Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Food for Thought

Hello Friends!  We are still in project mode around here. My little closet office project has taken a back seat due to a water leak.  It has led to a bit of a remodel.  I'm trying to breath deep, remind myself I can do all things through Christ and hold on tight for the ride. ;)

I don't know about you but comparison is one of my struggles. I often feel that I am not enough. Brianna's family and ours use to attend church together and were in the same homegroup.  She is wise beyond her years and shared her thoughts on this subject. It helped me see some of my negative thoughts and struggles in a new light.  Until I return, I hope this brings you some encouragement. 

Looking to the Harvest

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Time Away

Hello! I wanted to pop in and let you all know I won't be posting. We are in the middle of doing some work in our little "office."  Which is truly no more than a closet! Anyway, my handy husband is running new electric and hiding some tech cables. All of that means that there may be times when our Internet is not connected.  

I hope that our technical difficulties will be resolved in a week, but it may be longer. As you know, we do our projects ourselves, as time and money permit. Of course, I will share pictures of our project upon my return.  Until then I hope you continue to find joy in your journey!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
 The past week was full of a variety of things. The first thing was cleaning out kitchen cabinets, organizing drawers and putting things back together after painting the cabinets. Of course there was plenty of time spent on school work.
 We took a nice drive down country roads. Harvest is in full swing.
 We had dinner out at a small town hole in the wall pizza place.  This place loads the toppings on.
 A quick trip was made to the pumpkin patch.
A day was spent working outside. The garden has been put to rest for the season and back porch was sprayed off. It felt nice to get some things accomplished.

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


My heart is heavy with the news out of Las Vegas. I imagine you are feeling the same way. I had planned to post this yesterday, but didn't have the desire after waking to the news. As my dad said we can't let it cause us to change the way we live; we need to live ready. When our hope lies in Christ, and not man, it's certainly easier to keep moving forward step by step.  As I see more and more things that grieve me I will go on with my day to day while I pray for Las Vegas, our country and the world.  

I had some less than stellar apples that I need to use. 
 I had some other things to do and couldn't babysit anything on the stove I decided to make cinnamon applesauce using the crock pot.
 I first peeled and cored the apples.  I threw the peels away but you could save them to make jelly. Here is the how to.  They were then quartered and tossed with 1 tbs lemon juice.

 I then placed them into the crock pot and add 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Stir to coat and then add 1/2 water. Cook on high for 4 hours.
 We like chunky applesauce so I used a potato masher to mush up the apples to the chunky consistency we prefer.
This make my home smell wonderful and taste yummy too!

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
One evening after dinner Megan announced that she would take care of clean up. She shooded us away and took over. We went and sat on the porch. We could hear her moving around and at one point I told Chuck I thought she was sweeping. I snuck in an captured her mopping. She did a great job. For disclosure she helps with clean up, but hasn't taken on the task alone again.

 Helping Daddy to keep the van in working order.

 We traveled 80 miles south to attend a funeral for my aunt. Seeing Amish in this community is common.  When we turned into town we passed this man selling his produce. 
 I love country setting and small town feel of this place.  I can imagine myself living here.
 Friday evening it poured! After the hot and humid weather we've been having it was nice to sit on the back porch and watch it fall.
 My girl has been creating. She made a popsicle house complete with a table and a bed with a pillow and blanket.
 If you like down home food then this book is for you. I checked it out from the library.  It contains recipes and tips from the Farmer's Wife magazine.  The magazine was published from 1897 - 1939.  Not only am I enjoying the receipes but also the tips for the times. Fun book!
The new frig. If you are wondering if the freezer portion is small, yes, yes it is. I was surprised by how small the freezers were on the new models. The ones with larger freezers were too wide for our space. Thank goodness we have an upright in the garage!

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Tuesday Tackle #13

You know how things can have a domino effect? Well, that's what has been going on in my kitchen.  This year first we had to replace the dishwasher, then the stove, and now sadly the refrigerator. It was scheduled to be delivered on a Saturday. Before it arrived I wanted to move out our barely working unit and sweep and mop.  The plan was to this on Friday. Before I pulled it out I decided to give the entire kitchen a scrub from top to bottom.
The first thing that was done is to take down all of the decor and wash/wipe it down.  While the decor was down the cabinet tops were washed.  I put everything back together and it felt super nice to have a squeaky clean kitchen.

I stood back to take a look and knew there was one more thing that had to be done.  You see sixteen years ago when we bought appliances I picked out bisque.  That option is only available today by special order. When we replaced the dishwasher we made the decision to go with white. Reason one is that Chuck doesn't like stainless steel and reason number two is we were afraid that if we special ordered bisque for the dishwasher it might not be available when the other appliances needed replaced. Ha! Little did we know they would all need replaced this year.
Anyway, I had painted the cabinets an off white to match the appliances and guess what? Ding! Ding! if you said the cabinets now clash with the appliances.

The next thing to tackle was to paint the cabinets. Honestly, I was dreading this project. Dread or not, it had to be done. I finally stopped procrastinating and rolled up my sleeves.
 The faux bead board had been dinged up on a couple of the cabinets so it was replaced. 
Then the real run began. 
 I'm soooo happy that I finally tackled this project. All that is left to do is to put the drawers back. That will a project for this evening. 
 Everything is crisp and clean. Even the inside of the cabinets. You see while the door were off I wiped out the insides and decluttered a couple of things. 
 The only thing that clashes now is the microwave. It's on its last leg also. It has a short in the start button. Chuck has fixed it several times and said he can't repair it again. We have to hit the start button just right to make it run. At least it works! 

I am inspired move onto another room to deep clean. You see how that domino effect is working?

What projects have you tackled in the last week? 

 May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Happy Fall!

I'm happy that I put out my fall decor a little over a week ago as we are not experiencing fall temperatures! The news reported last night said that the stretch of heat we are having is the hottest for this time of year since the 1800's. There is relief coming late next week. Although I'm not ready to say goodbye to warm days, I am ready to say goodbye to the 90's! 

Would you like to take a peek at my fall touches?


I also have seasonal wreaths on the front and back door plus I have brought out a harvest scented candle. You can't go wrong an apple cider scented candle from Yankee Candles. It might be 90 outside but it looks and smell like fall in my home!

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!