Monday, January 23, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -23 January 2017

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Ella’s so much better (still coughing a bit though).  Back to school this week.  Working on plans for Ella’s 11th birthday party.  Lots of cool ideas on Pintrest but my kitchen is so small.  Nothing too interesting going on this week, just getting back to normal after extra long holidays.
Monday:
meat sandwiches
leftover roast beef
Tuesday:
slow cooker potato soup
oven roasted chicken
Wednesday:
hamburger vegetable soup
wieners & beans
Thursday:
sandwiches
enchiladas
Friday:
leftover soup
leftovers?
Saturday:
bacon and eggs
Sunday:
breaded pork chops
What’s cooking at I’m an Organizing Junkie?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Yarn Along -12 January 2017

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I know I’ve said it before, but I really do thank God for our socialized medicine.  Ella’s had a cold and been coughing since we the day before we cut down the tree.  Initially the doctor said it was bronchitis, so we took it easy and hoped.  She’s still coughing and it’s keeping her (and me) up at night.  So over to the clinic we went yesterday.  This time we saw my usual Nurse Practitioner.  She had a good listen to Ella’s lungs and she’s got pneumonia starting.  Luckily we caught it really early.  Ella’s big enough to have the capsules, so getting the amoxicillin into her won’t be a problem.  I hope they kick in soon because her cough is getting worse.  We slept on the chesterfield last night, the ‘lazy-boy’ ends are perfect for keeping Ella upright but more comfortable than a pile of pillows.  She’s feeling rather sorry for herself (she’s not used to having a cold for more than a few days).  I picked her up a friend when I picked up the prescriptions (I’m on prednesone again to make my stupid cough stop) and that has helped.
Now for my Yarn Along post.
I whipped up a new face cloth with a funky Bernat cotton.  Looks good but turned Colin’s face (and my fingers) blue!  Glad I only bought the little ball to try.  Sure wish the dollar was better because the ‘dish cloth’ cotton at Knit Picks is so much nicer than anything I can buy around here.  Knitting continues on Ella’s infinity scarf too, but since it basically looks the same as last week (just wider) I won’t take a new picture.
I looked at the calendar the other day and had a mild case of panic.  Ella’s birthday is coming up fast and I haven’t started her birthday sock!  She wants knee socks again so I better get started.
I like to use sock calculators because it makes the socks fit better.  I’m making the top like my knee socks -with the casing for ties, it was a brilliant idea I found in an Icelandic knitting book.  Why fight with your socks when you can have a pretty tie at the top?  I’ve added a cable up the back of the sock just for some knitting interest.  I like the Jawoll brand (though could be a little softer) because it comes with reinforcement thread of the perfect colour for the heels.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -9 January 2017


MPM-Winter
Hmmm, Ella is still coughing.  Checking the calendar and it’s been almost a month!  If she’s still coughing by Wednesday I’ll have to take her over to the clinic.  I’m waiting till Wednesday because the good doctor is usually on then (and the bad one isn’t).  She’s still coughing up stuff so I don’t think it’s ‘just’ bronchitis.
Busy week in the kitchen.  I should be defrosting my kitchen freezer (upright).  It would be a perfect time since it’s below freezing in the summer kitchen so it makes food storage easy.  But I don’t know if I’m going to get it done.  I want to try a new chicken soup recipe to can.  That’s where the extra chicken will go.
Monday:
grilled cheese
leftover honey garlic chicken wings (from Saturday)
Tuesday:
honey mustard chicken (new recipe) and crockpot mashed potatoes
Wednesday:
pizza
leftover chicken wings
Thursday:
hot dogs
spaghetti and meatballs
Friday:
tuna sandwiches
Saturday:
beef barley soup (need to get to the butcher shop first)
Sunday:
chicken Continental (new recipe from my Make a Mix book)
What’s cooking at I’m an Organizing Junkie?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!  May you all be happy and surrounded by the people you love.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Yarn Along -21 December 2016

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Wow, it’s been a busy week.
Off to get our tree last Tuesday.  Had to stop for our annual height chart picture.
Ella found a great tree.
Just a nice amount of snow this year -so much better than last year’s rain.
Ella loved the snugly bunnies in the cafe.  This one is named licorice.
Before we left they hit the hill a couple of times.  Ella thinks they need an escalator.
Ella did a great job decorating the tree (Daddy did lights and garland).  My job is unwrapping the ornaments.
The Elf mischief continues.  Who knows where we’ll find them every morning.  Luckily we caught Faith before she stared to nibble Ella’s gingerbread house.
And now for the reason you’re reading this, my knitting for Yarn Along this week:
Some Christmas socks for Colin.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Menu Plan Monday -12 December 2016

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Had a wonderful Gaudete (Joy) Sunday at church this week.  The Sunday School kids did their pageant this week.  Ella was a great narrator.  Nice and clear!  I tried to get some pictures, but my darn Ventolin has me shaking too much to take pictures with my phone.
Baking is high on my ‘to do’ list this week.  I’ve got  batch of speculatius cookies made and a batch of sugar cookie dough in the freezer waiting.  I think I’ll get started on some shortbread today, they taste better if they get a chance to ‘age’.
You’ll probably note that there is no leftover chicken in this week’s menu.  That’s because I forgot to get the chicken out in time.  Instead I cooked up the ham that was languishing in the freezer.  I had to do it over two days (since I would be away a lot of Sunday) and the smell of cooking smoked ham was driving Colin crazy.  I think he literally said ‘mmm’ with every forkful.
Monday:
grilled cheese
leftover ham and scalloped potatoes
Tuesday:
tomato soup
hamburger casserole (new crock pot recipe)
Wednesday:
oatmeal pancakes
leftover ham
Thursday:
chicken vegetable soup
leftover casserole
Friday:
wieners & beans
Saturday:
bacon & eggs
French fries
Sunday:
More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.
Today is the anniversary of losing Isobel.  Hard to believe she’s been gone 4 years now.  Miss you Mom.