Weekly Menu || Vol.007

                                                             (strawberries from my garden)
                                                            (strawberries from my garden)

If only it were really strawberry season!  One can dream…

This week for dinner!  Finally got my list made, albeit, later than I intended.  No sweat off my back though.

MON:  Amy’s canned chili and cornbread

TUES:  Tofu ricotta stuffed manicotti and salad

WED:  Sweet potato rice casserole

THURS:  Twice baked potatoes, cauliflower wings and corn

FRI:  Soy fish tacos with chips and salsa

SAT:  Baked ravioli with salad

SUN:  Day off; we’re eating out!


Disappointing Books of 2015

I want to preface by saying that I don’t think any of these books are inherently bad.  They are ALL well written or they obviously wouldn’t have been published.  Really, it is about the high expectations I set for each book and feeling that the books were flat, confusing, or predictable.

The Wicked And The Divine There is a lot of hype around this graphic novel series and I totally had high expectations for it because of that.  My reasons for disliking this book is simple: I couldn’t follow the plot.  It is confusing from the first page and I could never really figure out what is happening.  I gave up about half way through it!  

The Duff  I was hoping for a lot of cheap laughs when I purchased this book, but this is another book I couldn’tfinish.  It is a well written book but I found the immaturity of the characters unrelatable. (I had no idea until just now that unrelatable is not really a word. I learn something new every day!

Maybe it’s because I’m so far passed the teen phase…I don’t know.  Overall, I found it a bit cheesy.  Is ‘cheesy’ showing my age? Case and point!

The Boston Girl  Again, this was a much talked about book and I found the plot to be predictable.  I was able to guess nearly every story in each chapter.   Nothing really excited me about this book past chapter 2.  Overall, It wasn’t my taste or my speed!

End Times  This was a ‘take a chance’ YA book.  I saw someone else reading it and thought it was up my alley of interests.  Turns out, not so much.  I found the mixture of biblical end time warnings mixed with her own end times imagination to be sporadic and lacking sense.  I like the overall idea of the story, but I feel it wasn’t executed well.  Also, the characters are too fickle. (seriously! who acts like that, let alone an entire town.)  Speaking of town, why are the end of the world events only taking place in this town while the rest of the world doesn’t seem to notice?  In all, the story can carry your attention to the end out of curiosity, but in order to find what really happens, you need to read the second book.  

I think what it really boils down to is this:  I’m passed the YA books.  I have a hard time relating to the thoughts and decisions the characters make in most of them.  

Do any of you feel this way about YA books or do you still find them to be enjoyable?   Did you find any books disappointing in 2015?    

As always, thanks for reading and if you like this post, then please click the share button below! I always appreciate it. 🙂


Weekly Menu || Vol.006

I almost didn’t make it today with my list.  I was distracted all of yesterday and plain busy today with unexpected errands.  But I needed to make a list, even if I can’t make it to the store for shopping tonight like I usually do, because if I didn’t, it would make tomorrow that more exhausting.

MON:  Calzones with a green salad

TUES:  Veggie tacos with Tex-mex salad and rice

WED:  Maple glazed carrots, lentils w/potatoes, stuffing

THURS: Vegetable stew with toasted bread (The temps will finally drop a little!)

FRI:  Twice baked potatoes with chili

SAT: Mushroom risotto (dairy free) with vegetables

SUN: Meatless meatball subs with olives and green beans

Weekly Menu || Vol.005

Whaaat?  I can’t believe this will be two weeks in a row that I’m posting our weekly menu.  I’ll have to pat myself on the back for hitting a goal.  Or at least progressing in my goal.

The theme of this week is the same as last week.  Simplicity. 

MON: Vegetarian Chili with Cornbread

TUES:  Fettuccine with Avocado Sauce and Salad

WED: Tortilla Soup and Rice (From Bridget’s menu)

THURS: Pizza Night!

FRI:  Pancakes or some sort of breakfast food.

SAT:  Vegan Sloppy Joe’s and vegetables (I didn’t make this last week like I planned so I’m moving it forward to this week.)

