September 22, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday September 22 2014

Well, it is 9:40 pm but it's still Monday! I had a doctor's appointment today which kept me from HHM, and I thank God for reminding me about it, because it popped into my head while I was praying this morning. A friend once told me that God is a good secretary - ask Him how you should prioritize your day, or what you should be doing, and He will tell you. He is also wonderful at reminders. I am truly grateful that He helped me with that today. And I should NEVER make appointments on the day after a weekend or holiday, because I have a very hard time remembering them.

Breakfast Time
Lately I have been eating oatmeal, cooked oatmeal! I used to hate it, but I have been making it with milk instead of water and adding brown sugar and a good amount of cinnamon. My only problem is using the sugar, but I cannot bring myself to eat it without some sugar.

Looking Around the House
Clean!!! We had family over yesterday to celebrate birthdays and the house got cleaned Friday and Saturday, so today I was able to take a little break. Now I just need to climb up to attic and take down some fall decorations.

On Today's To Do List
The doctor's appointment was the biggest thing, but I also had to soak and bleach my white rags and towels and pick up the boys from cross country practice. Oh, and prepare my seminary lesson. And I got roped into more laundry because my son fell asleep with his half finished. That is why I am still up, waiting for the dryer to finish.

Currently Reading
Nothing at the moment.

The Weather Outside Is
Beautiful! Our first day of autumn was perfect. Cloudy in the morning, but the sun prevailed and it was in the 70's with a nice breeze. The leaves are changing color too!

On the Menu This Week
Not much. It is Durham Fair week, which means my husband won't be here past Wednesday and the boys will be coming and going. We have leftovers from yesterday's party, so this will be an easy week. My menu can be found here.

If I Have a Few Minutes to Myself I Will
These days the answer is take a nap. I get up at 4 am, but I am finding that I cannot sleep more than 5 hours usually. My bladder wakes me up and then I most often cannot fall back to sleep. Yesterday I slept from 9:30ish to 2 am. So when I can, I take a nap.

One of My Simple Pleasures
Driving down a country road in New England on a rainy day in the fall. When it is cloudy and rainy, the colored leaves seem especially bright. I just love this time of year.

Favorite Photo From the Camera
My mom and I took a trip to north to see this girl. I miss her but I wouldn't want her hanging around here! It is fun to share her life with her and see her spreading her wings. Plus, we get to share in the experience a little bit!

Praying for
My kids, always, our parents.

Bible Verse, Devotional
While preparing my seminary lesson, I thought of Peter beginning to doubt while he was walking on the water towards the Savior, and how he began to sink. I thought of how we are almost always met with opposition whenever we try to get close the Lord, and how easily I can get discouraged or forget my desire to be closer to Him. Inconsistency is a big weakness of mine. But I find hope in the example of Peter. We learn of his weaknesses, but in spite of them he became a great defender and ambassador of Christ. So instead of beating myself up whenever I falter, I am trying to remember to get right back at it, working my way toward the one who loves me unconditionally, in spite of my weaknesses, the one who suffered in Gethsemane and died for me because of my weaknesses. It has finally sunk in, that He wants me to come to Him when I falter; that is what He is waiting for. He will always be there waiting for me, helping me get back up and keep going.

Have a great week!

September 19, 2014

Hamburger Soup

Another recipe I cannot believe I haven't shared until now. This gets the Yummy designation, although I did notice the salt content AFTER I ate it (tasted great) in that I was downing water like crazy. So I will cut back on that. I am sorry I do not have a photo, will try to remember next time I make it.

I have decided that I will make soup at least once a week.

I doubled this to make enough for the six of us:

3/4 C soup mix (dried bean soup mix)
1.5 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
2 potatoes cubed
3 carrots diced
3/4 C celery, diced
2 T fresh parsley
1 bay leaf
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 T sugar
1 tsp salt (originally was 2)
2 C V-8 juice
6 C water

Mix all together and simmer 2 hours

September 8, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday September 8 2014

Good morning! Last Monday I was catching up on everything after a busy weekend, so I am glad to be back, joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday!

