Monday, January 31, 2011

30 Day Challenge Goals

Tomorrow starts the begin to the 30 days to a better you. After thinking about what I could realistically do in thirty days I came up with my goals. I would like to loose five pound ( a pound per week seems reasonable). I would love to have more energy instead of feeling sluggish,  I would like to gain more muscle mass, and I want to motivate others to get healthy.  These are my goals for this challenge. Please share your goals. Also follow me on twitter for every day updates on this challenge. :)

My twitter name is cousezparfait

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Please Follow

Please follow me on my blog, who wants to be the first?

30 Day challenge

Just a reminder the Tuesday is the start to the 30 day challenge. Set you health goals and follow me on the blog and twitter (cousezparfait on twitter)to tract my progressand so that we can keep each other motivated. On Monday I will have my goals set and posted. Have a good weekend and if you are taking part in the challenge eat up the last of the junck food ( I am enjoying the last of the ice-cream).

What I Love

I am love with this Fiskars paper cutter. I received it as a Christmas present and I do not know how I made cards without it! If you are looking for a paper cutter the Fiskars last long. The blade is replaceable and it has a side arm on it that allows to to measure large pieces of paper. This is a must buy!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Family Movie Night

I watched this movie so many times when I had my wisdom teeth out. So I thought this movie would be perfect for Family Movie Night.

Yours, Mine, and Ours takes place in 1968 when two widowed parents meet and fall in love. This movie shows the challenges, laughter, and rewards of combining their unique families.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Website

As a child I always loved sewing. I enjoyed being able to think about what I wanted to make, cut out the fabric, and having a finished project. I always wanted to be able to sell my stuff, but I didn't know how to. Until recently I was selling items on etsy, but the site was overly crowded and I wasn't able to make as many sales. Now I am selling items on Come and visit! If you have any requests of things you want made contact me at


Yes it is finally done!!!!! The method I used to clean out my fabric box was to cut out the patterns I wanted to sew. Then I folded and stacked my fabric in the order I wanted to use it. So the stuff I will most likely use is on top.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hobby Lobby

Sorry about the light it was not cooperating. I love Hobby Lobby, this scrapbook paper was 6 for a dollar on their clearance rack. As a rule I always keep scrapbook paper on hand  it makes cute cards and easy crafts. 

Healthy Meatball Sandwich

This Meatball Sandwich is made with boneless skinless chicken breast, low fat mozzarella cheese, and a homemade roll (recipe on my blog).

I used my food processor and ground up the boneless skinless chicken breast and then added 1 teaspoon if Italian seasoning to it. I made them into meatballs and cooked them at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

I then took my homemade bun and hollowed out the center and put aldi brand spaghetti sauce in it. I love aldi's spaghetti sauce, because it is cheap and the ingredient list is simple. Then I topped it with meatballs and cheese. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Are you ready for a challenge?

To all of my readers I am sorry I have not been blogging. I had my wisdom teeth out and then suffered through the pain of two dry sockets. While I was recovering I was thinking what would be a fun activity to do on my blog? I thought that a 30 days to a healthier you challenge would be fun.

While I love the idea of getting healthy, I think many people including me lack the motivation and encouragement to get up and put down the bag of chips. The idea of this challenge is to set your own realistic goals that you want to achieve in 30 days. Please share these goals, I will post mine on Monday. I will be tweeting and blogging throughout this challenge to keep everyone motivated. So please come and join me in a 30 day challenge to become healthier. So come February 1 please start the challenge, tell friends and family to take part in this challenge. It is time to help you to help yourself to become healthy

come visit cousezparfait on twitter  :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Freezer Cooking

For today freezer cooking I made a homemade tv dinner. I made brown rice, cooked and chopped up pork chops and then added frozen stir fried vegetables from the store. I put it in one dish and froze it. Now whenever I want a pre made meal all I have to do is pull it out of the freezer. Say good bye to store bought t.v. dinners!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Will be blogging soon

I will be trying to stay on my blogging schedule, but I am recovering from having my wisdom teeth removed. Thanks for your patients!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Movie Night

 Although this is not technically a movie, but a series of shows it is perfect to watch as a family. This tv series is based on Brian Jacques series of Redwall books. This series originally aired on PBS.

