Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 2.20.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 2.20.2017
Good Morning, Does anyone else feel like the week flew by? I hope you all enjoyed Valentines Day. We celebrate as a family, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Linking up with Sandra at Diary of a stay at home mom for HHM 

The weather... right now its in the low 40's -which means I made my son change from his shorts into pants-he was not a happy camper, I could tell by the way he slowly said  Yes Ma'am  then hung his head as he went back into his room to change, which made me smile thinking of when our children were young and we had to scold them but they were so cute we had to try very hard not to laugh.

On my bedside table... My barely touched reading pile, lamp, lotion, clock.

On my T.V... Little House On The Prairie We are now on Season 2 and my hubby says I've got him hooked on it -I am baffled how he never watched it growing up. I loved the episode called Harvest of friends where Charles works 2 jobs but gets hurt and the men of the town all come to help him. I also forgot about all the guest stars like Sean Penn

On the menu for this week...
Our menu changed a bit last week due to my son staying home sick one day and hubby wanting 8 can soup last night.  It should be easier this week but I find myself not so excited. I feel like I lose my mojo if my menu plan changes but just gonna roll with it.

M- Spaghetti with meat sauce, toasted bread, and Green Salad.
T- C/P meal moved from last week-Pesto chicken
W-Cheese Enchiladas, rice & beans
F-Pizza & Salad
S- C/P meal moved over from last week-BBQ Chicken

P.S. I'm still dreaming of this Chicken parm. from Olive Garden ...

On my to do list... Laundry, Dishes, and a few chores. I feel a bit burned out today as I've been having Migraines on and off.

What am I creating... Not much as I'm struggling with getting my tension right. And am in a planner funk at the moment.

Looking forward to... My daughter coming home from her robotics competition , They advanced and will be traveling to Lubbock -she hasn't even left yet and I miss her. She is always so busy,  I think Kids now a days hardly have any down time. One of the reasons I like to hang out at home. Plus I am excited for her but also dreading her going off to college next year.

Looking around the house... NOPE lol it's clean but I'm just not feeling it. might be the fact that we have tons of valentines candy everywhere.

From the Camera... I took this picture for my Sister in Law and I only had to take 100 photos to get this guy to pose for me lol

He also got to play Doctor to My Adam who was home sick...
One of my Simple pleasures ... Toast with Butter & Jam

Bible Verse or Devotional...
"Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you main gain wisdom for the future."
Proverbs 19:20

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Potato Soup

Today I am Sharing  a yummy potato soup recipe I made this week. It's so good! Plus it doesn't take long at all to whip up, Perfect for a cold windy day. The recipe is by Laura Vitale - every recipe I have tried by her has been a hit. I will share link if you would like to watch her do her magic...
Loaded Potato Soup. Laura in the Kitchen episode 863

The only difference in mine is I used what I had on hand... 
2% Milk and I omitted the Green Onions.

What You'll Need...
4 Potatoes - peeled and diced into 1/2" pieces
1 Yellow onion - diced
4 tbsp. all purpose flour
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
8 slices of bacon
3 cups chicken stock
3 cups of whole milk
1/2 cup of sour cream
1&1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
chopped green onions
salt and pepper to taste

In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, cook the bacon until it becomes nice and crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate, set aside.

Discard any fat that the bacon rendered, add the butter and onion to the pot and sauté till the onion becomes translucent and develops a bit of color, about 4-5 minutes.

Add the flour and stir constantly for 1 minute, add the milk, stock and potatoes bring to a simmer, cook for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.   

Add the sour cream, cooked bacon (cut into pieces) and cheese, stir everything together and cook for 5 minutes more.

 Adjust the seasoning to taste and serve, sprinkling some chopped green onion and cheese over top.

Enjoy <3

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 2.13..2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 2.13.17
posted on a Tuesday

Good Morning, and Happy Valentines Day!  for some reason my PC is freezing on the HHM site so I turned it off and got caught up with housework. So here I am this morning trying to catch up on all the participants, I love reading your Blogs : )

linking up with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom...

The Weather...Rainy and I love it!

On My Beside Table/Reading Pile... Since my reading pile is on my beside table along with  a lamp, clock and lotion, I thought I would combine these two.
My Bible
Jesus Calling
Currently reading: Where The river Ends-Charles Martin
on the waiting list...
Girl Boss-Sophia Amoruso
Uninvited-Lysa TerKeurst
Library Books...
Where Hope Prevails-Janette Oke
See Me-Nicholas Sparks
I also picked up an old fave at our Library book sale...
It's Always Something by Gilda Radner
and I still haven't made a dent in my long books to read list, I guess when you love to read the list never ends does it?

