HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 12 of 2019

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GOOD MORNING everyone.  How was your weekend?  Mine was pretty nice.  We even got out for a nice drive and walk on Saturday where we were able to see more of the local side roads and the true impact of the amount of trees that came down during our #TheNightTheLightsWentOutInOregon storm 3 weeks ago – let’s just say road crews will have work for months to come just cleaning up the downed trees.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL day!  No rain predicted until later in the week.   Right now temperatures are going to get to 60-65 mid day for the next couple days (I know it says 74, but it will never happen) and then drop into the low 50’s with the storm due to roll in Wednesdayish.  Right now I’m wearing Levis, 3/4 sleeve t-shirt and POPs on my way out the door to an early appointment.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Green tea, banana and yogurt with wild blueberries and granola

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

  • LAUNDRY… just a couple loads of sheets and towels
  • LIVING AREAS… vacuuming and dusting
  • KITCHEN… empty dishwasher, recipe prep
  • YARD… Fence repairs continue
  • BLOG… a couple recipe updates, edit trip photos
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… ??
  • APPOINTMENTS… some blood work, a couple doctor follow ups
  • TO DO… cable research to change providers, project research

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY Spring appears to actually be thinking about making an appearance this week, but I’m watching it closely as the temperatures are forecasted to take a 10-15 degree dip with the storm moving in later this week.  LOL 😀 This past week has been gorgeous from about 11am to 4pm 😀  We took a drive on Saturday morning and it was wonderful to see all the daffodils and tulips starting to pop up though it was ironic to see it happening right next to the piles of still melting snow.

I’M READING Healing You Book #2 in the Maple Grove series by Katana Collins

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH  There are a few new shoes starting like Proven Innocent, the Spring cooking/baking competitions and the adorable kids on Master Chef Jr.

We did watch an interesting Band of Brothers style movie on Netflix called Triple Frontier with Ben Affleck.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I’ve always loved this neat old farmhouse that sits on a hill in a neighboring town.  It’s hard to see, but it has a 3 sided wrap around porch  on the front and then on the back side is a nice sun room with BIG windows that opens onto a really nice deck.  I LOVE <3 all of the gingerbread trimmings and simple paint scheme.

I think that after witnessing the damage done when a LARGE tree fell splintering picnic tables at the Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park that we can truly answer the age old question of whether or not a tree makes a noise in the forest when it falls if no one is there to hear it.  I have to say that I COULD hear the tree falling in my head as I took the pictures. Here is the link to the overall post I wrote with pictures.

INSPIRATION

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP with BUTTERMILK BISCUITS
TUESDAY – BLACK BEAN, BEEF & POTATO BURRITOS
WEDNESDAY – C.O.R.N.
THURSDAY – BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN JALAPENO BITES & SALAD
FRIDAY – CAJUN HONEY BUTTER SALMON
SATURDAY – PIRI PIRI CHICKEN
SUNDAY –BROWNED BUTTER HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN

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LOADED GARLIC BREAD

LOADED GARLIC BREAD
½ stick butter, softened
⅓ cup parsley, finely chopped
⅓ cup green onions, sliced
2 slices bacon, diced and cooked crisp
⅓ cup oregano, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 8-inch baguette

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • In a bowl, combine the butter, herbs, garlic, bacon pieces and cheese mixing until smooth.
  • Slice the baguette in half lengthwise, then spread the butter mixture evenly on the cut sides of the baguette.
  • Place the baguette a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown on the edges.
  • Slice, cool, and serve!

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 11 of 2019

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GOOD MORNING everyone!  We had a lazy weekend here other than the laundry and the deep clean I did to catch up after Snowmageddon and the trip we took after to get away.  We take trips instead of presents for our birthdays and hubby had a significant birthday last week so we took off for the beach to get away after the stressful power outage snow week. Unfortunately, we came back from that trip needing a rest.  I’m hoping to edit the pictures from that trip this week and get a post done this week.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE  It’s still a bit foggy and gray, but supposedly it will get sunny today. The snow from SNOWMAGEDDON 2019 should finish melting today with that sun!  There are even a couple days predicted to be in the 60’s this week LOL 😀 we will see if they actually materialize though!  The weather seems to change way too fast lately and the forecast is only about 10% reliable.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE A cup of hot water, banana and mixed berry yogurt.

