Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - 09/22/2014

Good morning, welcome to another Happy Homemaker Monday!

I am quite tired today, couldn't fall asleep for the longest time last night, and usually I am a person who gets into bed and am out. Not sure what was going on yesterday.

You may have noticed my template change, just wanted to let you know that it's not going to stay this way.  At first I quite liked it, but as the days have gone on, I find myself really disliking the whole thing, so I need to work on a new one today.  I'm nuts, I know hahahah

Anyway, let's get on with our HHM, shall we?


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
My usual cup of coffee and some toast.  One of my favorite toasts is sliced french bread.  I just love the crispness after it's been toasted, I don't know, but there's something about a piece of toast where you bite into and hear the crunch.  I'm weird like that, I guess. 

Looking around the house::::
Very quiet.  My husband just left for work and it's just the pugs and I awake.  It's also quite dark in here, it's a cloudy day and we had rain all night, so it's quite dreary outside, but you know me, and I love days like these. 

On today's to do list::::
Laundry.....actually have laundry to do, was a very busy week and I fell behind on the clothes.  Have to catch up on that today. 
Cleaning.....Need to load the breakfast dishes in the dishwasher and run it.  Make the beds, vacuum the bedrooms.  Wipe down the counters and clean the toilets in the bathrooms.
Homeschooling.....prepare today's lessons.  Jasmine has a Japanese portfolio she has been putting off because she needs to record herself speaking Japanese and she's nervous.  I don't think we have a lot of work today, but the usual. 
Crocheting.....Have to make myself a slouchy hat, I've made the girls and my sister in law one already.  Also would like to start on the crochet pillow I saw in the magazine.
Cooking....kids have requested tuna salad for lunch, and for dinner I'm fixing Fettucine Alfredo. 

Currently reading::::
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.....still, and loving it.

On the TV today::::
--  Portuguese Soaps - Beijo do Escorpiao, Mulheres, Mar Salgado
-- The new show Gotham starts tonight and we want to watch it, see what we think.
--  I am also going to be watching the first episode of Downton Abbey, which premiered yesterday but I was at the Air Show and couldn't watch it live.  If you want to watch the new Season and not have to wait until January for it to air here in the States, you can do so using either Expat Shield, or Hola Unblocker.  Or watch it online, the episodes get posted about an hour after it airs in the UK.
--  New Haven episode.

The weather outside is::::
Cloudy and dreary, quite nippy actually. 

On the menu this week::::

Monday
Fettucine Alfredo
Tuesday
Seafood Subs for hubby, myself and Nicholas....Black forest ham sub for Jasmine
Wednesday
Cottage Pie
Thursday
Slow Cooker Cubed Steaks
Friday
Honey Mustard Chicken Pasta
Saturday
Breakfast for dinner (Sausages, Biscuits and Gravy)
Sunday
Onion and Potato soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Start the crochet pillow or read. 

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
Nothing new last week, but I still have to find a few moments to post my French Bread Casserole recipe on the blog.

One of my simple pleasures::::
Baking Bread

Favorite photo from the camera::::
Thunderbirds at the Air Show


Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
And yet another week of no blog visiting.  Ugh!    

Praying for::::
Continuing to pray for our financial situation.
Hubby may have an opportunity of working on jets again, and it's something he not only loves but misses dearly, so I'm praying for that.
My brother and sister in law, they are going through a difficult time as they learn to adjust to life here in the States.

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Good day!!!

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This morning my husband decided to take us to Boise.  He has to go buy his Clicker for classes and another Physics book that he was missing, and since we hadn't been to Boise in quite a few months, we went along.

We spent such a nice day.

For those who don't know, we are about 45 minutes from Boise, so it's a bit of a drive and one of the reasons we don't go out there very often.  I know people who live here on base and in this area, that just hop in the car and drive there every weekend, but honestly, we just couldn't afford the gas alone.

After our stop at the University book store, we went to Barnes and Noble, as he needed to check out a different book.  If you know anything about me and my family, you will know that we are huge book lovers and putting us in Barnes and Noble, is very much to the likes of putting a kid in a toy store.

Oh goodness, if I could, I think I could easily spend a couple hundred dollars in there.  It is that much of a temptation.

I was very good though as we need to keep a tight hand on our purse strings this month.

I did go ahead and purchase a journal.  It's very simple, but I fell in love with the pretty green color and just had to have it.

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I also picked up some book magnets as mine have vanished.  I don't know if I accidentally left some in library books and returned them like that, or if my kids took them, or if they simply just disappeared, but I have none left and was getting a little tired of using random pieces of paper to mark where I was reading.

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Shouldn't be a surprise that I picked the Keep Calm with Union Jack ones, is it? :)

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Also grabbed this magazine, which I've been wanting for a very long time.  It is filled with tons of great projects that I can't wait to get into.  There is a crochet pillow especially that I will most definitely start tomorrow.

