Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 07/31/2016

Meal Plans….that’s right I said PLANS….


Good morning everyone!!!!

It’s still busy around here.  I’m still working my Younique business daily which I love.

My hubby harvested some honey yesterday.  He’s letting it sit for a bit but then I can scrape out the honey.  I can’t wait to try it!!!!

Hubs is also having surgery next week on his shoulder FINALLY!!!!

With that in mind I know that I will be spending a lot of time taking care of him & our 2 girls.  So this got me thinking….I know, scary right lol….

I haven’t been meal planning for a while, I know I can’t believe it either.  So I sat down a couple of weeks ago & I did something I’ve never done before.

I planned out meals for the next 5 months!!!!  Yes you read that right.  I planned out meals for August, September October, November, & December!!!!

Why did I do this?  Well, hubs will be recovering from surgery & I didn’t want to wonder & try to figure out what was going to be for dinner every night, so I sat down & planned it out.

Why did I plan 5 months of meals?  Well I was on a roll & didn’t want to stop lol….

Plus school will be starting here at the end of the month & with that activities for our oldest will also be taking place, so it just made sense to me to do it all at once.

Before you even ask yes I will probably plan out my meals from January – June of next year too just to make life a little bit easier.

The best part of this large meal planning deal….All of the meals will come from our freezers!!!!  Well for the most part, I should say the meat of the meal lol.  I’ll still need to get some sides but we have plenty of canned veggies & other sides in our pantry that I can & will use.

That means less spending at the grocery store which is always a good thing.

I usually post what I’m making in the month for meals, but if I do that here it’ll be a 10 page post lol.

I’ll post each month for the next 5 days so you can get an idea about what I’m making.  Yes there are a few dup meals & left overs but that’s ok.

Another bonus is that I will be using my Crock Pot to make these meals so I won’t have to waste time at the stove cooking when I’ll be needed to help hubs in his recovery.

That’s it for now.

Please check back this week for the meal plans for the next 5 months.  I hope you enjoy them.

Have you been meal planning lately?  I would love to hear what you’ve been cooking lately.  Please leave your Meal Plans in the comments below.

Have a great day.

Love, Peace, & Flip Flops

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

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Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 07/08/2016

I’ve started something new!!!!


Good morning everyone!!!!

It’s been a long time since I last had a blog post on here.

A lot has happened in the past few months.

I’m now a Younique Presenter!!!!

What’s this you ask?

Well, it’s an at home makeup buisness that let’s me still have the freedom to work when, where, & how I want.

With this business I am able to stay home & be with my family & not have to worry about paying for daycare.

It’s giving me the confidence to do things that I thought I would never do, ie:  daily video postings!!!!

I’m so glad that I’ve finally found a job that I can make money from & not miss out on the quality time that I love to have with my family & friends.

Plus it is also helping out to pay the bills.

I’m just starting out but I know with hard work I can take this business far & can grow with the company.  The sky’s the limit.

If you are interested in joining my team, or would like more info on our products, or would like to host a party (don’t worry it’s all done online & you can get FREE products when you have a qualifying party), please check out my website:  www.youniqueproducts.com/robinaakers.

There’s a lot going on this month with Younique.

Check out my post tomorrow for all the great info.

Love, Peace, & Flip Flops,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl

 

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 05/10/2016

Today in History


1869Transcontinental railroad completed

On this day in 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history. No longer would western-bound travelers need to take the long and dangerous journey by wagon train, and the West would surely lose some of its wild charm with the new connection to the civilized East. 

Since at least 1832, both Eastern and frontier statesmen realized a need to connect the two coasts. It was not until 1853, though, that Congress appropriated funds to survey several routes for the transcontinental railroad. The actual building of the railroad would have to wait even longer, as North-South tensions prevented Congress from reaching an agreement on where the line would begin.

One year into the Civil War, a Republican-controlled Congress passed the Pacific Railroad Act (1862), guaranteeing public land grants and loans to the two railroads it chose to build the transcontinental line, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific. With these in hand, the railroads began work in 1866 from Omaha and Sacramento, forging a northern route across the country. In their eagerness for land, the two lines built right past each other, and the final meeting place had to be renegotiated.

Harsh winters, staggering summer heat, Indian raids and the lawless, rough-and-tumble conditions of newly settled western towns made conditions for the Union Pacific laborers–mainly Civil War veterans of Irish descent–miserable. The overwhelmingly immigrant Chinese work force of the Central Pacific also had its fair share of problems, including brutal 12-hour work days laying tracks over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. On more than one occasion, whole crews would be lost to avalanches, or mishaps with explosives would leave several dead.

For all the adversity they suffered, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific workers were able to finish the railroad–laying nearly 2,000 miles of track–by 1869, ahead of schedule and under budget. Journeys that had taken months by wagon train or weeks by boat now took only days. Their work had an immediate impact: The years following the construction of the railway were years of rapid growth and expansion for the United States, due in large part to the speed and ease of travel that the railroad provided.

Keep on learning. 

Love, Peace, & Happiness,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 05/09/2016

Summer Bucket List….


I thought it would be fun to make a list of things together of things that we can do this summer.

I’m sure I’m missing a ton of things out there to do & know that I’ll add some stuff as we go, but this is a good start.  These are not in any particular order & we won’t be doing these in any type of order.  They’ll just happen as they happen.

  1. Play at a new playground                           36.  Make pinecone bird feeders
  2. Visit the Library                                            37.  Homemade Spa Day
  3. Water color                                                     38.  Plant flowers
  4. Go to movies                                                  39.  Go to a baseball game
  5. Put together a puzzle on a rainy day     40.  Write in a journal
  6. Have a Read-a-thon                                   41.  Go to the Aquarium
  7. Go to a Parade                                               42.   Blow bubbles
  8. Bean bag toss                                                43.   Make cookies for the Police & Fire Depts
  9. Go fishing                                                      44.  Ride bikes along the canal
  10. Watch a meteor shower                            45.  Go berry picking
  11. Build a fort                                                    46.  Cook outside over a camp fire
  12. Dinner at the beach                                   47.   Unplug day – no tv, tablets, computer, phs
  13. Star gaze                                                        48.   Go to the zoo
  14. Make root beer floats                                49.  Go bowling
  15. Build a sand castle                                      50.  Eat watermelon
  16. Camp indoors                                               51.  Take a mini road trip
  17. Go swimming                                               52.  Make popsicles
  18. Have breakfast in bed                                53.  Make homemade lemonade
  19. Pajama day                                                    54.  Movie night outside with snacks
  20. Ice cream for dinner                                   55.  Bake cupcakes
  21. Wash the car                                                 56.  Help cook dinner
  22. Have family game night                            57.  Go on a hike
  23. Go to Farmers Market                                58.  Paint rocks
  24. Feed ducks                                                     59.  Watch a sunset
  25. Watch a sunrise                                           60.  Have a water gun fight
  26. Catch a lighting but                                    61.  Have a pillow fight
  27. Go to a fair                                                     62.  Stay up super late
  28. Roast marshmallows                                  63.  Make s’mores
  29. Watch fireworks                                           64.  Read at least 10 books
  30. Collect seashells
  31. Fly a kite
  32. Ride on a carousel
  33. Go to the playground
  34. Go to the beach
  35. Have a water balloon fight

Have a great SUMMER!!!!

Love, Peace, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

 

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 05/08/2016

Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service. Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.

The roots of the modern American Mother’s Day date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War (1861-65), Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children. These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.

