Saturday, February 5, 2022

THIS AND THAT AND NOT MUCH MORE

 

I had such good INTENTIONS of writing more on my blog....but you know how that goes!  I have been one busy gal lately.  Remind me that I am retired and I should not have any more BIG IDEAS.  Why?  Because I was put in CHARGE of my BIG IDEA, that’s why.  And has it ever been      B-I-G!


Our church has been through several transitions over the last few years and to make a long story short, our church needs a big, big cleanup and decluttering!  I talked to our chairman of the Deacons about it, then he asked me to speak at the Deacon’s monthly meeting and....WHAM!!!!  They told me to come up with a plan and they would be right behind me!!!!

Well, I have been working on this plan...and doing a lot of cleaning out all by myself...for about two months and the big CLEANUP DAY is Feb. 26.  I have thrown away, donated, decluttered, and organized until I’m one tired puppy!  BUT....I’m not complaining because I’m DOING IT FOR THE LORD:)  Hopefully I’ll have lots of help to finish up on the 26th.  If not, I’m sending the devil after them!!!!

So what can I share with you that’s more interesting than dirt & clutter???  Well, here is something that made me do a happy dance.


I had been wanting some cute spice jars to put in my cabinet since I don’t have enough counter space for a spice rack.  I kept looking but didn’t want to pay the high prices.  Then I learned about AMAZON WAREHOUSE....am I the last to hear about this?  I checked it out not expecting much and would you believe one of the first things that popped up  was the exact jars (with printed labels) that I had wanted and the price....$13!!!!  I jumped on those cuties before I could blink.  I just love labels!!!

And before I go, how about a quick and easy meal...my husband loves it.  We have it on a Sat. or Sun. night when I don’t want to cook much.  And is it ever filling!!!!




To give it a little more oomph I bake a small chicken breast or two chicken tenders, chop them up, and add to the pot.

 

This last time we also enjoyed this with some yummy bread to dip in it.  This lovely Infused Sunflower Oil is produced in the next county and it was a gift from our son.  Really added some pizzazz to our simple meal.


 




I hope all of you are well and not dealing with Covid as many here are...good thing is few are going to the hospital and this strain is basically like a bad cold along with tiredness...I still don’t want it!

Hope those of you with snow are enjoying it...wish you’d send me a snowball or two!  In other words, I hope all is well in your world and that each day you count many blessings.



Saturday, January 8, 2022

NEW YEAR...NEW WORD!

 

I have (yet again) been away from my blog for the past few weeks...or is it months!!  2021 was not my best year for various reasons, and I just lost my MOJO for anything creative.  I love writing my blog, and I've really missed it.  So I hope I can get back in the groove and that my "few" readers will join me once again.

I have chosen my WORD OF THE YEAR and thought I would share.  It is...drum roll, please...

        


The dictionary defines FAITH as "confidence or trust in a person or thing; belief that is not based on proof."  It also defines it as BELIEF IN GOD.  I have been "of the Christian faith" since I was born:)  My mama took me to church as soon as it was "proper" and I've been going ever since.  So I do have FAITH in God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

But this year I want to GROW my FAITH and especially work on...FAITH WITHOUT FEAR.  I am a self-professed, dyed-in-the-wool WORRYWART...a person who tends to worry habitually and often needlessly!  And I really do hate that about myself, so I'm going to work on it.  I also want to improve on my daily reading and studying of scripture, digging deeper and learning more.  I sure hope all this works out because my Words of the Year for 2020 (JOY) and 2021 (ADVENTURE) didn't work out so well...thanks to you, Mr. Covid!


I am going to "try" to blog much more, but I know I still won't be prolific at it.  (How do those bloggers who do it as their profession think of so much to write about?)  My hope is that my former readers will come back to "chat" and perhaps that I might even find some new friends and readers as time goes on.  

So, here's to 2022 and a fresh start.  I hope your NEW YEAR will be filled with much HAPPINESS and MANY BLESSINGS...and my COVID not mess up yet another year!


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Thought I'd share with you what we had for supper tonight...it's a yummy and easy-to-prepare soup that I never thought I'd like, but I love it (and so does my hubby)!

