HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS week 48 of 2022

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

Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror (thankfully because we wont do that again – going out was a mistake), Christmas decorating done and now it’s time to continue to focus on downsizing while also moving forward on organizing for the holidays and the new year.

The weather has been iffy, though we had a nice Thanksgiving day. Now it’s truly turning to winter with several inches of snow predicted for later this week, but we’ll see. The last time we had significant snow this early in the season was 2013. No matter what it does, I’m prepared with my layering and some new turtlenecks and flannels.

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.

In case I never mentioned it, I LOVE CHRISTMAS! I decorated early and I began BLOGMAS the day after Thanksgiving. Here’s the link if you want to see the posts or better yet, join in.  Just leave me a comment and I’ll know. I really enjoy being present in the season!

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I did a deep clean, but then started sorting again so I need to dust and vacuum again. I need to do the bedding laundry today also.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS Hubby has a post-op follow up appointment from last week’s eye surgery on Wednesday and I’ll do the shopping on Thursday. Friday (pending snow) I’m going with a girlfriend to the annual Christmas Fair at the fairgrounds and then out to lunch. I missed the Fair in 2013 due to snow so hope it holds off this year until after the weekend.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS I’m working on setting up next year’s calendar and organizing some end of the year files.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’ve prepared a pending December menu, but as always, especially at this time of year I’ve made it flexible.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX We started the new “Wednesday” series from Tim Burton based on the Addams Family and are enjoying it. I always wonder what goes on in minds like Tim Burton or Stephen King.
  • CABLE COOKING SHOWS The Big Bake, Christmas Baking, Holiday Wars, Christmas Cookies, Guy’s Game Night, Girl Meets Farm COMEDIES Young Sheldon and Ghosts POLICE/MEDICAL/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, Fire Country, Yellowstone and Tulsa King  SYFY/FANTASY Quantum Leap, La Brea, The Walking Dead just finished, but not really as they have several spin offs beginning in 2023 REALITY Amazing Race – I like all the teams this year so am pleased with the final four going into the finale HALLMARK Christmas movies

I’m bound and determined to finish reading Beyond the Moonlit Sea by Julianne Maclean. It’s been a really slow go though despite the fact that I do love this author. I have had trouble getting into this story as she weaves through the back story flashbacks. I’m only about halfway through. Not to mention I have been falling asleep as my head hits the pillow each night, so I haven’t read much at all lately.

11/28 MONDAY
11/29 TUESDAY
11/30 WEDNESDAY
12/1 THURSDAY
12/2 FRIDAY
12/3 SATURDAY
12/4 SUNDAY
DINNER
 RISOTTO CARBONARA
 TOMATO CHICKEN PASTA
 BALSAMIC CHICKEN WINGS
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
 PEKING CHICKEN and MANDARIN PANCAKES
AUTUMN CHOWDER and FLAKY CREAM BISCUITS
 PIZZA??
DESSERT
PUMPKIN BUTTER CRUMB CAKE
 
COFFEE CAKE KNOTS

We found this really neat antique saw that was laser cut to look like a Christmas tree when we were at the tree farm to buy our wreath. I fell in love with it!!!

And the kittens are just so dang cute huddling together to stay warm. I made them a little cave like flannel lined tote which they do sleep in at night, but they like to huddle on top during the day when it’s light out. Momma and all 5 kittens just make one BIG fur ball.

Still so true even now in 2022

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS week 47 of 2022

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

Last week’s predicted storm for this week stalled and is now due next weekend. So, our night times have been clear with bitterly low cold temps, at least for here!  Friday night got down to 23°. Lately it’s been the bone chilling cold, you know the wet cold that sinks into your actual bones and keeps you cold. I’ll take single digit temperatures any day, if they’re the dry cold like we used to get back in the U.P. 😀 Mind you I’m not complaining as we like the cold and I’m more than thankful to NOT be in Buffalo New York having to clear away 6 feet of snow!

This week is supposed to have highs in the high 40’s and lows in the low 30’s with the “S” word working its way into the forecast for next weekend which is still a bit early for us, but I do remember early December 2013… I’m still layering BIG time. I’m hoping the storm holds off until at least Saturday afternoon so hubby and I can get the outside Christmas decorations done on Friday and Saturday.

I’m working my way through trying on each and every piece of clothing and making piles to donate. And because it has been so freaking cold outside I’m taking this opportunity to spring clean early for “THE GREAT CLUTTER CLEAN OUT” and continue sorting and amassing things to go in the spring garage sale. It really does feel good to be FINALLY downsizing things once and for all.

Are you all ready for Thanksgiving? Are you having a large gathering or just a small get together? Turkey or something else on your menu? We are actually going out for the first time ever and believe it or not I’m looking forward to it.


