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Friday, May 26, 2017

This Week in Our Home: Garden Rain Delay and a Back Yard Swing Remodel!



Excessive rain in late May has happened to us before.  It's always a little disheartening though when you are excited to plant your garden.  I've finally accepting that we will have to wait till it dries up. I keep telling myself we have time and it will dry up soon. The grass though is just a beautiful green isn't it?

The picture is of my husband using the tractor to plow up our garden on Monday. The rain for that day held off till late that evening.  He just basically turned the soil over to help dry it up.


Granddaughter kept saying, "why does Pop keep going in the mud?"  She couldn't wait till he was done so she could look for worms.  



While I'm waiting, I've been keeping myself busy working on recovering the swing set in the backyard.  We didn't want to buy a new one till next year or beyond and the bones are still good.  The cushions though were torn and bad looking.  Really, you thought twice about sitting on them.  I had this material from a garage sale that cost 50 cents and it almost covered them except for the top of each one.  I then used some embroidered pillow cases to make up for the lack of material (they also came from a garage sale).




Now I'm thinking on how to cover the top. All it took was one unexpected wind storm and it was a mess.  

  


When the sun does decide to shine we will need the top to cover our heads while we watch the garden grow.   I'm thinking a sheet.   What do you think?

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Book Review: Now: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life by Sarah Coller

 Now Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life

Now: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life: An Encouraging Devotional for Women By Sarah Coller


From Amazon:

Do you have big goals that seem impossible? Are you ready to step out into fulfilling your dreams but everything seems so overwhelming? In Now: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life, Sarah Coller shares practical steps for living a fulfilling life, no matter your life circumstances. This simple devotional offers readers a place to journal thoughts and prayers and is excellent for both individual and small group study.

My Thoughts:

I love the thoughtful and heart felt way Sarah Coller has given steps to help achieve your goals in Now.  She has made me think about what it takes to make my goals for the future possible.  She wants you to know that "God wants to partner with you in every endeavor,"  That he will help and guide you through your decisions.  

She made the devotional more personal but sharing her own struggles and how she overcame each one. When I first received the book I read it all the way through,  Now I'm back to the beginning writing down the answers to the questions at the end of each chapter. This book is available in KIndle but I'm sure that you will be writing in your book like I have.  I believe paperback is the way to go.  

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 5/21/17!




We are trying to get the garden ready but it is just too wet yet.  We did manage to burn it off as much as we could last week.   The rest was too green to burn.  We will bag it up after it dries up some this week.   Due to the rain we may be a week later in planting this year (we usually plant Memorial weekend).  This has happened before and we are still able to get a great harvest.  


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I planted cabbage and spinach plants that were gave to me when we thinned the plants at the senior citizen garden.   I can see they went through a shock but they are coming back now.  I planted these by the shed where it's easier to get to.  

It was very warm here the first of the week.   I was able to hang many loads of laundry before the rain and cooler weather returned.

I borrowed cilantro from my daughters spice cabinet.  It's not something I use frequently so it was good not to buy a whole bottle to try a recipe.  

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I won tickets to see the Wild Kratts with grandson and granddaughter in Detroit.  They loved it! 

Menu:   What was on the dinner table last week

Monday            Lasagna, salad, and garlic bread (freezer meal)

Tuesday            Homemade steak and onion sandwiches

Wednesday       Pork chops, mashed potatoes, and corn

Thursday          Chicken sandwiches


Friday               Savory Chicken pockets, baked beans

Saturday           Out to eat

Sunday             Potluck dinner at church (we are so happy that our grandson is being baptized)


My goals for this week

Clean the furnace room  


Plant the garden if it's dry enough.   If not concentrate on the flowers.     

Blog:

Read and review a book.  

What ways have you saved this past week?


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Friday, May 19, 2017

This week in our home: Planting Rose Bushes, I'm Blessed, and Volunteering!




Last week I brought home some stems from a rose bush that belonged to my husband's grandmother.  I've never tried to propagate roses before but I talked to my cousin and she told me how she has had some success. Looking on the Internet I realize a lot of people do plant them this way so she is right on the money.   So I just took the long stems and stuck them a foot deep down in the ground (our ground is very wet right now).  She said to put cut a fork in the end of the stem but I just cut it an angle.  My cutting skills are not that good I guess.   Then I placed a jar over top till they show signs of growth.  It may or may not work but it sure is fun trying.   You can see I have high hopes on one of the three taking off I have my rosebush trellis ready to go!  

While I was out back with the roses I heard a little boy say Hi Old lady. He was cutting across the yard so he could go play with some kids behind us. I said uh? He said again, Hi Old lady.   It was then that I realized he was talking to me. Oh man I'm old! It was so funny but kind of made me a little sad at the same time.  I finally came to realize that I'm blessed. Yes, I got to be old!


I volunteered yesterday for my first time as a Master Gardener trainee at a large vegetable garden.  I'm so impressed with this project. The garden is for the senior citizens in the mobile home park.   All the produce goes to them when it's harvested.  The garden is quite large and 44 varieties of vegetables will be planted.  I'll show you a picture when everything is up.  There is a great group of men and women that help too that live in the park. 


