HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 22 of 2017

I CANNOT believe we are entering the 22 week of the year!  Where has the time gone? Memorial Day Weekend around our house is usually a VERY relaxed time where we pretty much do just what we want. We did watch a couple NASCAR races (rain delays and all) and we were going to truly finish the last project, putting up the shade cloth for the back patio so we can no spend a little time out there with our coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening, but alas the air conditioning went out on Saturday and we were just too warm and miserable to bother. Of course the air conditioning went out at 6pm on Saturday of a holiday weekend! W.O.R.S.T. case and time possible. It looks like it will be Tuesday sometime before we can even get it looked at so we’re just hanging in there hoping for cooler temperatures.

 
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE

Already too warm for me today and with a dew point and humidity it looks like it’s going to be a VERY warm week with high humidity and we have a fairly high threat of thunderstorms EVERY day!

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE

Ensure clear (berry flavored) and coffee

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

I see plenty to do, but it will mostly wait until tomorrow.

WEEKLY TO DO LIST & HOUSE PROJECTS

  • LAUNDRYjust a couple loads
  • LIVING AREASmostly tidy, but need to do floors
  • KITCHENquite clean, but I plan to make a mess soon.  I’m such a messy cook as I inventBUT, I also need to finish  the granite countertops.
  • STUDIOI did a DEEP clean yesterday, now on to making messes as I begin some Christmas cards
  • YARDA little pruning and deadheading of some old blooms and putting up the shade cloth if the weather permits
  • BLOGsome recipe updating and planing for future posts.  I’m even thinking ahead to BLOGMAS 2017

CURRENTLY READING & TELEVISION / DVR

We are just watching some Netflix shows and waiting for the summer season to kick in.  At least America’s got talent starts tomorrow night.

Still trying to finish the Ava Miles Dare River 5 book series. I’m on book 4, The Promise of Rainbows.

CRAFTS / PROJECTS

I need to get busy deciding on bindings, but I have yet to find the box with the rest of the material yet. At least these are ready for their bindings. I’m also still looking for the box with the ones that need to be finished pieced.

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

There were a few recipes I didn’t get around to last week so have added them to this week’s recipe list.

 

 
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
FRUIT & COFFEE
SCRAMBLED EGGS
FRUIT SMOOTHIE
FRUIT & COFFEE
SCRAMBLED EGGS
QUICHE LORRAINE
BACON & EGGS
LUNCH
FRUIT & CHEESE
SOUP
MEAT ROLL-UPS
SALAD
MEAT & CHEESE
C.O.R.N.
??
DINNER
STEAK on the GRILL with BBQ BEANS and CORN on the COB
PECAN CHICKEN with MAPLE CREAM SAUCE from LYNN’S PARADISE CAFE
COGNAC BRINED PORK TENDERLOIN with GINGER SNAP JUS and SALAD from KRAZY KAT’S RESTAURANT in Delaware
C.O.R.N.
PIONEER BEAN DINNER and CORN BREAD
WILTED SPINACH SALAD with GRILLED CHICKEN
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT
             

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

I drink a cup every night before bed. I figure it can’t hurt.

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

ON MY MIND

We are still in a holding pattern on being able to move forward on this.  We do appreciate your continued prayers and support as we go through this mess.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

Whiskey our almost 15 year old lab is starting to have mobility issues, but she is still the MOST adorable pup I’ve ever had.  Lately she’s been laying wherever she can to use shelves and such as resting places.

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.