We went by the mall too, just walked around, didn't buy anything.  We quite enjoy window shopping, though there are of course a few things that we see and we wish we could get, but for the most part we are quite happy just walking around together.

By the time we arrived home, it was 3pm.  Didn't stay in Boise very long at all, but the time we spent there was certainly enjoyed.

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Tomorrow morning we're headed to the Air Show on base.  I really can't wait, and you know I will come share the photos afterwards.

They've been practicing above us for a few days now, mostly on Friday morning and afternoon so I managed to snap a few pics from the deck.

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Super excited to see the real thing in action.

Well, I'm off, going out for a drink with my hubby, brother and sister in law.  We try to do this once a month because it's so important to have some decompression time away from everything, all the stresses and worries that hound us on a daily basis.

Hope you are all having a restful Saturday night. 

God Bless,
Sandra

Friday, September 19, 2014

Show and Tell Friday - 09/19/2014

 
Good morning my friends, how is your Friday going so far?

I must say that I am so happy to see this day come around, I am looking forward to this weekend, not just because we get more family time, we get to relax, but also because Sunday we have the Air Show at the Base.

One of our favorite things to do as a family, no doubt.

Right, but we're not here to talk about that, we are here for the Show and Tell, so let me get right into it.

Show and Tell

What you see above, are my journals.  I started keeping a journal before I was married, I was in South Africa and in a long distance relationship with my husband.

There was so much going through my mind and I felt that I needed a place to jot it all down, to get it off my chest and on paper, sometimes wishing that if I saw it written down that I could solve the problem easier.

After we got married, I continued writing in my journals, because then I was in a new country and pregnant and a new military wife, with a lot of things to learn and figure out.

Writing was always a way for me to do that.

So I continued with my journals.

Show and Tell

They are very dear to me, and I love going back to read what I was thinking and feeling during different moments in my life.

I kept a journal too when my husband was deployed, and in one of those journals I have this letter that he wrote me from overseas.

I try not to read it very often because I find myself so overwhelmed and emotional that I can't help but cry.

Show and Tell

The journal above is from South Africa and this one contains all my thoughts and dreams and hopes and fears when we were in a long distance relationship. 

It's funny when I read it sometimes, I was a young girl without a lot of experience of the world.  Some of my worries were quite pathetic, to me now, but at the time they were all consuming and frightening.

I love reading the progression of our relationship.  Every little word on these pages has a story to tell, from giddy excitement of a late night phone call, or a letter received in the mail, or a little spat that we got into.  Everything leading up to our wedding. 

Show and Tell

This journal above, contains most of my thoughts and experiences from my first year in the USA, my little Jasmine, wanting to get pregnant again, friends and family and so forth.

Show and Tell

And some little hands got a hold of my journals, many years ago, and decided to scribble all over them.  I can't even get upset because I know it wasn't done intentionally to destroy them, and I can still read what I wrote.  It is, after all, a little memento from when my children were babies.

I will treasure that forever!!!!

Once I got my blog, my journaling kind of disappeared, or rather, changed.  I now do most of my writing and venting and talking on the blog, though it will never be the same as an actual journal where you know you can say everything that is on your mind and get personal without other people reading or knowing.

That part I do miss, and I've thought about restarting my journal writing, aside from the blog, I would love to have a book with everything that I can't say here on blogland.

Maybe that's what I'll do.....go journal shopping one of these days.  :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Looks like Fall!

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It is past 10pm and here I am, writing this post up.  It is the only time I could steal a few moments to sit down and compose something.  Goodness, time is something that I feel I've been running out of lately..

Every moment counts though, so I make do with what I have, and if posting late at night is the only time I have, then that will have to be it :)


Had a big thunderstorm last night and woke up to everything wet outside, the sky full of clouds, which remained throughout the day, making it really look like the perfect Fall day.

It immediately makes me think of Gingerbread and lattes, and especially the McDonald's Pumpkin Spice Lattes which I love.

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My husband decided to surprise me with one, on his way home from work.  I love this man.

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Lunch today was very simple, some grilled cheese, ham and pepperoni sandwiches and some yummy grapes on the side.

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They really were delicious and I've been enjoying my fruit lately.  It's weird but I got through stages, I could go for months without caring much for fruit, and then suddenly I am eating it every single day and just can't get enough.

Go figure!

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As the day wore on, the clouds dispersed, and by the time the sun started to set, it was bright in all it's glory, shining through the branches of the trees and setting everything aglow.

Definitely one of my favorite times of the day, the natural light is gorgeous.

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I love how quickly the trees seem to be changing, from day to day, that fast.  Or maybe it's just that I'm no longer used to so many trees around me, having lived in Arizona for so many years with nothing but brown and dirt around me.  Makes you appreciate things.

