Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday Snap Shot




Wednesday Snap Shot is a quick peek into my week.

If you'd like to join in on my Wednesday Snap Shot.. copy and paste my post, add your answers (you can also copy the pic..BUT Please download the picture to your computer first.. do not just directly copy and paste.. otherwise you are using my bandwidth..thank you! :).. link your post to my blog and then come back and let me know you shared your week. I'll come and visit you and read about your homemaking week!! :)



So Far This Week
It's an early morning (here on the West Coast) WSS. Hubby and I have errands to run, grocery shopping and a visit with his brother on our to do list this morning.

The week has been busy with Christmas preparations. I made a batch of what I call my Christmas Jam. It's Strawberry Cranberry Jam. I like the recipe because it uses frozen strawberries (which I buy from Costco) and cranberries. When the cranberries come out around Thanksgiving I always make sure to buy an extra bag so I can make the jam. I like having it to put in gift baskets and to be able to give to people who come by for a visit. 

 

Over the weekend I did my first Christmas shopping that was not online. It wasn't to bad but there were lots of people and traffic as everyone is trying to finish up their shopping on time. I was reminded of how much I prefer online shopping. I have one more package coming soon and maybe one more trip to wrap up lose ends and hopefully I'll be done. It's a big job to shop and prepare for as many children and grandchildren as I have. I should be smarter and work towards this all year, but so far that has not been my style. :)

My dining room table has been overtaken with gifts, wrapping paper, bows, and such as I'm working to get it all wrapped and under the tree. So far it's all looking pretty and festive.

 

On Friday my daughter Hannah and her children came for a visit. It was a fun afternoon with them.



On My To-Do List
Other then the errands mentioned above I plan to come home and keep working on wrapping up gifts and assembling gift baskets.



Projects I'm Working On
Christmas seems all consuming right now. I need to start planning our Christmas family dinner next. I don't have anything that I traditionally make. Right now I'm thinking lasagna, saucy meatballs and letting everyone else bring the sides and dessert.



Today's Weather
Goodness it's been windy and cool lately. The constant wind blowing is driving me nuts. It's been going on for over a week with gusts up to 100+ mph. Surprisingly we've not lost power, so that is a good thing. The weather man assures us it will die down by the end of the week. I hope so as they said that last week! :) On the bright side we've had no snow. I'm not a fan of snow (or winter for that matter) and decided to look at the good side of it all.

Today's High (not including windchill) 43   Low 34


The View from my Deck (or window)
It's so early that it's still dark outside and so there will be no pic today. I'll be gone as the sun comes up.



What I'm Reading
Almost finished the book of Mark and I made more progress in Pride and Prejudice.


What I'm Listening To
The wind blowing, my wind chimes making a lot of their “happy noises”, hubby getting the fire going.


Something Frugal I've Done This Week
Once again I scored some good deals while out Christmas shopping. I was pretty happy with the deals and then got to the register and (unknown) to me there were coupons in the paper and the checker lady gave me those deals and I saved another $25 off of my items.


Fitness and Health for the Week
This has not been my best week for getting my steps in. Had a couple days I was not feeling 100% and time focused on my projects has left my exercise time at the bottom of my list. That will change soon. I'm doing very good at keeping my diet in line. Lots of fruits and veggies and not much if any junk food.


That is all for this week!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Menu Monday!



This month is moving right along. I'm working to stay on top of my game in regards to Christmas planning so my weekend was all about Christmas prep. We survived on leftovers, fresh fruit, salads and wraps. So tonight I'm making chili for dinner. It was on last weeks menu and is being bumped over to tonight. I'll make some corn muffins and a salad with this.


The rest of the week is looking like this...


Meatloaf
I have one in the freezer so that will make an easy meal. I'll serve mashed potatoes and a veggie or salad, or both on the side.


Chicken Tacos
There easy to do in the Instant Pot. I cook the chicken, shred and add salsa and sometimes cream cheese. Then assemble the tacos just as you would regular ground beef tacos. I plan to serve black beans and a salad with this meal.


Pork Roast
Sometimes simple is the answer and this week I'm all about no fuss and simple. A pork roast cooked in the IP with spices will be simple. I'm thinking pasta (of some sort) and a salad will be the sides.


That should do it for the week!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas and Family Traditions

When my daughter Sierra was here a couple weeks ago we put up our Christmas tree.  She really wanted to do this while she was here and I was happy for the help and company.  It made us reflect on our long held family tree trimming tradition.  All my children remember it and what precious memories these things are for them to carry into their adult lives. 



Family traditions... how do they start? I once said.. if you do something once with your kids.. it will be a tradition and every year after that they will say.. Remember mom.. when??... Traditions are like glue.. they hold families together. Christmas is a great time to reflect on family traditions.

