From a recent "day away".
Hi homemakers! It is a Thursday afternoon - a bit warm, a bit muggy, and we're waiting for rain. My work is somewhat completed so I'm just taking time to drop in, say "hi", and write a few things down.
At the beginning of this week, my husband and I decided to take another "day away" trip down the river road. The Mississippi River is close by so we have the Wisconsin side of the river and we have the Minnesota side of the river. We chose to take the Wisconsin side. It's a scenic route and there is much to see along the way. It's been three years since we've taken this drive so we found it to be very enjoyable again. Here are just a few photos:
I have always loved these historic markers and we stop at each one along the way.
And another. : )
We stopped here to rest, enjoy the view, and eat our picnic lunch.
So restful watching the sailboats.
The vibrancy of summer is going and the muted shades of fall are approaching.
It was a cloudy day which was perfect - it kept the temperatures down.
Anyone who has read the "Little House" books knows that Laura Ingall's Wilder was born near Pepin, Wisconsin - the drive up to her house was beautiful - the wildflowers were amazing.
The Ingall's cabin - I just looked around at what they looked at while living here. We went inside and could just imagine Ma working. It was such a tiny space.
Out the back window - can't you just see Laura and Mary running around?
On the way back home, we parked our chairs here and ate our dessert.
My cleaning schedule for this week has been in the Living/Dining room (these two spaces are one in our home) and then the Craft room was added to my "week 3" schedule as well. Again, this includes washing, dusting, and vacuuming everything. I know that I've added in past posts throughout the years that my cleaning schedule is what I make it. Life happens and sometimes the week goes by and I find that I don't get everything done that I wanted to get done. And.....that's okay! I've always said that doing something is better than doing nothing. Every month has a "week 3" - what I don't get done this week I will continue on in September. My house is not filthy - I keep it up. So whatever deep cleaning I get done this week is just helping me to stay on top of things. Some things don't need to be cleaned every month. If I take all the curtains down this week, they certainly don't need to be taken down again on week 3 of September! That's how homemaking goes. Only YOU know what your home needs and what areas require immediate attention and what things can actually wait.
So, I'm getting there and I'm satisfied. : ) I'm also a big proponent of the "clean it when you see it". We have an old house and we have floor vents and they need cleaning on a regular basis, but I walked by one today that I haven't cleaned in a while and noticed that is was in desperate need so right then and there I got what I needed to clean it. It didn't matter if it wasn't in the "zone" that I was cleaning at the time. The only thing that mattered was that it needed cleaning! : ) Enjoy your home and enjoy taking care of it. It's a blessing to even have a home to work in! Next week (week 4) will be time spent in the basement. Now THAT'S an area that needs time and attention!!! LOL
One thing that I'm really working on is the cleaning out of drawers and cabinets! Tossing a lot of old worn out stuff and giving some away and organizing what's left. It ALWAYS looks so nice when finished!
I haven't been outside in a long time so I know that's something that I need to get to. There are things that are dying down already and there are things that are growing out of control and then there are always weeds! Along with the last post of feeling the motivation of fall approaching, I also feel the not wanting to work in the gardens as much as I do in the spring and summer months. My thoughts are turned to the inside and getting that ready but I know that there are a lot of fall outdoor chores to get done as well so there is that pull of what really needs to be done. I haven't addressed the overwintering of certain plants yet. Do I bring them inside? Do I plant them in the ground and make sure to give them adequate cover from the extreme cold? If you overwinter your outdoor potted plants and have been successful at it, I would SO appreciate any tips! : )
I haven't been reading any books lately (and not liking that!) so I've been bringing out my seasonal magazines that I keep from year to year and looking through those for new recipes, new decorating ideas, any organizational tips, etc. My favorites are Capper's Farmer, the Cottage Journal, Flea Market Style, the Vintage Cottage, Vintage Style, and my old Victoria magazines. Magazines are so expensive anymore so I'm really glad I've kept these old ones through the years. I always divide my magazines into spring issues, summer issues, fall issues, and winter/Christmas issues. Every time I pull out a new season's worth of issues they all seem new again!
My menu this week looks like this:
*Meatless Monday - we had meatless spaghetti sauce over noodles, chopped salad, and sliced melon
*Taco Tuesday - we had Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch Quesadillas, tortilla chips and salsa, orange slices
*Crockpot Wednesday - we had Swiss Chicken and stuffing casserole, sweet potato, brussel sprouts
*Thrifty Thursday - a leftover day!!!!! (my favorite)
*Fish Friday - we will have Salmon in foil packets on the grill, broccoli, rice pilaf
*Asian Saturday - we will have Asian sloppy joes, coleslaw, sliced melon
*Special Sunday - we will have Brunch Bakeover - consisting of sausage, red potatoes, onions, shredded cheddar, biscuits on top, served with sour cream and sliced green onions, fruit on the side
If something jumps out at you and you would like the recipe, just let me know! : )
I'm still making my homemade ice cream. I will admit that buying ready-made ice cream is actually cheaper than making it. The cost of whipping cream has really gone up. But I'm still pretty picky in regards to ingredients. When I make ice cream there are three ingredients (for the vanilla ice cream) - sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, whipping cream. That's important to me. Here's the recipe:
NO-CHURN VANILLA ICE CREAM
1, 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
In the bowl of a mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk the cold heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Add the condensed milk and vanilla and whip until incorporated. Pour into a metal loaf pan, cover the top with plastic wrap and then foil and freeze for at least 6 hours. SO easy-peasy. Enjoy!!
Ready for the freezer (haven't covered it yet).
Well, I think that is about it! It is now cloudy outside and is looking more and more like rain. : ) I thank you SO much for dropping by. I appreciate it and I hope you will enjoy the upcoming week and find time to balance your time in doing something important in your home to make it clean and organized and then something you enjoy as well - such as cooking a special meal, baking something yummy, crafting, gardening.............