Motherhood

The Making of a Cookbook

**Special note…Tuesday’s Top Ten Tips will be about combating Cabin Fever in your children.  Check back tomorrow!!***

Last week, as the co-chairperson, I was part of a group of women who completed the making of our first school cookbook.  Although it was a relief to have it complete, I did enjoy the process and would do it again.  We worked with Morris Press on the project and look forward to seeing the final product.

It was a fairly simple process to enter recipes however, their system works best with Internet Explorer.  As a Firefox user I ran into a few hiccups such as making changes to recipes to then find the changes weren’t saved.  I bit frustrating after spending a great deal of time entering recipe after recipe.  Another disadvantage I found was the inability to submit our class recipes.  Each class was given a task of creating a special recipe: A recipe for Love, a recipe for building a snowman, a recipe for a scarecrow, a recipe for learning, etc…  Due to the lack of food ingredients they would not accept these unique recipes.

We were impressed with the pricing and selection of free designs.  There are various layout choices, font choices, divider choices, a free list of kitchen tips and a free list of contributors.

We saved $0.25 per book by typing the recipes ourselves.  It was simple to do.  We found many mistakes or blips from contributors…issues that someone at Morris Press would not know how to deal with doing.

Tips for making a successful cookbook for your organization or school:

  • Use TypNSave software to enter recipes
  • Designate groups specific types of recipes.  For instance, our pre-K classes brought in appetizers, Kindergartens brought in Soups and Salads, 1st Side dishes, and so on.
  • Set guidelines ahead of time…such as measurement abbreviations.  They provide suggestions on each page for abbreviations.
  • Have a typing party!  Get a group of gals together with their laptops and type away.

It is rewarding to know that the proceeds from the cookbook sales will be given to our school’s playground equipment fund…our equipment desperately needs replacement.  Next, we begin our marketing plan….

Have a Happy Monday and great week!!

Snow is on its way, ugh, a neighbor just had robins in her yard.  That’s early for us…but doesn’t that mean spring is right around the corner??  Why are we getting 10 inches of snow?

 

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We are aware…change it to October Breast Research Month!

I just finished reading a post on BlogHer by Susan Nieber.  (taken from BlogHer.com)Susan Niebur writes about the joy of life after cancer at http://toddlerplanet.wordpress.com and http://motherswithcancer.com, where twenty mothers with cancer share their stories every day. She also blogs about her work for NASA at http://womeninplanetaryscience.com”

(quote taken from BlogHer at http://www.blogher.com/together-we-can-fight-breast-cancer-our-actions-and-our-words)

In short, the post entitled ‘Join BlogHer and the Army of Women to Fight Breast Cancer,’ speaks common sense like a Pastor speaks the Bible, yet many of us, including myself, are unintentionally blind to something very important that we could be doing.   Participating in research!  As I’ve written before I’m constantly pondering life & death.

  • I’m only 34 but yet my sister-in-law who’s only a couple years older than I, lost her mom to breast cancer almost three years ago.
  • My other sister-in-law’s mom is currently fighting a horrible battle with Pancreatic cancer.  Sadly, they’ve take her off all chemo and radiation.  The tumor remains the same size after several weeks of both.
  • That same sister-in-law’s step-mom had thyroid cancer 2 years ago – I’m happy to say she is in remission.
  • One of my closest friends in college lost her mom to Ovarian cancer a year after my friend graduated…that was 12 yrs ago.
  • My mom’s cousin just passed away in June from a rare colon/stomach cancer – her kids are my age.

I’m getting a little off of the main road here but I want to make the point that my generation is losing so many of our loved ones at a young age due to cancer.

In Susan Nieber’s post, she points out that we could be doing much more than just wearing ribbons, walking, running & watching telethons (these are all very important that we all need to continue doing).  As she has asked me, part of her BlogHer community, I’m asking you to join the Avon/Love Army of Women fighting breast cancer by signing up for emails about future studies, and participating in easy, online studies or studies in your hometowns when they apply to you.  Then blog about your decision and help build this Love Army.

