Happy Homemaker Monday 08.07.17

Good Afternoon!!  Our last days of summer, school starts Thursday.  Had a nice weekend, we even had some fall like temps one day, but we are back to being warm again.  Have a wonderful week ahead!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. 

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

 

RECIPE I WOULD LIKE TO TRY:

This looks so yummy!!

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Took the boys bowling last Monday, that was a lot of fun.  I used to bowl a lot when I was in high school, but it did take a little bit to get back into a groove.  Not a pro by any means, but was happy with my progress.  In the three games we bowled, I got a couple of strikes and some spares.  Elijah also got a few strikes, and Ben had several spares.

This past weekend Liv and I attended a bridal shower for my future niece.  My sister had it at her house, it was small, but very nice.  The games were fun, the food was good, and it was nice to see some of my extended family.  Plus I love these two as a couple, my nephew has a great sense of humor, and a contagious laugh (kinda like Seth Rogen) and she can go along with his silliness, or stop it in its tracks.  Just a fun couple to be around.  She has already been a wonderful part of this family, but it’s always nice to make it official.

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

One of my favorite performances from World of Dance.  It’s down to the last three.  I have really enjoyed watching it this season, hope it returns.

 

  

 

FAVORITE PIC FROM THE CAMERA:

 

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This is also one of the funnest videos I have seen.  Not sure if they actually did this, but if they did, how cool is that?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday 07.31.17

Good Morning!!  Another week has flown by.  We have had some beautiful weather here.  Several days with a breeze coming off the lake, great for us, but not so much for the beach goers, the beach has been closed for a couple of days because of the strong winds and waves.  Many people don’t realize how dangerous a lake can be, especially one as large as Lake Michigan, the rip currents can be treacherous.  Our town actually had to take our floating water park completely out of the water.  Hope everyone is doing well.

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

 

RECIPE I DID TRY:

I did try the Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid.  It was really yummy and easy to make.  I cooked my chicken in the crock pot.  The cream cheese gives it a really good flavor.  Find the recipe here.

 

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN:

Another Pierogi Fest has come and gone.  It’s pretty insane what the town goes through to set this thing up, and take it down.  It ended at 5 pm on Sunday, and the crews will work through the night to get everything cleaned up so first thing Monday morning the main street will be open again, and you won’t even know one of the largest food fests in the Midwest even took place here.  They estimate about 300,000 people come out for it, which is pretty significant considering our population is not even 5000.

As always the fest starts off with a parade of random floats and of course Mr. Pierogi, Ms. Paczyki, Halupki guy and the Buscia’s.  We even have Elvis in our parade (which happens to be my uncle).  The wackier the better.  The polish people that we are, after the parade we sit out in front of our house in lawn chairs and have snacks, and watch the various people go by.  We do see some of the parade, as it ends down the street from us.  It’s our own little tradition.

I met my sister and niece on Saturday morning for the Buscia’s Cooking show.  What a hoot.  Their theme this year was Christmas in July.  So they made recipes for when you have company come over for the holidays, and other Christmas traditions.  All of which I have experienced in my life time.  They started out making the Egg Nog loaded with Bacardi Rum, and moved on to make a Cheese Ball, Pierogis, and Roshkys (or Kolachkys).  The Buscia who doesn’t cook showed us how to make an appetizer by using White Castle Hamburgers cut into fourths with a toothpick in them.  It was a lot of fun.

Later Saturday afternoon Ben and I went out to get a Funnel Cake and we tried a Deep Fried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.  He had his with ice cream.  He thought they were amazing, I found them to be good, I like my chocolate cold, and not soft and warm.  Him and Elijah had gone out earlier, and he came back raving about the Chocolate Covered Bacon.  My daughter was indulging in Pina Colada’s all weekend long, which I tried for the first time, and those are amazing!!  These are the non-alcoholic kind, I told her I’d be worried if they weren’t with her slight obsession with them 😀  I didn’t get an elephant ear, because she had gotten one Friday night, and said they weren’t that good.

