Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wordless Wednesday-Add A Caption

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Menu Monday-Why I Plan My Weeks Menu

I hope your week has started out Beautiful!  I wanted to start this 
post by sharing a sweet Zinnia from my garden.  Speaking of the 
garden the Zinnia's are the main focal point now.  Everything else is suffering from the heat.  But if I keep thiese little guys watered they are giving me lots and lots of Beautiful Sweet blooms!
I went back to planning a menu this week so I thought I would
share my plans with you. 

Burgers with Guacamole (grilled inside in a grill pan that I am loving)
French Fries a simple yummy meal 
Watermelon just yummy

Tuna Casserole 
Brocolli Salad and more Watermelon

Chicken Thighs (found on sale) need a recipe

Fajita's, Spainish Rice and Beans

Probably left over Chicken Thighs

The last few weeks have been busy and I've been trying to 
clean out the freezers so I haven't planned anything.  Just 
going with whatever I could pull together. 
But winging it doesn't work for me.  Never has.  I just seem to get 
frazzled and frustrated and then the meals turn out less than special.
Do you plan your weekly meals?
I try to make our evening meals yummy and as nutritious as I can.
And I try hard to be frugal with my spending.  Buying on sale etc. 
Sometimes it is an uphill battle. 

For me menu planning really helps me cut down on forgetting leftovers and ending up with science experiments in the 'fridge. 
I am not good at labeling food especially in the freezer.  I am always pulling something out early in the day to thaw for dinner
and have a meal of who knows what because I couldn't tell what 
it was till it thawed. 
I wonder to myself why since it is only the two of us it is such a hard thing to do.  Actually I know why.  I am busy.  Over worked. 
And so I have to choose small things 
like menu planning to get me through the week
Planning a menu may sometimes
seem daunting to me.
But in the end I feel accomplished when I don't have leftovers to throw away.
Do you plan your menu for the week?
I'll be linking at a few parties today like 

Busy Monday 324

Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy

And I might share at a few others if I get around to it!
My list is below this post. 
Have a Great Week!
Just had to add this in my mind I was thinkg Grrreat Week.
I love Tony the Tiger
Do you?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Simple Sunday-The Fabulous Party

Free Printable! "Let all that you do be done with love."

Have a Blessed Week
Here's the party

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Happy Homemaker in Texas

Welcome back.  I have been AWOL and hopefully this will be a 
better week for me.  Alot has been going that has distracted me from my normal posting.  Let's hope it's all behind me.  Hmmm. 
We'll see.  And no onto Happy Homemaking!
by Sandra at Family Corner.  Sandra provides the prompts
I add a few of my own.

The weather
Hot.  It is that time of the year in Texas.  But we had a really nice rain shower after a very heavy storm on Thursday.  Trees down in the neighborhood.  My garden loved the nice rain!  
Today it is 85 now and mostly sunny.  
Creeping into the triple digits for the week ahead clouds and no rain

I am thinking
That I have missed posting.  I missed writing and visiting other blogs. 

Right now I am 
Enjoying a peaceful Saturday.  Except for the sound of the washer going all is peaceful. 

On my breakfast plate
If I can make it till I am done writing this post.  Pancakes with
Cranberries.  I might not get this post done till noon.  HeHe.

On my reading pile
I have been slowing down a little just too busy to read. 
Here's a couple I'll be reading this week.
Disorderly Conduct (4).JPG Actually I am reading this one now. 
To be read next week 

And one I can not wait to read
Read all about Murder by Perfection at the Thorny Rose page!

Sandra's prompt  On my T.V.
I watch very little t.v.  What are you watching?

On the menu for next week
This seems to be harder and harder for me to do.  But so necessary!

Burgers with Guacamole (grilled inside in a grill pan that I am loving)
French Fries a simple yummy meal 
Watermelon just yummy

Tuna Casserole 
Brocolli Salad and more Watermelon

Chicken Thighs (found on sale) need a recipe

Fajita's, Spainish Rice and Beans

Probably left over Chicken Thighs

In the kitchen
A delicious dog treat made with pumpkin and apple
Trying to get these made today!
On my To Do list
Planning fall planting
Finish getting room ready for mother to stay/visit (?)
Put away July 4th decor. 
Mail July 4th Giveaway.  The winner Debbie Dabble

My Ta Da moment
I made it through the week!

In the craft basket
What's that?  I miss crafting.  I did see this really sweet 
angel quilt I have started peeking at me.  Maybe I could work on it a bit.  Who knows maybe we will be having a new baby in the family soon!

A fun moment this week

Free Slurpee's and $1.00 hot dogs on 7/11 day.

In the garden
Any idea what this plant is?
I took a clipping from a pretty bushey looking plant at a clients.
The flowers when opened look like Cosmos.  When closed they look like a small Rose bud.  I hope it will root.

Fabulous Features from The Fabulous Party

 The Bearded Hiker joined us again with another Fabulous
Instant Pot BBQ Brisket! No smoker? No problem. You pressure cooker will turn out a bad-A brisket in a fraction of the time. Promise.
Briskit in a Hot Pot.  Yum. Yum. Click here

And our Fabulous winner of the July 4th drawing Debbie Dabble.
She shared a couple posts. 

Click here to visit her blog.

From the camera
From my Daughter In Love's camera
My son's garden at his work.

Free Printable! "Let all that you do be done with love."

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Word Filled Wednesday-Catching Up

Some of the people in this family either have a greener thumb or more luck.  This is my son and the garden he has at his work. 
They already have an abundance of Zucchini my DIIL (Daughter in Love) has been asking for recipes.   The cucumbers are growing great on the tripods and you can barely see Pop Corn on the end. 
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It's been a busy, fun but hard couple of weeks.  I have been mainly only getting my review and spotlight post up for my book blog. 
Click here to visit.   I have been doing less reviews, instead doing guest posts and spotlights because things are getting busy for me. 
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My mother who is 93 was her most of last week.  I bribed her 
by telling her what the menu was for the 4th and then told her if she stayed through Saturday we would take her to Mexican Inn.
She enjoyed her meal and enjoyed looking out the door at the 
traffic and people going by.  We took the first booth because she 
has a hard time walking.  She is cranky and won't use a walker!
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Mother insisted on paying and I guess it was good because a huge 
can of worms was opened up.  I have been telling my sister who 
is the oldest I was concerned about the finances.  When she tried to pay with her debit car it was declined.  She pulled out another one.  Same story.  Then she tried a credit card.  I ended up paying cash. 
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I was planning on taking her home after dinner so I did and told
her I would come back on Monday morning and go to the bank. 
The debit card issue was resolved because she had a 3rd one we didn't try which was the correct one.  She had never thrown away the out of date cards!  
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There are still some concerns and issues with her bill paying etc. and so I have spent the last couple of days working with my 
sister to get it all straightened out. 
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In the midst of all this last Friday I began a pet sitting job. 
Although Domino enjoys the other dog it is stressful for her.
The other dog barks at 'the wind'  and anything he sees.  When we tell him no Domino gets scared.  It was a long hard weekend.  I've 
decided no more pet sitting. 
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And so here I am and it's Wednesday and I have not written or even shared a fun picture on the blog this week.  
What's up??

I hope this one makes you smile.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Thanks for stopping in.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Simple Sunday-Fabulous Party

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, "Do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:13 Bible verse, scripture, Christian Inspiration quote.

The Fabulous Party
Let's party.
I'll announce the winner from last week on Sunday
This post is pre-posted.
Link up!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy Homemaker in Texas

Welcome to Happy Homemaker.  I normally try to post on Saturday but the last two weeks have been crazy with lots to do! Back today posting and linking with Sandra on Monday

Sandra provides the prompts but I add a few of my own

The weather
It's summer in Texas.  A great time to stay in under the AC or the pool or lake!  
It's upper 70's in the morning and creeping to 100+.  97 and clouds predicted for the 4th.

Right now I 
have too much on my mind.  Trying to get my mother to come for the 4th and ultimately move in with us.  It's a one step at a time process that will take a lot of prayer and a little bit of caginess.

Outside my window
Sadness.  A bug is eating my Canna's!  Gonna have to go spray again.   And it's relative worked over a couple of tomato plants!

On my reading pile
cid:image003.jpg@01D41001.90DAD820 print copy to read this week. And a few on my phone 
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The 'To Do' List
Finishing getting room ready for my mother
Clean for the 4th
Clean fridge 
Cook for the 4th
Grocery shop for the 4th and get things for my mother
Rest and Relax on Saturday!

In the kitchen
Still need to make the Hamburger Soup I mentioned last week.
My mother will really like it so need to cook on Tuesday to have ready. 

On the menu
I am guessing any planning at least again for this week is not going to happen!  Too much going on.  I am kind of flying by the seat of my pants right now. 

In the garden
Gorgeous Zinnia', Mum's. I still have a couple Pansy's that are shaded and a couple Snap Dragons.  The Tomato's and Peppers are hanging on and the Cucumbers are blooming.

In the craft basket
Nothing new for now. Taking a break till I get things arranged 
for mom. 

Fabulous Party Features

Brenda shared her Thrift Store haul.  Wow she really it it big.
Check out her haul over here at her blog. 
Rebekah over at Ready to Be Offered shared a great post titled
Lessons From The Garden.  This was a great read.  I hope you will go over here and visit. 

From the camera
He cracks me up...Sometimes the 'ham' sometimes the GiGi put the stinking phone away!  I never know what I'll get!

Please pray for us and my mother. She is 98 and clearly cannot 
continue to live alone.  We are praying she will 'give in' and come and live with us. 

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Linking with Happy Homemaker Monday
Linking with the Fabulous Party
I just might be linking at a few more.  My list is below this post.