Monday, February 10, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday - February 10, 2020

Greetings, Dear Ones! Happy Monday! 💗

I trust that you and yours had a great week and weekend. Ours was good here and, in many ways, very productive.


After 3+ years of not feeling well and battling a few health issues I was able to finally get back to daily walking and dancing. I am already feeling healthier and stronger and I am so thankful for God's healing power on every front!

We enjoyed fellowshipping with a couple of our children and their families this past week. Sadly, our youngest daughter wasn't able to make it down as planned though. Every time we get a date set for her come on her days off we get a snowstorm on, either, her end, on ours, or on both. We have rescheduled for early March. 


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The Creek This Week Where I Work
@ Prairie State Park
Had she still been with us, my mother would have celebrated her 79th birthday on Febrary 8th. Its hard to believe that she's been gone going on 15 years.


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My Mother - Margie Kathleen (Lemmons) Brown
Yesterday kicked off a week of week-long of celebrations...three birthdays (grandson, Dante's, was yesterday, granddaughter, Kira's, is tomorrow, and grandson, Jed's, is Wednesday), Valentine's Day, of course, is on Friday, and John and I celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary on that day as well...so...lots going on this week and lots of sweet surprises, I'm sure! 💕


Happy Birthday #5, Dante!
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February 14, 1988
Okay...enough about all of that. Let's join Sandra and the other ladies at Happy Homemaker Monday and take a look at the week ahead, shall we?


Please join me as I link up with Sandra of Diary of a
Stay At Home Mom
 and all the other lovely ladies that gather
there on this week's 
Happy Homemaker Monday! 💗
The weather...

32 degrees with a windchill of 25 and partly cloudy at the moment, but the week ahead doesn't look bad at all. It does look like we might get another round of rain, sleet, and snow on Wednesday though. 


How I am feeling this morning...

... I'm feeling pretty good. A lot of things got done last week that took a lot of stress off and eating 
healthier and getting back to walking and dancing has done wonders! I'm trying to be more consistant in Bible reading and quiet time with the Lord, too, which, actually, is the most important thing of all. 


On my mind...

... Am thinking about the week ahead and planning accordingly. I still have Valentine bags to put together for the grandlittles and I need to pick up ingredients for our anniversary dessert. I have decided to make this...

This raspberry nutella puff pastry heart is an easy Valentine's dessert everyone will love! Quick and easy recipe.
Raspberry Nutella Puff Pastery Heart
On the breakfast plate...

... Fat-free turkey slices, a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese, and an egg on toast with hot tea

On my reading pile...

... am still plugging along on Greater Health God's Way by Stormie Omartian and The Great North American Prairie: A Literary Field Guide (Stories From Where We Live) by Sara St. Antione (Editor)
On my tv computer...

Still enjoying old episodes of Family Affair with Brian Keith and Sabastian Cabot.


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Family Affair - 1966-1971
Mr. French, Jody, Uncle Bill, Cissy, and Buffy
On the menu this week...

Monday - Leftovers and freezer clean-up - last of the crockpot haggis and tatties (freezer), a frozen vegetable medley blend (give to us by someone that was moving) with leftover cauliflower added to it, and salad
Tuesday - Turkey Italian sausage, oven-roasted potatoes, oven-roasted carrots, and salad
Wednesday - Pork roast and noodles over mashed potatoes, oven roasted carrots, brussel sprouts, and salad
Thursday - Italian sausage stuffed peppers, pasta, sauce, peas, homemade French bread, and salad
Friday - Steak, baked potatoes, asparagus spears, and salad with Raspberry Nutella Puff Pastry Heart for dessert
Saturday - Broiled salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and salad
Sunday - Leftovers

Now that I'm getting past some of the food allergies (vinegar, and anything that has vinegar in it...which is pretty much everything) and the anaphylactic reactions that they caused, I am truly thankful to be able to relax and enjoy more of what I am able to eat. A salad used to consist of a bowl of plain lettuce. Yuck!!! Over the past three years I pretty much quit eating salads and fresh vegebles altogether. But, today, a salad consists of not only lettuce (romaine), but a wide of variety of other fresh vegetables including spinach, alfalfa sprouts, grape tomatoes, green pepper, red onion, grated carrot, and diced cucumber, topped with feta cheese, fresh avacado slices, black pepper, and Pompian NON-ALLERGENIC red-wine or balsamic vinegar. I am in love with it! And, again, I am sooooo thankful! 🥗

From the camera...

