Saturday, December 3, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 33

It's Day 33 of my 33 Days of Affirmations; boy this month and 3 days just flew by. Here is the affirmative prayer I end my morning quiet time with every day. The author's name escapes me right now, so if you are reading this and know who it is, please share it with me. Wishing you all an abundance of blessings this holiday season.
"As I praise and bless the good I already have, it increases. Whatever I need most in my life comes to me as I practice praising my world. I praise and bless the money on hand. I praise and bless my income. I praise and bless my home, my family, my friends, and my associates. I praise and bless the world. I praise and bless God as the source of my supply. Everything and everybody now responses to my words of praise and blessing."

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 32

I do not depend on persons or conditions for my prosperity. I bless persons and conditions as channels of my prosperity but God is the source of my supply. God provides his own amazing channels of supply to me now.
Catherine Ponder

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 31

I now let go of worn out things, worn out conditions and worn out relationships. Divine Order is now established in me and in my world.
(Catherine Ponder)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 30

"All that has offended me, I forgive. Within and without, I forgive. Things past, things present, things future, I forgive. I forgive everything and everybody that could possibly need forgiveness. I forgive positively everyone. All things are cleared up between us, now and forever." 

Catherine Ponder

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 29

I easily let go of everything I no longer need.

(Catherine Ponder)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 28

I am flexible, fit and fabulous.
(This is another one of mine. Affirmations are great for keeping your mind - and perhaps your schedule - on your goals. Today I am re-starting my morning exercise routine, so this seems to be the appropriate time for sharing this affirmation. Flexible and fit - here I come. Fabulous-well gosh, I'm already there ;) )

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 27

I vibrate at a level of joy and bliss.

(Another one I wrote for myself. I must have been reading Deepak Chopra; it sounds like his influence.)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 26

I collaborate with God to bring peace, joy and laughter into all of my experiences.

(This is an affirmation I wrote at a time when relationships around me were strained and I seemed caught in the middle. It seems to me I was reading James Martin's "A Jesuit Guide To (Almost) Everything". I highly recommend this book to anyone on a spiritual journey, whether you are Catholic or not. I'm not, but I certainly got a lot out of it.)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 25

I strive for serenity in all situations.

(Woodeene Koenig-Bricker - 365 Saints: Your Daily Guide To The Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 24

I am filled with gratitude for all the blessings in my life.

(Catherine Ponder)

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 23

I am surrounded by people who love and support me.
(This sounds very Julia Cameron-esque, although it very easily could have come from Catherine Ponder, Florence Scovel Shinn, Shatki Gawain or Peggy McColl)
For those of you who have lost loved ones this year, know that I am thinking of you and sending you blessings of peace. I encourage you to remember to laugh in between the tears and to share stories that make you smile, especially during this holiday season.

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 22

I am abundantly inspired in all that I do.

(I think this is from Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 21

I am healthy, wealthy and wise.

(This tried and true affirmation has been around forever. I don't know who to credit.)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 20

I am moving step by step toward a healthier, happier me.

(I'm pretty sure this is a Peggy McColl quote)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 19

I now have a large steady, dependable, permanent financial income.

(Catherine Ponder - at least I'm pretty sure.)

This affirmation has seen me through some pretty bleak times. Can I get a Hallelujah? Can I get an Amen? (And yes, it's okay to keep singing.......)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 18

I radiate success and I prosper wherever I turn.

(Not sure who to credit with this quote/affirmation. It is probably another Catherine Ponder one, but it could also be from Peggy McColl , Shatki Gawain or Florence Scovel Shinn.)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 17

I give thanks for the immediate and complete payment of all financial obligations now, quickly, easily and in peace.

(Catherine Ponder)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 16

The more I have, the more I have to give.

(I'm thinking this is a Catherine Ponder affirmation but it could have come from Florence Scovel Shinn. I've used these affirmations for years and y
ears, now I'm wishing I'd jotted down where they came from......)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 15

Vast improvement comes quickly in every phase of my life now.

(Catherine Ponder)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 14

Every day, in every way, things are getting better and better for me.

(Adapted from the Emile Coue quote "Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.")

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 13

Divine Intelligence, manifest thyself in me now. I open my mind to the 12 Divine Powers within me.

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 12

Divine Life, manifest thyself in me now. Divine Life brings wellbeing to every part of my body. I am ready to accept all the joy and prosperity that life has to offer.

(From the works of Catherine Ponder)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 11

Divine Elimination, manifest thyself in me now. I willingly eliminate the thoughts and things that clutter my life. I forgive myself and others. I am free from all misjudgment, bitterness, injustice, intolerance and revenge. I let go and let God work wonders in my life.

(from the works of Catherine Ponder)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 10

Divine Zeal, manifest thyself in me now. I now see more good in my life than I have ever seen before. I stir up the girls of God within me. I am filled with zeal and enthusiasm.
(From the works of Catherine Ponder)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 9

Divine Order, manifest thyself in me now. I am rich, well and happy, and every phase of my life is in divine order.

(from the works of Catherine Ponder)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 8

Divine Will, manifest thyself in me now. God's will for me is health, wealth, harmony and happiness.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 7

Divine Understanding, manifest thyself in me now. God has blessed my mind with light, love, wisdom and understanding. I understand that out of all situations, only good can come.

(from the works of Catherine Ponder and Louise Hay)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 6

Divine Imagination, manifest thyself in me now. Today I imagine only the best for myself and others.

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 5

Divine Power, manifest thyself in me now. The power of God is now working through me to free me from every negative influence. All power is mine to control my thoughts, to vitalize my body, to experience success, and to bless others.

(From the works of Catherine Ponder)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 4

Divine Love, manifest thyself in me now. Divine Love floods my consciousness with health and every cell in my body is filled with light. Love fills my heart with harmony. Love fills my mind with kind and helpful thoughts. Love fills my life to overflowing with happiness and peace.

(From the works of Catherine Ponder)

Attitude of Gratitude - Day 3

Divine Wisdom, manifest thyself in me. Today and every day, I will trust in the wisdom and goodness of life.

(This affirmation came from Woodeene Koenig-Bricker's book, 365 Saints)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Attitudes of Gratitude - Affirmations Day 2

Divine Strength, manifest thyself in me now. I let all burdens fall from my shoulders. I let anxiety drop from my mind. I let all fear slip away from my heart. Divine Strength is making wise and true adjustments in every phase of my life.

(adapted from Catherine Ponder's book Healing Secrets Of The Ages)

Attitudes of Gratitude

This is the time of year that many of us think about all the blessings in our lives. I began studying what has been called "truth teachings" or "prosperity lessons" about 20 years ago. One of the key teachings is about having an attitude of gratitude. I am extremely grateful for the many truth teachers I've encountered over the years, either in person or through their writings. As far as truth teachings and techniques, I'm primarily attracted to affirmations. For the next 33 days, I'll be sharing some of the ones I use often. My hope is that these affirmations may inspire you to adapt an attitude of gratitude and to find affirmations which help you to keep your thoughts focused on the positive things in your life. 

The first 12 affirmations are based on the teachings of Charles Fillmore, and many of the affirmations come from the works of Catherine Ponder.

Day One:

Divine Faith, manifest thyself in me now. I have faith that all things are working together for good in my mind, body and life now.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Recipe Collection - Paleo Mushroom Gravy and Slow Cooked Rump Roast

I'm sharing this recipe here in case I ever decide to go full on paleo.  Didn't happen last night as I served some red potatoes with this meal, but the roast turned out pretty good.  I'm making soup from the left overs.

