Saturday, March 31, 2018

Oh Who Can Make A Flower?

"Oh who can make a flower? 
 I'm sure I can't...can you?
Oh who can make a flower? 
No one but God, 'tis true."

This is just what came to mind when I saw this bit of velvety richness...
What an awesome Creator! And this Creator gave His Son to pay for my sin, 
so that I might have eternal life if I repent, and receive it as a free gift!

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, 
but according to his mercy he saved us..." Titus 3:5

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" Ephesians 2:8

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Similar But Not The Same

When I saw this bird today, I thought it was a Baltimore Oriole...
It's not a bird I see frequently. But on further study, I find it is an Orchard Oriole.
And though it has much the same coloring as a Robin, you can see the size is much 
smaller. And no, it is not a juvenile Robin; I'm quite familiar with those since childhood. 

If you'd like to hear the sound and learn more about it, click here.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

From Waste To Wonderful

Waste places, wilderness, & desert...
to be made like Eden, the garden of the Lord! 
With joy, gladness, thanksgiving, and melody besides?! 

I'm so thankful Jehovah God, my Creator, wants good for me 
and is eager to restore and comfort and bless. What a loving Father!!!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

They're Back!

Last year I first saw and heard these birds...the Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks! 
I thought it was a rare sighting for our area, but they're back this year, and I'm so glad :-) 
Especially in the morning I hear them flying overhead in small groups of 6-8 or so. 
They have a happy if they don't have a care in the world I think.

You can learn more about them and hear their sound here.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

One Multiplied

What a nice thing ...that bulbs multiply! 
And how lush and lovely they all are!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

When Spring Comes...

Time for our Amaryllis to bloom again. 
Just for these few weeks they are stunning!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Counting Our Blackberries Before They "Hatch"

Well, the blackberry vines are loaded with blooms this year! 
Just in this small section, I can spot at least 12 potential bundles of yum
(as indicated by the spots in the photo below).

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Stealthy She Goes!

In a moment, she's up the tree! Was it a lizard or a bird or what attracted her attention there? 
When she realized I was taking her picture, she jumped down and ran under the house.
One of the many wild cats that roam our neighborhood...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sweet Alyssum

I've never had beautiful Alyssum, but last year was better than usual, and this year 
they're coming up all over the raised beds, and I have high hopes that they will flourish! 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Amaryllis Coming Right Up!

I'm amazed at how well the Amaryllis naturalize and multiply here! 
There are already a few buds peeping through, so blooms will not be far behind. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Smart Points

I joined Weight Watchers in January, and tonight I celebrated my first 20 lbs. gone!!!

I made the 2 ingredient crust: 1/2 c. plain fat free Greek yogurt, 1/2 c. self-rising flour
It will be a thick dough. Heat an iron skillet in 400 degree oven, add 2 Tbs. or less olive oil. 
Press dough into pan (careful not to get burned). As you can see, my crust didn't completely fill the pan, and isn't perfectly round...and that's okay! It didn't affect the flavor at all. 
Bake the crust for about 5 minutes or until oil is sizzling. 

Meanwhile, sear some chopped pepper & onion in a non-stick skillet w/ no oil. Heat pan over high heat, put peppers & onion in, give it a stir and put a lid on, then turn the heat down and let it cook. It should get tender and maybe have a bit of browning...about 5 minutes. 

Remove skillet from oven, and spread 1 Tbs. or less of tomato basil pesto over crust. Now scatter the peppers & onion over that, and then some strips of Canadian Bacon & Feta cheese. 
Bake till crust is golden brown. Eat half of it ...or all of it. It's quite a treat :-)