Christmas Chaos before the Freeze

Christmas Chaos before the Freeze

Night time harvest.

As you all know I am in zone 9 and we are a semi-tropical place until we are not! I have the loveliest banana trees around my pool and so many desert roses an plumerias that do not like cold weather. We are expecting a freeze down to about 19 degrees and I have got to hustle up and get every one into the greenhouse. Below I will go over how tot get your life entire ready if you want to preserve your farm during these times.

Lets start with my 12 hens. I have a run inside my greenhouse. That may not be enough too keep them nice and warm so I will put a few brooder lamps near their coop so they have a place to stay nice and toasty. Throwing extra scratch and feed will keep their body fat up and as long was they are warm they will keep producing those lovely little butt nuggets for my friends and family to enjoy. Also add a little extra hay for them to snuggle in.

Its freezing cats and dogs but don’t let your cats and dogs freeze. although my fur babies only go outside when they want to, if you have a pet it is very important tot understand they are not equip to deal with the freezing temperatures unless the breed is specific tot that environment. All of my dogs are accustom to sleeping in comfort but I will still put sweaters on all of them except thee princess Pomeranian she will wear foot guards. This will keep them from having accidents in our home because they are too cold to go outside. I also like to give them a treat and warm broth for them to lap up into their bellies.

My kitties are a little different. no sweaters for them. They will go outside until they decide to return tot their snuggle spot indoors. Cats are pretty smart and won’t deal with the elements if they don’t have to. Be sure if you have cats that venture outside from time to time, to have all of their vaccines up tot date.

I’ll post Christmas sweater photos soon!

Here comes the hard part. Be sure to cover any and all plants with cloth then something plastic. The cloth will keep them warm and the plastic will keep the cloth dry. If you just use plastic the plants will become cold from the plastic temperatures. I like tot wrap my plants and cover them. Any tropicals I have like my desert roses or cacti I bring into the house. I don’t want tot take any chances that my 3+ year old growth be ruined by the freezing temperatures. If you have planted tropicals in the ground and are expecting a freeze you may want to purchase a large pot and pot it, because if there is a risk of a freeze it won’t be the last time you are concerned about this. So our take away is :

  • Cover all plants with thick cloth first then plasttic
  • Be sure to wrap the plants if they are large like banana trees, to protect their base but not too tight.
  • Take all tropicals indoors and any potted plants.
  • if you have tropicals in the ground it may be a good idea to pot them and bring them inside.
  • Use a root stimulator to keep your plants fertilized and string during this stressful period. All do well when they are well well nourished in a stressful period.

As aa builder I would be remised if I did not share with you what your plumbing looks like under your home. All of these pipes are intertwined and if you have a problem in one area it can devastate your entire home. Be sure to wrap your exposed pipes. It may cost a bit to buy the materials up front but you will be paying more if you allow them to burst. Run your water tot keep pipes from freezing.

Lastly, if you have not saved up for that generator, there’s no time like now. Let not let life happen and lets make life happen!

Happy planning from Lisas Lane

The Week Ahead

I love three day weekends and I am especially happy that many weekends that were not previously acknowledged on a federal level are now being recognized like MLK Day. There is one downfall to a long weekend and that is it typically throws us off our normal schedule so we spend an entire week playing “what was i supposed to do”.

Lets get a jump on this and not fall behind. Heres how my Monday will look:

  • 5 am spend one hour with my coffee and any passion projects I have to start my day right
  • 6 am start breakfast and drinking water, I also keep a note pad near while cooking breakfast so I can jot down meals for the week and groceries needed (on a regular Monday this is when I wake kids up too
  • 7 am head out to school but since its a holiday I will start my morning chores with feeding dogs, cats and chickens
  • 8 am tidy the house before housekeepers arrive, I just put things away so the housekeepers can clean
  • 9 am house keepers arrive so I will be out in the greenhouse most of the day today

Whats happening in my meals this week, you ask? Well I only have to plan for breakfast, linner and dinner. My Kiddos are in a lot of extracurricular activities so linner is that after school meal between lunch and dinner. I figure if brunch is a “thing” then linner can be too!

This weeks meals:

Breakfast

  • Pancakes/Waffles
  • Sausage and Biscuits
  • Salmon for Kingy and Chicken breast for Mila with french bread
  • Pot stickers
  • Bacon and Eggs (fresh from my chickies)

Linner

  • Buttered noodles with bell peppers
  • Airfried drumsticks with apple slices
  • Steak tips
  • Leftover street tacos (from Taco Tuesday)
  • Fast food Friday I know everyone doesn’t agree with fast food but this is a treat for the kids every week and they come up with the most interesting places to go!

Dinner

  • Shrimp/chicken Scampi with angel hair pasta
  • Chicken and Pork street tacos with guacamole and chips
  • Roast beef with potatoes, onions and carrots
  • Pork chops corn and broccoli
  • Fine Dining Friday this is when we get the kids dressed up and have dinner as a family since we miss so many dinners during the week together because of our busy schedules. Plus it exposes the kids to etiquette and different, more formal atmospheres most people never experience before they become adults.

