HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 14 of 2021

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

How is everyone doing this morning? How was your first week of spring? Good morning sweet friends, hope you’ve all had a restful week(end).

Anyone else started a serious spring clean? I’m in that mode now and trying to do donations too and organize. 😀 We have a full week ahead with projects.

The “delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction” more commonly known as “COVID ARM” is a good thing, though an annoying and somewhat painful side effect of the COVID vaccine and is wreaking havoc on my ability to get things done! Especially coupled with the horrendous headache I’ve had since last week!

It scared the heck out of me when it first appeared 7 FULL days after my first vaccination.  It scared me even more when it continued to get worse AND cover a larger area over the next several days, but the Benadryl anti-itch cream is working wonders and I’ve been assured that this really is a “good thing” for my immune system. I can assure you though that the second dose will go into the other arm!

Our weather is supposed to be great (warmer and sunny) for the next couple days before taking another serious dip end of the week (last hurrah for winter I hope), but I will enjoy it while I can. This time last year we already had the garden planted! This year we’re just beginning the outdoor clean up to get ready to do that. We’ll power wash the winter away this week and uncover the garden beds that hubby informed me are FULL of ants. So there is that to deal with too.

Thursday we are planning on going to the Wooden Shoe TULIP festival in a neighboring town. I’m hoping the nice weather lasts at least that long. I’ve never been before, but I think it will be absolutely beautiful.

Hot water, cottage cheese with pineapple and a banana.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I have a couple loads of laundry, vacuuming, changing out the winter/spring bedding and clothing, power washing the outside, window washing – a true spring cleaning week.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I’m cleaning out the pantry and freezer for spring cleaning so need very few groceries, just a few staples and I need to pick up my new glasses
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m working on April’s menu plan and getting organized

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Still working on Stargate SG1 reruns and we watched The Magic of Belle Isle with Morgan Freeman.
  • REDBOX We rented Freaky with Vince Vaughn and News of the World with Tom Hanks – Freaky was a dark comedic horror film and News of the World was pretty good if not predictable though.
  • DISNEY+ I need to finish Wanda Vision, I want to start The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and I finished this season’s Secrets of Sulphur Springs
  • CABLE – Great American Food Truck Race, Easter Baking Challenge, GGG, DDD, Beat Bobby Flay, Spring Baking Challenge, Tournament of Champions, Clarice, Ellen’s Game of Games, Bull, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor, 911, 911 Lone Star, FBI, FBI Most Wanted, Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Last Man Standing, MOM, Call Your Mother, NCIS, NCIS New Orleans, NCIS LA, Magnum PI, MacGyver, Blue Bloods, The Resident, Chicago series, Law & Order SVU – I can’t wait for the new Law & Order with Elliott’s return this week.

I’ve downloaded a few books, but just haven’t figured out which one to read first. I’ve been reading some cookbooks and inspirationals.

Last Thursday was pretty stormy, but broke just in time for a gorgeous sunset. I took these pictures just a couple of minutes apart. It’s amazing how much a sky can change that quickly.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
ITALIAN CHICKEN & RICE
CHICKEN VESUVIO
PAD THAI
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
CHICKEN IN WHITE WINE HERB SAUCE
BEER BRAISED CHICKEN
HAM STEAKS, BRAISED CARROTS & SHEET PAN MAC & CHEESE
DESSERT
BLUEBERRY LEMON LIME CURD MUFFINS

  • SWEET & SPICY ORANGE CHILE CHICKEN
  • MARINATED APRICOT PORK CHOPS with ROASTED VEGGIES & APPLES
  • ORANGE CHILE CHICKEN
Jean

Great inspiration for this week. Spoke to me. Hope the side effects aren’t as severe for round 2 of your vaccination. This chicken over here wishes they’d hurry up with that nasal spray vaccine. A tulip festival sounds so fun. Hope your week is going well. Happy Easter!

Carrie@northwoods scrapbook

Hey there dear Friend! ☀️
I’m so sorry you had the arm reaction – but if it means good immune response (especially for you) than I’m glad you’re bod is fighting strong!
I forgot that I am watching Tournament of champions too. I love the randomizer. Lol
That pic of the sky is GORGEOUS! And as usual I love your inspiration (I relate with the forgiveness one so much) and tips too.
Have a blessed rest of your week. xo

Lucie

Almost finished with deep-spring cleaning of main floor (basement gets done in Fall). Kitchen cabinets get done in the Fall so that dishes are clean for the Holiday festivities. Decluttering is ongoing all along.
As for the outside, not yet for us… still a little snow and very cold and windy.

Martha

Beautiful sky photos! I hope your arm feels better soon and hope the headache goes away soon too. That tulip festival sounds like it will be beautiful!

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