September 2, 2014

The Busy Life

That is what I think I need to change the name of this blog to. That slow, boring summer? Gone. Our August was crazy. Every weekend was busy. We celebrated my daughter's 18th birthday and graduation with the family, my in-law's 60th anniversary and my mother in-law's birthday, my nephew's 16th birthday and my son's 21st birthday. My daughter had her wisdom teeth removed, plus all of the back to school shopping, including dorm stuff for my daughter.

Friday we went out to eat for my oldest's 21st birthday


Saturday my sister was having a picnic so I was making food before hand.

Then on Sunday we moved my daughter into her dorm (2 1/2 hours away):




Then we said goodbye and the rest of us headed to Boston's north end for Italian food:


It is such a beautiful city (my son took this photo)


Labor day was spent menu planning and food shopping and just getting ready for school and seminary. This coming weekend I am making only ONE plan, going to lunch with my sister. That's it!

Have a great week!

September 1, 2014

Monthly Menu - September


September is a great month! The beginning of school is exciting, at least in this house, and it is apple month! There is not much better in life than a crisp, tangy, fresh apple. Finally, it is time to think about autumn and all of its goodness, my favorite season. Really it is the best of both worlds, we can still get farm fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, but we can also get those delicious apples.

One thing about school starting is that all of the other activities start also, which means my menu choices have to fit to our schedule. My oldest goes to work for 5 pm, and the other two have cross country practice until 5 pm. My husband comes home from work LATE, sometimes as late as 8 pm, so we eat in shifts. My goal is to have dinner ready and in the oven when I pick up the boys after practice, we will see how that goes. On top of that they have youth group on Wednesday nights and Boy Scouts on Thursday nights, and once we get to mid September, meets will be on Tuesdays. They are after school but last longer than practice, especially the away meets because they have to travel. Every Saturday there is at least one person who has an event to attend, and somewhere in there I have to schedule a family birthday party for two of my boys. And I thought life would slow down a little with my daughter in college!

01  Mon  Happy Labor Day! It is leftovers in this house, namely pasta. Some of it is from Boston's north end in the Italian section. Delicious, homemade, and very hearty. One of the advantages of having a daughter going to college in that area!
02  Tue  The first day of school! My boys have cross country practice 5 - 6:30, most inconvenient for a mom trying to make dinner. Baked pork tenderloin (no grilling, supposed to rain), mashed potatoes, green beans, watermelon.
03  Wed  rice and beans for the adults, quesedillas, watermelon, and carrot sticks for the rest
04  Thu  chili, rice, broccoli and tomato salad
05  Fri  bacon pizza bake, rice and beans for adults
06  Sat  (rainy) chicken soup, biscuits
07  Sun  New England chuck roast, mashed potatoes, peas
08  Mon  pasta with Vegetable Pasta Sauce
09  Tue  
10  Wed  hamburgers, crispy crowns, cucumbers, fruit
11  Thu  
12  Fri  chicken nacho bake, corn on the cob



August 25, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday August 25 2014


Good morning! I love participating in this meme, but today I am taking my daughter clothes shopping and any minute now she is going to come downstairs and tell me she is ready to go. So, I thought I would get as much done as possible and see what happens! Thank you Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday!

Breakfast
A smoothie made from frozen fruit with bananas and water. Need that energy!

To Do Today
I already told you that!

Reading
nothing at the moment

TV
no tv today

Weather
Sunny and 75 degrees! Perfect!

On the Menu
You will have to ask my son! He has to menu plan for his cooking merit badge. We are working on that Eagle!

If I Have a Few Minutes to Myself
Ha, Ha, Ha!

Garden
Lots of cucumbers and tomatoes!

Photo


August 18, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday August 18 2014


Monday, Monday. It was a busy weekend, and today I want to just sit around and do nothing, but my house is a mess, so that plan will not work out! It was a good busy though. Yesterday we celebrated my in-laws' 60th wedding anniversary. 60 years! I could not even find a 60th anniversary card! At least not at Target. Anyway, tis time once again for Happy Homemaker Monday, hosted by our friend Sandra at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom

Breakfast time...what's on the plate this morning
Ugh, I woke up at 3 am with such a sore throat, so this morning is a hard boiled egg and a smoothie made with 6 fresh strawberries, 1/2 a frozen banana, and 1/2 cup of orange juice.

