Happy Homemaker Monday 10/05

HHMCan’t believe it’s October already.  Enjoying the nice fall weather, it has been pretty chilly the last couple of days.  I guess it’s time to put the flip-flops away.  Have a great week.

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

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

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CURRENTLY READING/HAVE READ:
Still reading Bliss and the Art of Forever by Alison Kent.  It’s very good, enjoying the in depth descriptions of the chocolate making!! 🙂

NEW RECIPE I TRIED THIS WEEK/RECIPE TO SHARE:
Nothing new that I have tried, need to get back at it.  Will be adding Chili and Beef Stew to my menu plan this week.  Nice warm, comfort food!!

LOL CHUCKLES, AND GIGGLES:

ON THE TV:
Blindspot, Castle, The Good Wife!!

FAVORITE VIDEO/BLOG POST:
My last Blogbattle story was reminiscent of Back to the Future, and Rachael Ritchey reminded me that this is the month and year when they actually travel to in the movie (the second one).  I think we’ll have to watch these movies, that actual date is October 21, 2015 (I watched the official trailer, lol).  Definitely calls for a movie marathon, or at least the first two episodes, I’m not crazy about the 3rd one, Western’s aren’t my thing.  Anniehow…I had forgotten about this in the movie!!  Yeah…the Cubbies haven’t won the World Series in 107 years…here’s why…and yeah…I’m not going to say much more, I don’t want to jinx it…*whispers quietly* we are almost there *fingers crossed*

 

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA:

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES (PRAYERS OR DEVOTIONALS):

First saw this quote here 🙂

Happy Homemaker Monday 08/03

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

Happy Monday!!  Had a good weekend, it was extremely hot out here.  Took the boys to a Back to School event on the Lakefront…see below for more on that.  The dragonflies out there were crazy, I felt like I was in a creepy movie.  I’ve seen more than usual around the house as well.  I Googled it and it seems to be a thing along Lake Michigan due to the weather, heavy rain, migration and wind patterns.  Whatever it is…it’s creepy to me. Anniehow…on with my post.

 THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

A beautiful week ahead!!

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CURRENTLY READING/HAVE READ:
I haven’t started reading this one yet, I just got it, it’s called First and Goal – What football taught me about never giving up by Jake Byrne.  It’s a devotional book that has a devotional to go along with the terms used in football.  Jake Byrne was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 14, but went on to play football in high school, college and the NFL.  Looks like a very encouraging book for anyone to read but especially the young people.

ON THE MENU (so far):
Chicken Parmigiana, Salad, Fettuccine Noodles, Toasted Bread
Dorito Casserole
Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Toast

NEW RECIPE I TRIED OR WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
There are quite a few I would like to try, I keep adding them to my recipe folder, I just need to get at them.  Recently I have found recipes for S’mores Dip, Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (which are gluten free too) and Deep Fried Lasagna Rolls.  You see I always lean towards the snacky food, LOL.  But the Fried Lasagna Rolls look delicious, I’ll let you know when I try them.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN AUGUST:
There’s a Murder Mystery program at the library, where you try to figure out the murder by going from place to place in the library asking questions to the different characters.  I’ve never been to one, sounds like fun though.

Sidewalk Chalk drawing contest for the boys, they each participated in one at the library already, and my 14-year old won 1st place and my youngest won 2nd place for their age groups.

Oh yeah…and school.  I have a 5th grader and a freshmen this year to home school.  Been there, done that and have two amazing young adults to show for it!! 🙂 (My twins will be 20 next month!!)

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA:
Here are are a couple of photos from the event we went to over the weekend on the Lakefront.  It was a Back to School Mascot Extravaganza.  Our city is planning on having a Mascot Museum built here in 2017, so the Mascots come out for a lot of our events.  There were several NBA mascots as well as Tommy Hawk (Chicago Blackhawks) with a fake Stanley cup, Clark the Cub (Chicago Cubs) and Bennie the Bull (Chicago Bulls) who also did some tricks with the Acrodunk team.

This is the Acrodunk Extreme Dunking Team that performed.  It was hotter than blue blazes out there, but this was a lot of fun to see these guys perform.  Check out their web site acrodunk.com  I had video, but couldn’t upload it 😐

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES (PRAYERS OR DEVOTIONALS):

 

Happy Homemaker Monday 07/20

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

It’s Monday again, having a late post here, had some running to do this morning, nonetheless, here’s what’s up, just a few things I wanted to share.  Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!!

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

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CURRENTLY READING/HAVE READ:
Sunset Bay by Susan Mallery is sitting here waiting for me to pick it up and read it. 😐

ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
Still need to plan and shop.  I grilled some hamburgers and hot dogs yesterday, so we have those to finish.  I do have some chicken I might throw on the grill as well.

NEW RECIPE I TRIED OR WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
I had forgotten about this recipe, and made it the other night.  My kids all but inhaled this thing.  So I’m making it again tonight, LOL.  It’s really easy and a good alternative to Nestle Tollhouse Squares, I think they actually taste better.  I originally found the recipe on Facebook.

Lazy Cake Cookie Bars

1 box Yellow cake mix
2 eggs beaten
1 stick butter or margarine – melted
2 cups chocolate chips

Mix all together, I’ve added a little milk if the batter is too thick. Spread in a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Bake for 20 minutes at 350*.  Pour yourself a glass of ice cold milk and enjoy!!

WHAT I’VE CREATED LATELY:
I added a page to my blog, that has all my short stories in one place.  I created the graphic that is on the top of the page.  Loved that pic with my favorite things, coffee and cookies, and yes, that is actually my handwriting. 🙂

MY FAVORITE BLOG POST/VIDEO THIS WEEK:
This was such an interesting article, I had no idea that the Queen of England had corgis.  This is the kind of dog that my daughter and I really want to have one day.  They are so cute!!  The article said that since the 1950s, corgis were bred on the grounds of Windsor Castle.  At one point the Queen actually owned 30 of them, but sadly she is down to only two.  Even The Queen of England enjoys that unconditional love of a dog.

You can read the whole article here.

WHAT I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEK:
It should be something I am looking forward to, but I’m not a big fan of crowds.  This weekend our quiet town will be inundated with Pierogi Fest.  This is a big fest out here, and was actually featured on The Food Network.  Yes, Polish Food, Polish People, and People who think they are Polish only because they eat a few pierogi and have stayed too long in the Beer Garden.  All kinds of food booths and people…lots and lots of people, almost 200,000 people.  This fest takes place only a couple of blocks away from our house, and we definitely see the increase in traffic; car and on foot.  But it’s a huge fest, and people come from all over and enjoy it…me, not so much…*hands over her Polish card neatly folded in her babushka*.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA:
If you look hard enough you can find amazing things

© 2015 Liv’s Photography

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES (PRAYERS OR DEVOTIONALS):

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Happy Homemaker Monday 07/13

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

It’s Monday again.  Not much going on, here’s to another week…hope you have a good one!!

 
 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
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CURRENTLY READING/HAVE READ:
Currently I’m reading Almost Home by Susan Mallery as part of the Summer Reading program.  I’m halfway through it, and it’s very good so far.

After 10 years as a sous-chef, Jenna finds herself back home and in front of a store front with a for lease sign in the window, impulsively she signs the lease to open up her own cooking store.  With no business experience, she hires a manager named Violet, who has a troubled past, but the two become fast friends, determined to make the store a success.  As if running a new store wasn’t stressful enough, in walks Jenna’s free-spirited biological parents, who now want to be a part of her life, though she is very happy with the conservative adoptive parents that raised her.  Very good characters again, Susan Mallery’s stories are always fun to read.

ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
I need to do some more shopping, but have these few things planned:
Chicken and Rice casserole
Lasagna Pasta, salad, garlic bread
BBQ pork sandwiches and fries

NEW RECIPE I TRIED OR WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
I’ve recently started making this casserole again.  This is my variation, I really don’t remember the original recipe.  Also, I would make this after Thanksgiving using left over turkey meat, which is good too, thus the idea of serving it with cranberry sauce.  But for everyday, you can just use chicken.

Chicken Casserole

Ingredients:
1 ½ lbs cooked chicken
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can or frozen green beans
1 8 oz. Container sour cream
1 pkg. Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned cubed stuffing
1 cup Chicken broth
Poultry Season

Cook chicken however you like.  I put mine in the crockpot and season with Poultry season and pepper.  In a large bowl, mix together chicken, soup, green beans sour cream chicken broth and half of the cubed stuffing.  Sprinkle poultry season over top of mixture and mix in.  Place in a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Cover top of casserole with the remaining cubed stuffing.  Bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 350.  Serve with cranberry sauce sliced over the top.

MY FAVORITE BLOG POST/VIDEO THIS WEEK:
Those of us who grew up in the 80s all remember Live Aid, can’t believe it’s been 30 years (yes that shows my age 😉 )  This is a lengthy article, but fun to read, as some of the alumni from the live concerts reminisce about what actually took place during that time and what Live Aid was all about.  As Martha Quinn (one of the original VJs of MTV) is quoted as saying “Live Aid 1985 was probably the pinnacle of rock ‘n’ roll.”

