Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. It was a more quiet and productive one here - as in housework...such fun!! (not) And lots of hockey as both of my kiddos are starting their summer season (yep it's year round around here folks!). Today feels like one of those sleepy Mondays. I woke up later than usual and I hate that scrambling feeling that comes from that. So I was rushing around this AM and now finally getting to this post a bit later than usual - but I'm ready now so let's go!
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Cold and gray! Boo!! It rained a lot yesterday & may rain more today too. This whole week is supposed to be colder - only in the 40's. However, extended forecast shows it getting nicer again by next week, so one gray rainy week helps the flowers grow, right?
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
1/2 a cinnamon raisin whole wheat english muffin with little peanut butter & jelly and some strawberries. Coffee with hazelnut creamer.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
I see tiny sprinkles, gray sky and clouds. Kind of dark and dreary and is NOT helping me wake up!!
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Sitting with my MIL. We're watching a morning news show and visiting now and then and sipping our coffee. We were playing tug of war with Ruby and her chewie rope. She loves that! Lol
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
I have dishes left from last night - sometimes I just can't get myself to do dishes when I have loads 2 or 3 times in one day and just save them for the next day cuz I'm sick of them!! (even with a dishwasher). I made the in-laws a nice stuffed pork chop dinner last night and just didn't feel like loading the dishes so there they are.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
Everything else is pretty tidy. I will throw in some laundry too. I've been trying to cut down calorie-wise more as I have been really good with my fitbit and working out -but trying to get better with meals. MIL and I will have a nice big salad with grilled chicken for lunch and then get out and about and run some errands I saved for today.
Still nothing exciting here - a bit of Outlander, mostly magazines at the moment. It was so nice last week I just spent a lot of down time outside. This cold week will probably drive me to get reading more - I hope.
ON THE TV TODAY:
I got my Outlander and Call the Midwife in this weekend. I still need to catch up on Game of Thrones and some food network shows. No Good Wife this week.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
Another busy week - especially with hockey so keeping it easy. Making pork chops for the hubby & I, as due to hockey last night we did a lighter dinner and only made pork chops for the in-laws. So will be doing wild rice stuffing pork chops, scalloped potatoes and a green veggie salad this week for us. Then will do tacos one night for us and in-laws and make your own french bread pizzas (kiddos love) and salads another night. Will be making summer berry poke cake this week - did you hear that Alison?? Lol Will keep you posted on that recipe.
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
Catching up on travel scrapbook yet and was looking through by daughter's school years album and need to catch up there too....and both kiddos folders with artwork, awards etc. I have another fun project planned for the future but haven't gotten to it yet. Hopefully next week or 2.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
Nothing specific - although the flavor of poke cake I'm making I haven't made before - so I guess that's new.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Nothing new but I did find a couple articles about the apple cider vinegar for weight loss I was talking about last week. One by a physician said the acidity in it does burn fat and you could put a teaspoon of it in a glass of water to drink before meals. But then another physician had an article from the Mayo Clinic (highly reputable famous hospital here in the States for my English friends) and she said it most likely doesn't burn fat - or not enough to make a real difference and that too much vinegar could irritate your throat with all that acidity and it can mess with some medications - like diuretics. So I guess the verdict is really out and I'll leave it up to you if you think it's worth taking or not. I still may try it for a while, or if nothing else will keep drinking a big glass of water before meals.
FROM THE CAMERA:
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with and everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness."