Monday, April 6, 2015

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

Here we are at another Monday. I hope you had a great Easter.  Easter morning was gorgeous, absolutely beautiful sunrise (we would normally have fog or clouds until 10 or 11) but it didn't last and the storm hit around noon.

Be sure to link up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy homemaker Monday and with Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.
WEATHER OUTSIDE
Typical April weather - stormy and wet.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK
  • Research 
  • Paperwork
  • Dr. Appointments
CURRENTLY READING
TELEVISION/DVR
  • Dovekeepers
  • Killing Jesus
  • Castle
  • NCIS 
  • Bones
CRAFTS & PROJECTS
 Nothing going on this week.

WEEKLY MENU PLANS


BREAKFAST
DINNER
DESSERT
MONDAY
Cereal & Fruit
Y.O.Y.O. / C.O.R.N.

TUESDAY
Bagel & cream cheese
EXPERIMENT NIGHT

WEDNESDAY
Yogurt with Blueberries & Granola

THURSDAY
Scrambled Eggs with cheese & Toast

FRIDAY
Yogurt with Blueberries & Granola

SATURDAY
Death by Chocolate Cakes
SUNDAY


EXPERIMENTAL RECIPE SUCCESSES with LINKS
RECIPES TO TRY IN THE FUTURE
  • Corn Bread Stuffing Muffins
  • Cream Cheese Danish Braid
  • Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
  • Crock Pot French Onion Soup
  • Salted Caramel Eclairs
HOMEMAKING TIP
Not all onions taste the same and can alter the flavor of your dish.  Know your onions.
  • Vidalia (Georgia), Walla Walla (Washington) or Maui (Hawaii) = SWEET onions which have a higher water and sugar content - found mostly in the spring and/or summer.
  • Red or Purple onions also have a sweeter flavor and are also known as Italian onions,  They do tend to lose their color when cooked, but add a mild sweet flavor and color to salads and burgers when used raw.
  • Green onions are "young" bulb onions and much milder in flavor making them perfect for salads and casseroles.
  • Shallots (Greek originally) form like garlic in clusters. These are a milder form of an onion, but don't let that fool you.  Shallots are flavor packed miniatures.
ON MY MIND
If one more person tells me, "But the computer says" or "The computer won't let me" I swear I'll scream.  Your computer DOES NOT talk and like the old adage says, garbage in, garbage out! So if you can see that something does not make sense and the computer program is such that it won't allow the proper corrections, CALL an IT guy!

Last year I had a medical bill that should have been 100% covered, but they DEMANDED 20% up front which I gave in and paid just to get out the door.  A few weeks after that I received a bill for the remainder of the whole amount.  I called them and explained (AGAIN) that my insurance (if billed properly) covered that expense 100%.  They said they understood and would re-bill the insurance correctly.

Then a few weeks ago (several months after the last phone call) I received a phone call from a different girl demanding full payment or they would send me to collections.  I went through the roof!  She said that I had NO insurance according to their computer, and that every time they billed my insurance company it was rejected for that reason.

Fortunately I had never spoken to this girl before and as it turns out she possessed not only common sense, but compassion and understanding as I explained one more time that I didn't owe them anything, what my insurance was as well as HOW to bill it properly and what it covered and that they actually owed me money from the initial payment. She said she'd look into and fix it.  Honestly she was nice, but I wasn't holding my breath. Guess what?  I received my refund check this week. Thank you new girl with a brain!

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA THIS WEEK
INSPIRATION

6 comments:

  1. Glad you had a nice Easter! Looks like you have another yummy week planned.

    Great tip about the onions - and praise the Lord for smart Gals who help take care of your insurance issues, huh? Lol

    Happy week ahead! xo

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  2. Interesting tips about the onions. Vidalia are my favorites and almost in season again. It is always refreshing to stumble across someone with common sense. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thanks I hope you have a great week too!

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  3. I agree that it is totally frustrating that people seem to think the computer has the finally say. There is a funny comedy English show called Little Britain and they do a skit called 'Computer Says No'. Your post reminded me of that. It has become a saying in our house now - when one of the kids asks to do something, we just say 'computer says no!'

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    1. LOL I will have to search out that show - I think I'd like it.

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