Monday, October 20, 2014

Last Roses....

Roses

I thought my rose bushes were done flowering, but this past week they seemed to have gotten a second wind and suddenly the wonderful aroma of roses permeated the air.

I decided to get a few last in my house, before they're done for the year.

Roses

They smell so amazing and they are just the most beautiful shades of pink, aren't they?

I've also been collecting their petals as they fall, and placing them in a small jar.

While I was out there, I snapped a few more pictures of Fall's colors. The tree right outside my kitchen window has now turned a gorgeous shade of red.

Autumn

Some green leaves hold on for dear life, I guess they're desperately holding on to summer, but I'm sure very soon they too will join the ranks of deep reds and oranges.

Autumn

Autumn

One thing I've noticed is how the neighborhood fruit trees have come alive too, and it makes me a little jealous that I don't have fruit trees in my yard too. I think when we buy a house, I will devote a section of the yard to fruit trees, imagine having your very own orchard right outside the back door?

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Apples and apples galore, my neighbor to the left has the tree brimming with them.

And the neighbor right behind us has a cherry tree, just look at how many are on that tree? Goodness. I wouldn't mind a cherry tree myself.

Autumn

It's amazing being outside right now, the temperatures are wonderful and the whole town is surrounded by these beautiful colored trees. No wonder I love Fall so much, and claim it to be my favorite season of all.

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Autumn

But Fall is not only about the trees for me.  I've been pulling out my crochet and knitting and trying very hard to get started on some Christmas projects.

And then there's Fall TV, with all the good shows starting.  I don't have Dish, just Netflix but we watch all of our shows online and never miss a single episode of anything.  I love the fact that most of these online sites post the new episodes within an hour of them airing.

So I thought I would tell you about the shows I'm currently enjoying, of course starting with the UK ones.

Downton Abbey, if you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I can't wait until January to watch it on PBS.  I use Hola Unblocker to watch live, and if I'm not home at the time it airs on Sunday afternoon, then I watch it online.

The Great Fire.  If you know about The Great Fire of London, then you'll want to watch this one.  There's only been one episode and I believe it is 4 episodes long, but the first was really good, I enjoyed it immensely.  If you want to watch the first episode online, you can do so through this link.

Grantchester, I'm not too sure about this one right now, I'm sort of on the fence?  But I'll continue watching because many times I start a series off thinking it's not good and within a few episodes I start loving it.

Doctor Who.  Ok, I totally take back what I first said about the new doctor being too old, or not thinking he would be good.  We're all actually enjoying him a lot.

For the shows in the States, I'm watching....

Haven
Supernatural
The Flash
Agents of Shield
Reign
Stalker
American Horror Story
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Adventures
Walking Dead
Ghost Asylum
The Affair
 Star Trek Enterprise (watching every night on Netflix with hubby)

Good grief, when put down on screen, it seems like I spend my life watching TV, and that is definitely not the case, I only wish I had time to sit down and watch all of these on a regular basis.

The good thing about watching online is that when I do get some time on the weekends, I just grab the laptop, open a few of these and watch one right after the other.

What are you enjoying at the moment?

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Happy Homemaker Monday - 10/20/2014

Good morning friends, how are you all doing today?

It's quite early here, but hubby and I have been up on and off the whole night as Miss Bella is not feeling very well. I just wish that it was Saturday morning and not Monday morning already. This weekend especially seems to have just zipped right on by.

Right, I have my cup of coffee and menu plan on hand, so let's get right on with our HHM for today.


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
For now just a cup of coffee to wake up. Here in about an hour I will have some oatmeal with some berries

Looking around the house::::
It is dark save for a few candles here and there. My house is actually clean and tidy and aside from dishes in the sink that need to be put in the washer, I don't have much to do.

On today's to do list::::

Laundry.....Have a load of towels in the washer right now, then need to switch those to the dryer and start a load of doggie blankets. Everything else was done this weekend.

Cleaning.....In the kitchen, I need to unload the dishwasher and load the dishes in the sink. Also need to sweep and mop the floors. In the living room, just need to vacuum the rug because the dogs are still shedding (ugh), also want to sweep and mop the wood floors. In the bedrooms I have to make the beds and tidy up a bit, also need to vacuum and carpet clean my bedroom. I did Jasmine's and Nic's yesterday. In the bathrooms, need to wash the tub in the upstairs bathroom and the toilets in both upstairs and downstairs.

Homeschooling.....prepare today's lessons. Look over the girl's lessons and see how they are doing. My Jasmine is going for her PSAT on Wednesday so we'll be doing a little preparing for that. Please tell me how in the heck I am sitting here waiting to take my little baby girl for her PSAT? Wasn't she just running around the other day preparing for Kindergarten?

Crocheting.....Made myself a slouchy hat and some ear warmers. Have another 3 ear warmers to make for my daughter, niece and sister in law. Also need to work on some boot cuffs and some infinity scarves for my niece and sister in law, for Christmas. Started another slouchy hat for me using up my leftover pink soft yarn that I used last year for my infinity scarf. I'll take a picture today and show you.

Cooking....Lunch will be Soup and sandwiches. Dinner is Chicken with Carrots and Tomato Sauce, rice and Salad.

Currently reading::::
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Finished the first book and have started the second.

On the TV today::::
-- Portuguese Soaps - Mulheres, Mar Salgado
-- Haven from last week
-- Downton Abbey from yesterday
-- Youtube Vlogs

The weather outside is::::
Not as chilly this morning, it is currently 55 degrees and the highest today will be 79, so definitely cooling down a lot. Also supposed to get some showers this week which I am always looking forward to.

On the menu this week::::

Monday
Chicken with Carrots and Tomato Sauce, Rice and Salad

Tuesday
Arroz de Polvo (Octopus Rice), Mixed Veggies

Wednesday
Wendy's Copykat Chili

Thursday
Gnocchi Bolognese

Friday
Homemade Hawaiian Pizza

Saturday
Lemon Pepper Fish Fillets, Tomato Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Sunday
Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Work on some crochet projects

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
Last week I tried a Pepperoni Pull Apart Garlic Knots, I will share the recipe sometime today on my food blog.

One of my simple pleasures::::
Watching mommy vloggers on Youtube

Favorite photo from the camera::::


Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
I really enjoy the blog A Little Bit Country :) 

Praying for::::
Family and friends

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment::::
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6-8

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Friday, October 17, 2014

A Day in the Life - Thursday

I know it is Friday, but I was supposed to get this Day in the Life post up yesterday and then got so busy with groceries and housework and other errands, that I just never got around to posting.

I'll have another one up later for today, but here is what my Thursday looked like.


Menu planning and grocery list writing, over breakfast.  I had done most of it the night before but had a few things left to finish off before going grocery shopping.

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Lunch, growing up I used to love cup a soups, especially the creamy chicken one, but I hadn't had any in years.  While grocery shopping I happened to see them on the shelf and decided to grab a box for my lunches. 

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Crocheting while sipping on my soup....made this quick slouchy hat to match my infinity scarf from last year.....and I still have some yarn left.  I just love this yarn and wish I could get more but haven't found it in a long time.
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Watering the plants, this is my chili pepper plant, it only yielded me two chilies last year but now it's filled with new ones coming in, so exciting.

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Flower had also turned brown and now it's blooming again. 

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Watching Autumn roll in.

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Evening light....I honestly think one of my favorite things about the holidays, are the holiday lights and the stunning bokeh they provide.

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I went grocery shopping first thing in the morning.  Usually I do all my shopping at the commissary which I find much cheaper than anywhere else, but between my husband's college classes and his work, we are left with one vehicle between us. (his truck needs new brake pads).

I had to wait until he was home so that I could take my car for shopping.  I got most of the groceries bought at Walmart, spent $160 but tomorrow morning I will head to the commissary for the meats and a few items that I couldn't find at Walmart.

All in all, not bad food budget wise for this month.

After returning home, I did the usual housework intermingled with some crochet, some homeschooling and computer work here and there.

At night we had Tae Kwon Do.  I can't believe how dark it gets already, we leave the house around 7:30pm and it's already pitch black outside and did I mention cold?  My word, it is so chilly in the mornings and nights now.

