FOCUS

If you are like most Moms, you have a million things on your to-do list.

If you are like most business owners, you have a million things on your to-do list.

So what do us working moms do that have 2 million things on our to-do list do?

FOCUS

I’ve read so many blog posts about people who choose their “word of the year”. It’s almost a grown up version of a resolution. I remember back when I first read posts about this I tried thinking of my word. And just this morning things finally clicked. I tell my son to focus all the time. FlyLady tells us to do it now, stop procrastinating. Pam Young calls us “SHES” Sidetracked Home Executives. I’ve realized now that my word of the year is FOCUS.

With a million things on my Mom to-do list and a million things on my business owner to-do list (not to mention taxes are due next week!!!), I have to slow down and FOCUS on one thing at a time. I need to declutter my mind, my desk, and my visual space. I tend to work from my laptop sitting on the couch. So my visual space includes the coffee table (tax work and inventory lists are currently flooding it), the TV (off this morning thankfully, my son’s table and toys, the dining room with no dining table (currently housing two strollers, a glider chair, and more toys plus an easel that blocks some view. I can also see into the kitchen partially where the bar area is covered with more papers, a toaster oven (wish I could house that somewhere else), 2nd laptop, mug of pens, and basket of napkins.

So my ultra simplified to-do list for today is:

  1. Go to bank
  2. Go to farm (play date scheduled there)
  3. Go to post office
  4. Clear off coffee table
  5. Pick up toys in living room
  6. Work on taxes

There are so many more things on my list to do but this is what I’m FOCUSing on for today. Outside of those 6 things, I’ll pick and choose what I can do off the big lists and field requests as they come in. Mainly requests from the kids. Like my infant who says “mom I’m awake now”. It looks like I get to switch to Mom mode now.

Applesauce Cinnamon Bread – Bread Machine

Applesauce Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients:

1/3 c Applesauce

1 c Milk

2 1/2 c Bread Flour

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Salt

2 Tbs Brown Sugar

1 Tbs Butter

1 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast

Directions:

Place ingredients into the bread machine according to the manufactures instructions. (Order of ingredients may vary.) Use the regular or basic white bread setting, and choose a medium crust. Check the dough during the first few minutes of kneading, and adjust as necessary with more water or flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Almond Oatmeal Bread – Bread Machine

Almond Oatmeal Bread

Yields 1 – 1 ½ lb loaf

Ingredients:

1 c Quick-Cooking Oats

1 c Milk

1 Tbs Unsalted Butter

2 1/2 c Bread Flour

2 Tbs Honey

¾ tsp Kosher Salt

1 tsp Active Dry Yeast

1/2 c Sliced Almonds, lightly toasted

Directions:

Place ingredients into the bread machine according to the manufactures instructions. (Order of ingredients may vary.) Use the regular or basic white bread setting, and choose a medium crust. Check the dough during the first few minutes of kneading, and adjust as necessary with more water or flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Wonder White Bread – Bread Machine

Wonder White Bread

Yields 1 – 1 ½ lb loaf

Ingredients:

1 ¼ c Milk

1 ½ Tbs Unsalted Butter

3 c Bread Flour

4 tsp Granulated Sugar

¾ tsp Kosher Salt

1 tsp Active Dry Yeast

Directions:

Place ingredients into the bread machine according to the manufactures instructions. (Order of ingredients may vary.) Use the regular or basic white bread setting, and choose a medium crust. Check the dough during the first few minutes of kneading, and adjust as necessary with more water or flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

What I’ve been up to…

Well, you may notice I’ve been away for a bit. We welcomed our son to the family at the beginning of the year and it still seems like we are getting used to the new way things are. With the new level of busyness in the house, posts are going to be fit in when and where they can. Before my son was born, my brother gave us a bread machine that my mom sent over. Truthfully, I wasn’t thinking I would use it much since I can, and always have up until this point, made my bread by hand or bought it from the store. I stand corrected. I’ve got our 6th? loaf in the machine right now. It’s saved lots of time and I can make whatever flavor we want without having to time in a grocery store trip or pay for overpriced and often super dry bread. I’ll be sharing some of the bread machine recipes that I’ve been using lately. So stay tuned for more recipes.

Asparagus Vinaigrette

Asparagus Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

2 lb Asparagus
6 Tbs Olive Oil
1 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp Sugar

Directions:

Steam asparagus for 7-8 minutes. Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Once the asparagus is done, serve with the vinaigrette.

Sesame Chicken with Broccoli and Snow Peas

Sesame Chicken with Broccoli and Snow Peas

Ingredients:

1Tbs Sesame Oil
1 lb Chicken, cubed
1 c Snow Peas
2 c Broccoli
2 c Cooked Rice

Marinade/Sauce:

1 Tbs Sesame Seeds
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
2 Tbs Water
1 tsp Demerara Sugar (or Brown)
1/8 tsp Ginger
2 cloves Garlic
1 Tbs Dried Minced Onion

Directions:

  1. Cook rice, set aside
  2. Toast sesame seeds
  3. Mix together marinade
  4. Add chicken and coat. Marinate overnight if available
  5. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet
  6. Cook chicken, 5 minutes
  7. Add veggies and cook, 5 minutes
  8. Top with additional 1 Tbs toasted sesame seeds