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While I was there I used a hoe like this.  This one is a true temper Action Hoe.  I found out that I had been hoeing my garden wrong at the Master Gardening class. Come to find out, you are not supposed to dig a hole to China  like I have been doing all these years. Who knew?  It's on my wish list until I have enough credit to buy it.   




They also had a mason bee house that I was so impressed with. Looks easy to make and we might just have the materials in our garage!  


How's your week be going?  

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review: Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard

Weddings at Promise Lodge by [Hubbard, Charlotte]

Weddings at Promise Lodge- Release date is June 27, 2017 you can now pre-order!



From Amazon:

Founded by the three Bender sisters, the Amish community of Promise Lodge is thriving—and growing. In fact, residents are thrilled to welcome a charismatic new arrival—one who may not just strengthen their faith, but put it to the test . . .

When Christine Bender meets widowed Bishop Monroe Burkholder, it’s love at first sight. But Preacher Amos finds him too good to be true, and is determined to find out what’s behind his sudden, unannounced arrival. Still, the colony needs a new bishop, and everyone is excited to have a younger, more progressive leader. As for Christine, Monroe returns her affection, but her bubble is soon burst with the arrival of a young woman half his age . . .

Leola Duff claims Monroe “ruined” her and she now intends to make an honest man of him. But throughout the process of discovering the truth, Christine never doubts that Monroe is the fine man she believes him to be—and never wavers in her faith that all will work out as it should. And when Monroe is forced to confess the truth before the entire congregation, he can only pray that open hearts and minds will prevail, allowing him a future at Promise Lodge—with Christine . . .


My thoughts:

Charlotte Hubbard has spoke to my heart again with her Weddings at Promise Lodge.  It was so good to come back and visit everyone again at the Lodge.   .  

Strong capable women are at Promise Lodge.   My two favorite are the backbone of them all, the Kahn sisters.  I love how happy they were and that they were so willing to help everyone.

Charlotte brought up issues with Leola that we all know of or even might have faced.  It was handled with kindness and grace.  I loved that. 

The descriptions were wonderful and at times the emotions ran high. I didn't want to leave the book for a moment...

There is a bonus, those wonderful sounding recipes are at the end!  

Wonderful, wonderful book!  

I was given this book by the author.    I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 5/15/17!



We took a little trip to KY this weekend to see his parents and managed a side trip to Cumberland Falls.  It is free to see plus we had as a added bonus of a classic car show in the parking lot!  

To tell the truth the thought was in my head to just eat out Wednesday before our little trip.   The easy way out is always in my head I guess. In the end it really wasn't hard to just get the frozen hamburgers and hot dogs thawed out and grilled along side the chicken. 

I printed off coupons for eating out and we took the ones we had been saving that came in the mail.

We stopped at a rest area on the way down and got the motel coupon booklet. We managed to find one for the hotel we normally stay at.  It was for $20 less than the previous price we paid.   



We stopped at four I repeat four flea markets.  It was fun but we really didn't find too much.  My biggest deal was this pack of paper plates for $2.00.  My one regret is that I should have bought more than one for that price.  



I gave his Mom the afghan I crocheted last winter for Mother's Day.


Our menu this past week:


Monday          Roast, potatoes, and carrots

Tuesday          Grilled Chicken and a salad

Wednesday     Hot dogs or Hamburgers, potato chips

Thursday         KY

Friday              KY

Saturday          KY

Sunday            Leftovers from a meal out on the way home.  We stored it in the refrigerator at the hotel and then put it in the cooler till we got to the picnic area.  


My goals for this week:

Wash the cupboards in the kitchen and the ceiling.  

Have a garage sale.  

Blog:

Read and review a book.  

What ways have you saved this past week:

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Egg Casserole Breakfast Bake





I went to my daughter's house to spoil the grand kids last week and she had made a wonderful breakfast.  While the kids had pancakes I sat down to this delicious breakfast casserole!   I need to visit in the mornings more often!

She isn't afraid to branch out and try new things.  I think why I loved this casserole because it was  something different for me and took me out of my comfort zone.  Then of course I thought it was delicious.  She was so excited that I loved it she agreed to let me post it today.  


Egg Casserole Breakfast Bake


Ingredients

1/2 (10-ounce pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed, all excess liquid squeezed out (you could also use broccoli instead of spinach)

1 small onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, chopped

8 large eggs plus 4 large egg whites

1/4 cup of milk

2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

1 container of mushrooms

1/2 tsp salt

1-10 oz Canadian bacon or ham

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 375 Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray.  In a skillet saute onions, mushrooms, and garlic.  Take off heat and add spinach (or broccoli) and mix together.  Pour into the casserole dish and spread evenly.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, eggs whites, milk, Parmesan, salt, and pepper.  Mix in mozzarella cheese and Canadian bacon (or ham) and pour over vegetables.   Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean about 30 to 35 minutes.  Wait 5 minutes and cut into 8 pieces.

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Eva