I gasped when I saw the complete set in my Library,I've Always Loved and am Loving re-watching from the beginning, I don't care how many times I've seen these episodes they still touch me and I still cry at both sad and heartwarming.  I still think our world needs more Ingalls and less Mrs. Olson's  lol
p.s. if you are a fan I would love to know your favorite episode.

On The Menu...
M- Left Over Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans
T- Olive Garden with Family for Valentines Day
W- Crock Pot Meal Potato Soup
cant wait to try Laura Vitales Recipe, I hope I remember to take photos so I can share.
T- Baked Chicken, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes
F-Pizza & Salad
S- BBQ Chicken, Mac n Cheese, Corn
new mac n cheese recipe from your house a home TV
S-Crock Pot Meal-Pesto Chicken
another new Recipe from She's in her apron
*I'm also trying Amish white bread recipe from Calchick7

On My To Do List...
Bible study
Bake cake for Hubbys co-workers
& Three dozen cookies for Bella's Counselors
Laundry never ends good thing I don't mind
Swish and swipe Restrooms
make beds
Dishes as needed - I've got to start using my dishwasher but I'm so use to doing my hand.
clean desk
clean off porches and garden beds
drop off donations

What I am Sewing, Crocheting, Knitting, or Creating...
notice the huge needles, I got them for Bella she fell in love with the YouTube channel: WOOLANDTHEGANG she wants to make a chunky blanket. So I made her a deal, learn it and I'll get you the $20 needles and yarn. but for now lets stay at the Walmart $5 & under budget lol

Looking forward to... Valentines dinner with my family.

Looking Around The House...
:::makes the I Love Lucy Face and sound::: EEEWWW

From the camera...
Our weekend trip to the Record Store...
 I Love the80s and I Love Vinyl!
I was so Happy and so surprised when I  found an album I have been searching for that was not released in the USA (King) and My hubby got me one of my faves...David Bowie <3
Echo & The Bunnymen...maybe the next trip ; )
What I'm wearing today...
haven't decided but something Red.

One of my simple pleasures...
Listening to Records and thinking about me and my Daddy going to Licorice Pizza record store in California then coming home and listening and singing to together - My Daddy has a recording of me singing Patsy Clines Crazy and if anyone ever heard it - I would die of embarrassment  like totally fer sure dude! ok maybe not die but my Cheeks would be VERY Red lol but seriously isn't she Great and Crazy is such a great song!

Bible Devotional or Verse...
Seek and Ye shall Find
Matthew 7:7


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 1.30.17

Happy Homemaker Monday 1.30.2017
on a Tuesday

 Good Morning...

 I had every intention of posting yesterday but I spent most of my day in bed, fighting this cold I've had since last Thursday, But I am here now trying to stay sitting up. As the saying goes better late than never, so onward with HHM!

linking up with Sandra from Diary of a stay at home mom

Happy Homemaker Monday

The Weather...
Well the last time I was outside was Saturday and it was a brief walk from the car into the Doctors office but it was a beautiful day lol

On my reading pile...
 I say at least 3 books. When I have energy I am slowly reading Where the river ends by Charles Martin. It was recommended by a sweet IG friend and I am so glad I picked it up. cute side note: My wonderful husband read to me from it last night :::awe::: these are the little things that make my heart go pitter patter...I Love him! He has been taking such good care of me.

On my TV:::
 Finally Finished The Office I can't believe how much I got into this show that I once thought "I would never watch that" I fell in Love with the characters ...Love/Hate but still there is love.
and another one I felt the same about was Jane the Virgin despite a certain MIL ( I got though it) I am Loving this show.

On the menu for this week...

My first thought was ask the hubby lol
This is the first week in a lonnnnng time I am sort of winging it, I know what I have and I just let hubby know you can make this or that or pick something up and I've got to say he has been so good about making dinner. Last night we had Spaghetti, Tonight it's Chicken and we will just go with the flow till I am back on my feet. and just look at what my wonderful MIL sent me the other day...Pozole one of my favorite dishes that she makes. She is an Angel.

On my to do list...
 Get Well!

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating...

Looking around the house...
 You can tell mommas sick but for the most part Hubby has it under control!

From the camera...

My View pretty much this whole week... That clock with the J was my Mommas, and I love how my Son keeps a book at my bed side table, He will come read next to me <3

Something fun to share... EEEEK! The college offers have started to come in for our Bella, I am so Excited for her.

What I'm wearing today...
 Wild Guess?  ding ding ding PJS!

One of my simple pleasures...
 Staying awake and sitting up

Bible Verse, Devotional....

Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 1.23.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 1.23.2017

Good Morning, I hope you had a great weekend. We did not do much. My daughter had a lot of studying to do and my hubby has been under the weather.  So we mostly stayed close to home relaxing, watching movies and of course football. I think at least for myself I needed to just take it easy - It has been a tough start this month. We celebrated both my FIL and Mommas anniversaries and just attended two funerals in one week. My hubby's aunt and a Dear Friend of mine.

Linking up with Sandra for HHM
Diary of a stay at home mom






The Weather... right now its a sunny 45 degrees, very nice day.
This weekend was very windy along with lots and lots of rain.
On my reading pile... My Bible 
On my T.V....
 I am still re-watched a couple of shows and movies with hubby after kids are in bed.
  • Longmire
  • An Unfinished life
  • Jane Got A Gun
The last two I stumbled upon and so glad I did, they are really good. Check them out if your looking for a good Netflix movie. Do you notice a cowboy/western theme? unintentional but I do love a good western, probably because I grew up watching them with my Dad. My hubby I would say is not into westerns but he liked both of these movies and is still into Longmire- 3 in a row! I feel like I should win a prize. Now if I can just get him to watch Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and The Rifleman I'd be a happy camper.

On the menu this week...
 M - Breaded baked chicken with potatoes and green beans
T - Taco Salads
W- Chicken Enchiladas with Mexican Rice & Refried Beans
T - Picadillo with Sopa
F - Chinese or Pizza (depending if we stay in or go out)
On my to do list...
Take care of and baby hubby who is home sick, so besides Laundry not sure how much I will get done, but on list is...
 Laundry: All bedding, blankets, whites and towels.
Sweep & Mop Floors
Bathrooms: swish & swipe/Sinks and counters
I had planned on cleaning out linen closet and rearranging some holiday tubs in garage but I think I'll hold off till tomorrow.
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating...
Not much at all, I have been trying to get going so to speak on my "me time" but have been in a funk...
Planner: I am struggling with planner peace, wanting to try switching to a TN since I love the Planner Perfect method, but 1. I LOVE lists and use everyday. 2. I can not bring myself to spend so much cash on a TN (until I know Ill use it) and 3. I already have started using my recollections and do not want to waste inserts.
Bible Study: - I still do on my own every morning and WWL but I am missing my ladies...I'm part of a group of wonderful ladies (Plan Live Love Ministries) I usually watch Live on Periscope but have had to watch re-plays two days I've not been home and the other days Periscope would not work for me -wouldn't load correctly.
Crochet: Have picked up twice. : (
 Looking around the house... clean but missing our Christmas tree
I am late in putting up decorations for valentines day. I was going to try to do today but maybe tomorrow.
 From the camera...
 Nada...I know I'm in a funk if I haven't even picked up my camera or taken any photos.

Something fun to share...
 Although this past week was pretty sad I did find many blessings in that we got to see family that we have not seen in a long time - also I use to work at an Elementary School- that's where I met my dear friend Cindy. She was sooooo Loved I knew it would be a packed house but I didn't think that seeing so many of my past co workers, teachers and friends would bring me such joy along side my sadness.
What I'm wearing today...
 Woke up, got in shower and changed right into Clean, fresh.....pajamas. Yup I knew it was going to be one of those days because I'm home with a sick hubby.
One of my simple pleasures...
 Being in PJ's
Bible verse, Devotional...


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Momma

This is My Momma...

                            Jenny Ascension Muniz
                    August 15, 1942 - January 17, 2011

 My Momma...
the most caring, selfless, fun, unique and crazy lady I have ever known. She spent her life giving all that she had while also fighting demons that I will never know of and the ones I do know of  I will never understand. I do know she always tried her best and Always put others before her ALWAYS. Even when some of those the closest to her broke her heart the most. I am ashamed to say I was always a daddy's girl and  I never took the time to see how very much I am exactly like her in so many ways even the way I look. I never saw until she was gone. In big things and in small ...Almost daily I see my hands working and I see her hands not my own. As a child I could not understand so many choices she made, but now as an adult and a mother I see it clearly. It hurts so bad to know I cant pick up the phone and call her. During her last trip to visit me We had a long talk  I will always cherish, She told me she was sorry for a lot of things and That she was so amazed and proud of the person, wife and momma I had become. When I close my eyes and think of her I smile, and usually laugh. I can see her  running off... usually barefoot to go help someone with a ride, to take them money or food. I see her and my Dad dancing and laughing, while she would sing Tweedlee Dee to him by Laverne Baker. I see her making others laugh with her crazy sayings like "drunker than scooter brown"  and if she didn't like something she would walk away while flipping you off sugar coating here. I can see her cooking Yummy foods in the kitchen, I see her sewing up my teddy bear for the hundredth time. But mostly how she was known, So many people we didn't know at her funeral spoke of her help and friendship. she was known for helping people Every Single Day! People She knew and Strangers too. I can remember her making Burritos and delivering to  Friends  she knew were lonely even the mail man and liquor store lady got one. She would go around to my Sisters, Aunts, Cousins and My Dads (they divorced but remained best friends)  homes, and pull weeds and tend to their Gardens, Collect Aluminum  cans and recycle for them. Leave a Dish of the food she knew was their favorite. And wash any dishes in the sink-That's how we Knew she had been for a visit. She would collect food and drive around and deliver it to People who could not get out or Neighbors she Knew were having a hard time.  I had the privilege of accompanying her on one of those trips and tear up every time I think of it, because I know these people appreciated the food but more so they craved the human interaction. She never left them without a smile.  She seemed to know everyone and would stop and talk to anyone (this is me) I laugh as I type this because I can hear my husband say -"You don't even know that person Row! T" Or If I hand cash to a homeless person I try to also give a hug with my hand and sometimes I cant help it but an actual hug- We don't know what the story is we only know they are struggling with their own demons. I often think one of my biggest faults is being to nice, I know I got this from my momma. and although her passing and a bit of hurts along the way in Life have made me at times, lock a gate around my heart I do try to let it open and carry on her ways, even if I really don't like pulling weeds lol  I miss you everyday momma.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 1.9.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 1.9.2017
(On a Tuesday)

Good Morning and Happy New Year!
I am happy to be back after taking December off for family time. I hope you all had wonderful Holidays.
Liking up with Sandra at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for HHM

The Weather... I would love some snow but mostly we've been in the high 60s

On My Reading Pile... My Bible. hope to start a couple new books my  Daughter surprised  me with at Christmas: Boss Girl and Uninvited.

On my TV... after putting away all the Christmas movies we have been back to Netflix...
The Office -Wow there are a lot of episodes
The Crown- just finished re watching with my hubby - who now sometimes walks around talking like Winston Churchill - I'd say he liked the series lol
 Gilmore Girls A year in the life- took us longer than expected but Just finished watching with my daughter, I think it seemed more musical and that turned me off a bit but I still enjoyed it. I Love that me & my Girl both clapped when Jess came out.
Land Girls- aka My Lunch date ha ha I just finished and Loved it!
 I just started...
 Jane The Virgin - I wanted to see what all the hype was about...not sure if I will continue
Narcos - almost got though first episode, I thought it might be to violent for me but so far interesting.
I watched a few episode of  Women in prison  out of boredom, but it just made me sad.
Me & Hubby are starting Bridget Jones Diary I can't tell you how many times I've watched these...I never tire of them. I'm so glad Netflix re added.
this is a lot of TV for me but I somehow still miss my ME TV westerns but hope to be back in the swing of things soon.

On the Menu for this week...
Monday- Pizza a surprise from my SIL : )
Tuesday- Chicken Tacos
Wednesday- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Thursday- Dinner with Family-Celebrating my Late FIL
Friday- Fish

On My To Do List... I am happy to say although as moms our to do list never ends I am pretty much caught up. I have been watching/joining Kimberly/StyleMomXO on You tube. and getting it done during my morning Power Hour!  I have found I am able to "let things go" and not feel guilty if I am not constantly cleaning something. I can fit/do about 7 items in an hour. and once I cross them off, It feels great to let myself breathe for the rest of the day. of course I still do my  morning/night routines and daily tasks like laundry, but this is the only way I have been able to SEE I have got things done and feel ok taking the rest of the day slow. Check out her channel

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating...
just playing in my planner.

Looking around the house... I can smile and know I've done what I can for the day. but if I let myself I can also start thinking of all the projects I want to accomplish this Year.

From The Camera... wishful thinking...

Something fun to share...
I Love this! Hubby does voice over of wife's cleaning routine
Love Meg on You Tube...

What I'm wearing today... Jeans, Grey Top and Black Sweater.

One of my simple pleasures... Baking! I Love baking for my family especially on cold days and with my children. The other day Me and Isabella made Chocolate chip banana muffins YUM!

Bible verse, Devotional...
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." 
                       -John 15:12