Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday..... with Snickerdoodle Blondies...

(Happy Homemaking Monday is hosted by  Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom)

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
About 95% of the time I have a Snickers Smoothie for breakfast.  So so good.  Today, it's the same old same old.  

Right now I am:::: 

Getting ready for our school day.  Mondays are my FAVORITE day of the week and the only full day I know we will be at home all day.  LOVE THAT!!!!!

The weather outside::::
COLD!!!!  At least, it's cold to this southern girl.  The high is supposed to be 66, though, and sunny.  SOOOOOO my  kind of day!!! 

Looking around the house::::
It's early as I type this, so the house is very quiet and still.  I like to get up before my family so I can read my Bible and pray and get ready
.  Oh and make sure I have Italian sausage out of the freezer for dinner tonight.  It's going to be Pumpkin Sausage Pasta.  Mmmm.

On today's to do list::::

Laundry- Mondays and Thursdays are for laundering all clothes.  It goes by so much faster now that my girls are 11 and 7 and are such HUGE helps!!!

Cleaning- Bathroom day!!  But, again, since the girls help, it's much easier than it used to be!! I do our master bathroom,  Elizabeth does their bathroom, and Caroline does that half bath.  Of course, I double check both of them and they usually do a really good job!! I'm so proud of how hard they work!!!  We also do quick "swish and swipes" (as FlyLady calls them) on a daily basis.  

Homeschooling- We are in the Early Modern period in history and I LOVE IT!!!  We've been reading and talking about the early settlers to America. Such perfect timing as Thanksgiving is next week! :)


Currently reading::::

For myself, I just started FlyLady's book called Sink Reflections.  So far, it's mostly what I've read on her blog.  But ALWAYS great reminders to keep up the good work of home keeping!!

For my girls and homeschooling, our current read aloud is Caddie Woodlawn's Family.  

On the TV today::::

We may watch an episode of Holiday Baking Championship tonight since it came on last week.  And I do enjoy watching House Hunters International.  OH!! And I REALLY have enjoyed Flip or Flip Atlanta!!!  Probably my favorite HGTV show!!!  Maybe since I'm in Atlanta I'm a little bias but..... :)

On the menu this week::::

Su- ate at Panera after church
M- Pumpkin Sausage Pasta and salad
Tu- One Pot Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
W- Taco Salad
Th- Garlic Soup and homemade crackers
F- Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, coleslaw, potato salad
Sa- (grocery day) pizza (either frozen from Aldi or Little Caesars), chips or salad, ice cream

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Start thinking of Christmas gifts. I am SUCH a last minute person and I got on my own nerves last year about it!! HA!! I really need to work on getting better at planning Christmas gifts ahead of time.  But THANK GOODNESS for Amazon coming through for me!!

New recipe I tried last week::::

Snickerdoodle Blondies

(originally from here)

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 T vanilla
2 T white sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat until well blended. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. In a small bowl, combine the white sug
ar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter in the baking pan. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until the surface springs back when gently pressed. Remove from oven and let cool slightly on a wire rack for 5 minutes then cut into squares with a PLASTIC KNIFE!!!

***TIP- use a PLASTIC KNIFE when you need to cut any bar recipe like this (like brownies, too!!).  Wait about 5 minutes then cut.  The plastic slides nicely through the hot dessert and doesn’t stick at all.  My knife of choice?  Leftover from Chick Fil A drive thru. ***

Looking forward to this week::::

Well, kind of looking forward to it... my dad has had back problems for a while and he is finally having surgery Tuesday.  Obviously, I DO NOT want him in pain from surgery, but I'm so SOOO praying that this surgery helps him feel better!!!  The issue has also been making his legs feel very weak and the dr is sure this will help that a great deal!!!  So I AM looking forward to this step in helping him feel better.  :)

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses::::

My reading is in Psalm 75-79 this week.  I follow the SOAK method from Good Morning Girls.  Such a blessing!!!!  

Happy Homemaking!!!!


Wendi said...

I ordered Caddie Woodlawn last week. I'll have to add Caddie Woodlawn's Family to our list also.

It's crazy how your back can impact your legs. A few years before Chuck and I started dating he thought he had hurt his knee. It turned out that he had a benign tumor on his spine that caused his knee issues. I hope your dad has an easy recovery and that it helps with his issues.

Mrs. U said...

Oh Wendi!!! I loved Caddie Woodlawn even more than the Little House series!!!! I can't wait to hear what you think about it!!!

Have y'all read the series In Grandma's Attic? Sweet, sweet stories there, too.

OH no about Chuck's spine!! How is he doing now? Any issues nowadays??

Shellie Almond said...

I have never heard of Caddie Woodlawn! I will have to check it out! I love the Little House books.... Praying for you Dad, that surgery leads to relief. Hope you have a blessed week!

threesidesofcrazy said...

Loving those snickerdoodle blondies YUMMY! Have a WONDERFUL week!

Schotzy said...

I am declaring tomorrow great surgery day, that Jesus, the great physician will touch your dad’s surgeon and my surgical team and we will both be blessed with speedy and great results. God bless us one and all.

Jean said...

I'm a bit of a last minute shopper myself, need to start thinking about Christmas a bit as well. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Rebecca Knox said...

Mondays are my favorite day of the week, too. Seem I get more done at home on Monday than I do all the other days of the week put together. Have a blessed week ahead and will be praying over your dad's surgery.

Mrs. U said...

Hi Shellie!!! Oh I do hope you get to read Caddie Woodlawn. Such a sweet book!!!

And YAY my dad's surgery went well!! He's home and it'll be slow going for a bit, but so thankful it's over and he can be on the mend. Thank you for praying for him!!

Mrs. U

Mrs. U said...

Hi Tamy!!
Thank you for visiting!! Hope you get to try them!! Usually zero leftovers when you share them with friends and family. :)

Mrs. U

Mrs. U said...

Hi Schotzy!!!
Praying for a speedy recovery for you, too!!!

Mrs. U

Mrs. U said...

HI Jean!!!
LOVE the name of your blog!!!!! :)

Thank you so much for visiting today!! :)

Mrs. U

Mrs. U said...

Hi Rebecca!!
HOORAY for a fellow Monday lover!!!! I love jumping back into the regular weekly routine of it all on Mondays. Such a nice day. :)

Mrs. U

Schotzy said...

Hi dear friend I responded to your sweet comment on my page just wanted to let you know and I do so hope your dad’s surgery went well and he will find real release from the pain he has been experiencing.

Mrs. U said...

Thank you SO much, Schotzy!!!! Praying the exact same for you, as well!

Mrs. U

Unknown said...

I LOVE Holiday Baking Championship! hahahaha, it's one of my favorite shows this time of year.

These Snickerdoodle Blondies look so easy and delcious! Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed reading about your day!

Hardlyagoddess said...

I love this recipe- my non-chocolate eater would love these and my house would smell delicious all day! Plus- I love the plastic knife tip- good idea! So fun that your homeschool history lessons will tie in to the holiday- making the learning so much more "sticky" in their brains!

Mummascribbles said...

Love this little insight into life! I'm a nosey one! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

Miz Helen said...

We will love your Blondies, these are awesome! Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
Our Party for this week will start Tuesday Morning at 8:00 am CST.
Hope to see you then!
Miz Helen

juliepollitt said...

Oh, these look sooooo good! Yum!


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