Monday, March 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday

Life has been a little bit busier than usual with the start of another sports season and taking care of my grand kiddos. In addition I think I'm finally fully recovered from a nasty virus that slowed me down for a few weeks.

I've decided that I absolutely love my crock pot and have been using it LOTS!

These recipes aren't in any particular order. I tend to go with the taste buds and whatever else is going on in life lately. For Sunday I'm making lasagna in advance. Everyone's favorite! 

This week I have some more crock recipes marked but in the event the weather gets nice, we'll throw some bratwurst on the grill. Have a wonderful and blessed weekend and see you all next week!

Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken 
Sweet potatoes

Tacos or Taco Salad (Easy Crockpot Recipe) 

Easy Slow Cooker Maple Orange Pork Tenderloin

Oven BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Make Ahead Mini Meatloaf

Breakfast for Supper
eggs, sausage, gluten free pancakes

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bird Wall Art

It's a bird day today. Not as in birthday, just a great day for painting birds. Maybe I'm a bit inspired by the spring like weather we're having but I was in the mood for bird art.

It was Christmas time when I stained a piece of scrap board with Ebony stain and it's been here ever since. I used an image from The Graphics Fairy (although I can't find it again) to make a stencil for the bird on this rustic "Welcome" sign.

I used an antique white to paint the bird and font, then distressed it. I think I distressed it a little more than I wanted, but still okay. It got a paste wax finish and now it's ready to hang.

Pottery Barn inspired this next project, which began as a canvas painted with antique white and then a white-white wash over the top. I sort hastened the process with this one a bit by carefully using the heat gun in between coats.

Trying to use a freezer paper stencil didn't work as well as I'd have liked. The canvas has a bit of give to it. After I finished it, I thought the yellow was too bright. I mixed a little orange and antique white and then added it to the yellow to make a sort of gold. I'm not totally sure which one I like better, but  it's a done deal now. As soon as I get the living room painted I need to get decorating. I still have grand kid watercolor paintings to hang too.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you are enjoying your week and stop back again!

After the gold.

Before the gold. Which one?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Word Art Wednesday 173

It's hard to believe how robust the little sparrows are. Even with really low temperatures outside, they never fail to peek out from around the garage. I think a few were taking temporary shelter under the car yesterday, and decided to move when I went to pick our son and grandson up from school.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:29-31

It's a good reminder of our Heavenly Father's care for us too. One very cold night last week, the furnace went out at our daughter's house. It wasn't a situation you want to have with little ones.  Thankfully it wasn't anything too serious and they had heat back on again the following day. In the meantime we rounded up some safe heaters and were able to keep them warm for the night.

I'm really thankful for all God does provide for us from day to day. We always have what we need. Our kids are learning from day to day in Christian schools, there is food on the table, warm covers on our beds, a roof over our heads, the love of family and so much more.

During this Lenten season we are also reminded of Christ's sufferings for our sakes. We can look forward to each new day without fear. God loves us and we can be certain of his promises that we will be cared for now and in eternity.

It's finally March and I'm certainly looking forward to shedding this cold weather. In the meantime I unleashed a little creativity and made a little card for our daughter and son-in-law's anniversary this weekend. Isn't it a cheerful scene? 

Enjoy your weekend and God Bless! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

One Week of Thirty Minute Meals

Menu Planning
There's a standing joke between my husband an I that when we got married I could cook three things. One was tuna casserole, another was beef stew, and another was macaroni and cheese out of a box. Maybe soup from a can could be counted as a fourth meal, but there you have it. At least half our meals were processed food. We usually splurged on fresh fruit and veggies, so maybe that redeemed us from being as bad as we could have been.

Fast forward 30 years and I'd have to say, "We've come a long way." ... Now days it drives me crazy when we go to the store and someone has more than half a cart full of processed stuff. In my mind, I look in carts and I'm thinking, "Seriously! You can't make pancakes or waffles?" I have to remind myself not to judge too harshly. I was there once. Like many people, I used to think it was fast and easy.

When the kids were little and my husband thought it was time to be stay-at-home Mom, I finally learned how to battle the tyranny of the processed food aisle. In order to save money, I didn't have a lot of  choice. I learned to cook from scratch.

I thought as the kids grew up, life would slow down and get a bit easier. I can dream, right?... This week I decided to look for 30 Minute strategies to make this week's dinner plan a cinch.  They aren't in any particular order. Sometimes it works out better to assign a day to each and sometimes I just need to do what works for that particular day.

After church yesterday, and with no advance prep work, I made a start to finish Shepherds Pie meal and took a little extra time to make cranberry muffins. It was a little dreary yesterday, so I lit two oil lamps, poured a glass of Merlot and thoroughly enjoyed time with my family.

It looks like a gorgeous day here. I think I'm going to go outside and enjoy a few rays of sunshine. Have a great day and let me know if you tried any 30 Minute Meals this week!  

Chicken Enchiladas

Mushroom Burger 
 and Cucumber Salad

Navy Bean Soup

Sweet and Sour Pork

Shepherds Pie 

Turkey Chili 

Honey and Apple Cider Glazed Salmon 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DIY Flat Cap

I love having grand kids. Life is so fun when they are around. Now they are moving closer so I can see them a little more often. Yeah!! 

Not so great a picture, but this guy visited over the weekend and he wanted to wear Grampy's cap. Love these caps. I tried to get a picture of his older brother too, but he was a little camera shy. 

I found a flat cap tutorial online and I think I'm going to have to make these so that the grand guys can wear them when they visit. Just too cute!