Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Blessing #3

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Sunday Blessing #2

May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
- Irish Blessing

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

"THM" (sugar-free) mint chocolates for my dieting friends


I was trying to make "THM" approved mint chocolates for my dieting friends...this is what I did:
6 drops Peppermint EO (here)  (next time, I would try 4-5 drops)
1/2 c. Cocoa Powder
1c (8 oz) Coconut oil
1/4 c. Xylitol
4 drops Vanilla Cream Stevia
"Some" Instant Powdered Milk to try to make it "creamy"
and maybe 2c. unsweetened coconut to try and make it all mix up better....and save it.....

I heated it, mixed it, and put it in the food processor to make it all better.....

FYI: they must be kept in the fridge!

....I liked them, and the friends who like dark chocolate like them, and the ones who really like peppermint liked them too!  =)

                                                                          ~Happy Eating!

What does THM stand for?
a) Trim Healthy Man
b) Trim Healthy Mama
c) Trim Healthy Minions
d) Trim Healthy Me
e) Trim Healthy Madness
d) all of the above

Monday, September 29, 2014

Musical Monday: The Weavers - "So Long"

This has been a fun Summer~  thank you for letting me share with you!   I'm not sure what I'll be up to this stay tuned!  =)
Embedded video today!


The Weavers - "So Long" 

Wikipedia says:
"The Weavers were an American folk music quartet based in the Greenwich Village area of New York City. They sang traditional folk songs from around the world, as well as blues, gospel music, children's songs, labor songs, and American ballads, and sold millions of records at the height of their popularity. Their hard-driving string-band style inspired the commercial "folk boom" that followed them in the 1950s and 1960s, including such performing groups as The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Rooftop Singers and Bob Dylan."

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Blessing #1

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Friday, September 26, 2014

Food on Friday: early morning Sunshine

I got up earlier one morning (to get ready to go to work), and the sun was shining in- but not all over, just one sliver through the door, and onto the counter. The only thing illumined was the Pizza Dough* jar.  I thought it was very pretty, and as I clicked the camera, my brain replayed the (phrased) quote from "Miss. Potter":  "....and suddenly I realized that the pretty thing in the light that I was drawing was the pig's swill bucket!"

*The recipe can be found HERE (and it's really easy and so tasty- we use white spelt flour, and there is a THM option if you are in to that!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: my new shirts

Do you remember my yellow shirt that Elizabeth copied so I could have my very own pattern?
(she made the blue one I'm wearing in the photo)

This plaid shirt was the first one I made (last summer):

Next I made this yellow one!
(with buttons on the sleeve!)

Then I made the white shirt:
(it's a eyelet type "quilt top"/"little squares pieced together" kind of fabric)

And a blue one (the fabric and buttons where souvenirs from Carson City, NV):

(The back of the yellow has elastic too, but  no buttons. The others do not have elastic.)

I was never crazy about the blue shirt that Elizabeth made, and never wore it....until at last I figured out what it needed!  Some button bling!  Now I like it a lot!  =)

Can you tell that I really like this shirt pattern?    I'm thinking up some new shirts...   =)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Musical Monday: Paul Yoon/Les Miserables - "Castle on a Cloud"

While I'm not a huge fan of Les Miserables,  I did enjoy the book when Mom read it to us way back when (I liked Tale of 2 Cities better),  and I do like some of the music. =)

The following is instrumental, and I think that it's lovely:

                                                                          What did you think?  =)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Food on Friday: Parmesan Onion Bake (recipe!)

Mmmm.....I got this recipe from my "2001 Taste of Home Annual Recipes" cookbook (I used to buy cookbooks for my hope-chest...but not any more- I think I have enough for now!)

I've only made this recipe twice, I really don't know why I have not made it more- I am definitely going to add it to the recipe rotation- I'm even thinking of a new Thanksgiving tradition!


(Oh, I quartered and sliced the onions, and baked it in a glass 9x13 pan)

~Happy Eating!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: Audry Hepburn quote

 "If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough."

~Audrey Hepburn

Monday, September 15, 2014

Musical Monday: Katherine Jenkins - "All Things Bright And Beautiful"

I don't tend to care a lot for women singing music that sounds like (or somewhat) operatic,  but I do LOVE this song!  ....Katherine Jenkins singing "All Things Bright And Beautiful"~ happy sigh!  =)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Food on Friday: Homemade Ice Cream

Let me be frank:  I think that any family (or individual) who is really interested in "eating right" NEEDS to own one of these babies.  (Donvier 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker)

Why?  Because you are more likely to make your own frozen treats if it is easy, neat and does not take up much cabinet space. 

You keep the freezer bowl in the freezer all the time, so it's ready at a moment's notice (ie: you don't need ice & salt). 

If you clean it out and dry it fast and get it back in the freezer quickly, it will refreeze faster and you don't have to worry about it "losing" its spot before it makes it back.

One recipe fits nicely in an empty Daisy Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese tub (the big ones from Costco & Sam's)
It's so easy to turn that there is NO reason that your children can't churn it.

And it's fast- only 15 to 25 minutes!

Why not one of the electric versions?  Because they are big, take up more space, and like regular ice/salt Ice Cream makers they will die after a period of time..and they cost more.

Ours is the "Donvier 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker" we found ours at Goodwill for like $5, but I suggest looking around e-bay & would make a good "family present". 

While you don't need to buy a cookbook because of the abundance of free recipes on the web these days, it is very handy and it gets your children interested in helping when they can pick one out, and you can still make Ice Cream when the internet is down! =)

Our book can be found here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: a Food Blog

In the event that you missed the news I'll tell you now ~  I just started an extra blog.
It's called "Pearls in the Kitchen?".

You are probably thinking something like "Adrienne, you don't need a new blog! I can hardly keep up with this blog....."  =).

  Well, I can't seem to help myself, and I've been thinking of doing something like this for awhile, and now seems to be the time to do it. No time like the present, right?

If you go visit, please make sure that you read the introduction! =)

I had just made the new blog official, and wrote my introduction, when Mom and I listened to this YouTube (HERE)....and I asked my Mom "What should I do?  What is my 'running after the mailman' moment?"  And Mom suggested to me that the new blog was maybe that for me.  Hmmmm....maybe so, maybe so... =)

What do you think?  Have you ever had a "running after the mail man" moment?  What one small thing could you step out in faith and do?

Monday, September 08, 2014

Musical Monday: Ricky Nelson - "Someday"

I love almost all of Ricky Nelson's music...I love the music from his younger days, and this song comes to mind in lots of my life situations- none of which have been romantic! And that's a good thing...I hope & pray that should I ever be married I'll never think of this song.
 Embedded video today!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Food on Friday: Almond Apple Muffins

Benjamin & Jalinda gave this cookbook (here) to Mom awhile back~ We love the Apple Muffins (they are like cupcakes!), and the Chocolate Chip Scones are good (our version of the recipe is here), too- if you make them small they are chocolate chip cookies (best eaten fresh out of the oven or frozen), and if you cut the sweetener and leave out the vanilla & chocolate chips, you have buns! (cut and spread with Butter and maybe Jam or Cinnamon Sugar  are my favorite!)  Elana has LOTS of recipes on her web site, and she has 3 cookbooks (here)!

(FYI: these muffins always look dark, even when undercooked)