HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 43 of 2020

GOOD MORNING my dear friends.  I’m finally getting back into routine! Or so I thought I was until the handle broke on the bathroom faucet as I was brushing my teeth yesterday.  I hadn’t planned on going to town until later in the week! So, I turned the bathroom water off under the sink and did some quick recalculations on my errands and recipe needs for the grocery list so I could get them ALL done on the same day and be able to stay home the rest of the week 😀 Fortunately, my hair appointment is local so that’s like staying home.

Despite my normal relaxed Sunday routine being interrupted, it worked and I was able to get EVERYTHING done in an even quicker amount of time than I would have during the week and even ended up with a couple bonus items (new UGG’s and weatherproof boots) because I was in the right place at the right time!

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING It’s foggy, cool and crisp in the mornings and evenings!  YAY!  Fall is truly here.  It takes all day, but we have been getting up to high 60’s by the afternoons.

I’m wanting to come up with a couple fall projects and saw these adorable and easy tin can pumpkins over at Drug Store Divas.

And I also want to try this Pumpkin Surprise Marble Cake over at Cindy’s OnLine Recipe Box.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water & peach yogurt

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • HAIR APPOINTMENT WEDNESDAY! FINALLY! IT’S BEEN 6 MONTHS!
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – Started the series, The Haunting of Bly Manor
  • PRIME – still finishing Eureka
  • HULU – A few Doogie Howsers
  • CRACKLE – nothing this week
  • IMDb – nothing this week
  • CABLE – Halloween Wars, Halloween Baking Championship, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead

I’M READING

  • Christmas Kisses  – Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge book #2

and up next is:

  • South of Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I’m still cleaning up photo files, but I did capture this beautiful sunset over the pond on Saturday night.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER & BUTTERMILK BISCUITS
S.O.S.
C.O.R.N.  clean out refrigerator night
HAM & BROCCOLI NOODLE CASSEROLE & SALAD
SPINACH ARTICHOKE CHICKEN & SALAD
SWEET & SOUR ROAST, CANDIED ACORN SQUASH and ASIAGO POTATOES
C.O.R.N. clean out refrigerator night
DESSERT
GINGER STREUSEL PUMPKIN PIE

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER
  • HAM & BROCCOLI NOODLE CASSEROLE
  • SPINACH ARTICHOKE CHICKEN

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY WEEK 47 OF 2020

GOOD MORNING

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
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OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX –
  • PRIME –
  • HULU –
  • CRACKLE –
  • IMDb –
  • CABLE –

I’M READING

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

 

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
U
B
C
H
P
H
C
DESSERT
C

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RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

HAPPY HOMEMAKER week 42 of 2020

GOOD MORNING This will be another short and sweet post.  We’re headed home in the next couple days and bot am I ready this time!!!  I want to get back into a routine and do some cooking and start to enjoy fall!

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING The weather has finally cooled off and there is even a little rain predicted, but as usual I have on Levis and a comfy casual t-shirt with POPs 😀

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, peach yogurt and FRESH fruit

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
I Can’t wait to catch up!
  • NETFLIX – ??
  • PRIME – ??
  • HULU – ??
  • CRACKLE – ??
  • IMDb – ??
  • CABLE -??

I’M READING

  • The Color of Heaven (Book #1) by Julianne Maclean and I am really enjoying her style of writing.  She has a unique ability to drift in and out of tense while painting a very descriptive picture! She has 13 books in this series and they are all stand alone reads.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP forgive the poor grammar from this picture I found, but it does work 😀

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
??
??
??
??
??
??
??
DESSERT
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

HAPPY HOMEMAKER week 41 of 2020

GOOD MORNING I’ll make this quick as we’re back on the road in a bit to our next stop… I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and are ready for this first full week of October.

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING We still don’t have any specific answers to why we made this trip to begin with, but are hoping to yet this week. In the meantime we are taking a little side trip to see family before they move cross country in a few weeks.

