my Mom’s place called Westendhaus.  Westendhaus is located near the edge of town on the up and coming west end of Fredericksburg. It is the perfect guest house, nestled just 2 blocks from Main Street, where shopping, history, food and fun await you.  Super great location!!

Anyway, if you get away, try these spots.  They are wonderful!

Hot enough to (not)fry an egg!


If you have watched the news at any time in the last week or so, you MIGHT have heard that Texas. is. hot. Like really hot.  Matter of fact, it is so hot that the trains are not able to run on time because they are worried about warping the tracks!

Anyway, I was SURE that it was hot enough to cook an egg.  I mean good grief, it was 114 on my car today!

So, I cracked an egg…on my husbands smoker.  (I have a dog people! She cannot eat an egg!)  Here is what it looked like at 5:30 in the evening.

And this is what it looked like two hours later…I wanted to check it in an hour but totally forgot….So not really cooked, but sort of dehydrated?

Gross? Yes.  A little disappointing? Yes.  Would I do it again? In a heart beat!

I am kind of curious what the egg will look like in the morning!

Weekly Meal Plan

With school fast approaching, (AHH!! I cannot believe I said that word!! hehe) I am super excited about meeting my new students and getting back into the swing of things.

Every year, the swing of things also involves planning for dinners a little more efficiently. So I figured, with the few weeks that I have left, I would make some meal plans for the week so that I can just print and make with no decisions involved!

Here is the first one I have typed up. I only do three meals because, with two of us, it is really all we need and we usually eat out once or twice on the weekends.

Enjoy!

Meal Plan 1 HERE!