Friday Favorites: The First Week of March

 We had a pretty good week.  I feel like I accomplish so little in a day so I'm always thankful for these recaps that remind me of all the stuff I do get done and how those little bits of work here and there really do add up!  



It was just Evan and I home on Friday; Alec was at school and Ian was at work.  We quickly moved through his schoolwork and headed out hiking in the sunshine... where I left my camera in the car and didn't take a single photo!    

I somehow found time to rearrange the kitchen drawers and clean out the old junk drawer.  I think this is the first time in my adult life that I don't have a single junk drawer in the house. 



We woke to snow on Saturday that soon switched over to rain.  



Ian and my husband both headed of to work and my mother in law came over to ride with Alec and I to his karate class. She used to go watch him all the time and hasn't been able to see him in karate for such a long time.


Evan and I went for a walk in the drizzling rain in the late afternoon and I took a quick ride with my husband to the hydro before we began making dinner. 

I had lots of fun Sunday finishing up my latest novel, mixing up some chocolate chip cookies, and playing around with one of my new Stampin' Up! stamp sets. 



We ended our afternoon with a Ranger ride out on the trails and stopped to watch Ian run the excavator clearing stumps for a bit. 




Alec had school on Monday and after I dropped him off the other boys and I settled down to work on schooling. It was another very rainy day!  We were done nice and early and Ian headed out to clear more stumps but ended up welding a new step on the loader instead when the old one rusted off on him. 

I did some laundry and watched a few TV shows before picking Alec up.  I read a few more pages in my book and admired my latest manicure while waiting.


He had been making cakes at school and ended up getting red velvet cake batter all over his white chef's coat.  I felt so satisfied when it came out sparkling clean from the laundry!  

We ate tacos for dinner and enjoyed the most beautiful sunset! 



Ian headed off to work on Tuesday and after I dropped Alec off at school Evan and I decided to play hooky from his schoolwork and head to the grocery store instead.  I then spent my morning in the kitchen making a salad, cutting up fruit, and getting the cabbage shredded for our egg roll in a bowl we were making for dinner (Thanks, HOLLY!).   The sun was shining but with the wind-chill temps were below zero so we skipped another day of hiking.

I also mixed up some kitchen spice mixes to have on hand-- taco seasoning, Italian dressing mix, & cream of anything soup mix. 


My mom picked Alec up from school while I went to go get a hair cut then as I was cooking dinner my husband called. He forgot that he and our younger two boys also had hair appointments that evening. I fed the boys a quick supper and sent them on their way. 

All three boys were home on Wednesday and had a shortened day of school.  I was supposed to sneak out in the morning to go get my bloodwork done but I ended up getting caught up in making some cards using more of my new products.



Alec was assigned making cuts with his knives and practiced on our potatoes.





As soon as we were all done lunch we headed out hiking. It was beautiful and near 50! We hiked for just over an hour.  The trail had a bit of snow and ice in just a few spots but for the most part is was a beautiful trail. 






Ian headed off to work on Thursday and I dropped Alec off for a half- day of school.  I spent my morning on the computer looking up some vacation information and trying to get some doctor's appointments set up.  Then we settled in to get Evan's schoolwork done. 

We went for a quick 40 minute hike before I flew home to drop him off and headed out to pick Alec up at school.  Today's trails were much snowier than yesterdays! 



I arrived just as he texted to ask if he could stay until 2 and help a senior with her kitchen project. I knew it was a good learning experience so I said sure but asked him to please let me know BEFORE I arrive next time.  He gets to go into school tomorrow too to help this same senior finish up and present her dishes.  

I ran to get my ring cleaned and inspected and then headed home for a late lunch, switched the laundry around, and then headed right back out to pick Alec up.  

It was another week that just flew by so fast!  How was your week?

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  1. That sunset is beautiful!! Those cookies look delish!!

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    1. Thank you! They were gone in under 24 hours (all 4 dozen!) so they must have been.

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  2. I always enjoy reading about your great family doings!

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  3. Yum! I love some chocolate chip cookies! Your nails are pretty, and that sunset is gorgeous!

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    1. I couldn't believe it when I looked up. I actually left the table during dinner to snap those photos through our glass door.

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  4. Your cards are berry CUTE! And those cookies look delicious. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    1. Thank you! I am loving that berry stamp set; it came with raspberries and strawberries too.

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  5. Your cards are so pretty. Isn't it amazing to see everything we get done in a week? There's always a lot going on.

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    1. Thank you! It really is amazing to see when it's all put together as I don't feel like I do much each day but stare at the clock and wait to chauffer someone around.

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  6. So glad you tried the Egg Roll in a Bowl- hope you liked it! Love your nails and all of your beautiful landscapes of course- have a great weekend!

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  7. Sounds like you were very busy! Those cookies look yummy. The trail looks so pretty. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have a great weekend as well.

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  8. Such a good feeling to organize a drawer! And yes, my goodness, those cookies look so good!

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    1. It really does make me feel so accomplished and now I'm looking at other drawers around the house wondering how to streamline them.

