Monday started with the case of the Mondays here.  4am we were awoken by the smoke alarm.  I think our forced steam radiators stirred up dust in the girls' room.  (Bonus, they were super motivated to clean this afternoon after being pulled out of their beds at 4am.)

Our frowns were turned upside down with our regular daily reading to them by the fire with my coffee that always goes cold while Adrian draws trucks, Audra crafts something different each day, Anna-Kate sets up some elaborate play scene and the dogs snore. It's our everyday and so enjoyable and comforting to us. After school and cleaning, we managed a trip to the library, sledding, virtual 4-H tree club and the promised Dr. Quinn episode we never got to this past weekend before more books before bed. 

Three more perks of the day: 
I used my birthday money (thank you!) for upgrading my baking cupboard flours/oats/sugar storage. I bought my old set 18 years ago and it was just so tired looking. I wanted to change to glass, but dimensions wouldn't allow me to store as much in this space.   I measured to maximize space and am thrilled. They fit, they are huge, they are functional and sort of pretty. Yay! The canning jars in the front are topped with flip/shake tops from Parmesan cheese that I have saved over the years.  Did you know they fit standard canning jars?  Save those tops, they are useful! 
2) I'm trying to have an exciting new meal for Mondays since Mondays are the only weekday that I do not work. Creamy Cajun Chicken with zucchini. So good.  I sauteed shallots, colored peppers, hot pepper and garlic and added orzo.  I cooked the orzo in just enough broth to cover it (adding more as needed).  I dumped some half and half in there to make it creamy with salt, paprika and cumin. Topped with chicken, zucchini, parm cheese and parsley.  It was a hit, everyone loved it! You could easily make this with rice.  
 3) Audra took this pic.  He's wearing a wool vest I made him.  She's wearing pajamas I made her and slippers Nam knitted her. Bangs she cut herself (sigh). 
Life is always sunshine and roses, but reflecting on the good before I retire for the night leaves such a warm feeling in my heart.  Tuesday, I am ready for you!


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