Monday, August 14, 2017

Taking a Break

Hey Friends! 

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I'm taking a little blog break for the next week or 2. I will probably still try to pop in and visit you if I get chances! Just keeping busy and having fun with my family these last few weeks before school starts again.  Hope you're enjoying these last fleeting days of summer too!!  Looking forward to catching back up when I'm back and getting ready for my favorite season of Fall. Blessings to you.   

xoxo

Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday


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Hello and Happy Monday to You!! 


Did you have a speedy weekend too? Where is the time going as we already head towards the middle of August!?? Annie and I were talking the other day about the summery things we still want to fit in - so we need to work to make those happen. We had some hockey this past weekend...but had a little time for fun too. One fun thing on our list was to go to a favorite food place that's only open in the summer and is near a fun mini golf course with lots of interactive holes. We were going to meet up with some friends of ours -but it didn't work out. And my Boy was off at his friend's cabin. So just Daddy, Annie and I did some bonding. Always fun in my book! 





THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:


Supposed to hit upper 70's to 80 degrees today. Even a bit warmer tomorrow. Then cool down a bit and some rain for Wed/Thursday.











ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:


honey nut chex cereal with fresh blueberries on top and some coffee







RIGHT NOW I AM:


I'm enjoying some peace and quiet. My niece slept over with Annie last night and another friend came over this AM - so they had taken over the house. They just all left to go to another friend's house so it's quiet...temporarily. Lol










AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:

Blue skies and sunshine out my office window. Perfect summer day ahead!








AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:


The girls have some sleepover things to pick up. I never did the dinner dishes from last night (SLACKER) - so need to load them and throw in more laundry.








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

My Mom finally got an antibiotic and is feeling better! So this week we plan to do our belated Christmas in July fun. Yay!! And there's some hockey this week, errands to run etc.  I've been slacking more with my exercise (although pounds still coming off - and was officially 33 pounds down the other day) - so need to fit in more workout time this week. Plan to go visit my MIL.... A typical week I guess. 








CURRENTLY READING:


Not much new here currently. I've been terrible this summer about books - but good about magazines and newspaper (crosswords!) ;)  I hope to be better this Fall as I have SO many books lined up to read!! 

(this is still pretty much where I'm at with things - ::sigh::)








ON THE TV TODAY:


Game of Thrones, Food Network Star, Big Brother, Deadliest Catch, The Profit, some movies taped. I watched The Great British Baking Show finale - loved it!! 










ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: grilling some burgers, corn on the cob, baked beans, veggie pasta salad, crab dip and crackers, fruit pizza cookie dessert


TUESDAY: build your own breakfast biscuits, fruit


WEDNESDAY: eat up any leftovers


THURSDAY: wild rice stuffed pork chops, roasted red potatoes, veggie side dish


FRIDAY: parmesan chicken, rotini pasta side dish, salad










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:


Not sure about a new one this week?






TIP OF THE WEEK:

 I saw someone share on instagram the other day the idea to choose a special perfume just for your wedding time and honeymoon. And then to put it away and only wear it on your anniversary to take you back to that day. I thought that was a really romantic and special idea. My Hubby and I have been through a lot through all of our years together (22 married & 29 together) and talk about renewing our vows in the future. I think I'll have to pocket this idea away and steal it. ;) 











FROM THE CAMERA:



I cut some hydrangeas from our big front shrub and thought I'd try to naturally dry them










Mini golf night fun - and of course Daddy kicked our butts again! :P


PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
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Wishing you a Happy Week Friends!!!!!

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Hello my Friends! 


We're having a lovely rainy day here in the northwoods. It's making it nice and cozy, but not the best for a getting groceries kind of day. I had planned on doing that and then was going to make this casserole that I had pinned on pinterest. It sounds like something especially up my Hubby's alley. But I thought I would share the recipe off of pinterest with you today anyway. I have it pinned under my board favorite recipes which you can find here.  It looks great for a quick and easy dinner. So I won't have a report on what we thought of it yet, but I thought you still might want to check it out. Happy Thursday to you! xo


sloppy joe casserole 2


Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 3/4 c ketchup
  • 1/4 c yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 pkg cornbread mix - about 11 oz. box ingredients to make this - mine just needs water
  • 1/2 onion diced - optional
  • 1 small can of green chiles optional

