Monday, September 25, 2023

Happy Homemaker Monday



Happy Monday Friends ☀️

How is it going in your world? 

Sure been rainy around here. There was some flooding in our area too. We've sure gone from one extreme to the other with weather these past few months. 

We had a lot of fun this past Friday. Matt got done with work early and we ran some errands after my hospice work time. Then we went and watched some college volleyball with the C's (they have season tickets) and then went out for dinner with them. We always have a blast when we hang out. :)  

Saturday I went to church (Matt went to help his folks - more on that in a sec) and then I went to visit my Mom and step Dad and bring them a few things. Then my daughter and her friend and I caught up on some big brother and hung out. 

Sunday I listened to my Pack on the radio (wasn't televised here that day) and holy moly... We were sucking it up and then came back in the 4th quarter to win!! It was pretty epic. All you need is Love baby. πŸ’š

On an unfortunate note, Matt's dad had a fall last week and broke his elbow. He had to have surgery and pins put in. So Matt went up to the lake to see his folks and help with some things. I had things going on with Annie and helping my Mom, so I stayed here. Thankfully his Dad is okay now and recovering really well. πŸ™ 






        










THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

































ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:


Annie had a dentist appointment and after we grabbed McD's before she headed back to school. So I had an egg mcmuffin and a sugar-free vanilla iced coffee πŸ˜‹ 















ON MY TO DO LIST THIS WEEK:

groceries and other errands, Annie dentist appt, my dentist appt, Annie has away games for volleyball, Annie starts captains practices for hockey, Matt trip for his new job, home projects, hospice work















THINKING ABOUT:  

home projects I want to work on this week





















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

It's dark and gray and rainy out. I have a candle going and I'm listening to soft classical music. Bubba is sitting on the table right next to me and the computer and purring happily. I can hear the dryer thumping. Just peaceful home life and I LOVE it. πŸ’• 





















CURRENTLY READING

haven't dived in yet - but have a few books I want to read this Fall



















ON THE TV TODAY:

HGTV shows, When Calls the Heart, Big Brother (Annie & I are slowly catching up finally!), Survivor, Shark Tank is back, AGT, Better Call Saul, Halloween Baking Championship, Hallmark movies

















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:


    MONDAY - clean out the fridge/freezer



TUESDAY - 



WEDNESDAY -  



THURSDAY - 



FRIDAY -  


* now sure about menu this week and need to get groceries!


















TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

home projects, embroidery, snuggle with hot cider and a movie



















TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:






















FROM THE CAMERA:

Scary pic of the flooding in an area close to us - all of that waterway area is actually a road....yikes!








This is your Bubba love for the week. Lol He and Ruby are doing great together and it just feels like Bubba has always been here. That pic that just looks like a shot of our Fall bedspread - it has a suspicious lump...yep, you guessed it. That's Bubba under there! Lol 












cozy kitchen and Fall moments of home








It's getting so pretty up at the hospice house where I volunteer 🍁 







Out running errands with this cutie is always a fun time. ♥️ 




Annie and a pal watching tv with the Bubba πŸ’— 



















PRAYER LIST:

 For an end to the conflict in the Ukraine and other areas of the world living in war & fear. For peace and unity in this country, especially from hate and shootings or violence.  For anyone sick, suffering, in pain or fear... that God bring them comfort and peace. For His Light and Love to cast out the dark everywhere. For Matt's Dad to have fast healing in the days ahead πŸ™ 























PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:



I hope you have a lovely and cozy week ahead. I'm sharing this with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Some Fall Pinterest Recipe Inspiration (with some fun photos thrown in) πŸŽƒ

 



Hey Folks! 

I hope this Thursday is treating you well. It's an unusually warm one here in the northwoods. I think it's supposed to storm a bit this weekend. I've been enjoying the sunshine today though. :) 


These warmer days haven't stopped me from looking up some Autumn ideas (& fun images) on pinterest. You can find a link for all of the recipes I will share here, as well as the images, under my pinterest. You can go to my pinterest boards by clicking the link in the right column...or you can click here. Once you're in my pinterest just click on my "my favorite season" board and you'll find all of these images and links to the recipes. 


As many of you know, Autumn is my favorite time of year. A time to enjoy crisp weather, but not cold enough to want to hibernate. Just cool enough to go for long walks to see beautiful colorful trees everywhere, wear cozy soft sweatshirts and sweaters, hear geese fly overhead, smell the woodsmoke from my neighbor's stove, and want to sip nice hot spiced drinks - like chai tea and apple cider. 

So I thought I'd inspire a Fall menu with a little help from pinterest. I love going down the rabbit hole of images, recipes, decorating ideas etc I spend more time there than I should! Lol 


I'm so glad you're here to share a seasonal meal with me. Come on inside! πŸŽƒ 






Maybe we should decorate the kitchen island or table with a lovely centerpiece first:


That's better -and isn't it pretty? 





Our first course will be a salad course. I think this salad looks and sounds amazing..




Next up a main course

I hope you like pasta πŸ˜‹ 

But if you like more protein maybe this would fit the bill better?..










I think all the different shades of brown and cream are so pretty in the Fall. It seems there is so much inspiration for decorating our homes by what we see and find in nature. πŸ‚ 



Sorry got sidetracked... next up, maybe a fall medley of veggies would be nice along with our pasta and pork chops?



Finally, what meal would be complete without some dessert options. I have a couple of selections. For the apple cider lovers, maybe a slice of this bread?
  


I wonder if it will taste as good as the donuts you can find at apple orchards or pumpkin patches?




Or if you're more of a pumpkin person, perhaps these cookies would satisfy your sweet tooth a bit better..






And of course I'll have nice warm apple cider to sip...but if you want to try something more unique (& decadent) maybe you'd want to try this rich dark chocolate drink with your treat? 






It's been a wonderful evening my Friend. It always goes too fast. Sigh 
I'll walk with you on your way out....some pretty lanterns will light our way.  I hope you'll come back again soon for some more cozy time together! 🧑
















Monday, September 18, 2023

Happy Homemaker Monday



Good morning and happy Monday Friends ☀️ 🍁


How are you this lovely new week? I hope your day is bright and lovely and your week full of promise already. 

Did you have a nice weekend? It was a very fun one here! My sweet kiddo Aaron and the significant person in his life (their name is Jill πŸ’—) came up to Ten Mile with Matt and I. Aaron finally got to meet Matt's folks and vice versa. Annie has already met them a few times and wasn't feeling well this weekend - so she stayed home. It was so fun to show Aaron & Jill around the lake property and cute towns nearby. We did some fun shopping (Aaron got himself like 5 Ten Mile shirts and a cute hat- Lol). We ate, gabbed, played lots of games and went for a final pontoon ride for the season up there. The weekend went way too fast and it sure sounds like Aaron and Jill had has much fun as we all did too. 😊  They want to go back in the summer next year and spend time IN the lake then. 

Aaron really wants a water property one day and said he'd be fine with Matt and I giving him our home, or the ten mile property anytime we'd like - he's such a stinker and always cracks me up. In seriousness, though, he said that Jill has commented before that she really loves our home on the bay here, which I took as such a nice compliment :) 






        










THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:



























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:


part of a pretzel bun with a little cheese, coffee w/ vanilla almond milk creamer















ON MY TO DO LIST THIS WEEK:

errands (Matt & I need to run to DMV this week), Annie's volleyball games, need to run to my Mom's, yard work & decorations, home projects, fun plans with friends the upcoming weekend, hospice work from home and at the facility















THINKING ABOUT:  

I love that it looks so Fall in our home! I got most of my Fall decorations up, but haven't done the outside yet. I've even been thinking ahead on some of the season and even ordered our Thanksgiving turkey from the company I like to and set up the delivery date in November. I've also already started getting a few Christmas gifts that I've been storing away already. 

Also, I have been talking to my gf who also shares an October birthday with me about scheduling our annual trip up the pretty shore for our special lunch date place. And Matt also has an October birthday so he and I have been talking about our fun Fall hiking and big day out to celebrate plans too. I love this time of year! Yay! πŸ‚ 🧑





















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

Bright sunlight pouring in. I can see more leaves changing on some of the trees in the yard. I love seeing my Fall decorations out! I'll share some pics below but won't do too many. I will share more over the days and weeks ahead too. Don't want to overload you πŸ˜‚ 





















CURRENTLY READING

More Autumn magazines, home projects and might be tackling an embroidery project - all have been taking my time from book reading...but will get back to it soon! 



















ON THE TV TODAY:

HGTV shows, When Calls the Heart, Big Brother (Annie & I are so behind on this because of busy schedules! Lol), AGT, Better Call Saul, Halloween Baking Championship, Hallmark movies

















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:


    MONDAY - leftover pizza from the weekend,  caesar side salad



TUESDAY - tacos 



WEDNESDAY -  cheese & broccoli wild rice soup, lemon poppyseed scones, fruit



THURSDAY - pesto pasta with pine nuts & meatballs, salad



FRIDAY -  pesto chicken salad sandwiches, french onion soup (or might be out for dinner)



















TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

crafting, walks with Matt, fun home projects



















TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:
























FROM THE CAMERA:









Loving Autumn moments around our home - but had to share the cute shot I got of Ruby and Bubba hanging out together on the couch. And the cute blanket I picked up that reminded me of Bubba. 🐱 





















Loved our time up in Ten mile so much! We had to take Aaron and Jill around the cute shops there and to the park where there's a statue of Lucette (the Paul Bunyan legend is big in the area and Lucette is his girlfriend - Lol)









PRAYER LIST:

 For an end to the conflict in the Ukraine and other areas of the world living in war & fear. For peace and unity in this country, especially from hate and shootings or violence.  For anyone sick, suffering, in pain or fear... that God bring them comfort and peace. For His Light and Love to cast out the dark everywhere. πŸ™ 























PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:



I truly wouldn't want to skip summer - but I sure love Fall! And I knew this would give my friend Mari and giggle because she LOVES summer. πŸ˜‰  I hope you all have a blessed week ahead. I'm sharing this with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.