1-2 lbs beef rump roast
3 cups chicken broth
2 large onions, chopped
5-6 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 8oz container of sliced mushrooms
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp paprika
½ cup full fat coconut milk, canned

Place broth, coconut milk, onions, garlic, mushrooms and spices in a crock pot.  Stir to combine/mix.

Add the rump roast to the pot.  (I didn't sear my roast first as that was not part of the directions, but I think I would do it if and when I make this again.)

Cook on low 6-8 hours.

This recipe came from Juli Bauer's book, "OMG, That's Paleo?"

Friday, July 15, 2016

Recipe Collection - Paleo Chicken, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato Curry AND Fresh Corn On The Cob Tip

Don't get your panties in a twist - I know that corn on the cob is not part of a paleo diet.  I like corn on the cob.  I'm not strictly paleo.  I'm not even half paleo but I do understand that the paleo kind of lifestyle is a healthy choice for many people.  I do think that maintaining a diet using a minimal amount of processed food is a good thing.  Technically, you pick a fruit or vegetable, or kill an animal for consumption, and then heat it - it is now processed.  But I digress.  My recipe collection is primarily recipes that I like.  And there you have it.

Surfing on Pinterest, I saw a tip for corn on the cob at  It was so successful that my husband even commented on it.....and he is not one to pass out cooking compliments unless he really, really likes something.  Bring a big pot of water to a boil.  Add 1 cup milk and 1 cube of butter.  Peel and de-silk 6-8 ears of corn.  Add to the pot.  Reduce heat to low.  Cook 8 minutes until corn is down.  That's how the recipe read.  Because there are only two of us, I cut the amounts to suit.  I used ½ cup milk, and about ⅓ cube of butter, plus a dash of sugar, and 2 ears of corn.  I also broke the corn in half, and cooked it for 10 - 12 minutes.  Turned out really, really good.

The paleo chicken recipe comes from "OMG That's Paleo?" cookbook by Juli Bauer (  It is called Aloo Gobi.  And it was yummy! And let me say, her style of writing is a hoot, so it was entertaining as well.

1 - 14 oz can of coconut milk
1 head of cauliflower, leaves and stems removed and chopped in small florets
1 sweet potato, cubed
½ pound chicken cubed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp almond buter
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
½ tsp red pepper flakes
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp garam masala
salt and pepper to taste

1.  Put a large pot or pan over medium heat, and add coconut oil and garlic to sauce.
2.  Once the garlic is fragrant, add the coconut milk and spices.  Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
3.  Chop veggies and chicken.  Note:  I used 1-2 chicken breasts that I had cooked earlier in the day and then shredded and it turned out fine.
4.  Place sweet potato and cauliflower in the coconut milk mixture, cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes.  Note:  I let it simmer about 15 minutes because I like my cauliflower a little softer.
5.  Add chicken and almond butter, stir to mix, cover again, and let simmer for another 6-8 minutes (or longer) until chicken is cooked, and the veggies are to your crisp/softness preference.  Stir occasionally and add additional coconut milk if necessary.

This made about 6 servings.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Spiritual Sunday - Striving For Serenity

The following is a passage from Around The Year With Emmet Fox: A Book of Daily Readings by (you guessed it) Emmet Fox.

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:34)

Always remember that the only thought that you need to concern yourself with is the present time.  The thoughts of yesterday or of last year do not matter now, because if you can get the present thought right, it will make everything else right here and now.  The best way to prepare for tomorrow is to make today's consciousness serene and harmonious.

Never go delving in your mind to look for troubles to pray about.  Deal faithfully with those that bring themselves to your attention, and hidden things will be taken care of."

Training yourself not to worry takes practice - a lot of practice.  I know, because my dad was a world class worrier and he came from a long line of worriers.  Growing up, I learned to worry about everything from the weather to missing an exit on the freeway to flat tires to paying bills to health issues (minor to major).  Every day, we would find things to worry about.  My mom, the spiritual/religious one in the family, spent equal amounts of time praying to overcome the effects of all that worrying and telling us all just to relax.  If she were alive today, her phrase would be "Let go and let God."