This meme really spoke to me. As a child my dad was a crucial part of my holidays and my love of cooking, plus his birthday was just before Thanksgiving every year.

This is the 30th year of celebrating the holiday season without him 🙁 He was such a BIG part of the celebrations. He was the organizer and usually the cook as we generally hosted.

You never get over the loss of a loved one, you just move on, but he was so young! I still use some of his menus every year for the holidays and with going out this year will REALLY miss them, especially his sourdough herb dressing and giblet gravy. I recreated the dressing recipe several years ago at my brother’s request and I think I nailed it!

As always hot water, but I’m trying oatmeal again because it’s been so bitterly cold!llllllllllll

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I did a deep clean last Thursday as we had friends coming for dinner so things are pretty tidy, but I do have a couple loads of laundry to do.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS Hubby is having eye surgery on tomorrow and we asked for as late of a surgery and arrival time as possible because it is in a town over an hour away. It will be a bit icy that morning because it’s been so bitterly cold. BUT, we were given an arrival time of 7AM!!!! Everyone I speak with keeps passing the buck to someone else! It’s so frustrating dealing with anything/anyone medical these days! Besides that I have just a couple of errands to do this week and I’ll do them on Wednesday when I go for my pedicure. Friday our local Christmas tree farm opens and I will go and select a couple wreaths for the front door area. Saturday is “shop small” day downtown and I will go and do my part for shopping local. I hope to finish my Christmas shopping.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS Not much this week with the holiday! I even had problems reaching departments on last Friday! One “remote” call center operator for the VA told me I should wait and call back in 2 weeks right after she told me she couldn’t help me scheduling a couple appointments and that was after I’d been on hold 20 minutes! It is soooooooooo frustrating lately!
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m still trying to keep it simple and work from the freezer and pantry. I also ran across several more cookbooks with recipes marked that I want to try soon so will be building next week’s menu from those.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX NCIS reruns – we’re up to the end of season 15
  • AMAZON PRIME How I Met Your Mother reruns
  • CABLE The new show Tulsa King with Sylvester Stallone started last night and we’re going to give a try. . COOKING SHOWS The Big Bake, Christmas Baking, Christmas Cookies, Guy’s Game Night, Girl Meets Farm COMEDIES Young Sheldon and Ghosts POLICE/MEDICAL/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, Fire Country, Yellowstone and Tulsa King  SYFY/FANTASY Quantum Leap, La Brea, The Walking Dead REALITY Amazing Race HALLMARK Christmas movies

I have been falling asleep as my head hits the pillow each night, so I haven’t read much at all lately. I’m still working on Beyond the Moonlit Sea by Julianne Maclean.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE
 GRILLED CHEESE & BOOZY TOMATO SOUP
BALSAMIC CHICKEN WINGS
THANKSGIVING DINNER @ the PARROTT HOUSE
 ANITPASTO SQUARES
TOMATO CHICKEN PASTA
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN 
DESSERT
 CARMELITAS

I was able to get these cushions “re” wrapped for winter storage yesterday. Momma cat and the kittens were trying to stay warm during this cold spell and tore up the original wrappings. They like this window area in the corner of the patio. There’s a floor vent near there and I think it actually keeps them a bit warm.

We went and fed the peacocks a bunch of stale bread crumbs and granola over the weekend. They seemed super hungry and appreciative too.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY week 46 of 2022 with MENU PLANS & RECIPE LINKS

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Let’s face it, life has been strange these past few years since COVID and such. When I ran across this one from Sweatpants & Coffee, one of my favorite memes, I realized it was THE PERFECT sentiment to express how I feel, and I bet many others do too.

By my doing Happy Homemaker Monday, EVERY MONDAY, loyally for all these years AND so extensively it has helped keep me on track with my daily life. It truly summarizes the previous week and lays out a fairly concise plan for the current week. This helps me the most whenever my week is too busy to think or to get everything done or when I think, hmmm what did I get done last week. BUT, I couldn’t do it without my coffee 😀

I tried returning to coffee every day for a few weeks, but am back mostly to hot water with my morning yogurt.

