Ever had a time when you feel little to no inspiration? That is how I am feeling lately.. I think it is the weather (which sadly affects me more than I like!).. One rainy gloomy cold day after another can get to me. On the bright side of this all the weather is improving! And that helps. I also find during these times that it is so important for me to start my day in the Word and with prayer. That helps so much.
My inspiration is lacking big time in the meal planning department. I have been having a problem with just coming up with interesting meals. So I pulled out a few cookbooks and spent some time surfing the web for some inspiration on this. I am slowly coming up with some new things to play around with in the kitchen.
However, for now here is what my menu looks like for the next few days..
Crockpot Italian Chicken
~ I don’t have an official recipe for this I just toss in the crockpot: chicken breasts, a little olive oil, sliced onions, diced tomatoes, Italian seasonings and let it simmer on low all day~ Served over brown rice or pasta
Tortilla chips and homemade salsa
Kielbasa and Potato Stew (just like beef stew but I have some kielbasa to use up)
Leftovers (that is easy!)
Tortilla chips and homemade salsa
Whole grain crackers
Not as exciting as I would like but it is a start and that usually gets the ball rolling for me.
Another thing I have been doing to help is spring cleaning. Seems like when I clean out stuff and organize my home it always improves my outlook. I have taken several boxes and bags of clothes and books to the Good Will. I cleaned out my music room/family room as it tends to be where all the kids gather and they leave their mark on it after a winter’s use!
Now I need to tackle the upstairs where all the kids’ bedrooms are. I know we have more stuff to go through and give away.
Something about a clean and organized home that just makes me feel so much better!
On the topic of cleaning .. I gave Sierra the job of keeping up with and making our homemade general household cleaner. I posted the recipe in my pantry/laundry room and all of the ingredients are easily accessible. It can be tempting when life is busy and hectic (or lacking in motivation) to want to buy cleaners. But they are expensive not to mention so toxic and simple homemade cleaners are so easy to make and frugal and non-toxic that it does not make sense not to do this! Here is my basic recipe…
My Homemade Cleaner
In a clean, empty gallon milk jug put:
2 Tablespoons ammonia
1 teaspoon dish detergent
1 pint (2 cups) rubbing alcohol
4 drops food coloring – optional
a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a nice fresh scent
Fill the rest of the gallon jug with hot water. Pour into spray container to use.
Lately we have been scenting it with lemon essential oil and a drop or two of yellow food coloring.. looks pretty and smells great!!
I also find that plain old vinegar and water makes a great floor cleaner. If my floor is really bad (mud and dirt .. which seem to be a constant with all the rain) I like to use ammonia and water.. it does a good job with the tough stuff.
I have other homemade cleaner recipes on my site: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm
Well I don’t know if anyone else is feeling low on inspiration lately.. or if I posted anything that would help LOL.. but I figured it just might help give me some more inspiration to chat about it! haa.. haa..
Have a great Friday on your Homestead!