Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A NEW COOKIE JAR AND A LOT MORE

I found a new Cookie Jar on sale at Macy's.  It's plastic and has a vacuum seal.  The cookies go pretty fast, but now at least the last on will be fresh!

Yesterday was not so much fun.  I had my appointment with my dentist for my teeth cleaning.  However, with new x-rays they found a cavity that was right on the nerve and I ended up getting a root canal.  Perhaps the good news is, if I had started to feel discomfort while at Jill's that would not have been good. 

Something about the "winter" of our lives, our bodies just start falling apart, sagging and creaking.  Just had a hearing aid repaired and that's not cheap either.  I laughed and told my dearest, I didn't expect to put my 401K in my mouth and ears.  HaHa.  But praise the Lord, the resource was available.  I choose to be positive.

The suitcase in on the bed and I've been arranging and re-arranging because I only want to take one on my trip to Jill's.  It rains there most of the time, and I found a London Fog raincoat in perfect condition at the Thrift Shop for $8.  That's a must for the suitcase.

I'm rambling but one more thing.  In case you think there is a mistake on fb because you don't see me....no mistake I deactivated my account.   I will keep my blog, and be more faithful on it when I get back from Oregon.

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

HOMEMADE SOUP ON A RAINY DAY

Minestrone Soup~ Yum



Rainy days in the neighborhood.
So sad the storms in other parts of the country that are causing so much damage and loss of life.  Nature is a powerful thing!  Prayers for those affected by the weather.

What does you Monday look like?



Saturday, January 21, 2017

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY





Grace Moments by Max Lucado

I CHOOSE SELF-CONTROL

I am a spiritual being . . .
After this body is dead, my spirit will soar.
I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal.
I choose self-control.  I will be drunk only by joy.
I will be impassioned only by faith.
I will be influenced only by God.
I will be taught only by Christ.
I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
To these I commit my day.
If I succeed, I will give thanks.
If I fail, I will seek grace.
And then, when this day is done,
I will place my head on my pillow
and rest.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

RECIPE FOR BREAKFAST CASSEROLE



 Had several requests for the recipe of the breakfast casserole I made for the Cooking Class at the Villa.  It was very tasty.  My dearest sampled the corner. HaHa

I think you could substitute sausage for the ham for an option.
 
BRUNCH STRATA

1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
3 small zucchini, chopped or thinly sliced
2 medium onions  chopped (approx. 1 ½  cup)
2 cups cubed ham
2 garlic cloves (minced)
½ cup half/half
2  8 oz pkg. cream cheese
12 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups day old bread cubed
3 cups shredded cheese
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

1.    In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.  Add vegetables and ham.  Cook and stir until vegetables are tender.  Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer.  Drain and pat dry.
2.    In a large bowl,  beat the cream cheese and cream until smooth.  Gradually beat in the eggs.  Stir in the remaining ingredients and vegetable mixture.
3.    Transfer into a greased baking dish.  Bake uncovered at 350 degree for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Served at Wanda’s Cooking Class
Taste of Home Annual Recipes (2014) Page 144

VILLA COOKING CLASS



A nice turn out for the cooking class at the Villa.  We have one gentleman that never misses.. he loves to eat.   HaHa.  I'm wearing my new apron Julie gave me for Christmas.  My apron collection keeps growing!



Heart Smart Bisquick for Strudel and Cinnamon Rolls was the menu.

Cinnamon rolls with frosting
We made two Strudels ~ One blueberry and one Cherry.

 I made a Breakfast Casserole to have with the "sweets" and my dearest had to take a corner to make sure it was OK to serve the cooking class ~ tee hee.

Monday, January 16, 2017

CREATIVE TUESDAY ~~ "DAZZLE ME"

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Creative Tuesday's theme "DAZZLE ME" might be difficult as what might "Dazzle Me"  might not dazzle you at all.  I decided to use my new Art Journal and sketch some miniatures of a few things that "dazzle" me.
  • Sunsets
  • New Ideas
  • Double Rainbows
  • Perfect Hail Mary
  • Newborn Babies
  • God's Love

What "dazzles" you?

Be sure to click on the CT Badge on the side bar to see all the other participants and be dazzled.  Thanks Michael for hosting this fun meme.

