Friday, August 22, 2014

Show and Tell Friday - 08/22/2014

Back in 2007, I used to look forward to Show and Tell Fridays which had been created and were hosted by Kelli from There is no place like home.  Kelli stopped blogging in 2012 and I wish she hadn't because I really miss her blog, she was one of my favorites to visit.

Anyway, I decided to bring back the Show and Tell Fridays here on my blog, and I would love it if any of my readers would join in.  You don't have to, obviously, you can just come on over every week and see what item I am sharing with you all and the story behind it.

This is how it works......if you have something special to share with us, dig it out of that special box, take some pictures and tell us your story.  It can be anything you hold dear, where something you kept from school, a piece of jewelry that was gifted to you or passed down, something you collect, something you found, a postcard, a letter, whatever it is.....we would love to see it!

I thought I would start today's Show and Tell with something that I hold very dear to my heart.  I dug through my jewelry box to get these out for you.

I can't even explain the emotions every time I hold these in my hand, they are one of my most treasured possessions and so I thought the right ones for our very first Show and Tell.

Show and Tell Friday 08/22

Beautiful box isn't it?   My treasures are inside, should we open it?

Show and Tell Friday 08/22

This box is exactly 94 years old.  I sometimes sit and look at it and just wonder who made it, who held it and where my great grandfather bought it.  You see this box was given to my great grandmother by my great grandfather, a very very very long time ago.

You can see the aging on the outside as the discoloration splotches the top.

Show and Tell Friday 08/22

When you open the box, this is one of the items inside.  I love it so very much.   This brooch belonged to my great grandmother and it is a picture of my great grandfather Eduardo.

He was 29 years old when they got married, and my great grandmother Ema?  16 years old.

I remember her telling us the story and we always laughed how she explained that on their wedding night she was so scared and nervous, and in her words "I was shaking, the bed was shaking, and I wouldn't let him turn on the light, I wouldn't dare get undressed in front of him".  Oh my wonderful nana how I miss her.

He passed away when my grandmother was still young and for the next 40 or so years, my grandmother kept this brooch close to her side, and a picture of him on her bedside table.  Every single night, she would say her prayers and right before laying down, she would kiss his picture.  It warmed my heart to see how much she adored him and just how she continued to love him even after all those years.

Show and Tell Friday 08/22

The other treasures in the jewelry box, are these two rings.  They belonged to my great grandma, and were given to her by my great grandfather.

I remember on special occasions she would wear them, proudly displayed on her finger.  She would smile and rub them constantly, if she was just sitting there talking to us, she would instinctively reach over with her right hand and just touch them.

She loved my great grandfather more than life and missed him dearly.

Show and Tell Friday 08/22

They now belong to me.  Both items and the jewelry box were given to me when she passed away and I couldn't have been more thrilled.

I didn't want anything but a little trinket that belonged to her, just so I could have something to hold on to.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having these passed down to me, but it was her decision and I am touched by it.

Sometimes when I miss her dearly, I will slip these on my finger and kiss them, look at them, and remember this woman who had such a huge impact on my life and the woman I have become.

If you know me, or have followed my blog from the beginning, you will know that my great grandma Ema was the single most important woman in my life, for many reasons and to say that I miss her is an understatement.

I do hope you enjoyed my show and tell and the story behind these beautiful trinkets.  Next week, I will show another of my special treasures and I hope you come back to see :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Day in my life!

Hello everyone, as promised yesterday I took pictures throughout my day, just to show you what I did.

As a homemaker it's never very exciting, but it's chores that need doing and I choose to go about them in a happy manner, rather than annoyed because they're so repetitive.  Oh I do have my days, you know the ones where you finish putting away all the clean dishes only to see the sink full yet again?

Or you mop and then the kids or the dogs proceed to walk all through the floor with muddy prints, or you just emptied the laundry basket and return to find it half full.

Those are the real tests for me.

Anyway, like I said, I thought today I would bring you with me as I went about my homemaking tasks.

