Happy Homemaker Monday, Hoping For A Better Week

Last week was a rough one. As we were preparing to go out-of-town for our Aunt’s funeral, we found out my husband’s grandmother passed away. Unfortunately, we couldn’t attend her funeral as it was too far away (she’d moved to Texas earlier in the summer).  

As I said in the title, I’m hoping for a better week to end out this month.

Starting today with meeting a friend for coffee and a much-needed catch up on all the things kind of chat. Then, I get to take G and help him through the process of car inspections and tag renewals. Followed by maybe a grocery store trip and taking J to his baritone lesson. Better get to planning this week!

Joining in as always with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Be sure to check out her site. Making my headings red for the Chiefs, they may not have won but what a game they gave us!

The Weather  

Sunday was a sunny, blue sky kind of fall day

Um, snow chances tonight? And on Thursday! Winter, you’re too early! Go back to bed. It’s about 40 degrees today and 46 is the high. Warmest day of the week until the weekend, a balmy 48 predicted for Saturday.

On The Breakfast Plate

Haven’t made it that far. Coffee. Probably going to have a cheese danish with my Pumpkin Spice Latte in a bit.

As I Look Outside My Window

Cloudy. Dark when J and I left for the high school. Ready for some light in my mornings again.

Right Now I Am

Trying to hurry up with this post before I head out for the day.

As I Look Around The House

Could be worse but could also be a lot cleaner. We have too much stuff sitting around right now in need of a home. Maybe I’ll work on that this week.

On My To Do List

Seems like a lot and not sure it will all happen…

  1. Go have coffee with a friend
  2. Get G’s car tags renewed
  3. Grocery store
  4. Deep clean the bathrooms
  5. Target?
  6. Figure out what we’re going to do for J’s birthday (Nov 15, fast approaching)
  7. Pay bills
  8. Clean out fridge/freezer
  9. Buy new socks (I’m not as holy as my socks would have one think 😉 )
  10. Call to get my haircut

On The Menu

MONDAY: Lasagna (from a box), bread, salad (if I get to the store) *J has a baritone lesson*

TUESDAY: Apple Cider Pork Chops (in the crock pot), Fried Green Tomatoes

WEDNESDAY: Chicken in some form

THURSDAY: Chili (either here or at my brother’s house), cornbread *HAPPY HALLOWEEN*

FRIDAY: Been craving Chicken Enchilada Soup….not sure

Currently Reading

Same book as last week.

On The TV

Been watching Riverdale on Netflix. World Series (Maybe the Nationals can still win it?), NFL Football (Chiefs). Need to catch up on shows from last week.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try 

Not exactly a recipe but J and I did try the Trick or Treat Ice Cream at Stone Cold Creamery yesterday afternoon (when it was a nice, sunny, and fairly warm fall day). Our Sunday Dinner: 

From The Camera

I picked everything left in our garden yesterday. 

Quote For The Week

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

Verse from the eulogy of our late aunt. Thought it was a good one.

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What’s on your agenda for this last week in October?

 

Happy Homemaker Tuesday

Well, I missed another Monday. Getting called into work at 6:30 will do that. Agreeing to go when half-asleep isn’t the best idea either as I realized too late I’d agreed to be there at 7:15. YIKES! Not a lot of get ready time.

We had a rather bittersweet weekend around here, we were all able to attend J’s last marching band competition. The band made the finals and placed 6th (pretty good for a very young band). G had fun catching up with friends who attended the college hosting the competition).

Unfortunately, we received very sad news while there. Our aunt who lived in Oklahoma passed away over the weekend. We decided to wait and tell the boys once we arrived back home from the competition (around midnight).

Let’s go ahead and get the week ahead planned. Linking up with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

The Weather  

The trees are finally changing colors. Cold mornings, warmer afternoons but lots of wind! It was 45 degrees this morning when I left to take J to school. Supposed to be around 55 later this afternoon and sunny. Most the week looks the same, chance of rain on Thursday. Maybe over the weekend.

