HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 3 of 2019

GOOD MORNING everyone! WOW we’re already entering week 3 of 2019,  Why is the time passing by so fast? I’m up early and hoping for a VERY productive day.  My energy levels are still lagging, but I need to take advantage of the better weather today before the next set of storms roll in.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING – The past few days have been pretty nice, days in the 50’s and nights in the 30’s, at least for a couple hours midday LOL 😀 Mornings have been quite gray and foggy, but the sun makes an appearance in time for the sunset most days.  Today will be no exception, but we’re supposed to be back to mostly rain by Wednesday and stay that way for the rest of the week.  I have on Levis, my favorite canvas tennies and comfy sweatshirt.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Banana Slices and Green Tea

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

  • LAUNDRYALL caught up as of yesterday.
  • LIVING AREAS… Need to vacuum and do a bit of tidying.
  • KITCHENREALLY clean as I’ve been polishing counter tops.
  • YARD… nothing
  • BLOG… still need to write up a couple more new recipes and I’m still adjusting the party links to downsize the ones I participate in.   Two weeks into the new year and I have eliminated another 5 party links bringing it up to 13 gone.  There are at least 5 on the chopping block for this week or at the most the end of the month. A few blogs are still on break so I’ll continue evaluating this category until I have it where I want it.  So many blogs have become too commercial and the ads as well as the layer of pages to get to the content have become just too much to bother with.
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… I’m working on next year’s Christmas gifts and will tell you it involves the fabric in the picture below and I found these great pieces on sale this past week.
  • APPOINTMENTS/TO DO… I need to get the oil changed on the car, track down a few medical records to have transferred, am hoping for enough sun today to get at least the small storage space gone through in search of more needed paperwork for the VA…

CRAFTS / PROJECTS What I CAN show you  😀  but CANNOT tell you what the parts will equal.

If you know me, then you know I LOVE to cook!  I usually get several cookbooks for Christmas and I REALLY look forward to them.  The first thing I do is sit down and read them cover to cover, tabbing the recipes I want to make in the weeks ahead.  As you can see, this year was no exception.  My brother sent me the Half Baked Harvest, my girl friend Heather and munchkins gave me the Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Santa brought me the Six Sisters Stuff

For some odd reason this process always brings to mind a specific friend, Julie.  Julie’s dad was a professor at our university and they had a lot of talented kids in her family, several of which were in college at the same time which was quite costly so they lived very modestly on a professor’s salary. Julie was the middle girl of 5 and was quite used to getting the hand me downs.  Julie and I became fast friends and hung out a lot.  Many times there were three of us hanging out in Julie’s rec room as Julie’s friend Joann spent a lot of time there too.  Joann wasn’t into the college scene, but came from money and had other priorities most of the time – parties and such while we studied our butts off and worked several jobs.  Anyway, we all had our talents that we brought to the group.  

Julie used to borrow Joann’s designer clothes, A LOT!   Julie also had mad sewing skills.   The funny part was (and I doubt Joann even knows this now) late at night when we were studying Julie would take a break, disassemble whatever piece she had just borrowed from Joann and whip up her own version by using Joann’s piece as a pattern.  Then she’d put Joann’s dress, skirt, etc… back together, no worse for wear.  Long story short (I know, too late) I think I approach other people’s recipes the same way Julie approached designer clothes by taking it apart piece by piece, tweaking it to meet my flavor desires or textural expectations and putting it back together as an all new piece. 😀

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA – I just LOVE that sliver of moon that made an appearance just in time for my picture.  The clouds covered it almost immediately.

INSPIRATION

I’m ALWAYS trying to remember that life is FULL of change and my favorite saying is,

“Man plans, God laughs!”

SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED We watched BIRD BOX with Sandra Bullock this past week – scary, but interesting movie.  I’m really sad 🙁 though to hear that teens are actually being so stupid and using movies like this to act out stupid scenarios for social media challenges/DARES.

I’M READING I still didn’t get much reading done this past week so I’m still reading: The Misadventures of Catie Bloom: a romantic comedy (Bloom Sisters Book 1) by Brooke Stanton

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH With shows just coming off hiatus we are actually pretty caught up on prime time shows with no DVR backlog.  There is a growing list for NetFlix and Amazon Prime.

