Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Happy Homemaker In Texas

Welcome to my new Saturday version of Happy Homemaker.
This week I am starting something new.  I normally write this post on Monday or Sunday night so I can link with Sandra for 
Happy Homemaker Monday. 
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I am thinking of Valentines Day 
Are you?

Sorry sometimes I get distracted.  I wanted to start posting on Saturday because there are other topics I've been wanting to write about on Mondays.  So at least for awhile Saturday will be 
Happy Homemaker in Texas.  
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Here's Sandra's prompts and a few of my own . . . 

The Weather

Partly Cloudy
Scattered Showers
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
 Compared to last week looks like we are having a heat wave!

Right Now I  Am
 Thinking about shopping today (Saturday) DIL birthday present. 
And decorating for Valentines Day.

On my reading pile
All on my phone, computer or Kindle.  A few cozy mysteries 
and some romance.  Here's a few. . . 

Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies by Evy Journey

I'll be reviewing these over at my book review blog.  Come by 
and visit.  Click here

Something fun to share
I saw this on Pinterest.  Thinking I want to get into this . . . 
February Scripture Writing Plan
Click here to visit the blog.  There is a Spanish version too!

New on the blog
Menu Monday I have wanted for awhile to focus more on Menu planning and also sharing recipes and photo's of my meals. So 
now that I am writing and posting my HHM post on Saturday 
I am free to explore Menu's on Monday!
Tuesdays Tips
Last week I started a series titled A Housekeepers Guide
This year I am trying to be dedicated to the blog. I've always liked doing Tips on Tuesday.
The Puppy Pages
And a new idea.  I want to write more about the joys of owning a dog.  I got Domino the end of September.  She has brought so much joy to our life.  She's also reminded us about what it's like to have a puppy!

In the kitchen
Homemade Apple Peanut Butter Dog Treats- healthy and delicious and so much better than store bought!! Your furry friends will go crazy for them!

I want to make these today.  Click here to visit the post. 

This weeks
Mexican Pot Roast, Spanish Rice Beans
Potato Soup, BLT'S
Smothered Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Coconut Shrimp (we didn't have last week) Rice Pilaf, 
Chinese Dumplings
Bisquick Impossible Cheese Burger Pie, Salad, Corn on Cob

On The Menu last week  What Worked What Didn't 
Monday- Hamburgers, Cole Slaw(left over from Sunday) Pinto's from freezer ✔
Tuesday - Quinia, Chicken/Kale Ravioli, Ceasar Salad, Bread 
and some leftover spaghetti in case the Cowboy can't choke down the Ravioli
Wednesday -Clam Chowder, Homemade Sub Sandwiches
Thursday -  Roast w/Potatoes and Carrots, Green Beans
Friday -  Coconut Shrimp, Rice Pilaf, oven Roasted Veggies

Wednesday the Cowboy got into the kitchen and made Scalloped Potatoes from scratch, Pasta Salad from a mix and Ham. Thursday we had  Turkey and Dumplings.

A pretty good week with some good and nutritious meals!

In the garden
 Enjoying  my Pansy's and dreaming of spring

On the to do list
Finish cleaning and organizing garage (weather permitting)
Valentines decorations
Mop my floors

Ta Da  Things I finished or accomplished
Ta Da - I emptied 3 boxes from the garage mess!
Ta Da - I convinced the Cowboy to release a few things for donation!
Ta Da - I repurposed the red fleece scraps from the Christmas tree skit.  

 In the craft basket
 Cut out a few hearts.  Now I need to get to Hobby Lobby and get some embroidery thread and some beads to decorate them. 

Fabulous Features from the Fabulous Party

 I've been monthly meal planning for the better part of four years and have no plans to stop. Find out how why it's been a total game-changer for our family's time and sanity. #cooking #mealplanning #organization Leslie @ PlayDatesParties linke this 
great post!  Click here to read her post.

And then I was inspired with her Valentines ideas.  She was one busy girl this week!
 Click here to visit post.
Come join the party!  

Click here.

Devo./ Scripture
Psalm 103:2-3
Found on Pinterest no link to source

Linking with Happy Homemaker Monday
The Fabulous Party and a few more.
See the links below.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Add A Caption__________

Linking with the Wordless Parties and 
#We're Planning A Texas Wedding

Monday, January 15, 2018

Warm Heart Swap--Sign Up Extended

It's not too late to join the fun!  I know the Swap began so close to Christmas that a few of us were just still catching our breath! 