On The Breakfast Plate

Not the healthiest choice, a big bowl of Mahomes Magic Crunch (aka Frosted Flakes) with almond milk and lots of coffee.

As I Look Outside My Window

Nothing to see out the basement windows but earlier I saw lots of leaves flying around and blue skies out the back door window.

Right Now I Am

Sitting in the basement writing up this post, thinking of all the things I need to get done today, and listening for G to get up and go off to his college class.

As I Look Around The House

Cleaning it is definitely on the list for today as I don’t want to come back to a messy house after we attend the funeral out-of-town.

On Today’s To Do List

  1. Put out the trash 
  2. Clean the house
  3. Go to grocery store
  4. Clean out car/fill with gas
  5. Pack for Oklahoma

On The Menu

MONDAY: Yesterday, J had leftover steak bites and G and I ate scrambled eggs *J had a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Not sure, probably something out of the freezer or that I pick up at the grocery store.

WEDNESDAY: OUT *traveling to Oklahoma for funeral*

THURSDAY: OUT

FRIDAY: OUT

Currently Reading

Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West.

On The TV Today

I’ll probably watch The Flash later. Not sure what else. Doubt it’s going to be much of a TV kind of day.

What I’m Creating At The Moment 

Painting some “Leave my wildflowers alone!” fencing for the backyard area.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

Made my mom’s Apple Chip Cake last week.  Oh and after seeing the preschool kids get super excited at a birthday celebration, I decided we had to try these cookies: 

From The Camera

Exciting news on the camera front! I fixed my broken Nikon camera. 

You can see the bent lens in the photo above; I used a flat screwdriver to bend it out more so the lens could extend and the camera would function. Not pretty but it works now.

The zoom on the Sony frustrated me so much….here’s an example of the differences in the zoom capabilities:

I spotted this squirrel having a treat on top of the neighbor’s chimney last week. This is as close as the Sony could get me to the action.

Same chimney (squirrel long gone) using the zoom lens on the Nikon.  And one last one, from the band competition: 

Quote For The Week

If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present…gratefully.  (Maya Angelou)

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What are your plans for the week ahead?

 

Fall Recipe: Apple Chip Cake

Recently, I was craving a piece of apple chip cake so I decided to use up some over their prime apples and make it.  I loved when my mom would make this as a fall dessert.

My mom always made this cake in a 13 x 9 pan and generously added in the chopped pecans. However, this time I cut the recipe in half, used a 9 inch round cake pan, and omitted the pecans (didn’t have any…).

The most important part of this cake is of course, the apples. 

I’m sure although she never told me, my mom most likely used Missouri Jonathon apples in her cake. As an adult, I’m not a fan of those so seldom buy them. The apples getting a bit mushy in our bowl were golden delicious so that’s what I used. I do think the cake would work with any type of apple you prefer.

The recipe is pretty straight forward, cream the butter and sugar, add the dry ingredients. Then, fold in the chopped apples and nuts. Note: the cake batter is thick, not runny.   

I went old school and followed the recipe directions exactly, buttering my pan. It gave the cake a nice crunchy edge. 

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Know your oven and adjust the time accordingly. I checked mine after 30 minutes and found it done.

Recipe: Apple Chip Cake

2 Cups sugar

1/4 lb oleo

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

4 cups diced raw apples

1 cup chopped pecans  (or 1/2 cup black walnuts) (optional)

Cream together butter and sugar. Add in eggs and the rest of the dry ingredients. Stir in chopped apples and nuts, if desired. Spread mixture in buttered 13 x 9 pan.

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Serve warm with topping.

Can also make 3 layers, frost with powdered sugar glaze or dust with powdered sugar.

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My notes: I used butter instead of oleo and 1/2 the amount of apples. My mom never frosted this cake or dusted it with powdered sugar.  I remember her serving it plain with Cool Whip as a topping.

We ate ours warm with whipped topping. J gave my favorite fall cake a favorable review. Said it reminded him a bit of banana bread except with apples. And yes, I should make it again. 

Do you have a favorite fall dessert?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Where Did Last Week Go?