We had for many years a Christmas tree decorating tradition. I would make cheap store bought frozen pizza, have cocoa, eggnog, candy canes, Christmas cookies. Then we would decorate the tree. This tradition had its start very simply.

One year, we had 5 or was it 6 little ones?? We went out and bought a tree and brought it home. The kids were so excited. But the reality was that dad needed to get the tree in the stand and string the lights on before the kids could put the decorations on. But they all just stood there when the tree was brought in looking at dad and waiting for all the fun to begin. He felt a little stressed by it all. 

I jumped in and told the kids.. lets have some cocoa! Then I looked in my cupboards and freezer to see what else I might have to keep them distracted while dad did his thing. Here is what I found: Frozen pizza (the cheap kind.. bought for those “just in case” times in life), Christmas cookies, eggnog, candy canes, and hot cocoa mix. So.. I cooked the pizza and the kids enjoyed the cocoa, eggnog, cookies and candy canes.. and by that time dad was done with his job and the kids could decorate the tree.

After that, the tradition was started. Every year we'd bring in the tree, dad would set it up, put the lights on and we'd feast on frozen pizza, Christmas cookies, candy canes, eggnog and hot cocoa and then decorate the tree.

This year we put up the tree and my daughter Emily messaged me from California.. .. mom.. don't forget the pizza, eggnog and hot cocoa!

Family traditions are like glue.. they make memories, they hold us together and we never forget them..

Make some memories this year.. start some family traditions!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday Snap Shot




Wednesday Snap Shot is a quick peek into my week.

If you'd like to join in on my Wednesday Snap Shot.. copy and paste my post, add your answers (you can also copy the pic..BUT Please download the picture to your computer first.. do not just directly copy and paste.. otherwise you are using my bandwidth..thank you! :).. link your post to my blog and then come back and let me know you shared your week. I'll come and visit you and read about your homemaking week!! :)



So Far This Week
Wednesday Snap Shot is late today. Hubby and I got up super early and headed into town. We wanted to be first in line to get an oil change and then went to Home Depot, the grocery store, Costco and the bank. We were home before noon, which is great timing considering we live 45 minutes from the city.

Groceries are now unpacked and I have a hot cup of coffee sitting next to me and am ready to roll.

It's great to be back to blogging this week. I wanted to thank all those who left me a comment, here on my blog or on FaceBook, on the loss of my father in law. I so appreciated the thoughts and prayers. It was a busy week and I've only now had time to get back to things online and have not responded yet to everyone.

My father in law was a veteran and was buried at the National Cemetery not to far from our home. It was a very honoring service, not only of his military time (he was Navy), but also of his life. He was 84 years old and will be missed. 


This is a picture of Leanne and Grandpa, taken several years ago..



We had our family Thanksgiving on the Sunday after the holiday. It was wonderful. Of course I always enjoy anytime my family gathers together. It was a great time of lots of food and family fun.







On the actual holiday we celebrated Sierra's birthday. She and her boyfriend, Rex, came and we enjoyed the day together. We put up the tree and had lots of birthday goodies to munch on.



I also got the socks hung up. Even tho I don't fill them anymore it is a precious reminder of Christmases past when all the children where home and the socks were something they loved and looked forward to every Christmas morning. So I continue the tradition by hanging them each year.




On My To-Do List
Grocery shopping has already been marked off my to-do list.

Other then that I need to:

~do 2 loads laundry
~vacuum
~dust the living room
~finish putting up a few Christmas decorations



Projects I'm Working On
I managed to get almost all my Christmas shopping done in the last couple of weeks. So far I've done it all online and all but 1 package has arrived. My next project is to sort and wrap the gifts.

I'm also getting ready to start putting together a few things for gift baskets. Nothing fancy, just a few homemade goodies to give to people who come to visit us. While out grocery shopping I picked up the needed items to start making a few things this weekend.



Today's Weather
Oh it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! :) After so much rain and gray skies it feels like a wonderful blessing to soak up some sunshine.

Today's High, 47 Low, 35



The View from my Deck (or window)
With the sunshine has also come a lot of wind. I need to remember when the weather gets windy like this to put my hair up when I go out. I came home a big mess, ha, ha... :)




What I'm Reading
With all that I've had going on finding time to read has been a challenge but I have made a little progress. I finished Matthew and have started Mark in my Bible reading. I've not been able to get back to Stranger on the Road to Emmaus. This is at the top of my list now.

I was looking for a new classic book to read and started reading Cathcher in the Rye. I have to say I was not enjoying it. The attitude of the book, the language used, etc.. It was just not my style. So, I set the book aside and started reading Pride and Prejudice. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and enjoying it much more.



What I'm Listening To
Hearing my hubby start up the tractor outside and the wind blowing against the house.


Something Frugal I've Done This Week
I took advantage of a few Cyber Monday deals while Christmas shopping online. I found Old Navy had 50% off everything on that day. I was able to get a few gifts for some great deals.


