Hello and Happy Monday!
It was a busy sports weekend for us. My daughter finished up her volleyball on Saturday (they took 4th place - had 3rd in their grasp, but it wasn't to be). Lol Then a full day of hockey yesterday (2 games for each kiddo). Such is life here in the northwoods sometimes. I have a sports family so I roll with it! However, Friday my hubby and I did get out for a date night. We saw the new James Bond movie Spectre and had a nice dinner. It was wonderful! And so nice to catch up a bit and unwind with no kiddos. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are recharged to start the week ahead.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Sunny and a little chilly this AM (40's) but they're saying we'll hit the 50's. It's been wonderful to have some sunshine the past couple of days, after what felt like endless gray days. Although, they are predicting some snow (yes I said it) for Friday...but that it won't last. Temps will continue to be milder than normal and I'll take it!!
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Whole wheat toast with some butter and strawberry jam. Pumpkin spice coffee with natural bliss sweet cream creamer.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Watching the garbage truck come take the garbage & recycling at the end of the driveway. God bless the folks who do the work of keeping our beautiful planet. Watching a few stray leaves swirl in the breeze now and then. They are pretty much all but gone off of the trees. I truly feel the shift to the next season. Across our bay, last night, there was even a home all lit up with Christmas lights already. Seems to be the trend for this earlier and earlier every year. I love the music, but just can't get into the decorating part until after Thanksgiving.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Watching the morning news as I type this and Ruby snuggles by me. Sipping the last of my coffee.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
The usual laundry. Also, I'll be creating more dishes to load as I do some cooking and baking for the in-law's today.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
I'll have my MIL here soon. I'm going to do some cooking and baking (as I mentioned), maybe we can go for a walk, we'll watch some favorite cooking shows I tape that my MIL likes to watch too. Also, probably do some more coloring and maybe some puzzles as we visit and listen to holiday music. I also want to catch up to comment with all of you - my lovely friends- that leave me comments. It's difficult when my MIL is here, but hoping tonight to catch up on my blog a bit. I need to add more of my latest posts to my recipe and craft tabs too. Life has felt so busy - especially on weekends when I usually have more time to spend. I know it's going to get crazier closer to holidays - but I'll keep up best I can as I LOVE my blog time!
Still re-reading my Anne of Green Gables later books and loving them!
ON THE TV TODAY:
WAtched the Good Wife and caught up on more of the Voice. Have cooking shows taped yet, finish up Greys Anatomy, and some holiday hallmark movies.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: I never did make the baked steak last week- I actually picked up stuffed pork cutlets so making those. Plus, scalloped potatoes, green beans and turtle brownies for dessert.
TUESDAY: cheese ravioli, garlic toast and salad
WEDNESDAY: not sure about the rest of the menu from here as I'll need to go grocery shopping and haven't made my list yet. Thinking maybe a new recipe like a ham & cheese casserole I printed off, or goulash from the show the Chew recently that looked SO good (more like a beef stew). Also, been hungry for chicken and dumplings - so stay tuned I guess. Lol! Plus, thinking I'll pick up stuff to finally make those spiced pear bars and will share when I do.
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
The usual crafts I've been mentioning: cross stitch, gift scrapbook (helping my Mom) and some cards I'd like to create. Gathered more things lately for my kiddos' school years scrapbooks too.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
Maybe the goulash or the ham & cheese casserole I mentioned above. Also, I made some really delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies last week (as a favor to my Mom) and they were so perfectly chewy and yummy. I LOVE this recipe and I'll plan to share those with you this week.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
I have 2 sets of measuring spoons and I find this SO handy when I'm cooking and baking. A clean set is then always available - and I use them both in a day often!
FROM THE CAMERA:
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
a recent fun walk with my MIL - being a goofball ;) see no leaves on the trees (boo)
A view from my office/craft room window where I often work on my blog.
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: