Monday, October 24, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Whew! Last week certainly was busy! This week looks to be shaping up to be the same way. Luckily, my menu is made and once I find time to go to the grocery store (I was camping with Cub Scouts on my normal shopping day and I'm trying to see where I can squeeze it in this week), my suppers will no longer be a worry and I'll be able to cross them off the never ending to do list!

Monday-Chicken Paprikish, noodles, salad
Tuesday-Hamburger steak, cottage potatoes, green beans, chocolate Bavarian
Wednesday-Tangy ribs, bacon-tomato spinach salad, Sally Lunn bread, candy corn smoothie
Thursday-Pork chops, carrots with dip, scalloped potatoes
Friday-Rustic Autumn Soup
Sunday-Roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, asparagus tips, peas, peach crisp, biscuits, candy corn popsicles

For a wealth of menu ideas, check out!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


If you remember, Twila Jean is hosting a knit along for the 3-hour sweater. Here's my progress. I think it's coming along nicely, although it's been more than 3 hours! I usually work on it while I'm watching Project Runway, so this is probably about 4 hours of work. I did have to restart it once and I've made two mistakes. The first one I was able to fix, but I've not yet attempted fixing the second one. I just made the mistake, but didn't catch it in time to fix it right away. I think if this was the only thing I was working on it would be further along than it is, but I've also got a gray swing coat I'm working on for my new wardrobe and I've just cast on to make my oldest son a Harry Potter scarf.

P.S. Ignore the mess and the bit of fluffy tail!

Has it been a week already? Where is this month going? It will be over before I know it! Here' this weeks menu.

Monday-pork steak, salad, potatoes, buttered rutabaga  (left over from last weeks menu)
Tuesday-Meatball stew, salad, quick garlic toast, brownies
Wednesday-Marinated chicken, broccoli casserole, oven rice
Thursday-Pork chop stuffing casserole, buttered spinach, mashed potatoes, cupcakes
Sunday-Swiss steak, potato pancakes, salad, peach crisp

Do you struggle with what's for dinner? For hundreds of ideas, go here!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Menu

Monday-Spooky Shepherd's Pie, Salad, leftover pumpkin cake
Tuesday-Braised pork steak, mashed sweet potatoes, buttered cauliflower, apple dumplings
Wednesday-Chicken with gravy, peas, salad, chocolate pudding
Thursday-Out to dinner (our favorite local restaurant is closing :( )
Friday-Ham steak, fried cabbage, potato dumplings, pumpkin custard
Saturday-not sure entirely. Might go out.
Sunday-German skillet beef, buttered noodles, meringue ghosts

For more ideas, go here!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Knit A Long

The lovely Twila Jean blogged about knitting the 3-hour sweater and I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon. Partly because I've attempted it before and what I was able to knit was fairly easy, partly because I'm trying to get my wardrobe together (slowly but surely) with vintage and vintage inspired clothing, but mostly because she mentioned she was doing hers in mustard and that's my new favorite color.

I had to take my youngest daughter to school today and afterward I stopped by Michaels. Sadly, they weren't having a sale on yarn, but the yarn I found was reasonably priced and the color was gorgeous, so I bought it anyway. Along with some grey for another project I hope to start soon.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

This Week's Menu

I've gotten away from making my weekly menu and I really need to get back to it. It really makes my life easier.

Sunday-Beef stew, biscuits
Monday-Chicken and rice, salad
Tuesday-Company Casserole (new recipe)
Wednesday-Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans
Thursday-Stuffed pork chops, salad
Saturday-Pumpkin sausage soup

Vintage Set

I've been trying to be more vintage in my styling. It's a look I strive for, but is not easy to achieve. I don't live in a vintage saturated location, so any vintage I find tends to be way overpriced, and I admit that I'm not savvy enough to spot authentic vintage when I'm out thrifting. I do look for, and sometimes find, vintage inspired things, and I do use those. It's an ongoing process, one I hope to incorporate more and more until it is an everyday thing.

Today, well, last night, I used this fabulous tutorial to set my hair. I have to say I am extremely pleased with the results! I have shorter hair (it's growing out so very slowly. Maddening!), but was able to roll it.

Next step: Creating my wardrobe.

Recently I purchased several long sleeve t-shirts and a few cardigans in my vintage color palette. Red, Grey, a grayish Navy, Ivory, and Mustard. Now I have to decide on bottoms and accessories. I need more time in my days, for sure!