Monday, February 19, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - February 19, 2024

After a cold weekend, it's turning out to be a beautiful Monday here on the tallgrass prairie of southwest Missouri...sunny and in the mid-50's. The rest of the week promises to be even nicer...60's and 70's every day with most days being sunny. I'm so looking forward to spring and it cannot get here soon enough to suit me! 🌷

I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day! I did here, but only because I chose to. When I felt the depression of celebrating another anniversary without my husband come lurking around, I shook it off and purposefully decided to enjoy the day anyway. 

I delivered Valentine goodies to the grands, bought myself flowers, was invited to supper at Patrick and Amber's (went, and enjoyed it!), and received sweet Valentines from some of the grands and one of the ladies in our Bible study group. It was a lovely day and I made it through without tears. Praise the Lord!

Yellow-shafted Flicker

Woodpeckers in My Yard This Morning

Pileated Woodpecker

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

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Present a program on animal tracks at the local library
- Send out a reminder concerning the current giveaway on this blog (only one week left before a winner is selected!)
- Work

Pretty Bookmark Made For Me By One
of My Granddaughter's Friends

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Cheeseburger and oven fries
Tuesday - Oven-roasted chicken breast with baked potato and fried cabbage
Wednesday - Soup and salad 
Thursday - Fish sandwich, oven fries, and coleslaw
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday - Ham, eggs, and toast
Sunday - Leftovers

That's all for today! Have a nice day and a great week ahead!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Master To Do List and Menu Plan Monday (The Tuesday Edition) -- February 13, 2024

It's late Tuesday evening and I'm just now getting around to posting this week's master to-do list and menu plan. 

Photo Found on Facebook

Did you have a nice weekend? My week and weekend here were filled with work, play, fun, and celebration.

I presented a program at work on Friday where participants learned about the importance of snow to plants, animals, and people and the story of Snowflake Bently. They learned how to make ice cream in a bag and enjoyed eating it, too! Yum!

Photo of Her Girls Enjoying Their Ice-Cream-in-a-Bag
Taken by Darlene Sullins

Three grandchildren celebrated birthdays over the weekend, and I got to spend some quality time with three of my grandsons. 

Dante and Kira Getting Ready
to Blow Out Their Candles

I got in a visit with my great-grandson this morning. 

Great-Grandson, Cooper, and I

Now, after running errands and being gone most of yesterday and today, I am playing catch-up with myself and working on things here at home. 

I will get on into today's post. Join me...won't you?

The Greeting Commitee at Work on Saturday

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

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Wash vehicle
- Take cardboard to the recycle center
- Celebrate grandson, Jed's, birthday
- Shop for groceries
- Drop donations off at the thrift store
- Celebrate Valentine's Day
- Figure mid-month budget and bills
- Go to the bank and post office
- Check propane tank percentage
- Work

In the Nest at the Eagle Tree This Week

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Ham and cheese sandwich with chips
Tuesday - Ham and cheese sandwich and baked potato
Wednesday - Oven-roasted chicken, baked potato, and oven-roasted carrots
Thursday - Taco soup
Friday - Chicken chowder and Good Earth Rolls
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Leftovers

That all for tonight! I hope that you've had a nice day and that your week is off to a great start!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Books Read in 2023

At long last I am, finally, getting around to posting the list of books I read in 2023 and what a mixed-up conglomeration of books it was! 

Some books read were work-related; others were read for personal pleasure and interests. 

Either way, such as it is, here is my reading list for 2023...

1. Mobsters in our Midst - The Kansas City Crime Family by William Ouseley
2. Biblical Minimalism by Cheryl E. Smith
3. The 1849 Cholera Outbreak in Jefferson City by Gary Elliot
4. Mafia Democracy by Michael Franzese
5. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
7. Gracious House Keeping by Mrs. Sharon White
8. Resolute in the Face of Persecution - 1824 - A Tale of Scotland by Robert Pollok
9. Civil War Plants and Herbs by Patricia B. Mitchell
10. The Home Front in the Civil War by Dale Anderson
11. The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn
12. Homespun Devotions - Volume I by Cheryl E. Smith
13. The Unforgettable Summer by Emily Brodie
14. The Lost Clue by Mrs. O.F. Walton
15. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
16. Little Miss Moth by Amy LeFeuvre
17. The Least of These by Mrs. Coates
18. The White Dove by Christoph Von Schmid
19. Jill's Red Bag by Amy LeFeuvre
20. Fire in the Sky by Christoph Von Schmid
21. The Runaway Darling by Amy LeFeuvre
22. Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
23. Bittersweet Country - edited by Ellen Gray Massey
24. Walking in the Fruit of the Spirit by Gloria Copeland

Until next time...

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Book Review and Giveaway: SERVING IN THE KITCHEN by Mrs. Sharon White

I have enjoyed many of Mrs. Sharon White's books over the years and have recently added 'Serving in the Kitchen' to my collection.

The 152-page book features recipes, advice, and encouragement for Christian homemakers based on Mrs. White's own experience and is divided into three parts.

'Part One' contains a selection of tips and ideas for help in the kitchen...stocking a pantry, setting a table, planning meals, managing portions, teaching children to help in the kitchen, packing lunches, preparing for picnics, setting a food budget, and more.

'Part Two' features information on serving meals and Mrs. White's own house specials...breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

In 'Part Three', Mrs. White shares several of her own, personal, family-favorite recipes. Black and white photos taken in Mrs. White's home are featured throughout the book.

To find out more, visit Mrs. White @ The Legacy of Home.

Now...for the giveaway!!!

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Serving in the Kitchen of your own, simply leave a comment below (or on my Hearth and Home Facebook page) telling one thing that you do to 'serve in the kitchen' at your home or an area that you feel you might need help in or would like to learn more about. That's it!

The giveaway starts today (Tuesday, February 6, 2024) and will run through Tuesday, February 27, 2024. A winner will be selected and announced on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. The winner will have 48 hours to make contact. If they have not done so within 48 hours an alternate winner will be selected. 

Until next time...

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - February 5, 2024

After a very rainy weekend, it was a beautiful Monday...fairly warm and sunny! 

I would love to know what the discussion is here!

I didn't get a chance to post earlier today, so am taking a few minutes this evening to jot down a quick planning post. Will share a few nature shots from this past week throughout the post, as well. 

Norhern Harrier Hawk Over Tallgrass Prairie

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

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Mail a couple of cards (belated birthday and sympathy)
- Check propane tank
- Celebrate grandchildren's birthdays
- Work

Bison Hidden in Tall Grasses

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Breakfast for supper
Tuesday - Mushroom chicken, baked potato and oven-roasted carrots
Wednesday - Chicken Ranch Salad with homemade French bread
Thursday - Turkey burger with sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms
Friday - Fish sandwich and oven fries
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Turkey burgers and macaroni and cheese

Friday Evening Sunset

That's all for tonight! I hope you had a fantastic Monday and am wishing you a great week ahead!

Until next time...

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Hello, February!

It's an absolutely lovely day here on the tallgrass prairie of southwest Missouri today...65 degrees and sunny! No crocuses yet, but soon, I'm sure...especially if this nice weather continues as it's supposed to.

Amanda and Aaron weren't able to make it down this week, so, after Bible study last night, Amanda and I got together via Facebook Messenger and laid the initial plans for several upcoming events. We will get together soon to fine-tune and execute.

Well, I will go for now. I just wanted to stop in and wish you a beautiful First Day of February! Anything special going on your end today?

Until next time...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Bucket List 2024

January is nearly over and I'm just now getting around to making out my bucket list for 2024. I may add more to it later, but here's what I've come up with so far...

Bucket List 2024

- Purpose to sow daily towards gaining greater health in every area (spirit and soul and body - I Thessalonians 5:23; prosper and be in health - 3 John 2)
- Remain faithful to daily scripture reading and Bible study
- Focus on simple and nutritious foods
- Get in 30 minutes of exercise, at least, five days per week (walking, hiking, dancing, yard work, etc.) 
- Post my weekly master to-do list and menu plan here on the blog
- Welcome two new grandbabies into the family
- Read 24 books
- Witness the total eclipse of the sun on April 8th
- Attend Spring Training 2024 @ Roaring River State Park
- Visit Cape Girardeau, Missouri and explore the Mississippi River in the that part of the state
- Visit at least two new-to-me state parks
- Hike a new-to-me trail
- Celebrate my 63rd birthday
- Lose 24 pounds
- Vote in the November election
- Get the north shed cleaned out, repaired, and organized
- Have the front porch rebuilt

That's what's on my bucket list this year. What's on yours?

Until next time...

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - January 29, 2024

It's the last Monday of January and, after a week of continuous fog and cloudy skies, it's 46 degrees and the sun is shining (we're supposed to have a high near 60!). I'll be checking the yard in hopes of finding crocuses in bloom before week's end!

Last week turned out to be more productive than usual. In addition to getting everything on last week's master to-do list done, I finally got around to deep-cleaning the bedroom, bathroom, and hallway AND, on Friday, after being at the shop for almost a month (for a super big job!!!), I got word that my van was done. Amber was able to take me down to get it and, while there, we had lunch. Then, I went grocery shopping...which I also hadn't done in almost a month. Friday was a great day!

I'm short on time this morning, so I'm going to head right on into this week's post. Join me, won't you?

A Friend's Horses Yesterday Afternoon

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

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Figure February budget and pay bills
- Go to the bank and post office
- Get together with Amanda to plan a couple of upcoming events
- Work

Bison @ Work

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Tacos
Tuesday - Chicken Chowder Soup and homemade rolls
Wednesday - Lasagna (freezer) with peas and breadsticks
Thursday - Stuffed pepper casserole (freezer) with brussel sprouts and cornbread (freezer)
Friday - Fish sandwich with oven fries
Saturday - Turkey burger and baked potato
Sunday - Leftovers

Well, that's it for today! I hope you're having a beautiful Monday and that your week is off to a great start!

Until next time...

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Friday, January 26, 2024

More Than Conquerors

I've been struggling in multiple areas lately but, in the midst of it all, the Lord has made it abundantly clear that He sees my struggles and that He knows and cares. 

This morning's Bible study led me to Romans 8 and I felt led to share some of my study with you. I hope it ministers to someone who is reading this today.

Romans 8:31-39

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us who can be against us? 
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth: 
34 Who is he that condemeth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."


The adversities listed by the apostle in verses 35 and 36 have been the experience of the people of God in all generations. Believers should not think it strange if they experience trouble, persecution, hunger, poverty, or anger. Trouble and calamity do not necessarily mean that God has deserted us, nor that He has stopped loving us. On the contrary, our suffering as believers will open up the means by which we experience more of God's love and comfort. Paul assures us that in all these adversities we will overcome and be more than conquerors through Christ.

"More than conquerors" - The entire phrase "we are more than conquerors" is one word in the Greek, hupernikomen. In the entire New Testament, this compound word only occurs here; huper means "over, above" (Latin, "super"), and nikomen (from nikao, "to conquer") means "victors, conquerors." Thus Paul is literally saying that instead of believers being "victims" in a fallen world, in Christ we are "over and above victors" (super-victors); instead of barely getting by in life's difficult experiences, in and through Christ we are "overwhelmingly conquerors." Jesus gained the decisiver victory "for us" at the cross! Because of His victory and the power or the Holy Spirit within us, we are empowered to be "more than conquerors" in our struggles of life.

Footnotes taken from Life in the Spirit Study Bible - King James Version - Copyright 1992 - Thomas Nelson

Until next time...

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - Januarry 22, 2024

Another week has passed and here we are...back around to Monday again!

Last week was absolutely frigid (temperatures below zero with windchills as low as -25); this morning...freezing's supposed to warm up considerably and not be too bad over the next week or so. I'm thankful!

Due to circumstances beyond mycontrol, very little of what was on my to-do list last week was actually accomplished. I didn't make it to the grocery store, no deep-cleaning was done, the library was closed, so the program that I was supposed to present on Tuesday was canceled, and it will probably be another week or two before I get my van we'll see how this week goes. I'm not planning a lot. 

Let's get started...shall we?

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

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Clean fridge
- Clean and defrost fridge freezer
- Clean and defrost deep-freeze
- Grocery shop
- Have breakfast with Angie
- Solidify the 2024 program schedule (work programs)
- Work

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Tuna patties, canned potatoes, fried cabbage, and corn-on-the-cob
Tuesday - Broiled salmon and mashed potatoes with oven-roasted carrots
Wednesday - Homemade pizza (freezer)
Thursday - Turkey burger and oven fries
Friday - Oven-roasted chicken with baked potato and oven-roasted carrots
Saturday - Breakfast for supper
Sunday - Leftovers

Well, that's it for today! Have a nice day and a great week ahead!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

23 Things in 2023 Update


1. Purpose to sow daily towards gaining greater health in every area (spirit and soul and body - I Thessalonians 5:23; prosper and be in health - 3 John 2).

I struggled at times, of course, but, overall, I did fairly well maintaining my focus...especially during the second half of the year.

2. Keep up with scripture reading and daily Bible study. 

Am learning to make this a top priority daily. 

3. Read 12 new books. (I wanted to say 23, but I know me. I'll be doing good if I read 12.)

✅ I surprised myself! I ended up reading 24 books in 2023!!! 

4. Focus on simple and nutritious foods. 

For the most part anyway.

5. Get 30 minutes of physical activity in, at least, five days a week (walking, hiking, dancing, gardening, yard work, etc.).

I did well most of the year, but really slacked off towards the end of the year...November and December. 

6. Lose at least 23 pounds.

Goal accomplished, but I gained a few pounds back over the holidays. It's time to get back on track and keep going.

7. Post my weekly master to-do list and menu plan here on the blog.

Unfortunately, I failed to keep up with the weekly planning posts in 2023 as well as I have in years' past. I worked more hours than usual. and had other stuff going on, so just didn't keep like I should have. I hate that as this blog serves as a diary of sorts for myself and my family. I will try to be more consistent in 2024.

8. Practice hospitality by inviting family members and friends in to share a meal at least once a month.

I didn't purposefully keep track, but, yes, I'm sure that this one was easily accomplished.

9. Welcome a new grandbaby into the family.

In 2023 our family welcomed two new babies...granddaughter, Sophia, and my first great-grandson, Cooper. Both are absolutely darling and I love them both!

10. Save money by using up gift bags, tissue paper, wrapping paper, gift tags, and cards on-hand instead of buying more. 

I ended up buying a few things here and there, but, overall, did well with using items on-hand. Will continue this practice in 2024, as there is still much to be used.

11. Deep-clean, declutter, and organize every room in my home. (I think this going to have to be an annual, or semi-annual, event every year. There's just too much clutter!) 

I didn't deep clean every room as I had hoped to, but I sure did do a lot of decluttering and organizing. I plan to continue the process in 2024.

12. Visit Hannibal, Missouri and take a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River.


13. Visit the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. (We visited several years ago, but I want to revisit with fresh eyes and armed with more information.)

14. Visit Fort Rock Family Camp in Arkansas...either as a registered guest or maybe as a voluteer.

I did make it down briefly (one day trip) and got in a nice visit with my friend, Roxanne.

15. Create and keep a new nature journal.

16. Get the north shed cleaned out, repaired, and organized into a storage shed.

17. Redo the front porch.

18. Paint and hide rocks with the grands.


19. Log at least 12 new geocache locations.

20. Explore a new-to-me trail.  

21. Visit at least one Missouri state park that I've never visited before. 

✅ I ended up visiting, at least, eight new-to-me state parks.

22. Visit Bass Pro and Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield at Christmastime.

That's how I did with my 2023 bucket list. Did you have a 2023 bucket list? If so, how did you do with yours? 

Until next time...

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