Friday, April 28, 2017

Weekends

 So, Gordon and I love to listen to books on CD. We started one last week when we went into Minneapolis to see Grease. So this week we have traveled to Siren to the  DQ to listen to this book, then we went to Minong to the A&W and last night we went to Rice Lake to Culver's. So much for eating healthy!!!!But the book is so darn interesting and it's fun to be together ! So we have 2 of a CD left, I have no idea where we go tomorrow after I get done with work, but maybe some where fun! Maybe a pizza night!
 I am very anxious to get some seeds into some pots. I plan on growing basil, oregano and onions in pots around the front porch! It will handy and hopefully easy to pick!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Too much

I have a confession to make! Here goes: we have 3 freezers and they are mostly full, how did this happen??? I know how it happened, but really how did it  happen??? Since I was off on medical leave I have been making jam and other things, trying to use up what I have on hand, and let me tell you, there's too much!!! If we didn't eat out or I didn't buy any more meat especially, we could eat out of the 3 freezers for maybe 2 years or longer. No kidding!!! It's just two of us, yes Kurt comes and takes some venison home, but there's a lot! Plus the freezers above the 2 refrigerator are half full!!How long does cool whip last in the freezer??? 3 years??? Or frozen grated zucchini, which I was going to use to make zucchini bread 3 years ago during the winter??? This makes me mad at myself and just so frustrated!!! I think I need to make a list of what is in the freezers and then cross off what is taken out, maybe some dates! Do you have any tips??? HELP!!!! Blessings

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday

 I survived the first 1/2 day back to work. Co workers were glad I was back and the work had piled up that needed my attention. I told them I don't need to do everything the first day back as I would be there tomorrow, sheesh!!! Part of my past working there was a floater, and I guess that will part of the new routine for me again! YICKS!!! If I didn't like the people I work with directly, I would be not happy!!! Complaining has stopped!!
 I've been playing around with my Instant Pot that I have had for 2 years and up till one month ago, I used it once. So I made myself a promise that I would learn to use that thing and not feel intimidated by an electronic item! I now have learn how to make hard boiled egg in 9 minutes that peel like a dream, French onion soup that tastes like it took 3 hours to make, which took 20 minutes and baked potatoes that took 9 minutes, so good and done to perfection!!! So, I'm on a roll now and have a couple more recipes to try out! Now onto the air fryer!!
 My co-worker Mary, 2 years ago gave me a beautiful violet and it's in full bloom now! Blessings!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

recipes

 Do you go to smittenkitchen.com and read her blog??? She has great recipes, today I saw a recipe for pistachio cake, like a pound cake, it sounds amazing, so I got pistachios, but could only find the ones that are already salted, I think we will just eat these and I will keep looking for the unsalted ones. Check out Deb's website or her instagram app.
 I'm thinking I will start doing a photo of what I buy at the grocery store, it might help me see where I spend and where I don't.
 I used the instant pot yesterday and made 6 baked potatoes, how slick that was to make perfect baked potatoes. 9 minutes and done! BAM!!!! I got all the ingredients to make French onion soup in the instant pot! Making this tomorrow! Blessings!!!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wrapping up my medical leave

 Well my time off from work and I'm ready to get back to work! Weird as I have wanted time off, got it after surgery and still didn't get everything done I wanted to get done, but ready to go back to figure out how to get some time off, weird circle of life in working!!!
 On Wednesday we went to Chanhassen Dinner Theater and saw "Grease", it was fun, I like the movie better, but they production was good! It was our Christmas gift to each other and our anniversary gift. We stayed the night and just had fun together!
 Spring is here for sure, I doubt there will be anymore snow for now! We are getting ready for gardening and planning on what to do this year! Potatoes for sure, hopefully some peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. A friend told me about doing the cukes in a planter and using a tomato cage for the vines to grow up, that will easy on my back. I'm going to plant basil in a basic planter and have it handy by the house to pick. I've been making lots of jam and emptying the freezer of fruit, still have quite a bit to go!
 I have had coffee with girlfriends I haven't just taken the time to visit with for quite a while, so that has been fun! So back to work next week for me!! Enjoy the photos! Blessings!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tulips

 We had a quiet Easter and it was okay! I watched "Ben Hur" with Charlton Heston. I love that film and it came from a book written by a Union commanding officer. It's just plain fiction, but what a great story line! We saw the new one, but it's not as great as the old one!
 I did buy tulips from Aldi's last week and they are blooming! So lovely to see them! Yellow and pink, favorite colors! Yes, I did shop at Aldi's in Eau Claire, it was a great shopping experience! I spent $46.00 and got a lot of items. Their chicken salad with cranberries is by far the best I have eaten and I hear their win is good, I didn't buy any as I didn't have enough cash.
 Kurt was home for most of the weekend. He got his camper out of our pole barn and helped his Dad put in a water heater. They went trap shooting late in the day on Saturday, we grilled steaks and watched a movie! His family was busy all weekend and couldn't come with him, but we sure enjoyed having him! Getting a little one on one time with our favorite son!!

Blessings, have a great day!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter season

As this is Good Friday, I like to reflect on what Christ really did for me and you! Do we even truly understand the horrible suffering he endured for us??? I doubt it as we don't know suffering at the high level that the Romans inflicted on him or others at that time in history! They had cruel and inhuman ideas on how to crucify people. But God in His infinite wisdom chose that time period to send Jesus to suffer that death for me!
But then comes Resurrection Sunday and the whole picture changes for all humanity! Jesus raises from the grave and brings us eternal life if we believe in Him! Amen!!! Yay for us!
I pray this blesses you and I pray you have a great holiday weekend! Think on the things God has done for you and your family, be thankful! Blessings!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

This and that

 When we travel, I like to get some CD books so it makes the miles go quicker, because the radio gets hard to find a station at times! So this time we listened to quite a few and here is the list: High heat by Richard Castle, The Hotel between Bitter and Sweet, The Chisholm Trail and Old School by Bill O'Reilly. High heat was funny and reminded me of the show , Castle,a lot! We laughed out loud and tried to figure it out along with listening to it! The Chisholm trail was short only 3 CD's and held our attention most of the time, some of the things weren't accurate as far as the we were concerned, but it was ok! Old School was funny, I am definitely old school in my thinking though I do love my electronics! But I think the best one was The Hotel between Bitter and Sweet, it takes place in Seattle and talks about the Japanese interment camps of 1942 till the end of WWII. It was part true and part fiction. It talked about issues that happened during that time and modern times. I would highly recommend it!
 I have 2 more weeks off till I go back to work and they are filling up. My daughter is having a garage sale and I plan to take some stuff over for that, so I got the front hall closet cleaned out last night which filled a box. Another box to fill today of stuff, probably some books.
 Also on my list of things to do is to make a meal using my Air Fryer and Instant Pot. We are going to try pizza in the air fryer and not sure what in the instant pot, maybe a rice dish of some sort. Plus making more jam this week too. So have a great week, blessings!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Vacation

Since I'm off on medical leave, we decided to go on a trip to see my cousins! We had a lot of fun! We stopped in Champaign, Ill to see long time friends and had supper with them! We laughed a lot and showed photos of children / grandchildren! Spent the night in a glamour motel room, then onto Missouri! Cousins live about 1 1/2 hours south of St. Louis. We went to Aldi's, Rural King, Steak and Shake, Amish store and Hobby Lobby. We ate a lot, laughed a lot, took a nap , watched basketball finals, and laughed a few more times! Gordon did a couple of repairs for them and he felt like we earned our keep. The grass is green there and people are out mowing, tulips are up and so are the crocus'. We took part of the river road home yesterday that comes out of Hannibal, Missouri home of Mark Twain. It was a drizzling, rainy day, so it wasn't very pretty! But the countryside was interesting and southern/western Wisconsin is very pretty rolling hills! So, I was extremely tired today after driving most of yesterday, got 2 loads of laundry done, suitcases unpacked and put away, cooler emptied, food put away, and a 15 minute nap!! This what I call a tulip tree, but I do believe I have heard that its in the same family as a Magnolia tree. My parents had a tulip tree in their yard and if it was blooming at Easter time we would have our picture taken and we loved that tree. Blessings!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday

I want spring and flowers right now!!! If I throw myself on the ground and kick my feet will it happen??? Not in this lifetime!! I've got spring fever and that is that!! I'm still making jam, I made peach and strawberry/blueberry, which are very good! Getting ready to give some away to family , as we are going on vacation in 2 days! Hip hip hooray!! They are having spring, trees are blooming and spring flowers are up in bloom! Can't wait to be there! See you in  week! Blessings!!!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

weekend life

So since I'm off on medical leave from my job, everyday has seemed like it's Saturday! I did manage to make some jam and burn some jam, make a mess on my stove and visit with girlfriends that I don't get to see very often! So its been fun, but I have a lot to get done before I go back to work.
Go on vacation to see family! Keep cleaning out closets and drawers. Finish up the corporate tax books together for my husband's business. Do one fun project that I have wanted to do for 5 years, this is the time! Read 5 books and get back riding my stationary bike! Just a short list and it could be longer, but that is not realistic list!
Aren't those lovely roses?? I love flowers! Blessings!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Young Living oils

I joined Young Living essential oil company back last fall! I love essential oils, my favorite as of now is lemon (for my water), Thieves for cleaning and Christmas Spirit. I diffuse the last one and smells like pines, cinnamon and winter. I have diffused lavender at bedtime and thieves when I had the flu! I think I got better from the essentials in the diffuser and using the a few of them with a carrier oil on my chest. Please look this company up, they are a good company and serve others. I like that in a company. Let me know if I can help you, just remember these do not replace medications or if you need to see a doctor please do so, I can not give you medical advice! I can tell you what I use and how they have helped me.

picture

So the grand girls got this book at the local book store and its a form of paint by number, but it uses stickers. Cool idea!! So they did the state of Maine and it turned out pretty good! You match the number on the picture to number by the sticker, kinda like bingo, B 5. So fun!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Grand girls

We have 3 granddaughters, 2 of the 3 came for a few days as they are on spring break!! They love to color, help me clean, do some baking and watch TV with me! We go to the local coffee shop, Alley Cats for lunch and today we went down to the local bookstore! I love going there just to take in some the books, like weird!! I know!!! Anyway, we found this amazing book and I'm sharing it with you!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My Irish Soda Bread

 I think I have a little Irish in me as my sister did the ancestry DNA and found that we are 60% from the United Kingdom group, which includes Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. So here is the best Irish soda bread that was given to me from a friend after I tasted it about 43 years ago.
 Recipe:
Sift together in the mixing bowl,
 3 c. flour        - 3 teaspoons of baking powder
2/3 cup of sugar     - 1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
Add:
1 cup of raisins that I plump using water and letting them sit for about 30 minutes in the water
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoons of caraway seed
1 1/2 cup of buttermilk
2 tablespoons of melted butter

Mix this until moistened, DON'T over mix!!! You will be punished in the form of a not so great dough.
Pour into greased loaf pan. I use 3 pans, different sizes. Sprinkle a little sugar on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until done using s toothpick that comes out clean. Remove from pan immediately. Enjoy!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Feeling great

 Last week I had major surgery on Wednesday, I had a complete hysterectomy. I feel pretty good, no side affects of having the surgery except my voice is funky! My throat has really bothered me since surgery, very dry and voice is weird! But that's about it! My sleeping stinks, but my sleeping stinks anyway! Doctor wanted to do a sleep study, I said really, I haven't slept well since I gave birth, 43 years ago, so why now do a sleep study!! Old habits die hard!!!
 I'm cleaning again. Yesterday I cleaned out 2 earring boxes and one drawer of earrings / jewelry. Found some real treasures and some awful junk jewelry, I have no clue what I was thinking or who gave me these items! Tomorrow I'm gonna clean some kitchen cabinets that hold my Tupperware items! Wish me luck that I don't get caught up in memories of using it with the kids!
 Blessings!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

I think I am back on blogspot

I've tried and tried Wordpress , but sometimes I can load pictures other times I can't, it's so frustrating!
I had one person say she couldn't comment here, but I have tried everything here, I can comment, so I don't know. Here the photos are easy to download on the site, and I think it's easier to post!
So here we go again. I'm off for the next 6 weeks from work as I had surgery, so this gives me time to change this site up or shut it down! I really like blogging as it give me a voice in this busy brutal world!
Over at Word press I talked today about a day of rest! I think it's so important in this very busy world in which we all live! Taking a day off from electronics is so important and I know it's very hard to do. Friends of ours live in Switzerland and they say that Sundays are family days with no electronics! I think that is a great idea! We try hard when we are out to eat to not look at our phones! Does that count, you bet it does!!Have a good Sabbath however you rest!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I moved the blog

I'm not sure how many of you have paid attention that I moved over to Wordpress. Same address except it is mimiskitchen52.wordpress.com. So venture on over there and see what I have blogged about! Blessings!

Weekends

 So, Gordon and I love to listen to books on CD. We started one last week when we went into Minneapolis to see Grease. So this week we have ...