Thursday, January 11, 2018

Monthly Self-Care Project

Today, rushing around between work and house, I looked in the mirror and I wasn't wild about what I saw. It's not just the grey hair (and there is a LOT of grey hair), I just look and feel tired and BLAH. And yes, I know it's typical for the Mom of a 7 month old (or any Mom, really), but I need to be accountable for taking care of myself and feeling good about what I see in the mirror.

So, the 11th of every month, I will be taking a picture of myself. No editing (because I really don't know how to anyway, ha!)

January 11, 2018
I'm in the kids' bathroom, drying my hair for work. I'm EXHAUSTED.
And it shows. 
But, hey, my bangs look cute.

I'm hoping to not feel so tired (or at least to LOOK less tired) next month. Hoping for positive changes all around! 

Until next month! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Desperation in the Kitchen/Bucket List Cross Off: Spaghetti Squash

Have you ever wanted to cook something but the darn thing just looked SO weird that you felt a bit intimidated?

                                                        Enter the spaghetti squash. 

I have this weird obsession with eating seasonally (because that's when stuff goes on sale, and I'm cheap, y'all) and then I got this spaghetti squash...and it sat in my kitchen for four days because I was legitimately scared of it. Scared. A grown woman scared of a vegetable.

And then I grew up and realized if I didn't do something with it, it would go to waste and being wasteful is pretty much punishable by prison time in my house.

This recipe is a mish mash of a bunch of recipes I found on Pinterest....

What you need:
*One Spaghetti Squash
*Olive Oil
* Water
*Salt, Pepper
*Some kind of Spaghetti Sauce (I made a meat sauce)

What you do:
**Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

**Slice your squash in half lengthwise. Side note: This was probably the most time consuming part of the entire ordeal. 

Creepy looking, huh?

**Scoop out the seeds. We dried and saved ours to grow in the spring. 

**Put some salt and pepper on your squash

**Poke a few holes in your squash halves and lay them face down in a bit of water in a baking dish

**I baked mine 45-50 minutes

**Shred the flesh with a fork. It looks like spaghetti! 

**Serve with meat sauce

The verdict: It was GOOD. And even my husband who has for years refused to eat anything remotely squash-like because squash traumatized him as a child...(even though I've been putting zucchini and yellow squash in EVERYTHING, sorry honey)  LOVED it. 
Definite make again. 
As a matter of fact, there is currently a squash in my kitchen staring. me. down. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday: January 8, 2018

Good afternoon! I mean to have these posts up in the mornings, especially since Mondays are my days off, but there is SO MUCH TO DO everywhere else!

It's been such a long, emotionally exhausting week. Things clicked along beautifully until Thursday when we ran into a situation with my husband's workplace. I'm not going to say too much as he is still employed there, but it made us really realize how much a new job would make us both a lot happier.

That said...

The weather: Good Golly. It's only in the 30's here, but it feels like a tropical paradise. Let me tell you, friends, last week was COLD. Bitterly, horribly cold. It's supposed to be in the 50's on Friday (what?!) I don't know what I'm going to do with myself!!!

Right now, I am: Typing up this post, and listening to Josie and Ella laugh along in the kitchen. I'm also mentally filtering the grocery list for the absolute MUST have's before pay day. Budgeting...the struggle is real.

Thinking: I'm listening to Sara Bareilles' "King of Anything". It goes along with what I've been thinking. I think being here, in NC, so far from home, has seriously messed with me. I feel so far away. From family, from friends, and from God. I came here, and ran into some "Christian" people. Some of them have been incredible gifts from God...and some have been legalistic hypocrites...and some were even worse. I'm taking a gigantic step back from those people. I miss who I was. I miss having my nose in the Bible for the sheer joy of it, for the relationship with God. This isn't who I am, and it's time to leave this person behind...whoever she is.

On my reading pile: Some recipe magazines and a cookbook. Lame, huh? But that's where I am today. 

On my T.V.: Broadchurch! I'm on the last episode of Series 2. No spoilers from me, but what the actual HECK?! Hopefully, before the week is out I will finish that episode and the 3rd series. I will be sad to see the series go because it was SO well done, but then I can get back to Rizzoli & Isles. 

What I found while surfing the net: This song . I've always been a huge Owl City fan, but especially lately, oh my goodness. Adam Young is incredible. 
Also, google the No Sleep Podcast if you are ever in the mood for a scary story. 

On the menu for this week: 
Monday: Asian Pepper Steak, Rice
Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Wednesday: Spaghetti Squash with Ground Turkey, garlic break 
Thursday: Sausage and Cheesy Rice, Peppers
Friday: Crockpot Cabbage Roll Casserole
Saturday: Chicken Stew 
Sunday: Spaghetti and Meatballs 

On my to-do list: 
*bake some apple hand-pies
*actually put up a blog post that isn't HMM
*finish with my laundry room (that's how bad last week was, you guys)
*saute the veggies to go with the Pepper Steak

In the craft basket: Lettering a love quote for the kitchen, and maybe something to frame for the living room. 

Looking forward to this week: The newspaper comes out tomorrow, so it's time for couponing. Call me crazy, but I enjoy it. Also, bring on the warmer temps, I have the worst cabin fever (and going to work doesn't count)

Looking around the house: While I've been typing, Josie has fallen asleep. My ivy is in dire need of watering. I have laundry to catch up on. 

From the camera: 

laundry baskets are SO versatile! 

On my prayer list: This situation with my husband's job. It literally turned our lives upside down last week. And pray for some wisdom for me, because I am beyond upset and it makes me want to lash out at these people, who aren't worth my time or my Christian testimony. As always, Dad's on my prayer list. 

Bible Verse, Devotional: 

Have a beautiful week!!! 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday: January 1, 2018

Good...evening! I'm terribly late posting this, but I wanted to work on my New Year's Resolution of getting stuff done (housework and stuff, not this blog post,!) and it actually worked!
That said, my OTHER resolution is to make regular appearances on this blog.

The Weather: It's bitterly cold here. Actually, it seems to be bitterly cold everywhere. It's supposed to warm up just a little bit tomorrow and the next day before the bottom falls out again Thursday-Saturday, ugh.

Right now, I am: Bopping along to silly parody songs while dinner cooks.

Thinking: "What was that noise?" It was a box in the living room that fell. Also, trying to co-ordinate my work schedule this week with the bazillion things that need done. Ugh.

On my Reading Pile: Lol, everything. But mostly a book about Budget Photography that Gabe gave me. It tells you how to do all the cool tricks with light without buying thousands of dollars in equipment.

On my T.V.: The second season of Broadchurch. I'm literally watching every episode, open-mouthed, because good Lord!!!

Favorite Blog Post this week: This awesome skirt! Actually, I love all of her stuff, but this is just such a cool blog about upcycling clothes. Marisa is super talented, and I hope I can one day be half as good at sewing as she is.

On the menu for this week:
Monday: Turkey and wild rice soup
Tuesday: Spaghetti squash and meat sauce
Wednesday: Ham and Cheese mac and cheese
Thursday: Pork Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
Friday: Meatballs in a mushroom sauce, Egg Noodles
Saturday: Potato Soup
Sunday: Asian Beef or Goulash (I haven't decided yet)

On my to-do list: Finish folding laundry, tidy up the laundry room, start the great pantry cleanout of 2018.

What I am sewing, knitting, crocheting, or creating: Cute Valentine's Day lettering projects.

Something like this, only Valentine-y. I'm trying to get back to art, one of my first loves.

Looking around the house: The girls are sitting quietly in the living room. Josie is fascinated with the lamp and Ella is making faces at her, haha.

From the camera: Yesterday, the temperatures dropped so much that the falling snow froze. The air literally froze too. In a matter of two hours, the mountain went from bare to the trees being covered in ice. As cold as it can be, living in these mountains is magical sometimes.

On my prayer list: This country. My husband, who is just going through a bit of a time. My Ella, who's finding out that these preteen years are HARD. My Dad, as always.

Bible Verse, Devotional: 

Have a great week, friends!!!!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

It has been ages since I've done one of these, but life has been crazy busy.
In an effort to bring back my sanity, I've been trying to blog more often. Here we go!

Breakfast time, what's on the plate this morning: Ella and I made ham and cheese bombs (recipe coming soon, I promise) and they were AMAZING.

Right now, I am: Typing up this blog while Josie naps. I have today off of work so I'm trying to squeeze as much fun (and housework, ugh) as I can.

The weather outside: It's going to be in the mid to high 50's today and tomorrow, so housework might take a back seat. Sorry not sorry. After that, we're supposed to get some rain, so any snow we have left over will surely be melted. The weather forecast for Christmas day is nearly 60 degrees! So much for a white Christmas!

Looking around the house: I'm realizing it is in need of some TLC. I've got redecorating/rearranging on the brain, so that will get done this winter before it's too nice outside for me to care. (And with me NOT on bedrest like I was while pregnant, I will want out of the house and in the garden when spring is here)

Currently Reading: Nothing, ugh. I need to read again. I read the Bible every day, but that's about it right now.

On the menu this week:
Monday: Steak fajitas and homemade tortillas
Tuesday: Potato Soup in the crockpot
Wednesday: Fully Loaded Mac and Cheese, Spinach Salad
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner
Friday:  London Broil, Potatoes
Saturday: Chinese Chicken with Broccoli, White Rice
Sunday: (Christmas Eve) Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will: Work on an art piece for a friend

Looking forward to this week:  Some Christmas baking and getting a lot of baby and tween girl clothes out of the house and to the Goodwill (my kids just keep growing!)

Favorite photo from the camera:

excuse the bottle of cleaner, but that's my kitchen chalkboard, a clearance "splurge" at Target a few weeks ago.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: I was in 1 Peter early this morning, and read the verse about it being better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil, which pretty much goes against human nature. In the long run, I guess, if you're doing good, and you suffer for it in this world, that suffering ends when you're with Christ at last.
If you're suffering for doing evil (and you don't repent and you just keep doing evil), that suffering doesn't end at the end of your life.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Wonderland!

So, it snowed here in the mountains!
It's been a really long time since we had such a gorgeous first snow. I think I remember our first snow in NC (seven years ago) being this beautiful.
And it's Josie's first winter!
I had to commemorate this occasion with pictures, of course!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Where Have You Been?!

I got asked that the other day.
I worked for about a month straight and other than my children (and occasionally, my husband) NOBODY saw me.
This blog certainly hasn't.

I have to change that. I need a space to write down my thoughts, and to keep a record of all of the awesome stuff going on for my little family.

The latest...

Josie is now 6 month old, what the heck!

We also welcomed a new family member, Renfield the white cat. He's adjusting, and he and The Sphinx still kind of hate each other. He's only 4 years old so he isn't calm like Dave was, but he's still pretty awesome.

I've got a ton more to write, but no time to say it. Maybe after everything is quieted down for the day, I shall find some time!