We have another cloudy week of low temps 40’s, with next to no rain so I’m hoping to get a little sun time one afternoon to get a Christmas paint project done. I just need ONE SINGLE hour above 50! Lows at night will be in the high 20’s and low 30’s. It’ll be a lots of layering (Levi’s, turtlenecks, flannels…) and UGGs week.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING ALL up to date – I did a deep clean yesterday including most of the laundry after Rizzo went home. I just have our bedding to do.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS We have friends coming for dinner on Thursday so I’ll go in on Tuesday to do the grocery shopping.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS We canceled the trip we had planned for the end of the month to Silverton – the traffic staying at the hotel was going to be a nightmare because the light show and German market were also on the same grounds with a single point of entry. We found a better deal for what will ultimately be a better trip, closer to home AND for less money on top of it going to see Shore Acres! It’s the first time it will be open since COVID! I took a Santa Gnome painting class last week and my friend is putting together a paint and sip party for Saturday at the Eagles post. Fortunately the picture is something completely different, autumn corn, and not another gnome 😀  I also signed up for 2 classes in December (neither of which is a gnome) that I’m also looking forward to.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m working on December and January’s menus, but have yet to really pin it down.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX NCIS reruns – we’re up to the middle of season 15
  • AMAZON PRIME How I Met Your Mother reruns
  • CABLE The new season of Yellowstone started last night along with the new show Tulsa King starting next Sunday. COOKING SHOWS The Big Bake, Christmas Baking, Christmas Cookies, Guy’s Game Night, Girl Meets Farm COMEDIES Young Sheldon and Ghosts POLICE/MEDICAL 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, Fire Country  SYFY/FANTASY Quantum Leap, La Brea, The Walking Dead REALITY Amazing Race HALLMARK Christmas movies

While I don’t always stay asleep, I have been falling asleep as my head hits the pillow each night. So, I haven’t read much at all lately. I’m still working on Beyond the Moonlit Sea by Julianne Maclean.

11/14 MONDAY
11/15 TUESDAY
11/16 WEDNESDAY
11/17 THURSDAY
11/18 FRIDAY
11/19 SATURDAY
11/20 SUNDAY
DINNER
 MEXICAN QUICHE
 TUSCAN CHICKEN PASTA with LEMON THYME BROCCOLI
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
DINNER for FRIENDS: BLESSMOSAS, CARAMEL APPLETINIS, THANKSGIVING MARGARITAS, WINTER PORK ROAST, JACKET POTATOES, SALAD
CHICKEN WAFFLES
TUSCAN CHICKEN MOZZARELLA CASSEROLE & SALAD
 RAILROAD SAMMIES with HOMEMADE GIARDINEIRA
DESSERT
 CARMELITAS
SWEET LIME HATCH CHILE CHEESECAKE and KEY LIME CRANBERRY PIE
CRANBERRY VODKA for CHRISTMAS GIFTS

The munchkin’s munchkin went home last Saturday. She is such a sweetheart and easy to have around. We were sad to see her go. 🙁 But happy to see her comfortable back with her favorite munchkin at home.

This one is just a funny. I’m too much of a perfectionist to ever do this and I do fold my fitted sheets nice and neatly. In fact I find it quite easy, though it is still a pain in the neck 😀

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!

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY week 44 of 2022 with MENU PLANS AND RECIPE 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.

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

Good morning sweet friends. I’m not sure how, but it’s Monday again and I have NO idea where  last week went. I was productive, but somehow the week still passed by too quickly! 😀

We have a storm moving in today and the temperatures are supposed to drop significantly later today and have significant rain. The rest of the week will have highs in the 40’s and 50’s with lows in the 30’s and even more rain.

I will be SOOOOOOOO happy when the elections are over and all the horrible campaign ads stop airing!

Just realizing that this year is almost over.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I’ve washed and changed out the bedding for winter. Other than that I just need to vacuum and empty the dishwasher.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have a hair appointment in town later in the week so will do the few errands around that. Fortunately it is a VERY short list as I continue to clean out the freezer and pantry.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS I’ve started sorting through kitchen items and Christmas boxes making piles for donation, garage sale and keeping.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’ve finished the November menu, but need some inspiration for December.

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, Halloween Baking, Halloween Cookies, Guy’s Game Night, Girl Meets Farm and the Holiday ones start later this week COMEDIES Young Sheldon, Ghosts, So Help me Todd (not sure about this one yet) 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, The Resident, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor  SYFY/FANTASY – Quantum Leap, La Brea, The Walking Dead REALITY – Amazing Race

I did something last week I haven’t done in a LONG time. I QUIT a book. I tried to hang in with it, but after 3 chapters I said no more! The writing and dialog were so bad…which really bothered me because I had read this author many times before 🙁

Tonight I’ll start Something from Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill

10/31 MONDAY
11/1 TUESDAY
11/2 WEDNESDAY
11/3 THURSDAY
11/4 FRIDAY
11/5 SATURDAY
11/6 SUNDAY
DINNER
HAM STEAKS with CORN on the COB
 OUT with FRIENDS for TACOS at a FAVORITE TAVERN
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
 BLACK BEAN CHICKEN with FRITOS
 APPLE BALSAMIC CHICKEN and RISOTTO CARBONARA
 PORK CHOPS and APPLE SCALLOPED POTATOES
 RED PEPPER CHICKEN and RICE PILAF
DESSERT
 
BAKED OATMEAL CUPS
11/7 MONDAY 11/8 TUESDAY 11/9 WEDNESDAY 11/10 THURSDAY 11/11 FRIDAY 11/12 SATURDAY 11/13 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

We have been getting quit a nice selection of song birds and our hummingbirds are year round here.