A NEW BISQUICK AND AND A FUN SUNDAY

 Bisquick has a new "Heart Smart" variety.  Less calories and using skim milk.  I picked it up to use at the upcoming cooking class at the Villa.  
 I made a small batch of cinnamon rolls this morning using the new Bisquick.  They are lighter and of course I ruined the "heart smart" with my famous drizzle...oh well. They sure tasted good.
Also going to use it to make a strudel for the class. 

Sunday was such a fun day.  I spent it with our son's wife, which I call the daughter of my heart.
We started our day together at MiMi's for a delicious breakfast, and was so busy visiting, didn't get a picture. 
After breakfast, a trip to "Kirkland Home", where Chelenne found a cute sign for her bathroom.

"Wash Your Hands
Say Your Prayers
Cause, Jesus and Germs
Are Everywhere"

Then on to Kohl's, Marshals and Trader Joe's.  Finishing the day with a walk in Old Town Monrovia and a ice cream at Cold Stone.  The picture above is a new statue in from of the old theater depicting an camera man of the past making his film.

I've been wanting to have a day with Chelenne as she is a very busy mom on line college student and pre-school teacher.  

How was your Sunday?
 

Friday, January 13, 2017

DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE





DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE.  In my dreams and goals for 2017, the biggest dream was so spend time with Jill and Tristan.   My flight is booked and I will be spending February in Oregon, loving on this precious little guy and his mom and dad.    Keep believing ~ Dreams really do come true.   Will share a few more posts before I leave.



Saturday, January 7, 2017

EATING HEALTHY AND NOT


 Glazed boneless chicken thighs and fresh veggies!  A healthy dinner.

Not so much!  HaHa.  Blueberry strudel!  I had to make one.  This is what we are making at the cooking class at the Villa this month.  I had to make sure it would taste good.  Right?  Two versions.  This one is made with Bisquick and blueberry pie filling.  Also I make one with pie crust.  It's lighter and flaky, but the Bisquick recipe is very quick and easy.
Speaking of pie filling, the trick of pie filling on cottage cheese for lunch from Betsy's plan is so good.  Now I keep pie filling on hand.
What do you have for lunch?

Friday, January 6, 2017

ODDS AND ENDS


My dearest has found a perfect spot to read his Bible while I'm shopping at the Mall.  The Paris Baguette on the ground floor.  Fresh coffee, a pastry and morning devotions.  He's a happy man.
A happy Molly, taking a nap with her teddy bear.
 
The recent rains have given all the plants in the Villa a bath.  Everything looks so fresh and clean.

This is my exercise machine.   I use it several times a day.  This is the "UP" mode.


This is the "DOWN" mode!  So far today I've been up and down 4 times.  Why go to the gym...HaHa
I completed the first week in my "Flourish Journal" and the first coloring page.  It was fun, and the first week was on God's love.  I know I will enjoy this project each week.

How is your new year going?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CREATIVE TUESDAY ~ 2017

Painting by Nigel Van Wieck (NY series)



 Creative Tuesday is taking a different turn this time.  Michael gave us this painting, and wanted us to observe it and see if we could come up with a story behind the story.  The following is mine.

The power of observation tells me a little about this gal.  She’s comfortable in her own skin.  No fancy clothes to impress anyone.  A warm and rather old fashioned sweater…for warmth, not looks.  A headband says, I don’t have time to work on my hair, and I don’t want it in my eyes.   A plastic grocery bag by her feet, and a book by her side tells me she’s on her way, like every other day.   She works at a women’s shelter in the inter city.  She’s giving back.  It wasn’t so long ago, that she too was living in a shelter.  I like her, don’t you?

The rest of the instructions, was to come up with an illustration of our own, and tell it's story.   One of my goals for 2017 is to stretch my creativity.  I'm a painter...not  "crafty"...I'm not good with scissors, paste and paper.   But as I studied the woman in the picture...I kept thinking of traveling.   And with my motto for 2017 in my header, I decided to throw caution to the wind, and make a Train Ticket to WHEREVER!!!

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Be sure and click on the Creative Tuesday Badge on my sidebar to see all the other takes on this new theme.  Thank you Michael for so faithfully keeping Creative Tuesday going for all those participants.  You are the Best.