Happy Homemaker Monday 03/16

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

 

Hope everyone is doing well, and looking forward to warmer weather, I know I am definitely getting Spring Fever!!

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Beautiful!!  Today the thermometer actually reads 73!!  The 50’s and 60s’s have been nice, looks like it might go back down to the 40’s in the next couple of days.  It’s been weird for me to enjoy this warm weather, as we check in with our mushers everyday in Alaska, where it has been –20 and –30 degrees.  Today it made it up to 1 for them.  Hope to do an update on their progress in the next couple of days.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:37343f7b2d17a10e0d42258f89803b9b
Coffee, of course, with my Sweet Cream Creamer, and some delicious Jam Puffs my mom made over the weekend!!   I have traded my snowflake mug, for just my spring green mug, I really would like one like this though:

AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
The yard looks so drab, the grass is just kinda yucky.  We definitely need some rain to make everything nice and green!!

ON TODAY’S TO DO LIST:
Really not much, cleaned house yesterday, home school lessons of course, I might bake something once I’m done with this post.  Shhhh…the laundry is done.  But I have a feeling there’s a pair of socks somewhere trying to rally the other garments in protest to this abomination.  The socks around here are bold like that, and would do it all out in the open too, since they usually hang out wherever they are dropped…Anniehow….

CURRENTLY READING:

The Sweetness of Honey by Alison Kent.  This is book 3 in the Hope Springs series I have been reading.  First two were very good.

But what I just finished reading….Oh. My. G!!  The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley.  The story takes place in 1978 and 1998 and switches back and forth.  It tells the story about the secretaries at the First Bank of Cleveland in 1978, and then in 1998, when the bank is abandoned, and a female engineer is assigned to work in it to draw up the actual floor plans, so that a buyer can decide if it can be renovated.  The twists and turns in the book are so good!!  Half way through the book, the author linked the past with the present with one character.  Brilliantly written.

ON THE TV TODAY:
The Voice, which I will actually watch with the kids.  I have one other episode of The Good Wife to watch, I just love the character, Marissa, she just makes me laugh, how she just speaks her mind!!  This show just has good casting overall.  I have some catching up to do on Castle as well.

ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
BBQ Breaded Pork Chops, Rice, Corn on the Cob and Grands biscuits
Teriyaki Chicken with rice and veggies, Hawaiian Bread
Chicken Parmigiana, Fettuccine noodles, Green Beans, Italian Herb and Cheese Bread
Turkey Club Sandwiches
Swiss Steak Supper, Crescent Rolls

NEW RECIPE I TRIED OR WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
Last week I did try the Easy Pork Fajitas from Carrie, and these were absolutely delicious!!  I did not serve mine with guacamole though, but they were very good, and easy to make.

What I am trying this week is Teriyaki Chicken.  I think someone posted it on FB, and it looked so good, going to give it a go.  So many times I see these recipes and I add them to my bookmarks, and think, that looks good, I’ll have to try it, and I never did.  I am so glad that in the last month or so, I have made it a point to try these recipes, and so far everything has been good.  I would love to be one of those people who can just “throw things together” and make a meal, my sister can do that, I need a recipe, which then I can alter it if need be.

Here is the recipe for the Teriyaki Chicken:

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients

1 1/2lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 clove minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons chicken stock

Directions

In the slow cooker, mix together soy sauce, molasses, vinegar, ginger, garlic, and pepper.

Place the chicken in the slow cooker and turn a few times to coat well in the soy sauce mixture.

Cook on low for 3-4 hours, turning the chicken about every hour to ensure even cooking.

Once cooked, remove the chicken from the slow cooker, cut up into bite sized pieces, and set aside.

Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and chicken stock until combined.  Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling liquid and reduce to a simmer.
Allow the sauce to thicken for 2-3 minutes, then add the chicken to the pan.
Toss to coat the chicken with the sauce, and let heat through.
Serve over rice with vegetables.
Enjoy!

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA:
Definitely thinking spring and warm weather now that I have lost an hour (curse you Daylight Savings Time!!), and the days are longer!!

These first two pics are for my dear friend Carrie, who has been longing for spring for some time now, and would like to see some green, and loves flowers.

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© 2015

This is my daughter’s twin brother skateboarding…he’s 6′ 2″ and she’s like 5′ 5″…but I love how they still spend so much time together even as they are getting older.

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3 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday 03/16

  1. Oh my dear sweet Gal – I have to begin with a thank you for the beautiful greenery and flowers!! They are pics that go straight to my soul and I swear I could almost breath them in and picture them bobbing in the wind – but that’s just how my imagination runs off. Wouldn’t it be neat if photos really did move around like in the Harry Potter movies? Anniehow….. Lol

    I’m so happy you’ve had some lovely weather too! I wish it would have stuck around here, but only much cooler temps predicted for the future. I won’t complain, though, and just grateful for what we’ve had so far. (& it could be 1 degree for goodness sakes – God bless those mushers). And I LOVE that mug and need to get one like that too – it’s SO ME!!

    I’m so glad you like the pork fajitas and you MUST let me know if that teriyaki chicken is as good as it sounds. My DAd-in-law really likes teriyaki but I haven’t found a recipe I’ve been thrilled with yet.

    And you keep finding the best books – I’m keeping a list from your recommendations and I’ll add The Dead Key to it and get my butt back to the books! Been a slacker lately.

    Wishing you a most wonderful week dear Friend & a Happy St. Patty’s Day to a lovely redhead (real or not). ;0)

    xoxo

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    • So glad you liked the pics!! My doggone Kindle keeps recommending books to me, my wish list is a mile long!! So many books, so little time!! I am ashamed to say that I have not opened a book physically in so long, I feel like I am betraying my library!! LOL.

      Happy St. Patty’s Day to you too!! I’m making Shamrock Shakes tomorrow!! Enjoy your week!! xx

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      • I know what you mean about the books. I have a ton on my iPad too. But when I feel guilty I go to the library with Annie & check out a few books for me too – but usually just gardening & cookbooks etc. So maybe that doesn’t really count? Lol

        Yum! Shamrock shakes are awesome!! I love grasshoppers too.

        Can never go wrong with mint or chocolate & mint. 😉

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