Monday, July 6, 2015

Simple Pancakes

We had a fantastic 4th of July weekend. Low key and relaxing! We made no plans and didn't really do much of anything. Because of the strict budget we are on (due to the house) I kept the menu simple and frugal. I plan on having a much GRANDER Independence Day celebration next year in our Port Jubilee!

We had planned on going to a pancake breakfast on the 4th but after talking to some of our neighbors we decided against it. The price seemed a little high (5 dollars per adult) and a few hinted that the food might not have been worth the cost. So I decided to whip up our own pancake breakfast that cost less than 5 dollars for the whole thing and there was no doubt that the food would be good!

Simple Pancakes


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Simple Pancakes



Course: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 2 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Beat eggs until fluffy. Add milk and melted margarine. Add dry ingredients and mix well. I cook my pancakes on a griddle so I do not need to butter or spray a pan with cooking spray, just preheat the griddle and I'm good to go.

Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle and spread into desired shape. When bubbles appear on surface and begin to pop, turn over and cook other side. Repeat until all batter is used.

I have doubled this recipe because our family of 5 loves pancakes. I usually have 3 or 4 leftover. I am going to freeze these and see how well they hold up! I'll update and let you know if it was a success.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Update on Our Port Jubliee (End of Week One)

We are at the end of the first week of construction. Technically, we should have work going on today but our PM is off  (due to the Fourth of July holiday) so we opted to wait until Monday for our plumbing to be started. I would rather wait now than to have it sit all weekend without being inspected and maybe have to have some of it redone Monday anyway. Them not working today should not effect the completion date of the house.

Thursday they dug the trenches for the plumbing and reinforced the walls around the trenches. They also framed in our porches. Our model does not come with a big porch on the front of the house and we could not afford to upgrade the back patio (we are hoping to do that maybe next summer).

Here are some pictures of the work completed Thursday.

Plumbing Trench
This picture of the plumbing trench was taken from the right front corner of the house. This is where the two car garage will be once the house is completed.

Back porch
This is our back porch (again it's very small and we hope to get a bigger one next year sometime). It is right outside of our sliding glass door which is off the breakfast area (AKA the eat in part of the kitchen). To the left is the master bedroom.

View from the front porch
This is the view from the front porch looking into the house.

We have a Port-A-Potty
Sometimes it is the small things that bring us joy in life and I discovered yesterday, sometimes it is the gross things that bring a smile to our face! When I saw the port-a-potty down at the land I smiled! Because I realized that the construction workers would not have to leave the job sight now to use the restroom!

So after one week of construction we have gone from this












to this


Friday, July 3, 2015

Blueberry Streusel Muffins (AKA The BEST Blueberry Muffins EVER)

Blueberry Struesel Muffins
 We had our Pre-Construction meeting on Wednesday and I made some muffins to share with our PM (project manager). I made Chocolate Chip Muffins, Banana Nut Muffins (recipe coming soon), and these AMAZING Blueberry Muffins.
 
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Blueberry Streusel Muffins




Course: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • whole milk
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  •  
  • TOPPING
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter very cold
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and either grease muffin tins or use liners.

Sift flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Place vegetable oil in measuring cup, add egg and vanilla. Now add milk until you have one cup of liquid. Mix with the flour mixture. Fold in the blueberries. I use frozen blueberries so that they maintain their shape during stirring and baking.

Fill muffin cups and sprinkle with topping

TOPPING:
Mix together sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter, either using a fork, two knives, or a pastry blender. Sprinkle the topping onto the muffins. If I am making normal muffins (Not the large muffins) I slightly press the topping mixture into the muffin batter.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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These really are the very best blueberry muffins I have ever eaten or made. They are fairly simple but they have great flavor.



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Day 2 of Our Port Jubliee

We had our pre-construction meeting yesterday morning!

It was very exciting (but I didn't get any pictures, I have got to do better at taking pictures). We looked at the blueprints for the house and checked over all of our upgrades. We reviewed the choices we made at the design center and got to ask our Project Manager a ton of questions. Our PM (project manager) Jason also gave us a rough estimate of our building timeline for the next few weeks.

They are supposed to trench the property and secure it today so that on Monday the plumbers can come and get all the plumbing put in the ground. Then the slab will be poured on Friday (July 10). The slab will cure over the weekend and then on Monday July 13 they will start putting up the cinder block walls!

It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to get the house to drywall stage. Once the house is at that stage we will have a pre-drywall meeting. Our PM told us that the goal is to have our house to drywall in 4 weeks! So that would mean that we would have our meeting around July 29!

Words cannot even begin to tell you how very excited we are! We are looking at a close date of around September 30 but we are praying for a much earlier date than that. There is no way we can move in one day and staying in our current rental will cost us money that we were not expecting to pay. Plus, closing on September 30 makes our first house payment due November 1 where as closing on October 1 makes our first payment due December 1. HUGE DIFFERENCE! However, I am not going to stress about that. God is in control and I trust him to work ALL things together for our GOOD!

