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Monday, January 22, 2018

Menu Monday-No More Boring Menus

Some days I feel like this . . . 

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I said 'feel' not 'look'.  Most days my hairs not done; no make-up.
I am quite a sight.  But I do try to cook a good dinner.  

I think I need a Meal Plan Support Group.
Let me know if there is such a thing!

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Sometimes dinner is like this!
I am not too good at creating.  I am very good at reading a recipe. 
I'm just not good at coming up with great menus that aren't boring!
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The Cowboy just doesn't seem to get into is food. 
Honestly most of the time I have to ask for a compliment or a comment about what was served.  Most of the time he really likes it.  Occasionally I have a flop but mostly that's when I try to step out of the box.  
So my menus are
Boring
I cook the same thing over and over like . . .
Pot Roast, Taco's, Pork Chops, Kielbasa, Fried Fish, Spaghetti with a plain sauce. A family favorite We call it 'Goulash', Chili (no beans) and a few others that I can't think of.  
But I think you get the idea.

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I want to feel like this.  All happy and smiling while I am cooking knowing I have a new and fun and creative meal to serve. 
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And so each week I plan a menu.  I try to include a new recipe or something different.  But most weeks I fall into that rut. 
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And so with the help and inspiration of a few bloggers.  And by setting my mind to it I think I can make a change and have fun!

Last week I planned to have . . . 
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.

I have no idea what we ate Thursday.  Friday we ended up eating Tacos

 A pretty good week with some good and nutritious meals!
But kinda boring



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

A few new ideas.  I never make smothered Pork Chops. 
But notice my old stand by pot roast.  A little different this week though. 
And then on Friday a blast from the past.  We liked the impossible pies back when the kids were home.  It's been decades since I made one! 

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You know what they say 'The way to a man's heart is through his stomach'.  So maybe with a little effort cupid will hit his mark 
Again!


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Linking at The Fabulous Party

Linking at a few favorites.
See my list below.
If you know of a Menu Monday Party I'd love to join.
Leave me a comment.





Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Supper-On The Dinner Plate


Welcome to my first Sunday Super/On The Dinner Plate.
I have been thinking about doing this series for a while.  I hope you enjoy!
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I don't know about you but when I think Sunday Supper I am transported back to a simpler time when I got to play outside all afternoon and then dash into supper for a full table of wonderful 
mommy cooked delicacies.
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When I think of Sunday Supper I am transported back to the 60's. Mama cooked all our meals.   We weren't all dressed up because it was supper and well we actually didn't 'dress up' at home!  

Sunday Supper 
means family to me
So what memories does Sunday Supper bring back for you?
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Honestly those sweet memories were short lived for me.  
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Things changed around our house as I became a teenager and joined the youth group at church.  Back in the day we had a fantastic youth minister/Choir Director at our church that kept us all busy with activities.  
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Our Sundays began early.  Our breakfasts were always a bowl of cereal and juice.  My mother didn't cook breakfast.  After a bowl of cereal that always had more milk than cereal.  We didn't drink our milk it was always poured into the dog dish.  Remembering back I am not sure now how we got away with that one! 
 
There were no cats in our house but I couldn't find a dog divider

Once I joined choir everything changed.  It was a rushed day.  
Lunch out after church.  And then a relaxing afternoon till I had to be back at church at 4.  The parents got together and served a small dinner usually sandwich's at 5 before choir practise and then church.  
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By the time I became a mom things were a little different.  No Sunday night services only Sunday morning so we always had meals together as a family.  
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When the kids were little (before youth group)  we always had what we called Smorgasbord.  It could be anything from nachos and chips and Queso. To egg rolls.  The kids delighted in trying to see what small finger type foods we could make.  We bought egg roll and wonton wrappers and filled them with all kinds of things. 
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But it's 2018 now.  And Sunday Supper is different. 
Our son is married with a family in Missouri.
Our daughter is planning a wedding in the spring. 
#We're planning a Texas wedding.  
The Cowboy and I and Domino spend quiet evenings together.  
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Most Sundays are not planned.  We might have nachos.  Or we might dig around in the freezer and come up with something.  
We come up with some serious dinners. 
We love to cook and we love to eat!
 
I hope you'll come by often and share dinner with us! 
Tonight
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The Cowboy is cooking ribs on the rotisserie.  Which he loves/I hate.  The rotisserie not the ribs!  I hate to clean it.  It's his job.
If he wants to use it he cleans it.  

I am fixing that old fashioned Mexican Salad with Frito's that we all ate back in the day.  At least we did.  Did you? 

And I am putting some potatoes in the oven to bake.   

Yum
I can't wait for 
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Each week I'll end my post featuring another blogger that cooks. 
I don't know about you but I need help with meal planning.  It 
seems I cook the same ole thing week after week.  I got some 
great inspiration at Renee's.  
Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Click here

I hope you have a Wonderful 
Sunday Supper

Linking at The Fabulous Party  (click Here)
and a few others the list is below
                             



Simple Sunday- Fabulous Party

Psalm 103:2-3
Found on Pinterest no link to source



You can find the features from last week here. My Happy 
Homemaker post will now be 'live' on Saturday so that we can catch the weekend and link earlier on Monday.  
The features are also now on the side bar at Our Holiday Journey.
Click here to visit.  Over there you can find anything special going on or important announcements I write a longer post normally there than here.  With that said . . . 
Let's Party



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

Fri
Cloudy
58°
47°
Sat
Partly Cloudy
70°
56°
Sun
Scattered Showers
71°
40°
Mon
Cloudy
60°
35°
Tue
Partly Cloudy
59°
33°
Wed
Partly Cloudy
61°
37°
Thu
Sunny
63°
44°
Fri
Cloudy
63°
44°
 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. 

Menu 
This weeks
Monday
Mexican Pot Roast, Spanish Rice Beans
Tuesday
Potato Soup, BLT'S
Wednesday
Smothered Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Thursday
Coconut Shrimp (we didn't have last week) Rice Pilaf, 
Chinese Dumplings
Friday
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
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Linking with Happy Homemaker Monday
The Fabulous Party and a few more.
See the links below.



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

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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!