HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY week 31 of 2022 with RECIPE LINKS & MENU PLANS

ย 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 absolutely LOVE doing Happy Homemaker Monday so extensively so 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.

Our heat has returned to a normal level of hot. I have to refrain from rolling my eyes and sighing every time someone complains about the heat and humidity here. Fortunately for me Iโ€™m from south east Texas and grew up in the desert of southern California so while it’s very warm here, itโ€™s not going to be anywhere close to truly “humid” or anything close to “HOT” and is something that can be dealt with pretty easily by staying indoors as much as possible 😀 BUT that said, the winds shifted on Saturday and gave us an inversion layer of smoke that made it pretty muggy over the weekend, even for me. So, I spent a lot of time at the computer inputting recipes and getting pictures uploaded and posts scheduled for August. I’m actually going to be posting EVERY day in August which is a first in a long time for me. I’m hoping to do the same in September and October as I remake some recipe favorites to get better pictures. I need to spend some serious time in the winter then linking the recipes to the index.

Fortunately, we’re supposed to be in the mid-high 80’s this week with lows in the low 60’s, which is really tolerable.

I have a sundress, cute cover up and sandals on today as I’m heading to town to get my shopping done.

I’m going to have some yogurt and hot water before I go.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I got all the laundry done on Saturday when we stayed in because the muggy smokey weather was just plain yucky!
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have a long list and hope to accomplish it all today ๐Ÿ˜€
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS This is a never ending category. I swear EVERY time I get caught up with something two more things have taken its place ๐Ÿ˜€
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING Our menu is made through the third week of August. I’m planning on sorting through older recipes on my food blog that need new pictures and work the menu around those through September. I KNOW A LOT of my early days of blogging had substandard pictures and I’m trying to update those as I can.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX We started watching a new series, Keep Breathingย  and I started the new season of Virgin River. We’re just into season 2 of NCIS. We also watched Trading Paint with John Travolta and Shania Twain as well as Gray Man with Ryan Gosling was fun.
  • PARAMOUNT + We’re watching Hot in Cleaveland Reruns late at night.
  • CABLE NASCAR, COOKING SHOWS โ€“ FOOD TRUCK RACE, BEACH BRAWL, GUYโ€™S GROCERY GAMES, SUPERMARKET STAKE OUT and BEAT BOBBY FLAY and a few CHRISTMAS in JULY HALLMARK MOVIES

I finally started Heather Webberโ€™s In The Middle of Hickory Lane and am going to savor it.

Even here in our little small town burb we seem to encounter road work everywhere lately, even on the short cuts! LOL, the Pilot car took off and the sign still said STOP so he had to back up and remind her to turn the sign around so we could follow ๐Ÿ˜€ It was a slow go as the ENTIRE road from this point which is about 7/8 of the short cut route was complete gravel as they are literally redoing the ENTIRE road ๐Ÿ˜€

The fence post was the most exciting view I had while we waited for the sign to turn.

Callie is growing into THE cutest kitten! My friend who wants to adopt her has asked me to start calling her LuLu. ๐Ÿ˜€ and there was an AMAZING sunset on Wednesday night.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
CHICKEN ala ORANGE, RICE & VEGGIE
STEAK & TOMATO SALAD with CORN BREAD
CUBAN CHICKEN & RAMEN SALAD SLAW
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
CHICKEN BLT PASTA SALAD, HONEY BEER BREAD
MEXICAN MEATLOAF & MARMALADE CARROTS
BALSAMIC CHICKEN PEACH SALAD
DESSERT
CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY BUNDT CAKE
CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD PUDDING

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY week 30 of 2022 with MENU PLANS & RECIPE LINKS

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

Well the heat wave has finally reached the Pacific North West. Fortunately for me I’m from south east Texas and grew up in the desert of southern California so while the heat is going to be hotter than normal for here, it’s not going to be humid AND something I can deal with pretty easily ๐Ÿ˜€

We’ll be in triple digits all week so I’ll be doing more indoor activities, only watering early in the morning and after the sun sets. At least the nighttime lows will be in the 60’s cooling it down for some nice mornings.

Bare feet and flip flops are my friends this summer! I’m wearing my favorite capris and a lightweight blouse.

Oh and today is the 25th, so you know what that means? It’s time to weigh in on the countdown to Christmas with a public service announcement. I took advantage of PRIME DAY to source out a couple gifts and stocking stuffers. Please don’t hate me ๐Ÿ˜€

My friend found me a yogurt for me that it my new favorite! It’s Chobani’s Raspberry Lemonade. It actually makes breakfast a little less boring with so few options. It’s almost like having a dessert the flavor is

