Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Day in February

The Blizzard was great for this sickie...I wasn't going anywhere anyway. I ended up not being able to open my door and get out.

I cooked and baked. My quiche turned out well. Gave one to Jenna and ate one myself.

I decided to work on my Vision/Mission board that I so long ago had purchased. I tore up magazines and tried to focus on my next year.

The finished board: health, weight and exercise management, things I love to be in my life like flowers and healthy food, dogs, compiling the cookbook memoir I want to write, God and my prayer life and spirituality, my grand-kids and god-kids in my life, continued investing in my marriage no matter how that looks, gardening, time alone and time with friends and family, reading, church and seeing folks saved and discipled. On and on...the same old story but new because this is a new day.

My bed went unmade and I washed clothes but let it pile up til evening and Cinderella Bella took full advantage of the rumpled comfy bed. <3

Friends and Flowers help me feel good! Thanks for both Lord!

Monday, February 21, 2011


They really connected while Judah was here and I put an 8 x 10 of Jamie pushing the wheelchair and Judah on Papa Jack's 'Wap' on his table so he can relive it.
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I cannot tell you how much it means to me to have an occasional young man come to visit me. I find Isaac to be a wonderful conversationalist and full of wry humor. He also likes my dog and she likes him. Nice combo. I find it pleasant when I get a visit from his brothers and sister as well though it doesn't come as often. Life keeps those youngsters busy I know. The Peterson kids are some special kids that I am smitten with. I have watched them grow and loved them along the way. It is indeed a fine thing to be their neighbor.
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Oh what a fond memory this is!
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Things that Comfort and Inspire Me.

My best advice: a saying that reminds me to take time before I speak.

A serene picture that used to hang in my aunts room. I love it, makes me think of heaven.

A collage of lovely things on the top of my book cupboard...I am glad I am tall enough to see these.

My favorite Willow tree angel is the one with bluebirds on her arms! I got it for myself long ago in a slightly different life and now I appreciate it even more.

My teapot that Jams got me years ago. I love to have tea whether alone or with a friend. It is rejuvinating and lovely.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

V-Day with Mikey and Eliana!

Mikey was drawing with colors and sitting at the table when I arrived. I gave them their little blue puppy boxes of candy and a valentine and soon Mikey wanted to run about and play. He takes a wee while to warm up to me and so spends much energy showing me his "stuff" and he really got into being a puppy after while.

Eliana was really immersed in her art project but later was wanting to show me her skinned knee and play puppy with her brother. It was a pleasant hour and then I was off to find a bit of nourishment for my body. My soul was pleasantly full of the love of these two.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Sweetie!

I think he was pleased with his cards, his treats, his framed photos, his dinner and his pie....he even had a coke (with thickit in it of course.)

Valentines Celebration with Jack

We had Music...

Jack was sentimental to the music but he did enjoy the treats too.

A lovely lively dancer!

Pam and Jeff came bearing gifts.

Kari left her cupcakes to share in the melee.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dal and Rice

I searched long and hard for Red Lentils and bingo Pierces had them for $2.99 per pound. Oh well, I didn't have to drive to the City or wait until I was there anyway. Yippeee!

Onions, yum!

Adding mega spices, some oil and cooking it all up ...smells delish. I cooked the Basmati rice while it melded into a wonderful consistency.

This is my bowl before I scarfed it! Oh lovely...
Here is the recipe:

1 medium onion, chopped
1 small hot pepper, minced
5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of oil (olive is what I used)
1 cup small red lentils
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1/8 teaspoon cardamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon hot curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
7 ounces of Cream of Coconut

1.) Place onion, garlic and hot pepper in a pot, cover with the oil (be generous
with the oil; they should swim in it) Let all of it simmer, about 5 minutes. Add lentils and stir.
2.) Add spices, stir and add enough water to cover the lentils. I began with one quart.
3.) You will have to watch it because it cooks down and you add more water until the dal is the correct consistency that you like. I cooked mine for 45 minutes and added water twice about a cup or two. Stirring often is a good idea.
4.) Taste and adjust seasoning. Add the 5-7 ounces of cream of coconut and stir.

Serve over Basmati Rice.

If you do not like the coconut flavor then just omit it. If you really like it then top with toasted coconut.

I found this gluten free mix at Viking awhile back and tonight was the night to try it.

Cupcakes are a new interest of mine...thanks to daughter-in-law Ashley.

I created a wonderful chocolate frosting with wonderful chocolate, vanilla, cream of coconut and of course powdered sugar.

I ate two! Froze some for later and they were very good!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wasn't this a lucky shot Jams got with my camera? I love it!

Catch the mischief in Judah's eyes and look at Grinny Evie's wry pleased look.

A lucky shot of a camera shy guy....love it!
A Bath and a book and a cup of tea! Such an oasis as seldom is found in this world today.

Great Gramma and Judah

Grinny Evie and Judah were creating some art. He was totally into the process and loved sitting on her lap and ordering more and helping. It was a precious time.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hands of Time

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Papa Jack got so sad thinking about his situation. We hugged and kissed him all around!

Lets SHOP!





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New Coat & Kiss from Grinny

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