Monday, September 16, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday

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Hello and Happy Monday Friends ~ 

I hope you all had a wonderfully blessed weekend. 🙏 

I had a similar one to last weekend. Annie had a friend sleepover. We played games and some volleyball. But I also got more in depth cleaning, scrubbing, and mopping done. And finally got out the rest of my Fall decorations! I didn't get to the outside yet. But inside it's looking cozy and very Autumnal. Beware lots of photos below! Lol I'm also finally sharing the sour cream banana bread recipe below since I didn't get it into an individual post. 

Then yesterday Ad came over for dinner to help with some things and hang out a bit. Annie has already been getting heavy duty homework. He gets to help her with the math! Lol 😂 

Now onto the week ahead...

















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:






































ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

toast with pb and honey, iced coffee




















RIGHT NOW I AM:

Listening to classical music and working on my planner 















AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

The sun is finally coming out after being gray all morning. I see more trees starting to change color and one in my backyard has begun to lose its leaves 🍁 
















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

Sunbeams streaming in and Ruby is laying in one. I see my Fall decorations out everywhere and it makes me smile 😊 
















ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

errands, pack up care packages to ship to Aaron and other special college students in my life right now, groceries, hospice volunteering, Annie has 2 volleyball games this week, call about a crack in my car windshield to get fixed, lunch with my Mom and my Aunt, other projects to work on, Ruby's haircut appt



 















CURRENTLY READING

Still reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 














ON THE TV TODAY:

America's Got Talent,  Big Brother, Flip or Flop, HGTV shows, Brady bunch property brothers HGTV special, Kids Baking Championship, looking up when some new Fall shows begin that I'd like to see, I think Dancing with the Stars is back on tonight!







 












ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: leftover chinese food from last night


TUESDAY: creamy tomato soup, cheesy quesadillas & apple slices


WEDNESDAY: creamy fennel and olive pasta with fried rosemary & walnuts (BA meal)


THURSDAY: Annie game night (grab something easy?)


FRIDAY: elote-style veggie tostadas with zucchini & peppers and lime rice (BA meal) 


** more zucchini to use up so will make some bread or more muffins














WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

Still working on finishing my Grandpa's WWII heritage scrapbook and my Mom's family heritage scrapbook, and I will have a blog post later this week or weekend with some new things to share 😉  

















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

Here is the sour cream banana bread recipe that I found at @parsleyandpepper on instagram. She's so fun to follow and has a lot of great recipes! This bread was so moist and yummy:







Highly recommend this recipe. It was so good! 😋 




















TIP OF THE WEEK:



create more counter space life hack The 55 Most Useful Life Hacks Ever

I thought this was pretty clever 











FROM THE CAMERA

I always begin my mornings with a bit of devotional and prayer time. Always a great way to start the day ☀️ 






A little Fall tour around my home. First the living room:

















Some touches in the kitchen:

 
















And the dining room:







Love that I can switch on the jack-o-lantern in this hanging canvas 























❤️ ❤️ ❤️ 



I'll share more rooms and touches in the weeks ahead 😉 










PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday

Monday, September 9, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday

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Hello and Happy Monday Friends ~

I hope you're having a great start to your week and that you had a lovely weekend. It was a very nice one here. Annie had a friend stay over and we went out for sushi and had some fun hitting around the volleyball and hanging out. My Mom came for dinner one night too and we played games. Ad came over and helped to take down the big swimming pool and hung out a bit. So some good jobs done and nice family time. 

I realized that I hadn't gotten around to visit you friends last week. And that I had forgotten to post the banana bread recipe (although I did post the mayo cake one). Last week I was feeling a bit more of my sadness settling in about Aaron being gone and more quiet around the house. Just changes in general and I know it's just the way life goes on. But I think I kind of needed a break from the computer and social media more too. I finally have netflix and may have done a bit of binge watching as well. I think it was just what I needed last week. 

But I'm feeling much better this week and I will be posting the sour cream banana bread recipe (really yummy) 🍌 😋  And I will also come around to visit my blogland neighbors and say hello!  

**also a little update: my toe is healing well and I've even been able to be back to working out. And hurricane Dorian never really hit much of FL - so thank you for the prayers. Aaron wasn't affected at all. But I have prayed so much for the folks that were hit, especially in the Bahamas 🙏 















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:





































ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

small bowl of cinnamon cheerios oat crunch cereal with banana slices on top and cup of coffee




















RIGHT NOW I AM:

Listening to songs from the Hamilton musical as I'm getting a chance to see it in October - yay!! And working on my weekly planner while I sip hot orange & spice tea. It's cold out today and chilly in my house but trying not to turn the heat up. Fall is here in the northwoods 🍁 















AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

Very gray and breezy. I was out with Ruby earlier and definitely sweater weather today. 

















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

Not much sun streaming in today. But my living room looks tidy and the big pillows on the couch look inviting for maybe a cat nap later (didn't sleep well last night)

















ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

errands, pick up rest of things for mailing Fall care pkgs to Aaron and other college students in my life (his GF and a family friend's daughter), brought FIL a meal yesterday and may not get to bringing him another one until next weekend, do Annie's religious ed sign up, helping my Mom with her laundry etc, Annie's volleyball practices & a game, hospice volunteering



 















CURRENTLY READING

Still reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 














ON THE TV TODAY:

America's Got Talent,  Big Brother, Flip or Flop, HGTV shows, Brady bunch property brothers HGTV special, Kids Baking Championship, looking up when some new Fall shows begin that I'd like to see

** still enjoying netflix and watched Anne with an "E", and caught up on Great British Baking Show for the weeks it's been on, and currently bingeing When Calls the Heart series, Annie wants me to watch the Stranger Things series with her too





 












ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: cauliflower crust margherita pizza, fruit


TUESDAY: rotisserie chicken, veggie and rice pilaf bowls


WEDNESDAY: cajun spiced steaks & biscuits with maple butter, broccoli (BA meal)


THURSDAY: Annie game night (grab something easy?)


FRIDAY: sicilian cauliflower stromboli with hot honey & tomato dip (BA meal)















WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

Still working on finishing my Grandpa's WWII heritage scrapbook and my Mom's family heritage scrapbook, I'm also finally ready to share that I plan to have my Etsy shop up by next week!!!  I plan to share sneak preview post later this week 😉 

















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

I plan to share the sour cream banana bread post and a chocolate chip zucchini muffin one as well















TIP OF THE WEEK:


life hacks how to make your life easier (2)

I have never been able to do this well, but something I strive for. Lol! 
#lifegoals  













FROM THE CAMERA
I had zucchini and random chocolate chips to use up - so I made zucchini muffins with semisweet regular and mini chocolate chips and dark chocolate chunks. They were delish! I'll share recipe this week



It's been cold, rainy and Fall-like here - so I've been embracing the moody atmosphere 



and embracing sweater weather and cozy moments ☕️ 



love going out for sushi with my girl 🍣 




Can you tell where the swimming pool used to be? Lol! It was fun but obviously a grass killer (just behind the bench the big white circle)



seeing bits of Fall color change around the bay




some charming toadstools that popped up in my yard (haven't caught any fairies yet though 😉 )  



ready to get my Autumn shopping on this week (pic from pinterest)







PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

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