Sunday, December 23, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Well, we finally got to have soup for lunch today! It was good, I would make it again! I even used my little torch (for creme brulee) to melt the cheese instead of the broiler, I would used the broiler next time! Broiler gets the cheese brown, this just semi melted the cheese. I can't seem to get the picture to upload, it's always something! Blessings!!!!
Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The pictures are from last Friday at the grocery store's Sample Fest. Lots of people, fun and food thoroughout the store! The store does it every year and this was probably the best!! Enjoy the photos of the girls that served! Blessings!!!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Are you still eating turkey leftovers?? We have just a little bit left, so I made turkey orzo soup
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Well, Kurt and the 3 girls are gone. Left around 12p.m. today. It's so quiet here when they leave, that it's pretty sad!!! We love having them, the noise, the giggling, the polite manners, the giggling(oh I said that, but there is alot of giggling), the meals, the crafts, the drawing, the games and the visit to Auntie and Uncle Trevor's house overnight!! We had a full weekend and enjoyed every minute. They are very well behaved girls and so it's a joy to take them out. Thank you Kate and Kurt for raising our grandgirls, you are great parents!!! I have no new pictures to share, too bad. I was having trouble anyway sending pictures to Erika of our trip. Have a great week. I'm going to start on a 21 day detox diet tomorrow!! Wish me luck, join me if you want. Keep me accountable, please! Blessings!!!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
In all things, give thanks! That's a great Bible verse!! Have a wonderful day whether alone or with family! Blessings!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Well, I tried to post this yesterday and nothing!! Bummer!! So, I will try tonight!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Erika and I got back from sunny California on Monday, late afternoon. We had a wonderful time with family!! My sister looks good and my niece has taken good care of her! Pat(my niece's husband) has provided a wonderful home for them and was a wonderful host!! Thank you Pat and Wendy for allowing us to visit and enjoy everything! Like I said before we ate, talked, ate, talked and talked some more!! We shopped and went to Old Town(old San Diego). It rained a little bit, but the sun always came out!. Temps were 60ish most of the days we were there. I will share pictures later. Craft weekend ahead on Saturday. Blessings!!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Well tomorrow morning I'm leaving on a jet plane for sunny California!!! I am so excited and already sad!!! Go figure!! I'm so exited to go and see my sis, but then I'm sad at leaving so quickly! I know there wil be lots of talking, drinking coffee, talking, more coffee, more talking and maybe some sleep!! Thirteen years is a long time not to see family!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Thinking about the weekend, I have alot to do before I leave for sunny California!!! The yearly craft show is the Saturday after I get back, so it's cookies and fudge making time!! I think I will do the Russian tea cookies and add a new recipe that is peanut butter with marshmallows in bar form. Sounds like a good one for the holidays. Plus making a ton of fudge to sell. Also I have a few items to sell from when I sold At Home America. There's a mixing bowl set, great wedding gift and some lanterns that hold candles. I figured to decorate them and they will go to a happy home. YOu need to remember that I'm still cleaning and purging!!! I did find 4 plates to put the cookies and bars on
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
As most of you know this isn't my favorite season because winter is close behind!!! It is a pretty time of the year and the cooler weather is always a great relief from the heat of summer. Anyway, I have a girlfriend that has stomach issues and has gone gluten free. She shared a recipe with me on Saturday(while I was working and she was not dashing around the store on break). It is called African peanut stew. I didn't like the photo so you can't see it, but let me tell you it's an easy and beautiful stew. Recipe is the following: 1 diced white onion, 1 1/2 pounds of sweet potatoes- cubed, 1 green pepper diced, 1 clove of garlic minced, 1 teapsoon of grated fresh ginger, I used a 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning as I didn't have cumin or red pepper,1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 1/2 cups of vegetable broth, 1-14.5oz can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of drained garbanzo beans. I sauted the onion, garlic, and green pepper in coconut oil for about 4 minutes
Monday, October 8, 2012
I have a secret to tell you all!!!! Aren't you excited???? I am to tell you!!! I'm going on a trip with my daughter, we are traveling to California to see my sister and her tribe!!!! I haven't seen her in 13 years and I'm pretty excited!!!! I had all these plans that if I was going I was going to lose some weight( i did 10 lbs, big whop) and get better at walking long distances(never happened), lofty ideas, but didn't get my butt in gear!!! Anyway, Erika and I leave on NOv. 8th and return the 12th! Short, but sweet! We plan to go to Old Town and the zoo(lots of walking)! I will probably take a cane with me just for support! Now you share my secret and isn't it fun!!! God is so great to give me this chance to see Dorothy!! Blessings!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
A good friend from church is having a really hard time and I thought I would make a meal for her. Her husband had 2 strokes and is not well. Sherry is the sole person giving him care and it's wearing on her!! So, I made a new recipe to me of beef kielbasa, onions and apples stir fry. YUM!!!! is all I can say! A big bowl of green onion and kale risotto, yummy also!!! Pray for both of them as he is preparing to leave this world to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus! Christ has always been a part of their marriage and He will see them through this! Blessings!!!
