Monday, October 18, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday



Hello Dear Friends and Happy Monday to you! ☀️ 

I hope your day is off to a great start already. And that you had a wonderful weekend. I had a lot of fun! I feel like the birthday parties just keep comin. Lol  I feel very loved and blessed. My Mom told me she had initially been planning a surprise party for me for this past Friday (my bday) but after hearing me complain I didn't want any big deal made of this big number...well she changed her mind and I'm so glad! 😊   So it was a nice dinner out at a favorite local pizza place with my Mom, step Dad, an Aunt, my kiddos (including my son's gf) and my brother and SIL. It was perfect. I have been celebrating over the past few weeks with other family and with friends - so I think I have ushered in 50 in the best ways a gal could ever want!!  Also, on Saturday just Aaron, Annie & I went to watch a local juniors hockey team we like. Just a night out with my kiddos - doesn't get any better! ❤️ 


I know mid life and big numbers can really hit some people hard. I think we all face our mortality in some way during this time. And if you add in life events like, losing a loved one...it can cause a true mid-life crisis, as they say. Trying to chase youth in various ways (getting a sports car, changing careers etc). And many have affairs as I know all too well. You know someone is really suffering a crisis when they choose to destroy their family to have an affair with and date someone young enough to be their daughter. And to lose so many family and friends that loved them, let alone, to humiliate and hurt their kids because they are still at war with themselves is just a pain I can't even imagine.  I empathize and pray for other families that have suffered the same kind of hurt. It's a continued road of healing here and is getting better.  I am grateful that I ultimately embrace my middle age. I feel each day is a gift and I believe in God's plan for my path. All that I have been through has brought me closer to Him and to my family and friends and that has been a treasure. 🙏 


I continue to feel a true calling to the hospice work I'm doing and will  follow where I am lead. I also believe I'm being shaped into the person I am meant to be and finally in a healthy place to let someone into my life. I continue to date and that's going well. I'm actually having a lot of fun with freedom I never had in the past. I have even had ego boosts being asked out by a few different guys in their 30's....but I'm not about to go through someone else's mid-life crisis! Lol 😝 There is potential with one fellow (only a few years younger than I, don't worry) - but I won't share more love life things unless something becomes certain. Thank you always, friends, for sharing your wisdom, love, prayers, support, and following my journey.  So grateful for you all! 












THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:


























         



ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

half bagel, light cream cheese, everything but the bagel seasoning, fruit, coffee with amaretto creamer
















ON MY TO DO LIST:

grocery pick up, coffee with gf's, errands, flu shot, painters here doing work, hospice work at facility and at home, Annie's conferences, work on etsy store, projects

















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE   

the sun is shining in and there is still quite a few leaves on the trees in the backyard and they are glowing - I just love this time of year so much
















CURRENTLY READING

so many books to catch up on but continue to be distracted with other things 










ON THE TV TODAY:

 Big Brother,  Good Doctor, the Resident, Survivor, DWTS, The Masked Singer, New Amsterdam,  HGTV shows, Grantchester, Ghosts, Call the Midwife, The Great British Bake Off, movies taped


 











ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:


MONDAY -  lemon za'atar grilling cheese with greek salad and garlic pita croutons (HF meal)

TUESDAY - burgers and corn on the cob on the grill, caesar pasta salad, chips, veggies, fruit

WEDNESDAY - one pan santa fe pork tacos with monterey jack cheese & cilantro lime slaw (HF meal)

THURSDAY - crepes w/ nutella & berries, red potatoes roasted with garlic and rosemary, fruit

FRIDAY - homestyle turkey & biscuit pot pie w/ carrots, celery & fresh thyme (HF meal)

 













TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

coffee with gf's, walk with Ruby, bake something (maybe pumpkin cream cheese bread), book a massage w/ bday gift certificate 😉 














TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:











Here's a peaceful moment with a woodwick candle and looking out at the fall leaves from my tv room. And a video out in my backyard under the rustling and falling leaves 🍁 

















FROM THE CAMERA:


work on a Christmas recipe scrapbook


October is rosary month...been saying a rosary each day.





baked zucchini chocolate chip bread up over the weekend with a Hello Fresh zucchini I didn't use in a meal kit. 😃 









One of Annie's pals goes to a different school than she does and that friend had her Fall Ball at school over the weekend. Well her Mom (who's a good friend of mine) told Annie to throw on her dress and join her daughter for the Fall Ball photos they were going to take. I thought that was so sweet. Annie has a semi formal Halloween dance the end of the month and plans to wear that dress but with black shoes and jewelry and vamped up makeup. Growing up so fast! sigh






I felt pampered with gifts - my gf's sent me a huge pampering box filled with things like the blanket in the pic which is so soft and gorgeous, slippers, face mask, neck wrap all filled with lavender so you can microwave and it's warm and smells heavenly, bath salts, aromatherapy discs for the shower, and many other things - some funny relating to my age. 😉  

Annie got me this crystal of roses (her Dad used to always get me red roses), and some absolutely beautiful crystal butterflies in all different colors. Perfect for springtime to put in the window and make rainbows. Aaron and his gf got me a big bag of goodies too that included some of my favorite candy 😋 





some special birthday flowers ♥️ 






The first bundling up of the season to go to the hockey game with my kiddos - it was such a fun night! Aaron was such a sweet young man and treated Annie and I to the whole night (tickets, concessions etc) We bet on the game, though, and he won. So he got some of his $ back. Haha! 


snuck a pic of my loves 














I'm so glad I was born in my favorite month 🤩🍁🍄🌾



Unfiltered 50: gray hair, needing a haircut - but embracing it all 💖







PRAYER LIST:

Praying for peace, unity and healing for our world and our earth. For a complete end to the virus. For those in health care, first responders and so many professions that work to keep us healthy and safe. For family members traveling. For some relatives with health issues. For special intentions.

**I have been praying the rosary, as October is rosary month and at my parish they were requesting folks pray a rosary every day through October. They requested for vocations so I have been praying for that and also for special intentions.











PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! I'm linking with Sandra of a Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.


Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Season of the Pumpkin

 



Hello Friends! It's crazy I know...I'm actually posting on a day other than a Monday! But I thought I would try to include a recipe post or a crafting post each week, besides HHM on Mondays. This is a season I love so much and would love to share more and come visit you more. 


I'm not sure about you, but I love pumpkin and pumpkin flavored things. This season is a favorite to me for many reasons....but the flavors are definitely one of them. 🎃 So I had recently picked up a Better Homes & Gardens magazine filled with pumpkin recipes and thought I would share a few fun ones with you....

 






Doesn't this french toast sound cozy and yummy?



Or if you're more of a pancake or waffle fan, here is an all purpose mix you could use. 



My absolute favorites are all the yummy spiced drinks this time of year. 





I like soups, pastas and other savory pumpkin things too...so this biscuit recipe intrigued me. 





And always end on something sweet, right? I think these cookies sound sinfully wonderful! 





If you're a fellow pumpkin lover, I hope you found something you might like. Enjoy the almost weekend ahead peeps!  
Pumpkin spice latte anyone? 😉😋  

 


Monday, October 11, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday



*addendum: sorry got sidetracked and forgot to post this earlier today...

Happy Monday Friends 💛🍂 


How is the world treating you this Monday? Pretty well over here and it was a really fun weekend. On Friday my Dad & step Mom, Aaron and his gf, and my Bro and SIL came over to celebrate some family bdays (one was mine which is coming up soon...I'm pretending it's not though, Lol). It was also kind of a send off as my Dad and step Mom are off to their condo in AZ where they spend the winters. We had yummy food, dessert, gifts and my team won the trivial pursuit match! Winning! 😆🌟 

Then Saturday my Mom hung out for dinner and we played cards. Besides usual church time on the weekend (I've been back to going to church for a while now instead of online) I also worked on projects, did some grilling, my Pack won in OT (yay!) and just an all around relaxing and fun weekend. The color is getting peak and pretty around here. I've been loving it! I hope your weekend was lovely too and you're all refreshed for the week ahead.












THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:



















         



ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

yogurt, coffee with natural vanilla creamer
















ON MY TO DO LIST:

errands, projects, hospice volunteering, bday fun shopping with my Mom, out for dinner with family for my bday, getting together with gf's, working on Christmas shopping list, may do some furniture shopping?

















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE   

gray day again today...it feels like it's been gray or rainy for days on end lately, listening to classical music, writing in my planner
















CURRENTLY READING

been working more on craft things than reading at the moment, although several Fall magazines










ON THE TV TODAY:

 Big Brother,  Good Doctor, the Resident, Survivor, DWTS, The Masked Singer, New Amsterdam,  HGTV shows, Grantchester, Ghosts, Call the Midwife, The Great British Bake Off on netflix


 











ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:


MONDAY -  pancakes, fruit, breakfast potatoes

TUESDAY - roasted garlic & zucchini flatbread with white sauce, mozzarella and grape tomatoes (HF meal)

WEDNESDAY - quesadillas with cheese & apple, salad

THURSDAY - ricotta tomato stuffed ravioli with toasted panko sauce and lemony squash (HF meal) 

FRIDAY - out for my bday

 











TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

hang with Mom, friends, read, craft, walk with Ruby, enjoy the Fall color













TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:







I've been loving the different Autumn ambiance videos on youtube:








Also, one of my favorite snacks this time of year is mixing candy corn with peanuts. It tastes like a salted nut roll candy bar. 😋 













FROM THE CAMERA:



My Quaintbox came with the Autumn theme (I get a box per season). The box itself and the packaging are so cute. It had a big soft blanket scarf, cider mulling spices, the yummiest smelling candle, journals, and the cutest strawberry lip balm in a little toadstool container. 









Finally started getting some of my Fall decorations outside. I'm waiting on some orange and purple battery string lights to put in my big copper jack o lanterns




Ruby loves spotting squirrels and bunnies










thought you like more peeks at the kitchen now that the granite is all done. Still waiting on the cabinet to be added above the fridge and a few more new appliances....but loving how it's turning out! 








I love the cozy this time of year brings into the house...more twinkly lights, warmth, quiet, peace....








As the outside becomes colorful, ever changing and yet almost sleepy







Still trying to get my grilling time in before I put it away for the winter. This past weekend I grilled up some steaks, some broccoli with italian seasonings, olive oil, & parm...and carrots with butter, honey, cinnamon and salt & pepper. It was delish! 









PRAYER LIST:

Praying for peace, unity and healing for our world and our earth. For a complete end to the virus. For those in health care, first responders and so many professions that work to keep us healthy and safe. For family members traveling. For some relatives with health issues. For special intentions.

**I have been praying the rosary, as October is rosary month and at my parish they were requesting folks pray a rosary every day through October. They requested for vocations so I have been praying for that and also for special intentions.











PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:


Have a blessed week Friends. I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.