Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

I'm busy planning my posts for the April A-Z Challenge which is swiftly approaching. The first one is scheduled for Saturday.

Instead of coming up with something new to post today, that could potentially work as an A-Z post, Rosie Mae suggested I do a link up she discovered. It looked like fun, so here I am doing my very first Happy Homemaker Monday.

The weather..... A rain has washed the fog away and the sun is peeping through the clouds making the raindrops that are clinging to the tree branches and twigs glisten in its bright light.

Right now I am.... writing this blog post while listening to the sounds of children talking and laughing.

On my reading pile.... The only book I read everyday is my Bible. I am reading a Jen Turano book as I wait on Sharon when she's at her piano practice. Then there's the stack of homeschool catalogs I have been poring over as I plan our next school year.

 On my TV..... A music channel. I enjoy listening to music throughout the day and have found having the Beautiful Instrumentals playing softly is excellent when writing.

Favorite blog post last week (mine or other).... Sadly I didn't get to visit blogs last week, or write a lot on mine. Hopefully that will be different this week.

On the menu for this week....

Monday ... Jalapeno Shrimp Enchiladas, Salad, and Banana Cream Pie
Tuesday ... Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Salad, and Pie
Wednesday ... Pioneer Woman's Comfort Meatballs, Scalloped Potatoes, Layer Salad, Dinner Rolls
Thursday ... Pizza ... cooked at home. :)
Friday ... Crockpot Cube Steak, Applesauce, Bread and Cupcakes
Saturday ... Fried ham and onion sandwiches and pudding.

On my to do list.... spring clean the storage room, get some states ready to be appliqued on the States Quilt project the girls are working on, plan next year's school schedule - all 180 days.

In the craft basket.... this isn't exactly a craft, but my basket is filled with small gifts and items waiting to be wrapped. LV's mother will be celebrating her 70th birthday and each of her children are supposed to contribute to the 70 gifts she'll be receiving. I still need to buy several, and so far I haven't wrapped any so that will be a chore, even for someone who usually enjoys wrapping gifts.

Looking forward to this week.... nothing that exciting. Hoping to enjoy another week of ordinary days.

Looking around the house.... There's a puzzle on the floor that Steven did this morning. A few items are on the sewing machine waiting to be mended, and the couch cover needs to be fixed ... again.

From the camera....

Our first attempts at making a deep dish pizza,

What I'm wearing today .... a dark gray skirt and a pink top. Don't know why I have so much pink in my wardrobe, I don't even like it that well.
One of my simple pleasures .... is organizing. I know that may sound strange, but somehow I really enjoy organizing things. Not events .... things around the house. I'm looking forward to getting to do more of it later today.

Bible verse, Devotional....

I was reading the account of Samson this morning. There's a lot of food for thought packed into it.


  1. I like to organize things as well although I haven't done nearly enough of it lately. If only I could figure out the key to having things stay organized! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

    1. It's the staying organized that presents a challenge in our house as well.

  2. I enjoyed reading this today. I never thought I was so interested in what people eat in a week, but your menus sound so good and balanced. Wish I could come to dinner. ;)

    1. Menu sharing had never been on my list of possible blog posts, but with it part of this link up I shared it. Glad you enjoyed.

  3. Thank you for sharing! I loved looking over what you shared ! I hope you have a week filled with blessings!

  4. One of my favorite sermon points I recall from a young man preaching about Samson.... It's so awesome when, after we've done all the wrong things and hit rock bottom - God likes to throw in a "However,"....Judges 16:21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison. 22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.

  5. Wow I want to eat at your house. I wish I were a "meal planner" but I'm more of a fly by the seat of your pants type of cook. - I love the Instrumental Music channel to sleep to some nights.

    If you subscribe to my blog via e-mail for updates you may need to resign up as I recently switched e-mail addresses.

    1. Meal/menu planning is something I enjoy. I'm all about the lists. :)

      Thanks for the heads up on your email change.

  6. Interesting post. How neat to share so many things in such a post. I may attempt to take part in the A-Z challenge too, if you will explain it.

  7. I very much enjoyed today's post. It was interesting reading so many different things that are part of your life right now. I also enjoyed your weekly menu. You gave me some ideas. It seems I'm often stumped for something new and different to fix for dinner. I thank you for that. :-)
    Blessings, Betsy

  8. Looking forward to your A to Z posts. Does Rainbow Resource still put out their homeschool catalog? That was my favorite - so many great reviews for reference. Have a great week!

    1. Yes, Rainbow Resource still does catalogs. It got so big though that they have split it into two volumes. (Still hefty) They send volume one, one year and volume two the next and include any new items from the subjects not in that catalog. It's one of my favorites as well. I can spend a lot of time reading the lengthy descriptions and reviews they have of every item.

  9. I only wish I could be organized! But, I am probably the only person in the world who enjoys filing. A-B-C is so neat and orderly. Never a question about do I put it here or there.

    I've always planned our menus in advance. When The Squire was still working, he got paid every other week, so I tried to buy food to last that long. We might have Monday's dinner on Wednesday,but the ingredients were in the house. I *loathe* having to run to the store for a single item - especially since I come out with a bag full of "irresistible" things I don't need.

    1. We go shopping every week, but I too always make sure to get everything I need.

  10. I love menu planning too... as long as I do it a month at a time. : ) For some reason that's easiest for me!
    I love organizing too, but sign me up for the events! Home organizing is fun, but events are funner! : ) I found my love when I helped my sister plan her wedding 10 years ago. Oh the fun of all those little details...
    Birthday gifts!- I need to come up with "90 of something" for my husband's grandma's birthday next month. 90? Yikes. Someone is do 90 ginger snaps (her favorite), 90 family photos, 90 pieces of her favorite coffee flavored candy,... what am I going to do!?!

  11. I think it is interesting reading about your week. I think it's awesome to be crafty, particularly I would love to learn to crochet.


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