October 22, 2014


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Oh give me patience when wee hands
Tug at me with their small demands.
And give me gentle and smiling eyes.
Keep my lips from hasty replies.
And let not weariness, confusion, or noise
Obscure my vision of life's fleeting joys.
So when, in years to come my house is still -
No bitter memories its room may fill.

~ Ellen J. Macrorie (1928)

October 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - October 20, 2014

Good morning!  How was your weekend?

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Baked oatmeal and a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry (wash bedsheets)
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list / Grocery shop
Wash make-up brushes
Clean inside of windows

Currently reading:
Stand By Me by Sheila O'Flanagan

The weather outside is:
It's going to be another beautiful fall day. There was a chill in the air this morning as I walked the girls to the bus stop, but it will be sunny this afternoon.   

On the menu this week:
Monday - Barbecue pork chops with mashed potatoes and green beans
Tuesday - Cheese tortellini with pink sauce and caesar salad
Wednesday - Shepherd's pie with asparagus
Thursday - Sweet and sour chicken with rice
Friday - Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
Saturday - Pepperoni pizza and salad
Sunday - Roast chicken with trimmings

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Think through some Christmas gift ideas.
Favorite photo from the camera:

The beach scene Miss S made out of playdough yesterday

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye): 
I enjoy Allyson's blog at Domestic Superhero.    

If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here

October 17, 2014

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese


12 oz macaroni pasta
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
1 lb Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste


1.  Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set to one side.

2.  In a large saucepan, melt the butter.

3.  Add flour and stir until smooth.  

4.  Keep stirring, while slowly adding the milk.  

5.  Bring to a boil.

6.  Cook, while stirring, for 2 minutes until thickened.  

7.  Reduce heat to medium low and add the cheese, mustard and seasoning to taste.  

8. Cook and stir until cheese has melted.

9.  Add the drained pasta and cook for another few minutes until heated through.  

Serve and enjoy!

October 15, 2014

Meet Heather Von St. James: Mesothelioma Survivor

I recently learned about Heather Von St. James' story and wanted to help raise awareness of mesothelioma. This lovely lady is an inspiration and I am honoured to share her story with all of you.    

In 2005, Heather was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma only three months after giving birth to her daughter. Mesothelioma is an aggressive, rare cancer that attacks the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen. Approximately 3,000 people a year are diagnosed. 

This type of cancer is only caused by exposure to asbestos and typically develops after a 10 - 50 year latency period following exposure. Heather's cancer was caused by secondary exposure to asbestos. When she was little, she wore her dad's work jacket, which was covered in asbestos fibres, to do outside chores.    

Wikipedia states that asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral used in manufacturing and building because of its strength, resistance to fire and affordability. Around 2 million tons of asbestos are still mined per year as of 2009, mainly in Russia (50%), China, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Canada (9% to 14% each).    

Asbestos is still not banned in the United States. Approximately, 30 million pounds are used each year and it can still be found in many homes, schools and commercial buildings.  The newest risk is from home renovation.  If you are planning on doing a home renovation and suspect asbestos is present, please contact a trained and licensed abatement company to help you.     

Today, Heather is a 9-year mesothelioma cancer survivor and continues to share her story to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos. Let's help Heather by sharing her story with others. You can learn more about mesothelioma here and about Heather here.