Happy Homemaker Monday #1

For the past year, I have been reading one of my favorite blogs, Diary of a Stay at home mom. Sandra’s blog really has been very therapeutic for me and has really helped me in my homemaking this last year. Last year we moved due to a military relocation. Since moving, I chose to not work and stay home with my kids. I have been a working woman for 17 years. I have been a working mama for 11 of those years. It was quite the change for me to be home. I felt guilty with my free-time while the kids were away at school.  With all the house work and daily errands to do, that guiltiness quickly went away. I feel I am busier than ever. 

I am so ready for October 1st. My favorite season is Fall. I love the smell of it, the beauty, the cooler weather and all the delicious foods!

So here we go, my first Happy Homemaker Monday!!

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The Weather:::

Today was a cold 61 degrees and rainy day. With all the rain, I made two pots of homemade soup.

Right now I am:::

Sitting here listening to my son and husband look at the prizes he can earn from selling Boy Scout popcorn. He brought me home a sample of zesty cheesy salsa popcorn from tonight’s meeting. Yummy! I will be ordering some of that.

Thinking:::

I really have a lot to do to get ready for our upcoming camping trip.

On my reading pile:

Just some magazines

On my tv::: (I really don’t watch much tv)

  • Today Show
  • House Hunters International and House Hunters
  • Parenthood

On the menu for this week:::

  • Monday-Tomato Soup and grilled cheese. I had a salad instead of a sandwich.
  •  Tuesday-Penne in a vodka sauce,salad and garlic bread
  • Wednesday-Grilled Honey Dijon Chicken, Half-runner beans,mashed potatoes
  • Thursday-Chicken Tacos,Refried Beans, and spanish rice
  • Friday-Appetizer night with Buffalo Chicken meatballs from Trader Joe’s (gluten free!!)) and some other snacky foods
  • Saturday-Unsure as we have a home football game this night
  • Sunday-Old World Chicken Cacciatore, trying out a new recipe that looks delish

Man, looking at this I realize we eat a lot of chicken. This isn’t my typical week. I am trying to be frugal this month and use up what we have in the house.

On my to do list:::

  • Laundry
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Organize coupons
  •  Finish my needed paperwork to get started on my Bachelors

What I am sewing,crocheting,knitting or creating:::

I am not a super crafty person. But, I am always creating in the kitchen. Today, I made a potato leek soup and a veggie soup made with squash,carrots,leeks,celery and spinach. My veggie soup is one that I drink through out the week to help refresh my body. I do have some scrapbooking that I need to stop procrastinating and get done.

Homemaking tip:::

Buy a Rubbermaid Reveal spray mop. Also, get an extra reusable microfiber cleaning pad. This has been a cost saver rather than buying other disposable products.I have been trying to waste less. You can use your own homemade floor cleaner in it. I love mopping with it!!

Looking around the house:::

Sitting here with my hubby. He is planning next week’s Scout meeting where he will teach the kids about compass use. I am sitting here next to him, typing and cuddled in my fleece blanket because I have the windows open. I can hear the kids chatting in the living room as they watch the Voice.

From the camera::: 

Pears from my yard. We are renting this property we live in. This tree has a tag on it saying it is a pear tree. I posted this on Facebook and others were thinking it was figs or mango because of the long stalks.

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On my Prayer list:::

  • My granddad
  • My family and the best direction for us after the military

Bible Verse,Devotional:::

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy cucumber salad all started back in Germany for me. During my childhood, I was raised eating my mother’s cucumber salad. It was cucumbers,tomatoes, onions in Italian dressing. When my husband and I moved to Germany, I fell in love with their cucumber salad. So, I started making it at home. They usually add yogurt to theirs.  I don’t always have yogurt at home. I thought to try it with sour cream. It was perfect!!  I hope you enjoy this easy salad recipe.  

Creamy Cucumber Salad

1-2 large cucumbers ( I like to use English Cucumbers which have no seeds and are easier on digestion. If using regular cucumbers, then just scoop out seeds. The cucumbers I used here were from my friend’s garden.)

3 tablespoons of reduced-fat sour cream

1 teaspoon of dried dill weed

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

salt to taste

Cut up cucumbers, add sour cream and spices. Stir. It is best to let this salad sit in the fridge to marinate for four hours or more. I am always short on time. I make it and eat it. Still great to me but I do love the left overs.