Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend review and Weekly Menus

Well this weekend was a bust! 

I had big plans like getting all the Christmas decor finished and the gifts organized and wrapped. I even had a Holiday Craft Show I wanted to attend. Well here is what actually got done.


The stomach bug joined me for the weekend and my plans went out the window. So here it is Monday morning and I am trying to regroup and get back on track as soon as possible. Still need to organize the Christmas gifts and maybe get started on the wrapping by tomorrow. Christmas decor is coming along slow but sure. I am not doing a lot this year but it seems like it takes me longer each year to put up half what I used to do! 

Last weeks menus kinda got derailed since I did not eat anything from Thursday nights dinner till Sunday afternoon. So yesterdays dinner was the veggie pizza from fridays menu and I will move the steaks to this week.

Monday........chicken/sausage stew with a good crusty sourdough bread

Tuesday.......homemade waffles, turkey bacon and blueberries from my freezer.

Wednesday.........chopped salad, grilled chicken breast and grilled carrots and onions

Thursday........left over stew from monday and grilled cheese sandwiches from the sourdough

Friday...........grilled ribeyes, baked potatoes and chopped salad

Saturday..........Christmas Movie Night! Small cheese ball/whole grain crackers, cut up veggies and dip, homemade kettle corn and a few flourless oatmeal cookies with cranberries.

Sunday......not sure yet.......maybe joining friends for dinner.

So what is everyone else doing for the week? Do you have special nights during the holidays where you maybe don't cook a real meal? If you do please share as it is only dh and I at home now and I am trying to kick in some new traditions so the holidays won't seem so empty.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Weekend Review and Trying To Get In The Spirit

Well this was a busy weekend around here. I am sure everyone had that same experience. Yesterday was a bit more relaxing as we shared dinner with my son and his wife. And I got some baby holding time. It was a joy to have them visit.

I still have not put any holiday decorations up in or around the house. But I am trying to get motivated. I went the other day and got my nails done and here is the end result.

Today is also the "Changing Of The Mug". This mug ought to serve me well through December.

 Wow!! Did I just say that? December, D-e-c-e-m-b-e-r!! It really does not seem as if we are into the last month of the year. The 12th month that is. Boy did this year fly by. 

Menus for dinner this week are as follows:

Monday......leftovers from yesterday's "Low Boil" 

Tuesday........cabbage soup

Wednesday.......baked ziti with veggies and chopped salad

Thursday......leftover cabbage soup and grilled cheese on homemade beer bread

Friday.........homemade veggie pizza and a salad

Saturday......haven't made up my mind yet

Sunday........grilled ribeye steaks, baked potatoes, salad

I hope all of you are having a good holiday season and will share some of whats going on in your neck of the woods with me.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Banter And Menus

It warmed up so much this past weekend that the heat was turned off and the windows and doors were opened. I felt like I needed to let all the germies blow out the windows! The sun was shining bright until late sunday afternoon so the dogs were chasing the sun rays around the house to lounge in and enjoy. Overnight rains brought back the warm temps today along with some extreme wind gusts. But no matter what, it is all better than last weeks frigid cold February November! 

Trying to come up with some items for Thanksgiving dinner that the hubs can eat and enjoy (he is a diabetic) that will not make his numbers go through the roof. So along with the regular fare I am adding a big chopped salad, fried cabbage and a sugar free coconut creme pie. And he of course will have to add some activity other than walking from couch to table and table to couch! Anyone have any other suggestions?

Okay, on with the dinner menus for the week:

Monday..........Shepherds Pie made with my canned venison chunks and a Chopped Salad

Tuesday.........Chopped Salad and Ham & White Bean Soup 

Wednesday.......leftovers to clean out the fridge for Thanksgiving.

Thursday......Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Fried Cabbage, Green Beans, Chopped Salad, Deviled Eggs, Rolls, SF Coconut Cream Pie, Tea

Friday.........Chopped Salad and E. Fagioli Soup

Saturday......turkey leftover made into something!

Sunday.....not sure yet. Its to far away.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. If you are traveling allow some extra time and look out for the other guy. Be safe!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thankfulness and Thanksgiving Dinner

As the weather starts to get colder. And the sun shines less and less. Sometimes its hard to make ourselves stop and realize the thankfulness that is in our hearts. But it is no less important for us to do. So I try to make myself pause and actually write them down when I get in this kinda spot.

I am thankful for the health of my family. 

All of my grandchildren.

I am thankful for deer meat that I canned this week.

A home that keeps us warm and dry.

A husband that loves me.

I am thankful for a daughter-in-law that loves my son and is a wonderful mother to my granddaughter.

I am also thankful for the sunshine when it pops through the clouds, even though it is 20 degrees outside.

The weekend ahead is a full one, making lists to prepare for Thanksgiving and then Christmas beyond. It seems I must have a list for everything anymore. That has just manifested itself in the last few years, but I try to ride with the tide on it so I can stay organized. (a bit, at least!)

So tell me what is that one dish that must be on your Thanksgiving table? Now don't bomb out here and tell me turkey! I know all about the turkey. I want to know about that special side dish or salad or maybe a dessert that your mom or grandma always made and it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it. I can't wait to read the comments and see what special items I have been missing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What Are You Making For Christmas

Every year I think of all the things I want to make for christmas gifts and every year the time catches me and I end up buying alternatives.

Well I have done better this year at making a few items, so far at least. I have worked on some handmade dish towels and dishcloths. 

I have made a couple of sets of wrist warmers and I want to make boot cuffs to match them.

As well as some hair flowers/bows for my darling little granddaughter. She is the sweetest thing on earth!

I know thats not much but it is better than years past. And I still have some time left to work on a few other things.

So what are you working on for gifts? Or what do you hope to get around to making? 

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Knock At The Door

Well there was a knock on the door and when I opened it this morning there was "ole man winter". It is cold, rainy and windy and they are calling for snow. Low tonight is in the teens. So I would say winter is here!!

This just might help me stay home and get some things completed that have been on the list for awhile. It seems that list gets longer and longer even though I mark several things a day off of it.(shaking head)

Yesterday I baked a loaf of Beer Bread and will use it with dinner tonight. We are having a big chopped salad and a grilled cheese and bbq venison sandwich. I call them "Bambi Sammies". And that is about as organic as you can get.

Here is my menu for the week:

Monday..........chopped salad, Bambi Sammies

Tuesday.........homemade pizza, salad

Wednesday.........chopped salad, spaghetti, garlic bread and fresh apple cake
(taking this to my dads to share dinner with them) 

Thursday.........chicken corn chowder and cornbread

Friday..........cabbage, kielbasa, onion and peppers and corn bread

Saturday.........a big pot of veggie soup. 

So what is on your menu this week?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Morning

This is a beautiful morning. A bit chilly at 39* but beautiful anyway.

Lots of things going on around here, trying to get housework done and finish up outside things before a cold snap hits us this week. I am not wanting to put away all the porch furniture, in hopes of a decent day every now and then.

I have these listed in my etsy shop and they are starting to take off.

 Christmas ornament personalized dog bone canine

There is a limited supply this year so shop early! I also have some other ornaments that will be hitting my shop in a few days. So stay tuned in for those. 

Most of the trees are now bare of leaves. So that means a never ending battle to keep up with mulching the leaves as they fall. Maybe one more time will do it!

I found turkeys this week at WM for 88 cents a pound. So I need to get some things used up in my freezer so I can fit one in there.

What things are you doing to get ready for the winter ahead?