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October 23, 2016
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October 1, 2016
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Biggest Sale Ever – Build A Menu

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June 12, 2016
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Loving the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables These Days!

 

I never know how long it will last but for right now I am at that place where I am really enjoying eating fresh fruit during the day and wanting to cook nothing but fresh vegetables for supper at night.  Do you ever get that way? I like having grapes and banana with my breakfast in the mornings and then added some apple slices with lunch later on.  My favorite drink so far this summer (I know it isn’t really summer yet but tell that to the hotter temps we are having already)…..but anyway, my favorite drink so far this year is Iced Water with Real Fruit Strawberries and Lemons from Sonic!!  Yes, just ice water with real fruit!!!  Love it!!

For supper I love making about 3-4 fresh vegetables and maybe some corn bread or something. But my hubby is picky about veggies and so I add in a meat dish to make sure there is enough for him to eat. I am hoping one day this might change and he will be happy to eat just veggies… LOL…

I find myself drinking a lot more water these days. And when I am in the house working (I work from home with my job), I start the day off with coffee.  But I have finally come to realize that drinking sodas during the day does not hydrate me like I need and I just plain don’t feel good…. So quite some time ago, I gave up drinking sodas except here or there….. There are just some meals that I have to have my Coke to go with it…

I also got me a FitBit to wear so that I can see and be reminded each day that I am not moving enough when I am working at my desk.  I am not one to be counting my steps up to 10,000 or 15,000 steps a day yet…. but I am trying to remind myself to get up and move every hour.

How you are getting ready for the summer months? Do you change up your menu for the next few months? Do you find your favorite drink for the heat and stick to it all summer? What type of meals do you like to make during the hotter months?

I hope to share some of my recipes here on the blog during the coming days. Share with me what your favorite recipes are also.  Drop a link in the comments if you have recipes posted on your blog and we will stop by to have a look.

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 

 

There are changes coming to my life… my family’s life…..to my world… It is always good when the Lord brings changes……changes you might not have ever made….. Change can be good, exciting, hard, sad, fearful if we let it…. But with God….all things are possible and He will never leave me.

There are changes coming and so I have been missing here on my blog home. I will be back to posting as soon the change has completed.

 

Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV)

3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

 

January 16, 2016
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Birthdays….Suppers….Friends…

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Our home is always opened to our family and friends…..Even family and friends that we haven’t even met yet.  We love showing hospitality. And tonight is no different. I have a house full of young people and there is a buzz all around.

I made a big pot of chili again.  It is my “go-to” meal for night’s like this.  Last minute “dinner-parties” if you may. I think chili doesn’t count as a “dinner-party”. LOL… It is one of the easiest and cheapest meal to have ready at any minute.  I always keep beans either cans, or cooked fresh and frozen till needed, and tomato sauce is a staple in the pantry along with diced tomatoes.  I think if you can plan ahead and have cooked ground beef or ground turkey already in the freezer, that is even better.

The young folks are visiting with each other and watching football on TV.  They ate the chili down to the bottom of the pot.  I didn’t realize till after we were eating that I didn’t make the normal size pot like I usually would with this many for supper.  But they are full and there are desserts waiting when they are ready.

I need to head to the kitchen and make cake/frosting from scratch for my father’s birthday that is tomorrow. We are going over to his house after church with my siblings for lunch. Since we will be coming from church, we decided to go with a deli tray for sandwiches, veggies tray and fruit tray.  There will be chips also.  I am putting together the veggie tray so I have to get all of the veggies ready tonight also while the cake is baking.  It may seem like a lot of work but it is most always cheaper to make your tray yourself then to buy one. You also get to control what is on your tray.

The same thing about making home-made cakes.  You could make a box-mix but if you keep all of the pantry items on hand, there is no need to run to the store for the mix and don’t get me started about “what” is in the mix. LOL…  Same thing about the frosting.  A well stock pantry will be good to you when you need to make something with not much notice.

I guess by now you realize that I believe in a well stock pantry and cooking/baking from scratch. I wasn’t raised this way but after I was married and started having health problems from items found in most box-mixes, quick-fix dinners and such… I had no choice but to start keeping a pantry with the items I needed.  I love this way of living and it has become second-hand to me by now.  I just naturally know what to have on hand to keep my pantry stock and then I can make a menu out of it with no problem and help out with these spur of the moment get togethers.  This weekend it is two such gathering and I am well prepared.

