Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Monday Blues

I've seen a lot on the internet about how if you are not happy with your current situation, then YOU can change it!!!! To a point agree with this type of sentiment. If you are dealing with emotional issues, living in an unhealthy situation and so on, then yes.. change is up to you.

Recently I read an article on “Monday Blues”. You know, that sinking feeling on Sunday night that tomorrow you will be back at it again and the weekend is over. I think we all deal with this to some degree or another. So I was eager to read this article and see what the authors thoughts and solution was to it.

His solution was to get a new life, find a job or profession that you love. Wow, for a Christian author I think I was little surprised.

Sometimes in life it is not a reality that things can be changed just because you want them to be. Life, especially as you get older, can often times be complex.

When it comes to dealing with “Monday Blues” I think there is a healthier way to deal it. A better focus than, getting a new life or a change in jobs. I realize that sometimes that is a solution for some.

My hubby and I have gone through our own 'monday blues' from time to time. Who doesn't? My hubby has his Monday on Thursday.. we've had plenty of “Thursday Blues” . But we've come to the conclusion that how we view life has a lot to do with our minds.. not necessarily reality.

Here is our story. My hubby went to school to be an aircraft mechanic. It was a 2 year program. We had a baby. We paid for the schooling with grants. We sustained ourselves by working as apartment managers. We got our rent free and had a small salary that provided groceries and paid the utilities.

By the time he finished school we had another baby and no money. Our job ended and we moved in with my husbands father. I went to work as a CNA for a nursing home. My hubby searched for work. It was tough times for us. He got a job at a local airlines working as a temp. It was not full time. I took my kids to my fathers who would babysit them while I worked. Hubby worked his job. Finally still as a temp the hours picked up but the stress level was high. I quit my job and we got a rental house. He finally got hired full time.

We were SOOO incredibly thankful when he was hired full time!! Finally we had a job we could count on, income we could use to get back on our feet. And we had baby #3.

Now, fast forward 28 years and 8 kids later... he still works for the same airlines. He has seniority, he makes comfortable money. But yet, every Wednesday we know that tomorrow brings Thursday.. his “Monday”... and we are back at it again. After this many years, even a job you like gets old... very old sometimes.

So according to this article.. you just find a new life!!!! Really? We have a home, we have children, we have lives here. We have grandchildren. Do you really just decide it's time to find fulfillment somewhere else?

No, I don't think so. What you find is thankfulness and contentment. Nothing has really changed in the last 28 years. We still need his job, we are still thankful, maybe even more so in today's world, that he has had a steady job for 28 years with no layoffs.

What we tire of, as I suspect with most people, is what I call the mouse wheel.. you get on it and keep walking and it just goes around and around and around with no end in sight.  It is true that there may be better opportunities out there, but weigh decisons carefully.   Leaving one mouse wheel to jump into another may not really solved your issues.  

What I've come to believe is that Monday (or Thursday ;) is a heart issue. It is a contentment issue.. it is a constant reminder to ourselves to be thankful for God's provisions. That we can learn to be content and walk into Monday morning with that same thankfulness that we had 28 years ago when we had nothing and rejoiced when he went to work on Monday... 

Embrace Monday..  thank God for it..  and reach for contentment with what God has provided for you.  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Menu Monday!

Meatloaf, mac & cheese, salad

Chicken veggie soup, dinner rolls, salad

Pork chops, sauerkraut, rice pilaf, roasted cauliflower


Chicken pot pie, french bread, salad

Beef & rice chile relleno casserole
, refried beans, salad



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Updates from the Homestead

Life has been busy. Leanne got a job in S. Korea at the beginning of the month. She'll be teaching English again for another year. This month has been a crazy month of paperwork and packing and helping her take care of endless details. This morning, bright an early, my hubby and I took her to the airport to see her off. As I write this blog post she is about half way through the 12 hour flight.

It's been a bittersweet day. I want my children to spread their wings and fly and live their dreams. But boy will I miss her. For the last 15 months aside from a few part time jobs she had, she has been my buddy. We've shopped together, worked together, cooked together, spent mornings having coffee, evenings watching movies and drinking tea.. the memories we've made together have been priceless. I'm so thankful for the time we've had. But the emotions do run through me at the moment. For now, I'll be adjusting to my new normal. At this point Isaac is the only one at home during the day. My son Jacob works full time and is home in the evening. So as it stands, it is just me and the boys at home!

