menu plan monday ~ August 17, 2015

Two of our kittens are enjoying their new homes. The two we are keeping are still hanging out together. Always nice to have a fuzzy, cozy buddy to nap with.

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Our yard is about three and a half acres, with a lot of plants, a low spot with a slow-seeping spring, and about an acre of woods. That equals good habitat for a surprising amount of wild life. One species that we keep track of are the box turtles. Last week DH and our garden helper were working in the fenced garden and found this little box turtle. It is the smallest one we have found in our yard. It has an identifying mark on its bottom shell, so we hope to find and identify this turtle in the years to come.

Smallest box turtle we have found in our yard.

And now the reason for posting: here’s our menu for the week. Trying to keep it easy.

Monday
Pizza

Tuesday
Ham or Turkey Sandwiches
Grapes
Pretzels

Wednesday
Hamburgers
Homemade Buns
Fruit Salad

Thursday
Crock Pot Brown Sugar Chicken
Rice

Friday
Tacos and Toppings

Saturday
Fridge Food

Sunday
Smoked Pork Shank and Beans
Cornbread

You can find more menu ideas and recipes at Menu Plan Monday.

This week, school starts. Back to a more regulated schedule. And working around DD’s schedule. It’s going to be a busy school year!

~~Rhonda

history trip

Pa took Snow White, Rose Red and Middle Daughter to visit replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, the Niña and the Pinta.

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The night before, Rose Red admitted to Pa that she was a little nervous about going to see the ships. When he asked why, she said, “There might be sailors there!” Not sure why sailors make her nervous!

The girls got to man the rudder when one of the crew was tying it down. That was a big thrill for them.

visiting the Niña and the Pinta

visiting the Niña and the Pinta

The small cannon was the only one on the ship. It was used to signal other ships.

visiting the Niña and the Pinta

They also visited the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Camp Dubois.

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Rose Red noted, “I wouldn’t want to live in a log cabin! It’s just one room!”

They stopped by the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower.

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Rose Red didn’t think much of the tower, as she is afraid of heights. She stayed against the wall by the elevator while Snow White and Pa listened to the tour guide and enjoyed the view.

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They had a long day, but a good one. Snow White and Rose Red both commented on the amount of sugar they thought they had taken in on the road trip. Snow White said, “I was overloaded with sugar!” And Rose Red said, “I can’t believe how MUCH sugar I had today!” I think it amounted to two ice cream cones and a fruit punch. But I could be wrong…Pa can always be hit up for a treat…or two…

~~Rhonda

menu plan monday ~ august 10, 2015

It was a long week. DH was at our presbytery’s summer youth camp, serving as Director, and I spent several days putting together the traditional camp yearbook. Middle Daughter took all the pictures. She came home each evening and would dump them all on my computer. Making the yearbook is a challenge, but a fun one. I enjoy doing it.

Saturday, Older Son and his family came to help DH clean out the attic. I should say “came to help DH get a start on cleaning out the attic.” They sorted and pitched in the attic, then would bring down boxes of things I needed to check before they were pitched. I operated from the craft room. Much more comfortable there. We got rid of about twenty garbage bags full of stuff, either to the trash or to charity. It’s a beginning!

I sorted a lot of memorabilia on Saturday. One of my favorites was this little self portrait done by Younger Son when he was not quite five years old.

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Here’s the menu for the week. My dear friend Marsha and her husband are coming to visit on Wednesday. Marsha and I will be doing scrapbooking, or crafting, or genealogy, or all the above. Whatever sounds good on Wednesday.

Monday
Fridge Food

Tuesday
Crock Pot Chicken Tetrazzini
Garden Salad
Garlic Bread

Wednesday
Sandwiches
Pretzels
Grapes

Thursday
Cheesy Baked Shells and Veggies

cheesy baked shells and broccoli

Friday
Chicken and Dumpling Soup

chicken and dumpling soup

Saturday
Grilled Pork Steaks
Grilled Veggies
Corn on the Cob

BBQ chicken and corn on the cob

Sunday
Spaghetti with Home Made Sauce
Chopped Italian Salad
Toasted Garlic Bread

spaghetti sauce

You can find more menu plans and ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

menu plan monday ~ july 27, 2015

This week we are enjoying a visit from our younger son and his wife. It is a joy to have them here for a few days. They live in Seattle so are becoming reacquainted with the heat and humidity of the Midwest. It’s the kind of heat that slams you in the face and the kind of humidity that sucks the oxygen out of your lungs and makes it hard to breath. They did get to enjoy watching the rain pour down in sheets yesterday evening which is something they don’t see in Seattle. Some close lightening and heavy winds. It pushed through and dropped the temps from 94* to 74*. What a difference! But hot again today, so we’ll enjoy the A/C and stay inside. They’ve been enjoying the kittens a great deal. They have two cats of their own and the kittens are drawn to them. They must sense that they are “cat people.”

cat magnet

Here is the menu for the week.

