Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday




Hello Friends and how is this fine Monday treating you? 


I hope it's treating you well so far. I'm already working to get my ducks in a row for the busy Thanksgiving week ahead! For my American friends - how are your plans shaping up for this holiday? It's such a fun one for me as it's low stress because my BIL and SIL host (we do Christmas day).  My FIL & MIL and my Mom comes too. A lot of my SIL's family come as well. What's also low stress is I don't make the big turkey... although I do make several of the dishes. I love watching the Macy's parade in the morning with my crew and I'll make a special breakfast that will include cinnamon rolls or a butter braid with fruit. Then we head over in the afternoon for lots of good eating and watching football. I love the time after the meal when all of us Gals clean up and gab and talk about black Friday deals. my SIL and I go over Christmas lists for what to buy our kiddos while we munch some yummy desserts. So grateful for blessings and such a perfect day for being thankful!! 


And how was your weekend? We had a great one here. Hubby, Annie and I were gone for her hockey tourney. Aaron had scrimmages here so he stayed back at home. Annie is on a different team this year, but they asked Addie to be the coach so she's got Coach Daddy again. She loves that, so it's a good thing. ;)  We got a little bit of holiday shopping in at The Mall of America...and hubby humored me with a trip to Ikea as I've always wanted to see what it's like (& it's right next to the mall). It wasn't at all what I had pictured - kind of overwhelming. But I can see how it's great for those needing affordable things with lots of selection.  Now on to this busy week ~













THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Cloudy and gray today but it's supposed to get up into the 40's - which feels balmy here. It's going to get colder the rest of the week though, in the 20's and low 30's (which I like a cold Thanksgiving for all that baking). And then maybe warm again Friday with rain.  












ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

A cup of easy oatmeal  - cherry chia pumpkin seed flavor (from Trader Joe's) with a pinch of brown sugar and some milk on top.  And a cup of coffee of course ;) 









RIGHT NOW I AM:

Yep, you guessed it. Listening to Christmas music (hee hee). And working on my planner and just finished devotional and journal time.












AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:


It's gray and the trees are all bare on our back hill over the bay (except the evergreens of course). The bay still has  slight layer of ice over the top. No snow currently but it definitely looks like late November









AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

Fairly tidy considering our dear son (aka the teenager), was here all weekend and had hockey buddies stay overnight. I don't have too much work cut out for me which is nice. Of course my wonderful Mumsy popped in a lot over the weekend too and did extras like filling our humidifier, giving Ruby extra love, and loading dishes. God bless her. I sure love that Lady. What would we do without our Mom's?? 











ON TODAY'S (& this week's) TO DO LIST:

Lots of Thanksgiving prep! Groceries, errands, start prepping and doing some cooking and baking on Wednesday. MIL time. Food to FIL. Hockey practices. Grandparent day at my kiddos school (nice for my Mom). Helping my Mom with some of her errands. No religious ed this week for the break. My kiddos are off a lot this week - they only go 1/2 day Wednesday and don't go back to school until next Tuesday

 









CURRENTLY READING:

More Louise Penney series 

 










ON THE TV TODAY:


 Dancing with the Stars, Gold Rush, Cooking shows, Survivor, The Good Doctor, This is Us, Outlander, Greys Anatomy, Holiday Baking Championship, some movies taped for Hubby & I to watch on our date nights at home













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: pizza leftovers from last night, breadsticks too, veggies & dip


TUESDAY: easy meal to cover tonight and tomorrow too  -either chili and cornbread or tacos


WEDNESDAY: if I make tacos then with leftovers I'll make taco roll-ups with pizza dough with the leftovers


THURSDAY: turkey goodness! Along with turkey our meal will include: mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, corn, broccoli salad, calico beans, homemade cranberry sauce, fruit salad, veggie and relish tray, yummy special dinner rolls my SIL makes, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, ice cream, and other desserts 


*out of this list I make homemade stuffing (cut up and toast varieties of bread myself etc) I've been told I"m never allowed to come to thanksgiving without it and I make 2 pans. Lol I also do the broccoli salad, calico beans, and homemade cranberry sauces. I also make PW's homemade pecan pie recipe - crust and all from scratch. So yummy! 


