Monday, September 23, 2019

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 09/23/2019 }

Good morning everyone, welcome back to my little corner in blogland.

I hope you've all had a fantastic weekend.  Mine was great because I did absolutely nothing.  I chose to stay home, not go anywhere, not do anything and aside from laundry and cooking, I lay in bed, caught up on my shows, read a ton and just relaxed.

I apologize for being absent from my blog, pretty much all of last week, but it was just really busy.  I was back and forth to the doctors, appointments, blood tests, bone density scans and endless hours spent at the pharmacy waiting for meds.  Driving the girl back and forth to work, homeschooling and trying to keep the house running.  Crazy busy but it was all done.

I have another busy week ahead of me but I am going to make sure I take photos, and put up a few posts throughout the next few days.

Right, with that out of the way, let's get going and take a quick look at what our weeks look like, ahead.

The Weather:::
The past few days we have been blessed with rain, and I've soaked it all in just like the earth does.  It's finally knocked our temperatures down a bit although we still get pretty hot days, but nothing like it was before.  Fall may actually be arriving in our neighborhood. 

Monday - Scattered Thunderstorms,85
Tuesday - AM Thunderstorms,89
Wednesday - Partly cloudy, 93
Thursday - Partly cloudy, 91
Friday - Mostly sunny, 93
Saturday - AM Thunderstorms,89
Sunday - Isolated Thunderstorms, 89

On my reading pile:::
I am currently reading One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow and oh my goodness, I can't put it down.  However, I need to put it just a little because I started reading it while I waited for my next review book to come in, and now that it has, I need to get through it because it needs reviewing BEFORE this one.

So, the new book I am picking up today is called A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombe. 

On my tv:::
Youtube homemaking vlogs
Cold Case Files
Star Trek:  The Next Generation
When Hope Calls

On the menu for this week:::
I am going to be in and out of the house this week, and a few of those times will be right when I'm supposed to be fixing dinner.  With that in mind, I always try to organize my meals so that I can get dinner on the table pretty quick.  I will be doing a blog post on how I get organized with meals on those specific days.   

Monday -  Slow Cooker Ravioli Casserole
Tuesday -  Sour Cream Taco Bake, Salad
Wednesday -  Chicken in Cream Sauce, Garlic Mash, Fried Okra
Thursday - Durotar Warrior's Pie (Hearthstone inspired dinner, picked by the kids)
Friday - Ham Steaks, Scalloped Potatoes, Salad
Saturday -  Ogri'la Chicken Fingers, Onion Rings (World of Warcraft inspired dinner, picked by the kids)
Sunday  - Leftovers

On my to do list:::
Change bed linens
Carpet Clean
Pharmacy on Wednesday to pick up Calcium supplements
Usual every day homemaking chores, cooking and cleaning.

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
I am not doing anything creative at the moment, I may actually remove this category from my list next week, at least for the moment because I haven't had time for anything. 

Looking around the house:::
It is so dark, not only because the days are taking longer for the sun to rise but it's been raining this morning too.  The house is not in a bad shape, aside from the usual tidying up after the weekend.
I need to open all the curtains and actually pop open a few windows to let in some fresh air.

From the camera:::
One of the things I most like about Fall season, is the candle light all over the house.  I do light candles during summer, but not very often, I tend to leave that for Fall and Winter. 


On my prayer list:::
♥ My mother in law Pat and her battle with cancer
♥ My husband as he goes through all the VA doctor appointments

Bible verse, Devotional:::
Remember what God has invited you into, is better than what is behind you. - Pastor Steven Furtick

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

{ Day of rest, a Netflix show and more doctor appointments }

Good evening everyone, come on in and sit a bit with me.  I have coffee and tea and a slice of this delicious Portuguese Milk and Cinnamon Tart. (recipe on the food blog, if you're interested).

Tarte de Leite e Canela

So, news.

Monday, September 16, 2019

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 09/16/2019 }

I have a lot that I want to get done this week ahead, some painting, some crafts and I'm pulling out my Fall decorations, whether the weather is ready to cooperate or not.  I'm done with the heat.

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and wish you a blessed week ahead.

Let's see what we have happening around blogland.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

{ A new noodle board }

 Previous noodle board back in 2010

Years ago, I had my husband build me a noodle board, if you don't know what that is, it is most commonly referred to as a stove cover.

