Friday Finds

It’s August 2020 and we are in the midst of a pandemic. The question that has plagued us as a family and a community, lately, is whether or not we send our babies back to school. Do we send them to school for in-class instruction, or do we continue with distance learning? For our district, and family, it’s both. Our district has compiled a framework that looks like this: Week 1 – first half of the alphabet will report to school to meet teachers face-to-face, begin to build relationships, and learn the distance learning program/model. Week 2 – 2nd half of the alphabet will report to school. Then Week 3 – we all start distance learning together. I know it’s still not the ideal situation for most of our students, but…….pandemic. I do know that I am blessed to work for and have my children in a district that has and is continuing to work hard to protect our staff and families.

Part of protecting our staff and students is wearing masks while we are in the building. (This is not a debate on whether masks work or not and whether it’s an infringement on our freedom.) This is, however, where my Friday Finds comes in……..Face Masks. I simply want to share the ones I’ve purchased for myself and my kiddos. Keep in mind, the ones I’m going to share with you are not medical grade, but they are reusable, washable, breathable, and comfortable.


Let me start by saying, I still can’t get used to seeing face masks as part of the accessories category in some of my favorite stores/boutiques. (I’m just here for the earrings people.) That being said, I did purchase these from Anthropology and, well, I love them. They are lightweight, soft, breathable, easy to wash, and easy to wear for long hours if needed. And might I go as far as saying they are pretty adorable.

Old Navy
Old Navy
Old Navy

For the kiddos, I headed to our trusted Old Navy. I purchased each kid a set of 5, one for each day of the school week. These masks are 3-ply, reusable, washable, durable, and can even be disinfected at the end of each use.

I honestly don’t know how long we will be required to wear face masks when walking into stores or school buildings, but I do know one thing, when this is all over part of me wants to burn the masks and part of me wants to place them in a keepsake box with some other items (hand sanitizer, toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, etc.) to one day share this bit of history with my future grand babies. I’ll keep you guys posted on this decision.

Momma’s Pot Roast

When I was considering what to share as my VERY first food/recipe post, I decided on my favorite Sunday Dinner – Pot Roast. (Bare with me, as this is my first food post and it may need LOTS of improvement).

Sunday’s in my childhood were spent going to church, eating a big, home cooked meal, followed by that Sunday nap. (Glorious!)

The Sunday meals my mom made were different from the rest of the week. These were meals that took extra time and attention. They were special. And these became meals that I now make for my own family.

What I love about this Pot Roast is the ease of putting it in the crockpot and the aromas that feel the house. And my spirit.

Sunday Pot Roast

2-3 lb rump or chuck Roast

1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce

1 can of Golden Mushroom Soup

1 packer of Onion Soup Mix

4 cups of chicken broth

4-5 carrots cut in 1/2 inch pieces

Directions: 1. Place Roast in crockpot and add the garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. 2. Mix the soup and 2 cups of chicken broth in a bowl. Pour over roast. 3. Mix the onion soup mix and the other 2 cups of chicken broth in a bowl. Pour over roast. 4. Cover and cook on high for 6-8 hours. 5. Place diced carrots in the crockpot at hour 3.

*serve with garlic mashed potatoes.

Life As We Know It

Life has looked a bit different since March. Many things we used to do we couldn’t do for the time being. However long that was going to be. Restaurants closed. Movie Theaters turned off their screens and closed their doors. Birthday parties were put on hold. Visiting Grandma and Grandpa was postponed. Beach vacation was rescheduled for 2021 🤞🏻. But let me tell you what did happen.

  1. Our favorite restaurant foods were enjoyed in our mini van, on top of parking garages, over looking the Oklahoma sunsets.
  2. Movie nights STILL happened, right in our living room, with popcorn and candy and makeshift forts.
  3. Birthday parades became a thing and how fun did those celebrations become?
  4. We ate dinner and played board games with the grandparents via FaceTime. Thank you technology!
  5. We have soaked up a lot of Vitamin D, poolside, and finally read those books that were stacking up on the nightstand. 😉

I think it’s the root of why I’m so sad that school will be starting soon. I’ve enjoyed EVERY bit of this time with our family and I don’t want to see it end. And neither do our children, which is why we as a family have made the decision to take this year off from team sports/extra curricular activities. WHAT?! Why would we do such a thing??? Kids need activity! And you’re right, they do. Here’s what we are doing instead.

  1. Weekly bike rides through our gorgeous trails around the city.
  2. Hiking and picnics for dinner.
  3. Playing catch at any of our local parks or simply in our backyard.
  4. Building and completing projects as a family.
  5. Tuesday night movie nights in the living room! Yep, even on school nights.
  6. Weekly bible study: This is my favorite!
  7. Rest

Our goal is to continue this focus on our family. Investing in our relationships with our children, investing in their relationship with God, and investing in our health as a whole. The one common statement this household has made was we didn’t want to return to “busy” and not have time for each other.

So here’s to a better, more full-filling, intentional way of doing things.

Hi there!

Welcome to Our Blended House blog. I’m Misty and I am so glad you have popped in for a visit. Let me introduce myself. I’m a wife, a mom, a step-mom (we prefer the term bonus mom), I’m in my mid 40’s, I love coffee first thing in the morning and then again in the afternoon with my husband, chips and guac are life, and I will find any reason to eat cake.

Here you will find easy and delicious recipes from a family who loves to gather around our hand built table, fun activities for the whole family that won’t break the bank, and lots of love and grace. Because let’s be honest, I need all grace I can get. Just ask my kids. 😉

So come on in, grab a cup of coffee, and stay awhile.