Happy Homemaker Monday 04.24.17

Good Morning!!  So I had a very interesting week.  I had mentioned last week that I was feeling under the weather.  Well, I did go see my Primary Doc on Tuesday, and she had a blood test done to check my hemoglobin levels STAT, and then referred me to a Gynecologist, which I saw on Wednesday.  My Gynecologist did an Endometrial Biopsy, and then after getting the results of the blood test, suggested I go to the ER to get a blood transfusion.  My hemoglobin level was at 7.3, down from 13 in November.  Normal range is 11 – 16.  So yes, that was the cause of the fatigue and light headedness. Not to mention how pale I was even in spite of being so fair skinned to begin with.  Just about everyone who saw me in the ER had to mention, “You look a little pale.”  Yeah, thanks for noticing, lol. Because I had to get two units of blood, I actually had to stay over night, soooo not the Hilton.  I also had an ultrasound done while I was there.  I see my Gynecologist on Wednesday to get the results of the tests.  I am feeling much better, but still not out of the woods as far as the levels.  I will be taking Iron daily for awhile.  Oh, the joys of being a woman, things can only get better from here.  Hope everyone has a great week ahead!!

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

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BOOK REVIEW:

Looking for a book that will make you laugh out loud?  This is it!!

As an avid romance reader, I am used to stories about 30-something singles finding their one true love.  Poggibonsi is not that…it is so much more!!  It’s fun, smart, sexy, hilarious and will make you think about your own relationships.  This story is about a married couple and explores the delicate act of balancing careers, kids, and marriage itself, which makes it very refreshing.  The characters, the situations that arise, and the fact that it is written from the man’s point of view, sharing every thought that the main character has at every moment, makes it straight forward and brutally true.  The setting is a small picturesque town in Italy, so the Italian phrases interspersed throughout, used by the Italian characters enhances the story, even though I have no clue what they mean, it intensifies the aura of romance and sexiness that is Italy.  While the American characters are fluent in sarcasm; this bolsters the comedic tone.

Dan Alatorre writes some of the best dialogue that I have read.  The banter between his characters had me laughing out loud at the sheer brilliance of it at times.  He writes characters that are always fun and so likeable, I just want to sit down and have a cup of coffee with them.

In the midst of humor and chaos, this story addresses some serious topics, yet doesn’t gloss over them, but gets to the core of the issue.  It is done in such a way that it makes you think, and just might change your mind on how you view certain situations.  A story that is entertaining yet offers such introspect is truly a gift.  My emotions ran the gamut from laughing and elated to tearful and heartbroken as I read each chapter.  This book is chock full of humor and romance.   Add in a little sex along with some tender, bittersweet moments, and a shocking twist, and you’ve got yourself a book you cannot put down until you turn the last page.

 

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Happy Homemaker Monday 04.17.17

Good Evening!!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  I have been a bit under the weather dealing with things associated with being a woman approaching that wonderful age of 50.  Will see the doc this week though.  The actual weather has been nice.  I think it is safe to say that it should be here to stay.  Have a wonderful week ahead!!

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

 

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 RECIPE I WANT TO TRY:

This always looks good to me, I love cauliflower, and this looks like a delicious healthy way to eat pizza.

 

WHAT I’M READING:

I actually did finish that book that I was reading the first time, but ended up reading half of it again.  I recently started reading one called The Code Theif  by Justin Conboy, it’s a fast-paced, cyber, espionage thriller. A boy hacks into the CIA and they find him and take him in.  His brother is autistic and considered a mega-savant, where he can read and learn code in a few days and had hacked into NASA prior to this incident.  Part of his punishment was he was not allowed to be in the same room as a computer, but he was when his brother hacked into the CIA, so they are both in trouble.  It’s looks really good, it’s appealing to the computer geek in me, and hackers intrigue me, how they can figure ways around all that code.

  

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The Cubs season officially started, and they had the flag raising ceremony on opening day, and then the ring ceremony.  That is one fine piece of jewelry, diamonds, rubies and sapphires…yes please!!

 

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My youngest surprised me with my favorite treats, said it was from the Easter Benny ♥

 

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Happy Homemaker Monday 04.10.17

Good Morning…er, Afternoon…ugh, Evening!!  Had a beautiful weekend weather wise, today we had a very brief spring storm. The warmer weather will make everything green again, and all kinds of things will be in bloom and growing in our yard.  My mom and I have been looking at the yard deciding what we will do with it this year, and need to start formulating a schedule to get it done.  Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead, and a Happy Easter!!

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

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RECIPE I’VE TRIED:

I made this Mongolian Beef, and it was delicious.  Very distinct flavor to it, and easy to make.  I just realized as I am listing the ingredients that I didn’t use ginger or the chili flakes, forgot to put them in, ugh!!  It was still good though 😀

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

2 1/2 pounds flank steak, cut into thin strips

1 cup carrot, shredded

3/4 cup soy sauce

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup cornstarch

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

1 teaspoon red chili flakes

Add steak strips and cornstarch to a large resealable bag, and shake until beef is thoroughly coated. Stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, olive oil, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes in the bottom of slow cooker, then add beef and stir until covered with sauce.

Cover and cook on high for 2‐3 hours, or on low for 4‐5 hours. 30 minutes before the beef is done, stir in grated carrots. 3 4 Garnish with green onions, serve, and enjoy!

 

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These always amaze me.

 

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Older photo from my resident photographer.  Looking forward to sunny days on the lake.

© 2016 Liv’s Photography

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Happy Homemaker Monday 04.03.17

Good Morning!!  It’s April already!!  Had a nice spring break, it rained most of the time.  Had a nice lunch with my mom and daughter, and visited the home décor shop that is connected to the restaurant we ate at.  My mom bought the cutest little yard decoration.  It’s a little boy jumping over a fire hydrant wearing a baseball outfit.  His hat has a C on it, yep for Cubs!!  Once we find the perfect spot for it, and get our yard in order I’ll post pics.  Only 2 more months of school left!!  Enjoy your week!!

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

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RECIPE I’VE TRIED:

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells.  This were really good, and I just thoroughly impressed my kids. (it must have been the fresh parsley I used as a garnish on top).  Very good flavor, and pretty simple to make.  Ben, my Chopped guy, sat down with his plate and said, “Isn’t this fancy? Maybe a little too fancy.”

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Courtesy of delish.com

1 lb. jumbo pasta shells

2 c. Shredded chicken

1 c. ricotta

3/4 c. shredded mozzarella

3/4 c. grated Parmesan

1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 tbsp. butter

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 c. milk

Preheat oven to 350º. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook jumbo pasta shells according to package directions until al dente. Drain and return to pot.

In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Make sauce: In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes, then add cream cheese and whisk until completely combined. Stir in milk, remaining mozzarella and Parmesan, and bring to a simmer. Season with more salt and pepper. Let thicken over low heat, 3 to 5 minutes.

In a baking dish, spread a layer of sauce. Stuff shells with chicken-ricotta mixture and place in baking dish. Spoon more sauce all over shells.

Bake until warmed through and bubbly, 15 minutes.

Garnish with parsley and serve.

 

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So clever and fun!!

 

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This is a pic of my mom’s sandwich from our lunch.  Coincidentally we all had turkey sandwiches (my fav!!).  It’s such a quaint little restaurant, original hard wood floors, and exposed brick walls.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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Gorgeous!!

 

 

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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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