Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Homemaker Monday

Hello Friends! Happy Monday and hope it's been a good one so far. ;)  

I also hope you had  wonderful weekend. Ours was filled with lots of hockey as Annie had a local hockey tourney. So lots of playing for Annie, watching for me, and coaching for Ad. Their team may not have won, but they played well and seemed to have a lot of fun!  Also this weekend I posted about my blogaversary giveaway.  If you didn't get a chance to enter yet, please read my previous post and comment so I can include you.  I would love the chance to thank you for being a reader and a friend in this blogland space I love. 

And last night Annie, my niece, and my Mom and I all went to see Paddington 2. It was just as cute, if not better, than the first one! Then Annie went to sleep over at her cousin's house as they didn't have school today for MLK Jr day.  Now on to the week ahead....


Cloudy and gray all day today. Even snowed a little earlier. It's only 12 above today and we may get some more snow tonight too. It'll be cold again tomorrow, but by Wednesday should be warming up into the 20's and 30's the rest of the week. Is it Spring yet? Should I not be asking that in January - especially when I live in the frozen tundra that is northern WI? ::sigh::


1/2 of a bagel with low cal spread and coffee


Listening to music on Pandora and working on my weekly planner. I had a restful morning reading, then working out and doing chores around the house. Had a nice chat with my son during lunch - and his girlfriend came over to hang out too. I also had a nice long phone conversation with my Mom. I love that we're so close and she is my rock in so many ways. Love her! So I'm finally getting to some computer time this afternoon to work on this post. 


It's still kind of cloudy and everything is covered in a brand new blanket of white, between the snow we received last night and little more this AM.


It's pretty tidy from doing some of my daily chores around here this AM.  It's also less bare than it had been, as I've put out some of my valentine's decorations and filled in the bare spots with other knick knacks I've had stored away. Much cozier now ;)  

And it smells so good right now as I also just baked up a pan of brownies! I know it's the new year and I've been jumping back into being good (even my "fast days" one day a week) - but life is all about balance, right?

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

A pretty typical week. Both kiddos' hockey practices and games. Religious ed. Groceries, errands. Visiting my MIL for her birthday this week. Bring dinner to my FIL. I also am waiting to hear back from my hospice coordinator as I will be shadowing a current volunteer either this week or next as a start to my journey as a regular hospice volunteer.  They require you shadow a current volunteer 3 times before you begin on your own.  Also, I'm back to scheduling wallyball with my group of gal friends so we will hopefully get back to playing next week! 



Just starting Caroline, Little House revisited - a book I received as a Christmas gift from my Aunt. She knows how much I always loved Little House on the Prairie (show and books). It's by Sarah Miller and it's historical fiction about the little house days from the perspective of Caroline - or Laura Ingalls' "Ma"  (still reading this)



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


MONDAY: clean out leftovers in the fridge

TUESDAY: chicken wild rice soup, use up deli meat in fridge by making biscuit sandwiches on the side, fruit

WEDNESDAY: Make your own baked potato bar with fixings: steamed broccoli & cheese sauce, sour cream, bacon bits, shredded cheese & BBQ shredded chicken. Side salad 

THURSDAY: might make homemade chicken pot pie if time permits. If not I'll make it next week and will make breakfast for dinner instead

FRIDAY: easy night  - Annie hockey game 



Finally getting somewhere with Legacy box project. Still need to finish a bit in my Grandpa's scrapbook. Also, finally pulling out my old family scrapbooks to catch up on and working on some projects I had left off months again. Getting my mojo back. Not to mention tackling my yearly clean out of my craft space/office and organizing it better. Yay 2018! (still working on all of these - but legacy box almost done)


I have made PW's chicken pot pie before (really good!) but if I make it this week it will be a new recipe I want to try


 How To Keep Take Out Food Warm While You Drive Home

I have actually done this before and I believe it did help keep the food warm ;) 


Some moments of "love" for valentine's day decorating around our home. I've included a sweet heart like the pink one in the photo above in my giveaway, but in red. Along with several other fun goodies for the new year.  Go check it out and enter!!

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Blogaversary Giveaway!

Hello Beautiful Friends! 

I hope you've been having a wonderful weekend so far.  Lots of hockey over here! (but what's new?) ;) 

It was my 3 year blogaversary back in November.  I can't believe it's been that long already...and yet in some ways, with the wonderful friendships I've made, it feels like I've been blogging forever.  I know I haven't been able to give it as much time and attention lately as in the past, but I still love it and plan to continue doing it as long as I'm able. And I hope to get back to being here more often too. I cherish the time I get to spend with you here, my Friends,  and what it has come to mean to me. So even though it's a little belated I still wanted to do something to thank you for visiting me here regularly. Leaving me wonderful comments and your love and support....and sometimes even your prayers when it's been needed. I appreciate you all so much. 

So in order to thank you I came up with a PLAN (a 2018 year planner with stickers & embellishments) to wish you a BEAUTIFUL DAY ( bath and body beautiful day lotion) here from my WOODS of the north(woods hand cream for your purse - also bath and body). I thought it might be NOBLE ($20 barnes and noble gift card) to share my appreciation through this giveaway to thank you from the bottom of my HEART (cute red wood heart for a valentine's decoration).   

Here's a closer peek at the planner and Barnes & Noble gift card that you can actually color in if you want to doodle too. ;) 

To enter all you need to do is leave me a comment of any kind - even just say hi - and that will enter you for a chance to win.   I will also ship anywhere, you do not need to be from the U.S. , or even a blogger for that matter.  I will run this for the next week and plan to draw the winner next Friday January 19th.   

Thank you again for sharing this space with me and good luck! 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Some Fun Munchies

Hi Friends! 

Happy Thursday to you! It's been a busy one being in full Mom mode all week around here. My daughter was sick the first few days of the week and today my kids are home from school due to a snow/weather day! It was rainy last night and then it got really cold and icy and started snowing overnight. So school was canceled and the kiddos have been having fun. One of their cousins even came over to hang out.  But thought I'd take a quick minute to pop in and say hi and share a couple of fun recipes I made on New Year's Eve. 

As I mentioned in an earlier post - my son had friends over on NYE and my daughter had one of her friends sleep over. I made several goodies and a couple of them were recipes I tried off of pinterest. They turned out great and were really yummy! 

One of the recipes was for these mac and cheese pretzels.

I had a bowl upstairs by the cocoa station for us and Annie and her buddy. And Aaron's friends had a big bowl downstairs. I have several recipes pinned for different flavored pretzel snacks - and the basic premise is using butter flavored oil  (like for popcorn) and adding seasonings to it. In this case I added a packet of cheese from a box of mac and cheese and some garlic powder. You then pour that mix over a 15 to 16 oz bag of pretzels and stir every 15-20 minutes for about 2 hours or so...until all the oil is absorbed. And that's it! Very easy.  For the pinterest recipe for these pretzels click here.

Here are a few other kinds of pretzels you could make too, that I also have pinned. Just click on name under each photo to link to recipes.

Whiskey Pretzels (with brown sugar and butter)

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies: Buttery Garlic Ranch Pretzels (AKA Crack Pretzels)

On NYE I also made these pizza sliders and the kiddos loved them!
Pizza Pull-Apart Sliders recipe from The Country Cook. Cheesy, meaty filling and the most amazing herb butter topping. You can't eat just one!

Click here for this recipe. 

Hope you all had such a fun and yummy New Year too! 

I've been back to healthier eating now - but some treats now and then are always okay, right? ;)