It’s finally cooled down to normal here where we are leaving and the smoke is dissipating, but we’re traveling farther south and won’t be able to enjoy it 🙁 Where we’re headed is having an unseasonable high and will be in the mid to high 80’s 🙁

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and yogurt

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • While we were at SIL’s we watched a lot of what she had on tape – CANNONBALL, WIPEOUT and several movies; INHERITANCE, DESCENDANTS, MIB, THE STATION AGENT, ANOTHER WORLD, CONTAGION

I’M READING

  • TIN GOD a Delta Crossroads series by Stacey Green

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA The hazy smoke from the GLASS fire was so bad I didn’t get many pictures. The few I got are on IG. I did get this picture of a picture that I fell in love with 😀

INSPIRATIONAL There is SOOOOO SOOOOO much going on in the world around us that needs our ongoing and daily prayer, but I’m trying to approach it all from a positive stance:

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
??
??
??
??
??
??
??
DESSERT

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • CHERRY PINEAPPLE BUNDT CAKE
  • SLOW COOKER CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 40 of 2020

GOOD MORNING everyone!  I hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.  Can you believe we’re at the end of September already?  I hate to mention it, but that means Christmas is only 88 days away!  What a surreal year 2020 has been! I’m jumping right in as we are leaving in a few minutes for the all day trek to my favorite SIL’s house! 😀

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING The weather is great here and supposed to be even better as we’re headed back down to SIL’s house for another visit to the lawyer this week so I’m dressed for traveling – comfy jeans, hoodie and favorite pops. 😀

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Ice Tea and baby food since we’re on the road

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • TRIP TO SIL’S HOUSE FOR A VISIT WITH THE TRUST LAWYER in hope of having some definitive answers to the multitude of questions that keep multiplying because of younger SIL’S lack of forthcoming information.
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
GOOD THING THESE THINGS ARE PORTABLE THESE DAYS 😀
  • NETFLIX – I finished season Hart of Dixie, On season 1 of Cobra Kai
  • PRIME – Eureka season 4
  • HULU – 11-22-63
  • CRACKLE – My Favorite Martian with Bill Bixby and Ray Walston – I remember watching some reruns as a kid 😀
  • IMDb – nothing last week
  • CABLE – NASCAR (trucks, Xfinity and CUP series) – normally it would be ALL football and lots of it, but hubby is fed up with all the political aspects and is just not watching it much. We did see the Chargers and Chiefs as well as the Patriots and Seahawks last night.

I’M READING Ava Miles Merriam’s series book #6 A BREATH OF JASMINE, but am almost finished and have downloaded a couple more for the road.  Up next is GATORS AND GARTERS by Jana Deleon Book #18 in her Miss Fortune series followed by QUINN VALLEY RANCH trilogy by Pamela Kelley.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA Well, I did it!  I took the plunge into hope that 2021 is worth planning for!  I bought a 2021 planner! 😀

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
SIL’s CHOICE
CSIL’s CHOICE
SIL’s CHOICE
SIL’s CHOICE
SIL’s CHOICE
??
??
DESSERT
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

  • BAKED RICOTTA DIP
  • ITALIAN MEATBALLS in RUSTIC TOMATO SAUCE
  • CREAMY CHICKEN, STUFFING& GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • UPDATED HUNTER CHICKEN
  • GREEN BEANS IN BACON CHEESE SAUCE
  • CHOCOCHIP RAISIN OATMEAL COOKIES
  • CHEESY STUFFED CHICKEN

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 39 of 2020

GOOD MORNING I hope everyone had a wonderful last week and is ready to work on this one – the last FULL one of September!  Can you believe that already? It’s time to start thinking about the holidays. My neighbor put up really tacky Halloween lights (that only accentuate the fact that they don’t care for their yard very well) over the weekend that really made me think about what this holiday season amid a pandemic will be like.  I know, strange correlation, but things will be so different for kids at Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas parties will be smaller, etc…

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING HA HA 😀 It seems like I have a uniform – levis and a comfy shirt.

I’m hopeful that the smoke and ash are in the past and that the rain we had last week as well as what is predicted this week is truly aiding the fire containment – it is now 38% contained and appears to be burning over itself as it is holding steady around 133,000 acres. Hopefully the other fires are receiving the same aid.

I’m also a bit on edge with having to deal with hubby’s little sis and this probate/trust/house sale. Sure glad we hired a lawyer, but I still have to coordinate for hubby and his other 2 sisters.  Despite all the prayers that little sis would be above board and reasonable, she is still the same selfish person and is trying to make it all about her versus doing what the trust says or what is right – such a sad situation. 🙁 I just pray this next lawyer visit is more productive no matter what we have to do to move things forward.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Coffee and black cherry yogurt

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • CAR REPAIRS ON TUESDAY
  • LAWYER CONFERENCE CALL OR TRIP DOWN?
  • START QUILTED CHRISTMAS PROJECTS
  • PROJECT RESEARCH & PAPERWORK
  • STORAGE SORTING & FINISH REPACKING BROKEN BOXES – couldn’t do it last week because of the thick smoke and ash
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME – really strange movie!, finish season 3 Hart of Dixie, Cobra Kai
  • PRIME – Eureka season 3
  • HULU – 11-22-63
  • CRACKLE – My Favorite Martian with Bill Bixby and Ray Walston – I remember watching some reruns as a kid 😀
  • IMDb – nothing last week
  • CABLE – NASCAR (trucks, Xfinity and CUP series) – normally it would be ALL football and lots of it, but hubby is fed up with all the political aspects and is just not watching it much. We did see the Chargers and Chiefs as well as the Patriots and Seahawks last night.

