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Happy Homemaker Monday

Glad to be back to writing a Happy Homemaker Monday post on an actual Monday.  It’s going to be another busy week ahead but maybe I can get a head start on things this time.

As always, don’t forget to check out our host, Sandra’s page, Diary of A Stay At Home Mom!

With 10 days left in the school year, a band concert, Mother’s Day weekend, and I’m sure 2 or 3 other things I’m forgetting, this week really needs a plan!

The Weather 

Beautiful! Finally, my kind of weather.

Can you spot the busy bee enjoying the weather as well?

Highs in the low 80s and sunny the first couple of days this week.  Pretty good chances of thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday but it’s not going to be cold so it will be okay.  Back to sunny for the weekend.

On My Reading Pile

Same stack of overdue library books as last week.  I may have flipped through some magazines last week but that was about it.  I just need to set aside some time every day when I plan to read.

Movies Or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

Sadly, we had a visitation and funeral for the mother of good friends of my husband to attend on Friday evening/Saturday that took up most of our weekend since the graveside service was out-of-town.  I watched a few episodes of Breaking Bad (watching it again) and my husband was watching Last Man Standing last night.

On My TV

Probably just The Flash.  I thought last week was the season finale for some reason but there are a couple of episodes left in the season.  I thought last week was pretty hokey so hopefully, they can redeem themselves for me.

Menu

As much as I needed a menu plan last week, I’m still struggling with any desire to plan one.  I’ve decided to do another sugar detox (basically I’m just following the same plan as 2 weeks ago) because I felt pretty good when I was cutting the sugar out of everything.

Still trying to switch us over to lighter, healthier fare. 

That’s the goal anyway.  Last night we had dinner at Quick-trip so it’s obviously going to be a bit of a process around here.

MONDAY:   Ham steaks, potatoes, maybe macaroni and cheese for the kids, salad *G may have a meeting at school*

TUESDAY:  fish for us, macaroni and cheese for the kids if I don’t make it tonight or frozen shrimp for them, baked potatoes, asparagus if it doesn’t cost a fortune when I go to the store

WEDNESDAY: Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread or I may throw a roast in the crock pot *haircut day*

THURSDAY:    Probably just leftovers or OUT *J’s band concert & I work until 3:45*

FRIDAY:  OUT (we’re going on a road trip)

To-Do List

  1. Whole House Clean Up
  2. Grocery store
  3. Review Calendar and make sure I have everything on it
  4. A Little Bit o’ Laundry
  5. Renew Library Card (I’ll do this while hanging my head in shame and returning my now very overdue books)
  6. Mother’s Day shopping
  7. Work in the yard/garden
  8. Clean out freezers

Creating

Still working on my flower garden area in the front yard.  Added to it yesterday. I have plans for the back half of this but as much as I want to buy all the things, I need to do it in phases.

Looking Around The House

Cue the Jaws music, or whatever music it is you find scary.

From The Camera

I didn’t have the heart to mow down these little white flowers that sprung up wild in the backyard so I left them over here by the swing set.  I have no idea what they are called? 

What I’m Wearing Today

Pastel colored flowered tee-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes but I’ll probably change into shorts if gets hot later.

Simple Pleasure

Vacation planning, really enjoy the process of researching and learning about new places.

Quote For The Week

Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.  (French Proverb)

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What kind of week do you have planned?

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday…Oops, It’s Wednesday!

Well, my plan to do my weekly planning post on Sunday night changed to Monday night and then, to Tuesday.  Except now it’s Wednesday! Finally, a bit of a breather and time for some much belated weekly planning.

I’m not sure if it’s too late to link up with Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday post or not but you should go check it out anyway.  Her posts and the link up are always very inspiring.

Time to plan what’s left of this week:

The Weather

It’s raining AGAIN! It rained pretty much all weekend (there was horrible flooding in the southern part of our state) with a brief respite on Sunday afternoon.  Yesterday, we had a beautiful sunny day at least.  Rain all day today it seems. Looks like the sun will shine for the weekend though.

On My Reading Pile

A stack of overdue library books! I did get notice that the e-book I put on hold (not even sure how that works) is ready.   Curious to see how the Bourne Identity books compare to the movies.

Movies Or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

You know you’re the mom of older kids when you start watching kid’s movies on Netflix by yourself.  I watched Kubo and the Two Strings.  I really enjoyed it and thought it had a bit more depth than most children’s movies.  It might be a bit scary in parts for much younger children although I think it’s rated PG.