On today's to-do list
Cleaning. My bed sheets are in the wash now, but mostly I want to tackle the main floor today and upstairs tomorrow. My house was relatively neat all summer with half of us gone, but now the boys are home (which I am glad, I missed them) and I am getting ready for seminary, my daughter is getting ready to move into her dorm, and we have been busy, which amounts to a mess! The dorm stuff is not going anywhere for two weeks, but we have to clean around it. Other than that, it is Monday and therefore Moe's Monday and I promised my peeps that we would go for lunch, which means I will have to take a shower and make myself presentable sooner rather than later.

Currently reading
I am back to jumping around, with not a lot of time to  spend on reading. Here is what is on my Kindle, but I do not know what I will get around to reading: A Handful of Pebbles, Postcards From Nam (started), The Virtues of Oxygen (started), and Portrait of a Girl.

On the tv today
nothing planned

The weather outside is
I am just waiting for winter so I can type "frightful"! But, it is not frightful, it is beautiful! Albeit it feels like a wonderful autumn morning, not summer and we haven't been in the pool in quite some time. Actually, I haven't been in the pool at all this summer. Right now it is 64 and sunny and today's high will be 78. All week will be in the upper 70's with one day hitting 81. No rain in sight though, which we desperately need.

On the menu this week
My monthly menu (which needs to be updated) can be found here.

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will
Nap, hopefully, it was a tough night of sleep. Also, work on seminary.

New recipe I want to try this week
When meal planning I want to look through this cookbook that my husband bought me for Christmas last year:


If I try any I will try to post it here.

In the garden
I harvested all of the ripe tomatoes a couple of days ago, but my husband tells me more are ready, which is perfect, because salad is on the menu tonight. I did get a green pepper last week, so crispy and good!

Favorite photo from the camera
My favorite photo is of my favorite thing.



My favorite people hanging around me, taking and laughing.

Homemaking tip
Sorry, I am drawing a blank today, probably because I have been lax on the homemaking!

Blog post to share
nothing this week

Praying for
my family and friends

Bible verse, devotional

Have a great week!


August 11, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday August 11 2014


Good morning! It was a busy weekend, but a very fulfilling one. I had training for my seminary class which was fantastic - I cannot wait to start! When I got home my daughter and I went to Target for goodies for her dorm. She bought everything. Love her sense of responsibility. Yesterday we visited with my in-laws and brought dinner. They are getting older and and it is nice to be able to do for them, they have done so much for us. So it is Monday again, and time for Happy Homemaker Monday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom! Go see her for more Happy Homemaker Monday and lots of inspiration!

Breakfast Time...What's on the Plate This Morning
Nothing yet! I may indulge and fry a couple of pieces of bacon and eggs - my favorite breakfast - along with a piece of whole wheat toast. By the way, I have lost 19 pounds so far! Then I may make a small fruit smoothie for more goodness. Everyone else is gone already.

On Today's To Do List
I have to call the oral surgeon to reschedule my daughter's follow up appointment (she had her wisdom teeth out last week), take my car for an emissions test, hopefully get my hair cut, a couple of loads of laundry, pick up around the house, quick vacuum of the main floor, clean upstairs bathrooms, and (hopefully) pick up my two boys from scout camp. I haven't seen them in three weeks!

Currently Reading
I am all over the place right now. Started a couple of books but didn't like them enough to continue. I just downloaded Letters From Nam but haven't started it yet. Now that seminary is near, my fiction reading will probably slow down.

On the TV Today
Probably nothing. With the boys coming home today we will want to catch up with them.

