HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 43 of 2021

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I hope y’all had a GREAT week. Mine was spent traveling. All and all it has been a good trip. Day 1 and 2 surprised us with cold and snow, but in a good way. We have seen and waited in a ton of road construction making it seem A LOT longer!

This whole trip was to search for houses for our next and hopefully final project. We still have many to look at, but have looked at 4 dozen so far. Of those we’ve narrowed it down to 6 or so we’re interested in and definitely ruled OUT several neighborhoods all together. We want a project house, but don’t have enough money to gentrify an entire neighborhood so are being picky for this next project. We have another 10 or so to see today.

We have a niece, her fiance’, her daughter and her brother, our nephew that recently moved to this area and were able to meet up with them and spend some great family time yesterday. 😀 We have 2 more days to finish investigating before we begin the trip home. We wish we had a bit more time here to meet up with blog friends and other relatives, but schedules are being dictated by medical appointments. We will be able to meet up with some old friends and our niece in California along the way before spending promised time with hubby’s sister on our way home.

 The weather will vary a lot for us this week from starting with the low 80’s down to the 50’s by the time we end our travels at sis in law’s. Night time lows will also vary from 50’s to 30’s.

Hot water and cherry vanilla yogurt. I can’t wait for my appointment with the chronic care manager. I’m STILL waiting for the gastroenterologist to get my meter handled, but his office is still trying to figure that out. Every time I call I get a new person that promises to follow through and yet it’s now the 18th! My original appointment was the 24th of last month and there is no sign of completion yet. I had another middle of the night (1:30 AM) reactive hypoglycemic episode last night that was soooooooo scary and completely avoidable if I had been wearing the monitor! What if I hadn’t woken up? Fortunately/(unfortunately) I start sweating and my heart starts sweating when it drops that low and trying to raise it before it gets any lower  and I pass out risks an opposite and equally unpleasant reaction of dumping syndrome that also makes my heart race, sweating and pure discomfort!

THIS WEEK’S LIST
  • HOUSE HUNTING

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • WHATEVER WE CAN FIND IN HOTEL ROOMS. WE’LL CATCH UP ON THE DVR WHEN WE GET HOME.

Listening to Jana DeLeon’s Miss Fortune books on Audible.

There were so many… but this one of the snow in Reno  midafternoon day one of the trip is a true favorite.

with the links to last week’s posted recipes, featured party links for the week and upcoming recipes to be posted soon.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
*??
*??
*??
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  • PEPERONCINI CHICKEN

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 42 of 2021

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We’re leaving on our road trip today (FINALLY) so I’ll make this fairly short and sweet. I hope you have all had a productive week and quiet weekend full of family and fun.

I’m laughing at this category today. The weather has been changing so much all over the country in just the past couple days. I packed for the trip and then repacked a second time before finally deciding on a multi-layered pack that allows for multiple weather pattern changes. Here this morning it’s raining and cool, but we’ll probably see some cooler temperatures and maybe even a bit of snow or at least a frost tonight when the low will be 27°. LOL tomorrow though we’ll be in Las Vegas by the end of the day so are planning for a bit warmer in the 70’s.

Hot water and a baby food squeeze on the go.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • Whatever we see along the way 😀 We’ll catch up with the DVR when we return.

I’m reading Jana DeLeon’s Swamp Sweets, book #21 in the Miss Fortune series. Hubby and I will continue to listen to the books from the beginning on audible while we travel the next few weeks.

I went to a painting party last Wednesday for a Halloween painting that’s growing on me and I will definitely be doing some updates on, but I’m really looking forward to the Christmas cookie exchange painting party that my girlfriend is putting together. She’s thinking about maybe doing this one.

I did sign up for this cute gnome in December also.

The Eagles will be having a bake sale while we’re gone (I originally offered to bake for it when we were supposed to go on this trip months ago and thought we’d be here for the sale) so I did all my baking this weekend and prepared them for the freezer. This way they can do as they please for the sale. I made 3 Whiskey Currant Pineapple Carrot cakes, a Pumpkin Spice Dump Cake and a Pumpkin Butter Pecan Dump Cake. Needless to say I ran out of time for much picture taking this week, but hope to make up for it on the trip. 😀

with the links to last week’s posted recipes and upcoming recipes to be posted soon.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
??? ON THE ROAD
?? ON THE ROAD
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?? ON THE ROAD
 

  • HEART ATTACK CASSEROLE aka TEXAS POTATOES
  • BEEF VEGGIE SOUP
  • HONEY BEER BREAD

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS & MENU LINKS week 41 of 2021

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Oh my gosh, can you believe it’s October? It’s only 82 days until Christmas!

I’m rolling with the punches! The chronic care specialists office manager called me last week and apologized for how things went down and set me up for 4 months (November-March) worth of appointments to see if they can help also with my medical issues. I’ll take all the ideas and help I can get!

