Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tabletop Tuesdays - Le Poulet

Oh how week look forward to seeing our friend and neighbor from New York, Bob, who will  be visiting us this week.  Each year he customarily brings us items that we love from New York like Simeons Restaurant spices and Dunkin Donut coffee.  This year he sent a package via mail ahead of his visit and oh what a surprise along with the coffee and spices!  He knows me well.  I love chickens and roosters!  Take a look!

Le Poulet reversible place mats, napkins and mug mats.  I am sure
that he purchased these at my favorite Central NY Amish store
 where I eyed them last year.

The plates were dollar store finds from NY (2/$) purchased years ago. 
  So I purchased large plates, dessert plates, bowls, and cups.  
Black glasses are dollar store finds also.

It is a perfect day for a patio breakfast!
A warm, wonderful 80 degrees with a
cooling breeze!  I love being outside!

I am sure Bob will enjoy breakfast alfresco when he arrives.
 We can't wait for his visit this week!  
How very thankful we are for life-long friendships!  

  Growing Home  

Have a Blessed Day,

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy Days!

Our Darling Daughter, Lori, is celebrating her birthday today!  Happy Birthday, Sweetheart!   As we look back over the years, it has been our delight to watch you grow into the lovely young woman you are today.  May God richly bless you and your family as you move forward in life.  May you love and cherish your husband and children as we have cherished you! Such wonderful memories we have as we look at the  "Over the years" memory collages put together celebrating your life.  You were adorable and still are!  We couldn't love you more!

We will be phoning you with our yearly Happy Birthday serenade at 5:55 p.m. 

Have a Blessed Day,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Breakfast Elfresco

It's a warm, wonderful 80 degrees here in Arizona, and oh, how I love to be outside!  
It's a perfect day for breakfast alfresco!  
This would be my favorite breakfast:

Poached eggs in milk topped with sprinkle of cheese
Rye toast with strawberry-rhubarb jam (gift from a friend)
Greek yogurt sweetened with Agave nectar &
 topped with mixed berries and granola
Dunkin Donuts coffee!

  Thursday Favorite Things

Have a Blessed Day,

Have a Blessed Day,

Monday, March 12, 2012

I Will Meet You

Last week I stopped by Paula's Blog, Gradual Transformation and so enjoyed reading her post, "Longing for God - Hindrances and Catalysts."  She shares the activities that increase her affection for God and those activities that deplete her desire for Him.  Paula's blog post so reminded me of this song, "I Will Meet You" by Buried Talents Band.  I often listen to this prior to my devotional time.  This is my first attempt at putting together a video with Windows Live Movie Maker. What a learning experience that was!  Hope you enjoy.

Please turn off playlist at the bottom of this page before playing this.

How important it is to commit to Meet With Him sometime during our day, every day.  So often He gives us exactly what we need for the day either for our own spiritual growth or a word to share with another in need.  God counsel is always timely.  God is the reward of those who diligently seek Him.
What an amazing thought that the God who made the universe will meet us anytime!


Have a God-Filled Day!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Foody Friday -Oh Beans!

Off to a Hot Dog Roast this afternoon and the hostess asked me to bring Baked Beans.  This recipe was given to me by my friends, Cindy and her mom, Vi.  This is a traditional dish on their holiday table and oh, it is tasty.  My husband asked me to get the recipe and so here it is with a little tweaking (addition of onions and peppers.)


Baked Beans
1 lb. hamburger, browned
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 large can pork and beans  (I use 2 or 3 15 oz. cans)
1 can butter beans, drained  (Most of the time I can't find these so I use white beans)
1 can kidney beans, drained
1/4 c. ketchup
1/3 c. barbeque sauce
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. molasses
1 tsp. mustard
1/2 cup each of chopped onion and green, yellow, & red peppers
Combine and bake 1 hour at 350° or put in crockpot.

Have a Yummy Day!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thankful Thursday


What a great question!  
What would our response be?

I would thank God for:

101.  EVERYTHING He has given me richly to enjoy!  . "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be 
        not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the Living God, Who giveth us richly all things to 
        enjoy." 1 Timothy 6:17  Oh, the riches we have in Christ Jesus!

102.  Relationships, companionship (relationships on the horizontal plane)--People needing people--loving 
         family and  cherished friends, which are so much more valuable than material things. 

