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September 22, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - September 22, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Harvest Crunch with a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Enjoy the lovely weather!

Currently reading:
Debt-Proof Your Christmas by Mary Hunt

The weather outside is:
So beautiful today.  It's going to reach 29C this afternoon. 

On the menu this week:
Monday - Barbecue chicken with asparagus and salad
Tuesday - Maple salmon with rice and peas
Wednesday - Hamburgers
Thursday - Chicken stir fry with beansprouts and rice
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Homemade mac and cheese
Sunday - Butter chicken


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Read
     
Favorite photo from the camera:




Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye):
My sister-in-law just shared this lovely blog with me.  Julie is a food writer and I can't wait to read through her recipes.    


If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here



September 18, 2014

15 Years Ago



If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 


And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.



September 15, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - September 15, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Cornflakes with a cup of tea.  

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Work on Etsy shop
Dig up my veggies from the garden
List more items for sale on Kijiji

Currently reading:
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.

The weather outside is:
Sunny with blue skies and a high of 21C this afternoon.   

On the menu this week:
Monday - Baked chicken with rice and green beans
Tuesday - Steak with baked potatoes and mushrooms
Wednesday - Spaghetti bolognaise with caesar salad
Thursday - Sausages and mash
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Dinner out
Sunday - Out for family dinner


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Relax in a hot bath!
   
Favorite photo from the camera:

Nothing new this week.  

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye):
I really enjoyed this post by Stephanie at Keeper of the Home  



If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here


September 12, 2014

Homemade Italian Seasoning


Ingredients:

1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp dried marjoram
1 tbsp dried oregano 
1 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp dried sage
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried basil

Directions:

1.  Place all ingredients into a food processor or spice grinder and pulse until desired consistency.

2.  Store in an air tight container.  

Enjoy!


September 10, 2014

How To Find Your Oven Hot Spot


Here's a simple way to find your oven hot spot.  

1.  Preheat your oven to 350F.  

2.  Line a cookie sheet with bread slices and put into the oven.  

3.  When the bread starts to toast, make a note of which slices toast faster than the others.  These indicate the hot spots in your oven.  

Based on this knowledge, you can make adjustments in your baking (such as rotating pans or placing a pan in a different part of the oven) to prevent burning.  



September 08, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - September 8, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Ezekiel cereal with a cup of tea.  

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Grocery shopping
Bake granola bar

Currently reading:
Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

The weather outside is:
Wet!  Fall has arrived early.    

On the menu this week:
Monday - Roast pork with mashed potatoes, peas and carrots
Tuesday - Chicken pot pie
Wednesday - Ham steak with baked beans and oven-baked fries
Thursday - Baked chicken with mushroom sauce over rice
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Maple salmon with rice and green beans
Sunday - Spaghetti bolognaise with caesar salad


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Plan some blog posts.  
    
Favorite photo from the camera:





Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye):
I have just discovered Stephanie's blog (Mama & Baby Love).      

If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here


September 06, 2014

Summer Vacation

Oh wow!  How quickly did this summer pass by?

My sister came to stay with us for a few weeks and we had such a great time.

We took a drive down to Coaldale, near Lethbridge to visit the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre.   We try and make a run down there every summer as the girls enjoy meeting the birds.


Miss C. celebrated her 5th birthday with a trip to the zoo and then dinner at her favourite restaurant, Boston Pizza.



Of course, we had to visit our local amusement park.
 


And then we had a surprise trip to Vancouver.  The girls were so excited when they found out where we were going.

We did so much in our four days.  We drove to Steveston, White Rock, went on a boat ride, visited the aquarium, took a chair lift ride up Grouse Mountain, went up the wind turbine at the top of the mountain, saw grizzly bears, played at the beach, walked on the sea wall, took the small boat to Granville Island and had lovely fish and chips and then on our final day we went to the science centre.









We were all exhausted when we came home, but had such a fabulous time!


September 02, 2014

First Day of School 2014




How is it possible that I now have two children in school?

Life moves quickly.  Let's pause and appreciate these small moments.