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

  • LAUNDRY… ALL caught up
  • LIVING AREAS… clean and tidy
  • KITCHEN… empty dishwasher
  • YARD… too soggy, fence repairs
  • BLOG… a couple recipe updates, trip posts after some photo editing
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… ??
  • APPOINTMENTS… some new blood work
  • TO DO… groceries, errands…

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY

2017 was a rough year.  My MIL passed away on the 7th and it was difficult to process. Mom was only 4 days shy of her 97th birthday so doing the math, today would have been her 99th birthday.  Can you believe she was almost 90 in this picture taken at a family camp out several years ago? She lived a VERY FULL and mostly happy life leaving behind a long legacy of love and family.  While at that age you know it’s natural causes and inevitable, it never lessens the severity of the impact and we still miss her, A LOT!  She had been saying for years that she was ready to go, but we just never wanted it to happen. Just knowing I’ll never be able to hear her sweet voice again still leaves me with a heavy heart.

Then on the 21st my favorite BIL, Ray, entered hospice as his cancer continued to eat away at his body.  He passed quietly surrounded by family on the 25th.  Ray was one of the best men I have EVER known in my entire life. I LOVED talking to him for hours – we have so many beliefs and ideals in common, almost like we shared the same thought process despite the HUGE age difference (hubby is almost 20 years older than me and his sister is 7 years older than him and my BIL was 3 years older than her – you get the picture). He also lived a VERY FULL and happy life also leaving behind a long legacy of love and family.

His death hit me the hardest.  I think because we were so close and were both diagnosed with reproductive cancers within weeks of each other. He did everything right, just a bit too late for when his was diagnosed. I have had to struggle with moving past the Survivor’s Guilt of a high mortality cancer for the past 8 years and 99% of the time I’m doing well with it, I just wish he was walking that same path with me!

I REALLY MISS THEM BOTH!  MARCH IS ALWAYS A DIFFICULT MONTH.

INSPIRATION

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – TURKEY & RICE SOUP with BISCUITS
TUESDAY – TOMATO BISQUE with PARMESAN CRISPS
WEDNESDAY – CHICKEN & NOODLE SOUP with BUTTERED CROUTONS
THURSDAY – CREAM OF POTATO and HAM SOUP with CORN BREAD
FRIDAY – C.O.R.N.
SATURDAY – LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN & SALAD
SUNDAY – COWBOY GOULASH 

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 10 of 2019

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GOOD MORNING So last week did NOT go as planned.  In fact it was COMPLETELY the opposite!  I’m calling it the 2019 Snowpocalypse, “Black & White” outage of 2019 or better yet 2019 Snowmageddon.  Ironically on Sunday evening last week I had posted this to facebook:

Snow had started gently and exceptionally pretty on Saturday and then several hours later this happened:

and then a 3 day power outage came along on Sunday during while it continued to snow along with 4 days with no heat, no internet or no TV and even after it came back it wasn’t reliable.  LOL 😀 when the power, internet and TV came back on Verizon  and AT&T cell towers then went out for several days and we could no longer even text to next door or use cell phones.  At 5 days we still couldn’t leave the house and ONLY because of the STUPID way this cul de sac was built!  It slopes down with IMPROPER drainage so ALL the slush ends up in front of the driveway forming a wonderful ice sheet even after the snow begins to melt that makes traction impossible!  Thank goodness we had just gotten new tires on my car.  We would have used hubby’s 4 wheel drive truck, but it’s diesel that needs the block plugged in when it’s under 40 degrees or it won’t start, so with no power that wasn’t an option either!  

This is a screenshot picture I took from a local story showing just a single highway not too far from us (yep, there’s a major road under all those trees) that is closed indefinitely (at least 3 weeks) while they clean up all the fallen trees.  They are BIG trees too.  The interstate was even closed for the same reason in several places. My theory, which of course is just my opinion, is that the ground was just so saturated from all the rain we’d been having and then these trees became laden down with ALL that snow, ALL at once and literally just started “tipping” over.

The worst part was losing ALL the food in the refrigerator and freezer.  That is going to cost a small fortune to replace.  At one point it was warmer in the refrigerator than in the house!

ALL that said we are blessed to be warm again while so many are still having issues during this horrific winter!  FORTUNATELY for HHM last week I had just finished last week’s post and scheduled it for Monday morning.  However it will take me all of this next week to catch up visiting everyone for 2 weeks worth of posts!

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING Gray, cloudy and there is still white stuff everywhere.   Night time lows are still in the 20’s and 30’s and days are getting into the high 30’s and low 40’s sometimes for an hour or two 😀 I have on Levis , long sleeve t-shirt and comfy lightweight sweatshirt.  Last week’s forecast wasn’t originally bad… until it was so when I saw this pesky white stuff in this week’s I cringed A LOT 😀 I really like snow and don’t mind it, but I am fearful of another power outage since the whole thing isn’t even completely up yet!