The new washer arrived on Tuesday and I’m proud to say that all the laundry is caught up!! This was perfect timing as I switch over to the fall linens and blankets. 😀 And especially as we prepare to leave on our trip next week.

We went bowling last week and I realize that I need to get more “specific” exercise as I still have a few muscles that are really aching. I also received my 3rd COVID vaccine shot and have again gotten a bonus! 🙁 NOT I have another COVID ARM, but I guess it’s a small price to pay for being safe with a compromised immunity.

COVID arm is a delayed hypersensitivity skin reaction that occurs on or around the injection site. COVID arm is thought to be an immune system reaction. Your immune cells are responding to the muscle cells which have absorbed vaccine and basically the immune system thinks is an infection that needs to be fought.
Symptoms of COVID arm include:

  • itching, which can be intense (and boy is it!)
  • a red, discolored rash that can vary in size from the size of a quarter to a very large area (mine is from the shoulder to the elbow)
  • in some instances, the rash may spread to your hands or fingers
    swelling (fortunately I don’t have this)
  • pain (YEP)
  • skin feels warm to the touch (YEP)
  • hard lump under your skin where the injection took place (while I don’t have a “lump” the whole affected area is “FIRM”

It’s official. Autumn is here. It lasted the WHOLE week so I now trust in it 😀 We’ve had enough rain that the pond is beginning to fill and make the ducks and geese happy. We’re forecasted to be in the low 70’s and high 60’s all week so I’m a HAPPY camper. I’ve pulled out my favorite levis, cozy socks, denim jelly pops with tanks and coordinating over shirts for layering.

Hot water and peach yogurt for me this morning.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I need to do a couple loads of laundry and vacuum. In November after we return from our trip we will be doing a DEEP CLEAN of the upper ledges in the living room, lighting globes and ceiling fans before having the carpets cleaned.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have a VERY small list this week because we are preparing to leave on our trip. It is a busy week though. I have a hair appointment, a pedicure and need to get the oil changed on the car and the tires rotated as well as have the battery checked. Hubby has a doctor appointment and needs a haircut too.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS I have a couple things to get accomplished before we leave and am still trying to get answers from the new doctor about my new meter.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING All done for now until November when we return.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Midnight Mass, Virgin River
  • DISNEY+ Turner and Hooch
  • CABLE The New Season is in full swing! Most of the old favorites are back and a couple new ones too. Unfortunately many of my favorite comedies have been cancelled. 🙁 NCIS, NCIS HAWAII I’m not sure about this one yet and I miss New Orleans already, BULL, THE GOOD DOCTOR, THE RESIDENT, NEW AMSTERDAM, NCIS LA, FBI, FBI MOST WANTED, FBI INTERNATIONAL, MAGNUM PI, BLUE BLOODS, SWAT, CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO PD, YOUNG SHELDON, GHOSTS

I need to set up a reading list for our trip and the audible series that we are listening to when we travel. The audible series, Miss Fortune by Jana Deleon, is a funny, cozy sometimes comical mystery with a hint of romance series of books I had already read, but are a fun read so even hubby is enjoying listening to them and I don’t mind hearing them this time around.

I didn’t take too many pictures this week, but I LOVE this #Metal Art dragon we go by from time to time.

During winter months there are fewer flowers and other sources of food for the bees. Water is also scarce and so many bees drown as they try and drink from swimming pools. Grate an apple and add some water in a bowl. The bees will be able to get the sugars from the fruit and drink the water and not drown as they can stand on the fruit pieces. Our bee populations are threatened, let’s give them all the support we can.

with the links to last week’s posted recipes, featured party links for the week and upcoming recipes to be posted soon.

MONDAY 10/4
TUESDAY 10/5
WEDNESDAY 10/6
THURSDAY
10/7
FRIDAY
10/8
SATURDAY 10/9
SUNDAY 10/10
DINNER
HAMBURGER SOUP & BEER BREAD
COD with SCALLION SESAME BUTTER & TEXAS POTATOES
C.O.R.N./Y.O.Y.O. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT OR YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN BECAUSE I HAVE A PAINTING CLASS
CAFETERIA CHICKEN & GRAVY with SALAD
PEPEROCINI CHICKEN & WILD RICE
HONEY BUTTER GARLIC PORK LOIN, CARROTS & SALAD
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DESSERT
RUSTIC NUT BARS AND BAKING FOR THE EAGLES UPCOMING BAKE SALE

  • CALIFORNIA CHICKEN CLUB RING with AVOCADO CREMA
  • CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER
  • BLACK PEPPER BISCUITS & GARLIC CHEDDAR BUTTER
  • POPCORN RANCH CHICKEN

CHICKEN DIVAN aka CHICKEN DIVINE

I have a genetic disorder. Really, I do. It is just genetically impossible for me to follow a simple recipe!  This started out as me making Chicken Divan from a recent issue of Cook’s Country on skillet suppers, but turned it into something completely different.