They also have a strawberry cheesecake that is quite good ๐Ÿ˜€

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Completely done, or at least good for now since it’s a never ending process ๐Ÿ˜€
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS Not much going on this week at all except picking up what I need for the 3 dozen Apple Pie Cupcakes I’m making for the Eagles Friday night dinner.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS Still working on the same pile and issues :SIGH: Seems like for every one thing handled two more take its place.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I had the menu planned out through August and then a few snags came up and I just got through re-working it. I am in charge of 2 Friday night dinners (the first and the last Friday) at the Eagles in August. The first one will be BLT Chicken Pasta Salad with Honey Beer Bread and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pudding. The last one is Tex Mex Bacon Cheeseburger Bake with Broccoli Coleslaw and Lemon Drop Cake.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX We watched the Gray Man with Ryan Gosling which was far fetched, but okay.
  • AMAZON PRIME We watched the movie Ice Soldiers and started the series Star Trek Strange New Worlds
  • PARAMOUNT + OLD NewsRadio reruns, though we never saw it the first time through ๐Ÿ˜€ OLD Hot in Cleaveland reruns – just LOVE Betty White, OLD 3rd Rock From the Sun reruns which are just goofy, but fun.
  • CABLE On Saturday nights hubby and I watch really old SVENGOOLIE movies – even have a bowl of popcorn.This week was BRIDES OF DRACULA. FUN/DOCUMENTARY American Pickers, Mysteries of the Abandoned NASCAR, COOKING SHOWS – BBQ USA with Michael Symon, Beat Bobby Flay, Guy’s Grocery Games, Masterchefย 

I’m between reads since I finished the Charlotte Dean series that I REALLY enjoyed. I certainly hope there are more to come from that author. I have a pre-order that will arrive tomorrow on Kindle for Heather Webber’s In The Middle of Hickory Lane so am trying to hold off on starting anything new for now.

The kittens are getting so BIG and have become great little mousers, a much desired trait since we live on the edge of the highway. Mom is starting to look more like herself again too! She likes to eye the hummingbirds, but leaves them alone fortunately. I’ve never had so many hummingbirds that actually perch and sit still – so cute!

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
HOT HONEY PORK CHOPS & GRILLED POTATO CORN SALAD
GREEK CHICKEN & SALAD
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
COLA GLAZED PORK LOIN, PEROGIES & SALAD
CHICKEN & DRESSING BAKE with MUSHY PEAS
CHICKEN with TOMATO CREAM SAUCE, MASHED POTATOES & SNOW PEA SALAD
SONORAN CLAM CHOWDER & CHEESY SNACKS
DESSERT
CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY BUNDT CAKE

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY week 29 of 2022 with RECIPE LINKS & MENU PLANS

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

It was a really productive weekend here. I got a surprise call late Friday morning and the sprinkler guy who was supposed to be calling me to schedule an appointment was able to show up a couple weeks early and same day! He was here for several hours and was able to fix one part of a 2 or 3 part problem and while we still have a problem he was able to rule out several other potential issues.

It’s been toasty here, but only for a few hours a day. We’ve been cooling off really well at night so I have no real complaints. ๐Ÿ˜€

I know I’m tired of feeling this way, so you’re tired of hearing it, but I’m constantly worried about everything going on in the world ๐Ÿ™ I just pray and pray for things to turn around and soon. Breakfast is a never changing palette for me so guess what I’m having this morning? You got it, Hot water and yogurt ๐Ÿ˜€

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Completely up to date – can’t say that often! I even did a major clean on the oven.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS Hubby and I need to make a run to the transfer station to get rid of some junk. We each have appointments this week so I will get the few errands done when we are in town for those. We are laying low the next couple weeks. COVID cases are on the rise here (AGAIN), people are back to mask wearing with the threat of it being mandatory soon AND with the World Athletic Championships just up the road a ways from us there are a lot of unknowns in town so we’re playing the BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY card and avoiding ALL unknowns.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS Still whittling down my pile, BUT LOL it seems like 2 things replace every one I get finished!
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING Still working on August and am now also providing 2 meals and a dessert for the Eagles next month. Each of those are for 40 people. So, I made a few samples (Tex Mex bacon cheeseburger bake, chicken BLT pasta salad, snap pea coleslaw, honey beer bread, apple pie cupcakes, chocolate chip banana bread pudding and chocolate macaroons) this past weekend for a friend who will be helping me to sample.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • PRIME WHITE SKY, JURASSIC PARK FALLEN – getting ready to see WORLD DOMINION
  • PARAMOUNT+ STAR TREK DISCOVERY, NEWS RADIO, HOT IN CLEVELAND, THE NANNY, 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN
  • CABLE NASCAR, COOKING SHOWS – FOOD TRUCK RACE, BEACH BRAWL, GUY’S GROCERY GAMES, SUPERMARKET STAKE OUT and BEAT BOBBY FLAY and a few CHRISTMAS in JULY HALLMARK MOVIES

I didn’t get much reading accomplished last week and am still reading books 3 & 4 of Phillipa Nefri Clarkโ€™s Charlotte Dean mystery series.

The momma cat and kittens haven’t been around much, but made an appearance yesterday for a few hours. ๐Ÿ˜€ I could only get a few pictures though.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
We were going to have some SMOKEY WINGS but then we received a better offer for wine and BBQ on the neighbor’s deck ๐Ÿ˜€
SMOKEY WHISKEY WINGS, COLESLAW & DOWN HOME BAKED BEANS
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
ย STUFFED BBQ CHICKEN THIGHS & RANCH SLAW
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
HOT HONEY PORK CHOPS & GRILLED POTATO CORN SALAD
CHICKEN with TOMATO CREAM SAUCE, MASHED POTATOES & SALAD
DESSERT
LEMON DROP CAKE

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS & RECIPE LINKS week 27 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

Happy 4th of July! It’s Independence Day! I hope you have something FUN planned for today. I also hope everyone stays safe if you are doing fireworks!

