Goals

My goal is: to get a job, any job.

My target date is: April 15th

To reach my goal I will do these three things:

1. Update my profile at temp agencies.
2. Attend any job fairs in the area.
3. Put in 25 applications a week.

I will know I reached my goal because: I will be offered a job.

Two things that will help me reach my goal are:

1. I will post my goal around the house, where I can see it every day.

2. I will have an alert on my phone that reminds me every morning and every evening what my goal is.
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My goal is: to get a job using my degree

My target date is: July 1st 

To reach my goal I will do these three things: 

1. Update my resume.
2. Put in 25 applications a week.
3. Find new websites to apply on.

I will know I reached my goal because: I will have a job in the helping field

Two things that will help me reach my goal are: 

1. Confidence
2. I will remind myself what I need to do to get to my goal.
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My goal is: To improve my credit rating by 100 Points

My target date is: December 31st, 2014. 

To reach my goal I will do these three things: 
1. Pay off all my “bad accounts”
2. Continue making payments on time.
3. Pay down my debt from school.

I will know I reached my goal because: I will have a job in the helping field

Two things that will help me reach my goal are: 
1. A Job.
3. Checking and rechecking my credit score.

Dreaming, Decisions

Jeff and I made a decision, I think.

If/when I get a job with my degree we will begin saving as much money as possible.  If I make 12 an hour which is pretty standard for entry level with my degree, we can save a grand a month.  So, we will begin saving.  I am hoping by the time we file taxes we will have 8 grand.  Give or take of course because something ALWAYS COMES UP.  We will use that savings and the money from our tax return, and we will be buying a piece of property in the mountains and an RV.  We hope to have the entire house cleaned out and ready to rent out by the end of the girls’ school year, so May.  Then we will be moving into the RV.  Our house will bring in about 1000 a month, and we will have much less in terms of cost of living.  By next June I really hope to be in the RV.  We want a mountain home close enough that we can still commute to the city to work and such if we need to, and for school of course.

My next goal after we do that is to build a shed on the property.  It will be used as food storage, it will also have electricity hooked up to it for a deep freezer.   We will be building a chicken coop as well and getting some chickens.  I want probably 6 or so layers and then we will be raising chickens to kill for food.  I would like to have a freezer full of chickens at the end of summer.  We also have thought about goats/other large animals, and I don’t really think its going to happen right away.  I mean we could build a second shed and basically turn it into a goat house, but we will see what happens.  I just know I for sure want the chickens.  I want a pig for sure to raise to be slaughtered around November you know, a Christmas ham.  I would just like to raise one, but I am thinking it would be smart to do two.  We will also have our Thanksgiving turkey that we will raise. 

The first summer/season will be really different for us.  We will be having to learn and figure things out, so I don’t really want to over do it at the beginning.  We will be doing chickens, a pig or two, and a turkey.  Jeff wants to put up a greenhouse by the end of the season.  He wants it ready to go for the winter.

I really want this to happen.  I cannot wait to do it.  Life will be really good.  While we are living in the RV and working and I will be working, Jeff will be finishing school about a year after moving in.  We will then both be working our asses off to save money to build on the property. 

I love dreams.  I love planning.

This will happen.  Soon.

New Recipe Monday; Shrimp Chowder, & Ravioli Bake

This is for the Shrimp Chowder.  I didn’t use organic, I didnt follow the directions exactly at step 3, but mine still turned out amazing.  This does not make a lot, It wasn’t nearly enough for my family of 6, next time I will probably double the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cupsorganic vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoonsminced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoonolive oil
  • 1/2 cupprechopped carrot
  • 1/2 cupprechopped onion
  • 1/4 cupprechopped celery
  • 2 tablespoonsall-purpose flour
  • 1 poundmedium peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/3 cupheavy whipping cream

Preparation

  1. 1. Pour broth into a 2-cup glass measure. Microwave at MEDIUM-HIGH 1 minute.
  2. 2. Combine broth, thyme, and black pepper in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, and simmer.
  3. 3. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add carrot, onion, and celery; sauté for 3 minutes or until tender. Add flour, stirring with a whisk. Stir carrot mixture and shrimp into broth mixture; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in cream; cover and simmer 4 minutes.4

Now our main course was ravioli bake, and I will be adding this to our meal rotation, it was so easy, and my kids loved it, especially my two year old.

