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Monday, July 24, 2017

A Recipe That Bears Repeating

Back in 2011 - July to be exact,
I posted a great Watermelon Cooler recipe.

It is on the menu for a treat tonight.
We are definitely in the "dog days" of summer,
but today, neither of us could lounge around in the shade like that summer dog,
so we will enjoy a treat tonight.

Watermelon Coolers

2 1/4 c frozen watermelon cubes
1/4-1/2 c water
2 T honey
2-3 T lime/lemon juice

Blend in blender and serve immediately.
Makes 2 juice glass size portions!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Coupons

On this thankful Thursday,
I am thankful for coupons.
Coupons that allow us special treats.
Coupons that allow us to try new things.

So this morning I am thankful for a coupon to one of our favorite restaurants.
BOGO on a meal at CHIPOTLE!
Two cell numbers mean two coupons!

Chipotle

Not only that,
but I am thankful that they gave me a link to share with you.

Check it out:

Have you been to Chipotle?

If not ... let me prepare you.

You only have about 5 choices to make ...

Choice one: Type of meal
Burrito
crunchy taco
rice bowl
salad

Second Choice: Rice
Brown Rice 
White Rice

Third Choice: Protein
steak
chicken
chorizo
pork
veggies
tofu (that's not a choice to me)

Fourth: Salsa
Mild salsa
medium salsa
hot salsa
corn salsa

Fifth: MORE
sour cream
guac
lettuce
cheese


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Just Painting in the Rain!

OK, so that is not typically the plan,
but I did get caught in a rain storm as I worked today.

I repainted the house in June,
and this week, I am working on repainting the trim
and wiping down the gutters as I go.


It has been hot, very hot,
but I thought I was clear of rain.

Guess I have another 1/4 of the house to finish tomorrow.

Happy Birthday!

Today, I wish my hubby a Happy 38th!
He is such a treasure to me!


See the birthday cards mingled among the sympathy cards.
Both a reminder that life is precious and that we have no guarantee of life.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Piano Arrangement ...

... that you cannot hear.

Back in April,
I worked to paint the last main area at our church.
The fellowship hall was in need of a fixing up.

The painting was done,
and the junk had to be cleaned out.
One such item was an old player piano ...
it didn't work and it was not able to be tuned.

As it was taken apart,
one of my piano students had an idea.
An idea to make an arrangement from the piano strings.



The notes sit atop the strings
and the curls are where the strings wrapped around the pegs.

It was delivered for my birthday.
I thought it went well with my decor.
It is the "piano arrangement" that you cannot hear.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer Pizza

In the heat of the summer,
I have to revamp the eating schedule.
Hubby comes home hot and has much less of an appetite.
He wants something lighter.

So I have been searching.

We tried a new pizza recipe on Saturday,
and it was a hit.
Not only did we both like it,
but it is meatless so it is a money saver.
Wins all around!

I began with my flatbread recipe for the crust,
but you can use whatever you like best.
I made 7 flatbread rounds and the topping amounts worked perfectly.

Santa Fe Summer BBQ Pizza

Ingredients:

1/3 cup BBQ sauce
1 cup black beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup corn kernels (I used canned)
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (I omitted because it is not one of hubby's favorite herbs)

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Spread BBQ sauce evenly on top of crust, then add black beans, corn, tomatoes, and cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
Let cool five minutes then slice.
Sprinkle chopped cilantro on top before serving. 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

His Way is Perfect

Tuesday Transformation:
a change in perspective,
because God's way is perfect.

When hubby suggested the "staycation" in the month of July,
my heart sank.
Hot, miserable hot ...
no long walks, sitting inside ...
miserable.


But God knew what we needed.
He provided our cool, shady front yard and morning breezes.
It was not an unbearble heat,
so we did get to walk and run together at least twice.
He knew we needed a refreshing,
because He knows all.

He knew that at the end of the break we would face hard news.
He knew that that news would be easier to deal with when we were rested.
In His perfect timing, He has provided in clear ways and met needs.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Glen

This "Thankful Thursday,"  I am thankful for the lot that we rent.
We are spending much of our STAYCATION in the front yard under the trees.