I've always been into the country/primitive/farmhouse look and though my house doesn't completely reflect that yet, I do try to incorporate pieces here and there.

When we were stationed in Arizona, I asked my husband to please build me a noodle board, and he obliged, because he loves me and because he loves woodworking.  We both wish he had more time to devote to it, but with his work schedule it is not always possible.  Well that and the cost of the lumber, which is not as cheap as it used to be, back in the day.

Friday, September 13, 2019

{ First real Fall like day and current favorites }


Was awakened at 4am with the sound of thunder and bright lightning flashing through the windows.  A few seconds later the rain started coming down, the temperatures plummeted and the whole house remained dark until almost 8am.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

{ Grandpa Julio's Simple Vanilla Cake }

Grandpa Julio was my dad's father.  He was this amazing man with a killer sense of humor and full of stories to tell.

He used to love singing us random little tunes that he had no doubt learned from his own parents.  It never dawned on me why he knew so many Brazilian songs, and it wasn't until I was old enough to realize and know that his father and his father's parents and ancestors, were all from Brazil.

He was the fun grandpa, we would go to the coast on vacation and would watch him swimming in the ocean, he was like a fish, in and out, gracefully swimming, but also coming to stand by us and holding us tight when a big wave would threaten to go over our heads.  We don't swim, our parents don't know how to swim, and my brothers and I don't either.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

{ The cake my grandfather used to make }


It's a little after 6pm.  I've set the house to bed, dishes have been loaded and the swooshing of the machine reverberates through the kitchen.

I turned on a lamp in the den area because the days are starting to get shorter and darker, earlier in the day.

I've had my shower, used my favorite Cath Kidston Bath Wash and have slid into bed, squeaky clean, bangs clipped back, laptop comfortably propped on my lap, and a crime documentary playing on the TV.

A big sigh emanates from within and as it exhales so does the weariness of a busy homemaking day.

My day started around 4:12am.  I woke up to go to the bathroom and then sleep decided that I had enough.  I tossed and turned, all the while keeping my eye on the clock as I knew that the alarm would be going on at 6.

Monday, September 09, 2019

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 09/09/2019 }

Hi friends, good morning :)

Come on in and have a cup of coffee with me before we get going with our Happy Homemaker Monday for today.

I had a pretty good weekend, just feel like it flew right by and when the alarm went off at 6Am this morning, I was definitely not ready to get up.

I have a lot that I want to get done this week ahead, some painting, some crafts and I'm pulling out my Fall decorations, whether the weather is ready to cooperate or not.  I'm done with the heat.

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and wish you a blessed week ahead.

Let's see what we have happening around blogland.

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Thursday, September 05, 2019

Pupcakes for the birthday boy!


When I lost my little Lola, I was completely and utterly devastated.  People will often say that an animal is just an animal, you shouldn't feel about them the same way you do about people, but I can't help it, but pets have always been my babies and when one of them passes away, it leaves a hole in my heart.

If you've followed my blog from way back in the day, you know how much Lola meant to me, so losing her was heartbreaking and I didn't think I could ever have room for another dog.

That changed when I started feeling the want for another dog to love, and even though no pet will ever take that special place Lola holds in my heart, I wasn't prepared for how much I would love Marley.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

{ Tuesday - September 3, 2019 }

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” - 1 Peter 5:5

:::: first thing this morning, devotionals from my Grace for Each Day. 


:::: cup of coffee and an apple pastry for breakfast


:::: the first Fall candle has been lit, it smells divine


::::  my Jasmine is always bringing home little gifts for me, or her dad, or brother.  This weekend, when the family was visiting, she went out with our cousin for a little shopping.  She came back home with this for me.  I can't wait to get it out, it smells so good.


:::: finishing off the laundry, and putting it all away.  This is Nick's, he has one of those cubicle shelves with baskets, he prefers his clothes this way instead of in a dresser.


:::: mid afternoon treat, a chocolate chip cookie and a sugar cookie baked by Curt's aunt


:::: little bits of fall are popping in around the house


::::  Curt messaged me to say not to make dinner as he had subs from Firehouse subs for dinner.  They had a function at work and had a ton of leftovers, which he was able to bring home.  They are so good.

Monday, September 02, 2019

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 09/02/2019 }

Good morning everyone, and welcome to September.  How are we here already?