Words are those things that can make or break a person, situation, change a life, bring hope or beat down a person. Today I want to talk about words we say and how to guard our words more carefully!! We are a people of texting, blogs and emails lately and words matter! Let's look at how we welcome people into our homes.Do you say welcome or come on in or thanks for coming over or how nice to see you or what??? Do you feel welcomed into my home?? I would hope so!! What do you think?? Words important?? I know this may seem prety serious subject, but I think sometimes I need to ask some questions instead of being so nice about everything! Stop by and see how I am doing with my welcome! My prayer for this subject is that God gave me 2 ears to hear and 1 mouth, so guard my words and have me speak slowly!!! That is scriptural! Blessings!!!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Tonight we are having some good friends over for supper!!! YIPPEEEE I'm cooking!!! I think that is what Gordon is saying today!! Anyway, Bob and Sheila are church friends that live on Shell Lake. 2 summers ago we crashed their 4th of July party with our grandgirls which they didn't care, that's good friends! They are so easy to have and have been trying to teach us how to play cards "Hand and foot" game. I have had a great day off and well rested. Got a 30 minute nap! On the menu tonight is Parmesan chicken, risotto with kale and green onions, squash, biscuits and apple squares! The wind is blowing today and the leaves are falling! It can't make up it's mind if it will rain or sunshine! Cool or warm! That's fall in the north land! Blessings!
Monday, October 1, 2012
I love apples and thought this was a great idea for my breakfast. I have been trying to do gluten free as I think I have wheat allergy after all these years. So, here's is what I did: 5 Haralson apples diced(I left on the skin), 1/4 cup of sweetner(which is new to me and I like it), 2 tablespoons of butter on top and 1/2 cup of oatmeal breakfast cereal(make it hot when eating it as breakfast food). I added about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to it and it was so good!!!! So, here are a few pictures and enjoy! Blessings!!!
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Gordon and I went for a ride this afternoon for about an hour or more! It was a beautiful day in Wisconsin!! Trees have peaked here and colors are fading, but it sure was fun to try out our phones. They take incredible pictures! WE are slowly learning how to operate them! I have installed Instagram, but have no clue on what it can do!!! Help please! WE ended up at Dairy Queen as it closes in a week!! I re-canned the hot sauce I made. I made it more tomatoey(is that a word???). I bought 2 cans of diced tomatoes and cooked it with the hot sauce. Took my trusty stick blender out and mashed up the tomatoes. It tasted hot!! Gordon will like and will replace Tobasco sauce in my cabinet! Blessings!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
About 2 weeks ago we went for a ride on a Sunday afternoon to get some local pumpkins to decorate with The family who is selling the pumpkins, squash and little gourds are a great family! The kids are sponsoring a child in Nicargua with this money and saving for a fun trip, so we were excited to help and get some beautiful pumpkins!!! Thanks and blesings!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I went to the twin cities a few weeks back and had the privilege of going to Barnes and Noble for about 1 hour!!! It was so great to spent that time wondering and reading a few books that I had wanted to read, but didn't like the review on Amazon. So, I am a junkie for magazines and found this one called "Where Woman Cook". It is a good magazine and some really creative women partake of the writing! I would encourage you all to get a copy or borrow mine!! Blessings!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Hey, isn't that an oldies song??? From Paul Revere and the Raiders???? NO, that's not who sang that, but goll darnit I can't remember who did!!! I do digress, sorry!!! We went to the twins birthday party back in July and I didn't post all the pics from the party and thought it would fun to see 2 pics of my men! 1. is of Gordon
Monday, September 17, 2012
