Monday, May 20, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday




Hello Friends ~

Happy Monday to you. I have a busy morning ahead so will make this a quick hello. Hope you had a lovely weekend. It was a nice one here...even though it rained and was cold. Some areas around us even got some snow! (aahhh!! nothing worse than snow in May). I am still thinking summer thoughts and planting of flowers and I've been excited to see my bleeding hearts start to come up and some tulips out around town. Spring is still here! I even shared some fun grilling recipes and summer thoughts in a post over the weekend. I feel energized to share more posts than just HHM each week - so please pop by again 😊 

This weekend I also had fun going out with a girlfriend for dinner and catch up. And Saturday my girl had a friend sleep over and we went to church together and then out for sushi ;) Fun weekend and now on to the week ahead.


















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:






























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

jelly toast and some vanilla iced coffee, yogurt





















RIGHT NOW I AM:

working on my planner while getting ready to head out for the day and  working on this post - multi tasking at it's best 😉 






















AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

I see the sun shining bright and looking forward to a much warmer day ahead than it was this weekend
















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

Pretty tidy overall. Still scrapbooking things spread out in my dining room. Need to put away and make space to make out my sweet boy's graduation announcements 💜 Some dishes to load but overall pretty tidy and sunny and bright 


















ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

Ruby's vet appointment that got rescheduled, Ruby haircut this week, my haircut too (not by groomer - Lol), help my Mom, bring meal to FIL, Annie's golf and hockey, go out with my Dad and step Mom back from AZ for belated mother's day and Annie's bday, run errands - groceries etc, volunteer time





 














CURRENTLY READING

mainly magazines currently
















ON THE TV TODAY:

Game of Thrones, Call the Midwife, Grantchester, Spring Baking Championship, the Resident, New Amsterdam, American Housewife, the Rookie, Survivor, Little People Big World, Greys 
Anatomy, Trading Spaces, cooking shows, The Spanish Princess, The Bachlorette 







 













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY:  veggie lo mein didn't have last week


TUESDAY: out to dinner


WEDNESDAY: spaghetti hot dish, garden salad


THURSDAY: honey BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts slaw with apples and almonds (BA meal)


FRIDAY: greek style feta burgers with tzatziki sauce and oregano potatoes (BA meal)














WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

scrapbooking things, spring cleaning projects

















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:


??
















TIP OF THE WEEK:
















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even though it was cold and rainy outside it was cozy inside this weekend - baking of banana bread with chocolate and butterscotch chips of course 😋 



And I sent this pic to a friend showing her I was a sassy rebel still wearing shorts even though the outside was telling me it felt more like winter. My rebelliousness worked because Mother Nature has her act together this beautiful day ☀️ 







Ate too much yummy food this weekend - sushi and a yummy sweet and spicy chicken BA meal







PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Best Cinnamon Toast and Spring Grilling

Hello Dear Friends and happy weekend to you! 

I know I haven't done much extra posting other than HHM and I thought I would share a favorite recipe and some fun ideas for some grilling. Even though today it's cold and rainy - and 15 minutes away from me they got snow today (yikes!)...I know beautiful weather is due again. And Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. So time to think those almost summer thoughts for cooking outside again. Yay!! 

First up I'm sharing yet another PW recipe. What can I say? I love the lady's stuff. Lol The other day I had some cranberry wild rice bread and some whole wheat bread to use up. So I made up a batch of this oven cinnamon toast. 




When you think of french toast you probably think of what I always did - spread some butter on some toast and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture on the top and shake off. For quick and easy that still wins sometimes at our house. But this Pioneer Woman recipe for a more elevated cinnamon toast is SO good and worth the extra time and effort. 






Take the bread (not toasted) and slather the pieces with a butter mixture that has the cinnamon, sugar and vanilla in it. Smear it all the way to the edges. 


Then toast in the oven (& broil at the end) until it becomes the most heavenly caramelized crispy, yet soft and chewy tasty toast around. Here's the recipe:

INGREDIENTS
  • 16 slices Bread (whole Wheat Is Great!)
  • 2 sticks Salted Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Sugar (more To Taste)
  • 3 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract (more To Taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Smush softened butter with a fork. Dump in sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, if using. Stir to completely combine.

Spread on slices of bread, completely covering the surface all the way to the edges.

Place toast on a cookie sheet. Place cookies sheet into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil until golden brown and bubbling. Watch so it won't burn!

Remove from oven and cut slices into halves diagonally.







Now on to some grilling recipes. I have a pinterest board devoted to grilling you can find here here.




Perfectly grilled tender and juicy chicken marinated in a honey lime cilantro marinade. The flavor of this chicken is incredible!

I know cilantro is a kind of polarizing herb. But I love it and this just screams flavors of summer to me! You can find the recipe here.



These deliciously sweet grilled baby new potatoes are slightly charred & crispy on the outside & soft & creamy on the inside. They will become your most requested side this summer!

Now that we have our protein it's now time for some potatoes, right? And rosemary and potatoes go together like pb&j in my book. You can find this recipe here.





These zucchini parmesan foil packets are delicious when cooked on the grill on a warm summer night.

Okay, protein ✅ potatoes ✅ so how's about some veggies? These zucchini foil boats look like just the thing. With some parmesan on them I think they sound wonderful! You can find that recipe here.





Grilled Peaches and Cherries on a Skewer! Serve them as-is for an easy summer side dish OR combine with the cinnamon-honey syrup for a delightful ice cream topping!

