Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Homemaking Meme

I feel so loved! Crafty Mom has tagged me for this meme. I've really enjoyed reading the responses of other bloggers who have already participated, and now, here are my secrets...revealed!

I do have a very cute Christmas apron which was handmade and given to me by a dear friend years ago (before I was married). I still display it in my kitchen throughout the holiday season, but have only managed to actually wear it on about two occasions. I think I'm afraid of ruining it!

Baking-Favorite thing to bake:
Cookies! Definitely cookies. They're quick, easy, and provide nearly immediate gratification. And my kids love to help by choosing the recipe and measuring out the ingredients.

No. However, I usually only partially dry our clothes, then hang them on the rack above the drier. It conserves energy and helps minimize wrinkles!

Donuts-Have you ever made them?
Once, a long, long time ago.

Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day:
Oh gosh, just one? :) Run the dishwasher. Sometimes twice!

Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
Not yet. But! We're in the process of assembling a storage shed in our backyard, to which much of the excess "stuff" in our garage will be moved, thereby clearing a nice tidy space to house the freezer my mom is holding for us! And I am thrilled. That baby is going to be packed with green chile this fall! (And ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream!)

Garbage disposal-Y/N:

Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
I look to my mom for a lot of my inspiration. When I was growing up, she was, to me, the personification of the "perfect" housewife. I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. I hope I've succeeded.

Ironing-Love it or hate it?
Love it if it relates to crafts, hate it if it involves garments of any sort. Luckily, Darren actually likes it! He happily volunteers to iron any clothes that need it (which aren't many).

Junk drawer-Y/N? Where is it?
Most certainly! We've got one in the kitchen, quite a few in our desk, and several more in an old desk out in our garage!

Kitchen-Design and Decorating?
Roosters. For a more detailed description, you can see it here in a post I shared last August.

Love-What is your favorite part of homemaking?
Nurturing my children and making my home a place of love and comfort for all who reside within.

Never with an actual mop. Usually Darren or I will get down on our hands and knees with an old rag and bucket of sudsy water. In between moppings, I try to at least wipe up spills or spots as they occur, so the floor at least looks clean!

Nylons-Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
Honestly? I so seldom wear them that I generally just buy new ones as the need arises.

Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
My kids and I like to watch the progress through the window, but I open the door to check for actual doneness.

Pizza-What do you put on yours?
I'm never consistent. Sometimes I like pineapple and ham, sometimes pepperoni with black olives and green chile, or, when we make it at home, I like artichoke hearts with extra cheese and black olives.

Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
If my kids are napping, I try to nap, too. If they're just quietly engaged in something, I'll steal a few moments of computer time or call my sister-in-law.

Recipe card box-Y/N?
No. I have a small cabinet above my oven that holds a wide variety of cookbooks and a rather hodge-podge assortment of loose recipes, some hand written and some printed off the computer. I keep thinking I should put them in some sort of order!

Style of house:
Ranch, maybe? I'm not sure what its official classification would be. Single story, three bedrooms, two baths, ~1400sq.ft.

Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N?
Place mats and paper napkins for every day, tablecloth for special occasions.

Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland?
Fairly organized, but in need of a good scrubbing.

Vacuum-How many times per week?
Once, on average. I really don't mind vacuuming so much anymore; usually it's just a matter of setting aside time to actually do it!

Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
About six, maybe? I don't really count.

X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
Typically, no. But if there is a LOT to be done (say, we've got company coming), I'll make a list to help prioritize.

Yard – Y/N? Who does what?
My husband does all the yard work. My only job is to stand out there and crack the whip. (Kidding! Well, about the whip, that is. Darren actually loves working on the yard, particularly out in his desert garden. When the weather is nice we ALL like to be outside planting and tending, and we're all really looking forward to starting our very first vegetable garden this year!)

Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
After tucking the kids into their beds, I like to make a final run through the house tidying up and replacing any stray books or toys, and getting things ready for the next morning.


Jill said...

I loved hearing your answers to this. We sound quite similar. I have to admit that I end up buying a new pair of nylons when needed due to the infrequency of my use as well. (And because I always seem to get a major snag in them every time!)
I am also a cookie addict. I try not to make them too often to be a little health-conscious, but I find many excuses to make them for others so the kids and I can partake as well. This Christmas I even baked up a whole bunch of cookies to deliver to all of the postal workers at our post office. (I think I should just admit I need a cookie fix now and again!)
Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Jamie said...

Oh, Melissa, I love you! Thanks for sharing so much of your life with us readers. So many of your answers are similar to what mine would be. God Bless you!