Monday, July 27, 2009

# happy homemaker monday

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - July 27 }


The weather in my neck of the woods:
Still very hot and dry, we got some nice rain last week so I'm hoping for some more soon.

One of my simple pleasures:
Taking virtual tours, since we can't just pack up and get on a plane, there's nothing like sitting on the computer and taking the trip virtually, just like we did yesterday when we visited quite a few places in England.

On my bedside table:
Little Heathens - I'm really enjoying this one, it's the life of a family on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression

On my TV:
Love Finds a Home
Little House on the Prairie Season 2

On the menu for tonight:
Good ol' comfort food, Shepherd's Pie, veggies, homemade bread.

On my To Do List:
Iron and put away two loads of laundry
Clean the bathrooms
Change bed linens

New Recipe I tried last week:
Green Chili Stew. YUM.MY!

In the craft basket:
Loads of yarn but no project in sight. I want to find something to make, just gotta find a few minutes to go through some patterns and determine what I'll make.

Looking forward to:
Shopping this coming weekend. School starts in just two weeks so it's out for clothes and school supplies, a stop at Golden Corral and Sunday we're heading to the Pioneer Living Musem.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
I always make extra batches of pancakes or waffles, whatever is not eaten on the weekend, I put in ziploc bags or tupperware boxes and save for breakfast during the week. Just pop them in the toaster or microwave for a few seconds.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
Farm Chick Paula's *Summertime* post, it just made me smile.

Favorite photo from last week:

My homemade maple syrup. You have to try it for yourself, it's pretty darn good if I do say so myself.


Lesson learned the past few days:
It's not a new lesson but it's one I'm reminded of daily. Time flies, not just when you're having fun, but all the time, it just flies. There are not enough hours in the day to spend with my children, I keep looking at the calendar and seeing their school start date quickly approaching and I want to run outside and scream out "NOoooooooo, not yet, I'm not ready".

On my Prayer List:
**My brother Bruno, he is just getting over Pneumonia
**My grandmother Odete, she's still slowly getting back to normal after her stay in the hospital
**My grandmother Jacinta, she has osteoporosis and her poor spine is curved. It seems that she pulled something or did something to her ribs and has been in a lot of pain lately.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

The Greatness of small deeds

Seldom do we realize the importance of small deeds, or to what degree of greatness unnoticed kindness leads. - Helen Steiner

He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Job 6:14


  1. mmmmmmm shepherds pie !! i haven't made that in ages !!

  2. I am looking forward to trying out the syrup recipe. Have a great day!

  3. The syrup sounds great! Thanks for passing it on.

  4. THe book your reading....I thought it was about my boys until I seen it was wrote During the Great Deppression, LOL!

  5. I'm looking forward to making the syrup. Have fun at the museum!! I can't wait to see pictures and hear about your time. In 2 weeks we will be going to ours and meeting one of the stars from the Little House series. I do not know who yet! Have a great day.

  6. Hi Sandra! I just made extra pancakes yesterday to have this week for quick breakfasts. Great tip!

  7. You're life seems, well, just so nice. (except for living in Arizona...)

  8. Sandra,

    I love this idea of your posts! We learn so much about what has gone on during your week and what's on your plate for this one!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  9. Sorry you didn't get as far as Stratford-upon-Avon which is where I live. Well worth a visit. It's east of Gloucestershire in Warwickshire, and I agree, Stourhead is wonderful. Visited there on our 40th and 41st wedding anniversary.

  10. Sorry - this should have been on the previous day's post!

  11. Your dinner sounds great.
    Golden Corral is one of my favorite places to eat. I just wish there was one a bit closer to us.

    The picture of your syrup is lovely.

  12. Anonymous4:22 PM

    Hi - thanks for stopping by my blog, we are at Charleston AFB, SC....he is at Lackland for class. We were previously at Randolph, so I love San Antonio, but it's been a while since I was there. Can't wait to go visit!

  13. I love watching Little House On the Prairie and I also love reading the books. Thanks for hosting this event each week.


  14. I thought of you when I saw this article:

  15. I've enjoyed reading this post. Dinner sounds delicious! Will keep your family and extended family in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Lovely post. I enjoyed reading about the syrup and the photo is really pretty. Love the blue.
    I did stop and pray for your brother (love the name0 and your dear sweet grandma's. Thanks for giving us a chance to pray for each. Lifting up your families health.
    Many Blessings,
    Oh btw thanks for visiting. Run over to my other blog and enter this weeks gift away.

  17. I just read that Helen Keller quote this last weekend in a book I am reading.

    I guess God is just reminding me that small tasks carry potential.

  18. great pancake idea!

  19. That scripture from Job was posted JUST for ME! Thank you, I needed that reminder. God is so mysterious!

  20. Sandra, thnx for hosting Happy Homemaker Monday, I really enjoy finding these blog carnivals that have like minded folks posting on them--sort of addicting though- Im also in AZ (opposite end of the valley from you though as we are in Gold Canyon) Thanks for letting me join in-Jessie

  21. I am loving the virtual tours Sandra! I keep doing Happy Homemaker Monday - in fact some weeks it's all that I get to as far as blogging is concerned, and I keep forgetting to do the Mr. Linky (sorry) so I will just put my blog address up this week and people can work their way backward if they want to!


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