Monday, December 6, 2021

Master List and Menu Plan Monday - December 6. 2021

Greetings, Dear One! Happy Monday! 💗

It's the first Monday of December 2021 and we're less than a month away from a brand New Year! Can you believe it? I'm praying that 2022 is better and brighter than 2021 has been. 

How was your week and weekend? 

Journey To Bethlehem 2021

My week and weekend here were full and, actually, quite good with lots of Christmassy-type stuff going on. Staying busy didn't leave me too much time to sit around and think...which is good...because that's when the down times come. 

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I'm learning that putting the Word first each day (spending quiet time with the Lord through prayer and Bible study) and staying busy mentally, emotionally, and physically are key to overcoming the darkness that tries to permeate my soul. Spending time with family and friends is quite healing, too. With John's birthday, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day coming up, December is going to be rough for sure, but, by keeping my focus where it belongs (God's Word [Jesus] first, others second, self last), then I can rest assured that all will be well no matter what.

Journey To Bethlehem 2021

Christmas 2021

This week's master to-do list...

- work
- clean house
- wipe down and tidy up the fridge
- do laundry
- go grocery shopping
- get together with family and friends
- relax and enjoy the Christmas/Advent season

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This week's menu plan...

Breakfast ideas...

- THM pancakes with blueberries, Triple 0 yogurt, and sugar-free syrup
- sausage, eggs, and toast
- sweatpants oatmeal
- French toast with sugar-free syrup
- cinnamon-apple toast with Triple 0 yogurt
- cottage cheese on toast with fresh fruit

Lunch ideas...

- black bean and cheese tostadas
- grilled cheese sandwich and Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup
- fish sandwich and baked potato
- black-eyed peas and cornbread (freezer)
- split pea soup and homemade bread (freezer)
- leftovers
 
Monday - Chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes with oven-roasted carrots and sautéed celery
Tuesday - Broccoli, cheese, and rice casserole with oven-roasted carrots
Wednesday - Turkey burgers with oven fries
Thursday - Oven-roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots
Friday - White Chicken Enchiladas with black beans
Saturday - Spaghetti, sauce, meatballs, and Italian bread (freezer)
Sunday - Leftovers

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Well...that's it for this Monday! You have a nice day and a great week ahead and I'll see you again soon! 

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Friday, December 3, 2021

A Second Chance Winner...

 Well...it's happened again! Sadly, I have been unable to reach the first place winner of Homemaking for Happiness: Wonderful Days at Home by Mrs. Sharon White.


But...that means that one of my other readers gets a second chance at winning!!!

And the new winner is...Tracy Dixon!!!

Congratulations, Tracy!!! Please contact me at [email protected] within 48 hours with your mailing address so I can have Mrs. White mail the book right out to you! If I do not hear from you within 48 hours an alternate winner will be selected. 

Again...CONGRATULATIONS, Tracy!!! 💗

Thank you to all who have entered this drawing! Random Result Generator was used to determine today's winner.

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Christmas Bucket List 2021

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Christmas Bucket List 2021


MY CHRISTMAS BUCKET LIST 2021

1. Write my Christmas bucket list 
2. Focus on Christ and the true meaning of Christmas 🌟
3. Make it through the first Christmas without my husband (he proposed to me on Christmas Eve and we had so many traditions that the two of us shared on that evening...it's not going to be easy without him) 💔
4. Spend time with my children and their families 👪
5. Decorate for Christmas inside and out 🎄
6. Send and receive Christmas cards ðŸ–ƒ 
7. Write a letter to include in Christmas cards
8. Light a Christmas-scented candle 🕯
9. Use peppermint-scented cleaning supplies all through the house (Mrs. Meyer's dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, and liquid hand soap. Oh...and peppermint-scented hand lotion too! I love it!) 🍬
10. Put up a Christmas tree (or two) 🎄
11. Listen to Christmas music ðŸŽµ
12. Make a treat for the mail carrier 📬
13. Purchase and deliver food to a food bank 🥫
14. Watch Christmas movies 🎥
15. Visit a live nativity 🐪
16. Drink hot cocoa ☕
17. Make Christmas cookies 🍪
18. Put cash in the Salvation Army Christmas kettle 💵
19. Do a random act of kindness 💓
20. Make and deliver special treats to the neighbors 💝
21. Make a special treat for our local police officer 👮
22. Wrap Christmas gifts ðŸŽ
23. Drive around and look at Christmas lights 🚗
24. Attend a Christmas Eve candlelight service 🕯
25. Read the story of Jesus' birth from the Bible (Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 1:18-21) 🕮

Until next time...
~Rebecca



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And The Winner Is...

The winner of HOMEMAKING FOR HAPPINESS: Wonderful Days at Home by Mrs. Sharon White is...Becky!!!




Congratulations, Becky!!!! Please contact me at [email protected] within 48 hours with your full name and mailing address so I can have Mrs. White mail the book right out to you! If I do not hear from you within 48 hours an alternate winner will be selected. 

Again...CONGRATULATIONS, BECKY!!! 💗

Thank you to all who have entered this drawing! Random Result Generator was used to determine today's winner.

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - November 29, 2021

Good morning, Dear One! It's Monday! 💗 The last Monday of November! Can you believe it? 😧


How was your week and weekend? Did you and your family have a nice Thanksgiving? 

My week here was good. I had a lot of anxiety leading up to Thanksgiving, but, once it arrived, it turned out well and, with the company of close family and good friends, I survived the first Thanksgiving without my husband. It wasn't easy though and I miss him terribly. 😢

Amanda and her family ended up coming down and we cooked up a storm Wednesday afternoon and evening. We combined our food with everyone else's and spent Thanksgiving Day at Patrick and Amber's. Buddy and Christy and their family came, as did Anthony and Nicole and theirs; fifteen of my twenty grands were there.

In addition to the kids and their families, good friends and extended family members joined us, as well...Amber's uncle and his girlfriend, Patrick's parents, Amanda's mother-in-law, and unofficially-adopted kids, Keith and Miranda...thirty-one of us in all...and would you believe??? I didn't take a single photograph!!! Never even thought about it!!! 😭

Thanksgiving daytime temperatures were super nice; Thanksgiving evening turned off really cold. In fact, by that evening a few of us went out to the park in search of frost flowers in the dark. They were just starting to form and were small, but everyone got to see some.



By Friday morning frost flowers were out en masse. Amanda's mother-in-law (my new friend), Lisa, and I went out to the park and took a little tour. It was Lisa's first time to the park (in the daytime anyway) and her first time of seeing frost flowers in their full glory. We had a great time!



I worked a full day Saturday and went back out to the park Sunday afternoon to take photos. The photos below are of Tuesday's prescribed burn. The first one I took early in the afternoon just as they were getting the burn started; the second one I took that night. The last one is of the bison. For whatever reason, they've been hanging around the burn unit all weekend long. I'm not sure what the big attraction is. There's not much left for them to eat on that section. Silly bison!!!





Now...here we are...it's Monday and I'm ready to start a brand-new week and jump, full-throttle, into the Christmas season! How about you? Are you ready? 

Let's get started on this week's post!



This week's to-do list...

- work
- clean house
- do laundry
- enter data (transect plant species; work @ home)
- wish granddaughter, Alysia, a Happy 11th Birthday
- figure December budget and bills
- pay bills
- select a winner in the current giveaway
- get together with my friend, Carla
- fill out and mail Christmas cards



This week's menu plan...

Breakfast ideas...

- cinnamon-apple toast with Triple 0 yogurt
- French toast
- THM pancakes with blueberries, Triple 0 yogurt, and syrup
- sweatpants oatmeal
- cottage cheese on toast with fresh fruit
- scrambled eggs and toast

Lunch ideas...

- holiday leftovers
- fish sandwich with baked potato
- grilled cheese sandwich with Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup
- black bean and cheese tostadas
- tuna melt with chips
- homemade pizza (freezer)

Monday - Broiled salmon, potato pancake, sauteed celery, and fried apple
Tuesday - Turkey burger with cheese, black beans, and brown rice
Wednesday - Chicken soup and bread (freezer)
Thursday - Black-eyed peas and cornbread (freezer)
Friday - Turkey cheeseburger with potato wedges
Saturday - Bison chili with crackers
Sunday - Leftovers

Well...that's it for today, Ladies. You all have a nice day and a great week ahead and I'll be with you again soon.

Until next time...
~Rebecca

P. S. - Tomorrow is the last day to enter the drawing for a chance to win a free copy of Mrs. White's book! To enter click HERE.



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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Two Day-After-Thanksgiving Soup Recipes



 DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING SOUP #1

1 turkey carcass
4 chicken bouillon cubes
2 ribs celery, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 potatoes, chopped
1 tsp parsley flakes
1 tsp black pepper
salt to taste
1 can peas (optional)
1 cup uncooked noodles

Simmer turkey carcass in large pot with enough water to cover. Add bouillon cubes and spices. Cook 45 minutes. Strain broth and pick meat from the bones. Return meat to the broth. Add remaining ingredients except peas and noodles. Cook until tender. Add peas and noodles. Simmer until noodles are tender. 

(Tip - Add vinegar to the water when you cook the bones for soup. It will draw out calcium from the bones into your soup broth. Add 1 oz. of vinegar to 1 quart of water up to 4 oz. of vinegar no matter how much water you use. You won't taste the vinegar in the final soup.)

DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING SOUP #2

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
2 celery ribs, finely diced
1 medium onion peeled and finely diced
3 (14.5-ounce) cans chicken broth
1 cup corn kernels
2 cups diced roasted turkey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 lemon, juiced

In a heavy saucepan heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and add carrots, celery and onion; cook until soft and golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Add chicken broth, corn, turkey, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Simmer soup uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Before serving squeeze in the juice of a lemon.

Makes 4 servings.

Note: Leftover rice may be substituted for the corn.

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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