Simply the Simmonds Life

family, life and love on the lake

Mailbox Monday, February 10th, 2014 February 9, 2014

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 9:26 pm

Reading…ahh…relaxation!  If you know me at all, you know I love to read.  What you don’t know, maybe, is that I have a book blog and I love to review books that are sent to me in the mail.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out here at By Book or By Crook.

 

Reading along the shores of Mille Lacs lake a few summers ago

Reading along the shores of Mille Lacs lake a few summers ago

 

Menu Plan Monday January 20th, 2014 January 20, 2014

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 10:03 pm

Yes, I am one of those people who make a monthly menu.  ”You are so organized!” you might be saying.  Really, I’m not!  I don’t like to fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to figuring out what to cook for dinner.  Several years ago I started sitting down to write a monthly menu because not only was I stuck in a rut and cooking quick, convenient “fast food” type meals, but I was spending way too much money doing it.  A menu helped me know in advance what I was going to the grocery store for so I didn’t have the tendency to overspend.  And, we were eating better because of it.  There are some months that I’m not quite on the ball enough to get a menu written before the month begins and I hate feeling like I’m getting back into old habits.

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Laura, over at I am an Organizing Junkie hosts Menu Plan Monday. This is a great place to go for inspiration when planning your menu.  I enjoy seeing what everyone else is cooking up for the week and I’ve  added some wonderful new recipes to my collection.  You should check it out.  In the meantime, here is what’s on the menu for us this week:

Monday:  Cheeseburgers & No Fry French Fries

Tuesday:  YOYO (your on your own)  Jeff has to spend a second night at a sleep testing facility and I’ll just grab a snack when my meeting gets over at 7pm

Wednesday:  Glazed Salmon, Crash Potatoes & Broccoli Slaw

Thursday:  Lasagna Hotdish and garlic breadsticks

Friday:  Grilled Ham Slices, Cheesy Potatoes & Green Beans (yes, I know this was on my menu last week but something came up and we didn’t get to it)

Saturday:  BBQ Ribs, Baked Potatoes & Salad

Sunday:  Breakfast will be an egg bake, banana nut muffins & orange wedges

Supper will be Chili Colorado Burritos

 

Highlight Reel January 13th-19th, 2014 January 19, 2014

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 11:26 pm

movie-reel[1]A rather uneventful week,  Here’s what went on in the Simmonds home.

Monday:  Had to work in the grocery section rather that the electronics department today.  (Actually ended up working in grocery all week)  I spent today in the hispanic section and laughed at the no heat jalapenos and the vegetarian refried beans (they just sound like oxymorons, don’t they?)  After work I stopped off at Janeens to do a 2 mile inside walk.

Tuesday:  Happy Birthday to my oldest son Tyler!!  He’s now 24 years old!!  Today I worked with rice & beans in the grocery department.  I didn’t know there were so many different kinds of dried beans.  I had to go home & google cranberry beans, pink beans & mayacopa beans to find out what they tasted like and what you could do with them.  I went to my TOPS meeting to weigh in for the first time in a month (yikes! not good!) then I watched the Minnesota Wild Game.

Wednesday:  Woke up early to do my 10 Minute Solutions video.  Even though the workout is short, it really kicks my butt!  I worked all day in the coffee aisle which is interesting because I do not drink coffee, nor do I even like the smell!  I have been struggling all week with a sinus thing.  My nose has been so plugged up.  It’s so miserable when you can’t breathe right.  It’s times like this that I really sympathize with allergy sufferers who spend a fair amount of time plugged up.

Thursday:  I worked half the day in coffee and then switched to the baking aisle in the afternoon.  Again, a real education.  A customer asked me for coconut palm sugar.  I didn’t even know they made it!  But I found it for her!  Relaxed at home and watched the Wild game.

Friday:  Finished up in the baking aisle today.  Hopefully next week I will be back to my regular department.  I did my grocery shopping for the weekend in anticipation of the mini storm we had coming in.  We were supposed to get 3-5 inches of snow with high winds causing blowing & drifting overnight so I wanted to be prepared.  Tyler & Monica decided to go out to eat with some friends so Jeff and I watched Gracie while they were gone.  She had fun playing “wisbee” with her Papa Jeff.

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Gracie with tongue out waiting to catch the “wisbee” aka frisbee that papa Jeff was throwing

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday:  Hockey Day Minnesota!  Fox Sports North broadcast 16 hours of straight hockey programming and I watched the majority of it!  I did have to take a break at supper time because Tyler & Monica invited us over to celebrate his birthday.  They made us Philly Cheesesteaks and we had cheese & crackers and chips as well.  It was yummy!  Monica, Mom & I played a game of 35 before we headed home to watch the end of the Wild game.

Sunday:  I was lector at church this morning.  After breakfast Jeff & Zach climbed up on the roof to clear some of the snow off and chisel the ice from around the skylights.  In the afternoon Zach and I played Deal or No Deal on the computer before he headed to work.  Jeff watched football most of the day (from the facebook comments it seemed like EVERYONE was watching football) and I went over to Mom’s to visit with her for a while.

 

Menu Plan Monday Jan 6th-12th January 7, 2014

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 12:23 am

Yes, I am one of those people who make a monthly menu.  “You are so organized!” you might be saying.  Really, I’m not!  I don’t like to fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to figuring out what to cook for dinner.  Several years ago I started sitting down to write a monthly menu because not only was I stuck in a rut and cooking quick, convenient “fast food” type meals, but I was spending way too much money doing it.  A menu helped me know in advance what I was going to the grocery store for so I didn’t have the tendency to overspend.  And, we were eating better because of it.  There are some months that I’m not quite on the ball enough to get a menu written before the month begins and I hate feeling like I’m getting back into old habits.

 

 

Laura, over at I am an Organizing Junkie hosts Menu Plan Monday. This is a great place to go for inspiration when planning your menu.  I enjoy seeing what everyone else is cooking up for the week and I’ve added some wonderful new recipes to my collection.  You should check it out.  In the meantime, here is what’s on the menu for us this week:

Monday: Broiled Tilapia with Greek Yogurt Parmesan Sauce, quinoa and steamed asparagus  

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Broiled Tilapia, quinoa & asparagus

Tuesday:  YOYO (your on your own)  Jeff will be spending the night in a clinic for testing and I’ll probably just grab a snack

Wednesday:  Stuffed Peppers in the Crockpot

Thursday:  Taco Ring

Friday:  Spicy Thai Noodles with Gardein Beefless Strips

Saturday:  Leftover Pork Stew from the freezer

Sunday:  Grilled Ham Slices, Cheesy Potatoes & Green Beans

 

What’s on your menu plan this week??

 

 

Ready for the Deep Freeze? January 4, 2014

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 8:15 pm

It’s going to get cold.  Last week was cold, but this week is going to be frigidly, bone-chillingly, freeze-your-brain-without-eating-ice-cream cold!!  Last week we struggled to hit zero degrees.  For the next couple of days we won’t likely get above -15.  For the high!!  Minnesotans are used to cold weather, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t have to brace ourselves and get ready for it.  So, how do we prepare for cold such as this?

1.  We gas up the car.  It doesn’t matter if your tank is 3/4ths full.  You gas it up.  Don’t take the chance on running out of gas on a cold night.

2.  We go grocery shopping.  Bread, milk, eggs…the basics, sure.  But don’t forget things like canned soup, fruits,  or even sandwich meat.  What if the power goes out and your electric stove doesn’t work?  Do you have a food you can eat without cooking?  Or better yet, a propane camp stove or wood cooker for a back up?

3.  We close off rooms seldom used.  Take my oldest son’s room for example.  Tyler hasn’t lived at home for 2 years now.  His door stays closed.  No sense wasting precious heat for a room no one is going in.

4.  We dig out extra blankets.  Sitting on the couch watching TV, or reading in bed is an activity that is not producing any energy/heat through working muscles.  It can be chilly.  Put on a sweater, and rustle up an extra blanket.  Or in Jeff’s case, an opened sleeping bag.

5.  Start your engines!  Brave the cold every couple of hours to start your vehicles to make sure they’ll run.  In an emergency, you’ll want to make sure your car battery is ready to go!

6.  Space heaters.  Another thing you don’t want to take a chance on is your water pipes freezing up.  Opening the cupboards under your sinks and aiming a space heater at the pipes is a good idea.

IMAG02827.  Bundle up!  Even for little trips like running out to the mailbox or taking the garbage out it’s a good idea to wear lots of layers and leave no skin exposed.  With wind chills in the -50 below range, you can get frostbite in a matter of minutes.  Wear hats and gloves, boots, and scarves.  And even for that short jaunt to the mailbox take your cell phone.  If you slip on the ice and twist your ankle, that cell phone could save your life!

 

 

New Year, New Me??

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 5:57 pm

Well, it’s been almost a year since I last updated my blog.  One of my goals last year was to update my blog weekly to keep my Texas family up to date on life in Minnesota.  Well, failed miserably at that!!  BUT, when at first you don’t succeed try, try again!    Really, with Facebook, we do kind of stay in touch.  However, there are many things like the day to day minutiae of our lives that I don’t put out there for all the world to see.  This is a better forum for that.  Yes, the entire world could see this if they wanted…but they’d really have to search (like on the 4, 524 page on a google search) to find me.  lol

 

 

Happy 23rd Birthday Tyler!!! January 14, 2013

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 5:00 am

It seems like so many years ago when I started feeling such scary pains in my stomach that I shouldn’t have been feeling so early in my pregnancy.  A trip to the hospital confirmed my fears that I was in labor…three months too early.  My doctor made the decision that the best chance for my very premature baby was to deliver him in a hospital with newer, more high tech equipment.  The helicopter was out on another emergency and there was no time to get another one to Brainerd so they loaded me AND my doctor in an ambulance and we headed to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in the cities.  A short couple of hours and an emergency C-section later, I gave birth to Tyler Jeff Simmonds, 2 lbs. 7 1/2 ounces.  He was my miracle baby then and he is my miracle baby now.

Tyler at age 2 1/2

My heart swells with pride to see the wonderful young man he has become.  He’s raising a family and you would never know the daughter he loves with all his heart is not biologically his own. He is engaged to a wonderful woman who’s hardworking and generous to a fault.  He is very smart with money and he and Monica just purchased a beautiful home a couple of months ago.  Recently he received the honor of being named Associate of the Month at work for his willingness to step in wherever he’s needed.  He is truly a blessing!

And on that note I would like to leave you with an Irish Birthday Blessing (even though we aren’t one lick Irish!)

May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of your wealth
May the dreams you hold dearest
Be those which come true
May the kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you

Happy Birthday Tyler!!  I love you very much!  As the very first of my babies to come home, you will always hold a special place in my heart.  Have a truly wonderful day!

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Tyler and Monica- Christmas 2012

 

 
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