Coming in November…

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Okay some people, in October, may cringe at the word Christmas. But here it is.

Our family loves celebrating Christmas and the whole holiday season. The most important reason is the birth of the Christ child. He is the Reason for the Season.

I say all of that to say…coming next month will be a post of our list of Christmas movies..yes we own them all! Every year we add to our collection. We LOVE Christmas movies. Ones with a message, funny ones, ones that touch your heart, and ones that revolve around family.

I’m posting the list next month…since the list is long we have to start watching them in November to get them all in before Christmas.

p.s. Can you believe it? Hallmark has announced they are releasing 33, count them, 33 new Christmas movies for this 2017 Christmas season. Be still my heart

Change Change Change

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One of the things that is certain is change! It comes whether you want it, or if you are expecting it or not, and it comes even if it’s not marked in red on the calendar!

The change of seasons have arrived here in the Midwest! Fall is lovely. The trees, the leaves bring a riot of color to the eyes. But it also signals that cooler weather coming and winter is in site. THAT part I do not like! I have lived my whole life in winter states that bring snow and cold. I like it less and less each winter. But,  for now, I will enjoy the fall colors. In fact, today bringing out my bins of harvest/fall decorations to begin decorating with my fall colors and items.

Another change. One day Wayne’s health seemed great. Next day after meeting with ENT on hearing loss, then a MRI/brain scan is scheduled, scans came back and showed a large Erachnoid cyst in his brain. We then met with a neurosurgeon, now Wayne has been referred to an Epilepsy Team of neurologists and an Otologist (neurologist with specialty of the ear and brain). We wait for the next steps, diagnosis.

Third in our changes…this also was not on the calendar. A few weeks ago, while I’m in the process of painting our interior trim (another story) I came up with the idea to update the front of the house and front door. As I perused blogs, I found colors I wanted. We have a beige sided house with burgundy shutters…for 20 years. So yesterday! HA! After getting a couple of sample colors, trying to find the right color for the shutters. I found Glidden “Fauna Brown”  which I had Home Depot color match to Behr paint. Then I chose for the front door, also our front wooden number address sign and side garage entry door, a wonderful color called ” Whale Gray” which actually has a blue in it that just makes the doors pop! All blends beautifully. The doors and the sign are painted and done. The shutters are also finished and were put up today. We LOVE it! As a side note. Behr exterior paint is the best. I love using it. Goes on smooth, levels wonderfully, covers great!

Now onto a new subject….Recipes! Have you seen the new Paula Deen Holiday Cooking Magazine for this year? Looks awesome and most definitely on my “to buy” list! Here is the link Paul Deens 2017 Holiday Cooking Magazine

Sharing a recipe that is great for Fall!  I will be trying next week and on a blog post will give my review of it after I sample it. This is from the Pioneer Woman, just can’t go wrong with her 🙂  Pioneer Woman Pumpkin Banana Bread

If you live in a state with autumn leaves and colors…enjoy!

 

 

Welcome Spring, Welcome Projects!

Be prepared…posting many photos!

Spring always brings beautiful blooms to our flowering pear trees! We are one large on in our front yard and some that line the back of our backyard. Love them!

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Flowering Pear Tree in front yard.

Here in our state we have had a rainy wet spring. It brings out the lushness of trees, flowers and grass…but oh we are so over the cloudy rainy days!

Backyard in process!

Update on last years work:

  • Replaced flooring on deck
  • Moved stairs from corner to the side of the deck, to face the backyard (which equals more privacy!)
  • Added more perennials,
  • Added brick patio at bottom of steps

This years list includes:

  • Adding more perennials,
  • Adding fire pit by patio at end of steps.
  • Adding lighting around fire pit.
  • Building walkway from into gate into backyard.

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close up of my Lilacs…the bush is full of them!! Smells heavenly.
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My snowball bush full of blooms!
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Can you see mamma robin sitting in her nest? Her eye is by the side of the branch! The tree is right next to our deck, which causes her anxiety,  as we enjoy our deck and backyard.
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One last photo..our little black Kitty (Kidz) following me around the backyard as I was taking photos. 

In Honor of my Grandma Dot’s Birthday!

Today would have been my grandma Dot’s 113th birthday! She is no longer here, but honoring her today with one of her recipes.

Sharing a recipe that she made often and oh so good!

 

 

 

 

 

Grandma Dot’s Scalloped Corn

    • 1 can creamed corn
    • 1 can regular corn (drained)
    • 2 eggs
    • Small amount of diced onion
    • small amount of milk ( about 1 Tablespoon)
    • ½ cup Ritz cracker crumbs
    • Black pepper

     

  • In bowl mix both cans of corn together.
  • Mix in eggs, milk, chopped onion. Stir until well blended.
  • Put into lightly greased small casserole dish.
  • Lightly sprinkle with black pepper.
  • Top with cracker crumbs.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 45 minutes until middle is set
  • Note: can easily be doubled for more people!

Oh and as we are gearing up for grilling season…as least here in the mid-west, as spring gives way to summer. Steaks…grilling steaks. Sharing a link from The Pioneer Woman’s website. If you haven’t checked out her site yet…it’s a must. Anyway’s back to grilling…here is her link for “The 5 Best Tips for Cooking Steaks”. Enjoy!

Spring, April and Updates!

Welcome to Spring!

Since my last post in February, much has happened. The busyness of life sometimes just interferes with blog postings..the posts end up on a” back shelf” …waiting for me to get back to it! I’m back to it now!

In February we made a last minute decision to “get out of Dodge”. Sick of the cold and snow, we drove to Florida for a quick 4 day stay there. Worth all the driving. The 4 days were wonderful. We did have one day of mostly rain. But otherwise sunny and 80. Even the rainy day was 70 and we still did a lot of eating and shopping. Stayed at one of the Disney resorts and just loved sitting by the pool at the table and enjoying the sun shine.

Did I mention we indulged in Ghirardelli Sundaes…totally. We made those lovely sundaes our lunch, enjoyed it so much. The next day we came back and ordered them all again that days lunch! Totally lovely, enjoying our ice cream as we sat at the outdoor cafe, enjoying the warmth and sunshine! (The photo below is one of our “ice cream lunches”)IMG_2173.jpg

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In Michigan Spring has finally arrived. We have had many warm days…actually earlier than normal, so trees, etc have bloomed a bit early. It’s just lovely! We have even mowed the yard already, because of hubbies early fertilizing, grass grew quickly and thick!

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We are still working on replacing all our trim  with the wider white trim. We love the look more and more!

Hubby and I have been taking online courses, which has slowed the trim updating. We are loving our online classes, it sure stretches one’s mind! He is updating his teaching certificate and I’m taking a course in HTML5 and CSS programming.

Coming in Future Posts:

  • New deck look
  • Fire Pit
  • Book Reviews
  • New Recipes

 

Happy “HEARTS DAY”!

 

Do you like celebrating Valentine’s Day? Even if you don’t have a special someone, you can make it a fun day!

I’ve gathered some great Valentine’s Day links you might enjoy exploring!

Layered Cherry Cheesecake from Lilmoocreations  A dessert I’m planning on making!!!

Cherry Pie Heart Pops  Are these fun and cute or what!???

 

The following are easy dinners to make!!

Meatballs with Ricotta and Marinara from Mennonite Girls Can Cook   Does this look delish?!! or what!

Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes Okay this would be good enough ANYTIME!

Meatballs wrapped in puff pastry and cheese  A video with all the “how-tos” THIS..is to  die for…this is on my “to make” list. When my husband saw he thought it looked great

Crafts Anyone??

Valentine Fortune Cookies Craft From A Thrifty Mom

A Valentine Craft Fortune Cookie, but a free printable

Valentine’s Day Crafts from My Sweet Savannah Crafts are so fun!

New and Improved Recipe Blog and Book Reviews

New for 2017 is my updated, redesigned Recipe Blog. See the link for the Recipe Blog at the top of this page. I’ve added new recipes and will be adding more through February.

Now onto my book reviews! I received two books at Christmas. Ones that I asked for and I LOVE both of them.

The first one is “Walking Butterly”. I can’t recommend it highly enough!! So well written and life changing! I follow her blog at Recovering Church Lady, her blog is wonderful…as you can tell by the title! Her writings, her thoughts, her sharing always touches my soul. Encourages me to grow in my Faith!

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The second book is “Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love”…I’m about half way through it and again so well written. Again, I follow her blog also, An Inch of Gray..excellent!!

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Love that it is now February! A short month and then March. Here in snowy, winter country…counting down to Spring is all important!

Check back more recipes coming and another review, but not another book!!

**NOTE: Please take my Recipe Poll new the top of the blog on the right! Would love your input!!

 

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