HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 32 of 2020

GOOD MORNING I can’t get Willie Nelson out of my head! On The Road Again is playing over and over as we trek back to SIL’s house for an important meeting…

I hope you all had a GREAT weekend.  Since we had to cancel our anniversary trip later this month to make this trip instead, we left a little early to make a stop at the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay. I do find it ironic though that you cannot go ANYWHERE and have it truly relaxing when you know there is a LIVE webcam on the area.  SIGH, I do suppose that keeps us safer though. At least there was serious social distancing going on. 

We had planned to spend the day and not get to SIL’s until today, but changed our mind when it was 99° and too people so we powered through to finish the trek instead and arrived last night.  We’ll find something fun and relaxing to do on the way home to complete the trip.

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 high 80’s at home and higher yet where we wereyesterday, but SIL’s house is in the high 60’s.  I’m in love! 😀

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Not sure yet – traveling is still really hard for me.

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE, WEEKLY TO DO LIST, HOUSE & CRAFT PROJECTS, APPOINTMENTS
Nothing this week as we deal with out of town issues.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV Absolutely nothing except what will record while we are gone.

I’M READING I finally finished Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton and loved it.  I’m also finally beginning Lost Friends.  I did read part of the Marie Force’s Green Mountain Vermont series, All My Lovin’ in the middle of those.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA Here are a couple quick pictures from yesterday’s visit to the Sundial Bridge (it really works) and this amusing one from a tiny border town.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
SIL’S CHOICE
SIL’S CHOICE
SIL’S CHOICE
SIL’S CHOICE
SIL’S CHOICE
SIL’S CHOICE
SIL’S CHOICE
DESSERT
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • GRILLED PORK CHOPS & PLUMS
  • GRILLED BALSAMIC BEEF KEBABS
  • TERIYAKI BEEF & VEGGIES
  • MEATLOAF BURGERS

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE

Wednesday Hodgepodge is hosted over at From This Side of the Pond

1. Last time you moved house? Something you’ve learned in moving house? Last time we moved was a surreal and emotional move.  We had been rehabbing my grandparent’s house for my uncle (who eventually swindled us out of about $75,000 – but that’s another story).  It was a cross country move, so pretty expensive.  The thing I have learned the most is to ONLY move the most important things.  If it’s a cross country move there are a ton of things that are better donated and repurchased on the other end – things like toasters, coffee pots, patio furniture which is big, bulky and heavy, etc…

2. Move mountains, move along, make a wrong move, moved to tears, get a move on, move up, move over, move out of the way, move the deck chairs on the Titanic, move it!…pick one and tell us how it fits your recent circumstances. Tough topic in this COVID world we are living in since I feel like I’m not moving at all, except in circles while we wait for the world to calm itself down.  So of those choices, I guess I’ll move onMove on as in taking one day at a time and moving forward despite all that is going on around us.

3. What have you been doing to make yourself move (aka stay fit-active) during these strange times? When this all began I spent a ton of time outside – we literally had most of the summer projects done during the spring  which included new garden beds, flowers, pruning and pressure washing all the concrete surfaces.

4. This week’s calendar includes celebrations for the following foods- National Coffee Milkshake Day (Sunday), National Creme Brûlée Day (Monday), National Milk Chocolate Day (Tuesday), National Chicken Wing Day (Wednesday), National Lasagne Day (Wednesday), National Cheesecake Day (Thursday), and National Avocado Day (Friday)
Which one on the list would you be most inclined to celebrate? I would definitely celebrate Milk Chocolate Day, Chicken Wing Day, Lasagna Day, Cheesecake Day  and Avocado Day.

Which would you be most inclined to skip? I would skip Coffee Milkshake Day and Creme Brulee Day – not a fan of either one.

5. Next week’s Hodgepodge lands in August! I know!! Raise your hand if you feel like July flew by in the blink of an eye? Now bid farewell to your July acrostic style.

Bright and Cheery,
Yet dismal and dreary,
Every day starts a new
Just as it’s supposed to.
Until we again realize,
Life goes on and on
Yielding both sadness and happiness.

6.  Insert your own random thought here. I have to say that I truly have no random thoughts today. HA HA 😀

TUESDAY 4

IT’S TIME FOR TUESDAY 4 hosted at TUESDAY 4. This week’s questions seem a bit random, but I’ll try for answers that make some sense.

1. What kind of restaurants do you enjoy most and why? Do you have a favorite? This is a tough question these days amid the horrors of COVID19!  I LOVE a lot of different food and restaurants, but have been spending my money mainly on local mom and pop places to help them out. Hubby and I tended to go out to lunch more often than not before, whereas now we order it and then pick it up to eat at home. We do have a favorite old historic pub that makes tremendous sandwiches.

2. Do you have a favorite cartoon from film, news or comic book? Not really!

3. Do you belong to any clubs or societies or organizations? We’re military and hubby is a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, 82nd Airborne Association… I’ve been on the auxiliary of several and participated in the clubs at many levels like writing their newsletters, etc…  I was also a Girl Scout Leader for several years.

4. The internet is filled with ads. Are there any ads that you enjoy seeing or hate to see?  Honestly I HATE most ads – I find most of them insulting to our intelligence.  Now if they make them positive, add a golden retriever or a cute kid that makes me smile, I’ll watch.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 31 of 2020

GOOD MORNING sweet friends.  I hope you all had a GREAT week and relaxing weekend. I’m getting settled back in from our trip. I know the world is still crazy and personally I’m trying to avoid it as much as possible due to my own health concerns, but it, the world and all its complications, has a way of finding us no matter what.  The situation with hubby’s sister is becoming more and more complex and sadly requires us to travel again next week.  Keep us in your prayers that this whole situation settles itself fairly quickly and calmly.

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 We’re having a serious hot spell here!  It’s fairly unusual to see triple digits, but they’re here!  Fortunately it’s only a day or 2 until it’s back into the 80’s.  So today is cutoffs, a t-shirt and probably barefoot all day except to go out to the garden and then it’s flip flops.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE hot water & baby food

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

MONDAY
  • TIMELINE & DOCUMENT RESEARCH
TUESDAY
  • PAPERWORK & LETTERS
WEDNESDAY
  • CLEANING & LAUNDRY
THURSDAY
  • OIL CHANGE
FRIDAY
  • LONG AWAITED HAIR APPOINTMENT
SATURDAY
  • PACKING
SUNDAY
  • TRAVEL DAY

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV There is not much on the TV or DVR! A couple of cooking shows, A Svengoolie and a race or two to watch.  We are also watching THE LAST KINGDOM on Netflix. We watched a couple RedBox movies over the weekend.

I’M READING I need to get back to reading regularly.  My intentions are good of an evening, but I seem to fall asleep before I get 2 pages in… I didn’t get much reading done as I thought I would while we ere traveling so I’m just starting The Book of Lost Friends and  Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton. I’ve also loaded my kindle with a couple more in hopes of some down time to more reading while we’re gone this time in hopes of more reading time.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA We went to feed the peacocks all the old stale snacks from our trip and were rewarded with a bunch of babies!  I had never seen peacock babies here before – they were so sweet! It’s also feather losing season – they were everywhere!

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
PULLED CHICKEN SANDWICHES & RED CABBAGE SLAW
TERIYAKI BEEF & VEGGIES with SALAD
CHICKEN with TARRAGON BREAD CRUMBS, POTATOES & PEAS
ORANGE BEEF with SUGAR SNAP PEAS & SALAD
GRILLED HOISIN PORK CHOPS with PINEAPPLE SALSA
BBQ PORK TENDERLOINS & SALAD
ON THE ROAD
DESSERT
 PEACH, CHERRY & BLACKBERRY FRUIT CRUMBLE

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • CHILI STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS
  • BALSAMIC BEEF KEBABS
  • GRILLED PORK CHOPS & PLUMS
  • SPICY GREEN BEANS
  • PULLED CHICKEN SANDWICHES
  • MEATLOAF BURGERS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 30 of 2020

GOOD MORNING friends!  I hope this truly finds everyone well and happy.  I promise to make the rounds this week as we’re almost home and things will begin to get back to normal!

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 We’re still traveling, but will be home later today.  Not sure what the weather is at home, but it’s pleasant here in the high 70’s.  I’m wearing Levi’s and lightweight blouse and my favorite Skecher’s sandals.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Not sure yet, but it will be light.

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

MONDAY
  • RETURN FROM TRIP
TUESDAY
  • GROCERIES & LAUNDRY
WEDNESDAY
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
THURSDAY
  • PAPERWORK & CALLS
FRIDAY
  • ORGANIZE
SATURDAY
  • ??
SUNDAY
  • ??

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV Whatever is on the DVR.  We also started The Last Kingdom while we were at our friend’s house and will finish that series.  We also saw Mr. Right, MY SPY with Dave Bautista and The Old Guard.

I’M READING I didn’t get much reading done as I thought I would while we ere traveling so I’m just starting The Book of Lost Friends and  Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton. I’ve also loaded my kindle with a couple more in hopes of some down time to more reading while we’re gone.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I still have a TON of photos to sort through and edit, but here are a few of my favorites from this week.  ALL of our “sight seeing” was done responsibly in the wild and away from people.  We actually interacted with very few people choosing activities in nature or self guided.  The first photo is from the historic OLD Idaho Penitentiary, a self guided tour.  The next was from an area in Lowman, Idaho where the 1989 Firestorm ravished the landscape.   And the last picture is a neat old homestead barn.

ON MY MIND We’re still dealing with the situation with hubby’s sister and his father passing. We continue to pray things work themselves out, but are also quite realistic that there will need to be some intervening to make it happen.

This trip has also helped us make some determinations about our future project. And while it was a strange time to travel doing so during the pandemic has given us an idea of how people are dealing with it in other places.  All in all most people have been respectful and masked up, but those that haven’t have been quite odd and we steered a wide berth around them.  One of the oddest was a young mother of 4 very young children who had obviously just been through cancer and not one of the 6 people in the family was masking or social distancing.  The other odd one was a man wearing a t-shirt about supporting nurses, but was also not social distancing from others nor wearing a mask.  Masks were mandatory everywhere we were, but not many businesses were enforcing them.  We chose to support the businesses that were for our safety as well as their employees.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
??
MEATLOAF BURGERS & POTATO SALAD
GRILLED PORK CHOPS & PLUMS with SALAD
GRILLED TERIYAKI CHICKEN with PINEAPPLE & SALAD
GRILLED BALSAMIC BEEF KEBABS, RICE PILAF & SALAD
PAN SEARED PAPRIKA SALMON & SPICY GREEN BEANS with SALAD
GRILLED HOISIN PORK CHOPS with PINEAPPLE SALSA & SALAD
DESSERT
BROWN BAG APPLE PIE

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • GRILLED CHICKEN with PEACHES & TOMATOES
  • CHEDDAR MUFFINS
  • CREAMED CORN
  • CHILI STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 29 of 2020

GOOD MORNING dear friends. I hope this finds you all well. This will be a bit abbreviated today as we’re traveling.  Fortunately, I have several recipes scheduled to post during my absence.

I’m sorry I haven’t gotten as much visiting down while we’ve been traveling, but I will play some serious catch up next week when we get home. We are having a wonderful trip and exploring nature while distancing from people and are really enjoying the change of pace.

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 actually quite warm for this far north, but completely tolerable.  It’s supposed to be in the low 80’s and no rain in sight!

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and baby food like always – nothing changes while traveling 😀

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE, WEEKLY TO DO LIST, HOUSE & CRAFT PROJECTS, APPOINTMENTS NOPE, No WAY, not this week, but there will be plenty to do when we get back! 😀

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV Nothing while we are traveling

I’M READING I didn’t get much reading done as I thought I would while we ere traveling so I’m just starting The Book of Lost Friends and  Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton. I’ve also loaded my kindle with a couple more in hopes of some down time to more reading while we’re gone.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA We are still traveling and I have many photos to still edit, but here are a few that are ready and the link to my Instagram photos which I am doing daily while we’re on this trek is on the right side bar or on the bottom of the page.  We once lived in a town that ended in “FALLS” only to find out the falls had been converted years before we moved there to a power plant with no more falls.  So now when we go places that end in “FALLS” we always check to make sure there really are falls to see.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK None while we’re still traveling

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • CREAMY ROQUEFORT BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
  • SHEET PAN RANCH PORK CHOPS
  • UPDATED CHICKEN CACCIATORE
  • FARMHOUSE CHOPPED SALAD

NATIONAL SECRET KEEPING DAY ~ WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE – VOL. 376

It’s time for Wednesday Hodgepodge over at This Side of the Pond.

1 The Hodgepodge lands this year on National Secret Keeping Day…on a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being I’m a blabbermouth and 10 being I’m a vault) how good are you at keeping secrets? Of the following nine jobs listed for people who can keep a secret-cybersecurity worker, executive assistant, housekeeper, lawyer, nuclear plant technician, physician, private investigator, psychologist, security guard, which one most interests you and why?

This is an interesting question to say the least!  At one point I was an executive assistant and very good at the job and keeping things quiet when they needed to be.  I have also kept MANY secrets for people over the years.  I’m still keeping some for my cousin even after 22 years, BUT I am a BIG believer in NOT keeping secrets as a general rule.  I do discern between whether it is mine to tell or needs to be told by someone else as in my cousin’s case 😀  But, of these jobs if I were to pick the one that most interests me it would probably be a psychologist.  I really wonder what makes people tick! And what better way to figure that out than by hearing their secrets.

2 What’s the secret of life (or one of them anyway)?

Another thought pondering question.  For me, it would be NOT TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF and to remember that IT’S ALL SMALL STUFF.  Once something has happened, you cannot go backwards and undo it, so it is important what you do to learn from it and move forward.  IT IS WHAT IT IS and life goes on.  STAY POSITIVE!

3 Off the record, best-kept secret, a fly on the wall, top secret, my lips are sealed, secret shopper, as quiet as a mouse, poker face, spill the beans, open secret, bite your tongue…which secret idiom can you best relate to right now? Explain.

Right now, BITE YOUR TONGUE works for me.  We’re going through some things with hubby’s little sister and the less I say the better.

4 Spill here the secret ingredient in one of your favorite recipes?

QUALITY is the secret ingredient whether it’s cinnamon, honey or vinegar…  There is a difference in the brands.  Find the QUALITY one with the least amount of preservatives or additives and the most natural, flavorful taste and you have a winner.  The old adage, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR is ever so true when it comes to QUALITY ingredients.

5 My mama celebrates a big birthday tomorrow (Wednesday).  Share a favorite quote, song lyric, saying, or verse of scripture that will add some sunshine to her day (ours too!)

DON’T JUST COUNT YOUR YEARS, MAKE YOUR YEARS COUNT! ~GEORGE MEREDITH

6  Insert your own random thought here.

 

TUESDAY 4 ~ HOUSEKEEPING

This week the Tuesday 4 topic is housekeeping. Click here to play along.

1 What do you consider the most important job or chore to do in housekeeping?

They are so very important, but the VERY most important job to me is ORGANIZATION and staying one step ahead of always being behind LOL 😀 That means doing the dishes right away, folding the clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer, taking the trash out before it overflows…

2 Do dishes ever sit over night in your sink?

NOPE, I can’t stand dishes in the sink EVER!  There is an occasional pot or pan that might soak for an hour, but that’s it!

3 Is being a stay at home mom a real career?

ABSOLUTELY! AND IT IS NOT A JOB FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!

4 Can you share favorite brands of dish soap, cleaners, detergents or perhaps a tip on making house keeping easier?

Once again my answer is ORGANIZATION! I use simple cleaning products – lots of soap, Mr. Clean, Plain old bleach and vinegar.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 28 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

GOOD MORNING

I have found that one of the best ways to deal with this crazy world is to laugh!  I saw these 2 memes recently on facebook and I keep been astounded by people’s sense of humor 😀

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING It’s going to be a great week both here and where we’re going and not all that different despite the distance.  We decided to go see friends for awhile mid week despite what’s going on in the world. We will be extremely careful, especially because of my lack of immunity, but we are going to an area that has even lower numbers than we have here and I am ALWAYS super careful.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and Carrot Apple Pineapple Toddler Squeeze – this stuff is actually quite tasty 😀

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

MONDAY
  • CLEANING & LAUNDRY and I’m still working on getting Savory Kitchen Table more organized and back to my working ways.
TUESDAY
  • WASH CAR, LAST MINUTE ERRANDS
WEDNESDAY
  • TRIP
THURSDAY
  • TRIP
FRIDAY
  • TRIP
SATURDAY
  • TRIP
SUNDAY
  • TRIP

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV We’re hopefully going to finish the last ship before we leave this week.  There are some cooking shows and Hallmark that will accumulate while we’re gone.

I’M READING I didn’t get much reading done last week so I’m just starting The Book of Lost Friends and  Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton. I’ve also loaded my kindle with a couple more in hopes of some down time to more reading while we’re gone.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA We did a walk around the pond for the 4th and it was relaxing and pleasant with NO ONE around.  I still have a bunch of pictures to edit. This is one of my favorite old barns in the area.

