Monday, May 24, 2010

This & That

I took some time the other day when it was rainy to catch up on some friends blogs, and realized how much fun it is to read what everyone is doing, thinking etc... I also realized that I had not done a good job on keeping up either.

So...Project 52 has turned into Project 26 - Peters idea since we are so busy, I work PM's and we have been married 26 yrs ! Smart man.

We have read books, talked lots, went for icecream@ BJ's (love their icecream)oh and so much more... mostly simple easy - just being together stuff- We did go to Wisconsin to pick up something and then to Maple Grove to spend the noc recently. We had a grand time. It was so beautiful out...we ate at Granite City - let me just say that I LoVE the meatloaf - seriously you have to try it and you will know ! We went to the Mpls. Farmers market and had a fun time. soooooo many goodies - plants, funky clothes, cheeses, breads, fruit, veggies, herbs, people playing music the atmosphere ! I got a Hen & Chicks plant to put in my outdoor rooster planter.

We also went to Turnstyle and I found all kinds of goodies. There are lots of them around the cities. My trusty blackberry came in handy for getting us to the goods!
I can't forget that one of the best parts was that
ohhhh my, we had Whoopie Pies; they were heavenly !!
For my To Do list I have purchased (not yet planted) a pink and white bleeding heart plant, and found the perfect rug for the Dining room !

Saturday, May 1, 2010

To Do

It's raining ! Yea ! This is definetly what my kids needed to help clear up their allergies.
I love rainy days. Perfect time to curl up with some craisin scones with pomegranite jelly and some cream coffee, a good book(currently The Mitford Bedside Companion). Love, LoVe days like these.
It's also days like this that get me thinking of a To Do list - not just all work, but fun things too !

So far my spring/summer to do list looks like this:

I really want to get a garden planted -I have the goods to go into the ground, just haven't the time yet.
Go biking with the Fam on the bike trail -Maybe to Dalton for ice cream?
Geocashing - sounds so fun, would love to find somewhere close to try...Who wouldn't love a treasure hunt?
Organize everyones rooms - mine included
Plant a bleeding heart - pink or white - maybe both
Refinish an antique dresser
Drop lots of stuff @ GWI
Gather the stuff to drop @ GWI
Read books with L/S
Paint the back entry
Go thru my files and purge/organize
Sand and paint the doors
Ride my dirtbike
Go to Itasca with the fam
Finish the quilt Sara and I started
Walk with my friend
Have window seat cushions made for attic
Paint drawers
Go to Grannys for "before lunch" ice cream
Hang @ the beach with friends
Go to House on the Rock with my Fam
Plant tulips -lots
Have breakfast @ the Riverside with Peter
Roast marshmellows around the bon fire
Write notes
Read, Read, Read.....
Have a summer party with lots of good friends and good food
Organize the old fridge room
Take old paint cans to the recycling center
See my parents more
Learn to make beautiful cards
Refinish the porch floors
Find the "just right" rug for the DR
LIFE = Living Intentionally For Everything
Bless you sweet friends !
How does your to do list look?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Good, Better, Best

So typical of me, to get all excited about blogging, knitting,beading, you name it.....and then to drop it. Usually its for a good reason; too busy doing other things... It's not that I necessarily want to drop it, but it's not always the best use of my time.
I have been doing a lot of reflecting on "good, better, best" use of time.
I can't go back to 9am and do that run over or 1:30 and have that visit with my special friend over. I want to be fully aware and present. I know most of you are, and are thinking what??
example, this am I was playing Farkle(love it) with the kids, when my mom calls... not really giving either the best attention and should of stopped for a minute to really listen.
I have a saying on my board that says " wherever you are physically, be there mentally"
It's a good one don't you think?
Us moms do so much multi-tasking .... talking on phone, correcting paper, folding laundry, you name it. Sometimes it gets to be too much good stuff, and not enough better or best stuff.
My friend Heather, has a Fab Five she has blogged about - I LoVed it ! and being the copy-catter that I am, have adapted it to a Fab Four for me. If I get these (Best) 4 things in each day, then it seems all is well.
1. Quiet time with Jesus
2. Excercise
3. Eat right !
4. Sleep - for me at least 7 hrs if not 8...
I guess I should make it 5 - time with my funny family is so important too!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A day to myself....

