HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 27 of 2021

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I hope everyone had a great weekend. We did, but it was a hot one! Summer is obviously here with a vengeance and we all need to stay hydrated and avoid heat exhaustion.

We have some friends who are catastrophe insurance adjusters and were leaving to spend the summer in the southeast for hurricane season so I baked them some super easy, but tasty snack cakes for the road trip. These are super refreshing and easy to make snack cakes so thought I’d share the link so you can make it too. 😀 This is one of the only snacks that I don’t make from scratch 😀  PINEAPPLE ANGEL FOOD SNACK CAKE

We have been having record setting excessive heat here in the Pacific North West, especially this past weekend. Yesterday was 115!, which is VERY hot for here. It has been breaking a lot of records and stressed 🙁 a lot of refrigeration units and swamp coolers which are popular here because of the lower humidity. The restaurant we decided on last night had their compressor freeze up and had to turn the A/C off mid dinner so it was pretty miserable.

Unfortunately I had already signed up for a painting class for yesterday so I HAD to venture out in the heat 🙁 hence why we decided to eat out.

The heat is supposed to last through Thursday, so here comes July! I can’t stress enough to stay hydrated and avoid direct sun when possible! I grew up in this kind of summer heat, but it’s been many years since I’ve dealt with it on a regular basis so as I get older it seems hotter.

Hot water and black cherry yogurt.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Since I was spending the bulk of the weekend indoors I got caught up on laundry and cleaning.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I do need to get a few groceries and run a few errands this week, but have no specific plan at this point.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS  I also got most of the paperwork out of the way over the hot weekend.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m working on July’s menu plan and looking for some lighter more refreshing recipes for the summer.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • TUBI Not sure how we missed it the first time around but we watched Wyatt Earp with Kevin Costner and a whole slew of other big name celebrities. We also saw SNITCH with Dwayne Johnson and Murder By Numbers with Sandra Bullock. I also found a really old show called Sky King and watched several episodes.
  • DISNEY+ Looking forward to watching The Mysterious Benedict Society later this week.
  • CABLE Guy’s Grocery Games is back “post” COVID with a major remodel, new games and carrying over the at home version of scoring that I’m enjoying A LOT! I also finally got caught up on all the shows I missed while we were on our trip. We’ve also been watching some old Night Court episodes and 3rd Rock from the Sun.

I’m in the middle of A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean

A Fire Sparkling by [Julianne MacLean]

I signed up for two painting classes this week. One was yesterday and the other will be Friday. I think they will make good companion pieces to each other. The first one is theirs and the second one is mine. I’ll re-post next week after I finish the background, the bow and finish touching up the stars as I’m not happy with any of them, but I had to leave early as the heat was really oppressive.

 

It was so hot this week that even the sunflower that thrives in the heat and sun was panting!

 

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
SANDRA’S CHILI DOG CASSEROLE with 49er CHILI
HUNGARIAN CHICKEN & SALAD
CHICKEN WRAPS & SALAD
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
Y.O.Y.O.
CHICKEN FRIED STEAK & MASHED POTATOES with ROAST CARROTS
BAKED BBQ CHICKEN & SALAD with FARMHOUSE BUTTERMILK DRESSING
DESSERT
VALERIE BERTINELLI’S CHOCOLATE MARBLE LOVE CAKE

  • CHICKEN, CORN & BLACK BEAN SALAD with BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
  • CHICKEN PASTA SALAD
  • ASIAN KETCHUP MEATBALLS aka HOISIN MEATBALLS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 16 of 2021

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Hello sweet friends. How was your week/weekend? It rained here and was downright cold on Saturday so we stayed in and watched some racing and a couple of movies, but the Sunday was pretty nice. We took a walk around the pond and even though spring is later than normal, it was pretty cool with the breeze. As long as you keep going though you don’t seem to notice it much!

This week is supposed to be the nicest yet this spring.  Cool mornings, sunny afternoons and just plain pretty. Highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s.