INSPIRATIONAL I saw this very powerful image over the weekend that kind of says it all.

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
GRILLED CHICKEN with PEACHES & GREEN TOMATOES
C.O.R.N.
TRIP
TRIP
TRIP
TRIP
TRIP
DESSERT
CHEESE CAKE
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • SHEET PAN SCALLOPED POTATOES
  • CHICKEN FRANCAISE
  • APRICOT VINAIGRETTE
  • SWEET & SPICY APRICOT BBQ CHICKEN

SUNDAY 6

To play along, link up with Martha at SEASIDE SIMPLICITY

 

1 WEEKLY RECAP It was a strange week, but oddly quick.  I guess the holiday made it seem quicker than it was for some reason.  We never go anywhere for the 4th anyway, but falling on a Saturday always seems to make it seem more like a long weekend.  Based on the traffic I saw at the gas station and getting on the freeway I think a lot of people were traveling.  I have to be honest it scares me because I saw a ton of camping equipment and boats which means there probably won’t be a lot of social distancing or masks going on.

2 WEEKLY TO DO

MONDAY
  • CLEANING & LAUNDRY
TUESDAY
  • WASH CAR, LAST MINUTE ERRANDS
WEDNESDAY
  • TRIP
THURSDAY
  • TRIP
FRIDAY
  • TRIP
SATURDAY
  • TRIP
SUNDAY
  • TRIP

3 MENU PLANS Since I’m not giving you much of a menu this week, I will give you my FAVORITE cheesecake recipe instead.  It’s PERFECT every time! This time I made a creamsicle version.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
GRILLED CHICKEN with PEACHES & GREEN TOMATOES
C.O.R.N.
TRIP
TRIP
TRIP
TRIP
TRIP
DESSERT
AUSTRALIAN CHEESECAKE

I found this recipe in an old (1960’s) cookbook put together for a lake area homeowner’s association. I have no idea what makes it “AUSTRALIAN” and Ruth Traum is unknown to me so I can’t even ask her. I tried to do research and found several recipes called “Australian), but none of them said WHY they were “AUSTRALIAN”. Best I can tell it’s just a version of a no-bake cheesecake, but it’s SUPER airy and light.

Ruth’s recipe used lemon jello, but it is a simple thing to change up the flavor to your liking. I mixed a box of cherry and lemon, using only half then and saving the other half for another time. You can also substitute ginger snaps for the vanilla wafers or mix in some pretzels for and extra crunch… The second time I made it I used a combination of lemon and lime on the jello… The cherry was better, but we’ll try orange next time 😀

AUSTRALIAN CHEESECAKE ~ LEMON CHERRY
1 small box Vanilla Wafers (crushed to make 2 cups of crumbs)
6 tablespoons butter, melted
8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 small box lemon jello
1 teaspoon vanilla
Juice and zest of 1 LARGE lemon + hot water to equal 1 cup
1 LARGE can Carnation milk (VERY COLD) 12 ounces VERY COLD heavy whipping cream
1 can pie cherries in glaze (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 300°.
  • Crush wafers and mix with melted butter until well mixed.
  • Press crumb mixture into the bottom of an 8 or 9 inch spring form pan. If you use the 8 it will COMPLETELY fill the pan. If you use the 9 inch it provides a couple more pieces, just not as tall. 😀
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then cool.
  • Whisk jello into hot water mixture until dissolved.
  • Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add in jello mixture until well blended.
  • Beat carnation milk with chilled beaters until very stiff.
  • Fold whipped milk into cheesecake mixture and pour into cooled crust pan.
  • Chill AT LEAST 8 hours, but this cheesecake is best made 24 hours in advance!
  • Top with whipped cream or pie cherries and enjoy!

4 SOMETHING TO SHARE The local paper ran an article on a coin shortage.  Long story short the people who work the sorting facilities are NOT working right now so there is an actual shortage of coins in circulation and businesses need your help.

5 PHOTOS OF THE WEEK We did do a nice hike around the pond on the 4th.  It was perfect and there was NO ONE else around.  Usually there are a lot of people, fishermen, kayakers, etc… so we were pleasantly surprised and happy.

6 CLOSING THOUGHTS

WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE – VOLUME 375

It’s time for Wednesday Hodgepodge over at This Side of the Pond.

