Friday Things #461
1. Waiting for one of her beloved stuffed animals to finish its run through the washing machine 💖
2. Killing time before picking up Isabelle from preschool meant a trip through the car wash and a surprise lemonade for my sidekick 😍
3. Eight inches of snow in mid-March? Sure! ❄️
4. Have you done habit tracking? If so, what do you track?
5. How is everyone handling daylight savings time? I know so many people are thrilled that there is a bill to keep daylight savings time permanent and I am probably in the vast minority, but given the choice, give me standard time all day, every day. I can’t stand starting the day in the pitch blackness and would much rather have more light mornings than light evenings. It could be because I’m a morning person, too. If this map is accurate, it just solidifies my stance!
6. This post on how to make a recipe binder has me totally inspired to get my favorite and to-try recipes super organized. Are yours in binders? How do you organize them?
7. And on that note, what is your #1 go-to dinner recipe and your #1 go-to dessert recipe? I can’t wait to read all of your answers in the comments!
8. It’s March Madness time! Do you fill out a bracket? The kids are super into it this year, have theirs printed out, are following along, and Isabelle is dribbling a mini basketball around while the games are on 😂
9. We watched Mayor of Kingstown (Paramount+) over the last week because we were down a Taylor Sheridan rabbit hole after Yellowstone and 1883. It’s a pretty dark show, but the last two episodes were phenomenal. Looking forward to a season 2!
10. TGIF! Duke loves me ❤️
My heart hurts for you and your family Michelle. I finally found a post that said why we hadn’t seen you. I will be praying for your baby every day, and for you and your family.
Missing you on Friday’s hope and pray all is well!!
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I too miss your Friday Things. I hope you and your family are all well.
I miss reading your post and seeing your beautiful children. Hope all is well.
Friday things is a highlight of my Friday, being in Australia I get it about 11pm. Have missed it the last few weeks, hoping everything is ok & all are well. Come back soon you are missed 💕
Hope that all will be well with you & yours . Since I had my babies this has been my weekend treat reading the blog. Take care x
I can’t stand the winter when it gets dark at like 4 or 5 pm! Spring ahead all the way! As soon as it starts staying lighter longer, I get so much more energy! Daylight until 8 or 9 pm in the summer is the best! And so much better than leaving work and it already being dark out!!
Missing your Friday posts as I look forward to them every week. I hope & pray that you & family are okay.
Missing you on this Friday and the last….hoping everything is all right with you and your family. Thoughts and prayers.
Your Friday Things posts are a highlight of my week. Hope you and your family are ok and you’re just taking a break. 😊
I have been missing your Friday Things posts. I hope everything is alright with you and your family.
I LOVE recipe binders. I probably have about 4: Main Dishes; Soups/Salads/Sides/Sandwiches; Appetizers/Snacks/Brunch/Misc; and Desserts. I use page protectors and buy the wide dividers so the tabs stick out farther than the sleeves. My big complaint lately has been that my favorite food blog prints take several pages. I really wish they’d conserve space for printing recipes and that the print would just include the recipe – I don’t need nutrition info, freezing instructions, every possible substitution and notes!
My favorite dessert must be Fudge raspberry brownies and not sure about my favorite dinner – maybe chicken, asparagus salad with balsamic dressing. I don’t have strong opinion on daylight savings time.
There is no reason to use “Daylight Savings Time” anymore – I have always been against it! I don’t have a favorite recipe – I’m pretty much a “mood” eater, so each day varies. I mostly use recipe books and my phone for recipes, though I do have a recipe binder or two that I need to go through. Great picture of you and Duke!
Standard time ALL THE TIME. Stop changing the clock. The sun is directly above us at noon, NOT 1 pm! What about all those sundials? Don’t mess with nature. I am a converted morning person.
Love seeing your little ones!
I would 100% rather just be on standard time all the time (and I’m NOT a morning person, although I have to pretend to be during the week so I can get to work on time, ha).