Another precursor to Mother’s Day came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2. Other early Mother’s Day pioneers include Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist who inspired a local Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the 1870s. The duo of Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering, meanwhile, both worked to organize a Mothers’ Day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some have even called Hering “the father of Mothers’ Day.”

The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker, in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That same day also saw thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia.

Following the success of her first Mother’s Day, Jarvis—who remained unmarried and childless her whole life—resolved to see her holiday added to the national calendar. Arguing that American holidays were biased toward male achievements, she started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and prominent politicians urging the adoption of a special day honoring motherhood.

By 1912 many states, towns and churches had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday, and Jarvis had established the Mother’s Day International Association to help promote her cause. Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Anna Jarvis had originally conceived of Mother’s Day as a day of personal celebration between mothers and families. Her version of the day involved wearing a white carnation as a badge and visiting one’s mother or attending church services. But once Mother’s Day became a national holiday, it was not long before florists, card companies and other merchants capitalized on its popularity.

While Jarvis had initially worked with the floral industry to help raise Mother’s Day’s profile, by 1920 she had become disgusted with how the holiday had been commercialized. She outwardly denounced the transformation and urged people to stop buying Mother’s Day flowers, cards and candies. Jarvis eventually resorted to an open campaign against Mother’s Day profiteers, speaking out against confectioners, florists and even charities. She also launched countless lawsuits against groups that had used the name “Mother’s Day,” eventually spending most of her personal wealth in legal fees. By the time of her death in 1948 Jarvis had disowned the holiday altogether, and even actively lobbied the government to see it removed from the American calendar.

While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated throughout the world, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit. Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.

In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families might also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores. At times Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there.

Love, Peace, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

*obtained info from:  http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 05/07/2016

Cosmetic Surgery….Yes or No….


I’ve never thought about this topic until recently.

No, I wouldn’t have anything drastically done.  But there is one thing I would love to have done but am totally scared to do it (it’s the idea of needles being so close to my eyes!!!!).

What is it that I would do????

I would have lasik eye surgery.

You’re probably saying, “why do that, wearing glasses and/or contacts is fine.”.

Yes, that is true.  But but let me ask you this.  Do you wake up in the morning & see clearly without having to put glasses on or find your contacts & put them in?  I can’t.  Do you always have to make sure that you have contacts to wear & make sure you order more so you don’t run out?  I do.  Do you have to make sure your glasses are kept in a safe place so no one breaks them?  I do.  Do you have to take your glasses off several times a day to clean the smudges on them?  I do.

Now granted, these things may not seem like big deals to you, but to someone who has to wear contacts & glasses every day to see it is.

As I mentioned before, the one thing that scares me the most about this is the procedure itself, is having needles that close to your eye, well that &  they numb your eye to do the procedure so that’s also scary.

Who knows, maybe one day I’ll have this done, or maybe I’ll just live with the fact that I have to wear contacts & glasses.

What are your thoughts or opinions on this?  Have you had this done?  Are you glad you did it?  What was it like?  Would you recommend it to others?

Love, Peace, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

 

 

 

 

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 05/06/2016

Why did You start Blogging?


Some of you out there have been blogging since before it became a “thing” to do.  Some of you, like me have just started blogging.

So, what made you start blogging in the first place?  How did you even know how to get started?  Did you just decide one day, “Hey I like to write stuff, why not do it online?”.

I started b/c I like to write about things, to share my thoughts & opinions with others, hopefully I can help people with something that I blog about, & I like to read other blogs & learn things from them.

If you haven’t explored the world of blogging I highly recommend it, as there as so many great blogs out there that you will definitely find one, or more, that you’ll follow.

So go out there & start blogging.  If you start a blog, please post a link to it in the comments of this post & I’ll follow it.

Peace, Love, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 05/05/2016

Cinco de Mayo


Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

In 1861 the liberal Mexican Benito Juárez (1806-1872) became president of a country in financial ruin, and he was forced to default on his debts to European governments. In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, ruled by Napoleon III (1808-1873), decided to use the opportunity to carve a dependent empire out of Mexican territory. Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat.

Charles Latrille de Lorencez (1814-1892) set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a rag-tag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), the vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez drew his army, well provisioned and supported by heavy artillery, before the city of Puebla and led an assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.

Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s success at Puebla represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement. Six years later—thanks in part to military support and political pressure from the United States, which was finally in a position to aid its besieged neighbor after the end of the Civil War—France withdrew. The same year, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, who had been installed as emperor of Mexico by Napoleon in 1864, was captured and executed by Juárez’s forces. Puebla de Los Angeles was renamed for General Zaragoza, who died of typhoid fever months after his historic triumph there.

Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, where Zaragoza’s unlikely triumph occurred, although other parts of the country also take part in the celebration. Traditions include military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla and other festive events. For many Mexicans, however, May 5 is a day like any other: It is not a federal holiday, so offices, banks and stores remain open.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

Many people outside Mexico mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican independence, which was declared more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla. That event is commemorated on September 16, the anniversary of the revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s famous “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”), a call to arms that amounted to a declaration of war against the Spanish colonial government in 1810.

Love, Peace, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

*info obtained from:  http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 05/04/2016

Joke Day


Q: When do people start using their trampoline?

A: Spring-Time

HAHAHAHA….hope this made you laugh….

source: http://www.jokes4us.com/miscellaneousjokes/weatherjokes/springjokes.html

 

Love, Peace, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 05/03/2016

My Favorite….Time of Year


One of my favorite times of year is coming up.  Ok, it’s technically a couple of months away, but SUMMER will be here before we know it.

Yes, in case you haven’t guessed, SUMMER is my favorite season of the year so it also makes it my favorite time of the year.

Gone are the days of wearing socks & sneakers.  Here are the days of wearing opened toes shoes & my favorite FLIP FLOPS!!!!

Here are to days with the windows open & cooking outside.

Here are to late nights outside sitting next to the fire pit with family & friends.

Here are to nights with the girls catching fireflies in mason jars.

Here are to cookouts, cookouts, & yes more cookouts.

No matter what it is you do this SUMMER, make sure your days are filled with fun, love, excitement, & of course GOOD FOOD!!!!

Love, Peace, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 05/02/2016

Books Read Update


Hello from my mountain of books….

Recently I put together all of the books that are in my book pile & found out that the number of actual books that I have has risen to 121 books!!!!  Now that’s a lot of reading to get done.

I’m scared to look at my Nook & see how many books on there that I haven’t read yet, but I’ll do that another day lol.

I have managed to read one non-kid book this past month.  I read “American Assassin” by Vince Flynn (I will post a book review on this later in the month).  I’ve also started the second book in this series.

Not sure how long it will take me to read all of these books, but I’m happy to have them here for me to read.

Don’t forget that summer is just around the corner, so make sure you have your list of books that you want to read put together.  My list is the 121 books that I have on a few shelves & on the floor in my craft room lol.

What have you read lately?

Peace, Love, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 05/01/2016

May Day


May Day, in medieval and modern Europe, holiday (May 1) for the celebration of the return of spring. The observance probably originated in ancient agricultural rituals, and the Greeks and Romans held such festivals. Although later practices varied widely, the celebrations came to include the gathering of wildflowers and green branches, the weaving of floral garlands, the crowning of a May king and queen, and the setting up of a decorated May tree, or Maypole, around which people danced. Such rites originally may have been intended to ensure fertility for crops and, by extension, for livestock and humans, but in most cases this significance was gradually lost, so that the practices survived largely as popular festivities. Among the many superstitions associated with May Day was the belief that washing the face with dew on the morning of May 1 would beautify the skin. Because the Puritans of New England considered the celebrations of May Day to be licentious and pagan, they forbade its observance, and the holiday never became an important part of American culture. In the 20th century, traditional May Day celebrations declined in many countries as May 1 became associated with the international holiday honouring workers and the labour movement.