Fear and faith are opposites ends of the spectrum.  I don't know why fear is so much easier than faith. I think most spiritual teachers, pastors, priests, and counselors would agree that faith and trust in the inherent good in all takes training and practice.  Just as we have to exercise our muscles to become strong, we must exercise/train our mind to respond to fear based thoughts in a positive and healthy manner.  As it is said, the first step to recovery is recognizing/acknowledging that you have a problem.  When you find yourself worrying, recognize/acknowledge that it is just a thought and you can change it.  One of the fears I used to deal with (okay - it still concerns me from time to time) was about getting a flat tire.  Why this was such a big deal to me, I'm not sure, but it was.  I made a deal with myself that I would no longer worry about the possibility of a flat tire, and I would save all that anxiety and allow it to come forth when and if a flat tire occurred.  When we were having financial challenges, I would have trouble sleeping because my mind was so busy worrying about how to pay the bills.  I finally made an agreement with myself that I could only worry about money when it was actually time to get the checkbook out and be paying those bills.

Nature abhors a vacuum.  Therefore, when you consciously decide to cast aside, delete, change, clear, cancel, squash - whatever term you use - those fear based thoughts, you need something to replace them.  This is where affirmations come in handy.

When I find myself all wrapped in worry, I think or say "Stop!" and then I replace that worry thought with a positive one.  Here are some of my favorites:

I am prosperous.
I am a healthy, wealthy child of God.
Out of this situation, only good can come.
God's will for me is health and harmony.
I trust in the wisdom and goodness of life.

Like a mantra, I will repeat the affirmation over and over and over until I feel in control and have calmed down.  And here's an interesting tidbit - the affirmation or positive thought does not have to match the worry.  It just needs to replace it.  I use "I am prosperous" quite often.  It is simple to remember, and leads to some fun day dreams.  Being prosperous, I might just find myself in Tuscany, biking around the rolling hills.....Okay, reality check, I don't bike, but I might be sitting in a garden sampling wine from the area.  You get the idea.

Worrying is a waste of energy.  It accomplishes nothing except to cause you to be anxious, tense, sick to your stomach, etc.  Affirming something positive feels much better.

For more information on the process of shifting from fear to faith, negativity to positivity, worry to peace, check out books by New Thought teachers such as Catherine Ponder, Florence Scovel Shinn, Napoleon Hill, Emmet Fox, Louise Hay and more.

In the meantime, join me in affirming "I strive for serenity in all situations."

Wishing you a blessed and beautiful day!

Monday, May 23, 2016

New Hobby #2 - Painting For Kids

Technically, it is not a "new" hobby.  I took up painting about a year ago.  Having never had a painting lesson, I can't really identify my style.  I paint what appeals to me.  And recently, I've been painting what appeals to my grandsons.

I have one grandson who is a nut about animals, and his younger brother is learning to talk and verbally identify pictures of animals.  So I guess it is no surprise that I've been painting animals.

I am not sure how I came up with this process, but I first sketch the animal on card stock and then outline it with a Sharpie.  Next I paint it with acrylics.  When it dries, I cut it to fit a canvas board which I have spray painted with a complementary color.  Next I modge podge the painting to the board, and top it with two additional coats of modge podge.  For the final step, I spray it with an acrylic coating.

I am retired and therefore I am not looking at painting as an occupation or career, but as an avocation.    My collection of these paintings is growing.  My daughter has informed me that her animal loving son has more than enough paintings.  And my husband, although he says nothing, would not choose to decorate our home with these pieces.  So I'm looking for ideas on where to sell, market or donate these pieces.  I am not looking to make money, other than to pay for supplies, and really, I would like to find some place to donate my work.  Maybe a women's shelter or to foster families.  If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them.

Sending you all blessings for a beautiful day!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Spiritual Sunday - What You Think Of Me none of my business.

