Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday in the Kitchen

Friday in the Kitchen is about sharing some of the food I've been cooking in my kitchen recently.

IP Thoughts
When you make food in the Instant Pot you will end up with a lot of liquid leftover from cooking. A pressure cooker needs liquid in the recipe to come up to pressure. Recently I cooked up some butternut squash, white beans, and chicken (all separately) in my IP. Here is the liquid I was left with...

I use this liquid to cook with! You can use the liquid as broth in any recipe calling for chicken or beef broth. I ended up using what you see above in making my soup. I also use some of the cooking liquid when I cook rice. There is no need to dump the liquid. I've even frozen it for later use.

Amazing French Bread
I was serving soup one night and was planning on having french bread on the side. But I wanted to jazz it up a bit. And oh my goodness this was wonderful!

I started by slicing the bread down the middle (long way), then I sliced it side to side. I melted a cube (stick) of butter and added about a teaspoon of granulated garlic to the butter. I then drizzled the garlic butter between the slices in both directions. Lastly I took some mozzarella cheese and stuffed it between the slices. I wrapped it all in foil and put it in the oven at 350 for about 20 or so minutes. The results were delicious .. my family went nuts over it. It was half gone before I could get a picture of it! :)

A Legacy of Cooking
My aunt (actually my hubby's aunt, but she is my family too.. :) ) recently sent me a copy of her own personal cookbook. She is known as a wonderful cook in the family. It was an amazing gift. I felt very blessed to receive this from her. Years ago I had her Swedish Meatballs and searched in vain over the years to recreate them. I was so excited to see her recipe in her book. I will be making them soon. Her book is filled with wonderful recipes and a life of cooking food and making people not only happy and content but loved and cared for. Food has such a bond in our life.

What inspired me about this gift was the thought of doing this too. What a great legacy to give to my family. I'm sure there are many options for doing this online. I've not researched it yet, but I plan to. At this point I'm thinking about Christmas gifts this year. I wanted to share this with anyone who might like the idea as well. There is plenty of time left in the year to put something like this together.

That is all for this week!!

Wednesday, March 29, 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).. 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 great week I had! Hubby and I drove down to California to visit my daughter Emily and hubby and my precious little grandboy! He has grown so much since November.

It is a 12/13 hour drive for us so on the way there we decided to go at a little slower pace. We spent the night after driving about halfway. The next morning I had the joy of stopping to see a friend of mine and her husband. We had coffee and a wonderful visit for a couple hours. We hopped back on the road and made it to my daughters by dinner time.

First thing I did when I got there was to pick up my grandbaby.. Emily captured this great pic..

Here was another one I took of him...

With our weather being so wet and rainy we were really hoping for a little sunshine and dry weather in CA. But our first day there was rainy. However the second day the sun came out and it was much more pleasant. That was such a treat as it was my birthday and I could not have asked for a better gift then time with my kids, my grandbaby, and some sunshine. My son in law snapped this pic of hubby and me as we were walking all around downtown Sacramento.

Sacramento is a very nice city. As many of you may know, I love my coffee (as in coffee, not sweetened coffee drinks)! There is a great coffee shop that is a MUST stop each time we are there. Old Soul Coffee Company is the name. They make the best coffee ever. So of course we stopped in there on our walk around town...

We headed home on Sunday and drove straight through. It felt good to be home but I sure missed my little guy. He is such a sweetheart.

Monday and Tuesday were all about getting life back together, unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping and all the rest.

On My To-Do List
Today I am giving my bedroom some attention. It needs vacuuming and dusting and some clutter control. :)

Other then that I'll be making pulled pork for dinner and maybe another meal so I don't have to cook for a few days.

Projects I'm Working On
My poor neglected baby blanket. It sits there waiting for me to get back at it. That is plan to try and make some major progress on it over the next few days.

Today's Weather
Rain all day.. sigh.. I'm ready for some dry days!

High 53, Low 42

The View from my Deck (or window)
It is hard to capture rain in a photo, but trust me it is pouring down right now and very grey out. 

This pic is from my window. I really did not want to walk outside in the pouring rain. :)

What I'm Reading
I started reading the Innocence of Father Brown. It is an older book about a Catholic priest who has a knack for solving crimes. I'm enjoying it, however the book is not one story written out over the span of the book, but rather each chapter is another mystery that Father Brown solves. Not sure that is quite my style so I'll have to think a bit about whether or not I'll read another one.

I plan to catch up on my Bible reading as well over the next few days. I'm in 2nd Chronicles and should be able to finish it by the end of the weekend.

What I'm Listening To
I'm listening to the rain fall, and my hubby chatting with me as I write.

Something Frugal I've Done This Week
I've shared this one before, but it is what I did frugal this week. :) While on the road we took our own food with us. Mostly snackie type stuff, but healthy as in fruit and nuts and such. Much better option health wise and money wise then fast food on the road.

Fitness and Health for the Week
Prior to leaving on our little trip I was able to get out and walk a few times and get over my 10,000 steps. Just had to take advantage of the breaks in the rain to do it! While in Sacramento we did a lot of walking so I had days when I did get my steps in. This coming week I see some dry days which I'm very thankful for. My daughter Hannah and I are hoping to get out with the kids and enjoy some of these nice days. Both of us are missing our walk times together. It is so much more fun to walk with her and my grandbabies then to walk by myself! :)


Monday, March 27, 2017

Menu Monday!

We are home from our vacation and it was wonderful. I need to shop and get life back together. I'll share more about our trip on Wednesday. 

My menu is just a few basic meals that are simple.

Spaghetti & Meatballs
Pre-made meatballs from Costco, spaghetti sauce in a jar, made in my Instant Pot. French bread and a salad round out the meal.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
I'll make this in my IP, it can also be made in a crockpot. I'll serve this with coleslaw and chips and maybe some type of soup.

Veggie Enchiladas & Baked Chicken
This was a hit the last time I made it and wanted to make it again. You can find my recipe for the enchiladas HERE. I'll serve this with tortilla chips & salsa and a salad.

This may be something as simple as french bread pizza or I may make it. We'll see what I'm up for. Or who knows, it may be a Costco all ready made pizza on the day I shop! LOL.. but I'm in the mood for pizza for sure. A big fresh green salad with lots of goodies on it will be served on the side.

That should do it for the week!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday in the Kitchen

Friday in the Kitchen is about sharing some of the food I've been cooking in my kitchen recently.

Even though I'm taking a break I still have a few things I prepared ahead of time to share with you. :)

White Bean Chicken Chili
recipe was so good! I'm still on my veggie quest. Trying to find ways to add them to our diet. I'm looking for recipes that use them in a different way then just cooking and serving as a side dish. That is good too, but I want to get a bit more of all the amazing veggies there are out there in our diet. So making this White Bean Chicken Chili was a great way to use butternut squash. My family loved this soup (and me too! :). It went great with tortillas and salsa. I served a big green salad on the side.

I cooked my butternut squash in my Instant Pot. I used the same method I used to cook acorn squash. You can see my video on how I do this HERE. The only difference was time.

I cut my squash in half so it would fit in the pot. I added a cup of water and cooked it on manual for 10 minutes. Then removed it and cleaned out the seeds. I found my ice cream scoop a good way to do this job..

Then I put it back in and cooked it another 10 minutes. I then peeled it, and cut it into chunks to add to the chili.

I also cooked the chicken in the IP to speed things up. When all was cooked and cut up I put the rest of the ingredients in the IP, heated it up, tasted and added a little more salt and served it up...

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
I had this on my menu recently and wanted to share that this recipe is so easy and so very good! I highly recommend it. It was originally a crockpot recipe and this lady converted it into and IP recipe. If you don't have an IP, you can make it in a crockpot.

When it was done cooking I took a lot of the juices and pineapple and pureed them, added some flour and then added that back to the rest of the juices for a thicker sauce. This will be on our menu again! It's a great recipe because it only uses a few ingredients that are easy to have on hand.

I served it with rice and garlic roasted brussel sprouts. It was a yummy meal...

That is all for this week!

Wednesday, March 22, 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).. 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!! :)

I'm taking a break this week and hubby and I are off on an adventure (otherwise known as a little vacation)   :) 
Wednesday Snap Shot will be back next week. And... Friday in the Kitchen will be posted as well.. I have it done ahead of time.  
I'll be back soon!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Menu Monday!