The trees provide a shade that keeps the area far cooler than the rest of the area
and a pleasant breeze often flows right through.


We have moved our deck furniture into our "secluded glen"
and we do our Bible reading,
write and study,
share meals,
and enjoy the sunset.
 

We love our home,
but we are also blessed with a pleasant lot ...
a place to enjoy God's creation.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Writing with Hubby

Yes, it has been 3 months since the last post.
3 months where I just needed to step back.
An extra hour of sleep each morning.
A change in workout plans.
Increased stress at hubby's work and other responsibilities that sapped of energy and creativity.

And so,  I had to step away from writing for a bit.

But this week ...
we are on STAYCATION.

We began yesterday,
though it was far from a normal vacation.
We had the church family over for a picnic.
It ended as our picnics typically do ...
a mad dash to "clean up" outside before the storm hit.

BUT ... we made it about 4 hours ...
and the incoming storm brought a pleasant breeze MOST of the time :)

Then last evening, we finished a quick turnover of the prophet's chamber
for some guests coming in on Thursday.

The rest of the week is slow mornings,
long Bible studies,
time to talk, think, and pray together,
and, because it is vacation, one meal free of cooking.
We will even sneak in some home projects (shed repair)
and some work to repair a trellis for an upcoming wedding.

You know that I have long sought to develop a home that we hate to leave,
a home that invites us to enjoy it ...
it is our favorite hotel and our favorite getaway.
The bed is comfy, no forgotten essentials,
no demands on time,
no fear of being "glutened."

I return to the blog on Woman's Work Wednesday.
During my hiatus from writing,
I have been thinking much about "heart."
When hubby preaches,
he always draws out principles,
not just rules and laws (though they have their place),
but heart.  
Why did God give the law?
What is the heart behind it?
Am I seeking to fulfill the heart of the law and not just the letter of the law?

I seek to practice being a "keeper at home."
It seems easy to keep the "letter" of the law.
It is easy to stay home.
It is easy to not work outside of the home.
...but what about the principle, the heart?

Am I a guard of my home?

Am I guarding health?
Am I planning healthful meals or surviving on meals out and convenience food?
Do I provide oppotunities for movement and strength-building?
Do I stress healthy habits and activities? 

Am I guarding entertainment?
Do I provide activites that encourage godly behavior and principles?
Do I default to mindless amusements?

Am I guarding minds?
What am I teaching and sharing in my home?
What do I value and emphasize?  the eternal?  the temporal?
Do I take the "bad guy" stance and take disapproval of others if it means protecting my family?
Are we all learning valuable things together?

Am I guarding temperments?
Do I create peace or drama?
Do I feed anger or diffuse it?

Am I guarding the time of my hubby?
Do I do all I can while at home, so he has more time?
Do I create time for each other?
Do I value the work he does each day and his responsibilities above my own?

It has been a challenge for me and I hope it will be for you today.
Don't seek victory in merely the letter of the law ...
seek to get to the heart of the matter.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A New Pie

Two weeks ago,
I received a Magnolia magazine in the mail.
I love the work of Chip and Joanna Gaines as they renovate houses.
I love their seeming emphasis on family and home.

In this free copy,
there was a new recipe.
One for PIE.
I had to try it.
With permission from the hubby (since it only had 1/2 c of sugar),
I attacked it.
It was a success - especially since it wasn't sticky sweet
and we did not have to feel bad enjoying it.

Pear-Cranberry Pie

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 ripe, yet still firm pears, cored and sliced (2 to 2 1/2 pounds total)
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen cranberries

Mix all ingredients.
Place in double pie crust.
Bake 375* for 65-70 min.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

An Accountability Partner

On this Thankful Thursday,
I am thankful for my new accountability partner.

Last July,
I earned a free Fitbit Flex.
How excited I was to have the reminder to keep moving,
to have the accountability of a record of my successes and failures.

Then last week,
yes, the same day that I broke my mower handle,
fitbit died.

I contacted customer service.
They confirmed that fitbit was indeed dead while still under warranty.
I could get another Flex,
OR
I could have a discount on an upgrade.