Last years hit from the garden was hot pepper jelly! So, I decided I would make some more, but do red! Last years was green! The hot hungarian peppers turned a beautiful red and I added a few cayenne into the mix. Please note when working with hot peppers, either put on gloves or remember not to touch any place on your body that is sensitive, such as eyes, nose, or your bottoms! So, with all that said, I cut up peppers bare handed and removed the stems, seeds and threw them into the food processor to take a twirl around the container. Please watch this so it doesn't become slurry!! Also, please be careful as the fumes from the peppers can sting your eyes, when you take the lid off the food processor!! Also, this is from experience! The hot peppers in the jars were so beautiful. I think I will serve some tomorrow night for Bible study with cream cheese and crackers! Blessings!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I bought some leeks at the farmers market and needed to make something with them, so Gordon dug up some potatoes for me. I started out with the taters and diced them up. Then I got going on the leeks, as you need to soak them in water to get the dirt out from the rings of the leeks. So, I sliced them up and threw them in some warm water, separated them, took them out of the water and threw them in the soup pot!! I used evaporated milk and flour as a thickner for the soup. Seems there is alot of throwing of things around!!:) The I got some spicy meatballs I made a few months ago and threw them in the pot. It got nice and thick, so it became more chowder than soup for our supper! We got new smartphones, I hope eventually we will figure them out!! Technology is passing us by I'm afraid! Anyway, please don't get mad at us if we don't answer the phone right away, we are trying to figure out how too!!!! Blessings!
Friday, August 31, 2012
Awhile back I wrote about having too much and cleaning! Well, dear friends I now have a plan for more cleaning! I have clear direction and need to start a monthly calendar to keep me on task! In 2 yrs. I would like to have sized down the "crap" or more ladylike the "stuff" that seems at times to overtake the house! There are so many more things I would like to do besides this task, but I want to move in 2 yrs to a smaller house! That's the endgame for me. Gordon and I don't need to move further into old age with all of this! It would drive our children crazy if we died and left this mess to them to clean up. I would be ashamed to leave it! So, with that said where to start??? Well, I read a blog the other day and she said that every spring she goes from room to room, looks over the room with notebook in hand, writes down everything that room needs done. The clutter cleaned up and hauled away, painting, carpets cleaned, wallpaper stripped off, closets looking like you can find soemthing! I thought this was a great idea! So, I did it and it wasn't as painful as I expected, but now the work begins! Pray that I can do this without getting too sentimental about stuff, pray that it doesn't overwhelm me to the point I give up, pray that Gordon and I don't argue about stuff, pray that I don't lose sleep over this, pray that I can be brutal about tossing items that don't mean a hill of beans in the realm of eternity! So, this year we need "according to my notebook" to paint 2 rooms only, so that's not too bad! 3 carpets need to be cleaned and 4 closets need to be decluttered! Then there's the basement, oh boy what a chore that will be!!!!!! Don't go buy anything until you check with me and see if I have it!! I'm not kidding, I would love to bless you if I have it, whatever it is!!!LOL!!!!!Blesings!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
So, I'm finally back with the relish recipe! Recipe: 10 cups of finely chopped zucchini, 4 cups of finely chopped onion(sweet), 1 green bell pepper finely chopped, 1 red pepper finely chopped, 1 hot pepper finely chopped, put in an non-reactive bowl(not metal), and cover with 5 tablespoons of pickling salt. Let this set overnight or in my case for 13 hours. Drain the vegetables and rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse them! Put the veggies in a large pot. Meanwhile, dissolve 1 tablespoon of corn starch in 2 1/2 cups of vinegar, pour that over veggies, add 4 1/2 cups of sugar, 1 tablespoon of nutmeg, 2 teaspoons of celery salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. Let all this come to a boil, then turn down heat to a simmer and simmer for 30 minutes-45 minutes. This will be thick and pack into clean, sterile jars. I put this into pint jars for easy handling. Water bath this for 10 minutes and let it cool on the counter for 12 hours before moving to a cool, dry place. It's really good on hot dogs!!! Also, you can use your food processor to chop the veggies, but I didn't! This will make great gifts!! Blessings!!
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