Happy Homemaker Monday 03.20.17


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.







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.



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  😉



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.



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






Happy Homemaker Monday 03.13.17


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.







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.



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.



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!!


Pączki Day 2017!!

Pączki are pastries traditional to Polish cuisine. They are similar to doughnuts.

They can be filled with any type of filling.  These are filled with chocolate cream, and strawberry jelly.  I usually prefer apricot or Prune/Plum Butter filling, but I decided to try something different this year.

Why a dedicated day?

This day marks the start of the final week of the pre-Lenten celebrations. While the practice of Pączki Day is traditionally observed the day before Ash Wednesday in the United States, in Poland, pączki sales are the highest on Tlusty Czwartek, or “Fat Thursday.” (The Thursday before Ash Wednesday).



Szczęśliwy Pączki Dziennie!!

(Happy Pączki Day)

Happy Homemaker Monday 02.27.17


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.








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.



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



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 😀





#BlogBattle 7: Shine – Your Time to Shine

🙂 Tuesday = #Blogbattle

#BlogBattle is a weekly short story challenge using a single word for inspiration.  Hosted by the talented Rachael Ritchey. She has changed things up a little bit.  Now the word and the genre is provided.  This will definitely stretch my creative muscles as I attempt to write other types of stories.

Feel free to join in, or click here to read the current week’s stories and vote for your favorites.


This Week’s Word: Shine

Genre:  Folklore  – the songs, stories, myths, and proverbs of a people or “folk” as handed down by word of mouth

This is my Hail Mary pass 😉


Your Time to Shine

My mom and grandma are coming by to see my new house.  They were so happy that we decided to move closer to them, it will be nice to visit with them, it’s been awhile.

My grandma comes in carrying her famous coffee cake, and a Ziplock bag full of assorted teas.  I take them and put them in the kitchen.  After I give them the grand tour of the house, we sit down in the living room.  Mom and grandma fill me in on who’s doing what in the family.

As if she could sense what time it was, Grandma looks at her watch and says, “Oh, Natalie, it’s almost time for tea, can you put the kettle on?”

“Sure Grandma.”  I say, as I continue talking to my mom.  But she interrupts me, and says, “I’ll help you in the kitchen, we can talk in there.”

Nearly dragging me in here, “Mom? What’s the rush with the tea?  I was going to do it.”

“I know hon, Grandma likes to have her tea at the same time.  It’s what she has always done, and her mother before her, just indulge her.”  My mom leaves the kitchen to let Grandma know it’s ready.

Once they sit down, Grandma starts preparing her tea and says, “Natalie, would you like to know why we have tea promptly at 1:30?”

“Sure Grandma. Do you really do this every day?”

“Of course dear, it’s a habit now.  But I can remember how my mother would do it every day, even if she was in the middle of something, she would stop and have her tea.  It wasn’t until I had a home of my own, that she told me why she did it, so this is why I am telling you.”

I look over to my mom with eyes questioning, with a smile on her face she nods her head slightly letting me know I need to listen.

“Well, I know you don’t remember your great grandfather,” she starts then says, “God rest his soul” as she makes the sign of the cross.  “You see, he was a very wealthy man.  Shortly after he married my mother, they moved into a beautiful home that backed up to a forest.  She didn’t have to work, so she took care of the house, then us kids.  She had 5 kids within 6 years, so she was very busy.  She didn’t believe in asking for any help, this was her job, and she was going to do it.  Well, one day after she put us all down for a nap, she decided to make a cup of tea and relax for a moment before she cleaned the house.  But the tea relaxed her so much so that she fell asleep.  But when she awoke, the whole house was clean.”

“Wait…what?  How?” I question, looking at my mom and then at my Grandma as they both casually drink their tea.

“It took a while for her to figure out what was going on, but after that first time, she decided to have tea the same time every day, and every day she would fall asleep and the house was clean when she awoke.  She felt that there could possibly be something in the tea that made her sleep.  So, one day she pretended to drink the tea so that she could stay awake, and see who or what was responsible for this.  As she pretended to be asleep, she could hear movement in the kitchen, so she quietly got up and peeked into the kitchen to see who was in there.  What she saw, she couldn’t believe her eyes.”

Another pause as Grandma cuts herself another slice of cake.  Are you kidding me? “What? What did she see?”

“More tea honey?” My mom asks.

“Mom,” I whine not unlike an impatient child.

Grandma laughs quietly before she continues, “What she saw in her kitchen were a half dozen elves, cleaning with an efficiency and quickness that was unearthly.”

I almost spit out my tea, “Elves.”

“Oh, not like Christmas Elves with pointed shoes and funny costumes.  She described them as beautiful creatures, with fair skin and long flowing hair, the females and males, both with piercing green eyes, though they did have the pointed ears, and were small, yet looked very human.  Boy, could these elves clean, the floor had such a lustrous shine you could see your reflection in it.  That day when they were done, she followed them into the forest to see where they lived.  As she approached the tree they called home, an aroma of sweet goodness filled the air.  Not only could these small beings clean, they could bake too.  That explained the freshly baked cookies she found a couple of times sitting on the kitchen counter.  After her discovery, she contemplated telling my father about what she discovered, but then she feared he would not believe her, and send her away.  So instead she decided to make that her daily routine.  The elves eventually stopped coming once she didn’t need the help anymore.”

We were all quiet for a moment as I absorbed this tale, until finally I say, “So you both believe that actually happened?”

Grandma spoke first, “You see Natalie, the way my mother told the story, you couldn’t help but to believe.  Now, whether it was true or not, only she knows, God rest her soul.  But I know because of it, I found the importance of taking time for myself each and every day.  It helped me be a better mother, a better wife, and just a better person.”

“But mom I don’t remember you doing this, did you?”

Before she answers she nods her head back and forth, “Yes, and no.”

“What does that mean?” My Grandma inquires.

“I’m more flexible in not making it a set time, and my beverage of choice is coffee.  You never saw me do it Natalie, because I always did it while you were in school.  Grandma is right though, when she told the story you couldn’t help but believe it.  So, as I took my break each day and sipped my coffee, I thought of the story, and the possibility of things that we can’t explain.  That time has served me well over the years too.”

“So, you see dear, we share this story with you so that you can apply it to your life, however you see fit.  Because it’s in those fleeting silent moments where you’ll find what makes your soul shine.”


© 2017 Carrie Ann