Hello All and Happy Monday! It was such a fun girl weekend around here and I took off the weekend from a lot of social media and it was really quite nice. My Boys were gone for a hockey tourney and my daughter & I stayed behind and my Mom came over for a girlie sleepover weekend. It was great - lots of gabbing and quality time. Saturday we went shopping at the "big mall" as Annie calls it, went out for lunch, went to church, rented a movie and snuggled in with pizza. Sunday we played games with Annie, I grilled out on the deck in the sunshine and we ate lunch out there and took Annie & her friend to the park. Just one of those perfect, relaxing, unplugged weekends. Now I'm ready for the week ahead!
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Sunny and mild and we have a great forecast of almost 60* and sun all day today. Hooray!!
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Maple pecan oatmeal and coffee.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Stepped out on the deck - sunshine and birdies singing away! Lots more green just starting to bud all over - won't be long now and we'll have actual leaves on the trees!! Lol I always love when that happens as our backyard is a hill right on the bay and really like our own little island. And once the leaves come in we don't even see our neighbors across the water - it feels like our own private paradise! Love love love!!!
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Petting Ruby, daydreaming out the window at the sunshine and trying to gather my plans for the day. I have kind of a busy week ahead - a lot of appointments and things and just trying to decide what the plans are for each day. Also, trying to decide which nights I'll cook for the in-laws and what the menus will be and what I need to grab at the grocery store. Getting my daughter's lunch made for school and making sure her backpack is all packed up. Usual Monday morning stuff.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Not to bad. Pretty tidy. Need to do more laundry (as always) and some picking up. Just feels so bright and sunny and ready to begin the day!
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
Grocery store with my mom-in-law. Then we'll do some lunch and play outside with Ruby today and maybe go for a walk - enjoy time on the deck. Good sunny day stuff!
Nothing new to report here. When we were shopping at the mall this weekend I did pick up a couple more magazines (just what I need - NOT!) - so more of that in my future.
ON THE TV TODAY:
Need to catch up on Good Wife and Outlander and a few cooking shows.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
I'm thinking of one easy meal for in-laws (soup and sandwich or sloppy joes or something like that) for one of the meals and may try a new recipe for their other meal. My daughter has been requesting homemade lemon blueberry pancakes I haven't made in a long time - so we'll see if I get to those or not for breakfast for dinner night this week.
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
Same old - nothing new to report here: still scrapbook catch up.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
I'm thinking for the in-law night I may make a new slow cooker recipe I have for sweet and sour meatballs over rice. It has a lot of flavors they would like - and it's always fun to try something new.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Something I always do when I make my grocery list is divide it up by areas. So on my piece of paper I write AISLES, DAIRY, MEAT, PRODUCE, FROZEN, BREAD and leave room under each and just write in the things I need depending on what department of the grocery store I find them. Maybe everyone does this, but thought I'd share in case it's new for someone and might make it easier. It's so nice when I'm thinking of ingredients I put into a dish and I just write each ingredient I need under the heading it goes under.
FROM THE CAMERA:
photo I took from our dock this weekend - ducks in the sunset
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