7am......the sun is rising


8am.....sitting down with my cup of coffee and preparing to get my Slow Cooking Thursday post up on the blog
Early morning coffee

9am......emptying the dishwasher and putting the clean dishes away

Kitchen cleaning

Before refilling the washer, I gave it a really good clean, including removing the filter basket and soaking it in bleach for a while

Cleaning Dishwasher

9:30am..... had some breakfast, refilled the coffee cup and enjoyed some toast with butter and tomato jam


10am.....time to make the bed and tidy the bedroom.  I then moved on to Nic's bedroom and made his bed and picked up his toys, threw his dirty clothes in the hamper and opened the blinds, curtains and windows.

Bed making

11am......started some rice pudding.  It cooks for an hour so I did some laundry, finished cleaning the dishwasher and refilled it.

Kitchen time

12pm.....the rice pudding is all done, and divided into little pyrex dishes.  I put these in the fridge, it is easier to grab as a snack or a treat.

Rice Pudding

1pm......started the dough for the meat Rissoles I made for tonight's dinner.  It is such a long preparation that I don't make them too often.  I did have leftover pot roast from the other night, so it was the perfect way to use that up and not waste.


It took me until about 3:30pm to get all the dough rolled out, cut, filled and dipped in egg and breadcrumbs.  It yields quite a lot, I ended up with 32 rissoles.

I put them in the fridge until ready to fry.  Then I got to sit on the couch with my kids and chat a bit, we all ended up turning on the tv and watching old cartoons, it was so much fun.

Chalkboard above stove

6pm......dinner done, dishes washed, kitchen cleaned and everyone is starting to relax.   The kiddos are on the couch on their laptops. 

As the sun starts to set

It really is one of my favorite times of the day.  The sun starts to set and the lamps come on giving the living room a cozy and warm feeling.

Evening treat

7:30pm......finally sitting down for the day.  I've taken my shower, I'm in my pajamas and now I get to enjoy my rice pudding and a good book.

I think it's the best way to end the day don't you?

Tomorrow, back at it, more cleaning, more laundry, more dishes and more homemaking. 

I am also going to start up the Friday Show and Tell posts again.  Back in 2007, Kelli used to do this feature but then she stopped, and since then she really hasn't blogged much either.  I did love this Friday link up, we got to share some of our favorite things around the house as well as tell the story of how they came to be.

Are you up for it?  Do you have something you love and want to show off?  You can come back tomorrow and link up with me if you wish, I would love to see your treasures :)

Well I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my day, I'm sure a lot of you can relate to these pictures, after all,  as homemakers our days are very alike.

Wishing you all a restful night's sleep and sending blessings your way.

Slow Cooking Thursday - 08/21/2014

Good morning, here we are Thursday and ready for another recipe.

Today, I'm sharing a crockpot roast that is s delicious, your whole family will enjoy.  As Fall starts coming nearer, I am collecting all my slow cooking recipes to share with you. 

Some you will find already posted here, others I am re making either because they're missing my own photo, or were taken with my very old camera.  Either way, this Fall we'll have a lot of slow cooked meals, and who doesn't like that on a cold day?

Awesome Slow Cooked Pot Roast

2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
1 1/4 cups water
5 1/2 pounds pot roast

1. In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture.
2. Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low setting for 8 to 9 hours.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The day just got away from me!

I can't believe it is 9:30pm.  Today just flew right on by.

It started early this morning with our older pug Bella having a bit of an accident.  As she has gotten older, we've noticed that some days her back legs don't work as well as they used to, she has also started pooping sometimes inside the house, it's like she has no clue she's doing it.

She is about 12 or 13 now.  Not in any pain, she is still very alert, albeit looking very old.

This morning though, as my husband picked her up to bring her downstairs with him, she proceeded to wee all over him, and then all over the carpeted stairs and the wooden floor in the living room.

It wasn't exactly what I wanted to deal with first thing in the morning, but you know, it's one of those things that as a dog owner we have to deal with, and as she gets older I know she will have more accidents.  It's all leading up to that day when she will no longer be with us, but the thought of that is just too painful to even consider at the moment, so we go on and we help her and give her love and just do what we have to do.

Cleaning up, mopping, cleaning the stairs, deodorizing the stairs, then carpet cleaning the stairs, opening all the windows and burning some scented candles etc......all before 8am.

