Home Record Organization

This week Kyle provides us some valuable information about how long to keep important (or not so important) documents.

As May rolls in I have been doing some Spring cleaning in my home office. Sorting through piles of old bills, bank statements, tax related stuff, and on and on. I have always been unsure on how long I needed to keep these documents for tax purposes, or in case I somehow needed to use them to prove my identity, or some other unforeseen situation. So I did some research that I wanted to pass along to you. I got this information from the IRS.gov website along with BankRate.com. Hope it helps.

~ Tax Related Documents.
– Keep tax returns, receipts, cancelled checks, and any tax related documents for 7 years. IRS can go back 6 years if they suspect you of tax fraud.

~ Bank Statements. –
The experts say not to shred these until 1 year has passed.

~ Credit Card Statements. – 45 days if not tax related, 7 years if any purchase on your statement is tax related.

~ Paychecks.
– Keep pay stubs for 1 year. Once your W-2 arrives, make sure it matches your pay stubs before you destroy them.

~ General Bills.
– Bankrate.com suggests 1 year. For big tickets items, keep receipts longer than 1 year for insurance reasons in case of fire or theft.

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The Costume is Finished!

I am so happy I finished the lion costume. I didn’t realize how much this was stressing me until I sewed the tail on and was done!

I started with a pair of women’s pajamas that I picked up at the thrift store and a 2 yards of felt.

I finished with this

My daughter needed a crown for an event she is going to tomorrow night. Instead of making a tinfoil and sequined crown, we came up with this simple creation made from pipe cleaners, ribbon, and some flowers.

We also switched out the little girls’ winter clothes for summer clothes. Hopefully we will get to the boys’ room tomorrow.

I love the girls’ summer clothes. It will be fun packing all the sun dresses for our trip to Florida next week.

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Monday Meanderings

If last week my word was focus, this week my word is endurance.

We found out last Tuesday that we will not be moving to Florida. We found out on Thursday that we will be moving across the street into a bigger house. We are currently living in a 3 bedroom and the house they are offering us is a 5 bedroom. We are very excited to get a bigger house in the same neighborhood. We will move sometime after the first of June.
This week is another busy week for our family. My three oldest kids are in a play so they have dress rehearsal on Wednesday night and then the play on Friday night. I am still working on my son’s lion costume, but it will be done by Wednesday!
My oldest and I have a mother daughter function on Tuesday evening, and my husband and I have bible study on Thursday.
There is a church event on Saturday and we are supposed to leave for vacation on Sunday!
Do you ever have one of those weeks were there is so much to do and everything is important?
Here are my “must do’s” for the week.
Finish the lion costume
Buy new tires for the car
Reserve hotel
Reserve Uhaul
Get Sea World tickets
Change orthodontist appointment
Get out summer clothes
Pack for the trip
Sort homeschool curriculum for the used curriculum sale

My menu is up, you can view it here.

I want to make sure the little kids are not left out this week. I need to make it my priority to spend time with them when the opportunity arises.
Even though I have a very busy week, I want to make sure I spend time reading my bible every day. If I don’t start with the main thing, everything else is meaningless anyway.

For more of Monday Meanderings head on over to Tiany’s blog.

Col 1:10-12 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

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3 Moms ~ Weekend Wreck

Weekends are the toughest time for me to menu plan. Since we live in the greater D.C. area, we try to do some sightseeing each weekend and meals usually end up being snacks or leftovers.
On Saturday morning had whole wheat waffles. They were quite yummy. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.

My oldest daughter and I had to run errands so that meant Dad and the other five were on their own for lunch. In our pre-frugal days this would have meant a trip to Chuck E. Cheese or some other insane place, but when we arrived home the kids were drinking fruit smoothies.

On Saturday afternoon, the big kids went with my husband to work in the garden. I stayed at home and made 2 chicken pot pies, potato salad, whole wheat rolls, and the salmon cakes.
For dinner we had salmon cake sandwiches on whole wheat buns, grapes, pineapple, applesauce, and potato salad.

Sunday morning we had leftover waffles and cinnamon rolls. For lunch we had hot dogs and leftovers, with some carrots.

Dinner was (and I am ashamed to admit this) the kids had ice cream, eggs, waffles, and yogurt. My husband and I went to Outback.

I am glad the weekend is over and we can get back on our meal schedule even though our week is hectic.

Good point from our weekend ~ we stayed within our budget for meals

Bad point from our weekend ~ not enough fruits and vegetables

Don’t forget to visit Joy and Kate’s blogs to see if they fared better than I did this weekend.

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Menu Plan ~ May 4th

This is a week of fast, easy or already prepared meals. My kids are in a play this week so most of our nights will be packed with activities. Normally we have more laid back evenings so this is a switch for us.

Breakfasts

pancakes, waffles, French toast, bagels, oatmeal, cereal

Lunches

sandwiches, muffins, fruit, veggies, cheese & crackers, smoothies, salads for me

Dinner

Monday– Chicken Tetrazzini with broccoli (This recipe is from Menu in a Box, a hundred day meal planning kit. You can read my review here.)

Tuesday – Chicken Pot Pie (recipe below) I made this on Saturday and put it in the freezer for my husband to heat up for dinner since my daughter and I will be gone.

Wednesday – Pizza (cast party for the play)

Thursday – Pizza (homemade whole wheat crust) My husband and I will be eating with friends before our bible study.

Friday- Tacos (this is the night of the play)

Saturday- Everything that is left in the fridge. We will be going out of town so we don’t want to leave anything to spoil.

Tired of chasing meals? Check out Menu Plan Monday for great ideas on what to have for dinner.

Ever wonder how larger families manage to feed healthy, delicious meals that don’t break their budget yet you can’t seem to? Then check out 3 Moms ~ 3 Kitchens ~ 31 Days. Joy, Kate and myself are running a series of posts of what we do in the kitchen each day. Menu plans, shopping trips, recipes, failures, it is all there.


Easy Chicken Pot Pie (makes 2 pies)

3 cooked and cut up chicken breasts

8 peeled, diced, and cooked potatoes (you can use two cans of diced potatoes)

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup onion chopped

1 bag frozen vegetables

Seasonings

Pie crust for two pies ( you can make your own, or read my recipe here)

If you are boiling your own potatoes, dice your potatoes and boil them until they are soft but not mushy.

While the potatoes are boiling cut up your chicken and onions. Mix chicken, onions, cream soup, frozen vegetables and seasonings ( I use garlic, salt, and pepper).

Drain the potatoes (save the potato water for bread) and add to the mixture.

I forgot to take a picture of the mix with the cream soup.

Make your pie crusts and then fill your pie.

Can you believe I forgot to take a picture of the finished pie! I wrapped them in foil and put them in the freezer for our dinner next week! I will have my husband get a picture when they have dinner on Tuesday.

Bake the pie in a 400 degree oven, for 30 to 40 minutes until the crust looks done.

Here is a trick to transferring your pie crust from counter top to pie plate. Fold your crust in half, then lift it into the pan.

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Pie Crust

Perfect Pie Crust

The key to making a great pie crust is temperature. You need to start with cold flour, cold water, and then bake at a high temperature.

To make a 2 crust pie you need

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons of ice cold water

Mix flour and salt

Add shortening and mix

Then add the ice water 1 Tablespoon at a time until your dough looks something like this…

Form your dough into a ball and roll out on a floured surface.


Here is a trick to transferring your pie crust from counter top to pie plate. Fold your crust in half, then lift it into the pan.

Add your filling and repeat for the top crust.

Bake in 400 degree oven for the amount of time specified in your pie recipe.


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