Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Homemaker and Menu Plan Monday June 29th, 2015

The weather outside is::::
Today is PERFECT!  Yesterday we had flooding rains, wind and upper 50s-lower60s!!!  Today is all sunshine and gorgeous upper 70s.  

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Nothing yet.  I'm going to have breakfast "hash" - eggs, turkey sausage and simply potatoes 

As I look outside my window:::
The tiger lilies are in bloom.  They remind me of my grandfather.  HIS mother had tiger lilies and he transplanted them to his house and then later to my mother's house.  The ones here aren't transplants from there since this is a rental, but they still remind me of my grandparents!  

Right now I am::::
Getting a lot of laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc done.  Yesterday I lazed around ALL DAY binge watching and binge reading while I listened to my shell chimes on my front porch go wild in the wind.  The whole day was dark and rainy and good for nothing else! 

As I look around the house::::
Um, it's a mess.  But I'm working on that today!!! 

On today's to do list::::
Finish all laundry
General picking up and cleaning
Fill bird feeders
Dye Em's hair purple (yeah yeah) 
Cook ahead hash for work breakfasts
Separate bulk boneless, skinless chicken breast into freezer meals 
Sweep and mop kitchen floor
Sweep/vacuum living room 
Lesson Plan 
MAYBE go to the store - but I'd rather just stay home! 
More........etc etc etc

Currently reading::::
I am reading a few books.  
The Gates of Byzantium (2nd in dystopian series by Sam Sisavath) almost finished
Still slow-reading The Poisonwood Bible (I "slow-read" one novel, savoring my favorites) 
Haven't finished Spring Meadow Sanctuary yet - but finish this in a day or two 
Then I plan to finish reading Pigeon English 

On the TV today::::
I'm watching:
I finished binge-watching Alphas.  I wish it wouldn't have ended the way it did and I will miss a couple of the characters, especially the autistic computer genius.  Loved him! 
Now binge-watching "Lie to Me" - and loving it!  

On the menu this week::::
Sunday: Tonight it's garlic thyme chicken on the GF grill with sauteed veggies and brown rice 
Monday:  Blackened tilapia taco bowls (using bulgur) 

Tuesday:  Burger wraps  with oven-roasted root veggies
Wednsday:  Mom's house for dinner
Thursday: Mediterranean grilled chicken with dill yogurt sauce  brown rice and cucumber salad

Friday: Skinny Taste's oven fried breaded pork chops  with bulgur pilaf and brussels sprouts 

Saturday: Mom's house for dinner

Lunches:  The girls will have sandwiches and/or soup, leftovers.  I'll be bringing Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta to work with me.  

Favorite blog posts or pins from this week:::

Establishing a Reading Culture in Your Home 

From Good Morning Girls:  Two Words I've Never Heard in a Bible Study 

Listening to:
I looked up the top 100 songs in Greece right now (see below as to WHY) and I made a playlist on Youtube.  I'm listening to groups such as: The Avener, Fly Project and Feder.  

Currently Working On Or Creating: 

I am working on a novel.  It takes place (mostly) in a small fishing village in Milos, Greece.  I'm following along with A Novel Idea @ Going Reno.  Well, at least as far as she has finished the challenge!  If I follow my time schedule, I should have a first draft around Christmas.  

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

2 Timothy 3 

“Difficult Times Will Come”

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [a]haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited,lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [b]godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday June 22, 2015

The weather outside is::::
Today is in the 80s and muggy.  I <3 Michigan, but I do not love the humidity :/ 

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
For breakfast today dare I say I ate beefaroni for breakfast? Yikes.

As I look outside my window:::
Outside everything is nice and green.  I saw a pretty cardinal on my laundry line yesterday, it was so pretty :)

Right now I am::::
The kids and I are at my mom's house right now!  We are going to have a bbq - steak and veggies.  

As I look around the house::::
Well, we are at my mom's house - so there is vintage-inspired floral wallpaper in the living room, white and blue kitchen, lavender mini-wreaths hanging on a cherry armoire in the dining room, floral plates on the wall and my family gathered around. 
On today's to do list::::
Most of it is already done!  Shopping for Jennah's birthday!  She will be 19 tomorrow!  

