Getting Organized Week 4 Day 3

Let’s make this a great day! Are you forming habits yet? Don’t beat yourself up if you miss something one day. Just start fresh the next day.

 

Wednesday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment

 

Home: 

  • Make your bed when you get up.
  • Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes.
  • Swish and swipe.
  • Fill your water bottle.
  • Have a 2 minute Hot Spot Fire Drill.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Pamper yourself for 15 minutes.
Our bin of things to donate.

Our bin of things to donate.

 

School:

  • Put away books that have arrived from your orders.
  • Purge one drawer in your child’s room for 15 minutes.
  • Have them work with you.
  • Throw out torn clothing.
  • Make a donate box for clothing that needs to be given away.
  • Reboot your laundry.

 

Family Fun:         Fold or hang your laundry and put it away before you leave the house. Pick an activity to do on your way to the grocery store. Use your cooler and ice. Pack snacks and water bottles. Go by the library if you have not been there this week.

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Slow Cooker Summer Zesty Pork Ribs

Zesty BBQ Ribs

Zesty BBQ Ribs

 

The Zesty BBQ Pork Ribs from the recipe on Who Needs a Cape is delicious. We did fix it a little differently than the recipe called for. Since it was a Saturday when we fixed this, my son opted to use the smoker instead of the slow cooker. That is his favorite thing to do, and he has to do it on a day when we are home all day. We made the marinade and let the ribs sit in it for about 3 hours. Then he prepared the smoker and got the ribs going. Since he was going to be outside anyway, I soaked whole ears of corn in water for about 2 hours. Then he grilled them on the grill that is a part of our smoker unit. It took about 3 hours to cook the ribs, and it took about 35 minutes to grill the corn. If I were to lok at this from the time-saving aspect, this is certainly not a time-saving way to cook. But it was something my son wanted to do, and it took minimal supervision on my part for him to cook for us. I would say this is a part of Giving Your Children Wings that I talk about in my book. He is learning skills to last a lifetime.

 

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Siggie - Tami Fox

Getting Organized Week 4 Day 2

Let’s make Tuesday a great day in our homes!

 

Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment

 

Home: 

  • Make your bed when you get up.
  • Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes. Swish and swipe.
  • Fill your water bottle.
  • Have a 2 minute Hot Spot Fire Drill.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Pamper yourself for 15 minutes.
  • Do a 27 Fling Boogie. (Go through the house and get rid of 27 things. They can be things you throw away or give away. It just needs to be 27 things that are leaving your house for good.)
  • Start your menu planning and grocery list. Watch for my additional posts on how I am using my slow cooker this summer.

 

School:

  • Read your homeschool encouragement book
  • Spend 15 minutes of planning for week one of your school year.
  • Reboot your laundry.

 

Family Fun:   Go to the library and switch out your books or go to the science center. In my state, it has been very hot, so I am giving you ideas of things to do that will keep you and the kids cool. You can always come up with a fun activity that I haven’t mentioned. I am just giving you some ideas as a spring board.

 

Siggie - Tami Fox

 

 

Getting Organized this Summer Week 4 Day 1

Welcome to the fourth week of Getting Organized! I have tried to keep these short and sweet for you. I hope you are seeing a difference.

 

Monday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment

 

Home: 

  • Make your bed when you get up.
  • Have breakfast.
  • Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes.
  • Swish and swipe your bathroom.
  • Fill your water bottle.
  • Do the Weekly Home Blessing Hour as a family.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Pamper yourself for 15 minutes.
  • Reboot the laundry and keep it moving today. Monday is the day we wash the bedding.

 

School:

  • Put away the books that have come in from your orders.
  • Start planning the first week of school.

 

Family Fun:   Reward everyone for a job well done. Pick an activity that everyone loves to do. I usually reward with a trip to the bowling alley, park, or swimming when we have all worked hard on the Weekly Home Blessing Hour.

Starting with the July postings, I will include the Zone of the Week, where you will do some more detailed cleaning. If you want to take a look at The FlyLady’s Zones, check out this page on her site.

 

Enjoy your week!

 

Siggie - Tami Fox

Slow Cooker Summer – Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

The second meal for Slow Cooker Summer was Hot Roast Beef for sandwiches. I actually assembled these right into the slow cooker versus putting the roast beef in the freezer. I knew this was a meal we wanted to try soon when I was assembling the packs. We were not disappointed with the meal. It was delicious. When I make this again, I will likely add a few hot peppers to the slow cooker. The pepperoncini peppers gave it a nice flavor, but we like a little more spice with our roast. I purchased the sliced roast beef at Sam’s club, but I think this would also be excellent done with a full roast and then slice it.

 

Hot Roast Beef for Sandwiches

Hot Roast Beef for Sandwiches

We have a busy couple of weeks, and I will try to post the slow cooker meals as I can. I am seeing it as a time saver, and I only spent $25 this week on perishables at the grocery store.

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Getting Organized with a Slow Cooker Summer

The day after I did my grocery shopping, I put together meal bags for the freezer. I assembled twenty-three meal bags with help from my family. I used the Summer Freezer Plan from the blog Who Needs a Cape. I will note in the recipes where I made alterations in the ingredients. The biggest part of the process was chopping vegetables. There were notes in the shopping list to help me decide how much I needed to chop. I just worked my way through the list, and two hours later, I had all of the vegetables ready.

 

 

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When I started pulling out the meat from the freezer, I worked with one type of meat at a time. I made notes and check marks in my recipe book, so I would know which recipes I had finished. All recipes can be found on the Who Needs a Cape Blog.

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I used chicken tenderloins for this recipe. I put enough in the bag to serve a family of 6, so it probably had a little more meat in it than the original recipe called for. I have never used Hoisin sauce before, and it was quite delicious. I found it in the Asian cooking section at the store. I served it with rice cooked in the rice cooker and lettuce. We did not make wraps out of it, but we ate the lettuce on the side.

This is a recipe we would cook again.

If you have not done bulk cooking in the past, this whole project might be bigger than you want to start with. What I would suggest is that you choose recipes for one type of meat at a time. You can make 5 or 10 meals at once rather than 23 like I did.

I hope you are enjoying this summer series! I am having a great time with it.

Siggie - Tami Fox

 

 

 

 

Getting Organized Week 3 Day 5

Congrats! You have made it to the end of the third week of getting organized. I hope you are seeing progress and are encouraged that you can do this.

Friday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment
Home:

  • Make your bed when you get up.
  • Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes.
  • Swish and swipe.
  • Fill your water bottle.
  • Have a 2 minute Hot Spot Fire Drill.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Pamper yourself for 15 minutes.
  • Start the laundry.

School:

  • Read your homeschool encouragement book for 15 minutes.
  • Put away any books that have arrived from the orders you placed.
  • Check on the status of your other orders.

Family Fun:

Go swimming or pick another water activity to do as a family.

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Homeschooling and Home Organization with The FlyLady and Tami Fox

Join Marla Cilley and Tami Fox in a recorded session on Homeschooling and Home Organization — You Can Have Both!

In a did a speech we did together for a homeschooling audience, we can help you get organized this summer so you can be ready to homeschool this fall. We have a great time. We did questions and answers at the end of the session. Run time is just under 1 hour.

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In this session, Tami will talk about ways to raise your children to be prepared for life after homeschool. Learn strategies on home care, organization, team work, planning, and your homeschool. She will encourage you to find a way to put a positive spin on teaching and training your children. She will help you examine your life goals for your children that goes beyond their childhood and will impact your family in future generations. Break out of negativity and perfectionism and find abundant living and learning together.

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Summer Organization Using The Slow Cooker

Summer is a busy time of year for playing for my boys. We also have lots of different activities that we don’t have during the school year. I wanted to find a way to save time, money, and energy used on our electric bill this summer. I found a blog called, “Who Needs a Cape” with a summer menu plan to make 30 freezer meals to thaw and use in the slow cooker each day. There are 15 different recipes that have to be doubled to make 30 meals. I printed the recipes and shopping plan, and I made my grocery list after checking my pantry at home. I am cooking for six people each day, and two of them are teenage boys. So I knew that some of the recipes might need to be made a little bit larger than the recipe called for. I kept track of my time spent doing the various parts of the process, and I will share that with you. I also kept track of how much money I spent on groceries. I will keep track of my food prep and additional food expenses for our perishables. I have a lot of pictures to share with you. So be prepared for a lot of scrolling.

 

Most of you reading this know that I have a large family. We have six children, and we still have four boys at home, so I am used to cooking in quantities. I am also used to large grocery store trips. Typically, I spent 30 minutes a week making a menu and a grocery shopping list. I shop at Aldi’s, Sam’s Club, Wal-mart, and the bread outlet. For this shopping trip, I did not go to the bread outlet, but I did shop at the other three places and the local butcher shop. I spent a little longer planning the 30 meals than normal. I probably spent closer to an hour because I printed off the grocery list and recipes and set up a binder. I also went through my pantry and pulled items I had on hand. But I spent about the same amount of time shopping. It took me 3.5 hours for this shopping trip. Most weeks, it takes 3 hours. I added a stop at the butcher shop for this menu. It made the most sense for what I needed, and I am very familiar with Sam’s Club meat prices, so I knew my best prices. I did get a few meat items at Aldi, too.

 

 

The printed grocery list and my hand-written list. I tend to remember what is on my list if I write it down. I write it down by aisle in Aldi.

The printed grocery list and my hand-written list. I tend to remember what is on my list if I write it down. I write it down by aisle in Aldi.

 

Receipt from the butcher shop.

Receipt from the butcher shop.

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Shopping cart at Aldi. A few items are not a part of the freezer challenge, but they are a part of my menu plan.

Receipt from Aldi's. (Close to my typical amount spent in a week.)

Receipt from Aldi’s. (Close to my typical amount spent in a week.)

Cart at Sam's Club. (The rolls and mints are not a part of the freezer plan, but they were on the list.)

Cart at Sam’s Club. (The rolls and mints are not a part of the freezer plan, but they were on the list.)

Sam's Club Receipt

Sam’s Club Receipt

Cart at Wal-Mart. (More than I typically buy at Wal-Mart in a week.)

Cart at Wal-Mart. (More than I typically buy at Wal-Mart in a week.)

Receipt from Wal-Mart

Receipt from Wal-Mart

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The trunk of my van.

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The pantry items I pulled out for this menu.

 

My kitchen island is clean and ready to use.

My kitchen island is clean and ready to use.

My sink is shiny.

My sink is shiny.

 

I will post more pictures of the day I put the freezer bags together. It was quite the production, and I took a bunch of pictures of the whole process. As I cook the meals, I will take pictures and review the taste for you.

Siggie - Tami Fox