Happy Monday to All and hope you had a wonderful weekend!! It was a nice and mellow one here. We were productive around the house (cleaning and errands and groceries) and rented some on demand movies. Sometimes it's so nice not having a big agenda. Plus, I got my office/craft room spring cleaned and organized and it makes me so HAPPY!! Will share a post with pics soon.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
It's still only been in the 30's or 40's lately and next expected to be much warmer today or the whole of this week. Cloudy today but sun supposed to maybe peek out and might hit 40. As I've said before, compared to last March/Spring this is wonderful for us - so I'm very grateful!!
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Some blueberry hazelnut oatmeal and hot cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
The squirrels, chipmunks and birds have been feeling the Spring and are quite busy and making a lot of noise. I LOVE IT!!
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Watching some news. Deciding what I'm going to do with my mom-in-law today. It's kind of nice to have the groceries done already from the weekend, but she's so happy when we keep busy too. I think I may have her help me make some banana bread (I have some over ripe bananas that need using up). May run a few quick errands, and then make dinner to bring my in-laws when I take my MIL home. Thinking quick and easy: sloppy joes (homemade not from a can), a big green veggie salad, some chips and of course bring them 1/2 of the banana bread.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Laundry (ALWAYS - ugh!), a few dishes - but overall pretty tidy. Early AM is nice when the first daylight comes in (sunny or not) and everything feels so quiet and calm before the bustle of the day begins.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
Everything I mentioned above: bake banana bread, run errands and make dinner to bring in-laws for later. If it's not too cold later maybe we can bundle up and take a little walk too.
I've still been a magazine junkie lately and haven't been reading anything substantial and i miss it. I really need to just pick one of my many books laying in wait & get reading!! I can't tear myself away from some new gardening magazines and dreaming on what i want to do this season!
ON THE TV TODAY:
I still need to catch up on the Good Wife, also I had kind of been watching the Voice and have several of those taped to catch up on if I'm going to keep up with it.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
I'm thinking sloppy joes tonight as mentioned above. Also, we may grill brats one night and have with baked beans and cooked veggie side dish. I also want to make my MIL's old time recipe for lemon bars this week. And another meal for us and in-laws I have planned is crunchy honey mustard chicken tenders and twice baked potatoes with mixed veggie side dish. Keeping it nice and easy this week as we have lots of after school events (something every night but Friday!)
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
I have a few little project ideas in the works, but haven't started them yet.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
Nothing really new - too busy this week. However, I have made chicken tenders many times before but not the way I'm planning to this week with a honey mustard mixture and panko bread crumbs coating the tenders. Thought I'd shake it up for different flavors and my son and dad-in-law both really like honey mustard.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Unfortunately one of the best ways I get my hubby to drink water is by having bottled water around. He likes to take a bottle with him on his way out the door in the AM on the way to work. I try to wash and re-use the bottles a reasonable amount to help the environment at least a little, and I like to use one to water all of my plants each week. I just fill the empty bottle with tap water and it has such a nice narrow top that it's easy to get in under the plants leaves to water into the dirt. Also works nice then for my self-watering pots that have a little lip I need to pour the water in to - as the narrow bottle top fits just right. (Also, I always put my used water bottles into the recycle bin when I'm done with them.)
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PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: