Good morning friends and welcome to another Happy Homemaker Monday.
I am so frustrated with myself, because I realize that lately all my blog content is my weekly HHM and a random book review here and there. It's certainly not what my intent was for my blog when I first started it, but unfortunately it's what has become. The frustration comes in from the fact that I know I could do better and if I shift my schedule around a bit, here and there, I can make it happen but alas, I haven't yet.
Anyway, my hope for the new year is that I can finally get on track. The more I work on my blog to book, the more I realize that after we left Arizona, since my husband's retirement, the less blog content I have. It's quite sad, but I can't do anything to change what has already been, so I can only try and change what is from now on. *sigh*
Sorry about the little venting, just needed to get that out. Let's crack on with our HHM.
Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Cup of coffee and two small sausage biscuits. I don't often have those but it really hit the spot this morning.
Right now I am::::
I just started a load of laundry, and I also turned on the TV to the Hallmark channel (of course). There's a Christmas movie playing in the background while I work on this post.
The weather outside::::
Intense fog this morning and supposedly lasting until around 11am. It's 30 degrees but feels so much colder out there. We're also quite excited as there seems to be some snow headed our way this weekend and the next. It would be truly amazing if we could have a White Christmas.
Looking around the house::::
It's all cozy and Christmasy. I love this time of year, truly.
On today's to do list::::
Cleaning.....Usual kitchen clean up involving dishes and dishwashers and such. I've been doing laundry so all my folded laundry is currently on my dining table, I need to move that and put it away. Want to do some quick dusting. I cleaned Nick's bedroom yesterday, from top to bottom, and I'm hoping to do the same with Jasmine's today.
Homeschooling.....We have but 3 days left of school before the Winter Break. Nick has some semester Exams to take so he'll be working on that.
Cooking....Yesterday I made some Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale soup). The kids and hubby were out watching the new Star Wars movie, so they filled up on snacks etc. I was the only one that had the soup but my husband loves it, and so he's popping home for lunch today so that he can enjoy a big bowl of Caldo Verde :)
This morning I'll be reviewing B.J. Daniels book "A Cowboy's Legacy" and tomorrow Moonlight Over Manhattan. I'm currently reading "Just Sit" which is a book all about meditation for a review in January....but for my personal reading pleasure, I'm reading Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon which is part of her Outlander series :)
On the TV today::::
So bummed out that Outlander is finished.
I'm starting Howard's End today.
Also, end of the month we have some really good period drama series coming up....Little Women and The Minituarist.
On the menu this week::::
Monday - Bacon Cheese Topped Chicken, Mashed Potatoes
Tuesday - Pepperoni Pizza Bake, Garlic Bread
Wednesday - Chicken strips with mushrooms and tomato sauce, Rice
Thursday - Beef and Potato Moussaka
Friday - Pasta Alfredo
Saturday - Flatbread Tacos with ranch sour cream
Sunday - Christmas Eve (Sausage Rolls, Fried Chicken Drumettes, Carne Vinha D'alhos [garlic pork bites], Vetkoek, Ham and Chourico Bread, Bolo Rei [King's bread], Chocolate pyramids, fruit cake, Tiramisu, Milk Tart, Cherry Cheese Coffee Cake, Rabanadas [Portuguese french toast], I think that's all but I may be missing something)
If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
The Christmas gift blanket is complete, you can see it below. I'm working on another one now for another gift.
Looking forward to this week::::
I've wrapped all the presents I had on hand, but I do have a few more orders coming in this week, so I'm looking forward to getting it all wrapped and under the tree.
Favorite photo from the camera::::
Sun rising a few days ago.
Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses::::
I am so incredibly thankful to God for bringing my daughter through this disappointment. Here's the funny thing, my daughter is completely changed, in a good way. We feel like we have our little Jasmine back again, it was unbelievable just how much she had become a different person while dating her ex. He was not good for her at all, and sometimes you don't see it until it's all over.
Though it broke her heart at first, the fact that she came to find out he was cheating on her all along, just made the light bulb go off in her head and she is so happy to be away from him. We haven't seen her this happy in years. Thank you Lord!!!
My mother in law had another scare. She was fighting breast cancer all of last year and finished her treatments just 2 or 3 months ago and was doing well. Unfortunately she had found another lump and again it turned out to be cancer, but thank God it is localized and not spread. She is starting radiation soon, so please if you could keep her in your prayers, we would really appreciate it.