Monday, February 8, 2016

Cranberry Mustard Porkchops

I wasn't able to get a picture of this delicious meal, as it was wolfed down so quickly by everyone, including Scotland, who rarely eats meat.

Cranberry Mustard Porkchops

4 pork chops
5 tsp dijon mustard
1/3 cup cranberry juice
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper, to taste

In a bowl combine the dijon mustard, cranberry juice, and minced garlic.  In a shallow dish, place the pork chops in a single layer, and cover with the mustard mixture, coating all of the pork chops. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least an hour. (I left it in the fridge for about 24 hours.)
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat (I used a large cast iron) and when it's hot, add a bit of oil.  Add the pork chops and marinade. Cover the skillet partially and cook for 6-7 minutes.  Turn the pork chops over and cook for another 5-10 minutes depending on how thick your pork chops are, uncovered, until cooked through.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. (It's in the recipe but I didn't do it.  I found it wasn't necessary.) Pour sauce over the pork chops and enjoy.

Happy Homemaker Monday

Hello!  Hope this afternoon finds everyone well.  I've been so busy today with the big kids' dentist appointments, and playing and crafting with the little girls.

happyhomemakermonday

The weather.....
We had amazing weather all weekend and now it's so cold.  It's about 34 degrees right now and the windchill is near 0. This morning, it was snowing like crazy, but it didn't amount to anything.  I think it's supposed to only get colder by the end of the week.

Right now I am....
Sitting on the couch cuddled up with Scotland and Rylie, watching Frozen for the bajillionth time.

Thinking....
About everything that I have to get done this tonight, and then this week to get ready for the kids valentine's parties and then Rylie's birthday party on Saturday at Chuck E Cheese.

On my TV.....
Right now, Frozen, but later and this week, Fixer Upper and Property Brothers and who knows what else.

On the menu for this week....
I'm working on my grocery delivery right now.
Monday - Savory Beef & Noodles
Tuesday - Mac 'n' Cheese soup and bread
Wednesday - Grilled cheese and Tomato soup
Thursday - Husband's delight pasta
Friday - Waffles and eggs 

On my to do list....
A load of Laundry
vacuuming
Sydney's dance
Ben's clay class
cook dinner
dishes
Help the kids with their valentine's boxes
Help with homework and listen to the kids reading
Put in a grocery delivery for tomorrow morning.
And on top of it all, Scottie's decided to potty train.

  
In the craft basket....
My corner to corner blanket
Hand made Valentine's from Rylie and Scotland to each other, Ben and Sydney, and grandparents

Looking forward to this week....
Getting everything done so we can enjoy Ben and Sydney's class Valentine's parties on Friday, Rylie's birthday party of Saturday, and Rylie's birthday on Sunday.

Looking around the house....
The house is probably the cleanest it has been in weeks and it makes me so happy.  Maya is laying at my feet.  The girls are up singing and dancing "Let it go" with the movie.

From the camera....
Took Sydney out for a mommy daughter date this weekend.  We got our finger and toe nails done together.  It was a nice time.


On my prayer list.....
My dear friend who lost her father a couple of weeks ago, not even one week after having her baby.  

Bible verse, Devotional....

  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday! Can you believe it is February already? Time is truly flying by.



The Weather:::
It's about 40 degrees right now.  It's supposed to get quite rainy later.


Right now I am: 
Sitting on the couch with all 3 girls sitting around me on their iPads and I'm definitely getting a case of sensory overload. (Sydney is home sick today.  She seems fine now but had a fever all day yesterday and all night last night.)

Thinking:::
I seem to have a lot on my mind, mostly with this house buying stress.  There is just no inventory here right now, and I'm hoping this start to hit the market because I really can't wait to buy and have our own home.

Looking forward to:::
Naptime! LOL, no honestly just getting things done.  We seemed to have gotten most of the house back in order this weekend so just maybe some organizing and getting rid of things.

On my reading pile:::
Still working on Red Queen.


