Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday




Hello Friends and happy new week to you! 

Sorry I missed HHM last Monday. It was one of those weeks and Monday was my hospice volunteer day that week too.  

I hope you all had a great weekend! We had a pretty relaxed weekend here. Some hockey - including going to watch our son's game on Saturday and we talked my FIL into coming with us. So it was nice to have him on an outing cheering at the game with us. ;)  Other then that we ran errands, did some cleaning around the house and the kids both had sleepovers. Hubby and I watched lots of the Olympics. Love that they're on, as it's always to fun to cheer for USA and watch the competitions. Now I'm ready to dive into the week ahead...














THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Single digits cold again today, but at least the sun is shining. Supposed to warm up into the 20's and 30's the next couple of days...but then back into the teens again later in the week. Some chance of snow on Thursday. Still winter deep freeze here folks












ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

Toast with peanut butter, honey and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds for crunch, some berries and a cup of coffee












RIGHT NOW I AM:


Listening to Praise & Worship on pandora and working on my meal plan and grocery list as I never got to the grocery store over the weekend











AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

Sunny and bright and the snow on my deck is sparkling











AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

Ruby is eating her lunch and she likes to bring mouthfuls of food into the dining room next to where I'm working (her dish is in the laundry room). Does anyone else's dog do this? I guess it makes sense as it's no fun to eat alone, right? 















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

The usual schedule with kiddos' hockey stuff. I need to get groceries. Visit MIL and bring dinner to FIL.  Projects around home I'd like to accomplish as I'm still in the new year organizational mode. I'm going to go through kitchen cabinets (especially pantry!) and re-organize. Ash Wednesday mass this week and Lent begins. Annie has playoffs next weekend already as her winter hockey will be wrapping up. However, she's already been going to indoor soccer practices for summer team and summer hockey practices will begin soon.  #mylifewithathletes



 









CURRENTLY READING:

I started reading a Nora Roberts novel - Whiskey Beach

 










ON THE TV TODAY:

Amazing Race, Kids Baking Championship, Gold Rush - some movies taped again too. But most shows on hold because it's all about the Olympics over here right now!! Go USA!
















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: belgian waffles, oven crisp bacon and fruit


TUESDAY: honey lime chicken tacos


WEDNESDAY: spaghetti with marinara, garlic dinner rolls, salad (no meat - Ash Wednesday)


THURSDAY: slow cooker sweet & sour meatballs topped with cashews & served over rice (bring to FIL - as I didn't make this when I was going to the last week)



FRIDAY: quesadillas, veggies & dip, fruit 


**I'm going to make a strawberry pretzel cream cheese dessert this week and bake up some pumpkin chocolate chip bread (as i have some pumpkin to use up)




 










WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

Getting ready to send back my legacy box filled with slides! I've started back on my Grandpa's heritage album and started a project with vintage pins










NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

slow cooker honey lime chicken tacos will be a new one this week & I'll make quesadillas with the leftovers Friday - but only cheese for me due to Lent









TIP OF THE WEEK:




This tip sounded kinda crazy to me - anyone ever try it?







FROM THE CAMERA:
With this cold weather I've been enjoying more of these around here (our master bath stained glass windows is still one of my favorite things in our house) 




I received another diffuser as a Christmas gift and I've been loving it in our bedroom with soothing lavender essential oils. Plus, it has a neat cover that creates that design and you can change what color you'd like it to be ;) 




Annie was playing with my hair again this weekend (love when she does that) and was working on her fishtail skills




PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

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




Friday, February 9, 2018

Triple Chocolate Poke Cake

Hello Friends! 

I hope you've been having a great week! It's been a busy one here, but I'm finally popping in to wish  you a happy Friday and share this yummy cake recipe...just in time for Valentine's Day. ;)  

Last weekend my friend had to work and we weren't able to have our usual super bowl party together as families. So Hubby and I enjoyed the game together at home and I made some yummy snacks and this cake. It was SO good! My kiddos were especially crazy for it. And it was easy because I used a cake mix at the base - which is quick and perfect on a relaxing super bowl Sunday, right? It was so good and rich  and would also be a perfect romantic Valentine's cake as well. 








Look at all of those delicious and rich chocolatey layers.  It sure hits the spot if you're craving some chocolate. 

I made the cake by using a chocolate cake mix and following the directions for a 9x13 pan. When the cake was cooked through I poked holes all along the top and set it aside. I then took a can of sweetened condensed milk and heated it on the stove to about  boiling and then poured that over a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl. I mixed it together until it was blended and all of the chocolate chips melted into a sauce. I poured that mixture over the top of the cake making sure it got down into all of the holes. I made a fluffy chocolate pudding frosting for the top by taking a box of instant chocolate pudding and mixing it in a bowl with 1/4 c. of powdered sugar and added 1 c. of cold milk. I whisked that for about 2 minutes until it was thickened. I then added in 1 tub of cool whip and folded it in until it was all blended and fluffy.  I frosted the cake with that and garnished with some mini chocolate chips (so almost 4 layers really?). I then put the cake into the fridge until it was time to serve. Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator. 







Rich and delicious chocolate cake with gooey chocolate goodness in the center and light fluffy chocolate frosting on top. Yep....it is a  perfect Super Bowl,  Valentine's Day -  or really any day - dessert. :) 

I hope you enjoy! xoxo

I'll be sharing this with Andrea of Scrapality for Scraptastic Saturday.

Scraptastic Saturdays every Saturday @ 8 PM EST.





Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday



Happy Monday Friends! 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to jump into this brand new week. I can't believe January is almost finished up already! I'm not complaining, though, as it's always such a long and usually cold and snowy month in the northwoods. I'm starting to have dreams of Spring already...is that bad?? :P 

It was actually nice because we didn't have a lot of hockey this weekend, so it felt calm and peaceful overall. Although my Crew went to one of the outdoor rinks and messed around for a while. Geesh, I guess you just can't keep them away. 

Hubby helped me do some deeper cleaning around the house and he even scrubbed our master shower and bathtub for me! I'm thrilled because I'd been dreading getting to them knowing they were due - and I'm so excited to get back to taking some nice soaks in the tub when it's so cold out right now. I also watched a good movie this weekend (while hubby snored away - sigh LOL) called the Zookeepers Wife with Jessica Chastain. It was based on a true story about a husband and wife that ran a zoo in Nazi occupied Poland and helped over 300 Jews escape through their zoo during that time. Really worth watching in my opinion. Annie and I also had fun this weekend getting together with my SIL's niece and other relatives, as her niece had recently had a baby. So I got to love up a less than 2 month old. It was great!! Got my baby-fix that's for sure. 














THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Gray and cold. Only 10* - but feels colder. Supposed to get in the 20's over the next few days and they're predicting we get a bit of snow tomorrow. Then back to cold temps the rest of the week. The LONG northwoods winter ::sigh::













ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

1/2 of a bagel and some toffee nut coffee












RIGHT NOW I AM:


Working on my planner and enjoying Ruby's warmth by my feet as I listen to some soft classical music. I was distracted for awhile but finally getting back to this post. I'll be getting it out later than usual I guess today.












AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:

I just saw a squirrel running across my deck. The neighbor just had a package delivered and the UPS fellow's breath blowing out in a puff of steam makes me realize how cold it even just looks outside. 











AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

Nothing too exciting. Fairly tidy and peaceful















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

Another one of those weeks. I have wallyball. Both kiddos have hockey games and practices. I plan to visit my MIL this week and may be going to lunch with my mom and aunt (still working out details). I need to run errands and get groceries but may wait until more mid week. Annie has an ortho appt this week too. I also have my second shadowing at the hospice house where I volunteer.  My first experience last week went great! I'm going to just LOVE helping out there. ;)  This coming weekend Annie has a local hockey tourney. So we'll be back to it then! Just more of the same busy stuff.




 









CURRENTLY READING:

Just starting Caroline, Little House revisited - a book I received as a Christmas gift from my Aunt.  **update: I still haven't finished this a I've been in and out of reading it. I've been catching up on magazines and finishing my slides for the legacy box. I will get back to finishing it soon though

 










ON THE TV TODAY:


 The Good Doctor, This is Us, Will and Grace, Amazing Race, Shark Tank, Kids Baking Championship, Gold Rush - some movies taped again too.
















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: not sure yet, but easy night


TUESDAY: egg, cheese, & hashbrown crescent roll bake, fruit (breakfast for dinner)


WEDNESDAY: slow cooker sweet & sour meatballs over rice (this recipe is so yummy and you can find it under my recipe tab)


THURSDAY: beef stroganoff, green beans, dinner rolls (bring to my FIL too)



FRIDAY: my MIL's spaghetti hot dish recipe, garlic bread, salad (will bring some of this to my FIL on the weekend too) 




 










WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

I have one last bit of slides to go through and will then send in my legacy box - yay! Then I"m going to get back to finishing my Grandpa's heritage scrapbook.  I'm also working on cards for Valentine's Day and a few other craft projects











NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

I may try a recipe for making homemade ice cream to break in a new ice cream maker I was given for Christmas. I'm anxious to try it out! MMmmmm (I never got to this last week, but hope to this week!!)










TIP OF THE WEEK:


Where To Get The Best Sound in a Movie Theatre

I thought this was an interesting tip. Might be handy for those of you going to watch some of the Oscar nominated movies playing out there










FROM THE CAMERA:



I love making homemade croutons for salads and I often make extra as my kids just love to munch them too. So the other day I was making some creamy tomato soup for part of our dinner and I decided to use up the rest of an old loaf of bread by making extra large "croutons" that I loaded with cheddar cheese to float in the soap. Grilled cheese & tomato soup all in one bite!  I but each slice of bread into 1/4th and drizzled them with olive oil and sprinkled them with s & p and some garlic powder. The piled on the cheese. I baked them at 375* for about 10 - 15 minutes until the cheese was melted and the croutons were crispy




Friday was so beautiful here (almost 50*) and I took Ruby for a nice walk in the sunshine. Then it got cold here Saturday and our furnace went out - yuck! I ran the fireplace a lot that night until hubby got it working. Ruby and I liked staying snuggled by it:





"Why is it so cold in here Mom?"




PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.