Didn’t mean to miss a week of posting. However, I was sick and busy last week. Not a great combination. I can vaguely recall my mom used to say something like “no rest for the wicked.”

Between having some sort of cold/sinus thing going on, working, and running my high school freshman to activities, something (blogging) had to go. However, I’m back to about 94% today so let’s plan hopefully, a less busy week ahead.

Linking up as always with Sandra, our host of Happy Homemaker Monday, over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

The Weather 

Proper fall, chilly nights and mornings but a bit warmer in the afternoons. It’s 45 degrees this morning and supposed to be 72 this afternoon. Lots of sun during the week with chances of rain over the weekend (of course).

On My Reading Pile

I’m between books but did manage to read two books during the last 2 weeks, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and What You Did by Claire McGowan. My reviews of both books are on Goodreads if you’re interested.

On My TV

Finished watching Mr. Robot and discovered Mindhunter on Netflix (might need to read the book on that one). Also, watching my usual series, The Flash, Seal Team, and God Friended Me.

On My Menu

The freezer saved us last week! Still need to clean out the basement one a bit and organize the upstairs one.

MONDAY:  BLT’s (using last red tomato from garden), french fries *I work 1:30-3:45* *J has a baritone lesson at 630*

TUESDAY: Chicken taco salad/maybe enchiladas (using cooked chicken in freezer) *I work 1:00-3:45* *J has early morning band* *Parent/Teacher conferences & Bunco night*

WEDNESDAY:  Chicken apple sausages & cabbage *J has early morning band*

THURSDAY:  Fish/shrimp/baked potatoes *J has evening band*

FRIDAY: OUT *Football game* *No school for J*

On My To Do List

  1. Argue with library (I KNOW I returned a book they say I lost; second time this has happened to me, getting a bit old)
  2. Pay bills
  3. Catch up on last week’s to do list
  4. Put away most of my summer clothes
  5. Practice more with new camera

Looking Around The House

Looks like we were gone all day Saturday (band competition) and too tired to take care of anything on Sunday. Needs lots of attention.

From The Camera

I’m struggling with this interim camera and very much missing my Nikon. Especially the zoom function. Hoping to have time to watch a tutorial on it this week. 

Quote For The Week

and all at once, summer collapsed into fall. (Oscar Wilde)

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What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

 

First Impressions of My New Small Camera

I broke my good bridge camera. SIGH. Just as I was getting the hang of it and taking an e-mail course trying to learn the DSLR stuff. Telling myself I’d get the full on DSLR camera maybe at Christmas or after finishing the e-mail course.

There’s no coming back from a bent lens on a bridge camera. Especially when the lens must extend for the camera to turn on and the bent lens prevents that tiny detail.  

My husband told me to just go ahead and order the camera I wanted (using “my” work money…it’s all the same though isn’t it?). However, his annoying ways through the years influenced me enough that I did some research first. The one I want goes on sale significantly on Black Friday. Less than 2 months (!!) away. SIGH. Sometimes it’s no fun being a responsible adult.

My phone is outdated and I still like it but not so much the phone camera. I wanted a small camera to get me through the next couple of months. I decided on a Sony W-800 made reasonably priced by a small stash of those $5 Target gift cards I hoarded.  

The small size is nice and it fits in my purse (I already had a camera bag suited to a small camera from my first Nikon Cool Pix camera).  I’m finding macro/close-up photos a bit of a challenge. 

Though the camera did a nice job capturing my live model’s expression. 

I’m still playing with the settings and see lots more photo editing in my future while learning to use this interim camera.

“The best camera is the one you have with you”

Still I’m happy I was able to get any sort of new camera as I was quite lost not being able to grab a camera throughout the week. 

I still need to watch some sort of tutorial, learn more about my new camera but so far I’m happy enough with it. Seems as if it will function as a great backup and portable camera even after I get the “real” camera I’m waiting ever so impatiently to order (thinking birthday/Christmas gift on that one).

How many cameras do you own? And since I’m still researching things just a bit, what brand do you favor? I lean toward Nikon mainly because that’s what I’ve been using while learning.

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