Oh Lord, I have had trouble with this concept forever!  I want to be well respected.  I want to be liked.  I want to be known for my kindness and my integrity.  So how can what you think of me NOT be of concern?

I have been a student/fan of Emmet Fox for a long time.  I'm probably on my tenth year of reading "Around The Year With Emmet Fox: A Book Of Daily Readings."  This means that I have read the following passage at least ten times, but today it seems to have taken hold.

"It is unquestionable that the spiritualization of thought does undoubtedly lead the student to simplify his mode of life, for so many things that previously seemed important are now found to be unimportant and uninteresting.  It is unquestionable too, that he gradually finds himself meeting different people, reading different books, spending his time differently; and that his conversation naturally changes its quality.  These things follow upon the change of heart; never can they precede it.

Now we see how vain is the foolish attempt to cultivate the good opinion of other people under the impression that such a thing can be of any real advantage to us.....The applause that follows upon outer acts is the only reward they ever bring, and that results worthwhile are only to be obtained in the Secret Place of consciousness."

Whether you like/admire/respect me is a matter of ego (or fear based thinking).  Whether I AM happy with myself, my values, my morals, my behavior, my thoughts, etc., is what truly matters.

When we feel drawn to new experiences, new relationships, new interests, we shouldn't let the opinions of others (what they think of us) sway our actions.  On some level, a lesson has been learned and it is time to move forward in your expanded thinking and spiritual awareness.  Journey on!

Wishing you blessings for a beautiful day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My New Hobby - Photography

I'm not sure "new" is the right word.  I've always been interested in photography, primarily landscape and nature, and of course my kids and grandkids.  I had a SRL camera years ago, back in the olden days when film was used.  It was too complicated for me at that time.  The hobby was put on the back burner.

The age of digital photography has been a god-send for me.  I recently bought a Nikon D3300, and I am still in the beginning stages of getting acquainted with the "how to" of it all.  Right now, I'm just shooting random shots and hoping I get a good picture.  It is so nice to be able to delete those crappy shots without having to pay to have them printed.

Yesterday, my husband and I took one of our grandsons to North Creek Park in the Mill Creek/Bothell area of Snohomish County, WA. I got a couple of good shots of birds as we walked along the boardwalk.

Red-breasted Sapsucker

American Robin with worm

And a few shots of birds I've taken elsewhere.

Downy Woodpecker

Spotted Towhee

American Crow

SeaGull (I believe it is a Ringed Bill Gull)

Ducks (the one is definitely a male mallard and the one photobombing on the right I believe is a female mallard - the white billed one with the black head is possibly an American Coot)

Northern Flicker


Any birders out there?  It's been through reading other blogs (mostly RV travel blogs) that got me interested in bird watching, although my paternal grandfather was a big birdwatcher.

Blessings to you all for a beautiful day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Empties - Chobani Greek Yogurt Flips

I stumbled upon a blog by a woman named Beth called E. Lizard Breath Speaks - Let's Travel  In her blog, she shares some wonderful pictures and videos she has taken of her travels.  While looking at her blog, I found a link to a You Tube Video Log she did called "Empties".  Basically it is a review of products she has used and she has the empty bottles/containers to prove it.

I always thought that was a great idea.  My problem is that if I don't like something right away, I'm certainly not going to use it until it is empty.  I toss it and start all over with something else.  When I find something I really like, I tend to stick with it.  So I am a bit puzzled as to why I decided to jump in a try some of the new flavors of Chobani Greek Yogurt Flips, but I did.  And so here is my version of Empties.

These two flavors are my absolute favorites to date.  I give the Almond Coco Loco a 5 star rating!  I eat this for breakfast probably 20 days out of the month!  My second favorite is the Key Lime Crumble.  It earns a 4 ½ star rating.  I absolutely love coconut and dark chocolate, which is the only reason the Almond Coco Loco scores slightly higher.  There are 12 grams of protein in each serving.  There are 240 calories in the Almond Coco Loco and 200 calories in the Key Lim Crumble.