We have a new batch of kittens from the same stray. She just brought them out of hiding yesterday. The upside is that we haven’t had any mice since they have been here. There are 4 again. Boots seems to be handling motherhood well, but we haven’t seen Sunny (dad from the last batch of kittens) in a few months now.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU LINKS & PLANS week 43 of 2022

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.

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

Good morning dear ladies. Welcome to my little corner of blogland. As we get this new week, the last week of October going and the holidays are on the radar, I’m really getting excited this year. I’m not sure why I’m so excited, but I am and I’m really looking forward to the decorating mostly. I just love the cozy feel of candle light, Christmas tree lights…

The Fall/Winter weather is here… Layering, flannel, cozy, socks and sweaters… 😀

We went from highs in the 70’s to the 40’s literally in just a few hours! Hubby was prepping the garden beds for winter when the first BIG storm of the year blew in. We had it all – wind, hard sideways rain, hail… ALL AT ONCE!

I’m trying a small cup of coffee and some oatmeal this morning.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Had to turn the heat on so I’ve been doing a deep clean getting ready for the holiday season.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I’ve inventoried the freezer and pantry so have very few things to pick up, but will head into town on Friday for those few things. I started a separate tote with the ingredients I’ll need for the 2 Eagles dinners I’ll be preparing as well as the ingredients I’ll need for the raffle basket and appetizer I’m putting together for a Scholarship Fund event.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS I’ll be working on some things today and tomorrow in organizing and sorting some things.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I promised hubby we’d end October on an easy note while I’ve been deep cleaning so will readdress this category next month.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – We started watching “THE WATCHER” based on the true story of 657 Boulevard and are 3 episodes in and we are in season 14 of NCIS.
  • CABLE – There are a few shows that I’ve already written off for the season and am happy about that and then I added a couple more this past week. I still have my favorite though. I’m getting the DVR caught up. COOKING SHOWS – Halloween Wars, The Big Bake, Halloween Baking, Halloween Cookies, Guy’s Game Night, Bobby’s Triple Threat COMEDIES Young Sheldon, Ghosts, So Help me Todd (not sure about this one yet) 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, The Resident, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor  SYFY/FANTASY – Quantum Leap, La Brea, The Walking Dead REALITY – Amazing Race

I should finish Adrift tonight and need to choose a new book for tomorrow.

Last year we had so much rain that the water stood on the plastic creating a real mess, so this year he mounded the dirt to prevent that. I commented on how it looked he’d buried a body. Yesterday, trying to be cute, he added this cute little headstone.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
 HOT DOGS, MAC & CHEESE
 BABY BACK RIBS & BEANS
 CHILI & CORN BREAD
HAMBURGER STEAK, CORN on the COB
 STEAK & BAKED POTATO
 HAM STEAKS & TATER TOTS
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
DESSERT
 
SWEET LIME HATCH CHILE CHEESECAKE

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS & LINKS week 42 of 2022

Doing Happy Homemaker Monday so extensively helps keep me on track as it summarizes the past week and lays out a fairly concise plan for this 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

I hope everyone is having a wonderful fall season! It’s this time of year that I really miss living in the U.P. But, a friend posted a couple of pictures a few days ago that also reminded me that I don’t like snow quite this early and they are already having some and many events even closed yesterday due to inclement weather. This is an area that doesn’t hardly close for anything! Having a snow event this early could be indicative of a LONGER than normal winter for them.

Looks like this will be a beautiful week that will end in a much cooler (like almost 20 degrees difference from 79° this Wednesday and 61° next Wednesday) typical Pacific North West Fall rain event and I couldn’t be happier to be hanging up my flip flops and digging out the socks, shoes and hoodies 😀 Today is comfy worn Levis, a pink cami and a lightweight plaid flannel with my favorite worn in POPS.

We still have a fire burning here that has been creating some horrible air quality, not to mention the smell so am grateful for the rain coming that will help on all fronts with the fire.

Breakfast is a never changing category, but I’m looking forward to trying to add some oatmeal back to it with the weather change coming. I embellished this funny for Halloween. Please forgive me if you’re a candy corn fan 😀

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I’ll be doing a deep clean over next weekend of the refrigerator, pantry and laundry room, but at least the laundry is completely up to date except for some ironing that I’ll do this week.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I’m good on groceries this week and only have 1 appointment. One of the munchkins has 2 volleyball games this week, today and tomorrow, both at dinner time so will be adjusting for that.
  • NEW ON THE BLOG I did get the post up with pictures of the architectural salvage warehouse we visited and you can see those here. Next I’ll work on the waterfalls.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS Saving this category for next week’s rain 😀
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I hope to get November done this next week, but need to inventory the freezer and pantry when I deep clean to evaluate this more.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Just finished season 13 of NCIS – I think this is where I began my dislike of “crossover” events 🙁
  • AMAZON PRIME Anxiously awaiting Mrs. Maisel
  • PARAMOUNT + Anxiously awaiting Yellowstone and the new Tulsa King begin in November
  • AMC+ Verizon just gave us a free year to this app so we’re still exploring for the next series to watch at late night
  • CABLE There are a few shows that I’ve already written off for the season and am happy about that. Then of course I have my favorites. As much as I LOVE cooking shows Food Network is getting a little bit crazy with all the new shows and competitions and I find myself tiring of some of my favorite chefs because of it.