Peace, Love, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 04/07/2016

Share a Blog Day


http://www.madamecriativa.com.br/posts-recentes/porta-talheres-com-ala-feito-com-latas-madeira-e-couro

Last year I saw a picture of a utensil holder made out of tin cans.

I thought it would be a nice thing to make.

Well, you know how it goes.  Instead of saving the directions on how to make it, I spent the next several months finding it on the internet.

Well I found it again today on Facebook, so I thought I would save it here so that I’ll have it once I get all of the materials together.

I want to paint the cans & the wood a nice color that will match my kitchen walls, they are painted in the color of pineapple, yes you read that right, pineapple.  I just think it makes the kitchen so bright & cheery.

Anyway, now I have to find a paint color that will go well with the walls, the trim is done with white paint, but I don’t want to paint the cans white.

I also want the cans to look good when we eat outside, so now I’m on a mission to find just the right color paint.

Once I have this project completed, it will be placed on my kitchen table for easy access plus it will make room in the pantry b/c I won’t have a utensil tray taking up some much needed space.

What kind of things have you found on the internet that you’ve made?  Feel free to post pics & links in the comment section.

I’ll post pics of me putting this together once I’ve completed it, hopefully in the next month.

Love, Peace, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

 

 

 

 

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 04/06/2016

My Favorite….


….Meal for Easter Dinner….

I’ve always had or made a ham dinner for Easter.  I do have to say that ham is my favorite thing to have at Easter.

For a long time now I’ve made a spiral ham with mashed potatoes, carrots, & cabbage.  Which is a great meal to have anytime of the year.

This past Easter I made a boiled dinner, something that I haven’t had or made in over 12 years!!!!

I can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve had this dinner.  If I had a choice of a boiled dinner or make a spiral ham, I would definitely have a boiled dinner.

It’s so easy to make & delicious!

Here’s what I did to make this long forgotten meal.

Ingredients:

10 lb smoked shoulder (or any size you like)

4 small bags baby Ukon Gold potatoes (these were great b/c there was no need to cut them (unless they are a little on the large side)

1 bag of baby carrots

1 medium size cabbage

Directions:  cut the larger pieces of fat off of the smoked shoulder & place in a large stock pot, fill with enough water to cover the smoked shoulder; bring to a boil; once it comes to a boil drain out the water & refill with new water; bring to a boil again & drain the water.

While the smoked shoulder is coming to another boil, you can get the carrots, potatoes, & cabbage ready.  If you find that the baby carrots are on the large side, feel free to cut them in half or you can just leave them as is.  For the potatoes, I didn’t have to cut up many of them b/c they are already a great size.  There were a few that I did cut in half just so they didn’t take all day to cook.  I took the outer layer of the cabbage off, cut it in half & then cut the halves into four pieces each.

After you’ve drained the smoked shoulder for the second time, place it back into the pan.  Then add the potatoes, carrots, & cabbage into the pot & fill with enough water to cover everything; bring to a boil & lower heat to medium & cook until the cabbage, carrots, & potatoes are cooked.  Take everything out of the pan & enjoy with some Apple Cider Vinegar & your favorite Mustard.

I’m definitely going to make this again.  Sooner rather than later I really do enjoy this meal.

What did you make for your Easter Dinner?

Love, Peace, & Happiness

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 04/05/2016

Joke Day


Q. When do monkeys fall from the sky? A. During Ape-ril showers!

source: http://www.jokes4us.com/miscellaneousjokes/weatherjokes/springjokes.html

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 02/10/2016

Today in History


1957

Laura Ingalls Wilder, chronicler of American frontier life, dies

On this day in 1957, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the best-selling “Little House” series of children’s novels based on her childhood on the American frontier, dies at age 90 in Mansfield, Missouri.

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born in a log cabin near Pepin, Wisconsin, on February 7, 1867, the second of Charles and Caroline Quiner Ingalls’ four daughters. As a child, she lived with her family in Indian Territory in Kansas, as well as in farming communities in Minnesota and Iowa. In the late 1870s, the Ingalls moved to Dakota Territory, settling in present-day De Smet, South Dakota. Laura Ingalls worked as a school teacher in the area, starting in her teens, and in 1885, married Almanzo Wilder, a local homesteader 10 years her senior. In 1886, the couple had a daughter; their only other child, a son, died shortly after his birth in 1889.

In 1894, after several years of drought in South Dakota, the Wilders traveled by covered wagon to Mansfield, Missouri, in the Ozarks, where they established a farm. Years later, Laura Ingalls Wilder began contributing essays to local newspapers. In 1932, Wilder, then in her 60s, published her first novel, “Little House in the Big Woods,” an autobiographical account of pioneer life in Wisconsin. The book became a success, and she went on to publish seven more novels based on her experiences growing up on the American frontier in the 1870s and 1880s. These books, including “Little House on the Prairie” (1935), “On the Banks of Plum Creek” (1937) and “The Long Winter” (1940), chronicled the joys and hardships (including illnesses, crop failures, blizzards, fires and grasshopper plagues) that Wilder and her family experienced. A ninth novel, “The First Four Years,” (1971) was published posthumously, as were several other books based on Wilder’s journals and letters. Wilder’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, an author and journalist, is believed to have helped edit her mother’s books, although the exact extent of her collaboration is unknown.

The “Little House” books have been translated into dozens of languages and continue to be read by legions of fans. The books also inspired a hit TV series, “Little House on the Prairie,” which originally aired from 1974 to 1982 and starred Melissa Gilbert as the plucky Laura and Michael Landon as her father Charles.

After Laura Ingalls Wilder died in 1957, her longtime Missouri home, Rocky Ridge Farm, became a museum.

Happy Reading,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

**Info obtained from: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/laura-ingalls-wilder-chronicler-of-american-frontier-life-dies

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 02/08/2016

Super Bowl Food


So aside from a very boring game & even worse commercials, granted there were a few good ones, the only good thing about yesterday’s Super Bowl was the food!!!!

I made a turkey, potato skins, honey/soy sauce wings (look for the recipe in an upcoming blog post), we also had different kinds of cheese & crackers. 

Not a lot of food since it was just the hubs & I, he didn’t even eat bc he was sick….

Oh well, it’s snowing again here today so we’ll have some great leftovers. 

Did you make anything for the game?  What did you make?  Any left overs today?

What’s one thing you make for every Supe Bowl?

Ever have/make anything that you’ll never have/make again?

Happy Eating,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 02/05/2016

My Favorite Season….Summer


Since it is currently raining/sleeting/snowing out & we could get about 8 inches of snow, I thought I would write about my favorite season, Summer.

Summer is by far my favorite season.

It’s flip flops & no socks or sneakers.

It’s having all of the windows will be open to let in all the warm air & beautiful breezes.

It’s cookouts & beach days.

It’s time for outside activities & not having to be stuck in the house b/c the weather is terrible.

It’s sunny days & warm starry nights.

It’s early sunrises & late sunsets.

It’s the best season of all….

What’s your favorite season?

Happy Summer,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

 

 

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 02/04/2016

Joke Day


Q:  What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down?
A:  It gets toad away.

 

Keep Laughing,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

 

 

 

*http://www.laughfactory.com/jokes/clean-jokes

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 02/01/2016

Books Read Update


Happy First Day of February!!!!

I can’t believe it’s already February.  Where did January go?

Well I didn’t do much reading this past month, I did do some just not as much as I would like.

