Happy Homemaker Monday 11.20.17

Good Evening!!  It’s late, but it’s still Monday. 😀 I have two big bookkeeping projects I am working on, so that is what is occupying my time.  Along with planning for Thanksgiving, and figuring out when we’ll get the Christmas decorations up, once Thanksgiving is over.  Looks like Friday will be in the 50’s, so since I am in charge of exterior illumination, I need to take advantage of the nice weather.

Wishing everyone a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving!!

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

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

RECIPE TO SHARE:

This is one of the side dishes I make for Thanksgiving day, that my kids absolutely love.

Homemade Mac-n-Cheese

3 T buter

¼ c flour

1 t. salt

½ t. dry mustard

¼ t. pepper

2 ½ c milk

2 c cheddar cheese

1 c mozzarella cheese

1 box elbow macaroni (16 oz.)

Cook macaroni per box instructions.

In large saucepan, melt butter over low hear.  Stir in flour, salt, mustard and pepper until smoth; take off heat.  Little by little, stir in milk until smooth.  Stir constantly for 10 minutes on heat until thick.  Lower heat stir in cheddar cheese, velveeta cheese, and mozzarella cheese until melted.  Mix in cooked macaroni.

Pour into greased casserole dish.  Sprinkle paprika over the top.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

 

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WHAT’S HAPPENING:

I have also been working on two of my stories.  There’s another Word Weaver Writing Contest for November.  Since I couldn’t decide on which one to choose from, I will be entering both.  There’s still time, the theme is “Relationships.”  Yep, right up my alley 😀  If you’re a writer, this is a fantastic opportunity, there are some really good prizes, and working with Dan is a lot of fun.  He has also added two more “celebrity” judges.  You can find all the information here.

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Happy Homemaker Monday 11.13.17

Good Afternoon!!  I missed last week, as I was recouping from a stomach virus.  Ugh!!  It hit the whole house, but it’s that time of year.  Hopefully we will be healthy for the holidays, as we have had the cold/flu here already too.  We did get our first sight of snow, but it barely left a trace, so I really don’t consider that the first snow, lol.  Looking forward to those first couple of inches with those big beautiful fluffy flakes.

Hope everyone has a great week.  Stay warm and stay healthy!!

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

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

Breakfast Sausage Sliders.  I have been doing breakfast for dinner lately making pancakes, eggs and sausage.  These look really good too, I don’t think I would use the Monterey Jack cheese though, that seems too cheesy for me.

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Not much is going on.  I’ve spent the last week getting caught up on stuff.  With the holidays coming, our town will have it’s usual holiday parade, and all the decorations will be going up around town.  Recently a new coffee shop opened up, which we have needed in our town for some time.  It’s actually just a block away from me, so I can walk on over and enjoy the atmosphere, and a nice cup of joe.  My oldest son has been wanting to write screen plays, so he goes over there to do his writing, and I’ve been doing some writing there as well.  We both agree it has a bit of a “Friends” vibe to it.

 

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Happy Homemaker Monday 10.30.17

Good Afternoon!!  Happy Halloween!!  Looks like a sunny but very chilly day for tomorrow, but I am sure that won’t stop the Trick-or-treaters out here.  This will be our fifth Halloween here, and it still amazes me how many kids will come by.  Last year my mom had gotten about 450 pieces of candy, and we ran out around 6:30 pm.  That’s with giving each kid one piece.  It’s fun to see the costumes, and it’s nice to see that kids still have fun doing this. The boys had fun carving their pumpkins.  Check out FAVORITE PICS to see their master pieces.

Hope everyone has a great week!!  We gain an hour at the end of the week. Woo Hoo!!

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

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

 

RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

This looks really good.  Low Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower.  I’m not a big vegetable person, but I do love cauliflower, and with bacon? Yes please!!  Found at Kalyns Kitchen.

https://www.facebook.com/LowCarbZen/videos/10155778399208908/

 

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FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

I find this so interesting, and would love to do this.  Elijah and I have been looking into our family tree, it’s his year long school project for History. The school has given us full access to ancestry.com so that we can research.  But I think these DNA results would be even more fascinating.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Since Friday, I have been participating in a Halloween Hop on FB.  What is a Halloween Hop you say?  It is a group of authors/bloggers joining together and sharing their published works, and offering some giveaways from Friday until Tuesday.  It is called a Hop, because we end our posts with a link to the next author to “hop” on over to visit.  Follow all the links and it creates a complete circle, and you’ll end up back at my page.  Here is the link to my FB page, I am offering a chance to win a paperback copy of The Box Under the Bed.  Other authors are offering gift cards or some other gifts, to enter the giveaways, you just have to like and/or comment, it’s fun!!

https://www.facebook.com/CarrieAnnAlexis2017

It’s a good time for a creepy read!!  Once all the candy is passed out, the costumes are put away, and the kids have come down from their sugar high…curl up with some hot cocoa and a good book.

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Happy Homemaker Monday 10.16.17

Good Evening!!  I have been MIA the last couple of weeks.  One week I got hit with the wonderful cold/flu deal, and it knocked me out.  Then it took about another week to catch up from that, lol.  Had a very nice weekend, my nephew got married, see FAVORITE PIC(s)  below.  Also check out WHAT’S HAPPENING with everything else that has been going on.  Looking forward to our fall break at the end of the week!!  Hope everyone is doing well!!

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

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

These all look so yummy!!  They look easy to make too.  I’m sure once I try one, I”ll have to make like four more for each of the kids…kinda defeating the purpose, but yeah, it’s like that around here, lol.

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

I haven’t had the chance to actually sit down and watch a game this season, but I have been enjoying these highlights.  Javier Baez has been insane this season.  Cubs are in the final series to see if they make it back to the World Series.  How awesome would that be?!?!  I’ll try and watch the last few games.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Quick update on the book.  I am learning so much about marketing, which is one of my least favorite things to do, but it’s interesting all the things that can be done.  One day last week we offered the Kindle version for free for one day only. We got 2700 downloads in one day!!  It was exciting as I was getting notifications as Dan posted in our private FB group the progress throughout the day.  We were basically getting 150 downloads per hour.  That’s a pretty big deal!!  Then the next day we got some actual orders from people who didn’t make it on time for the free download.  All that got us these rankings on Amazon:

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Anthologies & Short Stories

#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Horror

#6 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban

We’ve also received a few 5 star reviews.  If you’ve read it, leave us a review.  Reviews are very important for us.  If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, order it here.

The Box Under the Bed

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Saturday was my nephew’s wedding (my sister’s son).  I went around noon to do the brides hair.  I French braided it, and we just put some Babie’s Breath in it, it turned out so pretty.  This was a small, not super fancy wedding, but it was perfect for them.  Although, it rained all. day. long. UGH!!  With moments of some serious lightning and thunder.  But we made it in and out of the church and to the restaurant without getting drenched.  I only got a few pics, but the photographer took a lot, so I’ll be sure to get those.

I had recently started doing some administration/bookkeeping work for a friend of a friend.  I am able to work from home, and it has been so much fun!!  The company is called Green Edventures.  It provides nature-based group learning expeditions that inspire, transform, and connect people to wild places and extraordinary experiences via accessible eco-adventures.  There are trips for students that get coordinated through their schools, and trips for womens groups.  You can check out the two FB pages.  The website has some beautiful pics from the trips themselves.

www.facebook.com/GoGreenEdventures

https://www.facebook.com/WomensAdventures

www.greenedventures.com

 

FAVORITE PIC:

Me and my sibs

 

Ben and I took pics of each other because we’re fancy.

He’s my little Bruno Mars 😀

 

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Pączki Day 2017!!

Pączki are pastries traditional to Polish cuisine. They are similar to doughnuts.

They can be filled with any type of filling.  These are filled with chocolate cream, and strawberry jelly.  I usually prefer apricot or Prune/Plum Butter filling, but I decided to try something different this year.

Why a dedicated day?

This day marks the start of the final week of the pre-Lenten celebrations. While the practice of Pączki Day is traditionally observed the day before Ash Wednesday in the United States, in Poland, pączki sales are the highest on Tlusty Czwartek, or “Fat Thursday.” (The Thursday before Ash Wednesday).

http://www.polamjournal.com/Library/Holidays/paczki/paczki.html

 

Szczęśliwy Pączki Dziennie!!

(Happy Pączki Day)