Monday, August 4, 2014

Good Morning! I had a no so great  weekend and am ready for a great new week.  It's Monday morning and I'm really getting back into a regular routine here at my blog. I join in with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom .  Be sure and stop by to see what it's all about!

  • A big cup of coffee and then a homemade fruit smoothie (banana, pineapple, strawberry and cherries) before I go to the gym. 
  • Pool in time and then the gym to avoid the warmer water from the humidity of the recent storms.
  • Laundry

Whatever strikes our fancy off the DVR.  I try not to plan this in advance and just go with the flow at least until the NEW Fall schedule starts.

Hot as usual! It's only supposed to be 100 today but it's now officially monsoon season so the humidity is really unpredictable.

 Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie

MONDAY8/4YOGURTC.O.R.D.Orange Honey Chicken 
TUESDAY8/5BAGEL & CREAM CHEESEC.O.R.D. Bohemian Pork Chops aka Pork Chops in Beer Gravy
THURSDAY8/7FRUITC.O.R.D.Chicken Empanadas
FRIDAY8/8CEREALC.O.R.D.Slow Cooked Pork Tenderloin with Sauerkraut
SATURDAY8/9C.O.R.D.C.O.R.D.Baked White Fish
SUNDAY8/10 Shirred Eggs C.O.R.D.Chicken Chile Corn Custards

Do a little quilting and finish a few older projects though I have yet to have a few minutes to myself LOL like that's going to happen.

I have a list of tons of recipes I want to try, but I'm trying to go with the most unusual first.  So this week it is MOINK balls.  Stay posted for the results.

As I combine all my old blogs into this new one I'm also keeping a list of those recipes that I cannot in good conscience bring over until I remake them and take some decent pictures LOL.

We were forced to start the work on the garden this week when we dug the grave for our cat.  Hubs sterilized the ground and we're giving it a week or so before we begin reconstructing.
It's never easy, even when you know it's inevitable, but when a pet dies you lose a a piece of the family.  We will miss her, but are glad she went with very little pain. She died in my arms, so sad, but she was surrounded by love. She lived a very long life (97 in cat years)  and was always so sweet. I purchased a couple garden stones that were unimpressive as they were, but have painted them a nice hammered copper to mark her spot.
Whiskey's birthday was a bit overshadowed by the death of our cat on the same day so I forgot to wish her a happy birthday.  She is honestly the best fur child I have ever had - she was born speaking English, loving, compassionate and just sooooooo sweet.

Berries are delicious, but they're also kind of delicate. Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market.  There's nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides.

Well, with fresh berries just starting to hit farmers markets, we can tell you that how to keep them fresh!  Here's a tip I'm sharing on how to prevent them from getting there in the first place:  Wash them with vinegar.

When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge.  The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila!  Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.  So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they'll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.

Nibble Me This - Chris is my go to blog for BBQ advice
Terra Photographica - I'm a little biased here, but my brother is an amazing photographer - go check out his galleries.

Just seriously wondering when so much of the world lost its common sense and kindness? The world has changed and is in a constant state of change, but let's all agree it isn't always for the better. Case in point, read this post. I've been thinking about reviving this meme for quite some time now, but reading this solidified my decision. I have moved over the posts I had previously done and you can find them on my sidebar under COMMON COURTESY.  I'll do new ones as the issues arise.

STILL PRAYING FOR Guidance and patience with the woman handling the house sale - she has no follow through, common sense or common courtesy and I pray that she receives help in ALL of those areas. And believing that if it doesn't work out the way we want it's because we were meant to be elsewhere.  Hence my Inspirational quote for today.


  1. Love all your photos :) Your menu as always, looks great.

    I can't wait to read your posts on Common Courtesy, that is something definitely lacking in this day and age.

  2. Thanks! Sometimes I feel like Miss America being asked about the one thing in the world they would change and for me it would be common courtesy. It takes so little to be kind and generous to each other. :)


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