**I think new additions this year are that my SIL is making slow cooker mac & cheese for the kiddos that are fussier. And Thanksgiving happens to be on my sweet Hubby's birthhday this year so I'm going to make a boston cream cake as it's one of his faves.  


FRIDAY: I get some of the turkey bones etc from my SIL and I make a bone broth with them for homemade turkey noodle or turkey rice soup - and I love it even better than chicken noodle broth. It's so good! Plus our family's favorite turkey melt sandwiches I make every year with the leftovers. Let's face it folks - the leftovers are really the best part. 


Did I mention I'm throwing in extra workouts this week???




 










WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT


Finishing up my Grandpa's scrapbook. Getting legacy box filled with old slides to send in. Working on project for hopeful planned future Etsy store.












NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

Not planning anything new - but will share a thanksgiving recipe or 2









TIP OF THE WEEK:

 Get our 2018 day calendar ➡ https://goo.gl/6VgXpp










FROM THE CAMERA:







We love #25 (in white 1st two pics and in red at top of above pic)



Fun at the Mall of America (check out the size of the lego dude next to the people on the right)









When we got home yesterday I took my Ruby for a nice brisk sunset walk. It was chilly out there! Our bay is even beautiful when it's bare and covered with ice



What our northwoods will be looking like daily very soon






PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
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So grateful for my blessings -  including you Friends. I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Soup Season

Hi Friends! 

I hope you've been having a wonderfully cozy week. ;) It's been in the 30's temperature wise here most of this week and I kind of love being back to comfort food season. Dreaming on the yummy things I want to cook and bake. There is just something about coming in to a warm and delicious smelling kitchen when it's cold out, isn't there? 

I especially love coming home from running errands or being out in the cold and there is  something already cooking away in the slow cooker. It's just so comforting to know that dinner has been cooking most of the day and will be hot and ready when we want to sit down and eat. I know I told you about the bone broth I like to make on Monday's post. It created this yummy chicken noodle soup we had this week:




And since I had soups and slow cooker on my mind I thought I'd share a few more delish looking soups that I'd pinned on pinterest recently. You can find my soups board here. And my slow cooker board here.



This Slow Cooker Potato Soup recipe is thick and creamy (without using heavy cream), it's wonderfully flavorful, and it's made extra easy in the crock pot!

Doesn't this potato soup look good? This is nice and easy, as potato soup can be more of a process to make sometimes... but the slow cooker makes it really easy. This recipe calls for making up a little roux at the end to stir into the soup and thicken it up along with some evaporated milk. My Hubby likes soups more like this - thick, creamy and more like a meal. Brothy soups to him are more of just an appetizer. Lol You can find the recipe for this soup here.






The BEST Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe, made EASY in the crock pot! Your slow cooker does all the work. Made with lots of fresh broccoli and cheddar, and always a crowd favorite! | wellplated.com @wellplated

And how about another creamy one - this one for a slow cooker broccoli cheese soup. Yum!! You can find this recipe here.






Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings. Juicy chicken breasts cook to tender perfection in the slow cooker in a rich creamy sauce. Shortcut dumplings are added in for a delicious comforting meal with very little effort. This is one family recipe everyone will agree on.

And finally, who doesn't love the comfort of a bowl of chicken and dumplings? You can find this recipe here.




Do you have a favorite go-to comfort food soup recipe? Please share. ;)  Have a wonderful weekend ahead and wishing you warm happy tummies! xo







Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday




Happy Monday to you! 


It was a busy and fun weekend here. How about in your world? Friday night I went to a musical at my kiddos's school with my Mom, daughter and some friends of ours. Then Saturday I went to lunch with some girlfriends and that night my Hubby, kiddos and I  met up with some friends of ours for dinner and after they came to our house to have goodies and play cards and hang out. It had been their daughter's birthday so we gave her some gifts then too. ;)  


Then yesterday I went to a family friend's baby shower. Throw in some hockey practices, running some errands and cleaning house and the time flew by! So here we are back to a brand new Monday. I hope for all of you that it's a blessed week ahead...













THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Today is cloudy and gray. It's supposed to hit the 30's and then should be in upper 30's or low 40's a lot of this week - so a bit warmer. We may get some rain tomorrow and then the later part of the week potential for more snow. 














ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:


I still have some of my spiced pumpkin "O's" cereal so I had a small bowl of that and some coffee.









RIGHT NOW I AM:

I'm listening to some Christmas music on Pandora (yes the time has come for all things Christmas music as far as I'm concerned - Lol). I'm working on my planner and daydreaming out at the snowy white and gray looking day out my window. I'm contemplating some of the dishes for Thanksgiving which I can hardly believe is next week already!!  I'm also smelling my bone broth simmering in the slow cooker. I had made a dish with rotisserie chicken over the weekend and I shredded up the rest of the meat and put it in the fridge. I took the chicken bones and threw them in the slow cooker with onion, chunks of carrots and celery, some garlic, parsley, poultry seasoning and other spices - covered it all with water and will let it slow cook all day. Tonight I'll strain out the bone broth and make some homemade chicken noodle soup with it and the shredded chicken in the fridge.











AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:


I can see that we have an actual little layer of ice on the bay as it looks all white with the snow we got over the weekend.









AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

Still clean from this weekend. Doing laundry and need to load a few more dishes from making that bone broth this AM. I need to change some sheets yet too.  Need to pick up my daughter later since my son has hockey tryouts.










ON TODAY'S (& this week's) TO DO LIST:

Another busy week. My son has hockey tryouts a lot of this week. My daughter has practices and a game. She also has an ortho appointment. We have some hockey tournaments coming up already soon too! And lots of the other usuals this week: MIL time, my Mom time, making food for my FIL, my exercise time, religious ed, errands, some final things I need to do for completing my hospice certificate. I've started some Christmas shopping as well and I'm working on my planner for some of that too. 









CURRENTLY READING:

More Louise Penney series 

 










ON THE TV TODAY:


 Dancing with the Stars, Gold Rush, Cooking shows, Survivor, The Good Doctor, This is Us, Outlander, Greys Anatomy, Hallmark movies












ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: homemade chicken noodle soup, turkey slider sandwiches baked with stuffing and cranberry inside too (thinking Thanksgiving thoughts already I guess)


TUESDAY: easy night (not sure yet?) - hockey game


WEDNESDAY: pasta bake, garlic knots, veggies


THURSDAY: waffles with cinnamon apple topping, eggs, bacon


FRIDAY: might be out for dinner?





 










WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT


Finishing up my Grandpa's scrapbook. Getting legacy box filled with old slides to send in. Working on project for hopeful planned future Etsy store.












NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

Not sure - but I will plan to share a recipe post this week









TIP OF THE WEEK:


Our 2018 day calendar is out ➡ https://goo.gl/6VgXpp
Hilarious - and kind of genius, don't ya think?  









FROM THE CAMERA:
We had put away all the deck furniture last weekend - but finally got the trampoline down this weekend 


Our northwoods this AM - see the snow on the layer of ice on the bay?


And this was from the other night at twilight time with the sun almost set  - so pretty





It makes me think of twilight and evening time in the near future when everyone's twinkly Christmas lights will be on outside in the snow. Everything becomes so quiet, peaceful and still when the world is cold and covered in snow. I love that...



Our crazy daughter hamming it up in her seal "onesie" and our friends' daughter smiling by some of her bday gifts she opened here the other night  ;) 



Family friends of ours that had their baby shower yesterday. They know they're having a girl - so excited for them. She'll be here soon!



My daughter and her cousin posing with the Mommy-to-be


PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.