Blessing Your Husband

As a Mom, it is so easy to put your marriage on the back burner and focus on the kids.  They are only going to be in your home for a short time, and they really do need a lot of attention.  But it is so very important to make your marriage a priority.  I try to find small ways everyday to show my Hubby that he is important to me.

I wake up with him before he leaves for work.  He gets up at 3:30am, gets dressed and heads downstairs.  I wake up between 3:30 and 4am and go with him.  I like to get his coffee ready, make him breakfast (if time permits), and pack his lunch.  I’ll make his breakfast fresh for him- eggs and bacon, a breakfast sandwich, but sometimes we’re rushing (MONDAYS! ugh, lol) and I don’t have time.  Just getting a bowl of cereal for him is helpful.  He likes having someone to talk to in the quiet before he leaves.  And because I’m up with him, helping him get ready, we get to sit down and chat for a bit or watch the news.

Another way I bless my Hubby is by doing his laundry.  Yes, he is a big boy.  Yes, he knows how to do his own laundry.  But, I have the time, I’m home, and I like to do it.  I also try to get done any other chores that will help him have a more restful weekend.

I also like to let him sleep in on the weekends.  I’m always up early to get the kids to their activities, getting the house straightened up, or getting breakfast ready.  I won’t wake up Hubby unless absolutely necessary.  My thoughts on this, I do get up early with him through the week, but if I’m tired during the day, I take a nap.  He can’t nap during the week, so he gets to sleep in. 🙂

He doesn’t expect any this, but I would be ok with it if he did.  He works hard for his family, and he deserves to be pampered.  I think *some* women feel like preparing meals for men, bringing them coffee, etc is demeaning, because for a long time- women didn’t have a choice.  Those things were expected of them.  They are not now, and I’m grateful that I have the choice, but this is the choice that I’m making, and it seems like a lot of women are doing the same. I’m happy to see homemaking becoming more popular.  I see lots of stay at home wives…not just moms, but women without children.  As I’ve said before, homemaking has always been very close to my heart.  I love everything about it.  It really warms my heart to see so many wives falling in love with it, as well.

❤️Courtney

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Happy Day After Thanksgiving!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Ours was wonderful.  All the food turned out perfect, everything was done on time, everyone showed up on time, everyone got along, and no one discussed politics (haha).  That’s usually not a problem here, but you never know.  🙂

In the morning, while I was getting the turkey ready, peeling potatoes and working on some last minute things Hubby and I watched the parade.  I think I have watched it every year since I was a little girl.  My kids have no interest in it now  😦  Our family started showing up around noon, dinner was ready about 1, by 2 we had everything cleaned up, the boys were watching football, and my sister, my mom, the kids and I were playing games.  We had dessert a little later, and I think everyone left around 6.

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What time do you eat?  My grandma always served our big meals as a late lunch, and I guess it just felt natural to do the same.  Also, I like to eat early so we can have a nap, and then have leftovers for dinner.

We picked at the  leftovers all night!  And of course I was so stuffed that I didn’t feel like cleaning up.  So this is what I came down to this morning-

Such a disaster.  I promise it was clean as soon as we finished eating (the first time, lol).

After everyone left, Hubby and I watched Wizard of Oz.  Actually, he slept, and I watched it with Milo. img_4351

Isn’t that funny??  I have never seen a cat watching tv.  He didn’t sit that way for long, but he watched it for a good 15 minutes.

My plans for the day are cleaning up that mess of a kitchen, undecorating for Thanksgiving/fall and DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!  I am so excited!  I have been planning out my decorating pretty much since April.  We bought our house then, and I have been picturing it ever since.

I did a little bit of Black Friday shopping online, but it’s never been my thing.  Hubby and I went out once to find some good deals, but didn’t really find anything worth all of that craziness.  So we haven’t done it since then.

I hope you all enjoy your day, however you are spending it.  Hubby and the girls are still sleeping, so I will watch one more Hallmark Christmas movie, drink another cup of coffee, and enjoy the quiet for a little bit longer.  Then I’m going to scrub that kitchen and get this house ready for Christmas!  Find me on Instagram to see more from me..not quite daily, but a little more often than I can blog. 🙂

❤ Courtney

Welcome to The Holidays! 