I hope you've all been having a wonderful Labor Day weekend, mine has been pretty good, but I think today is the first day I am actually planning on sitting for a bit, reading, having some coffee and taking it easy.

I want to start by apologizing for this post going up so late, but I just sent my daughter off to work with hubby.  He has the day off but needs to pick up a coworker from the airport so he is taking the girl to work and heading straight there.

Now that they are out the door, I can concentrate on getting this post up and then getting on with my day.

Anyway, let's get going with our Happy Homemaker Monday, thank you again for all the participants that drop by every single Monday to help me continue this feature.  I surely appreciate it!

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Sunday, September 01, 2019

{ The past few days }


I am sitting on the bed, laptop on my lap, a random video on Youtube, curtains opened wide and the sound of wind chimes wafting in through the open window.

It's the first time I'm sitting down to relax, in oh....days.  I haven't even caught up on my vlogs, haven't watched any TV shows and feel like I am all discombobulated and out of whack.

As I was sitting replying to emails, it hit me that it had been days since I had put up a post, and that I needed to get on it.

Then a thought crossed my mind, why bother?

Why bother to put up a post, why bother to update the blog, why bother?

Does it really matter if I update or should I just let it go and do whatever, whenever.  The thing is, though that thought popped up for a split second, the answer popped up even faster than that.

Because it is my journal and I want to keep recording our lives and what we do, so that one day in the future my children will have a place to come and read about their childhood, places we lived, things we did .

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

{ The Beginner's Guide to Winning an Election by Michael R. French - TLC Book Tour }

About The Beginner’s Guide to Winning an Election

Paperback: 272 Pages
November 25, 2018

Brit Kitridge’s plan was just to get her high school diploma and head to college and med school, but nobody can escape from fate, or is it history? The Beginner’s Guide To Winning an Election reveals our main character’s love for history, and after a summer reading books that fuel her passion for politics, Brit decides to join TM (Team Mathew), a fourteen-member group that has helped Mathew Boltanski win every election he’s ever entered. Now he’s going for the big one—student body president.

By orchestrating brilliant campaigns one after the other, TM has made Matthew a national young star and promising politician who could even run for higher office in Washington. When Brit is accused of sabotaging the team, she realizes that Hawthorn High has its secrets, and someone needs to shed some light on them. The story is set in a world six years ahead of our time. Security is a constant issue.

Politics isn’t black-and-white, it’s not even gray anymore. Inflation is out of control and the educational system is in crisis. But what happens when you find out what’s really going on? What do you do with secrets no one but you wants to hold up to the light?

Monday, August 26, 2019

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 08/26/2019 }

Good morning everyone, hope you've had a blessed weekend.

I'm sorry this post is going up a little later than usual, but I've just been busy with bills and schooling and am only now getting a chance to come an get this up for you all.

Let's get right on with it.

Oh before I get going, I want to once again ask you NOT to leave links down below that are not relating to our Happy Homemaker Monday.  I have been having to remove links every week, to other blog posts that are not part of our Monday feature.  Please be respectful of my request, it is a pain to have to go in every Monday and manually delete these links.   Thanks :) 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

{ A quick trip to Lawton and a cake for Sunday }


Hubby and I took a short trip to Lawton, to help my mother in law with moving some items from her home, into storage.  She is trying to sell the house they have up there.

I always enjoy driving across Oklahoma and seeing the beautiful land, the cows, the sky and the old buildings teetering on old beams, barely hanging on.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

{ Ancestry DNA - The Beginning }

Oh my friends, I am so beyond excited to start this journey.  Before I do though, let me just tell you that I am in NO way affiliated to or sponsored by  I wouldn't turn down some kind of partnership, of course, but this post is my own and in no way an advert.

I've been into genealogy for a very long time, years and years and years.  That curiosity peaked when I first watched an episode of Who do You think You are?  around the time it first came out.  I love watching it and find it absolutely fascinating following the different individual journeys through different countries and eras, right back to their ancestors.  I wish I could do the same, it would be the best thing ever if I was able to not only retrace my ancestor's steps, but actually go to the physical places they once lived, worked, and eventually passed.

But I can't, cause you know, I'm not famous, and I don't have money to travel all over the world LOL

The next closest thing is to just do what is available to me, online and try to go back as far as I can.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

{ Finally rain and a diagnosis at the doctor }

We have just had the most glorious of rain showers. 