Fitness and Health for the Week
I continue to be excited about my exercising and getting more steps in each week. Some days have not been what I would have wanted, but that was expected with all we have had going on in the last couple weeks. Overall I've been getting 7000 to 10,000 steps more days then not. My goal is to get back to 10,000 steps or more each day. That is where I use to be.



That is all for this week!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Menu Monday!




It was a busy week last week for our family. I was thankful to have a lot of leftovers from our Thanksgiving dinner. We had the main dinner leftovers and I made soups and casseroles from the rest. I am however equally thankful that we have eaten all of them. I will be quite content to not see turkey or ham for a while now :).


Tonight we are having hamburger rice enchiladas. I'll make a salad and serve tortilla chips and salsa with them.

The rest of the week is looking like this...


Asian Braised Pork Shoulder
My daughter Emily recommended this recipe to me. You can find the recipe HERE. I'll serve rice and a salad with this.


Chili
I love my Instant Pot Chili. I don't think I've shared the recipe. I'll do that soon. I plan to make cornbread and salad to accompany this meal.


BBQ Baked Chicken
Chicken pieces baked and smothered with bbq sauce.. yum. Macaroni & Cheese and green beans will be served on the side.


That should do it for the week!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday Snap Shot




I'm taking this week off of my regularly scheduled blogging. My father in law passed away last weekend. I will be back next week.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday Snap Shot




Wednesday Snap Shot is a quick peek into my week.

If you'd like to join in on my Wednesday Snap Shot.. copy and paste my post, add your answers (you can also copy the pic..BUT Please download the picture to your computer first.. do not just directly copy and paste.. otherwise you are using my bandwidth..thank you! :).. link your post to my blog and then come back and let me know you shared your week. I'll come and visit you and read about your homemaking week!! :)



So Far This Week
I'm on the late side today in getting my WSS out. Hubby has the week off and we are enjoying our vacation mode.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! :) While most are getting ready for tomorrow's feast, I'm getting ready to celebrate my youngest daughter's birthday. We are having our family Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. My daughter, Sierra, was born on Thanksgiving Day.  It was a blessing that year to have her come on the day of thankfulness. She was 15 days late and we were all more then ready for her. It was a memorable day. So I'm excited to celebrate her birthday tomorrow with her.

Over the weekend I watched my grandchildren so Hannah and her hubby could have a night out. I so love spending time with them.

My little grandson playing with an old camera that I let the grandchildren have fun with... 

 

Yesterday was a grocery shopping day. Wow, it was crazy out there as everyone is preparing for Thanksgiving. But, I decided to just take it all in and enjoy the experience. It took longer to get it all done. It's amazing how a good attitude can change a day from frustrating to enjoyable.

Last night, despite the rain, hubby and I decided to have a bbq. The bbq is under the cover of our carport which makes it a bit better. We put on our rain jackets and enjoyed the process. When you live in an area that gets as much rain as we do, you learn to keep living and enjoying life despite it (at least that is my goal! :).

The dinner was simple and delish..  steak, baked potatoes and salad.. .




On My To-Do List
My biggest priority today is to get my house in order. Vacuuming needs to be done, laundry caught up on and meal preps for tomorrow. I also plan on making cranberry sauce today for Sunday's family meal.


Projects I'm Working On
I have basically done zero Christmas shopping. I procrastinate every year and end up feeling like a crazy lady trying to get it all done last minute. So to make the holiday season more enjoyable, I'm going to try and get it all done this week. I'm very thankful for online shopping. :)



Today's Weather
The forecast says, cloudy, showers and mild. It is warmer lately then what is typical.

High, 60 Low, 56



The View from my Deck (or window)
Cloudy and gray, but all that rain has made the grass very green...






What I'm Reading
I'm almost done reading The Great Gatsby and in my Bible reading I'm almost done with Matthew. I'm still reading The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus as my Bible study and continuing to enjoy that a lot.



What I'm Listening To
My hubby doing chores around the house.


Something Frugal I've Done This Week
This is the week to find great deals on turkeys. I think my youngest daughter found the best deal. I had not done my Thanksgiving shopping yet and she called to let me know she had just gotten a turkey for free! She was giving it to me for our family dinner. The store she shopped at was giving away turkeys if you spent a certain amount on groceries. She did her weekly shopping and ended up with a free turkey.


Fitness and Health for the Week
Last week I was able to do my walking workouts 5 out of 7 days! I've been doing Leslie Sansone's dvd's or using her YouTube channel. I hit 10,000 steps for several days as well. I'm loving it and how it makes me feel, both physically and mentally.

My goal in my diet is to eat more plant based foods. So I've been starting my day with lots of fruit and each day have a salad. Last week I made up a quick small pot of lentil soup (did not follow a recipe just winged it) and that was my lunch for several days.


That is all for this week!