This was originally posted on July 7th of 2010, but needed a desperately new and updated picture so here is my revamp of a favorite recipe.

Hubby loved it so much, he ate it for 3 nights in a row with no complaints and renamed it!

CHICKEN DIVAN aka CHICKEN DIVINE
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
1 1/2 pounds broccoli crowns, chopped large (optional)
1 large bunch green onions, sliced thin
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chicken broth (preferably FRESH well seasoned bone broth)
3 LARGE egg yolks
1/2 cup cream sherry
2 teaspoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
3 + 3 tablespoons butter
1/2 CUP WONDRA flour
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt

  • In a  LARGE ZIPLOC bag combine Wondra flour, 1 teaspoon each sea salt and black pepper.
  • Add chicken pieces to bag, seal and shake to coat well.
  • In a large skillet melt 3 tablespoons of butter.
  • When butter is sizzling add green onions and garlic, cooking a few minutes until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add chicken pieces, generously salt and peppering to taste as you go. Saute’ until cooked through. The seasoning of the chicken as you go enhances this recipe A LOT!
  • IF USING: Clean and rinse broccoli pieces.  In a large sauce pan heat chicken broth and add a vegetable strainer with the broccoli.  Steam until al dente. Reserve chicken broth.
  • Arrange broccoli and chicken on platter and keep warm.
  • Add remaining butter to skillet, scraping bits of chicken from the bottom of the skillet.  Add the chicken broth, sherry and Worcestershire sauce, cooking until slightly reduced.
  • Add heavy cream gradually, whisking all the while.  Cook until starts to thicken.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add egg yolks, lemon juice and half of the cheese, blending well.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and broccoli.
  • Top with remaining cheese.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLAN and MENU LINKS week 40 of 2021

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One week into fall and I’m loving it!! Much cooler evenings and early mornings, slight breezes and mellow temperatures midday. I hope you had a wonderful week/end. Ours was FULL, but also quiet. I spent most of Saturday baking for a friend’s birthday surprise yesterday as well as getting caught up on some picture editing and organizing.

YAY! We’re getting a bit more rain today! We have needed it so badly, but what really excites me is the fall temperatures that have come along with this storm! The flip flops have essentially been put away and I’m back to my “normal” wear of Levis, tanks and comfy plaids with tennies. I don’t even believe the 80’s predicted for Saturday and Sunday – they’ll only last an hour or so IF they happen at all.

Do you remember the subtitle on my blog? Let me refresh your memory IT IS WHAT IT IS! I bring this up because I met with the new specialist last Friday and while he made me feel better that I am doing things the best way as they can be done, the overall prognosis is just that IT IS WHAT IT IS!!

There are no miracles lurking in the background and there are no magical pills that will return things to the way they were before they surgically removed my stomach…IT IS WHAT IT IS!! There are no special or magical diets, foods or even combinations of the above that work automatically. Everybody is different!  What works for one person doesn’t automatically work for another person and because I have ALL the side effects it adds a layer of complications that aren’t normally experienced.

He did have a few small suggestions that I’m trying and I loved his holistic approach. He agreed with me that we’re just not there yet that I need to consider yet another life changing surgery like the endocrinologist had suggested. So we’ll try his little tweaks and wait to see in a few months.

For now though breakfast will still be good old hot water and baby food squeezes or yogurts until after our trip and then I’ll start some morning and lunch experimentation like he suggests.

Bottom line is that removing my stomach came with potential side effects. These worst of these side effects are on opposite ends of a spectrum as well as in the middle. Unfortunately, I was destined to receive them all! And also unfortunately, learning to balance between the 2 extremes will be my challenge for the rest of my life.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING House is pretty tidy, but YAY the washer is being delivered tomorrow! SO I think Wednesday will be my laundry day to not only get caught up, but do the bed linens and change over for fall weight blankets.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I’ll be doing the groceries and errands today so I can be home Tuesday and Wednesday for the washer. I have a quick doctor’s appointment on Thursday and that’s about it for the week.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS I’m working down the stack and getting thins accomplished before we leave on our trip.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’ve been planning recipes to use up some things from the freezer and pantry. I’ll restock for fall/winter after we return from our trip in November.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Virgin River, Money Heist
  • REDBOX F9
  • PRIME Waiting for Mrs. Maisel to come back
  • DISNEY+ Turner and Hooch
  • DISCOVERY + Still watching the abandoned mysteries series
  • CABLE Most of our favorite shows are back (the Chicago series MED, FIRE & PD, Blue Bloods, Magnum, L&O SVU, 911, Young Sheldon),but a few didn’t make the cut (NCIS New Orleans and Macgyver) and I’m trying a couple new ones (Ordinary Joe and Ghosts) that I think I’ll like. I’m watching my standard cooking shows of course and the new Hershey’s after Dark starts tonight as well as NFL, NASCAR championships, HALLOWEEN WARS, HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, HALLOWEEN BIG BAKE, GIRL MEETS FARM, GUY’S GROCERY GAMES

I’m between reads and working on some audible downloads for our trip.

