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Happy Homemaker Monday, Waiting For A Slower Week

Last week went by in one of those busy blurs. Not sure what I did exactly outside of working and not blogging but it felt busy!

This week is probably going to be another busy one but then, it’s spring break for us!

Glad to have a plan for these busy weeks thanks to the Happy Homemaker Monday link-up hosted by Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. Be sure and check it out!

On to the categories…

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

After a sugar-filled weekend (oops), back to my eating better sugar-free until April 1 attempt.  Scrambled egg with bacon bit and toast with butter. And of course, coffee.

*J and I did walk to McDonald’s for our traditional Shamrock Shakes so that had to cancel out a little bit of the sugar, I hope!

On My To-Do List

  1. Haircut this morning
  2. Finish and publish this post, after haircut
  3. Parent teacher conferences at both boys’ schools
  4. Bunco
  5. Make Easter Brunch Menu
  6. Make Housecleaning Plans
  7. See what the boys want to do on their spring break (besides stay home and sleep late)
  8. Pay bills
  9. Usual clean out fridge, grocery store, stuff
  10. Still need to return library books instead of simply renewing them

Currently Reading

The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age Of Artificial Intelligence by Amir Husain. It’s nonfiction. Interesting so far although I’m only on page 32. Also, still working my way through the March magazines.

On The TV Today

I confess to spending part of my busy week/weekend watching the entirety of Jessica Jones, season 2. Definitely thought season 2 was as good as the first one.

Now, I’ll probably only watch The Voice tonight and spend most of this week doing other non-TV things.

The Weather Outside Is

Not this: We had a great weather day last Thursday, a sit on the porch and enjoy it kind of day! I did, too, although I had very limited time.

Today’s weather is more like this:

We do need the rain though so not too much complaining about it over here. Cold (low 40s) as well. We don’t need the cold. Supposed to be partly sunny and warmer for our spring weather by the end of the week.

On The Menu This Week

No idea. Let’s recap how last week went first:

Monday: Tacos, rice We had hamburgers *I worked 1-5*

Tuesday: Chicken legs, twice baked potatoes We had the tacos and rice from Monday’s plan

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef We had the chicken legs with baked sweet potatoes *I worked 9-noon*

Thursday: We had Subway *I worked 8-4:15* *G had a band concert*

Friday: leftovers or shrimp with baked sweet potatoes We had grocery store Chinese take-out and J had taco bell (he went to an event at a local game store with a friend) *I worked 8-4:15*

Saturday: I had training until 3, J and I walked to get our Shamrock shakes, and then, we ended up just ordering a pizza.

Sunday: We had left-overs.

The plan for this week:

MONDAY: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad *I have parent teacher conferences at the middle school*

TUESDAY: Roast in the crock pot *I have parent teacher conferences at the high school* *Bunco night as well*

WEDNESDAY: Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Baked potatoes

THURSDAY: ham steaks, mac and cheese, salad, cornbread

FRIDAY: OUT to celebrate start of spring break for boys

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself I Will

Either pick up the camera or work on this blog a bit.

What I’m Knitting, Sewing, Or Creating

It’s plan for Easter brunch time! I’ll be spending my time reading my past posts about it and getting new ideas from my Pinterest board: Easter Brunch Ideas.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

I tried 2 new recipes last week! My success rate with them is 0-2. Ha!

The spinach muffins were such a disaster I threw them away.  I wonder if the sugar recipe would have worked better but too late now. Spinach is going to stick to being a savory food item for me.

The second recipe I tried went the other direction on the health spectrum. I made Bottom Of The Cereal Box cookies. 

They were okay to me. Kind of sweet/salty thing. The sugar cookie mix had a funky/bad aftertaste according to both J and my husband though. J thought it I made a chocolate chip cookie dough base and then added the cereal it might work better. The cereals I used for these: cookie crisp and St. Patrick’s Day edition Lucky Charms.

Favorite Photo From The Camera

Quote For The Week

Just saw this on a church bulletin board as I was driving home from my hair appointment:

Don’t let your past steal your future.


Happy Homemaker Monday

So, it’s apparently International Napping Day. Something to do with Daylight Savings Time, perhaps? Around here, it’s national I want to move somewhere they don’t do this nonsense day.

It’s also Monday and a half-day work day for me in the afternoon. Don’t worry I didn’t get to sleep in either. School days don’t really allow for that. Going to attempt to make this a quick post as I have quite a few errands I’d like to cram into the morning hours.

Still, I need a plan so I’m happy to take the time for a Happy Homemaker Monday post and link it up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

Scrambled egg with bacon bits and 2 pieces of whole wheat toast plus COFFEE!

On My To-Do List

  1. Write and Publish This Post
  2. Trip to Target
  3. Trip to Grocery Store
  4. Return Library Books
  5. Clean House
  6. Work
  7. Planning For Easter Brunch
  8. Clean off top of this desk, it’s bad again
  9. Go to Tourist Info Center/Spring Break Planning
  10. Mom’s Night Out on Wed/G’s band concert on Thurs

Currently Reading

Just the March magazines. Need to start a new book.

On The TV Today

Probably just The Voice, maybe the show after if I can stay awake.

The Weather Outside Is

Cold. Cloudy and feels like 30. I’m wearing a sweater to work. Spring is supposed to make another attempt later this week, looking forward to that!

On The Menu This Week

A fresh new coat of paint in the kitchen, lighting wasn’t great when I took the photo.

Let’s start out by looking at last week and I’ve decided to add in our weekend meals for my reference though I still won’t be planning them since our weekends tend to be unpredictable.

Last Week’s Menu Plan:

MONDAY: Post went up on Monday night after we’d already had dinner (it was an “on your own” night) *I worked 7:45-4:15*

TUESDAY: Spaghetti  *I worked 7:15-3:45*

WEDNESDAY: Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef My husband decided to paint the kitchen meaning we ate out (actually, they ate take-out from Captain D’s and I worked late, came home and ate snacks) *I ended up working 3-6* (I did finally serve the broccoli with frozen pizza for lunch on Sunday)

THURSDAY: Chicken legs and salad Rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and salad

FRIDAY: McDonald’s *I worked 7:45-4:15*

SATURDAY: My husband made the boys pancakes and bacon (I didn’t eat as I’d had an upset stomach on Friday night. Could blame the arches but I was already feeling a bit queasy before we had dinner so probably just a bug.)

SUNDAY: Soup (from a can, Ramen noodles for G who has never been a fan of soup), baked potatoes

On To This Week:

I’ve declared it eat out of the fridge/pantry, and freezer week!

MONDAY: Tacos, Rice *I work 1-5*

TUESDAY: Chicken legs, twice baked potatoes, salad

WEDNESDAY:  Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef *Mom’s Night Out*

THURSDAY:  Probably OUT, maybe Subway *I work 8:00-4:00* *Band concert for G*

FRIDAY: Most likely leftovers, maybe shrimp and baked sweet potatoes *I work 8:00-4:00*

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

no idea, maybe take a nap?

What I’m Knitting, Sewing, Or Creating

Nothing. I would like to get back outside if the weather would cooperate!

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

I have my eye on these spinach muffins for St. Patrick’s Day….(note: I found this recipe first but am still imperfectly attempting that whole avoiding refined sugar thing.)

Favorite Photo From The Camera

After working quite a bit last week, then not feeling well over the weekend, not too many great pictures on the camera. Didn’t even put up a bird watching post on Saturday or Sunday.

This poor goose was sitting on a hill during our out of the blue snow storm (nothing stuck) last Monday. Took his photo with my phone through my car windshield… Ventured out in the backyard on Sunday for a quick minute to try to capture a few noisy, returning grackles. This was the best photo from another overcast day.

Quote For The Week

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. (William Arthur Ward)


Happy Homemaker Monday Night, Welcome March!

So glad it’s officially March and spring’s on the way!

Unexpectedly called into work this morning so my post is going up late. And since I’m working again tomorrow and possibly on Wednesday, this week needs a plan. Glad to be joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom to make one!

Breakfast Time…What Is Was On The Plate This Morning

Super rushed morning without a weekend grocery trip meant I grabbed the last of Chobani Flips even though they contain quite a bit of sugar. Needed the protein! And coffee although not enough. Plus took a G-Fuel water bottle to work.

On Today’s To-Do List

None of it happened since I went to work but it was a typical list:

  1. Clean out fridge
  2. Go to grocery store
  3. Write and publish this post
  4. Go get lawn bags and pick up leaf piles
  5. Target/cat litter
  6. Start planning for Easter Brunch
  7. Pay bill (electric bills arrived after I paid all the others, annoying)

Currently Reading

Still wading through Raising A Responsible Child: How To Prepare Your Child For Today’s Complex World by Dr. Don C. Dinkmeyer Sr. and Dr. Gary McKay. Heard myself using some of its logic at work today. They’ve written one about raising teenagers, I think I want to read it also.

On The TV Today

Probably just The Voice with my husband. Maybe that show after it.

The Weather Outside Is…

Warm? 50s Rainy? Cold? 40s Windy? Sunny? 50s. All of those within a day? Yes. Predicted to be cold (41) and windy again tomorrow but who knows. Lows in the upper 20s on Thursday and Friday? Hoping that one changes!

On The Menu This Week

No ideas…none. I really need to think on it. Let’s look at last week first…

MONDAY:  Chicken Enchilada Casserole We bumped the French Toast to this night

TUESDAY: French Toast We had regular chicken enchiladas (instead of the casserole) and taco salads

WEDNESDAY: Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef We all did our own thing: mozzarella sticks for J, ham sandwich for J, and G and I had copycat Chik-Fil-A sandwiches (I adapted mine to leave out the powdered sugar)

THURSDAY: Kielbasa, green beans and sweet potatoes in the crock pot, fried okra, and we all had ham steaks. Frozen okra into fried okra was not very good. We’ll wait until August for fresh okra.

FRIDAY: Frozen pizza or Out. We ordered pizza.

Now what to have this week…I really need to go to the store!

MONDAY: We all did our own thing:  just deli turkey for J, hot dog for G, I had a turkey sandwich, and my husband had to do a few work errands and hasn’t eaten yet. *I worked 7:40 to 4:15*

TUESDAY: Maybe spaghetti of some sort *I work 7:15-3:45*

WEDNESDAY: Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef take 2 *I may be working 3-6*

THURSDAY: Chicken legs and salad maybe

FRIDAY:  Probably OUT or maybe breakfast for dinner

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself I Will

Finish my book.

What I’m Knitting, Sewing, Or Creating

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

I made these Flourless Strawberry Brownies. They aren’t awful. (Unless you ask my husband who for some reason tried one…yes, they are awful after a normal chocolate chip cookie). Definitely need to use seedless jam if I make them again. And some sort of frosting, I didn’t frost my batch.

Favorite Photo From The Camera

Did you see the moon last week?! Let’s get closer… Love how the trees look like they’re covering the moon.

Quote For The Week

Embrace the current season of your life. (Gabrielle Blair)

Liked this one since it had my word of the year in it!


So what’s on the agenda for your week? Did it get off to a fast start like mine or did you get to linger over your coffee?


Happy Homemaker Monday, Farewell To February

We’re on our second day of sunshine this morning. I’m seeing more robins in the yard. Feeling a bit restless.  Could it be spring is on its way?

First, we must get through the last Monday in February. Glad to link up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for these posts. Makes planning Mondays fun.

On to the categories…

Breakfast time…what is on the plate this morning…

Big breakfast to see if I’d do a bit better with the no refined sugar thing today: 2 egg omelette with red peppers and Parmesan cheese plus 2 slices of pumpernickel toast and of course, coffee. Glad I’m the only one home because I browned my eggs a bit more than I intended (sounds nicer than almost burned them, yes?)

On Today’s To-Do List

Mostly the usual…

  1. Write and publish this post
  2. Clean out the fridge
  3. Go to the grocery store
  4. Call about getting car serviced
  5. Clean rest of house/maybe make a spring cleaning plan
  6. Get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Currently Reading

Despite renewing all my library books, I picked up a book off my own shelf and am now in the middle of reading Raising A Responsible Child: How To Prepare Your Child For Today’s Complex World by Dr. Don C. Dinkmeyer Sr. and Dr. Gary McKay.  It’s insightful.

I also have the Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle book sitting there but I’m stalled on reading it AGAIN. Just doesn’t do it for me. Might be time to call it on that one.

On The TV Today

Probably not too much. I was bad on Friday and watched the entire season 2 of The Magicians on Netflix. Time for a TV break although my husband may have said something about The Voice starting again…if that’s tonight, I might watch it with him. And of course, I’ll watch The Flash on Tuesday night.

The Weather Outside Is…

SUNNY! And yes, I’m shouting it. Sunny and getting warmer! Perfect after a week of rainy cloudy skies.  Of course, the rainy, cloudy skies return mid-week but then leave for the weekend and no icy nonsense in the forecast.

On The Menu This Week

No grilling during the ice storm!

Struggling for ideas this week so let’s look at how last week went first:

MONDAY: Tacos.  We did follow this plan! We also had yellow rice with the tacos.  Extra taco meat is in the freezer.

TUESDAY: We were all here, no work or Bunco for me because of the weather.  Instead of left-overs we had spaghetti.

WEDNESDAY: Spaghetti We had fried pork chops and baked sweet potatoes

THURSDAY: Pork Chops We ordered pizza

FRIDAY: Fish We all had left-overs. I did get my fish fix on Saturday night though when we had fish and oven-fried potato chips! 

The plan for this week:

MONDAY:  Chicken Enchilada Casserole (left-over tacos or rotisserie chicken for my husband and J)

TUESDAY: French Toast and bacon per request (I’ll probably have a salad with left-over rotisserie chicken)

WEDNESDAY:   Slow cooker broccoli beef, rice

THURSDAY: Kielbasa, green beans, and new potatoes in the crock pot. Ham steaks for the boys. (Maybe fried okra as well),

FRIDAY:  Probably frozen pizza or OUT or left-overs

Still not entirely happy with the above plan, probably going to change it after I go grocery shopping…moving on…

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself I Will…

Go somewhere to look for a bit of bright spring decor for the house.

What I’m Knitting, Sewing, Or Creating…

Just dreaming of new garden spaces right now.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

I tried these honey pumpkin muffins yesterday and they were good but a little sweet.  Think they’d be perfect with a cream cheese filling or maybe some dark chocolate chips (I did leave out the toasted pecans simply because I didn’t have any).  They take a lot of honey though (my poor little bear went from full to barely anything after making them). You’d need to either rob a bank or a beehive to make them on a regular basis.  Still it was nice to have a muffin choice that didn’t call for anything too weird while being refined sugar-free.

Favorite Photos From The Camera

Icy most of last week, then sunny skies yesterday…

Quote For The Week

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.  (Interesting info on this being incorrectly attributed to C.S. Lewis can be found here)


What’s on your agenda this week as we move into March?


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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