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What’s Going On Wednesday

Been a while since I’ve posted a general “What’s Going On Wednesday” post. Seemed like a good morning  afternoon to share one.  Of course, with one teenager still sleeping it seems like morning.

Today’s Plan Vs Today’s Reality

Last night I woke up about 2:00 AM and realized the house did not feel very cool.  We were all awake because the a/c went out. And 81 degrees is not very cool outside either.

My husband installed (yes, in the middle of the night!) the window unit pictured above so we could have a bit of relief and everyone had their own fan. And no, I had no idea we had a spare window unit hanging out in our garage. For once, my husband’s insistence on keeping everything did not annoy me. Let’s keep that our secret, please.

I thought we would go swimming again today but instead I had to wait for the a/c repairman. He arrived early! And fixed our a/c! Can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for him arriving early AND for it being an easy fix. A broken part, not a whole new unit.

Sleeping Or Swimming

Since none of us slept well, I am not sure we’ll go ahead with our swimming plans. I’ll probably leave it up to the boys. Maybe we’ll just do water balloons in the yard instead. I know I could go for a nap today! Tomorrow and Friday I work again plus the boys do have plans to go swimming with their cousin this weekend.

One thing I think we’ll do today is get our free Slurpees from 7-11. Seems like an easy one!  We need to pick up some cards so we may do that first and then get the Slurpees.

Of course, if the boys want to go swimming, we’ll do that!

Working On The Summer Bucket List

While waiting on the a/c repairman to show, I started working on one of my summer bucket list items. Taking inventory of the dish cloths and kitchen towels.

The oil diffuser is spewing out lavender, peppermint, and lemon. (run it more, one of the other items on the list)

I’m tackling my list in bits and pieces working around my work schedule. Perhaps, I’ll update the list at the end of July.

A Song For Summer With Two Teenagers

This song popped into my head today. Last summer, J wanted to fun stuff with me still and G sometimes went along with things. This summer, not so much.  They both want to do their own thing more often than they want to do anything with me.

Time to start figuring out a new kind of summer. I know we’ll still have fun and do fun stuff but it will just look different.  Finding myself thankful for my job with preschool kids where I can still be thought of as fun (sometimes).

What’s going on in your world on this Wednesday?

Keeping On The Sheets

With the May madness ending, I’m trying to get back into a regular blogging routine over here.  My plan is to simply aim for posting 3 times a week.

Mondays always but the other two posts may be sporadic.  And of course, some weeks I’ll post more often and some less often.

You’ll hopefully always see a Happy Homemaker Monday post and since they are a bit easy, most likely a Tiny Tip On A Thursday post. Since today is Thursday (I think? Summer break brain alert already!), it’s time for a tiny tip.

Are we the only ones with a few sets of sheets that don’t quite fit the beds right? Add in a restless sleeper and the sheets seem to continually slip off the mattress. I found this highly annoying. Not sure about you but I don’t enjoy putting sheets on the bed as a daily occurrence.

One day I remembered something I used on the boys’ crib sheets. Crib sheet security clips!

(As you can perhaps surmise from the sheets in the photo, I planned this post during the winter.  No flannel sheets on the beds with summer weather and certainly no snowflake patterns!)

No, I didn’t have them saved somewhere and did have to purchase new ones. They, however, work great for keeping those awkward sheets on the bed even with restless sleepers.

Another trick I borrowed from the boys’ younger days, double up the sheets.  Then, it was in case of leaky diapers and such. Now, it’s for convenience. I don’t always remember but it sure makes changing the sheets easier when I do put double sheets on the bed.

Do you have any tips and tricks for making the hassles of changing sheets and bedding simpler?  In case you didn’t already guess, it’s not one of my favorite chores.

 

 

Easter Brunch Breakdown

It’s time for my Easter Brunch Breakdown.

These posts help me plan and adjust our brunch each year. I find it tremendously helpful to have records of what worked and what didn’t. Hopefully, if you find yourself hosting a brunch, these posts might help you as well.

I stumbled across this favorite quote: Chance favors the prepared mind (Louis Pasteur) a few times over the weekend.  Should have applied the wisdom of it a bit more.

However, in fairness to myself, the health of my husband’s grandpa left lots of questions about whether we’d be hosting as the holiday approached. It meant I held off doing things. Thankfully, his health improved and we carried on with Easter.

Dare I say that I might be slowing down a bit? I found it harder than previous years to stay up late getting things ready. And then, were it not for my husband, I’d have overslept more than I already did.  Must start earlier next year!

Excuse the blurry photos, lack of sleep surely gets the blame for these poor photos (and lack of photos in general).

The Menu:

A mismatched throw together of trying to capture all the favorites plus adding in a few new dishes. Not everything worked or turned out well. 

Muffin choices: blueberry, chocolate chip, triple berry white chocolate, pumpkin, pumpkin chocolate chip, cappuccino muffins*

Cinnamon rolls (from a local restaurant)

Fruit: cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, pineapple, strawberries

Fruit dip (my quick recipe: 1 package cream cheese plus one jar marshmallow fluff)

Caramelized bacon twists, regular bacon

Sausage pinwheels, regular sausage

Ham and cheese Quiche

Sausage puff

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Regular hash browns

Brisket

Rolls

Dessert choices: chocolate covered strawberries, banana bread, carrot cakes, lemon curd in pastry shells, strawberry mousse in pastry shells, peeps swimming in jello, various candies, cherry/apple/blueberry pie bars

*the cappuccino muffins and the cherry/apple/blueberry pie bars did not turn out so weren’t on our table

Menu Items I Wanted To Make But Ran Out Of Time:

peanut butter and jelly cookies

a veggie Quiche of some sort

vegetable side dish (thinking maybe a big salad for next year?)

truffle type dessert or other table decoration dessert

Menu Hits:

Caramelized bacon twists, fresh fruit, Guatemalan banana bread (my g. nieces loved this!), the brisket, and the sausage puff.

Menu Misses:

lots of muffins left (may need to shake up the offerings for next year), fruit dip (don’t think people knew it was fruit dip), and the ham/cheese Quiche (another one to scale back perhaps)

Menu Maybes:

Cinnamon rolls (I bought these from a local restaurant and bought too many, they freeze well at least), sausage pinwheels (tradition but I always have so many leftover and they don’t keep!), oven roasted potatoes (I liked the ones I didn’t burn but rosemary is a hate it or love it thing)

Items To Remove From Menu:

cappuccino muffins, cherry pie bars (I love the idea of these but they did not turn out “pretty” enough to serve on a brunch table…maybe adapt them into a muffin?), hash browns (unless I return to my basic hash brown bake recipe)

Thoughts about Easter Brunch 2018: 

We had a smaller crowd and the weather was cold. I’ve noticed people don’t go back for seconds as often when they can’t mill about as much (our house is well-suited to indoor/outdoor events, not so much for indoor only events).  Everyone who was there did seem to enjoy the food and themselves. And of course, like my mother, I have to cook enough “to feed an army”

Oversleeping made for a bit of a rough start, usually I have things set up as our guests are arriving and they don’t have to wait.  Also, my timing seemed off this year with getting things prepared early enough/kept hot. Burnt more than I should have (ugh!).  Sleep is important, next year I need to do more in advance and have better plans.

Should also perhaps put a bit more effort into the setup/decorations next year (and hope for better weather!). Do you host any big family events like Easter brunch? What are your helpful hints?

My Spring Break Brainstorming

Spring break looks a bit different when the kids become teenagers. My boys would be fine if we did not a thing all week-long. They’d be happy simply staying up late, sleeping in late, and playing video games and watching television (read YouTube) non-stop.

However, it’s my spring break next week as well and I want to spend some time with them doing a few other things.  I thought it would be fun to simply write a post on my spring break brainstorming of activities.

Lots of these will be food related, teenage boys = almost everything agreeable must be food related! These ideas are mine but I’m sure the boys will have a few of their own as well.

OUTDOOR THINGS: 

  • Walking at local nature center trails
  • Yardwork 
  • Maybe a day trip somewhere (so I guess that would be a “in the car” thing)
  • Sculpture garden at Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery
  • Walking around Plaza
  • I think the Royals home opener falls during our Spring break? Need to check.

FOOD PLACES TO GO:

  • Steak and Shake
  • Art gallery or plaza and lunch at Winsteads (one of G’s favorite restaurants)
  • New local business that serves cookie dough like ice cream
  • Snow cones! (one J’s favorite things, he’d go in the winter if they were open)
  • Culvers
  • IHop

INDOOR THINGS:

  • Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery (There’s a display I really want to see and think the boys would also enjoy)
  • A Walk Down Memory Lane in a Toys R US before they close for good
  • Maybe indoor swimming
  • Movies (I’m adding a separate heading with all the movies we need to see)
  • Bowling and/or laser tag (with friends)
  • Top Golf and/or visit an arcade somewhere

AT HOME THINGS:

  • Movies
  • Sort Through Books (Planning to sell/donate some books to Half-Price Books)
  • Read
  • Clean out some cabinets (This is for me, not something for the boys…)
  • Board games
  • Video games
  • Cooking (I do need to use some of the week to prepare for Easter Brunch)

Do I think we’ll do all of these things? Nope. It’s nice to have a few ideas for how we might spend our days though.

My plan for tonight is to ask the boys their input for ideas on what they want to do during the week. I also plan to make a few “guidelines” so it won’t be complete chaos around here when Easter arrives.

Do you get a spring break? How do you spend your time during breaks?

 

 

 

Friday Night Five: Progress Update On My 18 For 2018

I’m a bit late with my Five on Friday post since I worked all day.  Really, I wasn’t sure I’d put one together but everyone’s kind of doing their own thing tonight leaving me time to do this.

Rachel who blogs over at Living Better One Day At A Time wrote an update on her 2018 goals (she’s doing one monthly, not sure I’ll be that disciplined about things) so I thought I’d steal her idea for this post.

However, in keeping with the Five on Friday theme, I’m sharing just five of my 18 where I’ve made progress.

Five Of My 18 With Positive Progress:

ONE: Read (at least) 18 Books…

Seems I should absolutely start with this one as it is the birthday of Dr. Seuss after all. (Aside: We had pajama day at work…and I had to stop after work to get gas…in my pajamas! I drew the line at going to get the pizza we ordered though…sent the husband)

I’ve read 10 books so far this year! Completed four books from my list of books I want to read in 2018 as well. Currently, I’m working through my fifth book from this list.  Tracking it all (and sometimes writing brief reviews) over on Goodreads.

TWO: Buy Fresh Flowers For The Table Once A Month 

Right now, tulips are drooping in the two vases (my attempt to fix the drooping…didn’t work). Staying intentional about this one.

THREE: Complete A Sugar-Free Challenge

In current progress. Decided to give up refined sugar for the duration of lent. Did you know it’s in just about everything? Annoying. And I’ve done well with this but certainly, have not been perfect. Also, I decided to not be too vigilant if we go out to dinner, just get things that seem reasonably healthy.

I broke last Friday and ate the chocolate cake and cherry ice cream but went back to the challenge the very next day so I’m proud of myself for not simply giving up on it.

Discovering lots of sugar-free treat recipes using honey and maple syrup (mostly honey) to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

FOUR: Guard My Heart From Negativity And Drama

A vague one here, I know.  However, I’ve made a start. One place I find a lot of it is Facebook so I’ve given myself a new “rule” for the site.  When I pop on there, I count. Once I hit 3 negative or overly dramatic posts (whether from friends or news sites or other places), I log off of it. Unsurprisingly, I’ve been on there a lot less.   My morning go-to site’s now Pocket Camp: Animal Crossing. A more pleasant start to my day!

FIVE: Get Rid Of 18 Things We Don’t Love/Use Each Month

While I didn’t count, I’m almost sure we met this goal in both January and February. We’re lucky to have the charity pick up people call us and then, pick up our donations about once a month. In both January and February, I set out at least two bags of items. I think it was two bags in January and then, three bags in February. Mostly clothes with a few random household items plus some games (we went through and made sure they were complete) from the boys’ rooms.

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There are a few items where I definitely need to improve though: the getting ready for next Christmas one (I’m a lot of talk, little action), any item with the word “clean” in it (old habits…), and the vacation planning.

I’m hopeful with improving weather, the outdoor activity related items should start to pick up and/or happen soon.

What kind of projects and progress are you making in 2018?

 

 

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