My husband actually turned on the heat this morning for a few minutes just to warm the house a tad bit, as it was freezing downstairs.  Yep, I think the cold weather is well on it's way.

The kids are all starting to come down with colds, right now the girls seem to be the ones feeling the worst with sore throats, headaches and just downright yucky feeling.  I don't feel too hot myself, but I've been drinking orange juice, hot tea with lemon and honey and have started some cold meds, hopefully I can kick it to the curb before it makes a full fledged appearance.

I have another full day today, so I better get on out of here and get the laundry switched to the dryer.  I would much rather be in bed, if I am being completely honest, but that is not going to happen....oh well!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PSAT testing!

Good morning friends, how are you all doing this beautiful Wednesday?

It is actually cloudy here and 55 degrees, we're supposed to get some showers this afternoon and I do hope they come down as I love a good rain shower.

I am currently sitting in Boise as Jasmine takes her PSAT's.  Her PSAT's, I can't believe she is doing this right now, I feel like just yesterday I was picking her up from Kindergarten.  Why does time fly so fast?

I tried to take a few photos with my tablet, so they're not the best quality, but just to show you where I am at the moment.  I have my Nicholas with me, we all had to be up at 6am this morning, and no one got good sleep last night so we're red eyed and tired and just ready to go home and relax.

It's not like I can even go for a drive anywhere, as I don't have my car.   It's Wednesday which means Curt has classes this morning, so he dropped us off at the testing site and headed to BSU, he'll come pick us up after his last class which will be only after 1pm.

Yes, it's going to be a very long day for the kids and I.

And did I mention that I'm tired?  So very very tired and a little on the cranky side, though you wouldn't know it if you crossed me this morning, as I have my smile plastered on my face.  I figure if I smile it will slowly chip away at the crankiness and maybe not make me focus on the exhaustion?  We'll see if that works.

Alright, let me show you real quick where I am at....

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See?  Not the best of quality, actually quite awful taken with the tablet, but it will do just to give you an idea.

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Thankfully this testing location is quite nice and has a few areas where we can sit and wait on the students.   I still remember 2 years ago back in Arizona when we went for the State testing and they had no place for the parents to wait, no wifi, no chairs, nothing.  It was quite horrible.

Anyway, Nicholas and I are hanging out here, on super comfy chairs, with our laptops.  I'm taking this time to catch up on emails and other computer work, and my Nic is working on his school lessons for today.  He is so tired, he has nodded off on the chair a couple times, poor thing.

We still have about a hour to a hour and a half left of testing, and I wouldn't be surprised if I fell asleep here shortly hahahah

Right, now that I have that out of the way, I thought I would show you my pictures of the Halloween decorations we put up, I thought I had taken pictures of everything but I didn't.  I have no clue why, but here are a few, and some other random pics thrown in from my day to day.

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Jasmine decorated this bush, and I know I'm a horrible mother but when she happily shouted out "Mom, please take a picture of my bush", I started laughing, and may have snorted a bit.  She didn't find it too funny cause all I got was a "WOW mom, really?"  LOL

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My trusty bats have come out again.  I don't know what it is about these, I think they're such a simple decoration but so cute for Halloween.  I need to cut more out because I want to place them all around the living room walls.

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This cutey underneath holds my candy corn and other Halloween Candy.  I think it's adorable.  I found it a thrift store, I think it was actually Goodwill back in Arizona, and he was only $2 so I couldn't leave him behind.

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See, not many decorations, I really must take photos of everything else, I'll probably do that later tonight.

Saturday we went by the farmer's market, they are going to be shutting down for the year very soon, so I wanted to go one last time, and I lucked out as the sweet Mennonite lady was selling some beautiful beets.

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Aren't they gorgeous?  And they were only $1.

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Funny thing is that when I was growing up, I hated Beets, I always used to think they tasted like dirt.  My stepmother on the other hand, loved them and would try to serve it to us many times, but we would turn our noses up.

As I've gotten older I've started liking them, and I would say probably the last 2 years I've suddenly grown to love them, I mean I could eat them all day long and even snack on them during the day.

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I boiled them, cut them up and pickled them.  Yum!

The greens and stalks, I fried up with bacon and garlic, little bit of olive oil.  It is so delicious.

