Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

Good Morning, Friends!
It's another one of those working Mondays! I'm deciding not to complain about it because it means that even in this crazy economy, I still have a job, and we have money to do the things we need!

The weather outside: A bit on the warmer side today, which I am most definitely happy about! It looks like it's going to be a rainy couple of days here, but I think that will help to melt all of the snow that's still hanging around on the side streets.

Right now, I am: Listening to Ella review spelling words, typing up this post and doing a last minute meal plan. I had a meal plan done yesterday, but I decided it was lame and boring and needed to be spiced up.

Thinking: That despite all of the difficulty, we are extremely blessed. We live in a nice house, my marriage is happy and sound and we have a super awesome kid and two super awesome cats.

Looking forward to: A few hours of solo time at work tonight. My boss is going to an open pottery studio, so it'll be just me and the animals. Gabe is off of work today, so he and Ella are going to hang out at home this evening, and Mama's going to get some time alone tonight! Mainly, because I'm animal sitting tonight, and once they all settle in, I'll be able to get some reading done in "The Supreme Macaroni Company," which I actually haven't gotten a chance to touch since last week.

On my reading pile: About a million books, but the front runners are "The Supreme Macaroni Company" by Adriana Trigiani, and "The Story of Beautiful Girl", by Rachel Simon, which I'm really really REALLY looking forward to starting. Also, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver, which was an impulse buy at a thrift store. But, hey, it was only 25 cents.

On my TV: I'm in the 11th season of Degrassi TNG, ya'll!!! Also, introducing Ella to the old Goosebumps TV show. And Criminal Minds. Forever Criminal Minds.

Things that make me happy: Silly little things. I recently started drinking more water and a walking regimen, and someone told me that my face looks different and that made me smile. Silly things :)

On the menu for this week:
Monday: Pork Tacos
Tuesday: Chicken Spinach Pizza
Wednesday: Upside Down Meatball Subs (new recipe!)
Thursday: Veggie Pizza Mac and Cheese
Friday: Stuffed Pepper Soup
Saturday: Cuban Potato Balls (new recipe!)
Sunday: One Pot Italian Sausage Spaghetti

New recipe I tried: Yesterday, I made Chicken Gloria and it was amaaaaaazing.

On my to-do list: School, vacuuming, and cooking.

What I am sewing, crocheting, creating: Something valentine-y for a friend's little girl.

Looking around the house: It could benefit from a good run through with the vacuum, which is exactly what I will do after I finish this post.

From the camera: The sunsets and sunrises here are amazing. Seriously, gorgeous.

On my prayer list: My parents, kid brother, this country, and a little unspoken request of mine.

Bible verses, devotions: 


  1. Those sunrises/sunset pics are gorgeous! Have a great week!

  2. Your sunrise and sunset photos are beautiful. I feel so much better when I drink more water which is probably why I always feel better on days I work because I always go through at least one water bottle. At home, I don't drink as much water for some reason. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  3. Sounds like a good week ahead Joanna!! Enjoy some down time for yourself. ;)

    Your menu sounds yummy and I'm intrigued by your new meatball sub recipe - must share!

    Love your inspiration. Hope you have a lovely week dear Friend! xoxo

  4. Sometimes us mamas need some alone time to recharge! We have a lot on our plates most days. Speaking of plates, great menu plan. Mine was totally uninspired! LOL I wing meals. It's always a surprise around here!