March 31, 2015

March Monthly Menu

Sun 01:  Beef stew, biscuits
Mon 02:  Missionaries for dinner: pasta with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad
Tue 03:  chicken and rice, biscuits
Wed 04:  youth group: leftovers, sandwiches, or fast food
Thu 05:  scouts:  ham and bean soup, bread and butter
Fri  06:  Church Valentine's dance: (McDonalds for boys)
Sat 07:  NVL's:  pizza
Sun 08:  Church:  Tortilla soup, cooked zucchini
Mon 09:  Pasta:  elbows w/ sauce and mozzarella, salad, bread
Tue 10:  pork roast, egg noodles, gravy, peas
Wed 11: leftovers, sandwiches
Thu 12:  bbq chicken, fries, coleslaw

February 28, 2015

February Menu

Sun Feb 01 tacos, veggie platter
Mon Feb 02  Pasta, salad
Tue Feb 03   swim meet, track NVLs?, pick up at high school  slow cooker bbq pork, baked beans, coleslaw, corn
Wed Feb 04  Youth Group, toasted roast beef subs, carrot sticks
Thu  Feb 05  Scouts, ham, baked potatoes w/ melted cheese, peas
Fri   Feb 06:  Swim meet:  pizza
Sat  Feb 07:  temple trip?: eat out (chicken soup as a backup)
Sun Feb 08:  church: lasagna, salad, garlic rolls
Mon  Feb 09:  work:  spaghetti, salad
Tue  Feb 10:  work, swim meet: pork roast, egg noodles, peas
Wed  Feb 11: work, youth group:  sandwiches, carrot sticks
Thu  Feb 12: work, swim practice: chicken quesadillas, corn
Fri  Feb 13:  groceries, work from home, swim meet, senior night:  hot dogs, beans, potato salad
Sat  Feb 14:  youth dance, dinner out or dinner in?, hmm, it's supposed to snow: raviolis, garlic bread, salad, just in case (save for Monday if I don't need it)
Sun  Feb  15:  church: breakfast for dinner (pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage)
Mon Feb 16:  work:  pasta, salad, bread
Tue Feb 17:  work:  pot roast, potatoes, carrots
Wed Feb 18:  work, youth group:  sandwiches/fast food
Thu Feb 19:  work, scouts:  grilled cheese, tomato soup
Fri Feb 20: boys are camping, mom gets a break
Sat Feb 21: boys are camping, mom gets a break
Sun Feb 22: church, inservice training: chili
Mon Feb 23:  pasta, salad
Tue  Feb 24:  pork roast, gravy, egg noodles, peas
Wed Feb 25:  sandwiches
Thu Feb 26:  hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw
Fri Feb 27:  Visit Mom, pick up Chinese/pizza
Sat Feb 28:  Fast

February 9, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday February 9 2015

It's still winter, folks. Now, I can complain that Mother Nature is being too hard on us, but the fact is that we have had three day (minimum) weekends for three weeks now. It also means that I am not getting paid today, but I choose to look on the bright side. Plus, I have a bookkeeping job waiting for me that I can work on today. So, it is time for Happy Homemaker Monday, from Sandra at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom

The weather outside is snowy! Yes, we are supposed to get another 4-8, 12, 24 inches (I've seen all of those predictions, although I think the 24 inches is predicted for the Boston area) of snow today. It will be snowing all day with just a few short breaks in between. My husband cleared the driveway this morning with the snowblower before leaving for work, one son just left for work, and my remaining two are home and are the designated shovel pushers. That makes me the designated cookie baker. The snow shovelers need cookies when they come in, after all. It looks like we will have one day that will reach 33 degrees, but other than that, we will stay below freezing. This weekend it will get into the negative numbers overnight. I am grateful that I have a home with heat, running water, and electricity. It could be so much worse. Meanwhile, my daughter has had classes canceled for the fourth? day. She said last year they did not cancel once.

On the breakfast plate this morning was waffles with peanut butter. And water. I have caught this virus that is going around and have been coughing almost constantly. Water seems to be the only thing that helps, so I have been sipping several glasses a day. At least it is good for me.

As I look outside my window I see, wait for it, snow. I will show you.

Right now I am writing this post while I cough and wash clothes. My two high school students are home and still asleep. The dog and cat have both braved the outdoors out of desperation and are back inside and snuggled in their beds. I have a Yankee candle burning (Christmas Cookie). And I can hear the wind blowing and see the snow falling outside. Oh, I hear toilets flushing, sounds like someone is awake.

As I look around the house I see my candle burning. I see my two rectangular cake pans drying on a towel on my island. (Why do they make pans with seams where water can harbor?) There is some paperwork lying around (college brochures galore). For the most part, it is a pleasant view.

On today's (this week's) to-do list: I know this is tedious, but it really helps me to write it all down.

Monday:  bookkeeping job, laundry, vacuum main floor, clean four bathrooms if time
Tuesday:  seminary, feed pets, log seminary attendance, drive boys to school, eat breakfast, read scriptures, start pork roast in slow cooker, work, pick up son from swim meet, finish dinner, eat, clean up, wash towels, prepare seminary lesson, in bed by 9
Wednesday: seminary, feed pets, log seminary attendance, drive boys to school, eat breakfast, read scriptures, work, pick up son from swim practice, quick dinner, drive sons to youth group, prepare seminary lesson while at church
Thursday: seminary, feed pets, log seminary attendance, drive boys to school, eat breakfast, read scriptures, start dinner, work, finish dinner, pick up son from senior swim night, drive boys to boy scouts, prepare seminary lesson, menu plan, make grocery list
Friday:  No school, no work, no seminary! Feed pets, eat breakfast, read scriptures, grocery shop, unload, plan next week seminary, bookkeeping job, personal bookkeeping, dinner, drive boys to church to decorate for dance, watch Downton Abbey with hubby, pick up boys from church
Saturday: clean house, laundry, watch devotional, bring boys to dance, dinner, pick up boys from dance.

And it's no wonder I feel like I've put in a full day by the time I get to work.

Currently reading scriptures, Miramont's Ghost by Elizabeth Hall (very slowly)

On the tv today I finished Parenthood. I loved that show and will miss it, but am happy with how they ended it, including the death because that is a very real part of life. Husband and I are watching Downton Abbey on our Roku. I have been watching Glee but it is absolutely horrible this season, however I am sure I will watch it to it's end, since I have seen it from the beginning.

On the menu this week You can find my menu here.

What I am creating Seminary lessons and tax returns

Favorite photo from camera: My son and I drove to Boston (he drove the whole way!), picked up my daughter, and joined some fellow church members at our temple in that area. Then we went out to eat, said goodbye to my daughter, and drove all the way home. It was a wonderful day. Here are my son and daughter at the temple.

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes, Devotionals

Have a great week everyone, and if you are getting snow, stay safe and warm!

January 31, 2015

January Menu

01  Thu  Salmon, rice, green beans, coleslaw
02  Fri    Missionaries for dinner:  pasta with meat sauce, bread, salad
03  Sat   
04  Sun  
05  Mon  raviolis/shells, salad, garlic rolls
06  Tue   pork roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans
07  Wed  (swim meet) chicken taco salad/quesadillas/tacos, mixed veggies
08  Thu   (scouts) split pea soup, rolls
09  Fri     (swim meet) Chili, rice, broccoli salad
10  Sat    (track meet)(Super Saturday) fish, rice pilaf, zucchini
11  Sun  pasta
12  Mon  leftover turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, veggies
13  Tue  Chili, broccoli salad
14  Wed  roast beef subs, potato salad
15  Thu  chicken soup, rolls
16  Fri      (swim meet)(track) fend for yourself
17  Sat      (track meet) rice and beans
18  Sun     leftovers
19  Mon   pasta, salad, bread
20  Tue    (evening swim meet away)(track) lentil soup and chicken soup, rolls
21  Wed   meatball subs with provolone cheese
22  Thu    (swim meet home) chicken quesadillas, corn
23  Fri      (swim meet away) pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw
24  Sat     (track meet) (dinner with in-laws)
25  Sun    (bring K to school)(inservice)
26  Mon  (missionary dinner/fhe) pasta with meat sauce, garlic bread
27  Tue    (swim meet away blizzard) turkey barley soup, rolls
28  Wed  (recovering from blizzard) bbq chicken, rice, veggies
29  Thu  (is everything back to normal?) chicken quesadillas, corn
30  Fri  (new grocery day)
31  Sat    

