Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday - 07/20/2015

Good morning everyone.

I was about to start my Happy Homemaker Monday post and was thinking about my blog and how far I've come.  I've reached a decision, and that is that I will NOT stop posting.  I can't, this blog is a part of my life and has been since February of 2006.  You can check out my very first post right here.

So what am I going to do, well simply take all of your advices and post when I can, not pressuring myself to write something if I'm not up to it.  Who knows, maybe making this decision will actually prompt me to post more.

All it really took was reading your comments, knowing how much you enjoy my blog, and going back and reading my own blog which always seems to remind me just how much I love this little space of mine.  Thank you all so much for the comments and for always knowing just what to say.

Right, moving on to our Happy Homemaker Monday for today, I've decided to do something different, I went back to my very first HHM post and copied the categories, adding them to the ones I already have.  I guess you're getting a mixed bag this morning and hope you enjoy it.
 You can also go and read it yourself if you like, if you're curious about what started this Monday feature back in 2009.  Goodness it's been going on for so many years :)

On the weather front:
We're hitting the triple digits now, by 3pm we're supposed to get up to 107. For some that may seem crazy, but for me having lived in Arizona for so many years, it is nothing. Bring it on......oh but don't bring on the humidity, keep that far far away.

On my bedside table:
A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd
An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
The Ones we Trust by Kimberly Belle

On my TV:
Portuguese soaps
Wolf Hall

On the menu for tonight:
Brown Sugar Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

On the menu for this week:

Monday - Brown Sugar Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
Tuesday - Sausage and Potatoes
Wednesday - Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken, Baby carrots, Salad
Thursday - Cheesesteaks, Fries
Friday - Chicken Curry
Saturday - In Dallas for the day
Sunday - Bacon and Cheddar Burgers, Fries

On my To Do List:
Mopping and Vacuuming
Wash bed linens

New Recipe I tried last week:
Last night I made Fried Ravioli which I hadn't tried yet.  It was a huge hit with Curt and the kids so I'll share the recipe today.

In the craft basket:
Ripple Pillow
Foam Armor for Jasmine's cosplay (speaking of which, would you be interested in a post about it?)

Looking forward to:
Dallas this coming weekend.  We are surprising Jasmine with a concert to her favorite band Fall Out Boy, also trying to get her boyfriend to go and meet her there. 

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Whip up tasty maple butter in no time...yummy on pancakes or French Toast. Just combine 1/2 cup butter with 3/4 cup maple syrup.

Favorite photo from last week:


Lesson learned the past few days:
Not to give up on people, no matter how much we may want to.  There are people in my life who don't put in as much effort as I do, either because they're busy, or stressed or just don't believe in staying in touch the way I do.  My first instinct is to get frustrated and think "well I'm done with you", but then I realize that is not who I am and not who I like being.  So the I guess the lesson I've learned is to stay true to myself and who I am.  I check in on them every few days, with a simple hello, how are you, thinking of you, you're awesome etc.  It always seems to make their day and I feel better for it :)

On my Prayer List:
Families of the Marines and Navy member killed a few days ago.
Our country, it is starting to seriously worry me and I pray that God place His hands over it and watch over us all, it's quite scary the way things are going.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:


  1. Can't wait to go back and read your first one. So very thankful you decided to keep going! Have a great week.

  2. I am glad that you have decided to keep going. Your thought is very true too. xx

  3. Remember how much I used to post? Now only once or twice mostly , more if I can. I just am not able to be as active as I once was. When we can get a better vehicle, I will be able to get us out and about more. I say that to say this, post when you can and as much as you want but don't force it. I would miss you were you to leave again!

  4. Happy MOnday sweet Lady!
    I just love your blog and have followed it for years (before I ever started blogging) and you truly are the one that inspired me to blog myself. So thanks again for that. ;) I'm so happy you plan to keep it up.

    I would love to hear about Jasmine's costume! And what fun folks you are treating her to such a surprise. That's awesome and I bet she'll just LOVE it!!

    I'm with you about praying for our military folks. So much volatility and it is so scary. I do believe in the power of prayer!!!

    Have a wonderful week ahead my dear. xoxo

  5. I like that you're recognizing your growth and staying true to your yourself. That really is all you can do. I remember back to when we first started blogging and all the "daily" challenges for memes and staying in touch. It became almost a drag to keep up. I had issues when I decided I needed to back off a bit and just do the posts that made me happy. That's why I LOVE HHM so much. It's like a weekly wrap up and challenge for the week ahead too.

    I'm with you too on your prayer list - this world is becoming such a scary place, but our prayers will be heard. Have a wonderful week.

  6. I love your blog and don't ever want anything to feel forced with you. Only blog what and when you feel like it. We love it all. I do want to see a blog post about Jasmine's costume though. I can't wait to see the finished product. You are such an amazing woman, wife, and mother.

  7. Staying true to yourself can be a challenge sometimes but you are doing great! Love your blog and posts.

    Renee My HHM

  8. That photo...gorgeous colors! A little muted, but complementary colors. Love it! And now I'm hungry! LOL A great menu!


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