HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 14 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 are all able to stay home and healthy.  I also hope you’re not going too stir crazy.   I know this WHOLE situation is weighing heavily on us as individuals AND as a society.  I LOVE being home, but now that I’m TOLD to be there it bothers me and I’m itching to be able to go somewhere, anywhere JUST because I want to. Today is day 13 for us of non-essential businesses being closed and because of my compromised immunity I had already “put” myself in a semi-lockdown position when I originally had bronchitis on the first and the virus was still primarily in China for the most part, so I’m really itching with cabin fever now on day 30!

I cannot stress how much I feel that keeping a schedule even though at home is super important.  So, no matter how much I DON’T have to do, I am still making my lists, getting up on schedule, showering and attacking my day with as much positive enthusiasm as I can!

Personally, I’m trying to stay as busy as I can so I worry less.  I’ve begun some handmade Christmas projects and even a jigsaw puzzle as side activities between my normal daily routine! I do check the news in the morning and again in the evening, but in between we leave the TV off of the news to help reduce stress levels.  The media is horrible and does nothing but raise anxiety levels for me.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING Gray, windy and rainy today.  It’s supposed to be around 50 so I’m wearing Levis, a long sleeved V-necked tee and UGGs.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE  Hot water, berry yogurt and a banana

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… I have been MEGA spring cleaning so there really isn’t much to do.  I do have a load of laundry to do and will do a little vacuuming.
  • YARD… With the rain, nothing today
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… LOL 😀 they really are all done with all this time on my hands.
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… nope, not this week – everything is on hold!  We will be getting some groceries tomorrow afternoon.
  • BLOG… a few new recipes and updating the recipe index on both blogs.
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTS…  I got the bindings cut for 3 small quilts and the quilts squared up and ready.  I’m also about halfway through 2 mixed media projects.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED  We’re all caught up on the DVR besides the Hallmark Christmas movies I’ve been taping – they make great background during the day as I accomplish projects.  Hubby and I did watch an old Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Aftermath of Netflix and Village of the Damned on Svengoolie.  I also FINALLY saw Valentines Day from several years ago with a ton of big name stars – Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kucher, Hector Elizondo, Queen Latifah, Kathy Bates and …

I’M READING I’ve been so busy staying busy that I haven’t actually done as much reading as I thought I would during this isolation time.  I’m still reading Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
ORANGE PANCAKES
SCRAMBLED EGGS & TOAST
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
C.O.R.N. clean out refrigerator night
SALAD & FRUIT
POTATO PANCAKES
??
DINNER
NOLAN RYAN MEATLOAF
JEZEBELS
SLOPPY JOE POT PIE
  C.O.R.N. clean out refrigerator night
CHICKEN FRIED STEAKS with PEPPERED GRAVY
CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP & GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES
SALAD of some sort
DESSERT
??
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • JEZEBELS
  • LEMON BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
  • CINNAMON CRUMB STREUSEL COFFEE CAKE
  • WEEKNIGHT MOZZA CHICKEN
  • NOLAN RYAN MEATLOAF

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 13 of 2020

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

These both came across my facebook memory feed over the weekend and it seems like the PERFECT time to share them as reminders that this too shall pass if we give it time and have patience!

GOOD MORNING sweet friends.  I hope today finds you well.  I know we’re all getting a little stir crazy.  I’ve been staying busy with DEEP serious spring cleaning and garden prep while we had a few really nice days, but a new storm blew in over night, the temperature has dropped 20 degrees and it’s raining again. So , in some respects much is the same in my world.

I pray every day that we as a society stay calm, do what’s right to keep EVERYONE safe by being a little bored and staying home.  There are just too many variables to take chances.  I also PRAY that this “isolation” is something that actually brings us all closer together with a better understanding of community. So for a sense of normalcy let’s get onto Happy Homemaker today.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING The high for today is supposed to get to 45, but I have my doubts.  It’s gray and rainy.  I have on Levi’s, a soft favorite hoodie and UGG’s.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, peach yogurt and a banana

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… still working on a deep clean, have a couple loads of laundry to do, dust mopping and vacuuming also need done.  I did get a deep clean done on some lamps and shower tracks over the weekend.
  • YARD… Hubby finished working on the new garden boxes and weeded the soil before adding and turning the soil.  He also finished screwing in the 3rd rail on the fence and updating the raindrip system for the garden boxes and flowers. Spring bulbs have started coming up, but our lows at night are back down into the high 20’s and low 30’s so I’m still hoping they won’t freeze.
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO…  There are still 2 “dust collector” large ledges in the living room that need everything taken down, dusted and put back up – just a lot of up and down on the ladder with furniture in the way.
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… the appointments scheduled for this week have been cancelled and I’ll be staying in and working on some long procrastinated projects.
  • BLOGI’ll also have some time this week to get caught up on long overdue recipes to write and photo editing.
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTSI finished refinishing the drop leaf table and I FINALLY started the mixed media project that I hope to actually get finished this week since it’s a multi-stage project and if there is still time, a couple of small quilts that need borders.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED Got caught up on the DVR, have been watching lots and lots of cooking shows and started a new Netflix series called Northern Rescue.  We also watched several movies – JUMANJI the next level, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, 2012 and a documentary about Betty White on Netflix.