The sunsets lately have been incredible. I haven’t even had to leave the front porch!

with the links to last week’s posted recipes, featured party links for the week and upcoming recipes to be posted soon. I’m doing the next 2 weeks to lead up up to our trip and using the freezer and pantry staples.

MONDAY 9/27
TUESDAY 9/28
WEDNESDAY 9/29
THURSDAY 9/30
FRIDAY  10/1
SATURDAY 10/2
SUNDAY 10/3
DINNER
CHILE RELLENOS CASSEROLE & SALAD
HUNGARIAN CHICKEN with VEGGIE & PASTA
CALIFORNIA CHICKEN CLUB RING & SALAD
C.O.R.N. Y.O.Y.O.
CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
CHEESY CORN CHOWDER with BLACK PEPPER BISCUITS & GARLIC CHEDDAR BUTTER
HAMBURGER SOUP & SALAD
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DESSERT
 
MONDAY 10/4
TUESDAY 10/5
WEDNESDAY 10/6
THURSDAY  10/7
FRIDAY   10/8
SATURDAY 10/9
SUNDAY 10/10
DINNER
CHICKEN FRIED STEAK, MASHED POTATOES & PEPPERED GRAVY
COD with SCALLION SESAME BUTTER & TEXAS POTATOES
CAFETERIA CHICKEN & GRAVY with SALAD
C.O.R.N. Y.O.Y.O.
CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN because I have a painting class
PEPEROCINI CHICKEN & WILD RICE
HONEY BUTTER GARLIC PORK LOIN, CARROTS & SALAD
??

 

DESSERT
RUSTIC NUT BARS AND BAKING FOR THE EAGLES BAKE SALE

  • CHICKEN DIVAN aka CHICKEN DIVINE
  • POPCORN RANCH BAKED CHICKEN
  • ENCHILADA MEATBALLS, RE-FRIED BEANS & TEX MEX RICE

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU LINKS week #39 of 2021

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

I hope you are all doing well as we head into this first week of fall! I’m so excited! We did get our rain over the weekend and it was splendid, but seriously only a drop in the bucket compared to what we need!!

It took 583 days, but I received the most precious gift yesterday!! Munchkin hugs!! I’d missed those sooooooo verrrrrry much! I can’t believe how much they had grown!!! 😀

We were supposed to be getting some cooler weather with this storm that just passed and we did, but for some reason we’re returning to a warmer week to welcome in fall. I’m hoping it’s just one of those times when the high will happen for just an hour a day since the lows are pretty good. Unfortunately, there is no more rain for this week.

The good news I FINALLY got one of my referrals to one of the specialists I need. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to eat some different things for breakfast, but for today it’s some lovely hot water and peach yogurt for breakfast!

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I THINK WE HAVE A WINNER! That is if all goes as planned! Whirlpool is supposed to be here a week from tomorrow to install the new replacement machine. I’ll then have to play catch up, but I think last Friday was the last expensive trip to the laundromat! 😀
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have a pedicure appointment tomorrow and will do a few errands and pick up a few groceries at that time. I have the first appointment with one of the specialists on Friday.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS I’ve been making some headway, but there always seems to be something that replaces whatever I’ve crossed off my list.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I have the menu planned until we leave in a few weeks. And then I’ll start a new plan for cooler weather meals when we get home in November. I am going to try a butcher delivery service in November also.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Virgin River, Money Heist, Walking Dead
  • DISNEY+ TURNER & HOOCH
  • DISCOVERY + MYSTERIES of the Abandoned
  • CABLE – We watched a cheesy OLD movie MEN at WORK on the day it rained and the original DRACULA from 1931, NFL, NASCAR, HALLOWEEN WARS, HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, HALLOWEEN BIG BAKE, GIRL MEETS FARM, GUY’S GROCERY GAMES AND THE FALL SEASON SHOWS BEGIN TODAY!

I’m between reads and trying to catch up on a few magazines while I decide what to read next.

We did get to take a walk between rounds of the storm on Saturday. It was near dusk so I was able to capture this cool shot. And then this absolutely GORGEOUS sunset last night. These are both unedited photos. I can’t believe how lucky I was to happen into them both.

This little turtle appeared a bit stranded as the pond is drying up 🙁 he wasn’t, but he was there for so long we figured he was waiting for more water so he didn’t have to slug through the mud. There is only a couple inches of water in the pond that just 18 months ago was threatening to run over the road.

But my favorite from the week is Olivia and Rizzo! I’ve really missed that smile!  I should have gotten all 3 munchkins to show how much they’ve grown!!

 

 

I know this says hello weekend, but I wish it said hello fall!!! I’m so ready!

with the links to last week’s posted recipes, featured party links for the week and upcoming recipes to be posted soon.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
CHEDDAR, BEEF & POTATO CASSEROLE & SALAD
RANCH CHICKEN QUESADILLA FOLDOVERS & SALAD
HAMBURGER SOUP with BLACK PEPPER BUTTERMILK BISCUITS
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
SPINACH ARTICHOKE CHICKEN & SALAD
CHICKEN DIVINE with NEW POTATOES & GREEN BEANS
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
DESSERT
STRAWBERRY CAKE for DIANA’S BIRTHDAY

  • BEER BRAISED CHUCK ROAST
  • PLAIN ‘OL PUMPKIN SPICE DUMP CAKE
  • ENCHILADA MEATBALLS, RE-FRIED RICE & TEX-MEX RICE

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS and links WEEK 38 of 2021

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
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I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was quiet. I got my flu vaccine on Saturday morning and felt a bit puny after so napped, relaxed and watched NASCAR Saturday and football Sunday. I’m jumping right in as I have a busy morning to catch up on what I didn’t get done over the weekend.

Up here in the Pacific North West we are known for being green and generally wet. The past town summers have been EXTREMELY dry. The ponds near the house are even all but dried up because it’s been so dry. The last significant rain we got was in April and even then it was unusually low. Even wildlife is struggling. That was the bad news. The good news we are finally supposed to start getting some rain along with much cooler temperatures!!! Significant rain at that. So, cross your fingers!! I’m praying this means that fall is here and our rain patterns are returning to normal.

The update on the medical situation is NOT good. I’ve been waiting 3 weeks for a callback to schedule the appointment with the Chronic Care Manager. Last week when I was in town I PHYSICALLY went in to ask what was going on. The receptionist was quite curt bordering on rude and said “you just called this morning”. That was not true. The doctor referred me on August 23rd. I called on August 27th and then again on September 7th – reasonable amounts of time. According to the receptionist I called at 8:37 on the 9th which I did not. I suggested that maybe that note was put on my record accidentally. She said their records are EXACT. I said well so is my phone and I pulled up the calls showing her that I had not called since Tuesday. She just tsked her tongue.

I’m left feeling that my medical facility is not doing things correctly and that perhaps even my medical records have been compromised??

I was finally called back late Friday and told that she will be out for an “indefinite” time due to COVID and that I would have to wait for her return. Honestly, they should have called me to begin with!!!

The entire facility is having a COVID crisis so I wasn’t actually anxious to go in there to begin with, but when I was told I would have to “wait” I just about lost it. She is the only one available in this area. I hope she is better soon, but I shouldn’t have to ask for a referral elsewhere for a life threatening issue, it should be offered.

Now I’m waiting for a referral to another town that is either an hour or 2 hours away depending on which direction is available. I will be following up on this later today, tomorrow and the next day and the day after that until I can receive the help I need.

All this was my long winded way of releasing the tension and to say that I’ll be having hot water and yogurt again this morning 😀

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I’m going to call Whirpool a little later this morning to get an update on the washing machine replacement in hopes of good news that will keep me from going to the laundromat on Friday morning. I’ve been doing a little sorting for things to donate to a women’s home her in town. I also need to vacuum.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I’ll be heading out later this morning for just a few items. Hubby has 2 appointments on Friday.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS I have several of each to do!
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I did everything I’m going to to get us until our trip later next month. I even put together a few recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas and planned a few Christmas cookie recipes for the neighbor plates.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Virgin River, Money Heist, Walking Dead
  • REDBOX 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS
  • DISCOVERY + MYSTERIES of the Abandoned
  • CABLE – NASCAR, Guy’s Grocery Games, Bobby & Giada in Italy, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, Girl Meets Farm, Beat Bobby Flay, Clash of the Cones, Chesapeake Shores, MasterChef

The book I was reading last week and said I probably wouldn’t continue the series with got better. So I’m now reading book #2 in the series of Magnolia Inn by Anne Marie Meyer.

I didn’t take many pictures last week, but the black eyed Susan’s are looking pretty good.

 

with the links to last week’s posted recipes, featured party links for the week and upcoming recipes to be posted soon.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
TUSCAN CHICKEN VEGGIE BEAN STEW with CHEESY SCALLION SODA BREAD
ENCHILADA MEATBALLS, REFRIED BEANS & SPANISH RICE
BEEF & NOODLES
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
BUTTERMILK GRILLED CHICKEN, PARMESAN PEAS PASTA & SALAD
BEER BRAISED CHUCK ROAST & SOUR CREAM SMASHED POTATOES
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
DESSERT
BLACK FOREST DUMP CAKE

  • GREAT GRANS CHICKEN & NOODLES

RUSTIC TOMATO CHICKEN SAUSAGE RAGU ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #16

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: Dear God, Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for family. Thank You for friends. Thank You for good things to eat and a warm bed to sleep. We love You! Amen.