Hot water and carrot apple toddler squeeze

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
We actually decided to up and take a little trip this week so I actually have nothing lined up until I get back Friday and I have a painting class on Saturday 😀

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Still working on Stargate SG! We also watched Thunder Force with Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman and Octavia Spencer and KILLERS with Ashton Kutcher, Kathryn Heigl, and Tom Selleck
  • CABLE Great American Food Truck Race, Easter Baking Challenge, GGG, DDD, Beat Bobby Flay, Spring Baking Challenge, Tournament of Champions, Clarice, Ellen’s Game of Games, Bull, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor, 911, 911 Lone Star, FBI, FBI Most Wanted, Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Last Man Standing, MOM, Call Your Mother, NCIS, NCIS New Orleans, NCIS LA, Magnum PI, MacGyver, Blue Bloods, The Resident, Chicago series

I just finished a long tedious trilogy read by Nadia Lee, but I stuck with it and am really glad it is over. I have never NOT finished a book, but I often wish I had 🙁 This was one that took 3 books to tell a story that should have and could be told in 2 and even possibly in one.

I just downloaded SPY MISTRESS by Jennifer Chiaverini, “New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini is back with another enthralling historical novel set during the Civil War era, this time inspired by the life of “a true Union woman as true as steel” who risked everything by caring for Union prisoners of war — and stealing Confederate secrets”,  and am looking forward to starting that.  I’ve read her many times in the past with her quilt series and always enjoy her stories.

The DOUBLE PINK Flashpoint tulip plant that we bought my mom for mother’s day has opened beautifully! They are not your typical tulip style as the have more petals. I believe they call it a peony style.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
OOT (OUT OF TOWN)
OOT (OUT OF TOWN)
OOT (OUT OF TOWN)
OOT (OUT OF TOWN)
Y.O.Y.O.
PORK TENDERLOINS & SALAD
DESSERT
NOTHING THIS WEEK

  • CHICKEN BACON RANCH SLIDERS
  • PAN SEARED CHICKEN with RUSTIC TOMATO GRAVY & FLUFFY BUTTERED MASHED POTATOES

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 38 of 2019

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GOOD MORNING ladies.  I hope you had a GREAT week and weekend and that your weather is as wonderful as mine is!  I had a VERY productive week and we watched the Nascar races, the RAMS game, the Steelers game and rented a couple Redbox movies for the rainy weekend.  Yesterday was my birthday and I had a visit from my favorite munchkins, cooked some fun food and relaxed!

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING Outside my window FALL has arrived 😀  I cannot tell you how happy this makes me!  A storm rolled in yesterday and the temperature dropped while the rain began to fall just to punctuate the new season.  I’ve packed away the summer clothes and pulled out the fall clothes which aren’t much different except for sleeve length and adding sweatshirts 😀 So today is Levis, a long sleeve purple t-shirt and gray Jelly Pop tennies.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE I’d like to say that the eating issue is better, but well, I can’t 🙁  I remain hopeful though.  Each day is a new day and we try fresh to make it work.  Today is black cherry yogurt, hot water and oatmeal

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE, WEEKLY TO DO LIST, HOUSE & CRAFT PROJECTS, APPOINTMENTS

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… laundry is caught up, but I need to do a deep clean on the kitchen and clean up my clothes sorting mess from the living room
  • YARD… it’s wet, but hubby is getting things cut back for fall
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… yesterday was my birthday, but I didn’t want to go anywhere in the rain so I think we’ll take off Wednesday or Thursday and go to the coast antiquing and out for lunch
  • BLOG… Can you believe it only 101 days until Christmas?  I’m starting to plan some BLOGMAS 2019 posts
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS…  I finished the garland and have been sorting through Christmas boxes to decide what to use this year and what to donate to the local memory care facility.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED The season starts next week with the exception of Dancing with the Stars which begins tonight so the DVR is virtually empty, but I will get it programmed this week for the new shows we want to try.

I’M READING Ava Miles’ Merriams #3 Valley of the Stars

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA I didn’t get anything but food pictures this week.

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MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – Baked Pineapple Salmon and Mystery Honey Roasted Carrots
TUESDAY – Chicken Lombardy and Salad
WEDNESDAY – Pull Apart Flautas with Sweet & Sour Tomatoes
THURSDAY – Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatball Pasta Bake & Broccoli
FRIDAY – Bacon Wrapped Chicken Wings & Salad
SATURDAY – Split Pea Soup and Corn Bread
SUNDAY – Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken & Rice Pilaf

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MEAL PLAN MONDAY week 37 of 2019

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Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday,
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and with Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

GOOD MORNING I’m back from our trip and we had a GREAT time.  I still need to finish editing pictures, but all in good time.  Right now I’m trying to get back into a routine and organized.  Traveling was hard on my system with trying to regulate the hypoglycemia and stay hydrated while getting enough activity and the proper diet.  I had a few reactions, but all and all we were able to keep it under control.  I’m looking forward to visiting everyone now that I’m back and returning to my regular “blog routine”.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING I follow 2 different weather sites and they are usually quite similar 😀 It is supposed to cool down a bit this week despite one day in the 80’s and rain too which works well for inside projects.  I love that my birthday falls mid September and is usually in the 60’s with the added bonus of being the gateway to FALL, my favorite season!!  It’s only 2 weeks away.  Fall officially begins on September 23rd!! I have on Levi’s, a plaid blouse and pops. 