I’M READING Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA This is one of my favorite flowers from this weekend’s planting.

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
ORANGE PANCAKES
LEMON PANCAKES
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
SALAD & FRUIT
??
??
DINNER
HOMEMADE PASTA & ARTICHOKES
BEAN BEEF & POTATO ENCHILADAS
ROAST CHICKEN & BRAISED RED CABBAGE
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
RUEBEN ROLL UPS
BREAD SALAD with OVEN DRIED TOMATOES & CHEESES
SPICY PEANUT CHICKEN & BROCCOLI
DESSERT
COWBOY BROWNIES
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • ROAST CHICKEN with BLACK BEAN SALSA
  • BLACK BEAN, BEEF & POTATO ENCHILADAS

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LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 12 of 2020

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

GOOD MORNING ladies.  I hope you are all feeling well and staying as stress free as possible during these crazy times.  Personally, I choose to remain positive and am surrounding myself with early spring cleaning projects around the house and lots of reading while I stay home.  Being immuno-compromised I worry, but REFUSE to panic worry and am just staying home and busy while I pray that others do the same and an answer is found to a vaccine and cure.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING It snowed last night all around us, but not on the valley floor.  It’s gray and cloudy about 30.  We’re supposed to be in the low 50’s during the day and low 30’s at night this week.  In other words, normal Pacific Northwest pre-spring weather where you dress in multiple layers that you take on and off as the day goes on and the sun plays hide and seek with the clouds.  I have on Levi’s, a lightweight hoodie and UGG’s.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, black cherry yogurt and a banana

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… working on a deep clean, have a load of laundry to do, dust mopping and vacuuming also need done.  I did get a deep clean done on the stove and oven over the weekend.
  • YARD… Hubby is going to finish working on the new garden boxes on the days without rain.  He’s almost done with screwing in the 3rd rail on the fence. Spring bulbs have started coming up, but our lows at night are back down into the high 20’s and low 30’s so I hope they won’t freeze.
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… Every year I do a deep clean of the tops of the window molding door jambs, the fan blades and globes which are some of my least favorite chores.  I run the globes through the dishwasher and then trade them with the next one until they are all clean and sparkling.  It always amazes me how much dust can accumulate on door jambs and tops of windows.  There are also 2 “dust collector” large ledges in the living room that need everything taken down, dusted and put back up – just a lot of up and down on the ladder with furniture in the way.
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… fortunately, there were no appointments scheduled so this week I’ll be staying in and working on some long procrastinated projects.
  • BLOG… I’ll also have some time this week to get caught up on long overdue recipes to write and photo editing.
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTS… I have a table to finish refinishing, a mixed media project that I hope to actually get to and if there is still time, a couple of small quilts that need borders.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED Getting caught up on the DVR, lots and lots of cooking shows and started a new Netflix series called Northern Rescue.

I’M READING The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
LEMON BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
EVERYTHING BAGEL DUTCH BABY
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
C.O.R.D. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR DAY
SALAD & FRUIT
PASTRAMI SANDWICHES
TUNA SANDWICHES
DINNER
4 INGREDIENT CHICKEN & SALAD
NOLAN RYAN MEATLOAF & SALAD
SOURDOUGH CHICKEN FRIED STEAK & COUNTRY GRAVY
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
INSTA-POT CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS with SALAD
ROAST CHICKEN AND TART BLACK BEAN SALSA
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS with SALAD
DESSERT
CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
COWBOY BROWNIES

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • HONEY MISO COD & CAMP CARROTS
  • BLACK BEAN, BEEF AND POTATO ENCHILADAS

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LIFE TIP This seems like a good time to share this:

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 11 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 Did you remember to reset your clocks?  I always do it on Saturday evening so I can’t forget. 😀  I hope you all had GREAT weeks and even better weekends.  For me, I’m just not ready to think about how close we’re getting to being in the 2nd week of the 3rd month already!!!!!  Fortunately I’m feeling much better and am going to try and get caught up on everything I didn’t get done last week, including my menu planning.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING It’s that time of year that the weather is more deceptive than normal!  There are a few “pretty” afternoons, but the temperatures and clouds aren’t yet reliable and this week the lows are supposed to be in the high 20’s and low 30’s so even if the temperature rise into the 50’s during the day, it’s for all of an hour before the sun sets.  The time change will help though I’m sure.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, Peach and Apricot baby food

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… Laundry is caught up and bathrooms are clean.  I do need to dust mop and vacuum as well as empty the dishwasher.
  • YARD… rebuilding the garden boxes 🙁 the “new” boxes from last year just aren’t holding up.  Hubby is going to finish putting the “3rd rail” on last year’s fence as it has begun to warp despite all the pre-drilling and screws used instead on nails.
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… What would have been on this list for today HAD to be done when the refrigerator filter failed and left a huge puddle of water everywhere.  The manufacturer recommends changing the ice maker water filter every 6 months.  Needless to say this one went slightly over.  The ice had started coming out permanently crushed and when I did the research they attributed it the water filter needing changed.  I ordered new ones, but the day before they arrived the old filter refused to stay locked in place and puddled into the bottom of the deli tray and under all the produce drawers making a HUGE mess!
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… a couple of appointments, a few errands, some groceries and odd purchases.
  • BLOG… I want to get inspired to do some new things, but just haven’t been able to clear my plate of some ongoing projects or get the motivation 🙁
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTSstill pending is a mixed media project and a couple of small quilts.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED We watched an old Svengoolie movie, Cry of the Werewolf,  a couple of dramas on Amazon, NASCAR Xfinity and the CUP series as well as some more old Cheers reruns from Netflix.

I’M READING Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you find the courage to follow your heart—wherever that may lead?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she discovers who she is and who she was always meant to be—and learns to live boldly in her brave new world.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I didn’t get out last week after getting sick so didn’t even pick up the camera 🙁

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK With getting sick last week my whole menu plan went out the window so I’ll try again this week!  I’m even going to make some homemade pasta this week.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
??
ORANGE PANCAKES
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
??
SALAD & FRUIT
PIZZA
ANYONE’S GUESS 😀
DINNER
ARTICHOKE CREAM PASTA with HOMEMADE PASTA
BLACK COD, HERBED RICE PILAF & SALAD
BOLOGNESE RAVIOLI & SALAD
   C.O.R.N.    clean out refrigerator night
CHICKEN PARMESAN BUNDLES and SALAD
BBQ SPARE RIBS and SALAD
  C.O.R.N.   CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
DESSERT
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • BBQ PULLED PORK
  • CHICKEN PARMESAN BUNDLES

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and just for a little light-hearted fun:

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 10 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 to start my day by wishing my wonderful hubby HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  He is the best man I know and am proud to call him mine 😀

It was a cold, wet and windy weekend here – the kind of weather pattern that EVERY hour was different!  Saturday morning was sunny, but cold so we decided to take a bunch of stale bread, chips and cereal over to feed the peacocks and we literally encountered a half dozen different weathers!  It’s only 10 miles away.  We found a dry spot under a shed to leave their food and headed home as the sleet and wind was more than we wanted to deal with!  We watched old movies, NASCAR and I baked hubby’s cheesecake for today so it would have plenty of time to chill 😀

I felt a bit achy and lethargic over the weekend and started a bit of a cough that is getting worse and wet so will be staying in until I’m better.  I did get a flu shot and haven’t been anywhere too much around people so hoping it will pass in a day or two if I stay down and warm.

Don’t forget that we switch time next weekend too!

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING The sunny deceptive warm afternoons of last week are gone and we’re back to normal cold, wet weather here.  Highs in the 40’s, lows in the 30’s, windy and wet.  I’m not going anywhere today until late afternoon so I’m wearing yoga pants and a favorite old soft sweatshirt with fuzzy slippers!

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and peach yogurt

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… House got a deep clean last week, but I still have a load of laundry to do.
  • HOUSE & YARD… backyard garden boxes need some attention as they are not weathering well in the winter months, replacing weatherstripping on the mudroom and garage doors and hubby is hoping to get the last 18 supports done on the fence he re-did last year – he was hoping they might not need done, but the weather has indicated otherwise 😀 …
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… ANTS!!!!!  I HATE this time of year when the crazy ants come inside.  They are not looking for food or even water and they turn up in all the weirdest places – like out of electrical outlets or making a pilgrimage to the dryer!  I bought all new ant traps for inside and outside their normal areas.  I’ve caulked along baseboard seams and venting.  They appear to be coming from under the house and seem impervious to any and ALL ant traps or deterrents So the chore is to try and find yet another way to eliminate them…
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… eye doctor, pedicure, grocery shopping, errands, meeting…
  • BLOG… A few new recipes will post this week.  I’ve gotten my “recipeBox” blog, Savory Kitchen Table pretty much up to date… I think!
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTS… With the blanket chest and flowers beds done, I am seriously hoping to get to a quilt or mixed media project this next weekend.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED We watched a couple old Svengoolie movies that were on the DVR and a political drama on Netflix as well as NASCAR and some old Cheers reruns from Netflix.

I’M READING The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes – a WWI tale that traverses a century of history and provenance of a painting as it interacts with the people who see it.

Paris, World War I. Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie’s portrait—painted by her artist husband—a dangerous obsession is born.

Almost a century later in London, Sophie’s portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before his sudden death. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait’s true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history and Liv’s world is turned upside all over again.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA The Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrels we bought have worked well to cover the stumps that were impossible to dig out.  They will also last a long, long time.  Hubby used the bottoms he cut out as pavers.  I found some long “dead” bulbs in the shed and have been pleasantly surprised to see that a couple appear to actually be taking root.  We’ll see 😀

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
SHIRRED EGGS
APPLE FRENCH TOAST
LUNCH
TUNA MELTS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
~C.O.R.N.~ clean out refrigerator night
SALAD & FRUIT
PICNIC?
CHILI
DINNER
Hubby’s Choice Pan seared New York Steak, baked potatoes and salad with BANANA CREAM CHEESECAKE
BOLOGNESE RAVIOLI and SALAD
BLACK COD, HERB RICE PILAF and SALAD
~C.O.R.N.~ clean out refrigerator night
CHICKEN APPLE BUNDLES and COLE SLAW
BACON GRUYERE QUICHE
JEZEBEL SAUCE and CREAM CHEESE with CRACKERS
DESSERT
 

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • BANANA CREAM CHEESECAKE
  • SUN-DRIED TOMATO BASIL VINAIGRETTE
  • SLOW COOKER PORK CHOPS & RICE
  • JACK ALLEN’S MEATLOAF (sort of)
  • BACON GRUYERE QUICHE

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LIFE TIP Using LARGE mismatched buttons to keep earring sets together can be super helpful.

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 9 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 everyone.  I hope you had another GREAT week and an even better weekend.  Mine was super busy trying to take advantage of a couple warm afternoons and I haven’t been online as much.

Please forgive me for time getting away from me and my visits being more sporadic! This long Valentine’s Day weekend has been productive and satisfying for me. 

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING LOL I’m wearing levis, a long sleeve t-shirt and UGG’s, pretty much my standard uniform for this time of year.  The weather this week is about the same as last with some sun in the afternoons the first several days and high 40’s during the day, low 30’s at night with bouts of rain, clouds and fog at the end of the week.

I’ll admit I’m a bit worried about COVID-19. When I sign on to see the weather in the mornings there seems to always be an article every day about it.  I read an article this morning that actually listed it as a Pandemic now. With my compromised immunity I have been avoiding people as much as I can for now 🙁

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE I’m having some energy issues as well as some compromised eating ability again so it’s hot water and baby food again for breakfast 🙁

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… I did the bedding blankets and towels yesterday so we’re caught up besides what we wore yesterday 😀
  • HOUSE & YARD… backyard garden boxes need some attention as they are not weathering well in the winter months, replacing weatherstripping on the mudroom and garage doors and hubby is hoping to get the last 18 supports done on the fence he re-did last year – he was hoping they might not need done, but the weather has indicated otherwise 😀 …
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… I already scrubbed the shower tracts that were on the schedule for this week so we’ll see…
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… grocery shopping, errands…
  • BLOG… A few new recipes will post.
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTS… With the blanket chest and flowers beds done, I am seriously hoping to get to a quilt or mixed media project this next weekend.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED We finished Locke & Key Season one, are working on Anne with an E season 3, have 2 episodes of V Wars left on Netflix and started Hunters on Amazon as well as the normal DVR backlog for this season.

I’M READING The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes – a wonderful WWI tale that traverses several decades.

Paris, World War I. Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie’s portrait—painted by her artist husband—a dangerous obsession is born.

Almost a century later in London, Sophie’s portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before his sudden death. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait’s true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history and Liv’s world is turned upside all over again.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA We actually were able to get 2 projects done this week during a couple sunny afternoons.  Don’t let that sunshine fool you though, it was still COLD BRRRRRR while we were working. 

We found this old blanket chest in an antique store a while back and hubby was going to refinish it for me this winter.  After he started on it, we realized it needed a tone more work than originally planned so it took a ton longer than planned.  Good thing we got it for a steal of a price originally. 

The chest despite the added work is a handmade one of kind based on the craftsmanship.  Hubby had to sand it down COMPLETELY! Then he disassembled the lock mechanism, but I’ll have to keep an eye out for an appropriate skeleton key.  He added all the decorative molding and feet for me as well as put a new bottom in it from inside and outside.  I then freshly oiled the inside cedar.  The lid had a lot of gaps in the design and edging so I spent some serious time sanding and wood filling the problem areas.  I then started painting.  Oh, did I mention it had been painted black?  I wish I’d taken a before picture!!  Painting it red took about 8 coats to get the black covered and make the new molding look the same as the old!

There are 2 planting areas that had previous trees cut down and the stumps were covered in moss, but seriously a pain in the neck to dig out.  The sunny weather afforded that time to do a spruce up with Jack Daniel’s Whiskey barrels and FRESH mulch!  We filled the bottoms of the barrels around the old stumps with pebbles before the new soil and springs bulbs.  We’ll just have to wait to see the bulbs in a couple months. 😀 Here are the before and after pictures.

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
C.O.R.N.
SALAD & FRUIT
Y.O.Y.O.
DINNER
SLOW COOKER PORK CHOPS and RICE
SALAD with SUN-DRIED TOMATO BASIL VINAIGRETTE
JACK ALLEN’S MAMA’S CHICKEN with JACK’S SLAW
C.O.R.N.
JACK ALLEN’S MEATLOAF with MUSHROOM GRAVY
THYME BALSAMIC PORK CHOPS and SALAD
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT
“PORTZILKE” RAISIN FRITTERS
 

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RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • CRISPY PEANUT BUTTER CHICKEN
  • APPLE PIE CAKE
  • WEEKNIGHT BEEF GHOULASH
  • WHITE MISO CREAM SAUCE PASTA
  • SLOW COOKER PHILLY CHEESE STEAK & RICE

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 8 of 2020

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GOOD MORNING everyone.  I hope you had another GREAT week and an even better weekend.  Mine was super busy and I still need to visit many of you from last week – please forgive me for time getting away from me! This long Valentine’s Day weekend has been productive and satisfying for me.  We watched Ford VS. Ferrari,  and 2 of 3 NASCAR races since the 3rd one was rain delayed until later this morning.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING LOL I’m wearing levis, a long sleeve t-shirt and UGG’s, pretty much my standard uniform for this time of year.  The weather this week is about the same as last high 40’s during the day, low 30’s at night with bouts of rain, clouds and fog.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, a banana and mixed berry yogurt

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… Laundry itself is done, vacuuming is done, but I need to seal the laundry room and dining room from the “ant issue” of last week now that the deep clean is done.  The ants at this time of year are crazy!  They don’t come after food, but do come in from the cold through electrical outlet and baseboards anywhere they can to get out of the cold and out of the rain water!!
  • YARD… Hoping for a nice day or two to start cleaning out flower beds of moldy moss, but we’ll see… this is a holdover from last week and I laugh because some of you felt it was nice to be able to do it this time of year, but it’s not “nice” weather wise per se, but necessary to get rid of the ant issue once and for all.  So by nice, I mean not pouring down rain while being all bundled up to do the work!
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… LOL 😀 see any of the above!
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… I have grocery shopping and errands to do.
  • BLOG… Not much other than a few recipes set to post this week.
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTS… I still haven’t found the time to do anything particularly fun, but still hope to.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED We watched several more episodes of Locke & Key and Anne with an E on Netflix.  There are a few cooking shows and Hallmark Valentine movies on the DVR to catch up on.

I’M READING I started reading Ava Miles Enchanting Sebastion from her BIG SKY series

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FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
APPLE FRENCH TOAST
S.O.S.
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
C.O.R.N.
SALAD & FRUIT
MILE POST 21 TRADING STORE
C.O.R.N.
DINNER
SLOW COOKER PORK CHOPS AND RICE
PASTA with MISO CREAM SAUCE
SLOW COOKER PHILLY CHEESE BEEF & RICE
C.O.R.N.
FARMER’S SALAD with BASIL VINAIGRETTE
TAGLIATELLE with ARTICHOKES
S.O.S.
DESSERT
BLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 7 of 2020

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GOOD MORNING everyone.  I hope you had a GREAT week and an even better weekend.  Ours was good, but super weird!  We experienced a change in weather patterns every 30 minutes or so! It went from cold, gray, cloudy, windy and rainy to almost sunny and a couple of degrees warmer back to colder, gray, cloudy, even windier and rainy so you couldn’t really do anything consistently.  NASCAR did start again so we enjoyed the first race of the 2020 season.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING LOL I’m wearing levis, a long sleeve t-shirt and UGG’s, pretty much my standard uniform for this time of year.  The weather this week is about the same as last high 40’s during the day, low 30’s at night with bouts of rain, clouds and fog.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, a banana and mixed berry yogurt

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… Laundry itself is done, vacuuming is done, but I need to deep clean the laundry room and dining room from the “ant issue” of last week.  The ants at this time of year are crazy!  They don’t come after food, but do come in from the cold through electrical outlet and baseboards anywhere they can!!
  • YARD… Hoping for a nice day or too to start cleaning out flower beds of moldy moss, but we’ll see…
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… LOL 😀 see any of the above!
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… Hubby has several this week as do I as well as grocery shopping and errands to do.  My pedicurist had a rather bad accident and is not working for several months so I found a new one and will meet with her this week.
  • BLOG… Not much other than a few recipes set to post this week.
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTS… I still haven’t found the time to do anything particularly fun, but still hope to.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED We found an interesting series on Netflix called Locke & Key that we are a few episodes into.  We’re also still watching Anne with an E and V Wars, also on Netflix. There are a few cooking shows and Hallmark movies on the DVR to catch up on.

I’M READING I am deciding what to start this week.

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FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA We took a little day trip on the one nice afternoon we had and I found this old covered bridge and barn.  One side of the barn looked like someone had tried to stabilize it at one point, but in such a way that the other side ended up sinking and tilting the entire thing!

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
WAFFLES
APPLE CRISP FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
TUNA SALAD
SALAD & FRUIT
??
??
DINNER
TAMALE BUNDT PIE
ORANGE GLAZED SALMON
SPINACH CHICKEN PASTA
MEATBALL POTATO GRATIN
CRISPY PEANUT BUTTER CHICKEN
SLOW COOKER GINGER CHICKEN AND SLAW
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE
 

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 6 of 2020

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GOOD MORNING everyone!  I hope your team won yesterday whether you were watching the super bowl, puppy bowl or kitten bowl.  There was something for everyone! 😀 Being from the midwest originally and having quite a bit of family still there in Kansas City, I bet you know who I was rooting for. 😀

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & WHAT I’M WEARING The weather has been ALL over the place.  It was almost like we were back in Texas!  Friday was a record high and then Sunday temperatures had dropped by 35 degrees with sleet and some snow, which didn’t last and it’s snowing now which won’t last either.  Looks like it’s going to be a typical Pacific Northwest winter week again with highs in the 40’s and lows in the 30’s with more rain than not 😀

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE 1/2 cup of coffee, yogurt and banana

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… Laundry is caught up, but I need to dust mop and vacuum as well as deep clean the bathrooms and shower.
  • YARD… nothing
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… ??
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… I need to do some wood fill on a blanket chest hubby is working on for me if it gets warm enough as well as some painting on that chest.  It is a really neat hand crafted blanket chest we picked up for really cheap.  As hubby started working on it we realized it needed more work than we originally thought and he is doing a GREAT job rebuilding it.
  • BLOG… ?? There are a few recipe that will post this week, but I need to do some posts on other projects if I find the time.
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTS… still hoping to get to those small quilts and finish the garland for next year before I store the Christmas totes in the back!

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED We’ve been watching Anne with an E and also started V Wars on Netflix!  I know – what a weird mix!  I’ve also been catching up on Worst Cooks, Guy’s Grocery Games and Kid’s Baking Championship.

I’M READING  I’m between books, but hoping to start Wild Irish Cove by Tricia O’Malley, the first book in a new series.  I’ve never read this author so have high hopes.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA Friday was a record high of 74 degrees and then by yesterday it was a high of 39 degrees before it snowed a little last night. I ran to town for a few errands yesterday and took these 3 pictures all within 5 minutes of each other yesterday on my trip home!  It went from beautiful to sleeting to rainbow and back to beautiful seemingly all at once!

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MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
??
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
??
SALAD & FRUIT
CREEKSIDE
BAKED EGGS
DINNER
PAN SEARED CHICKEN with LEMON CHIVE SAUCE
FISHY (in a GOOD way) CHICKEN STEW
C.O.R.N.
SALAD with CHILI LIME VINAIGRETTE
OVEN ROASTED SALMON with FRESH TOMATO RELISH
SALAD with ORANGE LIME VINAIGRETTE
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT
ORANGE BUNDT CAKE
KING CAKE
 
 

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RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • BBQ BACON “ICE CUBE TRAY” BALLS
  • WILD BLUEBERRY PEACH PIE
  • WILTED GREENS with HOT BACON DRESSING
  • KING CAKE
  • ORANGE LIME VINAIGRETTE
  • OVEN ROASTED SALMON & TOMATO RELISH

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 5 of 2020

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GOOD MORNING I have a long list I hope to accomplish this week so I’m just jumping right in hoping to get an early start.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE As always it is supposed to be cool, gray and rainy.  Welcome to winter in the Pacific North West 🙂

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, mixed berry yogurt and medium cheddar cheese slice

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… I’ve still got 2 loads to do.  I was going to get them done yesterday, but the power started being an issue Saturday night and I put them off for fear of a wet load sitting and waiting around not being able to get dry.
  • YARD… not a thing except refilling the hummingbird feeders.
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… Continuing to clean the silt that is actually mud from the gutter and calling the city about it.  They did send the street sweeper last week and he made 3 passes, but he did it in such a way that he ended up delivering more mud to our end of the cul-de-sac than what he cleaned up.  I spent an hour Saturday morning cleaning up as much as I could before it began to rain...
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… I have my 9 year cancer follow-up this year on Wednesday.  I cannot tell you how surreal it is to be able to say that.  Even after all this time I still get very emotional and worry prior to these visits.
  • BLOG… I’ll try and get pictures of the quilts taken and do an update.
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTS… I ran across 3 unfinished small quilts and picked up the fabric to finish the bindings on them this week.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED We watched a cute movie called Ghost Town with Tea Leoni, Greg Kinnear and Ricky Gervais and a SYFY with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster called Elysium on Netflix.  I have a few cooking shows on the DVR to watch and have been really enjoying Anne with an E on Netflix.  I did find season 3 of Designated Survivor on Netflix also that we just started.

I’M READING Enchanting Sebastian by Ava Miles from the Merriam Series

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA There is just something so pretty and serene about the pond near our neighborhood at this time of year. Here are 2 different pictures of the same pond area just a few hours apart.  I love how the fog moved out to the south and the cattle moved in to the shot.

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
CREPES with LINGONBERRIES
POACHED EGGS and BACON
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
TUNA SALAD
SALAD & FRUIT
??
SUPERBOWL MUNCHIES
DINNER
MEATBALL POTATO GRATIN & SALAD
POTATO SQUASH STEW
TAGLIATELLE with ARTICHOKES and homemade PASTA
ORANGE GLAZED SALMON & SALAD
CHEESY SOUR CREAM CHICKEN  & RICE
BLACK BEAN, BEEF & POTATO ENCHILADAS with HOMEMADE REFRIED BEANS
see above 😀
DESSERT
ORANGE PRETZEL SALAD
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK A couple of these were really good. but I’ll have to make again to get better pictures.

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RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • GRAN’S MEATLOAF
  • POLYNESIAN CARROTS
  • TOMATO BEEF STROGANOFF
  • CHERRY ALMOND CREAM CHEESE DUMP CAKE
  • MELTING POTATOES

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 4 OF 2020

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GOOD MORNING!  I hope everyone had a great week and an even better weekend.  I got a lot done on Saturday cleaning out the freezer and baking a pie for the new neighbor.  We then watched the playoffs on Sunday while I worked on some garland for next Christmas.  Yep, you read that right – next Christmas (2020).  I wanted to get it done while it was still fresh in my mind what I wanted to do and that way I can also get it packed into the boxes in a timely fashion!

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING Today is supposed to be pleasant and then we go back to non-stop gray and rainy for the next 10 days.  Days will hover around mid 40’s and lows will be in the 30’s at night. 

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, a banana and mixed berry yogurt

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… laundry is up to date except for the bed sheets and towels, vacuum, bathrooms…
  • YARD… 🙂 nothing to do
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… deep clean the laundry room where we have been having ants again coming from under the baseboards.  In the winter they are trying to get out of the cold and in the summer they seem to be looking for water.  I have an essential oil spray I’m going to try on the baseboards to prevent them from even wanting in. 😀 Yesterday they were in the utensil drawer so that got emptied and everything washed.  I hate this kind of ants!  They’re not looking for food and always appear in the weirdest places.
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… hubby has a dental appointment…, Taco Tuesday with friends, a long overdue pedicure on Wendesday
  • BLOG… a couple recipe updates
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTS… I’m hoping to get a coat of stain on the table I’ve been refinishing if the weather gets warm enough one day and I’m still hoping to get the mixed media and alcohol ink projects started.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED The winter return of many series is backed up on the DVR as well as the January Hallmark movies. We binge watched the latest season on Lost in Space on Saturday and started the “new” version of Anne of Green Gales, Anne with an E.  I am enjoying the new Anne of Green Gables, but so far the 1985 version with Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst is still my favorite!

I’M READING Jana DeLeon’s The Lost Girls of Johnson’s Bayou

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I only took food and craft pictures this week!  Unfortunately, I tend to use my phone more and more for pictures 🙁 But, I did get a quick shot of the new garland I’m making for next Christmas.

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
QUICHE
PANCAKES
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
CHICKEN SALAD
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
C.O.R.N.
SALAD & FRUIT
PIZZA
SOUP
DINNER
4 INGREDIENT CHICKEN with CRISPY POTATO LATKES
CONVEYOR BELT CHICKEN and MELTING POTATOES
HOT WILTED GREENS with BACON DRESSING
C.O.R.N.
S.O.S.
MEATLOAF & MASHED POTATOES with SALAD
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT
PEACH BLUEBERRY PIE
??