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

MEXICAN LASAGNE

TUESDAY

HAWAIIAN CHICKEN

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

TORTILLA BAKE

FRIDAY

CHICKEN & RICE CASSEROLE

FUDGY BROWNIES,

CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD

OR

CRANBERRY PEAR CRISP

SATURDAY

BISCUITS & SAUSAGE GRAVY BAKE

CHEDDAR CHICKEN POTPIE

SUNDAY

QUICHE LORRAINE

PERUVIAN SHEPHERD’S PIE

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

ROAST PORK with APPLE PEAR CREAM SAUCE

MAGIC COOKIE BARS

PUB BURGERS with TANGY PUB SAUCE BAKED SPICY BACON GREEN BEANS

CHICKEN & RICE CASSEROLE

WHISKEY CHILI MEATBALLS WHISKEY BBQ CHICKEN

 

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY – week 2 of 2019

We took a little unplanned trip to the coast for a couple days last week right after a quiet New Year’s Eve and had a wonderful time.  MY BIL and SIL were supposed to be here for the New Year and bailed last minute so we decided a little fun was in order.  Traveling on New Year’s day was actually a FUN experience.  Our biggest issue for the entire trip was that a couple places we wanted to visit were National Parks and closed due to the governmental shut-down.

We were able to get a discounted room on the beach because of the last minute holiday time for the same price as a regular room anywhere else so we were ABSOLUTELY thrilled when it came with a balcony, ocean view and fireplace. The weather was GORGEOUS, the food was WONDERFUL and the scenery was FANTASTIC.  We came home to a beautiful mild end of the week while we finished de-decorating and cleaning up from Christmas.  The timing was PERFECT because by Friday night the weather had turned into a winter storm watch with LOTS of wind and we were inside once again.  At least it was a football playoff weekend and I tried a couple new recipes and got caught up on the laundry.

How was your New Year?

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 The entire week looks pretty much the same – gray, 40’s, rainy, maybe some wind gusts… You know me it’s my daily Levis, a pink long sleeve t-shirt and my favorite lightweight sweatshirt with BIG fluffy socks!

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Huckleberry Green Tea, Kiwi and granola

CRAFTS / PROJECTS Don’t laugh, but I’m actually working on a couple ideas for next Christmas.  I’m also working on getting all the pictures form all our trips the past year edited and the posts completed.  We realized with this last trip that EVERYWHERE we stayed in the past year was under some form of construction which made it a bit of a pain!

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY We used up most of our back stores of Christmas gift tags, bags, ribbons and such this year so I ventured out a couple days after Christmas and into some awesome 75-90% off sales and was able to rebuild our stash for literally pennies on the dollar.  Certainly not something I do every year, but I scored BIG this year 😀

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA This little guy was obviously fed by the people before us!  The fireplace in our room worked so well that we actually had to leave the sliding glass door to the balcony open at night so we didn’t roast which LOL 😀 was such a hard ship to be lulled to sleep by the crashing waves 😀  On our first morning we awoke to this guy squawking LOUDLY!! from our balcony railing as he stared expectantly at us.  😀 LOL When it happened again on day 2 we knew he was expecting to be fed.

INSPIRATION

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

  • LAUNDRY… ALL caught up 😀 though as long as you’re wearing clothes and active this is a perpetual category!  I should just say that the hamper is not overflowing 😀
  • LIVING AREAS… ALL clean and neat except for a few Christmas boxes to be put away after the rain stops – I just don’t want anything wet to go into storage.
  • KITCHEN…  need to put away the dishwasher
  • YARD… nothing
  • BLOG… need to write up a couple new recipes and I’m still adjusting the party links to downsize the ones I participate in.  So many blogs have become too commercial and the ads as well as the layer of pages to get to the content have become just too much to bother with.  Last week alone I eliminated 8 party links.  Many blogs have been on breaks so I’m still evaluating this category and how to handle it.
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… just a bit of prep work on the new personalized Christmas gifts ideas before I pack them away for a few months
  • APPOINTMENTS… dentist
  • TO DO… finish updating my “Where I Like to Party” list and the same old, same old paperwork….

I’M READING I didn’t get much reading done this past week so I’m still reading: The Misadventures of Catie Bloom: a romantic comedy (Bloom Sisters Book 1) by Brooke Stanton

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH Shows are just starting back up after the holidays so not much on the DVR or list right now. We rented a couple movies this past week.

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

Essential Oils really work!

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

DESSERT

MONDAY – FRIDAY

GREEN TEA,

BANANA & YOGURT

CHICKEN or TUNA SALAD

MONDAY

CARAPULCRA

TUESDAY

MEXICAN PORK ROAST

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

CHICKEN with TOMATOES & HONEY

FRIDAY

CARIBBEAN TURKEY

SATURDAY

CHICKEN with BABY PEAS

SUNDAY

FARMHOUSE CHICKEN CASSEROLE

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

 

HORSERADISH POTATO CRUSTED BEEF STEW

Another RECIPE SCRAP recipe wins!  The horseradish and cheddar cheese combo is AWESOME! and really elevates a basic stew to the next level.

