HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY week 45 of 2022 with MENU PLANS & LINKS

Doing Happy Homemaker Monday, EVERY MONDAY, loyally for all these years and so extensively helps keep me on track of my daily life as it summarizes the past week and lays out a fairly concise plan for the current week. I look forward to doing this specific post each and every 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

 

 

We only had about 50 kids for Halloween because of a BIG storm that moved in that day in the afternoon, but I just love seeing them in their costumes. We had 2 that stood out a lot – an anatomically correct glow in the dark skeleton with a pumping heart and a blow up chicken.

We were supposed to have rain ALL this week and they even hinted at snow, but instead the storm slammed in over the weekend and we received ALL the rain for the week yesterday for the most part and we’ll just be cloudy the rest of the week with highs in the 40’s and lows hovering around freezing! We’re munchkin sitting for the munchkin’s munchkin, Rizzo while they are off for the week with their parental units playing at Disneyland, California Adventure and Universal Studios. So I’m really glad to not be having to take the munchkin out in the rain for walks. 😀

I LOVE layering weather! Today is a fun gold and burgundy fall colored embroidered flannel with a mock turtleneck, comfy Levi’s and YAY my UGGs are back!

I hope everyone had a great week and even better weekend, but for those who need to hear it, here is a little Monday Motivation to go with your coffee.

Breakfast was a peach yogurt with half a cup of coffee.

I have lots to do organizing some paperwork and getting ready for a bit longer BLOGMAS list this year as well as trying out some new recipes to use on the neighbor plates for the holidays, but just a quick reminder:

LOL, just saying… and please don’t think I’m crazy, but I’ve really been so looking forward to the whole Christmas season this year, that this just kinda happened last week…there is still some work to do – the train needs batteries and such, but…

The winter season came roaring in this year making me want to skip the middle between Indian summer and snow… plus no one will be here for Thanksgiving but us so why not??

This will also give me some time to fix these poor ornaments that are currently on the Island of Misfit Toys 🙁 I guess it’s inevitable as ornaments get older – glues dry out, etc… even on Hallmark ornaments. I started buying my collection of ornaments back when I was in high school so some of these are getting quite old unfortunately.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I’m pretty well cleaned up from making the mess of decorating, but have a load of laundry to do and vacuuming.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I just need to make a quick trip to town for the produce for Friday night’s dinner, but other than that it’s going to be a pretty quiet week around home. I do have a painting class on Thursday night and cooking dinner for 25-30 on Friday at the Eagles post.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS We were going to take a trip at the end of the month to see a Christmas light/market festival, but after researching the traffic and logistics of it, we have decided to do something different next month instead.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m going through some old cookbooks and evaluating the tags I made to see if they would make good winter recipes for December and January.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX NCIS reruns
  • AMAZON PRIME STARGATE ATLANTIS reruns and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER reruns
  • CABLE COOKING SHOWS The Big Bake, Christmas Baking, Christmas Cookies, Guy’s Game Night, Girl Meets Farm COMEDIES Young Sheldon and Ghosts POLICE/DRAMAS NCIS series – regular, LA and Hawaii, Chicago series – Med, Fire and PD, Blue Bloods, FBI series – regular, Most Wanted and International, Law & Order series – regular and SVU, Rookie & Rookie Feds, The Resident, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor  SYFY/FANTASY Quantum Leap, La Brea, The Walking Dead REALITY Amazing Race HALLMARK Christmas movies

I’m reading Beyond the Moonlit Sea by Julianne Maclean – it’s starting a bit slow, but I normally like her writing so I’m hopeful it will get there soon.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
 CHICKEN & CHEESE QUESADILLA PIE
 TUSCAN CHICKEN PASTA
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
COOKING DINNER  FOR EAGLES BUFFALO CHICKEN LOADED BAKED POTATO CASSEROLE, BROCCOLI SLAW and
SALAMI RAILROAD SANDWICHES
GIARDINEIRA BRUSCHETTA 
DESSERT
CARMELITAS
SNICKERS BAR BROWNIES
CRANBERRY ORANGE BREAD

We began dog sitting last Saturday for this little cutie, Rizzo, while the munchkins and their parental units take a trip to Disneyland and Universal Studios for the week. We’re having so much fun!

QuiltLady

Aw thanks… that was exactly my feelings on decorating early 😀 we get to enjoy it all for just that much longer!

It is going to be so hard to let Rizzo go home tomorrow. She is SOOOOOOO sweet! She has been so much fun to have around!

Hope your week has been awesome and not too much weather.

Sandra

Not judging, although I haven’t taken my Christmas decorations out yet, they WILL be out this weekend. So good for you, love your tree ♥

Rizzo is the cutest, just want to give him the biggest cuddle.

Have a wonderful blessed week, my friend.

QuiltLady

I can’t wait to see your tree too. It is going to be so hard to let Rizzo go home tomorrow. She has been so much fun to have around! 😀

Lucie

Rizzo is cute! would’ve loved to see the anatomically correct skeleton. Too bad for the big storm, sad for the kids.
Beautiful Christmas tree. I think I’ll start next weekend too.
Have a great rest of the week

QuiltLady

The kids took it in stride for the most part. The parents weren’t too happy though!

It is going to be so hard to let Rizzo go home tomorrow. She has been so much fun to have around!

Jean

Well, I’ll try not to be too grinchy. LOL. I do admit that even my grinchy self couldn’t help but take a stroll through “artificial Christmas tree lane” at Menards over the weekend. And I had to stop myself from picking up Christmas items and go back to what I went in there for in the first place (birdseed and flower bulbs). Your Christmas decorations look very festive. Hey, I’ve read that book and thought it was pretty good. Hope you have a wonderful week!

QuiltLady

Good to know about the book. I’ve been so tired I think I’m just having a hard time getting into it. I think everyone is getting a dose of the need for Christmas this year. I even saw that the city was putting up the lamppost decorations a couple days ago! Hope your week is going well.

Julieann

Tamy, my friend!!! I LOVE GNOMES!!! I giggle at all the similarities we keep having. The picture of the little dog, ooooohhhhhh so cute!!!! That little face.
Your menu, looked devine. I love that you put pictures with all the food. Also, I am right there with you, I am fully into the Christmas season and I am going to make it the best Christmas ever!!!!!
xo
Julieann

QuiltLady

Thank you so much! Cheers to the best Christmas season ever! It is going to be so hard to let Rizzo go home tomorrow. She has been so much fun to have around!

Carrie@northwoods scrapbook

Hello Dearest!
I love your tree and decorations! So many fun gnomes!! Lol I will never judge. Whatever brings you joy is the right thing.
I always love your words of encouragement and inspirations so much.
And Rizzo is the cutest pup I’ve ever seen! (next to Ruby of course). That face!! You must be having a ball.
And love the island of misfit toys comment. Cracked me up!
Blessings to you this week ahead. xo

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