Monday, November 16, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

Good afternoon! It has already been a day and a half here in my little house in the mountains, and that's why I'm so late sitting down to write this post. Hopefully, the rest of the week will continue on smoothly!

Moving on...

The weather: It's awesome, fall-ish, cloudy, but blue sky is peeking through here and there. I'm enjoying the last days of Autumn before Winter hits.

Right now I am: Typing up this post, putting the finishing touches on my Meal Plan for the week, and lamenting over my to-do list.

Thinking and pondering: For the first time in about five years, I am taking a break from Thanksgiving. Gabe will very likely be working that day, and all of the people who I'd like to spend a holiday with are hundreds of miles away. Also, I have so very much to do with projects and with my school and Ella's homeschooling... So, I'm probably going to cook a very nice just won't be a turkey. When I was working  a million hours a week, I did soup every Thanksgiving and that worked out for us. I'll post about whatever I choose to do.

On my bedside table: A mess, but it's mostly books and some DVD's from my in-laws that I need to label for my parents.

Listening to: Reba (the TV show), in the background. When I was pregnant with Ella, I loved that show. Maybe she listened to it from the womb and developed a liking for it, because she absolutely loves it now. It's nice to have something to watch together. :)

On the menu:
Monday: The Chicken Alfredo I was going to have last night. Someone actually brought me over dinner last night!
Tuesday: Denver Steak, Potatoes, and Peppers
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken and Couscous, veggies
Thursday: Zuppa Toscana
Friday: Breakfast for Dinner: Frittata
Saturday: Chicken Stew
Sunday: Turkey Spaghetti

On my to-do list:

Happening This Week: 
Monday: Library date with Ella, Housecleaning, Sorting out clothes to send to the cousins
Tuesday: Work, Another Library Date
Wednesday: Work, Grandma's House?
Thursday: Cooking soup to deliver to shut-ins
Friday: Soup going out for delivery
Saturday: Mommy-daughter date day with Ella
Sunday: Church

What I am Creating: Something for the other blog. I can't say anything yet.

Looking around the house: My calla lilies are doing surprisingly well.

My simple pleasure: Cooking. Honestly, I love it. (Even though a day off from it is nice sometimes)

From the camera: 

I found this blooming in the yard today, and the sight of flowers was much needed after the day I've had.

On my prayer list: My parents, kid brother, and a former neighbor who just lost her baby granddaughter. Also, my family in Texas (Gabe's parents) and Oklahoma (Gabe's sister). Also...this whole world. Paris, Beirut, China...everybody. The United States included. This world is a scary place.

Bible Verses, Devotionals:

Have a beautiful week, friends!!!


  1. Hope the rest of your week goes smoothly! I loved Reba (the TV show) and have watched it through probably 3 times - g;ad your daughter is enjoying it too. So I'm curious, what is Denver Steak?

  2. I so enjoy cooking too! I'm amazed by how much I've grown to love it. But yes, a day off is nice too!
    Your Thanksgiving plans sound very cozy in a simple kind of way!

  3. Denver steak is actually a CUT of's a shoulder cut of some kind. I could ask my brother, he is a meat cutter at Jewel Osco :)

  4. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week already, I’ll be cooking up a quiet storm…then recuperating on Friday, LOL. I wish I could say that I love to cook, but it’s really not my thing, I have learned a lot and I’m good with a recipe, but I’d rather be baking. :) I’ve never watched the Reba show, but over the years I have been told several times that I resemble her, especially when we both had short hair many moons ago. Hope you have a great week my friend!! xx

  5. Sorry I'm late visiting my Dear. I hope you're having a much smoother week.

    What a lovely week planned, though, including helping the shut-ins. Bless your heart dear Lady!

    I think it's smart that you don't worry about the big meal for Thanksgiving. I think the best thing we can do for ourselves, as Mother's, is be flexible!! ;)

    Love the photo and the inspiration. Blessings to you dear Friend. xo