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE I’ll have hot lemon water and a banana after my fasting bloodwork.

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

  • LAUNDRY…still playing catch up from last week
  • LIVING AREAS…needs a deep clean from last week
  • KITCHEN…needs a deep clean from last week
  • YARD…nothing as it is soggier than ever!
  • BLOG…not sure yet
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS…nothing this week
  • APPOINTMENTS…dentist and reschedule appointments from last week that were cancelled due to the “BLACK & WHITE” outage last week.
  • TO DO… BIG grocery shop

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY power, warmth… praying for all those still impacted by the flooding in California and the south and ALL the snowy cold areas in the rest of the country, especially those with power and heat problems.

I’M READING I did get a ton of reading done during the outage so not sure what is on the list yet for this week.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH Will try and watch ON DEMANDS for the shows we missed last week, but lost ALL the DVR shows during the outage.  Once the power did come on and we were stuck in the house with no internet or cable, we were fortunate to have a neighbor that had a vast DVD collection so we watched a BUNCH of movies.  I didn’t realize how many movies I had never seen! Here are the ones I can remember.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA WOW there are several actually, but I’ll just pick a few 😀 The rest of the pictures can be found here 😀

INSPIRATION

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MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK


MONDAY – LOADED GARLIC BREAD & PINEAPPLE CHEESE PIE
TUESDAY – BRAISED SHORT RIBS with MASHED POTATOES & SESAME SNOW PEAS
WEDNESDAY – PIRI PIRI CHICKEN
THURSDAY – SLOW ROASTED HONEY GLAZED PORK
FRIDAY – GRILLED SWORDFISH with LEMON BASTING SAUCE
SATURDAY – BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN JALAPENO BITES & APPLE BREAD PUDDING
SUNDAY – ROPA VIEJA

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Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead next weekend!

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 9 of 2019

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GOOD MORNING dear friends.  How was your weekend?  Ours was lazy!  I haven’t left the house since Friday morning!  We watched ALL 3 of the NASCAR races and some old movies too.  I also got caught up on my reading and updated my master cookbook index.

This weather ALL over the country is just crazy, but I’m NOT taking any chances so I’ve been staying in A LOT!  We’re also having a measles outbreak in the Pacific North West and with my more seriously compromised immunity since the HOUSE FROM HELL I have been avoiding crowds as much as possible.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING Imagine that, it’s raining and snowing intermittently for days, so it’s wet out.  Temperatures have dropped quite a bit with the latest storm that literally blew in over the weekend and dumped tons of rain on us before dropping snow for hours on end.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE hot water and a banana – the tea was dehydrating me too much so am trying to strike a balance.

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

  • LAUNDRY…everything…sheets, towels, etc…I didn’t get any done last week
  • LIVING AREAS…dust, vacuum, straighten
  • KITCHEN…deep clean
  • YARD… 😀 not a darn thing as it is mushy wet and still raining for the foreseeable future
  • BLOG…a few new recipes that need to be finalized for posting
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS…hoping to find the energy to start a fun new project
  • APPOINTMENTS…just a couple – hoping the weather doesn’t make them a pain
  • TO DO…deal with the VA and their latest screw up, some paperwork and things

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY The one thing I still miss the most is coffee!  This permanent dietary change is leaving me longing for things you never would have thought you’d ever have to stop having in your life. …sigh…

SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED With ALL the rain and snow of the past week and still being slightly under the weather I have been staying in and watching TCM A LOT!  I FINALLY watched Key Largo with a slew of BIG names like Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall and Lionel Barrymore, The Yearling with Gregory Peck and The Nun’s Story with Audrey Hepburn and Atlantic City with Burt Lancaster and a VERY young Susan Sarandon.

I’M READING Ava Miles Dare Valley #11 Moonlight Serenade with #12 The Sky of Endless Blue lined up to read behind it. 

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH Not much, just a couple cooking shows and old movies.  I found the original A Star is born from 1937 with Frederic March and Janet Gaynor as well as the the 1st remake in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason and taped them to watch.  I vaguely remember seeing the 2nd remake with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.  I rented the 3rd remake this past week and was taken with how much they stayed to the original story while still bringing it into current times.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA On our one sunny day last week we took a short day trip to a neighboring town for lunch and a hardware store.  These are a few of the pictures I took along the way. The first one is an old barn that I’ve been trying to get for years.  The barn is truly only being held up by the blackberry brambles that encase the walls.

INSPIRATION

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MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – BBQ Apricot Pineapple Chicken
TUESDAY – Chicken Parmesan LASAGNA & Salad
WEDNESDAY – Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans
THURSDAY – Chicken Scallopini with Lemon Garlic Sauce
FRIDAY – Farm Style Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
SATURDAY – Grilled Steaks & Twice Baked Taters for hubby’s birthday
SUNDAY – C.O.R.N.

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 8 of 2019

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GOOD MORNING sweet friends.  Today’s a holiday for most, but other than no mail today it is just another Monday to me.  😀

I hope you had a great week.  I was a bit under the weather and am still having quite a few issues with diet and the experimentation journey.  🙁  So I watched a few movies Hallmark Valentine’s movies and did enjoy NASCAR this past weekend, especially Friday night’s truck race!  I’m hoping this week is better than last.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING This is the latest on the weather, but it has been changing so fast I put literally no faith in it.  Yesterday alone went from sun to rain and back again at least 3 times.  We barely get to the highs before it starts nose diving to the lows.  I’m dressing in layers these days.  Levis, fluffy socks, long sleeve t-shirts and lightweight sweatshirt or hoodie unless I go outside and then I add a jacket.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE green tea, peach yogurt and apple pineapple carrot baby squeeze

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

  • LAUNDRY… sheets and delicates
  • LIVING AREAS… clean and tidy
  • KITCHEN… put away dishes
  • YARD… nothing
  • BLOG… not sure yet
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… still working on some ETSY ideas
  • APPOINTMENTS… primary doctor for some referrals and medication udpates
  • TO DO… still making this list

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY

Sending out a VERY happy birthday to one of my favorite munchkins whose birthday is today! 

Happy Birthday Allison!

I’M READING DAMNED, Jana Deleon’s current Shaye Archer #7 from the series

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH just a few series regulars as well as Kid’s Baking and Worst Cooks

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I think this is the most sun we saw last week, but it makes for a great cloud picture.

INSPIRATION

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAYR.E.D. TUSCAN STEAK with MUSHROOM FETTUCCINE and 3 PEPPER SAUCE
TUESDAYSALISBURY STEAK, MASHED POTATOES and GREEN BEANS
WEDNESDAYCHICKEN SCALLOPINI with LEMON GARLIC SAUCE
THURSDAY CHICKEN LASAGNA
FRIDAYBBQ APRICOT PINEAPPLE CHICKEN
SATURDAYC.O.R.N.
SUNDAYCHICKEN WINGS and POTATO SALAD

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HEARTY BEEF SOUP

HEARTY BEEF SOUP
1 pound chuck roast, cut into bite sized pieces
3 tablespoons Wondra flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend (see below)
1/2 teaspoon FRESH ground black pepper
FRESH ground sea salt, to taste
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large shallot, halved, sliced and chopped
1 large celery stalk, chopped
1 carrots, chopped
2 cups beef stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup pasta

  • Heat butter and avocado oil in a skillet over a medium high heat.
  • Combine flour, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning in a ziploc bag.
  • Dredge beef pieces in flour mixture, shaking off the excess before adding to the hot oil. Sear beef on all sides.
  • Using a slotted spoon add beef to dutch oven.
  • Add celery, carrots and shallots to skillet and quickly saute before adding to the dutch oven.
  • Add beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and wine, stirring to combine.
  • Simmer on low 2 hours.
  • Season to taste with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Add pasta and simmer 1 hour more.
  • Enjoy!

ITALIAN SEASONING BLEND
1 1/2 tablespoons dried rosemary
3 tablespoons dried oregano
3 tablespoons dried basil
1 1/2 tablespoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon dried sage

  • Blend together and store in an air tight bottle.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 7 of 2019

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GOOD MORNING friends – Happy Valentine’s Day week.  I had a productive albeit slow week with the weather hindering much activity.  First it snows and then it pours down rain the hardest I’ve ever seen or heard and then it snows again! I did get some tamales made, some canning done and these cute little boxes put together for the munchkins which I gave them over the weekend since they have multiple practices, games and activities every day after school this week including Valentine’s Day.