This is a FUN recipe and much more simple than you would think. The way I make it also uses my veggies that are a bit past their prime and the bones and scraps from my Costco rotisserie chicken. It is literally a kitchen sink recipe that you can make up as you go 😀

RUSTIC TOMATO CHICKEN SAUSAGE RAGU
1 rotisserie chicken (Costco)
4 cups Roma tomatoes (preferably homegrown), rustically cut into pieces
2-3 slices bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 shallots, FINELY chopped
4 ounces (2 large links) Sweet Italian sausage. casings removed
1/4 cup FRESH chopped Italian Pasta herbs (parsley, basil, oregano)
2 cloves garlic, minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 cup Marsala wine
1-2 tablespoons QUALITY tomato paste
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/4 cup powdered Parmesan cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

  • Debone chicken and place skin, bones and tomato pieces in a dutch oven.
  • Cover with 10-12 cups of water.
  • Cover and simmer 3 hours.
  • While bone broth is simmering, small dice chicken pieces and set aside.

 

  • Heat LARGE saute pan/crock and add bacon pieces, sauteing until crisp.
  • Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon and set aide to drain.
  • Add butter and when melted, add sausage, herbs, garlic, and shallots, sauteing until sausage is crumbly.
  • Add Marsala wine, tomato paste and tomato sauce.
  • Strain bone broth through a sieve, mashing any large tomato chunks, into your saute pan with the sausage mixture. (Discard bones and skins.)
  • Stir well until blended.
  • Simmer over medium low heat 2 hours.
  • Adjust seasoning.
  • Add a cornstarch slurry if you want to thicken it up.
  • Serve over prepared pasta and top with a bit of grated Parmesan cheese.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 37 of 2021

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I hope you are having a nice relaxing holiday weekend. Mine has been laid back and quiet since Friday which was just the opposite – SUPER productive. We’re still waiting on the new washer so went to the laundromat on Friday, did the grocery shopping and several errands like COSTCO, Walmart and Walgreens.

We watched the NASCAR races, a few movies and I did some recipe research. I also did a little organizing.

I have a “RECIPE” blog, Savory Kitchen Table which is NOTHING but recipes. Yet, I find I’ve been getting away from my normal journaling here and posting mainly just recipes for quite some time now.

I know there has been a tone going on, but I’m trying to find ways to help motivate me back into “regular” blogging. Maybe do up some journaling prompts for BLOGTOBER, BLOGEMBER? Definitely BLOGMAS!!

It is still super smokey – so much so that it has become part of the daily forecast – hazy to patchy smoke! It has been cooling off quite nicely at night and we only have a couple days in the 90’s this week. But my daily walks have taken a hit because of the smoke!

Unfortunately I’m still waiting (it’s been 2 weeks so far) to hear from the Chronic Care Manager about making my appointment 🙁 2 weeks ago my doctor said if I hadn’t heard from them by Friday to call in. When I did I was told to be more patient. So I waited a second week.

I have so much respect and care a lot about what frontline workers are going through, but… I have to complain slightly.  When I was in the office waiting room 2 weeks ago today I repeatedly heard the 2 receptionists put all the incoming calls on hold and then spend precious minutes “bitching” to each other about how overworked they are because so and so couldn’t be bothered to come to work , or because so and so now has COVID because they went to a party or how too many people were calling in and asking stupid questions…

I have no doubt that they are doing double duty, BUT 2 things bother me.

  • 1) that is not a conversation that should take place “front of the house” where patients can overhear them while they are in the waiting room AND
  • 2) they were on the clock! They should have been handling the calls that they put on hold NOT gossiping and complaining out in the front office for all to hear.

I’m told there is not enough office staff to deal with scheduling due to a COVID outbreak in the facility. I’m not anxious to visit the facility either, but do need to get a handle on my health issues soon. So since today is a holiday I will wait until tomorrow, but will be calling and being a bit more insistent on getting an appointment. I’m not trying to be insensitive, but I need help! Even if the referral needs to be to another city.

So, for now breakfast is still super simple – mixed berry yogurt and hot water.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Still waiting on the new washer to be delivered, but did the laundromat last Friday. Need to de-web the house and wash a few areas down. There are weeds that need pulled and bushes to cut back
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I went on Friday so hoping not to need groceries until later this week.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS nothing today, but I have a few things on my desk to deal with tomorrow and Wednesday.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING Menus are planned for a couple weeks, but I’m itching to do some fall recipes. I sure hope the weather turns super cool soon so I can 😀
  • CLASSES I did sign up for a new painting class in a couple weeks. Aren’t these Halloween trolls adorable?

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Beauty & the Beast, Virgin River, The Walking Dead (rewatching), Money Heist – strange but interesting so far, Blood Red Sky – really strange,
  • PRIME The Black Out Invasion Earth
  • DISCOVERY + Mysteries of the Abandoned – found this and learned so many interesting thins so far about Gort Canyon RR, the DUGA woodpecker and Chernobyl, Prora the NAZI ghost town, the HARP super gun, Grand Goulets, Hashima Island Coal Mines, Plank Road and Half Moon Bay in Victoria Australia
  • CABLE NASCAR, Guy’s Grocery Games, Bobby & Giada in Italy, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, Girl Meets Farm, Beat Bobby Flay, Clash of the Cones, Chesapeake Shores, MasterChef

I’ve been falling asleep quickly without getting much reading done – seems like I have to reread the same page each night to remember where I was the night before 😀 I’m trying to get through Magnolia Inn by Anne Marie Meyer. I like the story premise and will finish this book, but am not thrilled with the author as a word smith so will probably not continue with the series 🙁 unless something drastically changes.

The smoke from wild fires has been so bad this week I didn’t get many pictures. We did TRY and take a walk around the pond on Saturday, but the smoke was so thick and beginning to give us scratchy throats so we turned back, but I did get a couple pictures.

This one was from a #LumberTrain a couple weeks ago #RailArt I think they ran out of time though – I assume it was supposed to be a cherry bomb, but the cherry is still white instead of red

with the links to last week’s posted recipes, featured party links for the week and upcoming recipes to be posted soon.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
RANCH CHICKEN QUESADILLA FOLDOVERS
COMPANY CHICKEN with BROCCOLI SUN-DRIED TOMATO RISOTTO
CAFETERIA CHICKEN & GRAVY
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
HAMBURGER SOUP with BLACK PEPPER BUTTERMILK BISCUITS
TUSCAN CHICKEN VEGGIE STEW and CHEESY SCALLION SODA BREAD with GARLIC BUTTER
ENCHILADA MEATBALLS with REFRIED BEANS & SPANISH RICE
DESSERT
P3 CUBED PINEAPPLE PUMPKIN PIE DUMP CAKE

  • RUSTIC TOMATO CHICKEN SAUSAGE RAGU
  • P3 #2 PUMPKIN PINEAPPLE PECAN DUMP CAKE
  • PAN SEARED CHICKEN with RUSTIC TOMATO HERB PAN SAUCE
  • RUM RAISIN CARROT CAKE with CREAM CHEESE ICING

CHICKEN & WILD RICE ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #15

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: Dear God, Thank You for the food You provide, for a loving family side by side, for a warm and cozy place to live, and all the blessings that You give. Amen.

This is one of those recipes that I believe has been floating around in every housewife’s recipe box for years and years, handed down through the generations – ESPECIALLY in the midwest. It also adapts to a slow cooker quite easily and I’ve provided those ingredients and directions below.

CHICKEN & WILD RICE ala Molly ala ANTIQUE RECIPE BOX find

3/4 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 carrots, FINELY chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 LARGE onion, finely chopped
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon FRESH rosemary, chopped
2 sleeves (2 cups) KEEBLER butter crackers, crushed
1 tablespoon avocado oil
4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the wild rice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until al dente, about 30 minutes.
  • Drain the rice and set it aside.
  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add the carrots, celery, onion and a pinch of salt and cook until the vegetables are softened, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Add a third of the stock mixture to the pot and cook until thickened slightly, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir in another third of the mixture and cook another minute or two.
  • Add the remaining third and cook until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. The soup should coat the back of a spoon.
  • Add the rosemary, black pepper and salt to taste.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired.
  • Mix the butter crackers and olive oil in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish, spread a third of the soup on the bottom of the dish.
  • Spread half of the rice on top of the soup and follow with half of the shredded chicken spread across the rice.
  • Repeat the layers, then top with the remaining third of the soup mixture.
  • Top with the butter cracker mixture.
  • Bake until bubbly, about 45 minutes.
  • If the cracker topping is getting too browned, cover with foil.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley.

SLOW COOKER INGREDIENTS & DIRECTIONS

2 cups uncooked wild rice
1/2 cup FINELY chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onions
8-12 ounces mushrooms
2 cups bite size chicken breast pieces
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  • Wash and dry rice.
  • Combine all ingredients in the crock pot, mixing well.
  • Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours or until rice is tender.
  • Do NOT remove lid before 4 hours.

 

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 36 of 2021

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

There are so many things going on in this world right now. I’m praying for Afghanistan and an end to senseless violence, COVID and for all those in Hurricane Ida’s path, especially those that decided to stay. Our family that lives in a small town between New Orleans and Baton Rouge decided last minute to evacuate and spent 14 hours making a “7” hour trip to Houston. So at least they are safe. Extremely tired, but safe.

I had an appointment with my doctor last week about all the problems I’m having keeping everything regulated. The endocrinologist is looking at worst case scenario of removing my pancreas, but I AM NOT THERE YET!!! There are too many complications with that scenario. My regular doctor is setting me up with a Chronic Care Manager and we’re going to try a 3 month change of medication and lifestyle to see if we can get anywhere close to normal.

Can you believe it’s almost September? My favorite month and season are on the horizon! 😀 YAY!!!!! I’m just going to jump in to Happy Homemaker Monday.