The weather has been absolutely beautiful!! I have ZERO complaints ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m really trying to take just one day at a time! I’m really happy that I have no where to go today and nothing to do that I don’t want to ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re just going to hang out, do a little grilling and minimal cooking to make the potato salad and apple crisp for dinner.

Breakfast is my normal hot water and yogurt.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I was able to get everything accomplished on Sunday so we can just relax and play today. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have my mammogram and a pedicure tomorrow so will try to get most errands and shopping accomplished between these 2 appointments. When I’m in town like that I would normally get a mini snack quesadilla and ice tea at Del Taco but, sadly it burnt down a few days ago in the middle of the night. ๐Ÿ™ It’s so hard for me to eat out for lunch and that was one thing that agreed with me. ๐Ÿ™
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS I finished my quarterly “LIST” update that I’ve been doing along with Jean – you can find it here. Despite this being a shorter week I’m bound and determined to finish a pile on my desk that’s been getting shuffled around when other things have come to the forefront.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m good through July despite some last minute changes, but am starting to work on August. I had been putting off working on August, but since we’re pushing our trip to September I need to start thinking more seriously about it.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX We watched quite a few on this streaming channel this past week. Back Trace with Sylvester Stallone, The Man From Toronto with Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart, The Do-Over with Adam Sandler and David Spade, The Mist based on a Stephen King story and Coin Heist
  • PRIME Killer Joe – not a favorite ๐Ÿ™ though I love Matthew McConaughey normally.
  • CABLE Tried to watch Taxi Driver as I had never seen it and deleted it pretty quickly – not my kind of movie! Cooking shows, NASCAR

I’ve really been liking this Australian author Phillipa Nefri Clark and have started her Charlotte Dean Mystery Series. I’m just finishing Book #1 Deadly start and will follow up with #2 Deadly Falls. There are 5 in the series that take place over a year in time. The series is a follow up to the River’s End series I just finished.

Hubby and I took a painting class last Saturday and it wasn’t as easy as it looked like it would be! THIS IS CERTAINLY A WORK IN PROGRESS!ย  Imagine an adirondack chair or two under the umbrella with a cooler and maybe a corona on top ๐Ÿ˜€ That was my original plan so we’re still a long ways off! I may start completely over and lose the clouds altogether!

AND A FUNNY ๐Ÿ˜€

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
GRILLED STEAKS, POTATO SALAD & APPLE HAND PIES
CHILI CHICKEN, POTATO SALAD AND MELON BALLS
STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC CHICKEN SALAD
PAPRIKA CHICKEN & SNAP PEA SALAD
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR OR YOUR ON YOUR OWN NIGHT
CHICKEN with TOMATO CREAM SAUCE, MASHED POTATOES & SALAD
BBQ PORK CHOPS, POTATO SALAD & MELON
DESSERT
ย GRANNY’S APPLE CRISP
ย 

  • CORN SALSA SALAD
  • GARLIC BUTTER PARSLEY CHICKEN
  • WINE MARINATED FROZEN GRAPES
  • BUFFALO CHICKEN MUFFINS or MEATBALLS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY and MENU PLANS week 26 of 2022

ย 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 had a busy and productive weekend despite the heatwave that descended on us this past week. Yesterday I volunteered at the Eagles cooking and serving brunch for new members and brainstorming with a friend on some new recipe ideas. I also got some indoor chores accomplished.

I hate to be the bearer of this news, but we are officially at the midway mark for 2022 and Christmas is only 181 days from Christmas. Which also means we’re only 187 days from the new year, 2023.

We began a heatwave over the weekend and while it isn’t as horrible as so many others are experiencing everywhere else in the country and the world or as bad as the southern California desert when I was a kid, it did happen literally overnight for us! Last weekend I needed a jacket when we went to dinner with our niece and her boyfriend. We went from early spring type temperatures to summer temperatures hitting triple digits yesterday in literally just days. We’re slated for the low to mid 90’s with lots of sunshine yet today and then it will incrementally drop back into the 70’s by next weekend. At least there’s no humidity to speak of. ๐Ÿ˜€

Mt heart hurts. ๐Ÿ™ I don’t normally get political in these posts. I’m all about personal space and people doing what is right for themselves.

Personally, I DO NOT believe in abortion, BUT it is NOT my place to decide what is right for anyone else and in what instance! You can be both PRO LIFE and PRO CHOICE. So I don’t think the government (federal or state) having the control to make that decision for them is a good thing either. It’s a personal choice between a woman, her family and her doctor – there are too many gray areas…. We do not live in other people’s lives or bodies. I have enough trouble making the right decisions for myself… As a woman I can see the potential for so many other issues that women have been fighting against for so many years…

But! No matter your religious, moral or ethical beliefs… This isn’t ONLY about abortion…

Government control over personal rights and how you act/react on YOUR PERSONAL religious, moral or ethical beliefs… The biggest point to be had in the events from this week is that this is only the beginning of an agenda and that it opens MANY, MANY doors… doors that COULD send us spiraling backwards in society on soooooooooo many levels.

