Thursday, October 31, 2013

Soup & Cornbread

This soup should be fairly healthy...let me tell you what's in it :-) 

1 medium head cabbage
5 or 6 medium carrots
1 medium onion 
1 red bell pepper
3 medium potatoes
10 oz. Rotel tomatoes
14 oz. Butterball turkey sausage
2 tsp. salt
2 - 3 quarts water...just enough to come barely to the top of veggies when you start cooking them

Cook raw vegetables first...then add the Rotel and sausage, and cook till sausage swells a bit.
That's all there is to it! Oh! And of course you need cornbread :-) This is a good crock-pot soup.
Light and tasty...easy and filling. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Botanical Beauty II

Some reasons
why I love
Because it
enhances the
of yesterday
Because it describes
lovely things
far better
than I can
 Because it
me to share
with you!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Botanical Beauty

Today my husband and I enjoyed a leisurely visit to a botanical garden. 
And the weather was just perfect! 

 There was a greenhouse filled with lovely orchids and bromeliads and such. 

These are "Spider Orchids".   Had you already noticed the resemblance? 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Spanish Rice

I'd like to start w/ a disclaimer stating that this may not be the authentic recipe or method...
but this is how I was taught to make it, and it's good stuff. Also inexpensive, easy, and very filling.

1 stick butter
1 bell pepper
1 onion
3 c. rice
6 c. water
3 level Tbs. Tomato Chicken Flavor Bouillon 

Saute the chopped bell pepper and onion in melted butter over medium heat till it is almost translucent. Then add the rice and allow it to brown somewhat (like in the picture). Dissolve the tomato bullion in 1 c. water, and then measure the remaining water and add all to the rice mixture. (The bouillon is salty, so you don't need to add extra salt.) Allow to start boiling, and then reduce the heat to low medium and cook 20 minutes until water is all absorbed and rice is tender. (I leave the lid on and allow it to sit for about 5 more minutes).

Tonight we had Spanish Rice and Spicy Tamales (which I ordered from a friend) served w/ sour cream. Oh yum!   

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Green Array

So many textures and shapes. Such an array of green!   
Surely we have an amazing Creator! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Capturing Cheer

We are capturing these good times as best we can.

We've been playing Fast Scrabble, sharing piano tunes, watching "Snuggles" romp, 
enjoying Mary Kay make-overs, babysitting, singing in the car, eating dark chocolate :-) 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Like Medicine

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..." 
Proverbs 17:22

Two daughters came home to visit...
one from Canada, one from Nevada. 
The past few days have been full of 
surprises, laughs, puppy loves, and comfort foods.

So blessed.   So thankful.   So fun.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies  
(adapted from Paula Deen)

3/4 c. Butter Flavor Crisco           1 c. sugar
1 large egg           1/4 c. molasses
2 tsp. baking soda         1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon         1 tsp. ground ginger
2 c. all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350. Cream Crisco & sugar together, then add all other ingredients except flour and mix well. Finally stir in the flour. Dip out by ice cream scoop and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake approximately 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let set on cookie sheet for 3-4 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully lift each cookie onto a cooling rack and let set for 5 minutes to cool. These are sooooo good!!!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Salisbury Steak

Simple Salisbury Steak
1.5 lbs. lean ground beef
1 c. bread crumbs
1 packet onion soup mix
2 Tbs. ketchup
2 eggs

Mix together. (I use the food processor to make my bread crumbs from stale bread, then add remaining ingredients and mix together in processor.)

Should make 6 - 8 patties.  Pan fry till browned on both sides (you don't have to get the meat cooked all the way through at this point).  Put the patties in large casserole dish to bake in oven. 

Mix instant brown gravy mix w/ water (according to package directions) to make 3 or 4 cups of gravy.
I used the Tony Chachere's brand, but any brand will do. Pour gravy & water mixture over patties. Cover with foil and bake @ 350 for 45 minutes.

I like to serve this with mashed potatoes and green peas.  

Monday, October 7, 2013


“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

--L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Customer Appreciation

Every order from my Etsy shop 
will include this free 4.25" X 5.5" magnet
as a token of my appreciation to my customers!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Table Runner

Three inch hundred of them! 
Stitched together to make a table runner 
just in time for Autumn celebrations. 
SOLD THIS from my Etsy shop!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Surprise Spiders

Well, not technically spiders...

In mid-America, there is a pale pink variety which shoot up in the Spring with little warning. Basically, one day you don't see them, and the next day you do! It's a nice surprise, hence the name "Surprise Lillies". 

In the south, they look the same except for their brilliant red color, and they bloom in late summer. They were introduced to me as "Spider Lillies". And they're so pretty, very low-maintenance, and quite prolific to multiply every year. I have clusters of them all over my yard, and I don't object to these "Spiders" one bit! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Certain Creativity

I have no doubt that I was formed in the womb and known before birth by my Creator, Jehovah God. I've never doubted it. It just makes sense to me...besides the fact that "the Bible tells me so". 

Today as I was searching for a tutorial, I was once again amazed at the talents of so many people. Talents to design and create things of beauty, to take something of little worth and give it value! 

Our generation has become increasingly wasteful. But there are those who delight in taking the discards, the common, the rejected parts...and up-cycling and re-purposing. It's a challenge. And it's an accomplishment.

Below are a couple links to some simple and yet complex art-forms. And I'm thinking now of when God said, "Let us make man in our image..." Our Creator, who had the leading edge on creativity, endowed us with abilities to be inspired and skilled! Oh yes, I believe He did.