Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday



Hello Friends ~ 

It's another Monday in the northwoods and I'm sorry life got crazy last week and I didn't get time to check in at blogland. I did end up having jury duty and my whole week just got crazy.  I plan to get caught up this week and visit you wonderful Friends. And I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful words of encouragement and support, on my last post, about my future Etsy store. I will keep you posted and hope to have news for you by next month sometime and a store in place by June! Today I am home nursing up my poor sick Girl. We've had such lovely weather but somehow she still managed to catch a cold. 

I hope you had a great weekend. We had such amazing sunshine and temps here and it was wonderful!! We got out our deck furniture and I got lots of good walking in with Ruby. We also enjoyed a day in the sunshine on Saturday watching our Girl play in 3 soccer scrimmages in a row!! (before her cold really kicked in)  It was such beautiful weather, though, that we just set up a little picnic in the bleachers and enjoyed.  Now on to the week ahead....













THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Beautiful again today! Sunny and in the upper 60's. Looks like 50's to 60 part of this week and then a little cooler by the end of the week and a chance of rain










ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

greek yogurt and amaretto coffee














RIGHT NOW I AM:

Had some lunch with my poor sick Girl. She's resting in her room and I have the door open to the deck listening to the birds sing away as I type this. Working on my planner for the week. 












AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

The sun is shining away through the open door and Ruby is laying out on the deck right now. We put the wind chimes back up when we put out the deck furniture out and I can hear it tinkling in the breeze. Glorious day! The ice on the bay is starting to break up and it shouldn't be long until we have open water again. ;) 












AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

Another load of laundry ready to get throw in and a few dishes to do. Pretty clean overall and so sunny and bright right now. I finally put away the last of the Easter stuff this weekend... so no more eggs and bunnies everywhere.












ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

Potential of more jury duty but not until later in the week, hospice volunteer time, errands, FIL meal and visit MIL, Annie's soccer practices, wallyball, get started cleaning and organizing my craft/office space



 









CURRENTLY READING:

I'm planning to read Whispering in French by Sophia Nash next, but haven't started it yet (still didn't start this one yet)

 










ON THE TV TODAY:

Timeless, The Spring Baking Championship,  American Idol, Greys Anatomy, Gold Rush, Survivor, Billions, Call the Midwife, Howards End














ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: flatbread pizza's, veggies, cantaloupe 


TUESDAY: tacos


WEDNESDAY: leftovers


THURSDAY: penne pasta, salad, cheesy garlic bread



FRIDAY: out for dinner


 **might bake blondie brownies and serve with ice cream with caramel sauce over all











WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

Last of my Grandpa's scrapbook, spring clean/organize projects around here, jewelry project











NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

nothing really new planned this week











TIP OF THE WEEK:




Hhmm???










FROM THE CAMERA:
You can see the bay is starting to break up and there are several open water spots now. It was so nice to get the deck furniture out - a true sign of Spring to me!











Annie's scrimmages this weekend - she is number 1 in black (with the white headband in her hair)


And I almost forgot to mention our sweet Boy and his girlfriend had a fun weekend too. They decided they didn't want to go to prom this year (the actual dance) but plan to go for their senior one next year. They did get a little dressed up(& took some pics) and went out to dinner with their group of friends and then went to a prom after party. Aren't they adorable? ; ) 





PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

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

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cookbook Scrapbook from the Heart

Hi Friends ~

As always, life took over the end of this past week - but I'm finally here to share the little cookbook scrapbook I recently completed . I'm still an avid scrapbooker and it's one of my favorite hobbies. Besides working on my own family scrapbooks, through the years I have also made several scrapbook gifts and keepsakes for family or friends. I have done completed kinds of scrapbooks; like the heritage scrapbooks I made for my Grandma several years ago. Those scrapbooks contained family photos and journaling already completed in the books.

But a more common scrapbook I have often made (for a baby gift or wedding gift) is the pre-decorated kind. One that is ready-to-go (so to speak) and is decorated for someone else to add their own photos and do their own journaling. I think any gift like this is nice to give because it feels like it comes right from the heart.  Not only is it a handmade gift, but it's also often times personalized specific to the person I was giving it to; where I would include something related to their specific likes or personality on the decorated page.

I was going through my craft room the other day and I had some recipe cards on hand and a blank 8x8 album and I thought it would be neat to use both and create a little scrapbook. 


First of all I decided to embellish the plain burlap cover with some lace and a burlap flower. 










Then I often like to have a dedication page - or something similar. I often have even made this kind of spot hold a folded piece of paper in a full sized envelope that a person can open and pull out to write their message. Like a love letter of sorts.  I think it's so nice to have a place to personalize a sweet message for the recipient of the gift. Part of the "from the heart" stuff, right? ;)  On this dedication page I embellished with  a tiny little envelope I made and added a little message sticking out as a cute nod to that page being a spot to write a note for the recipient. 







Then I proceeded to make pages decorated with the cards - so someone could write down favorite treasured recipes to give as a gift to someone.  For some pages I included just the front of the recipe card - for shorter recipes. Each page is in a plastic sleeve so it's protected from getting anything splattered on it. 




Other pages I included the front and back of the recipe card for longer recipes.








Since the pages weren't very big, the recipe cards took up the majority of the room. So I just added some fun small embellisments, most often cooking related. Some also floral to go with the floral recipe cards.








The full book includes more pages then these, obviously, but I figured you would get the idea. ;) I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with this album. I already have a cookbook scrapbook for Annie to give her one day. I am either going to save this as a gift to give someone after I add actual recipes in it. Or I am still thinking of setting up an Etsy store that would include items like this for sale to buy.  Full sized and smaller albums like this that are already decorated and ready to be a gift from the heart. I would do several different themes as well. I also have other paper crafting kinds of items like jewelry with  papercraft items on them, pre-decorated individual 12x12 scrapbook pages, potentially some homemade cards?, and also little pieces of canvas art that would include vintage jewelry on them. I will let you know if I get this store going!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xo

I'm linking with Scrapality for Scraptastic Saturday.

Scraptastic Saturdays every Saturday @ 8 PM EST.




Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mini German Puff Pancakes

Hi Friends! 

Today I wanted to share these mini German puff pancakes that are made in a muffin tin. They were so easy and really yummy. My kiddos loved them! They're kind of a cross between a pancake and a popover... and they were perfect for fruit filling. 






First of all, you make kind of a thin batter. Then you add some pats of butter into your muffin tins and put them in the oven to melt and get your pans hot. 








Then you bake them and be sure to keep the oven door closed the whole time as you don't want them to have a kind of "double drop" as they will puff way up in the oven and then drop once you take them out. You can peek through your oven door window and see how big they puff up - Annie thought that was really cool ;) 



Kind of like a popover in that you may find some of the melted butter still in the bottom of the pancakes once they're done baking.  Then add topping of choice and enjoy! Great for breakfast or breakfast for dinner. 



I found the recipe on pinterest initially from the blog Latter Day Mommy and you can find the link for the recipe here.  Here's the recipe:

German Pancakes Muffin-Style

Makes 24 regular sized muffins.
*I don’t have 2 regular muffin pans, so I used 1 regular muffin pan (12) and 1 large muffin pan (6).
What you’ll need:
6 eggs
1 cup flour (I’ve tried using whole wheat flour to make it healthier but it doesn’t turn out quite as good).
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick butter
2 muffin pans
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, beat together all the ingredients except for the butter. Slice the butter and evenly disperse between the muffin pans, as shown in the picture below. Put the pans in for a couple minutes while it’s preheating to melt the butter, then pour some batter into each compartment in the muffin pans until each muffin compartment has amount the same amount. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until it is golden brown, or as dark as you like it. Also, bear in mind that the muffins will rise substantially, so make sure your rack isn’t too high (I’ve made that mistake before). I also wouldn’t recommend trying this in a toaster oven.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday




Happy Monday Friends 

I can't believe it's another Monday already! My kiddos' Spring break is over and it was back to school today. So I have been catching up more around the house and life around here today. I had fun with my kiddos last week and it feels amazingly quiet to me today and I kind of miss the action. But summer will be here before I know it and I'll be complaining they're driving me crazy - so I guess I'll embrace having the quiet back for now. Lol!!


I wasn't feeling well some of this weekend so I didn't get more posts done like I had wanted to - but I will catch up this week. I will post another recipe or 2 in the next few days. I will also share the recipe scrapbook on Thursday this week. Again, so sorry between unexpected biopsy and Spring break my life felt it wasn't my own for a while. Feeling back on track and ready to tackle the week ahead...













THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Sunny and bright - but  a bit chilly. It's supposed to hit 40 degrees today though. It's supposed to be 40's and sun a lot this week (hopefully true!) and then by the weekend dip back down into the 30's and more snow could be on the way (please God no!!) 











ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

toast with apple jelly, some raspberries,  and french vanilla coffee














RIGHT NOW I AM:


Listening to the quiet ;)  Working on my planner and figuring out the family schedule and meals for the week ahead












AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

I love seeing the sunshine and the fact that more snow is gone and I can see grass! I hope it won't be long before the bay melts and starts to break open. I don't want to even think about that chance of snow. Ggrrr












AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

Pretty tidy from working around here all morning












ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

Groceries, helping my Mom, MIL visit and bring FIL dinner, Annie's soccer and hockey, more Spring projects around the house, errands


 









CURRENTLY READING:

I'm planning to read Whispering in French by Sophia Nash next, but haven't started it yet

 










ON THE TV TODAY:

Timeless, The Spring Baking Championship,  American Idol, Will and Grace, Greys Anatomy, Gold Rush, Survivor, Billions, Call the Midwife, Howards End












ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: leftover gnocchi and marinara, veggies, toast


TUESDAY: summer meal night: grill hamburgers on indoor grill pan, veggie pasta salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, fruit salad 


WEDNESDAY: Spring chicken (you can find that recipe here from my recipes tab) , leftover pasta and fruit salads


THURSDAY: slow cooker pork fajitas with fixings (you can find that recipe here from my recipe tab)



FRIDAY: leftovers


 ** planning to bake a strawberry poke cake with fresh berries on top this week to go along with a more spring/summer menu











WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

Last of my Grandpa's scrapbook, spring clean/organize projects around here, jewelry project











NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

I will share several of the recipes I was going to share last week this week











TIP OF THE WEEK:

My own tip this week comes from what I made to go with the gnocchi we had for dinner yesterday. If you have extra garlic around (I had a whole head I needed to use up) - cut off the end and drizzle olive oil on it and sprinkle a little sea salt. Wrap it up in foil and bake at 350* for an hour. When it's done you can mix it in a stick of softened butter and spread it on bread or toast, top with some cheese and dried herbs/parsley if you like and broil for a few minutes. The yummiest garlic toast to go with pasta ;P











FROM THE CAMERA:
This is Ruby's - it's a Monday - look





When I was getting my biopsy done - since Annie was home on Spring break - her and my Mom came to the hospital with me. They went to the gift shop and picked out some goodies for me including the sweet bunny above and this jar with twinkle lights in it ;) Love them so much xo




My latest wallpaper on my phone ;) 





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