Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How to easily clean stainless steel...

When we moved in our house, EVERYONE told me not to get stainless steel appliances.  "Sure, they're pretty", they'd say, "but they are NO FUN to clean."  So, what do we do?  Yep, buy stainless steel appliances.  Do they look pretty?  YES!!!  Are they NO FUN to clean?  Well, they were a PAIN to clean until I discovered the secret!!!

Fingerprints are number one enemy with stainless steel.  Sure, I'd clean the appliances super well with cleaner, but the fingerprints were IMMOVABLE!!!!  For months I felt doomed to a lifetime of looking at bazillions of fingerprints!!  

Then one day VOILA!!!  I read somewhere that furniture polish would work!!  I pulled out the Pledge, sprayed some on a microfiber cloth, and in a  quick swipe, the fingerprints were GONE!!!!  AND, the best part, they STAY gone for a week or so!!!  Yes, sadly, fingerprints do find their way back to the pretty stainless steel, but now I know a great way to get rid of them for a while!!!  

So just spray some Pledge (or any store brand lemon furniture polish) on a microfiber cloth and start wiping.  You'll have to spray your cloth a few times for each appliance. I recommend spraying the cloth and not the appliance because IF the Pledge gets on the floor, it'll be SUPER slippery in that area and hard to clean up.  (Ask me how I know.)

Let me know if this helps you!! I know I'm not alone in the war against fingerprints!!  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday... February 27, 2017

The weather..... partly cloudy but rain is expected later today

Right now I am.... trying to wake up.  My coffee is ready and I've just spent some time in the Word. 

Thinking.... of the day of homeschool ahead of us.  

On my reading pile.... finishing up The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace.  Should be finished by tomorrow.  

On my TV..... Mr. U and I have been enjoying the Victoria series lately.

Favorite blog post last week.... was from Lady Lydia.  It was actually last Sunday and it was on visiting others.  

Something fun to share.... I visited Harvest Lane Cottage last week and was greeted by the cheery sound of birds chirping!!!

Blog hopping (newly discovered blog).... Homemakers in Action

On the menu for this week....

Monday- Pizza
Tuesday- I have dinner with a new friend and Mr U promised the girls seafood that night,  I do believe.  (I detest seafood so it's a treat for the girls to go out to eat with just daddy!!!)
Wednesday- our church has a meal each Wednesday
Thursday- Slow Cooker Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches with salad
Friday- Chicken Cheddar Hoagies 
(Just realized I have two sandwich nights on the menu!!  May have to switch things!!!)

On my to do list today... school, make sure the girls practice violin, laundry, clean the bathrooms

In the craft basket.... I started crocheting some dishcloths!  YAY!!

Looking forward to this week.... dinner with a new friend

Looking around the house.... I see the school area (shelves and school table) need some serious decluttering and organization

From the camera....

On my prayer list..... a friend's brother-in-law is seeking treatment for cancer 

Bible verse, Devotional.... "Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior  be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." Jude 24-25

I am also linking up at Strangers & Pilgrims with JES today AND Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Scripture Sunday...

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts."

Isaiah 55:8-9

Saturday, February 25, 2017

10 years ago today...

10 years ago today.  How it seems like forever ago, yet, at the same time, seems just like yesterday.  

I was SCARED TO DEATH to be a mommy.  Sure, I had babysat tons of times for little ones.  I have always loved children.  But 24/7 care of a child?  How was I even old enough for this????  

I remember that morning at breakfast, before our group left for the Civil Affairs Bureau.  I was a wreck.  Couldn't eat a thing (and the breakfast buffet had my favorites- bacon and french toast!!!!).  All I could do was pray.  I asked the Lord for His help, for His wisdom, for His PEACE.  As we walked out to the big bus, I was filled with such glorious peace!!!  Answer to prayer!!  And such JOY!!  I WAS GOING TO BE A MOMMY!!!!  

We unloaded at the Civil Affairs Bureau and headed in.  We waited.  And waited.  And waited.  And finally came the words we all wanted to hear- "The babies are here!!!!" 

We were last.  After all, our last name starts with a "U". But suddenly,  there stood Mrs Yu, the orphanage director. She was holding my sweet girl- the child that I had dreamed of for 36 years (I was 36 when she was born).  The child I had named when I was in elementary school.  The child that had grown in my heart for eons.  My dearest, loveliest Elizabeth.  

So today I celebrate the gift of life. Today I celebrate adoption. Today I celebrate CCAI.  Today I celebrate motherhood.  Today I celebrate my Elizabeth.  

Thank You, Lord.  Your ways are FAR better than mine.  

My dear Elizabeth today.  10 1/2 years old.  And a huge blessing to so so many.  My gift from God.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cloth Napkins...

So, we've decided to start using cloth napkins around here.  Sure, we want to save money and not buy so many paper towels.  Mostly, though, if I can be completely honest with you, I think cloth napkins are just plain cuter than paper towels!!!  I mean, look at the different fabrics!!!!!

I'm all about blue and white in our home.  It reminds me of a big blue sky that's full of sunshine!!  My mom has always loved blue and white, so I guess part of my draw to this color combination is her.  Thanks Mom!!!

I've collected these cloth napkins from various places.  Even Williams Sonoma and Sur la Table!!  When they have sales, they can have some great deals.  And if there's blue and white cloth napkins, I'm so there!!!  I also have found some at the Country Living Fair that comes to Stone Mountain Park each year.  You can be sure that when I find a good deal on blue and white cloth napkins, I'll be purchasing some.

They don't all match, you say?  Aw that's perfectly fine with me.  As long as they are blue and white, they go together just fine.  I don't even care if we each use a different patterned napkin during the meal- as long as they are my beloved blue and white.

Do you use cloth napkins? If so, please share pics on your blog and let me know!

And let me know where y'all have found deals on cloth napkins.  I know Tammy has a tutorial to make your own, too!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Victoria... I love a good period drama!!!

Surely I'm not the only one completely in love with Victoria from Masterpiece???!!!!  I LOVE a good period drama!!  And add in that it is about dear Queen Victoria!!!  WONDERFUL!!

I've always loved reading about Queen Victoria and the series just adds to my like of her.  I have to admit, as Mr U and I watched, we "fact checked" quite often.  LOL.  Again, are we the only ones that do that??

So if you're looking for a good movie, check out Victoria!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies....

It's no secret, I LOVE BAKING!!!!!  This past weekend, I decided to make an old favorite of ours- Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies.  (Am I the only one that thinks cookies seem healthier when oats are involved?  Ha!)

This recipe is a slight variation of the Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies from Quaker.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt 
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins (optional)

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins (if using); mix well. 

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets.
Bake 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered. 

And I have got to share my mixer with y'all. I always wanted a big KitchenAid stand mixer, but at our old house, I had ZERO storage for one.  So Mr U sweetly bought me a KitchenAid hand mixer instead.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE  it!!!  I've been using it over 10 years and I haven't had the first problem with it.

Before this mixer, I had two other hand mixers.  What happened to them?  I broke them BOTH (as in they were smoking!!!!) while making the same recipe- a delicious Butter Pecan Cream Cheese Icing.  No joke.  Same recipe caused the motors to burn out on two different hand mixers.  Sooooo when I finally got my KitchenAid hand mixer, what do you think was the first recipe I tried?  Yep, the Butter Pecan Cream Cheese Icing.  Guess what?  IT DIDN'T BREAK!!!!!!!!  Soooo this wonderful KitchenAid hand mixer has been a dream come true for me!! YAY!!

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