Thursday, April 28, 2016

Martin Luther Quote

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Rejoicing to see a little more spring. Time to get some work done outside. Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: A Fresh Food Menu

Menu Plan Monday

I have to confess, I haven't done much meal planning lately. Sometimes I do the full week plan and it just isn't realistic. There are after school activities, or hubby wants to go to the gym, or I just plain change my mind about what sounds good. Maybe winter turns to spring in just one day. Happens here in Wisconsin! 

There is a grocery store just a few blocks away and several others very close. I sort of like the idea of daily shopping for fresh meats and produce and shopping local specials. Some evenings there are only three of us eating and it doesn't take as much to orchestrate a meal as it did back when there were 10 of us. Meals like the Brown Butter Honey Garlic Salmon below, are very easy to pull off in a wink.

The one problem however is this; you never know what will throw that all off and it's good to have a back up plan. So for next week I tried to combine a few comfort foods, while leaving some flexibility to shop for fresh foods and hopefully I'll have the best of both worlds. 

Take care and see you next week! 

MONDAY: Chicken Broccoli Casserole, Blueberry Muffins

TUESDAY:  Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Potatoes, Asparagus

WEDNESDAY:  Chicken Pot Pie

THURSDAY: Zucchini and Sweet Potato Frittata   (cast iron friendly recipe)

FRIDAY: Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Salad

SATURDAY: Oven Baked Steak Fajitas

SUNDAY:  Browned Butter Honey Garlic Salmon (This recipe is a new cast iron cooking favorite for our family.) Green Beans, Cauliflower

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Linen Coasters: Crocheted Flowers and Hand Embroidery

The desert and the parched land will be glad;the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.--Isaiah 35:1-2

It's been a couple of warm and wonderful days here in Wisconsin. Last evening when I got home from picking my younger son up from school, his older brother was sitting on top of the picnic table, barefoot and enjoying a book and the gorgeous weather.

On the southeast side of the house, the bulb plants are starting to poke through the soil at the promise of spring.

As Easter approaches we are reminded of the new life we have through faith in Jesus Christ and the joy of salvation promised to us in the Holy Scriptures.

In addition to yesterday's project,  I wanted to work on something that would brighten up the table and use up a few crochet flowers that I've enjoyed making from the book, 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio. The pattern is the Crocus found on page 58. Since we have a great local library, I've checked this book out and have been relaxing while crocheting the flowers out of pearl cotton.

As much as I enjoy looking at embroidery and embroidery patterns, it isn't something that comes natural to me. It took a little practice and work to outline stitch the stems on these little flowers. For a pattern, I simply freehanded them with a pencil onto the linen. I sewed the crochet flowers on by hand with a single strand of DMC.

I used a square of light iron on interfacing on the back of my embroidery and a square of cotton quilt batting to give some extra thickness to my coasters. While they didn't turn out perfect and completely uniform in size, they will work nice to protect our table while displaying some spring color.

Enjoy today and be sure to create something of your own this week!