These three flavors are my example of trying something new.  These are the newer flavors recently introduced by Chobani.  And they are something that I normally would not have tried.  To stores and marketers, yes, shoppers will try new things that they would not have usually purchased when the price is right.

I scored these three flavors with 3 stars each.  They were good, but not quite as tasty to me.  I would buy them again if the two I mentioned above were not available. The Chipotle Pineapple was surprisingly good.  I've never been attracted to the sound of pineapple yogurt but my daughter really likes it so I decided to give it a try.  The chipotle gave it a bit of a kick.  I added 1 tablespoon of white chocolate chips and that bumped the flavor up to 4 stars.  The Sriracha Mango was also a surprise.  The Sriracha was too strong for me, so I added 1 tablespoon of white chocolate chips and that toned it down a bit.  I would still give it 3 stars.  Peanut Butter Dream was a stretch for me.  Peanut Butter and yogurt?  Not appealing to my tastes.  But I threw caution to the wind.  It was surprisingly okay, made better by 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips.  In each of these, the chips added about 70 calories to each serving.  Each flavor is a little different calorically, but it works out to 12 grams of protein and approximately 300 calories.

In the past, I have tried Coffee Break Bliss, Chocolate Haze Craze and Salted Carmel Crunch, none of which I liked or even tolerated enough to consider purchasing again. In fact, I never finished the servings and ended up tossing them out.

As far as other flavors that I haven't tried - Tropical Escape and Peachy Pistachio are possibilities.  Under the heading of "Ain't No Way" will be PB&J and Nutty For 'Nana.  I'm not a jelly person and if I can smell banana, it's already too ripe for me to eat.

Do you have favorite yogurts?

Wishing you blessings for a beautiful day!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Being Inspired

I follow a blog called Travel Bug.  I knew from the first time I read it, that I would become a frequent follower.  We have much in common.  She and her husband Bob enjoy the RV lifestyle, as do Kim and I.  They have a 5th wheel trailer; unfortunately we are currently without one, but we are working on it.  Susan is from Oregon; we are from Washington.  People from the Pacific Northwest share a kinship regarding our rainy weather and beautiful green states.  Susan is actively involved in Volksmarching; I think about become involved in volksmarching - LOL.  I love the pictures she shares of her various walks.  And Susan likes to blog.  I do, too.
She is more consistent in her blogging than I am, and thus the topic for this particular entry.

It started with Susan's post on Why I Blog and a quote I read the same day.  The quote was "A single sentence spoken at the right time could change someone's life forever."  I've told the story many times about how a casual comment made by what I considered at the time to be a "butt-in-ski" ultimately changed my outlook on life.  While my goal is not to butt in to someone's conversation, my goal is to possibly say or write something that changes someone's life for the good.

Unfortunately, not every day am I inspired to write something wise.  Sometimes I just want to bitch about something, share a recipe or share a moment in my life.  I pepper these posts with occasional insights and words of wisdom that must be channeled from a Higher Source/Higher Power, because I know when I go back to read those words again, I'm stunned that I actually wrote them.

Anyway, all that was to say "Thank you Susan for inspiring to start blogging again." I don't know if I will have anything of interest to say, but I will be sharing photos I've taken with my new Nikon D3300, some pictures I've been painting, some recipes, our process in downsizing and getting ready to full time (or at least half time) in a new RV, and of course the antics of our grandsons.  Hopefully some words of wisdom will find their way into my posts as well.

Wishing you all blessings for a wonderful day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Decluttering and Deleting

I have deleted over a 1000 pins from my Pinterest page!  That's just the beginning for me.  I have only been through my recipe pages.  In the past, I've randomly pinned recipes that sounded good to me, without taking into consideration that my dear husband most likely wouldn't touch some of the dishes with a ten foot pole, or that the prep time was 90 minutes, or there was some weird spice that I probably would never use again and costs $300 an ounce.