A day to my self...Whats a girl to do???
I had a sudden unexpected day to myself recently.
With everyone out the door what to do?
Workout? Shop? Clean that (those) closets out? Organize...Attack the mountains of laundry?Take a nap?
Next thing I know the phones ringing and I'm at the Y.
Walking and talking.
Next run home for a quick shower, and then back to town for lunch with some girlfriends.
As you know, Eatting with good friends is something I love !
I literally left one shop and headed to another for coffee and more visiting with friends.
And that was my day !
Quite different than the usual homeschooling, running kids to band, laundry,cleaning,work-out, go to work day...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

HoMe SpUn FriEnDs

My very Favorite !

Hard work in a jar !

Summer goodness


A chicken that once adorned
my grandmas farm wall

I am a cottage/country gal at heart.

I love puttin my apron on and whippin up a banana bread or having a soup simmering on the stove. I really like how cozy it makes the house smells.

I love cozy little lamps all through out the nooks and crannies making it more cozy.

I love mixed up plaids and flowers.

I love chickens and roosters ( even had real ones once...cute running around, but a farmer I am not. lol)

I LoVe, LOvE canning ! Especially when after all the hard work you have all these beautiful jars lined up lookin so good!

I love that when its cold and snowy and you forgot to get the tomatos for the chili ...Lo and behold in the pantry is a jar of fresh canned summer sun kissed tomoatos ! Yum!

I was so BLESSED today with all these goodies from a homespun friend.

Not only tomatos, but sweet relish, salsa, bread and butter pickles. Jams, wild plum and peach.

and my very favorite chokecherry syrup, oh my! Good thing I am the only one who likes

it or else I would be hiding it !

A taste of summer to cozy up this cold winter day.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Project 52

Realizing how fast time goes by, how much time we spend doing this or that for our kids.... we realized how we needed to spend more "couple time" so this is our concentrated attempt at doing just that.

52 dates this year. 1 each week.

We have went out for breakfast; leaving the kids to fend for themselves. They loved it, and so did we!

We recently had a cheese and wine tasting. After the kids were in bed we opened a bottle of white merlot, sliced the cheeses. We also had some grapes.
I love cheese, however tend to buy the same old ones again and again. Mostly because who knows what some of these funny named cheeses will taste like.
We tried a blue, a delightul champagne parmesean, Gorgonzola, soft swiss, cranberry chipolte and a port.
We had so much fun laughing and talking. We found that we now know to not order anything with gorgonzola in it. Not a favorite. However, the champagne parmesean was great. Surprisingly, I liked the cranberry chipolte better than he did.
We definetly agreed "dating" is something we like to do and worth it to take the time each week.
We hope to go biking and play cribbage and out to a new resturant in a nearby town....just spending time together connecting.
How about you, what kind of dates do you have with your honey?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Good God, Good Food, Good Friends

Good afternoon dear reader,

Today in Minnesota is a rather greyish day. Cold, not by Minnesota standards, but none the less no sunshine.

Quite frankly its the type of day to stay in your pjs, curl up by the fireplace( if you had one) and sip hot coffee with lots of cream and nibble away on lemon cookies. All the while reading a good book. I'm thinking Mitford....

I did not "feel" up to having a house full of ladies and all that entails...but alas, that is just what I did.

I heard Sally in my head- " They aren't coming to see your house. They are coming to see you".

"You don't have to cook a feast, a cracker will do" " It's about the fellowship..."

I am here to tell you it's all true!

Those who love you, well really they don't care that you haven't dusted since who knows how long, or that the childrens things are in disarray. I know I don't think twice about those things when I'm with a loved one. However, we put it on ourselves so often to have "everything just so" that we miss the opportunity to be part of each others lives; if even for a brief time.

