Happy Homemaker Monday 2016! I really did miss doing these posts during my break. It’s amazing how much on track they kept me. Can I just tell you how much difference having a menu plan makes around here? Turns out I do so much better with a plan for our menus and our weeks.
I certainly hope Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom continues this link up in 2016 and that Laura over at I’m An Organized Junkie hasn’t abandoned her Menu Plan Monday link ups either. I find both to be such a source of encouragement and inspiration. Make sure you hop over and check them. Just try not to be inspired!
The weather this week
Cold, January is here! Actually, not terrible cold though. It’s 24 degrees this morning but it’s been in the low 40s mostly. I’m sure the real cold weather is coming our way eventually. This week is pretty much more of the same with a chance of rain Thursday and Friday. Chance of snow flurries today but I doubt we see any.
On the breakfast plate this morning
My husband made us all biscuits and sausage. I had a small glass of grape juice with mine. I’m also having coffee with whipped cream because I ran out of almond milk yesterday and skipped going to the store yesterday.
View outside the windows
Gray skies, just looks cold and dreary. Patches of the ice/snow mix from early last week are still covering the ground.
We’re all awake before noon (if you have teenagers, you know the accomplishment here!) and doing our own thing. My youngest son is playing a video game, my husband is looking at his laptop, I’m working on the blog back here on the desktop wearing one of my slippers and one slipper sock because I can’t find the match for either one and my feet are cold, my oldest son is giving his brother unwanted gaming advice, and the cat is outside (at her request).
As I look around the house
I see clutter everywhere! It is in need of a serious cleaning and clearing out. It needed this before Christmas and now it needs it even more. Ironically, the kitchen table is the clearest spot in the house (I did clean it off sometime on New Year’s Day).
It’s never-ending but here are my top 5 rather dull priorities for this week…
- Go to the grocery store!
- Clean off my bedside table and dresser and the floor between them. It seems to be where all the Christmas trash and excess gathers each year.
- Write and schedule 2 more blog posts for this week.
- Write all the important dates on our calendar. It’s so pretty and pristine right now but we need to know what is happening.
Books, Movies, and Television
My days are sort of blurred together still but I did read a few things last year. I read through James Dashner’s newest young adult series that starts with The Eye of the Minds. G is reading it now and we both agree this series would have made a much better movie franchise than the Maze Runner. I also read several fun Christmas books during my preschool teaching times, discovering 2 new favorites at the library: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry and The Little Christmas Tree by Karl Ruhmann. I finally finished up The Western Guide to Feng Shui, Room by Room by Terah Kathryn Collins and it sits here way overdue at the library. I’m sure that is not good energy. Oops.
I apparently have quite a talent for picking out absolutely horrible Netflix movies. You may want to pass on watching Lucy and John Wick. Lesson learned, just because the movie has good actors it does not make it a good movie. Thankfully, my husband is as good at picking out movies as I am bad about it. I actually watched his Amazon prime choices of Interstellar twice and would probably watch it a third time (though it is worth noting, it is a long one!). If you are a science fiction fan at all, watch Ex Machina, it’s amazing, fascinating, and creepy all at the same time.
I’m excited to see the conclusion of the short Heroes Reborn series which comes back this Thursday while I impatiently wait for new episodes of The Flash. I’ve also started getting into the Limitless television series a bit. I wasn’t impressed at first but it is getting better to the point I may go back and watch it from the start.
I’m trying to live out of our pantry and freezer a bit to save some money (it’s a January thing, right?) so 2 of these meals each week will be from the freezer/pantry made with things we have on hand. Those meals are on Thursday and Friday this week. Actually, I also have all my spaghetti things already as well and most of Tuesday’s meal as well. The main meal I need to get ingredients for this week is on Wednesday.
Monday: Spaghetti (It’s National Spaghetti Day! Hooray!)
Tuesday: Cashew Chicken
Wednesday: Turkey, Rolls, Cake, Jello, Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream (Epiphany)
Thursday: BBQ sandwiches
Friday: French toast and sausage
This is a reminder to myself as well. If you know you are going to be living out of the pantry and freezer for most of January, make sure to stock it with really good stuff in November and December so you aren’t eating Fish Sticks for several weeks in a row!
From the Camera
These are Christmas photos from the phone since I haven’t been very good about taking pictures lately. I was sick around Christmas so I didn’t even really take many photos then…
Quotes and Inspiration
I found the above on Pinterest (click on it to see the beautiful graphic) and I do love it since celebrate is my word of the year.
What is on your agenda for the first week in January 2016?