HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 44 of 2018

GOOD MORNING dear friends! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after our trip. It was beautiful – maybe too beautiful because I have way too many images to finish editing. It was also unseasonably WARM for the north so I over packed expecting much cooler weather and for some reason was having trouble getting back into the swing of things here last week. I will have the post about the trip up later this week.  I’m also trying quite a few new recipes this week that will post to the blog later in the week.  My rule is that I never post new recipes until we have definitely decided we’d eat them again and again. 😀

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.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING – A cool fall drizzle though we had some pretty good storms the past 2 nights and got some much needed rain.  Our temps are supposed to be in the 50’s-60’s all week and a bit wet.  As normal I’m wearing a pair of levis and a soft long sleeve t-shirt and matching lightweight sweatshirt.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE – Green tea, a banana and mixed fruit yogurt

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY – Beginning the holiday menu planning and organization for gifts and shopping.  I’m also working on some research for our Christmas trip – we decided a couple years back that we’d rather take a small trip as our gift to each other than do Christmas presents, but we do still do stockings for Christmas morning.  I’ve also started working on my blog entries for BLOGMAS 2018 gathering my thoughts and ideas.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA this was from a teeny tiny town in north eastern Oregon.  This abandoned church is definitely on the top of my favorites from the Montana trip. It appears a salvage company came in and stripped it of all the pews, stained glass windows, altar…

INSPIRATION AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE / WEEKLY TO DO LIST & HOUSE PROJECTS /  APPOINTMENTS

  • LAUNDRY… just a couple loads of clothing and towels
  • LIVING AREAS… some dishes to do
  • KITCHEN… pretty clean
  • YARD… nothing much
  • BLOG… a little recipe updating and some more BLOGMAS holiday post planning
  • PROJECTS… getting back into the swing of getting the Christmas cards made
  • APPOINTMENTS… one for hubby on Wednesday and me on the Thursday when I’ll also do the pre-Thanksgiving and monthly shopping

I’M READING – Vickie McKeehan’s Indigo Brothers Series

WHAT IS ON THE DVR OR LIST TO WATCH

COMEDIES – Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, The Good Place, American Housewife

MILITARY, POLITICAL & CRIME DRAMAS and a couple that qualify as comedies – NCIS, NCIS New Orleans and NCIS LA, Criminal Minds, S.W.A.T., Madam Secretary, Seal Team, Blindspot, Macgyver, Law & Order SVU, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, 911, FBI, Manifest

DRAMAS & REALITY – The Good Doctor, This Is Us, The Resident, Dancing With the Stars Adults and Jr.s

SYFY – Z Nation, the Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Flash, Supergirl, DC Legends, Orville, Midnight Texas

COOKING – Guy’s Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay, Dessert Wars, Worst Cooks in America, Kid’s Baking Championship, Master Chef Jr., Master Chef, Southern at Heart, Best Baker in America

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

DESSERT

MONDAY – FRIDAY

GREEN TEA,

BANANA & YOGURT

CHICKEN or TUNA SALAD

MONDAY

VEGGIE CHICKEN MEDLEY & MELTING POTATOES

TUESDAY

OMG CHICKEN & BACON GRUYERE SMASHED POTATOES

WEDNESDAY

SLOW COOKER CRUSTLESS SHEPHERDS PIE

THURSDAY

CHICKEN IN OREGANO CREAM SAUCE

FRIDAY

BROWN GRAVY MEATBALLS & CHEESY CORNBREAD PUDDING

SATURDAY

SATURDAY

??

SUNDAY

SUNDAY

C.O.R.N. clean out refrigerator night

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK – none this week

Rebecca Knox

Love your HELLO MONDAY pic and the FALL BUCKET LIST! And, yes, your posts keep reminding me about Christmas and I’ve got to get busy! Our family Christmas this year is on December 8th (always the second Saturday in December) and I’m quickly running out of time. Thanks for the reminder! Blessings for a great week ahead! <3

QuiltLady

Oh WOW I don’t know that I would be ready for Christmas on the 8th. When we celebrate with hubby’s family it’s always the Saturday before Christmas and that seems early enough! Hope you had a GREAT week too.

Stacy

I love your picture and I really love the idea of going on a trip instead of getting gifts! That’s something I”m going to file away for when hubby and I are empty nesters lol, we don’t get gifts because we buy too much for the kiddos nowadays haha! I also love the Blogmas 2018! I think I may try to do this, especially if I can start now that will give me a month to work on them before the actual holiday! Great idea!!! Hope you have an amazing week!!!

QuiltLady

I think you’ll LOVE the trips once you’re an empty nester. We always go somewhere we’ve (at least one of us) never been before and try to stay in and eat at Mom and Pop establishments.

I hope you join me for BLOGMAS, it always helps center me a lot! I hope you had a GREAT week.

Jean

What a neat picture of the abandoned church. Thinking about joining you for Blogmas, sounds fun. I think I could do a few of those posts in advance. Glad you enjoyed your trip. Hope you have a wonderful week!

QuiltLady

Thanks Jean. Of ALL the pictures I took, the church is by far my favorite. I was able to get several inside shots as well – it just called to me! I hope you do join in for BLOGMAS. I love doing it and it keeps me centered with the spirit of the season. Have a WONDERFUL week too!