Printable Kid’s Chore List

My daughter is 7.  I should have started this sooner, but at least I’m doing it now.  This is not a perfect system, and it still requires more enforcing than I’m currently doing.  Man, that’s a lot of disclaimers (I sure named my blog right), but this has made assigning chores and daily tasks work for us.

I made this document originally on Adobe InDesign, but I remade it in Word just for adding it to this post, so you can open it and edit it for your own kid.  If you click: Chore List, you’ll get the Word Document and you can change the chores or anything you want. (My fonts are Speedball no. 3 and Segoe Script if you want this exact look.)

It’s more of a daily routine with an extra chore at the bottom to be assigned each day.  The best part is, now in the morning I don’t have to say… “Did you…” or “You need to…”  All I say is, “Do your list,” and she goes through and marks it off as she goes.  It’s just put in an IKEA frame with a plastic front so dry erase markers work on it just fine.  If the marks get too dry then a damp cloth takes them right off.

You can look up chores your kid should be able to do by their age here. Happy parenting!


Recommended Reading

On my list of possible blog posts ideas (no one is surprised I have a list) books I would like to recommend is often on it. Many posts… most posts stream from conversations I’m having with friends. Fellow readers usually ask each other for great reads, and these are my all time favorite ones to share with others.

Let me list these in age appropriate order. I have Children’s Literature on here too. P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins, kinda hated the term “Children’s Literature” when it came to her own writing. Mostly because she believed in the power of story for all ages. Some of these first books, published for a young audience, have had the deepest and purest impact on me.

Edward Tulane is a beautiful story of a stuffed animal. It may remind you of The Velveteen Rabbit, but it’s more storied.

Multi-generational. Nothing like a girl befriending a woman with great travel stories. It will make you want your passport updated.

Hang on as you read this. I can’t say anything else.

This is art in words. The Little Prince must be read and reread and studied and treasured.

No one writes for kids like Stuart Gibbs. One of my favorite things… his preteen characters almost always have great relationships with their parents. In this one the main character actually informs his parents as trouble arises and they back him up like normal parents would and it does not diminish the story. I love that as I read this to my kids I won’t have to put it down and give a, “if you find yourself in this situation, don’t be like..”

A beautiful story with shout outs to short fiction weaves through it. I love books that introduce me to other reading.

Bob Goff is so great.

His wife, Sweet Maria, is too.

And Bob Goff has just written another one.

This is short and beautiful. I listened to this read by the author and I would really recommend listening to it.

“Good for her, not for me.” Amy kinda writes the world’s greatest solution for women bashing women ever.

I got a lot out of this book. His recommendations for fixing injustice in the court system at the end is simple and has been in my head ever since.

No one writes curmudgeons like Fredrik Backman. His characters are varied and intricate but his stories move in a way that you are NEVER bored.

Lots of language. That’s your warning. But both of these are so funny you can’t help but laugh out loud.

Loved the book. I don’t care for the movie.


I am not a book reviewer. I’m a reader. I can only point you to my favorites but I can’t tell you much because I despise spoilers of any kind. (I don’t read the back covers because of this. I know. That’s extreme.). Let me know if you love these… or let me know if you’ve got some you want to send my way!

Silver Dollar Pancakes

I’ve been doing this for years and never thought to blog about it until my sister in law witnessed me making pancakes and said, “Oh! That’s a good idea.” That’s almost always the reaction I hope one of my blog posts gets.

Simply put… I use a cookie scoop.

I make pancakes for the kids at least once a week so I use the buttermilk pancake mix (just add water?! I have water!) and mini chocolate chips, I get both at Aldi.

Side note on mixes and shortcuts… I recently heard someone say, “If you can get at least 80% of the taste for only 20% of the work or less… so worth it.” I also think that the best product you can buy is the one that causes you to USE it.


When making chocolate chip pancakes, mix in your chips. It helps them go throughout your pancake and doesn’t waste so much chocolate to pan melt that happens if instead you sprinkle on chocolate chips then flip.

I use a pan. I have a griddle, I just rarely dig it out of my cabinet. Once again, the best product is usable

They’re pretty and uniform. Only problem… my kids refused Grandma’s because her pancakes weren’t this small. Sorry Grandma. My shortcut spoiled them.

Cheesecake (The Best 5 Ingredient Dessert)

I am still using the same recipe I first learned in FACS class in high school. Thanks Mrs. Carr! I’ve refined my method and made some fun variations over the years (16!). Homemade cheesecake has great wow factor no matter how simple it is. If you make a cheesecake like one of these and bring it to any event, you will be asked, “Did you make this?” And, “It’s the kind of cheesecake you bake?!”

Yep. And soooo much tastier than any no-bake cheesecake.