On My TV

Watched The Flash last night.   The show has some explaining to do for me to accept the latest plot reveal.  Not sure what I’ll watch the rest of the week.

Menu

Halfway into the week without a sound menu plan is not a fun place to be.

MONDAY:  It lived up to its name as a Monday so I came home from work and threw a frozen pizza in the oven.

TUESDAY: My husband had pulled pork (store-bought ,yuck!) but the boys and I ate chicken legs

WEDNESDAY: G has a band concert tonight and I’m debating between throwing a roast in the crock pot or just grabbing something out.

THURSDAY:  French Toast or BBQ sandwiches (I work all day)

FRIDAY: Spaghetti

To-Do List

  1. Take overdue books back to library
  2. Get printer paper
  3. Go to Sam’s Club
  4. Clean out fridge!
  5. Confirm June schedule at work

Creating

Would like to be finishing my garden area by the front porch.

Looking Around The House

It rained all weekend, I worked Monday, planned to clean all day yesterday.  Then, I was called into work all day.  I’ll just leave it to your imagination.  Maybe I’ll imagine it’s sparkling clean as well.

From The Camera

One of the peonies bloomed despite the gloomy, rainy weather.

What I’m Wearing Today

Long-sleeved sage colored tee-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes.  I’ll probably change before the band concert but I’m not sure what I’ll wear to it.

Simple Pleasure

Sleeping in on a rainy day.

Quote For The Week

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”  (John F. Kennedy in a 1963 speech at American University)

Happy Homemaker Monday,

Ever have those Sunday nights where everyone in the family just pretends it’s a 3 day weekend?  That was our Sunday night last night.  We just weren’t quite ready for the weekend to end I guess.

Monday came though.  It came just the same.  Interestingly, even the non-morning people weren’t terribly grouchy this morning.  They (I mean me) may need naps later though.

Time to get on with the business of planning this last week of April!

The Weather

Today is supposed to be warm and windy.  Highs in the 70s most the week except on days it might thunderstorm (then, it drops to the 50s): Wed, Fri, and Sat.  I’ll take it.  I am loving these warm, windy, and sunny spring days.

On My Reading Pile

I renewed my library books but sadly, I didn’t do much reading outside of working my way through a bunch of my April magazines. I need to make reading more of a personal priority.

Movies or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

After finishing up season 2 of Better Call Saul on Friday night, I didn’t watch anything the rest of the weekend really.  Spent most of it outside (and at the grocery store and playing Monkey City on my phone with J).   My husband and I are split on Better Call Saul.  I love the slow, subtle storytelling pace of the show but he can’t stand it.

On My TV

The Flash is new on Tuesday night and I have a Netflix movie to watch (Jackie).  Maybe The Voice but it’s not “have to see” TV for me.

Menu

Another rough week to menu plan.  I know this is going to be a thing as the weather gets nicer.

Of course, a full week of snacking on Easter candy hasn’t helped any of our appetites either.  I actually signed myself up for a 5 day sugar detox challenge.  Wish me luck on this one!

Trying to get us turned back around to “real” food this week.  Of course, I’m also trying to clear out the pantry (AGAIN) so we’ll see how it all works out.

MONDAY:  pork chops, potatoes, iceberg lettuce wedge salad *car to dealership for service*

TUESDAY: steak bites (special request from husband), baked potatoes, asparagus, (grilled cheese sandwiches for kids)

WEDNESDAY: Spicy lemon chicken, veggie rotini (carry over from last week)

THURSDAY:  Fish (may try to make this orange shrimp for my husband and myself), probably fish sticks for the boys *coffee with a friend in a.m.*

FRIDAY: chicken enchiladas (special request from G), tacos for the rest of them *I work just the afternoon*

To-Do List

  1. Take car to dealer for routine service
  2. Fill the pepper shaker so I can quit pouring pepper out of the big container (You would think I’d have done this after the first time I enjoyed? “peppered” eggs for breakfast but no…)
  3. Confirm Thursday plans
  4. Clean kitchen
  5. Take care of poor houseplants in need of re-potting
  6. Make list of my summer “unavailable” dates for work
  7. Get G registered to take ACT in June
  8. Make master to-do list of house (inside and out) projects
  9. Make list of 3 choices for Mother’s Day weekend activities to give to husband and kids
  10. Pay bills?

Creating

Working on landscaping and adding a small flower garden in the front yard.

Close up of the flowers in my hanging basket

The start of the garden area with the butterfly bush my sister gave me on Easter plus my hanging basket.

Think I may need to add some of those fairy gardens around the area.  The boys won’t care but they look so fun that I think I need one.  Maybe in this pot of lavender on the front porch?  We bought some marigolds for the garden but I decided a few needed to go in this pot by the front door (still working on my spring refresh from a few weeks ago). 

Looking Around The House

Same old. Same old.  Need to clean the kitchens and bathrooms, clean off kitchen table, etc.

From The Camera 

Yesterday’s progress on the flower garden area.  I have some summer bulbs planted and was super excited to find a milkweed plant at the local hardware store.

Still a work in progress.

What I’m Wearing Today

Blue Black Hills/South Dakota Tee-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes.

Simple Pleasure

Driving.  I don’t mean just to the grocery store or work but I do enjoy a longer car journey and noticing new things along the way.

Quote For The Week

 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3-4)

Also, I noticed this bumper sticker on my way back from the car dealership: Got Jesus? It’s hell without him.  (Thought it was pretty clever).

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Have a great week & don’t forget to check out all the other great blogs linked up to Happy Homemaker Monday hosted by Sandra from Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!

 

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday

Hope everyone had a great Easter.  We had a nice time hosting our traditional Easter brunch and visiting with family.  It was a bit rough getting back into the Monday routine this morning though.

Jumping straight into the categories this morning.

The Weather

Well, it rained pretty much all night Saturday making our yard a muddy mess for brunch yesterday.  The year before was snow.  I think I’m due dry, sunny, and warm weather for next Easter (which, by the way, is on April 1st, no fooling!).  Onto the weather we’re expecting this week:  great Spring day today, sunny & 70s, tomorrow, warmer and a slight chance of rain, warm and dry until the weekend when it cools off and is supposed to rain again.

On My Reading Pile

Pretty much the same books as the last few weeks.  I need to renew or return my pile of books about digital photography as I think they are all due back tomorrow.  Maybe I’ll take a little reading break today while I’m cleaning up from Easter brunch yesterday.

Movies or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

My husband and I watched the movie, Sully, about the airline pilot who landed the plane on the Hudson river.  We both thought the movie was very well done and not too long (rather refreshing).  We also finished up season 4 of The Americans.  Now, it’s sit around and wait for season 5 to come to Amazon.

On My TV

I’m not sure.  I think I’ll try to do more reading this week although I watched a couple of episodes of Fringe yesterday after brunch and might re-watch the episodes I own (impatience made me buy some when it was on Netflix and they hadn’t added season 4 or 5 yet) of it.   If my husband watches The Voice, I’ll probably watch some of that with him.

Menu

Another hard to plan menu week around here.  It’s school testing week so I feel compelled to at least try to put decent dinners on the table.  It’s also the week after Easter brunch so I have very little motivation to be in the kitchen.   Oh, and absolutely no desire to set foot in a grocery store! A complicated combination.

MONDAY:  Chicken Legs, Potatoes, Salad, Fruit left-over from brunch (this also goes in the boys’ lunches all week)

TUESDAY:  I’m going to play Bunco and leaving my husband in charge so probably brisket leftover from brunch, probably fried potatoes, and maybe fruit (doubtful)

WEDNESDAY: Tacos

THURSDAY:  Spicy lemon chicken (this is an old crock pot recipe that I have to find), vegetable rotini (probably all J will eat)

FRIDAY:  Leftovers, grilled cheese sandwiches, OUT, I have no idea

To-Do List

  1. Finish cleaning up from Easter brunch yesterday (I think I just have one round of dishes left to go in dishwasher and some to wash by hand)
  2. Laundry!!
  3. Take inventory of kids’ summer clothes, both boys seem to need shorts
  4. Work Tuesday
  5. Spend a bit more time blogging and visiting other blogs (I missed getting around to visit a lot of you last week)
  6. Clean the house (always)
  7. Maybe work Friday
  8. Check on library books/renew or return them
  9. Buy more cold medicine (G had an awful cold all last week)

Creating

Hoping to do a little landscaping in the front yard.  My sister gave me a butterfly bush yesterday and I need to figure out where I want to plant it.

Looking Around The House

We should have cleaned better before Easter brunch but it doesn’t look awful.

From The Camera 

The Easter bunny came to visit!

Part of the Easter brunch spread

What I’m Wearing Today

White tee-shirt with elementary school logo, black Capri pants, and tennis shoes.

Simple Pleasure

Being able to relax a bit in an empty and quiet house on a Monday morning after a busy weekend.

Quote For The Week

For we walk by faith, not by sight.  (Corinthians 5:7)

Comparison is the thief of joy (Theodore Roosevelt)

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Don’t forget to go visit Sandra and all the other bloggers in her Happy Homemaker Monday link up.

What do you have planned for your week?

 

 

 

 

Easter Brunch Menu Lists, Planning My Easter Brunch Menu

So just a quick post today to share my Easter Brunch menu lists.  Ever have one of those weeks where you have so much to do that you put it off.

I never have those kind of weeks.  Ha!  Add in the unexpected this week: a quick morning of work, a school assembly, and a sick high school student (not that sick but I still picked him up yesterday and let him stay home today).

Today, before I go run all the errands I should have done in small batches, I’ll share how I plan my menu.  Easter brunch is one of the few times I know I must make lists.  Normally, I despise making lists (not that I shouldn’t do it though…just want to think I can remember!).

My Easter Brunch Menu Lists:

The longest list is definitely the preliminary menu plan.

Easter Brunch

The main brunch table

I start by asking my family what they want on the brunch table and then start the list.  If you are curious, here are the items my family requested:

G: pigs in a blanket.  UM, we usually don’t have those at Easter brunch but it seemed like a nice change so I okayed it.  Then, I found out he meant sausage pinwheels so we’ll have both.

J: chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate chip muffins.  An easy answer from him.

My husband: brisket, rolls, and of course, “candy” bacon (aka caramelized bacon twists).

Then, I think about what was a success last year, what leftovers we had, and of course, what things I like!

One thing I added last year that I plan to “make” again was to fill some pastry shells with lemon curd.

The next step I follow when making my menu plan list is to look through my pantry and cupboard to see what we already have on hand that might turn into an Easter brunch table item.  As someone who tends to be a bit over ambitious about what I plan to bake at other holidays, I tend to have a fun selection of things available.

Menu ideas coming from the things I have on hand:

Cherry pie filling:  cherry pie bars (my husband really likes the Pillsbury cherry turnovers so I’m trying to make something similar to those but in an easy form!)

Can of pumpkin:  pumpkin muffins (I have a nephew who likes these)

Cinnamon Bread:  I try not to have breakfast for dinner the week before Easter brunch so I’m thinking of trying to make a French Toast Casserole with this item.

Sugar cookie mix:  Sugar cookies for table decoration (and to eat) or maybe some sort of sugar cookie truffle

Jar of Marshmallow Fluff:  Easy one…fruit dip mixing it with a block of cream cheese

Other items I mulling over finding a recipe to use: a German chocolate cake mix (usually make chocolate pumpkin muffins with it), sweetened condensed milk, mini ice cream cones, peanut butter, pistachios, and sunflower seeds.

The last step in making my Easter Brunch menu list is to think about the family I know will be here.  I try to remember what they’ve commented on and liked in the past.  I always like to try include things I know certain family members like to see.  Plus, I consider how many kids will be here.

Things I put on the list for various family members:

Cappuccino muffins, white chocolate chip triple berry muffins, lots of bacon (of course!), pumpkin muffins, some sort of veggie Quiche, and a hash brown bake.

Finally, I make a preliminary menu list.  The list is often also overly ambitious but it gets me started on making brunch.  I’ll start cooking tonight (sometimes I have it together enough to have done more of this ahead of time but not this year) and cook all day tomorrow and Saturday.  I always try to do the majority of the muffins on Saturday so they are as fresh as possible.

The menu list:

If you are curious about any of these recipes, I try to keep most of them on my Ideas For Easter Brunch Pinterest Board.

I went ahead and included links to the ones I know I have on my Pinterest board.

Oh and since this is usually Tiny Tip Thursday, here’s a tiny tip for you:  If you buy candy to decorate your Easter table, hide it from your teenager unless you want to make a second trip!  SIGH.

Are you hosting Easter this year?  What’s on your menu?

 

 

 

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