Sunday 24 January 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

I've been a SAHM (stay at home Mum) for a good number of years, but as a former "career girl" I still struggle with the fact that I'm "just" a housewife. Now, I must point out that I don't go round judging other Mums who stay at home, or thinking they deserve less credit or respect than women who work, it's just a role that I personally find tricky to settle into. I think it stems from the fact that I HATE HOUSEWORK. But doesn't everyone ??? It's Just. So. Repetitive. Plus the fact that at every meal time there is at least one person refusing to eat (never me, but not always a child either if you know what I'm saying ....), and I may not be the best chef but I don't think I'm that terrible.

The lovely Carrie from Northwoods Scrapbook does a "Happy Homemaker Monday" post every Monday (obviously) so I thought perhaps if I join in and embrace the homemaker-ism I will finally start to face facts that a Homemaker (capital H) is what I actually am! (and yes I do know I'm very lucky that we can afford for me to not have to go out to work). So off we go then .....

Surprisingly mild, it's been a very mild winter, daffodils all over the place already!

Normally I have porridge but I've got a horrible cold at the moment and was in need of naughty comfort food so I had chocolate mini weetabix, which is the hubby's favourite, they are dangerous if you ask me, so full of sugar, and you can't possibly stop at one bowl....

I really must tidy the garden up, it looks even worse than usual in winter because:
a) I never got round to power washing the patio last summer and
b) the grass has grown more than usual due to the mildness so its a bit unkempt.
Neither of which excuses the completely dead plants at my front door - this is how it's meant to look .....

.... minus the pumpkin, of course. I'm not showing you a photo of what it's like now as you will run away and never visit me again.

Feeling really rubbish with a stupid head cold that I really don't have time to be having :(

One word - laundry!!

As you know I'm running the London Marathon in April (OMG) to raise funds for the National Autistic Society, and am fundraising like crazy. I've been blown away by the generosity of people and when I asked for donations for a raffle (do other countries have raffles where you win prizes ?) I received lots of gifts from normal mums like me, nothing fancy, no TVs or anything, just lots of nice ladies' gifts. So today's job was to collect a few more donations from some very kind people. Here's a small selection of what I've been given to date ....

.... This is probably around a quarter of what I have, a very kind friend gave me all her old jewellery stock from when she was a Virgin Vie Jewellery rep, and another lady gave me 4 bottles of champagne! I can't thank them all enough :)

I've just bought 2 second-hand crochet books, I love crochet books - even if I don't make anything from them I love flicking through them for inspiration. 

I'm gearing up for a Five on Friday post of slow cooker meals, so that's the inspiration for this week's dinners :)
Monday - Quorn paprika - here it is cooking ....

Yum! It's just Quorn pieces, onion, sweet corn, peas, carrots, peppers, veg stock, tin of tomatoes and a load of paprika. We have it with noodles and I stir in yoghurt at the end.

Tuesday - sausage caserole - been a bit lazy and bought a sachet for the sauce, but if it gets them all to eat it .... Served with new potatoes and carrots

Wednesday - 3 bean chilli - actually it's one type of bean (cannellini) and chickpeas but that doesn't make for a snappy title lol. Served with rice, I use Uncle Bens express sachets of rice. Maybe not as good or cheap as just cooking rice but better than reaching for the takeaway menu.

Thursday - prawn curry - a Jamie Oliver recipe but I add the prawns in at the end, don't fancy the thought of prawns festering in the slow cooker all day :-/ Again served with rice.

Friday - enchiladas - recently I found a great slow cooker recipe for this, it's fast becoming a family favourite. Served with guacamole and wholewheat tortillas.

I love my slow cooker, I am far more inclined to prep dinner at 10 in the morning when there are no whingers around, than after school when everyone is tired and grumpy. If anyone has any healthy veggie slow cooker meals (fish allowed) - send them my way please! And come back on Friday to see if I made all the week's meals in the slow cooker as planned!

Couple of things. I'm working on a bed blanket for a customer order, it's green and yellow squares in a checkered pattern with farm animal type things appliqu├ęd on every other square. I'm pretty sure I've shown you the squares before ..... can't wait to finish the green ones, they've gone on forever ...