HORSERADISH POTATO CRUSTED BEEF STEW

STEW
1 1/2 pounds lean stew meat, diced small bite sized
1 cup blended red wine
1/2 cup Moscato white wine
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste
1 orange, sliced
1/3 cup Wondra
1 large Vidalia onion, quartered and sliced
4 carrots, sliced into thick chunks
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
3/4 cup beef bone broth
2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • Place half the orange slices the bottom of a non-metallic bowl.
  • Top with beef pieces.
  • Generously season with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Top with the remaining orange slices.
  • Whisk together the wines and caraway seeds.
  • Pour over beef, cover and marinade over night or at least 4 hours.

 

  • Preheat oven 325°.
  • Drain the beef WELL, discard oranges, but reserve the marinade.
  • Heat the oil over medium high heat in dutch oven.
  • Generously season the beef with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Dredge the beef in the Wondra.
  • Sear the beef pieces.
  • Add the onions, garlic and carrots and simmer 5 minutes or so.
  • Add mushrooms.
  • Whisk together the cornstarch with the beef stock and marinade, whisking until blended. Stir into stew.
  • Season to taste.
  • Cover and cook in oven 45 minutes.

CRUST – prepare potato crust so it is ready at the 45 minute mark
1 1/2 pounds YUKON potatoes, grated
1 tablespoon Avocado oil or 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons creamy horseradish
2/3 cup grated SHARP cheddar cheese
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste

  • Blanch the grated potatoes for 5 minutes in boiling water.
  • Drain well.
  • Use a cheesecloth to squeeze any remaining liquid from the potatoes.
  • Stir in avocado oil, horseradish, cheese and season to taste.
  • Layer potatoes evenly over the stew.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 400°.
  • Cook 30 minutes more until the potato crust is crisp and golden brown.

CREAMSICLE CHICKEN – PAN SEARED CHICKEN with CREAMY ORANGE SAUCE

This recipe is tender, juicy, looks elegant and pairs wonderfully with any green vegetable.  It is truly my intention to try AT LEAST 1 recipe a week from my RECIPE SCRAPS.  I now have one more scrap of paper gone!

CREAMSICLE CHICKEN – PAN SEARED CHICKEN with CREAMY ORANGE SAUCE serves 4
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (see notes)
3 tablespoons brandy
1 1/4 cups orange juice (see notes)
4 green onions, minced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
6 ounce orange yogurt (see notes)
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon water
scant tablespoon avocado oil
Orange slices for garnish
Jasmine rice, prepared per package

  • Heat avocado oil in a heavy skillet over medium0high heat.
  • Generously season chicken pieces with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Saute’ chicken breasts 2-3 minutes per side until golden.
    Remove chicken to plate, tent with foil and keep warm.
  • De-glaze pan with brandy.
  • Add orange juice, garlic and green onions.
  • Bring to a boil for 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to simmer 2-3 minutes.
  • Whisk together cornstarch with water.
  • Whisk cornstarch mixture into yogurt.
  • Whisk yogurt mixture into pan sauce and adjust seasoning.
  • Simmer until thickened and cooked through.

NOTES:

  • If you prefer 8 thighs can be substituted easily.
  • I sometimes use a pineapple orange juice to alter the flavor a bit.
  • YOPLAIT orange cream works beautifully.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY – week 1 of 2019

GOOD MORNING sweet ladies and HAPPY NEW YEAR. Can you believe another year has passed us by? May 2019 be one of your best years ever and fill you with happiness and joy.  We don’t celebrate out much on the new year anymore, that stopped when we had dogs and they hated the fireworks and noise so we started staying home for a quiet evening.  PLUS we never had to worry about being on the roads with ice, snow or those who had had too much to drink.  This year though the pups are no longer our reason, but it will be much the same.  I’m making a batch of black eyed pea chili with the left over prime rib from Christmas and we’ll watch movies and snuggle. WHATEVER you do this evening be safe and have fun.
There is one day a week and 2 memes that I do regularly to help keep on track;  Happy Homemaker Monday over at Sandra’s blog,  Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and Menu Plan Monday over at Laura’s blog, I’m an Organizing Junkie. I made myself 2 new, brighter and lighter badges for this year, BUT I’m also trying to add back in a bit more blogging with where I also like to blog hop for inspiration and creative ideas.  I fell a bit out of it last year with finishing the HOUSE FROM HELL and the move, but here in 2019 I will get back into the swing of things in the evenings as we watch television.  Doing this helps with my inspiration for cooking, crafts and even trips to take.  It just takes a bit of organization in the beginning and then you’re able to stay on track regularly. I just keep a spiral bound notebook where I attach a printed page of link ups where I check off the 3 links I’m sharing that week.  By checking off the blogs as I join in I also get a satisfied feeling of completing projects.  I’m including that list at the end in case you want to check any of them out and/or join in 😀

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE It’s been pretty nice the past few days since Christmas with the sun coming out in time to set and create some gorgeous sunsets!  But, that also make it much cooler at night with being clear so we’re still on the crisp side with highs in the 40’s during the day and down into the upper 20’s and lower 30’s at night.  We’re supposed to get back to rain by Friday.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Today is Blueberry Green Tea, a banana and some rice krispies.

