happy homemaker monday, {12.5}


The weather in my neck of the woods: Today it’s sunny and mild ~ in the mid-50s as I type, but I believe it’s supposed to turn colder later in the week, which is OK with me. I think I need it to feel a little more Christmas-y. I wouldn’t complain if there was a dusting of snow, either 😉

Things that make me happy: Cozy socks, fleece sheets, and the new Blu-Ray player my husband bought so I can fall asleep in bed while watching Netflix instead of on the couch, LOL!

Book I’m reading: No time for reading lately. I think I’ll have to return my library books and pick them up another time.

What’s on my TV today: Tonight we’re letting the boys pick a Christmas movie to watch after dinner. I’m also strangely fascinated with the show “Prison Wives.” What are some of these women thinking?

On the menu for dinner: Homemade pizza for the kids (the dough is churning in the bread machine as I type). I’m going to attempt to shape it like a snowman ~ we’ll see how that works, LOL! The grown-ups are having coconut chicken curry, already in the slow cooker. Also splurging on some jasmine rice for that yummy sauce.

On my To Do List:
~ Write out Christmas cards
~ Finish up the last of the holiday shopping
~ Make a few gifts
New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Pesto and mozzarella-stuffed chicken breasts. I plan on making these later this week!


In the craft basket:
~ crochet dishcloths
~ sugar scrubs

Looking forward to this week: My brother-in-law and his girlfriend will be visiting from N. Carolina and we all are looking forward to seeing them this weekend!

Tips and Tricks: Sorry, I’ve got nothing this week!

My favorite blog post this week: If you’re looking for a cute and simple hairstyle, check out this post: The Double Side Twist

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers): Hopefully I’ll have one to share soon, but I’ve just been keeping up with my current reads.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days: An oldie but a goodie: When you assume you make an ass out of U and ME.

On my mind: Finding a balance between the way we want to eat and the way we can afford to eat. I think we’ll be working back in a little rice, pasta, and bread. I do feel better not eating a lot of carbs, but it’s just too expensive replacing them with other things. I’ve thought about this a lot over the past couple weeks, and my priority is sugar-free (obviously since Drew is diabetic). I will continue to focus on vegetables and protein, but work in small portions of the other stuff. I really do buy into the theories behind the Paleo diet and the book Wheat Belly (which I did finally read), but with three growing kids to feed, all of whom eat a lot, it’s just not feasible to eliminate the grains completely. So the solution I’m happy with is making as much as I can on my own, using whole grains and whole-wheat flours, and not making them the primary portion of our diet. This is something I will continue to struggle with, I’m sure, and since every day there’s something new that is great for you or horrible for you… I figure as long as I’m cooking with whole foods and avoiding the processed stuff, we’ll be doing OK.

Favorite Quote or Verse: “Our greatest battles are that with our own minds.”


Be sure to visit Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom to link up!


  1. Julie says:

    Found you from HHM at familycorner: I agree w/ you about balance between eating the way we want to vs. the way we can afford. Although, my family has no diet restrictions I struggle w/ wanting to buy pricey cuts of meat or seafood, oraganic etc. and its just to expensive! I too stay away from processed foods-I’m sure we’ll be just fine 🙂

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