I’M READING

  • Ava Miles Merriam’s series book #6 A BREATH OF JASMINE

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

I can’t actually say that this Sunrise is a “favorite” because of the circumstances that allowed it, but it is one of the only pictures I took last week besides the Peacock farm visit. 

We went to feed them stale bread and crackers one day.  The turkeys and squirrels were around in abundance too. The caretaker said no one had been to visit so they were all glad we were there. The ash was so thick! She said that these butterflies were there to lick the salt from the fallen ash – so weird! There were hundreds of them on the ground all around the park.

The spider webs have been so weird and appearing everywhere since the fire.  The ash makes them look sooooooo eerie!

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
UPDATE CHICKEN CONTINENTAL & SALAD
BASIL CHAMPAGNE PORK CHOPS & GREEN BEANS
C.O.R.N.  clean out refrigerator night
HONEY LIME PORK CHOPS & PINEAPPLE SLAW
PORK TENDERLOIN with WATERMELON SALSA
HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN & SALAD
CUBAN POT ROAST with CHEESY GREEN BEANS
DESSERT
CHERRY ALMOND BUNDT CAKE & CHOCOCHIP OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

    • CREAMY CHICKEN, STUFFING & GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
    • BRAISED PORK POSOLE & WEEKNIGHT SHORTCUT
  • ITALIAN MEATBALLS IN RUSTIC TOMATO SAUCE

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 38 of 2020

GOOD MORNING everyone. I hope you’ve all had a GREAT weekend. It’s been a strange week around here with the sad and horrific fires creating so much loss and devastation in our state. Many places have had to shut down again or go to much reduced hours of operation due to the smoke, ash and many of their employees being evacuated. After several days of 0% containment on our local fire, it appears they are getting a “handle” on it. It’s now at 10%. Unfortunately, resources are stretched thin and many have been displaced or lost everything 🙁 I am impressed with the local community and how they have come together to donate and offer to help wherever necessary. Some donation centers are so full they are directing people to other locations.

Personally, our biggest issue is the dense smoke and ash making an already difficult year more difficult. The orange skies, red sun and dense fog like smoke make it seem like an entirely different time of year than the end of summer 🙁 Hubby took down the large filter from the air conditioning vent for me to wash last night and I was surprised by how much had accumulated. We’re going to check the air filters in the cars too!

It’s my birthday week so I’m trying to maintain a positive attitude 🙂 and go about getting things done though not being able to be outside will change that a bit this week.

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING While I’m happy the temperatures are lower than expected and even originally predicted, I’m sad for the reason – the intense thick smoke layer blocking out the sun! 🙁 As of last update our “local” fire has burned 122,000 acres and is only 10% contained so the air quality is not likely to improve much this week or next.  They are currently predicting a containment date of September 30th!  🙁 It’s like being in the middle of a non-stop bonfire 24/7. And while we desperately need rain, we do NOT need thunderstorms with lightning! The temperatures predicted are one thing, but reality is another. We haven’t been warmer than 65° in days!

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Coffee and Peach Yogurt

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

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • PROJECT RESEARCH & PAPERWORK
  • STORAGE SORTING & REPACKING BROKEN BOXES

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV We’re looking for a few new shows to watch.  Dancing With The Stars starts tomorrow, but I’m not sure I’ll be watching this year 🙁

  • CABLE – cooking shows, Halloween Wars
  • IMDb – nothing last week
  • REDBOX – nothing last week
  • HULU – finished WINGS and started 11-22-63
  • NETFLIX – Hart of Dixie season 3, Project Power, The Core, Away, Cobra Kai
  • PRIME – finishing EUREKA season 2

I’M READING I just started The Silent Daughter by Claire Amarti

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA It was NOT a good week for pictures so other than a few like this or food I didn’t get any.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
PORK POSOLE with S/S TOMATOES
OUT for my birthday
CUBAN POT ROAST & CHEESY BACON GREEN BEANS
C.O.R.N.
HONEY LIME PORK & PINEAPPLE SLAW
RAVIOLI LASAGNA and SALAD
BAKED BEAN CASSEROLE
DESSERT
CHERRY ALMOND BUNDT CAKE
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • CHOCOLATE FUDGE MARBLE CAKE
  • ITALIAN MEATBALLS IN RUSTIC TOMATO SAUCE
  • GRANNY SMITH APPLE BREAD
  • RED BLUE CHEESE DRESSING