I’m working on finishing Hallows End by Kirsten Proby and beginning Adrift by Jana DeLeon.

I hate to admit I didn’t take any real pictures this week. I have several #LumberTrain #RailArt photos to edit for Instagram, but have yet to get to those for posting.

I know this isn’t a cooking tip, but they look so yummy!

10/17 MONDAY
10/18
TUESDAY
10/19 WEDNESDAY
10/20 THURSDAY
10/21
FRIDAY
10/22 SATURDAY
10/23 SUNDAY
DINNER
 TUNA PASTA SALAD & HONEY BEER BREAD
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT FRIDGE NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
CHICKEN MARSALA MEATBALLS & CHEESY TOMATO BAKED ORZO
AUTUMN APPLE CHICKEN & RICE PILAF
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT FRIDGE NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
 SPLIT PEA SOUP & CORN BREAD
APPLE BALSAMIC CHICKEN & SALAD
DESSERT
 
NOODLE KUGEL
FALL MARGARITAS SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS @ the EAGLES
PUMPKIN PULL APART BREAD

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS & LINKS week 41 of 2022

Doing Happy Homemaker Monday so extensively helps keep me on track as it summarizes the past week and lays out a fairly concise plan for this 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 were doing so well with fall… and then Indian Summer hit. We’re supposed to be close to 80 every day this week, but at least the nights are hitting low 50’s 😀 Fortunately, according to the weather page it’s only for a week!

For those of you that LOVE scary horror movies, I found this list for the month of October.

I did finally get the AUTUMN tag list of questions done and you can see them here. I’m working on a list to do for Thanksgiving as well as BLOGMAS too.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING We got home late Friday and I was able to get the laundry and cleaning caught up over the weekend.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have appointments on Tuesday and Thursday in town so will do the errands and groceries on those days.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS I need to sort though a stack of things and get organized 🙂 balance a couple of accounts and make lists of things to do this winter.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I need to start working on the menus for the month of November, but kind of lost the desire when Indian Summer started 🙁 I’ll pick that up when the temperature drops agin next week.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX We’re still working on NCIS reruns in the odd hours
  • DISNEY + Hocus Pocus 2, The Time Machine (2002 version) someday I’d like to see the original 1960 version which I didn’t even know existed until hubby told me 😀
  • CABLE  We’re going to have to play catch up this week from being gone last week 😀 While the new season is here. We have cutback on many things and will watch others as time and or weather permits. I’m still not very happy about the crossovers of so many shows, but it is what it is and will help me weed out some shows. The DVR already has a bit of a build up, but that will make binging easier as we head into the inevitable bad weather for this time of year that will begin a couple weeks. COOKING SHOWS – Halloween Wars, The Big Bake, Halloween Baking, Halloween Cookies, Guy’s Game Night, Bobby’s Triple Threat COMEDIES Young Sheldon, Ghosts, So Help me Todd (not sure about this one yet) 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 and Rookie Feds (but I’m not sure I’ll stick with Feds – her voice drives me crazy!), The Resident, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor  SYFY/FANTASY – Quantum Leap, La Brea, The Walking Dead REALITY – Amazing Race

I started 2 new books and am waffling back and forth based on my mood 🙂

Something From Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill and Hallows End: A Witchy Paranormal Romance by Kristen Proby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a very relaxing trip. I took A LOT of photos, many of which will be in a separate post about the beautiful Silver Falls State park. We also did some antiquing and finally made it to an Architectural Salvage Barn that I’ve been wanting to go to for a VERY long time. It was absolutely amazing. I will also do a separate post about those pictures.

Many years ago I did a tour of several Frank Lloyd Wright houses and loved the beauty and simplicity. One of his houses was relocated to the grounds on the resort where we were staying. This house was NOT my favorite of his designs – too much cinder block and ugly colors. Here are a couple of those pictures.

There was this sweet little Angel of Hope Memorial on the house grounds though. The statue was introduced in the book  The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans.