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY I saw an image on INSTAGRAM I immediately fell in love with, so I made myself one to work on being more productive, positive and happy… and then I saw another one I also made for myself and together they will work in tandem to keep me focused.

I’m also doing a “THANKFUL” jar again this year.  You jot down one thing you’re grateful each week, place it in the jar and then read them all on New Year’s eve next year.

And then I also saw this one.  While I can no longer have sugar I LOVE the inspiration behind it. 😀

FAVORITE PHOTO(S) FROM THE CAMERA

Sunset December 28th 2018

Munchkins Christmas Eve 2018

INSPIRATION

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

  • LAUNDRY… sheets, towels and casuals
  • LIVING AREAS… vacuuming, dusting
  • KITCHEN… straighten pantry
  • YARD… nothing
  • BLOG… party links, pinterest updates and some recipe updating
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… nothing this week
  • APPOINTMENTS… nothing this week
  • TO DO… paperwork

I’M READING

  • The Misadventures of Catie Bloom: a romantic comedy (Bloom Sisters Book 1) by Brooke Stanton

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, DVD OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH – we rented a few Netflix movies over the weekend

  • ALPHA – pretty good coming of age move
  • RIVER RUNS RED –  we had trouble getting into this as it moved very slow and actually didn’t even finish it.
  • A SIMPLE FAVOR –  scary movie (in a really weird way)!

shows I like to watch in general:
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

DRAMAS & REALITY – The Good Doctor, This Is Us, The Resident, the Amazing Race, Dancing With the Stars, American Ninja Warrior

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

BLACK EYED PEA CHILI

TUESDAY

R.E.D. recipe experiment dinner night COWBOY GOULASH

WEDNESDAY

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

THURSDAY

Potato Crusted Beef Stew

FRIDAY

Chicken Lasagne

SATURDAY

Chicken Biriani

SUNDAY

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

WHERE I LIKE TO PARTY

SUNDAYS
DISHING IT & DIGGING IT at Rustic & Refined
INSPIRE-BE-INSPIRED Sunday Features at Denise Designed
NIFTY THRIFTY SUNDAY at Meet Our Life
OVER THE MOON at Marilyn’s Treats
SOUPER SUNDAY at Kahakai Kitchen
SUNDAY’S BEST at Mother 2 Mother
SUNDAYS AT HOME at Celebrating Everyday Life, Love of Home, Starfish Cottage, Little Farmstead and My Soulful Home
THAT DIY PARTY at DIY Show Off

MONDAYS
AMAZE ME MONDAY at Dwellings The Heart of Your Home
CELEBRATE YOUR STORY at Celebrate & Decorate and Sweet Sensations
COOKING & CRAFTING with J&J at Julie’s Creative Lifestyle
CRAFTASTIC MONDAY at Sew Can Do
HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
INSPIRATION MONDAY at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Our Southern Home, What Meegan Makes, Inspiration for Moms and Refresh Restyle
INSPIRE ME MONDAY at Domestically Speaking, Create with Joy and My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
MADE BY YOU MONDAY at Skip To My Lou
MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY at The Dedicated House
MELT IN YOUR MOUTH MONDAY at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms and
MENU PLAN MONDAY at I’m an Organizing Junkie
MERRY MONDAY at Where The Smiles Have Been and Our Crafty Mom
MIX IT UP MONDAY at Flour Me With Love
MOTIVATE ME MONDAY at Keeping It Simple, Rae Gun Ramblings, Pieces by Polly and Housewife Eclectic
PROJECT INSPIRED at The How To Home and Yesterday on Tuesday
SHOW and SHARE at Coastal Charm
SHOW AND TELL at Flamingo Toes
TUTORIALS & TIPS at Home Stories A to Z

TUESDAYS
DIY TUESDAYS at DIY Dreamer
INSPIRE ME TUESDAY at A Stroll Through Life
LOU LOU GIRLS FABULOUS PARTY at Lou Lou Girls
THE SCOOP at Confessions of a Plate Addict, Cedar Hill Farmhouse, Stone Gable and Worthing Court
TALK OF THE TOWN at My RePurposed Life
TREASURE BOX TUESDAY at Memories by the Mile
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME at Our Home Away From Home
TUESDAYS WITH A TWIST at Stone Cottage Adventures, Back To The Basics and God’s Growing Garden

WEDNESDAYS
SHARE YOUR STYLE at 21 Rosemary Lane and Kingsbury Brook Farm
WINTER BLUES WEDNESDAYS aka SWING INTO SPRING at DIY by Design
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY at Eclectic Red Barn, Ducks in A Row, Marilyn’s Treats, My Life Abundant, Mom Resource, Engineer Mommy, Simple Steps for Living Life, 2JustByou
WOW ME WEDNESDAYS at Ginger Snap Crafts
WOW US WEDNESDAY at Savvy Southern Style with A French Twist