Monday
Ham Sandwiches on
Homemade Buns
Assorted Cheese and Crackers

Tuesday
Homemade Pizza

oh, yum

Wednesday
Turkey over Rice
Garden Salad
Garlic Bread

Thursday
Oven Tacos

Friday
Fridge Food

Saturday
Oven BBQed Pork Steaks
Boiled Potatoes
Corn on the Cob
Garden Salad

Sunday
Fuss-Free Ravioli and Cheese Bake (made with Tortellini)
Garden Salad
Garlic Bread

baked tortellini

You’ll find more menu and recipe ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

~~Rhonda

menu plan monday ~ july 13, 2015

It’s been a busy week. DH and my brother-in-law John bicycled across Indiana in the RAIN ride this past weekend. My sister spent the weekend here. We did a lot of chatting, a little crafting, a little movie watching. It was a lot of fun!

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Here’s the menu for this week.

Monday
Ham Sandwiches on
Homemade Buns
Sliced Tomatoes

Tuesday
Chicken and Tortellini

Wednesday
Smoked Ham Hock and Beans
Cornbread

Thursday
Homemade Pizza

Friday
Crock Pot Brown Sugar Chicken
Rice
Garden Salad
Garlic Bread

Saturday
Fridge Food

Sunday
Crock Pot Turkey
Boiled Red Potatoes
Steamed Green Beans
Homemade Rolls

You’ll find more menu and recipe ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

The kittens are growing quickly! Soon, it will be time to send two of them to their new homes. We are keeping Winston and Clark.

Tired kittens

~~Rhonda

peak of the daylily season

We have been enjoying the daylily blooms for the past month or so. This week they are at peak bloom. We have more than 400 varieties in the garden. It is a sea of color.

front yard

‘Chicago Blackout’

'Chicago Blackout'

front yard

‘Egyptian Ibis’

'Egyptian Ibis'

front yard

‘South Seas’

'South Seas'

front yard

‘Allen Wild’

'Allen Wilde'

front yard

‘Picture Pretty’

'Picture Pretty'

FYI, for those in the local area, we are planning to have a plant sale on Wednesday, July 1, from 10:00 – 2:00. All proceeds will, as always, go to the mission fund of our church. We hope to see a good turnout! You are always welcome to stop by at any time and stroll through the front yard. Please enjoy the flowers!

~~Rhonda

four little kittens

About three months ago, Youngest Daughter found a stray cat and brought her home. She named her Riley and took her to the vet for a check up. The vet said she was about six or seven months old and underweight (four pounds), but overall in good health. She didn’t have a chip.

Three weeks ago, on May 17, Riley had kittens! We couldn’t believe it. She was so thin when we got her. We could feel each bone. She gained weight and we thought she was just getting better. Calculating back from birth, she must have been only three days pregnant when we found her.

Alex, the dark tabby, was baby number one. One of Middle Daughter’s friends asked to adopt this kitten. Hence the current name, which I am sure will change when Alex the kitty goes home with Alex the adoptive dad. Benny (one of the orange and white ones) was next. The third kitten was the black and white one named Clark. And the last, but not least, was the fluffiest one with the white neck band, named Winston.

Riley's kittens

When the grands arrived a few days later, Snow White made a sign for the nursery box.

Riley's kittens

So small, so cute!

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Riley is very good about sharing her babies. Initially, we were careful not to push it, but now she is quite happy to have anyone around petting on the kittens. With the exception of our cat Zilli. Poor Zilli. She has no interest in the kittens, but Riley won’t abide her presence in any room Riley may be in with her. Riley goes into offensive mode and Zilli retreats as quickly as she can. Currently, she has taken up residence in our bedroom, staying as far away from Riley as she can.

Zilli

Ski, on the other hand, is part of the family. Riley is fine with him checking out the kittens, playing with them, and sticking around as long as he likes.

Ski is part of the family. Mama Riley doesn't mind his presence at all.

Ski says hi to the kittens.

They are as cute as they can be and we have had a wonderful time watching them grow. Now that they can bumble around the floor, they are quite entertaining. Alex, the first to try anything at all, was the first one out of the nursery box. As you can see, we had to put painters’ tape on all the drawers. Riley kept opening them, looking for a new place to put the kittens.

Riley's kittens

Riley's kittens

It didn’t take him long to tumble back into the box, though.

Riley's kittens

Mama says “welcome back!”

