Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday




Hello and Happy Monday afternoon Friends! 

Sorry I'm a bit late with this post today. Just the way life goes sometimes. I hope you had a great weekend. It was a lovely one here filled with good weather, accomplishing some tasks, visiting my hubby's new office building, and going for a fun girlie afternoon and movie with my Annie. Now here's what is happening this week...





THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:


It was sunny and beautiful - low 70's with a bit of a breeze. As the day has gone on it's now getting cloudy and they are issuing a thunderstorm alert for this evening! Looks like 70's and 80's most of the week with maybe some more rain thrown in











ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:


1/2 of an onion bagel with butter and some iced coffee







RIGHT NOW I AM:


Listening to some music and my daughter and her friend in the other room. My son is just getting home from work. He's been such a good boy working full time for my hubby this summer. 

He helps with mowing and trimming at their properties and rentals. (my hubby is a real estate developer and owns a lot of the senior and subsidized properties in our town, as well as a real estate company and window business). My Hubby is the "brains" behind the operations and handles the paperwork and is CFO. There is another partner that many handles the window business and my BIL is a partner and handles the work crews and the rental properties and buys run down homes in our area and fixes them up. My son has primarily been working crews with him to help clean out rental buildings and related jobs too. 






AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:

I see the clouds rolling in. I hope to get Ruby out for a walk before the weather really starts up.







AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:


I did quite a bit over the weekend and also several jobs today so overall pretty tidy. I still have my scrapbook project taking over the dining room table though ;) 








ON TODAY'S (& this week's) TO DO LIST:

A lot of the usuals - errands, a few groceries, visit MIL, I have brought several meals for my FIL lately too. I will continue to work on my scrapbook project this week and hope to get it done by next week. Ruby gets a haircut this week. Annie has soccer practices and big tourney coming up this weekend. Daily devotional and exercise time and basic things around the house. 









CURRENTLY READING:


I'm interested to dive into some books by Susan Mallory my friend Carrie has recommended. I'm also intrigued by Louise Penney books after seeing info about her on the show Sunday Morning and may add her to my collection too. (haven't done this yet - but I will be more likely to do so once the scrapping project is done)







ON THE TV TODAY:


Next Food Network Star, Great British Bake Off, Big Brother, Game of Thrones starting again! Hubby and I have been watching a new series on Discovery called Harley and the Davidsons. It's really interesting because it takes place back in the early turn of the century and is like watching a fun period movie in a way. Love the clothes and homes too. 











ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: leftover tacos


TUESDAY: breakfast pizza, banana bread, fruit



WEDNESDAY: Grilled teriyaki chicken, mandarin orange and spinach pasta salad, corn on the cob, melon



THURSDAY: chicken, broccoli & cheddar crescent sandwiches, chips, veggie tray with honey mustard and ranch sauces on the side for all


FRIDAY: not sure as big soccer tourney starting - out for dinner?












WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT


Etsy store albums and canvases 

Legacy box stuff  

My Grandpa's heritage album  

My Mom's album & my family album catch up 

(this is my continuing list)












NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:


the mandarin orange spinach salad (+dressing) is new - I've been having fun finding new recipes on pinterest







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We actually only have shower doors - but I wonder if it's true? 











FROM THE CAMERA:




My Hubby's new office building he had built is most of the way complete. Some touches yet though - like behind the front desk above will be their company logo lit up










The photos above were all of the front lobby area





I love that my Hubby designed everything with copper accents like the ceilings in certain areas and including the bathroom stalls he had their carpenter hand make. 






My Hubby's office with some of his crazy cookie jar collection



Love the floor to ceiling windows in his office with a view ;) 









Since Hubby had work to do at the new building Annie and I decided to go see the Minions movie yesterday. We had time to kill so we went to a play park close by the theater for a while. Fun date with my Girl! 




PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekly Happenings & a Recipe

Hey Friends! 

Another weekend is upon us. Yay! I hope you have some fun planned. It's supposed to be beautiful weather here and I plan to take advantage of it! ;) For my 5 today I thought I'd just share a bit about my week. I will also finally share that brownie recipe I've been promising. 


ONE











Early in the week my Mom and I strolled around our beautiful local rose garden while Annie finished up soccer practice. There were still several peonies in bloom and many gorgeous roses. Such a lovely place to stroll and chat. The park overlooks beautiful Lake Superior too. 









TWO











A couple days this week were gray and rainy. Perfect for some summer home cooking. So I made slow cooker BBQ ribs, pasta salad, and honey butter glazed cornbread muffins. We also had some corn on the cob and melon to round out a wonderful summer meal. 








THREE




Also this week, our sweet Girl got her braces on! See the before and after smiles. ;) 









FOUR




And today my Girl and I decided to beat the summer heat with a little shopping and lunch at our local A&W. The best root beer around! I had just a plain frosty mug but she went with the float! Mmmmmm












FIVE





And as promised a yummy brownie recipe. These are often called mississippi mud or rocky road brownies. You can find the original recipe on my pinterest board called sweet treats here.  They are very rich and so yummy - especially with the homemade frosting on top! Here is the recipe:


Ingredients
For the brownies:
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup oil (canola or vegetable)
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
For the frosting:
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar



Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13'' pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, pour oil over cocoa powder and mix. Add softened butter and mix until smooth. Add sugar and mix for 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing really well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour and salt and stir to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  3. Remove brownies from the oven and sprinkle the marshmallows evenly on top. Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the marshmallows are puffed. Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely.
  4. Once brownies are cool, make the frosting.
  5. For the frosting: Add melted butter, cocoa powdered, evaporated milk, vanilla, and 2 cups of powdered sugar to a mixing bowl and beat with electric beaters until smooth. Add more powdered sugar, a cup at a time, mixing well, until you reach your desired frosting consistency. I usually use about 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar.
  6. Spread frosting over the cooled brownies and cut into squares. 



I'm sharing this with Tricky of the blog FAST for Five on Friday.