Monday, September 30, 2013

Turk's Cap

Things I Know 
About This Plant:  

-- Negative --

It is invasive! 
It grows where I don't want it!
It's hard to get rid of. 
The roots go deep, 
and are very strong. 

-- Positive --

 It is hardy and drought-tolerant.

I am fascinated 
by the blooms.
Quite unique 
from other flowers.

The hummingbirds
love it!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lil' Fluff

Just added this little bit of fluff to our family :-) 
My husband named her "Snuggles".
She's 5 months little and soft and sweet. 

Now working on training and house-breaking her.

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Almost any day this summer, I've heard the sweet little chirping sounds of hummingbirds when I walk outdoors. I knew we had at least two in our yard on most days, but today there were three chasing each other and enjoying the bright red nectar-filled blooms of the Hummingbird Bush. Aptly named, that bush, because almost anytime you can see a hummingbird there within two or three minutes. 

I grabbed the camera and took lots of pictures before finally capturing this one, and I believe I should have used a different setting because I wasn't truly happy with any of  the many shots I took. I will try again another day. Nevertheless, I sure did enjoy watching them waltz and chase and swoop...all within six feet of where I was patiently poised to get a clear shot.

I was telling my husband the other day how thankful I am that God made such beautiful creatures. I mean, He didn't have to, did He? Don't you think He wants us to enjoy them? :-) I believe He does! 

Friday, September 27, 2013

My Cornbread Dressing

I cooked a turkey, and used the drippings to make
a pan of dressing. This is how I did it.

First of all, I made a skillet of cornbread. After it bakes, slice the cornbread into chunks in skillet,
and then dump into large bowl to mix the dressing.

I just use hot dog buns and slice them w/ a bread knife. Slightly stale buns slice easier, and left-over rolls or french bread will work too.

(I use fairly equal parts cornbread & buns, or slightly more cornbread. If you use more buns it will be mushy, if you use more cornbread the dressing will be more dense.)

Then I chopped an onion and a couple ribs of celery, and microwaved it w/ 2 sticks of butter for about 5 - 8 minutes.

I had about 1 quart of turkey drippings to use.

If you don't have drippings, you can use chicken broth. You can even make chicken stock  with water and chicken bouillon or granules.

I add 4 eggs to all this, and 1/2 c. sugar, 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper.

Stir together well, and pour into greased lasagna pan to bake. Bake @ 375 till golden brown.

I don't usually measure anything when I'm making dressing, and I usually sample it before I add the eggs, just to make sure it has the flavor I want.

If it is too dry, add more broth or water. Adjust the seasoning to suit your taste. Add other spices if you want that. This is how I like my dressing, but we all have different tastes.

This re-heats very well; it's even better left-over! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Soaking In The Beauty

My husband was off work today, so we tended to yard-work. 
He weed-eated while I trimmed bushes and cleaned out flower beds. 

Drenched in sweat, we sat in the swing and sipped our ice waters, 
enjoyed the mockingbird serenade, the gentle breeze, 
a hummingbird zooming from one bright bloom to another, 
and a large grasshopper that flew by and landed to be photographed.
We just soaked in the beauty of it all.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gratitude Attitude

For each new morning with its light
 For rest and shelter of the night
Father in Heaven, we thank Thee.  

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, September 23, 2013

To Bloom Again

Many little purple flowers graced this bush this summer. 
We will trim it, and enjoy blooms again in a few weeks! 


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sweet Senses

This beautifully illustrated story speaks of how we use our senses to make memories. 
I just added it to my bookshelf, and it has already became one of my "favorites". 
Transports me to a sweet home-place miles away...

Making Memories -by Janette Oke

Friday, September 20, 2013

Homemade Magic Shell

Homemade Magic Shell
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. coconut oil
pinch of salt

Melt in microwave; stir. Serve over favorite ice cream! 
Lick your lips after every bite! That's all there is to it!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Good Day

Today I babysat an 8 month old.
And finished stitching these cards.
And mailed one to a college student. 
And talked with a son & daughter on the phone. 
And visited a few bus kids with my husband.
And it was a good day! 


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thrifty Nifty Notecards

I've wanted to do this for a long time, and finally got my act together today! 
Took pics from a used calendar, cut them and stitched onto notecards...
and they're quite lovely, if I do say so myself. 