This is, by far, my most favorite time of year. Cooler temperatures, sweaters, bonfires, Thanksgiving..and that doesn’t even get us into December.

Thanksgiving is my holiday. Our entire family comes to our house and we watch the parade, watch football, eat and give thanks. I love decorating, cleaning and cooking for Turkey Day.

 

Rockwell Thanksgiving

 

My goal this season is to share my preparation, lots of pictures and recipes and our traditions with you all. I’ve been working on my prep list and I hope to have it finished up soon.

Are you sharing your Thanksgiving plans or planning? I just love reading about others holidays. It encourages me and keeps me motivated. Please share links to your holiday plans!

❤️Courtney

The Lost Art of Homemaking

Ahhh, the 1950’s. A simpler time. Sock hop music, poodle skirts, smaller houses, single car households, single income households, wives at home in their aprons.  Its so easy to romanticize that time period. It sounds perfect to so many of us, myself included. 

That picture perfect lifestyle was not for everyone though. My moms side of the family did not live in a quaint neighborhood. She grew up in the mountains. They didn’t have a lot of money.  Even though my grandmas 1950’s life didn’t involve drive in movie dates with her husband, or grabbing a burger and shake at the local sock hop, her ideals were the same. Family first, cooking from scratch, a simple life. 

I don’t know when this changed. But I’m sorry it did.  As a whole, our focus is now on money. Who has the nicest house? Who drives the nicest car? Who has the best toys?  Babies are being raised by their daycare providers. Teenagers are being left to make decisions without a parents guidance. 

My passion is at home. I love caring for my husband, our children and our home.  My priority has always been my family. I never wanted the career or a fast paced lifestyle. I love to spend time in my home decorating, cooking, playing games with my family. Even just bumming around watching movies. 

If you spend time making dinner for your family, think about them while you’re cooking. When you make dinner with a happy heart you are cooking with love.  It’s the same with cleaning or decorating, washing dishes or doing laundry.  If you make it your passion, choose to be joyful while you’re doing it, you’re blessing your family and your home.  

Don’t think of grocery shopping as just another chore on the list.  Do the shopping with love in your heart and you’re being intentional about making healthy choices and choosing items to please yourself and your family. 

This is the lost art of homemaking. Blessing your family and your home. It’s so easy to get caught up in day to day life- Work and keeping up with the Jones’s.  Let’s get back to the simpler life. Back to the good ol’ days. Let’s be intentional with our days and bless our home and families. Let’s revive the lost art of homemaking. ❤️

Weekend Breakfast: Pancakes & Bacon

Mmmmmm….bacon. 


Is there a better Saturday morning smell than bacon cooking?


If there is…I don’t know to know about it.  The funny thing is, I don’t even really like bacon all that much. But every once in a while, it really hits the spot. And it does smell amazing! 

Both of my girls had friends sleep over last night.  So we had 3 extra mouths to feed this morning. I cooked bacon for 2 hours. I’m not even kidding. I have this awesome electric griddle, and without that, it probably would have taken a lot longer to cook 3 packages of bacon. 

After the bacon I whipped up a triple batch of homemade pancakes. I’m not going to bother with a recipe, it’s just a standard pancake recipe. The only thing I do a little different is buttermilk. I like to substitute buttermilk for the regular milk. And if I don’t have it (which I never do) I add about a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to the measuring cup before the milk. I do this as I’m starting my recipe so it has time to set. Adding the vinegar or lemon juice will spoil the milk, and give you the same basic consistency as buttermilk. 


I cooked these guys on the electric griddle, as well. I tend to forget that I even have it. But when I pull it out I like to use it a lot. 


Soooo many pancakes. When I make these in the weekend I like to double or triple my recipe. Then we have leftovers for a quick weekday breakfast. Pop one in the toaster and you’re good!


Pancakes with bacon is a simple, sometimes time consuming, but very delicious and popular breakfast- at least for my family. 

I wanted to share this last picture with you. My 12 year old daughter took it as I was driving her, my daughter M and a couple of their friends out to a high school football game. 

Isn’t it gorgeous?? The highschool is out in the middle of nowhere, there is literally nothing but desert in either side of us in the picture. I just love it here. Every day I am still amazed at the beauty of the desert. 

Have a great weekend! 

Weekend Breakfast: Egg in a Hole

Poof! And just like that, the weekend is almost over.  I just love making big family breakfasts on the weekends.  Everyone sleeps in, rolls downstairs still in their pj’s and we have a nice big breakfast. Lazy mornings are the best. 

This weekend was a little different. Saturday, I had a girls trip to a small town outside of Tucson. The tiny town of Sonoita is filled with wineries.  So I went with my sister, niece and a close friend and we spend the day tasting wine. So fun!!  But, we left at 9:30 in the morning, so I didn’t get to make our usual breakfast. 

My goodies from our day of wine tasting-


I had big plans this morning. Hubby has been so sweet to me lately, I wanted to make his favorite breakfast. He got up before me to get a brisket in his smoker for dinner. I woke up a little while later, planning to have 1 cup of coffee, and then get started on biscuits and sausage gravy….but Hubby got called in to work. (I hate when he gets called away for work, but I also hate to complain about overtime.)

I didn’t want to have Hubby leave for work without something in his belly.  I decided to make Egg in a Hole. It’s quick, simple and he could eat it in the car if necessary.  I don’t have recipe typed up for it- it’s super easy to make. 

You will need-

First, you’ll need to heat a skillet to medium and lightly coat with cooking spray.  Butter both sides of a slice of bread and place in the heated skillet. Take a medium sized biscuit cutter and cut a hole in the center of the bread. 

Crack an egg and add to the hole in the bread. I like to use only egg whites. 

Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

When the center of the egg is starting to set, flip the bread and egg to brown the other side. 

I served Hubbys Egg in a Hole with a fruit cup and oj. I just had the oj. 

Yummmmm

There it is- my quick but satisfying weekend breakfast.  I love traditions and this is definitely one that my family enjoys. I especially love that traditions can be tweaked to adjust to life. 

Happy weekend!  I hope you all enjoy making memories with your loved ones. 

Good -bye Sweet Summertime

I cannot believe summer vacation is over. How did this happen?  It was just yesterday we were taking end of school pictures and looking forward to the lazy days of summer…right?

Apparently not. We’ve completed school shopping and I’m a lot poorer than I was a month ago. The backpacks are packed and ready for tomorrow. These girls are excited and not excited at the same time. One is starting 10th grade and my youngest us starting 7th. 7th grade?!?  My baby is in middle school. She’s pretty nervous about a new school, new kids, and everything that goes along with the first day jitters. She knows of a few friends in her classes, but most of her close friends will be indifferent classes. Poor thing. 

So what has everyone been up to this summer?  My girls took a vacation with my mom, and that was literally the only thing we had going on. I thought about taking them on a roadtrip, but that didn’t work out. Most of my summer was spent shuttling them back and forth to friends houses. A little boring for me, but I know this season of life won’t last forever and I will miss it. 

So being home bound let hubby and I work on some projects around the house. He had a vegetable garden, I did a lot of shopping for native plants for our backyard. I’m really enjoying getting to know this beautiful area and see the amazing things it can produce.  

Our backyard is up against a wash (like a natural roadway for rainwater- rain falls so hard and fast here, and the ground is so hard it won’t absorb, the rain has to have some place to go), so we get to see quite a few desert animals. We’ve had coyotes,javalina and quail. And a few unidentified creatures. 😳 Hubby and I enjoy looking to see what will pass by our backyard. 

That was basically our summer. The kids go back tomorrow. Today is family dinner at our house. Sharknado 5 is on today so we’re going to watch a few silly shark movies and have everyone over for pulled pork sandwiches, with a pork shoulder Hubby smoked the other night. We tried it yesterday and it was DELICIOUS!  I can’t wait. 

I guess that’s all for today. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things and post a little more often.  I’m pretty sure I said that same thing at the end of the school year. Haha 

Talk to you all soon!