That’s the big event here for the summer, once it has come and gone, you know summer is coming to a close.  There are still a few more fun things to do, before summer is officially over.

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

A crowd of more than 65,000 people singing Bohemian Rhapsody.  Amazing!!

 

FAVORITE PIC FROM THE CAMERA:

Loving my bike.  Great for me time, exercise and time with the boys.

 

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Happy Homemaker Monday 07.24.17

Good Morning!! These days are flying by, summer is fast approaching its end.  We still have a few more fun events to look forward to in town, as well as enjoying rides on our bikes.  We had gotten Ben a bike for his birthday, and we recently fixed a bike we had for Elijah to ride, so they are enjoying their bit of freedom to ride like the wind.  Have a great week!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

 

RECIPE I DID TRY/I WANT TO TRY:

I made the Mashed Potato and gravy bombs this week, and they were, well…the bomb!!  Ben picked out every flavor, and really enjoyed all his favorites together.  They were a bit messy to make, but I think it was because my potatoes were still warm.  It is probably best to mix all the ingredients into the potatoes and let it chill in the fridge. You can find the recipe here.

This is what I want to try next!!  Find the recipe here.

wineandglue.com

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN:

Pierogi fest this weekend.  They have added a tween/teen section which looks like fun, with a human fooseball game.  Haven’t decided when I’ll venture out there, but the lure of Elephant Ears and Funnel Cakes is my motivation.  Next up will be the back-to-school event a few days before the boys start.

Wednesday night was Hollywood Cars Cruise Night.  It’s always fun to see Mater and Lightning McQueen in person.  The DeLorean was pretty awesome too.  Ben and I walked over there earlier to see if we could get a sneak peak before all the people showed up.  We did see Mater and McQueen on the truck, but the DeLorean hadn’t showed up yet.  See pics below in FAVORITE PIC FROM THE CAMERA.

My bike arrived on Tuesday morning.  Ben and I put it together in the afternoon and I was riding it by the evening. Yes, we put it together in the living room, it was too hot outside or in the garage.  We had a few problems with putting things on backwards at first, but quickly made the correct adjustments.  Once I took it for a ride, I did have to make further adjustments but it rides like a dream.  Sadly, as I type this it is in the garage with a flat tire, but I will repair once I finish this post, have no idea how that happened 😦

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

This just makes me laugh waaaaayyy too hard.

 

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Word Weaver Contest

It’s time again for Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver contest.  There’s still time to enter!!

This is actually one of my favorite stories that I have written.  It was one that just came to me out of no where, and was easy to write.  I’ve applied some of the tips that Dan gave me in my critique, and hope it’s even better than the first time I posted it.

If you’d like to enter his contest click here and find out more about it.

 

Sparkles in Time

“It’s time Mr. Jensen.”  The nurse’s hand gently rests on my shoulder.  I look up into the most caring eyes I have ever seen.  How can she do this every day and still be so compassionate?

I pull myself up from my chair, as she graciously directs me, “Go down to the end of the hall, make a left and it’s the first door on the right.”

I begin my journey down the pristine hallway, brightly lit with a faint scent of disinfectant.  Behind my eyes flash all kinds of memories; sparkles in time like fireworks that split the night sky.  Memories of walks along the beach, the sun warming our faces, and the cool water splashing her feet.  She loved the outdoors. I ‘m not sure which season she liked best, crunching leaves in the fall, walking in the first snow fall, or finding the first flower bud of spring.  Being with her family had to be her favorite.   It didn’t matter if it was a big holiday celebration or a lazy afternoon watching movies, she was content.  And oh, how she loved our kids, how she would do anything to comfort them and keep them safe.  My heart is heavy as I try to fathom how we will manage without her. I’m going to miss how she greeted me at the end of each day when I came home.  I could just see the love and joy radiating from every fiber of her being.  But how can I be sad when I know she had a perfect life, filled with happiness and love, she, the perfect companion.  Another memory brings a smile to my face; the first day I laid eyes on her.  Here it was Christmas Eve, she was introduced to me as Holly, looking adorable with a red bow. It doesn’t get any better than that.  I quietly laugh to myself.

Still lost in thought, I’ve managed to find the room. I reach out to open the door.  As my hand grips the door handle the cold steel jolts me from my reverie, and plunges me into reality.  I know once I cross this threshold, my life will be changed forever.

I enter the room, and there I see my wife.  Our eyes lock and it’s almost as if time stands still. Even though her face is blotchy from crying, she is still the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.  Her green eyes are even more vibrant, probably intensified by the red puffiness that has overtaken her lids.  The absence of tears leads me to believe that she is now trying desperately to be strong. This makes me love her even more, if that is at all possible.  My arms ache to hold her, so I quickly close the gap between us with two long strides.  When I reach her, she collapses in my arms, all I can do is hold on tight.  I strengthen her with my embrace and then I look down at where Holly is lying, her breathing a bit labored.  I stroke her soft, auburn fur, “Hey girl, it will soon be over.  We’ll miss you so much.”

Together my wife and I continue to rub her ears and caress her back. Whispering comforting words as the vet injects the serum that will bring her everlasting peace.  Her eyes flutter closed as she takes her last breath.

That same nurse is there by our side, she escorts us into another room where we can spend a few more moments to grieve.  Before she leaves she places Holly’s collar in my hand.  The familiar jingle of her tags, which once symbolized vibrant life, now clanged with a hollow sound of a life gone too soon.

Holly was my wife’s Irish Setter; my gift to her one Christmas.  Ten years ago, my wife was diagnosed with cancer and began chemo treatments.  I knew my wife would need all the love and support she could get during this time.  What better than the unconditional love of a pup?  She always wanted an Irish Setter, it was the perfect gift.  They became instant buddies and were inseparable.  Holly knew exactly what my wife needed when she needed it.  When all my wife could do was lay in bed, Holly was right there beside her.  As my wife grew stronger they would go for walks.  Holly was there barking to encourage her to go a little further, or tug her sleeve when she needed to stop and rest.  Holly grew to be the life force in our family, always there for each one of us, with a warm nuzzle or her comforting presence.  My wife is now cancer free, though the irony is not lost on me that the reason Holly was brought into our life, is the same reason she was taken out of it.  I am grateful that her cancer came later, after she lived a full life and she didn’t suffer long.  Still, knowing that will not erase the pain or fill the hole in our hearts.  Only time will mend this void in our life with memories that sparkle so bright from a love so pure.

© Carrie Ann Alexis

 

Happy Homemaker Monday 07.17.17

Good Morning!! Summer is going by fast, hope everyone is enjoying it.  I finally decided to splurge and I bought myself a bike.  I am so not a shopper. If I can buy it online, I do, and that is what I did.  With 25% off, 10% cash back, AND free shipping, I’m like…click…add to cart please!!  #onlineshoppingbeastmode  It will arrive on Tuesday, but I will have to put it together, but I am up for that challenge!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

 

RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

Hopefully I’ll try this one this week.  We had a little set back in our kitchen, our fridge is on its last leg, but it is 20 years old.  So we ordered a new one, it was great everyone was having sales, but not so great when we have to wait until Wednesday to get it!!

These look pretty yummy, my youngest loves bacon and mashed potatoes and gravy.

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

 

HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN:

This Wednesday will be the Hollywood Cruise Night that my uncle runs.  Lightning McQueen, and the DeLorean from Back to the Future will be out there, going to check that out.

At the end of the month we have our annual Pierogi Fest, a weekend full of fun and food.  Maybe I’ll venture out this year.  In August the P1 Aqua X Jet Ski races will be back, looking forward to that again.

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

We are better together!!

 

 

FAVORITE PIC FROM THE CAMERA:

 

QUOTES:

 

ON MY PLAYLIST:

Heard this one the other day…I toggle back and forth from new stuff to 80s.