Definitely need to schedule some time to read every day.  I do have so many books that I have to read & even more out there in the world that I want/should read.

I”m still reading “American Assassin” by Vince Flynn.  It’s the first book in the “Mitch Rapp” series.  I don’t have every book from this series yet, but as I read them I’ll get the next one in line.

I still have my “mountain” of books that I had last January that I still need to read.

If only authors could hold off for like the next year & not have any new books come out so that I can catch up with the books I have & then I can read new books after that.  Yeah, like that might happen, lol.  But we can always hope can’t we?

So hopefully I can finish reading this book this month & do a book review at the end of the month.

How has your reading gone so far this year?  Any interesting reads?  Leave a comment/s on this post & let me know what you’re reading I’d love to get some new ideas on what to read lol.

Happy Reading,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

 

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 01/23/2016

Prepping for Snow (or any type of bad weather)


Being prepared for snow or any type of bad weather is one of the easiest things we can do.  But there is a large population of us who still will wait until the last minute to go to the store for the infamous bread, milk, & snow shovel only to find & be upset & surprised at said store when they are sold out of bread, milk, & snow shovel.

Why not just get a new shovel before winter hits so then you’ll have one when you need it & won’t have to deal with the crazy people all trying to get a shovel at the last minute.

Why not go to the store a few days, & not the day before or the day of the storm, so that you are guaranteed to get your bread, milk, & snow shovel (in case you didn’t get one before winter started).

Why not have some of your families favorite snacks, drinks, & water stored in your pantry so all you would have to do is grab a gallon or two of milk & some bread a few days before the storm (see this is easy we can all do this)?  But I don’t have a pantry?  Well do you have a closet you can make room on the floor to store some extra water & food?  Do you have a basement where you can put some stored food?  There are plenty of places you can “store” supplies, you just have to get creative with it.

What’s the worst that can happen?  The storm moves out of your area?  Well that’s a plus for you.  You won’t have to shovel or clean up from said storm.  Plus you’ll have a few extra food items in your pantry/fridge, that’s not a bad thing at all.

Some things to keep on hand for when the bad weather hits:  Flash lights with batteries; blankets/sleeping bags to keep warm if the power goes out & you don’t have a wood/pellet stove; wood/pellets for your wood/pellet stove; in case your fire goes out make sure you have matches & newspaper to restart your fire with; enough drinking water for everyone in your family/house; snacks/food that don’t need to be cooked; games, playing cards, books, coloring books if you have little ones in your house, to keep everyone entertained when the power goes out; a solar powered weather radio so you can keep up to date with how the storm is moving; candles and/or oil lamps to see.

Make sure you have a full tank of gas in your car in case you have to leave your home, ie:  flooding of the area you live in.

Money in case the power goes out, you won’t be able to get money out of the ATM’s.

Trust me, stock up now before another storm is on it’s way.  You’ll save yourself the headache of not being able to get the items you need & you own’t have to deal with the craze filled stores when there is a storm.

Happy Prepping,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

 

 

 

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 01/22/2016

Age I most want to be….


….35

Why that age you ask?

Well it’s a combination of two ages, 30 & 40, divided in half.

Why those two ages?

30 because my dad would still be alive & 40 because I would have my hubby & two beautiful daughters in my life.

So if I could be 35 & have all of the above, then that would be the age that I would most want to be.

What’s your “age you’d most like to be & why”?

Bee Happy,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

 

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 01/21/2016

A Room with a View


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This is our “Room with a view” from the living room.

We moved to the Farm a little over two years ago.

Whenever it snows, this is the first picture I take from our living room window.

Yes it’s the same picture every time, but at the same time it’s different.

Yes there’s snow, yes the screen house is there, yes the trees are there (the two closest to the house are new this year some of the apple trees my hubby planted), but the snow is different.

Now I know what you’re saying, “how can snow be different”?

First, the amount of snow is different, the snow on the trees are in different places.

But still, it is my favorite picture to take.

What’s your “Room with a view”?  What makes it your favorite view?

Happy Viewing,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 01/09/2016

Today in History


1887

Record cold and snow decimates cattle herds

On one of the worst days of the “worst winter in the West,” nearly an inch of snow falls every hour for 16 hours, impeding the ability of already starving cattle to find food.

The plains ranchers had seen hard winters before, but they had survived because their cattle had been well fed going into the winter. By the mid-1880s, though, the situation had changed. In the hopes of making quick money, greedy speculators had overstocked the northern ranges in Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. Deceived by a string of mild winters, many ranch managers were also no longer putting up any winter-feed for their stock. Disaster arrived in 1886.

The summer of 1886 was hot and dry, and by autumn, the range was almost barren of grass. The cold and snow came early, and by January, record-breaking snowfalls blanketed the plains, forcing the already weakened cattle to expend vital energy moving through the snow in search of scant forage. In January, a warm Chinook wind briefly melted the top layers of snow. When the brutal cold returned (some ranches recorded temperatures of 63 degrees below zero), a hard thick shell of ice formed over everything, making it almost impossible for the cattle to break through the snow to reach the meager grass below. With no winter hay stored to feed the animals, many ranchers had to sit by idly and watch their herds slowly die. “Starving cattle staggered through village streets,” one historian recalls, “and collapsed and died in dooryards.” In Montana, 5,000 head of cattle invaded the outskirts of Great Falls, eating the saplings the townspeople had planted that spring and “bawling for food.”

When the snow melted in the spring, carcasses of the once massive herds dotted the land as far as the eye could see. One observer recalled that so many rotting carcasses clogged creek and river courses that it was hard to find water fit to drink. Millions of cattle are estimated to have died during the “Great Die Up” as it came to be called, a darkly humorous reference to the celebrated “Round Up.” Montana ranchers alone lost an estimated 362,000 head of cattle, more than half the territory’s herd.

Besides sending hundreds of ranches into bankruptcy, the hard winter also brought an abrupt end to the era of the open range. Realizing they would always have to grow crops to feed their animals, ranchers decreased the size of their herds and began to stretch barbed wire fences across the open range to enclose new hay fields. By the 1890s, the typical rancher was also a farmer, and cowboys spent more time fixing fences than riding herd or roping mavericks. Belatedly, settlers realized that they had to adapt to the often-harsh demands of life on the western plains if they were to survive and thrive.

Happy Learning,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

**Info obtained from:  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/record-cold-and-snow-decimates-cattle-herds

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/19/2015

First Day of Winter December 22


In 2015, winter begins on December 21, 11:48P.M. EST.

Winter inspires both joy and woe. Some people can’t wait for the cooler weather, snow, skiing and ice skating, curling up by a fire, and the holiday spirit. Other people dislike the frigid temperatures, blizzards, and wild weather.

The word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day. At the winter solstice, the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. The next day, the path will advance northward. However, a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still. The Sun is directly overhead at “high-noon” on Winter Solstice at the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn.

Winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs around December 21 or 22. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it is around June 20 or 21.)

Stay Warm,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

**Info obtained from:  http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-winter-winter-solstice

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/11/2015

Share a recipe day


I have been looking for a great, & by that I mean the best pancake recipe in the world.  Boy, did I ever find it.

It’s the Pioneer Womans Recipe called “Perfect Pancakes”.

I do tweak it a little.  She uses “cake flour” & I use either AP Flour our Wheat Flour, which ever I have on hand which is both but I usually use the AP Flour lol.

They are truly out of this world pancakes & I highly recommend that you make them as soon as you get done reading this post.