10/10 MONDAY
10/11 TUESDAY
10/12 WEDNESDAY
10/13 THURSDAY
10/14 FRIDAY
10/15 SATURDAY
10/16 SUNDAY
DINNER
 COON BALLS & LOADED CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
 AMISH COUNTRY CASSEROLE & SALAD
 ORANGE PECAN CHICKEN and TOMATO ORZO with CREAMY WHITE BEANS
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
BEEF BURRITO BOWLS & SALAD
 CHICKEN BLT CASSEROLE & SALAD
DESSERT
 
NOODLE KUGEL

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS & RECIPE LINKS week 40 of 2022

I absolutely LOVE doing Happy Homemaker Monday so extensively that it helps keep me on track and it summarizes the past week and lays out a fairly concise plan for me to follow this 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.

Sorry I was so late getting around to visit everyone last week. For some weird reason a week that had absolutely nothing planned turned busy!

I finished my 3rd quarter LIST update. Thank you Jean for getting me started with this! I have found it really helpful to stay on task this past year! I’m already working on my 2023 list. I hate that life has to be so planned these days, but reality is that by planning I actually end up with more QUALITY free time in the end.

I’m excited that we’re actually getting away for a few days this week. I got the suitcases out and will pack in a bit. The hardest part of packing this time of year is the layering required for late evenings and early mornings. 😀 Not to mention we plan on doing some hiking so will need extra shoes.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Laundry is done and everything else will wait!!
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I’ll worry about this next weekend at the earliest, but will probably push it out til next week.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS NOPE, not this week.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING Planned through the 3rd week of October.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
CABLE – The DVR will fill up and we’ll worry about it later. 😀

I’m almost finished with STATE OF THE UNION by Marie Force #3 in her First Family series. Next will be a THE LAST SUMMER AT CHELSEA BEACH by Pam Jenoff.

I didn’t get many pictures last week. I know I’ll make up for that this week 😀 The mums my friend gave me for my birthday are looking wonderful and were worthy of a quick pic. I just love the vibrant fall colors.

And we had lunch out on Saturday at a favorite haunt that is in an old railway station. It’s a local pacific north west chain, MCMENAMINS that buys up old historic building and turns them into amazing farm to table restaurants, each with their own specials based on location.Their seasonal specials are ALWAYS fun and I had an amazing truffled Brie Mac & Cheese with mushrooms.

They even have their own breweries and distilleries and have included hotels into the mix. They are ALL different and unique. A couple of my favorite locations are the OLD Catholic school and convent ST. Francis School which is also a hotel and the Cornelius Pass Road House an old Italian Farm. We go out of our way to search out new locations that we haven’t been to before when we’re traveling about. We’ve now been to most of them for at least lunch including the Edgefield location that has not only a distillery, but also a glass blower and lots of gardens as well as MANY other fun things. Many locations are so large they have multiple pubs and restaurants as well hotel rooms like the HUGE Elks Temple in Tacoma, Washington.

There will be two locations, Boon’s Treasury, which was an old general store turned beer parlor after the end of prohibition and Thompson Brewery & Public House, which was an old German country home turned preschool, near where we will be this week that we’ve never been to before so we will see about being at least one of them for a lunch or dinner.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
 CORN/YOYO clean out refrigerator night/you’re on your own
 OUT OF TOWN
 OUT OF TOWN
 OUT OF TOWN 
 OUT OF TOWN 
 CHICKEN ENCHILADA BAKE & REFRIED BEANS
 RED PEPPER CHICKEN and TATER TOTS
LUNCH
 
 OUT OF TOWN
 OUT OF TOWN
 OUT OF TOWN 
 OUT OF TOWN
 
 
DINNER
 OUT OF TOWN
 OUT OF TOWN
 OUT OF TOWN 
 OUT OF TOWN
 
 
DESSERT
 OUT OF TOWN  OUT OF TOWN  OUT OF TOWN  OUT OF TOWN

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS & RECIPE LINKS week 39 of 2022

I absolutely LOVE doing Happy Homemaker Monday so extensively that it helps keep me on track and it summarizes the past week and lays out a fairly concise plan for me to follow this 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.


Good morning dear friends. I hope your week was wonderful. Join me for a cup of coffee and let’s start the morning with a good thought that’s also a funny 😀

Have I mentioned that I ABSOLUTELY adore when fall rolls around?

We had a couple days in the high 70’s, but seriously, it wasn’t that warm and the evenings have been absolutely beautiful. This week is supposed to be in the low 70’s for highs and 40’s for lows.

We finally scheduled a short little trip next week to the coast and as of right now it’s 50/50 om whether it will be raining, BUT it will be MUCH cooler – high 50’s/low 60’s for highs, and that I am certainly looking forward to!Will definitely need to pack for layers.

We usually plan a small trip around each of our birthdays just to get away a bit and with our birthdays being 6 months apart, not around any holidays and the kids always being in school it works out perfect!