TACO SOUP

1 lb. ground beef (I use venison)
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 pkg. taco mix
1 can Rotel
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can light red kidney beans
1 can kernel corn

Brown & drain beef/venison in large Dutch oven.  Mix in the dry mixes.  Add the other ingredients...DO NOT DRAIN THEM!  I also add a wee bit of salt and a little water if the soup looks dry.  Bring to a slow boil; then simmer.  The longer it simmers, the better it tastes!  I usually simmer 2-3 hours.

Serve with cornbread muffins...oh, so good!  (I use JIFFY MIX.)    

*This soup freezes well.  Hope you enjoy! 

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P.S.  Blogger is playing tricks on me again!  Just checked my preview and the font size changed and I can't get it back big again!  Hope you can read it!!!  Blogger drives me crazy sometimes.











Sunday, September 12, 2021

A WOMAN'S PRAYER...upon the beginning of a DIET!

 

I came across this recently and it seems very appropriate for me as I “try” (understand I said:  TRY) to begin on a diet tomorrow.  If only losing 15 lbs. were as easy as putting it on!!!!  

 

 

Now I lay me down to sleep...

I pray the Lord my shape to keep.


Please, no wrinkles; please, no bags;

And, please, lift my butt before it sags!

(Sorry...couldn't resist!)

Please, no age spots; please, no gray;


And, as for my belly, please take it away.


Please keep me healthy; please keep me young;

 


And thank you, Dear Lord, for all that you’ve done!

Side bar:  I should have prayed this sooner!!!

I really don’t mind (too much) getting older...definitely better than the alternative...but it’s the wrinkles, gray hairs, chin hairs, menopause weight, and saggy hiney that I don’t care for!!!!  But I’m thankful...very thankful...for God allowing me to make it this far:)


*THE TRUTH IN 13 WORDS...

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened.





 

 

Friday, September 3, 2021

I'VE FALLEN...FOR FALL!!!

 


Fall is my absolute favorite season...and after our long hot summers here in the South I’m always glad to see it come.  Even though it’s not “officially FALL”, I couldn’t wait a minute longer.  I’ve hit HOBBY LOBBY twice along with Dollar Tree and Dollar General (where I found very little).  Soooo...I thought I’d let my pictures do this post:)  Hope you like my style!


MY  TIERED  TRAY...I love decorating it for the seasons.


 


Got this cute mug from ETSY...love me some pumpkin spice!



                 I adore GNOMES...came from Hobby Lobby.



           All the dishes came from Wal-Mart a few years ago.

Placemats were a gift from a friend who was moving...they came from Dollar Tree (surprisingly very good quality).




 



I made the wreath with supplies from Hobby Lobby...just                      something simple (to go with my simple skills!)



The porch rocker is very old and belonged to my husband’s beloved grandmother.  Not in great shape any longer but so hard to get rid of something so old and that belonged to family.  Pillow from Wal-Mart last year; scarecrow from Hobby Lobby.



                           Scarecrow from Hobby Lobby.

              Do the sunflowers look tacky??  Tell the truth!!!


 

Can’t wait for the cooler FALL air so I can once again enjoy my front porch.




 


And one last little scarecrow...from Hobby Lobby couple years ago.  They still have lots of cute ones.


Soooo....do you decorate for FALL?  What's your favorite season?










Thursday, August 26, 2021

WHAT KIND OF TATER ARE YOU?

 This is an old one...but it never hurts to be reminded.


Some people never seem motivated to participate, but are content to watch others do.  They are called “Speck Taters.”



 

Some people never do anything to help, but are gifted at finding fault with the way others do things.  They’re called “Comment Taters.”

 


Some are always looking to cause problems and really get under your skin.  They are called “Ajjie Taters.”



 

There are those who are always saying they will, but somehow they never get around to doing.  We call them “Hezzie Taters.”



 

Some people put on a front and act like someone they really aren’t.  They’re called “Emma Taters.”

 


Then, there are those who walk what they talk.  They’re always prepared to stop what they’re doing to lend a hand to others and bring real sunshine into the lives of others.  You call them...............  

“SWEET TATERS.”

 


What kind of TATER are you?