THURSDAYS
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS at Embracing Change
DAGMAR’S PARTY at Dagmar’s Home
FAVORITE THINGS at Katherine’s Corner, Vintage Mama’s Cottage, Eclectic Red Barn, Shoestring Elegance, Follow the Yellow Brick Home, Petite Haus, Marilyn’s Treats
FULL PLATE THURSDAY at Miz Helen’s Cottage
GRACE AT HOME at Imparting Grace
HOME SWEET HOME at The Charm of Home
I’M LOVIN’ IT at Tidy Mom
PIN JUNKIE PIN PARTY at The PIN Junkie
SHARE YOUR CUP at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
THIS IS HOW WE ROLL THURSDAY at 31 Organized

FRIDAYS
BLOGGERS PIT STOP at The Blogger’s Lifestyle
FOODIE FRIDAY at Back to My Southern Roots
HANDMADE HANGOUT at A Glimpse Inside, Gardners to Bergers, Too Much Time on My Hands and Twin Dragonfly Designs
HOME MATTERS at Life with Lorelai
PRETTY PINTASTIC PARTY at Coffee with Us 3, Annie’s Noms, My BIG Fat Happy Life, Divas Run for Bling, A Princess and Her Pirates, The Whole Serving, This Scattered Life, As for Me and My Homestead, Lynchburg Mama, Phoenix Mom Blog, Pop Shop America, Beyond Mommying, Sparkle Living, Frugal Family Adventures, Sword Fights and Starry Nights and Candace Woesch

SATURDAYS
SATURDAY SPARKS at Pieced Pastimes
SHARE IT ONE MORE TIME at Everyday Home
SWAY SHAREFEST at The Sway Life
WEEKEND COOKING at Beth Fish Reads
WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS PARTY at Crafts a la Mode

CHICKEN BLT CASSEROLE

CHICKEN BLT CASSEROLE serves 6
12 ounces Barilla cellentani or rotini pasta
6 slices bacon, chopped, cooked until crispy
3 cups rotisserie chicken pieces
2 cups alfredo sauce (homemade or jar** – your choice)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 cups micro arugula
2 large green onions, sliced thin
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray 3 quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook pasta al dente per package directions. Drain well.
  • In a large mixing bowl toss pasta with chicken pieces.
  • Add alfredo sauce and toss until well coated.
  • Season to taste with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Fold in green onions, bacon pieces and tomatoes.
  • Cover and bake 25 minutes.
  • Top with cheese and return to oven uncovered for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Enjoy.

NOTES:

  • This recipe is good leftover. BUT is BEST FRESH because of the lettuce and tomato. 
  • RAGU makes a basil alfredo that is super yummy!

BANANA PUMPKIN MERINGUE PIE

When we go antiquing one of my favorite finds are old recipe boxes, BUT they have to be full of lovingly handwritten recipes!  Needless to say between these finds, cookbooks and magazines I have amassed a LARGE amount of recipes to try or if you will, scraps of recipes, hence the new meme name.

Years ago I participated in a meme called Magazine Monday in an effort to clean out magazines and cook booklets hosted over at the now defunct blog Cream Puffs in Venice. I’d love to revive that meme AND clean out ALL my scraps of paper, but as I don’t know how to contact her for her permission to use the meme, I’ve decided to create my own theme called RECIPE SCRAPS and even better it won’t be tied to a specific day 😀  I like not assigning a specific day to this theme AND even better these scraps of paper will go away forever as I try each recipe.

BANANA PUMPKIN MERINGUE PIE
1 pie crust (homemade or store bought – your choice)
1 can Libby’s pumpkin puree
6 bananas
3 eggs
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon FRESHLY grated nutmeg
pinch FRESH ground salt

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Arrange unpeeled bananas on cookie sheet and roast 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before handling.
  • Increase oven temperature to 375°.
  • Line a 9 inch pie plate with pie dough.
  • Lightly brush the edges of the pie shell with heavy cream to create a perfect, golden brown finish.
  • Peel bananas.
  • Add bananas to food processor and puree.
  • Add sugar, eggs, cream, pumpkin pie spice, butter, nutmeg and salt.
  • Add pumpkin and stir until JUST incorporated.
  • Transfer to pie plate.
  • Bake 50 minutes or until set around edges and only slightly jiggles.
  • Cool completely on rack.

MERINGUE
4 egg whites
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
pinch FRESH ground salt

  • Preheat oven broiler.
  • Beat egg whites until frothy.
  • Add cream of tartar and powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until stiff glossy curled peaks form.
  • Spread on filling being sure to seal the edges to the pie crust.
  • Swirl meringue with the back of a spoon to create decorative peaks.
  • Broil at least 4 inches from the heat source for 5-7 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Let cool 30 minutes before slicing.