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One of the other signs that things are quickly moving, are the leaves I am finding all over the grass.  I can't wait to see the leaf piles.

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I pulled out all my Autumn cookbooks and am already looking through them in search of soups, stews and all things pumpkin.  I think tomorrow I may just whip up a Gingerbread Cake.....yes, I think that is on the agenda, for sure.

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Not much else was done today, aside from normal homemaking chores and homeschooling, so I don't have a lot to chat about, just really wanted to come in and say hi.

My laptop battery is about to die, so I better get on out of here, besides, I am super tired and my warm comfy bed is calling my name.

I will be back in the morning with a Show and Tell, I'm sorry I missed it last week but had a lot going on.

Good night friends and God Bless,
Sandra
xoxoxoxo

Slow Cooking Thursday - 09/18/2014


Good morning, here we are on another Thursday.  I am sure glad to see it pop around and know that tomorrow is Friday.  I've been looking forward to the weekends more lately, as I know I will have some time with my husband, something that doesn't happen much during the busy weeks.

Here is the recipe I chose for today's Slow Cooking Thursday, hope you enjoy it.



Slow Cooked Honey Garlic Chicken
Slow Cooked Honey Garlic Chicken


1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 garlic cloves, chopped or grated
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup honey
fresh basil, shredded, for garnish


Place the chicken in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, soy sauce, ketchup and honey. Pour over the chicken and cover.
Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. Remove chicken, place on a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Transfer the remaining sauce to a saucepan and reduce down over medium heat until desired consistency is reached. Serve over the chicken and garnish with fresh basil.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Simple days and Slouchy Hats!

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Hello friends, come in and sit with me for a little.  You know let's pretend we're outside on the deck, under the umbrella with tall glasses of Iced Tea, shall we?

Have you noticed how the seasons are changing?  I think Fall really is here, at least in my neck of the woods.  I've been enjoying watching the trees changing colors, some are in full Fall transition, others are still as green as can be.

Makes me think of us humans, some are more than ready for Fall and others are holding on tight to the last days of summer.

I have a photo heavy post for you today, I thought I would do a quick review of the past few days, and what I've been busy with around here.

For those of you wondering, Lola is still doing ok, so far so good.  I'm doing ok too, I'm feeling much more relaxed and not so stressed out and worried.  Thank you again for all the prayers.

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Sunday we had a brunch with the family.  It was so delicious, I can't even begin to tell you.  I am a huge breakfast person and could easy eat it every day, for lunch and dinner.

I haven't forgotten about the French Toast Casserole, I just have to edit some photos today and can finally post the recipe on the blog.  I know, I am quite horrible at updating the food blog lately, aren't I?

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Miss Lola likes to be around people, so during the brunch she came to sit between my niece and my sister in law, and within a few minutes, this is what she looked like.  LOL

It was so funny.  She was actually trying to keep her head up straight, and if you can notice she's tilting to the left.  Hahaha

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Before long, my niece was laying on her and she was just in Heaven.

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We enjoyed brunch out on the deck.  It was wonderful eating outside, chatting and all the while watching the changing trees around us.

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Monday was a good start to the week.  I don't like very busy days and I think it is one of the reasons why I tend to start feeling overwhelmed.  When I start falling apart, I KNOW that I need to step back and take it easy.

I just don't do well with very busy schedules and chaos.

My to do list from yesterday was completely ticked off, I managed to get everything on there out of the way.

I've been asked before how I do everything and still have time to crochet or read.  I can only tell you that I stick to a routine, albeit not strictly because I do change things up if need be, but for the most part my days are pretty similar.

Mornings I get up early, enjoy my coffee and toast and either see hubby off to classes or work.  I catch up on my Portuguese soaps while I enjoy my breakfast, and then I head upstairs to change out of my pj's and get ready for the day.

The very first thing I do is usually my bed, followed by tidying up the bedroom, then I move onto Nicholas' room and do the same in there.  I open curtains, open windows and then move onto the kitchen.

Unload the dishwasher, reload it, and then get the lessons ready for the day.  By that time I need to start thinking about lunch, and also doing a quick clean of the bathroom and living room before my niece and nephew arrive for schooling.

Our afternoons are spent with school stuff, and by 4:30pm I start getting dinner going.  We usually eat around 5:30pm, the latest 6pm.  Then I do dishes again, clean up the kitchen and depending on the days of the week, I can either go take my shower throw on my pjs and relax for the rest of the night, or we have to get Jasmine off to Tae Kwon Do.

On those days, we don't get back home until 9:15 and then it's time for showers and relaxing.

If you're wondering where crocheting and reading or watching one of my shows fits in, then I'll tell you that I usually will do either of those when the kids are busy with a test, or working on something.  I will stay nearby and watch while I do my own thing.  I also get most of my crochet done at night while watching tv with the hubby.