Find the article and videos here:

https://www.yahoo.com/music/an-oral-history-of-live-aid-the-ones-who-made-a-123778461786.html?soc_src=mags&soc_trk=copy

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEK:
Cruise Night.  Once a month our town opens up the main street for car enthusiasts to showcase their classic/muscle cars, with 50’s music playing as you stroll down the street.  So much fun…so many cars, almost 10 blocks worth.  This month there will be some Hollywood cars showcased.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA:
This is the little garden oasis my mom and I constructed over the last couple of years.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES (PRAYERS OR DEVOTIONALS):

 

Happy Homemaker Monday 07/06

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

Happy Monday!!  We had a nice Fourth of July weekend.  It’s a big deal for us, since my youngest son was born on the 4th, this year he turned 10!!  We started our festivities with our town’s firework show on Friday night.  We just walk over to the next block and we can see them perfectly.  We used to be able to just sit in front of the garage, but then all the big new houses went up, obstructing our view.   Saturday was the parade, which is always fun.  This is a small town, and the Fourth of July is pretty serious around here.  My sister actually put out our lawn chairs the night before to claim our spot for the parade on the main street.  #mayberry.  The parade begins with 3 planes flying over, (which I just love), and our local American Legion Veteran’s Color Guard carrying the flags and rifles, followed by the mayor.   My dad was part of that Color Guard for several years, this is the 3rd Fourth of July without him, and it’s still a little difficult not seeing him at the start of the parade, but we have great memories of his involvement with the Veterans and this town.  We ate a lot of food, and of course birthday cake, and fireworks again at night.  From 9 p.m. until midnight, it sounded like a battle zone out here, literally non-stop firework blasts the whole time.  A lot of people out here buy the professional fireworks, so we didn’t have to leave our backyard, to enjoy another fantastic fireworks display.

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

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CURRENTLY READING/HAVE READ:
I haven’t completed anything lately, I’ve only read 1 book for the Summer reading program.  😦

ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
I need to do some more shopping, but have these few things planned:
Cheesy Chicken Pasta, salad and garlic bread
Pork Fajitas

NEW RECIPE I TRIED OR WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
My mom actually found this recipe in a magazine, and knew I had to do it for the Fourth of July.  I thought these would be pretty loud with the Pop Rocks candy and carbonated pop.  It wasn’t too bad, and it actually was good…once you got past the effects of the Pop Rocks.  🙂

Firecracker Floats

Vanilla Ice Cream
Pop Rocks Candy
Strawberry Crush (original recipe called for Lemon Lime pop, but I wanted mine to look more festive, and the Strawberry pop with vanilla ice cream was delicious.

Scoop ice cream in a tall glass, sprinkle 1/3 package of Pop Rocks over ice cream.  Repeat twice ending with Pop Rocks.  Top with Soda

MY FAVORITE BLOG POST/VIDEO THIS WEEK:
Showed this to my boys and they were like, “you have to make these mom.”  It’s nice that they have such confidence in my cooking abilities, but I think these are a little out of my league.  Besides I don’t think I’d want to eat them, they look way too cool!!

A FUN EXPERIENCE:
I did attend the Handwriting Analysis Program at the library recently.  It was so interesting.  The speaker was Dale Roberts and first he had us write our signature a few times, then he had us write it with our eyes closed, then with our opposite hand, and then with our opposite hand with our eyes closed.  He asked how we felt when writing with our opposite hand and our eyes closed, most people felt the loss of control, and it was more difficult.  I actually felt it was easier, because I was trying to picture it in my mind, so I felt like I had more control, and there were a few other people who felt the same way.  He said that usually when he does these programs, 10% of the group is left handed, so he was surprised that our group was all right handed, and there was about 20 of us.

He explained how handwriting analysis or Graphology is used in corporate America when hiring employees.  Employers will have the employee answer two questions and hand write their answers, as well as include their signature. This sample gives insight into the employees personality and determines if they would be a good fit for the job, because it can disclose up to 250 different personality traits, including, energy and perseverance, integrity, dependability and how well they follow directions.

There was a lot to it, and it takes quite a bit of knowledge and practice to analyze a handwriting sample.  One thing Mr. Roberts said is that sadly, 10 years from now, there might not be a use for it.  This really showed how important handwriting is, that it’s not just an art form, or something that our kids don’t need to learn with the use of technology.  Here is an excerpt from his book:

A person’s handwriting is an individual’s personal and legal identification for life.  It reflects a personal conditioning since birth and is just as individual as one’s fingerprint.  It has been said that a fingerprint is the oldest and truest personal signature.

Dale Roberts has a website you can check out here:  Write Insights

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA:
This was the float that our Library had in the parade.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES (PRAYERS OR DEVOTIONALS):