Sunday, July 16, 2017

In My Home This Week (July 10-16)

It was a pretty quiet week this week. Not a whole lot going on, which was nice. My oldest boy was at scout camp and my two younger ones spent some time with one set of their grandparents. My oldest girl and I spent some one on one time together. I will say this...it was hot, hot, hot! We did stay indoors most of the time!

1. Finished the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton (there's a new book coming in October!)

2. Continued the Hamish Macbeth series, also by M.C. Beaton (all books coming from the library)

3. Used the oven as little as possible. When I did use it, I did my best to use it in the morning hours before it got to hot.

4. Worked on maintaining the cleanliness in my home. So far, so good.

5. In conjunction with the above, I started working in earnest on making a schedule that works for me. I'm still working on it, but it's almost there.

Really, that's about it.

Hope you had a good week!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Menu Plan Monday (July 10-16)



Hi there!

Boy, with company and getting my oldest boy read for scout camp, last week really flew by! I can't believe it is Monday again already :) I am enjoying these lazy days of summer. All too soon it will be back to school time (do you know there are several stores in my area putting BTS items out!!!) and a more hectic pace as we go from school, to dinner, homework, and nightly activities. I've actually started thinking about my fall menus and things I plan on cooking, utilizing my helpers the crock pot and the electric pressure cooker. However, no matter how fast time seems to be flying, there are still several weeks of glorious summer and I tend to enjoy them! Here's the menu for this week:

Monday:
Breakfast-
French toast waffles
Hash browns
Corned beef hash
Scrambled eggs
(did not get made last week)

Tuesday:
Creamy Italian Chicken
Spiral pasta
Green beans
(did not get made last week)

Wednesday:
Cheeseburger pie
Carrots with Ranch dressing
Grapes
Chips

Thursday:
Leftovers

Friday:
Going out

Saturday:
Tostados salad

Sunday:
Marinated pork chops
Cucumber salad
Cheesy creamed spinach
Noodles with homemade Alfredo sauce

For more menu ideas, check out orgjunkie.com!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

In My Home This Week (July 3-9)

In My Home This Week

It was a busy week at my house this week. We had out of town company for a few days and then my oldest son left for Boy Scout camp today and we were packing him up for that. I admit I've been pretty lax in the housekeeping department for some time, so a good portion of the beginning of the week was spent cleaning in preparations for our company. I'm very proud to report that the house is cleaner than ever (even cleaner, I think, then when we moved in!) and I've been diligently outlining a plan to help me keep it this way.

In other news, I've been becoming reacquainted with my local library. Over the past several weeks I've started several new to me mystery series, checked out several cookbooks, and have been studying some "self improvement" books. Here's what else went on in my home this week:

1. One of the series I read was the Darling Dahlia series by Susan Wittig Albert. It was a delightful series, set in the 1930's. Several recipes were included in each book and I've tried a few. This recipe is for a white sauce to put on barbecue, as opposed to the traditional red sauce.You may also serve it with chicken. It's delicious!!! Combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp white vinegar, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1-2 tsp horseradish, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, and a dash of salt.

2. I bought some hair color on sale and colored my hair at home.

3. I trimmed my oldest boys hair.

4. I accepted an old, fabric covered bulletin board from a friend. I've taken the old fabric off and will replace it with some fabric I have on hand.

5. I'll be giving a class on wool felt applique to my needlework guild this year, so I did some research on a suitable project. I think I've found one, but just to be sure I'm making up a sample. I cut the pieces today with some wool felt I had on hand and will stitch it up this week.

6. I made banana pudding for a birthday gift and used the egg whites left from making the custard to make mini pavlova for dessert one night.

7. I purged and cleaned like a madwoman. lol

8. I went to the library twice.

9. I stopped by a thrift that I don't normally get to shop at and found two skirts, a top, and a pair of shoes.

10. I found rotisserie chickens marked down to $3. I bought 5. This was yesterday. Last night I picked all the meat off the bones and bagged up the meat and bones separately. I'm out of quart sized bags, so I'll pick some up tomorrow, divide the meat up, and freeze it. I'll use the bones to make chicken broth.

I think that's about it, though I'm sure there's more. It was a bit of a whirlwind!

Have a wonderful week! 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July! Normally my favorite holiday, I'm in a tizzy getting ready for out of town company to properly enjoy it. There's also rain in the forecast, so probably no fireworks, either. I'm hoping that the fireworks shows on tv won't be rained out and I can watch them there. Not quite the same, but still, it's something!