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Ours got a little mixed up and we actually ended up working part of the day before heading over to my uncle’s house for dinner.  LOL he called and said he was putting in the turkey (it was smoked and just needed to warm) and heading for a shower.  We were going to originally eat between 1 and 2 o’clock, but he and my aunt got hung up at church when they dropped off the turkeys they had prepared for the meal for the needy and next thing you know it’s 2 o’clock and they were just getting home.  Hubs and I got there and my uncle was still in the shower and my aunt (who has Alzeimer’s) was so surprised to see us.  After all the work at the church she forgot it was Thanksgiving and that anyone was coming over.  My cousin showed up shortly after we did and it occurred to us that we weren’t smelling turkey.  Long story short, as if that’s possible, Kevy and I started trying to throw together dinner.  He peeled potatoes and I cut.  We threw the turkey in to warm and started a search for a vegetable.  As the potatoes finished boiling, I drained them and he went for the milk.  LOL there was NO milk! Then we could find the mixer, but NO beaters. We ended up using Redi whip (made with real cream) and butter and they were good! It was NOT a conventional meal, but we had a good time and laughed A LOT!

WEATHER OUTSIDE
It turned cold on Saturday and rainy too. Looks like winter is finally here.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK
Lots and lots, but I find I do better with making lists!

  • Monday – Measure for the new bedroom window and get it ordered.  Finish wrapping the Christmas presents that need to be mailed, get them boxed up and addressed.  Start patch work in the bedroom and the carpet guy will be here to measure in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday – The electrician will be here to look at our screwy wiring and it’s trash day so have to be available to help the guys and give them their beer and soda.
  • Wednesday – We’re taking the day to visit all the Habitat for Humanity Restores in the area to seek out necessary parts we need, pick up the cleaning and do the grocery shopping.
  • Thursday – finish patch work on bedroom and begin removing vanity and kitchen cabinets for the dumpster which should arrive in the afternoon.
  • Friday – Load dumpster and it will probably take ALL day.
  • Saturday – Finish wrecking out and/or loading the dumpster!
  • Sundaytaking the day OFF! When we did our last remodel hubby set a rule that we would quit by 6PM every day and Sundays were to be days where we only did what we wanted and I didn’t cook.  The didn’t cook part didn’t last as I finally convinced him that cooking was something I wanted to do!

CURRENTLY READING

TELEVISION / DVR
We’re catching up on a few movies we had been wanting to see and not much else – just too tired at the end of the day.

HOUSE PROJECTS
We are trying to finish the bedroom and the kitchen before Christmas.  If we are lucky that will extend to the living room, but I really doubt it.  So far each project seems to be plagued by the domino effect and each task is more difficult than it should be.

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
CORNED BEEF HASH and OVER MEDIUM EGGS & TOAST
LUNCH
FRUIT & CHEESE
SOUP & CRACKERS
SANDWICH
OUT
MEAT & CHEESE
??
DINNER
Crockpot Lasagna
C.O.R.N.
C.O.R.N.
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT

THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY

  • wrapping gifts for my favorite munchkins
  • getting closer to sleeping in my own bed
  • cooler weather 

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

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.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

We are closing in on 19 days since we arrived. To date hubs and I have logged 332 hours. We have found the house and there is only one LARGE piece left in the house to be moved and we found most of the side yard this weekend while preparing for the foundation work that begins tomorrow, but we have yet to find the garage!

We are beginning to see the light AND the potential again, but we ARE overwhelmed to say the least.  We knew it needed work, but until we got here and were able to get her things out we, including my uncle, had NO idea how much work.

We have decided that as soon as the foundation work is done we will do the master bedroom and bath first.  At least that way at the end of a hard day we will have a place of respite where we can close ourselves off from the rest of the work to be done.

WEATHER OUTSIDE
I noticed last night that I could see the stars to the east, but the clouds were beginning to shroud the moon to the west and then this morning the clouds are thick as mud so I think I believe them this time that there is a serious storm headed our way – right along with a tornado watch.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK

  • Shift furniture and boxes as needed for the foundation crew.
  • Try and find a few necessary cooking utensils I’m still missing.
  • Start removing carpet in manageable pieces where the non-carpet flooring will be installed.

CURRENTLY READING  
I have been too tired to do much more than fall in bed after the 10-15 hour days of serious manual labor recently, but am hoping to finish this book soon.

TELEVISION / DVR
LOL who has time?  We also can’t get internet and TV until after the foundation work is completed this week so have seen a few DVDs in the little down time we have forced ourselves to take.

HOUSE PROJECTS
I will have to keep you posted on this category.  There is so much to do that we are still trying to make a priority list for after the bedroom!

KITCHEN WISHES
LOL this category is HUGE right now, but I am getting my new refrigerator on Friday!
 
MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
Since it will be awhile before the kitchen is up and running I went looking for my cookbook box, more specifically for the cookbook box with the slow cooker cookbooks in it. We tried one last night that I am now calling Italian Ham and potatoes. LOL I had to adapt it though. Despite the title of the cookbook, Slow-Cooker Cookbook, I found after I bought the ingredients it was actually a recipe for the oven.  I was a bit more careful in reading the recipes for the rest of the week.


MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & FRUIT
SCRAMBLED EGGS & CHEESE
FRUIT SMOOTHIE
YOGURT & FRUIT
MAPLE OATMEAL & RAISINS
TOAST & YOGURT


AVALON DINER
LUNCH
FRUIT & CHEESE
SOUP & CRACKERS
SANDWICH
OUT
MEAT & CHEESE
??
??
DINNER
GARLIC   CHICKEN
BRAISED HORSERADISH BEEF
C.O.R.N.
BOSTON BAKED BEANS & PORK
SLOW BAKED BEEF with POTATO CRUST
CHICKEN IN SMOKY BACON SAUCE
APPLE & CIDER CHICKEN & VEGGIES
DESSERT






THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY

  • Working side by side with hubby to make a better life.
  • Seeing potential in the house and backyard.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA
The neighbor’s cat just loves sunbathing on the roof and will spend all day in the same place.

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.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

Well after 3 delays for various reasons, we really are finally on the road to our new home.  This has been a complicated move with multiple legs, but at last we are moving forward.  We will be there on Wednesday and then the fun begins.

WEATHER OUTSIDE
Tonight is supposed to be quite cold where we will be staying on the northern route in mountains, but after that it should be good weather for several days.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK
Get there and get started on a thorough cleaning, paint prep and a project list!

CURRENTLY READING
I’ve been loading up my kindle app with lots of books for the trip.  Right now I’m finishing up the Barbara Freethy Series – The Callaways – I’m on books 8 and 9.

TELEVISION / DVR
LOL Whatever is on the motel televisions at night. I know we’ll be doing some on demand later in the month to catch up on our favorite shows.

KITCHEN WISHES
LOL, My biggest wish is that the appliances work well enough to get us started.

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
On the road this week, but hoping to have a good menu next week.

THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

  • New Beginnings
  • Safe Trips
  • Happy Campers

FAVORITE most disgusting PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA
One of the things I have always hated here were the snails and slugs!  I took the dog out last night and was horrified to see this! I had NO idea that they congregated like this. YUCK!!

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.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

WEATHER OUTSIDE
We are warming up this week again to temperatures I thought were in our rear view mirror and I DON’T like it one bit! At least the evenings after the sun sets are really cool!

TO DO FOR THE WEEK

  • Rotate Tires on the Truck
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Drop off dry Cleaning
  • Update Computers and Cyber Clean

CURRENTLY READING

TELEVISION / DVR
Still trying some of the new shows this week as well as some of the old favorites. As always though we’ll DVR them.  We just don’t have as much leisure to watch them with the move about to happen so we’ll have to .

  • BIG BANG
  • LIFE IN PIECES
  • CASTLE
  • LAW & ORDER SVU 
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LA
  • NCIS NEW OELEANS
  • SCORPION
  • THE PLAYER
  • THE BLINDSPOT
  • QUANTICO
  • THE STRAIN
  • Z NATION
  • SCANDAL 
  • CSY CYBER


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
CORNED BEEF HASH and OVER MEDIUM EGGS & TOAST
LUNCH
FRUIT & CHEESE
SOUP & CRACKERS
SANDWICH
OUT
MEAT & CHEESE
??
DINNER
Y.O.Y.O.
CHICKEN PICATTA & SALAD
C.O.R.N.
??
TUNA CASSERILE
STEAK & BAKERS
CHILE & CORNBREAD
DESSERT






ON MY MIND
As you all know we will be leaving here soon to rehab my grandparent’s house in Texas and on Thursday I was pretty happy thinking about that as I silently celebrated grams 100th birthday in my mind with wonderful memories of her and ALL she taught me in life and wishing I was already in her house doing my projects and cooking her recipes…  Then the bottom fell out of our local world as my neighbor stopped us on our way out of the driveway and said “DON’T GO TO TOWN THERE’S A SHOOTING AT THE COLLEGE”I have to admit at first I was dazed and thinking WTH? HERE? WHAT? REALLY?  You see we’re a sleepy little community, not a big city, not a hub of political activity, just small rural town America. This has been a horrific week here in our community.

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I whole heartily agree with this sheriff’s decision to ignore the coward, HE DOES NOT DESERVE RECOGNITION – WE DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HIS NAME or anything about him-that is for the authorities and their investigation. If you need names, learn the names of the victims, the heroes like Chris Mintz and first responders that dealt with the aftermath. These are the important people in this tragedy. The fact that the shooter committed suicide means he was a chicken to me.

As horrific as this tragedy has been to our community, it is heart warming to see the spark it has brought to  the community response to help others. Banks, have set up generous funds and matching donation programs, Coffee houses are giving free coffee, even the pubs are offering free pints for giving a pint of blood, neighbors setting up meal plan programs for victims and their families, pay it forwards that go ALL day in fast food lines…  There must have been several hundred people in the blood bank line at any given time before they finally had to start turning people away due to a lack of storage facilities, local businesses setting up victim funds… Here is a link to ways you can help. Healing will take time, time that can and should be clad in human compassion and warm hearts to help others.

I PRAY that these attitudes become long term and daily reminders that we are all in this life together. On the flip side I am sickened by the politicians and legislators that are trying to use this as a soapbox for gun control and personal beliefs. The following picture kind of says it all:

THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY

  • SEEING THE COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER & HELP OTHERS DURING A TIME OF NEED
  • My cat curling up to cuddle with me in the morning
  • Finishing projects

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

Sady catching the last possible afternoon rays of sunshine.

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.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

Looks like we have a definitive move date (FINALLY!) Unfortunately it leaves me twiddling my thumbs for a few extra weeks so I will be catching up on my reading!

WEATHER OUTSIDE
Fortunately the evenings have been super cool making for wonderful sleeping and the days are starting to cool a bit too.  By the time we leave it’ll be perfect LOL

TO DO FOR THE WEEK

  • Whiskey to the groomer
  • Groceries
  • Cleaning 
  • Laundry

CURRENTLY READING 

  • Hurricane Force byJana DeLeon
  • The Secret Life of Wishful Thinking by Lindy DeKoven
  • Tea and Comfort by Andrea Hurst
  • The Sweetness of Honey by Alison Kent

TELEVISION / DVR
The jury is still out on some of the new shows, but some of the old favorites are great.

  • Minority Report
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Life in Pieces?
  • NCIS
  • NCIS NOLO
  • Blue Bloods
  • Criminal Minds
  • Law & Order SVU
  • Castle

HOUSE PROJECTS
Can’t wait to get this show on the road so I can begin sharing all the updates we will be doing on the new house.

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
CORNED BEEF HASH and OVER MEDIUM EGGS & TOAST
LUNCH
FRUIT & CHEESE
SOUP & CRACKERS
SANDWICH
OUT
MEAT & CHEESE
??
DINNER
EXPERIMENT NIGHT
C.O.R.N.
MALIBU CHICKEN & VEGGIES
DESSERT






THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY 

  • An extra month with my favorite munchkins
  • Plans that come together
  • A good night’s sleep

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA
Sady hanging out with dad during football.

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.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

I’ve been in a holding pattern for so long now with our impending move next week in 2 weeks (I hope – it’s been postponed twice so far for various reasons) that I feel like I’m just going through the motions each day and there is no real “Homemaking” going on right now.  So this week while we wait to leave next Monday (please cross your fingers and toes for us) I’m making a detailed list of what needs to be done when we get there.

