Saturday, June 24, 2017

something new

 As most of you know I have favorite blogs I read faithfully, some daily and some when they publish ! So, I know that some of you still read and never comment, one has read and can't comment, sorry Chris and others of you just don't have the time to do either! I really love writing these blog entries, but don't want to bore you with what I might say! So, with all that said, I'm trying to step my game a little here and spend some time thoughtfully writing things that may interest you all and myself!
 As most of you have read I have been using my Instant pot more and more. Hard boiled eggs take 9 minutes and peel so easy, no more running under cold water to try and peel, they just peel! It's so slick!. Baked potatoes take 9 minutes, add a cup of water, prick the washed potatoes and put them in the pot, put the lid on and seal it, turn on and tap in the minutes (9) in the manual timer area. Walk away and let it naturally release the steam at the end by itself, about 20 minutes and you have perfect baked potatoes. So cool!!! Meatloaf was good out there also! I bought rice and intend to cook up a batch for some Chinese or stir fry meals, just haven't done it! I have found a few websites for the instant pot, but the best recipes can be found on Pinterest.
 My new peony bush gave me some beautiful flowers this year and I was so pleased!! I killed the ones my mom gave me, so I'm hoping to build up my own cluster of bushes!
 As always thank you for reading my ramblings and occasional recipes! I have quit making sourdough bread for the time being, but will start up again soon! Blessings!!
See that white flower there in this photo, that's my peony and some other flowers from my weedy flower garden, still looking for some girls to come weed for me!! LOL!!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer

Today is the first day of summer! What are your plans for this summer? A family trip? Beach time? Swimming lessons? What do you have planned?? I have a week off in July with plans of having our 3 granddaughters. It should be fun and busy! One twin got her braces off and the other one is getting them on, Kora already had her guitar recital and probably getting ready for volleyball camp at some point this summer!
When the girls come, it's all about them and that's how it should be, we have afternoons at the beach, go to the potters shed, but this year Auntie has a new store, so we will probably go over there for an afternoon! Of course, we have lunch at least once at Alley Cats and ice c
ream cones from McDonalds. I can't believe that June is half over and 4th of July is just around the corner! Blessings!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's day

Today we celebrate father around the nation and their contribution to our lives. I grew up in Chicago suburb and loved it! My dad was the best, he would do anything for his 3 girls! We knew it too!! He was a great provider, protector, and truth teller. Earl was not so great at singing and mechanical things! If you would ask Gordon, he would tell you I act just like him in many ways. For instance, when I am ready to go, everybody else had better be ready to go! Such an Earl thing!!!! Missing you everyday Daddy!!! I will see you in heaven someday!! Happy Father's Day!!!
I also celebrate father day because of my Heavenly Father, who has become my father here on earth. God has filled in the gap that I need Him to do without Earl here on earth. So Happy Father's day God!! Thank you for giving me such a great father on earth, so I would understand Your amazing love me !!! Blessings!! This a photo on my dad holding me and my sister, Sandy! This is my favorite!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A question to ponder

I have been thinking about this question that someone asked me the other day.  This is what she asked," what do you say to a friend (kinda a long distance friendship), when they have led you to buy into a multi- marketing company, you like the product, but in all reality you are not going to go out and get someone to sign up under you in the near future, it's not just for you, but in a frustrated moment with your job that you have, you said, oh yeah I could do that"?????? I love my oils, but I'm not into selling and building a team or making tons of money!!
I had no answer for her or myself. I have sold At Home America products and loved it, but the market was tough and they went out of business. Then I sold Pampered Chef, but that got old after 2 years. So, I don't have a good answer to give my friend, as I'm just as likely to say yes and think about it later to regret the yes. Any ideas???? Let me know

Monday, June 12, 2017

Life, when you need a smile

😍We recently went to a friends house for dinner. On her kitchen wall is this painting.
Is this not the funniest painting?? It just makes you smile and really look at the painting, everything is laughing!!! Lori said it looks like her grandma and her grandma was never that happy!!! That makes me laugh even more!!!
Yesterday Kora had her guitar recital, there was 60 kids in this program and everyone got 2 minutes for their performance, so they figured it would take about 75 minutes. We left at half time after Kora had played and she did a fantastic job!! Her teacher sat with the kids and did background music!
Blessings!

Monday, May 29, 2017

New week

Good afternoon to all who read this,

We have had a wonderful weekend! I had Saturday and Sunday off as usual , but I only worked about 2 hours today, so it's a win-win for me!
It's been a cool not warm weekend! High was 72 yesterday, rainy today!
Happy Memorial Day to everyone! Especially to those who have served, are serving and have retired from the service! Thank you for your service!
We had lunch with my niece and her husband yesterday. They live in California and were in the twin cities area for another reason, but reached out to us to meet! Loved it!! There was 11 people and we laughed, ate, laughed some more and then I cried when it was over. Saying goodbye is hard for me!! We don't see them, but every few years! Hoping to maybe travel there sometime in the next few years!
We got our load of wood and Gordon has been slowly cutting it up! It's a lot of work and time! Thank you Gordon for doing this, it's wonderful heat in the winter!
So, my sourdough didn't turn out well, it was okay, but I'm reading a new book and started my sourdough starter all over. This process takes 5 days, so I'm on day 3. Almost ready to do the next step!
So this last item, I found at the local library. What a treasure to look at this and have such fond memories of the show. The recipes are very practical! Blessings!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Update

So the week of no extra grocery buying actually went well! I would do it again in a heart beat and I challenge anyone else to try it! Just buy enough of fresh fruit and salad fixings for the week, over buy if necessary!
So, I'm back baking sourdough bread after watching and reading a couple of Instagram messages from venisonfordinner, she's so funny and beautiful loaves of bread come out of her oven.
We had hail on Wednesday early evening and a town 40 miles from us was hit with a tornado, please pray for them!
Our daughter had a garage sale yesterday and today in order to help with her new start up business! Its going to be a arts and crafts store where you go and do the craft or painting there! It will be so much fun!!! So I took pictures of her apple tree and all the pretty blossoms! So pretty in pink!! I made fudge and jam to help Erika out!
I want to encourage all of you of the breathe and depth of God's love for each of us! We need only to walk in faith and count it as ours!! Do it!!! Blessings!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

winter wood

 Our winter wood showed up about an hour ago, now the fun begins. The cutting, splitting and stacking all summer so we have warmth this coming winter! Its a lot of work and Gordon does most of it by himself, but we both appreciate it. Our outside woodstove heats 3 buildings and 2 water heaters. We really depend on the wood as propane costs are so high to heat the house!
 On a another note, my no spend is going okay. Gordon bought a couple of things, so I'm not counting that as part of my budget. It's really easy and maybe a little too easy since I work at a grocery store to come home everyday with something that is on sale. But, I'm trying!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Ready

 So, with out further waiting, I'm doing the no spend at the grocery store this coming week, starting tomorrow. I shopped today and got I hope the food for the week. Fixings for sandwiches, yogurt, had enough bananas, salad fixings, bread, and there's food in the freezers. I dug out a big bag of blueberries, strawberries in a plastic container, blackberries in a bag, peaches in a bag. Making jam as I type. Had to buy 24 jam jars, as I had none as I had used all of the ones I had up. So, that's what I am doing tonight and for the next week, wish me luck!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Idea

 I was reading Mavis Butterfield's blog last week, which I read everyday, but something struck me last week and I think I'm going to try it! One week a month of no spending money on groceries, I think it's worth a try for a couple of months. As you all know, I work in a grocery store where I see things discounted daily, so this could be a challenge. I'm up for it!  Who else wants to try this?? Only eat what is in the freezer or refrigerator, buy enough fresh fruit and vegetables! Check out her blog at www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com. She has great ideas for gardening and I admire her blog, it's great!
 I have some new recipes to try out, mostly grain based. A Reuben salad made with rye berries, and a grain barley soup! They sound yummy! I also started a sourdough starter. I'm going to start making bread again! Wish me luck!!! Blessings!!

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!

something new

 As most of you know I have favorite blogs I read faithfully, some daily and some when they publish ! So, I know that some of you still read...