2/7/16

Pinterest Interest

Hey everyone!  This is a perfectly beautiful Arizona morning....cerulean blue sky, 43 degree temp right now and soaring into the upper 70's later on in the day!   "It's a good day to be a good day."  I saw this phrase on a Fixer Upper episode, and it has been a sort of mantra to me to use every day.  I don't know who authored this phrase, so if you do, please let me know.

Are you a Pinterest fan?  I've been enjoying this addictive site for several years now, amassing 97 Boards, 6.4K Pins, and 847 Likes.....maybe I should try applying the Marie Kondo method of tidying up, but I probably won't!  If you are like me, you can get completely absorbed adding new pins or doing a search for this or that.  I almost always go to Pinterest before going to Google, but I realized I haven't shared very many "Pin Wins" or "Pin Fails," and I decided to remedy that today.

As I've gotten stronger, I've been doing more of the cooking and that makes The Man very happy.  I have pinned so many recipes, and have been putting them into my weekly menu plan.  I'd like to share a few.

The Man and I prepped this for the slow cooker a couple of days ago.  We had some errands to run that day, so it was nice to have dinner all ready to dish up when we got home.  Oh, and the aroma.....better than any scented candle!  It was delish served with some buttermilk biscuits.  The only thing I would do differently next time, is to braise the beef before adding it to the slow cooker....braising meat really enhances the flavor.

We often have breakfast for dinner around here, so when I ran across this recipe on the Taste of Home site, I knew we had to try it!  It was so good I think we could easily serve it up once a week, but probably not the healthiest thing to do.  The only thing I did differently, was to cut the servings from 4 to 2.....I love leftovers, but didn't think this would be great reheated!

Baked Cheddar Eggs & Potatoes Recipe

I haven't made this in awhile, but it's going to be on the menu plan very soon.  It is extremely easy to prepare and makes great leftovers if you are a family of 2!  I do substitute Lite Cream Cheese....better for my figure!

Of course, I could not leave out a few desserts, right?  Regular Crazy Cake is wonderful, but a whole cake for 2 people is even crazier!  This recipe is so easy to whip up and tastes like the most amazing Devil's Food Cake you have ever put in your mouth.  I've made this twice over the last couple of weeks and it may be the perfect "Super Bowl" dessert today!

If you are a fan of Snickerdoodle Cookies, then this recipe is for you.  Oh my goodness, this is so delicious and tastes just like a warm Snickerdoodle right from the oven.  All the ingredients are most probably in your kitchen already!
Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

Of all the cravings that I had while on chemo and the tastebuds had walked out the door, lemon-anything was one of the biggies.  I could not eat citrus of any kind, so now I am making up for it!  This was an absolutely delicious cake, and I even used lemon juice and lemon zest from our own lemons!  I'm truly crushing over this cup and saucer, but my FiestaWare soup mugs worked just fine!   


I actually didn't have any "Pin Fails" this time around.  All of the above recipes turned out perfectly.  I linked each one to the direct source to give full credit to each of these wonderful ladies who've taken the time to share their recipes and lovely photos.  My food photos never turn out very good, but these ladies have mastered the tricks of food photography.  I hope you will give some of these recipes a try and give credit where credit is due.

I'd like to make this kind of post a regular thing, and not just for food either.  There are so many talented people contributing to Pinterest, and I plan to "try more and pin less"....well, that's "pie-in-the-sky" wishful thinking, my finger is always poised to pin something!  I do plan to share more of what I try, and we'll leave it at that!

Have a lovely Sunday, enjoy the Super Bowl if that is your thing, and be grateful for a brand new week to do "stuff!"  Thanks so much for stopping by.
I often party with these lovely bloggers:

Monday
Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Merry Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home

Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop

Thursday
Jemma at  At Home With Jemma for Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home

2/3/16

It's a Celebration!

Hey everyone!  I don't usually make a big deal out of it, but this year I'm celebrating.....it's my birthday!  I truly feel so lucky and blessed after all that has happened over the last 7 months, that I'm ready to shout it from the rooftops --"I am 67, alive and STRONG!  I am Woman, hear me roar!"


It's a good day to be a good day!

Warm hugs to everyone!

1/31/16

Sparking Inspiration, Creativity & Joy

Hey everyone!  Here we are about to turn the calendar page to the second month of the year.....February, the "Month of Love."  I truly miss the Valentine's Day celebrations of years gone by.       They were simple and not so commercial.   Some of you are too young to remember the shoe boxes that were lovingly decorated with tissue paper, paper doilies, streamers and hand cut paper hearts; and, of course, you wouldn't dare forget to make an opening in the top of the box.  Teachers always made a special place in the classroom for all the pretty boxes to sit on display for several days prior to the big Valentine's Day party.   


The packages of Valentines were all very simple and there was little variation or selection (they were VERY inexpensive, too), but each child would write their names on the card and each classmate's name on the little white envelopes, being careful not to forget anyone.


It was a time when the classroom was festooned with lots of paper hearts and streamers, giving renewed inspiration for learning and creating.  "Room Mothers" (is that what they are called today?) would arrive on party day with jugs of punch and trays piled high with their child's favorite cookies.....Mom had those special recipes marked in her cookbook.   Everyone was happy and excited to open their little boxes and look at each and every Valentine card. There was such joy in the hearts of each child.


Today we seem to be bombarded with TV ads, urging us to "buy" this or that to show how much we love each other.  It makes some of us feel overwhelmed, especially falling so close on the heels of an "overly commercialized" Christmas.  It's often difficult, but perhaps we just need to step back and see the inspiration and joy in simple creations.


Little cloth hearts, simply made with a well-worn kitchen towel that was destined for the rag box.....soft with faded stripes, sparked a creative idea. 




Adding sweet fabric hearts enhances the beauty of nature's bountiful creations.  Even simple grocery store flowers bring joy to your heart and can easily spark creativity.


Bits of lace that had been relegated to the scrap box, all of a sudden has new life and is a reminder of the many paper hearts decorated with paper doilies.



Simple flower arrangements in unexpected places can be a little sweet surprise each time you pass by.....even when you are the one who placed them there.




Simple treasures that have stood the test of time can truly bring smiles of joy.  It's amazing how adding something sweet to look at while doing the mundane tasks of the day (like washing dishes), can bring such joy and love to fill your heart.

I hope each and every day is filled with inspiration, creativity and joy.  Sometimes we have to open our eyes just a bit wider to see what's right in front of us.  Look at today with your eyes wide-open!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love hearing from each and everyone of you.  You bring joy to my heart.
 I often party with these lovely bloggers:

Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home

Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop

Thursday
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home

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