Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

  by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   

He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.
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 This beautiful poem comes to mind as I look outside my kitchen window tonight to watch silent snow falling on all the world around me...It is beautiful and so very peaceful.

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Christmas Neighborhood Gathering - Spreading Cheer to Those in Need

Our whole neighborhood got together this evening...pulled out some fire pits...
 Put up a big tent, with lights and music...
 Kids and grown ups came to visit and eat Christmas treats, but... 
 The real purpose of this get together was to fill these big barrels with food for the Food Bank...
 Yes, it was fun to see each other and enjoy a festive spirit...
But the REAL joy of the evening was doing for others...

What about YOU?
What can you organize with your neighborhood that would profit the needy?
It doesn't have to take a lot of time or money.
Just a little effort spread out over lots of people.
It requires heart and a desire to help.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Hello One and All!

I am once again posting my Menu Plan for the week...I certainly hope it is a help to you!

Monday - Slow Cooker Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach, Sliced Tomatoes

Tuesday - Beef Stew (leftovers), Tossed Salad and Bread

Wednesday - Grilled Turkey Sandwiches, Crudities (raw finger vegetables)

Thursday - Pasta Puttanesca, Salad, Bread

Friday - Chicken Quesadillas, Homemade Guacamole, Fruit

Saturday - Crockpot Lentil Tacos, all the Fixins!

Sunday - Cajun Chicken Legs, Red Beans and Rice, Green Beans, Salad!

Have a great week and if you would like to check out more Menu Planning Monday posts, please click HERE!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday - Winter Vegetable Hash, Honey Mustard Chicken, White Rice, Fresh Pineapple

Tuesday - Lentil Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Spinach Salad

Wednesday - Tater Tot Casserole, Salad

Thursday - Easy Tuna Patties, Pasta Salad

Friday - Indie Pizzas (Pepperoni on Flatbread with Sauce & Cheese), Fruit

Saturday - Red Beans & Rice,
Sunday - Granny's Beef Stew, Artisan Bread and Salad

For more Menu Planning Monday posts, please visit this LINK.

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Happy Halloween to all!  Here's hoping many little ghosts and goblins visit your home tonight for treats and NO TRICKS!

More posts soon....I have been mothering a sick son.:)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Menu Planning Monday - October 28th

Oh, my!  My humble blog was pretty silent last week, with a sick teenager and lots of BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! 
So, here we are at a new week and a new group of menus!  Here is what we will be serving in our house this week - with pics and links. 

Monday - Butter Dipped Cajun Chicken, Yaya's Best Green Beans, Black Eyed Peas

Tuesday - Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry, White Rice, Dim Sum (frozen)

Wednesday - Church Halloween Dinner

Thursday - Layered Taco Salad, Chips and Fruit

Friday - Spaghetti and Red Sauce, Tossed Salad & Garlic Bread

Saturday - Gourmet Chicken Soup, Salad & Sourdough Bread

Sunday - Pork Tenderloin with Best Spice Rub, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Petit Green Beans

For more Menu Plans, please visit Organizing Junkie!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Menu Planning Monday - October 21

It's Monday once again and Here are my week's menus:

Monday  - Turkey Fried Rice, Stir Fried Broccoli & Chinese Dumplings (frozen)

 Tuesday - Creamy Enchiladas Verde,  Tossed Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

 Wednesday - Layered Taco Salad, Fruit

Thursday - Honey Mustard Chicken, Petit Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes

Friday - Night Out!

Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers, All the Fixins, Tossed Salad (Last Grilling!)

Sunday - Baked Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Salad and Sautéed Vegetables!

For more Menu Planning Monday, please click HERE!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Show and Tell Friday - October 18th - Primitive Halloween Decorations

Show And Tell Friday - Halloween Decorations/Entryway and Living Room
Welcome to our home!  We have only been here a year and there is much to do, but here is what we have going so far...for HALLOWEEN~
 Our entryway looks a little bare because I removed sweaters hanging on the peg rail, but they didn't quite match! :)

 I love this little table!  Over the years I have picked up my decorations at many different places, often waiting until after the holiday to snatch a bargain on something I have been eyeing for awhile.  The metal crow comes from Piper Classics.  It is one of my favorite things.
 Just made the BOO sign at a fun ladies gathering at church this past week....
 This pumpkin guy I use as a candle holder, as the candle burns down the light from the flame shines through his eyes!  The metal leaf holder I got at a thrift store for $1.

 Here is a closer look at my crow.  The little jack-o-lantern toy I bought at an after-HALLOWEEN sale years ago. 
 My friend, Sue, is an expert quilter.  I have purchased many of her seasonal quilts over the years.  Here are two HALLOWEEN themed quilts.
Another view of our entryway...
A jaunty orange ribbon spices up a colonial-style lamp!
 Our coffee table...
 Doesn't he look like he is up to no good?
 Our hearth...
 Love these candle holders from Piper Classics...
 Our living room...Imagine it candle lit with a fire going...That is how our Fall evenings look...
 I try to keep the decorations simple.
Found this flying witch cling-on at Joanns Fabrics.
This pumpkinhead is another favorite things...AND and an after-HALLOWEEN sale item!
Some ripe pumpkins...
Nic nacs from sales, thrifting and the other people's gardens :)


Hope you enjoyed a small tour of our humble home.
For more Show and Tell Friday posts click HERE.
Have a great day!