I've also tried quite a few recipes.  Most were determined so-so by husband.  Why spend an hour prepping and cooking a special chicken dish that is not enjoyed, when you could grab a couple of thighs, rub them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and toss them in the oven for 30 minutes and get rave reviews?

Here are a few of my "keeper" recipes:

Perfect Pot Roast by Stone Gable Blog - I used a buffalo roast and it was sooooooo tasty!

Bayou Bar from Joyful Momma's Kitchen - These were so good that husband and I agreed I shouldn't make them very often.  We have no self control when it comes to sweets!

I have 399 recipes currently pinned to try; 155 that I have tried and kept, but of those 155, only 41 are labelled "Family Favorites".

Next up, I will be going through all the arts and crafts pins, all the travel pins, and all those helpful hints pins.

Did you know when you do major decluttering in your home, often you see concomitant weight loss. I wonder if them same is true with Pinterest.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Pinterest Clean Out Continues

Here are a few of the things I tried before deciding whether to delete or save.

Greek Yogurt Cole Slaw

I found the dressing to be too sweet with the added honey.  I think I just prefer my cole slaw with the traditional mayo dressing or a chinese chicken salad dressing.  This recipe was deleted.

Cauliflower Chicken Casserole

I really liked this recipe.  Unfortunately husband did not like the added spinach.  I will make it again, minus the spinach and add some onions for additional flavor.

Sweet Potato Pie

This was okay.  We decided we preferred the taste of pumpkin pie.  This recipe was deleted.

However, just to confirm that we liked pumpkin pie better, I bought a Patty LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie.  I found this in the freezer section at Walmart after hearing about it on The Talk.  For less than $4, it was good.  But now we know....we still prefer pumpkin.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

This is a recipe that I should deleted, but the cookies were just way too good.  Definitely a keeper.

And under the heading of Arts and Crafts, I tried versions of these projects.

Acrylic Painting Project #1

The disclaimer here is that I used just a very small canvas.  It was messy but interesting.

You start by spreading lines of paint on the canvas.

Then you pull a piece of cardboard across the canvas in a zig-zag pattern (see the link for better instructions).

I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with this.  I liked the color combinations but it was a 5 X 7 canvas and seemed rather "busy" just to hang it as is.

In honor of the large Power Ball jackpot ($900,000,000), I added a phrase and propped it up in my office.

No one won the Power Ball drawing this week; I guess I will have to add Dream Bigger.  The next drawing is to be over $1,000,000,000!

This little project left a big mess of left over paint on the newsprint that I had laid down on the table, along with a void where the canvas had been.  So I added a little more paint, laid a 4 X 6 canvas panel upside down and smeared it around.

I had seen a blog post that was similar, called Marbled Acrylic Painting.  The blog post had some very cool ideas, and the artist used a larger canvas.  I used what I had on hand.  I liked how it turned out.  I think I will add some barren trees or a girl with an umbrella, I haven't decided yet.

And finally the idea I found for hanging Christmas stockings.  As more grandchildren arrived, I was running out of stocking hangers that worked on our mantle, and I couldn't remember where I bought the five that I had from when our kids were little.  Here's the idea I found on Maison de Pax

And that is my winner for my favorite pin of the year!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Resolutions, Intentions or Just Plain Changes I'd Like To Make

New Year's Day came and went.  Like everyone else, I spent some time thinking about resolutions.  I never liked that word.  I always feel like a failure when I don't carry through with whatever I resolved to do or not do.  Intentions is a better word for me.  In 2016, I thought I would intend to write a blog article every day.  Well, here it is January 3rd, and I'm just starting my first entry of the year.   I've now shifted my thoughts to just changes I'd like to make.  Some I will follow through with more often than not.  Some I won't. I'd like to spend some time every day writing.  It may be for the blog, and it may be in my journal, and it may even be working on the novel I started in 2009.

