Good Morning! I had a great weekend and am ready for a great new week.  It’s Monday morning and I’m trying to get back into a regular routine here at my blog.  I’ve really missed blogging regularly and am so glad I decided to combine all my blogs into one well organized one.  I made this great new header and am really satisfied with it.

Breakfast time….what is on the plate this morning::::
A big cup of coffee and then a homemade fruit smoothie (banana, pineapple, strawberry and cherries) before I go to the gym. 

On today’s to do list:::: 

  • Gym and then the pool in time to wait for the washing machine repair man in the afternoon.
  • Laundry after the repairman leaves – lots to do after having to wait for the parts for a week.
  • If the wind isn’t blowing this afternoon I’ll finish painting the baker’s rack.
  • Pick up my new glasses.

Currently reading::::

Kristen Proby- Play With Me – Book 3 With Me In Seattle

On the TV today::::
whatever strikes our fancy off the DVR.  I try not to plan this in advance and just go with the flow.

The weather outside is::::

Hot as usual! It’s supposed to be 110 today, but as long as the humidity stays low, we’ll survive.

On the menu this week::::

 Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

TUESDAY 7/29 BAGEL & CREAM CHEESE FRUIT & CHEESE Nutty Mushroom Cashew Chicken
WEDNESDAY 7/30 YOGURT SOUP Lasagna Bolognese 
THURSDAY 7/31 FRUIT FRUIT & CHEESE Smothered Chopped Steaks 
FRIDAY 8/1 CEREAL SALAD Mexican Cobb Salad with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
SATURDAY 8/2 Toasted French Toast  OUT Snapper Wrappers 
SUNDAY 8/3 Caramelized Onion & Bacon Frittata C.O.R.N. C.O.R.N.

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Do a little quilting and finish a few older projects.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::

Hubs and I were having a SERIOUS chocolate craving the other day. I had the main ingredients for Kraft Fantasy Fudge EXCEPT the chocolate so I had to improvise and pray it would work.  Not only did it work, it was FANTASTIC in fact they were just short of orgasmic! So if you are having a chocolate craving try my version of Fantasy Fudge. Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread and Malibu Chicken are both on the try this week menu.  Malibu Chicken used to be a frequent menu item in many restaurants, but you never see it anymore and I’ve been craving it so will try to develop a recipe this week.

In the garden::::
I’ve been sterilizing the ground in the planter out front and hope to finish with removing the rock, putting down new and thicker tar paper before rearranging the whiskey barrels and running new bubblers.

Favorite photo from the camera::::
There are beautiful sunsets here in the desert, but I cannot wait to be out of this heat!

Homemaking Tip::::
Buy the extended warranty on appliances!  Mom didn’t and the washing machine repair was half the cost of a new machine and this machine is only 2 years old.

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
Diary Of a Stay at Home Mom – I love that she still takes blogging AND homemaking seriously!

Praying for::::
Guidance and patience with the woman handling the house sale – she has no follow through, common sense or common courtesy and I pray that she receives help in ALL of those areas.

Inspirational Bible Verse or Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment::::

Tamy Bollar

Thanks for stopping by Melanie – so nice to meet new people from blogging. I LOVE to cook and can't imagine not doing it! But, good for you if you found a guy who cooks – great match.

Melanie Lopata

What a great menu!! I don't cook (my husband does that) but my husband and I have been eating really healthy since he took over the cooking (I burn stuff, don't care so I overcook, etc)

Sounds like you were super busy yesterday!

Tamy Bollar

Thanks for making me smile and virtually kicking my behind to get me back into a routine that warms my heart. 😀 I needed to hear that I was making the right decision combining the blogs and hopefully making this one a better BLOG.


Hi, I don't think I've stopped by before but I'm visiting from HHM over at Sandra's. Your menu sounds lovely and I feel for your out of order washing machine, ours has been on the fritz recently too.
Oh and I love your choice of scripture, it's one of my most favourite verses.
Have a lovely week!


Your menu always looks to die for.

I have to tell you that I'm super happy to see you back blogging too, and I love that you've combined your blogs into one, AND I love your new banner, and and and and LOL

Thank you so much for the shout out, it warms my heart. You're right, I do take homemaking seriously and really wish it got more attention in this day an age.

Love you my friend, and miss seeing you on Facebook 🙂