July 18, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday July 18 2016

Welcome Monday! I am feeling the love today because I have been having problems with my knee and it is finally feeling better and I can get things done! Haven't been feeling the happy homemaker while it's been hard to move around. Thanks to Sandra at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for hosting! Go see her for more HHM posts!

The weather is a bit uncomfortable, but that is typical for July around here. Right now it's about 90 degrees, but the air is heavy (pressure?) and we are due to get some severe thunderstorms this afternoon (which I admit, I absolutely love - as long as we don't lose power, lol). My son who works outside is off today so I don't have to worry about him for which I am grateful.

On My Reading Pile (which is mostly on my Kindle) are tons of unread books, lol. I have a goal to read the New Testament over the summer and am on schedule! Today I finish Acts. I am also reading To The Rescue, a biography of Thomas S Monson, and I once again started Anna Karenina but haven't touched it in awhile.

On My TV we are rewatching Friday Night Lights but that's about it. I need a good series to watch on my kindle at night when I can't go to sleep, which is often in the summer.

On the Menu tonight is pasta with meat sauce I had in the freezer and salad. The rest of the week will be mostly grilling and salad, with a baked potato thrown in here and there. It's too hot to do anything else.

On My To Do List I have my whites soaking in Oxyclean in my washer, so I will have to finish them tonight. Clean up the kitchen and vacuum, make a grocery list, do some bookkeeping, and watch the thunderstorms and make dinner. Oh, and videotape our family singing happy birthday to my daughter and load it on YouTube (will explain below).

What I am Creating What I NEED to create is a big pile of donations or garbage. Need to continue purging my house to simplify my life!

Looking Around the House for the most part the stuff that is out is manageable, but it desperately needs to be dusted and vacuumed. 

From the Camera I am going to cheat a little here - this picture was not taken by me but sent to me from my daughter, who is serving a mission in New Caledonia in the South Pacific. It's also a few weeks old, but I wanted to share one that showed the beauty of the island. We communicate via email, and today is her birthday, so I can send her the youtube link of our singing to her, thus why I need to create the video.

On my prayer list the world. My missionary daughter, my son who is in Marine recruit training this summer, my husband - his work is very stressful right now.

Inspiration a friend shared this on Facebook and it really hit home.

I hope your week is full of the things you really need, including joy!

May 7, 2016

Monthly Menu May 2016

01 Sun:  Hubby's birthday  The Juiciest, Most Tender Chicken I Have Ever Had, buttered noodles,                     peas, steamed brussel sprouts. *note* use about half the salt next time
02  Mon: 
03  Tue:  
04  Wed:
05  Thu:
06  Fri: dinner out with hubby
07  Sat:  pizza with the boys
08  Sun:  hamburgers, macaroni salad, watermelon/fruit
09  Mon: Missionary dinner: pasta with meat sauce, salad, bread
10  Tue:  bring J to WestConn: slow cooked pork roast, egg noodles, mixed veggies
11  Wed:  youth group: veggies, beans, & rice
12  Thu:  kielbasa, homemade baked beans, coleslaw
13  Fri:  Father/Son campout: whatever
14  Sat:  grilled steak/chicken broccoli, baked potatoes
15  Sun:  breakfast: blueberry pancakes, eggs, bacon, turkey sausage
16  Mon: pasta with lentil sauce, salad
17  Tue: chicken tacos, rice, corn
18  Wed: quesadillas, rice and beans
19  Thu: pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, broccoli
20  Fri:  Upperclassmen Showcase: leftovers
21  Sat:  burgers out
22  Sun: grilled chicken, salad, rice
23  Mon: Missionary dinner: hot dogs, potato salad, beans
24  Tue:  grilled salmon, rice, green beans
25  Wed:  leftovers/fend for yourself
26  Thu:  
27  Fri:
28  Sat:
29  Sun:
30  Mon:
31  Tue: 

March 19, 2016

Monthly Menu March 2016

20  Sun  corned beef and cabbage
21  Mon  pasta
22  Tue  pork, egg noodles, broccoli
23  Wed fend for yourself
24  Thu  from the freezer; chicken, rice, veggies

February 29, 2016

Monthly Menu February 2016

01  Mon  chicken and rice, cauliflower
02  Tue  Pasta:missionary dinner: pasta with turkey sausage, salad, bread
03  Wed  Quick:sandwiches, tomato soup  leftovers
04  Thu  leftovers
05  Fri  hot turkey sandwiches, peas, broccoli
06  Sat  
07  Sun
08  Mon
09  Tue
10  Wed
11  Thu
12  Fri
13  Sat  Split Pea and Ham soup, biscuits
14  Sun  Valentine's Day: pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans
15  Mon  taco dip with chips, corn, broccoli salad
16  Tue  pasta: no leftover baked ziti, salad
17  Wed  fend for yourself (rice and beans for hubby and I)
18  Thu  chicken soup, rolls
19  Fri  Vegetarian:Kitchen Sink Quesadillas, cheesy rice, broccoli salad
20  Sat  Temple trip: dinner out
21  Sun  pork roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas
22  Mon  pasta, slow cooker sauce, salad
23  Tue  rice, freezer leftovers, green beans
24  Wed  fend for yourself
25  Thu  Vegetarian Bean Soup, grilled cheese/quesadillas
26  Fri
27  Sat
28  Sun
29  Mon

January 31, 2016

Monthly Menu January 2016

01  Fri  
02  Sat  Salmon, scalloped potatoes, salad
03  Sun  baked stuffed shells, salad, bread
04  Mon  
05  Tue
06  Wed  
07  Thu  
08  Fri  
09  Sat  Hoppin John, rice
10  Sun  Pot roast, mashed potatoes, peas
11  Mon  Creamy Chicken soup, rolls
12  Tue  Lifeskills Graduation dinner
13  Wed  Grilled cheese, tomato soup
14  Thu  Tacos, corn, cheesy rice
15  Fri  Senor Panchos
16  Sat  Chili, rice, broccoli salad
17  Sun  lasagna, salad
18  Mon fried chicken (KFC), mashed potatoes, corn
19  Tue  Missionary dinner? Tomato Baked Chicken, pasta, salad, bread
20  Wed Youth Night:  Cheesy Vegetable Soup, roast beef sandwiches
21  Thu
22  Fri
23  Sat
24  Sun  hot turkey sandwiches, veggies
25  Mon  pasta
26  Tue  Pantry Taco Soup, quesadillas, broccoli salad
27  Wed  fast food
28  Thu  Turkey Barley Vegetable Soup, rolls
29  Fri  pork roast, mashed potatoes, green beans
30  Sat  veggie pizza
31  Sun  Beef Stew, rolls

January 30, 2016

Turkey Vegetable Soup

I don't think this is the most appetizing photo - the colors are washed out - but this was really, really GOOD. And everyone liked it (although my youngest picked out the spinach until I made him try it). The recipe comes from RealSimple.com (their photo looks better). I doubled it and increased the veggies even more. Must have with rolls to fill out the dinner.

1 T olive oil
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 large white onion, chopped
4 carrots, sliced
4 celery stalks, chopped
12 C chicken broth
1 C pearl barley or rice
salt and pepper
6 C baby spinach

brown turkey in oil, remove from pot
saute onion, carrot, & celery 3-5 minutes
return turkey to pot, add broth and barley/rice
bring to boil and then simmer until starch is cooked (30-40 minutes)
salt and pepper to taste
stir in spinach