So I put a chili in the crockpot, made some good cheesy bread and threw a pie in the oven. We feasted, and giggled and cried.....Oh how good it was to live life with some fellow sojurners on the path of life.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Banana Bread

Banana Bread. There is something comforting about a Banana bread isn't there?
I love banana bread, however did not always care to make it. It always seemed too dark on top, or had a raw part at the bottom. the loaves were small and thin. Not the big thick slices likc you get at a sweet shop. Well not anymore. Ever since 2006 when my dear friend Beth was here and cooked up a storm I have been making awesome banana bread !
It's golden brown and makes a big beautiful loaf. The slices are tall and sturdy. Not a raw lumpy spot to be found.
I make it plain, but my fancy friend Lisa likes to jazz hers up with chopped marashino cherries and chocolate chips.
Nanny Higgins Banana Bread courtesy of Beth Zinn ( Nanny Higgins is her grandma) What do you think ,do you still call it Nanny Higgins or is it Beths recipe or even mine now..? How does that work with recipes ? Is there a time when we can claim a recipe? Say after making it 10 or even 50 times ? I don't always feel compelled to go on and on that I got this or that recipe from this or that cookbook when someone says that they like it.. Do you?
Anyhow if you don't have a superb recipe that gives you bake shop slices this one is for you.

Banana Bread
1/2 c. butter
1c. sugar
2 eggs
3 bananas
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. soda
2 c. flour

cream butter, sugar, eggs, add dry ingredients then after creamed add the bananas.
pour into greased loaf pan
Bake 375 ~ 60-90 minutes

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Margin or Margarine

Do you allow yourself enough margin in your life ?
I was watching JM this am, and she was expounding on the need for margin in our lives. I am learning how to do this. By necessity I have been organized - homeschooling, working etc...
However, I do so much better when I don't just rush from one thing to the other...Sometimes I pride myself in being so efficient. Getting all that I think needs to be done, done. But most often it just gets in the way and I end up feeling frazzled. I read a line in a delightful book called "Simple Country Wisdom" " An efficient home is one that runs smoothly and doesn't get in the way of the people who live there".
Anyways back to margin... JM was going on and on how she needs margin, how she is addicted to margin, how she loves margin, has to have it everyday in her life...Sara turns and looks at me " is she talking about butter"?
So margin or margarine or even butter...Its all good !

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


I have a delightful soup simmering away on the stove. The house smells wonderful! I love soup for so many reasons. It's a sneaky way to get lots of good things in that perhaps would be noticed otherwise ( not just for the kids either). Once you get it all together its easy to just let it simmer away, or put it in the crockpot and forget it. It's usually low calorie, but yet I feel full. There are all kinds of wonderful ones to make too. Not just chicken noodle or vegetable. My mom used to make the BEST bean soup. Love it ! Another one I just love is chicken wild rice. My S-I-L makes a good one, as well as my friend Ang. She thinks nothing of just whipping up gallons at a time.
I would normally wax the wonders of brownies or scones or some other sugar laden confection, but alas, I am abstaining from sugar for the time being. I have found I feel soooooooooo much better without it. So this has given me time to reflect on just how something like soup or yougurt with kashi and banana can really satisfy and sustain. Of course I am learning patience, discipline and contentment too. God really is so good!
Whats your favorite soup friend?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

It may be cold outside...

It may be cold outside... -34 F this am, but we've got sunshine!
I can take the cold and snow; thankfully so since I live in Minnesota. However I do need sunshine :) Lots of it too!
If the day is sunny, or even partly sunny I am able to get so much more done and just in general feel so much better.
Yesterday we took some time to review the year past, our goals that we met, and set some new goals for the new year. I do, we all do, better with things written down.
Sara is already up and at em'. She does great with something to shoot for.
She presented me with the cutest little card last noc - a coupon for "girl time"
We will do some quilting ( we are very new @ this) and IF it warms up, maybe hit our favorite store(GWI). We find so many unexpected and perhaps not really needed, but fun stuff.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Are you staying up to watch the ball drop?

Excitedly my precious one asks her grandma, are you staying up to watch the ball drop? The excitement this event holds. Its' been a year of growing closer to God, thats for sure.
Here we are 2010 !
What new and wonderful things await us this year?
Father God, We are so thankful for your mercy and goodness. I pray this new year and decade will be one of prosperity for my family and friends. Spritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, financially. Thank you in Jesus name AMEN!


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