Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday - September 7, 2015

The weather outside is:::: HOT AND HUMID.  Yuck.

On the breakfast plate this morning:::: I didn't eat breakfast. 

As I look outside my window::: My little white Cat.  She has found a love of nature and no longer wants to step foot into the house.  *sigh*

Right now I am:::: Relaxing.  It's been a long five days! 

As I look around the house:::: I didn't have the time to finish everything I Needed to today so I know I will have a "off" week. 

TO DO::::

  1. I need to do at least one more load of clothes  
It's 8 pm so I'm not doing anything else! 

Currently reading::::  Chanel Bonfire   It's a bookclub read. 

On the TV today:::: Re-binge-watching "Jericho".  Also watching "The 4400" Still watching my You Tube Videos.  I'm a little addicted :/ 

On the menu this week:::: 

Monday:  Grilled chicken and veggies with potatoes and salad 
Tuesday:  Tacos with cucumber salad 
Wednsday: Sushi?  OUT.  Not sure.  
Thursday: Grilled chicken with Brussels sprouts and carrots, red potatoes
FridayTilapia with brown rice and veggies 
Saturday: Mom's house for dinner 
Sunday: Not sure yet - some kind of chicken and cheesy cauliflower casserole 

Breakfasts: Eggs, turkey sausage and red potatoes
Lunches:  Ground turkey with brown basmati rice and feta, fruit 

Favorite blog posts, video or pins from this week:::

Favorite YouTube channel of the week: Paper & Glam 

Favorite picture of the Week: 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

Monday, August 10, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday August 10, 2015

First of all, I'd like to say happy birthday to Sandra!!!  How nice that it falls on a Happy Homemaker Monday :) 

The weather outside is:::: Right now it is in the low 70s.  Michigan has been having a pretty mild summer!  I love it myself :)  We are going to get some thunderstorms this afternoon!  I just love thunderstorms.  They pair perfectly with a cup of tea, a cute kitty and a book!  

On the breakfast plate this morning:::: I haven't had any breakfast yet.  If I am not at work, I am terrible about having breakfast at a decent time!  I will probably have an egg on a whole grain English muffin.  

As I look outside my window::: I can see the neighbors' flowers in hues of pink.  The man across the street always spend a lot of time on his yard and it is perfect.  Mine never even compares! 

Right now I am:::: Blissfully enjoying a Monday at home!!!  My bosses are on vacation so I am taking a long weekend.  

As I look around the house:::: I have a lot to get done today.  I see my kitty cleaning himself, some clutter and a floor that needs to be vacuumed! 

TO DO::::

  1. Vacuum living and dining room
  2. Wash dishes
  3. Two loads laundry
  4. Give the kitchen a good scrub
  5. Try out my new cleaning supplies 
  6. Watch some You Tube videos
  7. Read
  8. Hopefully get THE BOY to cut the grass before it rains
  9. Prep lunch and breakfast for the next few days
  10. Clean the fridge

Currently reading::::  I haven't been reading a lot in the past month.  I go in spurts, it's weird.  I'm reading Stephen King's "Heart's In Atlantis" 

On the TV today:::: Last night I finished binge-watching the American version of "Being Human".  Really liked it.  Not sure what I am on to next.  Any suggestions?  

On the menu this week:::: We have a lot of family things going on this week!  My mom's birthday, my sister's, and my dad is driving from Michigan to Las Vegas!  He does this about every 2 years.  He loves the drive itself (I am the same).  He always gets homesick about 5 days in!  lol 

Monday:  FREEZER MEAL:  Teriyaki chicken (Crockpot meal) over brown rice & extra veggies 
Tuesday:  Spaghetti & meatballs with salad 
Wednsday: Mom's house for dinner 
Thursday: Grilled chicken with Brussels sprouts and carrots, bulgur pilaf 
FridayCalzones - by kid request!  
Saturday: Mom's house for dinner - Mom's birthday! 
Sunday: Sister's birthday!  

Breakfasts: Overnight oats, healthified breakfast sandwiches
Lunches:  Grilled chicken wrap, salad in a jar, leftovers 

Favorite blog posts, video or pins from this week:::

I am still obsessed with YouTube videos!  Here is another of my favs: 

Currently Working On Or Creating: Really not much of anything :/ 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

This is for a woman I know from my old church.  She is a light unto Him.  She is a mom to three girls, a lovely woman of God, a good wife, active in the church community and all-around beautiful woman.  She is in the hospital after open-heart surgery.  She is YOUNG and has so much life left to live.  She is in my prayers and I hope she will be in yours too! 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday - August 3rd, 2015

The weather outside is::::  87 and sunny - but some thunderstorms are on the way for tonight! 

On the breakfast plate this morning::::

Eggs with spinach and feta cheese.  I made enough to take to work for breakfast for the beginning of the week too.  

As I look outside my window:::
Sunny and warm.  Blue skies.  American flag flying in the slight breeze. 

Right now I am::::
Taking a break from meal prepping!  I have a couple dinners prepped, 3 breakfasts for me, blueberry pancakes for kids.  

