Two Easy Recipes!

Do you ever have days where it feels like you are cooking the same ol’ things all the time but you want something easy… EASY…but satisfying but yet different than the “regulars”. That’s where I was a few days ago.  SOOO I made a wonderful, satisfying quiche.

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photo courtesy of allrecipes.com  (since I forgot to take photo!)

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2019…What Word do You Claim for this Year?

You may have seen on Facebook, social media or blogs…people are claiming a “word” for the year 2019!  A word that will give you direction…a goal of sorts, a word for growth. I have chosen Joy. But the word itself encompasses more than just a word. To have Joy, to experience it, to claim it really takes more. AND it doesn’t mean “happy”.   To have true

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Twelve Things…

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Twelve Things:

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Flowers, Apps, and Food!

Though it’s almost the middle of August, school will be starting in a few weeks, flowers are still a’blooming! I’m not ready to give up summer!

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In front of my mom’s “Rose of Sharon” flowering bush I brought to our house is a memorial to my mom and dad.

Great Apps or programs I have found, just had to share!

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Flowers a’Bloomin’ and Organization

We have had some hot days, some warm days, and some cool days, but rain in between! My flowers have loved it all and so has my ground cover.

 

 

Great Links:

Organization..wow, found some great ideas!

Free printable grocery list, I love the sections!: Click here

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Free printable Pantry Labels! LOVE! Lots of choices, including”chalkboard” and border-less labels for clear sticky paper: Click here

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Hanging measuring cups and spoons (WHY didn’t I think of that!) Get them out of the drawers and hang them! MINE are now hanging inside my spice cupboard! Found this on Pinterest!

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Can and/or soup stackable can rack for the pantry...wow space saving! I have 2 on order right now! Here is the photo and Amazon link: Click here

Chip Bags! What is worse than a pile of chip/snack bags piled up in the cupboard? Viola’..no more with this handy idea, which by the way I’m going to do in my pantry: Click here

And the last one, not under organization but free printable wall art for the kitchen or dining room. They are 8 x 10’s…I’m going for the one “but first coffee”…perfect! Click here

 

 

 

 

Ode to the Spruce & an Easy Shrimp Dip Recipe

Our lovely huge Blue Spruce Pine Tree (well once it was lovely) has been slowly dying for the last year and a half.  In it’s days of greatness it was thick and beautiful and was home to many birds. But it’s life came to an end this past week. We hired a tree company to take it down and what a great job they did! A few photos of the demise of our tree. The tree company also pulverized the stump and it’s many large roots, which gave us about 15 loads of mulch that we added to all our landscaping in the backyard. We will be replacing that area of our yard with one or two trees. Looking at the varieties of trees that have blossoms in the spring!

 

 

Need an easy recipe to take to a get-together this summer? This is a yummy “quick-to-put-together” dip.

Shrimp Dip

(8 oz) block cream cheese, softened to room temp.

3 tablespoons mayonnaise (Miracle Whip)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

3 tablespoons celery, chopped fine

1 tablespoon onion, chopped fine

sliced green onions, for topping (optional)
2 (4 oz) can tiny shrimp (it calls for 1 can, I used two…. more shrimp=yummier!)

  (the tiny shrimp come in a can the size of a tuna can)

**some variations of this dip call for 1/4 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

  • With hand mixer, mix the wet ingredients
  • Then fold in the veggies and shrimp
  • Serve with crackers, potato chips, or sliced fresh veggies
  • Refrigerate leftovers (or chill before serving)
  • Enjoy!!

The Flowers and Greens of Spring

Though we have had the drippy days of rain, and some of the flowers have been beaten down from the rain, the burst of color and brightness of the green plants bring such color to the yard. Even the rain drops on the leaves and blossoms bring a renewal to the day!

 

The dictionary meaning of  Renewal

  • re·new·al
  • rəˈn(y)o͞oəl/
    noun
    an instance of resuming an activity or state after an interruption.
    Boy is THAT true! Our interruption in the mid-west states is winter, snow, cold, snow, blowing. When it warms up and the sun is bright,  we all burst out and enjoy the outdoors, biking, walking, boating, the beach etc. The trees, shrubs, flowers, birds and bees also burst out and begin a new season. A season of new beginnings!!
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