They finished grading the land yesterday and I have to tell you that I LOVE IT! I love the placement of the house, I love the elevation of the house, and I love our land!

View of elevation
This picture gives you a much better view of the elevation. I am so glad that our house will sit up high on the land. LOVE IT!

Where the front door will be












This picture was taken from where the front door will be, that lower area is our porch. To the left is the living room (which we are turning into a home theater) and to the right is my office.

Back corner of the house












This is from the back corner of the house facing toward the front of the house. This picture lets you see the large footprint of the house.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Our Port Jubilee (AKA Port Royal) Day 1

What a difference a day makes!

Or in the case of building a new home, What a difference an hour makes!

This is a picture of our land yesterday morning.

Nothing Going On! 
















Now here is a picture of our land at around 9:00 in the morning.

Property Lines Marked
Can you see our flags?
They surveyed our property, marked our property lines and then staked out the footprint of our house!
I LOVE where they positioned our home! We have a shorter front yard but a HUGE backyard, which is perfect since our goal is to put in a beautiful pool with a great pool deck. And with the way they have positioned the house we will be able to have a pool with a deck on all sides plus still have some yard left over!

Just about an hour later....

Breaking Ground! 





I was so excited that I just happened to walk down to the land a few minutes after they had broken ground and that I was able to get a few pictures of our dream becoming a reality!
I think I scared the man in the Tomcat so I did my very best to stay away for a few hours.

I did sneak down at lunch time to see what was going on and here is what I saw

Lots of Dirt! 

Dump trucks ran up and down our street all afternoon carrying the dirt away.

Here is what the land looked like yesterday when Micah got home from work (around 6:00 p.m.)

Almost finished with the clearing!












They are almost done clearing the land (I think they should finish sometime today). You can see where the drive-way will be when the house is finished (it will be stone pavers, not crushed gravel).

Love the placement of the house












You get a much better idea from the above picture of how large our home is going to be. The two red flags in the front mark the corners of the house.

From the back of the house
This picture was taken from the back corner of the house and gives you an idea of how large the house is going to be.

We have our pre-construction meeting this morning (I made three different kinds of muffins- recipes coming soon) and so I should have another update tomorrow with more information and of course more pictures!

I cannot even begin to tell you the JOY that I felt yesterday when I walked down to the land and saw them working! This has been such a long road and full of long days and sleepless nights but it has also been a wonderful time of seeing the Hand of God in our lives. With everything that has happened in making this dream a reality there is no way that we could ever believe that this house was not a Gift from the Lord.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Menu Plan for the Week of June 29

Monday June 29
Breakfast: Pop Tarts
Lunch: Hot Dogs/Pretzels/Fresh Fruit/Pudding
Dinner: Breaded Chicken and Parsley Potatoes / Parker House Rolls /Carrots
Baking: Butterscotch Cookies

Tuesday June 30
Breakfast: Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread
Lunch: Spaghettios/Bread/Canned Fruit/Candy
Dinner: Lasagna Casserole / Garlic Cheese Pull-Apart Bread / White French Salad Dressing/ Salad
Baking: Chocolate Toffee Bars

Wednesday July 1
Breakfast: Blueberry Muffins/Chocolate Chip Muffins
Lunch: Pizza/Salad/Pudding
Dinner: Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Pork Chops/45 Minute Yeast Rolls / Carrots
Baking: Banana Bread

Thursday July 2
Breakfast: Cereal/Toast/Banana
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets/Yogurt/French Fries/Cookies
Dinner: Chicken Fajitas/Homemade Tortillas/Spanish Rice/Salad
Baking: Bakers One Bowl Brownies

Friday July 3
Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls
Lunch: Fish Sticks/Macaroni and Cheese/Cheese Curls/Applesauce/Brownies
Dinner: Homemade Pizza
Baking:  Brownie Pie 

Saturday July 4
Breakfast: Homemade Sausage Biscuits/ Hashbrown Casserole Linner (a combination of Lunch and Dinner): Hot Dogs/Hamburgers/Corn on the Cob/Watermelon

Baking: Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies/Cookie Cutter Brownies/Red-White-And-Blue Jell-O





Sunday July 5
Breakfast: French Toast/ Sausage Links
Lunch: Eat Out/Leftovers
Dinner: Chicken Teriyaki Kabobs/Honey Cornbread/ Salad
Baking: Caramel Popcorn

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Chocolate Chip Muffins

I made Chocolate Chip Muffins on Saturday, as a special breakfast for the kids. I like to make them something special on Saturdays because during the week things are so hectic (I’m still asleep) in the mornings I barely get the cereal in the bowl.
These muffins were very good and I will be making them again. I think next time I will double the recipe and make some BIG muffins and some normal size muffins.

Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Chocolate Chip Muffins


Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I USED MINI-CHOCOLATE CHIPS)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Grease pan or use 12 cupcake liners.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. Combine egg, milk, and oil add to dry mixture and stir until moistened.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake muffins for 15 minutes.

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