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20 July 2017

Harry Potter Birthay Celebration


Missing Harry Potter? 

We are! We went to Universal last fall and we are halfway through the audio books this summer!  Our kids are all fans and we have a couple weeks of mellow, well, mellow for us anyway, so we are going to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday! July 31st is a Monday this year so we will be doing a bit of it during the day while hubby is at work and the biggest Potter fan is at football camp.  

I've got a scavenger hunt for after lunch. 
I just picked up some horcrux and other Harry Potter inspired items. Some we already had, it doesn't have to be expensive! 
A plastic snake, a goblet, an old book, a necklace, a wand, a piece of silvery fabric left over from a project, I really like the little plastic animals because our little one loves them. You can find a  Badger, Griffin, or a Raven. I found a little tri wizard cup, a lavender unicorn horn, Nevil will probably need help finding his toad a few times, and the bones of an Acromantula. 


We do some harder clues and some that are easier because we have a bit of age range for our Potter fans. 

I don't love butterbeer to drink because it's too sweet. This year we are either going to make butter beer fudge or butterbeer caramel corn, I will be winging that, if it turns out I will share :) 

After visiting the 3 Broomsticks at Universal Studios and having THE best roasted chicken ever, seriously the best, I am pretty sure we can do something like that with baby potatoes that is easy enough for our middles to do a lot of the work, they love to help!  We also have an owl muffin pan and they can make some corn bread or something in them. 
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I will pick up some dry ice for the table and goodies for snack mix to make for movie watching! 
Here are some other things we have done in the past, none are to hard! 
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What do you do to celebrate?




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28 June 2017

Peach Bourbon Scones

I am a sucker for both peach and bourbon! At the grocery store the other day the peaches just looked really good! I grabbed a few and threw this recipe together.  I never know how something will turn out the first time, but GOODNESS was this just right! Not too sweet, just peachy 🍑 


Directions
Preheat Oven to 400
Dice up 1-2 peaches (I prefer smaller chunks) sprinkle with a little sugar and set aside 

Mix 2 1/4 C Flour
1/3 C Brown Sugar
1Tbs Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt

In a separate bowl mix 
1 Egg
1/4C Vanilla Yogurt
 3 Tbsp Whipping Cream
1/2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Bourbon 

Cut in 1/2C cold cubed butter into dry mix until it's all crumbly.
Add wet ingredients slowly into dry ingredients, mix only until combined. 
Fold in peach chunks (about 3/4C)

Dump onto well floured surface, shape into circle about 1/2" thick. Cut into 8. You can make mini ones from there or leave all 8. Separate and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake 18-20 minutes (less for mini ones)

While they are baking, mix up some glaze
Sifted powdered sugar, whipping cream and bourbon
I didn't measure because I often forget to.
But I prefer a thicker glaze.

Once the scones are done, move to a cooling rack and brush glaze on once cooled.

Enjoy! 


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03 April 2017

April Goals


Oh my my, life has been busy, to say the least. I didn't even bother with goals in March! I mean I meant to, I thought about them but I don't really know where March even went! So here we are on the 3rd of April. I can start this month off with some written goals.

House~Yikes, some of the same goals since January! Countertops, finish up cabinets, decide what we are going to do with the pantry. Outside is a whole other ball game! My main goal this month is to get the garden going, just SOMETHING, even if it's not beautiful and everything I want to plant. I also need to finish dealing with the trees that we had felled in the fall. I broke our chainsaw so it's been a slow process until we can get it fixed.

Financial~Only goal there is to recover from Disneyland trip!  No more eating out (besides hubby's birthday), meal planning is a must if we are going to come close. We paid off a few smaller debts the last couple months without making the budget suffer. This month I hope to make a good dent in another with some Etsy sales. I am on a no clothes shopping challenge for the month too!  Not going overboard on Easter stuff!

Health~I need to get myself back to the doctor for more labs, and make getting there a priority. I am so bad about going, but I can tell that my thyroid is off again.

Relationships~ I really doubt we will have opportunity for date nights, or kid dates at all until baseball season is over. Once I get everyone's game schedule I hope to have a few nights we can have family dates!

And MAYBE, just maybe I will actually update y'all. I need some accountability ; )


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22 February 2017

Managing Goals

 I think the MOST important step in goal setting is making sure that
 YOUR GOALS LINE UP WITH YOUR PRIORITIES!

When you tell someone what your priorities are, do your goals reflect that? If not, maybe it's time to alter your goals a little.

There are lots of methods of Goal Setting. I think these 2 are the ones I hear the most
SMART Goals
Specific, Measurable, Agreed Upon, Realistic, Time Based
IDEA
Identify, Design, Execute, Augment

For me I need it simple and easy to manage and track. I don't have an hour a week to reflect on my goals. What I do is
~Have my action plan, or steps in my planner, every week, for the things I can focus on RIGHT NOW.
 ~Those steps or action plan written down are good when/if you get sidetracked.
~Mark the deadline, my ideal deadline
~Make a spot in my planner every week to update, remind, just the constant visual reminder is helpful in keeping my priorities in sight.
I just use a little mason jar stamps and tally marks for things that are daily. 
Here I have our savings/budget jar
and the 3 littles are sticking to my Morning and Evening plans and Meal Planning

How do you manage your goals? Do you share them to keep you accountable? Keep them to yourself?  Daily or weekly reflection or accountability?

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