I’m including the web info at the bottom of this post, but here is the recipe for it:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Plus 2 Tablespoons Cake Flour (I use either AP Flour or Wheat Flour but you can use whatever you wish)
  • 3 Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • Extra Butter
  • Maple Or Pancake Syrup (or any kind of syrup you like)

Instructions:

Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl.

Mix together milk, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring very gently until just combined.

Melt butter and add it to the batter, stirring gently to combine. Stir in more milk if needed for thinning.

Cook on a greased skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown. Serve with an obscene amount of butter and warm syrup.

So, there you have it.  The best pancakes ever!!!!

Happy Eating,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

**Info obtained from:  http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/perfect-pancakes/

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/10/2015

Today in History


1869

Wyoming grants women the vote

Motivated more by interest in free publicity than a commitment to gender equality, Wyoming territorial legislators pass a bill that is signed into law granting women the right to vote.

Western states led the nation in approving women’s suffrage, but some of them had rather unsavory motives. Though some men recognized the important role women played in frontier settlement, others voted for women’s suffrage only to bolster the strength of conservative voting blocks. In Wyoming, some men were also motivated by sheer loneliness–in 1869, the territory had over 6,000 adult males and only 1,000 females, and area men hoped women would be more likely to settle in the rugged and isolated country if they were granted the right to vote.

Some of the suffrage movement’s leaders did have more respectable reasons for supporting women’s right to vote. William Bright, a territorial legislator who was in his mid-forties, had a persuasive young wife who convinced him that denying women the vote was a gross injustice. The other major backer, Edward M. Lee, the territorial secretary who had championed the cause for years, argued that it was unfair for his mother to be denied a privilege granted to African-American males.

Ultimately, though, appeals to justice and equality did not pass the legislation–most Wyoming legislators supported Bright and Lee’s bill because they thought it would win the territory free national publicity and might attract more single marriageable women to the region. Territorial Governor John A. Campbell appreciated the publicity power of the policy and signed the bill into law, making Wyoming the first territory or state in the history of the nation to grant women this fundamental right of citizenship.

Happy Learning,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Info obtained from:  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/wyoming-grants-women-the-vote

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/09/2015

Spring


10 Interesting Facts About Spring and Daylight Savings (with comments from me!!!!):

1. The vernal equinox is the first day of the year when we have twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of night.

2. If you stand at the equator on the first day of spring, you will see the sun pass directly over head. This only happens twice a year; first day of spring and the first day of autumn. (I would love to see this some day)

3. Baby birds learn to sing during spring. Although they are born with the ability to sing, they must learn the specific songs of their species. They often learn their songs within two months of being born.

4. You may have heard that today is the only day you can stand a raw egg on its end. It’s not true. Balancing an egg on its end is possible, but it works equally well any day of the year. (if an egg stands on it’s end, throw it out it means it’s no longer edible)

5. Arizona and Hawaii do not follow daylight savings. They already have enough sunlight and hot weather, so it doesn’t make sense to confuse the sleeping cycle of their residents. (I think we should all do what Arizona & Hawaii are doing & do away with DST)

6. Daylight Savings Time saves approximately 1% of electricity a day. It adds up to a lot when figure in the entire nation (except Arizona and Hawaii of course).

7. The Great Sphinx in Egypt points directly East towards the sunrise on the vernal equinox. (would love to see this one day)

8. Daylight savings time starts and ends at different times around the world.

9. Spring fever is a real syndrome. When the temperature rises during the warm spell after a long winter, there is a dilation of the blood vessels so blood can be carried to the body surface where heat can be lost quickly. People experience an energetic feeling when this happens.

10. Benjamin Franklin was the first to propose daylight savings time in 1784. It wasn’t fully implemented until the end of the Second World War. (so this is who we have to thank for thinking of this lol)

Enjoy Spring,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

**info obtained from: http://www.thriftymoment.com/blog/10-interesting-facts-about-spring-and-daylight-savings

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/08/2015

Today’s Playlist


Today’s Playlist is brought to you by my phone lol. I’m listening to a roaring campfire & it sounds delightful.

Whenever I need to get things done around the house, I like to listen to music or sounds that are just in the background. I find that if I play music that I like I tend to get distracted by it. When a song comes on that I don’t care for or that I don’t want to listen to at the moment, I stop what I’m doing & go & change the song. Thus stopping what I’m doing & what I need to get done.

This way if I play music or sounds that are more soothing I’m not stopping every other song to change it to the next song. I just set up my phone & let the music/sounds play as they will. I get much more done this way.

Do you listen to music or sounds when you are doing chores around the house or if you are working at home? What do you like to listen to?

From time to time I will post my playlist for the day. If you have a great playlist that you would like to share, please do.

Happy Listening,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/07/2015

Pearl Harbor Day


PEARL HARBOR AND THE ROAD TO WAR
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, but Japan and the United States had been edging toward war for decades. The United States was particularly unhappy with Japan’s increasingly belligerent attitude toward China. The Japanese government believed that the only way to solve its economic and demographic problems was to expand into its neighbor’s territory and take over its import market; to this end, Japan had declared war on China in 1937. American officials responded to this aggression with a battery of economic sanctions and trade embargoes. They reasoned that without access to money and goods, and especially essential supplies like oil, Japan would have to rein in its expansionism. Instead, the sanctions made the Japanese more determined to stand their ground. During months of negotiations between Tokyo and Washington, D.C., neither side would budge. It seemed that war was inevitable.

But no one believed that the Japanese would start that war with an attack on American territory. For one thing, it would be terribly inconvenient: Hawaii and Japan were about 4,000 miles apart. For another, American intelligence officials were confident that any Japanese attack would take place in one of the (relatively) nearby European colonies in the South Pacific: the Dutch East Indies, for instance, or Singapore or Indochina. Because American military leaders were not expecting an attack so close to home, the naval facilities at Pearl Harbor were relatively undefended. Almost the entire Pacific Fleet was moored around Ford Island in the harbor, and hundreds of airplanes were squeezed onto adjacent airfields. To the Japanese, Pearl Harbor was an irresistible target.

“A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY”
The Japanese plan was simple: Destroy the Pacific Fleet. That way, the Americans would not be able to fight back as Japan’s armed forces spread across the South Pacific. On December 7, after months of planning and practice, the Japanese launched their attack.

At about 8 a.m., Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor. Bombs and bullets rained onto the vessels moored below. At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine. The ship exploded and sank with more than 1,000 men trapped inside. Next, torpedoes pierced the shell of the battleship USS Oklahoma. With 400 sailors aboard, the Oklahoma lost her balance, rolled onto her side and slipped underwater. By the time the attack was over, every battleship in Pearl Harbor–USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, USS California, USS West Virginia, USS Utah, USS Maryland, USS Pennsylvania, USS Tennessee and USS Nevada–had sustained significant damage. (All but USS Arizona and USS Utah were eventually salvaged and repaired.)

In all, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor crippled or destroyed 18 American ships and nearly 300 airplanes. Dry docks and airfields were likewise destroyed. Most important, almost 2,500 men were killed and another 1,000 were wounded.

But the Japanese had failed to cripple the Pacific Fleet. By the 1940s, battleships were no longer the most important naval vessel: Aircraft carriers were, and as it happened, all of the Pacific Fleet’s carriers were away from the base on December 7. (Some had returned to the mainland and others were delivering planes to troops on Midway and Wake Islands.) Moreover, the Pearl Harbor assault had left the base’s most vital onshore facilities–oil storage depots, repair shops, shipyards and submarine docks–intact. As a result, the U.S. Navy was able to rebound relatively quickly from the attack.