On my tv:::
I've been watching lots of HGTV lately.  

Things that make me happy:::
Spending time with family.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing the kids enjoying time with their grandparents and aunts and uncles.

On the menu for this week:::
I haven't created my menu or grocery list for the week yet. 

Monday -
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
Thursday -
Friday -  
Saturday -
Sunday - 


On my to do list:::
Edit and upload my WITL 

Grocery shopping (online) and creating my weekly meal plan
Birthday shopping and planning for Rylie's birthday
Load the dishwasher
Laundry
Pick up the living room
Sydney's dance (I may let her go since she seems to be feeling better)
Ben's clay class

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
My corner to corner blanket

Looking around the house:::
There are some glasses in the kitchen sink that need to be put in the dish washer, and the living room is covered in toys.  The girls are all cuddled up on the couches with their iPads while I sit in the middle of them all.  Shawn is in meetings in his office as he usually is on Monday mornings.

From the camera:::


On my prayer list:::
My good friend, who finally had her baby less than two weeks ago, but lost her father last week.

Bible verse, devotional, favorite quote:::





Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday



The Weather:::
I believe the high today was 40 degrees, but it actually feels warm, although it's supposed to be rainy today and it does look quite gloomy out.  According to the weather on our local station the temperature is supposed to drop and the rain is supposed to go away and just stay really cloudy.

Right now I am: 
Sitting at the kitchen table, drinking my coffee. 

Thinking:::
Rylie's Birthday!  It's coming up quite quickly and with kids class parties to prep for just a day or two before her birthday party, I need to get a move on. Thankfully Chuck E Cheese takes most of the work out of it.

Looking forward to:::
Bed time! Last night Scottie was up several times and it was a late night anyway.  Ugh!  

On my reading pile:::
Still reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It's really good and I would definitely recommend it.

On my tv:::
I'm not sure what to watch today. I'm thinking about watching some vlogs and maybe if I have time, some Call The Midwife.

Things that make me happy:::
My husband being home!  He was gone all week last week and it was awful.  He's going out of town again next week, but thankfully for not as long.  I'm just glad to have him around this week.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Cowboy Casserole and roasted veg (I've been meaning to make this for the last couple of weeks but it keeps getting bumped)
Tuesday - Amish Easy Chicken Casserole
Wednesday - Homemade Pizza
Thursday - Savory Beef and Noodles 
Friday - Out for a late anniversary dinner?
Saturday -
Sunday -

On my to do list:::
Laundry
Dishes
Put in a grocery order
Prepare dinner so Shawn can throw it in the oven this evening while I'm out.
Sydney's Dance
Ben's clay class
Play ponies with Rylie (I promised)
Teach the kids about the water problem in Flint Michigan because tomorrow after school we are taking bottled water to a drop off donation center that will be driven up later this week.

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Crochet corner to corner blanket
Decorations for Rylie's birthday party

Looking around the house:::
The house could use some tidying although most of that will have to happen later since the girls are playing in the mess in the living room.  When they get along, and the house is filled with laughter, it's the best feeling in the world.

From the camera:::
My corner to corner blanket that I've been working on.



On my prayer list:::
My family to hopefully get over this cold we've had since Thanksgiving. 
Rylie, to be able to go to school this week with no problems.  She had a pretty big panic attack last Thursday and I'm hoping since Shawn's back in town in won't happen again.


Bible verse, devotional, favorite quote:::




Thursday, January 21, 2016

When One Parent's Away, There's Trouble at Home

Sometimes as adults we don't realize how little ones are bothered by changes in their day to day lives. Shawn left for Boston on Sunday and won't be back until super late Friday night.  In the past, when he'd travel for work, it's come out as tears, bad attitudes, and Sydney having accidents on her way to the bathroom.  I recognized it pretty quickly with Sydney since it never happened while he was here and while he was gone, she'd pee her pants at least once every trip.  Since this last summer, where we traveled with him quite a bit, his trips have been small. Often only staying away one or two nights if at all, and this may be his longest trip he's taken.

