Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday 4 Meme ~ Hobby Girls

I am happy to see that Annie from Cottage by the Sea is continuing on with the Tuesday 4 that Toni started.

Questions will be up for you here at 9PM on Sunday nights which will give enough time to answer and post on your own blog on Tuesdays. I hope you will enjoy these. Thanks for joining!

Welcome once again to Tuesday 4 where we are interested in helping to make new friends in the blogging community and get to know one another as well as supply you with some blog material! Here are this week's questions for you to ponder and share with others on the subject of Hobbies and interests. If you don't have a hobby, there are things that interest you from collecting to politics, everyone has something they especially find interesting.

First... I am excited about today's post questions... I love me some hobbies!!!
Holly Hobby seems to enjoy quilting with friends!
Here we go!......

1. Do you have a hobby or a special interest? I sure do!

Do you quilt, crochet, cook, sew, collect things, sing, play an instrument, love dolls , politics, learning, reading, biking, hiking, camping, swimming, flower arranging, watching TV?
I am a multicrafter... Knitting/crochet is my first love, crochet more so, as it goes so quickly. I have picked back up my love of cross stitch as well. Baking/cooking, which isn't as strong as it used to be now that the boys are out of the house. I have dabbled in photography some. And I am a TV junkie.

Do you love to entertain, set a beautiful table or just take a walk? not so much

Share it with us won't you.... Why do you enjoy it? Can you tell us how you became interested or what particularly interests you about your hobby. I just love being busy with my hands, and the crochet is a relaxing hobby for me, and I love to see a cross stitch pattern come to life while stitching.

Would you share some photos or pictures of your hobbies or interests or lovely things you've seen along the way? a few of my projects







2. Gardening is a hobby for some. Do you garden or grow house plants? I would love to have a garden and house plants, but I do not have a green thumb to save my life

What do you like about it? I love the beauty of the colors

What are your favorite plants inside or out? Pictures? I love lilacs

We'd love to see photos of you house or garden plants or hear about ideas you have for growing things or creating beauty with plants around the house. sadly I have no pics

3. If you could design a dream garden or park , how would you do it? What would it contain.? Maybe include a picture from the net of one you think closely fits your dream garden. Hmmm... I would like something like this, but with more purples


4. Do you like being outdoors? I do, as long as I am at the beach or out on the water in my kayak

If so, what attracts you to the great outdoors and if not, what keeps you inside?
my stitching/crochet keeps me inside

Do you walk in the rain? not really

Are there parks near you that you like to visit? not really

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tuesday 4 Meme ~ Wayfaring...

I am happy to see that Annie from Cottage by the Sea is continuing on with the Tuesday 4 that Toni started.

Questions will be up for you here at 9PM on Sunday nights which will give enough time to answer and post on your own blog on Tuesdays. I hope you will enjoy these. Thanks for joining!

Wayfaring....

1. Where have you traveled and what is the furthest you've been from home? I have traveled to many states.... California is the farthest... I have been to the Bahamas, not sure if that is farther than CA.

2. Is there a location other than where you are, that you think would be a nice place to live? Florida... its just to cold here in Michigan for the winter months.. and my brother and his family are down there.

3. Do you have a photo or story from a favorite place to visit? Its my favorite place to visit... the sunny south, being with my brother, sister inlaw, nieces and my sweet great nephew Tucker.


4. What dream destination do you have tucked away in your heart? I have a few, Italy, Ireland and Hawaii Do you think you'll be able to visit them one day or are plans in the making? I am hoping we get to Hawaii next March for our 25 wedding anniversary.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday


I am linking up with Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Head on over to find some other great bloggers.
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For Today... Jan. 13th, 2020


The weather...


How I am feeling this morning... tired. Last week was a very long week, that I am still trying to recover from. I am hoping that this week is a very low key week.

On my mind... Just some personal thoughts that I am keeping to myself.

On the breakfast plate... a cinnamon bagel with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese

On my reading pile... Never Unfriended is begging to be picked backup

On my tv... 911, The Resident, This Is Us, the Chicago series -Fire/Med/PD, New Amsterdam, Greys, A Million Little Things, Blue Bloods, The Rookie. A few new ones will be added: Deputy, 911 Lonestar

On the menu this week
Monday ~ steak, mashed potatoes, salad
Tuesday ~ burgers and fries
Wednesday ~ ham and egg brunch braid
Thursday ~ pizza
Friday ~ burritos
Saturday ~ ??
Sunday ~ ??

From the camera... a couple of finished cross stitch projects, Believe and Through the Woods. I just need to figure out how I am going to fully finish them off.



Looking around the house... I still have Christmas totes that need to be brought downstairs and the livingroom needs to be rearranged.

Chore I'm not looking forward to today or this week... cleaning the bathroom

To relax this week, I will... be crocheting and working on cross stitch projects. I have week one done of my temp afghan done, I am doing this one on Monday's only. The colors I am using and the first week.

The high/low was 39/30


On my prayer list... Family, friends and our country

Devotional/Bible Verse/Quote...


In closing...Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week ahead is filled with lots of blessings!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Tuesday 4 ~ Around the House

I am happy to see that Annie from Cottage by the Sea is continuing on with the Tuesday 4 that Toni started.

Questions will be up for you here at 9PM on Sunday nights which will give enough time to answer and post on your own blog on Tuesdays. I hope you will enjoy these. Thanks for joining!