PEARL HARBOR AWAKENS THE “SLEEPING GIANT”
“Yesterday,” President Roosevelt said on December 8, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked.” He went on to say, “No matter now long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.” After the Pearl Harbor attack, and for the first time after years of discussion and debate, the American people were united in their determination to go to war. The Japanese had wanted to goad the United States into an agreement to lift the economic sanctions against them; instead, they had pushed their adversary into a global conflict that ultimately resulted in Japan’s first occupation by a foreign power.

On December 8, Congress approved Roosevelt’s declaration of war. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy declared war against the United States. For the second time, Congress reciprocated. More than two years after the start of the conflict, the United States had entered World War II.

Never forget,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

*info obtained from: http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/pearl-harbor

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/06/2015

NEW House Cleaning Series (HCS) #1


Good morning everyone.

I would like to re-introduce a new weekly series of blog posts that you will see here every Sunday starting today called the “House Cleaning Series”.

What’s the House Cleaning Series you ask?  Well, it’s a weekly series that I will be blogging about & will cover everything I know about cleaning.  There will be tips & tricks, info about cleaners that I love, schedules on when to clean, what to clean & how often to clean it, plus many more topics.

I know, I know, some of you are saying that you work a gazillion hours a week & don’t have time to clean.  Well, I’m here to show you that it can be done if you just follow a few cleaning ways that I will post here weekly.

Cleaning your house & having a clean house shouldn’t stress you out.  I’m here to help you to get your house clean & keep it that way.

But I have little ones running around right behind me & making a  mess just after I clean.  Trust me, I get ya, I have two little ones myself & they do seem to make a mess the second I’m done cleaning, but trust me, if you follow what I’m posting you won’t stress out about it.

Now let’s get real here, do I clean my house every night, yes this is when I like to clean & will explain in future posts why, no but my goal is to do that.  Is my house “lived in”, yes b/c why have a house if you can’t “live” in it.  But I do try to have it so that I don’t have to run around like a chicken with my head cut off & do a quick clean before we have company over.

So I hope you will join me every week as we get through cleaning our homes together.

Happy Cleaning,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/05/2015

My Favorite….Lip Balm


From time to time I will have posts about my favorite things, sorry unlike Oprah’s favorite things I’m not able to give any of these away, ;-(….

This month I’ll be sharing my favorite lip balm. Now I know that there are some great ones out there & you probably have your favorite, but trust me, I’ve tried them all & found that Bert’s Bees Lip Balm is my MOST favorite & only one I will use from now on (until I can learn to make my own that is lol).

Trust me, it took me a while, try several years, to find just the right lip balm. But I’m very happy with this one. They have several different flavors like Mango, Coconut, Peppermint, & more. They definitely do the job.

I love that it’s made out of beeswax & got me to thinking that I can make my own lip balm. My hubby is a beekeeper & we get tons of wax when he extracts the honey.

So this winter I will try my hand at making my own lip balm, but in the mean time I will keep on using my favorite lip balm, Bert’s Bees.

What’s your favorite lip balm? How many have you tried over the years?

Enjoy,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

*please note: I am not being paid for this post

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/04/2015

Joke Day


Hope this makes you laugh or at least puts a smile on your face:

“If you ever get cold just stand in a corner for a bit.  They’re usually around 90 degrees”.

Keep Laughing,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

*http://distractify.com/

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/03/2015

Books Read Update


So I haven’t been reading like I want to.  I definitely haven’t been reading an entire book, only a few pages here & there.

But I’m not letting this get me down.

I will continue to read & get through the mound of books that are now in my bookcase in my craft room.  It may take me longer than I had planned, but I will read them all.

Just like blogging, I plan to take some time each day & read a little.

I’ve actually have been adding more books to my pile.  I will have to work on that in the new year.

What are you reading these days?

Happy Reading,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/01/2015

Rebooting Blog


Happy December 1st everyone!

As in life, sometimes we need to “reboot” our computers, ourselves, or things that we do from time to time.

Well, this is one of those times.

With life getting busy, blogging has sadly taken a back seat.  But starting now, I am making the time to blog & to make sure that I do some blogging each day.

I’ve set up a schedule so that I can’t say that “I don’t have time to blog”.

I really love to do this & should & will make the time to do this, even if it’s to only write one blog post a day.  At least I’ll be blogging on a more regular basis.

So I’ve planned out what I want to blog about for the next couple of months.  Now it’s up to me to stick to the schedule & actually write the posts.

I hope you will enjoy what I will be blogging about in the new year & if there is anything that you would like to see me blog about, please feel free to let me know.

Thank you for following my blog & don’t forget to share it with your friends.

Enjoy,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 09/04/2015

Joke Day


As we were putting out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve, I accidentally dropped one. “No problem,” I said, picking it up and dusting it off before placing it back on the plate.

“You can’t do that,” argued my four-year-old.

“Don’t worry. Santa will never know.”

He shot me a look. “So he knows if I’ve been bad or good, but he doesn’t know the cookie fell on the floor?”
Hope this joke made you laugh.

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

*Read more: http://www.rd.com/joke/limited-knowledge-joke/#ixzz3kPlwoQHy

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 09/03/2015

What’s for dinner?


It’s Thursday night so that means it’s pizza night!

I love having a day planned during the week where I don’t have to prep anything for dinner.  It breaks up the week of CP meals & left overs.

All it takes is a phone call & I can have dinner delivered or I can pick it up.

Now that school is starting & my oldest is starting extracurricular activities, having an easy dinner night just makes life a little less hectic.

Plus my kids love pizza & look forward to having it every week.  It’s like a special treat they get to have.

Do you have nights that are easy take-out nights in your Meal Plan?  If not, I highly suggest you do.

It doesn’t have to be every week, but maybe once or twice a month.

It also doesn’t have to be fancy.  It can be burgers, pasta, pizza, or Chinese food.  Anything that your family likes.

Plus this may lead to more family sit down dinners & getting your family to reconnect during a busy week.

So go, make the phone call, get some yummy take out, reconnect with your family, you’ll be glad you did.

Happy Eating,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 09/02/2015

One Year of Meal Planning


Today marks 1 year of my Meal Planning & I’m so glad that I started doing this.

No longer do I buy food & not use it.  Trust me, there are days that we don’t stick to the plan, but I do use what I buy more.

Gone are the days of where I “wonder what’s for dinner tonight” & here are the days of “this is what’s for dinner”.

In a few weeks Fall will begin & I’ll start making all kinds of soups, stews, & chowders.  This is my second favorite time of year.  Summer of course if my first favorite.

This month I’ll be doing a lot of CP cooking, please see my blog post from Aug 31 2015, September Meal Plan, to see what we’ll be enjoying this month.

There are also some non-CP meals, but they are just as good & comforting.

Have you tried Meal Planning?  If not, I highly recommend doing it.  Not only is it a time saver, money saver, & sanity saver, it is also a great way to cook some great meals for your family.

Look for my blog post on Saturday, September 5 to learn how to Meal Plan.

Happy Cooking,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 09/01/2015

Books Read Update


Guess what?  I started reading a book!  I know I didn’t finish it, but at least I started it.  With it being Summer, you would think that I would have more time to read, but guess again.  Oh well.  Maybe we’ll get some nice snow days & I can catch up on my reading this Winter?  Did I just wish for that fluffy white stuff that falls from the sky?  Did I just actually type the words?  What am I thinking lol….

Anyway, back to reading….

One of the local libraries had 2 book sales this summer & I cleaned house.  Have I told you how much I love book sales?  Well they are so awesome.  Just what I need right, more books, but yes I do need more.  Have I mentioned how much I love to read?  lol….

