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!

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

April 27, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday April 27 2015

Wow, it has been so long since I have been able to participate in Happy Homemaker Monday! I am glad to be back! So what is happening? I am through working (almost) full time, and now it is time to get my house on track. I am thrilled that May is almost here (which brings leaves to the trees), even though it is a busy, busy month. My daughter has two weeks left of her freshman year of college, and my two youngest are almost done with their junior year of high school. Time is going by so fast. Stop by Sandra's blog to see more Happy Homemaker posts.

The weather is 
sunny, although a little on the cool side, but I heard it should be hitting 70 by Wednesday! Right now it is 46.

For breakfast
I am drinking fruit water. Here, I'll show you:

I had been toying with smoothies, but couldn't come up with a good base that would not add a lot of calories. Then I was thinking about getting a glass of water, and thought, why not just blend some frozen fruit into your water? And so I did. I have tons of fruit in my freezer from past attempts of a couple of us in making smoothies, so I threw some fruit in, blended it, and it pretty much tastes like water with a slight fruit taste. Pretty much what you would expect. What has made it successful for me, is that I am no longer looking for a different taste (like say, a milkshake). I like water, I drink it all of the time, and now I have flavored water! So right now I am drinking water blended with frozen blueberries and strawberries. 

Outside my window
the trees in my backyard are still bare, but the sun is shining and there is no snow anywhere, which has been such a large part of the landscape for so many months that it is thrilling to see grass!

Right now
I have some laundry going, hoping to finally catch up in that department. Today are towels and rags, which require soaking first. Hopefully the rest of the week I will get everyone's sheets done. The kids are in charge of their own clothes.

Around the house
It is relatively picked up. Needs dusting and my windows need washing desperately! Overall I am pleased with it though because I managed to organize my small desk this weekend.

To Do
grocery shopping today, bank, pick up son from play rehearsal, meet with another mom about selling tickets (they are performing Godspell this weekend!), cook dinner, plan seminary lesson

Tuesday: clean bedroom, laundry, sell tickets at school during lunch, dinner, lesson plan, rides (not in that order)
Wednesday: same, but dust main floor
Thursday: same, but vacuum main floor, wash floors
Friday: same, but clean downstairs bathrooms, bookkeeping, play
Saturday: play
Sunday: church, lesson plan

nothing at the moment

last season's Madmen

you can find my menu here

Favorite photo
my daughter and her roommate at the Boston Marathon (as spectators)

                          "as we fill our hearts and homes with the Savior's light and truth, we will have the inner strength to withstand in every circumstance"  Cheryl A. Esplin

Have a wonderful week!

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

March 13, 2015

Friday Update

What's Now
Look at our deck, snow free! That is mostly because my husband shoveled most of it off. You can still see snow on the ground.

But the piles have gotten much smaller. We have no snow in the forecast, and above freezing temps during the day, which means it will continue to melt, but below freezing temps overnight, which means early in the morning can be dangerous driving, as the runoff from the melting snow freezes into a slick layer of ice. What's this? Snow forecasted for next Saturday? I refuse to believe it.

Can you see the dirt on the driveway? That is the the one thing about winter that drives me insane. That and the static electricity. There is always sand in my mudroom. Tons and tons of sand. The sound of it under my feet makes me cringe. And with six people walking in and out of this house every day, it is always present.

What's New
Daughter will be home tonight! Spring break. Hopefully she will look kindly on me and clean the house while I work. Sometimes she is good that way. Sometimes. 

I am sick with some virus. Mucus abounds. Possible sinus infection? Can't get in to see the doctor until Monday afternoon. Yes! I found Mucinex in my cabinet, and it wasn't expired! Hopefully it will keep me going. I have two bookkeeping jobs to do and I don't need to be stopping every two minutes to blow my nose.

Son 3 has state swim competitions this weekend. 