  1. Brown the ground beef and onions in a pan on the stove.
  2. Once onions are softened and ground beef is cooked, turn heat off.
  3. Add your ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Stir in with meat until well combined. Taste and add more sweetness, ketchup or tang of mustard according to your liking.
  4. Spray an 8x8 pan with non stick spray and pour your sloppy joe mixture in, evenly distribute across the pan.
  5. Use a bowl and make your cornbread mix using the ingredients necessary on the box or bag. (could add small can of green chiles into mix if you like - yummy)
  6. Pour your cornbread mixture on top of your sloppy joe meat into your dish.
  7. Put in the oven for the amount of time and temperature your cornbread mix requires, until top is golden brown.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday




Happy Monday Friends! 

I hope you had a lovely weekend. We spent ours out-of-town for Annie's hockey tourney. Lots of rink time! :P  It was actually a lot of fun. Daddy had to help coach some extra teams too, so Annie and I got some fun shopping and bonding time. Always grateful when we get home safe and sound - and it's always so nice to get home and love up Ruby and sleep in our own beds again! Lol 



I just wanted to say again that I know these busier summer days haven't allowed for as much blogging time for me. I'm so grateful to all who stop by and visit and your wonderful comments too!! It means so much to me that you take time out to visit and I will try to get around more this week and visit you my dear friends. I still love this little 'ol blog of mine and the time I spend here with you. I love the friendships I've made as well. I'm excited to share some future things with you...including the etsy store yet in the works. Life took over in many ways, but I'm finally getting things back on track a bit. So stay tuned for more action ahead once summer is finished. 





THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:


Going to be a hot and probably sticky one! In the upper 80's and higher humidity. May get some rain/storms tomorrow. Then supposed to cool down a bit for the rest of the week.











ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:


nectarine and some iced coffee







RIGHT NOW I AM:


In my office listening to some Celtic music and taking breaks in between working on this to work on laundry or other side projects. Or get interrupted by phone calls from hubby etc.  I need to focus and just finish this post up! Lol  My daughter is in her room listening to music and playing with some friends.








AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:

I see beautiful blue skies and lots of sunshine! My son's truck is in the driveway as he took today off of work to spend the day with his girlfriend as it's her birthday today. ;) 








AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:


Still in pretty good shape from the weekend. I need to get a few more things done yet - and put away the suitcase and the rest of the stuff from the trip this weekend.








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

The usuals: groceries, devotional, Annie's practices, exercise times, visit MIL, work on projects. We never got to do our Christmas in July fun day with my Mom as she got sick last week. So planning to try to get that in once she's feeling better.  So it will need to be Christmas in August instead I guess. Any excuse to have a little Christmas day is fine by me! 








CURRENTLY READING:


Not much new here currently. I've been terrible this summer about books - but good about magazines and newspaper (crosswords!) ;)  I hope to be better this Fall as I have SO many books lined up to read!! 

(this is still pretty much where I'm at with things - ::sigh::)








ON THE TV TODAY:


Grantchester finale, Next Food Network Star, Big Brother, The Profit, some movies taped











ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: pasta night, garlic bread, salad


TUESDAY: sandwiches, chips, veg tray, fruit (easy due to hockey night)


WEDNESDAY: breakfast grilled cheeses, sides of some kind


THURSDAY: sloppy joe casserole(cornbread topping), corn on the cob, fruit


FRIDAY: pretzel coated chicken nuggets with honey mustard, oven fries, salad











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:


sloppy joe casserole






TIP OF THE WEEK:


Get our app:
➡ IOS: https://goo.gl/LYntcz
➡ ANDROID: https://goo.gl/oD1y4j

I guess a penny saved really is a penny earned!










FROM THE CAMERA:
Coach Daddy (in the hat) pumping up the team before the game!







Our Girl in action! (in the black) She did score a goal this weekend. ;) 




In between periods coach Daddy talking strategy to the gals.




The celebrating after one of the games they won!









Getting home yesterday is always nice too. All of my lilies have been opening up like crazy! And Ruby and I went out and enjoyed the soft summer night after the hot day.





PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.