Anyway, I was able to get some books that I was looking for from 2 different authors whose series of books I’m trying to read.  I say trying b/c I was missing the first book in one series & the next book in the other series.

I don’t have all of the books in either series, but I do have some of them to get me started reading each series.

To answer your question, yes I read multiple books at a time, always have.

The first series is by Vince Flynn, & it’s the “Mitch Rapp” series of books.

The first book in the series is “American Assassin”.

I’m only a few pages into it, but it seems like an interesting book so far.

I’m going to try to see if I can finish the book before Sept 22 when I have a Book Review post to write.  This way I can blog about this book.

Now that the craziness of Summer is over, well officially Summer ends on Sept 22, but school is starting & new routines will begin.  So I am hoping to set some time aside each night after the girls go to bed for reading.  I rally do love to read & should make more time for it.

Did you read anything interesting over the Summer?  I’d love to know what you’ve read.

Please feel free to comment on this post what you’ve read.

Happy Reading,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 08/31/2015

September Meal Plan


Here you go.

This is September’s Meal Plan.  I hope you enjoy it.

Since school is starting this month, I have a lot of Crock Pot meals to make life easier to work into our busy Mom schedules.  When we aren’t having a CP dinner, I picked dinners that are easy to prep so I can prep them on a weekend or when my little one is taking a nap while the oldest is at school.

The Meals are:

  1.  Left Overs
  2. Pasta & Salad
  3. Pizza
  4. CP Sausage & Peppers
  5. Left Overs
  6. Seafood/Shrimp Casserole
  7. Burgers & Dogs
  8. Left Overs
  9. CP Pepper Steak
  10. Pizza Night!
  11. CP Apple BBQ Pork Tenderloin
  12. Salsa Chicken
  13. Ham & Cheese pockets
  14. CP Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  15. Beef Tacos
  16. Left Overs
  17. Pizza Night!
  18. CP Ham & Pineapple
  19. Left Overs
  20. Ham & Cheese Tater Bake
  21. CP Chicken & Broc Alfredo
  22. Chicken Tacos
  23. Left Overs
  24. Pizza Night!
  25. CP Black Bean & Corn Salsa Chicken
  26. CP Cordon Blue Cresents
  27. Cheddar Corn Chowder
  28. Left Overs
  29. Turkey Tacos
  30. Chili

Hope you enjoy these meals & help with your monthly planning.

Happy Planning,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 08/04/2015

Joke Day


Here’s a cute joke that I thought would make you laugh, I know I did.

Q: What did the pig say at the beach on a hot summer’s day?

A: I’m bacon!

Happy Laughing,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

*source: http://www.jokes4us.com/miscellaneousjokes/weatherjokes/summerjokes.html

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 08/03/2015

All About Summer


1. The first day of summer is called the summer solstice. The term solstice is Latin for sun stand still. The sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays beam on the Earth at a more direct angle, causing the hotter temperatures we associate with summer.

2. While we try to beat the heat in the northern hemisphere, it’s winter in the southern hemisphere. It’s also the longest day of sunlight for places in the northern hemisphere and the shortest day for cities south of the equator.

3. You’ll hear the term “The Dog Days of summer” very often, but the real “dog days” refers to the weeks between July 3 and August 11. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major.

4. Here’s a fun experiment to try if you want to find out what the temperature is and don’t have a thermometer. The frequency of a cricket’s chirps fluctuates with the temperature, so if you count a cricket’s chirps for 15 seconds and add 37, you will have the approximate outdoor temperature (in Fahrenheit).

5. France’s Eiffel Tower grows by more than six inches in summer due to the expansion of the iron on hot days.

6. The higher summer temperatures make July the most popular month for ice cream. In July, Americans celebrate National Ice Cream Month. U.S. citizens consume about 5.5 gallons per year (on average.)

7. Watermelon is the summer’s favorite vegetable. Yes, vegetable and not a fruit. It is part of the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash family. Fruit or veggie, this juicy favorite is 92 percent water and the average American eats 15 pounds of watermelon a year.

8. Seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit is the perfect temperature for pools in the summer time. Any temperature over 90 degrees Fahrenheit is too hot and any temperature under 70 Fahrenheit degrees is too cold.

9. The last day of summer is September 20. The first day of autumn begins on September 21. So enjoy the summer solstice while it lasts!

Happy Summer,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

*this info was obtained from:  http://www.9news.com/story/news/weird/2014/06/20/9-fun-facts-about-summer/11101201/

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 08/01/2015

Books Read Update


Hi there!

Another month has gone by, & yes another month where I didn’t read a single book.

What is wrong with me?  I love to read, it’s just finding the time to do it.

I know, I know, there is the time I just have to make it for myself.

I will, this month!  HOPEFULLY!!!!

There are 5 weekends in this month, so I’m going to set a goal of reading at least one book a week for the next 5 weeks.  We’ll see how far I get in next months update lol.

Don’t get me wrong, I do read every night, to my girls, so it’s not like I’m not reading at all.  I’m just not reading a book that is just sitting on my book shelf waiting for m to read it

What are you reading this summer?  Are you making time to read something every day?

Happy Reading,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 07/31/2015

August 2015 Meal Plan


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Here is the Menu for this month.  Hope you enjoy it!

1.  CP BBQ Chicken

2.  Eating Out

3.  CP Creamy Taco Chicken

4.  Left Overs

5.  Summer Salad

6.  Pizza Night

7.  Left Overs

8.  Ranch Chicken Taters

9.  Beef & Broc

10.  CP Unstuffed Stuffed Peppers

11.  Left Overs

12.  Pasta

13.  Pizza

14.  CP Italian chicken

15.  Beef & Broc (I know just had it last week but I just love this stuff lol)

16.  Beef & Bacon Hash

17.  Left Overs

18.  Ch Parm

19.  Left Overs

20.  Pizza Night

21.  Pork Picadillo

22.  Macaroni Buffalo Chicken Salad

23.  Chicken Caesar Sammis

24.  Left Overs

25.  Chicken Tacos

26.  Tikka Masala

27.  Pizza Might

28.  Seasfood (for hubby) Shrimp (for me) Casserole

29.  Dinner Out

30.  Pepper Steak

31.  Pineapple Chicken

Happy Cooking,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

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Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 07/31/2015

House Cleaning Series #3


In today’s post I will go over what can be cleaned daily to make your life easier & help keep your home clean.

Now the following list may seem like there is a lot to do, but trust me, it can all be done in about 20 min. You might be saying “I don’t have 20 min”, “I’m too tired when I get home from work”, or “I’m tired from all that I do throughout the day”. Well I’m here to tell you that you can do this.

Here’s how I get it done.

After I put the kids to bed, I do the following (granted I don’t do this every night, but my goal is to do it every night so that when I wake up in the morning the house is clean & ready for the day).

You can start in any room or in any order, but this is how my nights usually look.

In the Kitchen:
1. Do all dishes that need to be done from dinner or the day if you are a working mom.
2. Once dishes are done, clean the sink & wipe off the counters.
3. Wipe up the stove including the top, oven door/s & the knobs.
4. Wipe up any spills that happened during the day that you may have missed & from dinner.
5. Sweep & wash the floor (this can be done in place of wiping up spills)

In the Bathroom:
1. Wipe out sink
2. Clean mirror/s
3. Clean toilet
4. Spray down shower curtains/liner
5. If you have a shower door wipe that down
6. Sweep & wash floor

In the Entry Way:
1. Sweep & wash floor
2. Wipe down door/s handle/s if needed

In the Living Room:
1. Sweep & wash floor
2. Put toys away that the kids may have missed
3. Pick up & put away anything that doesn’t belong in this room
4. Dust Tv/Stand if needed

In the Bed Room:
1. Make bed every morning the second you get out of bed
2. Sweep & wash floor
3. Quickly (no polishing this time around we’ll save that for another days cleaning) dust furniture
4. Put anything away that is left out or doesn’t belong in this room.