As I look around the house::::
I should be cleaning, not blogging!  lol 

TO DO::::
Finish meal prep
Finish dishes
Finish cleaning kitchen
Get Jennah to clean living/dining room
Emily to clean bathroom
Finish laundry 

Currently reading::::
I actually  have not been reading too much the past couple of weeks believe it or not!  I am slow-reading a Stephen King novel.  

On the TV today::::
I'm watching:

Binge watching the American version of Being Human.  At the end of season 2.  
Watching YouTube videos.  I have a strange addiction to watching people clean their houses, cook and meal prep.  I know.  

On the menu this week::::
Sunday: Weight Watcher's Crockpot cashew chicken over brown rice 
Monday:  Meatball stroganoff with Brussels sprouts and carrots 
Tuesday:  Crockpot Teriyaki chicken with veggies over brown rice 
Wednsday: Mom's house for dinner 
Thursday: Tilapia with oven potatoes with green beans 
FridayMesquite grilled chicken with couscous and mixed vegetables
Saturday: Mom's house for dinner

Work Breakfast & Lunches:  For work I'm having a breakfast bowl on 3 days (the eggs from above with 2/3 cup potatoes O'Brien and 2 sausage links) or overnight oats.  For lunches I will bring leftovers or lentils and brown rice with spinach salad. 

Favorite YouTuber from this week:::

Favorite picture this week: 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Prep & Menu Plan Monday - Week of July 19th-26th, 2015

So I did all of my shopping yesterday and I have a fridge, pantry and cupboard full of healthy choices for the upcoming week!  Here's the eating plan:

Either boiled eggs and Greek Yogurt or "hash" - eggs, turkey ham and Simply potatoes with added spinach, peppers, onion, mushrooms with a serving of fruit.

Lunches: Cannellini bean soup made with turkey ham, carrots celery and onion with a side of extra veggies and/or fruit.  Leftovers.

Sunday:  Grilled chicken w/ avocado, Southwest Bulgur and watermelon.
(Southwest Bulgur is similar to THIS )

Monday:  Tilapia, brown rice and green beans

Tuesday:  (Late work night) Kids will have frozen pizza and green salad - I will throw together something healthy for myself when I get home

Wednesday: Kids and I have dinner at my Mom's house with my sisters, nephew and Dad

Thursday: Goulash using whole wheat penne lots of veggies and lean ground beef, side of green veggies

Friday:  Chicken and lotsa veggie stir fry over brown rice

Saturday:  Kids and I have dinner at my Mom's house with my sisters, nephew and Dad again


  • Boiling eggs 
  • Pre-packaging fruit and veggies in single servings
  • Making and dividing up breakfast hash
  • Putting bean soup into the Crockpot then dividing once cool
  • Pre-chopping veggies to throw into meals later in the week
  • Pre-grill a ton of chicken 
  • Cook ahead ground beef and veggies for goulash 
I think that's about it!  I truly need to get back into a healthy lifestyle NOW.  No more "tomorrow"!  

I am linking up with Menu Plan Monday over at Organizing Junkie!  

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday for July 13th, 2015

The weather outside is::::
Upper 70s but very humid today.  Humidity is NOT my friend! 

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
I didn't have breakfast this morning :(  

As I look outside my window:::
I live in a typical working-class neighborhood.  Small-ish houses with hard-working families inside.  My block has a lot of kids on it, which I like! 

Right now I am::::
Taking a break from cleaning.  Laundry is going, dishes are soaking in the sink.  Jennah is vacuuming.  

As I look around the house::::
I always see things that need to be done!  I'll be moving out of this house at the end of February.  I really do love this little house, but we need something bigger.  I wish the attic was a bedroom and we'd be set! 

TO DO::::
Friend's son's graduation party
Finish all laundry
General picking up and cleaning
Make some bulgur for lunch tomorrow (with leftover lemon pepper turkey)
Work on my novel
Dr. appt tomorrow morning - getting a shot for my sciatic :/  Hope it works! 
Lesson Plan 

Currently reading::::
I am reading a few books.  
Still slow-reading The Poisonwood Bible (I "slow-read" one novel, savoring my favorites) 
Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado 

Voyage by Elisa Barr
Atlantis Gene by A. G. Riddle 

On the TV today::::
I'm watching:
Now binge-watching "Lie to Me" - and loving it!  Into the 3rd (last) season though.  Not sure what will be next. 

On the menu this week::::
Sunday: Tonight it's Italian sausage and Greek orzo salad 
Monday:  Spaghetti with meatballs and green salad 
Tuesday:  BBQ chicken with rice and green beans 
Wednsday:  Lemon pepper tilapia with roasted root vegetables and salad
Thursday: Easy chicken burritos with avocado, chips and salsa 

FridaySkinny Taste's oven fried breaded pork chops  with bulgur pilaf and corn on the cob

Saturday: Mom's house for dinner

Lunches:  The girls will have sandwiches and/or soup, leftovers.  I'll be bringing either leftovers, salad with grilled chicken or flat-out wrap sandwich with fruit and yogurt. 

Favorite blog posts or pins from this week:::

Currently Working On Or Creating: 
Plugging away at research for my novel.  It's a strange process - I'm always thinking about my characters and plot lines, etc.  It feels good to be creative.  

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::