Sunday, April 29, 2012

Garden Fresh

One of the best thing about gardening is stepping out the back door and gathering ingredients for dinner.

I went out this afternoon and gathered some leaf lettuce and


bib lettuce.


I used it along with carrots, hard boiled eggs and homemade bacon bits to make a tasty salad.


I topped it with.a Hot Egg Dressing. I found the recipe here. I did decrease the sugar from the original recipe as the first time I made it I found it a little sweet for my liking.

2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar

Mix egg, sugar, water and microwave for 45 seconds. Add vinegar and cook for 1 1/2 minutes or until temp reaches 160*.


Hmmmm..... gardening at its best!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bear Visits the Hospital

Bear wasn't feeling well so he took a trip to the hospital.


The first step was to check in.


Bear had broken his leg.  He was given a shot for pain.

Then it was time to get a cast.




He was a brave bear and was feeling better until.... he was told he needed to have his tonsils removed.  Poor Bear!

Some sleepy medicine was given so he wouldn't feel a thing.





Bear received great care from Dr. Megan. 


I am happy to report that he is feeling much better. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Snack-Nic

After rest time everyone, including myself, was anxious to get out and enjoy the beautiful afternoon. I decided we would take our snack outside and to make it fun I made it a snack-nic. I grabbed a table cloth and an old soda crate.  I loaded fruit and cheese into Mason jars, put some books in and at the last second threw in some whipped cream. 







I am thankful that I took the time to do this.  It was spontaneous, fun, relaxing and the whipped cream by itself or with strawberries was a huge hit!

 May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Putting It Off

For to long to mention there have been a few hair accessories that needed some attention.  They have been sitting on the kitchen counter being moved from one spot to the next.  I keep finding a reason to put off this task.  After moving them for the thousandth time I finally pulled out the glue gun to get it done. 


The longest part of the whole process was waiting for the glue gun to heat up.  It seems that the things we put off the most are the things that take the least amount of time.  Sigh! So, are you putting something off?

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Use It Up!

One of the great things about a holiday spent at my parents home is moms meal. Not only is she a terrific cook, but she cooks in abundance. Which means leftovers! We have been eating on them all week and then I realized that I had to use it up.


Leftover ham on homemade bread made a quick Sunday dinner.


Stock made from a turkey carcass makes a nice base for turkey noodle soup. Along with leftover homemade bread this will make a yummy lunch on Monday.



Eggs, leftover diced ham and cheese will go into the freezer for an easy breakfast. I got the idea for them from here.



Ham will be used to season green beans and for this and that. Turkey will be pulled out for a quick turkey manhattan dinner.

With the rising cost of food it is hard to let things go to waste, especially if it is Mom's home cooking! Leftovers... either you love them or hate them. Around here it is definitely love!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Contentment

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~Frederick Keon

Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect... it means accepting things as they are. It isn't always easy, but I've made the choice to live with joy and contentment. ♥

Reminding myself of this as this is my current struggle.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Enjoying the Week

This week  Megan has been on spring break. Although she is only in kindergarten half day I have enjoyed having her home in the mornings.


Everyday the kids have asked to put their chairs in a row and watched my cooking show. I guess it is fun to watch me make lunch.

I spent most of today getting goodies ready for Sunday.  I made cheesecake and packaged in these cute jelly jars.


I could no longer find the link, but I did see this idea on Pinterest. I think they are adorable!

I hard boiled 8 dozen eggs. 


A few to devil and most were for coloring.


It is a tradition to get together with my parents and my sister and family to have dinner and color eggs on Good Friday. Always a good time!

Most of you know that I am an avid reader. My mother-in-law and I pass books back and forth and then they usually end up at Chuck's grandmothers. I figured she gave the books away when she was done. Nope! We were over there last week and she brought out a huge box of books. I had heard about paper back swap and thought this would be a good time to give it a try.

 

I signed up on Saturday and have mailed out 16 books so far. I am excited to start receiving books.

As we have been reading lots of Easter books this week my heart and mind have been thinking and reflecting on the greatest sacrifice and gift. It certainly humbles me. I hope all of you have a great Easter.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Dear Lilac,

Oh, how I enjoy you!


The memories of my grandparents farm when I think this is where your purple beauty came from.


Your beautiful scent as it drifts through an open window.


The beauty as I walk in the yard and catch a glimpse of you.


How thankful I am for the joy you bring me.

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ~Luke 12:27

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!