For some reason this year I am ESPECIALLY ready for the holidays. Don’t get me wrong I am ALWAYS a Christmas girl, but this year just feels like it needs it more.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Finished all the laundry yesterday and deep cleaning will be tomorrow. Pretty tidy all and all.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS Have appointments in town today and tomorrow so will work the few things I need around those.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS Still working on several things and need to run up to the post office and send off a certified letter regarding the whole SIL mess -YES, that is STILL going on 🙁 Any prayers that help us move forward are seriously welcome. We really want to get this resolved with as few issues as possible.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING Menus are planned through the 3rd week in October. I’ll re-evaluate mid month based on weather. 

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – Just finished season 12 of our NCIS reruns
  • AMAZON PRIME – Hubby had never seen HIGH ROAD TO CHINA so we rented that on Saturday evening. Also tried to watch Thursday night football, but seems like there are even more commercials watching it on Prime!
  • CABLE – The new season is here. We have cutback on many things and will watch others as time and or weather permits. I’m not sure that I like all the crossover events tying all the shows together to start the season. The DVR already has a bit of a build up, but that will make binging easier as we head into the inevitable bad weather for this time of year that will begin a couple weeks. COOKING SHOWS – Halloween Wars, The Big Bake, Halloween Baking, Guy’s Game Night, Bobby’s Triple Threat COMEDIES (YAY they start this week) 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 and Rookie Feds starts this week, The Resident, New Amsterdam SYFY/FANTASY – Quantum Leap, La Brea REALITY – Amazing Race

I finished the LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff and have moved on to the STATE OF THE UNION by Marie Force.

Lately, we have been seeing quite a few birds that we haven’t seen before. There is A LOT of construction going on near here in a previously woodsy area and I wonder if they’re driving them our way? We saw this guy on the back fence for a quick minute and can’t remember seeing anything like him before. He is like a cross between a Downy Woodpecker and a red capped Robin. Couldn’t get it in the picture, but he had the brightest red cap on the top back of his head, kind of like a Yarmulke. Anybody know for sure what he is?

There is an OLD historic bank building in town on a busy corner that has been sitting vacant for more than a decade mainly because the people that bought it ran into asbestos abatement issues, or so I was told, but they have finally secured a grant to restore the building as a historic site.

I’ve been watching this unique and grand old building for years wishing someone would do something special with it. As I’m told now the bottom will become a wine tasting bar and the upper floor will have a couple offices. I can’t wait to see what they do.

Several other buildings of existing businesses in town have done the same thing thing and there are several others that are vacant that I hope someone follows suit with after they see this beauty redone.

 

9/26 MONDAY
9/27 TUESDAY
9/28 WEDNESDAY
9/29 THURSDAY
9/30
FRIDAY
10/1 SATURDAY
10/2 SUNDAY
DINNER
 PINEAPPLE PORK ROAST, MASHED POTATOES and SALAD
 PECAN CHICKEN with TOMATO ORZO & CREAMY WHITE BEANS
 FRENCH ONION SOUP & SOURDOUGH MUFFINS
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
 COON BALLS & LOADED CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
AMISH COUNTRY CASSEROLE and HARISSA CARROTS & ONIONS
DESSERT
 

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS & RECIPE LINKS WEEK 38 OF 2022

I absolutely LOVE doing Happy Homemaker Mondays so extensively. They truly help keep me focused and on track. It helps me summarize the past week and lay out a fairly concise plan for me to follow this 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.

Good morning dear friends. How was your weekend? Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the cloudy cool edge to this morning with a hint towards some much needed rain with me. We’re supposed to be in the mid 70’s most of the week with intermittent rain on 3 days and night time lows dipping into the high 40’s. YAY fall is here!

I had a busy, but fun week. I LOVE as we get older that birthdays morph from a day to a week. I think next year I’ll make it a whole month 😀 My girlfriend invited me to lunch for my birthday that chaotically became something more with other birthdays. While I had fun, I am looking forward to her and I doing a day with just the 2 of us which we decided will be next month as her birthday next week and has already become more than we originally planned.

I did 2 things for myself this year for my birthday. I ran a fundraiser drive for MD Anderson to raise donations for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month which falls during the same month. Without them I wouldn’t be here to celebrate the past 10 years – a TRUE milestone.

