HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 48 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 hope you had a WONDERFUL week and are planning a quiet, but fun Thanksgiving week for yourselves.

I spent a bit of yesterday afternoon working on my BLOGMAS list for 2020. December will be here before you know it! I needed a bit of normalcy and hope hope you plan to play along too 😀

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING They’re predicting a cold wet winter here.  The rain has moved back in AND the temperatures have dropped again. Our highs only happen for an hour or two a day.  We are definitely into the bone chilling cold time of the year and we’re not even into winter yet.  The “sunny” days are actually colder with no cloud cover to hold any warmth in the evenings.  I’m wearing my favorite Levi’s, pink hoodie pullover, warm boot socks and my favorite red UGGs. 😀

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and baby food

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I tried to get most of the laundry done over the weekend and will be glad the cleaning will get done “as I go” with the Thanksgiving dinner prep this week. Even a small Thanksgiving dinner requires time and prep when making it from scratch.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS are pretty much done except for a couple little things!
  • THANKSGIVING DINNER PREP I’m going to do a little each day to make the week easier! I actually started yesterday and will do as much today and tomorrow as possible.  Wednesday will be my “assembly” day to have the dressing and Brussels sprouts casserole ready for the oven on Thursday. I’ll also prepare dessert on Wednesday. I made the cranberry sauce on Saturday and will be starting the turkey brine tomorrow.  It does take a schedule. but leaves more time on Thursday for football and Christmas movies! 
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS Probably won’t get far on these since many things will close early for the holiday.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING – I’m making a few new recipes for Thanksgiving and the next couple weeks that I think will be big hits.
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – Were on season 3 of Travelers, Jingle Jangle Christmas movie
  • HULU – on the last season of REBA
  • CABLE – Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies, Holiday baking shows, Some of the standard PRIME time shows – Chicago series, CSI’s, L&O SVU, American Housewife, Unicorn, Young Sheldon… 

I’M READING

  • A Home For Unloved Orphans by Rachel Wesson

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I put together a nice selection of drinks and snacks for the delivery drivers who have become even more essential this holiday season than ever before.  My new $12 card reader is working well for the failed SD card port – so much more cost effective than a new computer!

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
SASSY CHICKEN & PEPPERS
BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN & PEAS
  C.O.R.N.   clean out refrigerator night
HAPPY THANKSGIVING SEE BELOW
CHICKEN POMODORO & SALAD
ITALIAN CASSEROLE
CHICKEN & PEANUT STEW
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • RUSSIAN CABBAGE SOUP
  • CHICKEN NEW ORLEANS
  • TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE
  • CHEDDAR PAN ROLLS
  • BUTTERMILK BRINED TURKEY & GRAVY

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 47 of 2020

GOOD MORNING I hope you all had a wonderful week. I hope you’re all feeling well and staying safe as so many areas around the country are “pausing” to try and keep COVID cases at bay.  This is such a surreal time in our history and I continue to pray that everyone keeps their heads, practices basic hygiene (washing their hands etc…) and using common sense when gathering anywhere.

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

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING The one thing I’ve learned here in the Pacific Northwest is to NOT get used to the sunny weather predictions.  IF they happen, they’re usually only for an hour or so.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, baby food and peach yogurt

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I need a few things to finish a couple of handmade Christmas gifts also.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING for MY 2021 menu ideas
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – We’ve been watching TRAVELERS and just started season 2.
  • HULU – REBA reruns to go to sleep by for hubby – personally, I read.
  • CABLE – Several favorites have restarted or are restarting this week! BULL, The Good Doctor, Transplant, NEXT, This Is Us, Filthy Rich, Young Sheldon, Unicorn, MOM, Chicago MED, FIRE & PD, NCIS LA, NCIS New Orleans, Law & Order SVU, Holiday baking shows…

I’M READING SPELLS Bayou Magic #2 by Kristen Proby

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA My SD Card port stopped working so I’m waiting on a reader adapter – the lesser cost over a new computer 🙂 So I’ll double up on pictures next week.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
RUSSIAN CABBAGE SOUP & CHEDDAR PAN ROLLS
REFRIED BEAN BOWLS & HOMEMADE TORTILLAS
C.O.R.N.
SPINACH ARTICHOKE TUNA CASSEROLE
GARLIC BUTTER CHICKEN & SCALLOPED SWEET CORN
CHICKEN POMODORI & SALAD
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT
POTATO CHIP SUGAR COOKIES

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • FRENCH ONION PORK TENDERLOIN
  • BALSAMIC HONEY GLAZED SALMON
  • CHEESY BURRITO LASAGNA
  • CREAM OF POTATO SOUP PLUS
  • CHARRED APRICOT RASPBERRY WHISKEY HOT WINGS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 46 of 2020

GOOD MORNING I hope everyone had a GREAT week.  It seemed long to me, but I know it had to do with the change back to “normal” time. I was able to get the majority of my Christmas shopping done and even wrapped and ready for shipping!  What’s left for me to do is all handmade and/or quilted – hoping to get it all done in time.  

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

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING  BRRRR it’s cold this week.  Last night was 26! It looks like the whole week will have highs around 50, lows in the 30’s and 40’s with a serious chance of rain ALL week, making a bone chilling type of cold.  I much prefer a “DRY” cold.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • GROCERIES, ERRANDS & finish CHRISTMAS shopping
  • WORK ON CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT HOOKS
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS
  • GET TIRES ROTATED AND 1 LOW PRESSURE VALVE REPLACED – turns out those vale don’t last as long as people think and fail regularly on my car which is unfortunate because they are expensive too!
  • FUTURE RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING
  • DROP OFF SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE GIFTS I chose 2-9 year old girls this year and had so much fun choosing gifts and stocking stuffers for them both. 😀 They each requested sheets, but what fun is something so practical for a 9 year old girl?  One requested a coat and the other shoes.  So I did get the sheets, coat and shoes, but then I color coordinated one in pink and the other in purple. For the stocking stuffers I found some cute ski hats and matching glove sets with 3 different colors of gloves, sets of 4 scrunchies, bath bombs, a Hallmark Christmas ornament, some lip gloss and a brush and compact set.
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – We started the series Travelers and are a e episodes in.
  • HULU – Re-watching REBA late nights to go to sleep by – hubby has to end the day on comedy.
  • CABLE -Baking Championships, Young Sheldon, Amazing Race as well as several prime time shows that are starting again this week. And of course there are MANY recorded Lifetime and Hallmark Christmas movies to choose from. 😀

I’M READING

  • SHADOWS & SPELLS Bayou Magic series 1 & 2 by Kristen Proby

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I’ve been working on some ornament “hooks” that I will be permanently attaching to our favorite ornaments that will make it easier to place the ornaments on the tree by just wrapping the chain around a branch to secure it better. They are also more blingy and will hopefully reflect off the lights for some extra sparkle. This is a thought and work in progress 😀

FUNNY I don’t know about you, but I’m ALWAYS ready for the Christmas spirit!

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
Y.O.Y.O. you’re on your own
CHEESY BURRITO CASSEROLE
CREAMY ARTICHOKE SOUP & MILK COFFEE BUNS
APRICOT WHISKEY WINGS & SALAD
CITRUS CHICKEN FRICASSEE & SALAD
REFRIED BEANS BOWLS with HOMEMADE TORTILLAS
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT
PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • SPIKED LEMONADE CHICKEN
  • PUMPKIN PINEAPPLE CRUNCH CAKE
  • updated CHICKEN CONTINENTAL
  • VINEGAR CHICKEN
  • BAKED SOUR CREAM CHICKEN

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 45 of 2020

GOOD MORNING I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL week and a good Halloween despite the surreal nature of it during a pandemic.  We toyed with the idea of going “dark”, but in the end treated Halloween with care, wearing masks to open the door and serving full size candy and cookies to the 17 trick or treaters we saw. One friend had the Halloween Bat hide special little candy bags in her house and the search was conducted in the dark using flashlights.  Another rented a bounce house for her kids and had candy hunt too. Our next BIG challenge as a society will be Thanksgiving.

Personally, I can’t wait for Tuesday to be over and pray we can return to some semblance of normal with a renewed faith in our fellow humans and a respect for each other that not everyone has had during this horrific campaign.  Here’s a couple funnies to help lighten the mood.

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OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING We have a few more “nice” afternoons on the horizon and then it appears FALL/WINTER will be setting in by the end of the week with wet, rainy and even icy weather will be setting in with 15-20 degree lower temperatures.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and Peach, Pear and Apple baby food.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • WORK ON THE HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – We began REPRISAL and are a few episodes in – quite different and a bit dark, but then I learned it was canceled after season 1 so will probably not continue.  We need a series that will be around for awhile.  I like to see the endings. 😀 Any suggestions? We also saw Adam Sandler’s Hubie Halloween for a comedy on Saturday night and then HOLIDATE.  I did begin Call the Midwife on my own as hubby has no interest in that one.
  • HULU – We began Treadstone and are a few episodes in – about CIA sleeper agents, but then I learned it too was canceled after season 1 so will probably not continue.  We need a series that will be around for awhile.  I like to see the endings. 😀 Any suggestions? We’re also re-watching REBA as a late night comedy.
  • PRIME – We’re waiting on season 4 for both The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and ABESENTIA
  • CABLE – A few of my regular shows (Amazing Race, Ameican NINJA Warriors, Dancing with the Stars, This is Us, FEAR the Walking Dead,  Baking competitions – Holiday wars, Holiday Baking Championship…) have started and several more (Chicago Fire, Med and Police, L&O SVU, Blue Bloods, Bull, NCIS…) n the next few weeks so there is that 😀 I’m not happy about DWTS firing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews to be politically correct, but I do enjoy the dancing. And MORE importantly I’m taping ALL the new Hallmark and LifeTime Christmas movies 😀

I’M READING

  • I’m almost done with Marie Force’s Fatal Fraud and about to begin A Home for Unloved Orphans by Rachel Wesson, an author I’ve never read, but had glowing reviews of her books so I have high hopes in liking the book.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP – Seems like a good time to reiterate this!

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
UPDATED CHICKEN CONTINENTAL
C.O.R.N.  clean out refrigerator night
VINEGAR CHICKEN & SALAD
C.O.R.N.  clean out refrigerator night
TERIYAKI SALMON & SALAD
HAWAIIAN PORK RIBS & COLESLAW
C.O.R.N.  clean out refrigerator night
DESSERT
PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES or PUMPKIN DUMP CAKE

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • CARAMELIZED CABBAGE
  • GREEN CHILE PORK CHILI
  • PARMESAN POTATO BAKE

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 44 of 2020

GOOD MORNING It seems like it was a LONG week and that I still didn’t get everything done, but I did make great strides yesterday at getting all my little notes and projects organized.  I was even able to get several quilts cut out on Saturday night while we stayed in and watched The Might Joe Young.  I had never seen either version and Svengoolie was airing the 1949 original 😀

We also saw a couple races and several football games over the weekend while I was organizing.  We had hoped to get a walk around the pond done, but it was a bit chillier with the breeze than I wanted to tackle right now.

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

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING We’ve had pleasant days in the low 70’s last week and virtually no wind until the weekend when the breeze kicked up quite a bit yesterday.  This week is supposed to cool off a bit more with mid 60’s are due this week with a breeze making it quite chilly, but our nights have been freezing (literally) in the mid 20’s to 30’s expected for the rest of the week 😀  The worst part is that the 60;s or 70’s are only for an hour or two a day because it takes so long for the fog to burn off and get up to temperature and then it’s time for it to start cooling back down.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and baby food squeeze

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • MISC. APPOINTMENTS (flu shot for hubby, eye dr, vent cleaning, etc…)
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS
  • WORK ON A FEW QUILT PROJECTS
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – We watched season 1 of  Warrior Nun and I’m really enjoying it, can’t wait for season 2.
  • PRIME – We finished Eureka and are looking for a new Prime show to watch.
  • HULU – Finishing Doogie Howser
  • CABLE -NASCAR, This is Us, American Housewife

I’M READING

  • Fatal Fraud by Marie Force from the Fatal Series #16

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I hate to admit I didn’t take anything but food pictures this week 🙁 so I’ll leave you with this little thought 😀

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
Y.O.Y.O.
TACO SALAD BOWLS
C.O.R.N.  clean out refrigerator night
BAKED SOUR CREAM CHICKEN, ASIAGO POTATOES & SALAD
PORK GREEN CHILI & GRANDMA WARE’S CORNBREAD
LEMONADE CHICKEN & CANDIED ACORN SQUASH
C.O.R.N.  clean out refrigerator night
DESSERT
POTATO CHIP CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • SWEET AND SOUR ROAST
  • SPINACH ARTICHOKE CHICKEN
  • CARAMELIZED CABBAGE

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 43 of 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water & peach yogurt

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

I’M READING

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

and up next is:

  • South of Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber

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

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

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

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY WEEK 47 OF 2020

GOOD MORNING

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with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE

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

I’M READING

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

 

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

HAPPY HOMEMAKER week 42 of 2020

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

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

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

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

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

I’M READING

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

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

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

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

HAPPY HOMEMAKER week 41 of 2020

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

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

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

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

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and yogurt

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

I’M READING

  • TIN GOD a Delta Crossroads series by Stacey Green

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

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

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • CHERRY PINEAPPLE BUNDT CAKE
  • SLOW COOKER CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 40 of 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

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

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

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

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 39 of 2020

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

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

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

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

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

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Coffee and black cherry yogurt

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

I’M READING

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

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

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

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

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

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

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

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 38 of 2020

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

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

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

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

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

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Coffee and Peach Yogurt

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

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

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

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

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

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

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

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