The squares are pretty dull, but I'm looking forward to doing the animals, they will be fun!
I'm also working out some little designs for some dinky little teabag tags .... more on that another day!

Well technically the sausage caserole is a new recipe as I haven't used a sachet before, and I've just realised I didn't check if it was veggie, remind me tomorrow someone ....

Keep a pad and paper in the car .... I had to put a five pound note through someone's letterbox today and I forgot to bring an envelope with me, I had to go and buy a card, just for the envelope, as I didn't have time to go home, and I didn't want to put the fiver through the door on its own in case the dog ate it or something!! I'm sure I could have fashioned an envelope if I'd had some paper ..... maybe I should include an origami book too ??? But look how jolly a card I bought - sending it off to my Dad tomorrow (in another envelope of course lol)

Linking in with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday :)

Til next time,


  1. I actually don't think I would survive without my slow cooker! I would become a scavenging sandwich eater. :) I do like the idea of enchiladas from the slow cooker... they do sound nice. Had to cut out quorn for vegan january but I could add beans. Hope your cold gets better soon!

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  3. I enjoyed your post. I struggle with this whole homemaker thing too. I know by being one that it's a lot of work, a lot of repetition, and sometimes worry and stress. I don't look down on others who are homeworkers either. But, I do worry that people think less of me for not having a career. We could call ourselves "Domestic Engineers" or say we work in "Home Support" or some other fancy name that sounds career-ish. lol

    The "Happy Homemaker Monday" sounds like fun. I'll look into it and see if I can see how it works. It'll fun if I can find posts about it from others too.

    Happy Monday! :-)

  4. I worked twenty years so I could retire and become a homemaker. The thing is, I'm so darn busy all the time that the home is the last thing I think about. Loved your menu. I admire anyone who can plan that far in advance!

  5. The transition from "career girl" to homemaker was HARD for me too! Dead plants at the door? I'm guilty too! Nice to "meet" you!!! Have a beautiful week!

  6. A great post. Oh how I hate housework too. Since my semi-retirement I would much sooner spend my days at home either working in my crafting or getting outside and going for a walk. My main gripe is that when you do make the effort to tidy and clean it doesn't take long before the rest of the family mess it all up again. xx

  7. Love the look of the menu and all done in a slow cooker, I am impressed. My garden is rough at the moment and the plant pots not only at the front door all over sound something like yours. I will do better...

  8. Love your post! I know what you mean about feeling you are 'just' a homemaker. That is why I love Blogland so much - lots of lovely SAHM that make me feel wonderful every day.
    Look forward to seeing your blanket all done.
    And what a fantastic thing you are doing with all the fundraising - I sure couldn't run a marathon!

  9. I'd be lost without my slow cooker & I hate housework too though managed to complete most of it yesterday after a ranty episode! Happy Homemaker sounds good, I hope you have a great week x

  10. Welcome to my Happy Homemaker Monday, glad to see you join in and hope you stick around :)

    I think I'm one of the very few who actually loves homemaking and the chores that go along with it, I've written quite a few blog posts on it too.

    Your menu sound amazing, I haven't had a good prawn curry in many many years.

    Hope you feel better and have a great week :)

  11. Hi there - Anne from Copper Beech Crafts. Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog. I hate housework as well - for same reasons as you :-) I retired early but soon got involved in lots of things - couldn't be doing just housework!! :-)
    I do hope you soon feel a lot better. need to go and sort out dinner - your lovely recipes have made me feel very hungry!!!

  12. I could not settle into my homemaker routine, back at work and loving it. I should probably get a slow cooker, it sounds like a good gadget to have. x

  13. Last night I made a slow cooker meal with fresh tomatoes, carrots celery, garlic cloves and ground beef. I added about a tablespoon of marjoram and a tablespoon of Italian seasonings, lime salt and pepper. I wonder how it would taste with fish instead of ground beef. I'm cheering on your homemaking efforts, Jill! xx

  14. You always make me smile. Staying at home is the hardest job next to being a Mother, well sometimes being a wife is pretty hard too. No matter what you are making a huge difference in the lives of your kids, remember that.

  15. Being a SAHM sounds perfect until you do it! I love being with my boys, and don't regret the decision to be at home with them for a second, but domestic drudgery is utterly demoralising. Good luck with the new scheme to make it more bearable! X


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