January 12, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday January 12 2015

It has been so hard to get back into a routine since the holidays. The weather hasn't been helping, since we have had late starts, early dismissals, and closings since the kids went back to school. That messes up my seminary schedule, and my sleep schedule too. But, it is what it is, so I am looking for ways to just enjoy the season and get through it too! Thanks to Sandra from Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for hosting Happy Homemaker Monday!

The weather outside is
cold, wet, and icy. I have spent the day inside and wish all of my family could have done the same. But, alas, my husband and two oldest have to work, so I get to eat chocolate chip cookies and worry about their drives home tonight. Fortunately the temperature is still above freezing so far.

On the breakfast plate this morning
was pancakes. Since we didn't have seminary, again, but had a delayed opening, I made my high schoolers pancakes and made them sit down to eat and read scriptures with me before going to school. Then they turned around and came home early.

As I look outside my window
it is dark now, but still wet. We have one tree in the front that refuses to drop its leaves. They are dried up, but they do not fall off. So, if I am looking outside my front window I can see those leaves too!

Right now I am
finishing up a batch of cookies and dreading the making of dinner. I have a major case of winter doldrums and I need something other than sugar to perk me up!

As I look around the house
I have tax returns sitting on the table because it is FAFSA time. Oh, it gives me a headache, filling out that form, and I am sure we do not do it right. I am looking towards the mudroom to see who just came home. Ah, my oldest, ready for those cookies! We finally have all of our Christmas decorations put away - we just held onto a couple of fake wreaths for the doors to get us through the winter. Not everything is put back yet, so it is looking a little empty in the living areas.

On my to do list
I am behind because today should be grocery day, but I did not want to go out in this weather.
Tuesday: groceries
Wednesday: upstairs bathrooms, bedroom
Thursday: kitchen and main floor bathroom
Friday: main floor dust and vacuum, put things back
Saturday: have kids clean downstairs

On the tv this week
season five of Downton Abbey!

On the menu
You can find my menu here.

New recipe to try this week
I was looking for foods to get me through the winter and came across this article, and I would like to pursue those suggestions more.

Favorite photo
I don't have anything from this week, so here is one last peek at Christmas:

Inspirational quote

Have a great week!

January 5, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday January 5 2015

Happy new year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and hope you were able to relax a bit. I sure did. Things are still not back to normal, whatever that is. My seminary class does not start up again until Wednesday since some schools are still on break because they recognize Three Kings Day. My kids started back today but my daughter is still on hiatus from college so she drove them to school this morning. So, even though I woke up when everyone else was getting up, I was able to stay in bed and get some more sleep.

The weather outside is
cold! My phone says it is 33 degrees but not all 33 degrees are equal! This 33 degrees has a very cold wind with it. It is a beautiful, sunny day, however. We got a little snow on Saturday but then it rained on Sunday and washed it away. So, since we haven't had any real snow yet, we have not gotten used to the inconvenience of bad weather for travel. I'm afraid we are getting a little spoiled and it will catch up to us, but not in the foreseeable future.

On the breakfast plate this morning
I plead the 5th. Lunch will be leftover ham and rice.

As I look outside my window
I see the trees blowing in the wind.