And you didn't think I'd leave ya hanging without some dessert, did you? I think I may have shared these before but grilled fruit is just so delish I thought I'd share again.  And especially if you throw in some ice cream. Yum! 😋  You can find this recipe here.

I'm planning to start posting at least once more a week besides HHM. Either recipes or projects or about my northwoods. I love when you stop by friends and hope to give you more reason to do so. 
Blessings to you xo 💜 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday




Happy Monday Friends 

First of all I just want to begin by thanking you so much for all the loving and supportive comments and prayers after what I shared last week. It meant more than I can ever say! This isn't the way I would have chosen my path, especially in this season of my life, but I am getting better everyday with accepting this is now the path I'm on. I'm grateful for all the blessings it's teaching me on the way. I probably won't talk about it much on here unless I have something I feel I need to share in the future. My main focus on this blog is to do what I've always enjoyed - sharing motherhood, crafty things, recipes, my northwoods etc. Thank you for sharing in it all with me...and letting me peek into your lives as well. I love this blogland family and appreciate you al!! xo

Now, I hope your Monday is beginning with some sunshine ;)  And I hope those that celebrated Mother's Day had a beautiful day yesterday.  

It was a lovely weekend here filled with Annie's 13th birthday (yes my baby is officially a teenager!) and mother's day festivities. I think we both felt very loved and spoiled. I share more about all in the photos below. Right now the sky is blue out my window and the sun is shining and it looks like a gorgeous day ahead! 














THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:


























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

a bagel thin with small big of veggie cream cheese and sprinkle of everything but the bagel seasoning, coffee with natural vanilla creamer



















RIGHT NOW I AM:

Looking out at the bay with the sun sparkling on it as I work on my planner for the week. The wind chime is swaying in the breeze and playing pretty music for me ;) 




















AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

I see that our lawn is in need of mowing and Ad is going to get it out of storage this week and get it back in our shed for the season. There are finally some little buds of leaves on the trees now too. Yay! Really starting to think about it finally staying warm enough now to avoid frost and start picking up some of my flowers to plant















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

It was all nice and cleaned for Annie's bday sleep over here. Still some of the last sleepover bedding to put away from downstairs, but overall all cleaned up from the party too 
















ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

More house projects and I may go to a nursery to pick some things up so I can start planting flowers, work on Aaron's grads, Annie's golf practices, hockey practice, taking my SIL out for belated bday lunch and shopping, bring FIL meal, volunteer time, help my Mom with some things at her house, groceries later in the week/errands



 














CURRENTLY READING

finally just about finished with book I had been reading - deciding what I want to dive into next















ON THE TV TODAY:

Game of Thrones, Call the Midwife, Grantchester, Spring Baking Championship, the Resident, New Amsterdam, American Housewife, the Rookie, Survivor, Little People Big World, Greys 
Anatomy, Trading Spaces, cooking shows, The Spanish Princess, The Bachlorette maybe tonight?



 













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY:  polish on the grill, baked beans, fresh veggies, chips


TUESDAY: one pot veggie spaghetti I didn't get to last week, garlic toast


WEDNESDAY: vegetable lo mein with spicy sesame ginger sauce (BA meal)


THURSDAY: cheesy bacon, broccoli, crouton egg bake, fruit cups


FRIDAY: sweet and spicy chicken stir fry with rice and snow peas (BA meal)














WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

scrapbook gift for a relative, craft room

















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

may make a new dessert this week - stay tuned ;) 
















TIP OF THE WEEK:

wine glass dip



Or if you want to be crafty you could take a candle holder and glue a cute tea cup or other little bowl to the top and have that be a nice raised chip and dip set to place in a larger bowl












FROM THE CAMERA




As I think I mentioned last week, Annie has been into chocolate and orange flavors. So I baked a homemade chocolate cake from scratch (an old fashioned recipe using real mayonnaise instead of eggs), with an orange curd filling and homemade chocolate buttercream on top. Then Annie helped me make a chocolate mixture to dip cutie sections in and let them set up and put as decoration on top. If you'd like the recipe for anything I've mentioned let me know and I'll share it or if you want me to post it. It was a hit and really yummy! 



















The birthday girl picked to do an escape room and it involved getting out of a shipwreck. She LOVES puzzles, solving things, figuring things and talks about being an engineer one day. She had a blast and they made it out just in time ;) My Mom and I got to watch the behind the scenes from cameras peeking in as we sat with the one monitoring their game do her work. It was a lot of fun








then gifts and sleepover at our house - she has the most wonderful friends









The next morning I had breakfast for the gals. I had pre-made a variety of mini pancake muffins in various flavors (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry & chocolate chip) that they could just microwave. And of course some fruit and I made a batch of bacon in the oven so it was nice and crispy. 



The birthday festivities kept me from going to watch my son play with his band (he plays bass guitar) but his GF sent me some pics ;) I'll share a future post about his graduation and plans at some point. So proud of him and he has such exciting plans for the future!














Mother's Day involved a purse bingo event earlier in the weekend. My Mom and I went with my SIL and some of her family. This is my SIL's Mom with my Mom (my mom in yellow). None of us won a handbag or any of the raffles but it was so fun and lots of laughs and yummy food! And all money raised went to local military. And on Mother's Day my kiddos gave me the sweetest cards and some of my favorite dark chocolate candies. And we went with my Mom and my Brother (my SIL had to work) to a lovely brunch with a huge buffet of wonderful food and one whole wall of tables filled with desserts and they gave every mom some beautiful carnation flowers. 







mothers day glow ;) 









And I spent the afternoon in one of my favorite ways - soaking up the sun, admiring the bay and reading a good book. So relaxing








PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:


I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.