And I’m having a long Pampered Chef party that closes next week 😀 They have some fun new items for the fall catalog. In case anyone needs anything here’s the party link. Tamy’s Pampered Chef Party

On this last Monday of summer I’m already feeling fall in the mornings AND evenings making the semi-warm days sandwiched in between beautiful. I’m ALMOST always barefoot at home! But, when fall arrives and my toes get a little chilled I put on some form of socks. Well, that happened last night 😀

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I finished almost all the laundry yesterday, just have a load of sheets and blankets left.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I need just a very few things this week and have 2 appointments, 1 today and again on Thursday when I’ll hit the 2 different stores to accomplish the list.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS I did get a call from my endocrinologist’s office telling me they think the appeal paperwork to the insurance company will go through this time 😀 YAY! This would take A LOT of my plate. I have 2 other big things I’m working on that I hope and need to get handled this week.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING My actual meals are planned through October, but I got a new fun cook book for my birthday that I have already read cover to cover and tagged the pages I want to try. So, I will be making a “dessert” planning menu and hope to try a small scale recipe each week until I’ve worked my way through the book which will take most of 2023 I think 😀

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX We just finished season 11 of NCIS which will be a little confusing tonight when the new season starts, but we’ll muddle through.
  • CABLE The new season begins tonight so I’ve been setting the DVR to get things I want to watch recorded. I’ve been enjoying the Halloween baking shows. And YAY NFL is back and NASCAR has started the championships.

I finished UNMISSING by Minka Kent. She’s a new author to me, but I’ve enjoyed her writing and plot twists that you don’t see coming making the story more unpredictable than many these days. Right now I’ve gotten deeper into the LOST GIRL OF PARIS.

I only took a few photos this past week, but they were kind of weird. I dug up some Calla Lillies to take to a friend for transplanting to her yard and this little baby snail was along for the ride. He was so little and new that even his shell was translucent.

On the way to her house we passed a flea market that is in operation quite often and found this broom – not sure what it was all about unless someone is preparing a prop for a new episode of the Walking Dead. Charley the barn cat was in attendance as always. He looks a little rough around the edges, but has the softest fur and sweetest demeanor.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
 STUFFED SHELLS & SALAD
 CHICKEN CORDON BLEU, VEGGIE & SALAD
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
BLACK BEAN CHICKEN, SALAD & BAKED RICOTTA
 BEEF BURRITO BOWLS & REFRIED BEANS with SALAD
 CHICKEN & TOMATOES in CREAM SAUCE and a SALAD
 BEEF STROGANOFF & GREEN BEANS
DESSERT
 

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS & RECIPE LINKS week 37 of 2022

I absolutely LOVE doing Happy Homemaker Monday so extensively that it helps keep me on track and it summarizes the past week and lays out a fairly concise plan for me to follow this 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.

I hope you are all doing well and have had a good week/weekend doing something fun. The kids are all back in school, fall is just around the corner and even in the air, so I’m a pretty happy camper.

We have fires going in the area again, not too close, but close enough that we are having bad quality air due to smoke and it is super gray out 🙁 Fortunately we appear to be completely done with the 80’s through triple digits and this week is supposed to have highs in the mid to high 70’s and maybe, just maybe some rain (which we REALLY need)  at the end of the week.

I have some grocery shopping and errands to run in town today so am wearing levi’s, comfy POPS and bright blue blouse. One of my errands is to pick up a cake for a friend’s birthday party tomorrow, but it won’t be available until after 2pm so I’m trying to time it so that is the last thing I pick up before heading home.

I found this funny on FaceBook over the weekend and it fits 😀

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I finished the laundry on Saturday and vacuumed on Friday so I’m all up to date for now.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS Even these are all caught up after today! 😀 I will be in town again for a friend’s birthday luncheon tomorrow so will pick up anything I may have forgotten then, but then not back in town until next week. Prices on gas are still so high and even grocery prices are freaking me out every week, so I make as few trips as possible and are condensing recipes, menus and lists as much as possible also.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS this never ending category is truly a bane to my existence lately. For everything item that comes off the list two new ones go on 🙁
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m working on October’s menu plan and trying to research some FRESH and different fall like recipes.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – I just finished LOCKE & KEY and we also just finished season 8 of NCIS reruns.
  • CABLE – COOKING SHOWSGIRL MEETS FARM started back up and I’m enjoying GUY’S GAME NIGHT so far and I’m curious about Bobby Flay’s new show starting at the end of the month. SPORTSGlad NFL has started again and sorry to start the playoffs for NASCAR. For once the DVR is all but empty waiting for the new season to begin. I was able to clean up the timers for recordings also.

I started 3 new books this week. I’m just having trouble deciding which genre and author to stick with. UNMISSING by Minka Kent, THE LOST GIRL OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff and THE LOST GIRLS OF WILLOWBROOK by Mary Ellen Wiseman.

Hmmm I only seemed to have taken food pictures this past week.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
 BUFFALO CHICKEN ENCHILADAS & SALAD
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN 
 CHICKEN & CHEESE QUESADILLA PIE & SALAD
ONE POT MARRY ME CHICKEN & ASPARAGUS POCKETS for my birthday
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT or YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
BEEF BURRITO BOWLS & SALAD
CHIPOTLE BLACK BEAN MEATBALLS with RICE & SALAD
DESSERT