The women in my family are too sick to get together for St. Patrick's Day. We are not Catholic, but we do have some Irish heritage, so we have a family tradition of getting together for corned beef and cabbage and watching The Quiet Man. I will probably make the meal for my immediate family on Tuesday since I can throw everything in a slow cooker.

What's On My Mind
I am so tired. Tax season is getting harder for me as I get older, because I teach seminary early in the morning. I asked if they were going to get someone else for next year (they like us to teach for a four year cycle, and this is the last year of my second cycle). My kids have one more year to go, so they may keep me on for one more year. My husband thinks I should teach it next year since I have to take the boys anyway.

What's the Schedule
  • bookkeeping jobs
  • laundry (two or three loads)
  • clean bathrooms???
  • rest
  • dinner, hmmm
  • menu plan
  • bring boys to SAT's
  • drama club parents' meeting
  • grocery shop
  • vacuum, clean house?
  • bookkeeping jobs?
  • quick dinner
  • stake conference


  • stake conference
  • plan seminary lessons
  • dinner
  • seminary
  • work (leave 3 pm)
  • doctor's appointment
  • start dinner
  • pick up son(s)
  • FHE
  • prepare seminary lesson
  • seminary
  • work
  • pick up son(s)
  • dinner
  • prepare seminary lesson
  • seminary
  • work
  • pick up son?
  • state swim class finals
  • bring son to youth group
  • prepare lesson
  • seminary
  • work
  • pick up sons
  • dinner
  • bring sons to scouts
  • prepare lesson
  • seminary
  • grocery shop
  • bookkeeping?
  • laundry
  • dinner

March 6, 2015

Friday Update

What's Now

Not much has changed since I posted photos a month ago. We are still covered in snow, as a matter of fact, it snowed yesterday. Today it is a balmy 16 degrees. Certainly no sign of spring yet. However, the sun is shining (meaning the driveway should melt!!!) and the sky is clear blue. And, we are getting used to the cold temperatures - will we be able to handle 70 degrees?

What's New
Son 2 will be performing in the high school production of Godspell as John the Baptist/Judas. I know nothing about the musical except for one song. Is it offensive? I sure hope not.

Son 3 will be swimming in the league finals on Saturday, then on to States. Both have to take the SAT next Saturday. Fun times.

Son 1 got a new job and has completed 2 (3?) weeks of training so far. He quit his band (blessings).

Daughter is coming home (as in, we must go get her) for spring break next week. 

I have completed four weeks of tax season (6 to go!). I really do like the work, just not the crazy schedule. I am running ragged. 

What's notable
I will cook for as long as I still have stamina, then will be relying on what was put in the freezer. Hoping to make it another three to four weeks before then. 

I have no idea how son 2 will be getting home from rehearsals. Hopefully he will find a ride, otherwise he will have to wait around until about 5:45 when I can pick him and son 3 up at the school. That way I can work until 5, which means I need to get there by 9 am, which is not easy (did it once so far, and that was because I was given a ride).

What's needed
Today's schedule:  
  • Family bookkeeping
  • buy gas
  • buy groceries
  • unload groceries
  • call health insurance company
  • call orthodontist
  • call piano tuner
  • call dietitian
  • Job bookkeeping
  • finish laundry
  • pick up son 3
  • drive boys to church, picking up McDonald's on the way
  • plan seminary for next week
  • clean house
  • wash towels
  • wash sheets
  • go to NVLs

  • church
  • make dinner
  • prepare seminary lesson
  • seminary
  • work
  • pick up son 3
  • make dinner
  • FHE
  • plan seminary lesson
  • seminary
  • work
  • pick up son 3
  • make dinner
  • plan seminary lesson
  • seminary
  • work
  • eat something quick!
  • drive boys to youth group
  • prepare seminary lesson
  • Note* state trials (check date!) have husband pick up son 3
  • seminary
  • work
  • pick up son 3
  • make dinner
  • drive boys to scouts
  • prepare seminary lesson
Onto next week!