Category Archives: Starting Successful on Mondays

Happy Homemaker Monday, One Last Day Of Spring Break

Hope everyone had a nice Easter!  My Easter brunch came together even though I was running a bit late. Easter brunch breakdown post coming soon.

It’s our last day of Spring(?) break around here. The boys’ cousin spent the night last night and I’m not sure they went to bed until the super early morning hours. Certainly a quiet morning today.

Since tomorrow is back to work and school for all of us, I definitely need a plan. Joining in for the weekly link up of Happy Homemaker Monday hosted by Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

Brunch leftovers, cinnamon roll and coffee.

On My To-Do List

  1. Take books back to library, they’re due tomorrow!
  2. Write and publish this post
  3. Write and schedule Easter brunch breakdown post
  4. Make sure everyone has clean clothes, what they need for school/work tomorrow
  5. Catch up on all the neglected items
  6. Delete e-mails! So many e-mails…
  7. Vote on Tuesday!

Currently Reading

Just a few pages left in The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence by Amir Husain. Took a break last week and read The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story Of The Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston.  Plan to read another one of his very soon (already on my kindle!)  Plus I have two books from my “18 I want to read in 2018 list” waiting on hold for me at the library.

On The TV This Week

Thinking I might need to reign in my TV viewing a bit:  The Voice, Good Girls (I found this show to be surprisingly good), The Flash (if new), The Goldbergs, Speechless,  Seal Team, and I’ve been re-watching Heroes (on Crackle TV, some free streaming service we get through our Blue-Ray DVD player).

The Weather Outside Is

Frightful! 25 degrees! Feels like 16 degrees! And snow on the ground! Mother Nature’s April Fools Prank did not amuse me.  Good chance of (hopefully) rain tomorrow but still cold in the morning. I do see two days of sun and maybe a 60 degree day for later in the week at least.

On The Menu This Week

Another planning struggle for this week as we try to get back to our routines. Let’s see how well we followed the plan last week when our routine didn’t happen…so much that I’m not even sure what we did eat a few days.

MONDAY: Mongolian BBQ Beef  I made chili for dinner

TUESDAY: Soft Tacos Mongolian BBQ Beef (not a make again success)

WEDNESDAY: Hotdogs and Hamburgers on the grill J had friends over and we ordered pizza

THURSDAY: Pork chops, sweet potatoes Tacos

FRIDAY: Maybe fish The boys and I ate dinner at Winsteads

(Lunches: we had leftovers, mozzarella sticks, and hamburgers/hotdogs on the grill)

And now for this week…trying to use what we have on hand again (read: I’m sick of going to grocery stores!)

MONDAY: brunch leftovers, salad

TUESDAY: Spaghetti and meatballs *I work 8-4*


THURSDAY: Left-Overs, Clear Out The Fridge/Pantry *I work 8:15-4:45*

FRIDAY: Chicken of some sort, maybe chicken strips..or possibly BLT’s

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will


What I’m Knitting, Sewing, Or Creating

Nothing right now

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

New ones at Easter Brunch

Success: The Fluffiest Strawberry Mousse (served it in pastry shells)

Fun Table Decoration (not sure it counts as a recipe although my nephew did eat one later in the day): Swimming Peeps in Jello Cups

Mixed Reviews: Oven Roasted Breakfast Potatoes (Admittedly, I burned them a bit and discovered rosemary is a bit like cilantro, people either love it or hate it, no middle)

Favorite Photo From The Camera

A quick snap of the view from Winsteads parking lot looking toward the Plaza. Tulips and daffodils outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum I’m sure these scenes would look quite different today, covered in a dusting of snow!

Quote For The Week

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. (Ferris Bueller)


Many thanks to all of you who said a prayer and sent good thoughts for my husband’s grandfather. They released him from the hospital last Thursday. The doctors did reduce/change some of his medications though.

Hope everyone has a warm, wonderful, and sunny week ahead!

Happy Homemaker Monday, First Official Day of Spring Break

We woke up to another rainy Monday for our first official day of spring break.  Rain is great sleeping music so not too many complaints about it today.

Still need a weekly plan even for a slower paced week (maybe even more). Linking up with Sandra, our host, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. Be sure and check out her site, lots of good stuff over there.

On to the categories…

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

Coffee. Wait, did I say coffee? I meant COFFEE! And a bowl of low-sugar apples and cinnamon instant oatmeal made with almond milk.

On Today’s To Do List

Not very much! I’m on spring break as well and plan to do just that: take a break!

  1. Pay the straggler bills (just 2 that of course, arrive after the others)
  2. Prepare a few Easter brunch dishes: caramelized bacon twists and ham and cheese Quiche
  3. Plan the actual Easter brunch menu
  4. Clean bathrooms
  5. Read and finish my library book (If I get ambitious, return the books and get new ones)

Currently Reading

Still struggling my way through The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence by Amir Husain. And the March magazines. Also, went ahead and borrowed an e-book copy of The Magicians by Lev Grossman from the library.

On The TV This Week

Not sure. The Voice tonight. The Flash if it is new but I think it’s on a mid-season hiatus.

Maybe some movies with the boys (there are few both in the theater and on video, we need to see).

The Weather Outside Is

Rainy and a chilly 46 degrees. At least not as cold as yesterday. A good sleepy start to spring break but I do hope the sun breaks out for the rest of the week. Looks like I might get my wish on Wednesday.

On The Menu This Week

This is always a tricky one to plan, the week before a holiday and spring break.  I’ll probably throw lunches in there as well. Who knows what we’ll actually eat though.

First, let’s see how the menu worked (or didn’t) last week…

MONDAY: Spaghetti and meatballs I picked up a Rotisserie chicken at the store

TUESDAY: Roast in Crock Pot We had spaghetti and meatballs

WEDNESDAY: Bacon wrapped chicken, rice, salad

THURSDAY:  Ham Steaks On Their Own (J had chicken noodle soup, sore throat), (G and my husband had frozen pizza), I can’t remember what I found….everyone had watermelon *I worked 7:15-1:00*

FRIDAY: G went out with friends, The rest of us had take-out tacos from a local restaurant (G ate at I-Hop and then, later, Chili’s. Teenage Boys!)

SATURDAY: The boys spent the night with their cousin. We had Backyard Burger. (We’re exciting like that)

SUNDAY: We had ham steaks, watermelon slices, and cornbread

AND (drum roll) now for this week’s plan:

MONDAY: Mongolian BBQ beef (I’m just going to use a sauce packet from the grocery store) and rice (LUNCH: I told J we’d have chili)

TUESDAY: Soft tacos (LUNCH: maybe mozzarella sticks and salad)

WEDNESDAY: Hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill (LUNCH: PBJ’s, Leftovers, Freezer Clean Out)

THURSDAY: Pork chops, maybe sweet potatoes (LUNCH: Chicken nuggets (the frozen kind), mac & cheese)

FRIDAY: Maybe Fish (Crappie from freezer) or frozen shrimp and baked potatoes (LUNCH: Order Pizza, might be dinner with lunch out as well…)

*All subject to change depending on our activities this week

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

Read, watch a movie, sleep, go shopping, blog, take photos, relax….

What I’m Knitting, Sewing, Or Creating

My Easter Brunch Menu for Sunday.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

Nothing new last week but I want to try this one out for Easter Brunch:

The Fluffiest Strawberry Mousse

I’m thinking it would work great as a compliment to the lemon curd pastry shells I’ll be serving.

Favorite Photo From The Camera

I didn’t do a great job of taking photos this weekend. Most my favorites from last week are in my previous post . There’s one taken through the fence in that post, here’s my first photo where the fence is more visible but I still like it.

Prayer Request

My husband’s grandfather has been in the hospitalized since Friday with severe stomach pain. They still haven’t figured out the issue. If you have an extra prayer, we’d appreciate it.

Quote For The Week

Children are human beings to whom respect is due; superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities for their future.  (Maria Montessori)





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?


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...