GOOD MORNING everyone! WOW we’re already entering week 3 of 2019, Why is the time passing by so fast? I’m up early and hoping for a VERY productive day. My energy levels are still lagging, but I need to take advantage of the better weather today before the next set of storms roll in.
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING – The past few days have been pretty nice, days in the 50’s and nights in the 30’s, at least for a couple hours midday LOL 😀 Mornings have been quite gray and foggy, but the sun makes an appearance in time for the sunset most days. Today will be no exception, but we’re supposed to be back to mostly rain by Wednesday and stay that way for the rest of the week. I have on Levis, my favorite canvas tennies and comfy sweatshirt.
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Banana Slices and Green Tea
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE / WEEKLY TO DO LIST & HOUSE PROJECTS / APPOINTMENTS
- LAUNDRY… ALL caught up as of yesterday.
- LIVING AREAS… Need to vacuum and do a bit of tidying.
- KITCHEN… REALLY clean as I’ve been polishing counter tops.
- YARD… nothing
- BLOG… still need to write up a couple more new recipes and I’m still adjusting the party links to downsize the ones I participate in. Two weeks into the new year and I have eliminated another 5 party links bringing it up to 13 gone. There are at least 5 on the chopping block for this week or at the most the end of the month. A few blogs are still on break so I’ll continue evaluating this category until I have it where I want it. So many blogs have become too commercial and the ads as well as the layer of pages to get to the content have become just too much to bother with.
- CRAFTS/PROJECTS… I’m working on next year’s Christmas gifts and will tell you it involves the fabric in the picture below and I found these great pieces on sale this past week.
- APPOINTMENTS/TO DO… I need to get the oil changed on the car, track down a few medical records to have transferred, am hoping for enough sun today to get at least the small storage space gone through in search of more needed paperwork for the VA…
CRAFTS / PROJECTS What I CAN show you 😀 but CANNOT tell you what the parts will equal.
If you know me, then you know I LOVE to cook! I usually get several cookbooks for Christmas and I REALLY look forward to them. The first thing I do is sit down and read them cover to cover, tabbing the recipes I want to make in the weeks ahead. As you can see, this year was no exception. My brother sent me the Half Baked Harvest, my girl friend Heather and munchkins gave me the Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Santa brought me the Six Sisters Stuff.
For some odd reason this process always brings to mind a specific friend, Julie. Julie’s dad was a professor at our university and they had a lot of talented kids in her family, several of which were in college at the same time which was quite costly so they lived very modestly on a professor’s salary. Julie was the middle girl of 5 and was quite used to getting the hand me downs. Julie and I became fast friends and hung out a lot. Many times there were three of us hanging out in Julie’s rec room as Julie’s friend Joann spent a lot of time there too. Joann wasn’t into the college scene, but came from money and had other priorities most of the time – parties and such while we studied our butts off and worked several jobs. Anyway, we all had our talents that we brought to the group.
Julie used to borrow Joann’s designer clothes, A LOT! Julie also had mad sewing skills. The funny part was (and I doubt Joann even knows this now) late at night when we were studying Julie would take a break, disassemble whatever piece she had just borrowed from Joann and whip up her own version by using Joann’s piece as a pattern. Then she’d put Joann’s dress, skirt, etc… back together, no worse for wear. Long story short (I know, too late) I think I approach other people’s recipes the same way Julie approached designer clothes by taking it apart piece by piece, tweaking it to meet my flavor desires or textural expectations and putting it back together as an all new piece. 😀
FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA – I just LOVE that sliver of moon that made an appearance just in time for my picture. The clouds covered it almost immediately.
I’m ALWAYS trying to remember that life is FULL of change and my favorite saying is,
“Man plans, God laughs!”
SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED We watched BIRD BOX with Sandra Bullock this past week – scary, but interesting movie. I’m really sad 🙁 though to hear that teens are actually being so stupid and using movies like this to act out stupid scenarios for social media challenges/DARES.