We’re buying my grandparents old place (40 years old) which has been sitting vacant for almost a year and hasn’t had any real improvements in the 20+ years before that.  So, we know it’s a serious fixer and definitely needs a kitchen update, but we love remodeling and projects and our aim is to change the dated kitchen into a farmhouse style, but also make it a 21st century kitchen.

Oh, and did I mention we’re doing this from across the country?  Hubby has never even seen the house and I haven’t been there in many years since my cousin was living there.  We are also transporting 3 animals with a multi stop move gathering the things from storage in 2 different states from the last 6 years along the way?

WEATHER OUTSIDE
The weather was warm over the weekend again, but cooling back down into some more fall like temperatures as the week moves on.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK
A little of this and a little of that, but nothing horribly specific.

CURRENTLY READING
I’ve been loading up my kindle app with lots of books for the trip.  Right now I’m finishing up the Barbara Freethy Series – The Callaways – I’m on books 8 and 9.

I’m also reading Fatal Frenzy by Marie Force.

TELEVISION / DVR
A good deal of the new shows begin this week as well as some of the old favorites. As always though we’ll DVR them.  We just don’t have as much leisure to watch them with the move about to happen so we’ll have to .

  • BIG BANG
  • CASTLE
  • LAW & ORDER SVU 
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LA
  • NCIS NEW OELEANS
  • SCORPION
  • THE PLAYER
  • THE BLINDSPOT
  • QUANTICO
  • SCANDAL

CRAFTS, PROJECTS & HOUSE PROJECTS
We will probably need to move a few pieces of furniture for my aunt and uncle when we get there, but after that we’ll spend the first 2 days doing SERIOUS cleaning.  I love my cousin, but she was not a “homemaker” per se and didn’t tend to notice the dust and such.  On one of these days we’re hoping to get the cable and internet hooked up.  We have also set a STOP time for each day of 6PM.  On one of our prior moves we didn’t do this and we were just SOOOO exhausted all the time that we thought it was for our sake of sanity that we begin doing this.

On the 3rd day we plan to do the shopping.  The lists are about 95% made.  I even have the store, addresses and mapquest ready to make the day go smoother.  Pizza and fast food will be fine for the first couple days, but after that we have to get some real food in the house as well as buy the paint for the next project.

We know the house needs paint from top to bottom, ALL flooring and new appliances, but we’re going to start with the easy (but hubby’s least favorite) part, painting.

Day 4 we plan to paint the bedroom, master bath and walk in closet.  We’re going to go with a bright white for the ceilings and and more of an eggshell for the walls.  We prefer to add color with things other than the paint so it easily changed if we so choose. There are a couple of door changes going to happen in this room as well as closet organization, but I’ll wait to show you that later.

Day 5 we plan to paint the living room and dining room area, but it may take 2 days with the cathedral ceilings and size so we’ll add day 6 in here also. Right now the dining room is separate from the kitchen which is small with limited storage, but when we get done the kitchen dining will be a large open air farmhouse like all in one.  The kitchen dining is also just off the living room so when we are done our aim is a to have a grand room effect for a more cozy, homey family style room.  The old dining room is where we will start with adding the new cabinets so when we unpack we have a place to put things.  I also have some serious plans for redoing the laundry, adding a laundry chute from the master bedroom area and updating the pantry.

Day 7 the trucks are supposed to arrive.  We will have already cleaned the spare rooms and our plan is to put the boxes in each of these rooms so we aren’t living in a sea of boxes ALL the time. We hired guys to empty the trucks and that will certainly make life a lot simpler.

Once the master bedroom and living room are done, the rest will seem much simpler.  Having a place to relax at the end of the day, whether it is watching football in the living room or going to sleep at the end of a long hard day makes any remodel so much easier. Stay tuned for pictures and the tweaks to make this place our own, functional, homey and part of the 21st century.

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
SALISBURY STEAK & MASHED POTATOES & ASPARAGUS
C.O.R.N.
CHICKEN PICATTA & GARLIC PASTA with HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE
STUFFED CHEDDAR APPLE CHICKEN and SALAD
TOMATO SPINACH SOUP & GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES
DESSERT


SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

  • Whiskey (my dog) sleeping curled up around my feet
  • Cool Autumn breezes
  • Watching migrating geese

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

My favorite birthday gift started with 4th of July pictures.  
I can’t believe they all kept it a secret for so long! Thank you!

INSPIRATION
As we start this move, I know there are going to be VERY stressful times during the next 10 days while we do a multi stop cross country move.  But, I am REALLY trying to remember that we are going to a good place for all the right reasons and we ARE going to VERY happy after the move part is ALL over.

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.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
First and foremost for me this week is a subject very close to my heart AND my life. 
 Be sure and see my AWARENESS post here.

We have a bit of a delay in our move so I’m all packed and am waiting patiently, NOT!  We are trying to stay busy, but that’s not easy with everything packed.  Seems like a vicious circle to me.

WEATHER OUTSIDE
A bit cooler today with the promise of rain that we desperately need before the week is out.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK

  • A couple physical therapy appointments for hubby
  • Laundry 
  • Cleaning
  • Paperwork

CURRENTLY READING

TELEVISION / DVR
Next week will be the BIG reveal week for the new shows, so this week we’re still trying to clean out the DVR from all the stacked up summer shows.

HOME PROJECTS
After the move and we get settled one of my first projects will be making a garden area something like this:

KITCHEN WISHES
I LOVE enamelware and would love both sizes of these new pans from Pioneer Woman’s new line at Walmart:

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
OUT for my birthday
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT

SUCCESSFUL RECIPES  FROM LAST WEEK

ON MY MIND
We had an encounter with yet another VERY RUDE VA employee this past week.  I have to wonder if they are instructed to make things more difficult than necessary in order to get people to just go away!  It took us over a month of our time and effort to get a prescription situation corrected, a situation that never should have transpired to begin with. Then in the mail came a new bottle of the same damn drug!  We went back to get it corrected AGAIN! and the male nurse was 100% useless and antagonistic.  Funny thing is hubby specifically told him I was there as his advocate and because I had all the dates and information and the man refused!!!! to deal with me even with hubby standing right there telling him differently. Ironically he called me adversarial, which he did NOT see from me. Really? He thought I was being adversarial because I was giving him factual information to correct an error (AGAIN)?  He should know that adversarial would include a formal complaint against him for his attitude and disrespect of a veteran and we would win because I keep a calendar of dates and interactions regarding ALL VA interactions for exactly this reason.  I am not one to allow someone o jut say, oh well, that’s just how it is.  We proceeded to the pharmacy and were able to correct part of the problem at least with a VERY nice gentleman who actually listened and understood the chain of events.

THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

  • BEING HEALTHY
  • SUCCESSFUL RECIPE EXPERIMENTS
  • HEARING HAPPY STORIES IN THE NEWS

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

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.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

I was having a productive week, and then WHAM! I got hit by the flu.  For once in my life and because it hit so hard and fast that I didn’t have a choice I napped and did virtually nothing for 3 days.  Fortunately dinner was already in the slow cooker on the worst day.  Hope you had a better week!

WEATHER OUTSIDE
It’s been gorgeous this past week, but now we’re inching back up into the 80’s and 90’s, look’s like we may be heading to an Indian Summer with warm days and cool evenings.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK

  • 2 Physical therapy appointments for hubby
  • cleaning
  • laundry

CURRENTLY READING

TELEVISION / DVR

  • Football starts this week!
  • Cedar Cove
  • A few movies we have on the DVR

CRAFTS & PROJECTS
Everything is on hold until next month after the move.

HOME PROJECTS
Can’t wait to get there and have a long list for this category.  We planned this move well though.  We will have an entire week to clean and paint the new place before the trucks get there which will hopefully make unpacking go much more smoothly.
 
KITCHEN WISHES 

USA Pans Pullman Loaf Pan with Cover, Aluminized Steel with Americoat, 9 x 4 x 4 Inches
Prepara Herb Savor Pods, Set of 3
Kuhn Rikon W1184 Square PushPan, 9-Inch Square
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
Chicken & Shrimp Paella
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT

SUCCESSFUL RECIPES  FROM LAST WEEK

RECIPE FINDS TO TRY LATER
SHHHH, don’t tell hubby, but I cut out a few more this week.

  • Creole Coleslaw
  • Slow Cooked BBQ Beef Ribs 
  • Banana Walnut Buttermilk Muffins
  • Cornmeal Souffle
  • Sour Cream Pound Cake
  • John’s Breakfast Bowl
  • Ernestine’s Company Meal

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

  • By all accounts, FISH OIL is the solution to many things not the least of which is preventing a middle aged spread by helping to increase your metabolism  and prevent muscle mass shrinkage as you age. Eating tuna and/or salmon several times a week or a fish supplement with both EPA and DHA daily.

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

  • Microwaving lemons, limes and oranges 10-15 seconds before squeezing yields more juice.
  • Always bring your eggs to room temperature before baking.  They cream with the butter better that way.
  • Always keep your kitchen knives sharp.  They are of more use and actually safer tat way.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA
This poor guy startled me as I almost stepped on him barefooted, but then realized he must have been a victim of the lawnmower.

THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

  • Plans that come together the way they are supposed to 
  • Crisp evenings 
  • Leaves beginning to change colors
  • Warm Meals
  • Smiling Faces

    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.

    HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

    We’re moving in a few weeks so I’m in this horrible LIMBO mode around here. We’re going to have a quiet week before the chaos ensues and I plan to get a lot of reading done as well as try a few new recipes and dessert.  Though, I am really prepared for this move I think and it may not be as bad as we originally thought.  I spent yesterday even making up the individual morning and night pet food bags and separated them into different boxes for the legs of the trip.  I’m also using up EVERYTHING I can in the pantry, fridge and freezer which has made for interesting menu planning.  I’m planning on there NOT be enough left to worry about.  I’ve even got the basic grocery list made for the other end!

    WEATHER OUTSIDE
    Summer is coming to a close here as the kids go back to school and the weather is finally cooling down a bit. We’re supposed to be in the mid 70’s ALL week YAY!  We’re even supposed to get some MUCH needed rain.

    TO DO FOR THE WEEK

    • A couple of follow up appointments to hubby’s surgeries.
    • Transferring medical and VA records
    • Breaking down a storage unit and wrapping it for the move.

    CURRENTLY READING
    I’m working on loading up the kindle for the trip with a few extra books.

    TELEVISION / DVR
    Trying to finish up the shows on the DVR before the new season begins.  We’re going to get a late start with the new season with the move, but we’ll adapt – it’s just TV.

    • Rookie Blue
    • Hell On Wheels
    • The Strain
    • Dark Matter
    • Devious Maids
    • The Last Ship
    • Falling Skies

    HOUSE PROJECTS ON THE BLOCK
    I’m doing quite a few draw ups for the renovation work on the new house, but not going too horribly in depth until we actually get there.

    KITCHEN WISHES
    My birthday is coming up and here are a few of the things on my wish list.

    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
    CORNED BEEF HASH and OVER MEDIUM EGGS & TOAST
    LUNCH
    FRUIT & CHEESE
    SOUP & CRACKERS
    SANDWICH
    OUT
    MEAT & CHEESE
    ??
    DINNER
    EXPERIMENT NIGHT
    C.O.R.N.
    MALIBU CHICKEN & VEGGIES
    DESSERT





