Good morning Friends and Happy Monday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was a busy one here filled with my son's hockey games, errands, house cleaning, and the big Super Bowl!We had some friends over last night and had lots of fun watching the game and gobbling up way too many naughty goodies. I felt the game itself was sort of underwhelming...but Lady Gaga's national anthem was great - and the half time show was so good and the best I've seen. I just LOVED it!! Only a few good commercials this year.
But then, just like that, a busy fun weekend is over and it's time to jump into a new week!!
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Chilly this morning. Only in the teens for temps and snowing. It's supposed to be a pretty chilly week with most temps getting in only the single digits and below zero with windchill. Ugh!!
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
1/2 of an onion bagel, toasted hazelnut coffee and yogurt with fruit.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Snow blows in gusts sometimes in front of my window and gets all swirly for a few seconds. It looks gray and cold. However, it was warm here Saturday - almost 40*!! And I saw 2 robins that day...so I'm choosing to take that as a very hopeful sign that it WILL be an early Spring! Lol
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Listening to soothing music as I work on this and try to feel fully awake. I already had my coffee, but this gray weather, in combination with feeling snuggly indoors, makes me sleepy.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Tidy overall. Laundry as usual. But lots of housework was done before our Super Bowl gathering. And my sweet hubby was a dream boat and loaded the dishes last night after everyone left. I knew it was smart to keep him around. ;)
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
Still working on my office organization and some crafting projects in there. I need to get a workout in and have been trying to take more of that priority time for myself. I need to catch up in blogging world too. With the busy weekend here -I know there are many of you I didn't get to visit last week. I hope to get around more today and catch up with you friends.
Some things have changed with my MIL's schedule now, and some decisions have been made. I'm so excited to say that I will have decreased time with her - but healthy safe changes are being made on her behalf. I will still be involved and doing some caregiving, taking her to her appointments and still cooking for my in-law's, but it's also going to be a healthier change for my mom and me as we will be caring for her less. I'm excited about feeling less drained and having the energy again to put into my immediate family time, my home, exercise, friends, crafting etc. It feels like a weight is off my chest and I couldn't be happier! Thanks for all the continued prayers and support. God is good and the power of all of it has helped so much!!
Some magazines and a new Nora Roberts book - if I stay on it and finish it!! Lol
ON THE TV TODAY:
I watched Downton and just keep savoring every second. I don't want it to end!! I have some cooking shows taped yet.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: leftover game day food
TUESDAY: meatloaf, cheesy potatoes, mixed vegetable
WEDNESDAY: salad bar night - fast/no meat Ash Wednesday
THURSDAY: slow cooker kielbasa soup with cold sandwich sliders
FRIDAY: not sure - out for dinner?
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
Valentine's cards, valentine project
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
kielbasa soup is a new recipe
TIP OF THE WEEK:
I saw this and thought it was such a cute idea - if you host a Spring dinner or lunch in the coming months...use empty seed packets as recipe holders next to each place setting. You could cut the tops of the packets with decorative scissors to make them even more adorable. Festive, seasonal, easy and pretty!
FROM THE CAMERA:
Some of the yummy eats from this weekend (& why I need to hit the treadmill!!). I made Billie Jo's cherry berry pie and boy was it delish and a hit with my family!!! Some of the eats I made for the Super Bowl were a variety of sandwich roll-ups, slow cooker sloppy joe sliders with fixings, and butterscotch chocolate chip bars.
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: