School Supply Organization

Hey friends!  I am here to share my school supply organization with you.  I actually did something similar a few years ago on our laundry room door, but it was too far away from the main areas that we do homework. Therefore, it didn’t work as well as I would have liked.  This time, I put it on our entryway closet door which happens to sit right in the middle of our dining room and family room which is where the kids do their homework! It is perfect now and everyone knows where to go when they need something to complete an assignment.

All you need is an over the door shoe organizer.  This was under $10 at Walmart.  Super cheap and easy.

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Here are some close ups so you can see how I organized everything. Not rocket science but I LOVE good organization!

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I also found out that we are pretty stocked up on certain supplies so I definitely don’t need to pick up any more highlighters or pens.

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I somehow managed to miss photographing a close up of the pen row but you can see it in that picture at the top.  Lots and lots of pens! ;-)

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Don’t colorful sharpies just make you happy??!!  They do me.  You can certainly never have too many black sharpies laying around either.   I always joke with Eric that the way to my heart is through stationery.  I LOVE colored pens and lots of different kinds of paper.  Oh, but the paper has to be sssmmmoooooootttthhhh to write on.   Remind me not to go buying fifty rolls of tape this Christmas.  Apparently I went a little crazy buying it last  year!

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Somehow all of the blue and green Crayola markers have disappeared. Very weird.  Oh, and the angels were singing around here when I found the stapler!!  We actually have several but haven’t been able to locate any of them.  Now let’s hope they keep this one where it belongs so it doesn’t disappear again!

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Like I said, super easy but it keeps everything centrally located and easy for everyone to find what they need.   I love being able to see what we do need to buy and what we don’t!!

What’s For Dinner Review…

My sweet friend Jennifer started a new serious on her blog called What’s For Dinner Thursday (be sure to check it out!!!) where she shares what they had for dinner.  I have done various posts like that here in the past but I haven’t been too good about sticking with them.  I am really going to try hard to stick with it this time.  Today I am announcing my “What’s For Dinner Review” which will be posted every Friday.  I will highlight the hits and maybe a few misses from our dinners that week.  I am excited to share a few of the new things that we tried this week!  We had a week full of new stuff so there’s quite a few to share today.  Some weeks won’t have this many. On to the food…

First up… We made this Crockpot Pesto Ravioli this week.  It was a hit with everyone, even our kid who is really picky when it comes to pasta!  I love how yummy and easy it was.  Perfect for those days when we are super busy or when I am just too tired to put a whole lot of energy into dinner.  Definitely put it into our regular rotation options.

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This one we tried a couple weeks ago, but it was really good so I want to make sure I mention it before I forget.  We tried these Wingers Sticky Fingers.  I have never been to a Wingers restaurant before, but they sure sounded good.  If you like buffalo sauce, you definitely need to give these a try!!  I have one kid who didn’t care for them (he doesn’t like buffalo sauce) but the rest of thought they were great!  We will definitely be making them again when the oldest isn’t home for dinner.   Oh, and I made the sauce but cheated and used frozen chicken tenders.  I hate making homemade breaded chicken.

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Speaking of homemade breaded chicken, I did make some this week with the help of my sweet husband.  We tag teamed it to make it go faster and a little easier but it was still WORK.  We had soooo many of those little chicken bites with a family of five to feed.  Anyway… we made this Panda Express Sweet Firecracker Chicken Copycat.  Man it was really good!  I am not usually a huge asian food fan, but I LOVED it.  This also comes from one of my favorite food blogs. Everything I have tried from her blog turns out awesome.  And her photos make my mouth water every time.  Another couple favorites from her blog are these Wonton Mozzarella Sticks and the Easy Parmesan Garlic Knots.

Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat - An easy homemade version that tastes so much better (and healthier) than take-out!

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We made this Grilled Asian Chicken.  We were kind of in a rush that night so I didn’t make kabobs.  We just marinated the chicken breasts all day and grilled those.  I did throw some cut up vegetables on the grill with them.  Anyway, it was DELICIOUS!  We all definitely voted to make it again.  I think next time I will make it when I have time to do the kabobs. I mean kabobs are just happy food.  ;-)


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I made my Chinese Fried Rice (minus the chicken) to go along with the Grilled Asian Chicken.  We ate it as a side rather than adding the chicken to it.  It is ALWAYS a HUGE hit with my family.  We can go through some serious fried rice around here.  That’s good because my recipe makes a lot.  My boys like there to be left overs.  One of them loves it for breakfast!

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And now, here is my pinterest fail of the week…

I tried these Seasoned Potato Wedges.  While the taste was ok, they didn’t look anything like the picture on Pinterest.  I was excited to try them because they looked just like my favorite potato wedges from KFC.  Oh well.  Like I said, they tasted ok but we voted not to try them again.

Great Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

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I call this Great Grandma’s Sloppy Joes because the recipe was passed down from my daughter’s great grandmother.  My mom grew up eating these, she raised me eating them, and now my daughter is enjoying them as well.  As a matter of fact, my daughter says these are number two on her most favorite foods list.  We aren’t big green pepper fans, so we leave those out.  However, my mom and Grandma were known for throwing some in there so feel free to if you like.  I know everyone probably already has a favorite sloppy joe recipe or they make some with that stuff in the can, but I hope you will try these sometime.  I really think you will be glad that you did!

I love that these are so easy to make and they warm over WONDERFULLY even after a couple days.  We are pretty picky eaters and rarely EVER eat leftovers, so believe me it is saying a LOT if I am telling you that they are good warmed over!

I do have to admit that my mom raised me to eat them with a little miracle whip on them. My husband says that totally grosses him out so he and the kids don’t do that!

Great Grandma's Sloppy Joes
Serves: 3
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ onion, chopped very finely
  • ½ small can of tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (optional)
  1. In a large skillet, brown your ground beef and onions together until done. Then drain.
  2. Add the ground beef and onions back to the skillet over medium-low heat. Now add in the tomato paste and stir well into the ground beef mixture.
  3. Next add the soy sauce, brown sugar, yellow mustard and lemon juice. Mix well.
  4. Lastly, add the ketchup and stir until well combined.
  5. Heat until warm throughout. Serve and enjoy!

Please come back and leave me a comment if you make these.  Happy Eating! :-)