Currently reading::::
I am reading a few books.  
The Purge of Babylon (a dystopian novel) 
Spring Meadow Sanctuary by Lynette Bonner - 4th in The Shepherd's Heart series (so good!) 
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman 

On the TV today::::
I'm watching:
Still binge-watching Alphas on Netflix.  Almost done and I have no idea what to watch next!  Hawaii 5-0? Scandal?  Blue Bloods? Any suggestions? 

On the menu this week::::
Monday: Chinese food for Jennah's 19th birthday!  Red velvet cake w/ cream cheese frosting. 
Tuesday:  Burgers and onions rings cucumber salad
Wednsday:  Chicken on the GF grill, roasted Brussels sprouts and rice 
Thursday: Frito burritos and green salad 
Friday: Chicken and stuffing with green beans 
Saturday:  Parents' house for dinner 
Sunday: Pork chops, roasted veggies and green beans 

Favorite blog posts or pins from this week:::

Being the mom of teen daughters is not for the faint of heart (Pinterest) 

25 free vintage printable floral images (so gorgeous!) Pinterest 

In our homeschool:

Emily has been sick most of the week; cough, headache, runny nose and sore throat.  She's done minimal schooling.  I printed off a bunch of stuff this week for history and biology, so hopefully she'll be able to catch up this week and get to the more fun stuff! 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
Proverbs 1: 7-9

Fearing the Lord is the beginning of moral knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Listen, my child, to the instruction from your father,
and do not forsake the teaching from your mother.
For they will be like an elegant garland on your head,
and like pendants around your neck.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Happy Homemaker and Menu Plan Monday for June 15, 2015

It's time for Happy Homemaker Monday! 

And Menu Plan Monday!  

The weather outside is::::
Today is rainy!  Hot!  Muggy!  I am inside ALL DAY!  :)  

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
For breakfast today - I skipped breakfast :/ 

As I look outside my window:::
Outside is thunderstormy, wet and rainy but really nice and green! 

Picture courtesy of Flickriver 

Right now I am::::
Getting ready to go put in a second load of laundry, put away some dishes and wash a few more!  Also need to change the cat box :(  

As I look around the house::::
Thinking about where to put my grandmother's antique armoire and what to put inside of it!  It will be my nicest piece of furniture and I am looking forward to inheriting it! (My mom is ready to pass it down!) 
On today's to do list::::
Lesson planning
Cooking ahead for the week! 
Menu Planning
Write up grocery list
Pick up living room 
(Jennah) vacuum living room and dining room
(Emily) Sweep bathroom floor and clean bathtub
Homeschool homework

Currently reading::::
I am reading a dystopian novel - I've been reading them all week!  You can see my post HERE about all the books in my life! 

On the TV today::::
I'm binge watching The Alphas on Netflix.  

Dance Moms
Wayward Pines 
Season finale of When Calls the Heart 

On the menu this week::::
Sunday: Mini farfalle with Italian sausage and red sauce & roasted Brussels sprouts
Monday: Burgers & onion rings with side of green salad 
Tuesday: Grilled, marinated chicken, green beans and brown rice 
Wednesday:  Parents' house
Thursday: BBQ ribs, baked potatoes, corn on the cob 
Friday: Panko-encrusted tilapia, roasted vegetables (carrots, Brussels, potatoes) 
Saturday: Greek grilled chicken with tzatziki sauce, grilled veggies and rice 

In our homeschool:
Lots of astronomy going on.  In the planning stage right now.  You can read about it HERE on Educating Emme: The High School Years.  Also we'll be doing lesson two in ASL and watching episode 4 of America: The Story of US.  

Looking ahead this week: 
Lots of homeschooling, keeping the house decent, reading and spending time with family.  Oh, and work :/ 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
This is a super hard one for me this week .... so I need to bury it in my heart:

What I've Been Reading This Week

                                  I am linking up with Stacking the Shelves and Friday Finds!  

I have had a VERY dystopian week.  For some reason I am just in an end-of-the-world mood I guess.


The Immune Series by David Kazzie - I read this as 4 books, but you can read it all in one version, The Immune Series Omnibus.  Free on Kindle Unlimited.

On a warm summer night at Yankee Stadium, a monstrous plot to eradicate the human race is set into motion. 
Within days, the deadly Medusa virus is racing across the globe like a wildfire, leaving behind a handful of terrified survivors in a world unlike any they have ever known. 

Then I started the Broken World series by Kate L. Mary.  I am on book three, Mad World.  I didn't think I'd like it going in because of the main characters being a 20-year-old stripper and 2 "redneck" brothers, I am really hooked! 

When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down and she’s faced with a choice. Give up, or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows the offer has more to do with her double D’s than kindness, but she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter. 

BOOKS I ADDED TO MY KINDLE: (Kindle Unlimited - $9.99 monthly) 

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall (YA) 

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

The Walls of Lemuria (Purge of Babylon, Keo Book 1) by Sam Sisavath (Dystopian) 

Like thousands of others around the globe at that exact moment, Keo and his new allies will discover that braving the creature-infested first night is only the beginning. Every day from that moment on will be a struggle, and every night will be a nightmare.

Mrs. Mike by Ben and Nancy Freeman (Historical Fiction/Romance) 

And finally - a book that I searched high and low for!  My daughter (15) is going to have an astronomy unit study in 2 weeks and I needed a fiction book to go along with it.  It looks really cute and entertaining and I plan to read it too: 

The Lady Astronomer by Katy O'Dowd  (YA, sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk) 

Lucretia's life as an astronomer is quickly turned on its head by her eldest brother when he is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure as the family move to be nearer the king. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time, misfortunes take their toll. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Can she find the strength inside to overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell. 

PURCHASED FOR KINDLE:  (all were free at time of purchase) 

Wool by Hugh Howey (dystopian) 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday & Menu Plan Monday - 06-08-2015

The weather outside is::::
Today is really pretty right now, but we are expecting rain and thunderstorms later in the afternoon! 

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Nothing yet - but I am having my morning caffeine! 

As I look outside my window:::
I realize I already need my grass cut again!  It's a never-ending cycle! 

Right now I am::::
Procrastinating getting into the shower and going grocery shopping!  

As I look around the house::::
I see quite a few things that still need straightening up - but definitely improved since yesterday! 

On today's to do list::::

  1. Grocery shopping! 
  2. Sweep and mop the kitchen floor
  3. Lesson planning for the next week 
  4. Help Jake study for his English final, a test on "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neal Hurston
  5. Cook ahead breakfasts for the coming week 
  6. Homeschool "homework" with Emily (we do an ASL class on Sunday together, watch some type of video - this week it's episode 3 of Story of US - and an art lesson) 

Currently reading::::
I am reading a few things.  "Interview with the Vampire" for our family book club.  "The Poisonwood Bible" I am re-reading - savoring.  "Homeschooling the Teen Years" and starting the third in "The Immune" series by David Kazzie.  

On the TV today::::
I'm a little lost with all my seasons ended in most things!  Looking forward to the start of: 
Graceland season 3 - starts June 25th
So You Think You Can Dance - starts June 15th 
Watching the final episode of When Calls the Heart 
Dance Moms 
I need something new to binge-watch on Netflix!!!!!  Help appreciated!  :) 

On the menu this week::::

Sunday:  My boy's choice - Burrito bar!  He likes beef and refried bean burritos, my oldest wants a 'cheeseburger burrito' and I will have the homemade version of the Taco Bell burrito with Fritos crunched up inside with cilantro lime rice.  This one looks good! 

Monday: Barefoot Contessa's Shrimp scampi linguini with broccoli.  

Tuesday: Slow Cooker pork, baked potatoes and corn on the cob  (all in one pot) green beans

Wednesday:  Family dinner @ parents' house 

Thursday:  Grilled chicken using the GF grill, Barefoot Contessa's roasted Brussels sprouts (see video below) and rice.  

Friday:  Steak Caesar salads along with our first family book club meeting!  

In our homeschool:
 9th grade is going along well.  Em is working really hard in some subjects, not so thrilled with others.  I'm planning a 1-week in-depth astronomy unit study at the end of the month, as she is very interested in astronomy and she is not taking that until she starts 10th grade! 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
I am very stressed this week - so I will be repeating I Peter 5:7