Now for some fun... at least it was fun for us.. Leanne left out of Portland International Airport (in Portland Oregon).. for some reason over the last few years people taking “foot selfies” has gotten very popular. More popular than what I see from other airports. The foot selfie is like a statement.. either.. I'm home!! Or.. I'm off on an adventure!! This year the airport said they were replacing the carpet at the airport.. the famous carpet for all those foot selfies.. and now there is a mad rush for people to get their foot selfie on the 20+ year old carpet. So today we could not resist the temptation to be part of this bit of history.. we had to take our own foot selfie.. and I share it here for you. My feet (bottom of the pic), Leanne's (to the left) and hubby's single foot...

Just a bit of fun to share!!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Menu Monday!

Happy Monday!! Time for the weekly menu. Hope your menu is coming along this week!

Kalua pork, mashed potatoes, salad

tacos w/trimmings, tortilla chips

Marinated chicken, rice pilaf, grilled veggies


Tuna patties, garlic roasted potatoes, salad

Sausage gravy over biscuits, roasted broccoli

Baked chicken legs, macaroni & cheese, salad


Friday, February 20, 2015

Cabbage, Kale and Bacon.. Yum!!

I was inspired to make this recipe from my daughter Hannah. She had made it for her family as a side dish one night (minus the bacon). I added the bacon and Leanne and I had this for lunch this week. It was sooo good, I had to share it.

I don't have an exact recipe as I just tossed it together. But here is how I made it:

½ of a small head of cabbage, chopped
3 or 4 large kale leaves, stem removed, chopped
4 to 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
a little coconut oil

I first began by frying up the bacon. Removed it from the pan and drained most of the bacon grease, but left a little in the pan. To that little bit of grease I added a bit of coconut oil. Then added the chopped up cabbage and kale. Stir fried this until the veggies were soft. Added the bacon.

For spices.. I salted it with pink himalayan salt, pepper, a bit of garlic powder and some coconut aminos (similar to soy sauce, and soy sauce could be used instead).

Served it! It was easy to make and very enjoyable!!

This makes a great light lunch or a side to your dinner, with or without the bacon. 

My picture shows what was left after we ate ours!!  :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Creamy Burrito Casserole

I've made this several times now and it is a winner. My family loves it... the guys especially. It is filling and very yummy. I made a double batch for this meal so my hubby and son could have leftovers to take to work the next day.

Here is the recipe...

Creamy Burrito Casserole

1lb hamburger
½ a medium size onion, chopped
2 to 3 T taco seasoning
1 can refried beans
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ cup sour cream
6 large size tortillas
3 to 4 cups of grated cheddar cheese

In a large frying pan cook hamburger with onions until hamburger is no longer pink. Add taco seasonings and refried beans. Stir well to combine.

In a small bowl combing cream of mushroom soup and sour cream.

Cut or tear tortillas into strips.

In a 9x13 pan spread half the soup/sour cream mixture. Top with half the hamburger mix, half the cheese. Repeat layers.

Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes or until cheese is melted and all is hot and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips and a salad.. and enjoy!!

Here it is in pics. I made a double batch so the amounts of ingredients are double what a single batch would look like...

All the cooked and prepared ingredients ready to go..

Start with the soup/sour cream mix...

Top with tortillas...



Repeat.. and ready for the oven...

Out of the oven....

Time to eat!!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Menu Monday!

I have a couple recipes I plan to share this week if they turn out. Hope your menu planning is coming along this week! I'm off to the grocery store today and stock up on groceries for the week.

Do you shop weekly, bi weekly, more often, less often?... I shop weekly and have for years. There have been times in the past I would shop every other week, but tend to run out of fresh fruit and veggies before that. So I went back to weekly.

Creamy burrito casserole, tortilla chips & salsa, salad

Split pea soup w/kielbasa, crackers, salad

Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken thighs, rice pilaf, salad


Pork roast, mashed potatoes, salad

Spaghetti, french bread, salad