Hubby gave me an upgrade.
Fitbit Alta HR arrived on Saturday.
I am excited because it not only tracks my steps,
but it is a watch,
and it gives a better judge of calories burned.
It is good to have my accountability partner again.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Renewal

Doesn't Spring give you a sense of renewal and new beginnings?

I was eager to finish the work inside the trailer so that I could get outdoors again.

Last week, I did get outdoors, gassed up the mower and ...
after a couple of spins around the house,
the mower handle sheered off!
How discouraging!
Usually I mow the first week of March and now I was going to be REALLY late.

So I ordered a new handle.
It arrived today and I stole some of hubby's lunch hour so he could install it.
AAAHH!
It was good to smell the grass, clover, and green onions
and see the neatly trimmed yard.

Then, since I had the truck,
I hauled off dead branches,
trimmed unruly branches and disposed of them.

I also swept the porches and weeded the walkway a bit.

The next 2 days are supposed to be rain-outs,
so it is nice to have the outside work under control.
Time to hole up and work on the next of hubby's books.



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Society's Transformation

A member of our church lent me a book on Sunday.
She said it was an enjoyable, quick read.
I really haven't read a "pleasure" book in a long while.

She lent me "Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America's First Lady of Food."
The book was a history of Betty Crocker,
a character created by the Gold Medal Baking Company to sell products.
Boy, did it ever work.

While the history of this famous woman was fascinating,
I was more drawn to how things have changed.
Betty began as an older woman who encouraged women in their work in the home.
She encouraged women in homemaking calling it 
a "noble and challenging career ... an art requiring many different skills."
She encouraged women to make the home "a place of peace, joy and contentment."

So while I thought I was reading a history book,
I was encouraged as well as disheartened.
Encouraged to keep working hard in my home,
to "contribute to the cleanliness, the order, the health, the well being of the household."
Disheartened in how American society has been transformed.
These ideals are deemed old-fashioned and sexist.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Forum: Things That Bring Joy

With Spring comes the joy of Spring cleaning.
Most of my "spring cleaning" was completed with all the fresh paint and other renovation items.

I do still need to work on windows :(
and some of the closets.

We have begun trying to look at things and hold on to things that we love and enjoy.

Hubby went through his closet the other day.
3 shirts gone, 2 ties ...
they fit wrong, they were shapeless, they didn't excite wifey.
Easy - Peasy!

I am going to try this in the coming weeks.
While there are some "necessary" items that don't bring joy,
I am sure that I can get rid of more than I have.

Do you try this when you "clean out?"
Has it worked for you?
Do you have a better plan?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dirt and Free Movement

Monday was the first day of Spring AND ...
Yesterday found me in the garden.
While the garden has been very discouraging for the past few years - 
too little time to keep it healthy,
too dry,
too hot,
too many bugs,
...
Digging in the dirt is so much fun - even as an adult.

I turned over half of the garden yesterday,
incorporated the winter's worth of compost into the earth,
and planted leftover seeds to see what might happen ...
peas, carrots, beats, lettuce, spinach, and kale ...

Now to wait and see.
I am so thankful for nature,
for the beautiful earth that God allows us to enjoy.

I am also thankful this week for a repaired drawer.

When we moved in to this trailer,
the utensil drawer in the kitchen did not slide freely.
Most of the time we only took it half way in and out.
I didn't realize what a stressor it was ...
UNTIL 
hubby fixed it up.
The rails were not secure or straight.


Now the drawer moves freely and this is one happy girl.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What mean these stones?

 Joshua 4:20-24
And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?  Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.  For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:  That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.

And the reminders continue ...
it is important not to remember only,
but to leave a rememberance,
to cause others to know the Lord.

God is so good.

During our first years of marriage,
I worked faithfully on a "bag of rememberance."
It is full of those little miracles that God blessed us with.
I must get back to the practice - at least in written form.

I am not worth the least of His favor.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Living Room

Cheery Yellow at move-in
Changed to green with bulkier furniture






Change of furniture. 



The holdup on this post and these pictures was the rug and the throw pillows.
We were uncertain as to what colors would brighten and balance the grey and the brown.

Obviously, now we have decided.

The walls are now grey.
We actually painted twice and used the Valspar "Love it or we will replace it" guarantee.
Our first shade was grey, but in the evening, with house lights on ... it was more like baby blue -
not quite what we were going for!
So we picked another shade and were pleased with the results.

Again we have the sheer curtains that allow us lots of light
while still giving us privacy in the close quarters of a trailer park.
The full length curtains help the room not look quite as stark with hubby's minimalist tendencies.

But grey and brown with white trim are a bit drab ...
so why not add some teal, some plum, and some yellow?





We replaced the pressed board shelves on the wall with real wood stained to match the other furniture.


Check out the flowers in the corner - 
A delivery from the pastor and his wife (leftovers from a funeral) - 
I may be permanently spoiled.

We added an herb garden on the wall -
it smells good, cleans the air, and will add to the meals when it grows a little more.


Hubby also built a frame to hold greeting cards and notes.  (look to the left of the herbs)
It is a simple wood frame (leftover 2x2 from the back deck railing) strung with wire.
I love the improvement over the strand of yarn that I used to use.


While it may not suit everyone,
we are enjoying our new space.
Hopefully the next time that I need a change,
it will just be rugs and throw pillow covers :)


Hubby's "office" didn't change much.
He did get a potted succulent :)
and we are still enjoying my Valentine's balloons.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Menu Book

We are definitely "creatures of habits."
We like to know what is coming.
We have our mornings planned,
our workouts planned,
our evenings planned,
at least to the extent that you can in daily life.

We know that Monday night hubby preps sermons,
Tuesday night is date night,
Wednesday night is church,
Thursday night is Sunday School preparation,
Friday is church activity or fellowship in the home.

See?

For almost 2 years, I followed a one month food plan - over and over and over again.
It changed our life in a good way
(decreased allergies, increased energy, better sleep, less tummy troubles),
but there were quite a few recipes that were not so great.

So,
I needed to make my own plan.

Breakfast:
Sunday: Oatmeal with peanut butter and bananas
Monday:  Eggs, meat, and avocados
Tuesday:  Granola
Wednesday:  Smoothie
Thursday:  extra Bible and prayer time
Friday and Saturday: Healthy Baked treat (muffins or crisp)

Weekday Lunch:
PB and honey sandwich
Tuna Sandwich
Leftovers (x 2 - hopefully)
Sloppy Joe or Pizza or Shepherd's Pie

I have almost reached my 30 dinner meals.
We have been trialing for 2-3 months with many being vetoed,
but we are finally narrowing it down to all favorites ...
no more dreading dinner, ever ... only good ones that we BOTH like.
And in the end, there will be less repetition than we had with our original plan.




Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Forum: What is "home"?

While renovating the trailer,
hubby said to me, "I really need to get you a real house!"
He knows that I love to decorate, I love to make things homey.

But (I said to him), I am perfectly content with our home.
I do want to make it as nice as I can, but I love it.

Our many apartments were "home."
A trailer can be a "home.".

Home is where I can relax.
Home is were I can try to meet the needs of others through hospitality.
Home is a place where I am accepted and encouraged to be better.

To me,
A home is peaceful ...
A home is bright ...
A home has a pleasant smell ...
A home has pleasant sounds.

How would you describe "home"?
What makes "home" special?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Running Water

Running Water ...

On this thankful Thursday,
I am thankful for the convenience of running water in our lives.
I don't have to run to a river,
pump a hand pump in the yard ...

Why choose this today?

Well,
one tub faucet is dripping and while a replacement cartridge is on the way,
it is a reminder that we are a blessed people.

Also,
while repairing the kitchen,
we were without the kitchen sink for about 3 days.
Just those three days of running to another room for water
made me appreciate that we have running water in each room.
What a blessing to clean up in the same room that you make your mess in!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Remember

"And thou shalt remember
that thou wast a bondman in Egypt:
and thou shalt observe and do these statutes."
Deuteronomy 16:12

I am reading through the book of Deuteronomy in my personal studies.
This phrase is repeated and repeated and repeated.
In their treatment of others, in their worship of God, in every aspect of life,
the Israelites were to remember.
Remember God's grace to them in bringing them out of bondage.

And the application to me ...
REMEMBER!

God was gracious to me as well.
He drew me as a child.
He saved me as a child.
He gave me many opportunities not afforded to everyone.

If I remember that,
I will be more longsuffering with others ...
I will be more appreciative of the things God has given ...
I will value His Word more each day ...
I will long to serve and love Him with all that I have.

JUST REMEMBER!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

And Now the Kitchen ...

I had fully expected to show pictures of the living room first,
but it is having a few minor holdups ...
SO
you get to see the kitchen first.

When we moved in,
we painted out the cabinets and refinished the blue laminate countertops.
BEFORE - upon purchase of trailer

 AFTER: Upon move-in 3 years ago.

Why not do it again?

No kits or packages this time.

I bought some cabinet paint.
Just one step.

The rustoleum countertops were pretty,
but after three years, they were wearing and chipping - not as pretty any more.


In research, we were finding that the coating is the key - not the paint.
And we found that we could make "faux" marble countertops
and seal them with something thicker and stronger!


So of course, we tried it.

We used white primer that we already had for the base.
Used the wall color and cabinet color for the veining.
Then about $100 of a epoxy resin coating that we got at Hobby Lobby.
Yes, that is a piece of change, but cheaper than a piece of laminate or entirely new countertops.

And now my kitchen is light and bright as well.
We probably could have finished the counters for $60 worth of epoxy resin,
but the counters were so warped that it took a little more for it to level and be presentable.
Another coat might make it more perfect, but ...

 



I am loving the new look and going through the cupboards again has been healthy for cleaning out.
While everything was in disarray, hubby also fixed my large silverware drawer and now it slides beautifully.
Lots of "WINS" this week!

What did I learn?
It sure is a lot easier to do the work before moving into the space!
3 days without a kitchen sink was not a lot of fun!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Much More Than a Balloon or a Card

February is a "BIG" month in our household.
We celebrate the day we were introduced (2/10).
We celebrate my favorite holiday (2/14) - Valentine's Day.
We celebrate our first date (2/17) - Donut Day.

While I love the celebration,
the decorations,
the helium balloons that hubby my bring home to enjoy all month,
the special donut treat on the anniversary of our first date ...

...it is so much more.

The love is more than a gift or a card.
It is the thoughtfulness that wants to remember these days even when it may seem silly.
It is the sympathy on a particularly difficult day when no one else can understand.
It is the support when everyone else seems to be tearing down.
It is the sharing of common interests and goals.
It is the hard work each day to pay the bills and provide for others as well.
It is the difficult balance that saves time for me when there is much to take the extra time.
It is the encouragement to pursue the things that I enjoy.

I write this because often times people will ask what hubby gave me for such and such an occasion.
While this week, there WAS a card and two helium balloons,
often there is nothing,
because we celebrate our love and each other everyday
and his giving goes beyond physical things.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

All Is Vanity

And two vanities are changed.

No longer the dark espresso color ...
For the lighter look ... lighter cabinets.


Now, the three bedrooms are finished - 
repaint if necessary (master),
trim and doors in all rooms.
Two bathrooms are finished - 
trim and doors in both,
vanities in both.

Now onto the main living areas.
My plan was to work on this at the beginning of March,
but I may get a little antsy.

The weather has been so beautiful
that most days I have been able to air the house out while painting
and everything has dried so nicely.

Monday, February 13, 2017

For the Holiday Tomorrow

Yes, I disappeared again.
I am continuing to paint trim throughout the house as well as doors.
I have the two vanities painted out.
We took a weekend trip to Tennessee to check in on some of our former students.

The weather here has been ridiculous - for February.
The trailer was up over 80 yesterday - mid 70s today.
While I enjoy walking in the spring like temps and
I enjoy the daffodils' bright blooms,
I am really missing winter.
Usually February is our cold, rainy, icy month - 
and it sure hasn't been this year!

On Saturday, we celebrated 15 years.
We were introduced in NY 15 years ago on February 10th.
So we are preparing for "Donut Day" this Friday to celebrate our first date,

But for now, my favorite holiday - Valentine's Day.
The packages have been sent out to WI, IN, and NY
and there are a few left to hand deliver tomorrow.