My second intention is to eat more healthily.  This one is a little more challenging.  For one thing, I don't like to cook.  Secondly, my husband is not fond of healthy food, even though his blood tests and blood pressure say he should.  He doesn't like vegetables.  I don't like fruit.  We both like red meat and the skin on our chicken.  In 2015, I resolved to exercise more.  And I've done that.  I use a fitbit and I work to get in my 10,000 steps every day.  Have I lost any weight?  Nope.  And somehow this holiday season, I managed to put on an extra 4 pounds.  Now I read that weight loss is more about what you eat, and not how much you exercise.  Well, crap!

There are so many different eating plans and/or diets out there.  I've tried most of them.  What works best for me is to eat a balanced diet, to choose my carbs wisely, and pay attention to portion control.  I'm not a fan of anything labeled "low fat".  For one thing, they don't taste quite right.  My understanding is that when they take out the fat, they add in sugar and other stuff to make the item taste somewhat decent.  I really like my food minimally processed.  That doesn't mean I avoid all forms of processing.  But it is something I consider.  And by the way, I don't consider "cooking" as a form of processing.  I did six months on a raw diet, and it didn't really make me feel better or lose any weight.  I just need some new ideas about how to incorporate more healthy recipes into my cooking repertoire.

This brings us to my third intention.  I want to weed out all the crap I have on my Pinterest Boards.  Either I need to try some of these things and then delete or keep them, or just delete things I know I won't cook because it requires too much work or items I most likely will never use again.  I mean who really needs 2000 plus recipes?

This blog entry checks off intentions #1 and #2.  I'm writing and posting.  And I made a decent vegetable dish.  It doesn't address #3 as I have made a version of this dish every week for years.  You probably have too, at least if you have read any cooking magazine, watched any cooking show or pinned any recipe for vegetables on Pinterest in the past few years.  Roasted vegetables!  I love them. I make a big batch every week.  I can get at least one serving into my husband.  The rest I eat for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

Roasting vegetables is easy.  You can adapt it for any vegetable you or your family like.  I generally use 3 or 4 vegetables per batch.  Sometimes more.  Sometimes it is just what I am cleaning out of my refrigerator.  I use combinations of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, summer squash, brussels sprouts, green beans, asparagus, radishes, potatoes, turnips, rutabagas, anise, onions, and so on.

Wash and chop into bite sized pieces the vegetables of your choice.  Line a jelly roll pan (or any cooking pan that has some sort of side/edge) with foil.  This is primarily for easy clean up and is an optional step.  Drizzle olive oil over the vegetables.  I tend to be generous with this step.  Stir to mix. Now the fun part.  Choose your seasonings.  You can adapt the spices to what other dishes you are cooking.  As a general rule of thumb, I use mostly onion or garlic salt, regular and pepper.  Pop the pan in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, depending on how cooked you like your veggies.  If you are doing primarily root vegetables, you will need to increase the time and/or the temperature.

Here's my little tip.  I only have one oven in my kitchen, and it is often being used to cook whatever my main dish for the night least during the fall and winter.  Therefore, I roast my vegetables at lunch time.  I cook them until they are just a titch under-done.  I enjoy one serving for lunch, and then I let the rest of it cool to room temperature.  Store covered in the refrigerator until dinner time.  Come dinner time, reheat in the microwave or put the veggies in a foil pouch and pop in the over to warm with whatever else you are cooking.

Here's the batch I roasted yesterday.  Before and after.

As you may have noticed, at the last minute, I added some canned little corns.  I was making some soup and didn't use the whole can in that recipe.  I added it to my roasted veggies.  I probably won't do that again - it was a little weird tasting.  This batch was seasoned with salt, pepper, onion salt and Johnny's Salad Elegance (my husband's favorite spice).

I would love to hear about your favorite veggie combinations and seasoning choices.