NOTE:

  • Preparing your meringue in a freezer chilled metal bowl with freezer chilled beaters helps with the meringue success.
  • If you have a kitchen torch, you can also use this method as an alternative, but be careful to spread the flame evenly across the entire surface to achieve a uniform look.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 52 of 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS sweet friends.  I know we all have tons to do today so let me get right to it.

All I can say is if you aren’t ready yet, don’t work so hard that you don’t enjoy it too!

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 – I know this will surprise you, but it’s raining here LOL 😀 I do pray for safe travels for everyone traveling over the holiday, but I’m LOVING that I have no where to go and can just relax and enjoy it. It’s also in the mid 40’s where it’s supposed to be all week so we won’t have a white Christmas, but as the week progresses the lows will dip into the low30’s and even the 20’s so maybe New Year’s will be white instead.  I’, wearing a comfy pair of Levi’s, a long sleeve Christmas green t-shirt, thick fluffy socks (since I don’t even have to go outside today) and a gray sweatshirt.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE – Blackberries, blueberry green tea and cheerios

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY Just a few jokes

FAVORITE PHOTOS FROM THE CAMERA Last Saturday was baking day with the munchkins to make the Giving Plates.  We had so much fun! We made Magic cookie bars, corn flake wreathes, grasshopper brownies, peanut butter balls and peanut butter rice crispy balls to add to the Brigadeiros and salted pumpkin caramels I had already made. 

Besides the neighbor giving plates we made a couple plates for their dad’s fire station guys.  They took turns measuring, pouring, stirring and then all enjoyed decorating.  They got a real kick out of my “blue gloves”.  Mom and dad were able to get their packages wrapped while they were busy here 😀

INSPIRATION

Here’s a little holiday funny I saw on facebook over the weekend – just to make you laugh 😀

And so I made my own just for fun 😀

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

  • LAUNDRY… ALL caught up
  • LIVING AREAS… ALL clean
  • KITCHEN… ALL clean from munchkin baking day and ready for Christmas
  • YARD… nothing much
  • BLOG… some recipe updating, future post planning and even some holiday post planning
  • PROJECTS… nothing this week – this week is for relaxing and enjoying the holidays
  • APPOINTMENTS… NONE
  • TO DO… same old same old 😀

I’M READING – I’m still reading Yours after Dark, both series by Marie Force

WHAT IS ON THE DVR OR LIST TO WATCH – There are still a number of Christmas movies to watch

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

COWBOY BEANS and GREEN CHILE CORN BEER BREAD

TUESDAY

PRIME RIB, SCALLOPED POTATOES, BROCCOLINI, SOUR CREAM FAN ROLLS, CRANBERRY RELISH

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

BANANA PUMPKIN MERINGUE PIE

SATURDAY

?? ??

BLACK EYED PEA CHILI

SUNDAY

?? ??

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 51 OF 2018

We took our Christmas “gift” trip last week and went to Seattle where it rained, but LOL we expected so there were no BIG surprises. We came home to GORGEOUS weather here only for it to literally change into a serious storm while I was out getting the errands and groceries done – or at least trying to – the storm was so severe it knocked out multiple trees which in turn knocked out multiple power lines which turned the city into a parking lot with no working traffic lights and closed down virtually EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE!  It took me hours to get home and then I had to go back the next day to finish.

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 – RAIN and yet MORE RAIN.  Oh and add in some cold – typical Pacific Northwest weather, but I really do love it.  As usual I’m wearing Levis with my favorite gray and pink plaid flannel shirt.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE – While it’s boring, it agrees with me so I’m having hot tea (huckleberry this morning) with a banana and peach yogurt

CRAFTS / PROJECTS – Nothing much til after the holidays

FUTURE IDEASHave y’all seen this? I saw it on Facebook over the weekend and fell in love with the idea. Each kid has their own snowman to unwrap and the bottom gift is a toy, the middle gift is clothing, the head is a favorite snack, and the card is either cash or a gift card! Super cute idea and keeps you from going overboard!

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA –  We ate at a fun Italian restaurant when we were in Seattle at PIKE PLACE MARKET last week.  I LOVE that they are so sure of themselves that there wasn’t even a sign for the business name.  We found them online while researching the market and used GPS to get there.  We were so surprised to find no sign, but were confident we were there since the name of the restaurant is THE PINK DOOR. We had a GREAT lunch and if we lived closer would go back regularly.