    HUMMINGBIRD CAKE

    SUCCESSFUL RECIPES and their links FROM LAST WEEK

    HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIPS

    • Are you going to be painting soon?  We are late next month – THE ENTIRE house from floor to ceiling.  With the rainy cold weather moving in we may not be able to open the windows.  One of the BIG tips I’ve learned over the years is to set bowls of vinegar all around.  The vinegar will literally absorb the paint fumes overnight!
    • A dish towel under your cutting board will do 2 things: 1) it will keep it from sliding around too much and 2) it will catch any drips when slicing juicy food.
    • When searing meat DO NOT OVERCROWD your pan.  The meat needs room on all sides to get an even sear!
    • When bananas are starting to get too ripe, peel and freeze them for smoothies or breads. For smoothies you can add them to the blender frozen and get a colder drink that’s extra smooth.  For breads, just let them thaw 20-30 minutes.
    • Do you like your cookies moist and chewy?  Store an apple wedge in with the cookies to keep them from drying out.

    THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY

    • Getting closer to our final move and gathering all the parts of our life into 1 place.
    • Summer, my least favorite season is drawing closer and closer to a close and bringing in my favorite season, Autumn.

    FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA
    Saturday night’s SUPER Moon was made so much better by the colorful play of the clouds that were moving in for our rainstorm.

    SUPER MOON RISING around 9PM
    SUPER MOON ON HIGH around midnight

    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.

    HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

    I had a busy week and got quite a bit done, but I never seem to have enough hours to get it ALL done! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for a great new week.

    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 still in the mid 90’s, but that horrible smoke is back in the air making life, or at least breathing difficult.  I AM SO READY for fall!

    TO DO FOR THE WEEK

    • Grocery Shopping
    • Physical Therapy appointments 
    • Cleaning
    • Laundry
    • Paperwork

    CURRENTLY READING

    TELEVISION / DVR

    • 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
    EXPERIMENT NIGHT
    WEDNESDAY
    Yogurt with Blueberries & Granola
    Hobo Chicken Casserole
    THURSDAY
    Scrambled Eggs with cheese
    FRIDAY
    Yogurt with Blueberries & Granola
    Ham & Cheese French Toast
    SATURDAY
    Biscuits & Gravy
    Veggie Burgers and Baked Beans
    SUNDAY
    Ham & Cheese Omelets
    Pork & Green Chile Verde Stew with Bacon Scones

    SUCCESSFUL RECIPES  FROM LAST WEEK

    RECIPE FINDS TO TRY LATER
    A few more from the “I promised myself NO MORE recipes until after the BIG move, but couldn’t resist these” pile (I promise the last before we move):

    • Southern Chicken Salad
    • Crab and Corn Cakes with Lime Sour Cream
    • Tomato Jam
    • Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes
    • Mudslide Cupcakes
    • Pina Colada Cupcakes
    • Sweet Tea Vinaigrette
    • Pumpkin Crumb Cake
    • Bacon Caramel Rolls
    • Gingerbread Cookies
    • Gingerbread Cinnamon Buns
    • Caramel Hummingbird Cake
    • Butterscotch Marble Cake
    • Apple Cake with Butterscotch Frosting
    • Gooey Cinnamon Tugs
    • Lemon Foldover Coffee Cake
    • Apple Pull Apart Loaf
    • Roasted Drumsticks with Chipolte Raisin Sauce
    • Chocolate Glazed Creamy Pumpkin Pie

    HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

    • Don’t cut open meat to check doneness.  Use an instant read thermometer instead.  That way you don’t lose all the juice.
    • ALWAYS use a paper towel to pat dry meat before adding to oil to get a better searing.
    • You can bake bacon at 400° on a cookie sheet to get a nice crisp doneness without the hassle of multiple batches in a skillet.

    CRAFTS/PROJECTS
    I can’t wait for autumn so I can make one of these:

    My nephew recently made this pantry for their house and I love it so will do a version of it for our new kitchen.  It’s made with black gas pipe which makes it virtually indestructible.

    And I AM GOING TO FIND a way to do this in my new kitchen!

    THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

    • Time to sit and read undisturbed
    • Finished Projects
    • Looking forward to adventures.

    FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

    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.