Monday, November 29, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday



Happy Monday Friends ~

Sorry I'm late today. Annie didn't have school so spent some time with her and then had to run to my Mom's to help her with some things at their apartment. So it's late afternoon and I'm finally getting to this and will make it a quick one. 

I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving (those that celebrated). Ours was a lot of fun and so nice to feel more normal with my family over. I have some pics below. This weekend I worked on a lot of holiday around the house. Took down Fall, got about 1/2 to 3/4 of Christmas up, did some holiday shopping with my Mom on black Friday, and even started my Christmas cards! I also spend time regularly chatting with Matt. It makes my ♥️ smile.

Also, the Packers won and Vikes lost - always a good weekend when that happens. πŸŽ‰ 

I hope you're starting out your holiday season nice and cozy and not stressing yet. Lol I like to try to knock out as much as I'm able early so I can enjoy the peace, movies, family time, wrapping and baking later into the month. Are you an early decorator/shopper? Or always rush last minute? 




















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:




























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

granola cereal with a small bit of half and half (so yummy!) and coffee















ON MY TO DO LIST:

help mom this week, errands, finish with decorating, decorate outside, hospice work at facility and at home, Annie's hockey, holiday shopping with a friend, holiday concert

















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE   

It's snowing out right now! I can hear Ruby barking at a dog across the bay - they just like to chat sometimes. πŸ˜‰ I'll go outside with her later at night and listen to the stillness and can often hear the sounds of ice popping as it's forming. I love where I live and would hug this home on a hill on the bay if I could. 

















CURRENTLY READING

The Cafe Between Pumpkin and Pie It's 3 different stories by  3 different authors. I forgot I picked it up this fall. It's fun cozy reading









ON THE TV TODAY:

The Resident, Survivor, Christmas Cookie Challenge and other baking shows, the Masked Singer, the Rookie, holiday shows and taped some movies. Watching vlogs and I like Desi Darling right now - she is like a real life Anne of Green Gables. Lol 
 
















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:


MONDAY -  leftovers


TUESDAY -  Annie hockey game so not sure?


        WEDNESDAY -  red lobster biscuits, tomato soup, fruit (Annie fave)


THURSDAY - Lobster stuffed ravioli in tomato cream sauce (HF meal)


FRIDAY - Thai ginger curry w/ creamy coconut veggies, lime rice (HF meal)
 















TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

once everything is all decorated I like to have only the Christmas lights on and sit with hot tea and music and soak it up, read, go shopping with a friend















TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:






















FROM THE CAMERA:



bro and mom



Annie and SIL


I had found the cute Fall animal "crackers" and I put one on each plate at Thanksgiving. When you pull it apart it pops and a little toy, paper crown, and joke fall out.  I froze my leftover homemade turkey stock to make soup in the future πŸ˜‹ 





♥️ ♥️ ♥️ 
















It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas πŸŽ„ 













PRAYER LIST:

Prayers for gratitude and thankfulness for so many blessings. For an end to the virus. For peace and unity everywhere. For health care workers, first responders and all those who work so hard to take care of others. For my former FIL. For a bestie healing from a broken ankle and foot. For my Mom's friend in an accident as she continues to heal.  For anyone that has an extra difficult time during the holiday season












PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

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



Monday, November 22, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday



Hello lovely Friends!

I can't believe it's Thanksgiving week already. Where is the time going? Are you ready for the big day? (those that celebrate it this week). I did a lot of "pre" shopping last week and got the majority of the ingredients I needed, minus a few fresh things I'll pick up this week. So feeling pretty good. Already took out turkey to thaw. πŸ¦ƒ 😊 

How was your weekend? Weekend recap here includes lots of fun times with lovies in my life. I picked up my Mom after church Saturday (I prefer Saturday night mass and go to a different church than my Mom). Then we had dinner and played cards. Had lunch over here with my Aunt yesterday and we watched our Packers lose to the Vikings (the worst!) but had a great catch up chat. So that was great. I shared a bit about a wonderful guy in my life - that I will share at some point with all of you. Just not yet. πŸ˜‰ And then a gf came over and hung out last night. We had a great catch up too. She's divorced and in the dating game too.  She brought  homemade lefse she had made (so good!) and we had finger foods and I made us hot toddy's with brandy. So cozy and fun πŸ’• 

Now ready to tackle the holiday week ahead!  




















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:






























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

yogurt with some granola on it and coffee with amaretto creamer















ON MY TO DO LIST:

helping a friend drop off her car at auto place and going to breakfast, grocery errands, food prep, hospice work from home, projects, cleaning  before hosting here Thursday, do a little black Friday shopping with my Mom 

















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE   

It's gray outside and just looks cold. Listening to Amy Grant Christmas music. I just got a stack of amazon boxes and need to sort things. Lots of Christmas lists going on here! 😊 🎁 

















CURRENTLY READING

Bible, holiday magazines 









ON THE TV TODAY:

  Good Doctor, the Resident, Survivor, DWTS, The Masked Singer, New Amsterdam,   Grantchester, Ghosts, Call the Midwife, The Great British Bake Off,  Shark Tank, Holiday Baking Championship, The Christmas Cookie Challenge

*watched Red Notice this weekend and it was pretty funny
 













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:


MONDAY - lefse wrap sandwich, veggies and dip


TUESDAY -  brown sugar bourbon apple pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans (HF meal)


        WEDNESDAY - ???


THURSDAY - Thanksgiving meal: turkey, PW's make ahead mashed potatoes recipe, homemade dressing, homemade gravy, calico beans, broccoli salad, fruit salad, corn, crudite, dinner rolls, homemade cranberry sauce, homemade crusts and pumpkin pie & pecan pie, ice cream & whipped cream 


FRIDAY - leftover turkey sandwiches or turkey noodle soup
 














TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

go to breakfast with a gf, work on more Christmas list fun, shop with my Mom, watch a Christmas movie














TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:

do you think this is true?



And thought I would share a thanksgiving tip that always saves me time. I make the gravy ahead of time so don't have to wait for it when everything is hot and ready to eat. I buy some turkey wings, brown them and then put them either in the slow cooker, or in a little roasting pan. Add some water (& sometimes even broth too - as many cups as stock you'll need to use) and some aromatics and cook in oven or slow cooker to get all the turkey flavor in there for a homemade stock. I do this 2 days before thanksgiving. And the day before thanksgiving I use the stock and make homemade gravy and also use it to make homemade dressing. And if there's some left I save it to use in leftover turkey noodle soup after Thanksgiving.  

*I also shared my favorite recipe for pumpkin pie in the post before this one πŸ˜‹ 
















FROM THE CAMERA:





the bay has a layer of ice on it now and one morning it snowed a little and turned the bay winter white










I added some garland to the tree - but will do all the Christmas decorating the weekend after thanksgiving




I love this page in my planner/organizer - so Fall and thanksgiving feeling to me










PRAYER LIST:

Prayers for gratitude and thankfulness for so many blessings. For an end to the virus. For peace and unity everywhere. For health care workers, first responders and all those who work so hard to take care of others. For my former FIL. For a bestie healing from a broken ankle and foot. For my Mom's friend in an accident over the weekend. For Aaron and Helaina as they begin their new journey in Texas. For everyone to have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving.












PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead and a blessed Thanksgiving. I'm so grateful for all of you! Sharing and linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.