HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

We had an eventful and productive weekend with having to adapt the kitchen sink base for all the plumbing reroute issues, but FINALLY we will have a working kitchen sink yet today and hubby even got the old dishwasher working.  LOL when we took out the dishwasher to begin the cabinets we found that whoever installed the dishwasher originally had it running off of the cold water so no wonder it didn’t clean the dishes.  We decided to reinstall it for now (to the hot water) and give it a chance.  I’m just so excited that I won’t have to wash dishes on my hands and knees in the bathtub that I won’t even mind doing them by hand! I admit it, I’m exhausted!!!!! It’s been 76 VERY LONG days of manual labor and emotional strain.

WEATHER OUTSIDE
This past weekend Old Man Winter came roaring into town Friday night with threat of tornado.  Fortunately all we had was torrential rain, MEGA wind and hail and a 25 degree temperature drop over night.  This week is cold and windy, but clear though there is supposed to be more storming later in the week.  I have learned not to take the weather report too seriously though – just stay prepared.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK

  • Monday – Idiot Plumbers will be back to begin finishing their tunneling under the house and repairs. Many phone calls including the foundation company to have them come check up on the plumbers as the plumbers have undermined work that the foundation people just did and are claiming otherwise despite my pictures proving differently. Stain the new 3 kitchen cabinets that we decided to add. Grout front entry floor. Lay master bath floor tile. Pick up cleaning and run a few errands.
  • Tuesday – Hang new cabinets. Grout master bath floor tile and start sanding shower for refinishing. Laundry. Tile floor under stove, refrigerator and dishwasher area.
  • Wednesday – Hopefully today is the day we get a stove! LOL Or at least get it ordered. Also buying the new toilet for the master bath and hopefully will have it set by end of day.
  • Thursday – Wash pantry containers and organize pantry and cabinets.  Doing this will get LOTS of things off the tables in the other rooms and make it easier to work.
  • Friday – Start refinishing shower and possibly do floor tile in spare bath depending on the idiot plumbers.
  • Saturday – Flea  Market, Farmer’s Market and Football playoffs
  • SundayCOOK! and Football playoffs

CURRENTLY READING

TELEVISION / DVR
We still have no cable and are getting used to this central time zone with prime time starting at 7PM.

CRAFTS & PROJECTS
WOOHOO I have actually started my homemade Christmas gifts for next year and believe I have come up with some pretty neat ideas that everyone will appreciate and really like.

HOUSE PROJECTS
LOL See my to do list!

KITCHEN WISHES

  • flooring
  • counter tops

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK


MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & FRUIT
SCRAMBLED EGGS & CHEESE
FRUIT SMOOTHIE
YOGURT & FRUIT
MAPLE OATMEAL & RAISINS
??
??
LUNCH
FRUIT & CHEESE
SOUP & CRACKERS
SANDWICH
OUT
MEAT & CHEESE
??
??


DINNER
EXPERIMENT NIGHT
COCK-a-LEEKIE soup


C.O.R.N.


MALIBU CHICKEN & VEGGIES
Cream of Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese



DESSERT






RECIPE FINDS TO TRY LATER
This is the first time in quite some time that I took some time off this past weekend and actually read a few magazines and cookbooks.  With the weather having turned so cold I was really interested in some stews and soups and I just happened to have a magazine of recipes I received at Christmas.

  • Cock-a-Leekie Soup
  • Chicken BLT Soup
  • Chicken Soup with Potato Dumplings
  • Brazilian Black Bean Soup
  • Goulash Soup
  • Ham & Vegetable Stew
  • Mexican Potato Soup
  • Stuffed Baked Potato Soup
  • Edamame Soup
  • Creamy Cabbage Soup 
  • Buttermilk Pecan Pancakes with Bourbon Molasses Butter
  • Filet of Beef with Horseradish sauce
I believe this quote speaks to my state of mind right now!
I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.  ~Martha Washington

THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY

  • Seeing the progress in the kitchen.
  • Seeing less and less packing boxes in the living room!
  • Having less laundry to do.

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INSPIRATION

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.

Tamy Bollar

Thank you my friend. It's the Virgo in me that plans and makes lists! I'm so anxious to be done and just having the kitchen will make it all seem so much easier. We hit a few snags today, but I'll have a sink, faucet and dishwasher tomorrow for sure!

We're planning an old fashioned Christmas with lots of family next year and most are from out of town so I have to plan early to keep it all coordinated.

Hope you're feeling better!

Carrie B.

You have been unbelievably patient waiting for a more functioning kitchen! So happy to hear you're finally getting there. 😉

I look at your weekly to-do list and it just blows me away. All the work you keep putting in. So wonderful to see how it's starting to pay off. And to see you having time to plan even more fun recipes for the future.

I can't wait to see your craft ideas – and for Xmas next year already. I'm so impressed with the planning Lady! Lol

Blessings on the rest of your week and just keep that inspiration in your mind.
xoxo

Tamy Bollar

Thank you for saying I still sound positive. I know there are times I'm not feeling it with having been pushed into this corner with no choice. I will be posting the soup recipe later this week )assuming it's as good as I hope).

I am doing the tile myself. I love the work, but it is tiring with working on the floor. The finished product is always so gratifying.

anniehow

Are you doing the tile yourself? That is something I always wanted to try. Chicken BLT soup sounds good. I always enjoy reading about your progress when I make my way to your corner of blogland. Your updates are always so positive, I do sometimes feel tired just reading about all that you are accomplishing, but enjoy reading about them!! Have a great week!!

Tamy Bollar

LOL isn't that the truth? We ran into a few small glitches and then ran out of energy so are tabling actually hooking up the sink until tomorrow – what's one more day? Once we can get the cable hooked up I'll DVR everything for a later viewing.

Jean @sonotorganized.com

Welcome to the central time zone! Just remember Eastern is 1 hour later, Mountain is 1 hour earlier, and trying to figure out Pacific time will give you a headache so don't bother 😉 It sounds like you are making progress on getting settled in there. I would not do well doing dishes in the bathtub, yikes! Hope you have a wonderful week!

collettakay

I just loaded up my dish washer and have it running. I HATE washing dishes by hand and can't even imagine washing them in the tub! So glad things are coming together for you 🙂

Colletta

Laura {a spoonful of joy}

A functioning kitchen makes a world of a difference, doesn't it!? Sinks especially are totally taken for granted until they give you trouble.
I would absolutely have a hard time adjusting to prime time being at 7pm! My kids don't go to bed until 8pm! 😉
Have a great week!

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