Yellow Tulips - So Pretty!
Looking around the house...

... I worked Friday and Saturday, was gone all day yesterday afternoon, and didn't do a thing last night. Stuff is strewn about here and there. Rooms need to be straightened and stuff needs put away. There are a few dishes in the sink, the laundry is waiting patiently to be done, and there is Valentine stuff everywhere. Overall it's not bad and it won't take long to get it all back in order once I'm done here.

Chore I'm not looking forward to today or this week...

... I can't think of anything that I'm not looking forward to, so I will tell you what I'm most looking forward to this week! I am greatly looking forward to celebrating birthdays (started that yesterday) and putting together the rest of the stuff for Valentine's Day and our anniversary. This is going to be great week...full of fun and lots of love! 💘

To relax this week, I will...

... enjoy cups of hot tea, read, walk, dance, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy celebrating our anniverary.

On my prayer list...

- President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and every other official in this country at every level - that they would seek God's wisdom and that their eyes and ears would be open to the truth of God's Holy Word.
- For a spiritual awakening in America and beyond
- Friends and family members are suffering health issues, pain, and loss.

Devotional/Bible verse...


Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a lovely, productive, and great week ahead!

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tuesday 4 - Home Work

It's Tuesday and it's time for Tuesday 4! Here are Annie's questions for Week 5 of 2020...


1.  Are you an impulse buyer or do you weigh the value/cost necessity before you buy?
Depends on what it is. If it's something for someone else or it can be used for programs at work I'm pretty much an impulse buyer; otherwise I generally weigh the cost. 

2. What do you really resent having to pay for?


I don't resent having to pay for anything. We make our bills and it's up to us to pay them. I will be glad when we get that last credit card paid off though. Debt freedom has been years in the making and I'll sure be glad when it gets here. 

3.   Do you have  favorite brands of household cleaners, detergents, soaps? Can you tell us why you like them? Maybe you will give us better ideas.


My favorite brand of household cleaners, detergents, and soaps is Mrs. Meyer's; other than that...Norwex. 



Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Products
Mrs. Meyer's because their products are made of plant-derived ingredients and essential oils, and their garden-inspired scents are aromatheraputic. (Doesn't that sound just like a commercial???) It's true though and they really do smell soooo good! Peppermint, lilac, and mum are my favorites! 

As for Norwex...you basically clean with water! I love the window cloths especially! 


4.  What is a typical day of housekeeping for you?

Monday is my main cleaning day. That's the day that I generally do my weekly "home blessing." Other than that I just straighten daily and work on deep-cleaning and organazation as needed and when I have the time...which isn't as often as I'd like. 😊 You can read more about my weekly "home blessing" if you'd like by clicking HERE.

My Kitchen 2016
Until next time...
Rebecca

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday - February 3, 2020

Greetings, Dear Ones! Happy Monday! 💗

I trust that your week and weekend were good and that this first Monday of February finds you ready, willing, and able to tackle a new week head on!

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Speaking of tackling...how 'bout those Chiefs???
While it's true that I've never been a huge fan of football, I am a GIGUNDO fan of Kansas City (it's home) and the Chiefs are our hometown team...so...WOO-HOO!!! I am so proud of those Kansas City Chiefs! 😊 💓🏈

(That's the first football game we've watched since 1994 when Joe Montana was still on the team; we did, however, shut the half-time show off.) 😳🤮🙄

Ironically, I had not been in the shed where my dad stored my mother's things after she passed away since moving in here three and a half years ago (Mom has been gone, going on, fifteen years and Dad on four) and, of all days! We worked on the carport yesterday afternoon and we opened that shed to see if there was room in the shed to store stuff and discovered THIS...

Chiefs Couch Doorstop
It is a miniature Chiefs couch doorstop that my mom made YEARS ago (inside the bottom of the couch is a brick...that's what give it its weight). It's in bad shape (the material is rotten), but of all the days to discover it! Likely the only Chiefs thing on the property (that I know of anyway) and on THE day that the Chiefs were playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in fifty years! Amazing! 😲

Okay...enough about all of that. Let's join Sandra and the other ladies at Happy Homemaker Monday and take a look at the week ahead, shall we?

Please join me as I link up with Sandra of Diary of a
Stay At Home Mom
 and all the other lovely ladies that gather
there on this week's 
Happy Homemaker Monday! 💗
The weather...

Yesterday was gorgeous...73 degrees and sunny; today promises to be nice, too...69 degrees, but windy with a chance of rain this afternoon. The week ahead doesn't look bad at all.




How I am feeling this morning...

... Great! Its Monday (my favorite day of the week) and the sun is shining. I'm ready to get on with it and get some stuff done! 😄

On my mind...

... Thinking about and planning the day and week ahead out and praying over friends and family members that just lost their dad, grandpa, son, and brother.  

On the breakfast plate...

... An egg, fresh veggie, cheese, and sprout omelet made with sprouts that I sprouted myself. 


Egg, Fresh Veggie, Cheese, and Sprout Omelet

While out and about visiting the Amish and Mennonite stores on Wednesday (stocking up on dry goods and spices), we decided to stop in at a little herb shop in Butler. While there I got a sprouting jar and a bag of alfalfa seeds. This was my first time of experimenting with them and my experiment turned out to be a complete success! (And the sprouts are delicious!) 😋

Alfalfa Spouts Inside The Sprouting Jar
Day Fiven and Ready To Eat
On my reading pile...

... Greater Health God's Way by Stormie Omartian and The Great North American Prairie: A Literary Field Guide (Stories From Where We Live) by Sara St. Antione (Editor)
On my tv computer...

Old episodes of Family Affair with Brian Keith and Sabastian Cabot and the Super Bowl. 

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Buffy and Jody
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Patrick Mehomes
Super Bowl 2020
On the menu this week...

Monday - Crockpot haggis and tatties (from the freezer) with roasted carrots and salad
Tuesday - Turkey fajitas (turkey breast fillets, peppers, onions, homemade seasoning, and tortillas)
Wednesday - Out
Thursday - Pork roast, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and salad
Friday - Broiled salmon and baked, broiled, or roasted vegetables (whatever is on hand at week's end) and salad
Saturday - Dh's night to cook
Sunday - Leftovers

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Egg Substitutes
From the camera...

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Taken @ Four Rivers Conservation Area
August A. Busch Jr. Memorial Wetlands
Rich Hill, MO
Looking around the house...

... I worked Friday and Saturday, worked outside all afternoon yesterday, and watched the game last night, so, needless to say, I haven't done a thing to the house in days. Stuff is strewn about here, there, and yonder, there are dishes in the sink, and the laundry needs done...BUT...it won't take long to set everything to rights, so I will work on that later today.


Chore I'm not looking forward to today or this week...

... I can't think of anything that I'm not looking forward to, so I will tell you what I'm most looking forward to this week, and that is washing windows. I had planned on doing that yesterday, but didn't get to it. Hopefully, I will get to that today before the rain starts.


To relax this week, I will...

... enjoy cups of hot tea, read, walk, and spend time with family and friends.

On my prayer list...

- President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and every other official in this country at every level - that they would seek God's wisdom and that their eyes and ears would be open to the truth of God's Holy Word.
- For a spiritual awakening in America and beyond
- Friends and family members are suffering health issues, pain, and loss this morning.

Devotional/Bible verse...

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Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a lovely, productive, and great week ahead!

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tuesday 4 - Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

It's Tuesday and it's time for Tuesday 4! Here are Annie's questions for Week 4 of 2020...

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1. Have you built snowmen, women or even entire families of snow people like little sister Tootie did in Meet Me in St. Louis? Did you use a carrot for the nose? Tell us all about how it.

Ahhhhh! I love snowmen , I love Meet Me in St. Louis! (it's one of my all-time favorites!) 💗 and I love Tootie's snow-family! ⛄⛄⛄ (That is until she starts knocking them all down!) 😲

Tootie's Snow Family in Meet Me In St. Louis
Yes! As a child I built a snowman, snowwoman, or entire snow-family every chance I got! (Made a lot of snow ice cream, too!) I used carrots for noses, raisins for eyes and to make the mouth, sticks for arms, and whatever embelishments I could find...old hats, gloves, scarves, etc. I usually added a string of popcorn, raisins, cranberries...whatever we had...draped over the snowman's arms as an extra treat for the birds.

Snowman That Our Youngest Daughter
(in her 30s) Built Just Last Week 
I love snowmen and use them a lot in decorating and craft ideas. Here are a couple of examples that I have shared with others in the past...


Chocolate Pretzel Snowman Craft
2. Are you hoping for snowmen to melt soon in hotter weather?  Tell us about your favorite time of year and please let us know why you love it. List some ingredient of that season that make it special for you.

Not necessarily. I prefer winter over summer for sure, but fall is, without a doubt, my favorite season...warm days under brilliant blue skies, cool, crisp nights, rustling leaves dressed in fiery reds, deep yellows, and varying shades of browns, golds, and purples, orange pumpkins, geese honking overhead, autumn bonfires, and more! I love it all...the sights, sounds, and smells! In fact, a few years ago, I did a 31-Day series on The Joys of Autumn. Anyone who is interested in reading more about why I love autumn is welcome to go there and check it out

3.Remember bundling up as a child? It took so long to do then you had to go potty and all those layers had to come off again! Is dressing up something you enjoy doing?  Why?


Yes, I do remember bundling up (BEING BUNDLED UP) as a child and I hated it!!! Under all those layers I'd get so hot and sweaty that I was almost claustraphobic. As an adult, I would still rather be underdressed and a bit chilly before being over-bundled and hot in cold weather. I like to layer my clothes so I can peel and un-peel as necessary. 😆

4. In Frozen, the little girl desperately wants to reconnect with her sister and reminds her of the happy times of building snowmen.  Are you disconnected from anyone you'd love to reunite with? What happy times with friends and siblings brings you fond memories and smiles to you?


I can't really say that I'm "disconnected" from anyone (I'm really good about looking people up...even decades later...7th grade art teacher 25 years later...an old friend...an artist...who lives in Paris and spends her summers on a yacht in the Mediterranean after something...like...30 years...yes), BUT...my best friend? Who lives half way across town...less than a mile away? We hardly ever see each other these days, so, yes, if there is anyone that I "feel" disconnected with, it is her. I need to contact her today.

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My BFFF and I and Our Two A. Nicoles
(Me on the Left; Carla on the Right)
(My daughter, Amber, standing behind me; her daughter, Ashley, standing behind her)

I don't have siblings, but what happy times I've shared with family and friends over the years! Some of my most favorite memories have been made over a cup of tea (while sharing a slice of blueberry pie) or going on some wild adventure together! If I was going to "build a snowman" it would be with these folks right here! In fact, I think I HAVE made a snowman with most, if not all of them!!! 

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My more-like-a-sister-than-a-friend friend, Dorothy.
We've been together since 5th grade and are still very close.
Dorothy, did we ever build a snowman together? ⛄

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My friend and used-to-be next-door-neighbor, Robin
(She passed away in 2012 and oh! How I miss her!)
I know that Robin and I built a snowman together. ⛄

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My oldest daughter, Amber, and my Dad
(Dad passed away in 2016 - Miss him so much!)
And of course my dad built a snowman with me when I was a child and I did the same with my children. ⛄

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My youngest daughter, Amanda, and I @ Spring Training 2016
(We both work for Missouri State Parks)
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Me and My Two Aunts, Geneva and Bev
@ Missouri Town 1855 - 2019
And my two crazy aunts??? They were always there to build a snowman with me when I was a child! 💗⛄💗


I loved this week's 'do you want to build a snowman' theme! Didn't you? To join right in, visit Tuesday 4 and share your own answers to these questions! 

Until next time...
Rebecca

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Happy Homemaking Monday - January 27, 2020

Greetings, Dear Ones! Happy Monday! 💗

I hope that your week and weekend were good and that this last Monday of January finds you happy, healthy, and ready to start the week with gusto! Our week here was quiet, but good! 

Monday and Tuesday were spent working around the house and running errands. 

Winter Weather Last Week
The Creek @ Prairie State Park

Due to bad weather (on her end and ours), our youngest daughter was unable to make it down as planned, so Wednesday and Thursday were spent puttering around the house, going through totes, doing a bit of purging and organizing, and I started a couple of new crochet projects...tea cozies and treasure bags.


Tea Cozy and Treasure Bag
I worked Friday...ended up deep-cleaning certain areas there...purging and organizing, too.

Saturday was Burns Night and my cousin, Dave's, birthday, so he came over that evening and we had our traditional version of the Burns Night supper followed by an online reading of Address To A Haggis and a round or two of Auld Lang Syne. Our oldest daughter and her family joined us and an evening of fun was enjoyed by all. The Burns Night supper doesn't make for a colorful plate, but the food is quite tasty! 😋


Not A Very Colorful Plate, But Quite Tasty
Crockpot Haggis, Tatties (without the neeps this year), and Oat Cakes

Yesterday we had church in the morning with a fellowship dinner following and, afterwards, a quiet afternoon and evening at home. 

Enough about last week. Let's take a look at the week ahead now, shall we?


Please join me as I link up with Sandra of Diary of a
Stay At Home Mom
 and all the other lovely ladies that gather
there on this week's 
Happy Homemaker Monday! 💗
The weather...

Right now it's a chilly 32 degrees and foggy, but it's supposed to warm up with a high near 50 today. That's not bad for the last week of January, and the first few days of February promise to be even better! 💗



How I am feeling this morning...

... Good! And ready to get started! I want to get this post, my household chores, and laundry done before taking off for the day.

On my mind...

... The day and week ahead as it promises to be quite busy on every front

On the breakfast plate...

... Toast with jam, yogurt, grapes, and hot tea

On my reading pile...

... Greater Health God's Way by Stormie Omartian and The Great North American Prairie: A Literary Field Guide (Stories From Where We Live) by Sara St. Antione (Editor)
On my tv computer...

Little Men (Canadian TV Series 1998-1999)

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Little Men TV Series on Amazon Prime

On the menu this week...

Monday - Breakfast for supper
Tuesday - Pizza dippin' sticks, sauce, and salad
Wednesday - Ham, beans, and cornbread
Thursday - Oven roasted chicken breasts, brown rice, and salad
Friday - Broiled salmon, baked sweet potatoes, and cheesy cauliflower
Saturday - Dh's night to cook
Sunday - Leftovers

From the camera...


It's About Time!
(Ladies' Group Theme Last Week)
Looking around the house...

... I managed to keep up with things over the weekend, so it's not too bad. There is a bit of straightening to do and a few dishes in the sink. but, other than that, I just need to do a general wiping down and dusting of surfaces, sweep, and run the vacuum.

Chore I'm not looking forward to today or this week...

... this category is so hard for me. I can't think of anything that I'm NOT looking forward to, so I will tell you what I'm MOST looking forward to, and that is going to the Amish and Mennonite stores. Daughter Amber and I are both out of several things (whole grains, baking supplies, spices) so we plan on going together later this week.


To relax this week, I will...

... enjoy a cup of hot tea, read, crochet, walk, and listen to Lamplighter Theatre 

On my prayer list...

- President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and every other official in this country at every level - that they would seek God and His wisdom, and that their eyes and ears would be open to the truth of God's Holy Word.
- For a spiritual awakening in America and beyond
- Friends, family members, and others who are fighting battles this morning...illness, hospitalization, loneliness, financial strain, and more. 
May God's perfect will be done in every circumstance and may His peace settle over all...in Jesus' name.

Devotional/Bible verse...

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Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a lovely, productive, and great week ahead!

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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