..."popsicles on the porch"...what a great afternoon treat and our favorite way to spend time together! These are simple and precious moments! Princess #1 and Princess #2 along with Little Man #1 and #2 are my inspiration for most of these writings.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Works For Me Wednesdays!!

What an interesting concept! This is a blogging community for women to exchange ideas or things that they have learned every Wednesday. It can be anything from parenting, cleaning, cooking, etc..basically any "how to" or anything that has "worked for you." For more information check out Works For Me Wednesday (WFMW).

Here are two great ideas I picked up:

The following is Posted by Shannon:

1. Works For Me Wednesday
I have a date tonight with a blond-haired, brown-eyed cutie with a great laugh and an obsession with Anakin Skywalker.

It's my eight-(and-a-half!)-year-old son, Stephen.

Inspired by a similar tradition in my family growing up, we do a little half-birthday celebration in the Dryer house. On each of the kids' half birthdays, they get to go on a real live "date" with the opposite gender parent. I take the boys, and Hubs will take Corrie, when she's a little older.

In our noisy, busy family, it's so special to set aside an evening like this, where the half-birthday-boy (or girl!) gets to choose the restaurant/movie/etc for an entire evening, with one-on-one time with a parent.

So tonight Stephen and I are eating at a local restaurant that throws (actually throws!) the dinner rolls at you. Thankfully, Stephen's a better catcher than I am. Afterwards, we'll be yo-ho-ho-ing with Captain Jack Sparrow at the new Pirates of the Caribbean flick.

This fun little tradition works for all of us around here!

The following is Posted By: CML--Crouching Mommy Hidden Laundry
2. Works For Me Wednesday
For those busy multi-tasking fools such as myself, I often find that when I am coming home from work/soccer/basketball/gym/play practice/ whatever, I have NO CLUE what to have for dinner, and the kids are STARVING..

I got to together with about 20 of my closest friends (ha!) from church, and we created Freezer Feeders.. Once a month we get together, eat fattening snacks and gossip, and stock our freezers.
Here is how it works--- everyone makes 7 9x13 pans of something (example, last month I made 7 lasagnas and 7 sausage casseroles), freezes them really hard, and takes them over to the gullible (I mean generous!) person's home that is hosting. We stack them up in different parts of the house, and draw numbers. In the order of the numbers, we go through & pick out 14 things, one at a time, to take home. So, you take 14 things, and come home with 14 things (and yes, you can pick your own if you want to).

The key--- make sure you only invite people to participate that are good cooks!!! It has ended up saving a LOT of money, and it is fun to have something to pop in the oven that will be YUM! They put the recipe in with it, and suggestions for side items. Also, we all sign up beforehand, so you won't end up with 14 chicken casseroles..

Try it, it's fun!
**Sausage Casserole**

6 eggs
2 cups shredded cheese
2 cups milk
8 slices bread
1 "roll" of sausage
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp worcestershire
2 tsp pepper

Brown sausage and drain. Tear up the break & place in bottom of a greased 9x13 pyrex pan. evenly sprinkle 1/3 cheese on bread, and top w/ evenly spread sausage crumbles. Mix all other ingredients well (except cheese) and pour over bread/sausage. Top with remaining cheese. Cover & keep in fridge overnight.
In the morning bake at 350°(uncovered) for 45 minutes to one hour.

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