In addition to joining this effort, I also encourage you to look for other movements which pertain to cancer in general!!


The Boys of Fall

I LOVE Kenny Chesney’s new song “The Boys of Fall.”  It reminds me of times gone by at high school football games and now Pickle’s first year of JFL.  Football is one of many signatures of fall.  The title of Kenny’s song reminds me of other boys of fall.  Last year, I had a lovely time taking some of my most favorite & special pictures of ‘my boys of fall.’  I’ll include one of each…

Pickle in the leaves...My first boy of fall!

Willis playing in the leaves...My second boy of fall!

Pudder discovering the leaves...My third boy of fall!

And, it doesn’t stop there…Bow Season starts in 5 days & we’ve been watching for some other boys of fall lurking around the Magic FarmHouse.  As luck would have it we’ve been able to spot several of these ‘boys,’ as they chow on our beans & corn.  Which is nice to watch, however, not so good for our feed next year.  Do you know what kind of ‘boys’ I’m talking about yet?  Let’s see…

Another 'boy' of fall...

He’s not my favorite one or the biggest but I’d defenetly settle for him as my first kill.  This year will be my second or third time hunting deer.  Once Willis & Pudder lit up our lives, I decided to stay out of the stand and just be mama in the camper.  This year has been an epiphany for Willis who is suddenly addicted to going hunting and staying in our ‘sky cabin.’  Prior to this year he was too afraid to crawl up the 14 foot ladder – he’s been there once last month and wants to go back just as soon as possible.

And, this will hopefully be Pickle’s first year hunting.  For his birthday & early Christmas present he received his first 20 gauge.  Between my work load and school volunteer responsibilities, football, Cub Scouts, housework, the house renovation and outside work, I’ve had a shortage of time to get both of us enrolled into a hunter safety course.  Ok, simply put, I’ve not stop to take the time.  In my defense it’s been hard to schedule around football practice & games.

***Side note: How do some of these women have time to maintain successful blogs, home school, be business women and mamas all at the same time?***

Anyway, this time I may have blew it & we might not make our hunter safety coursework.  Tomorrow, I hope to know for sure.  Pickle has decided he’ll miss his last game to go through the course this coming Sat.  From what I understand the state doesn’t require the class but it’s always been my rule that the boys complete hunter safety prior to hunting.  And, I’m not budging on the rule.

So there you have it….all of **MY** Boys of Fall!!


Reality Strikes

For the benefit of my kids I try to keep track of the day and date.  Usually the day of the week more than the date.  The weekend is when Daddy is home so the days of the week are important.

Today reality hit like a lightening bolt.  This is the last week at home with my kids before school starts.  My mom called and asked if they could spend the night during the week before school starts.  I said “Sure!”  And, as any mom would, I brought out my calendar that I briefly look at once or twice a week (sorry FlyLady!)  That’s when it hit.  We leave for State Fair a week from tomorrow.  It’s our annual workcation at the Illinois State Fair where we show our beautiful Jerseys! The choices for a sleepover with Grandma were bleak but we’ve managed to set a date.

And, now I’m sitting here in shock, reviewing all of the goals I had set for our summer.  Where did the time go?  I wanted to paint the shed, finish painting the porch, paint the bathroom, sand and paint our welcome fence, sanding and re-staining a new/re-used dining room table, sew curtains for the kitchen, canning, taking the kids to the pool on a regular basis – I BOMBED on that one.

I managed to get the kids to swim lessons every morning for two weeks, we took a day trip to the St. Louis Zoo, Pickle went to Cub Scout camp & several weeks of baseball, Willis went to VBS.  But none of my other goals were accomplished.  I wonder why??  Oh, that’s right, I have three kids who are boys and Mount Washmore waiting at the steps of my mudroom.  That’s Life!

I need to plan something special for this week…off to look for ideas.

Happy Tuesday!