 

January 6, 2016
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Winter Days

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I think we are finally at “winter-time” here in West Tennessee. We have had cold temps for much of the past week and very cold nights. I am so ready for winter! I love that I spend my days at home cleaning out, decluttering, down-sizing….whatever you may call it.  I rethink everything that I have collected and decide if I can live without it…must have it….or maybe I might use it now. I usually start in my kitchen. This is truly the “hub of our home”.  We gather in the kitchen at night to have our “girl-talks” or to decide what the plans are for the week. We cook and bake together in the kitchen, we show hospitality to others in the kitchen. We plan our future around the island table in the kitchen. We truly “live” in our kitchen. And because of this, I just have to have the clutter out. I don’t rest when there is clutter on the counter tops.  Sure, things pile up during the day but by evening I want everything back in place. I love that when I turn off the lights for the night, there is an “emptiness” to the kitchen. It isn’t a lonely thing… it is a CLEAN thing, lol….  It also makes for a better start to the next morning!

 

So back to what I was talking about. I always start in my kitchen with the down-sizing, decluttering and organizing work.  I go through every cabinet and see if I still use everything in it. Is there something broken, unusable, old and ready to go.  I clean out the food cabinets and check for dates on the items still sitting there. If it has been there for a while, I think about why I haven’t use it in a recipe or meal. Is it something that I will use? Did I just forget that I had it? Or should I pass it on to someone else? Or just throw it away because it is too old? This is also a great time to clear out items to donate to Goodwill or a place like that.  I sometimes will first ask around friends to see if the item might be something that someone has been wanting. I would rather give it to someone I know before donating it.  This is also a great time to rearrange the cabinets if something is not working in the place that it is in.  I can’t tell you how many times I have changed up cabinets in this kitchen, lol… My poor husband has to figure out where I have moved the glasses or his coffee or the cereal.  Ha Ha!

 

I also will make plans to head to my laundry/pantry room.  Yes, you read that right. I had to start using our laundry room as part of our pantry when my kitchen hit its limits to how much it could hold.  It has worked out great. I have a large laundry room and we placed shelves in there to hold the items. But I will admit it is time to down-size, declutter and throw out even in there. I have stored things in there and then forgotten that I even had it. How sad is that? It is like Christmas all over again when I “dig” in to what is in there.  I really do love neat, orderly rooms.  So this has been on my radar to get to for quite some time. I will be happy to get this done.

 

After I finish these two rooms, I will move on to the master bedroom.  There is so much that I need to get done in there. I will wait and post about this room once I get to it. But for now, I am focusing on the kitchen and laundry/pantry room.

 

So while the temps are cold and you are spending more time inside, pick a room in your house and start this same process as I am doing. You might be amazed at what you find hiding behind something or under something. You might have forgotten you had an item or two or find out that you really don’t need it anymore. Stop by here to let us know if you join in with me and how it goes for you.  I will post again this week on this “weather-shape up my home” time and let you know how it is going.

January 1, 2016
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Happy New Year 2016!

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This is going to be a great year! God has given us instructions as to where we are heading as a church and for each of us personally.  I have many thoughts and dreams that I hope to see come along this year.  Most important to me is what does God want for me this year? It is not me praying and asking God to come over to where I am and be with me…..It is me praying asking God, “Where are you Lord and what would You have me to do?”

God knows our dreams and thoughts…..He wants to be good to us….He wants to love us…..But most of all…..He wants us to love Him….to want Him….. to serve Him…. Go where He is at…not us ask Him to join us…..

So how does my outlook for 2016 look for me? Well from here…it looks wide-open….wide-open for God and His plans.  But until I hear from Him and know where it is He wants me…. I will be right here waiting for Him….waiting for His instructions…waiting for His guidance….waiting to hear His Word…for my life.  I will strive to be the home-maker, wife, mother, friend, sister and church-member that I can be…..but remembering….it is not in me to have the strength or the knowledge to do what is right.  It is all in Him… He is the Way…He is the Who…He is the How….It is He…. and I will look to Him…

How are you looking to this new year? Is it in your power or His? Who will be leading? You or the Lord? Will it be your goals or His?

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