Happy Monday my Friends!
It was such a fun Halloween holiday weekend over here. Hope you had a hauntingly wonderful weekend too! ;) We had a lot of fun at our annual Halloween party. Many neighbors, friends, and family came over. The drizzly rainy night didn't even stop the kiddos from trick-or-treating, but just added to the perfect ambiance of the night. We had several friends stay later we ordered pizzas and we played games into the night. Then yesterday was a nice recovery day - cleaning up and then relaxing and watching the Packers last night (sadly they lost their first game -boo!). Now on to the week ahead as we begin this wonderfully thankful month of November.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Kind of gray right now, but it's supposed to clear up a bit and may hit 60* today - unseasonably warm for my neck of the woods! The week ahead looks mild in general, and maybe more rain by the end of it.
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Toast with a little peanut butter, banana and honey with some banana. French toast flavored coffee and natural bliss vanilla creamer.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Looking at the brightness of the last shrubs holding some color on the side of my house. Everything else is pretty bare and it's gray skies.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Watching the Today show with my MIL. My Mom had a special bible study class this morning, so I have my MIL for most of the day today. She's snuggling Ruby as we visit, watch the show and I type this.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
House is really nice and clean. We had shampooed the carpets last week, scrubbed the floors, cleaned every nook and cranny and washed all the windows etc. That's a wonderful thing about having a party - it motivates a super clean up! We even actually caught up on all the laundry!! (if you can believe it) So it feels great to know that the house work will be light this week.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
My hubby took down the Halloween stuff outside yesterday. We had a lot of fun decking things out - and I'll share an after Halloween post tomorrow with some details and recipes! I still have a few Halloween things up in the house and thought I could have my MIL help me take them down and get out my bin with the rest of the Fall decorations I have that are more Thanksgiving related. If it gets nicer out like they're saying - we'll take Ruby for a nice walk today too. Maybe do some coloring and work on some puzzles together. Then I'll cook up some dinner to bring home for her and my FIL when I drop her off at the end of the day. I'll then grab my daughter from school and zip over to her doctor check up. Nice busy day.
I'm reading Anne of Windy Poplars right now. I had all of the Anne of Green Gables book series when I was young, and I want to have the set for my daughter to read one day. I felt in the mood to re-read some of the later books, so I bought some of them recently. I also recently picked up some of the Avonlea video series because the Fall and upcoming holidays gets me in the mood for all things Avonlea.
ON THE TV TODAY:
Already watched my Good Wife - can't get enough of that! I also watched the Great British Bake Off show that I have never caught - but finally watched and loved!! We still have some amazing race and shark tank to catch up on, as well as some of my cooking shows I tape.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
TUESDAY: leftovers (tacos are always good for 2 nights)
WEDNESDAY: very busy night with sports and religious educ - so something easy like sandwiches and soup.
THURSDAY: baked stuffed steak, au gratin potatoes, salad
FRIDAY: maybe a date night out with my hubby if I can swing something!
* going to bake some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for my Mom - as she owes a friend some goodies and asked me to bake them for her. Lol (she's not as much of a baker). Also, might bake up pear bars that I love making in the Fall. They have a creamy layer topped with cinnamon spiced pears and all on a macadamia nut crust. So good!
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
I actually just picked up a small cross stitch project I may do for the holidays. Also, I think this week I will hopefully be able to help my Mom finish up her scrapbook gift project. Will share photos when we do!
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
Nothing really new - however I did make an autumn salad a week or so ago I never shared (with homemade honey dijon dressing) that I will probably share this week.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
I had read about cutting aluminum foil with your scissors to sharpen them. My daughter tried that this weekend and it worked great!!
FROM THE CAMERA:
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
Some preview of my post tomorrow (details from our Halloween party)
Annie's drink box mummy army (bandage wrapped drink boxes)
apples and worms - served with my toffee caramel dip I'll share tomorrow
Annie was a prom queen corpse (my little Girl is growing up and wanted to go ghoulish this year)
Aaron was a crazed prison pig - didn't trick-or-treat but got into the fun for a while
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: