HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS week 15 of 2023 ~ BLOG 365.100

Good Morning dear friends. I hope you had a beautiful Easter and are well rested. Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

LOL yesterday was supposedly in the high 40’s, but it was a wet and cold 40’s so still felt like a winter cold. They’re predicting an ALL OUT rain event tomorrow and even some snow flirtations on Wednesday, but then ALL OF A SUDDEN we’re supposed to FINALLY have spring like days in the 50’s and even a couple 60’s (but not nights) next weekend!

Needless to say I will believe it when I see it for any true warmth. I’ve yet to put away the turtlenecks and am still layering turtle necks and flannels every day 😀

Oh so much on my mind, but too much to really get into. I’m still a bit exhausted though I did take it easy yesterday for Easter and visited with my friend, Diana for quite awhile and sorted through the recipes she loaned me to make copies.

Things will stay fairly busy up until we go to hubby’s family reunion, but that should be a drop off point to a better form of normalcy once we get back.

Vanilla yogurt with homemade granola and FRESH wild blueberries with hot water

  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I’ve still been battling the weather trying to clean up after the garage sale which was further complicated by some leaks, but I’m starting a spring cleaning inside and out despite the weather. By now I’ve usually already switched out the winter clothing for spring, but with the never ending winter this year I’m a bit behind 😀
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I’m still finishing the winter rotation on the pantry and freezer so don’t have too many groceries to pick up and no real errands this week besides the commitments to the Eagles for floor repair in the store room and normal Wednesday shopping.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS, PROJECTS & TRAVELS I’m still working on getting return phone calls from various people for work needing done and hubby’s upcoming eye surgery.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING Anyone that knows me or has been following me for awhile knows that my greatest find in an antique store is old recipe boxes full of handwritten old recipes. I didn’t find these in an antique store, but they belong to a friend and had been her mom and grandma’s. I’m so privileged to have been given the chance to go through them and copy any recipes I want to try 😀 Thank you Diana! I’m working hard to keep them in the order I find them LOL even when that order makes no sense to me. See the pictures below. I’m going to use these recipes to make up the next several week’s worth of menus.

  • AMAZON PRIME Saturday night we watched On A Wing and A Prayer with Dennis Quaid. It was pretty good. Oddly it seemed like an over acted “B” movie, but, I loved that it is based on a true story.
  • CABLE We also watched the NASCAR Dirt races at Bristol over the weekend. We also watched Operation Tokyo with Cary Grant. I’m also caught up on Tournament of Champions.

I’m about to finish SUNRISE COVE INN by Katie Winters which is #1 in a series. This leaves me with a dilemma on what to read next since I have several other series going 🙂 What to read next?

We’re doing things a bit backwards this week and starting with C.O.R.N. (clean out refrigerator night) as I’m doing spring cleaning and ALSO want to use us leftovers from Easter dinner which was simple, but plentiful 😀

C.O.R.N. (clean out refrigerator night)
 TEN PLATE SPECIAL from Diana’s collection
WIN BAILEY’S HOT DISH from Diana’s collection
HAM & CHEESE POTATO CASSEROLE  from Diana’s collection using leftover Easter Ham
HAM STEAKS with SWEET & SOUR BEANS from Diana’s collection
CARROT MARMALADE BREAD from Diana’s collection

Hubby got inventive with the Rummikub tiles between games.


Hope your spring weather holds. It’s been so nice here although it’s trying to skip straight to summer, seems odd to have already tested the A/C in April and have turned it on again tonight as it’s supposed to be in the 80’s the next two days! Love all the life tips. I’ll be looking closely at our lady bugs from now on. Hope your week is off to a great start!

Jo Unbehaun

Thank you for the lady bug tips! I believe my patience may also be at the bottom of a coffee cup. Have an amazing week! I’ve missed reading your posts!


Thanks for the difference on the lady bugs! I never can tell them apart.
The beef yakisoba looks amazing! I’m going to take a look at some of your recipes – I have been having a hard time thinking of new things to make!
Have a great week, Sherry


I find your blog very nice. Especially the picture about the difference of ladybugs. Here, the ladybugs in the forest are waking up from their hibernation. Yes!

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