If you wanted to join but felt you were still to busy
you can still join!
Sign up is extended until the 20th!
Details and sign up are over here!
I hope you'll join in the fun!

Happy Homemaker in Texas

Welcome to a look at how I spend my week and a few plans. 
Each Monday I join Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday.
She provides the prompts I add a few of my own. 

The weather
A few warmer days but it's still winter!

Clear with periodic clouds
Scattered Showers
Partly Cloudy
Mostly Sunny
Rain and Snow
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy

Right Now I  Am
Taking a few minutes to just chill.  Actually my head is spinning. 
A ton to do.  
The Cowboy is going on Social Security and working less.  That's a huge lifestyle change.
Planning a spring wedding. 
My mother is in hospital.  

On my reading pile
My calendar for My Reading Journeys my book review blog is full.  I have Cozy Mysteries, Contemporary Romances, Suspense and Thrillers. 
A busy couple of weeks for me.  Here's a few . . .
A thriller

A nice cozy read set in Deep in the Heart of Texas.
I was offered book 2 for a review and got book 1 as part of the deal.  Finished and waiting to post my 5 star review.  It's a little steamy but a great story. Can't wait to read book 1.  

Visit my book review blog to read my reviews.  Click here

On The Menu
Monday- Hamburgers, Cole Slaw(left over from Sunday) Pinto's from freezer
Tuesday - Quinia, Chicken/Kale Ravioli, Ceasar Salad, Bread 
and some leftover spaghetti in case the Cowboy can't choke down the Ravioli
Wednesday -Clam Chowder, Homemade Sub Sandwiches
Thursday -  Roast w/Potatoes and Carrots, Green Beans
Friday -  Coconut Shrimp, Rice Pilaf, oven Roasted Veggies

And last weeks menu- Was a complete bust.  My mother is in the hospital.  I/we ate out every night!

In the kitchen
 Two week's worth of creative dinner ideas for when you're stuck in a dinner rut! via @Ally's Cooking
I feel like I cook the same thing over and over.  Maybe it would be fun to try something different.  Click here to visit this post. 

In the garden
 I've been struggling with how to do everything I want in the veggie garden.  With a very small budget.  Very little time.  And even less energy I have been struggling with what to do.  And 10'x10'
of pea gravel to remove.  I've already removed about that much.
I have a great plot edged in landscape timbers.  The problem is even though I've removed that gravel it is extremely hard to get it all out.  So I can't use a tiller. 
 I saw this on pinterest and I think I have found a solution to my problems!
Lasagna gardening -- sometimes called sheet mulching -- is an easy method for building a vegetable garden bed with little work. Here's how to try it on your homestead.
This is a cool way to prepare your plot for planting.  The post has great detail.  Click here

On the to do list
 I already mentioned my list because it is what I am thinking about. 
- Get mothers house ready for her to return after being in hospital
- Finish putting away Christmas.  I got derailed last week with mothers hospital stay.  I am moving where Christmas goes so besides taking it all down I am moving things around in the garage.
- Wedding dress shopping and plans on my list for the next few months.

In the craft basket
Besides the crochet I want to start we will be working on things for the wedding. 
The bride has requested quilts to cover the hay bales so I'll be finishing up some tops I have had put away. 

Features From The Fabulous Party
How to Find Time for Side Projects and DIYs

This was a great post with great tips.  Go over and read the post
and tell Ash and Eileen I sent you. Click here

Come over and visit the Fabulous Party 

 Click here
Take a look at this fun football kickoff party, including classic football fare. Don't miss the DIY chili toppings bar, hummus platter, Berger cookies, cornbread squares, and the craft beer bar.
I love it when archived posts are shared!  Leslie shared this fun post!  Go over and check out her blog.  Here's the link to the 
Chili & Beer party.  

From the camera
A sneak peek of my Wordless Wednesday post . . . 

Devo./ Scripture
“Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” One Way I see Gods character in my love

Linking with Happy Homemaker Monday and a few of my other favorites see below this post for the parties.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Simple Sunday - Fabulous Party

Have A Blessed Day
“Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” One Way I see Gods character in my love

The Fabulous Party

Welcome to the party . . . 
Apologies I was slow this week getting links pinned.
The good news is if you are looking for traffic on your blogs 
I am pinning, tweeting and when Pinterest allows me I am also sharing. 
I would love for you to follow me on Facebook.  Please comment and tell me your following!
It was a long week for me my mother is in the hospital and we're planning a wedding.  Spent most of Saturday shopping for dresses!
My links for the party will be 'Planning A Texas Wedding'.