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 37 of 2020

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING It’s warming back up here for the next week, but nothing like other areas! so I’m not complaining! Plus the nights are cooling off well.  Standard uniform for me today  of Levis, comfy t-shirt and flip flops.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and peach yogurt

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

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • DOCTOR APPOINTMENT
  • TIRE ROTATION
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • PROJECT RESEARCH & PAPERWORK
  • STORAGE SORTING & REPACKING BROKEN BOXES

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV

  • CABLE – cooking shows, Svengoolie, NASCAR races
  • IMDb –
  • REDBOX – Rogue
  • HULU – WINGS season 7, 11-22-63
  • NETFLIX – Hart of Dixie season 3, Project Power, The Core
  • PRIME – EUREKA season 1, we started COUNTERPOINT, but it was too dark and we won’t be finishing the season

I’M READING Marie Force’s new series MIAMI NIGHTS book #1 How Much I Feel.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA It’s that time of year when the critters are eating veggies from the garden.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
ITALIAN MEATBALLS with SWEET & SOUR TOMATOES
RAVIOLI CAPRESE & SALAD
C.O.R.N. clean out refrigerator night
COWBOY CHILI & BISCUITS
CHICKEN TARRAGON and CHEESY HASH BROWNS
HUNTER CHICKEN & SALAD
CUBAN POT ROAST & CHEESY BACON GREEN BEANS
DESSERT
MARBLE FUDGE CAKE
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • LOADED CHIP CRUSTED CHICKEN
  • BUFFALO CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
  • HAM & CHEESE PULL APARTS

WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE ~ 384

It’s time for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce at From This Side of the Pond. Head over to get the questions and answer them on your blog. Come play along!

From this Side of the Pond 1. The Hodgepodge lands on the second day of a brand new month. Tell us one thing you’re looking forward to in September. I LOVE September! I used to look forward to school starting after day, but now I look forward to the cooler weather, the falling leaves as autumn approaches, my birthday, fall recipes…

2. Do you enjoy browsing second-hand shops? Last thing you bought or ‘inherited’ second hand? I LOVE second hand shops AND antique stores in general. There are priceless finds just waiting to be found. Over our anniversary we were out antiquing and visiting second hand shops when hubby found me a hundred old notebook full of handwritten recipes that we purchased.
3. Something you had second thoughts about after committing to, purchasing, or posting/commenting  online? That would have to unequivocally be the decision to go to Texas to help out my uncle with my grandparent’s house after my cousin passed away. Long story, but you can find the whole story and the pictures to go with it here (A House From Hell) if you are interested.

4. What’s a product or service you use that you’d rate as second to none? Hmmm this is a tough category. Honestly, NOTHING is coming to mind right now.

5. Something you do so often or that comes so naturally to you it’s second nature? Besides the obvious answer of breathing, there are a few not so obvious answers for me… cooking, improvising when necessary to complete household tasks especially when rehabbing houses…

6. Insert your own random thought here.

TUESDAY 4 ~ SEPTEMBER AND AUTUMN

Tuesday 4 is hosted by Annie from Cottage by the Sea in honor and memory of Toni Taddeo who started the concept of Tuesday 4 years ago. Go to Tuesday 4 to play along.

1.What memories does September bring back to you of school, autumn, songs, movies? When I was a kid school always began after Labor day, so September meant Back to School.  September is also my birthday month so it was a big deal as a kid.  I still love my birthday even though I no longer count 😀 But, now September is Ovarian Awareness month where as a survivor I try and spread the word.  I can’t think of any specific movies or songs.  Fall is my favorite season though and I ALWAYS look forward to September to herald it in.

2. September is the first of what are called the “BER” months, the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Which do you enjoy more, summer or autumn and why? Summer is just something I tolerate.  I’m a serious Autumn girl!  I LOVE all things fall – cooler weather, cute sweaters, all things pumpkin and spice.