The out of town company will only be here Wednesday and Thursday, departing early Friday afternoon. If it weren't for the fact that the person coming is family and very critical, I wouldn't be doing half the things I have been. I'm not complaining too much, mind, as there are things getting done that should have been done ages ago (though it wasn't my fault that some of them didn't get done any earlier). I'm bound and determined to stick with the upkeep once it's finished. I used to follow a very detailed cleaning routine that fell by the wayside the last time I was severely depressed and I just haven't finished wading through the resulting buildup from that (as just the build up is depressing!). Getting ready for this visit though, I think I may see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel!

I've got some leftovers to use up, so dinner will be a variation on a pork chop and rice casserole recipe I have. Should be tasty!

Have a wonderful day!

MPM (July 3-9)




Hi there!

Can you believe it's July already? It seems the kids just got out of school and here it is the third! Independence Day is literally just around the corner and time is flying by. My oldest (17) will be  graduating this year. She recently got the card with her senior portrait appointment on it and has signed up for her SAT. Scary stuff!

In other news, there is an interesting discussion going on over at The Bluebirds Are Nesting about food prices. It is so interesting to me how widely food prices can fluctuate. Not only from country to country or state to state, but even store to store! I usually shop four stores, sometimes five, and I may be adding a sixth if I ever find the time to stop in and check it out! My first store is Aldi. We didn't always have an Aldi's here. In fact, I don't think it has been here quite a year, but there are now several open and there is another one getting ready to open by my house. I get a lot of staples there (flour, sugar, ect) plus gluten free items because the price is so good.

The second store I go to is Kroger. They always have good sales and it is my favorite place for butter (especially when it goes on sale for $1.99...but that is only once a year, near the holidays). I can sometimes find good prices on meat if they are having a sale, too. Oh, and canned vegetables. I love their brand and they are always on sale!

The third store I frequent is Food Lion. I get the bulk of my produce here and it is fairly good quality at my store. The price is right, too. I'll pick other things up here, also, if they are on sale, such as seltzer water or meat.

Number four is the Walmart Neighborhood Market. I don't go here as much as I do the others, but when I do it's for dry goods such as rice or coffee. This is also the only place I can get Zote for my laundry detergent.

The fifth (which is my favorite, but is an hour and a half away) is Wegman's. I only get to go there every few months, but when I do, I stock up on eggs, peanut butter, and hot dogs. The prices on their eggs ($1.79 for 3 dozen) and peanut butter ($7.49 for two 40oz jars) are fantastic and the hot dogs (Huffman brand) are the only ones my kids will eat. lol.

On occasion, I go to a local store that often has good prices on meat and has bulk spices.

The store that I haven't checked out yet is Lidl. There is one that opened right by my house, I just haven't had the time and when I have, the store has been packed. I'm sure I'll get by there one of these days!

On to the menu for this week:

Monday:
Taking the kids to Wendy's for a rare treat

Tuesday:
Creamy Italian chicken
Rice
Green beans

Wednesday:
Breakfast--
French toast waffles
Hash browns
Corned beef hash
Scrambled eggs

Thursday:
Company from out of town--
taking them out

Friday:
Hamburger steak
Mashed potatoes
Salad

Saturday:
YOYO

Sunday:
Sausage frittata
Browned potatoes
Salad

Need some menu ideas? Check out orgjunkie.com!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Menu Plan (May 7-13)

Hi there!

I can not believe that it is May already! This year is really flying by! Before I know it, school will be out and we will be spending lazy days by the community pool, hopefully tending a garden (I know I'm getting a late start, but I'm still hopeful!), and getting ready for our July beach trip!

In other news, my parents are taking a trip with friends soon. They're going to New York and on the way home they will be staying in Amish Country. I'm excited to report that my Mother is going to look for some instant Clear Jel and some rennet tablets if they stop at an Amish store. I plan on making pie fillings and mozzarella cheese if she's able to find them.

This menu looked good when I made it, but now I don't feel well, so nothing looks good. lol! I'm sure the family will still enjoy it! Here's what's on the menu this week:

Sunday:
Spaghetti with homemade sauce
Homemade breadsticks
Salad

Monday:
YOYO

Tuesday:
Chicken Lo Mein
Steamed broccoli

Wednesday:
Breakfast-
Sausage gravy
Biscuits
Scrambled eggs
Fruit salad

Thursday:
Pork loin
Parmesan potatoes
Green beans
Corn

Friday:
Leftovers

Saturday:
Meatless Salisbury steak
Mashed potatoes
Peas

For more great ideas, visit orgjunkie.com!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This Week's Menu (March 26-April 1)



It's over! It's over! The spaghetti dinner has come and gone for another year. And I was able to get my oldest to her ring dance (she had a fabulous time!) I admit, I slept in today, but I certainly needed it! Now I can turn my attention to something else: spring cleaning!

