Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Fall and Winter Wardrobe {2014}

I knew I needed to clean my closet and get rid of a lot of stuff that I was never going to wear again.

I finally got the kick in the pants I needed first, by Kendra's daily devotion at Blessed is She and then again by Kendra's post, An Inspired Capsule Wardrobe. Kendra was my first inspiration, but there is a ton of information about capsule wardrobes and simple, clutter-free closets on the internet. 

I filled two trash bags full of clothes and shoes to donate. Then I separated the rest of my clothes in a Fall/Winter pile and a Spring/Summer pile. The latter was put into Ralph's closet because all of his clothes fit in one small dresser, so it was an empty closet. My goal was to make getting dressed as quick and easy as possible, so I didn't want the out of season clothes getting in the way. The Fall/Winter wardrobe has a total of 49 pieces (including shoes and house/workout clothes). The Spring/Summer wardrobe is similar in size. Although, when I pull them back out some of those pieces will be donated, and I will purchase a few essential pieces (I know I need new black sandals to name one thing). 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Let's Eat!

Nell at Whole Parenting Family started a weekly meal plan link-up. Just in time, too, because I have become uninspired in the dinner department. We eat spaghetti with meat sauce, nachos, and salad with chicken nuggets every week. On Fridays, we eat some variety of fish with some form of potato and cooked broccoli. The other three nights I totally wing it, and throw something together from what we have in the house. Usually a soup one night, rice or bean one pot meal another, and maybe burgers or meatloaf or baked chicken another night. We rarely eat out or get take-out.

Here are the highlights from this past week.

Haluski  or Cabbage and Noodles - My grandfather grew up eating it. His parents were from Hungary. If I remember correctly, his mother cooked the cabbage and noodles in bacon grease, not butter. This time I cooked about a pound of thinly sliced pork chops in the pot with a little butter first. Once cooked, I removed them from the pot and added the onions and cabbage to the pot. While the onions and cabbage sauteed, I cooked the egg noodles according to the package directions a different pot. Once the onion and cabbage were soft and the egg noodles al dente, I transferred the noodles to the pot with the cabbage. I then sliced the pork chops into thin pieces and threw them into the pot and added a couple more tablespoons of butter and salt and pepper to taste. The recipe I linked to suggests using a cup of butter. I have never used that much. Butter is an important ingredient in this recipe because it gives it flavor, but I think a cup is way too much.  Also, I never finish this recipe in the oven. From the start to finish, it is cooked on the stove top. 

That same night I made an apple cake. It was very yummy. I reworked an old recipe to use the ingredients that I had on hand. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Little Things {Five Favorites}

1. My new Lilla Rose Flexi. 

My new Night Owl Flexi arrived on Monday. I love it!

2. New supplies for a cross-stitch project. 

I designed a happy fall scene to stitch onto these hand towels with DMC Color Variations. I am going to put them in a gift basket with a candle, candy, and my #3 favorite to give as a birthday present.

Monday, October 20, 2014

An Early Review of Classically Catholic Memory

This year I, along with two other moms from our homeschool support group, started a Classically Catholic Memory co-op. We are having a great time so far! 

The Program

We are using Classically Catholic Memory. Classically Catholic Memory offers memory work in eight subjects: Religion, Latin, Math, History, Timeline, Geography, Science, and Great Words. It is a four-year program, geared toward ages five through twelve. Each year has a name (Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma) and consists of 18 weeks of memory work. The four years can be taught in any order. Classically Catholic Memory is very detailed and provides step by step instruction for the parent to lead their child through each subject. It works as a supplement to your homeschool lessons. 

The Details of Our Co-op

There are three moms and ten children in our co-op. We meet every other Monday for about two hours to introduce new material and to complete group activities. We spend two weeks on each week of the program, so that the program extends over the entire school year. Currently, we meet in each other's homes, alternating each time we meet. The children are between the ages of four and thirteen. We broke the children into two groups that by chance happen to be of equal size. Our younger group is kindergarten through fourth grade, and our older group is fifth through eighth grade. 

We start our morning together with a prayer, and then we go over Religion and Latin together. Then we separate into groups. One mom teaches the younger group; another mom teaches the older group. The final mom teaches Science (it is the most involved subject) to both groups separately and helps with the youngest group once both groups have finished science. We meet after breakfast and finish before lunch, so that we do not need to have a snack break.  At home, each family goes over the new material daily (it takes about 15 to 20 minutes) as part of their school day until we meet again. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Running to the Music of my Life

Anne Shirley asks early in L.M. Montgomery's novel, Anne of Green Gables, "Which would you rather be if you had the choice - divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?"

My answer was always beautiful.

Having grown up in a home where a regular topic of conversation was my lack of beauty, I have always had this desire to feel pretty. I felt that all my childhood problems (my grandmother would like me, my father would want to see me, my mother would be involved in my life more) would be solved if I were beautiful.

Thankfully, I didn't seek unhealthy ways to feel better about myself, such as alcohol, drugs, and promiscuity as an adolescent and young adult. But I did binge eat and avoid many social situations.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Celebrating My Marriage

Today Chris and I celebrate our anniversary. Eighteen years ago we said, "I do." I am so thankful that we have made it this far and look forward to many, many more years together.

Yesterday, on the eve of our anniversary we had a big misunderstanding, as we sometimes do when we have to use words when communicating with one another, and it was not pretty. He couldn't understand what I was saying. I had no clue what he was saying. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

About My Writing (A Blog Hop)

Bobbi at Revolution of Love Blog kindly tagged me to join the blog hop about writing

All I have to do is answer four questions and then tag three fabulous bloggers to join the hop.

Here I go!

1. What am I writing? 

The tabs under my blog header sum up what I like to write about here at Saint Affairs. Family, faith, and things that make up our life. I enjoy writing most about the books that we read, the crafts that we make, and our faith. Occasionally, I write about diet, exercise, beauty products, and what I am wearing. 

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