So there you go, a few Halloween pictures and some other random, like this one of the Fire Hydrant....I don't know why other than the fact that I think it's pretty?

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Right, back to waiting for Miss Jasmine to be done with her PSAT testing, and hoping that time flies so my husband can come pick us up and we can head home. I am so ready for a nap at this point.

See you all tomorrow, hope you have a fantastic rest of Wednesday!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - 10/13/2014

Good morning everyone, hope you're starting your day well.

This weekend absolutely flew by, usually I say that time flies, but goodness, I swear it was just Friday morning a few minutes ago, and now here we are, again.  Oh well, let's make the best of it shall we?

I didn't make it to all the participants last week, as you recall I had a lot going on, my head just wasn't in the right place and so I came in, posted my HHM and never really had a chance to return.

Today, however, I will be coming around to say hi :)


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Cup of coffee and two slices of toasted sweet bread with apple butter.  

Looking around the house::::

We put up our Halloween decorations and I have a few boxes laying around that need to be moved back into the garage.  The house needs the usual Monday tidying and cleaning.  Why is it that it always seems that a huge tornado swept through the house on the weekends?  Goodness!

On today's to do list::::
Laundry.....Have one in the dryer that I need to check on.  I washed a load last night and put it in the dryer, but sometimes when I go to get it in the morning, it is still not completely dry.  Need to check on that one, and throw in my son's comforter in the washer.  Otherwise, all the laundry is done.  
Cleaning.....In the kitchen, I need to unload the dishwasher and load the dishes in the sink.  There is stuff all over my Peninsula that needs to be put away, my family seems to think it's a catch all and everything gets thrown on there.  Also need to sweep and mop.  In the living room, I have to tidy it up, need to vacuum the couches because Miss Lola is shedding, and also need to vacuum the rug and sweep the wood floors.  In the bedrooms there are beds to be made, and some tidying up to do as well. 
Homeschooling.....prepare today's lessons. Look over the girl's lessons and see how they are doing.  My Jasmine is going for her PSAT on Wednesday so we'll be doing a little preparing for that.  Please tell me how in the heck I am sitting here waiting to take my little baby girl for her PSAT?  Wasn't she just running around the other day preparing for Kindergarten?
Crocheting.....Made myself a slouchy hat and some ear warmers.  Have another 3 ear warmers to make for my daughter, niece and sister in law.  Also need to work on some boot cuffs and some infinity scarves for my niece and sister in law, for Christmas.  Started another slouchy hat for me using up my leftover pink soft yarn that I used last year for my infinity scarf.  I'll take a picture today and show you.  
Cooking....Lunch will be Tuna Salad, as requested by the kids.  Dinner is Fried Chicken with Milk gravy and Mashed Potatoes.     

Currently reading::::
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.  I absolutely love these books, they are truly addictive and I find myself carrying the Kindle with me everywhere I go.

On the TV today::::
--  Portuguese Soaps - Mulheres, Mar Salgado
-- Stalker (started it and then didn't finish but it looks very good, have two episodes to watch)
-- Anything else I haven't caught up on
-- Grantchester

The weather outside is::::
Cold....oh my, it is really chilly in the mornings now.  The trees are all losing their leaves, they've pretty much all changed color already and I think we are headed for a very cold winter.  Don't know why, but that is what I am feeling.  

On the menu this week::::
Working on the new menu plan today, so only have tonight's meal planned. 

Monday

Fried Chicken with Milk Gravy and Mashed Potatoes


Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday


Saturday

Sunday

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Work on my crochet hat and ear warmers.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
Last week I tried a new burger recipe for Spinach Turkey Burgers.  They were so good.  Go on over to the food blog and check out the recipe.  

One of my simple pleasures::::
Decorating for the holidays.

Favorite photo from the camera::::

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Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
I absolutely loved this post from Just Pootling.  It inspired me to make an Autumn Garland for myself and I can't wait to get in there and try.  Check out Autumn Garland

Praying for::::
My parents
Myself
My husband, he is struggling with his degree at the moment, he is working on a Bachelors in Science and Physics and it is just kicking his behind.

