Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Foody Friday - Grilled Shrimp Skewers

The chili sauce adds such a tang to these grilled shrimp.  So quick and so delicious!  
I serve this with Green Pea Salad and Garlic and Herb Popovers.  

     Grilled Shrimp Skewers                     

1/2  cup canola oil
1/4  cup minced fresh parsley
3  Tbs. chili sauce
2  Tbs. cider vinegar
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs. Agave Nectar
 2  garlic cloves, minced
 1  tsp. coarsely ground pepper
 1/2  tsp. salt
  3/4  lb. uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Drain and discard marinade.  (Don;t marinate longer than 30 
    minutes as the acid in the vinegar will cook the shrimp.)

2. On two metal or soaked wooden skewers, thread shrimp. Grill, covered, over medium heat for  
    4-5 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink, turning once.

Have a Yummy Day,  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

96.  Warmer afternoons with temps in the 80's and the beautiful desert wild flowers massively in bloom.  

97.  The great blogging community where we can share what's on our hearts.  I am so impressed with how 
        many wonderful homemaking bloggers there are out there...women who actually enjoy being "keepers of 
        their homes."  I am so encouraged and inspired by them.  

98.  Great messages at our church.  This Sunday's Sermon was "Who will you be when you grow up?" from 
       John 13:29-14:9.  I am very thankful for convicting messages that make me want to be more like Jesus.
       I welcome you to listen to the podcast or to download this message at 

99. That I "GET TO" do so many wonderful things in this life.  I have 
      been trying to change my mindset from  "I HAVE TO" (duty, 
      obligation) to "I GET TO" (a privilege and blessing.)  Ex.  Even 
      though I cannot find  a parking space close, I get to exercise more 
      by walking...Even though the checkout lines are long, I get to
      silently pray for the people in front of me, etc.  I want to turn my 
      stressing  into blessing.  May God help me to lead a more 
      passionate, productive, and calmer life.  
100.  All the blessings we have in Christ...
  • being chosen in eternity past
  • being adopted as His child
  • being accepted in Christ
  • being forgiven of my trespasses
  • being sealed with the Holy Spirit
  • being part of a great eternal plan
  • being renewed by His Spirit
  • being a Holy habitation of God
  • being quickened and made alive
  • being helped in my weakness
  • being able to bear fruit 
  • being quicken and made alive
  • being able to have the capacity to know spiritual things
  • being raised to a new sphere of life
  • being able to receive what I ask for in Jesus' name (according to His will)
  • being made an inheritor the the kingdom
  • so, so many more!


Have a Thankful Day,


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

His Word for My Week - Psalm 33, Psalm 139

         This is such an amazing video! (Please turn off Playlist at the Bottom of this blog.)

Laminin-The glue that holds our bodies together.

Psalm 139:14  "I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
 Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well."

Have a Blessed Day,

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Simply Sweet - Family Name in Filet Crochet

A friend of mine gave me this pattern many years ago, and this week I FINALLY checked this project off my "To Do" list!   I remember seeing this in "Country Sampler Magazine" but the cost of the completed project framed there was around $150.00.  The cost of mine...$8.00 for the pattern (a gift from a friend) and crochet thread, $3.00.  So I am feeling rather good about the enjoyable time spent crocheting and getting this "when-I-have-time" project completed!  Check out this great site for free crochet patterns,

Family Name in Filet Crochet



Have a Creative Day,

Monday, February 13, 2012

Yippee! Recipe Success

One of our favorite spots for eating out is at Monti's La Casa Vieja in Tempe, Arizona.  
Their die for!  And they are served with their so delicious Roman Bread.  If you ask the wait staff, they will bring you a copy of their famous Roman Bread recipe.  The first attempt at making this...not so good!  This time...perfect...perfect enough that my husband at at least 6 pieces slathered in butter!  A little hint...I baked it in a larger pan.  I used an 11" x 17" cookie sheet instead of a 9" x 13"and it worked perfectly.  This yields a good amount of Focaccia, so you can use some, freeze some, and make wonderful grilled sandwiches with the leftovers.  I cut some squares smaller for dinner, and some larger for sandwiches for the next day.  The aroma of the rosemary baking on top of the bread is absolutely wonderful!  

Here is their recipe straight from their website:

Our “Roman Bread” is a family recipe for traditional flatbread, known as Focaccia, brought by Leonard’s sister, Emilia Montecchiani from Italy in 1911. Emilia taught Leonard’s wife, Shirley, how to make it and the fragrance of the rosemary (or those “green sticks” as some say) wafting up from a fresh baked basket became addictive for friends who were privileged to attend a family gathering. At the urging of some of these friends, Shirley persuaded Leonard to add the Focaccia to the menu at Monti’s, but a name change was needed to make it more accessible to the average customer. “Roman Bread” was chosen because it gets the idea across pretty clearly, and it has been an essential part of the Monti’s experience ever since we started it here in the 1970’s. Each year dozen upon dozens of requests come in from across the country for our recipe and we are pleased to make it available.
Here is a small batch recipe for preparation at home:
Monti’s Roman Bread Recipe (Yield 2 lb. Loaf)
1 Packet Yeast
2 ½ Cups Warm Water (100 degrees)
2 Tbsp. Granulated Sugar
6 Cups Flour
2 Tsp. Salt
¾ Cup Minced Onion
1 Tbsp. Canola Oil
 Dried Rosemary Leaves
In a warm glass or metal bowl combine water, yeast & sugar. Completely dissolve yeast, add flour, salt & onion and knead until smooth (you can use a mixer if available). Place dough in an oiled bowl and let rise until double in size. Remove from bowl and roll out to desired size (recommend a sheet pan at least 9 x 13), brush oil on surface liberally and add dried rosemary and onions. Salt to taste. Bake in hot oven approximately 15-20 minutes. Serve hot.
We hope you enjoy our recipe.
Come and see our restaurant when you visit Arizona!

Located on Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona, Monti's La Casa Vieja provides an unforgettable setting for any occasion. Steeped in a tradition of Southwestern hospitality that dates back more than 130 years, the popular restaurant makes its home in an authentic adobe hacienda that's an icon of Arizona history.

Sunday - Thursday

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Have a Successful Day,

Friday, February 10, 2012

Foody Friday - Chicken Leek Soup

I have been suffering with a cold for the past few days and nothing tastes better than Chicken Soup
 and ginger ale when one is feeling a little under the weather.  The tarragon is really what gives this
 soup its distinctive flavor.  It is so easy to prepare and so comforting!


1/4 cup butter
5 medium potatoes, cubed
2 stalks of celery, diced
2 large leeks (1 1/2 lbs.) trimmed and thickly sliced
5 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tbs. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried tarragon
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
6 cups chicken stock or broth
1 pound of chicken breast, diced into 1" cubes
chopped fresh parsley

In a 5 quart kettle or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat.  Ad vegetables and stir to coat with butter.  Reduce heat to low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 7 minutes.  Stir in flour, salt sugar, tarragon and pepper; cook over medium heat 3-5 minutes.  In separate fry pan, saute chicken breast cubes until they loose their transparency and turn white. Add the chicken broth and chicken to the vegetable pot.  Heat to boiling over high heat.  Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer gently until vegetables and chicken are thoroughly cooked, about 20 minutes.  Just before serving, taste and adjust seasoning, and garnish with parsley.  Wonderful with fresh baked bread or rolls.    

Have a Delicious Day,

Monday, February 6, 2012

Simply Sweet & Gourdgeous!

Girls afternoon out was spent at the Wiertz Farm's Annual Gourd Festival and Gourd Competition Art Show. 
It is held every year at the Pinal County Fairground here in Casa Grande, AZ in February.  
What an amazing collection of gourd artwork!  We were awed!

 handbags, nativity scenes, containers, wall art, hats, masks, and night lights
A wonderful collection of animals all made from gourds!

The three above are masterpieces of one of our favorite Grand Master Gourd Artists, Phyllis Sickles.
  Please check our her website at to see her amazing work!  

Have a Simple Sweet Day, 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for:

91.  The first wildflower bloom here in the desert.  These desert flowers reseed and there are hundreds of 
       them popping up everywhere in our backyard.  They started with just a few plants from a friend, and I 
       am amazed how they have populated over the past several years.  

92.  Days to kick back and relax.  To sit a spell on the back patio and to have hot tea and biscotti.  It was a 
       most delightfully warm afternoon for me and my hubby to do just that.  

93.  Music.  I just love Pandora Radio.  Right now I am listening to Emile Pandolli's "Time to Say Goodbye" 
       from the" believe" relaxing and wonderful! 

94.  Being able to fill in for another leader in our church Trek Club (Middle-school Awana Club).  It was such 
       a delight to be there and to see and chat with these wonderful young people.  Because of health reasons
       I have not been able to serve in the ministry as I would wish, but it sure was great getting to visit with 
       clubbers and leaders for an evening.   I am also  thankful for such dedicated leaders who do such a great
       job helping these young people grow in Christ and training them to serve Him.  

95.   Our daughter, her husband, and children.  We sent off a Valentine package to New York for them 
         today.  We love them all so and miss them all dearly.  It was wonderful chatting on the phone with them
        a couple of days ago, hearing of their new vehicle and new dog.  Thankful that the Lord is blessing them.  

Have a Thankful Day,

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Design Boards -Trying to Be Creative!

I am excited to have this redo somewhat underway.   Bed skirt done, drapes done, pillows done, lampshade just waiting for the painter to come and paint the Hazy Sage walls.  I was trilled to see that in Stephen Saint-Onge's new book, "No Place Like Home" there was a bedroom redo in the same colors that I picked for our bedroom.  When I saw his redo, I just knew that I had made the right choice for wall color.  

Covered Lamp Shade
Stephen Saint-Onge Inspiration Room-Love the Colors!
Great Room Makeover-Pages 133-135 in his book, "No Place Like Home."
Our Favorite Photo--Happy we were and still are!
My Favorite  Bedside Tea Cup
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace."
Romans 5:13

Joining Trish @

Have a Creative Day,
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