Happy Homemaker Monday 03.27.17

Good Afternoon!!  We are officially on spring break, and it is quite gloomy outside today.  Looks like the whole week will be like that.  Friday, it was sunny and 80°. My daughter and I had all the windows open, and enjoyed cleaning up the house, by 6 p.m. the temp dropped to 46 °, we call it Swinter (summer and winter in one day).  Don’t have any great plans during this time off, maybe lunch with my mom and daughter and a stop at the local Marketplace where they sell vintage home décor, our favorite!!  Hope everyone has a great week!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

WHAT I’M READING:

I actually went back to a book that I had not finished. J. S. Scott’s A Billionaire’s Voice. A deaf former Olympic ice skater falls for a hot looking billionaire.  Romance stories always follow the same patterns, they meet, he’s rich, she’s not, she doesn’t think he would ever fall for her, he has to have her.  One point they break up, then they realize they can’t live without each other, and live happily ever after.  Yet I keep reading them, can’t help it, I just love a good romance 😉 I think what draws me to these stories are the characters, their occupations, and their personalities. I also look for how things are described, good dialogue and how an author incorporates gestures.  Now I just need to put all this accumulated knowledge to use and write my own romance novel.

 

RECIPE I’VE TRIED:

This is actually something my daughter has tried, everyone loves them when she makes them.  These are super easy, and super delicious!!

Easy Apple Pie Bites

 Ingredients: 

  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 (1/2-inch) slices
  • 1 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury Original crescent rolls

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Unwrap the crescent roll and separate the triangles.
  3. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  4. Evenly spread butter onto each triangle.
  5. Sprinkle each triangle with a lot of sugar and cinnamon mixture, and sprinkle with the pecans or walnuts,
  6. Wash the apple and cut into 8 equal slices.
  7. Place a piece of apple on each triangle of dough (on a wider side) and roll it in a croissant.
  8. Arrange crescent roll croissant(bites) on a cookie sheet.
  9. Spread the remaining butter on each crescent roll croissant and sprinkle with additional sugar and cinnamon.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe and photo courtesy of cakescottage.com

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

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FAVORITE PIC(s) FROM THE CAMERA:

Boys sorted out all their Lego’s by color.  This is a small portion of what they actually have, each color has their own container, so much easier when they are organized like this.

 

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Happy Homemaker Monday 03.20.17

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Good Afternoon!!  Happy first day of Spring!!  Last week we had a little snow storm, dumping about 4- 6 inches of white fluffy snow.  It was so beautiful as it came down, see FAVORITE PIC(s) FROM THE CAMERA below.  But it has all melted, and we are ready for spring.  I am actually looking forward to warmer weather.  We start our spring break at the end of the week.  Enjoy your week!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

WHAT I’M READING:

I finished the beta read: Poggibonsi: an Italian misadventure by Dan Alatorre.  A really good story!! Comedy, romance and a few surprises thrown in.  It will soon be published, and once it is I will post my review then.

  

MOVIE REVIEW:

I don’t normally go to the show, but this weekend opened Beauty and the Beast, and it was playing at the theater in town, my sister asked if I wanted to go, and I was like Yes!!  My niece and future niece-in-law (is that actually a thing?) also went (my daughter had other plans, so I’ll just have to see it again, lol).  I always liked the story, even though I watched it far too many times with my daughter.  But I knew that the special effects were going to be awesome, and they were!!  Disney also added to the story, and there were a couple new songs as well.  It was all that I expected and more…and why wouldn’t it be…after all, it’s a tale as old as time  😉

 

WHAT I’M WATCHING ON TV:

I have watched This is Us from the beginning.  I have yet to watch the final episode.  That has been a really good show, emotional, but good.  The other one I started is Imposters on Bravo.  That is a really good show.  Each episode leaves you hanging.  Monday starts Dancing with the Stars, which I haven’t watched in awhile.  But David Ross, the retired Cub’s catcher is competing, so I will try and ‘catch’ (see what I did there, lol) a couple of episodes of that.  I haven’t kept up with Quantico, might still watch that one.  I’ve kept up with Blindspot, which is really good!!  I also watch The Good Place.  The episodes are short, so I’ll watch them here and there.  I like Kristen Bell, and Ted Danson is in it as well.  It’s pretty funny, and nice to have a light-hearted comedy in the midst of all the drama, lol.

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

This is incredible!!  Worth watching through to the end.

 

FAVORITE PIC(s) FROM THE CAMERA:

 

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Happy Homemaker Monday 03.13.17

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Good Evening!!  Trying to get back into the swing of things.  After not having any snow for the months of January and February, we just now got a couple of inches this morning. Nothing to write home about really, maybe 2” but they are talking some lake effect snow for us tonight. We finished the standardized testing for the boys last week, now we are concentrating on getting the extra projects done so that we can enjoy our spring break at the end of the month.  We are also trying to adjust to the time change from over the weekend, where we had to “spring forward.”  Hope everyone has a wonderful week!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

WHAT I’M READING:

I just finished reading the book I was Beta reading, need to get my thoughts together on it.  It was an enjoyable read, had me literally laughing out loud.  I’ll post my review of it next week.

I haven’t been using my kindle as much, as I have downloaded the app on my phone.  But I did use it to do this beta read, so that I could highlight and add notes as I went along.  As I was looking through my library, I noticed I actually have a couple of books that I have started, but never finished.  I’ll have to get to those soon.

 

RECIPE I’VE TRIED:

A few weeks ago, I actually did try the Slow Cooker Shredded Steak Tacos, and they were really good, they have a really good flavor, and so easy to make!!  A nice change from the tacos I usually make with hamburger meat.  Find the recipe from my previous post here.

 

FAVORITE PIC FROM THE CAMERA:

This is a throwback photo that came up on my FB feed as a memory.  I had forgotten all about it.  It’s Livi’s first attempt at photo editing.

 

FINALLY…a bag of chips that can satisfy a hungry teenage boy!!

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Happy Homemaker Monday 02.27.17

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Good Evening!!  Just now getting this together.  With the boys new virtual school they have to do standardized testing.  So today, we had to go to a college almost 30 miles from our house for the first round.  It’s today and tomorrow, and next Monday and Tuesday as well.  Something totally new for all of us, at least it was a nice sunny day for a drive (though rain in the forecast for tonight).  Wow, last week of February already.  Have an awesome week!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

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LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

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WHAT I’M READING:

Being that I had some time to kill, I downloaded the new Bella Andre book, Now That I Found You.  This is part of a series that I have read from her. Her books are your typical romance, but her characters are always interesting.

What I am looking forward to is being able to beta read for the same author I did previously.  This book I have actually been waiting for, so getting a sneak peek is going to be exciting.  I’ll be posting more about it later.

 

RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

I don’t know if this is a snack, or breakfast, but it sure looks delicious.  Who doesn’t love bacon?

 

FAVORITE VIDEO(S) FROM THE WEB:

A real live teddy bear…that can EAT YOU!!  I don’t know if this is adorable or frightening. I’m leaning towards adorable, can’t help but smile when I watch this 😀

 

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Happy Homemaker Monday 02.20.17

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Good Afternoon!!  Celebrating President’s Day with a nice 4-day weekend!!  And it was nice indeed.  I planned myself a me-time getaway, and it was absolutely wonderful!!  I didn’t go far, just stayed at one of the Hilton hotels about 30 minutes away.  It was relaxing, quiet and oh so needed.  When I checked in, the guy at the desk asks if I would be staying alone, and I was like, Oh, yes, and told him it was my me-time getaway.  He said when he worked at a hotel in Florida, a lady would check in the same time every week, and he finally asked her what it was that brought her to the hotel so frequently, and she told him it was her time away from her husband and kids, it was her Calgon moment. She would order food in and spend time in the Jacuzzi.  That must have been one happy lady, if she was able to do that on a weekly basis, lol 😀 I still have today off, then we’re back at it on Tuesday, but silently counting down to Spring Break. 😉  Hope everyone is doing well, here’s to another week!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

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LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

 FAVORITE RECIPE:

Here is another one of my favorite family recipes, I am the 4th generation to make this cake.  It’s simple yet so delicious, perfect with coffee.

Milnot Coffee Cake

3 cups flour

3 t baking powder

½ lb. butter or margarine

1 can Milnot (Evaporated Milk)

2 cups sugar

2 t Almond extract

4 eggs

Pinch of salt

Cinnamon and Sugar mixture

Blend flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter until crumbly.  Take out 2 good sized handfuls (about 2 cups) and set aside.  To the rest add eggs, milk and almond flavor.  Pour into greased 9 x 13 inch pan and sprinkle crumbs you set aside.  Then sprinkle top with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN:

Our library also has an Adult Game night.  When my mom was at the book club meeting, she found out that this month the Game night was for Scrabble.  So her and I went.  We played with two other ladies, one that I knew from the Adult Coloring Café, and the other lady my mom knew, neither of them had ever played Scrabble before.  It was fun, my mom actually won at our table.  There weren’t any prizes, but it was fun to get out and play, as well as chat with friends.

FAVORITE VIDEO(S) FROM THE WEB:

Amazing!!

 

FAVORITE PIC FROM THE CAMERA:

This pic was taken Monday, February 17, 2014, our second snowy winter here.  I have really missed the snow this winter 😦

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