         First and foremost,  I am  thankful  for my relationship (on the vertical plane) with God, made possible 
         through the shed  blood of  Jesus Christ on Calvary's cross.  Thank You, Lord, that because of Your 
         sacrificial love, You have saved me, redeemed me,  sanctified me, and one day I shall be glorified as I
         enter Heaven's gates!  I am eternally grateful!

103.  The beauty of God's Creation!  Spectacular!  Light, darkness, the universe with its Sun, Moon, stars 
         and planets, fauna and flora, dry land and sea, and  man created of the dust of the earth and woman, 
         fashioned from the rib of man.  (Interesting that man was created and we, as women, were fashioned!)
         God is such an amazing Creator!

104.  My life, body, soul and spirit, formed by God in my mother's womb, fearfully and wonderfully made.
         Marvelous and skillfully wrought is the composition of human anatomy!  (Psalm 139)  That God has 
         placed me here in this time, in this place, for His purposes.  Thankfully my life is not about ME (that 
         certainly takes some pressure off), but all about HIM and His purposes for me.  

105.  Having daily physical needs met...food, shelter, and clothing, all provisions from the hand of God.  
         How very grateful I am that God sees my needs and provides so that I can focus on His Kingdom 
         work.  "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added 
         unto you."  Matthew 6:33

Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!
Psalm 150



Have a Blessed Day,

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What's on my heart - Aging!

I have been thinking lots lately about grumpy old people, perhaps because they seem to be everywhere.  They're fussing at the waitress in the restaurant, scolding the clerk at the grocery store for an out-of-stock item (like it's her fault), lacing out a friend because he neglected something he wasn't aware of, and just being fussy, fussy, fussy!

Recently while at the grocery store an elderly man literally screamed at me and told me to get away from him when I reached to get a package of cheese.  I tried to apologize for being near his space and he just kept screaming at me.  Nearly scared me to death, and believe me, I did quickly move away.  As I continued to shop, I could not help but wonder what might be going on in that person's life to make him act so cantankerous.  I ushered up a quick prayer asking the Lord to surround him with His love and comfort.

I certainly do know that growing older is not easy, and  I am well aware of the aches and pains of aging, the mourning over things we used to be able to do and can't any more, forgetfulness and declining health issues.  But this IS the physical winding down process as described in Ecclesiastes, chapter 12..with the fading mental powers, the knees buckling, the sound of the grinding of the teeth is low, eyesight fading, easily being awakened from sleep, deafness, white hair, heart and circulation problems, and fear of old age!  Yes, it comes to everyone!  As King Solomon ends his discourse on the 'Vanity of Life", he concludes that God is the Secret to Life!  Verse 13 and 14 state, "The conclusion, when all has been heard, is fear (reverence) God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.  For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil."

My heart's desire is not to become a fussy, grumpy old woman, but to have a desire to grow up into a new season of fruifulness.  How thankful I am for this season in life which allows me to have more time to study God's Word, more time to meditate and pray, more time to serve Him,  more time to read, and more time to share with others. May God give me the grace as I age to still bear fruit and to be fresh and flourishing.

"The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
      He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
   Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
      Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
   They shall still bear fruit in old age;
      They shall be fresh and flourishing,
   To declare that the LORD is upright;
      He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him."

                                Lily-Rose Cottage


Tuesday Bloghop

Have a Happy Day!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Foody Friday - Garlic Herbed Popovers

Garlic-and-Herb Popovers
This is such a great recipe and we enjoy having it with Grilled Shrimp Skewers.  Too yummy.  Surprisingly my hubby likes jam on these savory popovers. 

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided 
3/4 cup whole milk 
1/4 cup water 
2 large eggs 
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 
1/2 teaspoon roasted garlic 
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary 
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375˚. 
2. Divide 2 tablespoons melted butter evenly among the wells of a 6-cup popover pan, brushing each to coat. Place popover pan in oven to preheat. 
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, water, and eggs. Gradually whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon butter. 
4. Add the flour, salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, and thyme, and whisk until batter is well combined (batter will be slightly lumpy). Carefully remove hot popover pan from oven, and ladle the batter evenly among popover cups; sprinkle each evenly with Parmesan cheese. 
5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Do not open the oven during baking time. Remove popovers from pan. Using a small, sharp knife, make a small slit in the side of each popover to release steam. Serve immediately. 

Have a Blessed Day,
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