I really can’t complain about the temperatures. We’ve been having wonderful breezes and cooler temperatures making for a lovely August. I just wish the air quality was better.

Hot water and baby food squeeze

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING The repairman came last Thursday to install the new part on the “new” washer. Unfortunately the “new” part turned out to be a “used” part in a new box 🙁 Evidently someone returned the part as new. I’m so frustrated! We’ve now been sent to the “EXCHANGE” team who will call me by Wednesday afternoon to let me know when/if to expect a new machine. I also need to vacuum.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have 2 appointments Tuesday and hubby has one on Wednesday.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS I’ll be keeping my phone with me at all times. Whirpool said they will call ONLY once! If I miss the call I have to call back and be expected to wait on hold for hours! I already spent almost 2 hours just this past week waiting to deal with this! I have some other things I need to get handled this week if possible.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I have menus done for the next 2 weeks, but will start researching for the fall months.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Sweet Girl. The Defeated, Outer Banks, Virgin River, Blood Red Sky
  • APPLE TV tried SEE, but just couldn’t get into it after the second episode
  • PRIME TOP Gun
  • DISNEY+ Turner & Hooch
  • CABLE Buddy VS Duff, Clash of the Cones, Chesapeake Shores, The Chase, Beat Bobby Flay, Night Court reruns, Big Bang reruns, NASCAR, DC Legends, Guys Grocery Games
  • STARZ Hatfields & McCoys

I’m still working on Magnolia Inn by Anne Marie Meyer

We tried to take a hike on Saturday, but the closer we got to our destination, the worse the smoke got so we turned around and headed home a different route to do some antiquing instead. Along the way we found this guy who used to have just a dinosaur on the corner had increased his metal art pieces significantly! The orange hue from the smoke only enhances the work on these #MetalArt pieces.


I was proofreading my post when I realized I put up next week’s menu. I was going to delete it all and start again and then just decided to do 2 weeks worth instead 😀 Even if I can’t eat it all, I like preparing it for my family!

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER week of 8/30/21
CHICKEN RAGU over PASTA & SALAD
ROASTED CHICKEN TOMATILLO CHILE VERDE
CHICKEN CEASAR SALAD with MEYER LEMON CEASAR DRESSING
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
STUFFED SHELLS AND SALAD
CAFETERIA CHICKEN & GRAVY
COMPANY CHICKEN & SCALLOPED POTATOES
DESSERT
CARROT CAKE BARS
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER week of 9/6/21
CHICKEN ENCHILADA STACKS & SALAD
ENCHILADA MEATBALLS, RE-FRIED BEANS & SPANISH RICE
BEEF CHILI & BLACK PEPPER BUTTERMILK BISCUITS with GARLIC CHEDDAR BUTTER
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
TUSCAN VEGGIE STEW & CHEESY SCALLION SODA BREAD
CHICKEN CORDON BLEU BALLS
BUTTERMILK GRILLED CHICKEN & PARMESAN PASTA PEAS
DESSERT
CHOPPED NUT BARS

  • PAN SEARED BLACKENED ROCK FISH
  • CHICKEN & WILD RICE CASSEROLE

BAKED GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #14

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you His favor and give you His peace. Amen.

BAKED GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN

CHICKEN
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 LARGE eggs, beaten
2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small bite size cubes

  • Preheat the oven to 425°.
  • Cover a sheet tray with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place the flour in a LARGE ziploc bag.
  • Whisk together the soy sauce and eggs and pour into another LARGE ziploc bag.
  • Place the panko breadcrumbs in a third LARGE.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the flour ziploc. Seal and shake to coat extremely well.
  • Use a LARGE colander to pour the chicken pieces into. Shake off ALL excess flour.
  • Add chicken pieces to egg ziploc. Seal and shake to coat well.
  • Using a pair of tongs remove chicken from egg zip loc and add to Panko crumbs ziploc. Seal and shake to coat extremely well.
  • Remove chicken pieces and place on the prepared tray, leaving space between each piece.
  • Spray with cooking spray.
  • Bake until crispy and golden brown, about 15 minutes.

NOTE: If you prefer you can use a traditional dredging station, but I LOVE using the ziploc bags for even well coated chicken pieces.

SAUCE
3/4 cup homemade chicken bone broth
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 teaspoons sriracha
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon FRESH grated ginger
Pinch red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, FINELY minced

  • While the chicken is baking whisk together the chicken broth, hoisin, rice wine vinegar, liquid aminos, sriracha and cornstarch; set aside.
  • Place a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the sesame oil.
  • Add the ginger, pepper flakes and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the rice wine mixture, bring to a simmer and allow to thicken.
  • Add the crispy chicken and toss to coat.

ASSEMBLY
Prepared white rice
Sliced scallion greens

  • Serve immediately with rice and garnish with sliced scallions.

NOTE: I often saute carrots, onions and peppers to add to the mix.