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE hot water, peach yogurt and snap pea pods

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE, WEEKLY TO DO LIST, HOUSE & CRAFT PROJECTS, APPOINTMENTS

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… pretty clean and caught up on laundry 😀
  • YARD… some weeding and clean-up
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… a long overdue nail appointment now that we’re back from our trip, sort through winter clothes which will be a serious project as EVERYTHING needs to be tried on since all the medical issues with the excessive weight loss and trying to get some things together for ETSY and EBAY sales before October.
  • BLOG… I need to start thinking about BLOGMAS for 2019 and get back on track with the antique recipes.
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… hopefully the final parts arrive today to finish the Christmas garland.  BTW it’s only 107 days until Christmas, just saying 😀

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY While we were away hubby’s father passed away.  This is really sad for us, but was also somewhat expected. The part that is on my mind is how things are being handled by my SIL.  Hubby has 3 sisters and a brother.  One of the sisters is a, hmmm what do I say here, let’s just call her controlling.  So much so, that in the past EVERYONE just gives into her instead of standing up for what is the best or right thing to do.  His mom passed away 2 1/2 years ago and it was decided then that her ashes would be put on the mantle to wait for dad to pass and then we would do a joint celebration of life.

The part that is on my mind now is hubby is quite upset because the controlling sister is not communicating and just deciding unilaterally how the celebration of life is going to be handled as well as EVERYTHING else!  She has chosen the worst and most inconvenient time (Thanksgiving Day) and decided to do a “dinner” at her house.  Did I mention she has a small house?  He has a few issues with this as does his brother, but she won’t listen to hubby and the 2 older sisters just won’t confront her.  Issue number 1 is that Thanksgiving is like 3 months from dad’s passing.  Issue number 2 is that she lives in smaller neighborhood with limited parking.  Issue number 3 is that we have a HUGE family and everyone would like to be there and many family members are now married with kids and grand kids or blended families making Thanksgiving completely a poor time choice.  Both brothers are in favor of giving mom and dad their own day and having the celebration at the Elks where there is ample space and parking.  They also believe that mom and dad would want it that way and so do I.  I support hubby and what he wants, but it’s not my place to get into it with his sister and so I pray that the situation works itself out without too many bad feelings between siblings.

Dad was 97 years, 8 months and 1 week old.  Mom was 4 days short of her 97th birthday. Makes me feel ancient to think of it, but then I remember hubby is 20 years older than me and wasn’t the eldest so everything goes back into perspective for me.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED I’m looking forward to the fall season, but in the meantime football is back, Chesapeake Shores has returned and there are some Hallmark movies on the DVR 😀

I’M READING I’m now working on Women and Children First: Bravery, love and fate: the untold story of the doomed Titanic.  I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed The Secret Wife by a wonderful historical novelist, Gill Paul and her amazing ability to weave a tale that makes you feel like you’re living the history yourself.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA – I’m still editing the trip photos, but here’s another peek from the amazing wildlife we encountered.  We LITERALLY ran across 2 different herds just hanging out by the main road and neighborhoods.  This is about a third of the herd that was moving through this neighborhood.  The guy that owns this house won’t need to trim his hedge or fertilize his lawn for quite some time!

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MENU MEAL PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – BACON WRAPPED GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS & SALAD
TUESDAY – LEMON LIME PEPPER CHICKEN & SALAD
WEDNESDAY – BACON RANCH CHICKEN CASSEROLE & SALAD
THURSDAY – BAKED PINEAPPLE SALMON & COLESLAW
FRIDAY – CHICKEN LOMBARDY & GLAZED CARROTS
SATURDAY – BREAKFAST ENCHILADAS, CHEESE & POTATO STUFFED PORK CHOPS & BROCCOLINI
SUNDAY – BREAKFAST SLIDERS, BLUE HAWAIIAN COLADAS, TUSCAN CHICKEN & PINA COLADA CHEESECAKE & NO CHURN COOKIES & CREAM ICE CREAM for my birthday 🎂

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