Monday, November 26, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - November 26, 2018

Good morning, Sweet Ladies! 💗

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? We sure did! Had a great time at our daughter and son-in-law's in Kansas City and, now, here we are, in the midst of the last Monday of November! Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is coming right up! It doesn't seem possible...does it?

I had worked ahead on this post some yesterday, because I was supposed to be leaving early to meet up with friends to do a little history exploring this morning, but things changed at the last minute when one of my friends got word that she was going to have to work today, plus the weather turned bad on us (not so much here, but where we were heading), so it looks I'll have some extra time to work on things around the house today. My friends and I rescheduled our plans and, hopefully, next time, things will work out. If not, we'll reschedule again! 😊

I'm going to get right on into this week's post. Won't you join me?

Today I am joining Sandra and the other ladies over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday. Please be sure to go over and check them out! 💗
Right now I am...

... finishing up breakfast and enjoying a nice cup of hot tea as I finish this post and prepare for the day ahead. 

Am thinking...

... about our family Christmas (it is coming up in less than two weeks). John and I did most of shopping for it on our way home from Kansas City on Friday, but I have an ever growing list of things that still need to be done before I can say we're done. Will probably work on some of that today. 😊

On the breakfast plate...

... THM Sweatpants Oatmeal with blueberries and a cup of Twining's Irish Breakfast tea

The weather...

... Cold! 😰 Right now it's 22 degrees with a windchill of 11. Yesterday morning when I got up it was sunny and 57 degrees. Then, the clouds rolled in and the temperature started dropping. By mid-afternoon temperatures were in the 30's and we were experiencing rain that quickly turned over to snow. We only got about a half-inch or so here, but to our north they were under blizzard conditions and they really got dumped on. In fact, a friend of mine posted a picture of a ruler stuck in the snow in her backyard and it was measuring 14-inches...and this came down in just a matter of a few hours! 😲 For us, it's supposed to be cold today with highs in the mid-30's, then back up into the 40's and 50's for the rest of the week, so not bad. 😊

On my reading pile...

... Am still reading Introduction to Home Economics - Gentle Instruction to Find Joy in Christian Homemaking by Mrs. Sharon White and The Great Buffalo Hunt by Wayne Gard.
Introduction to Home Economics by Mrs. Sharon White

The Great Buffalo Hunt by Wayne Gard
And, as promised, tomorrow I will be posting a review and announcing a giveaway for this book, Dear Christmas Mothers by Connie Hultquist!

I will be doing a review of this book and hosting a giveaway for
it TOMORROW, so be watching for your chance to enter!
On the menu this week...

I cooked down the turkey carcass from the turkey that I roasted last Sunday and have lots of good bone broth in the deep-freeze, so plan on making a variety of good soups this week!

Monday - grilled salmon, baked sweet potatoes, and fried cabbage
Tuesday - turkey barley soup (half-recipe) and homemade French bread (freezer)
Wednesday - ham and beans with cornbread (freezer)
Thursday - Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup (half-recipe) and homemade French bread (freezer)
Friday - turkey burgers and oven fries
Saturday - supper out (on the road)
Sunday - turkey chowder and refrigerator rolls

On my 'to-do' list...

- Monday - Plan the week ahead, do my weekly "home blessing", do laundry
- Tuesday - Present 'Big Cats of Missouri' in an evening program at work
- Wednesday - Take a friend grocery shopping
- Thursday - Make roll dough ahead for Sunday
- Friday - Work
- Saturday - Work Christmas on the Farm @ Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and Historic Site
- Sunday - Church (with fellowship dinner following)

In the craft basket...

... Put up another 17 pints of pumpkin butter this week and, while at dd's for Thanksgiving, made a few more fairy jars. 

Pumpkin Butter
Fairy Jars

While we're on crafting, I want to share the links to two articles that came out this past week that feature a couple of artsy friends and both of them connect back to where I work at Prairie State Park

The first one is Cyndi Cogbill, owner of Pawpaw Patch Productions. I've known Cyndi for going on 25-years now. She was the naturalist at Prairie State Park when we first came to southwest Missouri, and she is the one that conducted the homeschool classes when some of my own children (the younger ones) were growing up. Much of their education in natural science and Native American history came under Cyndi's tutelage and she is the reason that our youngest girl decided, early on, that she wanted to work for Missouri State Parks (she is the one that works at Watkins Woolen Mill near Lawson, Missouri). What a privilege it is to follow in Cyndi's footsteps and continue on with her legacy for a whole new generation of homeschoolers today. It truly is an honor, but, let me tell you, it's big footsteps to fill! 

Click HERE to read the article about Cyndi that came out in yesterday's Joplin Globe.

Artist Uses Creations to Educate Public
The second friend is Abigail Miller. I've known Abby and her family since she was a little girl. Her mama and I met through the homeschool programs that Cyndi conducted at Prairie State Park and I have, literally, watched Abby grow up. Today she is married and is mother to two beautiful children of her own. It is a blessing to know her. 

Here is a blog post that features Abby and her spinning at Prairie Jubilee...

Abigail Miller Spinning Wool at Prairie Jubilee 2018
I'm super proud of both these special ladies and the extraordinary talents that they each possess! 💗

Looking forward to this week...

... Being done with wild cat programs (this makes the fifth one this month) and working Christmas on the Farm @ Watkins Woolen Mill.

Something interesting I watched this week...

Giant wind-generators on a wind-farm located along I-36 between Cameron, Missouri and St. Joseph, Missouri. These things are HUGE!!!

From the camera...

Talk about crafting! How about making a little bobbin lace?
Isn't it lovely? And truly amazing! Beautiful!
Photo taken at the Patee House Museum - St. Joseph, Missouri
Scripture passage...

Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful week ahead, and I'll see you next week! Blessings!

Until next time...

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  1. Glad you traveled home early over the weekend and arrived there safely. We came back up from Oklahoma a day early due to weather, yesterday was just a mess on the highways for the poor people out there. We had 5 inches of snow in this area but up north they got tons more. Hope you have a wonderful week, Christmas certainly is coming up fast isn't it?

  2. I always love reading your posts. We must be kindred spirits... I just finished putting all the bone broth in the freezer for cooking over the next couple months and have another batch of pumpkin butter going myself.

    I've been following the weather your way as my cousin lives in KC and son and his family in Springfield - looks like it could get worse before it gets better - happy for you that you get to stay in and stay warm. Have a GREAT week.

  3. Oh, I know it, Jean! It's been wild up there! Glad you all are safely home, as well! And, yes, with family Christmas being on the 8th it's really coming up fast here. Do you think you're going to make it to Watkins Mill on Saturday? If so, I'll see you then! I'll be holding a lantern at the bottom of the stairs in the diningroom. Find me! :D Have a great week ahead, my friend! Blessings! <3

  4. Thanks, Tamy! I enjoy reading yours, as well! And, yes, kindred spirits we must be! If you're ever out this way, feel free to contact me. Maybe we can meet up somewhere along the way. Blessings for a great week ahead, my friend! <3

  5. I like how you always put something interesting to look at.
    You have a great menu.
    Hope you have a great week

  6. Thanks, Lucy! I appreciate that! You have a great week, too, my friend! Blessings! <3

  7. The fairy jars are too cute! Your menu looks great this week too. I hope you have a blessed week!

  8. Thanks, Sherry! You have a great week, too! Blessings! <3

  9. you're always so upbeat! Thanks for the links!

  10. Thanks, L A! I confess that it doesn't come naturally, but I try to be! And you're welcome!!! Blessings for a great week ahead! <3


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