Just sharing some of my favorite items.
It’s summertime and who doesn’t want their home to smell like citrus?
Here’s a great household tip for those orange or citrus peels.
Some peeks into my Spring.
The hostas I planted in 2013 and forgot about came up again. Love me some hostas because they’re so easy to grow.
Eating supper on the front porch can be so relaxing after spending the day inside.
My oldest daughter has fallen in love with gardening. She has planted so many beautiful flowers this Spring. Now I need to get her interested in veggies. 🙂
After an extensive search, I was so excited to find this cute owl mug for only .25 at the thrift store!
I love it when my hubby cranks up the grill. I know some yummy food is on the way. He prepared enough for us to eat on through the week and when the grilled veggies were gone, I pan roasted these in the oven. Real food and good eatin’!
After my last post on that beautiful Spring day, I found out my oldest brother had died suddenly. He left a void in the lives of his daughters, grandchildren, siblings, and father. I think of him often and miss him daily. Some of my family made the trip to Reelfoot Lake in his memory.
Thanks for stopping by!
It’s Springtime and many will be starting their gardens.
Here’s a handy hint for your compost pile.
Coffee grounds can be an excellent addition to a compost pile.
The grounds are relatively rich in nitrogen, providing bacteria the energy they need to turn organic matter into compost. About 2 percent nitrogen by volume, used coffee grounds can be a safe substitute for nitrogen-rich manure in the compost pile. (Provided by ScienceDaily.)
Sometimes you run across a draft post that you forgot to publish. This is one of those times. From 2009…
Years ago, supper get-togethers were a big thing for us. On Tuesday nights or possibly Thursday nights, Laura and I would make supper together and after eating, we’d play Trivial Pursuit. Those were the days before kids and rushed evenings of homework and laundry, laundry, laundry!
When we tried to choose our menu for the evening, Sausage Casserole was always among our choices. Sausage Casserole or Pizza Potatoes. Decisions, decisions.
If we had a little extra money, we’d go big-time and have homemade Enchiladas with a side of Mexican Rice and Rotel Cheese dip, which we would pour over everything!
I don’t get to eat like that very often. I try to make healthier meals nowdays.
Those were the days before internet…or even cell phones! It was just us friends sitting around, having a good meal and a good time together playing board games and visiting. Sometimes I long for those quiet, easy in some ways – harder in other, days.
So, I go to my old recipe box and pull out one of these vintage recipes and the first taste takes me back.
This version is made with Dreamfields Penne Rigate pasta. It was delicious! Add a salad and crusty bread if you like and you have a meal.
1 lb mild sausage
1 bag egg noodles, cooked and drained (I used Dreamfields pasta instead)
12 oz cream of mushroom soup (homemade recipe – see below)
2 cups mozzerella cheese
Cook sausage and drain. Mix noodles with soup. Pour in 2 qt casserole. Top with mozzerella cheese. Bake for 40 minutes at 375º.
COOK’S NOTE: Now that I’m trying to avoid wheat, I’m thinking this might be good with layered zucchini sliced real thin instead of the pasta. Maybe with a sprinkle of Parmesan. Yeah, why not! add a little more cheese! 🙂
On Linda Sue’s site, there’s a great recipe for Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup.
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Sorry for my extended absence.
My precious mother-in-law passed away quite suddenly
after a harsh round of chemotherapy for a quick growing lung cancer.
She will be sorely missed.
What a lady.
She took 8 little kids, 6 sons and 2 daughters, away
from an abusive relationship
and raised them with the love and help
of a wonderful man, our Papa Freddie.
She was our strength and the glue that kept our
She kept her kids on the right path with her tough love.
Gone too soon.
We love you both, Grandma and Papa.
Rest in Jesus.
I’m busy planning a birthday party for my Valentine baby
who is turning 13!
Yummy food and delicious birthday cake to be had by all!
To see our party food from last year, go here.
I love appetizers and this is one of the best roll-ups I’ve tried in a while!
I got this recipe from a friend who got it from Taste of Home, my favorite cook book! I’m so glad she shared this tasty recipe. I served these at my daughter’s birthday party, at her request. She is a garlic lover and loves these pinwheels.
Ham Pecan Pinwheels
In a bowl, beat cream cheese, mayonnaise and garlic until smooth. Stir in pecans. Spread about 3 tablespoonfuls on tortilla, add a ham slice.
Roll up tightly; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into bite-size rounds. Yield: several dozen depending on how wide you cut them. 🙂
*I used Mission Carb Balance tortillas to reduce the carbs.
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My daughter is loving photography.
In fact, I’m having to hunt for my camera lately.
She loves taking pictures out doors.
She caught her cat posing one day and snapped a quick shot.
She loves the vintage sepia look.
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Today I’m linking to
The last piece of apple pie is gone;
How did it disappear?
The bowl of delicious stuffing
Has also vanished, I fear.
It happens each Thanksgiving,
When leftover goodies flee,
And each of us knows the responsible one
Couldn’t be you or me.
The only way it could happen
Is readily diagnosed;
It must be the crafty, incredibly sneaky,
Still hungry Thanksgiving ghost.
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Today would have been Papa’s 83rd birthday. He was a man that lived up to his name…he truly was golden. He is greatly missed.
Freddie H. Golden
11-19-27 to 5-24-10
Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.
Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.