This is an animated series about a mouse who learns that it is his destiny to save the Redwall Abby and become a warrior. This show is fun for all ages and will keep you and your children entertained.  

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Valentines Day Craft

For most of my life I was home schooled and my parents tried to make the holidays special. So we would make homemade Valentines and Valentine Day decorations. So  For today's craft I made a door hanger/ Valentine.

I cut a heart our of card stock and cut a heart out of felt scraps. I added a pip cleaner as a handle. This craft can be customized. You can use buttons, fabric scraps, card stock, construction paper, or markers and stickers.  

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Organizing Fabric :(

I have been dreading this project for months, but I believe it is time to quit putting off organizing my fabric box. This will probably take a good week to go through all of my fabric. I am going to start off by going through my fabric, then I will cut out the patterns that I want to make, then I will put everything back in the box nice and neatly. Wish me good luck. Also if you have any projects you are tackling leave a comment bellow!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Price Is Right

A few week ago my mother and I went into our local IGA. We were shocked to see a cart full of Rubbermaid containers marked 99 cents each. Each package has four lids and containers in it. These are perfect for storing our freezer meals in and that is why we bought 12 dollars worth of containers.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Freezer Cooking

For the longest time I have been wanting to make buns, but I could never get the hang of it. While looking on youtube I found a video of someone making buns.  This video showed step by step instructions which made me feel more confident about making this dreaded food. As you can see it turned out well. One thing I loved about this recipe was that the only sugar it had was one tablespoon of honey No corn syrup or unpronounceable chemical that is what I call a success. So if you are interested here is the link to the video.

Happy Cooking!   

Saturday, January 8, 2011

What to look out for on my blogs

 I was reading Money Saving Mom's blog I ran across her blog schedule. As I was reading I though that it was an ingenious idea to schedule what I going to blog so that I can be truly dedicated to my blog. So if you are interested here is what the blog will look like

Monday: Freezer Cooking,
Tuesdays: Good shopping or deals I have taken advantaged of
Wednesdays: An organization project I am tackling
Thursdays: Every Thursday until Valentines Day I will have a holiday project
Friday: Movie Night Recommendations
Saturday: Random blogging about things I find interesting.
Sunday: I will not be blogging Sunday so I can spend time relaxing with my family

Friday, January 7, 2011

Family Movie Night

  This year I have decided to tackle projects I thought I would never be able to do or what I thought I didn't have time for. One project is blogging every day, another is a new project I am working on which you will know about when it is finish, and the last is spending more time with my family. I encourage you to take one night and turn off your cell phones and spend time with your families. So each Friday I will recommend a family favorite movie that you could buy or rent from amazon video on demand.

   This week I am recommending Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. This movie takes place in 1850 when a bachelor brings home a wife and his seven brothers decide they want to marry also. This is a very good family movie, It does show a lot of fist fighting between the brothers, but it is not graphic. If you are looking for a good wholesome movie definitely rent or buy this movie. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Watch out for the Pheasants!

 A few days after Christmas we looked out our window and saw four pheasants in the bush. Since we don't have that much wildlife where we live out in the country we were shocked to see all of the pheasants. Later on that day they were gone and we haven't seen them anymore. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Did My Pets Have A Merry Christmas?

 How did my pets like their homemade Christmas presents? From the pictures you can tell they loved it. Adam always loves his pillows, but Homer is hard to please. I would definitely say that Homer loves this scratching post much better than the one we bought for him last year. So as you can see they had a Very Merry Christmas.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Freezer Cooking

Now that the New Year has begun we are all busy again. So what I like to do is make sandwiches and freeze them. Each sandwich cost only one dollar to make and they are a healthier and cheaper alternative to fast food. One way to get your bread cheap is to look at the day old bread section at your store. I get a package of eight buns for a dollar. Then I buy lunch meat and cheese and make up a lot of sandwiches and the next morning I pack my lunch and the sandwich is thawed by lunch.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Anne of Green Gables

Most everyone knows the story of Anne of Green Gables. Recently they made the movie Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning. This tells the story of an older Anne writing about before she goes to live with Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert. It is a good family movie that I highly recommend watching.