Tuesday, October 20, 2009

An Encouraging Poem

I came across this poem in The Wedded Unmother by Kaye Halverson, I don't know where it was from orginally. It is a great verse about being a woman who loves and is loved.

Accept your womanhood, my daughter, and rejoice in it.

It is your glory that you are a woman, for that is why
he loves you, he whom you love.

Be gentle, be wise, as a woman is gentle and wise.

Be ardent and love with a woman's ardor.

Through your love, teach him what it means to be a man, a noble man, a strong man.

Believe in him, for only through your belief can he believe in himself.

In your secret heart, man and woman, we long above all else to know that the other, the one we love, knows what we are and believes in what we can be.

Is this not romance?

Yes, and the highest romance, investing the smallest detail of life with the color of joy.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Marinated Salmon and Purple Potatoes

This recipe is a true Bennett Family Favorite. I think I found it on-line after Husband said he liked the salmon dish at Lonestar Steakhouse. We don't have one of those near us, so this is what we came up with. So far, we like it better!!

1 sweet bourbon marinade
1/4 c pineapple juice
2 tb soy sauce
2 tb brown sugar
1 ts kentucky bourbon
1/4 ts cracked black pepper
1/8 ts garlic powder
1/2 c vegetable oil

Combine the pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, bourbon, pepper
and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add
the oil.

This covers 2 8 oz fillets nicely.

Place the fillets in a shallow dish & pour the bourbon marinade over them,
saving a little to brush on the fish as it cooks. Put a lid over the
fish & refrigerate for at least an hour. A few hours is even better.

After the salmon is done in the marinade, it can be cooked any way you like salmon. We have tried it grilled and baked, both are tasty!!

The purple potates add a nice splash of color to the dinner. These seem to be getting more popular and can be purchased at major grocery stores now (for those of you in Florida, almost all Publix carry these potatoes).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quick Cleaning Tip - Cleaning Supplies

I am not sure if this is quick because I have little time today or quick because it makes cleaning faster...anyway...on to the topic at hand...

I like to clean house, but I dislike wandering back and forth and all around looking for cleaning supplies.

My solution: keep everything where it is needed.

For example, we have two this means I have two of everything necessary to clean a bathroom. Now, when the bathroom needs cleaning I don't have to go get the cleaning supplies, walk them to the bathroom, clean, and walk them back to their home.

As for cleaning supplies that are not as room specific, those all live in the laundry room in one special place. Again, this shortens the prep time for cleaning since I know exactly where the squeegee (I don't know if that is spelled right, but I too tired to care) is at all times.

For things that Husband also uses, he gets his own set of cleaning supplies for the garage so he also does not have to go wandering about looking for things.

It's the little time savers that really add up!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Saying Goodbye

I know what you are thinking..."what? wait, we just got here, why are you saying goodbye?!?" I am talking about how to say goodbye to your husband. This idea, I will gladly admit, comes from my mom.

When I think back on growing up, I can't remember a time that my mom left the house (if my dad was home) without finding him and telling him where she was going and giving him a kiss (awwww).

Smallish tangent: I must insert here that I was SHOCKED when I found out this was not done by everyone. Along with being all cute and loving, it also strikes me as being respectful of those in your household. Just something to think about. End tangent.

So, now that I am married I put this into practice...the last thing I do before leaving the house is to kiss Husband. It lets him know that I am thinking of him even as I am out and about.

Next the mornings when Husband leaves I go out to the garage with him. Sometimes I just stand on the step at the door, sometimes I actually go outside (this generally depends on a combination of what I am wearing, the weather, and if the neighbors are out). I watch him get his stuff in the car, I smile all cute (because isn't that what he should remember me looking like while he is gone? who wants to think about a grouchy wife nagging about one last thing as he walks out the door?), he comes over and kisses me, and then I stand there and wave. Just STAND and WAVE...not working on any project, not playing with the dog, not distracted by what I am going to do next, just waving to Husband. So that the last thing he sees as the garage door shuts is his wife focused on sending him out into the world.

Everyone is happier when they know someone cares about them. Why not take a few minutes to have a routine that sends your husband out into the world knowing there is a wife at home cheering him on!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fall Decorations

I love fall, it is a wonderful season that always reminds me of warm sweaters, hot cocoa, and a good book. Of course, I live in south Florida so fall is not quite as I think it should be.

One of the ways I make sure I get that "fall feeling" is to decorate our home. This is pretty easy because fall decorations are everywhere starting in mid-August. Quick tip: Walgreen's has great fall decor items (by "great" I mean cute, cute, cute and cheap!) Anyway, I like to decorate for fall, not so much for Halloween, but for the entire season from back to school to Thanksgiving.

This year I was feeling inspired by the Thrifty Decor Chick to make something for Fall. Normally, I am a "buyer" not a "maker", so this is mixing it up a little for me.

I went to Michael's and bought a basket, some stems of fall flowers and berries, and a foam florist thingy (all this was about $16.00). I had a baby (child?) size pumpkin at home from Husband.

I came home and stuffed the foam in the bottom of the basket. I placed the pumpkin in the middle (must make sure the foam and the pumpkin fit together right...may require cutting the foam). I snipped all the stems apart so I had a lot of "filler" to work with. Then I "fluffed"! And it turned out so cute I just had to share it with all of you.

How do you decorate for the fall?

Organization - Drawer Style

I have a secret obsession to share with you all...which, I realize will make it less of a secret...I really like to organize EVERYTHING. I have organized my closet, my desk, all the spaces you could thing of and probably some you wouldn't think of (example: I have an organized grocery list on my computer...I will tell you about that later). Anyway, I recently changed out a yucky old plastic set of drawers for a pretty wooden chest of drawers as the holder of all things office supply related.

Much to my dismay, my old drawer organizer did NOT fit the new drawer. Horror! So I set out to find something new and find something I did. It can be found here, the 10 piece drawer organizer (mine is black and I got it at Staples). This comes with 10 little boxes that fit together ANY WAY I WANT (or you, at your house). I love it! I used 7 of the 10 pieces in that drawer and all the pens and staples and binder clips are in their happy little homes. I am sure I will use the others somewhere else in the house. I liked the ability to choose the layout so that the most useful things were at the front.

If you have a drawer that doesn't fit the "normal" organizers...I suggest you give this system a try. What will you organize next?

What this blog is all about

Welcome to the first post of the Stay at Home Wife blog. Here are a few things about what is going on here...

Who am I? I am a 26 year old wife who loves the role God gave me! I have been married 1 year, 5 months, and 5 days (yes, I am counting!). My passion is being a helpmeet for my husband. I have a unique chance to do this and still work a "regular" job since I work from home for a company named "Bennett Research Services" (yup, I own the company). No kids (yet, everyone keep their fingers crossed!).

What am I up to? I love, love, love being a housewife. It is more fun than I even imagined when I was playing "house" as a kid. I actually like to cook and clean and even (gasp!) iron. I also like to do the added touches of being a house wife...decorating, baking, and making Husband his lunches before he leaves in the morning.

So why a blog? This has been running around in my mind for awhile now. I am always in search of cool new things...books, recipes, clothes, friends, ideas, decor, cars...anything. Sooooo, I am generally excited about something or other to do with being a housewife all the time! And it just bubbles up inside of me and I want to TELL someone!! Here is where all of you (I hope that number grows from just my mom soon!) come in...I can share with you tips and tricks and really cool ideas I come across! Aren't you totally excited now?!?

So, stay tuned.....