Monday, March 12, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - 03/12/2018

Good morning and happy Monday.

Oh my goodness friends, this time change always messes with me.  I miss living in Arizona and never having to worry about Daylight Savings.  Was getting up in the dark again this morning, as hard for me as it was for you?  Always takes a few days for my body to catch up with the time change.

But, let's forget that for now and get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - 03/05/2018

Good morning ladies, hope you're all doing well this Monday.

I'm feeling a bit tired today, I haven't been sleeping very well, my insomnia has been rearing it's ugly head lately, and my shoulder has also been hurting quite a bit.  I'm slightly frustrated that physical therapy didn't really do much and that I'm back to square one for a few months, at the very least.  *sigh*

Anyway, it's nothing I can't deal with and I'm sure soon I'll be feeling better.  Onwards and upwards right?

Let's see what everyone is up to this week.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Hello March!!

Just like that, February says goodbye and March waltzes in.  This year has barely started, but yet it feels like it's headed towards the finish line in turbo mode.  Slow down!!!

Matter of fact, I think slowing down is what we all need to do.

Does anyone else feel like everyone around them is rushing and busy and constantly on the move?  I used to feel like I had to keep up with everyone else, but lately, watching the flurry of movement around me, makes me want to slow down my pace, take it easy, enjoy every day to the max.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble - TLC Book Tour

About The View from Rainshadow Bay

Series: A Lavender Tides Novel
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 23, 2018)

“Prepare to stay up all night with Colleen Coble. Coble’s beautiful, emotional prose coupled with her keen sense of pacing, escalating danger, and very real characters place her firmly at the top of the suspense genre. I could not put this book down.” –Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.

When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.

Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.

In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Family Tree by Susan Wiggs - TLC Book Tour

Susan Wiggs Family Tree

 About Family Tree

• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 9, 2018)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past—and the promise of the future.

Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell, joining with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes. Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now, she’s pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a yearlong coma, she discovers that time isn’t the only thing she’s lost.

Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.

Family Tree is the story of one woman’s triumph over betrayal, and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. Complex, clear-eyed and big-hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember.

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Happy Homemaker Monday - 02/26/2018

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

How was your weekend?

Mine was good, the usual homemaking, had family over for dinner on Saturday night and then yesterday just pottered around and finished up laundry, hung in my pajamas all day and enjoyed every single minute of it.

It is now Monday and the beginning of a new week.  I sure do hope you all have a beautiful blessed week ahead :)

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
I've had my cup of coffee with French Vanilla Creamer, but I have not yet had anything to eat.  Not sure what I'll have to eat, but it will either be toast as always, or some Banana Nut Crunch Cereal.

On today's to do list::::
  1. Laundry - Have a few comforters that need washing and going to get to that today.
  2. Kitchen - Empty the dishwasher.  On Sundays I don't usually cook dinner, we have leftovers or snacky bits, so my kitchen is actually clean this morning.  I'll just give the counters a quick wipe down and sweep and mop the floor and that's it. 
  3. Living Rooms -  Dust, vacuum and tidy up.
Currently reading::::
Finished The Family Tree by Susan Wiggs (review will be up this morning), and am reading The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble.  

On the TV this week::::
Jamestown Season 2
Coal House at War (you can watch on Youtube)
Medici - Masters of Florence
Lockup Season 6
The Frankenstein Chronicles
Catch up with Walking Dead

The weather outside is::::
Beautiful, blue skies with not a cloud in sight.  After last week's horrid weather, I'm so happy to see a bit of sun and warmth coming through.  We'll be in the 60's this week, but with some thunderstorms tomorrow and Wednesday.  Rest of the week is sunny :) 

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers, Crispy Potato Rounds
Tuesday - Lasagna, Salad
Wednesday - Peixe de Caldeirada (Fish Stew)
Thursday - Pan Seared Chicken with Garlic Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli
Friday -  Crockpot Cubed Steak with Gravy, Rice,Peas
Saturday -Cast Iron Pizzas
Sunday -Leftovers, Snacky Bits

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Crack on with my outer squares for the Elements CAL. 

What I'm sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating::::
I am on Part 10 of the Elements CAL.  I need 24 outer squares and have only made 3.  Y'all don't know how I'm struggling to push through with this part of the pattern, because I get easily bored making little squares of the same thing, over and over.  I also just got more yarn on Saturday so couldn't do much of anything until then.  The new and last part of the blanket CAL comes out on Wednesday, but I'll doubt I will be caught up with all 24 squares and sewed onto the blanket etc.  We will see how far I get.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
Not a new recipe, but I made one of my favorite Portuguese dishes on Saturday and finally took some pictures.  I am pretty sure I already have the recipe on the food blog, but never had a good picture so will update it today.  I didn't forget about the Sheet Pan Crunchwrap, those were delicious, and I'll put the recipe up this morning as well.


Favorite photo from the camera::::
We had cancelled schools and work, pretty much all of last week, due to the icy conditions around here.  I took this picture of one of the trees in the backyard.  Just look at those icicles, insane. 

Bible Verse, Devotional::::
I've been reading my devotionals on the Bible App, and I've finished quite a few and started a few more.  I'm currently obsessed with Devotionals, just find them so helpful and interesting, so I thought I would share with you the ones I'm currently working through:

  • God Comes Through in Protecting You
  • The Priestly Prayer of the Blessing
  • Without Rival with Lisa Bevere
  • Prayers of Daring Faith with Pastor Rick Warren
  • Lent Devotional:  Restore
  • Soul Detox
  • Fearless:  A six-week Journey