Between the political upheaval, COVID, earthquakes, floods, massive heat waves, spiraling economy and inflation… I PRAY we see relief from all of these things, but more importantly that people wake up and realize that we are NOT in control here and need to act accordingly… As I said, my heart just hurts ๐Ÿ™

You guessed it ๐Ÿ˜€ … Hot water and peach yogurt.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Finished the laundry over the ungodly hot weekend while staying indoors.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have a small list for this week, but will work it in with a doctor appointment this afternoon. I also have a painting class Saturday afternoon and have convinced hubby to tag along and do a date night.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS I need to update the quarterly follow-up for the yearly list I’m doing along with Jean to post on Friday. I’m finishing up a few pieces of correspondence that need followed up on also.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING Menus are done through July, but would like to find some fresh salads and new dressings/vinaigrettes for August.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Maze Runner – The Cure
  • DISNEY+ Doctor Strange Multiverse, FREE GUY with Ryan Reynolds
  • CABLE NASCAR races, Cooking Shows, The Haunting and a REALLY old black and white called Down Three Dark Streets with Broderick Crawford and HIGH SIERRA with Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino

I finished the River’s End series and am reading Last Known Contact by the same author. I’m really enjoying her.

There are many photos I could post here, but today is and always will be a tough day for me as it is the anniversary of my dad’s death. He was gone WAY TOO young and has been for WAY TOO long now ๐Ÿ™ so instead I’m posting this old favorite of mine that was taking many years before I was even born.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
ENCHILADAS SUIZA
BBQ CHICKEN & CORN SALSA SLAW
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
CHILI & CORNBREAD
CHICKEN COBB SALAD & TWISTY ROLLS
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT

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BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATBALLS & HOT SLAW
DESSERT
ย 
BROWNIES?

  • OVEN BAKED CHICKEN & RICE with GRAVY
  • CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN THIGHS
  • BBQ MEATBALLS & BACON CHEDDAR BAKED POTATOES

  • TEX MEX BACON CHEESEBURGER BAKE
  • GARLIC BUTTER CHICKEN
  • SHEET PAN SWEET & SPICY BBQ CHICKEN
  • WINE MARINATED FROZEN GRAPES
  • TOMATO CUCUMBER SALAD

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY and MENU PLANS week 25 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 am loving the weather we’ve been having (mid 50’s over the weekend), but hope to actually have some late spring weather (70’s and 80’s) this week. Weather.com says we will, but they have been saying that the past several weeks without materializing and then things change and we end up cloudy and much cooler than expected. So, I’ll believe it when I see it.

I’m trying to concentrate on finishing some long overdo projects, but things seem to keep popping up that delay the progress!

This is just a sad ๐Ÿ™ category for me as it NEVER seems to be able to change ๐Ÿ™ Hot water and cherry yogurt again this morning.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I’m as up to date as can be since laundry is a never ending thing… ๐Ÿ˜€
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS No appointments per se this week, so will put together a small list and make a run to town one day later in the week.
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS I have a stack that I’m bound and determined to get through this week.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING Menus are planned through the middle of July and then I’ll do a freezer inventory and plan for the next 6 weeks. Grocery costs have me streamlining many things.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX We watched INTERCEPTOR which was pretty good and RED NOTICE which was super fun with DWAYNE JOHNSON and RYAN REYNOLDS. I can’t wait for sequels 2 & 3 which are already in the works. We also started SPIDERHEAD with CHRIS HEMSWORTH, but it was slow moving and we moved on… POWER OF THE DOG was just weird too so stopped about halfway through.
  • CABLE MASTERCHEF, ON THE ROAD WITH GUY FIERI, GREAT AMERICAN FOOD TRUCK RACE, BEAT BOBBY FLAY, GIRL MEETS FARM, AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR, THE CHASE, NASCAR

I’m on the 4th in Phillipa Nefri Clark’s River’s End series, The Christmas Key.

The flowers are perking up a bit more with the roses finally making an appearance. We’ve still been having really cool weather – mind you I’m not complaining as I know most of the country would give anything for it – but things are just now blooming that should have bloomed months ago so the veggie garden will be iffier this year. I’m hoping this week is as warm as they say it will be and I think the flowering plants will really take off. Oh, and the color of these Calla Lillies – I’m in love!

And the kittens are still as adorable as can be! They make a Mosh Pit at night in one of the patio chairs – it’s so cute!

I had fun at the flag day class, but will probably do a few more touch ups.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
BBQ MEATBALLS & BACON CHEDDAR BAKED POTATOES
CHICKEN SCAMPI & SALAD
STUFFED SHELLS & TOMATO CUCUMBER SALAD
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT/YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
TEX MEX BACON CHEESEBURGER CASSEROLE
GARLIC BUTTER CHICKEN & SCALLOPED POTATOES
CHICKEN BLT CASSEROLE and SALAD
DESSERT
COBBLER of some sort

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY and MENU PLANS week 24 of 2022

I love doing Happy Homemaker Monday so extensively. It helps keep me on track as it summarizes the past week and lays out a fairly concise plan for this week ahead, but it also gives me a sense of accomplishment and hope. 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 had a super rainy weekend so we missed the car show on Saturday that we had been planning on attending. They had already rescheduled it from last weekend and then this weekend was even worse. Only a about a dozen cars even showed up! The temperature has also dropped back down to the high 50’s. Unfortunately, it was also the city wide garage sale weekend. Hopefully, most people will be able to do next weekend instead so all their hard work preparing all year doesn’t go to waste.

I helped out on dinner service at the Eagles Friday night when someone failed to show up. I also spent quite a bit of time reading and working on cleaning out photo files. So for that reason ๐Ÿ˜€ BIG WARNING – today is a little photo heavy ๐Ÿ˜€

The rest of the week is supposed to be partly sunny, but still lower temperatures which is fine by me! I’m a BIG believer in the whole “a butterfly flaps its wings” theory which makes me think much of this is a result of the quadruple trip around the globe that the aftermath of the underwater volcano in Tonga took last January.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Laundry is up to date after the rainy weekend. I tried to get all the chores done while stuck inside in hopes of a better weather week and working outside a bit.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have a painting class on Tuesday evening so will work my errands into the afternoon to avoid using more gas than necessary!!!!
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS As always have a few irons in the fire and waiting on some resolutions, and will end up having to write some letters regarding simple issues that aren’t being resolved internally because of inefficiency on the organizations part.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I just haven’t been feeling really adventurous lately ๐Ÿ™

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX We started watching the series Lincoln Lawyer and it’s pretty good, but I think I really enjoyed the movie more with Matthew McConaughey.
  • PRIME The Tender Bar was a really cute movie. We also finished watching season 1 of Night Sky with Sissy Spacek and JK Simmons. Hubby had never seen Conspiracy Theory with Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson so we rented that one rainy evening.
  • CABLE I’m ALMOST finished catching up with season finales from while we were gone. I also have several movies and cooking shows to catch up on.

I finished the StationMasters Cottage which was book 1 in the series. I actually enjoyed the Australian lean to the writing and have moved on to the Jasmine Sea, book 2 in the Rivers End series by Phillipa Nefri Clark.

Those of you who also follow me on Instagram know that I have a thing for #RailArt or #TrainGraffitti and that living in this small #LumberTown in the country where the train tracks actually run right through the middle of town affords me a multitude of those pictures a couple times a day ๐Ÿ˜€ I finally found one that is not only truly legible, but funny too!

Here are the 3 whole shots I got of the car show. You’ll also notice I got them through the window as we didn’t even get out because it started raining REALLY hard! I can’t believe how late all the flowers are blooming this year. The weather has been so very strange!!!!!!! Fortunately there was an almost sunny day where I was able to snap a few good pictures. The nasturiums are looking pretty good considering they like the warm sunny weather that we are NOT having. And the johnny jump ups as well as the oxalis (purple shamrocks) are loving being combined with the humming bird vine. Even the poppies and clematis are doing well without a ton of sunshine. I’m still most impressed with the calla lillies. I also loved this garden spider with his dinner.

Do you remember the feral cats that adopted us last winter? Well, they have had kittens. Adorable kittens! I’ve named them Callie, Soot, Sonny Jr. and mini Boots. I’m actively trying to find them homes. They are just so dang adorable! Callie was playing Whack-A-Mole with Soot and mini Boots as they hid in the cinder block and kept popping up and down. ๐Ÿ˜€ They are just so adorable that I cannot stop taking pictures hoping to catch doing something else cute.

MONDAY 6/13
TUESDAY 6/14
WEDNESDAY 6/15
THURSDAY 6/16
FRIDAY 6/17
SATURDAY 6/18
SUNDAY 6/19
DINNER
LIME CILANTRO SKILLET CHICKEN
Y.O.Y.O. you’re on your own I have a painting class
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
PEANUT BUTTER BURGERS, CORN on the COB & MACARONI SALAD
OVEN BAKED CHICKEN & RICE
PIZZA BOATS & SALAD
SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS
DESSERT
ย 
Yummy Lemon Blueberry Lush was REALLY good, but won’t hold up to up to the summer evening dinner for the EAGLES so now it will be cherry bars.
CHERRY BARS

  • CHERRY BARS
  • CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN
  • CAJUN RICE & PORK CHOPS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 23 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

Good morning sweet friends. I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and have a stress free week ahead of you!

It’s going to be another one of those weird weeks of truly uncertain weather. This forecast has changed a half dozen times since I first looked at it last night ๐Ÿ˜€ As always, Levis and a comfy 3/4 sleeve t shirt are winning the battle along with my most comfy POP’s ๐Ÿ˜€

Hot water, baby food squeeze and a banana

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Been working on a water leak problem with hubby and it’s leading to a few side projects ๐Ÿ˜€ The laundry is up to date though!!
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have an ophthalmologist appointment later this week which I know is going to be expensive because I also NEED new sunglasses this year. ย 
  • PAPERWORK, PHONE CALLS & PROJECTS I did accomplish 1 large project, but have a few others to finish this week though today is already shot and so is Thursday so I’m hoping Tuesday and Wednesday will be super productive!
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I haven’t made much progress on the end of June, but will try and do that this week.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • AMAZON We started a new series called Night Sky with Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons
  • NETFLIX The BIG Wheel – an old Mickey Rooney film
  • PRIME Days of Thunder with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
  • CABLE Hatari! an old John Wayne movie, NASCAR, FEAR the Walking Dead, a bunch of cooking shows and I’m still working on catching up with my normal seasonal shows and the season finales as well as a couple Hallmark movies.