Riley's kittens

And after play time, it’s always nap time!

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We are keeping Clark (black and white) and Winston (orange with a white band around his neck). The other two have homes waiting for them.

kittens

~~Rhonda

menu plan monday ~ june 22, 2015

We are nearing peak bloom time in the daylily beds. They are beautiful this year with many plants displaying larger than normal blossoms.

‘Tallyman’

'Tallyman'

‘Raspberry Candy’

'Raspberry Candy'

It’s too bad the weather is so hot and humid. Otherwise, I’d be outdoors much more to enjoy all the color. I know much of the west part of the country is suffering from drought. But here, in our corner, we have had rain almost every day for more than a week. The lawn is waterlogged, but I think the daylilies have found the extra water to their liking.

DH picks spent blossoms from ‘Christmas Ribbons.’

DH removing spent blossoms from the 'Christmas Ribbons' daylilies.

Here’s the menu for the week.

Monday
Fridge Food

Tuesday
Balsamic Quick-Braised Pork Chops
Rice
Sautéed Summer Squash
Corn on the Cob

Wednesday
Homemade Pizza

Thursday
Celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary today!
I am not sure what we will do for supper. Maybe we’ll have Middle Daughter bring us some large shrimp from the big city.

Friday
Chicken and Tortellini Casserole
Garden Salad

Saturday
Ham or Turkey Sandwiches
Sweet and Sour Cucumber Slices

Sunday
Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa
Homemade Tortilla Chips

You’ll find more menu and recipe ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

The kittens are thriving. They wear themselves out playing and chasing each other around. Then they have to take a long nap.

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~~Rhonda

menu plan monday ~ june 15, 2015

Where has the week (and a half!) gone?! Seems like yesterday that I put up the last post. It’s past Monday, but I’m going to post my menu plan anyway. Need to get back into the habit!

Monday
Fridge Food

Tuesday
Rice and Eggs
Bacon
Toast
Sometimes it’s nice to have breakfast for supper.

Wednesday

chicken salad sandwich

Chicken Salad Sandwiches on
Homemade Buns

I left the nuts and grapes out of the chicken salad and added diced sweet pickles. A nice change, though I love the original, too. And I added some minced fresh basil and fresh parsley.

Thursday / Our older son and his family are coming over for supper, as they can’t be here on Father’s Day. So this meal bears a similarity to Sunday’s meal. Some of DH’s favorites.

Pork Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Corn on the Cob
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Garden Salad
Grapes
Homemade Rolls

Friday

oh, yum

Homemade Pizza

Saturday
Fridge Food

Sunday / Happy Father’s Day!

Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Mushroom Bake
Green Beans
Garden Salad
Peach Pie
Homemade Peach Ice Cream / We start with Ben and Jerry’s Sweet Cream Base #2 and add 1 quart of home-canned peaches that have been drained and then blended in the food processor till peach slices are 1/4″ or smaller.

peach pie for Father's Day

The daylilies and the hostas look great. We have had a lot of rain this spring and that has made a difference in the flowers. I will post more about those later, but here’s a tiny sneak peak…

‘Monterrey Jack’ is one of my favorite daylilies. The shade of yellow is perfect.

'Monterrey Jack'

The hostas are beginning to bloom. ‘Blue Cadet,’ near the back door, has settled in and the clump is growing a bit larger each year.

Hosta 'Blue Cadet'

More pictures coming soon. We also have kitten pictures to share. If you would like to see more menu and recipe ideas check out Menu Plan Monday.

~~Rhonda

menu plan monday ~ june 8, 2015

Hello, all. Thanks to those who have said hello and asked how I was doing. I hope I’m back up to par and able to keep up the blog again. I’ve missed posting, but haven’t had the energy or will to work at it. But things are looking up and here I am. I’ll start with the menu for the week. It’s the one post that usually keeps me going, but I’ve even neglected it lately.

Monday
Homemade Pizza with hamburger and mushroom

Tuesday
Spicy Shredded Pork Sandwiches
Veggies and Dip

I follow the pork recipe’s ingredient list, but I don’t blend them. I put the roast in the crock pot and throw everything in on top. I know it’s not the same as roasting it, so it’s different than the meat the original recipe would produce, but it’s still delicious! And easier.

Wednesday
Chicken Tortellini Soup

Thursday
Tacoritos
Toppings / Sour Cream / Lettuce / Tomatoes
Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

Friday
Ham and Turkey Sandwiches
Grapes

Saturday
Fridge Food

Sunday
Crunchy Baked Pork Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Mushroom Bake
Green Beans
Salad

You’ll find more menu and recipe ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

We’ve been enjoying new kittens at our house. More about them soon.

Riley's kittens

~~Rhonda