Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You Know You're Loved When...

Some may call this a weed...

But, I call it a special bouquet 
of prairie flowers just for me!

My youngest son, picked them right from the field 
and then placed them in one 
of his Ninja Turtle cups 
and then placed the cup 
in my flower bed for me to find.

Aren't they pretty?

I would much rather receive these flowers
 than any store bought ones.

These are picked with Love!

This is something my boys 
think of and do often for me.

I treasure these moments of kindness...

My youngest loves to give!

He has a great BIG heart and 
loves to share with others!

A rose can say "I Love You"
orchids can enthrall,
but a weed bouquet in a child's fist,
Yes, that says it all.

And you know you're loved when...

You wake up to this on your sidewalk!

We must be doing something right...

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Hugs and Blessings,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Color Time...

I love to color!  I mean who doesn't, right?

My boys will still set down at the table and 
color a new picture for the fridge.

It brings color and a memory to our Home!

I save almost all of my boys Art work.  
We have a lot of Art work from over the years, 
so I pick out the best ones and keep them in a file.  
I love to be able to look back at their Art and see how
 they have improved with each year they get older.

Each page colored or created brings 
a special memory to me.

One day when my boys are grown,
 these special pictures
 will hold a special place in my heart.  
They were made with Love!  

I have a picture of my boys hand prints 
we made when they were younger
and we put this poem inside the frame:

Every day I am exploring
Touching everything I've found
I leave behind my little marks
and hand prints all around

You clean up those hand prints
But someday when I'm grown
You'll wish you had just one
hand print to keep for your own

I made this hand print for you
so that one day when I am tall
You'll remember what my hand looks like
Long ago when I was small.

That's how I feel even now about
 all the pages they have colored,
because one day those too will become few.

Cherish those moments!
Remember the little things!
And don't ever forget the memories made!

Happy Days!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce...

I love PASTA!

And what goes with Pasta?  Homemade Spaghetti Sauce!

Earlier this summer, I got the thought in my head
 to can some homemade Spaghetti Sauce.

So, I pulled out all the frozen tomatoes
 I had and gave it a try.

My house smelled so good while cooking the sauce down.
All I could think about was fresh sauce 
on a great big bowl of pasta!

I wonder if I have any Italian in me?!

I only got 6 quarts, 
but I will be making more this fall.

Here is the recipe I used:
60-65 tomatoes
2 onions, chopped
2 green or red bell peppers
4 cloves of garlic
2 (12oz.) cans of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. Oregano
2 Tbsp. Basil
1 Tbsp. Rosemary
1 Tbsp. Thyme
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire
Lemon Juice

Prepare your water canner and get the water boiling.  
Sterilize your canning jars and
 have them warming in the oven.

Begin by adding your tomatoes
 to a pot with about a 1/2 c. water. 
Boil over low heat, reduce and simmer
 for about 20 minutes.

Add in the tomato paste. Stirring well.
Strain sauce to remove all the tomato peels. 
 Add back to pot and add in the onion, bell peppers and garlic.
Simmer for 30 minutes.  Stir constantly.
Now add in the oregano, rosemary, thyme, 
basil and Worcestershire. 
Still until combined.
Simmer for about 10 minutes.

Grab your quart jars and add in 
2 Tbsp. lemon juice to each jar.

Using your canning funnel,
 fill each warm jar with the sauce. 
Wipe jars and place on the lids.

Place your jars into the water bath canner 
and boil for 45 minutes.

Remove from canner and let rest overnight
 to ensure proper sealing.

I guarantee you won't want 
store bought spaghetti sauce again!

Happy Canning!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Four Letter Words...

Do you ever feel like this?

I think it's funny, really.

I'm a full time, homemaker and these are my daily chores,
well not the diet thing, but most everything else.

I'm choosing not to like them, maybe I'm rebelling a bit?!
Just kidding...

Dusting... really?!  Actually I don't mind dusting, 
if we haven't been having major dust storms.

Ironing... I don't iron!  I don't like to iron!
I have actually burnt clothes before
so, I choose not to iron.
For the safety of myself and my clothes!

Cooking... that is a must have thing, right?
I do like to cook, but not when it's in the 100's outside.
It tends to get a little warm in the kitchen. :)
That's when the crock pot comes in handy!

Mending... sometimes, so this one really doesn't effect me.

Baking... Yes, please!  I LOVE to bake!
If I could live on cookies alone,
 I would BAKE all the time!

Diets... definitely don't work for me.... 
someone says the word diet and I gain 5 pounds!
Does that happen to any of you too?

I hope I made you laugh....
 If so I did my chore for the day!

Enjoy the Simple things!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simple Ice Cream Dessert...

This has got to be one of the easiest desserts I have ever made!

All you need is:
1 bag of Oreo Cookies
1 one quart of soft vanilla ice cream

Place your Oreo cookies in a large zip lock baggie.
Crush them up with your rolling pin.

Spread them out into a 9x13 baking dish.

If your ice cream isn't quite soft,
mix it with a mixer.
(I used my Kitchen Aid)

Now carefully, spread it over the crushed cookies.

I had frozen strawberries in the freezer,
but feel free to use fresh sliced strawberries.

Layer your whole or sliced strawberries 
over the top of your ice cream, 
gently press them into the ice cream.

Can you see all the yummy layers?
Now, place your covered pan into the freezer until it firms 
back up and the ice cream is frozen once again.

Cut into squares and enjoy!

This is a perfect summer dessert.

We actually eat this year round. 
 It's highly requested for Birthdays!

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing day!

Hugs and Blessings,

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gluten Free Brownies...

One of my dear sweet girlfriends has gone Gluten Free
and I have been trying to learn and create some new desserts 
that she can enjoy when she comes for a visit.

She had made these brownies awhile back and asked me to try it.
Well, I just loved it!
I mean who can go wrong with Chocolate!!
And ,when she told me it was a Gluten Free Brownie
I was just shocked at how yummy it was.

So, if any of your ladies out there are Gluten Free
you have got to give this recipe a try.
And if you aren't Gluten Free, you still need to try it.
It's that delicious!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

1/2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips + more for top
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
1/4 c. + 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
2/3 c. sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan or an 8x8 pan.
 Dust your greased pan with 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder.
Melt chocolate chips in microwave. 
This will take about 90 seconds or so. Stir.
Pour black beans and the melted chocolate
 in a food processor, blend until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients and continue
 to process until it's all smooth. 
Scraps the sides of bowl if needed.  
Pour into prepared pan. 
Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.
Bake for 25 minutes until top is slightly
 cracked and center is set.
Cool for at lest 30 minutes before cutting.

I will tell you these are a rich brownie!
Eat these with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Shh...Quiet Time

We all need to have quiet time, don't we?

I am, in general a very quiet, keep to myself kind of gal.

I think it's important as moms, wives and women in general
to have quiet times through out our busy days.

If we don't, we feel agitated and worn out.

My life is very busy. 
Trying to raise three boys keeps me
 on my toes at all times!

So.... if you can only imagine or have had this experience, you know
when the house falls silent, you need to worry....

I have come down after quiet time and found
 some interesting messes over the years.
I have found all the cabinets in the kitchen open, 
food on the counter.
Sometimes they were experimenting with food.
Toys scattered everywhere!
Older brother setting on his younger brothers. 
 Hogged tied on the ground.

And, I needed quiet time, WHY?!

I do think that on occasion.
But could you imagine if I didn't take 
10 minutes to my self what the outcome 
of my day would be?

Pure and udder Chaos!
 Nope, I choose quiet time and I do keep
 one ear and eye open
just in case...

Take time for yourself today!

Hugs and Blessings,

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