The five ingredients…

1. Graham pie crust… I most often buy my crust. This one will be a chocolate and vanilla swirl cheesecake and I had a coupon for Keebler, so I opted for the chocolate graham crust.

2. Eggs

3. Sugar

4. Cream cheese

5. Vanilla

That’s it.


Chocolate cheesecake… Add 1/4 c cocoa powder AND 3 oz melted chocolate (semi sweet chips or Dark or bakers depending on your own taste and what you have)

Key lime… Add 1/3 c lime juice and grated lime zest if you have some (preferably Nellie and Joe’s key lime juice, and preferably eat it with the ocean in sight… ahhh)

Peanut butter… Add 1/2 c creamy peanut butter or to taste.

Back to it…


Cream 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese (softened… like on the counter for hours softened) and 1/2 cup of sugar until well blended, scraping the bowl if necessary (it’s always necessary).

Add 2 eggs one at a time and blend until smooth, scraping the bowl if necessary (always scrape the bowl!)

Add 1 tsp of vanilla and blend.

Voila… vanilla cheesecake/base for all my cheesecakes

Add any variation ingredients or keep it vanilla, pour into graham crust. Place on a half sheet pan and put into preheated 350 degree oven.

Pour warm water in sheet pan for a water bath. (Helps the cheesecake bake evenly)

Bake for 45 minutes then check every 5 minutes. Try not to open the oven during the baking time. You want the top completely set but without brown spots or cracking. (Though when this happens it still tastes very good.) It may jiggle a little.

When done, cool cheesecake completely on a wire rack, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

Cut in 8 slices and serve.

The one I made today was a vanilla and chocolate swirl. I eyeballed 1/2 vanilla cheesecake and put it in the crust.

Then I added 2 Tablespoons cocoa and 2 oz melted dark chocolate to the mixer.

Then I spooned the chocolate in dollops on the vanilla and swirled with an offset spatula.

Submerge your knife blade in hot water between slices to help make clean cuts.

My swirl method needs work, but I’m not turning down this slice and I bet you wouldn’t either.

Open-toe Ready

Someone I considered very fashionable once said, “Never show your toes without some polish on them.” I have pretty much abided by that ever since (does that make me a slave to fashion?) So, after giving my toes the winter off, it’s time to get them show ready.

My friend Jenny in college French tipped her toes. The first time I watched in awe as she did it in the passenger seat of a moving 15 passenger van. She didn’t even use guides.

I have them, but now I never use them either. It’s not that I’ve gotten any better at it, it’s that your toes are so far from people’s eyes, no one can really tell how wobbly your white tip is up close.

The French tip is great if you want to coordinate your outfit to your polish. White tips go with everything.

I usually do white then the pinkish then clear.


When your polish is wearing and starts to chip, no need to redo it all…

I seriously keep the white in my cosmetic bag, right with my tweezers, for touch ups. Camping, beach vacation, just the daily rush… my tips keep getting a fresh coat until I have the time to do them from scratch.

If you paint them Spring will come?

De-clutter with a Piñata

For the kids’ birthdays we’ve begun having piñatas. If you need a party game and you don’t want to make a bunch of goody bags for favors, this is a great two-birds one-stone.

It’s supposed to be a doughnut and my son’s favorite color is green. This was my first homemade piñata. I’ve always bought them before. I made it following the instructions on this page.

The best part…

I’ve got a use for leftover Halloween candy in December (daughter’s) and Easter candy in April (son’s). Plus, I keep a gallon size bag with the little plastic treat bag junk they get all year in the game closet…

Then, using my favorite jar funnel, I stuff it in the trap door…

Then my husband wraps the broomstick used as a lock on our sliding glass door, puts an eye hook in the beam, strings the piñata and we all back up.

Meat Portioning

I don’t always buy a lot of meat, especially before we’re going on vacation. But when Fresh Thyme opens a store near me and sells chicken and beef for waaay cheaper than usual, it’s worth it to stock my freezer.

I do this with all the meat I buy, so it was especially good to share when I had a lot to portion out.

All I do is separate portions with fold and seal sandwich bags, you know, the ones you buy by accident when you forget to double check if it’s a zipper top.

For chicken.. each breast and every one or two thighs are in their own fold and seal sandwich bag, then put in a freezer bag. This way I can thaw only what I need at a time.

But for ground meat, I weigh my portions. I go for 8 ounces in each sandwich bag then put them in a freezer bag. I love this scale. I zero out my meat then subtract my portions as I bag them.

Now my freezer is stocked and I can thaw what I need meal by meal.

I keep a pan in my fridge to prevent cross contamination as I thaw.

That frozen chicken’s gonna take a while.