I was gifted a recipe box with 5×3 cards as a teenager but when I started collecting my own I got tired of formatting recipes to fit so I started a 3 ring binder with tabs and sheet protectors. Now I just try to get the recipe to print all on one page and slide it into the right section. When I started the recipes were roughly alphabetical in each section but now… I do try to sort through it every few years tossing recipes I haven’t made, and if we didn’t like a recipe, I toss it that day. I much prefer printed recipes as I can mark them up and don’t have to worry about getting my electronics dirty in the kitchen (my keyboard does not need flour and my screen doesn’t need splattered batter). When I find a recipe I want to try, I print it out and stick it in the binder. I still have the recipe box with my family recipes that were passed on to me, I do still cook and bake from there.
My go to easy recipe is a one pan chicken dish. You toss chicken pieces and whatever veggies you want into a pan, add your seasonings and some olive oil, bake at 425F for 45 minutes and viola! When I’m serving more than 2 people, I usually have a side salad too. The funny thing to me is how impressed guests are – and I serve it in the pan I baked it in.
I don’t really have a go to dessert. But chocolate chip cookies and rice krispy treats get rotated regularly in my kitchen.
I wouldn’t recommend this, but I still use index size recipe cards. I also cut and fold recipes from magazines and online to fit this same size. I’ve filled up file boxes long ago, so the recipes are in small envelopes in a drawer and on some shelves in my kitchen.
I started collecting when I was a teenager and now I am a senior. You can imagine how many recipes I have. Ask me for a recipe, and I probably have it. No worries about being competition to you, Michelle, I’m not that organized.
The pandemic has given me time to try recipes that I’ve had for ages. My plan is to go through the envelopes and only save a few in each category. Now to follow through with my plan and ask myself “Do I love it?” a la Marie Kondo.
Love your family pictures and inspiring attitude about life and cooking.
My recipe organization is all over the place. I divided my printed out recipes by meat, seafood, chicken,soup/noodle/sides & dessert, then put each of those, in to their own freezer-size bags. But at some point I stopped printing, so now have lots of recipes on my phone, in a “Recipes” section.
Another vote for standard time all year. I’m a morning person, too. We live in Ireland for a year and having the sunrise at 8:30 or a little later was very difficult. The time change this week has seemed very hard for everyone.
It also turns out that standard time is better for everyone’s general health and well being.
RE #6: I used to have a binder and my mom had a binder and 2 boxes at one point! When I started getting online recipes as the norm, I transitioned everything into a OneNote notebook. I have all my tabs set out like a standard binder (bev, apps, main-poultry, main-beef, pastries, etc). It’s also super easy to set sub-categories in each tab, tag each recipe and search it all.
Barring the time and energy to convert over to all digital – it has been a dream! It also make everything super easy to share and export. It may not be the most graphically innovative, but I love having my recipe box in a digital format!
In addition; I have a ‘life’ notebook set up that has my menu planner and I can easily grab the hyperlink from a recipe and plug it into the my weekly grid for quick access!
Love the sweet picture of you and Duke. One of my favorites for sure. Also I’ve loved every sweet story of Joseph lately especially…his waiting to wave to you at school, his lunch thank you drawing. He’s brought tears to my eyes. (Your other children too are so adorable and sweet).
Go to dinner usually always have a jar of pesto in fridge. Great to sautee up some mushrooms, or squash of some kind, chicken w pasta meal. Dessert go to is less predictable.
I love you Friday’s blog. My favorite dinner is taco salad and dessert is anything chocolate,especially French Silk Chocolate pie with whipped cream. I wish they would make up their minds about standard time or daylight savings. I get up early but it is just getting light. I like the fact it stays light longer.
I had two binders. But now I have a tray that I keep on a shelf with the recipes I use the most. They are annotated and directions turned metric if it is baking (so I can weigh ingredients). I also have a folder on my computer labeled food. And use Evernote as my clipper before I try a recipe. Sounds complicated – bit it makes sense to me.
Another vote for permanent Standard Time. This year the time change has really bothered me. But I think the 8″ of snow didn’t help me either. I was glad it was gone so quickly.
My recipe binders are getting away from me! I’m all about trying new recipes so right now I’ve got four full binders plus a 1′ high stack of recipes that haven’t been filed yet. Meh recipes get pitched. Page protectors are non-negotiable if you want to keep all the food splots off.