Now your cleaning list may look different from mine & that’s ok.

The point of this is to show you that it can be done, no matter how tired you may be.

Coming up in next weeks blog: Weekly Cleaning

Happy Cleaning,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 07/22/2015

Microwave Pasta


A couple of weeks ago in my post ” Share a Recipe” from July 11, I mentioned that I cooked my pasta in the microwave.

Now I’m here to tell you all about microwavable pasta, yes it can happen & yes it is delicious!

To make pasta in the microwave I used Tupperware’s Pasta Maker.  I have to say that I do love this product.  Don’t believe me, then check out their You Tube posts on how easy it is to use.

You can use the Pasta Maker to make all sorts of pasta & you don’t have to stand over the stove waiting for the water to boil then wait for the pasta to cook then use a strainer to drain the pasta in.

You can do all of this just by using the Pasta Maker.

Here’s what you do:  place the pasta that you want into the pasta maker, then fill it up with water according to how much pasta there is (don’t worry there are markings on both ends of the maker so you can easily see how much pasta you have & how much water you will need), then place the Pasta Maker into the microwave & cook.  You will need to cook according to the pasta directions but add anywhere from 4-12 minutes depending on what type of pasta you are cooking.  I find with my microwave I can make pasta between 12 – 14 minutes.  Once the pasta is done, put the cover on the Pasta Maker & drain water out.  Then add any type of sauce that you would to the pasta while it’s still in the Pasta Maker.  Then enjoy great pasta.

Making pasta this way, there’s no need to stand over the stove waiting for water to boil or pasta to cook.  You can put it in the microwave & do other stuff while it’s cooking.

It’s such a time saver & it amounts to less dishes that need to be done, both of which I am a fan of.

If you get the chance, get one of these great time saving Pasta Makers from Tupperware, they are great!!!!

Happy Pasta Making,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

(please not that I am not being paid by Tupperware to write this, I am doing so of my own free will)

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 07/19/2015

House Cleaning Series #2


Welcome to the next installment to my Weekly Cleaning Series of blog posts.

Today’s post will be focusing on the different types of “How often to clean”.

I know that some of you will have different times of when you clean, but this is the list that I’ve come up with. There’s:

1. Daily Cleaning
2. Weekly Cleaning
3. Bi-Weekly Cleaning
4. Monthly Cleaning
5. Quarterly Cleaning
6. Bi-Annually Cleaning

The next 6 weeks I will go over what can/should be cleaned during these times. I will also list some tips & tricks on how I do my cleaning.

Now is this way the absolute right way, of course not. But it is what I found to work for me & thought I would share with you all in hopes that it could help you with your cleaning.

If you have any tips or tricks that you’d like to share, please comment on this post & share it with us.

Happy Cleaning,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 07/18/2015

What’s going on on the Farm


Lots of things are going on around here lately.

The biggest one is that we are loosing a lot of our chickens.  A raccoon keeps breaking in to our main coop & killing our chickens.

We got 6 turkeys which we were very happy to get & start to raise.  The did get pretty big, but then something broke in to their coop & got them all.

We also had some meat birds that we were raising for our own use, but something got in to their coop & killed them too.

Now I’m on a mission to learn everything I can about raising chickens/turkeys so that I can try to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.

We also tried, yes we tried, to have a nice garden this year.  Well those pesky caterpillars decided that they liked our trees & plants more than we did.  Several trees lost all of their leaves & they ate the plants that were in the garden.  Thankfully the trees have grown new leaves & our potato plants survived.

Here’s hoping that the caterpillars don’t come back next year b/c I really want to have a nice garden & be able to eat what we grow.

Happy Farming,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 07/17/2015

Disneyland Opens this day in 1955


1955

Disneyland opens

Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opens on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion.

Walt Disney, born in Chicago in 1901, worked as a commercial artist before setting up a small studio in Los Angeles to produce animated cartoons. In 1928, his short film Steamboat Willy, starring the character “Mickey Mouse,” was a national sensation. It was the first animated film to use sound, and Disney provided the voice for Mickey. From there on, Disney cartoons were in heavy demand, but the company struggled financially because of Disney’s insistence on ever-improving artistic and technical quality. His first feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938), took three years to complete and was a great commercial success.

Snow White was followed by other feature-length classics for children, such asPinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941), and Bambi (1942). Fantasia (1940), which coordinated animated segments with famous classical music pieces, was an artistic and technical achievement. In Song of the South (1946), Disney combined live actors with animated figures, and beginning with Treasure Island in 1950 the company added live-action movies to its repertoire. Disney was also one of the first movie studios to produce film directly for television, and its Zorro and Davy Crockett series were very popular with children.

In the early 1950s, Walt Disney began designing a huge amusement park to be built near Los Angeles. He intended Disneyland to have educational as well as amusement value and to entertain adults and their children. Land was bought in the farming community of Anaheim, about 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and construction began in 1954. In the summer of 1955, special invitations were sent out for the opening of Disneyland on July 17. Unfortunately, the pass was counterfeited and thousands of uninvited people were admitted into Disneyland on opening day. The park was not ready for the public: food and drink ran out, a women’s high-heel shoe got stuck in the wet asphalt of Main Street USA, and the Mark Twain Steamboat nearly capsized from too many passengers.

Disneyland soon recovered, however, and attractions such as the Castle, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Adventures, Space Station X-1, Jungle Cruise, and Stage Coach drew countless children and their parents. Special events and the continual building of new state-of-the-art attractions encouraged them to visit again. In 1965, work began on an even bigger Disney theme park and resort near Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney died in 1966, and Walt Disney World was opened in his honor on October 1, 1971. Epcot Center, Disney-MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom were later added to Walt Disney World, and it remains Florida’s premier tourist attraction. In 1983, Disneyland Tokyo opened in Japan, and in 1992 Disneyland Paris–or “EuroDisney”–opened to a mixed reaction in Marne-la-Vallee. The newest Disneyland, in Hong Kong, opened its doors in September 2005.

Hope you get to visit this great park one day.

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

*info obtained from http://www.history.com

Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 07/16/2015

Am I Crazy….


I know you’re all thinking, “yes you are” but really, am I?

I was just thinking the other day that I might be but not for the reason you think & here’s why.  I don’t like to have the A/C on!

I know right!  You all just said, “yes you are crazy what are you thinking?”.

Well I would rather have the fans on keeping us cool with the windows open & the nice breeze coming through the windows that we always have here.

I hate to have the windows shut, unless it’s winter or it’s raining a lot.  Even then I hate to have the windows shut.  I know I have issues lol.

Don’t get me wrong I don’t see anything wrong with having A/C’s but I just don’t like to use them.  My husband has been asking me for the past two years if he can put them in & I keep saying we don’t need them b/c it’s really not that hot here.  It’s only been really hot, like in the 90’s once so far this summer & the other “warm” days have been manageable by having the fans on during the day & keeping the curtain shut on the south side of the house.

I think I would feel differently about this if the past few summers actually had 90 degree days for more than a day or two at a time.  It just hasn’t felt like summer.

So what do you do when it’s hot out?  Do you run the A/C or use your fans to keep cool?  I can’t be the only one out there who thinks using fans is ok. lol.

Keep cool,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

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