Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday






Hello Friends! 

I hope this post finds you happy and ready to dive into the week this Monday morning. I have been busy with home chores - especially laundry from our weekend away. We were gone for Annie's hockey tourney this past weekend in southern MN and it was a great time! The tournament had a great arena and the girls played so well and missed making it to the championship by 1 goal! And the area was so pretty. It was a resort area with several lakes and they had fun winter festival things going on down on the ice. The weather was actually pretty mild too (even in the 50's one of the days!).  Several of us hockey moms even went walking around the arena before game time because the weather was so mild. 

The team went out for lunch at a really fun pub on Saturday and they had great food. Hubby and I were even able to go do some antique shopping...one of our favorite hobbies, and we found a few treasures. ;)  I will share pics later in the post. We found something my FIL collects to save for Father's Day too - which I didn't take a photo of, but happy we found something for him.  With the fun weekend over, now it's back to reality and the busy week ahead. 













THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Cloudy and gray and we woke up to a little bit of new snow this morning. It's in the 20's and we may have some more freezing rain/snow mix tonight. Yuck! Especially since we have to venture out for Annie's hockey game later. The week ahead looks like mostly 20's and 30's and may even get warmer by the weekend. 













ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

I splurged this AM as we picked up caramel rolls at Toby's (a famous stop in Hinkley MN) on our way home from the tourney. They're known for them! So I heated one of those up and had it with my hazelnut coffee. SO YUMMY!! Completely worth the splurge ;) 











RIGHT NOW I AM:


Listening to Enya on Pandora. I was doing some devotional time and prayers earlier. Now working on my planner, schedule for the week, grocery plan and this post while Ruby snuggles by me











AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:

Everything looks so white and gray with dark evergreen trees thrown  in for contrast....that's what I see as I gaze out at the bay side of our home. It's stark but beautiful 










AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

Pretty tidy as I had cleaned up a lot before we left for the weekend too. It's so dark and gray, though, that it makes me sleepy. I could use some sunshine right now! ;)














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

Another typically busy week ahead. Both kiddos have hockey games this week and practices. I'm helping with some volunteer stuff at the kiddos' school. I also start my first shadowing of a current volunteer at the hospice house this week. Yay! That new path is finally going to officially begin!! I will shadow someone over the next few weeks and then by mid February I already have my own time slot picked out, and that will be my independent volunteer time each week. And the rest of the week more of the usual with groceries, errands, visit MIL, cook for FIL. I may be going to lunch with my Hubby's Aunt - whom I've always been close to - as belated for her bday.  No wallyball this week, though, as it got pushed to next week. But I've been back to my weekly workout routine and one fasting day a week. I've got to get the muscle back after being such a slacker over the holidays. :P 




 









CURRENTLY READING:

Just starting Caroline, Little House revisited - a book I received as a Christmas gift from my Aunt. She knows how much I always loved Little House on the Prairie (show and books). It's by Sarah Miller and it's historical fiction about the little house days from the perspective of Caroline - or Laura Ingalls' "Ma"  (still reading this)


 










ON THE TV TODAY:


 The Good Doctor, This is Us, Will and Grace, Amazing Race, Shark Tank, Kids Baking Championship, Gold Rush - some movies taped again too.
















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: grilled sandwiches, homemade fries, veggies & dip (cleaning out the fridge)


TUESDAY: not sure -hockey game night so something easy


WEDNESDAY: pork chops with brown sugar cinnamon apples baked over the top of a bed of onion & carrots (it then glazes them), au gratin potatoes, salad


THURSDAY: homemade individual chicken pot pies (didn't do last week)



FRIDAY: I think out for dinner 




 










WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT


Finally getting somewhere with Legacy box project. Still need to finish a bit in my Grandpa's scrapbook. Also, finally pulling out my old family scrapbooks to catch up on and working on some projects I had left off months again. Getting my mojo back. Not to mention tackling my yearly clean out of my craft space/office and organizing it better. Yay 2018! (still working on all of these - but legacy box almost done) 


*some of you wondered what Legacy Box is: it's a company that sends you a box and you fill it with old VHS tapes, reels, or photos, or in my case - slides. You send it in (comes with label already to go) and they put them on discs for you. I had a bunch of old slides from my Dad of our family trips and memories that I've been going through and I"m getting discs done for my brother and I











NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

I may try a recipe for making homemade ice cream to break in a new ice cream maker I was given for Christmas. I'm anxious to try it out! MMmmmm










TIP OF THE WEEK:

 How To Easily Get Ice Off Your Car
This is definitely something we should try where we live. Our cars stay in the garage but our son's truck sits out












FROM THE CAMERA:






Great arena for watching the games - check out our number 25 in the action!!



One of the treasures we found. I collect Roseville depression era floral pottery (you can see some pieces I have in the pic below) - and I found this unique conch shell Roseville with foxglove flowers on it






WE also found this Weller woodcraft bowl that is probably from the early 1900's. I have a few other pieces of Weller and I love that they're always natural with twigs and fruit etc. You can see a few of the other pieces I have in the pic below...






And I found some vintage brooches and crochet trim/remnants that I will use in some crafting projects





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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Blogaversary Giveaway Winner!

Hello my dear and wonderful Friends! 

I hope you've been having a wonderful week.  And I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned ahead! We have lots of...yep, you guessed it...HOCKEY!! Lol  And I'm sorry I didn't get to post a recipe yesterday like I often do on Thursdays, but I plan to next week. 

Now on to the matter at hand.  Our giveaway winner! First of all, I want to thank all of you that took the time to comment and say such kind and lovely things. I'm so grateful to have found this blogging space which led me to such wonderful friends in all of you. I love this place as a space of creativity and reflection for myself....but especially as a way to connect with so many wonderful people like you.  And I love coming and visiting you and enjoying some of your world too. So again, thank you so much! ;)  

Okay, drawing time. My Annie was my wonderful helper for it.  This morning she took a break from getting ready for school to assist me to pick someone.  It's quite a technical process with algorithms and formulas...NOT! 


First, all of the names were written on slips....













Then they were all folded neatly and placed in the magical crystal dish (basically a candy dish I've had forever) :P

There's our fresh faced assistant - just out of the shower and ready for school




And in goes Annie's hand and out comes.....







Our winner - Mari!!  She's from the wonderful blog My Little Corner of the World
Congrats Mari! I'll be contacting you to get your info so I can ship your box of goodies. Thanks again to you All! Have a blessed weekend. xoxo

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Homemaker Monday


Hello Friends! Happy Monday and hope it's been a good one so far. ;)  

I also hope you had  wonderful weekend. Ours was filled with lots of hockey as Annie had a local hockey tourney. So lots of playing for Annie, watching for me, and coaching for Ad. Their team may not have won, but they played well and seemed to have a lot of fun!  Also this weekend I posted about my blogaversary giveaway.  If you didn't get a chance to enter yet, please read my previous post and comment so I can include you.  I would love the chance to thank you for being a reader and a friend in this blogland space I love. 

And last night Annie, my niece, and my Mom and I all went to see Paddington 2. It was just as cute, if not better, than the first one! Then Annie went to sleep over at her cousin's house as they didn't have school today for MLK Jr day.  Now on to the week ahead....













THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Cloudy and gray all day today. Even snowed a little earlier. It's only 12 above today and we may get some more snow tonight too. It'll be cold again tomorrow, but by Wednesday should be warming up into the 20's and 30's the rest of the week. Is it Spring yet? Should I not be asking that in January - especially when I live in the frozen tundra that is northern WI? ::sigh::













ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

1/2 of a bagel with low cal spread and coffee











RIGHT NOW I AM:


Listening to music on Pandora and working on my weekly planner. I had a restful morning reading, then working out and doing chores around the house. Had a nice chat with my son during lunch - and his girlfriend came over to hang out too. I also had a nice long phone conversation with my Mom. I love that we're so close and she is my rock in so many ways. Love her! So I'm finally getting to some computer time this afternoon to work on this post. 












AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:

It's still kind of cloudy and everything is covered in a brand new blanket of white, between the snow we received last night and little more this AM.









AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

It's pretty tidy from doing some of my daily chores around here this AM.  It's also less bare than it had been, as I've put out some of my valentine's decorations and filled in the bare spots with other knick knacks I've had stored away. Much cozier now ;)  


And it smells so good right now as I also just baked up a pan of brownies! I know it's the new year and I've been jumping back into being good (even my "fast days" one day a week) - but life is all about balance, right?














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

A pretty typical week. Both kiddos' hockey practices and games. Religious ed. Groceries, errands. Visiting my MIL for her birthday this week. Bring dinner to my FIL. I also am waiting to hear back from my hospice coordinator as I will be shadowing a current volunteer either this week or next as a start to my journey as a regular hospice volunteer.  They require you shadow a current volunteer 3 times before you begin on your own.  Also, I'm back to scheduling wallyball with my group of gal friends so we will hopefully get back to playing next week! 




 









CURRENTLY READING:

Just starting Caroline, Little House revisited - a book I received as a Christmas gift from my Aunt. She knows how much I always loved Little House on the Prairie (show and books). It's by Sarah Miller and it's historical fiction about the little house days from the perspective of Caroline - or Laura Ingalls' "Ma"  (still reading this)


 










ON THE TV TODAY:


 The Good Doctor, This is Us, Will and Grace, Amazing Race, Kids Baking Championship, Gold Rush - some movies taped again too.
















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: clean out leftovers in the fridge


TUESDAY: chicken wild rice soup, use up deli meat in fridge by making biscuit sandwiches on the side, fruit


WEDNESDAY: Make your own baked potato bar with fixings: steamed broccoli & cheese sauce, sour cream, bacon bits, shredded cheese & BBQ shredded chicken. Side salad 


THURSDAY: might make homemade chicken pot pie if time permits. If not I'll make it next week and will make breakfast for dinner instead


FRIDAY: easy night  - Annie hockey game 




 










WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT


Finally getting somewhere with Legacy box project. Still need to finish a bit in my Grandpa's scrapbook. Also, finally pulling out my old family scrapbooks to catch up on and working on some projects I had left off months again. Getting my mojo back. Not to mention tackling my yearly clean out of my craft space/office and organizing it better. Yay 2018! (still working on all of these - but legacy box almost done)











NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

I have made PW's chicken pot pie before (really good!) but if I make it this week it will be a new recipe I want to try









TIP OF THE WEEK:

 How To Keep Take Out Food Warm While You Drive Home

I have actually done this before and I believe it did help keep the food warm ;) 












FROM THE CAMERA:




























Some moments of "love" for valentine's day decorating around our home. I've included a sweet heart like the pink one in the photo above in my giveaway, but in red. Along with several other fun goodies for the new year.  Go check it out and enter!!
 xoxo







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