April 28, 2014

Monthly Menu May

 1  Thur     Happy birthday hubby! Steak, baked potatoes, broccoli, salad, birthday cake
 2  Fri        grilled chicken, orzo salad, corn
 3  Sat        performance night again - dinner out?
 4  Sun       Hearty Cream of Chicken Soup, biscuits
 5  Mon     Pasta with crock pot meat sauce
 6  Tue      Chicken Provence, rice, green beans
 7  Wed     French Bread Pizza
 8  Thu      Red Pork Chops, baked potatoes, peas, coleslaw
 9  Fri     Shrimp Linguini, salad (just G and I)
10  Sat    Girl's night out!
11 Sun  
12  Mon  
13  Tue     Mandarin Chicken, rice, green beans
14  Wed     hamburgers, Zucchini Carrot Casserole
15  Thu     Grilled pork tenderloin, egg noodles, carrots
16  Fri     Salmon, orzo salad, corn, strawberry shortcake
17  Sat    Mother's Day dinner?
18  Sun     Vegetable beef soup, rolls (make ahead, Dance Recital)
19  Mon  
20  Tue     Mexican Fiesta Biscuit Bake (have missionaries over), rice, green beans
21  Wed     Cilantro, Chicken, and Black Bean Salad
22  Thu     New England Ribs, macaroni salad, corn
23  Fri     Easy Baked Fish, salad, rice, zucchini (senior prom!)
24  Sat  
25  Sun     Taco soup, nachos
26  Mon     Grilled Surf & Turf, baked potatoes, broccoli, strawberry shortcake
27  Tue     Cranberry Chicken, rice, green beans
28  Wed     Hot dogs, potato salad
29  Thu     Spaghetti with marinara sauce, salad
30  Fri     Cheddar Tuna Pie, cauliflower, gingersnaps
31  Sat  

Happy Homemaker Monday April 28 2014

Good morning! I took a look back to see the last time I participated and it was December! Oh, it's been busy. Now that tax season is over I need to start spring cleaning, so it is time to get back into homemaking mode. Thank you, Sandra, for hosting this every week. See her at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom, she is a huge inspiration to me.

As I Look Outside My Window
The sun is shining! It is still cold around here (38 degrees this morning) - I hope this means we will have a mild summer because it was a looooong winter! It is supposed to get up to 64 degrees today. There are still no buds on the trees, but the flowers are growing and we actually have one that has bloomed. Even though I suffer from pollen allergies, I look forward to the color that will be bursting forth soon.

Right Now I Am
Thinking of my to do list and wishing I could just take a quick nap first...!

Thinking and Pondering
Mostly about our busy week, and how I have to go to the auto parts store to buy a new gas cap for our car. Put gas in it this morning and drove away with it on top of the car. I blame it on not being fully awake - it was 5:15 in the morning after all! We went back to look for it but I didn't see it.

On My Bedside Table
My kindle, always! And I actually read an entire book, start to finish! It is called Opposites Attack and was just a delightful, quick read.

On My TV
We haven't watched it in forever. I want to catch up on Glee, Parenthood, and last season's Mad Men. I cannot even remember the last movie I watched, probably Catching Fire and The Book Thief.

Listening To
Just the clock ticking.

On the Menu for this Week
I have been posting that separately, one month at a time, so just scroll down for that. (I don't plan for a whole month at a time, but just add to it as a plan for the week.)

On My To Do List
Bank, auto parts store, grocery stores, gas for the van, wash towels, and put away one load of clothes that has been in the basket for several days.

Happening This Week
Oh, it's a busy one! All three of my high school students are performing in its production of the musical Grease this weekend! My daughter is Sandy, one son is Kenickie, and another son is Johnny Casino. They will have rehearsals every day this week. Fortunately my daughter drives, so all it means for me is to make sure I have a good dinner on the table for them! Then on Friday and Saturday nights we will be at the school watching the performance! Normally they have other activities as well, but those will be put on hold until the show is over.

My Simple Pleasure
My co-worker just sold his house and is moving out of state. We bought his living room furniture. I am telling you this because my new simple pleasure is reading a good book on his stuffed chair in my living room. It is my new favorite place to be.

Homemaking Tip
Keep a list! I have one near our refrigerator for my grocery list. My kids are older (20-15) and if we run out of something I tell them to write it on the list or do without.

Looking Around the House
My husband just came back from the physical therapist and is at the kitchen sink getting his lunch ready. There is stuff to put away and vacuuming to do.

From the Camera
The first color in our yard

On My Prayer List
My kids, always, and the tornado victims.

Bible Verse
Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

I cannot tell you how much I rely on this scripture. It has been my mantra, if you will, for several years, and is a great comfort to me in these troubled times.

Have a great week!

April 21, 2014

Monthly Menu - April

What happened to mid-March to mid-April?
Work, that's what happened.
And it's been ugly in the homemaking department, let me tell you.
My family hasn't had a home cooked meal in forever.
So now it is time to get back to it!

21  Mon     raviolis, broccoli salad (broccoli & black olives tossed in Italian dressing, garlic bread, milk shakes for dessert (we have to move some furniture, so this has to be a quick dinner)
22  Tue     baked pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans
23  Wed     chicken soup (perhaps for the last time this season!), biscuits
24  Thu     tacos, corn
25  Fri       dinner out, the kids have a talent show at our church
26  Sat      boys fend for themselves, Mom has a woman's event at church and gets fed!
27  Sun     
28  Mon    pasta with meat sauce, salad, Italian bread
29  Tue     pulled chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad
30  Wed    tacos, rice