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 3 of 2020

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GOOD MORNING everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful week.  Mine was busy, productive and informative though I had a bunch of downtime with my knee injury while we awaited the MRI results.  Unfortunately, I did tear my meniscus, but fortunately I have a WONDERFUL primary care doctor!  We discussed it and agreed to start with cortisone shots and reevaluate where I am in 3 months before just heading to the surgeon to be cut open AGAIN.  I have had my fill of surgeries during the past decade so if I can avoid another one I will!  That said, I still have to be careful and won’t be running any marathons, but I am walking better and able to not spend all my time with ice on the knee.  By the end of the day I do crave the ice, but at least it’s not morning, noon and night now!

LOL 😀 She did tell me I have to come up with a better story for how I did it!  She suggested something like saving a puppy from getting hurt in traffic instead of  I tore it crushing a box for recycling! 

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING It’s been super wet here!  It’s cold too and we’re on winter weather watch. It’s the bone chilling kind of cold.  It’s supposed to be rainy and snowy here this week with lows in the low 30’s and highs in the low 40’s.  I actually hope to see some snow, just not the kind like last year that left us in the cold and dark for 4 days.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Mixed Berry Yogurt & Hot Water

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

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN…Did a deep clean last week after putting away the Christmas decorations as well as ALL the bedding and laundry so I’m really caught up.
  • YARD…It rained all last week and is supposed to rain and snow all this week, so nope, nothing I’m going to worry about 😀
  • CHORE I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO… Cleaning the silt from the gutter in the street.  We’re in a cul-de-sac with poor drainage and everything ends up in front of the driveway when it rains due to poor drain placement when the tract was originally built.  The normal pain in the butt issue was made worse this past Tuesday by a water main break in front of a neighbor’s house up the street.  It’s obvious the city isn’t going to clean it up, so we will have to.
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… hubby has a doctor appointment, Taco Tuesday with Janie, refinishing drop leaf table, still going through VA paperwork…
  • BLOG… I’m hoping to get caught up on some trip posts from 2019.
  • TO RELAX THIS WEEK I’LL… to me is synonymous with CRAFTS & PROJECTS… still hoping to get the mixed median and alcohol ink projects started.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED The winter return of many series is backed up on the DVR as well as the January Hallmark movies and there were a couple new Netflix series we want to try, but nothing definitive yet.

I’M READING Jana DeLeon’s The Lost Girls of Johnson’s Bayou

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA Hubby got the table completely disassembled and all sanded down.  Now it’s time to start the refinishing.  The bottom picture is the sanded color and the first coat of the new English Chestnut stain.  I’ll get it steel wooled this week and get the 2nd coat of stain on if the weather cooperates.

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
YOGURT & HOT WATER
EGGS IN HASH BROWN NESTS with small HAM STEAKS
LEMON BLUEBERRY PANCAKES & BACON
LUNCH
TURKEY & CHEESE WRAPS
GRILLED CHICKEN & TOMATOES
MEAT & CHEESE WRAPS
TUNA SALAD
SALAD & FRUIT
??
??
DINNER
BEEF STROGANOFF & SALAD
CHICKEN & CORN STEW with MILK COFFEE BUNS
BURGERS, FRIES & BRIGHT CABBAGE SLAW
C.O.R.N.
CONVEYOR BELT CHICKEN & SALAD
4 INGREDIENT CHICKEN & SALAD
SNAPPER WRAPPER CASSEROLE
DESSERT
CINNAMON CRUMB APPLE OATMEAL MUFFINS
CHOCOLATE ANGEL FOOD CANDY

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RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • GOCHUJANG CARAMEL CHICKEN
  • CHICKEN /PORK POSITANO
  • RED WINE VINAIGRETTE
  • CHICKEN & CORN STEW

INSPIRATIONAL & A FUNNY

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING TIP

I tend to clean my shower while I’m in it.  I figure I’m already getting all wet so I can do a better job from top to bottom by doing it from the inside!  That said I absolutely hate trying to clean the sliding glass door tract!  Seems like it’s impossible to get completely clean.  A number of years ago I started using a baby bottle brush to get under the doors along the caulking and rubber strip.  The first time I did it I was AMAZED by what I was able to clean out of what looked like a relatively clean area! 

I was in need of a new brush so went to Wally World to get a new set.  There was a young mother with 2 VERY young children, maybe 6 months and 2 years old shopping on the same aisle.  She looked quite tired.  She asked me if the set I was buying was a good set and I kind of laughed and said absolutely, but let me tell you what I really use it for.  She almost started crying!  She told me how she was just trying to figure out the same problem and was beside herself trying to keep up with the cleaning and 2 young children.  She thanked me for making her day a bit easier.  Even if I did nothing more than give her an outlet to vent, I’m happy to have helped. 😀