Monday, January 11, 2016

Homemaker's Journal: Monday, January 11, 2016

One of my goals this year is to document our lives a little bit better. Keeping a journal has always been a challenge for me, and not something I grew up doing. Posting something positive on a Monday may help me look forward to the rest of the week.

THE WEATHER THIS WEEK...

Sunny, cold and breezy. Current temperature in 36 degrees. I wish I didn't have to go anywhere today. We are expected to reach a whopping high of 44 degrees later this afternoon. Sunny for the rest of the week, except for Friday, with rain expected in the afternoon. Temperatures range from high 40s to mid-50s throughout the week.

AROUND THE HOME...

The kitchen counter is a mess. I had been doing really well about making sure the dishes were in the dishwasher and the counter cleaned off each night before bed, but I dropped the ball last night. I blame the drop in temperature. Hopefully my family will understand. Bridget woke up wanting to play the piano. She is reading some notes for her right hand, and becomes frustrated easily. We had an impromptu lesson last night as my husband bathed the boys. She had spent the weekend teaching herself how to play "Joy to the World". Liam has Bridget's purse and has filled it with cheerios. He takes them out of the purse, puts them on the floor, then picks them up again to put in her purse. George woke up late (he does not yet do formal school with us so I let him sleep 'til whenever) and insisted on a peanut butter and agave sandwich for breakfast. He is not the biggest fan of yogurt, so I obliged.


AGENDA FOR TODAY...

Bridget has schoolwork to do; a new math lesson and copywork from a new story. I will read-aloud after Liam is put down for his nap after lunch. I need to finish laundry from Saturday (I am doing my very best not to do laundry or any other unnecessary chores on Sunday). The children did a number on the living room over the weekend, including our homeschool area, so I will need to get them to help me tidy up. Gymnastics this afternoon. I will need to prep the eggplant before we leave, as chaos ensues when we return home with statements of hunger and starvation from the children. Tonight's dinner is simple and all I need to do is to put the eggplant in the oven, boil pasta, and heat up a jar of marinara sauce. 

A PEEK INTO MY DAY...

Liam tries to be a part of school. He is a hand full!


A FAVORITE QUOTE FOR TODAY...

“As you create a home, don't get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don't dwell on your failures, but think of your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey.” 
― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

ON THE MENU...

Sunday: Falafel w/ Tahini Sauce, Pita
Monday: Eggplant Parmesan, Angel Hair with Marinara
Tuesday: American Goulash, Homemade Rolls, Green Beans
Wednesday: Leftovers or Sandwiches
Thursday:  Mexican Pizza
Friday: Moo Shoo Vegetables w/ Chinese Pancakes
Saturday: Minestrone, Breadsticks

For a more detailed menu with recipe links, see my Weekly Meal Plan post from Saturday.


I AM READING...


PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK...

Dance starts back this week. I have a mid-week grocery trip planned for fresh produce I was unable to get on Saturday. The husband has his annual review this week with his employer. This is usually when he gets a pay raise and/or bonus, though neither are mandatory. He may end up with nothing but a pat on the back, and that's okay. My husband wants two dishwashers in our new home. I cook a lot and he proved to me over the weekend that perhaps this would be best. I suppose I have to agree. Will need to submit that to the builder. Honestly, I am a little burned out on this house thing. I still want the house, but I don't have the time for all of the nitty-gritty details that need to get worked out.


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Monday, January 4, 2016

Homemaker's Journal: Monday, January 4, 2016

One of my goals this year is to document our lives a little bit better. Keeping a journal has always been a challenge for me, and not something I grew up doing. Posting something positive on a Monday may help me look forward to the rest of the week.

THE WEATHER THIS WEEK...

Sunny, cold and breezy. Highs for the day are in the low 40's. We got snow flurries this afternoon. Tomorrow will be very cold with temperatures in the 20's and 30's. Rain is expected toward the end of the week with temperatures in the mid-60's.

AROUND THE HOME...

The Christmas tree came down last night after the children went to bed. The husband spotted a few brown spots and told me not to turn the tree lights on anymore. Without being able to enjoy the pretty lights, the tree is of no use to me so I took it down. My 3-year-old, George, was not pleased with this and sobbed on his bed for an hour, crying out about how mommy is throwing the Christmas tree into the trashcan and how Christmas is over and how it makes him so sad. It was pitiful and I couldn't help but chuckle.


AGENDA FOR TODAY...

