Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Well, it took me ALL day to get here but I finally made it! So glad you could join me for Happy Homemaker Monday. Our weekly host for Happy Homemaker Monday is Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. I hope you stop by to visit her and the other participants.

I will announce the winner of last week's drawing tomorrow. 

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Wednesday is a fast day so no breakfast for this girl!

Looking around the house::::

Yesterday we made sauerkraut (and will make more tomorrow). Today I filled our food dryers with grated Jujubes. Things look a little crazy around here but will soon be back to normal:) Hmmm...what is normal anyway?!!!

On today's to do list::::
Laundry...I got the bedding washed and line dried today. Tomorrow it looks like I have a load of dark clothes waiting to be washed. 
Food Preservation...As mentioned before, I had some Jujubes that needed drying. Previously I had cut them in half, removed the seed and put them in the food dryer. This was laborious as the fruit didn't give up the seed without a fight! So I went online to Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead Blog and decided to try grating the fruit off the seed. It was so much easier and faster. The blog author said the easiest way she has found to remove the seed is with a handheld cherry pitter. I will try that next. 

Stampin' Up!...I am still trying to get ready for Wednesday's stamping club. Crocheting...I am still working on the yellow baby afghan. I am also working on a pretty pink scarf and earwarmer set for a three year old (nearly finished). I need to start working on some clothes for my granddaughter's American Girl doll. 
Cooking...We cooked a HUGE beet today for lunch; it weighed 3 1/2 beet!

Currently reading::::
The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luanne Rice

One Simple Act by Debbie Macomber
Magic Hour by Kristen Hannah (audio)

On the TV today::::
We just started watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix--cute but there are 150+ episodes!!! I need to catch up on the last two episodes of The Paradise on PBS. I keep forgetting it's on Sunday nights:(
The weather outside is::::
It was chilly and cloudy today; very fallish! I was really enjoying the warm weather last week but alas, I think Fall has settled in.

On the menu this week::::
As you know if you read my Happy Homemaker Monday posts, I am not much of a menu-maker. I know it would be good but most of the time I just work with what's here. We still have so much in the garden that I just think about what's there and what sounds yummy to eat! Seems to work for us.

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Catch up on Words with Friends! I am really enjoying it! 

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
I am looking forward to trying a recipe for Artisan bread. I just need to order the stoneware covered bread pan and the proofing bowl. I got the starter from my daughter's friend, Selina, along with instructions.
One of my simple pleasures::::
Hanging clothes outside! I will soon be drying everything in the dryer for the winter but I am enjoying the last few decent days to dry outside.

Favorite photo from the camera::::
Nothing today...sorry! I really need to take some pictures!
Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead Blog was a fun one for me to read today. If you are interested in homesteading, you will love Tammy's posts.

Praying for::::
Friends and family
Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 

"Pray without ceasing." I Thessalonians 5:17

Well, that's it for me today! I will be back tomorrow with Tasty Tuesday and the winner of last week's drawing! Thanks for stopping by!



  1. You won't have many more days to dry clothes outside before that's it until spring.

    1. You are so right! I had to dry clothes in the dryer today but hubby says I should have a few nice days next week. They are getting fewer and fewer however.

  2. I have been hanging clothes out to dry too, trying to soak up the last bits of warm weather :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful week.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Sandra! I love participating in Happy Homemaker Monday:)