Now that meal planning is complete I like to make sure my to-do list is up to date. I created my own planner so it is more tailored to how I operate. I have 8 main things that are on my weekly to do list:

  • Laundry a load a day keeps the chaios away. It keeps my laundry from piling up and sometimes I can get 2 or three complete but I never start a new load if the dryer load is not folded and put away.
  • Iron uniforms for kids for school
  • Self care, I do one each week, mani/pedi, massage, lashes, hair and lunch with a friend. I make sure I don’t forget my friends due to my busy schedule and if I do my self care once a week my appearance is always top notch. Plus it gives me a reason to play in my closet and get dressed up
  • Walk dogs, we have 5 dogs so my husband is in charge of the one rowdy walker otherwise I take the other 4. I do one each week so they can have a little alone time with mommy and daddy, plus they love to ride with us as I take the kids to school.
  • Collect eggs daily
  • Water greenhouse goodies
  • Change litter box litter
  • Sanitize surfaces and home, we have 5 dogs and 2 cats that live in our house and the pool house but they also go outside a lot which means they track stuff we cant see indoors. I like to use a disinfectant mop solution to make sure all of the floors stay germ free. I spray each room with lysol daily to keep the airborne germs to a minimum and I wipe all countertops and tables with my favorite smelling disinfectant Odoban.

For me, keeping a routine helps to keep my happiness in tact. I hope my routine and meals help to take some of the chaos out of your week. Its a great guide to get started with your very own list of important tasks. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too much and set goals so you know why you have this list. My goal is to be productive and organized. I am no where near a minimalist, therefore my home can get chaotic really quickly if I don’t stay on top of things. I can dehydrate as well because I can drink all of the champagne and coffee in the world without a reminder but water is easily forgotten! I hope you enjoy your new schedule and see you next time in Lisa’s Lane!

Recipe:Shrimp & Grits

My friends always laugh at me for having no sense of time when it comes to meals. I like to eat what I have a taste for whether it is morning or evening. I love a good restaurant but I am very picky and there are a couple of dishes I only eat when I prepare and grits are one of those dishes I can typically only enjoy at home. I hope you find this recipe tasty. Remember with all great cooks comes modification to taste. I provide the basics of what I enjoy but feel free to zest it up with your special flavors!

Shopping ingredients:

  • Jumbo/Large Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • Grits
  • Easy melt cheese of your choice (Velveeta for me cheddar for my hubby)
  • Ghee
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder Or fresh garlic
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Black Pepper
  • White Pepper (extra spice)
  • Fresh basil

Instructions:

Grits:

  1. Bring water to a boil for grits based on the instructions on the container and how many you are serving. Prepare as instructed.
  2. Add seasoning to the boiling water before adding grits, this will flavor the water and penetrate the grits.
  3. As the grits get thicker add cheese. If the grits are not as thin as you would like add water 1/4th a cup at a time until you have the consistency you desire.

Shrimp:

  1. Heat a Skillet and add Ghee based on how buttery you like your shrimp.
  2. If using fresh garlic add it to the Ghee in the skillet
  3. Add all seasoning to a large bowl and stir for shrimp
  4. Dip each shrimp in the seasoning mix and add to the skillet
  5. Cook until shrimp is pink and firm, flip on each side for at least 5 minutes

Plate your grits and shrimp and bon apetite!

A November in Lisa’s Lane

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s time to start breaking out the holiday decor. Although I am the person that typically has her Christmas tree up by Thanksgiving, this year it will be up by the first day in November just to extend the holiday cheer a little longer this year! Here’s a quick overview of what this month will look like, in Lisa’s Lane!!

November

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
1Yoga Put away Halloween decorations until next year2 Bike Ride Homeschool packets Calls with Staff  3 Yoga Order Thanksgiving Groceries4 Bike Ride Fertilize flower pots Fertilize grounds5 Make dog food6Write Blogs Emails and computer day7Self-Care Saturday Meal Plan
8Housekeeping day Unpack Christmas Décor Start decorating9 Bike Ride Homeschool packets Calls with Staff 10Yoga Harvest from greenhouse11 Bike Ride Fertilize flower pots Fertilize Greenhouse12 Transfer Chickens to greenhouse Coop13Write Blogs Emails and computer day14Self-Care Saturday Meal Plan
15 Housekeeping Heartworm treatment for dogs16 Bike Ride Homeschool packets Calls with Staff 17 Move bunnies indoors18 Bike Ride Fertilize flower pots Fertilize trees19 Dog Baths20Write Blogs Emails and computer day21Self-Care Saturday Meal Plan
22Final touches on Christmas Tree23 Bike Ride Homeschool packets Calls with Staff 24Flea and Tick treatment for pets25 Bike Ride Fertilize flower pots 26Thanksgiving27Black Friday Order Christmas Gifts 28Self-Care Saturday Meal Plan 
29Put up additional Christmas decor 30 Bike Ride Homeschool packets Calls with Staff