By the time I sat down with my cup of coffee, I was already tired.  HA!!!

I did a load of laundry, got the dishwasher unloaded and reloaded with the breakfast dishes and then had to run out to buy some Wonton Wrappers so that I could make the Chicken Egg Rolls for tonight's dinner.

Picked up my niece and nephew on the way back home, and then spent the rest of the afternoon getting school stuff taken care of, and everything ready for Monday.....our first day of school.

By the way, I've been asked before about the kind of homeschooling we do, I've mentioned it many times, but just a reminder, we do online schooling through Connections Academy.  It is homeschooling, but still following a set curriculum.  We love it, my kids and I have been doing it now for 4 years and they are thriving.

Tiffany is in 12th Grade and we need to make sure she has all her credits to graduate.  Unfortunately because of her coming from South Africa the school had to try and transfer what credits they could for her previous school's work to the equivalent of the school here.  Not an easy thing to do.

She will have 4 Math courses to get through, plus American Government, English, Personal Fitness, Physical Education etc.  One busy girl.

Jasmine is starting 10th Grade and this years she is taking English, Geometry, Physical Science, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, Japanese I and World History.
Talk about some interesting courses, she wants to be a Forensic Pathologist.  Yikes!!!

Nicholas and Colby are both starting 6th Grade so they will have the usual Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Education Technology and Art.

It is going to be one busy year, but we're all ready to get going and work hard.  Today we looked through all the courses, got the girls started on writing down some schedules and basically made sure everything is good to go.

I do want to still take some school photos, so I'll probably do that on Friday or sometime this weekend.  If I do take some, I'll share them here, of course :)

Once all the school stuff was taken care of, I immediately got started on dinner.

One of our favorite things are egg rolls, but our budget doesn't exactly allow for us to indulge in them at local Chinese restaurants, so I make them at home.  They are so good, and always enjoyed by the family.

If you want to give them a try, check out my Chicken Egg Rolls recipe.

By the time dinner was done, the dishes in the washer and the kitchen clean, it was time to take Jasmine to Tae Kwon Do.

I almost feel like I haven't taken a breath today, it's just been go, go, go from the minute my feet hit the floor.

So no, I didn't get anything fun done, I didn't have time to putter around, or crochet, or take photos or have a few moments to read or anything.  Just a flutter of a day.

Tomorrow though, I plan on taking it easy, and taking some photos.  I haven't done a Day in the Life post in a while, you know the ones where I take a photo throughout the day and then share it with you?  Think I'll do that tomorrow.  You'll get a peek at pretty much every hour of my day.

I've tried to visit some of you, haven't quite made my way to everybody but I'll do that tomorrow, for sure.

Oh goodness, I'm tired, and I think it's time for this girl to climb into her nice warm comfy bed.  I'm hoping for a better night's sleep, my rib area muscles are still bugging me and then yesterday I pulled something on my right shoulder.  I think my problem is that I pull something but don't give it a chance to heal, I just keep doing things and carrying heavy stuff etc.  I will never learn will I?

Here's hoping for a good night's sleep, no muscle pains and a quieter, slower day tomorrow. 

Graphics thanks to Country Life Graphics and Magnolia Station.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Between shelves and books.....

At this very moment, I am sitting at the library on base.  Without a doubt it is one of my favorite places to visit and sit for a while.

I wasn't supposed to come here today, but I realized this morning that my books were going to be due on Thursday, and I would have had my hubby return them since he has to come to base almost every day, but I am done with my stack, save for one.

I have renewed that one, but wanted to get new ones.

Why you may ask?  Fair question since I ask myself this every time I come to the library.  It's not like I don't have enough books on my Kindle or on my bookshelves at home to read.

In all truthfulness, I love my Kindle, but I will always be a real book, kinda gal.  Nothing beats the smell of the book pages as you flip through them.

So, he went off to do his work at the commissary, and I came to hang out at the library.  Last time I was here I didn't bring my computer, it was the first time I had returned to the library in many years and didn't really know where anything was.

I took the opportunity to get reacquainted with everything and just browsed and walked the book aisles.

This time, I came prepared.  I had an idea of what I wanted to get, or rather, the subject matter which I was interested in, but I also brought the laptop.  I figured if I got done with the book searching before he returned to pick me up, I would just do a blog entry or read blogs, etc.

In order for you to understand why I got these books, let me explain that as I've rewatched the Tudors, am now watching The White Queen, and have immersed myself in all those documentaries, I have come to learn so much that I had never known before.

It is by far, the most amazing feeling, when the pieces of the puzzle start coming together.  You think you know something and then out of nowhere, something else comes up that makes you go "now wait a minute, I didn't realize that."

All it has done is make me even more thirsty for British History and especially the Tudor Era, the War of the Roses and the whole monarchy in general.

It's one thing to know certain names and a bit of their history, but it's an altogether different feeling when you actually start figuring out how they relate to each other and just how connected they are.

Like for example.....King Edward IV married Elizabeth Woodville right?  They had quite a few children but their first was a girl also named Elizabeth more commonly known as Elizabeth Tudor.

Then there was King Richard III who was Edward IV's brother and became king when Edward died.  He is the one that imprisoned the two princes in the tower of London.  I KNOW right??? Those two princes were Edward's sons who would have become Kings upon his death.

In the meantime, we have Henry Tudor coming in, he was Margaret Beaufort's son and HE had a legitimate claim to the throne but was never allowed to claim it.  Once Richard III became King, Henry gathered an army and came in to fight for what he believe was his rightful place....and he did in fact win the battle and become King.

Guess who he married????  Elizabeth Tudor.

And guess who one of their children was?  Henry VIII.  Wow!!!

I know some of you probably could care less about this stuff, but for a History nerd such as myself, it's just been amazing being able to connect all these people and know where they came from.

Right, so with that in mind, I got 8 books, 5 of which are related to this stuff.....the other 3 are not but I wanted to grab them anyway.

Library books

  • Mexican Cookbook by Jane Milton
  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey (in preparation for the new season coming up in September)
  • The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England
  • The Spanish Queen by Carolly Erickson
  • The House of Tudor by Alison Plowden
  • The Wars of the Roses by Robin Neillands
  • Monarch and Conspirators - The Wives and Woes of Henry VIII
  • Life in Medieval England

I am now back home, and I wanted to share a quick few photos I took today, not many at all, but just some things that caught my eye as I was puttering around.

Started my morning with coffee out on the deck, and some crochet.  I haven't done much on the v-stitch blanket, been busy with other things.

Morning coffee

Right next to the table on the deck, is one of my bird houses, I have quite a few but this one has to be one of my most liked.  It is so cute.

Bird feeder

I am not sure if I ever showed you my entrance area, but this wall is right as you come in.  I didn't do much to it, but I'm happy with how it looks.

Entrance wall

I'm sure by now you've noticed that I have a lot of Americana decorations in my living room.  I love Americana and I love Primitive so I try to bring in little touches here and there.

Crochet blankets

Of course there always has to be some crochet around, and these are some of the blankets I've made over the years.  They sit on this shelf that my hubby made for us when we first got married.  The C and S obviously standing for Curtis and Sandra.

See?  Not many pictures at all.

I'm going to finish up this post, and then I have a load of clothes coming out of the dryer, I need to fold them and put them away.

The weather has changed, the clouds have moved in and it's looking darker outside, I'm not sure if we'll get any rain but it sure looks the part.

Have you noticed how the days have started getting shorter?  Curt and I were just talking about this last night as we drove to Tae Kwon Do.  9pm and the sun was already starting to set.  Looks like Fall is just around the corner.

For dinner tonight, I have a slow cooked pot roast, I put it in this morning and it's been cooking away.  Smells divine.  I added in some carrots and potatoes about an hour ago so that's what we're having later.

Orange Cake

Oh and I've updated my Orange Cake recipe, go on over to the food blog for that.

I think that's it, I don't think I'm leaving anything out.  I did enjoy my time at the library but now that I'm home there are homemaking chores that need my attention, so I need to skidaddle on out of here and get to it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

{ Young Living Essential Oils - Review }

I am so very excited to share this with you today.  Essential Oils!!!!

