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Being a Housewife is Hard



As Web-141I said in my very first post, I am a housewife.

Almost as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a housewife. I mean, when I was like 13, I wanted to be a vet or a horse trainer, but that’s beside the point. When I actually started contemplating what I wanted to do in life and where I wanted to go, it always came back to the fact that I wanted to stay at home, take care of my husband and eventually, my kids.

Well, the opportunity came for me to fulfill my dream much sooner than I thought it would.

shortly after we got married I was still working at Wal-Mart, but I had approached them about changing my work hours to accommodate a bus schedule, but they were unwilling to work with me. Which is unfortunate as I am not able to drive due to my vision loss.

So, after discussing the whole situation with Dylan,  we decided that it was time for me to move on from that chapter of my life.

So that’s where my housewife journey began! I was so excited to start doing what I felt I was meant to do!

But, never. Not in a million years, did I imagine that doing what I love would be SO hard!

I know how strange that must sound. I mean all I do is stay at home and do whatever I want, right? Right? Well it would seem that life would be that simple, but the fact is, being a housewife is really hard!

It’s not the work itself that I’m talking about here. Aside from doing dishes, which is my least favourite task, I really quite enjoy puttering about the house cleaning, tidying, and making food for my amazing husband. The part that I find hard, is that I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to stay motivated to do the things that I love.

I’ll admit, that there are definitely days when there isn’t a ton to do around the house. But there is ALWAYS something to do. But all too often, on the days where there isn’t a whole lot of jobs to be done, I find myself sitting on my couch doing one of three things: sleeping, sitting on my phone, or watching tv. Sometimes all three! And if I spend one afternoon doing this, I find it hard to not repeat the same thing the next day.

And lately, I’ve found that more and more I’m sitting on the couch watching the time go by until Dylan gets home from work. Which is not ok! Of course there is nothing wrong with taking a day to just relax and have fun, but it’s not acceptable to just sit and waste the entire day on electronics!!

So over the last week, I’ve been mulling over what to do about my issue of laziness. I started thinking about all the things that I still want to accomplish in life, and aside from all the work that I need to be doing in a week, what kind of hobbies I could get into, so that when I am bored during the day, I will have something to fall back on!

So I made a list of a few things to choose from when boredom strikes!

  1.  Exercising! I’ve been wanting to get back into regularly exercising and taking care of my body.
  2.  Reading! I have a  rather large pile of books that I’ve been meaning to read but have always made some excuse about why I didn’t have time to read.
  3.  Knitting! I LOVE knitting!! and it only seems appropriate to  work on something that I love, especially since I have so many projects to finish!
  4.  Education! For months I’ve been contemplating going back to school, so I’ve been researching several different certificate programs that I’m hopefully going to take later in the year!
  5. Blogging! I’ve really enjoyed writing and sharing my journey with people via this blog, so I really hope to get more involved in writing posts and keeping you all up to date!
  6. Baking! Since I was about 15 I have loved baking! It’s a great pass-time, and the benefits of baking is that there are tasty things to eat at the end! Plus, I’ve been wanting to experiment more with recipes!

On top  of all these hobbies, to distract me from the temptations of technology, I’m going to try my best to make lists of the tasks that I need to complete around the house on a daily and weekly basis. Hopefully this will keep me more on track!

So, I have my work cut out for me, that’s for sure! But I wanted to share some things that I’ve been struggling with for the past few weeks, and I wanted to just share some of my hopes for the future, in order to keep myself accountable and to be more effective in fulfilling my dreams of being a great housewife!

I’ll try to keep you all posted on my progress!

Bachelorette Baking

Hey everyone!

So, as I mentioned in my previous post, I am going to be in two weddings this spring/summer, and the first one is coming up in less than two weeks!!

About a week ago the bridesmaids put together a fabulous bachelorette for the bride-to-be, which involved belly dancing, a guessing game involving underwear, lingerie, and, of course, tons of food!

A few of those who attended the party were asked to bring either an appetizer or a dessert, and I was among  those asked!

I chose to bring a dessert, mostly because I really enjoy baking, but also because I found really cute bra and underwear cookies on Pinterest that I really wanted to make! And someone had made them for my bachelorette and I wanted to give them a shot!

So, I decided that I would share the process of making these delightful cookies with you!

I got the recipe for the sugar cookies off of Pinterest, but I did a bit of tweaking to fit my particular needs! Here’s the link to the original recipe http://www.cathyzielske.com/2015/02/foodie-cookie-recipe.html

Here is my take on the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla

My version of the preparation instructions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar together in a stand mixer
  2. Add egg and vanilla
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder.
  4. With mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients to the wet.
  5. Mix until dough forms.
  6. Roll dough into ball, cover with plastic wrap, and store in fridge overnight.

The Next Day…

  • Take dough out of fridge AT LEAST 30 minutes prior to rolling! I took mine out 30 minutes beforehand but it was still quite hard to work with.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Once dough is warm enough to work with, roll out to about 1/4 inch thick. (Sometimes my dough got a bit thin, which is OK if you like crispy cookies but if you want soft and puffy ones, try to keep the dough a bit thicker)
  • Cut your cookies into desired shape. I used a heart, but obviously you can use whatever shape you like!
  • Baking: In the original recipe it is suggested that you bake the cookies on the top rack for about 7 minutes. I tried this on my first batch but found that the cookies were unevenly baked. So for my particular oven, I had to bake them for 11 minutes in total; 8 minutes on the top rack and 3 minutes on the middle rack. But again, baking times totally depend on your oven
  • Cool completely before decorating

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After baking the cookies, I searched a few images of bra/underwear cookies to use as a reference, but, really, it was pretty self-explanatory! For decorating, I used Wilton Sparkle Gel in red and pink and Wilton Cookie Icing in light pink. Of course, use whatever colours suit you best! I originally wanted to use white cookie icing, but accidentally grabbed the light pink instead! Oh well, the end result was still pretty great! (in my opinion) and I had a really fun time making them!

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Just a quick note about the gel… I thought that the gel would solidify after a few minutes, but sadly things didn’t work out that way. It took all night for the gel to set, so transporting the cookies was a bit of a pain. But, again, the end result of using the sparkly gel was quite pretty, though I don’t think I will use it again.

Taadaa! Here is what the final product looks like! Please don’t judge too harshly, I’m most certainly not an artist, and I realize that my cookies aren’t quite Pinterest worthy, but I was just happy that they weren’t a total fail!

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Hope you enjoy!