Repurposed     *     Recycled     *     Green     *     Salvaged     *     Reclaimed    

Watch for these in my Etsy shop this week.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


All these circles are cut from one piece of  foil card stock. One color! 
It's amazing how the color looks so varied due to lighting and texture.

Coming In Spring 2014

My daughter & her husband expecting their first baby!!! 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sentiments & Stampin'

Just a few hand-stamped greetings all finished...
I'll be adding them to my Etsy shop this week! 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Favorite Musicians

If you like family harmony in it's purest and sweetest form, 
If you like gospel music and old-time hymns,
If you like piano, violin, and trumpet....
Then there's a high probability that you'll love 

My family knows they rank high on my list 
of favorite musicians!

If you follow the link above, you can hear much of their music online :-) 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Honey Corn

Drain 2 cans 
Whole Kernel Corn. 

Add 2 Tbs. butter, 
3 Tbs. honey, 
1 Tbs. lemon juice. 

Heat thoroughly, 
making sure it doesn't 
stick and burn. 


Wednesday, September 11, 2013



These colorful peppers are still growing
and producing
in our little garden. 
The only survivors
of our neglect. 

I must say that I have great admiration
for those who faithfully tend a garden 
through the long, hot summer
and make it profitable. 

I enjoy observing the success 
of this gardener as she shares on her blog. 
She puts me to shame! 

Monday, September 9, 2013

I Spy A Butterfly

We had just arrived home, and I walked past the kitchen window and caught a flash of blue. 
It was a butterfly like I'd not seen around here, and I just had to get a picture! 
It was a busy lil' thing, and flew before I was close enough, so I just got this blur. 
I searched online to identify it, and I believe it is a Pipevine Swallowtail. 
It had orange dots on the underside of the hind wing.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Honor Our Heroes

Thankful to all the men and women who protect and serve, 
and who sacrifice much for our freedoms! 

America, bless God so God can bless America!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Honor To Whom Honor Is Due

Every September since 9/11/01 our church has had a special service to 
Honor Our Heroes.  
We honor those who've served and are serving our country in the military, 
and the first responders who give of themselves in our community every day.  
Then we serve a free meal. Many hands help with preparations, making this day possible.

My part was to help make meatloaves :-) Today we made forty 2 lb. meatloaves! 
The menu for tomorrow includes Grilled Chicken, Meat Loaf, Corn Casserole, Green Bean Bundles (wrapped in bacon), Loaded Potatoes, Rolls, Tea, Dessert. And it will be so yummy! 

Here is the recipe we used for the meatloaf :-) 

  2 lbs. ground beef                 2 eggs                 1 tsp. salt                1/2 tsp. black pepper 
1/2 c. ketchup           1/2 c. chopped onions & bell peppers          1 sleeve crushed Saltines     

My other job is to take photos and make an album commemorating the event each year. 
So I will post a few more pics tomorrow!

Friday, September 6, 2013

In late fall, they will turn yellow and be big, and juicy and not so sour as store-bought lemons :-) 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hummer's Delight

The Hummingbird Bush 
(also called Fire Bush) 
is a favorite of hummingbirds, 
and a favorite of mine. 

It is drought-tolerant 
and does best in full sun. 
Needs NO spoiling whatsoever.

It's a continual feast for the 
hummingbirds & bees, 
and mine is about 8 foot tall! 
I don't think it's ever been so big, 
but usually I trim it back to about 4 ft. tall 
in early Spring, and this year I never did that.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


 Enjoying juicing again...
discovering that I really love fresh apple juice. 
And grape juice. And carrot. 
And carrot w/ spinach & celery & beets. 
Now what else can I try?

Thankful for the wonderful juicer that the Lord provided through a friend. 
And she had no idea how we'd enjoy it...she just needed to get rid of it :-) 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Acquarium Therapy

When all is quiet and still, you can hear the peaceful trickle of water in our acquarium. 
And if you dare to watch the fish, their graceful movements may lull you right to sleep. 

Monday, September 2, 2013



Maybe for work
Or maybe for play
To wear to a party
Or just every day
To glisten and shine
And keep in array
If one or if many
Of color or gray

From near or from far
Quite old or brand new
All round, cut unique, or
Odd-shaped ones will do
If rare or of value
If common or crude
They all can be useful
For one thing or two.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Good Stuff

Another favorite artist...Jim Daly.
He captures the sweetness 
of childhood, of home, of friendship, of family
...the good stuff in life.