Saturday, September 13, 2014

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I love souper Saturdays! In the fall and winter we eat a lot of soup. Today's was broccoli cheddar. Yum.

I used a friend's recipe, but halved it. Tweaked it just a bit. It tastes great. Can't wait to eat it with a piece of homemade wheat bread, sitting in the screened porch enjoying the cool air.


Friday, September 12, 2014


Went evening fishing with the hubs tonight.....

I caught 23 of these little tiny stripe and crappie.....

Then a drum...

...and finally a pretty good stripe....

It was fun. Jim constantly took the fish off for me and handed me another rod. At times I was catching one on every cast.

My DIL sent me some great pictures of Emma today. Her first time on a swing!

Oh, how I love this child...


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday paddling

Went to a new place today after church. The water is getting cooler and I don't know how much longer I'll get to paddle board, so I'm trying to take advantage of the nice weekends.

Beautiful. Peaceful. God's creation.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hearty breakfast cookie

Working ten hour days, there is no time to cook during the week. I like to try to make up some things on the weekends to last us all week. We love these hearty cookies. So good for breakfast with coffee or a snack.

The recipe makes enough that I can freeze some for later. Yum. The recipe is under the recipe tab. I am also making up some honey wheat bread for the freezer and some baked spaghetti. We really prefer to eat at home than eat out but unless we plan does take work, but worth it.


Labor Day weekend paddling

Wanted to post some pictures of our labor day weekend fun. This is me and my best friend's grandchildren. Had a blast!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Quick and easy supper

Had to throw something together for supper tonight. Ended up being a hit.

Microwave brown and wild rice, a few pieces of microwave bacon, two scrambled eggs, a bit of grated ginger, a handful of frozen peas, and a splash of soy and teriyaki sauces. Yummy.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

I has been a nice active Labor Day weekend. Friday I took the paddleboard to a new place, an older lakeside neighbourhood.

It was fun to pass under this little bridge.

Then we put the board on the boat Saturday and took it to a friend's house. At one time I had a 9 year old, 7 year old, and 2 year old on the board with me. They all had a great time. I got to eat shrimp boil with them at their lake lot. Jim fished in a nearby cove while I was socializing and having fun. Fun day.

We went to church, and rested on the rainy Sunday. Perfect weather for a good long nap. Too bad I can't nap, but Jim enjoyed a nice one.

Today, Jim fished again and after I got in my three mile inside run, I paddle boarded again. I went to another new place, and met my friend there. She was a great sport and tried it.

She had a good time. She wanted to stand and started to, but decided she needed to get used to it a bit more first. She wants to do it again!

It was a beautiful day.

Then I got to see some neat pictures of my kids new home town, Edinburgh.

Of course I like the one below the best.....

Then, since after all, it is the first day of September......I decided to change out my summer quilts for the fall ones......

No sewing, but a very active weekend.


Friday, August 15, 2014


I made Pioneer Woman's pesto recipe tonight.

That big blender isn't worth a dime! I ended up using the small magic bullet blender. It was....interesting. I liked it pretty good but not sure what else I can use it with/on/in. I had a ton of fresh basil so I thought I'd give it a try. I'll have to check the Internet to find more recipes that use it.

I made her ciabatta bread, fresh mozzarella, tomato, pesto sandwich. It was pretty good, although I am not sure I'd make it again. I do love that bread though. In other news here is a picture of our newest kitty, Gray Beard. Jim is teaching him to mind. He isn't supposed to be in the house unless we say so. So he kind of sneaks across the threshold. He is a funny animal but we enjoy him. Jesse, not so much. I don't think they are fighting anymore but Jesse avoids him like the plague.

I'm still running and paddling. Did both today.

Tomorrow I hope to work on organizing the kids stuff up in the sewing room upstairs so I can get my sewing mojo back......maybe after I do a little more paddling. I have another new place I'd like to go on the board.

I finally heard from the kids. They are in their flat but it is pretty rough. Going to be a big adjustment. Emma did wonderful on the flights but is having a hard time adjusting to the time change. Emma doesn't sleep well, neither do mamma and daddy. Prayers going up for them.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Not quilting

If you've come to my blog to be inspired please click on the Gallery of Quilts tab. I've made about 140 quilts so hopefully there is enough there to inspire you. I'm not doing much quilting these days. My sewing room is filled with boxes and boxes of stuff from my son and daughter-in-laws recent move. I'll have to get that in some kind of order before I'll be able to sew. I don't do well with disorganization. It stresses me. Bear with me, I'll get it out of the way soon, or at least in some kind of reasonable order. I have a couple of baby quilts to make in the next few months and a remembrance quilt, so I've got incentive to get back to quilt making.

My mind and heart is on a plane bound for Edinburgh, Scotland, as I write.

There are many lessons for me in this major move for my son and his family. I've got to realize God has them in his soverign will. He cares for his own and promises to never leave us. They are his.

Today I've been praying for kind and compassionate people to be there to help them get settled in. I have to ask myself am I one of those people? Would I be kind and compassionate to a young family moving into my area? I'm praying for God to work in the lives of people they will meet to help them with this transition, and it makes me so much more aware of my role here to do the same.

My sweet daughter in law is carrying ear plugs for the other passengers, just in case Emma cries on the flight. I pray that someone on the flight will see her kind gesture and reciprocate, and show them patience and grace.

I am using an iPhone app to track their flight, they still have a few hours to go. My heart is heavy with worry but I keep some of my favorite verses in mind......when I am afraid, I will trust in in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding....I can't protect them, I have to trust in God.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday with Emma

We enjoyed hearing my son, Elijah, speak this morning at church. He talked a lot about biblical manuscripts and why we can trust the bible. The church had a "dinner on the grounds" with a few scottish recipes along with some home cooked southern food. We got a few pictures.....

This is my best friend and her youngest grand child with me and Emma. I had to also get a pic of Emma with her grandpa Mike. He kept her during the whole service and when she got tired and fussy he took her out, rocked her to sleep, then came back to the service.

We've enjoyed having them at our house this weekend. I finally got a picture of Jim with her too.


Friday, July 18, 2014


My son and his family came home for a short visit this week. I was blessed with baby sitting my granddaughter for the night while they celebrated their five year anniversary at the beautiful B&B they stayed in on their wedding night. I know they enjoyed their time away as short as it was.

I sure enjoyed having my sweet girl....

This baby is such a blessing. She is always so happy. When she wakes from a nap that little face is smiling. In the night, when she woke up and I went to her, in the twilight I could see that happy grinning face. This is her upon waking from her nap.

I'm trying to soak her up.....they move to Edinburgh, Scotland in less than a month.


Favorite Quilts

Of the many quilts I've made..... seems my favorites always end up being....

The ones made from shirt scraps....

Maybe because I know the men who wore those shirts.....

....maybe because they represent frugality. Making something useful out of something tired and worn. son and husband contributed to the above quilts, along with several men who passed away....

...and some men whose wives, wanting to rid their closets of old, worn shirts, donated them to the local Goodwill store. Or, at least I imagine that is how they ended up there.... yes, those are my favorites. I see them as timeless. What are yours?