June 29, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday June 29 2015

Wow, it is almost July, my kids are out of school and working (all of my kids are old enough to drive and have jobs!), and it is grilling and pool season. Today is a beautiful day. Life is good.

The Weather
It is gorgeous! The forecast was mostly cloudy (and maybe that will happen) but right now it is sunny with blue skies, 61 degrees (high is 75, perfect!), and supposedly 81% humidity, but it doesn't feel like it to me. Humidity is an important factor around here, probably more of a concern for us than the actual temperature. We only have this issue in the summer, but that humidity level is what can make or break us on a summer day.

Things That Make Me Happy
Reading a really good book. But what may make me even happier are book lists. Oh, the possibilities! 

Also what makes me happy is that all of my kids (and my husband, of course) have jobs. My oldest son, who is 21, is working for our local telephone company in business support. It is not an easy job, because it includes sales quotas, but he is doing really well. He has been earning great commissions and is paying off a lot of debt (caused by financing the band he was in). My daughter is working in a daycare and the kids, parents, and fellow teachers love her. She is really great with kids. She started there the summer before her senior year in high school, worked after school senior year, and summers and Christmas vacation when she is home from college. My youngest, who is 16 now, is working for a man from our church fixing and installing automatic pool covers. This good man has employed so many of our men and youth. The hours are long (because it requires a lot of traveling), and therefore the pay is good. It does require, however, that we leave the house at 6:25 (his hours are about 7 - 7, Monday through Friday). And my last child, my foster son, was supposed to work with his brother (biological brother), but he has not been responding to his calls or texts (this does NOT make me happy). So this morning he texted my youngest son's boss, and sure enough he told him he can start tomorrow. I am so grateful for this man, who also employed my oldest son at one time, and for the good young man who takes them all to work. We are truly blessed.

Menu for this week
can be found in separate posts here for June and here for July

What's on tv
Two of my kids have been rewatching Glee from the first season, and I get sucked in once in awhile. Other than that, no tv, other than an occasional movie on the weekend. We watched Mockingjay Part 1 this weekend. I had seen it before but my husband hadn't.

Looking Around the House
The main floor isn't terrible. My one son who is home today volunteered to clean the house because we have a crowd of people possibly coming over tonight. I gave the bathroom/laundry room on the main floor a good cleaning on Saturday, so no complaints.

On My To Do List
I already got my menu planning done, so I have grocery shopping, straightening up the house, and making dinner for the family. Also, calling/texting a bunch of people. We are waiting for a letter with my daughter's mission call in the mail and if it comes, I have to let everyone know to come over!

Looking forward to this week
My daughter's letter! Also, the holiday weekend.

Tips and tricks
This isn't really a tip or trick, but my favorite bathroom cleaner is Borax and kitchen sink cleaner is baking soda. I use a wet microfiber cloth for windows and mirrors and a steam mop on my floors. Why? Because I am very sensitive to chemicals and cannot stand breathing in fumes from spray bottles of cleaner. So grateful for microfiber cloths and Magic Eraser sponges (for the shower).

Favorite photo
Last day of school for the two boys (my daughter's last day of her summer college class was the next day). The boys are officially high school seniors, and my daughter is now a second semester college sophomore (once she transfers the credits).

On my mind
I am in a bit of a panic now because I remembered that I need a permission form from DCF in order for my foster son to climb Mt. Washington next week with the boy scouts since he will be out of state. So far I haven't been able to get in touch with his social worker, and since it is a holiday week, the chances are that she is on vacation. So I will be frantically calling tomorrow (again) and may have to take a 45 minute drive to the office to pick it up, or else he won't be able to go. (He will be 18 in less than a month and then all of this nonsense goes away, yes!)

Psalm 37:7 in part: "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.. Something we need today as we await that mission call and await to hear about that permission form!

Have a great week!

Monthly Menu: July 2015

July is a busy month around here. We have three birthdays in our immediate family, and two more in our extended family. This year we are going to Cape Cod for a week, something we never do, but since this may be the last time our family is all together, my husband and daughter conspired to spend our money, and I am not complaining! (Although it looks like the house we rented does not have air conditioning, so we will be packing a lot of fans.) We also have at least one boy scout Eagle project to complete (and I know I will be doing a lot of the volunteering). Oh, and half of us are hiking Mount Washington. So here goes:

01  Wed  sandwiches, watermelon
02  Thu  grilled chicken legs, corn on the cob, salad
03  Fri  leaving open
04  Sat  Hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, watermelon, birthday cake for me!
05  Sun  tacos
27  Mon  baked chicken, egg noodles, peas
28  Tue  tacos
29  Wed  London Broil, baked potatoes, broccoli
30  Thu  grilled chicken, zucchini, rice
31  Fri  hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad

How to Choose: Watermelon

Have you seen the link on Facebook about how to choose a juicy watermelon? I wish I could go back and find it to link to the proper source, but to go back and find ANYTHING on Facebook is a nightmare. Anyway, when picking a watermelon, look for the ones with a yellow spot like this:

I would avoid those watermelons, thinking they are under or overripe, but now I know better. The yellow spot means that the watermelon was left on the vine longer, long enough to obtain that spot, and the longer on the vine, the more ripe (and juicy) the fruit. Also, if the bottom of the watermelon looks slightly sticky (couldn't find a photo of one that does), that is desirable because it is because of the sugar in the juice.

So I happened to have a watermelon with a yellow spot when I found this information and, sure enough, it was really juicy and delicious. Three cheers for the ugly yellow spot!

May 30, 2015

Monthly Menu June

01  Mon  Pasta night: elbows with Lentil Sauce, salad
02  Tue  Chicken Soup, biscuits
03  Wed  kielbasi, Farmstand Potato Salad, baked beans
04  Thu
05  Fri  grilled chicken legs, orzo salad, green beans
06  Sat  London Broil, broccoli, baked potatoes
07  Sun  Grilled salmon, rice, salad
08  Mon  Pasta Night:
09  Tue  grilled chicken breasts, Santa Fe Potato Salad, cucumbers
10  Wed  grilled hamburgers, corn salad, watermelon, zucchini
11  Thu  Chicken Taco Casserole
12  Fri  grilled chicken, California Salad, baked beans
13  Sat  hamburgers, store bought salads, brussel sprouts
14  Sun
15  Mon  Pasta night: elbows with meat sauce, salad
16  Tue  freezer leftovers, rice, broccoli
17  Wed sandwiches, macaroni salad
18  Thu  taco soup, chips
19  Fri
20  Sat
21  Sun
22  Mon  tacos, corn on the cob, watermelon
23  Tue  pasta, salad
24  Wed  taco soup, chips
25  Thu
26  Fri fend for yourself
27  Sat pizza
28  Sun  shredded bbq chicken, baked beans, leftover corn on the cob
29  Mon  pasta with meat sauce, salad
30  Tue oven pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, green beans

May 1, 2015

May Monthly Menu

01  Fri  It's my husband's birthday! And we will be watching Godspell! When will we eat dinner?
 02  Sat  Same as above!
03  Sun Time to celebrate? Grilled surf and turf, new potatoes, broccoli, salad
04  Mon Leftover pasta/chicken/salmon/broccoli/cauliflower with choice of sauce
05  Tue Grilled italian chicken, rice, salad
06  Wed Youth group: fast food
07  Thur Soup extravaganza: various canned soups with any leftovers still in the fridge, rolls
08  Fri Church prom: rice and beans for husband and I
09  Sat  Grilled pork tenderloin, salad, baked potatoes
10  Sun Mother's Day picnic: hot dogs, hamburgers, salads
19  Tue  Pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, green beans
20  Wed sandwiches
21  Thu  grilled chicken, zucchini,  peppers and onions w/rice
22  Fri  (prom) pizza (shop for Sunday & Monday)
23  Sat picnics/eat out
24  Sun surf and turf, macaroni salad, broccoli
25  Mon hot dogs, hamburgers, picnic food!
26  Tue  spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
27  Wed (NVL's, Halos): hot dogs/sandwiches, leftover macaroni salad, beans
28  Thu (upperclassmen showcase) Sloppy Joes, coleslaw, rice, carrot and celery sticks
29  Fri  Baked ziti, bread
30  Sat grilled chicken, macaroni salad, corn on the cob
31  Sun  quesadillas: Kitchen Sink & Chicken, broccoli, cheesy rice

April 30, 2015

April Monthly Menu

Well, it won't be a full month, funny how that seems to happen every year. 

20  Mon  missionary dinner: pasta with meat sauce, salad, bread
21  Tue   Son 1's request:  pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans
22  Wed  leftovers
23  Thu  
24   Fri   salmon, rice, zucchini
25  Sat   grilled chicken, cauliflower, salad
26  Sun  split pea soup, rolls
27  Mon  pasta, salad, garlic rolls
28  Tue  taco casserole, corn, broccoli
29  Wed bbq chicken sandwiches
30  Thu pantry taco soup with cheese quesadillas