I have always been into herbs and non modern medicine, and for the longest time I have wanted to dabble with essential oils, especially after reading so many testimonials and hearing from friends who use them on a daily basis.

Young Living Essential OilsJust never got around to trying them, until a week or so before I moved to this house, where one of my blog readers asked me if I would be interested in trying out the Young Living Essential Oils.  Absolutely!!!!

We waited until I was all settled into the house, and then about 3 weeks ago, I got my kit in the mail.  It was like Christmas to me, you should have seen how I ripped into that box.

In the kit were tons of information, a bunch of different essential oils and even a beautiful diffuser.

Over the past two or so weeks, I have incorporated the oils into my daily routine, and even let my sister in law and niece take some to try as well, those which I thought would fit better with whatever needs they were having.

The very first one I used was the Lavender, naturally.  If you know anything about me, then you know that I would be all over that one.

It is also the first one I put in the Diffuser, it sits in my bedroom on my side table and gets turned on every night, it not only helps us sleep better, but I've noticed a huge change in my old pug, who was becoming very restless the past few weeks, but has since then been sleeping soundly.

Young Living Essential Oils

I love this. My husband has asked me to move it into the living room, but I haven't brought myself to do it quite yet, as I'm really enjoying the benefits of it providing me and the dogs with a peaceful sound sleep.

Young Living Essential Oils absolute favorite thing on earth, not just for the scent but for it's properties.

Another place I use the Lavender is in my laundry room.  I made a small little pouch of lavender potpourri using dried lavender that I had dried myself, and a few drops of the oil.  I toss it in the dryer with the clothes and they come out smelling amazing.

One of my other faves is Thieves.  Oh my word, this one is wonderful in more ways than one.  One of the things I do is use it in my dishwasher.  I put a few drops in with the detergent and it does a wonderful job of removing unwanted odors and also cleaning the dishes.


You're probably wondering where the name came from, honestly I was too when I first saw it.  It's quite an interesting story.

Thieves was created based on the historical account of four thieves in France who protected themselves from the Black Plague with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing victims of the killer disease. When captured, they were offered a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret recipe.

One of the ways that Thieves is good for, is during the winter months when you can mix it with a bit of water and gargle for a sore throat, or you can mix with V-6 oil or olive oil and apply to your chest and throat for respiratory issues like bronchitis.

I will be diffusing it to combat germs.

The uses of this specific oil are too many to list, from adding it to your mop water for cleaner floors, to applying some to the roof of your mouth for headaches, to the soles of your feet to combat colds and flus, to the water on your plants to repel insects, to applying to cold sores mixed with some olive oil.

THAT one I will tell you that it works.  I have mentioned before how I get a lot of cold sores, at least twice a year and I have tried everything under the sun, some work ok, others don't.  I started getting one right before my birthday, I mixed the thieves oil with some olive oil and applied it.  The cold sore never developed and was gone within 2 days.  WOW!

Young Living Essential Oils

To be honest, I have not even begun to scratch the surface of all the uses of essential oils.  I can't wait though, I have found that every single day I am learning something new, and applying them in a different way.

I haven't yet used all of them, just a few, and let me show you the ones I have been really enjoying so far.

Young Living Essential Oils

Panaway has helped me a lot.   I am always pulling muscles either on my neck or my back or recently, in my rib area.  I take a few drops and mix it with olive oil, then rub it on and it does a wonderful work of reducing the tenderness and pain.  I also sometimes use it without the olive oil and that tends to be even better.

I try very hard to follow the directions and because I'm so new to essential oils, I don't just open the bottle and proceed to apply, I read and research and make sure I can use it where I need it.

Which is what I do with my next favorite one, the Frankincense.  I've always liked the way it smells, and I really really like that it is so good for stress relief.

Not to mention the biblical inference.  Remember Matthew 2:11?

“And when they came into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” 

I've always seen Frankincense mentioned in the Bible, quite a few times actually.  No wonder it's one of my favorite oils.

Young Living Essential Oils

I apply a bit to my temples and forehead and it helps ease the tension and stress.     Did you know that it is also good for Breast Health?  You just mix 2 to 3 drops with either V6 or olive oil and massage into the breast tissue.

