Monday, July 24, 2017

Menu Monday!

I'm slowly regaining my energy and have cooked a little bit. But, not a lot. My son has did some cooking and my hubby is a master at the grill so it's not been hard to keep us fed.

This week I'm hoping to do a little more. The hardest part has been deciding what to make. I don't have a huge appetite and finding meals that sound good to me is challenging.

Tonight is burgers on the grill. Hubby will handle the grilling and we'll have the typical trimmings to go along with the meal.

The rest of the week is looking like this..

Pork Noodle Bowl
Sometimes, when all else fails.. just make a bowl/plate of food for dinner.. it's simple... Start with a bowl or plate of cooked noodles (in my case for this meal, but it could also be rice or potatoes),

Add meat of choice (mine will be a pork roast cooked in my Instant Pot using Yoshida's sauce diluted with a little water), your meat can be chicken or beef or seafood, what ever you want. Cook your meat any way you would like. You can use the crockpot, the oven, the Instant Pot. Or use leftovers.

And top with veggies of your choice.. this could be sauteed or cooked veggies such as cabbage, onion, peppers, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli.. whatever you like or have on hand. Or they could be cut up fresh veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach (or other greens), radishes.. etc..

Finally you can top the meal with juices from cooking your meat or soy sauce, or salsa, or Sriracha, or your favorite salad dressing.

Pizza Baked Potatoes
This is a offshoot of the above ideal. I have potatoes that need to be used up, I have mozzarella cheese in the fridge that needs to be used up. I bought it for something else before I ended up in the hospital and now won't be making that recipe and want to use the cheese.

Here's how it will go.... bake enough potatoes for dinner. While they are baking, cook up some Italian sausage and set aside. Chop up olives, peppers and mushrooms. When the potatoes are done baking, cut them open and top with some spaghetti sauce, sausage, olives, peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. Put under the broiler long enough to melt the cheese.. and enjoy.

Chicken Salad
I'll make a nice big green salad loaded with our favorite veggies and add cooked chicken, beans, feta cheese (or any other type would be fine too), top with our favorite salad dressing and some chopped up nuts. I'll also serve sliced french bread on the side.

All of these meals should be easy and very do able for me this week.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Snap Shot

Wednesday Snap Shot is a quick peek into my week.

If you'd like to join in on my Wednesday Snap Shot.. copy and paste my post, add your answers (you can also copy the pic..BUT Please download the picture to your computer first.. do not just directly copy and paste.. otherwise you are using my bandwidth..thank you! :).. link your post to my blog and then come back and let me know you shared your week. I'll come and visit you and read about your homemaking week!! :)

So Far This Week
What a week it has been. I've been missing in action for several days now. This will be a shortened version of WSS.

On Saturday I came home from a 4 day trip to the hospital. I had a chain reaction of issues that put me in the ER.

It's a long story and I'll just share the basics of what happened to me. I was taking a medication for one issue and the side effects of that medication irritated my stomach and caused an ulcer to bleed. It was an ulcer that they say had already been there, and most likely bleeding very slowly and this is why I was not aware of it.

Three days after starting the medicine I passed out due to the blood loss and was rushed to the ER. I had 4 blood transfusions during my 4 day stay and had the ulcer cauterized.

I'm now recovering from blood loss anemia and doing better day by day. Gaining a little more strength each day. So that is good. But, it's going to take time to get back to normal.

I'm thanking and praising God I'm still alive as my blood numbers were nearly in the critical stage. My husband and children are also so grateful for God's mercy in this situation.

On My To-Do List
Rest, sleep, do a little here and there, rest and sleep some more. :)

Projects I'm Working On
Regaining my strength and health

Today's Weather
I'm writing this Tuesday evening and scheduling it to go out first thing in the morning. But, I can tell you the day is supposed to be lovely and warm.

The View from my Deck (or window)
Next WSS will have a pic..

What I'm Reading
Not a lot lately... soon, I'll be back to reading

What I'm Listening To
The breezes blowing through the house and my wind chime. Happy sounds of peacefulness.

Something Frugal I've Done This Week
It was an expensive week! :)

Fitness and Health for the Week
Working on getting my iron levels up, clean eating, lots of water, vitamins and rest. 

Next week, I pray, I'll have more strength and can get back to the things I love doing, such as blogging. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Menu Monday!

It was a busy week for me last week with family and friends here. This week it's back to normal and that includes menu planning!

I had a lot of food come into my home while company was here, and that meant we were eating it up for a few days. I never did make my pork roast that I mentioned last week. So that is my plan for today. Cook the roast up in my Instant Pot.

Using some of that meat I will make pulled pork philly sandwiches for tonight's dinner. I'll serve homemade coleslaw to go with this. You can find the pork sandwich recipe I'm going to try HERE.

The rest of the week....

Chicken Taco Salad
This is just a variation of a taco salad. Normally I make taco salad with seasoned ground beef. Instead, I'll use boneless skinless chicken and season it as I would for tacos. Add the cut up chicken to a big bowl of spring mix greens and add tomatoes, grated cheese, green onions, grated carrots, thinly sliced purple cabbage and dressing of choice. A yummy colorful summer salad. Enjoy with tortilla chips and salsa on the side.

Pork Pot Pie
I'll use my precooked pork and turn the juices from cooking it into gravy today and set this aside for this recipe. I plan on mixing together the meat, gravy and any veggies of my choice (usually using what I have on hand). Pour into a casserole dish and top with biscuits. Bake in the oven around 350/375 until the biscuits are done and the gravy is hot and bubbly. I'll serve this with a salad or veggie and french bread.

Fried Hamburger & Cabbage
I like to cook up hamburger, then add cut up cabbage and onions. Cook that until the cabbage is soft and season with salt, pepper, season salt, garlic, etc. Serve with roasted potatoes and a green salad.

That should do it for the week!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Canning Salsa

Wednesday Snap Shot  
will be on a break this week! :) I have a lot to do in town today to get ready for family coming tomorrow. So, no time to blog this morning..

Since many are in the middle of garden and canning season I thought I share one of my favorite things to can.. Salsa! I love this recipe. It was given to me by a friend and I've used for years and years and literally canned hundreds of jars of it... (I posted this a few years ago) Hope you enjoy it if you try it! 

I’ve been busy making salsa! I used 40lbs of tomatoes to make 2 double batches. I made one batch in my 14qt pot …

And the second batch in my roaster oven…

It was a long day of chopping, pureeing, simmering and canning but I ended up with 31 pints and 14 quarts. I made 31 pints a few days ago, so I do believe we have plenty of salsa to last us for the year!

I still have lots of tomatoes and more to pick. I plan on making tomato sauce with the  remaining tomatoes that keep coming.

This is a super yummy salsa recipe that my friend Leah shared with me a few years ago. I make it every year now. You can find the recipe here: 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Menu Monday!

I made a few extra meals over the weekend and have leftovers. So, the next two days I won't need to do any cooking.

The rest of the week is looking like this..

Hamburger/Hot Dog BBQ
I'll be having company come for a couple days so we've planned to do a summer bbq with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon and whatever else we want to add in.

I'm planning on cooking up a pork roast from the freezer and use the meat in a couple different meals..

Easy Pork Chili
You can find the recipe HERE. I'll serve it with tortilla chips and a salad

Pork Fried Rice
You can find the recipe I'm going to try HERE. I'll serve this with a cucumber salad, and watermelon

Chicken Parmesan
I'm going to try making this in my IP. I'll serve it with angel hair pasta, french bread, and roasted broccoli.

That should do it for us for the week.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday Snap Shot

Wednesday Snap Shot is a quick peek into my week.

If you'd like to join in on my Wednesday Snap Shot.. copy and paste my post, add your answers (you can also copy the pic..BUT Please download the picture to your computer first.. do not just directly copy and paste.. otherwise you are using my bandwidth..thank you! :).. link your post to my blog and then come back and let me know you shared your week. I'll come and visit you and read about your homemaking week!! :)

So Far This Week
I had a super nice week. It was quiet in some ways. My son left to go see his sister in Sacramento. He was accompanying my daughter Hannah and her children. And she was very thankful to have him join her. She was going to go on her own, as her hubby had to work. In the end she was so grateful for his help. A 12 hour road trip with 4 children is not easy, especially if you are on your own! :)

While he was gone the house was quiet. It was just me and hubby. We enjoyed it but we also spent a good deal of time reminiscing about all the years of raising 8 children and the noise and activity, and energy. Being in our 50's now we enjoy the peace and quiet! :) but in so many ways we both miss the “good ol' days”.. :)

One thing about becoming an empty nester is that you realize the value of what you had more so and you know that God is opening new doors to a new season of life. And that season also has it's joys, they are just different now. I think it takes some time to adjust to it.

I was wishing I could have been there with them! But, I feel extremely blessed that my children all have a close relationship with each other and that they desire to spend time together.

Here are few pics of my grandchildren (and son) on their trip.

On My To-Do List
It's grocery shopping day and I'm finishing up my grocery list this morning before heading out.

I have a chicken to cook today. I'll cook it in my Instant Pot and then debone it and freeze in meal size portions.

I did a good cleaning of the house on Monday. But I have company coming soon and I need to go and remake the guest room beds (I've had a few kids visiting recently) and prepare for them all.

Other then that, it will be making something yummy for dinner! :) I'm thinking of using some of the chicken for enchiladas.

Projects I'm Working On
I started tackling my basement clean up. I have a nice size load ready to take to Good Will and I was able to throw away a lot of things.

One thing I have to say is I crave simplicity. Having things in my home that I don't use and that take up space robs me from the simplicity that I desire. Every time I take a load of usable items to Good Will I feel a lot of freedom and I always say a prayer that somebody, somewhere is blessed by the items and can use them.

My goal for this upcoming week is to keep working on this project and prepare another car load of items to donate.

Today's Weather
We've had some lovely summer days, but today... not so much. It's overcast and I'm not sure if it will clear up before the day is over. Living realitively close to the Pacific Ocean we can get a lot of marine air coming in the mornings. In the summer time this usually clears up by afternoon.

Today's High, 72 Low, 55

The View from my Deck (or window)

What I'm Reading
I love reading, but this week has had so much going on that I've really not tackled much reading. So, time to get back at it!

What I'm Listening To
I have a window open in my living room and I'm listening to the birds singing. I can also hear my hubby loading up car with the items to take to Good Will.

Something Frugal I've Done This Week
This is another frugal cleaning tip. I had a bathroom sink that was draining quite slow. And it was getting worse by the day. I did what I normally do when this happens. I sprinkled some baking soda down the drain and then followed that with pouring some vinegar down. It fizzed and bubbled and yucky stuff was spewing up. And that helped a lot, but it was not draining as well as I wanted. I then poured a teapot full of boiling water down, and that helped. Then I repeated it all again. And, like magic.. the drain was back to normal! :) I spent pennies to take care of this issue and did not have to buy expensive drain cleaners.

Fitness and Health for the Week
I wanted to do more.. but, don't we all have those weeks? I think it has been one of those weeks for me. I struggled to make sure I was eating my veggies and fruit, I've struggled to go above and beyond in exercising... and was not very successful at it. So, this week, it's time for me to get serious again!!

That is all for this week! Hope you all are having a great week.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Menu Monday!

We had a wonderfully nice hot weekend, but then I love the heat! :) It was hard to think about cooking and food when it was hot, but I managed to come up with a few meals for the week.

Tonight I'm making pulled pork sandwiches. I'll use one of my pork roasts that I have from the big roast I bought last week. I'll serve it with coleslaw and use up some cabbage I have for this. I may also make a bean side dish. Both the pulled pork and the beans will be cooked in my Instant Pot. A fruit salad on the side sounds like a nice summer meal.

Here what's on my menu for the rest of the week..

I'm thinking of putting my little toaster oven on the deck to cook my meatloaf in. It will keep my kitchen cooler. I'll cook up a few sweet potatoes (in my Instant Pot) and serve garlic bread and a salad on the side.

Summer Pasta
Can't remember where I first saw this recipe but I like it because it's easy and quick. I don't have an official recipe as I just kind of toss it all together shortly before dinner time.

I bring a large pot of water or chicken broth (or a combo of both) to a boil. I add to the boiling water pasta of my choice, cut up pieces of raw chicken, and veggies. I usually use what I have on had such as onion, peppers, zucchini, cut up carrots, kale, broccoli, etc. I add spices such as salt, pepper, seasoning salt, garlic, Italian seasonings, etc. I cook it until the pasta and chicken are done. Pour into a strainer to drain, and serve. Goes great with french bread and a salad.

I have a whole chicken that I'm also going to cook up this week and debone. I'll freeze the meat in meal size portions. I'm looking at a couple different recipes to use this with. If I need another meal then I'll pick one of these..

That should do it for us for the week.