This week it is possible that my hubby and I will be out of town for a few days. Still working on details. But, I'm planning only a few meals in case. If we don't go then I'll have something in the pantry to round out the week.

White Bean Chicken Chili
I actually made this recipe yesterday and made a large batch so we could eat it tonight as well. I had purchased a butternut squash and wanted a different way to use it besides the typical bake and serve with butter, salt and pepper. I came across THIS recipe. I've used cooked squash many times in soups so I decided to try it out. It is very good! This will be our dinner once again tonight. Tortilla chips, salsa and a salad will be on the side.

It's an easy but filling meal. French bread, roasted fresh asparagus, and a salad will be served with it.

Tacos, or maybe burritos, or maybe both, not sure yet. Burritos are easier for my kids to take to work with them the next day. They will be served with all the usual trimmings.

I'm thinking this should do it for the week. If not, I have the makings for various other meals in my pantry.

Happy menu planning!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday in the Kitchen

Friday in the Kitchen is about sharing some of the food I've been cooking in my kitchen recently.

Cream of Asparagus Soup
I made this soup recently and it was delicious! I've been looking at ways to add more veggies into our diet, in creative ways, and this one was a hit. This was served with tuna melts made on english muffins. It was a very nice meal. 

You can find the recipe HERE. I followed it pretty much as written. However I did not have chicken stock and so I used water and added a little extra salt.

Veggies in the Diet
Here was something else I did recently. I was not sure what I was going to do with my veggies, but, I cut up an onion, some mushrooms, mini peppers, and celery. I sautéed them up in a little coconut oil until they were soft. I used them over the next couple of days. 

One way I used them was on a sandwich. I had fried up some bacon one morning and made a little extra. For lunch I took a sub sandwich roll and toasted it, laid a couple strips of bacon on it, warmed up some of the veggies and put those on top of the bacon and sprinkled cheese on top and put it under the broiler to melt. It was an amazing sandwich!  (the picture does not look as good as it tasted.. ha, ha! :)

The next day for my lunch I cut up some kale and sautéed that until it was just about soft and then added some of the veggie mix. Heated it up and put it over rice. 

Instant Pot Cheat Sheet
When you start cooking with an Instant Pot there is a learning curve. There are new methods and times to cook even just basic things like hard boiled eggs or beans. I know I can get tired of constantly looking the times up on line. Well, I have a great link to share with you. It is an Instant Pot Cheat Sheet. Gives you some basic times for commonly made items.

I've shared with you about my dear friend, Laurie, in the past. She has a great blog, Successful Homemakers, and she is the one who has made these nifty little sheets. If you head on over to her blog you print them out:

That is all from my kitchen for this week!!

Wednesday, March 15, 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).. 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 busy week it has been. My daughter and her fiance spent 5 days with us. It was wonderful. We got to meet him and get to know him. Local family came and visited. They went and visited family as well. It was a lot fun. 

They left and my quiet house returned and life has gone back to its normal routines. And I do like that. I love my kids and time spent with them, but more and more I'm enjoying a quieter household. When the quiet returns, it is also a blessing to me.

On Sunday we celebrated my youngest child's birthday.. Isaac turned 19. It is always a sobering day for me. I have shared in past blog posts about his birth. I almost died in his birth. He was oxygen deprived for 5 minutes. He has had no effects from this, praise God. I spent many hours in life saving surgery due to a ruptured uterus, and barely made it. There is really not a day that goes by in my life that I am not grateful to the Lord for my life. I am here, today, to see my son grow, to be with my family, to experience the joy of grandchildren, to be my husbands wife. God is good... all the time.

I've spent a couple days with hubby who had things in town to do and wanted me to come with him for company and we did grocery shopping and more. I love being in a place in life where I can drop everything thing and spend time with my husband.

On My To-Do List
Today is an “at home” day. I have laundry to catch up on, I have cooking to do, I have house cleaning to do. The whole works.. :)

Projects I'm Working On
Many little projects. Now I just need some time to get them done.

Today's Weather
Right now it's very foggy out, and we have a break in the rain. But more rain is in the forecast today and all the way through to Saturday night. Is it any wonder I crave heat and sunshine! :)

High 55, Low 41

The View from my Deck (or window)
As I said, very foggy this morning! 

What I'm Reading
I finished 1st Chronicles and am now reading 2nd Chronicles.