Even though spring arrived last week on the calendar, it's been pretty chilly. This week though, the temperatures will be more spring like :) I'm hoping to get some gardening done and definitely work on a few major areas that need cleanup in the house. Next week is spring break and the kids will be gone. I plan on doing some more sprucing up, most notably putting a fresh coat of paint on the front porch and screen door, painting the half bath, and working in the garden. I also plan to clean under the boys' bed. That should be an adventure! The major areas I'm hitting this week are my desk and the laundry area. If I can get by the dollar store for some bins, I might organize my paper craft area, too! On to this week's menu!

Sunday:
Pan fried pork chops
Creamed spinach
Parmesan roasted potatoes

Monday:
Will not be home

Tuesday:
Garlic lime chicken
Rice
Fresh green beans

Wednesday:
Sausage and cheese crustless quiche
Spinach Apple Salad
Browned potatoes

Thursday:
Chicken Enchiladas
Rice
Steamed broccoli

Friday:
Leftoves

Saturday:
Either soup and sandwich or Tostados salad

What's on your menu? For inspiration, check out orgjunkie.com!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Has Srping Sprung?

Hello, Friends!

Yesterday was the first day of spring! At least, that's what the calendar says :) The weather, of course, hasn't gotten the memo. Today though, is supposed to be a glorious 65 degrees before dipping back down into the 40's. I am so ready for the warmer weather! But, warm weather is not the only sign of spring. I have enjoyed my daffodils and crocus. There is new green growth on the lawn. A tree that we've had since we moved in is sporting new green leaves and, for the first time, it is flowering! We think it might be a pear tree! The birds are coming out and I love to listen to their cheerful chirping as they too, welcome a new season.

Spring is definitely one of my favorite seasons. Who am I kidding? I truly love each season as each one is so different and has different things to offer. Spring is a wonderful season for cleaning. Yes, cleaning! I'm firmly in the midst of decluttering and organizing, sending out bags and bags to the charity shops. Letting go of things I no longer use or love. It's been wonderful! And I still have more to go! It's also a wonderful season for an impromptu picnic, if the weather is behaving. You don't even have to go far...the backyard would do just fine :) A blanket, easy food...everything tastes better outdoors. If you have a firepit, perhaps you could even roast hot dogs and make s'mores, though that conjures images of summer, and I'm not quite ready for that yet!

Easter is coming, too. Something else that I'm not quite ready for. Luckily it's a bit late this year, so I do have a little time to finish getting ready for it! I cam across this video today and I think it's such a great idea! With my youngest being 11, I was struggling with what to do for Easter. They have rapidly outgrown toys (mostly...the 11 and 12 year old still like them sometimes, but they are getting away from them) and they certainly don't need a ton of candy. I don't believe any of them need new bathing suits, as they all got new last year and everything still fits. But I love the concept and I can definitely work with it! 

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Are you enjoying the signs of spring?

This Weeks Menu (March 19-25)





This week is going to be busy, busy, busy, especially Saturday. There are three different events going on that day. One is an all day event (annual Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner) and it's sandwiched between two events for my oldest. The first starts at 4am(!) and the second is at 7pm. I'm exhausted just thinking about it! lol! Here's what is on the menu for this week:

Sunday: Beef stroganoff with homemade noodles, garlic green beans, biscuits

Monday: Won't be home

Tuesday: Honey garlic chicken, steamed broccoli, rice, baby carrots

Wednesday: Breakfast- sausage gravy, biscuits, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, fruit salad

Thursday: Individual homemade pizza with choice of toppings (cheese, olives, spinach, sausage)

Friday: Not home

Saturday: Spaghetti dinner

What's on your menu this week? For inspiration, check out orgjunkie.com!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hi There!

Hello, Friends!

It's been some time, hasn't it? Life sure has been busy around here lately. I'm still working hard on my time management, but it hasn't quite come all together yet.

At the start of the year I really started letting things go around the house, but now I am more determined than ever to declutter and organize. I am definitely on a mission! Maybe it's spring fever? Speaking of spring, we are having some crazy weather! Last week we had some beautiful 70 degree weather, with one day even getting up into the 80's! Now they are calling for snow on Sunday! Can you believe that!?

I did manage to take my Valentine decor down in a timely fashion and I've put out my simple St Patrick's Day stuff. I've decided to change what I do for the rest of spring though. In the past I've put out Easter and that's stayed out until the end of May! I decided that was too long, but I didn't want to have Easter stuff out for a short time and have to come up with something else to put out. So, I'm going with a daisy theme. It's hard to put into words, but I can see it in my head. lol! They'll be a few Easter elements too, for the holiday, but not a lot.

Last month my needlwork guild had a booth (as we usually do) at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival. I'm co-chair, so January and February were quite busy! Plus, we are gearing up for the annual Boy Scout Spaghetti dinner fundraiser and it's Girl Scout cookie time! Whew!

Hope all is well with everyone!

Blessings,

Jenn