Monday, November 28, 2016

Sweet Surprise

My husband brought this when he came home from work. 
I was impressed :-) No occasion. Just because. 
We shared the chocolate. Just because.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Roselle Bounty

This is part of our Sorrel / Roselle crop. I removed the seed capsule from the centers and 
froze the bright calyces to be used in smoothies or teas. They are a good source of vitamin C 
and have such pretty bold color. Since I don't really care for the tart flavor, I brew a tea and 
mix it with apple juice. In Australia, it is commonly used to make jellies. 


Saturday, November 26, 2016


This morning I made Amish Bread for gift-giving. 
This moist, tender, yummy-liscious bread freezes well. 

I made it using this recipe
substituting 1/2 c. raisins, 1/2 c. dried cranberries (craisins) & 1/2 c. pecans
for the cherries & walnuts.  

Of course, you can make your own variation!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Reflecting on Thanksgiving Day

My husband had to work yesterday, and since most of our children are so far away, we planned a rather last-minute simple fare. So I bought a nice-sized chicken and made cornbread dressing and gravy to go with it. And mashed potatoes, lima beans, sweet potato casserole, and homemade rolls...and cranberry sauce. That was more than enough, and we were all stuffed with plenty left over for a couple more meals. 

I was in the kitchen from 6:30 -12:30, and I listened to the Psalms as I worked. It was such a pleasant morning. No hustle and bustle here...but looking forward to Christmas when kids and grandbabies are home.We have so much to be thankful for. From the very air I breathe, to our freedoms, family, friends, and even the fact that my feet didn't hurt yesterday...I owe it all to my Heavenly Father who cares for me. And it was a very good day.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Maybe I didn't care for it well enough...maybe it needed 
more pampering, more frequent watering, fertilizer... 
I don't know. But this year it didn't bloom till the 
weather started cooling down. It's a small bush, 
and usually just one bloom at a time, 
but they are beauties!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Livin' With The Hounds

Never thought we'd be so attached to our pets... 
We always had a houseful of kids, and that was enough. 
Now that they're grown, the little "hound-dog" and "hound-cat" welcome us. 
And I'm glad they do. I can hardly wait to have the children home again for Christmas! 


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Jesus Is Worthy of My Praise!

I heard this song, but do not know who to give the credits to. 
I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments, but can take no credit for it's originality :-) 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Outdoor Work & Fun

So yesterday we worked out in the yard for several hours. 

Mowing / mulching leaves.  Weed-eating. Trimming.
Digging holes and transplanting bushes (10 of them!) 
Pulling weeds / vines / groundcovers that had taken over!
(We hauled several wheel-barrow loads of trimmings and weeds to the ditch.)
 Picking up a few of the many pecans that have fallen from our 5 large trees.

 My husband picked up pizza for lunch and we ate at the swing in beautiful weather. 

Then he grilled hamburgers that evening. We enjoyed that...first grilling in awhile.

 Had left-over burgers for lunch today... Still good! 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Raisin Gingerbread

1/2 c. sugar,  1 cup molasses,  1 stick butter,  1 egg
1  1/2 tsp. baking soda,  1 tsp. baking powder,  1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon,  2 tsp. ginger,  1 c. hot water
2  1/2 c. all purpose flour,  1  1/2 c. raisins

Mix all ingredients together well. Bake in a greased 9 X 13 pan @ 350 
for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

This gingerbread smells soooo good, is not overly sweet, 
and is just right with a glass of cold milk (in my opinion).  :-) 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Blooms Yet

And though the leaves are falling down
There are yet bright blooms around.

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Patio Nursery

It's so fun to take a sprig of this or a seed of that, stick it in the dirt, and watch it grow and bloom.

I've picked up discarded pots, grouped them together on our back patio, filled them with rabbit manure, and this is my plant nursery where I root cuttings, start seeds, keep an eye on little plants, and also have things to share with neighbors and friends 
who may have a similar interest. 

It's inexpensive and challenging, and constantly changing to stay interesting. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Easy Homemade Enchiladas

A friend taught me this recipe concept and it's now a favorite.

Let me give you the basic picture. Just fill tortillas with desired ingredients. Make the sauce to top it. 
Sprinkle with cheese and bake. Serve with sour cream, fresh avacado, spanish rice, or whatever. 

For yesterday's lunch (as pictured above), I used flour tortillas and pinto bean filling.
4 burrito-size flour tortillas, 5 cups drained pinto beans, 1 slice sweet onion, seasoning to taste
 Mash the beans. Add seasoning & onion and mix well. Divide mixture into fourths.
Place filling down center of each tortilla. Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.
Roll up tortillas and place into baking dish. 

To make sauce: Heat 2 Tbs. coconut oil (or other shortening) in non-stick skillet.
Add 1/2 tsp. salt, 4 tsp. chili powder, & 1 Tbs. flour. Stir till mixed well and bubbly.
Add 1 c. water and stir till it starts to bubble again. Pour over enchiladas. 
Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese. Bake @ 350 for 30 minutes.

Tweek this recipe to your taste! Substitute corn tortillas if you wish. 
Stuff tortillas with ground beef & corn, shredded chicken breast & green chiles, etc.
The sauce is so quick & easy...and versatile for so many other recipes! 


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Upon Examination

Who can examine a spider's web and not marvel 
at the spider's Creator? I stand amazed!!!

'Twas a foggy morning, and there were webs everywhere!