Tuesday is always "date night" for us, so we can celebrate tomorrow after work.
I am going to get some "take out" and have a night off of cooking.
We will start the day with some Orange Raspberry Muffins
(the red is for the holiday - right?)

Orange Raspberry Muffins

For the muffins

2 cups  Almond Flour
¼ tsp Baking Soda
¼ tsp Sea Salt
4 Eggs
¼ cup  Palm Shortening, melted
1/3 cup  Honey
1 tsp  Vanilla Extract
Zest and juice of 1 Orange
6 oz  Raspberries, fresh or frozen

For the topping

¼ cup  Palm Shortening
¼ cup  Coconut Sugar
½ cup  Almond Flour


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease or line 12 cup muffin tin.
In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda, sea salt, and orange zest.
To a large bowl add the eggs, shortening, honey, vanilla extract, and orange juice.
Using a hand or stand mixer, mix the wet ingredients on medium speed.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined.
Fold in the raspberries.
Scoop into the prepared muffin tin.
To make the topping, mix the shortening and coconut sugar in a medium bowl.
Then add the almond flour and stir until incorporated.
Using your hands, sprinkle the mixture over the muffins, breaking the mixture up as you go.
Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

If you give this wife a paint brush ...

One of the favorite books when I was teaching was 
"If you Give a Mouse a Cookie"

Basically the story is a large circle.
The mouse needs milk,
he spills,
he cleans it up,
he cleans the whole house,
he ...
until he is hungry again and needs another cookie.

Well,
I must say,
when I get a paint brush and start changing things ...
it just builds and builds and builds.

The bedroom is almost done.
It was a little delayed by the need to help hubby with a clutch job on his work truck.

Wanna peek?

Lighter bedding.
 Repurposed throw pillows that I had covered in brown before.
Side table painted white.
Bed scarf sewn to protect whte bedding from things "thrown" on it.
Small side wall was brown before.

Instead of verse directly on the wall, we put a new verse on a project board.

Sheer curtains for light and privacy.
Hubby fixed the closet door so that it now stays closed.
We painted all the doors and trims and put in new knobs (bye-bye brass).

The little wall here was brown before.
Now it has our wedding samplers and pictures.
Frames painted white and pictures rematted all in white.

Close-up of wedding tributes.

The room was repainted the same color as before (a celery) but I went with satin instead of semi-gloss.
The only thing that is not finished is the vanity in the master bath.
It will be white (hopefully next week).

I have been working on trims and doors in the back rooms as well this week.
Come March, the main living area will get painted grey.
Still making decisions about the kitchen cabinets and counters.






Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Not a furbaby ... but ...

You all know them,
childless couples whose pets become their children.

No, we have not adopted a dog, cat, fish, or bird ...
but I fear that I have a "house baby."

Yes, I love remaking my house.
It takes time and resources,
but it seems to fill the void for a little while.

We began redecorating our bedroom at the beginning of January.
New duvet and cover.
New memory foam on the mattress.
New curtains.
I am using some pillowcases embroidered by
my great grandmother and finished by my grandmother because they finally match the decor. 
(I am actually using them as shams because they are so special).

This week I am repainting doors and walls
and working on a special wall hanging.

In the past, the room was inspired by Cabelas - 
woodland, pine cones.



Now, a much lighter look.
Keep watching for next weeks Tuesday Transformation
for a glimpse of the crazy lady's "house baby."

Monday, January 23, 2017

In Honor of National Pie Day

I was planning to make the pie sometime soon,
but then my mom mentioned that it was national pie day ...
so I made it today.



An apple pie sweetened only with no sugar added apple juice concentrate
and as a special treat ... a dollop of vanilla bean coconut "ice cream".

Perfect timing because it wasn't the best of days for hubby,
and a pie can help straighten out a day 😋

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

And it is ... January?

Anybody else struggling with this crazy weather.
Oh where, oh where has the winter gone?  oh where oh where can it be?

Ever since our wonderful snowfall ...
spring like temps.

The high today was over 70*!


Kind of missing winter,
but I am enjoying a daily walk without bundling up or traipsing through the mud.