I need to renew our library books so that I will not need to make a special trip to return them. After a short vacation over Christmas, Bridget will begin her homeschool studies again today. The older children have gymnastics this afternoon. Tonight's dinner calls for "roasted" bell peppers. I do not have a gas stove and do not feel like firing up our charcoal grill just for 4 bell peppers, so I am thinking I will attempt to use the broiler to achieve the "charred" affect. 

A PEEK INTO MY DAY...


Bridget working with her math manipulatives

A FAVORITE QUOTE FOR TODAY...

"Homemaking is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, mines, cars, government, etc. exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? ... The homemaker's job is one for which all other's exist." 
C. S. Lewis

ON THE MENU...

Sunday: Pizza Burgers w/ Avocado Pesto
Monday: Creamy Yellow Pepper Pasta
Tuesday: Brunswick Stew
Wednesday: Leftovers or Sandwiches
Thursday:  Saag Aloo, Chana Masala, Vegetable Biryani, and Garlic Naan
Friday: Orange Tofu
Saturday: Chickpea Filets w/ Lemon-Dill Aioli

For a more detailed menu with recipe links, see my Weekly Menu post from Saturday.


I AM READING...

PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK...

I hope for a successful homeschool week. Dance classes do not start back until next week, so aside from a quick trip to the grocery store, I hope to be staying at home. I hate running errands when it is freezing cold outside. There is a lot to do around the house, as to be expected with a family of five.

I really need to finish up plans for our new house and submit them to the builder. My husband keeps changing things with the master bathroom (he cannot make up his mind on whether or not he wants a tub) and now I have revamped our kitchen. I think the builders hate us by now.

I have also made a goal this year with my 6-year old daughter, Bridget, in reading a very special and sacred book to her. It is far above her level of understanding but I am hoping that the spirit will assist her. She is very excited.


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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Weekly Menu: Week 1

A new year, a new week, a new menu!

For this weeks menu, I asked my husband to sit down with me after the children went to sleep to go through some recipe books and pick out anything new he'd like to try while I did the same. He surprised me by picking out Indian food for dinner on Thursday. He has never been to an Indian restaurant and has almost no experience with Indian flavors (with the exception of curry, which he loves). I've never made Indian food, so it will be a new adventure for me as well.

The children are excited to get back to "school" and I have to say, I enjoy making school lunch.

This year, I will be sticking to my sweet treat for their afternoon snack, as the sugar after dinner makes it nearly impossible to get them to fall asleep at a reasonable time.

A couple of changes are also taking place this year. I am not planning a dinner for Wednesdays, as it will give me an opportunity to get rid of leftovers (we also don't get home from extracurricular activities until after our usual dinner time, so anything I can either warm up with prepare very quickly is best). The second change is that because our church meetings this year do not start until 1 p.m., we will be enjoying a Sunday brunch as a family.




SUNDAY

Brunch
Cinnamon Rolls

Dinner
Veggie Starter: Salad
Main Course: Pizza Burgers with Avocado Pesto


MONDAY

Breakfast
Special K Red Berries with Soy Milk, Banana
Lunch
Southern Chickpea Salad, Whole Wheat Crackers, Yellow Squash, Grapes
Snack
Cinnamon Rolls
Dinner
Veggie Starter: Brussels Sprouts
Main Course: Creamy Yellow Pepper Pasta


TUESDAY

Breakfast
Cream of Wheat with Agave and Strawberries
Lunch
Gardein Mandarin Chik'n, Brown Rice, Green Beans, Mandarin Oranges
Snack
Muddy Buddies
Dinner
Veggie Starter: ---
Main Course: Brunswick Stew

 

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast
Marmalade Pancakes
Lunch
Pizza Hummus, Triscuts, Salad, Strawberries
Snack
Chewy Ginger-Molasses Cookies
Dinner
Veggie Starter: ---
Main Course: Leftovers or Sandwiches


THURSDAY

Breakfast
Toast with Peanut Butter, Fresh Fruit
Lunch
Macaroni and Cheese, Broccoli, Sliced Apples
Snack
Muddy Buddies
Dinner
Veggie Starter: ---
Main Course: Indian Buffet: Saag Aloo, Chana Masala, Vegetable Biryani, Garlic Naan


FRIDAY

Breakfast
Yogurt, Granola, Fresh Fruit
Lunch
Chili and Cheese Nachos, Sliced Pears
Snack
Ice Cream
Dinner
Veggie Starter: ---
Main Course: Orange Tofu, Brown Rice, Broccoli


SATURDAY

Dinner
Veggie Starter: ---
Dinner: Chickpea Filets with Lemon-Dill Aioli, Asparagus, Mashed Potatoes



Recipes for the meals above are provided in the appropriate link or will be provided in a later post.


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