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




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Saturday, October 11, 2014

It's a Bug's Life!!!

Autumn

It's that time of the year folks.  You know the one where the minute Fall starts arriving, thousands of little bugs are flying around?

There are so many, you can't even step outside without being surrounded by them.  Tiny little specks in the air, flitting around the trees and the house.

Autumn

I am not a bug person, they give me the heebie jeebies.  *shudder*

But, even I can admit that it does look kinda cool, especially when they are showered in sunlight. I seem to notice them more when the sun starts setting, because then it literally looks like the sky is filled with them, flying back and forth between the trees and the house.

Autumn

I want so bad to photograph them, but it's not easy to do. In the photo above you can see some of them,they are the tiny flickers of light right above the fence line and by the trees.  It does make for some pretty photos doesn't it?

As annoying as they are, I still wouldn't change it for anything in this world, not when their arrival is on the heels of the beautiful change of seasons.

Autumn

How gorgeous is the tree above?  It is almost like it's bathed in gold, right?

Ladybugs are all over the place too, and I have found quite a few in my house already.  I know these bugs are all looking for a warm place for winter, but if possible, I would rather they find a log or something outside and not share my space with me.

The ladybugs wouldn't be so bad, but the stink bugs is a big no no.

I am finding them hiding in my blinds, my living room curtains and climbing up the walls of the house outside.  BLECH!!

So tell me, how is Fall coming along in your neck of the woods, do you also have the Fall bugs all around?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn preparations

Autumn is fully under way here in our household.

As soon as October comes around, I am filled with renewed energy and suddenly it all becomes a flurry of activity as I go about getting my Autumn on, and preparing for the cold months ahead.

One thing that I've noticed the past few days, is the increasing sneezing and sniffles that seem to rotate between all the kids, and myself.  In preparation for the incoming cold and flu season, I got my Honey, Ginger and Lemon concoction made and in the fridge.

Honey, Ginger and Lemon

We absolutely love this stuff and all winter long, I keep a jar in the fridge. It is delicious with hot tea, and when needed even by itself, taken as a teaspoon.

It's super easy to make, if you would like to try for yourself, check out my Winter Preparation post.

Yesterday I made the Apple Butter, which by the way, is divine.  Today I made some applesauce for my daughter and then being inspired by some of you out there in blogland, I kept the peels and cores for some Apple Jelly.

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I used red apples and the jelly turned out this gorgeous pink color.

Apple Jelly

Isn't it beautiful?

Speaking of beautiful, did you see the gorgeous moon last night? It was so incredibly big in the sky, and a gorgeous orange. I just wish the camera would do it justice.

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Kristina mentioned the Lunar Eclipse, and I'm bummed out to have missed it. I would have really enjoyed seeing it. Oh well, another time.

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Now, are you ready to see what I did this morning?

I love decorating for the seasons but I don't always have money to spend on decorations, so over the years of being married, I have learned to make do with what I have around me. Sometimes the best decorations are right out in your yard.

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I stepped out into the backyard and gathered up what nature had to offer, and it had quite a bit for me.

Back inside, I gathered it all and plopped it on my kitchen table. I just love how the brilliant Fall colors look against my white table.

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For some of you they may just look like a pile of leaves, but to me, I see potential, lots of decorating potential.

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I grabbed some of my glass vases and got to work, I arranged and rearranged and played around with what I had until I was happy with the result.

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*sigh* just gorgeous, such beautiful colors.

But anyway, let me show you what I did....this is my kitchen table.

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My kitchen peninsula...

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My living room ottoman....

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My video cabinets...

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Even put some Fall foliage behind my mittens and hats basket...

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I'm super happy with my decor, it's simple, it's definitely Autumn inspired and I didn't have to spend a single cent. Now that can't be beat.

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And to finish off, I just wanted to show you my beautiful daughter. I can't believe how grown up she is, already 15 years old.

We picked up her new glasses last night, my poor child was so excited with the new prescription, she kept saying she could see everything now. LOL

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When did she get so big? My word.

I hope you found some inspiration for your own homes, if anything I hope I have given you some ideas on how to decorate using what you have at hand. If you do, please post some pictures and let me know, I would love to come take a look. :)