I'm over half way done with Robinson Crusoe and I really am enjoying the book! So many interesting things to read about. Being a homesteader type I've loved how he has provided for himself on this somewhat desolate island.

What I'm Listening To
It's a quiet morning here. Hubby is sleeping in and I got the fire going this morning. I hear it crackling away and I hear my two living room clocks ticking.

Something Frugal I've Done This Week
Aww... there are weeks were it is hard to be frugal. You have family visiting and you need to feed them, care for them, provide for them.. and it is a joy, but not frugal. These are the times I am thankful that there are so many things in our life that we do as a regular part of life that are frugal. The things I've shared.. heating our hot water with our wood stove, recycling, packing my husbands lunch, making my own cleaning products or using frugal options, etc.. Life is like this and frugality is a mindset for all of life.

Fitness and Health for the Week
Oh my .. the rain.. it just keeps coming. I looked at the totals for the rain year (starts the beginning of Oct).. almost 38 inches and this in the city. We typically have twice as much rain as the city does.. which means we are probably getting close to 80 inches. I'm pretty over it all.. and it is making it hard to find a time to walk when it is constantly pouring down rain. I can handle some rain.. but constant pouring rain, is making it difficult. Praying that this calms down and we can experience some nicer spring days and I can get out and walk more.

That is all for my week, hope you all are having a great week.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Menu Monday!

It's been a busy time around my home but this week we are back to business as usual and I'm feeling like trying out a couple new recipes.

Today I need to go run some errands so I'm picking a simple meal, meatloaf and potatoes. I'll make a salad on the side.

The rest of the week looks like this...

Easy Garlic Chicken
This recipe looked easy and yummy. I'm going to make pasta alfredo and roasted veggies with this.

Asian Sesame Pork
I plan using THIS recipe and substituting pork for the chicken. This is an Instant Pot recipe. I'll serve rice and a veggie of some sort on the side.

Chicken Bacon Chowder
I've made this recipe a few times. It is yummy. I'll make a salad and biscuits on the side.

That should do it for the week! :)

Wednesday, March 8, 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).. 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'm very happy to say my daughter who has been living in S. Korea for the last 2 years, teaching, is now home. :) She finished out her last contract and decided she wanted time with family and to be home for a while. She arrived last week, with her new fiancé, in Los Angeles to visit his family. Very early this morning they arrived here. We were already in bed and now as I write this I am waiting for them to wake up and to give my girl a big mama hug.

She is not quite sure what her next plan is but for the next few months she will be going to California to help her sister (my daughter Emily) with her new baby. She is excited to spend time with her and to be a help to her.

I spent yesterday getting on top of the house and prepping guest rooms preparing for their arrival.

On My To-Do List
Certainly visit time and coffee time is top on my list today.

Projects I'm Working On
I had wanted to get my baby blanket finished, but did not get that far. Maybe I can do that this week if I have the time.

Today's Weather
Rain, rain, rain and more rain. Goodness we've had a lot of rain. In fact it has broken records as of late. We go from the most snow in winter we've ever seen to the most rain. I'm really starving for some sunshine and a little bit of warmth about now.

High if 45, Low of 43 and more rain and gray skies

The View from my Deck (or window)

What I'm Reading
I'm still in the book of 1st Chronicles.

And I'm almost half way through Robinson Crusoe.

I've always had a love for classic books. It was one of the foundations for my homeschooling. I read so many childrens classics to my kids. After I was done homeschooling I began to read more books for my own enjoyment. Many types of books and enjoyed so many authors. After a while I began to search for other authors, other styles of books and so on. But this year one of my goals I set for myself was to go back to the classics. I have to say I've really been enjoying it. Classic books are classics for a reason and each book I've read takes on its own life and pulls you into its little world.

What I'm Listening To
I hear a few birds chirping outside and that is so soothing. Spring is almost here and their sweet sounds are encouraging to me.

Something Frugal I've Done This Week
Recycling. We recycle our glass, plastic and tin cans and such. For one, it saves on our garbage bill, a lot. It reaps a lot of rewards in that way. I keep a bin in my laundry room where all the recycling items go and when it is full I take it to the basement where I sort it into individual bins, when they are full we take a trip to the recycling center. We go a few times a year and combine the trip there with other errands so the cost of driving there is minimal because we would have been going into town anyway.