I've done a few fun things to hopefully ease some of the kids stress from the trip, and Rylie got to bring home her class teddy bear this week. We watched Hotel Transylvania 2, had a pizza party, made bead necklaces, and set up playdates with friends.




Last week, Thursday and Friday, Rylie had an accident in the bathroom.  Just didn't quite make it to the toilet. Saturday, it was Sydney who did the same thing.  Shawn hadn't even left yet and in the 3 days before he left we had 3 accidental pee problems on the floor.

This week we've had some minor issues with behavior and attitudes.  Enough to drive me crazy but nothing really bad.

Tuesday when I took Rylie to school, she didn't want me to leave.  She kept begging me to stay.  I felt really bad, but staying wasn't really an option.  She's only there for 2 1/2 hours, so I went home, and then came back to pick her up and everything was fine.

Yesterday, when we took the big kids to school, Sydney had cashed in her gold slips for a coupon to bring a stuffed animal or doll with her.  She chose to bring one of her American Girl dolls, and while we were walking up to the school she realized she lost one of the shoes.  I'm carrying Scotland, it's 20 degrees out, and we're a ways from the car.  School is going to start any minute, so I kiss Ben on the top of his head and tell him to have a good day at school, and then tell Rylie to go with Sydney while I run back with Scottie to the car to look for this doll shoe.  The missing shoe was stuck in the seat where the seat belts are.  I grabbed the shoe and ran back to the school. About 4 steps inside the school, I'm met with a frantic Rylie, who should have been waiting for me inside of Sydney's classroom.  She was so upset that Ben left and followed him to his classroom and then worried because she didn't know where I was.  We took Sydney her doll's shoe and went home.

After school, Sydney went to a friend's house. Scotland was so upset and kept crying and asking "where Nee Nee?" Nee Nee is her name for Sydney. Ben had his art class in the evening.  It's an hour and a half long, so we don't just hang out while he's in there.  We go home. Usually it doesn't bother her, but yesterday Scottie was beside herself because we left Ben.

I thought things were rough so far, but I had no idea what would hit today.  This morning, everything seemed fine. Everyone was in a good mood, hurried since we were running late, but fine.  Sydney had forgotten to bring her water bottle home yesterday, so when we got to school, I needed to refill it. When we got into the classroom, I grabbed the water bottle and went straight to the water fountain across the hallway.  I guess Rylie thought I had left her.  The teacher told her I was in the hall and would be right back, but that didn't calm Rylie.  She came running out of the classroom, right past me, screaming and crying "Mommy!!!" the whole way.  She broke my heart.  We came home and once again everything was fine.  She was back to normal.  She was so excited for school today and to share her story about her couple of days with the class bear. We went to her school and they were heading straight outside.  I was talking to a parent and she came back to hug me several times instead of going outside.  She'd been in school for 45 minutes and I was comfy on the couch at home, snuggling Scottie, watching last night's episode of Property Brothers, and putting off the laundry and dishes for the 2nd day in a row, when I got a phone call from one of her teachers.  She was sick to her tummy, thought she was going to throw up, and was really cold.  They didn't know if she was sick though or if she was having problems adjusting to the warmth from being outside in the 23 degree, snowy weather.  The didn't necessarily want me to come pick her up, but wanted to let me know what was going on.  About 5 minutes went by and I got another phone call.  This time from the other teacher.  She was laying in the reading nook with a trash can.  She didn't want to participate in the special printing activities they were doing in class today, she was shaking, and just crying for me.  I put my shoes on, loaded Scotland up in the car and we went to pick Rylie up from school.  When we got there and she finally saw me, she burst into tears. By the time we had got in the car she was cold and shaking but her tummy didn't hurt anymore.  When we got home, I made her a bed in her favorite place (the floor in front of the fireplace), set her up with her iPad, a bottle of water, and a puke bucket just in case.  She fell asleep and woke up feeling much better.  Maya even snuggled with her a bit. She's still having a rough time keeping warm but I think we all are in this drafty house on a snowy and cold 25 degree day. When she was asked by moms at the elementary school, she said she was worried because school is so long and I left her.  Even though she's feeling better we decided to bail on dance class for tonight but as long as she's still feeling well, we'll go to our playdate.  I feel awful that she would ever worry about me leaving her.  Also, if you know Rylie, or know anything about her, she's not that kind of girl.  She's the one that will run off in a grocery store and not think twice. She doesn't usually have issues with me being away.  In fact, I'm usually the one crying because she took off without a hug and didn't look back.  Is Shawn being gone having this effect on her or are we turning a corner with her behavior and going in the opposite direction?

Here was Rylie this morning.  See, not appearing sick at all.




The worst part is that Shawn has a new territory at work, and his travel will be more flying than driving meaning more overnight trips.  Hopefully we can get things figured out quickly because this week has been rough.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

This weekend flew by so quickly!  Shawn left for a work trip yesterday morning and won't be back until Friday night so I'm hoping that the week will fly by as quickly as the weekend did.



The Weather:::
It is unbelievably cold! I think it's a whole 18 degrees right now.

Right now I am: 
Sitting on the couch, waiting for the groceries to get here.

Thinking:
The about the day and week ahead.  We've got a lot of fun stuff planned and I think I'm going to plan Shawn and my anniversary dinner for this weekend.          
On my reading pile:::
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

On my tv:::
Right now I'm watching Larry Crowne which is actually quite a cute movie.

Things that make me happy:::
The kids home from school, making lots, of noise and running around like crazy kiddos and the dog laying at my feet enjoying them as well.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Frozen Pizzas
Tuesday - Chicken and Potato Casserole
Wednesday - Taco John's for the kids school fund raiser
Thursday -  Something at the kids play place
Friday - Cowboy Casserole
Saturday -
Sunday -

On my to do list:::
Laundry

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Hoping to get back to work on my corner to corner blanket tonight.

Looking around the house:::
We got some tidying done this morning, so outside of the kids' playroom needing a serious cleaning, the house is in good shape.  Ben and Sydney are sitting at the table. Scotland is snuggled up to me and Rylie is laying on the couch watching Scottie's iPad with her.

From the camera:::

On my prayer list:::

My friend Emily who still hasn't had her baby yet.  I believe she's at 41 weeks and 3 days or so now. Also, my husband for safe travels this week.

Bible verse, devotional, favorite quote:::



Monday, January 11, 2016

A Chill Weekend

Well, this weekend we didn't really do much.  It was so super cold and it just wasn't worth getting out and about.  We actually spent most of our time at home, and as much cleaning as I felt I did over the weekend, I can't tell today.  The house is a complete mess, and Scotland has passed out, in a pile of toys on the floor, from exhaustion.



Friday night, Shawn and I tackled the gigantic pile of laundry on our bedroom floor.  It was all clean just was in need of folding and putting away.  It took a little over an hour to get it done, but we did it. Whew!

Saturday, we watched our football team, win their first playoff game since 1994.  That's pretty darn impressive since we've had 8 consecutive playoff loses since then.  Boy were we excited!

Saturday evening, we went to one of the kids' friends birthday parties.  We had such a good time and there were so many people there we knew.  Even Shawn knew people there and he doesn't spend as much time with the kids and mommies as I do.  It was a really fun birthday party.  Rylie was so excited that her best friend was there.




Sunday we spent the whole day at home, cleaning and lounging.  Shawn went to the gym at one point during the day.  The girls and I made banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  They turned out delicious.  I definitely recommend this cookbook and kit set.




Shawn and I made prime rib.  The cost of the meat made me want to gag, but for every once and a while, it's fine. We still spent less on dinner than if we'd have gone out to eat and it was so much more delicious too.


It was nice to have a chill weekend.  Now it's time to get this week going. This evening, Sydney has ballet and Ben has his clay class.