The Weather Outside is
Beautiful! We have had such a wonderful summer! This morning I have the windows open, it is cool and clear (humidity level is comfortable), 68 degrees according to Accuweather.com, with a high of 83. Looks like we may get some heavy rain the next couple of days, but that is okay because we really need it. That is the down side to so much beautiful weather, unfortunately we need a balance of both. Our pool's water level is too low to run the filter now.

On the Menu This Week
I will have my whole family back by the end of the week, so it is time to menu plan once again! I will be updating my monthly menu and you can see it here.

If I Have a Few Minutes to Myself, I Will
Probably work on seminary - there is a new teacher's manual I need to start reading.

New Recipe I tried, or want to try this week
I don't know if I will get to it this week, but this looks so good: 


In the garden
We have gotten a couple of tomatoes and cucumbers, but with little rain we haven't gotten more than that. Cannot wait for more tomatoes - there is nothing better than garden grown tomatoes.

Favorite photo from the camera
My 17 year old's birthday with his favorite things - lots of friends!


Homemaking Tip
Found this on one of the memes you see on Facebook: cook fish on the grill without sticking by laying it on top of lemon slices. You are infusing it with lemon at the same time! Think I may try that this week.

Blog Post to share
With my kids getting close to leaving the nest, this is important to me (it is not specific to a particular church):



Praying for
My kids, my mom, my in-laws.

Bible Verse, Devotional


Have a great week!




August 4, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday August 4 2014


Good morning! The house is quiet - my teenager and young adult are still sleeping - and it's time for Happy Homemaker Monday! This comes from Sandra's blog at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. See her for more Happy Homemaker Monday.

Breakfast Time

We had family over to (finally) celebrate my daughter's graduation and 18th birthday, and this morning I am having some of the leftovers from my mom's fruit salad. I love it when healthy food is ready and waiting for me in the fridge!

On Today's To Do List
The house was cleaned for the party, and I kept up with the clean up yesterday, but there are a few things to do today. We have to empty the coolers of the leftover soda cans and water bottles, drain them and leave them open to dry. Rinse and bring all of the empties to the garage, a quick vacuum in the kitchen, and put away the coffee maker that is draining in the sink. Not a bad list! Oh, and fold and put away the towels sitting in the dryer. There is always some laundry to do!

Currently Reading
the namesake by jhumpa lahiri. It is a story of a couple from India who migrate to the USA and their adjustment, especially to the cultural differences in their children that become more Americanized.

On the TV
We have been watching Veronica Mars and John Adams via Amazon Prime.

The Weather Outside is
Beautiful, although a bit humid, thus the air conditioner is running even though it is only 70 degrees outside right now. The temp will continue to climb up to 86 for tomorrow. Looks like we will be having thunderstorms this week, typical for humid New England summers.

On the Menu This Week
I am sticking to my new eating plan, although I did indulge a little this weekend. We have tons of leftovers from yesterday, so tonight we will be having hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, and baked beans. (I will be having a chicken burger and a salad.) After that I am going to look to my freezer - I have various forms of frozen chicken in there, and I have been wanting to use up the food and clean it out before the summer is over, so I anticipate a lot of chicken cooked in the crock pot these next couple of weeks! There are still only four of us home, and I am anticipating a low grocery bill this week, which will be lovely. So far all I need to buy is milk.

If I Have a Few Minutes to Myself I will
Oh, I will have a lot of minutes to myself, woohoo! I will read and start preparing for seminary which starts the day after Labor Day.

New Recipe I Tried, or Want To Try
I don't have a recipe to share, but I do have a product:


It has about half of the sodium of Tostidos brand salsa (which is what I used to buy from our BJ's Warehouse Store), it is offered at BJ's, and my family liked it a lot! 

In the Garden
We have a couple of tomatoes! That means toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches, my favorite!

Favorite Photo From the Camera
I have less than a month with this wonderful child, and then we leave her at college.


Homemaking Tip
To go along with Sandra's tip this week on laundry stains: the sun will bleach out tomato sauce! My mother in-law told me this one and it works!

Praying for
My kids and parents.

Bible Verse
1 Chronicles 16:11 "Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually."

Have a great week!