Sunday, April 26, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

It's so nice to have a laptop again and to be able to blog!  I've missed HHM!  

The weather outside is::::
Today is spring like for Michigan!  50s and sunny.  

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
For breakfast today I'm having boiled eggs, 1/2 an onion bagel and an orange. 

As I look outside my window:::
Outside I see my new bird bath and bird feeders.  Overgrown grass too :/ 

Right now I am::::
 Thinking about too many things! 

As I look around the house::::
I see that a lot of hard work was done over the weekend!  I also see more to be done! 
On today's to do list::::
Homeschool with Emme
Refill bird feeders
Sweep kitchen floor 

Currently reading::::
I am reading "What Happens When Women Walk in Faith" by Lysa Terkuerst for my current Bible study.  I'm also reading "The Great Gatsby" along with Jake and Emily.  

On the TV this week::::
I'm watching most things streaming - (yes, I know it is a LOT) 
The Following
The Blacklist
Dance Moms
Ghost Adventures
When Calls the Heart
Game of Thrones 
Chicago PD
Chicago Fire 
The Voice 

On the menu this week::::
Monday: Chicken and veggie stir fry over rice
Tuesday:  Pork carnitas 
Wednesday:  Dinner at parents'
Thursday:  Chicken and gravy over egg noodles with steamed broccoli
Friday:  Make your own burrito bowl 
SAturday:  Dinner at parents'
Sunday:  NY strip steaks, oven roasted veggies, Caesar salad, garlic bread 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
"Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me"   from Psalm 51  

Praying for Nepal

Haiku Horizons Sunday Meme

Inspired by the prompt at

(This week's word is "short") 

Spring breezes through trees
Green buds bursting overhead
Short days are over

Menu Plan Monday for April 27th

I haven't been all that great at menu planning lately, but I am trying to get back in the swing of things.  

BREAKFASTS:  This week I am going to make breakfast sandwiches.  An egg, turkey sausage and light cheese on an English muffin with a piece of fruit.  

LUNCHES:  For work lunches I try to go through my fridge at the end of the week and come up with something I can put together that will keep me from wasting food.  This week I have a bag of spinach, green onions, sausage, some mixed vegetables, 3/4 jar of pasta sauce and lots of bits of different-shaped noodles.  I am going to make a veggie pasta bake!  With it I will have a yogurt and piece of fruit.  


MONDAY:  Chicken and vegetable stir fry 

TUESDAY:   Pork Carnitas in tortillas with a green salad 

WEDNESDAY:  Spend the evening with my kids @ my parents' house 

THURSDAY:  This is a Slow Cooker day due to work, so I'm making Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over noodles with steamed broccoli.

FRIDAY:  Chicken burrito bowl with cilantro lime rice (will use leftover pork from Tuesday)

SATURDAY:  Family day @ my parents' house 

SUNDAY:  I usually make a big dinner on Sunday, and this week is no different.  I am making NY strip steak, Caesar salad, oven potatoes and garlic bread.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Unsettled Soul

My coworker and I have been talking a lot over the past two weeks about the sheer unaffectedness of our hearts over the worlds' tragedies. We are both Christian women who try our best to do what is right.  We are church goers.  We are family women.  We worship and praise through prayer and music.  So how is it when multitudes of people are killed on the other side of the world we only take a moment out of our days to think "oh, how awful.  Those poor people".  And.  Well.  Maybe a quick prayer goes up for strength and comfort. But that's about it.

Is it just us?  Are we the only ones that have become quickly numb to the horrific monstrosities of ISIS, the eruptions in Chile, the quake in Nepal?  Those are just a few of the things that are happening around the world.  We have fires, tornados, abductions and so many more things going on right here in the US as well.

The world we live in is getting more and more explosive and I'm not sure I know what to do about it.  How do you let the feelings in without completely breaking from the weight of it all?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fridge Friday & Bible Study

Welcome to Ubiquitous Grace!

I had names for this blog tumbling around in my head all day.  I finally woke up from a muscle-relaxer-induced nap (more on that in a minute) with the words "ubiquitous grace" in my head.  I wasn't even completely positive exactly what ubiquitous meant, so I looked it up: "existing, or being everywhere, omnipresent" -  How perfect.  God's grace is everywhere I look, so in honor of Him - the name of my new blog!

I haven't blogged regularly in some time.  I am glad to be back!

This morning on Fox News I heard one of the reporters talking about "fridge friday".  The theme of the slot on the show was about how much food that the typical American wastes.  Apparently overall, 40% of all food gets wasted at some point between production and us throwing it into our garbage cans.  So fridge friday is something this reporter does in order to use up what's in his fridge instead of throwing it out.  I've decided to try it out!

Here's what's in my fridge that needs to be used up:

Shredded cabbage
Green onions
bag of spinach
1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce
ground sausage

I think that's it!  I'm thinking either an Italian vegetable and sausage soup or a veggie-heavy baked pasta.  I'll post what I decided to make in my next post.

I've been following along with the Proverbs 31 Ministries current Bible study, "When Women Walk in Faith" - and it has been great so far.  We're in the second week. You can still join up at Proverbs 31.

Another one of my favorite sites is Good Morning Girls.  Below is a video on the SOAK study method.  I love how she uses different colors for individual subject matter!  My Bible is just a hodge podge.

And in case you want to do the color-coded Bible - here is a pdf of the codes:  COLORS

Sorry about the hodge podge post - but I'll get back into the swing of things!

Have a great weekend,


ps  I'm on anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers because I was just diagnosed with sciatica.  :/