I’M READING I still didn’t get much reading done this past week so I’m still reading: The Misadventures of Catie Bloom: a romantic comedy (Bloom Sisters Book 1) by Brooke Stanton
WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH With shows just coming off hiatus we are actually pretty caught up on prime time shows with no DVR backlog. There is a growing list for NetFlix and Amazon Prime.
HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS
MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – FRIDAY
BANANA & YOGURT
CHICKEN or TUNA SALAD
CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD
CRANBERRY PEAR CRISP
|BISCUITS & SAUSAGE GRAVY BAKE||
CHEDDAR CHICKEN POTPIE
PERUVIAN SHEPHERD’S PIE
SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK
ROAST PORK with APPLE PEAR CREAM SAUCE
PUB BURGERS with TANGY PUB SAUCE BAKED SPICY BACON GREEN BEANS
WHISKEY CHILI MEATBALLS WHISKEY BBQ CHICKEN
Gorgeous fabric!!! Love the cookbooks. Yummy pics of all your food!!! Oh my gosh.. Bird Box… what a crazy movie!!! And yes all those kids doing those challenges are just plain stupid!! Have a great week!!
Thank you!! I hope you’re having a GREAT week.
I like getting cookbooks, but I don’t cook much! LOL The book you’re reading looks cute 🙂
😀 too cute – you don’t have to cook to like the YUMMY pictures! I hope you’re having a GREAT week. 😀
Hi Sweet Tamy! It’s so nice to be back. I missed you. 😉
It’s so fun to be back at HHM and see what you’ve been up to – and of course all of the wonderful things that you’re cooking. You always have the best tips too! Your cookbook haul this year looks like it was a good one.
I kind of want to see birdbox and I’m kind of afraid to. Lol I really like A Quiet Place and I heard it’s kind of like that for scariness – which I think I can handle.
I love that pic with the moon. So pretty! Have a blessed rest of the week xoxo
I’m so glad you’re back too! Thank you for all your sweet words 😀 I haven’t heard about The Quiet Place, but will check it out. The Bird Box was just “anxious” kind of scary, but I REALLY liked the ending. I have 2 more cookbooks that will be in next week’s post. Have a GREAT week sweetie!
Your food always and I mean ALWAYS makes me so hungry lol I too love cookbooks, actually haven’t received any in a long time….hmmmm, need to talk to my family about that LOL
Have a wonderful week my friend.
Thank you – really makes my day to hear you say that – and YES I AM hearing you in my head 😀 I know your cookbook collection rivals mine, but honestly can you ever have too many? 😀 I keep an Amazon cook book wish list as much for me as for gift ideas and it never fails me 😀
I’ve heard about the bird-box challenge the teens are doing and find it so sad, such a waste!
Funny how some people are talented, like undoing and redoing clothes.
Have a great week
It truly is a waste that these kids seem to lack the common sense to differentiate between a movie and the consequences of real life 🙁 Julie was a true mastermind – I quilt and like to sew, but she was like a savant prodigy! Have a GREAT week too.
Very pretty photo! I love your life tip this week. It makes so much sense, but there are times that it is hard to put into play. I am still working on allowing myself that freedom to be the “me at almost 40” versus the “me at 20.” I have no desire to see “Bird Box”– I don’t do scary movies! LOL
Have a great week!
I know what you mean – I get so set in my ways too! I’m trying really hard to live outside the “box”. Have a GREAT week.
Your inspiration for this week is so perfect! Describes my every day 🙂 My husband said Bird Box wasn’t THAT scary but I still won’t watch it (I’m a huge chicken for scary movies) although it sounds interesting. Your cookie butter bar recipe has me wanting to get out to Trader Joe’s. Gorgeous photo. Hope you have a wonderful week!
I don’t mind “scary” movies, but this one and the “unknown” factor of doing every thing “blind” had me on the edge – your hubby must be fearless 😀 Have a GREAT week too.