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  9. Looks like another good week. I love your manicure! I haven't done my nails in so long.

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    1. Thank you! I try to do my nails once a week using the colorstreet wraps helps speed things up.

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  10. I love your hiking pictures. We made chocolate chip cookies this week too. :)

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  11. I have weeks like that as well when I don't feel like I got a lot done. I need to tackle some of our drawers. Yum! Your cookies look so tasty. I love all of the outdoor pics and how many hikes you go on. We try to take the boys as often as we can, but I imagine it will get a little easier with them as they get older. Your manicure looks so good! I need to do my nails bad. I just looked at all of the chipped nail polish and said, oh this has to go. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. It is definitely much easier hiking now that they are older. It's amazing how much faster we hike those same trails that used to take us hours to do.

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  12. Those cookies are tempting. You're making me want to bake.

    I also liked the little frozen waterfall. (How big does a waterfall need to be?) Sounds like you had a good week.

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    1. I don't really know! I just know I love hiking near running water. It's so soothing.

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  13. Love your cards, especially the blueberry themed cards!! And what a gorgeous sunset!

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  14. It's been a busy week here and we have a quick trip to north Tennessee for the weekend and a wedding. Love your pretty nails and that sunset is beautiful. We have been playing outside a lot more this week and had dinner on the porch a few times. I am going to have to do something for mosquitoes this summer so we can enjoy dinner outdoors often.
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    1. Ooh! A wedding? That sounds like so much fun.

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  15. It's been a busy week!! Love all the time in nature.

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  16. I am all about pre-making taco seasoning and things like that for ease when I cook. I love all the beautiful snow. And your new manicure is beautiful. Do you do your nails yourself? Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes, I do my own nails. I enjoy it too much to have them done somewhere else. LOL

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  17. I love how often you and your boys get outdoors walking and hiking!! I don't have a junk drawer either. We live in too small of a space, I suppose, to allow for that. Your cookies look delicious, perfect Sunday... reading and cookies. :) I bet that is a boy's dream, running an excavator!!! How COOL!

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    1. Yes, Ian is happiest when he's running any sort of equipment but he particularly seems to enjoy the excavator. He's really good at it too.

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  18. I get like that, thinking I have accomplished so little but if I list it all down I surprise myself.
    Go you for not having a junk drawer. I think we have at least one in every room here. lol It is on my to do list to sort them out though.
    Those cookies look so good!
    Beautiful photos. You live in such a gorgeous area. x

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  19. So much to love. I love the cards you made, your sparkly manicure and your outdoorsy photos. And as for your kitchen drawer - I'm feeling a little decluttering coming on... Have a great weekend.

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  20. What nail polish did you use for your beautiful nails? You had a busy week with the boys and you did some nice hikes. I enjoyed looking at the pretty scenic photos.
    I hope you like the yoga videos. Thanks for the blog visit and have a nice weekend Joanne.

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    1. The tan nails were painted using LS Colors Gel polish in a shade called vanilla latte. The glittery nails used some color street nail wraps that I don't have anymore so I can't remember the name...

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  21. That sunset is gorgeous! Can you share your spice mix recipes? I’d love to try the cream of anything one because those soups are hard to find gluten free. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Sure! I like this one I found through Pinterest for the soup mix: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/472385448414933762/

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    1. It didn't really feel like it at the time but I do find things are getting busier in general as more and more activities and places open back up to us.

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  23. Glad you've had a productive week, Joanne. I like the scenery photos. The cookies look delicious. Thank you for linking with #WeekendCoffeeShare.

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  24. Cleaning and organizing any drawer in my kitchen makes me feel like I have accomplished a lifetime of things LOL! Sometimes I open the drawer and just stare. I need to do that.

    On a different note, your nails look amazing! I love the mixture of colors you did!!!

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  25. So nice to see your cards as well as your wonderful scenery. I, too, make cards; I try to make at least one a day. CarolG

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    1. Thank you! I just whipped up 4 more cards today.

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  26. I love your manicure ... and I couldn't help but notice the diamond ring. I have a heart-shaped ring as well, but I know it isn't common.

    I also adore paper crafts - especially card making and scrapbooking. I wish I would allow myself to play with the supplies more often.

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    1. I just had my ring cleaned last week and the jeweler was commenting on how rare it was to see a heart shaped ring. I just love mine!

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  27. Beautiful photos, as always. Love the pink sky and the reflections of pink onto the ice.

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  28. Those cookies look so tasty! And that is some awesome potato slicing skills. And that mani is so pretty.

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    1. Thank you! He was so funny slicing those potatoes (he actually broke out his ruler!)

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  29. I enjoyed this post.... Love the pictures too.

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  30. Rain and snow, snow and rain, that is the story of my life right now! I really like seeing all the things that Alec is learning in culinary school. It is very interesting! Thanks for sharing and linking with me, Joanne!

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    1. It really is quite neat to see his skills develop. This week he learned to make pie crust and quiche!

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