Right now I am
Drinking a bottle of Propel, listening to the washer running, and getting ready to relax for about an hour before making a huge salad for the week. I am also saying goodbye to my daughter who just left for work. Oh, and I am celebrating because she earned all As in her first semester in college!

As I look around the house
I see groceries that are waiting to be put away. If I turn around I will see the bare Christmas tree that still needs to be taken down and boxed up and the few ornaments that I still need to pack up. That's next on the list so I can have the boys hall the ornament boxes up to the attic.

On today's to do list:
Today: finish putting away groceries, finish packing ornaments, make salad, pick up son after practice, stop at Walmart, make dinner, pick up other son at late bus drop off (their practices end at different times). 

Tuesday: send out emails to bookkeeping clients, vacuum main floor, mop kitchen, prepare seminary lesson, wash colors, sheets.

Wednesday: clean upstairs bathrooms, wash towels, prepare seminary lesson, go to swim meet.

Thursday: clean bedroom, wash sheets, dentist appointment, prepare seminary lesson.

Friday: clean basement, wash sheets, go to swim meet.

Saturday: dust & vacuum main floor, put back items misplaced by Christmas decorations.

Sigh, every year I think the same thing: how am I going to fit in work? But somehow I manage.

Currently reading
nothing, and it doesn't look like I will get to anything before seminary starts again.

On the tv
I still have the crucifixion to watch on Jesus of Nazareth. My daughter started watching Gillmore Girls on Netflix so I get sucked into that sometimes. It is set in Connecticut, which is where we live, so we get a kick out of their portrayal of us Connecticut Yankees. *Note, although I have known people who have money and summer on Martha's Vineyard, I have never known anyone so rich to have a live-in maid. A cleaning lady who comes to the house once a week, yes, but not a live in.

On the menu this week
this can be found here.

Favorite photo
My brother in-law just started up a Beatles tribute band and we went to see their first show on New Year's Eve. We got to sit in the front row, which meant we had to take photos for them. I got home and realized I had taken almost 1,000. My brother in-law often came out blurry because he would not hold still!


Have a great week!

December 31, 2014

December Menu

It is cookie month for me! Cookies for my family, cookies for various parties and activities, and three large trays of cookies for my husband to bring to work.
That explains the photo above.
(I won't add that cookies become their own food group in the month of December.)
Also, both high schoolers start winter sports today, which means quick (or make ahead) dinners with easy clean up.

01  Mon  Pasta Night:  Ziti with jarred sauce and lots of mozzarella cheese, salad, garlic toast (note to self: preheat oven before picking them up).
02  Tue  Chicken Enchilada Casserole, corn.
03  Wed  Fast Food from practice to youth group.
04  Thu  Soup and Sandwiches (btw practice and scouts)
05  Fri  Calzones/pizza for two (everyone else is gone).
06  Sat  School Play:  Pantry Taco Soup
07  Sun  Boston Road trip to see daughter's dance performance.
08  Mon  Pasta Night:  pasta with jarred sauce and mozzarella cheese, salad, garlic toast
09  Tue  leftover Thanksgiving turkey (from freezer), stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans
10  Wed  sloppy joes, rice, mixed veggies *note, cook chicken for Friday
11  Thu  hot dogs, baked beans, corn
12  Fri  chicken quesadillas 
13  Sat  something out or pizza, a busy night - tis the season!
14  Sun  time for some chicken soup
23  Tue  pasta, salad, garlic bread
24  Wed  Christmas Eve at my sister's: bringing green bean casserole, chocolate chip cookies
25  Thu  Bringing Christmas dinner to my in-laws:  Spiral sliced ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls
26  Fri  TIME TO REST pasta for kids, rice and beans for me and hubby
27  Sat  Quesadillas, corn
28  Sun  Chicken soup
29  Mon  pasta, salad, bread
30  Tue  Take kids really far away to large dance, who knows about dinner
31  Wed New Year's Eve - who knows about dinner
Note for New Year's Day:  salmon!