Monday, December 4, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday



Happy Monday Friends ~ 


 I know I was absent and missed HHM last week, but that's just life these days. I'm sure you all can relate. ;)  The holiday season kind of snuck up on me this year, but I'm going with the flow.   I was getting a little upset with myself over the weekend - that I wasn't as on top of things as I usually have all my decorating done by now. My Hubby was so sweet and took charge on getting some of my things out and helping me feel the spirit a bit more. So I got a lot of it done this weekend and hope to finish the rest today or by tomorrow. And with both kiddos' schedules, endless hockey, and more endeavors for myself this year....I'm just enjoying all of it and not sweating the small stuff. I'm blessed to have this time with my kiddos as they get more self sufficient every day and will be grown and gone before we know it. I'm blessed to have the freedom to pursue some soul filling and growing things for myself.  I think it's all in a person's approach and mental perspective towards life, right? Plus,  I think it's just having one's priorities straight. Anyway, didn't mean to go off on that tangent ...just wanted you to know why I wasn't around last week. During this holiday season I will be a bit more hit or miss with the blog as my focus will continue to be more on family time. Just know I love all of you and your visits and I love visiting you and will continue to do so as much as possible in between the crazy right now. 


I hope you had a lovely weekend as well. We had my son's hockey games, Annie had practices and I got more holiday shopping done. I've made a good dent there thankfully! I went to a Christmas concert last night with some family & friends. It was at our church and included local college singers and orchestra/band members. The acoustics were amazing and it was so beautiful! It put even more perspective to my thinking and lots of loving Christmas peace in my heart. Now on to this week ahead:













THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Cloudy foggy and dark today. Makes our Christmas lights glow though! :0) Supposed to hit 40 today and get some rain. Then get cold later and turn to snow. Maybe a bit more snow tomorrow and colder temps all week - in the 20's to low teens. Bbrrrr












ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

A piece of toast with a little nutella and some coffee with coconut creamer

 









RIGHT NOW I AM:

Listening to Christmas music. Looking at my Christmas tree lights and working on my weekly planner. 











AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:


It looks so gray and misty and makes me feel cozy inside - I may even turn the fireplace on. But it makes me sleepy, though, and I have too many things I want to accomplish today!










AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

I still have some Christmas bins around. I'll finish emptying them and take them back out to storage. Love the cozy glow around my home right now.  This time of year in the northwoods we get a lot more cloudy and dark weather. As well as it gets dark so early at night, and so it makes it extra nice to have lots of lights that can glow through the darkness. 













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

Both kiddos' hockey practices. Both kids have games this week too. I need to get groceries. Some other errands/appts. MIL time and FIL meal and help with his Christmas decorations. My final hospice exit meeting and talk about my placement for volunteering. I'm so excited about that new chapter in my life! I'll be keeping you posted about it. I'm going to be running errands with my Mom later in the week as well. Finish things around the house for cleaning/decorating and start wrapping the gifts I've already picked up. Work on my other projects. Local hockey tourney this weekend  ahead too. 


 









CURRENTLY READING:

More Louise Penney series 

 










ON THE TV TODAY:


  This is Us, The Good Doctor, Survivor, Outlander, Holiday Baking shows, Gold Rush, Shark Tank, holiday movies that are taped, my cooking shows













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: leftovers?


TUESDAY: build your own breakfast biscuits, fruit, veggie tray


WEDNESDAY: homemade pizza, winter salad (with pears, apples, cheese, cashews & homemade honey dressing)


THURSDAY: easy (maybe Subway?) hockey game night


FRIDAY: salisbury steak with gravy, roasted veggies, slow cooker mashed potatoes, dinner rolls




 










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:

I plan to share some holiday recipes this week









TIP OF THE WEEK:

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

After reading how bad microwave popcorn is for you (lots of chemicals in the bag) - I've been popping  my own for years now. But I never keep my jar of kernels in the fridge. Does anyone else do that? I've never heard of it. 










FROM THE CAMERA:




I thought I'd share some photos of my Boy (#16) from his hockey games we went to this weekend. He had a blade malfunction one game - but once that got fixed he was able to play great!! ;) 






Before the upstairs tree was fully decorated - I had to get some pics of the glow once the lights were on. I love being outside looking in through the window at the cozy. 









More glow everywhere. Love it!



I decided to be a little wild and crazy and got some "rose gold" streaks in my hair. What do you think? :P



PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

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

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.