Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 3.20.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 3.20.2017

Good morning Friends, I hope you had a lovely weekend. As for me I am happy to be out of bed after being sick for the second time in two months. I went back to the doctors and it turned out I had an upper respiratory infection, but I finished my meds and am hopefully done with being sick and back to my routine, starting with Happy Homemaker Monday.

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

The weather... Right now its in the 80's but should cool off during the week.

On my reading pile... Still only a few pages into Nicholas Sparks.

Movies or shows I watched this weekend...
Marcella on Netflix
Watched Jurassic park with Adam
Watched The Young Victoria with Isabella
 and I FELL IN LOVE with it! I will be purchasing as I know I will be watching over and over again. I Loved prince Albert, I told Bella "find on of those for yourself" lol

On my TV... nada. just periscope and you tube for this momma

On the Menu... still behind on menu plan but I defrosted Chicken drumsticks, it is a bit hot for oven so I might pop them in crockpot in a bit. btw would you just look at this burger, we tried a new place after Church called MooYah it was Good!

On my to do list... Get back in the groove...
Laundry: Bedding
condense paperwork
menu plan

What I am creating... I am in a bit of a funk but hope to play in my planner tonight. I still have not purchased my Travelers Notebook - I narrowed it down to two but then remembered Ebates and I wanted to give that $25 credit to someone so I remembered a friend and thankfully got a referral link. I myself am so bad about putting up links, I refer lots of people but forget to send referral link...that is something I am going to try to work on.

Looking around house... feeling so thankful for hubby who helped keep house clean. I do need to dust and do deep cleaning before I can pull out my Easter Décor btw I came across a you tube channel with some pretty great décor-mostly floral but if you want a treat check out: Arlynn's Country Craft Corner She has a lovely home.
This link is for some shopping and  Easter décor at the end of video

From the Camera...
Can you believe this is part of a dressing room? Me & Bella love shopping at Altered State. I mean they have a Prayer request book in fitting room! I was happy to see my  baby girl leave a request for college choices and to work part time before if Gods will. She waited till she was 18 to apply at Barnes & Noble (her dream job at the moment) But they are not hiring boo She also tried a coffee shop and would like to train as a Barista at Starbucks  so we shall see what the Summer brings.
*If you can please say a little prayer for her. Thank you.

what I am wearing... Jeans and a Green Top
I got up early, got showered and changed and put on my make up in hopes that it keeps me going! best tip from the fly lady-Dress to the Laces! It really does work  ; )

One of my simple pleasures... Opening the windows and just listening to the birds sing.

Bible Verse or devotional...
Love this one...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 3.13.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 3.13.2017

Good Morning, I hope you all had a very good weekend. Mine was pretty much spent sleeping and these are my constant companions right now...

It is bittersweet because well, my son is no longer sick, but my family are all on break including hubby. They all took care of things around the house. and we had a crazy start to our weekend. Friday morning hubby thought he smelled gas so I called it in and yup our Gas meter had seen better days so thankfully they replaced it. but it made us think about our water heater that has seen better days, We decided to replace it now before something goes wrong.
I am hoping I feel better soon so we can at least take a long drive in town or maybe Mesilla. *all prayers welcomed : )

Now that I have a bit of energy lets get on with our HHM
linking up with Sandra at Diary of A Stay at Home Mom:

The the high 50's when I opened the door this morning to welcome my doggie nephew drew in there was a nice cool breeze. made me wish I could take a walk.

On my reading pile... I just finished Go Ask Alice-I forgot how sad this book was and now I am starting See Me By Nicholas Sparks.
Movies or shows I watched...
I finally watched Manchester by the sea I liked it.
Still Alice - Great movie
let me say I was not happy with the endings of either

On My T.V.
Finishing last shows of Little House On The Prairie season 2
I started Watching Marcella on Netflix suspenseful but not a movie for kids. I do hope Netflix adds some new family friendly shows soon. I think we have watched all of the current movies.

On The Menu...
So thankful hubby has taken care of things this weekend
Since I was sick we missed the Fish Fry at Church btw wow have the prices gone up $10 a person anywho hubby picked up fish that was already seasoned and cooked, Sat. he took kiddos out because all I wanted was rest and soup, Sunday we all stayed home (water heater appt. ran late) and so we had our first BBQ of the year. Steaks and hot dogs my daughter and hubby did everything. This week until I feel better I will be flying by the seat of my pants Fortunately we are well stocked.

On My To Do List... House is clean and family have kept it maintained. everyone is on break so momma is not worried.

What I am Creating... ugh next question lol

Happening this week... Hubby has been working in yard, water heater will be replaced Tuesday, Hubby will be installing a new ceiling fan, we had planned on fixing daughters closet and painting her room but with me sick I don't think that's happening...lets just say daughter has A Lot of things and its a big project to drag everything out.

Looking around the house... maintained : )

From The Camera...
My Daughter reading to students from her old elementary school that just happened to be her Brothers old 3rd grade teacher's class.
This school is close to all our hearts at one time I worked there while both my children attended.
What I am wearing today...Doggie pjs, but I will be changing pjs soon : ) don't ask how many pjs I own

One of my simple pleasures... Peace of mind while sick, knowing my family can handle all things. with exception of daughters messy closet lol

Bible Verse or Devotional...
I am excited that we will be starting the book of Ruth in our Bible study- @planwithjentoo on Periscope

Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 3.6.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 3.6.2017

March Already?  Well...Top of the morning to ya! 
Hope you are having a productive Monday. I am moving in slow motion today that's for sure. But I had a great weekend. Friday we went to the movies. We had "dates" with our children. Michael & Adam went to see one movie and me and Isabella another. We had to go very late (free T-Mobile Tuesday tickets) so while waiting for the boys movie to finish (we had 40 minutes) we walked into the ending of Logan and John Wick. hee hee -Do you ever do that? hubby wont but me and Bella sure did: giggling the whole way... Part of me felt like a kid breaking the rules, having fun with a friend and part of me felt like a bad parent. I chalk it up to 1. being catholic and 2. the movie we watched...Split
p.s. you will only understand if you've seen the movie but me and bella cant stop saying "etc."

Any-Who...On to HHM
Linking up with Sandra at Diary of a stay at home mom

Weather... Its supposed to get up to the 80's today -Blah

Reading Pile... I added to and am reading Go ask Alice.

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend...
ending of Logan and John Wick

On My T.V...
Little House On the prairie
The Voice
Taken- new show I couldn't turn away from

On the menu for this week...
Tonight BBQ Chicken, Friday Church Fish Fry.
and I haven't got further than that.
Rebel I Know! LOL

On my to do list...
Pick up around the house.
 Load of laundry...
The kiddos got new mattresses this weekend so bedding is already done.
Make Dental appointments
Meal plans-I am behind

What I am Creating...Playing in Planner: I picked up some great deals at Michaels, Target, and The Dollar Tree.

Happening this week...Bella is on a "field trip" today she is helping her school library-they are going around to elementary schools in our feeder pattern and reading to children : )
Dinner at Church on Friday.
other than that I hope to have a slow relaxing week at home.
From the Camera...
Sunday after church we met up with our Friends for lunch at Brick House.
Little Brother is now Taller than Big Sister!

What I'm wearing...PJ'S Hello? lol after my shower, I will be changing into grey capris and tee today with it being so hot.

One of my simple pleasures... Simply lemonade! I had a craving for this and have been drinking it with meals most all week... guess I am getting ready for summer. Makes me wish I had a Big wrap around porch to enjoy it on. 

Bible Verse Or Devotional...
My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching.
Proverbs 6:20

Monday, February 27, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 2.27.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 2.27.2017

Can you believe we are on the last HHM of February already? I'm late putting this up because I dozed off after my bible study this morning. I thought I'd take a little cap nap but when I awoke an hour had past, I guess I needed it, I  hadn't been sleeping well because my daughter was out of town and you know us mommas, we have to know all our little chicks are safe. So I had to move double time and then got into a cleaning frenzy. before I knew it kiddos were home from school. so here I sit while they do homework taking a break with a tall glass of iced milk and my PB&J : )

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

The Weather... 71 this Texas weather is so unpredictable one day chilly, one day hot.

On My T.V. still watching season 2 of little House On the Prairie
and this...
Such a great movie! "Please God Just one more" I really wanted this movie to win picture of the year last night. btw what did you think of the La La land mix up at the end-Boy these award shows have been slacking.

M - Enchiladas, Rice & Beans
T- Chicken Cordon Blu
W- Mostaccioli
T- Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Corn. 
F- Pizza
S - ???
S - Out to eat with our God Son and family : )

On My to do List...
Wash Sheets
wash blankets
Clean Rest rooms
Sweep floors
Mop floors
rearrange hubby's clothes

What I am Creating... does choosing fabric for a TN count lol  I decided to go with a fabric one for Bible Study and waiting on a B5 to come back in stock. p.s. if your looking for a fabric Travelers Notebook check out my friend Lisa - Just_Stitched on etsy.  You can see her items on IG under the same name, She is a very sweet and so talented.  She has the cutest aprons too!

Looking Forward To... Our God son and family joining us for church on Sunday

Looking around the house...  : )

From the camera...
Hubby took most of the photos from this weekend but here's one of my doll who I am happy to say is now home safe and sound.

One of my simple pleasures... Naps!

Bible verse or Devotional...


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