Breakfast Time
Oh, not a good choice. Perhaps if I thought about the fact that I would have to tell you I would have chosen differently! This morning I had to bring one son to the doctor for his physical, then bring him to school. Another son called begging for a breakfast sandwich from Dunkin Donuts (pretty much one of the main food groups in this part of the country) and by the time I got to D&D I was really hungry (mind you I am up at 4 am every day) and they have their pumpkin donuts again, and, well, how was I supposed to fight it? So, not a good choice this morning, but they were very good.

On Today's To Do List
Grocery shopping, NAP, maybe a load of laundry. Plan tomorrow's seminary lesson. Make dinner and pick up the boys after practice at 5 pm. There is much more to be done but I am realistic.

Currently Reading
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

On the TV Today
Nothing but son 2 and I watched Divergent on Saturday. I liked it.

The Weather Outside Is
Perfect! Last week was the worst weather of the entire summer, hot and HUMID and miserable, which figures because the kids were going back to school and the schools around here don't have air conditioning in the classrooms. My sons' coach teaches at the middle school and he said his classroom was 97 degrees one day last week. 97 degrees! Oh, and last Sunday, when we were driving home from bringing my daughter to school in Boston, I got a tornado warning on my phone. It was for RIGHT WHERE WE WERE AT THE TIME. Fortunately we made out okay. The worst was some heavy rain that made visibility terrible, but that only came in patches. I prayed the entire time we were in the danger zone. Love that God answers prayers! Anyway, today it hasn't hit 70 yet, and the high is 75. It is clear and sunny with lower humidity. Perfect.

On the Menu This Week
It's planned! Have my shopping list ready too! You can find my menu here.

If I Have a Few Moments to Myself, I will
Already put it on my to do list: NAP

In the Garden
We have a couple of cucumbers waiting for us on the counter, and hopefully more tomatoes waiting in the garden. We actually had to throw some away because they rotted really fast. We also have a pumpkin, it is already sitting on our steps!

Favorite photo from the camera
There are so many, but I will share this one from walking the streets of Boston. So quaint and so busy! Of course, all of the college students and their families were in town.

Looking Around the House
It needs to be cleaned, which will happen this week, but it is relatively picked up. I do have bags of clothes sitting around to donate.

Praying for
My kids, my seminary students

Bible Verse, Devotional
I saw this on my Facebook news feed this morning:

Have a great week!

September 6, 2014

Kitchen Sink Quesadillas

I cannot believe I have not posted this yet. It is so easy that it is embarrassing. I don't remember where I got this recipe; it is not my own.

1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained
1 11 oz can corn, drained
3/4 C salsa, drained
8 flour tortillas
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese

mix beans, corn, salsa
lay four tortillas on a baking sheet lined with foil
spread 1/2 of the cheese
spread bean mixture
spread remaining cheese
lay remaining tortillas on top
bake @ 400 degrees for about 10 minutes

Yes, that is all. So quick, so easy, perfect for a night when you have about 1/2 hour to eat!

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  fend for yourself (most everyone is away)
07  Sun  New England chuck roast, mashed potatoes, peas
08  Mon  pasta with Vegetable Pasta Sauce
09  Tue  chicken soup, biscuits
10  Wed  
11  Thu  
12  Fri
13  Sat  pizza
14  Sun  hamburgers, crispy crowns, store made salads
15 Mon pasta with lentil sauce, salad
16 Tue Kitchen Sink Quesadillas
17  Wed taco soup
18  Thu  eat out, everyone's on the move
19  Fri chicken nacho bake, corn on the cob
20  pizza
21  family birthday party: pulled bbq chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans, hot dogs, hamburgers, fruit salad, cake and ice cream
22  Mon  pasta with meat sauce made from leftover ground beef, broccoli salad
23  Tue cross country meet, bbq pulled chicken from Sunday on hamburger rolls, leftover macaroni salad and baked beans
24  Wed  beans and rice for us, hot dogs & mac-n-cheese for boys
25  Thu  chicken soup from freezer, sweet potato rolls
26  Fri  on the road - Durham Fair
27  Sat  food truck, then fasting
28  Sun P b'day  his choice, ice cream cake