I’m still reading The Stationmasterโ€™s Cottage (#1 Rivers End) by Phillipa Nefri Clark – it’s a little deeper than the summer romances I was reading, but I REALLY like it and will seek out other titles by this “new to me” author.

I put it aside to keep working on Hopefully Matched #3 in an Alaska Matchmakers Romance series by Cathryn Brown.

Next up is A Fire Sparkling by Julianne Maclean

My calla lillies are FINALLY blooming even if it’s months late!

MONDAY 6/6
TUESDAY 6/7
WEDNESDAY 6/8
THURSDAY 6/9
FRIDAY 6/10
SATURDAY 6/11
SUNDAY 6/12
DINNER
SOY MOLASSES SALMON & CHARRED CORN
PIZZA BOATS and SALAD
Y.O.Y.O. C.O.R.N. YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
STEAK CAMPFIRE PACKS & SALAD
GRILLED LEMONADE CHICKEN with RICE PILAF
SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS & SALAD
Y.O.Y.O. C.O.R.N. YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
DESSERT
LEMON BLUEBERRY LUSH
The Lemon Blueberry Lush is a work in progress for the Eagle’s Friday night dinner next week.

  • LEMON BLUEBERRY LUSH
  • CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY WITH MENU & RECIPE LINKS week 11 of 2022

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Did you remember to change your clocks? Changing the clocks (as much of a pain as it is) always makes me feel like spring has sprung. At least we’re an hour closer ๐Ÿ˜€ That said, I sure wish they’d stop. I don’t even care which time they pick – standard or daylight savings – just pick one and stay with it!!!!!

We had a BIG storm blow in on Saturday with wind so bad it literally pulled my yard stakes out of the barrels, had the wind chimes tangling and being more noisy than I have ever heard and the flag was blowing straight up! It’s supposed to be raining most of this week, but also be a tad bit warmer so that’s okay too. Day times should be in the high 40’s to low 50’s and night times are supposed to be in the high 30’s.

My prayers and thoughts are with Ukraine as I pray for a peaceful ending to this war. I also applaud all those that are able to help in any way they can.

Hot water and cherry yogurt this morning

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I’m in spring cleaning mode, but the weather just won’t cooperate! For now I’ll settle for getting the bedding and laundry done.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS These will wait until I head to town later in the week. Fortunately, I don’t need much. ๐Ÿ˜€
  • PROJECTS We’ve done several remodel rehab renovations and the one thing I can say is they are ALWAYS entities in and of their own! There are no two alike and they are ALL fraught with their own issues. But plumbing is by far always the worst part of each one. I wish this was because of a remodel. Fortunately, even as bad as this mess was we have a water alarm under the kitchen sink that went off. Otherwise it would have been 100% worse waking up to it this morning. The part that ALWAYS ticks me off is that the part that fails is usually an inexpensive part in the middle of a line. In this case it was the connector in the middle of the faucet sprayer hose. It had been fixed once before, but has always been the weak link in this model particularly according to the plumbing expert at Home Depot. 🙁
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m up to date through March and am starting to look to more spring like recipes for April. The Eagles asked me to make a fruity dessert for their end of the month brunch and I’ve been working up a new recipe for that. Peach Pineapple Pear Bread Pudding ๐Ÿ˜€ or maybe a Blueberry Cream Cheese – we’ll just have to see ๐Ÿ˜€

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX We’re watching old Cheers reruns at night before sleep
  • PRIME ๐Ÿ™ We finished Mrs. Maisel on Friday night. Even with only getting 2 episodes a week, the month went by quickly and now sadly we have to wait until December for the next season.
  • CABLE We’ve been watching old movies from the 50’s. I love seeing things from before I was born. This weekend we saw Rio Grande with John Wayne, Dean Martin, Walter Brennan and Angie Dickinson

I just started RETURN TO SENDER by Jennifer Peel, a new to me author. While I just began it I thinking she is going to be a good change of pace for me.

I have to add this funny, because it’s so so true! I’m getting a 4th booming on my Christmas Cacti too ๐Ÿ˜€

The spring flowers are trying to make an appearance, but winter keeps rearing its ugly head too. I can’t wait for some consistent warmth and be able to plant some seeds and ground cover in the planter areas.