SUN: Potato Soup with Grilled Sandwiches

After typing this out it appears that I’m in a soup mood. Ha! It’ll still taste good.  Just wish it was colder outside to enjoy it more.  71 degrees! In December! Some would love it but after a boiling summer, I’m ready winter.



Weekly Menu || Vol.004

                                          [photo: simon wheeler from cookbook, River Cottage Veg]
                                         [photo: simon wheeler from cookbook, River Cottage Veg]

It has been a very long time since I last wrote a weekly menu.  I make one every week for our family, leaving me with little excuse for not posting it here like I’ve wanted.  Writing it here gives me an archive to look through without having the clutter of keeping it in a notebook. 

It can also inspire others if they happen to come across it.

Anyway, I think it is time for more consistency and today is my attempt for just that.

Just one note before I list it.  I’ve been preparing less time consuming meals lately.  I’ve been a little burnt out with elaborate recipes and meals, so I’ve gone back to some of the tried and true recipe staples. 

MON: Spaghetti with “meatless” meatballs, bread, and small salad

TUES: “Meatless” Club Sandwich with kettle chips or baked potato

WED: Dal, roasted vegetable rice, and flat bread


FRI: Vegetable Biryani

SAT:  Sloppy Joe’s with baked fries

Organize It

Well over a year ago, I was reading a post by Grace on Camp Patton, (which is sadly no longer in the blog world) and while giving a bathroom tour she mentioned how her husband mocked her for buying her spiffy necklace organizer because he could have made it for cheap.

He was right!  When I saw it, I knew I could replicate it in 30 minutes.  BUT I didn’t get around to going through with the idea until I sat on my bed one day, untangling my necklaces for the 100th time. 

Enough being enough, I sent Scout and Rori into the woods to find me the perfect stick.  Oncea stick was approved, Bubba cut the ends off, tied the leather string to the ends–per my instructions–and then twisted the hooks into place.  Badda bing, badda boom!  Now I am the proud owner of a spiffy necklace organizer.



It Figures + Urban Sketch

  I've slowly been adding a few urban sketches to my journal and so far I really enjoy drawing them.  If you want to know more about what it is then you can check it out by doing a simple google search. :)  I was able to learn by doing this drawing that a white gel pen doesn't always make the best highlighter option.  I'll probably try gouache (spelling?) next time.
I’ve slowly been adding a few urban sketches to my journal and so far I really enjoy drawing them.  If you want to know more about what it is then you can check it out by doing a simple google search. 🙂  I was able to learn by doing this drawing that a white gel pen doesn’t always make the best highlighter option.  I’ll probably try gouache (spelling?) next time.

On July 16th, my morning started early.  I had a lot to do and needed to be out of the house with kids in tow by 8.  Being the morning hater that I am, I woke up especially early (6:15am) and do what most adults do to get themselves perky.  I made a bee line for the beloved coffee pot and with one eye barely open, I moved through the motions of prepping the machine.  When I tried to pour the coffee into the filter, nothing came out of my empty canister. 

{{Palm to forehead}}

Slight panic ensued and I told Bubba (who was already dressed and ready for the day) to quickly run to the store, but all he said is, “No such luck, toots.  Gotta be at school early to study.”

Desperation is a funny thing and an apparent adrenaline booster.  I wasted zero time throwing on my shoes, clothes, and brushing my teeth to drive to the our local grocery store.  Unfortunately for me, the doors to the store wouldn’t open and I was referred to a sign that says “comeback, we’re closed”.  

Awe, hell no.

At this point I wasn’t opposed to slurping spilled coffee off the floor, so I paced outside for fifteen minutes until they opened at 7.  Meh.

I knew my luck was changing though;  There was a bright red sale sticker below my favorite brand of coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts for 6.99! 

After rushing through checkout and back home, I was feeling quite happy and proud of myself that all had worked out…THAT IS until I noticed the bright green label on the bag of coffee that says DECAF

NOOOOOOOOooooooo!  The horror!   Why do they even make decaf!!?  Doesn’t it defeat the purpose behind having coffee? 