INSPIRATION

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

  • LAUNDRY… just a couple loads
  • LIVING AREAS... need to vacuum
  • KITCHEN… pretty clean
  • YARD… nothing much
  • BLOG… preparing BLOGMAS and AnnaBelle Elf on the Shelf posts to get through Christmas,
  • PROJECTS… nothing until 2019
  • APPOINTMENTS… dermatologist, baking with the munchkins
  • TO DO

I’M READING – I just finished Fatal Invasion and then started Yours after Dark, both series by Marie Force

WHAT IS ON THE DVR OR LIST TO WATCH – Baking shows and Christmas movies of course!

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

R.E.D. recipe experiment dinner WHISKEY MUSTARD MEATBALLS

TUESDAY

CHICKEN with TOMATOES & HONEY

WEDNESDAY

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

THURSDAY

STIR FRY CHICKEN & SNOW PEAS

FRIDAY

CHICKEN POTATO CAKE

SATURDAY

BRAISED HORSERADISH BEEF

SUNDAY

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

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 50 of 2018

GOOD MORNING sweet friends!  It’s really early here – I absolutely HATE early morning appointments ESPECIALLY on a Monday and when it’s rainy and foggy on top of that. But, it was all that was available in December that worked with the schedule.  At least we’re getting an early start 😀

I hope you had a great week/weekend.  Ours was extremely cold and wet, but productive.  We also managed to get the DVR cleaned out and watch some football too.

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

RAIN, COLD and MORE RAIN and COLD!  BUT, I’m loving it.  Slowly, but surely I’m getting more cold weather gear together – that’s the hard part about moving from where it was hot and humid to here.  We’re supposed to be in the mid 40’s ALL week and WET!  Our lows are dipping into the 20’s and 30’s at night.

I’m wearing Levi’s with my pink turtleneck and gray hoodie with warm socks and boots 😀

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATESAME OLD, SAME OLD Green Tea, banana and yogurt

CRAFTS / PROJECTS – I finally finished the Christmas present for my friend and neighbor and it now resides on her front porch so I can show you the finished project.  It’s a reversible scarecrow and snowman.  I saw one in an antique store that was all beat up and crudely done plus they wanted a small fortune for it so hubby built one for me and I painted and decorated it. Hubby was nice enough to build me one too!

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY – I really LOVE Christmas, but HATE crowds.  So I sat down yesterday and made up my menu through the first week of January so that the next time I go grocery shopping I should be able to get EVERYTHING I need other than the obvious perishables and meat that comes from the butcher.  At least any other stops will be a quick trip through the express line.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA – I really love how the clouds were hugging the mountain tops lately.

INSPIRATION

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

  • LAUNDRY… All caught up
  • LIVING AREAS… vacuuming
  • KITCHEN… empty the dishwasher, clean the pantry
  • YARD… lots of rain, so nothing
  • BLOG… getting caught up on BLOGMAS, ELF on the SHELF, recipes
  • PROJECTS… baking for the Giving Plates
  • APPOINTMENTS… nothing til 2019 after hubby’s dental appointment this morning
  • TO DO… still have 3 gifts to do that I’m a bit stumped on, menu updating, recipe development

I’M READING – I just started Marie Force’s Fatal Invasion (book 13 of this series) – I’ve been reading her since she first started writing and love her characters and series. ANNABELLE UPDATES FROM LAST WEEK – AnnaBelle has been busy this week getting into trouble AND keeping her friends entertained.  

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

BUFFALO CHICKEN MAC & CHEESE NESTS

TUESDAY

WINTER PORK ROAST & DUCHESS POTATO CASSEROLE

WEDNESDAY

CHICKEN CONTINENTAL

THURSDAY

BBQ CHICKEN MAC & CHEESE BITES

FRIDAY

R.E.D. recipe experiment dinner

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 49 of 2018

GOOD MORNING Let me start with the BIG question. ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS, let alone December? I’m actually ready.  I had a productive week inside and out.  Hubby and I decorated outside on the 1 day we had no rain and the tree went up the day after Thanksgiving while we had family here to help decorate.

I might actually be getting my MOJO back.  The Christmas cards are done and mailed.  I have the last of the shipping boxes ready to take to the post office later this morning.  It will just be the 2 of us for the actual holiday so that makes things a bit easier too.  I ordered the prime rib from the butcher and will do my major shopping for the sides the week of the 17th.  Once again with just 2 of us I’m making smaller portions and less food all around.

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 – Last week was EXTREMELY wet and cold.  This week they’re predicting colder, but dryer at least.  We’re supposed to be in the mid 40’s all week with lows at night to the mid 20’s – definitely hot tea or cocoa weather. I’m off early to an appointment out of town (an hour away and 10 degrees colder) so I’m wearing layers!  Levis with warm socks and boots, a long sleeve thermal, flannel shirt and lightweight sweatshirt.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE – Honey and oats granola with a banana and green tea

CRAFTS / PROJECTS – I won’t be starting anything new until after the New Year but will share with you my “Christmas Wreath”.  I had seen the idea on Pinterest originally and then found this awesome antique frame.  With the slatted area it has allowed me to make seasonal ribbons and decorations that can be laced in and tied and then easily unlaced to change to the next holiday or season.

