Happy Homemaker Monday, President’s Day

A bit late with my post this week as I slept in a bit (holiday weekend) and then, ran to the store.

Our weird weather meant I had to make a choice between going this morning when it was warm and windy or waiting until afternoon when it’s supposed to be cold and rainy.

Even though it’s a bit late in the day, I still want to join in with Sandra, our host, for Happy Homemaker Monday.

Breakfast time…what is on the plate this morning…

Well past breakfast time now but I had a scrambled egg and toast.  The rest of them ate chocolate chip waffles (the freezer kind) while I was at the store.

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store
  2. Write and publish this post
  3. Pay bills (or at least think about it)
  4. Clean out fridge
  5. Get the boys out of the house for 5 minutes

Currently Reading

I finished three books last week. Finished up with The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes, really interesting. Then, I read Micro by Michael Creighton and James Preston (he finished it since unfortunately, Creighton passed away before doing so), then it came up on sale as an e-book so I read The Alchemist by Paul Coelho.  Found myself a bit surprised at the poor reviews for both over on Good Reads as I enjoyed both books (they are of very different genres) very much.

Today, I plan to simply work through my February magazines and maybe try to give a random library book choice, Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle by Doreen Virtue, another chance.

On The TV Today

No idea. Not in much of a TV mood at the moment.

The Weather Outside Is

As strange as spotting a shopping cart on a frozen lake… Why? Who knows…J and I spotted this on the pond at the end of our street last Monday. I imagine it’s sunk or been retrieved by now.

The weather:  66 degrees when I woke up and now it’s in the low 43. Supposed to get colder all day and probably rain or thunderstorm today and tomorrow. No rain on Wednesday but most days this week are supposed to be either or cold or rainy.

On The Menu This Week

I’m going to try something I saw The Happy Homemaker in Texas do and share last week’s menu with what worked and what did not as well as this week’s plan. Maybe it will help make my menu planning go a bit more smoothly moving forward.

So here was our plan for last week:

MONDAY: Mango Chutney Chicken and Rice A BIG No on that one. When the teenager who loves chicken says no, you know it’s a failed recipe. We ended up having ham steaks and fried potatoes, leftover from the weekend.

TUESDAY: Pancakes.  My husband offered to make them so they were regular pancakes and a big hit with all of us.

WEDNESDAY: Steak bites, I tried to make these heart-shaped roasted potatoes that didn’t really work. The kids had mozzarella sticks.  For dessert, the boys had their candy and I had a fruit salad drizzled with a bit of honey. (I opted to try cooking the potatoes with the heart shapes cut out…let’s not talk about how long it takes to cut heart shapes out of potato slices…)  There is something about fresh fruit!

THURSDAY: Chicken Legs/OUT I ended up working a half-day so we had frozen pizza (I think I ate a salad maybe)

FRIDAY: Fish of some sort Husband came down with a bug so I just grabbed a Rotisserie chicken at the store instead

The boys and I did go out to a Chinese buffet on Saturday. Yesterday, we had Subway.

The plan for this week:

MONDAY: Tacos *no school for the boys* plus G is having friends stay over so lots of tacos…

TUESDAY:   If there are left-overs, probably taco salads  *I work 3:00 to 5:30 & have Bunco* *Boys are off school for teacher work day*

WEDNESDAY: Spaghetti

THURSDAY: Pork Chops, Baked Sweet Potatoes *I work 1:30-4*

FRIDAY: Fish try 2

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

Read or play Pocket Camp Animal Crossing on my phone (OR go outside on the off-chance it’s nice enough out there)

What I’m Sewing, Knitting, Or Creating


New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

I made peanut butter granola using this recipe. It was so easy and good. I used maple syrup for the pour factor and because we were almost out of honey. I need to try it again using honey.

Favorite Photo From The Camera

On Valentine’s Day, we went out to breakfast (I much prefer going out to breakfast over lunch or dinner) and then drove around a couple local lakes in search of Trumpeter Swans that were supposedly in the area.  No luck with the swans.

We did stop by and visit the elk at the hoofed animal enclosure at Lake Jacomo though.

Think I better show you one more so you see that yes, there is indeed a fence between me and these lovely and huge elk!  There was just a spot where it was a bit lower so I could take better photos.

Quote For The Week

If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.  (Paul Coelho)


And now, it’s Monday night. We’ve had the tacos and I’m just finishing up this post. Looks like it’s going to be one of those fast weeks perhaps.

What is on your agenda for the week ahead?

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10 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, President’s Day

  1. Tamy

    i LOVE that quote!!! The shopping cart is a bit perplexing – I’m with you – WHY?? I also love that you tried the hearts on the potatoes! With kids at home, it is much easier to do a post menu! Weather has just been crazy EVERYWHERE. We were having 30 degree swings every day for awhile and now it looks like we may just be jumping straight to summer. I’m hoping for a BIG change 😀 HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
    Tamy recently posted..HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 8 of 2018My Profile

    1. Jean Post author

      The shopping cart, if it is still there, is definitely frozen today. Our unpredictable, weird weather meant we woke up to an ice storm! School was already out for my kids but my work went ahead and cancelled as well. Staying winter here for a bit apparently.

    1. Jean Post author

      I get in a reading funk sometimes as well and then, three books in a week. Really though one I’d been reading the week before and simply finished and one (The Alchemist) was pretty short so a quick read for me. Hope you have a great week also!

    1. Jean Post author

      I can make a good list but that enforcing it part usually throws me off quite a bit. Hope you are having a wonderful week! I’ve enjoyed an unexpected day at home throwing out bird seed on top of the ice for the poor birds (and enterprising squirrels).

  2. Rebecca L Knox

    Enjoyed reading your post this week, Jean! Saw five trumpeter swans on a pond around here the other day. They’re so beautiful! And love the elk pics! If we ever get a chance to visit, I’ve got an interesting story to share with you about those elk at Lake Jacomo…one that I’m sure that you will find very amusing. We’ve got elk at Prairie State Park, too, but their very elusive and seldom seen. Have a blessed rest of the week, my friend and a great weekend! <3
    Rebecca L Knox recently posted..Happy Homemaking Monday – February 19, 2018My Profile

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I sure hope we get a chance to visit sometime and I get to hear that story! Hope you aren’t getting a ton of ice down there today. The big storm we were scheduled for moved north once again, I think although my boys still managed to get another “ice” day home from school. Happy Thursday!


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