From this Side of the Pond

1 ARE YOU CURRENTLY MAKING PLANS OF ANY KIND? WHAT EMOTIONS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE PLANNING PROCESS? HAVE YOU HAD TO CANCEL ANY PLANS DUE THE CURRENT SITUATION?

We had to cancel several plans during the spring including a family reunion. We haven taken one trip to my SIL’s house that went well, but was a bit different. And now we are planning a trip to see friends in another state. In a “normal” world we would just take off an see where we ended up along the way.  In “THIS” world we are having to check distances, look for “SAFE” stops along the way to buy gas and use restrooms and make overnight reservations at “SAFE” locations. We will be packing a ice chest with snacks for along the way.

2 LAST TIME YOU SAW THE STARS, LITERALLY OR FIGURATIVELY?

Living in the country we can literally see the stars every night – at least those without cloud cover.

3 BLUEBERRIES, YAY OR NAY? BLUEBERRY PIE, BLUEBERRY MUFFINS, BLUEBERRY YOGURT, BLUEBERRIES BY THE HANDFUL… WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE?

I love blueberries, but I am picky about them.  I only like the small WILD blueberries. I LOVE blueberry muffins, but are not a fan of blueberry pie.  I am NOT fond of eating them plain, but love them in vanilla yogurt with a handful of granola. 

4 SWIM AGAINST THE TIDE, SWIMMING UPSTREAM, IN THE SWIM, SINK OR SWIM, MAKES YOUR HEAD SWIM… CHOOSE A “SWIM” IDIOM AND TELL US HOW /WHY YOU RELATE?

Of those choices SINK OR SWIM fits my life best.  It’s along the lines of TRY, TRY AND TRY AGAIN.  I just don’t give up , but keep trying until I get it right.

5 SUM UP YOUR JUNE IN A SINGLE SENTENCE.

I don’t need a WHOLE sentence.  A SINGLE word will do it! SURREAL 😀

6 INSERT YOUR OWN RANDOM THOUGHT HERE.

Years ago, hubby and I made a pact to quit watching the news so much. We always end the day with some old stupid comedy. As I observe so many others around me I see them watching more and more news, reading more and more facebook posts, many of which are either weeks old, but being passed along as if they are new news or some of them are actually FAKE news. There needs to be less media or MORE RESPONSIBLE media as well as MORE FACT CHECKING, DATE CHECKING, SOURCE VERIFICATION…

TUESDAY 4 – 4th of JULY

To play along join up with Annie here.

1 DO YOU THINK THE 4TH IS AN IMPORTANT HOLIDAY? WHY? I think it is important that we have a national holiday of solidarity such as the 4th of July.  I also think that many of the oppressive things (government, taxes, etc…) that led to pilgrimage to America that initiated the need for independence have crept their way into American life anyway over the years.  But, it is still a time to come together as Americans and celebrate our freedoms, which are many.  Here is a link to the history of the 4th of July.
2 HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE? Personally, we usually stay home at least of an evening.  We have traditionally had pets that were afraid of fireworks so we would BBQ at home and stay near them to help comfort them from the neighbors that would start setting off fireworks early.  We usually watch the celebrations on TV. In years past we have celebrated with neighbors, but only close to home.
When I was a young girl we always went to my aunt and uncles house who had a pool and spent the day with family.  It was a long drive (about 2 hours) and after a day full of food and sun we’d drive home as it was getting dark and I would always look forward to seeing all the fireworks from town to town as my dad headed up the freeway.
3 IN THE TIME OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER, ALL AMERICANS READ THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ON THE 4TH AND LEMONADE WAS A BIG TREAT FOR THE TOWN PICNIC.  DO YOU READ THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE? OR YOUR NATION’S IMPORTANT PAPERS? ARE YOU A FAN OF LEMONADE? This question is the first I’d heard that the Declaration was read on the 4th in previous years, but it is something along with all the important documents that was taught in school at a fairly in depth level so there is a level of knowledge that is understood. And yes, if made well, I am a fan of lemonade, especially strawberry lemonade.
4 PICNIC – DO YOU EAT INSIDE OR OUTSIDE FOR THE 4TH? Honestly this question depends on the weather and where we are living at the time. When we were in Texas it was too hot and sticky to eat outside and sometimes here it can be too rainy or cool.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!