 

You need:1 jar of pasta sauce

1 package (25oz to 27oz) of frozen meat-filled ravioli

2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

grated parmesan cheese

 

Here’s what you do:

1. Heat oven to 350. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Pour in enough sauce to cover the bottom of dish (about 1/3 of the jar)
3. Arrange half of the raviolis over the sauce. Then pour on more sauce so the raviolis are covered.
4. Cover with 1 cup of cheese.
5. Repeat layers (ravioli, sauce, cheese).
6. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
7. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Then, remove foil and bake for about 15 more minutes.
8. Let it stand a few minutes before serving, and then enjoy this EASY meal!

We used cheese filled ravioli and not meat.  It was so good.  I did use two jars of spaghetti sauce instead of one.  I prefer a lot of sauce.

 

What’s My Talent?

I have talent envy.  I see so many people who are good at so many things.  Photography, cooking, being a housewife, breastfeeding, laboring, farming, crafting, scrapbooking, writing, making friends.  So many talents….I have not that many.  Tonight I sat here and said to myself…so what the hell is my talent.  Then, my two year old said “hey, watch this” and threw something into his ball pit then said “jump jump jump” as he jumped up and down and then said “yay, woo woo”.   That is what I am good at.

I am really boss at being a mom.  I am really good at laughing with my children, at telling them I love them with all my heart, at guiding them down the right path.  I am really good at making the decisions that are best for them, and not best for me.  I really rock at sacrificing what I need to sacrifice for the betterment of my kids.

I became pregnant at 17.  At the age of 17, I immediately knew that it wasn’t my life anymore, it was that little babies life.  It was about her, and what she needed and what would help her, and I would make sure to squeeze some Mindi in there along the way.  I knew at the age of 18, after giving birth, that this is what I was put on this earth to do.  I was put here to be a mom, to be a wife, and to be a helper.  I was put here to put the pieces back in people’s lives that they had lost along the road somewhere.

I dont want to do something selfish with my life.  I dont want to work in corporate America making thousands and thousands of dollars. I want to work in the trenches, where I can hardly scrub the stench of the struggling population off me.  I want to have a farm, where I am solely responsible for my families well-being.  It would be nice to have other people living in the community to help me, but I want to be the one to take care of us.  I want my girls to look back at me when I die, and say that mom cared about other people.  That I was giving, and kind, and loving, and a role model.  I want them to be PROUD of who I am.

I have pretty easy pregnancies, but labor for me is usually a multiple day affair.  Its the most horrific thing I go through in my life, but its all worth it at the end.  I have often thought of being a surrogate.  Ironically as much as I want to help people, I will only be a surrogate for about 7 people.  I am very picky about who I would give a child to in this world.  4 out of those 7 have already proved to be able to have children.  Two of those 7 have proven to have a difficult time carrying to term or, have a difficult time conceiving.

The one thing in this world I think all people should experience at least for a day is the absolute love of a child.  The love of a two year old after you snatch your phone away and tell him no, and he still comes back to kiss you.  The love of a one year old who falls down and cries when you leave, but greets you with complete forgiveness when you come home.  The love of a seven year old who tells you that you look beautiful today and she just loves you so much.  The love of a 5 year old, who silently slips her hand in yours when she sees you start to panic from the anxiety.  I think that the kind of love a child can show someone is complete grace.

Sometimes, I wish I had a tangible talent, like photography, or knitting, but at the end of the night, I will take my crazy two year old climbing into bed with me while his daddy is in the living room any day of the week….