Favorites for me are pasta (any kind) for dinner and apple crisp for dessert.
Love, love, love following your posts. They are so “ordinary” they give me joy. Love your kids, your recipes and glimpses of your parenting. Well done. I am not one for making comments but the spirit rose within me to tell you.
I have two recipe binders, divided into categories like soups/steers, appetizers, main dishes, etc. There are just too many recipes for one!
My go to dessert recipe is some sort of a variation of a rice krispy treat: plain, browned butter and Golden Grahams, pb and chocolate. My go to dinner recipe is breakfast burritos. For company it’s lasagne or pot roast.
I too would prefer standard time, but at this point, I’m just tired of the time change – period.
Love these Friday posts. 😉
I live in AZ and we’re one of 2 states that (mostly) doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time. Our biggest hassle is getting everyone across the country accustomed to the change in time difference when scheduling meetings, sending texts, etc. I guess I’m with you in that I don’t want anyone messing with my natural wake up time.
I LOVE recipe binders and have 2, one of which needs to be split again. I organize by food category mainly with a couple of event types thrown in – Appetizers, Beverages, Sandwiches, Breads, Main Dish, Desserts, Salads/Dressings, etc. Within each of the larger categories, I have subgroups for Beef, Chicken, Fish, … , Vegetarian. Breakfast has it’s own tab because, well, BREAKFAST! I change my printer settings to double-sided to save paper and space in the binder, and print on 3-hole paper used exclusively for recipes.
One of the things I love about paper is that I can make my modifications directly on the recipe, note when I made it and for whom (plus reactions to the dish), bracket the ingredients that are common to each step and then underline the major steps within the directions. Yep, I’m a big fan of binders!!
standard time for me, I am a morning person as well. Way prefer going to work while its daylight versus leaving in the dark.
Love, love, love that picture with Duke!!!! It just may be my favorite of him (and I’ve been following since before he joined the family).
And I’m *totally* with you on the Standard time all the time wagon. I can’t even fathom sunrise well after 8:00 for those of us in more northern latitudes!
Thanks to all these recipe blogs, I have FOUR recipe binders! They have tabs for things like bread/muffins, cakes/cupcakes, candy, dinners, side dishes. And then there is colored paper to separate out things like chicken, beef, shrimp recipes, or between the cakes and cupcakes. I even have one that belonged to my mom before she passed. But honestly, unless I’m baking, I rarely use them. I’m just too tired after work to deal with a recipe and am one of those cooks who just throws things together without one most of the time. I’d probably be a better cook if I used the recipes though! haha
Standard time all day every day!!!!!!!
I agree with you about the time change situation. I do not like waking up in the dark! I would rather have standard time. I am a morning person. I have two recipe binders! I do need to organize them better.
I’m with you! Get rid of daylight savings time and leave it at standard time. :)
#1 dinner at the moment are Jessica’s (how sweet eats) cheeseburger sliders.
#1 dessert are Sally’s (baking addiction) choc chip cookies, the six giant ones!!
The last picture of you and Duke is so sweet 😊
Go to recipes for dinner is chicken fajitas. So quick and easy. It takes longer to cut the chicken into strips along with peppers and onions than cooking them in a skillet. Sometimes we eat it with tortillas and sometimes on a bed of lettuce with cheese and tomatoes and sour cream for a fresh chicken fajita salad. I usually whip up my own seasoning but packaged works just fine! The most requested dessert is Paula Deens “Not yo mamas banana pudding”. It’s sweet but yummy!
Hi!.A few years ago, I purchased a 3 ring binder and plastic sleeves…also pretty scrapbooking paper. That’s how I’ve made my own cookbook. I have recipe cards in my loved ones own handwriting 🧡
I use gift wrap and cards received to decorate some pages. I use removable glue dots….it’s fun and amazing!
I’d prefer staying on standard time, too. I’ve read that within the first few days after a time change there are more heart attacks, strokes and other adverse events than at other times of the year. In my own area there have been more auto accidents and jackknifed semis. There was a huge warehouse fire with no known cause. And I fell and broke my hip Monday morning. I’m doing well but i don’t recommend it!