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
LEMON HERB BAKED SALMON
ZESTY ANGEL CHICKEN
SALISBURY STEAK, SCALLOPED POTATOES & GREEN BEANS
ย MEATBALLย  POTATO GRATIN
PASTEL AZTECA with SALSA VERDE
PORK CHOPS with TOMATOES
CHICKEN RAMEN IN SHOYU BROTH
DESSERT
GRANNY’S APPLE CRISP & PEACH BREAD PUDDING TEST RUN

  • BLONDE BEEF STEW
  • PORCUPINE MEATBALLS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER with MENU PLAN & RECIPE LINKS WEEK 10 OF 2022

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Good morning. I hope you all had a great week and an even better weekend. For some reason this week flew by for me and I don’t feel like I got enough accomplished. I’m still struggling with adjusting my diet on a daily basis ๐Ÿ™ and that seems to occupy way too much time, especially coupled with the seesaw of unequal and opposite reactions that accompany this new thing called daily life.

Between the pandemic, world events and life in general most days I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed. Unfortunately, I also know I’m not the only one and we’re all in this together, so I pray that they find a cure for this danged virus and some world peace thrown in for good measure would go a long way to curing ALL of OUR ails.

I am so saddened by what is happening in Ukraine. It is all so senseless and selfish of Putin to invade and destroy Ukraine.ย  So many lives have been lost. Even more hopes and dreams have been shattered. I keep praying things will turn around and turn around soon!ย  Prayers for Ukraine and its people.

The picture above is from Facebook, but I also ordered some digital art from Ukranian artists on ETSY in an effort to help somehow. I actually love these and will be printing them for framing.

I know gas prices are going up everywhere because of the price of oil and the the Ukranian/Russian war, but for us here our state ALSO added a 38ยข state tax effective January 1st of this year. Gas has gone from $3.46 at Christmas time to $4.49 yesterday. I’ve always tried to combine my errands to the least amount of trips to town and the least amount of gas used, but this now holds even truer!

We have mostly cloudy days in the 40’s with wind to look forward to before the rain begins towards the end of the week. I keep thinking spring is right around the corner, but then winter rears its ugly head yet again. It’s also another week of below freezing at night so hubby put the faucet covers back on.

I have some spray painting to do in order to spruce up some old hanging planters and patio furnitureย  that have peeling paint, but the weather is just not cooperating! I just need one, just one still and SUPER SUNNY afternoon above 50ยฐ to pull it off ๐Ÿ™

I wish this could change a little bit, but yet the hot water and yogurt is tried and true ๐Ÿ˜€

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I need to change and wash bedding in hopes of switching to “spring” types, but the weather is not holding out hopes for that as we have several nights this week below freezing still.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS Hubby has a couple appointments this week that I will tag along on to also run my errands. At the price of gas right now it just doesn’t make sense to make multiple separate trips.
  • PROJECTS I have a couple flannel shirts that are too large for me, but I love the colors of so am going to turn them into aprons based on this picture I found on pinterest.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m making the phone calls necessary to quit all recipe & menu services because they are just not enjoyed anymore as the recipes have become repetitive and the ingredients less reliable which may be a regional thing. I just used to enjoy them more ๐Ÿ™ So it’s back to my trusty tote full of recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Sweet Magnolias, Virgin River
  • PRIME Mrs. Maisel
  • CABLE FLYING TIGERS with JOHN WAYNE, NASCAR, Walking Dead, Cooking shows ~ Tournament of Champions, Spring Baking, Alex VS America I’m excited to watch the new show next week where they cook along with Julia Child

Someone Like You: A Wild Widows Novel ~ Wild Widows Series Book 1 by Marie Force. This is a companion series to her First Family series (3 books to date) which is a companion series to her Fatal series (16 books to date) – I obviously like this author. I’ve been reading her for years and truly love her series format.

Carrie asked me a week or so ago about how I sketch before I paint. Here are a couple of sketches I did recently, but have yet paint. The one on the left is going to be a cute little bird on a fence post and the one on the right is going to be a lighthouse on a sandy shore. I just use a heavy gauge pencil to canvas. Paint will cover it as I go.

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
CHICKEN AMASU & SALAD
PORK LOIN with APPLE CREAM SAUCE with GLAZED CARROTS
BLONDE BEEF STEW
BLACKENED ORANGE ROUGHY & GREEN BEANS
SALISBURY STEAK, SCALLOPED POTATOES, GREEN BEANS & APPLE CRISP
CHICKEN PAPRIKA with MASHED POTATOES & GRAVY
PORCUPINE MEATBALLS & MASHED POTATOES with PAN BROWN GRAVY
DESSERT
BOLOS DE COCO (PORTUGUESE COCONUT CAKES)

  • SAMOA CHEESECAKE
  • CHICKEN with TARRAGON SAUCE
  • CALABRIAN CHILE TOMATO SAUCE

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLAN & RECIPE LINKS week 8 of 2022

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How are you? Grab a cup of coffee and join me in a look back at last week and a look forward into this week.

This is the 3 year anniversary of SNOWMAGEDDON so I was a bit apprehensive when I saw this WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY on Saturday.