Fitness and Health for the Week
Despite the rain I've been out waking several times in the last week. My new rain jacket has come in handy and I will say it works wonderfully! :)

In the past I would take my phone with me to not only capture any pretty pics I might want but also to listen to music. This week I started thinking about audio books and how great that would be to listen to that while I walk. I was thrilled to find an app on my phone that has so many books available for free that you can download. Of course most of them are classics, but that works well for me. So several of the chapters of Robinson Crusoe were listened to as I walked. For me it has been a great way to combine two things I enjoy.

For anyone interested in the app you can find it in the Google Play Store, and here is the link:

That is all for my week, hope you all are having a great week.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Menu Monday!

How is your menu plan coming along this week? It took me a little bit of thought this week to come up with a meal plan. Not sure why, some weeks are just like this. But I have a menu planned and a grocery list made so we will be set for the week.

Tonight is spaghetti. It's easy and quick in the Instant Pot. I'll serve a nice green salad, green beans and french bread with this.

The rest of the week should be pretty easy. My hubby will be out of town for a couple days for work and my first thought was, salad for dinner! :) My youngest daughter was happy with this meal plan.  And maybe tryout a new recipe for fun.

In any case, here is what I have planned....

Hawiian BBQ Chicken
This is a recipe my daughter shared with me that she tried. She said it was very good. It is in Instant Pot recipe. It was a slow cooker recipe that the lady on this blog converted to and IP recipe. So if you don't have an IP you could try in the crockpot. I'll serve rice and roasted veggies with this.
For the roasted veggies I plan on doing a combination of carrots, brussel sprouts and mushrooms. Wash, cut into chunks, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, lay on a baking dish and bake at about 350 until the veggies are soft and slightly browned.

Chicken Bacon Salad
I LOVE this salad. It is so good. I shared the link in a post about a week ago. How can you go wrong with any salad that has bacon in it! :) I'm also planning on trying out THIS lentil soup recipe. I'll serve biscuits or crackers with this meal.

Honey Ham Slices
There are those times nowadays that a whole ham is just too much. It's nice that Costco sells large thick slices of ham. They come 2 in a package and are very good. I'm going to cut the ham slices into pieces that will fit in my IP. Then make a honey/brown sugar mix, wrap the ham in foil spreading the mix between and round the slices. Put the ham on the trivet, 1 ½ cups of water in the bottom, set IP to “manual” and time for 7 minutes. I plan to serve potato salad and broccoli on the side.

That should do it for the week!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday in the Kitchen

Happy Friday!!  

Friday in the Kitchen is about sharing some of the food I've been cooking in my kitchen this week.. 
Veggie Enchiladas
I mentioned on Monday that I was going to be trying out a new recipe creation for Veggie Enchiladas.  And I did..  and they were so good! My family really enjoyed them. I served them with chicken because the men in my family are not fans of meatless meals. :) But it could easily be served as a meatless main dish. 


Veggie Enchiladas

2 small sweet potatoes
3 small carrots, peeled
1 small onion, chopped
½ cup celery slices
4 baby portabella mushrooms (this is what I had, any type of mushroom will work)
1 4oz can green chilies
1 T sliced jalapenos (I used jalapenos from the jar)
1t salt
1t chili powder
1t cumin
1 can green enchilada sauce
9 corn tortillas
Cheese to sprinkle on top, optional

Cook the sweet potatoes and carrots. You can bake or boil them. I used my Instant Pot to cook them. I cut them up and put them on steamer rack with about 1 ½ cups of water in my pot. Cooked them on “manual” for 8 minutes. The sweet potatoes were very easy to peel after they were cooked.

Cut up sweet potatoes and carrots and put in a bowl and set aside.

In a frying pan heat a little oil and add onions, celery and mushrooms. Cook them until soft. Add to the bowl of sweet potatoes and carrots.

To this bowl of veggies add sliced jalapenos, salt, chili powder, and cumin. Stir to combine it all.

Soften corn tortillas either in the microwave or in a frying pan using a little oil.

In a 9x9 pan pour about 1/3 cup of enchilada sauce on the bottom.

In each tortilla scoop a heaping ¼ cup of veggie mixture into the center. Roll up and place seam side down in pan on top of sauce.

After all tortillas are filled and in the pan, pour more enchilada sauce over the top. I don't use the whole can, I just pour enough to cover and get in between the tortillas.

Cover with cheese, bake at 350 for about 35 minutes or until everything is hot and bubbly.

Serve with chopped tomatoes and sour cream on the top. Sprinkle a little cilantro on the top if desired and a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

NOTES: You could add a drained can of black beans (or your favorite beans) to this and make it a meatless main dish. If you do this, you could probably fill 12 tortillas and would want to put it in a bigger baking dish, such as a 9x13 pan.


I've been on a waffle roll lately. When I had so many kids at home waffles were not really practical to make due the time involved. I did have 2 waffle irons and that helped some. But typically I would just make pancakes. Nowadays making waffles is much simpler. I only have one waffle iron and can quickly and easily make up a small batch for us.

I have taken a short cut for my waffles. I've been using Bisquick. I started making the recipe on the box. My family enjoyed that.

Then my daughter sent me a recipe that looked good. It was for coconut waffles. These waffles are meant to be soft and sweet. They are more like a hold in your hand snack. They are also good with peanut butter spread on them.

Coconut Waffles

1 egg
¾ cup sugar
2t oil
½ can coconut milk
2c Bisquick

Still all liquid ingredients together. Add Bisquick and stir until smooth. Cook in waffle iron.

Note: this batter is very thin, it is supposed to be that way. Also I reduced the sugar to ½ cup and it could probably be reduced a little more.


Last weekend I tried one more variety of waffles that were yummy!

Blueberry Oat Waffles

2 cups Bisquick
1 cup quick oats
2 eggs
2 cups milk (or buttermilk)
6T olive oil
2T brown sugar
1 cup frozen blueberries

Combine all ingredients except blueberries. Stir to combine. Add blueberries and stir. Cook in waffle iron according to your waffle iron's directions.

This made 9 6½ inch round waffles

If you don't usually use Bisquick you can use the following substitution for each cup of Bisquick called for in the recipes:

Bisquick Substitution

1 cup flour
1 ½ t baking powder
¼ t salt
1T oil or melted butter


Wednesday, March 1, 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).. 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
Happy March 1st! Spring is coming soon! My week has been busy at home catching up on housework and much needed chores were accomplished.

Overall it has been quiet and nice for simply working through my to do lists.

On My To-Do List
Today I need to do a few things..

~Vacuum living room

Then I plan to take a walk and crochet.

Projects I'm Working On
I've been able to make some progress on my baby blanket. I'm hoping to get it finished by this weekend.

A project I hope to get started this week is doing some cleaning and organizing of my kitchen cupboards. They are in need of a little TLC.

Today's Weather
It is rainy and gray out right now. I think there is going to be a few breaks in the rain and that is when I plan to get out and walk.

High for today 45, Low 35

The View from my Deck (or window)

What I'm Reading
I finished the book of 2nd Kings and have started reading 1st Chronicles. It's been interesting to read the genealogies starting from Adam.

I started reading Robinson Crusoe. I've started it twice since last fall and went on to different books. This time I plan to finally finish it.

What I'm Listening To
The dryer is going. I've already started my laundry for the day :). My daughter getting ready for work.

Something Frugal I've Done This Week
Saving gas and time. On Monday I had a few items to pick up at the grocery store and a couple errands to run and so did my husband. So we went to town together. We live about 45 minutes from the city. We try and wait until we have several things to do and then often go together on his days off. This saves gas when we are not both going into town at different times and saves the time of multiple trips to town. Also if possible he will try and do other needed things in town on his way to work or home from work. This is a bit more tricky because of his hours and does not always work with typical, normal business hours.

Fitness and Health for the Week
Thanks to a couple nice days I was able to get out and walk. I'm so looking forward to spring and more days outside. It's been a challenge for me to get back in my groove and walk. So I was so happy to get out again.
My walk started out overcast and gray but I was happy to see the sun breaks by the end of the walk..

Walking is such great exercise for just about everyone. Sometimes you might need a little motivation to get going. I have a Pinterest board that has several different walking plans to help get you moving: 

I'm focusing on the foods I eat even more so. I'm adding more fruits and veggies to my daily diet. And working to cut way back on the sugar. Sugar is so damaging to our bodies.

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