Thursday, April 9, 2015

Breezes and Pot Scrubbers

I am late on my post - 
Thursdays are typically my day to run errands.
I dilly-dallied today because hubby has a 12+ hour day.

It appears that spring has left us this week.
I watched the little trailer get up to 84 and 85 the past two days.
I hate to turn the AC on before May - 
but we may have to if this continues.

I am thankful for the breeze that is blowing through this evening.

The trailer is down to 80 now and hopefully we can knock a few more degrees off before bed.

I am also thankful for a little crochet project to occupy me until hubby returns.
A little pot scrubber made of tulle - 
I have had 3 and just love them.
I wear them out and now I should learn to make my own :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Give and Take ... the perfect balance

How about this balance - 
are you daily thankful for the little things, for the big things,
for the good days, for the rough days?
Do you appreciate each bite of food,
each act of kindness,
every breath?

We are guaranteed nothing.

How about applying it in the home?
Are you thankful for your family members?
Are you thankful for a home?
Thankful for any act of service given?
Thankful for the opportunity to serve others?

Just another perspective check ...
everyone needs it now and again!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Did You Realize?

So I divulged that my "treat" of the month has been Skittles.
(I also have a bag of Starburst Jellybeans to ration out)


did you realize that Skittles "green" is no longer lime flavored?
The green was changed to green apple in 2013.

Not a big fan of green apple flavoring.
So I will eat the green first ...
then citrus yellow and orange ...
then still end with the purples and reds.

What do you think?
Green apple? or Lime?

Monday, April 6, 2015

While The Cooks Away ...

With the work continuing at church,
meals with ease are a real blessing.
Got to love the slow cooker.
I made this one on Friday not expecting hubby to enjoy it,
but I knew it would be filling.
I was wrong ... he loved it ...
and asked to see it again soon.
He knows my propensity to lose recipes,
or to keep trying new recipes without returning to the ones we like :)
I guess that is a fault I will have to work on.

Brown Beans (and rice)

1 lb uncooked pinto beans
2½ cups chicken broth
2 cups onion, diced
14.5 oz can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt, 
1 teaspoon pepper

Add all ingredients to slow cooker.
Cook on low for 10 hours.
Serve over rice ... or corn bread ... or with biscuits.

This week's menu plan:
Sunday:  Hamburgers
Monday: Maple mustard chicken
Tuesday: Taco Salad
Wednesday: Italian Pork Chops
Thursday: Hubby away on business
Friday: Potato Egg Skillet

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Just a Part

Today I am thankful that God allows us to share in His creation.
I am thankful to have the mobility to mow my lawn.
I am thankful for the green of the grass.
I am thankful to be able to pull weeds.
I am thankful for a weed-free walkway.
I am thankful to be able to put seeds into warm, damp soil.
I am thankful to be able to watch the little seedlings grow.

God could do it ALL alone.
He has the ability ...
...but he allows me to share in it.
He allows me to take pleasure in His creation.

I am thankful.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy Wife, Happy Life

If the maxim is true, then today hubby will have a good life.
This little wife is cheered with dirty hands and bright sunshine.
Today was garden day - not totally finished, but getting there.

Peas - check
Tomatoes - check
Peppers - check
Carrots - check
Lettuce - check
Beets - check
Summer Squash - check
Winter Squash - check
Melon - check
Pumpkin - check
Cucumbers - check
Basil - check
Oregano - check

I know that the boards around the plot are a bit unsightly,
but they were great for kneeling on ...
and maybe they will keep the weeds down close to the garden and make it easier to mow there.

Still to go in ...
green beans

The herb garden still has mint, cilantro, dill, and chives from last year.
The blueberry bush is coming along.
I put some asparagus crowns in the ground a couple weeks ago - 
we'll see what comes of them.

And if the dirt and fresh garden was not enough to cheer me,
how about some homemade lemon pumice soap for cleanup.
 - just another excuse to get dirty :)
It's like hitting the spa after all of the hard work!

The garden is "late" (to me anyway),
but it was a lot easier to work with more time to dry out.
There is still a corner that needs to be turned under,
but all-in-all it was a productive afternoon.
The soil is looking better each year -
hubby calls it a graveyard of egg shells and avocado pits and skins.
It does look a bit strange - but it definitely helps our miserable clay!

Many thanks to the seed providers and the soap providers - 
you know who you are :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Obsessive Compulsive?

I was enjoying my snack size bag of Skittles today,
and it prompted this question:

How do you eat your treats?

Do you eat all of them at once?
Do you have to sort them and eat one color at a time?
Do you make pictures?
Do you make a graph and have to even out the colors?

On my skittles - I eat the citrus flavors first.
I save the purple and red for last.
Sometimes I throw all the citrus in my mouth at the same time.
Sometimes I eat the flavors separately.

I think my grandma spurred the behavior.
When she would give us m&m's - 
she made sure that every one had an even number and sometimes even colors as well.
Fun memories!

Care to admit how you eat your treats?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Breakfast Change-up

I mentioned last week that we had enjoyed some free eggs for almost a month.
That was a blessing, because we eat eggs most every morning.
This week, I decided to shake it up a little - 
I think hubby was ready for a break.
We had some yummy Pumpkin Waffles this morning - 
the ingredients included bananas, pumpkin, eggs, almond butter, coconut flour ...
Tomorrow will be breakfast cookies.
Wednesday will be grain free coffee cake.
Then I will be ready for eggs and avocados again.

Protein Breakfast Cookies

1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 c almond butter
1/2 c honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 c almond meal/flour
1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 c add in (chocolate chips or dried fruits)
1/2 c different add in (chopped nuts)

Mix together all ingredients.
Drop on cookie sheet.
Bake 10-15 minutes at 350*.
Makes 10-12 large cookies.

This Week's Menu:

Tuesday:  Lettuce Wraps
Wednesday: Egg and Sausage Scramble
Thursday:  Spaghetti and Salad
Friday:  Almond-Rice Chicken
Saturday:  Brown Beans and Rice

Friday, March 27, 2015

Without Hypocrisy

You have heard it ...
it is the goal of a Christian.
We want to walk by faith.
We want to live by faith.
When things get tough, we exclaim, "I am living by faith."

But are we really?

As I thought of this,
I thought of a poster that hung in my room as a child.
There was a small kitten hanging from handle of a basket.
The poster said:

Am I really living by faith?
Is God all that I need - all that I cling to?
What is the backup plan?
Is it a government check?
Is it a savings plan?
Is it an insurance policy?

Easy to think on ... harder to live.

Found a picture of the old poster online - aah Google!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Eggs and Coconut Oil

There are so many "little" things to be thankful for each day.

This morning, as I made breakfast, I was thankful for this time of year
when the coconut oil is soft - not hard to scoop and not liquid yet.

I was also thankful for the 3-4 weeks of free eggs that we received.
A local family was looking to donate eggs to a soup kitchen and could not find one that wanted eggs.
They dropped off A LOT of eggs to the church.
What a blessing!
Especially since we go through 2-3 dozen a week in our house.

Small things - but still things that need to be uttered.