Monday, March 30, 2015

Menu Monday





Another lovely week is here. The sun is shining and very soon if this keeps up we will get to use the BBQ for grilling more often.

Here are this weeks menus. Remember I can and do move them around often.

Monday

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, crusty buns, and perhaps some pudding for dessert.

Tuesday

Leftover Roast Beef from Sunday. I think Roast Beef Sandwiches (can use up the leftover gravy that way) coleslaw, fries, and the leftover pudding for dessert.

Wednesday

I work today so once home I will be using up the leftovers from Monday and making Baked Spaghetti.

Thursday

Steak in Mushroom Sauce, mashed potatoes, and the remaining coleslaw if I haven't used it up. If the coleslaw is gone I will make green beans.

Friday

Some of the cod we bought on our stock up trip, along with fries and a salad of some sort.

Saturday

Our big Easter meal as youngest DS will be heading back home tomorrow. We will be having Ham, Potato Salad, carrots, pickles, cheese, and probably a cake and ice cream for dessert.

Sunday

Leftovers from our meal last night or if they are eaten at lunch perhaps something lighter like soup and sandwiches.

So there you have it. What we plan on eating for the next week.

Everyone have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Ramblings

It is Palm Sunday and the Passion was read in church today. I was narrator for the first time and by the end of the Passion my knees were shaking. I was so worried that I missed a page and made a fool of myself, something that I should not have worried about as I was helped by the Spirit. Makes one realize that everything is in God's hands.

Reading the Passion also enabled me to enter into the story in a way I never have before. Christ gave up his life so that we could have life. He opened our way to God by tearing the veil to the Holy of Holy's in the temple. This was the main thought behind Mark's Passion story. It enables us to have a direct contact with our Lord.

The rest of my day was spent scanning pictures, processing the meat from our stock up trip (putting things in meal sized packages, slicing the sandwich meat) and just enjoying this perfect spring day.

Thought I would share a few of my stock ups with you all.

I went to Micheal's and bought sale yarn. Not like I don't have enough to start up a small store of my own.

As I said all the yarn I bought was on sale. I also purchased some embroidery thread that I was close to running out of. The round cake pan was not on sale, but I have the largest round pan and thought buying another round pan could make me think about making a tiered cake. I am hoping to do that for Harvey's birthday this year. Kind of a family celebration as he turns 65.

I also made a stop at Fabricland.

Once again everything I bought was on sale using my Customer Card. I picked up a lovely patterned knit to make a skirt with, some stretch denim that I am thinking of making a skirt with (I could use a denim skirt) and a burnt orange to use in a quilt.

I also picked up some more sewing machine needles. One never knows when they will come in handy.

The spools of thread are embroidery thread for my embroidery machine. I am trying to build up a good selection to use in projects.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Tid Bits

The snow is disappearing and the temperature is climbing. So far our trip to Regina is still on. That is unless another storm system happens to move through the southern half of the province.

I have been trying to get more work done around the house to make up for the fact we will be gone most of Saturday. The sewing/craft room is slowly taking shape once again and very soon I will be back in there working on my various projects. Until that happens, I am busy knitting dish cloths. Mindless knitting that I will take to the Family Reunion this summer. The ones I made last year were snapped right up!

The plants are slowly but surely appearing. You can't really see the tomatoes in the brown peat containers, but they have started to come up as well. I can hardly wait to be out in the fresh air putting the Moonflowers into their pots and I know Harvey is looking forward to getting into the garden once again.

I used my Actifry to make supper tonight. This recipe needs a bit of tweeking, but it was filling and did not take long to make which is a big plus in my books.





Another plus was that it only took 1 whole chicken breast!! Really quite frugal, however next time instead of the tomato based sauce I am going to try more of an Oriental based sauce.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recipe Wednesday

I have a Rhubarb Bread recipe to share with all of you today. I pulled my last loaf out of the freezer and thought to myself that this would be perfect for this time of year. Rhubarb should be one of the first things harvested from gardens here in Canada.



Avondale Rhubarb Bread

2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
3 eggs
1 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups diced rhubarb (I usually just thinly slice mine)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (I leave these out sometimes)
1 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 2 loaf pans. Combine dry ingredients. Beat eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy and smooth. Stir in dry ingredients all at once, just until moistened. Stir in rhubarb and nuts. Spoon into pans. Bake 55 - 65 minutes. Cool 10 mins. Turn out of pans and cool completely.

Enjoy!

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thrifty Tuesday


Today I woke up to this.....

Heavy, wet snow. It seems that winter has not quite left us, but this does make being frugal and thrifty much easier as I am not tempted to venture outdoors, or drive any where. The snow is continuing which means tomorrow will be no better.

Today, Harvey got the first coat of paint on our bedroom walls, and should be finished painting tomorrow. The drapes were taken down washed and hung on lines in the basement. Pictures and light fixtures are ready to be cleaned and put back up once the second coat of paint dries. I plan on doing those early tomorrow morning. This means I can cross off another room being spring cleaned.

I also worked on getting the sewing/craft room straightened out.

Earlier this week (like yesterday) I cut strips and fabric squares to use in my quilts. The fabric all came from either scraps left from other projects, or some old sheets that were no longer fitting our bed.


Lots of fabric to play around with and make a couple of quilts to perhaps use at the Family Reunion Silent Auction this summer. I need to get sewing very soon.

I also packaged up some fabric to start some more sewing projects.

This will make it much easier for me to grab a project and get started. The first one I will work on is the red jacket. It has been cut out for months now and I need to get it done!!!

I even found a couple of items to add to the donation bag. I hope to add more tomorrow when I got through my craft magazines.

Meals have been simple and I am using up items in the freezer, fridge and cupboard. I want to do a stock up trip this weekend so things will be used up as much as possible. No shopping until then!!

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.



Monday, March 23, 2015

Menu Monday

Still fairly cold, dark and damp here so the meals reflect that.

Monday

Leftover Pizza from Saturday.

Tuesday

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and the remaining asparagus.

Wednesday

Leftover meatloaf, leftover rice, and leftover corn from Sunday.

Thursday

A recipe made in the ActiFry using chicken breasts.

Friday

Pancakes or gone to Regina and will be eating out.

Saturday

Pancakes or gone to Regina and will be eating out.

Sunday

Roast Chicken (missed making this last Sunday), roast potatoes, roast carrots.

Lunches will be leftovers or sandwiches.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Ramblings

Another quiet day around the old homestead. I managed to recycle the sheets into usable 2" strips, visited a friend for coffee, and even squeezed in a bit of cross stitch.

Mass, was interesting to say the least. Father Brian based his homily on dying to this life and becoming resurrected to new life in Christ. He spoke about how one should do something because it is right and good, kind of like parents who will look after their sick child with no complaints. Or who sacrifice so that their child can participate in sports, or dress well, or join in school activities. A parent does so with no thought as to what they are giving up, they just want the best for their child. He then went on to say it worked the same way in a parish, that change brings about a new vitalization, a new way of doing things and we must all work towards that. He also said the way things are always or have always been done is not always the best and one should be open to and accepting of drastic changes.

Is it going to be out with the old and in with the new? I don't know and I am a bit scared when considering these "drastic" changes.

Hopefully they will not totally discard all us "old" members and totally rely on "new blood" cause I don't see people coming out of the woodwork to take on positions.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.