 

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING It’s going to be another cold wet week HAHA 😀 I have on my favorite yoga pants, long sleeve t-shirt and fluffy socks since I have no intention of going outside as wet as it’s supposed to be! I’m not too invested in this (other than to know it will be some form of cold and wet) as it seems to change every couple hours 😀

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE apple raisin oatmeal, banana and green tea

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

  • LAUNDRY… ALL caught up
  • LIVING AREAS… I need to dust, vacuum and neaten
  • KITCHEN… just did a DEEP clean after canning
  • YARD… nothing
  • BLOG… not much this week
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… still working on a new idea or two
  • APPOINTMENTS… just a couple
  • TO DO… a few phone calls and paperwork

SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED We rented a couple Netflix movies over the cold, wet weekend, but nothing was super extraordinary except Hunter Killer.  Some of the previews did look REALLY good though. 

I’M READING Ava Miles The Patchwork Quilt of Happiness (Dare River Book 6)

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH Nothing much, but some cooking shows and a couple of Hallmark Valentine movies.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA Yesterday was SUPER cold, but almost sunny so we did a little drive and found a few nice pictures like the old barn, neat tree and weird donkey, but the fighting turkeys and peacocks were REALLY interesting near my favorite bridge.

They were NOT happy with each other and it turned into an all out brawl before it was over!  Then they chased each other over the bridge before acting like long lost friends again!

INSPIRATION

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HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP I do this and it really works!!

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

DESSERT

MONDAY – FRIDAY

GREEN TEA,

BANANA & YOGURT

CHICKEN or TUNA SALAD

MONDAY

TUSCAN STEAK with MUSHROOM FETTUCCINE & THREE PEPPER SAUCE

TUESDAY

SHRIMP FETTUCCINE

WEDNESDAY

GRILLED NEW YORK STEAKS & TWICE BAKED POTATOES

THURSDAY

VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP & GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES

FRIDAY

CHILI LIME STEAK BITES & SALAD

SATURDAY

C.O.R.N. 

SUNDAY

HOT WINGS & POTATO SALAD for NASCAR OPENING RACE DAY

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KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN

KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN
3 pounds drumsticks
FRESH finely ground sea salt and black pepper
1/2 + 1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 + 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 cup coconut oil
1 stick butter
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons FRESH finely grated ginger
1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1 teaspoon Sesame oil
1/3 cup AP flour
1/3+ cup Vodka
1/3 cup COLD water
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

  • Toss chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Whisk together the 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in the cornstarch mixture, shaking off any excess.
  • Transfer chicken pieces to a rack and let sit uncovered for 30 minutes.

 

  • In a small sauce pan heat the avocado oil over medium high heat.
  • Add garlic and ginger, sauteeing 2-3 minutes until soft.
  • Add liquid aminos, brown sugar, molasses, honey, rice vinegar, sriracha, and sesame oil. Bring to a simmer for 6-8 minutes until it begins to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.

 

  • In a LARGE skillet (preferably cast iron) melt coconut oil and butter over medium high heat.
  • Whisk together the flour, 1/3 cup cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Add the vodka and COLD water, whisking until smooth and thinned out to a milky consistency. If needed add vodka and cold water alternately 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Dip chicken pieces one at a time, allowing excess batter to drip off.
  • Add each piece to the HOT oil.
  • Fry the chicken until the coating is crisp on ALL sides, but not browned, about 10-15 minutes. Drain pieces on rack.
  • Double fry the chicken until browned and crisp. Drain a 2nd time on rack.
  • Brush with sauce, coating all sides.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

HONEY TOMATO CHICKEN

HONEY TOMATO CHICKEN
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 large shallot, halved and finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon QUALITY cinnamon
pinch ground ginger
1 large tub cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 rustic cut tomatoes in sauce
2 tablespoons Marsala wine
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
chopped Italian parsley, garnish

  • Melt butter and oil over medium high heat in saute casserole.
  • Generously season chicken pieces with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken to casserole and sear 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Transfer chicken to platter and tent with foil to keep warm.
  • Add onions, garlic, cinnamon, ginger and grape tomatoes to casserole, sauteing until tomatoes begin to bubble.
  • Add Marsala wine and rustic cut tomatoes.
  • Lower the heat and simmer 10-15 minutes until tomato mixture resemble a thickened puree.
  • Add honey and blend well, simmering a couple minutes more.
  • Season to taste.
  • Add chicken pieces in, turning to coat.
  • Serve over prepared pasta.

NOTE: This recipe was originally written for bone in chicken. If you prefer bone in adjust the directions so that the simmer time on the sauce includes the chicken in the pan for 1 hour so chicken is cooked through.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 6 of 2019

Happy Monday and Happy February!  I’ve been having trouble sleeping or should I say staying asleep.  I get to sleep just fine, but then I’m WIDE awake just a few short hours later and can’t seem to get back to sleep which is leaving me sleepy and lethargic! So I’m up early today and hoping to get a bunch of things done before I’m out of energy again.

 OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING I’m certainly glad we’re not in Chicago or even in our old community in the Upper Peninsula this past week, but we are cold for here.  A little snow is predicted for today and tomorrow – nothing that will be really bad, but cold none-the-less and they just aren’t prepared for it here.  The last time they predicted it like this we had a bunch of snow that turned to ice and made traveling a PAIN in the butt.  Fortunately I do not have to go anywhere and am able to stay warm and toasty.  I have on comfy yoga pants, warm fuzzy socks and my favorite well worn sweatshirt.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE  Honey Nut Cheerios, banana and green tea

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

  • LAUNDRY… ALL caught up except for the towel folding
  • LIVING AREAS… need to dust and vacuum
  • KITCHEN… need to tidy up A LOT I made a mess making snack food for the Super Bowl and was too tired since I didn’t sleep the night before and had been up since 5AM on a Sunday
  • YARD… nothing
  • BLOG… I want/need to get back into some form of daily posting
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… working on some ideas to start an ETSY store with… not ready to show anything yet – will wait to see if what’s in my mind comes to fruition in reality
  • APPOINTMENTS… nothing much
  • TO DO… paperwork, VA follow up, makes some appointments…

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY  In addition to the Blessings Gratitude jar this year I’m also doing the 52 week deposit challenge in the same jar.  It really is amazing how fast it adds up!  I do it on Mondays so it coincides with this post that always has the week number in it and I don’t really have to even think about it that way.

SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED I’d like to say the SuperBowl, but honestly it was boring and not even the commercials were up to par as in years past.  My favorite commercials were:

  • Christinia Applegate and M&Ms
  • Budweiser Dalmation Blowin’ In The Wind
  • Toyota Supra Pinball
  • Bud Light Corn Syrup deliveries
  • CBS “eyes”
  • Harrison Ford in Amazon’s Alexa “FAILS”
  • Charlie Sheen and Mr Peanut
  • Hobbs and Shaw movie trailer
  • The football awards just before half time

I’M READING Ava Miles The Patchwork Quilt of Happiness (Dare River Book 6)

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH not a darn thing except Worst Cook

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I didn’t get anything this week

INSPIRATION

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

 

BREAKFAST & LUNCH

DINNER

 

MONDAY – FRIDAY

BREAKFAST

GREEN TEA,

BANANA & YOGURT

LUNCH

CHICKEN or TUNA SALAD

MONDAY

R.E.D.

PINEAPPLE RAISIN TAMALES

TUESDAY

ALOHA RIBS

WEDNESDAY

C.O.R.N.

THURSDAY

RED CHICKEN CHILI

FRIDAY

CHICKEN PARMESAN MEATBALLS

SATURDAY

CREME BRULEE FRENCH TOAST

CHEESY SOUR CREAM CHICKEN

SUNDAY

BAKED OMELETES

CHICKEN WINGS & SALAD

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK I’ve now eliminated 14 sites from my ‘WHERE I LIKE TO PARTY” list since the first of the year. I find it refreshing to be downsizing and eliminating those blogs from the list that are too multi-layered and problematic in their effort to be a money making platform instead of the fun blogging experience.  I find a lot of inspiring projects and recipes at these blog hops and I still do this for the fun of it – I really want to keep it that way 😀

BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE


BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE
CAKE

1 cup all purpose flour + 1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon for dusting
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Stevia in the raw
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup frozen small wild blueberries DO NOT THAW

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Grease and flour dust 13×9 baking dish. Set aside.
  • Sift together 1 cup flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a larger mixing bowl cream the butter with an electric mixer.
  • Add Stevia and brown sugar, beating until fluffy.
  • Add eggs 1 at a time beating JUST until blended in.
  • Reduce mixer speed. Add flour mixture and milk alternately until well blended.
  • GENTLY toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour.
  • Fold blueberries GENTLY into batter.
  • GENTLY spread batter into prepared baking dish.

TOPPING
2/3 cup frozen small wild blueberries DO NOT THAW
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon.
  • Toss blueberries in the sugar mixture.
  • Scatter blueberries and sugar evenly on top of batter.

 

  • Bake cake 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool cake in pan 10-15 minutes before cutting.

NOTE: You can use FRESH berries.  But, if using FROZEN berries DO NOT THAW!!  Thawing the berries makes them too watery and will turn your batter blue.