January 31, 2015

January Menu

01  Thu  Salmon, rice, green beans, coleslaw
02  Fri    Missionaries for dinner:  pasta with meat sauce, bread, salad
03  Sat   
04  Sun  
05  Mon  raviolis/shells, salad, garlic rolls
06  Tue   pork roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans
07  Wed  (swim meet) chicken taco salad/quesadillas/tacos, mixed veggies
08  Thu   (scouts) split pea soup, rolls
09  Fri     (swim meet) Chili, rice, broccoli salad
10  Sat    (track meet)(Super Saturday) fish, rice pilaf, zucchini
11  Sun  pasta
12  Mon  leftover turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, veggies
13  Tue  Chili, broccoli salad
14  Wed  roast beef subs, potato salad
15  Thu  chicken soup, rolls
16  Fri      (swim meet)(track) fend for yourself
17  Sat      (track meet) rice and beans
18  Sun     leftovers
19  Mon   pasta, salad, bread
20  Tue    (evening swim meet away)(track) lentil soup and chicken soup, rolls
21  Wed   meatball subs with provolone cheese
22  Thu    (swim meet home) chicken quesadillas, corn
23  Fri      (swim meet away) pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw
24  Sat     (track meet) (dinner with in-laws)
25  Sun    (bring K to school)(inservice)
26  Mon  (missionary dinner/fhe) pasta with meat sauce, garlic bread
27  Tue    (swim meet away blizzard) turkey barley soup, rolls
28  Wed  (recovering from blizzard) bbq chicken, rice, veggies
29  Thu  (is everything back to normal?) chicken quesadillas, corn
30  Fri  (new grocery day)
31  Sat    

January 12, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday January 12 2015

It has been so hard to get back into a routine since the holidays. The weather hasn't been helping, since we have had late starts, early dismissals, and closings since the kids went back to school. That messes up my seminary schedule, and my sleep schedule too. But, it is what it is, so I am looking for ways to just enjoy the season and get through it too! Thanks to Sandra from Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for hosting Happy Homemaker Monday!

The weather outside is
cold, wet, and icy. I have spent the day inside and wish all of my family could have done the same. But, alas, my husband and two oldest have to work, so I get to eat chocolate chip cookies and worry about their drives home tonight. Fortunately the temperature is still above freezing so far.

On the breakfast plate this morning
was pancakes. Since we didn't have seminary, again, but had a delayed opening, I made my high schoolers pancakes and made them sit down to eat and read scriptures with me before going to school. Then they turned around and came home early.

As I look outside my window
it is dark now, but still wet. We have one tree in the front that refuses to drop its leaves. They are dried up, but they do not fall off. So, if I am looking outside my front window I can see those leaves too!

Right now I am
finishing up a batch of cookies and dreading the making of dinner. I have a major case of winter doldrums and I need something other than sugar to perk me up!

As I look around the house
I have tax returns sitting on the table because it is FAFSA time. Oh, it gives me a headache, filling out that form, and I am sure we do not do it right. I am looking towards the mudroom to see who just came home. Ah, my oldest, ready for those cookies! We finally have all of our Christmas decorations put away - we just held onto a couple of fake wreaths for the doors to get us through the winter. Not everything is put back yet, so it is looking a little empty in the living areas.

On my to do list
I am behind because today should be grocery day, but I did not want to go out in this weather.
Tuesday: groceries
Wednesday: upstairs bathrooms, bedroom
Thursday: kitchen and main floor bathroom
Friday: main floor dust and vacuum, put things back
Saturday: have kids clean downstairs

On the tv this week
season five of Downton Abbey!

On the menu
You can find my menu here.

New recipe to try this week
I was looking for foods to get me through the winter and came across this article, and I would like to pursue those suggestions more.

Favorite photo
I don't have anything from this week, so here is one last peek at Christmas:

Inspirational quote

Have a great week!

January 5, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday January 5 2015

Happy new year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and hope you were able to relax a bit. I sure did. Things are still not back to normal, whatever that is. My seminary class does not start up again until Wednesday since some schools are still on break because they recognize Three Kings Day. My kids started back today but my daughter is still on hiatus from college so she drove them to school this morning. So, even though I woke up when everyone else was getting up, I was able to stay in bed and get some more sleep.

The weather outside is
cold! My phone says it is 33 degrees but not all 33 degrees are equal! This 33 degrees has a very cold wind with it. It is a beautiful, sunny day, however. We got a little snow on Saturday but then it rained on Sunday and washed it away. So, since we haven't had any real snow yet, we have not gotten used to the inconvenience of bad weather for travel. I'm afraid we are getting a little spoiled and it will catch up to us, but not in the foreseeable future.

On the breakfast plate this morning
I plead the 5th. Lunch will be leftover ham and rice.

As I look outside my window
I see the trees blowing in the wind.

Right now I am
Drinking a bottle of Propel, listening to the washer running, and getting ready to relax for about an hour before making a huge salad for the week. I am also saying goodbye to my daughter who just left for work. Oh, and I am celebrating because she earned all As in her first semester in college!

As I look around the house
I see groceries that are waiting to be put away. If I turn around I will see the bare Christmas tree that still needs to be taken down and boxed up and the few ornaments that I still need to pack up. That's next on the list so I can have the boys hall the ornament boxes up to the attic.

On today's to do list:
Today: finish putting away groceries, finish packing ornaments, make salad, pick up son after practice, stop at Walmart, make dinner, pick up other son at late bus drop off (their practices end at different times). 

Tuesday: send out emails to bookkeeping clients, vacuum main floor, mop kitchen, prepare seminary lesson, wash colors, sheets.

Wednesday: clean upstairs bathrooms, wash towels, prepare seminary lesson, go to swim meet.

Thursday: clean bedroom, wash sheets, dentist appointment, prepare seminary lesson.

Friday: clean basement, wash sheets, go to swim meet.

Saturday: dust & vacuum main floor, put back items misplaced by Christmas decorations.

Sigh, every year I think the same thing: how am I going to fit in work? But somehow I manage.

Currently reading
nothing, and it doesn't look like I will get to anything before seminary starts again.

On the tv
I still have the crucifixion to watch on Jesus of Nazareth. My daughter started watching Gillmore Girls on Netflix so I get sucked into that sometimes. It is set in Connecticut, which is where we live, so we get a kick out of their portrayal of us Connecticut Yankees. *Note, although I have known people who have money and summer on Martha's Vineyard, I have never known anyone so rich to have a live-in maid. A cleaning lady who comes to the house once a week, yes, but not a live in.

On the menu this week
this can be found here.

Favorite photo
My brother in-law just started up a Beatles tribute band and we went to see their first show on New Year's Eve. We got to sit in the front row, which meant we had to take photos for them. I got home and realized I had taken almost 1,000. My brother in-law often came out blurry because he would not hold still!


Have a great week!