3. Have you ever gone apple or pumpkin picking or gone into a corn maze? What was that like? I’ve done them all. When I was a kid we had Lombardi Farms that was where you went for your pumpkins and all things corn maze. Through in a haunted house and I’m all in 😀

4. Are fall weekends different for you than summer weekends? What do you enjoy in autumn? This year will be different for sure, but years past fall weekends were reserved for NASCAR, football and baking
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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 36 of 2020

GOOD MORNING dear friends.  I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend and you were able to enjoy this last week of August.  Can you believe tomorrow is the beginning of September?  It’s been 6 months since the world turned upside down! I’m really looking forward to FALL weather, with sweaters, crisp evenings and all things spice 😀

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING Unfortunately, that fall weather I’m craving is going to possibly hide behind an Indian Summer.  We’re hitting high temperatures again this week after last week being absolutely beautiful. I pray they won’t hang around long!

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, baby food and ?

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

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • PROJECT RESEARCH & PAPERWORK
  • STORAGE SORTING & REPACKING BROKEN BOXES

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV

  • CABLE – cooking shows, Svengoolie, NASCAR and INDY races
  • IMDb – I AM Number Four, MAGIC CITY season 1, LIFE with Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds
  • REDBOX – Hard Kill
  • HULU – WINGS season 7, Odd Couple season 1 and DOOGIE HOWSER season 2 reruns
  • PEACOCK – SNL early seasons reruns
  • NETFLIX – Hart of Dixie season 2
  • PRIME – FLESH & BONE with Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid and James Caan from 1993, The Iron Orchard about early Texas oil fields, The Vast of Night, The Secret Dare to Dream, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Blow the Man Down, Knives Out, a cute comedy called Ghost Town, The Final Countdown

I’M READING Marie Force’s new series MIAMI NIGHTS book #1 How Much I Feel.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA This week was a weird one in pictures.  We did get over to see the Peacocks with some stale bread one day which is always nice, but then hubby noticed a wet spot in the rocks out back that same night. 

That’s “supposed” to be a capped sprinkler.  He dug sown a bit and saw a small “fountain” of water that would disappear if he pressed down on it. When he dug down even further he found that the line underneath had never been capped.  So it was like a small hose running for 20 minutes a day untended whenever the sprinklers were running.

And then there is this adorable Johnny Jump Up – they just refuse to give up trying to grow in the weirdest places.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
CREOLE FRIED CHICKEN with GARLIC MASHED POTATOES
HAM & CHEESE PULL APART BREAD with SWEET & SOUR TOMATOES
C.O.R.N.
CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP with COWBOY BISCUITS
RAVIOLI CAPRESE and SALAD
BEEF & SAUSAGE MEATBALLS with SALAD
ORANGE & GINGER HALIBUT with SALAD
DESSERT
BLACK MARBLE CHOCOLATE CAKE
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • CHILI GLAZED FLANK STEAK
  • RED BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
  • BACON ROASTED POTATOES
  • COBBLER COOKIE PIES
  • LEMON ARTICHOKE CHICKEN & RICE

WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE – VOLUME 383

It’s time for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce at From This Side of the Pond. Head over to get the questions and answer them on your blog. Come play along!

From this Side of the Pond

1. The Hodgepodge lands on National Dog Day this year (August 26th). Do you own a dog? Did you have a dog when you were growing up, or maybe some other kind of pet? Would you say you’re more of a dog person or a cat person? Neither is okay too : ) To start with you don’t “own” pets in my book. They are a part of your family as your fur children. We had 2, Gunner (a black lab) and Whiskey (a golden retriever). They both had their own distinct personalities, were definitely our fur children and lived good long lives – Gunner was almost 17 and Whiskey almost 16 when they passed. Our vet wanted to know what we were feeding them! We also had 2 cats, Sady (a gray sable) and Dickens (a tiger striped) who led similarly long lives.  Sady was going on 20 when she passed and Dickens was going on 21. We don’t have any right now, but will probably get a couple kittens after we choose our next project house.

They always ate like they don’t get fed twice a day! They always choose the same bowl no matter what position they are in.

2. Last time you felt ‘dog tired’? That would have to be when we moved the last time.  It was summer in Texas (high heat and extremely humid)  and only 6 months after my last surgery.

3. It’s said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. When did you last prove this idiom true or prove it wrong? I’ve never believed this. We (people and dogs) have the ability to learn new “tricks” if we set our mind to it 😀

4. A favorite book, television show, or movie featuring a dog. Why did you love it? I can’t think of a specific one right now, BUT I can say that if you want me to listen to your commercial, put a dog in it!  Especially a golden retriever. Add a kid and I’ll probably consider buying your product.

5. Last time you had reason to (literally or figuratively) exclaim ‘hot diggity dog’? Good question, unfortunately I can’t think of a good answer LOL 😀

6.  Insert your own random thought here.