Natural Treatment-Pinkeye

Pink eye

 

The top picture is the before.  My eye was very red, very itchy, burning and watering.  Classic pink-eye signs.

Treatment Recipe:

1tsp- raw and unpasturized honey
1tsp- Boiling water

Mix together, and then soak two cotton balls in the mixture.  Place over eyes.  I left them on while I slept

The next morning when I woke up I had no symptoms, my redness was mostly gone, and it has not come back.  That was three days ago!

Unproductive

I didnt get the prep cooking done that I had hoped to.  

I am not sure what I came down with, but its bad.  No fever, but the chills, body aches, a cough, and a migraine.  We got over the flu about 2 weeks ago, this doesnt feel the same, well it does except not quite as violent.

We did have to go to the grocery store, so mask in hand I went.

They were doing a demo on this:

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I AM NOT BEING PAID TO PUSH THIS!  

We bought one, they were not as much as they are on TV and we were having Tacos tonight.  Chopping, and Dicing are my two least favorite “chores” and I am dangerous with a knife haha.

We used this to shred my lettuce, dice tomatoes, slice the avacados, AND dice the onions.  It made the process painless, and it can be used for cooked meats, cheeses and potatoes as well.  I am really in love with it.

I have also never owned a tool even similar to this, so for me, its like the best thing ever (except my kitchenaid mixer of course).  

So while I didnt do the convience foods I was supposed to, I did discover something to help me do my job tomorrow!

Fried Chicken…Or Not

So its no secret Mondays on this blog are known as NEW RECIPE MONDAYS.

Today, I tried to make fried chicken for the first time.

I got the recipe from What’s Cooking America, and it is as follows..

Ingredients:

2 (2 1/2 to 3 pound) whole frying chicken, cut up for frying*
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups lard or solid vegetable shortening

Preparation:

Place the chicken pieces in a basin of cold water and soak for a few minutes. remove from water and drain well; pat dry with paper towels. Season generously with salt and pepper.

In a large plastic bag, add flour; close the bag and shake to dust the inside of the bag.

In a large deep cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, melt the lard or shortening and bring to 350 degrees F. (hot but not smoking). To test temperature of oil, drop a pinch of flour into pan; flour should float and sizzle on hot oil. If flour sinks to bottom of pan and disperses, oil is not hot enough for frying.

Beginning with the dark meat dark meat takes longer to cook than white meat), drop the chicken, a few pieces at a time, into the plastic bag; close the bag and shake until the pieces are thoroughly coated. remove pieces from bag, shaking off excess flour, and place into the hot fat. Repeat until all chicken pieces are coated and in the pan. If you do not have a large enough pan, use two pans or cook the chicken in batches. If you fry in batches, preheat the oven to 150 degrees F. to hold the cooked chicken. Do not hold chicken for more than 30 minutes or the chicken will dry out.

Reduce heat to medium; fry the chicken slowly 12 to 15 minutes or until the bottom side of each piece is a rich golden brown. Carefully turn the chicken pieces and continue cooking an additional 12 minutes or until each piece is golden brown on all sides and a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. (juices will run clear when cut with the tip of a knife). Remove from oven and let drain on paper towels.

 

Now I followed the directions to a T.  I did everything it said, but my seasoning was subpar, and my chicken was…..raw.  I ended up cooking it for how long it said and then I baked it on top of that time.  It wasnt dry, because we prefer dark meat, so it was still full of juices.

My husband’s “honest opinion” of the chicken is as quotes…

It’s good, kind of bland, but good.

Now while my pickiest eater did not love it, my other three kids did.

I think this will be a recipe I try when I am not sick.  I literally could not stand at the stove the whole time, I have the chills, and a migraine.  No fever though.

Now, although tomorrow is not a “New Recipe Monday” I will be posting two new convenience foods that I am making from scratch 🙂