Needless to say, I didn’t have any coffee that morning.  And I wasted seven dollars.

It figures.

*And because this is a blog and people judge I figure I should note that my teenage son babysat the sleeping babes while I went to the store.

Almost Finished

Wowza! It has been nearly six weeks since I’ve posted anything magical (insert eye roll) on this blog and the first time I’m going to pop back, I’m going to write about knitting (again) for Ginny’s yarn along link up. 

I’ve actually thought about closing this blog down, but I ultimately decided not to.  Once upon a time, during the blog boom, I had loftier ambitions for this space, but now I look at it as my trusty companion that holds a few memories or thoughts for myself that I would forget otherwise.

I also want to confess that I am utterly addicted right now to YouTube.  Seriously.  I can’t believe all the talent that is out there and how willing people are to go out of their way to show people the smallest things.  For example: there are videos on how to cut a watermelon.  Really! There is!  People are (so) willing to share (so) much (and) it’s great (and) sometimes I want to jump on that bandwagon.  So I’ve been thinking about making videos here and there.  I’m not the only one joining this new venture.  Charlotte has been dabbling in it as well.  We seem to run parallel sometimes in our interests!


This is supposed to be a post about knitting and reading so I think I need to save my rambles  for another day.

(Big Breath In…)  I’m ALMOST FINISHED with this blanket!!! Holy Moly, I thought I would never see the light at the end of this long yarn tunnel but it’s here.  I am technically on my last skein of yarn for this bad boy but I think I’m going to fly overboard and add one more skein.  More than likely a dark brown color.

As for my current choice in reading, I have dived into the world of art books.  This particular sketch book teaches the beginners stuff.  And oh boy am I a beginner.  I’ve always enjoyed the idea of being able to sketch or paint but I honestly don’t have a lick of talent.  But who cares, right??!!  It’s my hobby and I can do what I want.  So far I’ve illustrated a couple of things that I may share on here along with links to any tutorials I may have used.  We’ll see though.

But for right now, I’m going to bask in the thoughts of being (almost) finished with this knit project. 🙂


Apple Cedar Rust

I didn’t even know this was an actual thing before planting an apple tree.  I thought trees were simple.  You plant them and let them do their thing. But, like with every other plant, there is something that can attack it.  In my case it’s the apple cedar rust.

If you remember from this post, I planted my apples from seeds.  I simply gathered the seeds from my organic apple that I had eaten.  I let the seeds sit in the fridge for about three weeks to make them think they went through winter.  After letting them sprout I planted them into small cups. 

I’ve since transplanted them into pots.  This is when I noticed bright orange spots on the tiny leaves.  I immediately knew something wasn’t right.  So I do what most people do and googled the problem. 

I’m hoping that since my trees are very small, I can save them.  I bought a fungicide to help fight it off so we’ll see.  If anyone comes across this post with the same problem, I purchased Spectracide Immunox Multi Purpose Garden Fungicide

From what I read, there is not a lot of success with organic treatments.  And really, there are three options to this stuff: a) use a fungicide b) cut down the cedar tree or c) cut down your tree and plant a cedar rust resistant apple tree.  If your tree is really far gone then I highly doubt a fungicide will knock it out.  But you can always try!

So that’s what I’m doing.  I’m going to give this fungicide stuff a whirl.

Okay, that’s all I have time for today folks.  I’m about to leave to meet up with someone who wants to buy our old stroller and then I’m off to the store. 

Sometimes I swear I live at the store. 🙂

Scrap Blanket

I finally picked up the scrap throw blanket I started months ago.  Progress was fast at first, but eventually my other interests took hold and my needles took a backseat for months.  I decided to pick them back up last night to finish the yellow ball of yarn.  I only have one more ball of scrap yarn left and it won’t be enough to finish the blanket so I plan to head to my local craft store for new color.  Other than that, I hope to finish this bad boy soon!!  I have a goal peeps and dang-it, I WILL finish this blanket before fall.  (Luckily fall doesn’t hit until November here, ha!)