HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

We had a busy and productive weekend. EVEN WITH THAT I WISH I HAD ACCOMPLISHED MORELOL There are just NOT enough hours in the day, but in reality within the next few months I may change my opinion of that.  Then again I may not as we begin the yard and the garage in the heat of summer.

WEATHER OUTSIDE
Yesterday was wet and windy with tornado warnings, but today and tomorrow are supposed to be nice.  It’s just that time of year where you don’t really pay attention to the weather forecast because it’s going to change within the hour.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK
Despite last week’s to do list getting kicked to the curb, we got A LOT done!  What didn’t get done last week will start this week’s list.

  • Second coat spare bathroom vanity
  • Spare Bathroom Floor
  • Set toilet spare bathroom
  • Paint Living Room 
  • Hang Living Room fan
  • Kitchen Organization 
  • Order flooring for living room and Atrium
  • Find a chair for the spare bedroom
  • Laundry
  • EOM/BOM (end of month/beginning of month) stock-up shopping
  • Start on Studio Organization

CURRENTLY READING

TELEVISION / DVR
Nothing this week.

CRAFTS & PROJECTS
Not much new going on this week.  I have been working on some sketches for a few new craft ideas. I have been working on reinventing an old beat up dresser into shabby chic. Spray paint is the girl’s duct tape and I’m loving how it has helped me do the shabby chic thing and save so many things from the trash pile.

I used a bonding primer since there was a stained and worn finish on the wood and then finished it off with a satin white spray paint.

The handles were extremely worn and very date, but the hammered silver Rustoleum spray paint spruced them right up. I used the same paint on an old beat up brass lamp and voile’, it’s like new.

I still need to finish installing the drawer pulls on the remaining drawers and do some touch up paint on the mirror, but as of now it’s good to go.

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
C.O.R.N.
C.O.R.N.
DINNER
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT

RECIPE FINDS TO TRY LATER
I sat and went through several old issues of Cook’s Illustrated and saved the recipes I want to try in the future.

  • Orange Honey Glazed Chicken
  • Apple Maple Glazed Chicken 
  • Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken
  • Apple Galette
  • Hot Chocolate Layer Cake with Homemade Marshmallows
  • White Chocolate Macadamia Cake 
  • Pear Crisp
  • Caesar Parmesan Dip
  • Chipotle Lime Dip
  • Cocktail Meatballs in Tomato Saffron Sauce
  • Buffalo Nickel Hamburger Loaf
  • Hungarian Beef Stew
  • Carne Adovada
  • Skillet Apple Pie
  • Galveston Shrimp Creole
  • Hunter’s Chicken
  • Maryland Caramel Tomatoes
  • Sicilian Meatloaf
  • Coke Fried Chicken
  • OH MY GOD Chicken
  • Lazy Daisy Cake
  • Peach Puzzle
  • Cider Baked Ham

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP
Tip #1 – I quit spending a fortune on rinse aids for the dishwasher and just fill the compartment with white vinegar.  It still keeps the spots at bay, is environmentally friendly and works just as well.

Tip #2 –  If you need to zest a piece of citrus, but the rind is too smooth place the whole piece of fruit in the freezer for 30 minutes until partially hardened.  The rind being firmer will zest easier now.

THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY & PRAYERS

  • Getting closer to completing the house
  • The trash pile being bigger than the supply pile.
  • Remembering Michelle today on what would have been her 42nd birthday.
  • Prayers for my aunt as she recovers from ALL the medical upheaval of the past 2 months.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

I had to laugh.  She just couldn’t resist he warm laundry.  Fortunately it was a load of rags so I had to indulge her.

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 for popping by my friend. Thank you for the prayers. I know they work and I believe in miracles, but they are telling us it is hospice time, an unfortunate, impossible and horrible last choice to make for anyone, but especially for my uncle. They have been together over 60 years and my heart is just crushed for him.

Carrie B.

Hello dear Friend! Sorry I've been so behind this week. I love catching up with you on your Monday posts though. 😉

I love the work you're doing on that old dresser – what an improvement!! And I love your inspirations – so clever!!

All of those recipes sound so good! You find the best sounding ones.

And kitty in the warm rags…so sweet. xoxo

Sending more prayers for your aunt. Blessings on the rest of the week Tamy!

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