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY -My nephew, Wyatt Douglas was born healthy on Saturday and my niece is recuperating nicely after a last minute C-section.  He’s an adorable cutie (not that I’m biased or anything).  My niece and her twin are both extremely private and not even on social media so I will not be sharing unauthorized photos no matter how much I want to show you how cute he is.  I’m actually thrilled that they take social media privacy so seriously.  I know a few that don’t and their kids are going to hate them when they are old enough to realize what was shared throughout their life.

I started BLOGMAS 2018 on Saturday and hope you’re joining me.  It’s never too late to join in! There will be some form of a linky (I’m not happy with the initial ones and will probably be changing) on each post and they will be open ALL month long so join in when you can 😀

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA – It’s #ElfOnTheShelf time for the munchkins.  Meet our new elfette, AnnaBelle.  Her buddy, Alvin will be arriving on Wednesday.

INSPIRATION

SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED – My munchkins loaned me the Elf On The Shelf movie – LOL 😀 I had never seen it.  Pretty cute, just wish I had come up with it!

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

  • LAUNDRY… just a couple loads of clothing and towels
  • LIVING AREAS… really clean, vacuumed yesterday
  • KITCHEN… also really clean
  • YARD… the moss deterrent was put on the rook last week before the serious rain – other than that nothing much
  • BLOG… BLOGMAS 2018 & some recipe updating
  • PROJECTS… a couple of secret gifts being built 😀
  • APPOINTMENTS… nothing this week

I’M READING – not much this week, just too tired by the time I fall into bed

WHAT IS ON THE DVR OR LIST TO WATCH – Christmas movies of course.  Most everything else has been cleaned out over the Thanksgiving weekend.

FUNNY FOR THE SEASON

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

CHICKEN CONTINENTAL

TUESDAY

BBQ CHICKEN MACARONI & CHEESE

WEDNESDAY

BUFFALO MACARONI & CHEESE BITES

THURSDAY

TOMATO BASIL SOUP

FRIDAY

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 48 of 2018

GOOD MORNING I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings with your family and friends AND for those of you that braved Black Friday I hope it was safe and worth your time.  Personally, my black Friday was done on line, in my PJ’s and will be delivered today and tomorrow. 😀

We had a small and simple Thanksgiving, just 4 of us and we didn’t even get any pictures taken except this picture of the table before dinner.

We also took advantage of a small break in the weather and cut down our Christmas tree at our favorite Christmas tree farm. 

I loved this cute little sign and was amused as we were leaving and I looked over to see this umbrella on a tree.  I figure someone set it there to concentrate on cutting their tree and evidently the rain had stopped so they just forgot it 🙁

I also did a little shopping Saturday for the Shop Small, Shop Local event.  There is a darling shop in town that I found several ornaments for the tree and a couple of gifts at.  They did a wonderful open house spread and gave away wooden snowflake ornaments as a gift with your purchase. 🙂 I’m also looking forward to the craft fair at the fairgrounds next weekend.

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 – Today is a much needed break in the wet weather.  We’re supposed to be in the low 50’s today and mid 40’s the rest of this week as well as VERY wet the rest of the week.  As normal I’m wearing Levi’s, a soft turtleneck and a matching flannel shirt with my warm fleece boots.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE – Green tea, cheerios and a banana

WHAT’S IN THE CRAFT BASKET – I’m finishing the Christmas Cards and getting them addressed to mail this week.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA – We went to the Festivals of Lights over the Thanksgiving weekend during the one evening of no rain and I was able to get quite a few good pictures.  I LOVE the entrance – always the same, but also always beautiful.

INSPIRATION

SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED

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

  • LAUNDRY…all done!
  • LIVING AREAS… all done!
  • KITCHEN… pretty clean, but getting a deep clean today from the Thanksgiving mess.
  • YARD… nothing much with all the rain
  • BLOG… I’m working on my BLOGMAS posts and still have a recipes to update
  • PROJECTS… finish wrapping gifts and shipping boxes
  • APPOINTMENTS… just one mid week
  • TO DO… still working on this list

I’M READING -Still trying to finish Vickie McKeehan’s Indigo Brothers Series

WHAT IS ON THE DVR OR LIST TO WATCH – tons of Christmas movies! I have one going in the background all day while I’m working on things.

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

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

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

CHILI SKILLET & CORNBREAD

THURSDAY

FRENCH ONION PEPPER BACON SOUP

FRIDAY

WHISKEY MOLASSES BEEF

SATURDAY

SAUSAGE BRUNCH PIES ??

MONGOLIAN BEEF

SUNDAY

BAKED EGGS ?? BEEF RAGU

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