Aahhh there is nothing quite like it, especially when you've been dealing with horrible heat and triple digits that just won't budge.  The first thunder boomed out and I must have looked like a crazy woman with a huge smile on my face.

It didn't last very long, about 30 minutes, but it cooled things down and the plants in the garden certainly welcomed the water.

I've had a bit of a busy day, an appointment, and a few hours homeschooling with Nick.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

{ Soapberries aka Soap Nuts - What they are and how to use them }


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned my soapberry tree, and how I had started harvesting the berries and using them for laundry soap.

I first noticed these berries on the tree, about 2 years ago but I had no idea what they were, or if they were edible or usable for anything at all.  I kind of forgot about them, and then the beginning of this year I again thought about the big tree in my back yard, and all those questions came flooding back.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

{ What makes a house a home }


a building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people.


We all have houses we live in, and that can be an actual house or an apartment, but there is a huge difference between a house and a home, at least in my eyes.

I follow a ton of accounts on Instagram, mainly homemaking and such because I love seeing like minded women going about their days, and sharing their lives, just like I do.

Monday, August 19, 2019

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 08/19/2019 }

EDIT:  Oh my goodness, I am SO sorry, I completely forgot to put the link up.  It is up now, thank you all for reminding me LOL

Good morning ladies, and a very Happy Monday to you all.

How was your weekend?

I had a pretty good one, didn't do much which is always nice since we tend to work through our weekends like they're weekdays.  Sometimes your body needs a rest and thankfully that is what we got.

Yesterday afternoon, the hubby, myself and our daughter, headed to our local Antique stores.  Unfortunately they were all closed, except for one, and we had a nice browse around it.  I LOVE antique stores, honestly I could live in them LOL

I ended up just picking up two books, a cookbook and an old book to add to my collection of old books, you know how much I love those.

Anyway, it is Monday, I actually am home all day today and very much looking forward to it.  I have a pretty easy week, my girl is not working many days which is a nice break from the constant driving back and forth.  I do have my annual breast exam and smear test, on Thursday morning.  It's been 5 years since my last smear so I'm up for one again, but then it will be another 5 years after that.

It's not an exam I look forward to, much like the mammogram, but it is a necessity and I encourage you all to go.  If you haven't been for either of these tests, please, please book yours now.  It is so important to do.

Ok, enough babbling, I always tend to ramble on these hahahah

Let's see what we all have coming up in our Happy Homemaker Monday

Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep - TLC Book Tour

About Protect the Prince

• Paperback: 448 pages
• Publisher: Harper Voyager (July 2, 2019)

Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep.
Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.
First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.
Dark forces are also at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, her immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes Evie wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s … well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…

Friday, August 16, 2019

Meal Plan Friday #10

Good morning everyone, and a very happy Friday to you all :)

It's that time again, meal planning day, so let me show you what is on the menu for the upcoming week.

This past week I managed to stay on track.  I did change up on meal, I ended up not making the breaded pork chops last night, I was not feeling well at all and needed something quick, so made the Chourico Carbonara instead. It was delicious.  I don't have a recipe for it, I basically fried up some onions with garlic, olive oil and half of a green bell pepper.

I then sliced up some chourizo and popped that in.  Cooked it until it was done, then added a small can of Media Crema (cream), some parsley and cilantro and seasoned it with salt and pepper.  Mixed it all up with some noodles and popped it in the oven topped with some cheese.  Easy peasy and usually one of the family's favorite meals.
Hey guys welcome back to my blog.

I have a few Portuguese recipes this week, I've really been missing the food I grew up on, and so it's time to get a few served up.  The theme will more than likely continue on through next two weeks as well, but we will see how that goes.

As always you can check out the food blog, there are a ton of recipes on there that I'm sure you will enjoy.

I made the brownies a few days ago, they were delicious, and I'll try to get the recipe up either today or tomorrow, whenever I get a chance.  For desserts next week, I'll be whipping up a simple Portuguese pudding of sorts made with Maria Biscuits and condensed milk.  I'll share when I make it :) 




FRANGO COM CHOURICO NO TACHO (Chicken and Chourico Bake)

CROQUETES DE ATUM (Tuna Croquetes)

BIFE A CERVEJARIA (Steaks Brewery Style) with homemade chips


Doce da Casa (Biscuit Coffee Pudding)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

{ Digging a little deeper into my ancestors }

Great grandfather Jacinto and great grandmother Maria da Nazare

I'm the kind of person that walks into an old building and wonders, who was there before me, did they walk these same floors, did they touch these same walls, who were they, what did they do?

I'm completely intrigued by my past and my ancestors and I would like nothing more than to find out everything I can, and go as far back as I possibly can go.  This genealogy thing is not easy, you hit a lot of walls, you win some and you lose some, but when you actually hit on something, the surge of energy and excitement that flows throw you is like nothing else.

Woke up this morning, sent hubby off to work and then lay back down and let my mind just wander.  I have so many questions and not enough answers, and knowing the person I am, I won't rest until I feel that I've exhausted every single tip and hint and have gone as far back as I can.

I got up soon after, got the house taken care of and got right to work.

My stepmother had sent me some information she was able to dig up.

Ok.....before I proceed, let me take a second to explain my crazy family dynamics.  I have talked about it before here on the blog, a very long time ago, but I don't talk about it too much because it's not exactly something that I think everyone understands.  It's one of those things that worked for us as a family but may be looked down on on weirdly upon by others.

I am in no way ashamed of my family, I have been blessed with wonderful role models and had a great childhood, but it's just something that is a little strange to try and explain to strangers.

Right, you ready???

When I was two my mother and father divorced.  After a year or two, my father married my mother's sister, my aunt.  She became our stepmother, raised us, loved us as her own and to this day is the woman I consider my mother.

My mother is still alive, but I have minimal if any contact with her.  It's sad, but it is what it is.  She was never a loving and caring person and she makes no effort at all to contact me or my two brothers or her grandchildren.  It's sad but it's something I've grown used to and it really doesn't bother me anymore.

Now that you are caught up, my stepmother (aunt), has worked for the Portuguese Consulate in South Africa, for well over 30 years.  She is the person to go to for anything to do with the registering of births or deaths or marriages and so on.  She has access to all of this, including the ones in Portugal where most of my family is from.

THAT is why she has given me more information and has been helping me look up names, people, dates and places.

I don't know a lot about the family on both my dad and my mom/stepmom's side.  I know some stories that we were told and a name here and there, but details?  None!

It's frustrating to say the least.

But as we have started digging into our relatives, I have been quite surprised by what I'm finding out.  I know for sure that we have roots in Portugal, Mozambique, Spain, Asia, Madeira and France. 

Great grandfather Jacinto - Born 1892 and died 1955

The Asian roots come from his side, somewhere down the line and I would LOVE to find out where and how.

This morning I actually came across his church baptism registry.  It named his father and mother and had their profession as newspaper sellers or distributors.  I'm assuming they sold or delivered newspapers, as the term used in Portuguese is Jornaleiro and the translation of that is "newsboy". 

Funny thing, his name is Jacinto but it was written down as Jacintho.  I always find it interesting how names used to be written and spelled and how they tend to change as time goes by.

I now know the name of his father and mother, so my great great grandparents, as well as his grandparents, which would be my great great great grandparents.  Wow!!!

By the way, Jacinto is my grandmother's father, on my mother and aunt's side.

When it comes to my mother and aunt's dad side, we have a family very well known in Portugal.  Matter of fact my grandfather Antonio played guitar for one of the top Fado singers in Portugal, and his brother Artur, was the great Maestro/Composer Artur Vaz da Fonseca.

My grandfather Antonio on the right

My grandfather's brother Artur, very well known Maestro is the first on the left

Maestro Artur Vaz da Fonseca, in his younger years in Mozambique

This is all so fascinating to me, and it makes sense now why we are all such a hugely musically inclined family.

I honestly can not wait to keep digging and finding out more, I'll be sure to share my journey as I go, not only because I think some of you may find it interesting as well, but as I always say, my blog is my personal journal and I definitely want to record all of this or future reference.

I'm currently using as well as (thank you for mentioning it Dianna, I went to sign up only to realize that apparently I signed up last year and had already started compiling a tree).

Well friends, it is late and the morning comes way too quickly.  I am heading to bed, but I'll be back in the morning with my new Meal Plan Friday.  See you then :)

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