Snow or not (it just can’t decide), the temperatures are going to be super cold this week. Fortunately, with a few days of FOOL’S SPRING last week we were able to complete a couple outdoor projects. Hubby has since put the covers back on the faucets though to ward off the nighttime lows in the teens this week and I have no where to go today, so LET IT SNOW ๐Ÿ˜€

Hot water and peach yogurt.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I finished the laundry over the weekend, but want to deep clean the bathrooms and kitchen as well as vacuum.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have a small appointment at the end of the week, but that’s it for anything big and groceries will depend on the weather.
  • PROJECTS I have sketched a couple of canvases to paint this week if I have time.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS I made a HUGE dent in the paperwork over the weekend and am filling the empty recycling bin quickly ๐Ÿ˜€
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m hoping to go FISH forward next week so am looking for some new orange roughy and salmon recipes.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Virgin River
  • PEACOCK Marry Me
  • PRIME The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • DISNEY+ Sulphur Springs
  • DISCOVERY + Mysteries of the Abandoned
  • CABLE Olympics, NASCAR

Iโ€™m about 3/4’s done with Beach House Romance by Cora Seton. I’ve been falling asleep quickly every night so I only get a paragraph or two read. Too bad I’m wide awake 4-5 hours later ๐Ÿ™

The ONLY pictures I took this week were chore or food related. I mentioned the “FOOL’s SPRING” above. We took advantage of those couple days and tackled a couple outdoor projects and an indoor one too ๐Ÿ˜€

The whiskey barrels we installed a couple years ago were showing considerable wear already and the rings were rusting A LOT so I sprayed the rings and barrels with Rustoleum to revive them. Hubby removed all the dead plants and weeds. The red heather in the center tear drop was dead unfortunately ๐Ÿ™ and the annuals were completely done and one was molding – weird.I found some red/pink heather which will bloom spring and summer as well as some white heath that will bloom fall and winter to offset. And these pretty blue hyacinth smell heavenly and will add a pop of color.

The Japanese maple tree has been doing poorly the past few years and the new gardener pruned it back A LOT this year. He also said we needed to deal with the root issue. The planter had been built with a single layer of blocks, was on a slight slope and not level.

Short of digging up the tree to replant it deeper which would have been a VERY involved process because of the roots being so unruly, it was easier to level the blocks and add a new layer of blocks and tons of new soil to cover the exposed roots to protect them and hopefully reverse the issue.

Of course the blocks are no longer being made in the same size so that added it’s own layer of complications ๐Ÿ˜€ We solved that by making the other teardrop the same height. We added the old blocks from around the maple tree to the teardrop on the other side of the yard around the whiskey barrel and used all new for the maple tree.

This worked better because we could level out the sloped front area before placing the new blocks. This should help the tree flourish better this spring. Plus now they are “balanced”.

We also started hearing LOUD and weird noises from behind the refrigerator. I needed to clean behind it anyway so we rolled it out ๐Ÿ˜€

We found that the water filter was overdo for replacing so added that to our chore list and got it replaced. VOILE and thank goodness the noises stopped.

Hubby likes to cool his hot coffee down in the morning with an ice cube so this works both ways ๐Ÿ˜€

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
TEX MEX CHICKEN POT PIES
BAKED HERBED SALMON
LEMON ORANGE ORANGE ROUGHY
POT ROAST & GRAVY
TURKEY & GRAVY
PORK CHOPS of some sort
BURGERS of some sort
DESSERT
BLACK BEAN BROWNIES

  • HAMBURGER HASH
  • BLUEBERRY SOUR CREAM BREAD/MUFFINS

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLAN & RECIPE LINKS week 7 of 2022

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

I hope you had a GREAT week and for those of you that are sports fans I hope you enjoyed the SUPERBOWL and are equally enjoying the Olympics. Having been a RAMS fan all my life I’m quite happy with the outcome, though I would have been equally happy with a Bengal’s win after their great season. I will make an effort to get around better this week to visit you all. Last week just wasn’t my week.

FINALLY some rain for a day or two and the temperatures have dropped back into a normal range. Highs this week will be in the mid 40’s and lows in the 30’s with very little sun.

Hot water and pineapple yogurt.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I’m going to deep clean the kitchen and do all the hard surface floors to clean up the ants that are back. At least they are mostly dead since I did the Terro traps last week.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have very few of each this week, but will go tomorrow morning.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m still doing a bit of research, but have the rest of February planned.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Hubby want’s to check out Free Guy and The Adam Project
  • PEACOCK I want to watch Marry Me sometime this week
  • PRIME 4 days until Mrs. Maisel begins for the season
  • DISNEY+ I’m finishing season 2 of Sulphur Springs
  • CABLE We’re finishing up the Olympics we have recorded. I also have a couple Hallmark movies to finish up and a couple cooking shows to watch

I’m about halfway done with Beach House Romance by Cora Seton

So I heard a strange noise in the backyard and went to take a look out the window. This is what I found. I guess it needs to be renamed cat fountain since I’ve never actually seen a bird bathe in it. On the upside, I haven’t seen any mice. ๐Ÿ˜€

I LOVE these!

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
FILETS & BAKERS
HF ~ย  YUCATAN CHICKEN CITRUS BOWLS
HF ~ BULGOGI PORK TENDERLOIN
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
HF ~ BALSAMIC FIG CHICKEN
PORCUPINE MEATBALLS & SALAD
BLONDE BEEF STEW & TWISTY ROLLS
DESSERT
ZEBRA CAKE – WHITE, DEVIL’S FOOD & RED VELVET with SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM

  • TACO SPAGHETTI
  • HAMBURGER HASH
  • CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES