Monday, August 21, 2017

Mealplan Monday #32

Monday - Spicey Sloppy Joes and chips
Tuesday - Brown Sugar Plum Chicken in crockpot, mashed potatoes, green beans or broccoli
Wednesday - Beef Fajita Salads
Thursday - Cheesy Canellini Beans with bacon and spinach, corn muffins
Friday - Indian Chicken in crockpot, jasmine rice, sauteed squash
Saturday - Hubby grills
Sunday - TBA

Friday, August 18, 2017

Updated basket liners

I have these baskets sitting on the counter that hold all the vitamins and meds that Hubby and I  take on a regular basis - it looks like a lot, but it's not all that impressive, trust me. It's just that the bottles are big for those gummie vitamins.  And there might be a bottle or two in there almost empty.  Anyhoo...
The liners were starting to show their age.  When I did my recent kitchen spruce up and washed them, they pretty much fell apart.  I have less time nowadays to craft than I ever did, but I knew I could remedy this.
I really love this colorful stripe.  Its from IKEA many years ago, and I love the colors.  But sadly, I couldn't repair those torn seams.
So I bought some pretty red damask patterned fabric and whipped up another couple liners, using the old ones as a pattern.  Not hard.
I would love to have more cabinet space to put these in, but having them here is a reminder of sorts, so here they live, next to the coffee pot.  A quick little sewing project, for sure, and a cheerful update.
Now, on to the weekend!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Morning at Highlands

Last Saturday we spent the night at Highlands, after a whirlwind day in Hamilton , visiting a cute winery and eating great BBQ.  Hubby slept in, but I made a pot of coffee and settled myself in a chair to see what might wander past our hill.
This was my vantage point just outside of the barn.
Sure enough, after a few minutes something very quietly came into view.
And paused, looking around.  So I sat still.
Then a friend of his/hers appeared - maybe a mated pair?  Gray foxes!  And they couldn't care less that I was snapping phone pics.
Because they were nosing around the woodpile for small rodents or bugs, I guess.
I wish Scout had been here with his awesome camera and telephoto lens.  At one point they noticed me, but didn't run.  Just kept milling around the area, getting closer.
Until one of them sat over by the swing.  A pretty good size fox, I'd say.  Not one bit worried about me.
Hubby was annoyed he missed it.  But I think our foxes have a den on the fence line behind the barn, so I'm sure they'll make another appearance.  After he poured his coffee, we went on a morning walk.
Making our plans...
I spy the pergola, and a tiny bit of the barn.
Time to go cook a bit of breakfast..
...cause the day is well underway!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mealplan Monday #31

Monday - Make your own sammie
Tuesday - Cheater Lasagna, veggie
Wednesday - Buttermilk Fried Chicken Salads
Thursday - Heat and Eat Roast Beef Bowls (leftover roast beef in gravy, masheds, green beans)
Friday - (freezer) Chicken Tacos with pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese, sour cream
Saturday and Sunday - One of these nights will feature Pork Loin Chops with Mushroom Au Gratin Potatoes

Friday, August 11, 2017

5 thing Friday - things I am loving

I have a sort of new-to-me co-worker who likes to create, and she does some beautiful painted canvases.  Here is the one she made for me when I told her I wanted one with a beachy sort of vibe:
For now, it hangs here in the boy bathroom.  But I may put it on the opposite wall so I can center it properly.  And I want to take those clings off the mirror and frame it out.  And maybe add a glass vase of shells and such.  Super simple.
She used beach sand from Port Aransas to give it texture.
I have a love/hate thing going with IKEA.  I love their breakfast - for $2 you cannot go wrong.  Seriously, $2.  Including coffee.
And I have serious designs on obtaining this rug. I think it would be perfect in the den!  But I think the ones they have left are IT so I have to decide pretty soon before they all get snapped up.
Mostly I go to IKEA for kitchen and simple household items - chief among them napkins.
Four months ago, one of fav wineries bottled their plum wine.  We loved it and acquired two bottles of it - one at a random visit, the other at a pick-up.  We were advised to let it age til late summer, so I stored them in a cool place on their side and waited.  When I opened them up, guess what I had?  Fizzy vinegar.  The winery credited us for the bottles and we will maybe pick up two more in a couple of weeks.  Customer service is everything.
We are stealing this idea from a coffee shop in downtown Austin.  A glass garage door for our Someday House at Highlands.  Maybe leading into a great room. (also I like the industrial vibe here)
Can I just say how I love going and doing with Hubby on the weekends?  It's like we are newly married young adults again with no kids and a full two days to do whatever we want.  I'm sure I will always treasure our time as parents of young children, but being parents of adults has its merits...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Rainy day kitchen cleaning

I got into a cleaning and purging mode on Monday since I had already done my grocery shopping on it was raining.  Which is always a good time to do some sprucing indoors.  It all started with me wanting to order a farmhouse mug holder, then remembering I have a small mug tree under a cabinet that I used during the holidays.  That made no sense to me.  Why not put it out and see if that's something I want to keep using?  Make space in the coffee cup cabinet for K-cups and other hot drink related items?
Its been since January that I went through the cabinets and drawers, and things were starting to get messy and disorganized.  Plus, I really wanted to clear off the countertops a bit more.  So starting with one thing, it morphed into a full-fledged kitchen clean up!
I made space in the pantry to store the crockpot I use twice a week.  Took the small wine rack off the cabinet by the cookbooks and set my owl cannisters and recipe box over there.  Got rid of a couple of gadget-y things we don't use, including paring down the dishtowels and a bunch of plastic cutlery. Washed all of my potholders and the linings to the small baskets that we have vitamin bottles in. (note to self: sew two new ones) 
I gave all of the tops a wipe down with bleach water and mopped the floors.  Then I set out my wax tart burner in a spot that would scent my kitchen and actually get used more often.  It felt good to spend some time focusing on my little kitchen that I spend so much time in!  And now it makes me want to tackle some other spaces in the house...

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mealplan Monday #30

Monday - Deli sammie and chips
Tuesday - Southwest Flank Steak in crockpot, rice, veggie
Wednesday - Chicken Avocado Salad on romaine, croutons or such
Thursday - Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti, veggie
Friday - Carnitas Tacos with cheese, sour cream, pico
Saturday and Sunday - TBD, but I have cooked big meals the last two Sundays, so...


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