HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

With the BIG move a few weeks away, I’m at that point of trying to finish up the packing for the moving truck. There are always the little things that need a corner of a tote or box and then the things you really need to use right up to the last minute, but don’t really want to take with you so are trying to gauge the use so you don’t need to buy a fresh bottle or pack an almost empty one.  I’m trying to make menus to use what’s still in the pantry and freezer without doing a lot of shopping except for fruits and veggies.

Be sure to link up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy homemaker Monday and with Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

WEATHER OUTSIDE
It’s heating up again with some higher humidity so I am trying to get all outside activities done first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK

  • Finish inventory and ty-wrapping totes closed for the move early in the mornings
  • A couple of appointments for hubby
  • Clean BBQ and pack
  • Put together “1st Week” tote – it will have clean sheets, towels, kitchen towels and sleeping clothes so we don’t have to unpack anything immediately which is good since the trucks (from 2 different places) aren’t going to arrive until a week after we do.
  • Put together “1st Week” suitcase of clothes for each of us.

CURRENTLY READING

TELEVISION / DVR
Since we’ll be moving in 3 weeks, I’m really trying to get EVERYTHING off the DVR that I had saved to see.  In addition to those old shows we’ll try and work in the normal summer shows that are quickly coming to season finales.

  • Astronaut Wives Club 
  • Hell On Wheels
  • Complications
  • The Strain
  • Proof
  • Dark Matter
  • Devious Maids
  • The Last Ship
  • Falling Skies
  • Under the Dome
  • Rookie Blue
BREAKFAST
DINNER
DESSERT
MONDAY
Cereal & Fruit
Y.O.Y.O. / C.O.R.N.
TUESDAY
Bagel & cream cheese
OUT for our ANNIVERSARY
WEDNESDAY
Yogurt with Blueberries & Granola
Fiesta Chicken Lasagna
THURSDAY
Scrambled Eggs with cheese & Toast
Ham & Cheese French Toast
FRIDAY
Yogurt with Blueberries & Granola
Beef & Potato Hand Pies
SATURDAY
Biscuits & Gravy
Hobo Chicken Casserole
HUMMINGBIRD CAKE
SUNDAY
Ham & Cheese Omelets
Sesame Orange Roast Chicken

LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

RECIPE FINDS TO TRY LATER
A few more recipes from the “I promised myself NO MORE recipes until after the BIG move, but couldn’t resist these” file:

  • Tomato and Peach Salad
  • Braised Chicken Thighs with savory marinated peaches
  • Caramel Apple Cookies
  • Maple Sugar Cookie
  • Pumpkin Banana Bread
  • Pull apart Pumpkin Loaf
  • Salted Caramel Cheesecake
  • Apple Carrot Cake Muffins
  • Maple Bacon Cheesecake Bites
  • Cherry Swirl Brownies
  • Pumpkin Raisin Doodles
  • Chicken in Sweet Zesty Raisin Sauce
  • Coconut Lime Curd Bars

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

  • To lighten up a homemade creamy dressing you can substitute yogurt for mayonnaise or use a half and half combination.  It’s still creamy, but much lighter and more pourable.
  • Freeze thinly sliced green onions in air tight containers to use in scrambled eggs or salads.
  • When making spaghetti, cook your pasta for less than al dente, drain and add to sauce to finish cooking.  You end up with more flavor in the pasta.

THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

  • Being married to my best friend.
  • ORGANIZATION!
  • Looking forward to a more settled lifestyle.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

from a recent car show

My inspiration for 30 years has been my best friend and husband.  I’m still IN love with you and my love grows stronger each and every day.  Thank you for your undying love through this roller coaster we call life.  The ride keeps getting more exciting each and every year.  You have proven in sickness and health more times than anyone should have to.

Tamy Bollar

LOL yep truly a means to an end, but oh so necessary. The hardest part is the waiting now. Hubby has to finish physical therapy from his shoulder surgery before we can do anything. It's time to do maps and lists of supplies while we wait. 😀

Carrie B.

Wow – hang in there Lady! All that final moving pain in the butt stuff. So not fun – but a means to an end. 😉
I always love your tips! I would never think to do that with the spaghetti!
I LOVE your sweet words to your hubby. So beautiful and thanks for sharing.
Happy week to you and prayers and blessings on finishing this move smoothly!! xo

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