HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 38 of 2020

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

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

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

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

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

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Coffee and Peach Yogurt

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

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

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

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

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

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

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

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

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 37 of 2020

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

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

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and peach yogurt

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

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

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV

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

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

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

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

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

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 36 of 2020

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

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

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

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, baby food and ?

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

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

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV

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

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

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

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

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

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

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

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

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

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 35 of 2020

GOOD MORNING sweet friends.  I hope everyone had a GREAT week and weekend.  I also hope you’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Personally, I can’t wait for fall and even winter.  Bring on the  sweater weather, rain and all things spice 😀

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

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING It’s still toasty here, but I’m hoping it starts tapering off fast.  I’m afraid we’re in for an Indian Summer though which I HATE!  Standard uniform today – Levis, soft summer t-shirt, barefeet and a smile 😀

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, yogurt and a banana

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

MONDAY
  • PHONE CALLS
  • PAPERWORK
TUESDAY
  • GROCERIES
  • ERRANDS
WEDNESDAY
  • CLEANING
  • LAUNDRY
THURSDAY
  • RESEARCH
  • STORAGE
FRIDAY
  • PICK UP an ORDER
  • ??
SATURDAY
  • ??
SUNDAY
  • ??

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV

  • CABLE – NASCAR & INDY races, cooking shows
  • HULU – Daylight’s End, WINGS, ODD Couple and DOOGIE Howser reruns
  • NETFLIX – Hart of Dixie
  • PEACOCK – SNL reruns – season One
  • PRIME – Umbrella Academy, Unforgotten
  • REDBOX – Motherless Brooklyn

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

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I just love my anniversary gift from hubby!  An antique notebook full of recipes from 1914 or so.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
MAC and CHEESE with GRILLED FLANK STEAK
CREAMY ASPARAGUS SOUP and COWBOY BISCUITS
C.O.R.N.
LEMON ARTICHOKE CHICKEN & RICE with SALAD
RAVIOLI CAPRESE and SALAD
TARRAGON CRUSTED CHICKEN and SALAD
CHILI STUFFED BREAD and SALAD
DESSERT
COOKIE CRUMBLE PIES
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • STEAK AU POIVRE (PEPPER STEAK)
  • BACON ROASTED POTATOES
  • PEACH COBBLE COOKIE PIES

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 34 of 2020

GOOD MORNING dear friends.  I’m getting back into the swing of things and will be visiting you all later this morning.  The excessive heat has kept me from getting a ton done, but am hoping to get more organized 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 I know everyone has been hot lately, but we had an EXCESSIVE heat here the past few days – like triple digits not normally seen here so we laid low.  This week is still supposed to be warm, but better than last week.  I’m wearing Levis and a soft t-shirt with bare feet 😀

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot Water & Yogurt

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

MONDAY
  • PAPERWORK & CALLS
TUESDAY
  • PLAY DAY – OUR ANNIVERSARY
WEDNESDAY
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
THURSDAY
  • RECIPE SORTING, PHOTO EDITING FROM TRIP
FRIDAY
  • GARDEN
SATURDAY
  • ??
SUNDAY
  • ??

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV We rented a few movies, added the new Peacock App to watch some old shows including the original SNL’s!  We even watched a few shows on NETFLIX, AMAZON and HULU too. We started a new British who done it last night called UNFORGOTTEN that is pretty interesting.

I’M READING Marie Force’s new series MIAMI NIGHTS book #1 How Much I Feel.  I finished Gill Paul’s ANOTHER WOMAN’S HUSBAND while we were traveling and really enjoyed it.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I have an affinity for old graveyards.  This is one of my favorites in a quaint little town we went through on our way back from my SIL’s house.  I love how it creeps its way up the hillside with odd paths and stairs here and there. We hadn’t been there in a LONG LONG time.  I’m also aware how ironic putting my blog name on a cemetery photos is 😀

INSPIRATIONAL Unfortunate, but true 🙁

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
CHIP CRUSTED LOADED CHICKEN & SALAD
Y.O.Y.O.
C.O.R.N.
TARRAGON CRUSTED CHICKEN & CHEESY BAKED HASH BROWNS
BUTTERMILK ROAST CHICKEN & SALAD
CHEESESTEAK STUFFED PEPPERS & PEPPERED DRAGON TONGUE BEANS
CAMPFIRE FOILS with CORN ON THE COB
DESSERT
BLUEBERRY CRUMB CAKE

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

  • CHEESE STEAK STUFFED PEPPERS
  • SPICY GREEN BEANS
  • TERIYAKI BEEF & VEGGIES
  • CAMPFIRE FOILS

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE CAKE
  • CHICKEN PARMESAN STUFFED GARLIC BREAD
  • LOADED CHIP CRUSTED CHICKEN
  • CHEESY BAKED HASH BROWNS
  • APPLE GLAZED PORK ROAST & GRAVY
  • COBBLER COOKIE PIES

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 33 of 2020

GOOD MORNING dear friends.  I’m going to get right to it as we get on the road.

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’ve left the WONDERFULLY cool weather (mid 60’s) of my SIL’s house and are already dreading the higher temperatures! It’s supposed to be in the high 80’s as we head home. 

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE – HOT water, yogurt and a banana

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

MONDAY
  • still on trip
TUESDAY
  • still on trip
WEDNESDAY
  • ?? LAUNDRY & CATCH UP
THURSDAY
  • ??
FRIDAY
  • ??
SATURDAY
  • ??
SUNDAY
  • ??

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV We’ll see when we get home 😀

I’M READING I started Gill Paul’s Another Woman’s Husband while we were on the trip, but haven’t really gotten into it.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA We’re still traveling, but here are a couple of favorites from last week.  Hubby caught me testing out the tree swing for the nieces and nephews and my SIL’s neighbor showed us her Argentine Giant flower.  The bloom only lasts 24 hours and fell off 2 hours after I took the picture!

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
??
??
CHICKEN PARMESAN STUFFED GARLIC BREAD
LOADED CHIP CRUSTED CHICKEN with BACON & CHEESE
CHEESE STEAK STUFFED PEPPERS
CHEESY BAKED HASH BROWNS
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT
BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE CAKE
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

  • GRILLED PORK CHOPS & PLUMS
  • GRILLED BALSAMIC BEEF KEBABS
  • HOISIN GLAZED PORK CHOPS & PINEAPPLE CHERRY SALSA
  • MEATLOAF BURGERS

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • TERIYAKI BEEF & VEGGIES
  • SPICY GREEN BEANS

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

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

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

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 27 of 2020

GOOD MORNING As we enter the 2nd half of 2020 I pray that the second half is SOOO SOOO much better than the first half! I recently saw a meme somewhere that suggested we have a “half year” new year’s eve party on June 30th to start fresh for July. 

And for anyone who needs to know:

I also saw this cute little cartoon for July 😀

Last week was kind of a blur for me and I’m not sure why exactly!  I do know that things we used to take for granted are now a lot more work.  We’re planning a trip to see a friend and in the past we would just take off during the week and see how far we got and then find a hotel for the night.  Not now though!  I spent a couple days researching routes, distances, hotels, etc… so we can stay safe.  I’ll pack a cooler with foods for the trip from here to there so we don’t have to stop except for gas. There is NOTHING NORMAL about this year!

We had a few days of excessive heat last week and then it cooled off significantly with rain that moved in Saturday night.  We had a good weekend though… I did the laundry and some cleaning on Saturday followed by an afternoon drive where I got some great barn pictures and yesterday was MUCH cooler, rainy and lazy on the whole, but we did BBQ some chicken, watch some NASCAR and binge watched some more of The Last Ship.

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 looks like it is going to be a relatively mild week.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and Apricot Carrot Pineapple baby food squeezee

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

MONDAY
  • MENU PLAN & MAKE GROCERY LIST FOR TOMORROW
TUESDAY
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
WEDNESDAY
  • ORDER A BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO BE DELIVERED AFTER THE 8TH
THURSDAY
  • PAPERWORK, CALLS & MISC.
FRIDAY
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
SATURDAY
  • CONFIRM HOTEL RESERVATIONS FOR NEXT WEEK
SUNDAY
  • PACKING FOR TRIP

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV We just started season 2 of The Last Ship. We also watched a couple of movies on imDb – Hotel Artemis and Lonesome Dove Church.  Like always there are also cooking shows and Hallmark movies to watch.  Christmas in July begins July 10th 😀

I’M READING

Lately I’ve had 2 books going at all times. I just finished Lisa Wingate’s The Prayer Box and am starting The Book of Lost Friends and  Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA Saturday afternoon was so nice we took a little drive and I got a few fun country photos.  The clouds were really pretty against the blue sky and sunny afternoon.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
CHICKEN FRICASSE, CREAMED CORN, &CORN CHEDDAR MUFFINS
RANCH CHOPPED SALAD & FARMHOUSE BUTTERMILK DRESSING
C.O.R.N. Y.O.Y.O.
LEMON ARTICHOKE CHICKEN & SALAD
CHILI STUFFED ZUCHINNI & SALAD
GRILLED CHICKEN, PEACHES & GREEN TOMATOES with SALAD
CHERRY BALSAMIC PORK CHOPS & SALAD
DESSERT
WATERMELON & BALSAMIC GLAZE
CREAMSICLE CHEESECAKE

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS UPCOMING WEEK

  • PAN SEARED CHICKEN with LEMON CHIVE SAUCE
  • BACON CHEDDAR CORNBREAD
  • BUTTERNUT SQUASH, BACON & APPLE HOT DISH

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK