Monday, January 18, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday: January 18, 2021

 How on earth has it been that long since I last posted? Yikes. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to get better at regular posting. Life though, you guys. LIFE.

The Weather Outside Is: Frightful, literally. It's snowing. It's slippery. It does look like it's going to taper off a bit for the rest of the week, thank goodness.

On the breakfast plate this morning: A proper breakfast: coffee, avocado toast and scrambled eggs. Who IS this person? I don't recognize her, lol. 

As I look outside my window: Did I mention it snowed? Like, a lot? It looks like it is trying to brighten up a little bit though. 

As I look around the house: It's pretty sparse. The dishwasher is going. Josie is playing with her dollhouse. Gabe is catching up on his sleep before work. 

What I'm wearing today: Flowery leggings, a shirt I got at Big Lots that has flowers on it, and my gray fox slippers. 

Currently Reading: 2 Kings in the Bible. A book called The Bone Jar (another resolutio is to read 52 books this year, Bone Jar is book 3) 

On the TV for this week: I have no idea. Ella and I watched The Wrong Real Estate Agent on Lifetime yesterday and it was ridiculous, like every good Lifetime movie should be. 

On the menu for this week:

Monday: My Grandmother's Vegetable Soup

Tuesday: Breakfast Casserole

Wednesday: Chicken Tacos

Thursday: Hamburger Soup

Friday: Deep Dish Pizza

Saturday: Cube Steak, Mashed Potatoes

Sunday: Drunken Noodles, Italian Style 

Something fun to share: I started the Motivated Moms app to help me get the housework more streamlined and under control. I. LOVE.IT. There's a short to do list each day with specific days having specific tasks and it is so easy. 

Favorite photo from the camera: 

An oldie but a goodie. Josie's first dahlia show, in 2017. She was just about 4 months old. No shows in the future (thanks, COVID), but I'm trying to master the art of gardening and crossbreeding first. 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes, Devotionals

Monday, November 9, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday: November 9, 2020's been a month since I was last on here. Life's been crazy, for sure, and thankfully, the great majority of that craziness has been a good thing. I need to get better about blogging, but I swear, most days, I don't even watch television and the laptop never gets switched on. 

Without further ado...

The weather outside is: pretty much perfect. I need to wrap up this post and get outta there again. It's supposed to get rainy and windy and COLD in the next ten days or so, but then again it IS November. 

On the breakfast plate this morning: A Subway mini pizza and a cup of tea. I'm not even sorry. 

As I look outside my window: Sunny and breezy. I love it. 

As I look around the house: We're all home for once, and right now, little clutter reigns supreme. I'm okay with that. Ella and I are reading "Being Dead is no Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral" out loud and howling with laughter. I bought it and four other books in a bundle for a dollar. Josie is hanging out with us, as is Ren the cat. Gabe and his best friend Mike are talking about Native American culture in the living room. Sphinx is laying under the porch swing. 

What I'm wearing today: A printed dress that I got at Sam's Club, and my requisite black leggings. 

To do today/This week: Gabe and Ella took the letters to be mailed to my pen pals. (I have a pen pal in the Netherlands, and another one in the state of Michigan.) I have the propane company coming here on Friday to install a propane tank for the house. I'm going to try to get some rest this week, last week absolutely killed me. It's sad that I have to schedule rest, but here we are. 

Currently Reading: Nothing really. I did read The Other Wife and The Last Thing She Ever Did...two books in one week! I'm going to page through these cookbooks...and the Encyclopedia of Cats (impulse purchase at the thrift store with Ella) 

On the TV for this week: Ella and I are on a King of the Hill kick. I have no idea why. I lived in Texas for a while...and sometimes I felt like I was living it...I didn't find it so funny then, but I do now. That and it's one of the things my father in law and I have in common. 

On the menu this week: 

Monday: Deep Dish Taco Pie (Stolen from Sandra!) 

Tuesday: Breakfast Casserole 

Wednesday: Chicken LoMein 

Thursday: Grandma Aniela's Vegetable Soup 

Friday: Pot Roast and Potatoes 

Saturday: Chicken Stew 

Sunday: Lasagna Roll-ups 

Something Fun to Share: Did you know you can root mint and even marigolds in just plain water? I knew about mint, but not the marigolds. 

From the camera: 

The fall cactus at work!

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes, Devotionals: I'm currently in the book of Exodus (I finished my Bible through the year in October, and immediately started again). There is SO much going on in Exodus...but there's a message of such hope. 

Have a great week! 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday: October 5, 2020

 I've been absent because life is crazy, and I pretty much work nonstop. It is what it is, moving on!

The weather: The week starts off nice enough, but I'm pretty sure we have a tropical system move through later. Ugh. Glad all of the dahlias are cut down, otherwise I'd be working in the rain/wind and I'm not about that life, lol. 

How I am feeling this morning: A touch tired, I need coffee. Like, NEED COFFEE. I feel like I need to start a diet NOW. This weekend was my birthday and between cake and birthday takeout, I feel...ugh. 

On my mind: The ridiculous amount of work I have to get accomplished this week, what I'm going to purchase for my best friend's grandmother's birthday. 

On the breakfast plate: Nothing yet, but coffee will happen soon. I'll probably grab brunch/lunch at work today. 

On my reading pile: I just finished "The Secrets of Lost Stones" this weekend. I cried so much,but it was beautiful. 

I'm currently reading "The Strangler's Daughter" by Amy Cross, and it's weird. I'm pretty sure there's more going on than meets the eye, and I don't like the situation (not the book) one bit 

On my T.V.: Ella and I just discovered "Bride Killa" on Hulu. It's from Investigation Discovery, and it's true crime, about married (or about to be married) couples who murder their partner. Yikes. 

On the menu for this week: 

Monday: Greek Hamburger Casserole

Tuesday: Pulled Pork Tacos

Wednesday: Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Thursday: Hungarian Goulash

Friday: Sausage, Couscous and Peppers

Saturday: Chicken Stew

Sunday: Spaghetti Bake 

From the camera: 

My birthday was Saturday, but I ended up celebrating with my best friends yesterday, too. When I was a young girl, my Dad would always buy me these ridiculously beautiful birthday my best friend made me one. I cried, it is so beautiful!!

Looking around the house: It's quiet and warm. The cat is asleep next to Josie and part of me wishes I could go to bed, too. Alas, it is not to be. 

New recipe that I tried last week: I got nothing...we stuck to tried and true favorites last week. 

To relax this week, I will: Go to bed earlier. Take a long drive into the mountains to watch the leaves change color. Collect leaves with Josie, and marvel at their beauty. Pick the last of the Autumn roses. Take a long bath with the homemade lavender and lemon bath salts I got for my birthday. 

On my prayer list: Several pregnant friends, a lady bravely fighting cancer, this country 

Have a great week!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday: August 31, 2020

 Wait! How is tomorrow September? Should I be glad because this year has been so...weird and troublesome? I don't know. Time is just going by so fast! 

The weather: Rain, rain, and some more rain. Thakfully, we didn't sustain any damage from Hurricane Laura. 

How I am feeling at this moment: A touch rushed, but overall, really really really good, physically and mentally, which is a nice break from the last few months. 

On my mind: Will I be able to finish this post before I have to take off for work? Hmm, only time will tell! 

On the breakfast plate: A few pepper strips I managed to sneak while prepping for tonight's fajitas and a few sips of Diet Dr. Pepper. Whomp Whomp. 

On my reading pile: I just finished "The Last of the Moon Girls" and it was so beautiful. So so good. Highly recommend. Now my mind needs a break because that book took it all out of me. I ugly cried yesterday when it was over. 

On my T.V: Undecided at this point. 

On the menu this week:

Monday: Fajitas, Rice, Salad

Tuesday: Chicken, Couscous, Veggies 

Wednesday: Zucchini Boats 

Thursday: Olive Garden Chicken, Potatoes 

Friday: Brazillian Hot Dogs 

Saturday: Beef Vegetable Soup 

Sunday:  Pepperoni Shell Pasta 

From the camera: 

My youngest child's fashion sense is EVERYTHING. 

Looking around the house: It's not bad. Ella and I hustled and did a bunch of stuff this weekend. Gabe is home today, but determined to make my life easier and help with housework. 

New recipe that we tried last week or one I really enjoyed: We had some precooked grilled chicken that I breaded and turned into Lazy Chicken Parmesan. It was pretty amazing, and Ella said it was a definite make again. 

To relax this week, I will: Walk the garden rows and enjoy the last month of dahlias I have. Sit on my porch swing with a big cozy blanket at sunrise and read whatever book I pick next. I'll pick up running again, and run the country roads I love so much while listening to music that hits my heart. Stuff my Dad would have wanted me to do. 

On my prayer list: My little family, both here and in other states. A few friends awaiting their babies, one of whom is due any day now! 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday: August 24, 2020

 Good evening, again! I had to rush out early today to go to an appointment, and this post never got written. Whoops. 

The Weather: It's honestly warmer this week than I would like, but I'll deal with it. After all, Autumn is on the way, and it's my (other) favorite season (along with Spring, Summer, and Winter, I'm not picky) 

How I am feeling this afternoon: Pretty good. It's been an eventful day, but it is nearly over. 

On my mind: My schedule for this week (yikes!) and how good it feels to lay down for a few minutes, even if it is only to type up this post. 

On the breakfast plate: It was more like lunch, but on the way to the appointment I had some hashbrowns with cheese and mushrooms and tomatoes. So, that's almost normal breakfast food. Go me!

On my reading pile: I'm maybe 10 percent into The Last of the Moon Girls. It's good. So good. I just literally have no time. But when I do read it, I get lost in it. The herb farm is literally my dream. 

On my TV: Tonight is the night that Ella and I WILL finish our terrible Lifetime movies, The Wrong Wedding Planner and Deadly Influencer. (Gosh who comes up with these titles anyhow?) 

On the menu for this week: 

Monday: White Sausage and Spinach Soup 

Tuesday: Chicken and Ramen Stir Fry with Garden Veggies 

Wednesday: Cheeseburger Soup (Crockpot), Salad 

Thursday: Chicken Pesto Casserole 

Friday: Meatball Stew, Noodles 

Saturday: Pork Patties, Mac and Cheese 

Sunday: Chicken Parmesan, Salad 

From the camera: 

Ella and I found this little frog in the mulch pile on Saturday! We think it's a girl!

Looking around the house: Ohhhh man. It needs vacuuming, badly. Gabe was off this weekend, and he had so much fun with the kids (I took a trip out of town for my own sanity). A little bit of vacuuming is a small price to pay. 

Recipe I tried last week or one we really enjoyed: I finally gave in to my husband and older daughter's begging and made my Dad's crepe recipe, topped with Nutella. And they were ROCKIN. 

To relax this week, I will: Steal moments away when my husband is home and available to watch Josie for a few. I'll lay back on our giant bed and  listen to The Black Crowes with closed eyes. I'll sit on our deck and listen to the rain. I'll get lost in a book. I'll weed the herb garden and let Josie pick the chamomile "daisies". 

Something I want to share: I cannot make a pancake. Literally, cannot. I think I'm cursed. 

On my prayer list: Everybody in the path of the tropical storm/hurricane combo. One of my best friends is evacuating, and it's honestly getting scary out there. 

Try and have a beautiful week, all! 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday: August 17, 2020

 Good...evening. I'm on an overnight at work, and most of my day was spent schooling/working/getting ready for this overnight, so I'm just now hopping on to do this post. Whoops!

The weather: Dare I say it? It's cooling off!! I had to wear a sweater this evening!

How I am feeling this evening: Tired. My neck is sore, but that's from sitting here at an odd angle, ha. 

On my mind: The school year, going HOME tomorrow morning. The rest of this week. It's crazy how fast time is passing. 

On the breakfast plate: I had a glass of sweet tea and two mozzarella sticks. I mean, at least they were hot. (They were from the deli bar at the Food Lion). Don't worry, the rest of my family had a normal breakfast. I'm the only one who eats like a raccoon, lol. 

On my reading pile: I finished Thief River Falls and it broke my heart. And made me cry. And it was weird and wild and heartwarming. Now I'm going to start The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis. Hopefully it won't take me months to read. 

On my TV: I am emotionally and mentally preparing myself for the final episode of Greenleaf. I already know what happens, and I am NOT prepared. 

On the menu this week:

Monday: Chicken with couscous and veggies (Gabe cooked)

Tuesday: Beef and Cabbage Stew 

Wednesday: Garden veggie mac and cheese, cucumber salad 

Thursday: Beef Stew

Friday: Breakfast for Dinner 

Saturday: Comfort Chicken and Noodles 

Sunday: Taco Spaghetti 

From the camera: 

My oldest living child is a freshman in high school. I am NOT okay.

Looking around the house: I'm actually at work...but Fat Bear, one of the work cats is laying next to me, while JT the work dog is on the floor. It's lovely and clean because I cleaned before I signed off for the night. 

New Recipe I tried last week, or one we enjoyed: My husband likes his anime, and so he asked me to make Beef and Peppers from Cowboy Bebop. I made it on Friday and it was a success. I also made a cobbler for the first time in years, and it was pretty amazing. 

To relax this week, I will: Take my older daughter into the hills on a picnic with Chinese takeout (her idea). Take the younger daughter to the river, or on a mini picnic of our own. Take myself on a walk into the woods where I can look at the pine trees reaching up toward the stars and moon, my Dad's favorite view. 

On my prayer list: My Mom and siblings, as usual. Friends going through some difficult times, and a few friends whose due dates are fast approaching! 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Triple Berry Cobbler: Something I baked that actually turned out!


Bear with me, y'all. I love to cook but I hate (HAAAYTE) baking. Mostly because while academically, I can follow a recipe and make something good, the presentation is atrocious. THIS, however. THIS turned out. It looked amazing, and it tasted amazing, so maybe I don't have to throw in the towel when it comes to baking just yet. 

I swiped the recipe from the Food Network magazine and followed it closely, except for the fact that their recipes just called for blueberries, but I also had strawberries and some blackberries that Josie and I had picked on an outing at my job the other day. 

Here. We. Go. 

Triple-Berry Cobbler

For the fruit:
8 cups mixed berries
2/3 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the topping: 
2.5 cups all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder 
2.5 heaping tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 sticks plus 2 Tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup milk
1 large egg 
Vanilla ice cream, for serving

1) Preheat oven to 425. For the fruit: Place it in a large bowl and sprinkle in the sugar and the lemon juice. Add the flour and stir to combine. 

2) For the topping: In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Stir it around, then add 1.5 sticks cold butter, and use a pastry blender to combine the butter and the dry ingredients. Full disclosure: I used a potato masher, because I don't own a pastry cutter. 

3) Whisk together the milk and egg, then drizzle it onto the flour/butter mixture, and stir until the dough just comes together (it should be lumpy) 

4) Pour the berries into a 9x13 baking dish and dot them with the 2 Tablespoons butter, then tear off pinches of the dough and dot them all over the top. Sprinkle the top with extra sugar. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for about 25 minutes more. Serve with ice cream. 

(I didn't take a good photo of the finish with ice cream, so I had to screenshot my Instagram stories, lol) 

Isn't it glorious?

Happy Homemaker Monday: January 18, 2021

 How on earth has it been that long since I last posted? Yikes. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to get better at regular posting. Li...