Sunday, October 25, 2020

Some Fall & Halloween Inspiration (& a few recipes)

 Happy weekend Friends!

I haven't done much extra blogging besides HHM, when I've been able. So I thought I'd make an effort to get back to blogging more each week. I thought I'd start today by sharing some of the fun magazines and cookbooks I've been looking at that share some fun Fall inspiration. 🍁 💕


It's been very chilly in the northwoods. We've even had moments of snow already! It's been making me feel extra cozy, so I guess that's part of it too. Just wanting to share some of the cozy with you.  


Have you ever made a sandwich in your waffle maker? I guess first of all I wanted to share this little hack for a panini press stand in...




I recently made sandwiches on it for the kiddos and myself, and it made them so crispy and melty and yummy. I highly recommend giving it a try. Just make your sandwich like you would a grilled cheese - buttering the outside of each piece of bread. And let the waffle maker do the work! 








Besides Fall and Halloween, I've also been thinking Thanksgiving thoughts. This recipe was recently in an all recipes magazine and is very close to how I make homemade cranberry sauce each year. It's so good! 








Around my birthday time I got this new cookbook and it has a lot of fun comfort food recipes. And I always love Gooseberry Patch because they include extra tips with each recipe too. 




















And you know how I love anything from PW! 😊 






I love yummy hot drinks this time of year. Especially when it can get so cold. Warms the belly and the soul 😋 



Or I'll take a cake in my mug too. I'm not fussy 






How adorable are these pumpkin carving alternatives? 🎃 







I thought I'd share a few things from my pinterest board titled "my favorite season" as well. You can click here for a link to my board and look up all the credit for each idea I'm sharing. As well as many more fun ideas I've pinned there. 🍁 🎃 🕷 🍂 

I love making a big cookie now and then. May need to try this Halloween version with a web 🕷 







And I love that on pinterest you can always find lots of wonderful vintage images. 









I hope you're feeling cozy and Halloween inspired now too my Friends! 
Boo!! 👻 










Monday, October 19, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday




Hello and Happy Monday Friends 

I hope you're having a wonderful day! I was gone with my Mom all day. We went shopping and to lunch for my Mom's bday which is coming up soon. But I thought I would still try to do a quick post before I dive into making dinner and time with my kiddos. 

It was a wonderful weekend too. 😊 Scott and his daughter were here for a visit. She has an October birthday as well, so we had a little celebration. We also took the kids to a trampoline park, played lots of games, did artwork and carved pumpkins. I taught Scott to play cribbage too....so we had lots of matches (I'm the current champion - just sayin 😉 ) Lol 

We enjoyed the first snow while they were here and Autumn collected some in a bowl and had fun playing with food coloring with it and made her own little "snow cone". It was a lot of fun and the weekend went by too fast. Sigh










THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:


Yes that is more snow in our forecast! 


























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

yogurt, blueberries, coffee

















HOW I AM FEELING THIS MORNING:


Happy to go have fun shopping time with my Mom ❤️ 















ON MY MIND:

I've actually had a lot of holiday thoughts already and started some Christmas shopping! Lol Hey, if it's going to snow - it's going to get me in the mood to think ahead. 🎄 😊 






















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

I wasn't good about taking before pictures, but trust me in what a mess was in both my craft room and closet. They were the dumping ground for years. And when I was going through the depression of separation, it made it difficult to care about dealing with those spaces. I knew it would take days and many hours to go through. Also, because there were many photos and memory provoking things to go through - which still ached a bit, but I finally felt I had the the desire to want to tackle it. Now they're organized and I know where everything is located and it's just sparking even more of my creativity and motivation to pursue further projects. 




















 















CURRENTLY READING

Still reading Regretting You by Colleen Hoover















ON THE TV TODAY:

Big Brother, HGTV shows, halloween baking shows, Dancing with the Stars, Amazing Race, The Spanish Queen, Mad Men bingeing 




 













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - leftover sloppy joes, veggies and dip, fruit

TUESDAY -  tostados supremo with pork, poblano, lime crema & pico de gallo (HF meal)

WEDNESDAY -  Kale, cranberry & walnut stuffed squash with parm and creamy lemon thyme couscous (HF meal)

THURSDAY - waffles, bacon, breakfast potatoes, fruit

FRIDAY - date night, not sure yet?
















TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

walk with a friend, read, craft, get more Scott back rubs 😉 












FROM THE CAMERA:



Per our annual tradition a GF of mine (October bday also) and I took a scenic drive up the north shore and had a wonderful long lunch, gab session and dessert 







Beautiful bday flowers sent to me by my guy and his daughter. They also MADE me (yes made me) stained glass hangings for my window (he knows how much I loved stained glass). When I get them hung I'll take pics. And his daughter also colored a beautiful canvas sign for me. 💕 




cleared out the old dining room set for the new one and I love how it looks! I recently purchased a cream recliner for the tv room and I have a cream sofa coming too - so wanted to tie cream into the dining room as well. 









Annie and her buddy decorated before they got here to make it fun and pretty for a certain 8 year old 💜 





safe edible leaves on the cake and I waited so she helped me put the homemade buttercream on and decorate the whole thing. Plus, what 8 year old doesn't want to lick the bowl and utensils?  😊 






One of the decorations on the table was this set I put together with a little Fall witch fairy - complete with trick-or-treat bag filled with real little goodies she could play with. When she commented on how much she liked it, it was so fun to say "well that's one of your gifts and you get to take it home!" Such fun to see her face light up!!





While his daughter was out playing in the new snow with Ruby Saturday morning, Scott and I were wimps and sat by the fire and drank our coffee. Or maybe we were just smart 😉 






Crazy pumpkin carving included a weird freaky bird creature Annie and her friend created. And lots of munching toasted pumpkin seeds 😋 🐦 


















PRAYER LIST:

I pray for an end to this virus. For peace, healing and unity in our world.  And for an Aunt dealing with cancer - I pray for strength and comfort for her and family. Please hold them up with your loving arms Lord. 🙏 













PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

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



Monday, October 12, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday



Hello and Happy Monday Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to jump into this week. Life took over for me, in the form of our divorce being official last Monday, so I wasn't in the mood for blogging last week. The finality of it is sad but I felt ready to have it done. I have grieved it for so many years that it really felt like more of a technicality. In true form to who we still are as forever family and even friends - Ad called me right after and was emotional and wanted to make sure I was okay. We had a great talk and have had several since then. I keep choosing gratitude. And I'm so grateful to co-parent with someone I can still care about and who cares about me. 🙏 

I felt good this weekend and have been getting excited about what the future will bring. I have several endeavors I'd like to dive into and I've been getting my creative juices flowing again. I will keep you posted when I actually take the plunge on them. I ordered an organization system for my craft room and closet next to it and have been working on that as well. I'll share once it's all done. Annie and I also went furniture shopping this past week so we will have quite a bit of new furniture coming in the months ahead! I will share all as it gets settled.

It's also my birthday week this week. This is not where I saw my life in my late 40's....but I keep learning more about myself and my strength and I'm proud of the woman I'm becoming. I'm excited about pursuing some interests and passions I didn't even realize I had until I've had the freedom to focus on myself. I keep letting the Lord lead and I feel great about the paths I believe He's illuminating for me. I don't feel like I'm at the end of something, I feel like I'm just beginning and that gives me goosebumps. I think some of my best days are ahead! ♥️ 😊 























THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:































ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

raspberry jelly toast, peach yogurt, coffee

















HOW I AM FEELING THIS MORNING:

It's a gray rainy day and I have the fire going. Instead of feeling sleep, though, I feel cozy and wanting to be productive around the house
















ON MY MIND:

My bday this week and turning another year older. Wondering what this next year may bring - hopefully many positive changes for our world!! 🙏 Also, thinking about Scott and his daughter coming to visit on the weekend. His daughter has an October birthday as well. So we're going to have a fun little party this weekend. 😊 🎉 So I'm thinking about the things I'd like to accomplish this week too. I'm going to lunch with a girlfriend one of the days and on my actual bday my Mom and I are going out for lunch and to do a little shopping. 


This is what "almost" 49 years looks like. Didn't I just turn 35 a minute ago and Annie was a baby? How does this happen so fast?





















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

I see some craft room and closet things in my living room because I'm in the middle of cleaning them out and reorganizing them. But it also looks cozy with the fireplace and Ruby snuggling in front of it 



 















CURRENTLY READING

Still reading Regretting You by Colleen Hoover















ON THE TV TODAY:

Big Brother, HGTV shows, Cooking shows, Dancing with the Stars, Mad Men bingeing 




 













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - sun-dried tomato & basil spaghetti (HF meal) and I'll add a caesar salad with homemade croutons

TUESDAY -  tempura chicken fingers & dipping sauce with zesty rice and green beans (HF meal)

WEDNESDAY -  szechaun noodles with veggies and fried egg on top (HF meal)

THURSDAY -  bday dinner - may order favorite take out?

FRIDAY -squash & caramelized onion flatbread with thyme ricotta and balsamic drizzle (HF meal)




My Mom gave me a bunch of apples from her friend's apple tree and they are so good! So I had to make an apple pie the other day (of course) 😉 Here's the recipe I used from Taste of Home 🍎 🥧 









I made a few of my own leaves from the leftover crust to decorate the top























TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

go out with family and friends for fun lunches, might schedule a pedi?, read more of my book, walk in crunchy fall leaves, exercise with yoga & meditation















FROM THE CAMERA:

Some fun around the inside of the house:











Some fun around the outside of the house:

















The Fall color in the northwoods has been glorious this year! 🍁 ♥️ 






my Girls ❤️ 



























We had mamabear and 4 babies back visiting the backyard again 🐻 






And pretty glowing nights indoors:








And I am such a blessed Gal. I've already been getting some bday cards and gifts in the mail. Including this gorgeous PW cookbook holder! I love it so much - thank you dearest Auntie-in-love!! 




🌸 😃 💜 

















PRAYER LIST:

I pray for an end to this virus. For peace, healing and unity in our world. I pray for safe travels for Ad and Aaron as they return from cleaning out Aaron's apartment down in FL. And for an Aunt dealing with cancer - I pray for strength and comfort for her and family. Please hold them up with your loving arms Lord. 🙏 













PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:


I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.  Have a blessed week ahead Friends!