HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 13 of 2019

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GOOD MORNING I hope everyone had a wonderful week and is ready to jump into this last week of March wit both feet.  I had a good week, but am still a bit under the weather with a couple new issues (low blood pressure coupled with low blood sugar) that make too much activity an issue so have not accomplished as much as I had hoped to.  Here’s hoping this week will be better.  So let’s get right to it.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING Well it seems that the false spring that sprung last week for a couple days is over.  It started raining again on Friday and the temperature dropped back down so we are cold, damp and dreary again for the most part. I have on Levis, a long sleeve purple t-shirt and gray pops.  I will be adding at least one sweatshirt when I venture out as it is currently in the 40’s with a breeze.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Blueberry bagel and cream cheese with hot water

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

  • LAUNDRY… just a couple loads of t-shirts and jeans
  • LIVING AREAS… a little dusting and vacuuming
  • KITCHEN… clean 😀
  • YARD… fence repairs continue as rain allows
  • BLOG… a couple recipe updates
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… ???
  • APPOINTMENTS… a couple doctor follow ups
  • TO DO… make appointment with primary to discuss new health issues, a little organizing, a couple appointments…

ON MY MIND When I was young my grandmother, who was extremely set in her ways, taught me that a load of laundry should never be more than 8 pounds. Honestly I never really paid attention to her and have done just fine.  I know the concept of weighing laundry sounds really odd and recently I decided to actually look this up and see WHY???  I found this article that will make you tired just reading about all the work our ancestors went through to do a load of laundry!

And why oh why do grocery checkers and baggers NOT know how to bag groceries??  Twice last week at 2 DIFFERENT stores items they tried to put on the bottom of the bag belonged on the top!  You have to watch with an eagle eye these days to avoid smashed bread, eggs and delicate herbs!  The first time the checker put my Italian parsley and bananas on the bottom of the bag and was going to put the bags of potatoes, onions and oranges on top of those.  I don’t know about you, but I do NOT like bruised bananas or herbs.  Another time the bagger put the eggs and bread in a bag together which was great and then she was going to put a couple gatorades and BAI water bottles on top!

I’M READING I’m trying to get into the current book, but have been trouble reading at night – hopefully this week goes better.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH Just a few shows as basketball is playing havoc with the current shows being new.  There is Seal Team from last week and a couple cooking shows.  I did see a couple more “CLASSIC” movies that I’d never seen before.  The most interesting was Lost Horizon about Shahgr-La by Frank Capra (It’s A Wonderful Life) starring Ronald Coleman.

FAVORITE PHOTO Remember that trip I told you we took to get away from the snow a few weeks ago?  We went to the beach for hubby’s birthday and guess what?  It snowed there too 😀 The house faces the ocean.

INSPIRATION

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – Cream of Potato Ham Soup and Buttermilk Biscuits
TUESDAY – C.O.R.N.
WEDNESDAY – Cream of Carrot Fennel Soup and Buttermilk Biscuits
THURSDAY – Lasagna with Bolognese Meat Sauce
FRIDAY – Roast Turkey & Wild Rice Soup & Garlic Toast
SATURDAY – Chicken Fried Chicken with Peppered Gravy
SUNDAY – Tropical Glazed Pork Tenderloin and Asparagus

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BLACK EYED PEA CHILI
TANGERINE MARMALADE
GRANS BUTTER CRACKER CHICKEN CASSEROLE

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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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

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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

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

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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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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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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 😀

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 5 of 2019

WOW here we go into week 5, only 47 to go this year LOL 😀 This is always an emotional week for me as it is also the “anniversary” of my Ovarian Cancer surgery.  The first 5 years were the worst waiting for that “NED” (NO evidence of disease) designation each follow-up, but now at 8 years I’m feeling more comfortable that there will NOT be a recurrence!  I had my yearly check up last week and the blood work is all back and ALL is good til next year! 😀 Of course ALL the health issues that came after the cancer and because of the cancer are enough to deal with 😀

That said, I have been under the weather the past week  with some sort of fever and infection, but because of the issues from the stomach surgery last year I cannot take even Tylenol to get the fever down and just have to wait it out.  It is always such a fine line trying to get the proper nutrients and minerals, keep some weight on and get my energy up.  I’m hoping this week will be better.  On the up side my oncologist thinks the weight loss, no matter how it happened has made me healthier and even less at risk for a cancer recurrence 😀

Anyway on to this week:

Be sure to join us and 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 – We have had a few dry days and even a couple sunny ones, but we’re back to mostly gray and cloudy and the rain will be back by Wednesday.  Temperatures have been running in the 40’s during the day and 30’s at night.  I always laugh because it predicts our high will be say 49 degrees, but it doesn’t tell you that’s only for 30 minutes before it starts dropping again!  I have on Levis, a comfy lightweight teal blue hoodie and super comfy socks.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE – This morning is a bowl of peanut butter oatmeal with a banana and green tea.

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY – My 8 year cancer anniversary is Friday and I am ecstatic to report I had my follow-up last week and I am still NED (no evidence of disease)!!  Everything else may be falling apart and eating is STILL a challenge, but I am STILL cancer free! 😀

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I didn’t get as much done last week as I would have liked because of not feeling well, but I did FINALLY get this project finished – the antique file (4 stacked units with oodles of drawers) sits on the wood floor and had old broken and flattened sliders under it that needed changed out.  Unfortunately the ENTIRE thing has to be taken apart piece by piece, drawer by drawer to get it apart and accomplish this job.  At least it is DONE!!

INSPIRATION

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

  • LAUNDRY… just a load or two
  • LIVING AREAS… good and tidy, but do need to vacuum
  • KITCHEN… also good and tidy, but need to dust mop
  • YARD…hubby has been working on the moss that is making an appearance on the bricks and concrete
  • BLOG…I have a few NEW recipes lined up to post, but nothing much otherwise.  I did chop 2 more off my “Where I Like To Party” list 😀
  • PROJECTS…need to finish research on getting new tires for my car this week
  • APPOINTMENTS…I hate beginning and ending the week with appointments, but LOL that’s EXACTLY what this week will be 😀

CRAFTS / PROJECTS – NOTHING this week though I’m researching a NEW project working with alcohol inks that I’m excited about. 

I’M READING – Ava Miles Dare River #6 The Patchwork Quilt of Happiness  I really like reading multiple series.  By the time you finish book 6 of this series, book 12 is out on another series and you can jump back and forth without feeling like you really ever went very far. 😀The Patchwork Quilt of Happiness (Dare River Book 6) by [Miles, Ava ] SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED – I finally got around to watching The Longest Ride with Scott Eastwood and Alan Alda – wow a REALLY poignant movie!  We also watched a movie on Netflix or was it Amazon, oh well either way it was good too with James Garner and Julie Andrews called One Special Night.  Then we switched to comedy and saw a cute one with Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant called Did you Hear About the Morgans? Oh, and did I mention Sam Elliot was in it? 😀

WHERE I’VE BEEN SURFING ON THE NET I really haven’t been surfing much at all.  I’ve been unplugging more and more, especially of an evening.  It just feels so refreshing to not be “attached” ALL the time.  I did watch a few you tube videos on the project I’m researching.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR OR LIST TO WATCH – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK I’m adding this category to show which recipe links are being shared with “WHERE I LIKE TO PARTY” sites now that I have considerably narrowed down this process and the number of sites I participate in 🙂

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER & DESSERTS

MONDAY – FRIDAY

HOT TEA,

BANANA OATMEAL

& YOGURT

CHICKEN or TUNA SALAD

MONDAY 

R.E.D. recipe experiment dinner

TUESDAY

CHEESY SOUR CREAM CHICKEN

WEDNESDAY

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

THURSDAY

SLOW COOKER RIBS & BAKED BEANS

FRIDAY

KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN

SATURDAY

BACON & EGGS

BEEF LETTUCE WRAPS

SUNDAY

PANCAKES

CHICKEN ALFREDO PIZZA

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 4 of 2019

GOOD MORNING! Here we are beginning week 4 of 2019 and I find myself wondering where the first 3 went?  I’m having such a tough time getting all my energy back – so much so that I already feel behind for the year 🙁  Oh well, onto this week’s Monday post as I pray to find some energy.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING Welcome to the Pacific Northwest where the weather is almost always wet at least some of the day and ever changing at this time of the year.  When I looked at the weather yesterday there were supposed to be having several days of sunshine later this week and now today there aren’t any forecasted  🙁  We’re supposed to be a bit dryer this week which won’t take much since we were SUPER wet last week with flash flood watches and such.  The highs are supposed to be in the mid 40’s and the lows in the mid 30’s.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Peanut butter Banana Oatmeal and Lemon Green tea

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA Our favorite munchkins spent a rainy Saturday night with us and after an uneventful game of CLUE we landed on a game of Monopoly that still sits waiting to be finished next weekend. 😀

INSPIRATION

SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED The NFL playoff games were on yesterday and kept us entertained through a rainy Sunday.  We’re long time RAMS fans and were thrilled that they are advancing to the Super Bowl!!  We REALLY wanted the Chiefs to beat the Patriots, unfortunately it just didn’t happen.

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

  • LAUNDRY… Just a couple loads to get caught up on
  • LIVING AREAS… clean and tidy
  • KITCHEN…clean and tidy, but need to add felt stops to the self-closing cabinet doors
  • YARD… nothing
  • BLOG… still need to write up a few more new recipes and I’m still adjusting the party links to downsize the ones I participate in.   Three weeks into the new year and I have eliminated yet another 3 party links bringing it up to 16 gone.  There are at least 5 more on the chopping block for this week.  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… working on some garland for next year’s Christmas tree – I’ll post about it if it works out the way I’m hoping
  • APPOINTMENTS… oncology follow up that is also a day away with shopping and food 😀
  • TO DO… some paperwork, cable comparisons for my mom to get her bill to a manageable price, phone calls and still working on my cookbook cross reference system for upcoming recipes I want to make.

I’M READING Five Years gone by Marie Force

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH Not much on the DVR, we’re pretty caught up for now and I’m just NOT getting very excited about TV except for a couple cooking shows.

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

KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN

TUESDAY

SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

PORK EGG ROLL BOWL

FRIDAY

FRENCH ONION PENNE PASTA

PINEAPPLE

RAISIN

TAMALES

OR

BLUEBERRY

COFFEE CAKE

SATURDAY

PANCAKES

CHICKEN LASAGNE

SUNDAY

BACON & EGGS

OUT

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

 

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