I have always had issues with fibrous cysts and have started using the Frankincense.  Will tell you how it works or how I'm finding it as time goes by.

Please remember that I am no doctor, and if you have any questions about any of these oils or if you're worried about using them, consult your doctor.

I have been doing a lot of research since receiving them and what I'm finding is a lot of information, and backed up testimonies, on their medicinal properties and how good they are for you. 

Young Living Essential Oils

In the bedroom, I have started spraying a solution of Valor and water under our beds and in closets.  It is supposed to promote courage and calmness, and it smells good.

Young Living Essential Oils

Valor is also referred to as the chiropractor in a bottle.  I have been using it to massage Bella, especially on her back legs as she's having some trouble with them because of her age.  I do mix it with olive oil and a little bit of peppermint oil too.  2 drops is all I am using so far, I don't want to overdo it, but she seems to enjoy it.

Young Living Essential Oils

One of the great things about Young Living Essential Oils, is this pamphlet which allows me a glance at some of the most common uses.

I can quickly find the oil I want to use and see the best way to go about doing it.

Young Living Essential Oils

I have made the Linen Spray as well.  I love linen spray and used to buy mine at the dollar store, the Lavender one, of course.  I made a bottle and it works just as well as the store bought.  Of course, I think it's even better in the sense that I can change up the scents and use different oils.

With Fall just around the corner and then Winter right behind it, I plan on really making use of all these oils to prevent and treat colds and flus.  One thing I will be making here shortly, will be the Shower Vapor Discs.  You can google it and there are quite a few websites with instructions.

As I said above, I have not even began to fully immerse myself in these oils or their numerous uses, but it is something that I am very passionate about.  I can honestly say that I don't know how I've lived all these years without these in my house, I feel like I've been missing out.

I plan on using them, I plan on getting more and I also plan on sharing with you what I do with them and how they work for me and my family.

Now, if you are thinking of getting some yourself, here are some tips:

1.Wholesale Membership includes
Wholesale Pricing: Save 24 percent off retail pricing on Young Living products, and save even more money with exclusive specials and promotions every month. No monthly commitment.

2.Wholesale Membership with Essential Rewards

Committing to 50 points value per month and receive the same benefits of Wholesale Membership along with earned value points for free products and discount shipping.

3. Retail Membership
Retail prices anytime you order, no monthly commitment and no discount shipping.

If you would like to order without any kind of membership, you can do so by visiting Marisa's website, which is where I will be getting mine.  Her number is 1154694, and you will need it as a sponsor number.

If you are considering a membership, whether wholesale, wholesale with essential rewards or even the retail membership, go here to Marisa's page, then click About Young Living on the left menu, and then on the right side of the page, click Member Sign Up. 

----- Right now, anyone who purchases a Premium Starter Kit, which is just like the one I received from Marisa, will receive the Primary Reference Guide as her gift.

----- Also, anyone who joins Wholesale with Essential Rewards will receive the Primary Reference Guide and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a 14.4 oz bottle of Concentrated Thieves Household Cleaner.  I have heard amazing things about it.

Whatever you decide to do, let me assure you that the minute you use your first essential oil, you will be changed for life.  I can't begin to tell you what it's done for me and my family.  For a while now I have wanted to steer clear of chemicals and store bought items, I want to create a home that is not only free of germs but calming and relaxing for us, and I think with the Young Living Essential Oils, I am well on my way to do that.

If you already use the Young Living Oils, let me know what you think, and feel free to leave some tips, advice, ideas on how you're using yours.

Thank you to Marisa Baca for this wonderful opportunity to try out, and review these wonderful oils.

Happy Homemaker Monday - 08/18/2014

Good morning my friends, come on in, I have hot coffee and some Orange cake for breakfast.

Woke up this morning to 60 degrees, and I think 60 degrees should be the temperature all year long, summer and winter.  What do you think?

Oh it feels so good outside.  After I'm done with this post, I'm going to open all the windows in the house and enjoy the fresh air.

Right, now, let's move on with our Happy Homemaker Monday!

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Just some instant coffee, I usually set the coffee machine to start in the morning so that when I get up, I have hot coffee to drink...but I forgot to do it last night and this morning I didn't want to mess with it, so instant coffee it is.  I added some Vanilla creamer and it's good to go.  I have a slice of Orange Cake to go with.  I am updating the recipe later with new photos as the current ones are so old and taken with my very old little camera.

On today's to do list::::

  1. Laundry - Lots of it
  2. Vacuum living room and bedrooms
  3. Sweep and Mop
  4. Water plants

Currently reading::::
Finished both The Queen of Subleties and The Glass Kitchen and have started Anne Boleyn by Norah Lofts.  Loving this one.  It is not a fiction book per se, it is more of an actual account of Anne's life, and how she met King Henry VIII, their marriage, the people surrounding them etc.  Fascinating read.

On the TV today::::
Portuguese Soaps - Beijo do Escorpiao, Mulheres
The White Queen
Documentary - The Real White Queen and Her Rivals
Documentary - The Winter King:  King Henry VIII (if you want to watch, you can do so on my sidebar at the top)
Anne of Green Gables:  The Continuing Story

The weather outside is::::
Sunny, not a cloud in the sky.  The week ahead doesn't look too bad, but I could do with Fall weather, I've noticed the older I get, the less I like heat hahahah

On the menu this week::::

L:  French Bread Pizzas
D:  Pork Chops with Parmesan Potatoes
L:  Clam Chowder with Oyster Crackers, Sliced Peaches
D: Steaks with Cream Sauce, lemon garlic spaghetti
L:  Green chile and bean burritos
D:  Bratwurst Hoagies w/ Sauerkraut, Fries
L:  Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwiches
D:  Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Rice, Veggies
L:  Ramen Noodles (we love these for a quick lunch)
D:  Spaghetti Pizza Pie, Salad
L:  Hotdogs
D: Portuguese Bean Stew, Rice
L:  Bacon, Eggs, Toast
D: Mini Cheese Topped Meatloaves, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Work on my embroidery.  Finished one of the small ones tomorrow and want to get the others going.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
Making some Soft Pretzels from my new Amish Cookbook, will share that recipe when I make it.

In the garden::::
The lettuce died, but there is one little seedling coming through again.  The spinach survived and is doing well.  My chili peppers are now going red so I will be able to harvest them soon.

Favorite photo from the camera::::
My basil.  I love basil so very much, so to see it growing so well makes me very happy.

Homegrown Basil

Homemaking Tip::::
Have you ever gone to make a recipe and realized that you needed softened butter but it's hard?  Then you try to soften it a bit in the microwave and end up with melted butter?  I've been there, done that many times and it's frustrating.

About a year ago, I figured out how to get the butter softened without melting.  It is actually very easy.  Pop the stick of butter in the microwave, don't unwrap.  Microwave for 5 seconds, stop, turn it once to the right or left whichever way, go for another 5 seconds, stop, turn it again, another 5 seconds.  Do this until you've done 5 seconds on each side of the stick.  Pull it out, and you have perfect softened and non melted butter.

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
Still going back through my blog and reading, I haven't even made it out of 2006 yet.  Boy I wrote a lot back then, and I'm actually hoping to keep up with that, I think my blog should have an entry of some kind every single day, that is what will make it fun to go back and read in the future.
As for blog friends, I've been visiting old friends and new, but other than that I haven't really had a chance this week to search for new ones.

Praying for::::
My husband is currently switching colleges and trying to get enrolled in Boise State.  Enrollment is this week and he had to wait until his previous semester with the other college ended before being able to get this ball rolling....problem is that everything is on a tight schedule, and he has to get two more transcripts sent over to BSU.  If he can't make the enrollment date, then he won't be able to do anything for the next 3 months, which also means no money coming in from his GI Bill, and that is something that will affect us enormously because it is what we use to pay rent and bills with.  Please if you could send up a prayer that everything gets done on time, I would really appreciate it.

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment::::
I love this, love it, love it, love it.  If we could all take this to heart, the world would be a much better place.

PLEASE, don't add links to this list that are not part of the Happy Homemaker Monday. I've asked numerous times, and I'm frankly quite tired of having to remove links to other posts that shouldn't be in this list. Please be respectful of my request!