Hope that answers the questions, and if you do have any others, feel free to ask, I don't mind answering. :)

Beautiful clouds

So yesterday morning began with me enjoying a cup of coffee out on the deck. The sky looked beautiful. I love skies with lots of clouds.

Morning coffee

I also got hubby's lunch ready for him to take to classes.

Hubby's Lunch

The rest of the day went pretty much like I described above.

Now, to show you the slouchy hat. These are so easy to make, I am using Julie's pattern, so go on over and check it out if you want to give it a try.

These are so quick to crochet, I can make one in about an hour, and so far I have made 4 and have a few more to make for me and my sister in law.

I asked the girls to model them for me, and they quickly obliged.

Girls Slouchy

These two beautiful girls make me smile.  I can't believe how grown up they are.

Jasmine Slouchy

Since then, I have made a charcoal colored one for Jasmine, she wanted a black one but I don't have any black yarn so went with the closest to it.  It looks amazing, and I'll have to get her to model that one for me.

Tiffany Slouchy

Tiffany has also requested a green one, and that one is almost finished.  I started it this morning and need just 4 rows to finish it off.  I'm telling you, these are fast.

But I'll show you the others when they're done.  I am hoping to make a grey one like the one above, and a pink one and white for myself.

I wish I could stay and chat more, but I need to get the school stuff ready to go and I haven't had a chance to plan anything yet, as the school site was not loading this morning.

I hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday, sending you much love and blessings :)


Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - 09/15/2014

Morning my dear friends, I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week ahead.

Monday morning!  Can you believe it is Monday already?  I was sitting here this morning thinking that I still needed to go and see all of the HHM participants from the last one, and then it hit me that it is Monday again.  I actually woke up thinking it was Sunday LOL

What a disappointment when my husband reminded me of the day it was.  Oh well, let's make the best of it right?



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Usually just a cup of coffee and toast, but this morning, along with my huge cup of coffee, I am also having one of the homemade donuts.

Looking around the house::::
Jasmine is the only one still asleep.  My husband is up and finishing some homework on his computer before heading to classes for the day.  My Nicholas is sitting next to me on the couch, playing a game on his laptop.  I need to give the kitchen a good tidying, as well as the living room too, but otherwise, it is not too bad around here.

On today's to do list::::
Laundry.....technically I don't have any, since it's all been done, there are some clothes in the hamper and I think enough for a load, so I may throw that one in so it doesn't accumulate.
Cleaning.....Kitchen needs tidying and there are dishes to be done, living room needs picking up and I also need to vacuum it as Miss Lola is shedding, bedrooms need beds made and tidying up and vacuuming as well, bathrooms need the daily cleaning which consists of swishing some cleaner in the bowl and wiping down the counters.
Homeschooling.....prepare lessons this morning, boys have a Math test to do, girls have a Geometry portfolio that is due.
Crocheting.....finishing a slouchy hat.
Cooking....tuna salad for lunch, ribs with baked potatoes and salad for dinner.

Currently reading::::
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.

On the TV today::::
Portuguese Soaps - Beijo do Escorpiao, Mulheres
Not sure what else, we'll see what hubby wants to watch tonight

The weather outside is::::
It was 40 degrees this morning, it's actually starting to feel a little chilly in the early mornings and nights.  The rest of the week looks like it will be in the 80's.

On the menu this week::::
The menus for the new two weeks are comprised of very easy, very simple meals.  As I stated before our finances this month took a big hit with my husband's college, so my usual budget for food had to be dropped as well.

Monday
D:  Ribs, baked potatoes and salad
Tuesday
D: Maple Sausage Spaghetti
Wednesday
D:  Potatoes O'Brien with Smoked Sausage
Thursday
D:  Fettucine Alfredo
Friday
D:  Cheesy Garlic Pizza
Saturday
D: Seafood Subs for hubby, myself and Nicholas...Black Forest Ham Sub for Jasmine, chips
Sunday
D: Onion and Potato soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Watch my soaps live, finish my slouchy hat, visit blogs or watch something.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
I know a lot of you have asked about the German Pizza, but I still haven't gotten around to making it.  I may just find the recipe and post it for you all.  This week I have no new recipes to try.  I will be posting the French Bread Casserole this morning over on the food blog.

One of my simple pleasures::::
Reading about the pioneer days, how they lived their lives, what they did and especially how the homemakers went about their chores.

Favorite photo from the camera::::
Love these two :)


Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
Another week of no blog visiting.  Or rather, no new blog visiting, I did manage to get around to some of you and leave a quick comment but didn't get much done in the form of reading.  Hoping to get some minutes today to do that.   

Praying for::::
Continuing to pray for our financial situation.
Praying for my little Lola.


Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 


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