Around the House

1. Do you have pets ? What kind of pets do you have? Photos? We have one very spoiled Boston Terrier ~ Lici



2. Do you have a weekly menu you plan out? Would you share it with us, or perhaps a short list of meals you make often? It gives other people ideas! I do plan out our meals:
On the menu for this week...
Monday ~ spaghetti and garlic bread
Tuesday ~ fajitas and rice
Wednesday ~ breakfast
Thursday ~ pizza
Friday ~ soup and bread
Saturday ~ ?
Sunday ~ ?

3.Where do you do your grocery shopping? Do you like that store or do you go to others to fill in the gaps? I shop at Meijer...I like it... I do like D & W as well, but they are just to expensive.

4. What kind of house do you live in or is it an apartment. Describe it. What changes would you make to it if you could? I like in a 2 story house. Its ok... but really want to be in a ranch style house, as walking up the steps to the 2nd floor is killing my knees

Tasty Tuesday ~ Stuffing topped pork chops



Stuffing-Topped Pork Chops

Ingredients
6 boneless pork chops (3/4 inch thick)
1 package (6 ounces) pork or chicken stuffing mix
salt and pepper, to taste
onion powder, to taste
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 can (10.75 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
⅓ cup milk


Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Make stuffing according to package directions. Set aside.

Season the pork chops with salt, pepper and onion powder.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the pork chops on both sides. (This only takes a couple minutes. They will thoroughly cook in the oven)

Arrange the chops in a 9×13 baking dish. Spoon ½ cup of the stuffing mixture over the top of each chop.

Mix the soup and milk together, and then pour over the chops. Cover with foil then bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve with your favorite veggies!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy 2020! I have been MIA for the last month. Things got busy, trying to get things done for Christmas. The holiday season with family was lots of fun. Christmas Eve the boys and Ivy came over for dinner, gifts and movie night. Christmas day we spent over at my inlaws. We did a white elephant gift exchange, and it was lots of fun. My nephew said that this was lots of fun and wants to do it every year... that' s what we are going to do! New Year's the hubs and I rang in the new year at home.
My mother inlaws tree

My boys and I

Christopher and Ivy

Ivy and I

A mean game of Phase 10

Great Nephew Blaine


New Year's Eve


And now on with the Happy Homemaker Post!


I am linking up with Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Head on over to find some other great bloggers.
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For Today... Jan. 6th, 2020

The weather...Its 31°.... And the high of 38° for today.


As I look outside my window...its dark, and not much snow out there...but its coming... ugh

On my bedside table... my alarm clock, Kindle, iPad and a journal

On my reading pile... books are on hiatus right now... but I want to finish Never Unfriended


Movies or Shows I watched this weekend... over the last week I have binged Messiah on Netflix, started the 3 season of Anne with and E (Netflix).

On my TV...shows will be starting back up after the break - 911, The Resident, This Is Us, the Chicago series -Fire/Med/PD, New Amsterdam, Greys, A Million Little Things, Blue Bloods, The Rookie. A few new ones will be added: Deputy, 911 Lonestar

On the menu for this week...
Monday ~ spaghetti and garlic bread
Tuesday ~ fajitas and rice
Wednesday ~ breakfast
Thursday ~ pizza
Friday ~ soup and bread
Saturday ~ ?
Sunday ~ ?

In the craft basket... where do I begin... I have finished my 2019 temp afghan (will have a pic in the From the Camera section, and will be starting a new one, that will now be a Monday only afghan, as I had so much fun ju)st doing the temp afghan on Sunday's only. I have made progress on several cross stitch projects, finished one and have started a few more.


cross stitch projects - these two are close to a finish

a few new starts, one being A granny square temperature chart by Carolyn Manning, this one is going to be fun. And the other is the Grand Rapids skyline



Happening this week:
Monday ~ work, work out
Tuesday ~ work work out
Wednesday ~ work
Thursday ~ errands, craft day (tenatively - we may have a funeral to go to for a family friend on my husbands side
Friday ~ groceries, pick up house, interview
Saturday ~ not sure yet
Sunday ~ church, and not sure what else

Looking around the house... I need to get the Christmas totes put downstairs

From the camera... My finished temp afghan (the ends have been woven in since this pic), I have so loved this project! And a finished cross stitch project




What I'm wearing today... a pink top and fleece jammie pants

One of my simple pleasures...sitting with my snoring pup

A favorite Bible verse, devotion or quote for today...

On my prayer list... for Australia, the fires

In closing...Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week ahead is filled with lots of blessings!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Tasty Tuesday ~ Pull-Apart Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Crescent Christmas Tree



Pull-Apart Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Crescent Christmas Tree

**I halved the recipe for a smaller tree**

Ingredients
2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
6 oz (from 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. Separate dough into 16 triangles. Use pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut each triangle in half lengthwise to get 32 triangles.

2. In medium bowl, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar with spoon until well blended. Spoon a generous teaspoon of the cheese mixture on shortest side of each triangle; add a rounded 1/2 teaspoon chocolate chips.

3. Roll up each crescent, starting at shortest side of triangle and rolling to opposite point. Using photo as a guide, place crescents next to each other in tree-shaped pattern on cookie sheet, starting with top and working way to bottom trunk.

4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, if desired.