Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday (on a Wednesday)


Hello Friends! 
Sorry i'm off my Monday game again, but we were gone for a family reunion on my Dad's side this time. We didn't get back until last night but thought I'd share some of the fun before I come visit all of you. 

I have several relatives in Green Bay and it was decided to have a gathering in Door County WI - very close to Green Bay. It's so beautiful there and it's right on Lake Michigan. I hadn't been there in years. Adam and I went in the past during the Fall when we went to a Packers game, and it was so charming then. It was fun to see it in the summer this time. Several of my Dad's siblings rented a big air b&b right on the beach. And my Dad, Annie and I (my step Mom couldn't make this visit due to things she needed to do on her side of the family) rented our own smaller air b&b cabin on the same lakeside not far from the bigger house. Some other relatives did the same - getting their own smaller rental nearby. We did all the gatherings at the big house, but we slept and shared breakfasts in the big cabin just the 3 of us. My Aaron and his gf couldn't make this trip either. But they watched Ruby for me which was wonderful! 💗 

We got in lots of visiting and game time with relatives. Ate great food, caught up, swam and had so much fun! Annie & I golfed with my Dad one of the days. Another day just Annie and I broke away for several hours and went shopping at some of the cutest boutiques in a town nearby. Lots of peaceful R & R by the water as well. It was summer perfect. ☀️ 









 

 





THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:



























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

fried egg on toast, fruit, iced coffee















ON MY TO DO LIST:

Playing catch up from the trip - laundry, unpacking, putting things away, cleaning, catching up on calls & emails. Will run errands this week, deal with Annie's hockey, appointments. And I start back to hospice work this week. I'm excited to get back to helping in those ways! 🙏 















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE   

Stuff still kind of all over and need to change my sheets and other cleaning jobs yet.  Thankfully it's overcast today and cooler and it feels good to just be getting some things done around home. Ruby won't leave my side - I think I was missed 😉 

















CURRENTLY READING

Fun psychological thriller called The Perfect Marriage: his mistress is dead and his wife is his only hope by Jeneva Rose










ON THE TV TODAY:

 AGT , The Chase, Big Brother, Making it, Virgin River, HGTV shows I tape, food network shows 



 










ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

Since it's mainly Annie and I, there is so much less formal cooking going on to really share a weekly menu right now. So instead I will try to share a recipe here each week.

I don't have a specific recipe to share but one of our favorite simple breakfast for dinner kind of meals is to make smoothie bowls. Especially nice for hot summer days to have a light dinner. We blend frozen berries of choice with some greek yogurt, honey, cinnamon, sometimes protein powder or chia seeds, and a splash of almond milk. We then pour it into bowls and top with pretty rows of whole pieces of fruit/berries, granola and toasted coconut. So yummy! 😋 If you look up smoothie bowls on pinterest you can find all kinds of ideas












TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

sit out on the deck and do devotional and journal time, read, watch fun shows with Annie, maybe lunch with a gf













TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:










FROM THE CAMERA:











Our little cabin was very sweet. It had more of a rocky shore and someone prior had even made the cute rock tower down on the beach. It had a really nice fire pit area right above the water too



















The bigger lake home was also up above the lake, and it had a sandier shore. It was big (had 5 bedrooms I think) and was open with lots of nice areas to gather for games etc. 


Two very special Uncles getting ready to whip up a "waffle extravaganza" as they put it. Lol My Uncle Don is mentally challenged and so very special to all of us. My Uncle "Fr. Bob" is a retired Catholic priest. 




Annie and my Dad getting the carts sorted 


golf time!








Golf time and shopping were both so much fun! There were gorgeous hollyhocks everywhere.  They are known for lots of cherry things in Door County and have orchards and wineries. We picked up some really fun cherry goodies (including wine 😉 ) to contribute to the big house and to bring back for Aaron & Helaina (his gf). If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend visiting Door county area. 








PRAYER LIST:

Praying for peace, unity and healing for our world and our earth. For a complete end to the virus. For an Uncle with cancer and his upcoming surgery. For my FIL recovering from a nasty fall and needing surgery. For a friend's Mom. For my own special intentions and those of yours that I have read my friends. 🙏 











PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:



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

Monday, July 12, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday



Hello Friends! 
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was such a fun one here because the kids and I traveled to my Mom's old hometown for a family reunion. It was bittersweet because it was also a celebration of my Aunt's life. My cousins brought picture boards of their Mom and I brought the scrapbook I worked on. Folks poured over it...sharing more stories and lots of laughs! We also visited the local fair after our day in the park. I won a prize for Annie at a game! But she wasn't with me at that moment so I gave it to a cousin. Lol I had wonderful dinner with my cousins around my age and we had so much fun catching up after all this time. We also went antiquing and visited a local war memorial and found my Grandpa and my Uncles' names on it. 
Ruby sure missed us, though, and it's always nice to be home too. 💕 









 

 





THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

cardamom bread with butter, fruit, iced coffee















ON MY TO DO LIST:

catch up from trip with laundry etc, errands, hair appt, Annie's hair appt this week too, Ruby's haircut (hair week for all the ladies), Annie's hockey this week, groceries for weekend activities to come, need to get my oil changed, home projects, hospice volunteer stuff and I start back next week
















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE   

bright and sunny, need to put away some things from the weekend yet

















CURRENTLY READING

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ON THE TV TODAY:

 AGT , The Chase, Big Brother, Making it, Virgin River, HGTV shows I tape, food network shows 



 













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

Since it's mainly Annie and I, there is so much less formal cooking going on to really share a weekly menu right now. So instead I will try to share a recipe here each week. 

I don't have a recipe to share per se this week - but on our way home from the trip I picked up some really yummy bread at a bakery where we stopped. I got a wild rice onion and cheddar one, and a loaf of cardamom bread. I'm going to make grilled sandwiches with the wild rice one. And french toast with berries with the cardamom loaf. 

I also had my thrive box come and I got this unique spread this time and it's actually very good. Really kind of weird but tasty. However, I love coffee flavored things:










TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

walk Ruby, sit out on the deck and read magazines in the sunshine, do lunch with a gf, hang out with my kids












TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:











FROM THE CAMERA:


























Such a nice time with family and I love how quaint mainstreet is in the hometown my Mom grew up in. So cute! I collect depression era pottery and I got a vase for myself, and one for my son's new home, when we shopped at the antique store. That way we both have something from St. Charles (my Mom's original hometown). 







I like being lighter blonde for summer, but the first few days after I get it done I am platinum! Lol 




















PRAYER LIST:

Praying for peace, unity and healing for our world and our earth. For a complete end to the virus. For an Uncle with cancer and his upcoming surgery. For anyone sick or suffering, in pain or fear, that they may have comfort, healing and strength.  For special intentions. 












PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:


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