Friday, 22 September 2017

My Friday Finds . . .

A few of the things I find each week that inspire me to want to do better, to create, to become better, to read more, to watch, to just DO something! Things that delight, inspire, and bring me joy.  Maybe they will do the same thing for you!


It won't be long.  When I lived in a house with a wood stove, this was simmering on the back of the stove pretty much all the time in November, December, January.  Smells heavenly!

  

Free Witches Tea Party Printables.  Why should kids have all the fun? Up To Date Interiors


Rice Crispie Monster Treats.  Cute!  From One Little Project. My monster bark last year was really popular, and I am sure these will also be!


Cool Creativity. 10 free crochet pillow patterns.  


London Fog Vanilla Bean Shortbread.  I adore shortbread.  These look delicious. From The Cafe Sucre Farine.  


That Vintage Life. 11 Genius Kitchen Hacks you wish you had known sooner!  Some of these are brilliant! Like the foil on the end of the celery.


Handy Dandy Chart on how to cut a recipe in half.  From He and She Eat Clean. A free printable.


10 Halloween Party Games.  Just in case.  You never know when you will need party games. From Play Party Plan.  


How to make a makeup bag, from DIY Joy. 

 

The View from a Great Island.  Whole Grain Oat Rolls.  These look fabulous! Whole grain is good!

  

Cleaning Tips Roundup from Apartment Therapy.


Free to Use Collage sheet printables from Mary Watkin on Flickr. 

 

Crochet Zone.  A free pattern for a pocket placemat.  Love this. 


I could not find a source for these, but they are so cute and look very easy to make. 

  

Festive Sheep Ornament. Again, I could find no source.


Leaf Window Clings.  From Kids Craft Room.  


Paper Haunted House Lanterns for Halloween.  From Inner Child Fun. Free printable templates.


Free Printable Menu Planner.  From Little Coco-nutty.   


From Shape.  Gentle Yoga Poses to help with Insomnia.  


Graceful Little Honey Bee.  Love this. A lot of this is common sense.

And those are my finds for this week. Hope you found something useful.  I know I did! 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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 *.˛.°Children need at least one person in their life
who thinks the sun rises and sets on them,
someone who delights in their existance,
and loves them unconditionally.
~Pam Leo  •。★★ 。* 。 


 

In the English Kitchen today  . . .  Creamy Reuben Soup. Tasty tasty!  Simple too!

Hope you have a lovely Friday.  We are off to the Horseshoe Pass with our friends Tina and Tony and so far so good, the weather looks lovely!  Don't forget along the way of your today! 

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 And I do too! 


Thursday, 21 September 2017

My favourite things . . .

 
These are a few of my favourite things. Maybe some of them are your favourites too . . .

Avocado.  I adore ripe avocado . . .  creamy and rich and so tasty.  The problem is when you order anything with avocado in it while eating out and I have done, its never ripe.  There is an easy way to tell when you avocado is ripe. 
  
Its all in the colour of the skin.  There is nothing tastier than a ripe avocado and nothing more yuck than an unripe one. You would think people working in the food industry would know the difference. Ain't nobody going to enjoy a hard as a rock avocado.

I love mango.  Ripe and cubed, sliced etc.  I love it dried as well.  There was dried mango dipped in dark chocolate at Costco the other day that I was sorely tempted to buy, but I didn't.  I first got turned onto dry mango when my son brought me some from the Philippines. It was so good.  I fell in love right then and there.  With the dried mango, I was already in love with my son. 


The needle arts.  Be it crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing by machine or by hand, etc. I love doing needlework, and working with fabrics and yarns.  I was so excited the other week.  I found a book that I had had many years ago, but given away when I moved over here for a very cheap price on Amazon.  Well, it was a penny, and I only paid £2.50 for the postage, and it was brand new. I couldn't lose.

  

I was so excited when it fell through my letterbox.  It was like an old friend and myself had just rediscovered each other.  Everything I know about most of the needleworks I learned from this book over the years.  It is very indepth about most things with brilliant pictures.  There are a bazillion embroidery stitches in it, stitches you never see anywhere else.  I love this book, and am so happy I found another one in such good condition. I have always regretted giving my old one away.



Brownie Brittle. It is gorgeous.  Crisp and chocolatey. As moreish as potato chips.  This stuff is dangerous.  I love that it is so tasty.  I hate that it is so tasty. Its a love/hate thing. Very hard to resist and put down once you start on it.

  

I also adore salad.  A good salad, with nice fresh ingredients and a tasty dressing.  Maybe that is the secret to a well balanced diet.  A salad in one hand and a piece of brownie brittle in the other?  

A gal can dream can't she?


I love meeting new people and making new friends.  I tend to be a bit shy really.  I have a hard time approaching people, but once I am there, I really, truly enjoy the experience. This probably made me the ideal Military wife because I never minded having to meet new people, or see new places, experience new environments etc.  I guess I am very adaptable.

  

I am a great listener and I love to hear other people's stories.  Everyone has one.  A story that is.  A background.  A history.  I love to hear them.  I love to read them. I wish there were more hours in the day.  I love blog hopping and reading other people's stories.  I just find my days seem to slip away from me more often than not. I need to set myself a time.  I will often read but then not have the time to comment.  I need to make more time than I do for just that purpose. My problem is that I take too much time responding to comments, and I don't think it is wrong for me to want to respond to comments.  Not so much here on the blog, I only get a few of those and I LOVE LOVE responding to those.  I don't get many on the food blog either, which makes it quite manageable for me.  But on my facebook foodblog page, I must get about 50 or 60 comments a day and I spend at least an hour every morning reading and responding to each one.  If people can take the time to comment, I must take the time to respond.  I need to be  more proactive in reading and commenting on others pages. Please forgive me if I have been remiss as of late! 


I need to do this and just stop talking about it.  I love this hair colour.  It is one of my favourite things.  Time to embrace the grey totally. I don't dye my hair at present and I have a lot of grey hair, but I think it is time to make it all grey. 


Spending time with God.  I love my time spent in prayer and communication with my Heavenly Father.  I love reading and pondering the scriptures.  I love to be in the Temple.  I love being still and listening for my Heavenly Father's voice, promptings, answers.  I just love spending time with God, full stop. Out of all the things I do it is my favourite thing to do.  And I love sharing that time with my husband also. I think sharing a faith and belief with the man I love most is the most beautiful thing. 
 

 I love our Electric fire.  I wish it was a real fire, but alas . . .  we don't have a real one. If it was my own home I would put in a real one, but in a rented home, you can't spend that kind of money. I love that the evenings are getting a bit cooler and we are getting to turn it on every now and then.  The flames flickering just make me feel all cosy. 


 When I was married before we had a real wood stove and we burnt logs and one of my favourite things was always laying on the sofa late at night in the dark watching the logs burn.  It was very calming and restful . . . there is something really cosy and heart warming about a real fire in a wood stove or fireplace.  The smells, the sight, the sound  . . .  just lovely  . . . 

Reruns of Downton Abbey.  They never get old.  Watching it again now for the bazillionth time.  I guess that there is just so much garbage on real time telly these days, we tend to rewatch what we know we like on DVD. We hardly ever watch real time.  What is on real time, we record, and then watch later.  We are also early to bed people.  We like to read in bed, so about the time when other people are going out and gadding about, we are nestling in with good books.  That's why we record everything. 9:00 to 9:30 pm is our limit.  We can then watch whatever at our own leisure.

  

Cantuccini Toscani with almonds.  They are my favourite biscuits.  They are like biscotti, except smaller.  I love them.  Hard and crunchy and stogged full of lovely almonds. 


Nuts, I am crazy about nuts.  I just wish they weren't so high in calories.  Cashews and macadamias are my favourites. Followed by pecans and almonds and pistacios.  I can take or leave the rest.  I like them roasted.  They don't have to be salted, just roasted will do. When I worked at the Manor my boss Mrs used to eat a handful of nuts every morning.  I had to make up a nut mix for her.  She was very particular about what was in it.  I remember she used to like hazel nuts in it, but then she changed her mind.  I used to make it up by a gallon bag full. When she decided she didn't want hazel nuts in it anymore, I had to pick them all out. It took quite a while.  


Being inside all cosy on a rainy day.  It is raining today.  I am inside all cosy.  I am happy.  

 

Puppy snuggles . . .  no matter the time of day.  Her paws that smell like popcorn.  Her soft ears.  The way she snuggles into me.  I love every inch of them.  Puppy snuggles are the best.

And those are my favourite things for this week!  

A thought to carry with you  . . . 



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 *.˛.°"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, 
fluttering from the autumn tree."
~ Emily Bronte  •。★★ 。* 。 

Happy first day of Autumn!

Spiritual Enlightenment 

  

In the kitchen today    . . .  a Classic Cobb Salad.   Todd was away most of yesterday getting the tires done so he had lunch out.  I stayed home and had a delicious salad. 

 Have a beautiful Thursday!  Don't forget!


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And I do too! 


 


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wednesday this and that . . .



I was in the back garden yesterday, puttering about. I had taken the potato and onion bins out there to go through them.  We'd been getting some tiny flies in the house and that was a sure sign to me that something had gone off and the culprit is usually either the potato or the onion bin.  It was the potato bin.   

So anyways, I was out there at the patio table going through them and I kept hearing this noise, like a bunch of wasps buzzing.  It sounded like they were really close and then they sounded far away, and then close again . . .  very disconcerting. I hate wasps. They sting and I am really quite afraid of them.
 

Well, it wasn't wasps.  I was being terrorized by one of these.  A drone. I don't know who it belonged to, but it kept going away and then flying right back towards me and hovering over me.  I did not like that at all.  I felt like my privacy was being compromised. Perhaps someone had just gotten one and they were practicing using it, or whatever.  It wasn't nice having this thing practically dive bombing me.  I did not like feeling like I was being watched or filmed or photographed without my consent.  What do you think?  How would you feel about that?  Just curious. I think there should be strict rules about the use of them, and not being able to terrorize people in their back garden should be one of them.  The little dog next door was going spastic over it. 

 
Todd picked all the pears and apples yesterday so guess what I am going to be doing.  I am going to be making jam or something.  I don't have room for them in the freezer and they will need using up pronto.  I should just make pear and applesauce, but again, there is no place for it in the freezer.  I will probably make jam, or butter.  We'll see.  I need to buy jars.  And sugar. Jam Sugar.  Plus I have a bunch of plums that need using. 


The fireworks have started banging again at night.  Mitzie doesn't like them at all.  They went on for quite a while last night.  She wouldn't go out to do her business when it was time for bed.  Todd even tried to go out with her, but she wasn't having it.  There was no way.  Not for love nor money.  That's the only thing I don't like about this time of year.  The fireworks. Bonfire night isn't until the 5th of November. Why they have to start setting them off in September I will never understand.  Most people's pets do not like them at all and I wonder what the local wildlife thinks.  They are probably terrified.  Poor things and they have nobody to cuddle them and tell them its going to be okay. 


 The caribbean is being assaulted by yet another major catastophic hurricane.  Unbelievable when they haven't even had a chance to recover from the last one.  My heart goes out to them and my prayers as well. How utterly, utterly awful.  Add to that the earthquake in Mexico, the wildfires which have been burning out west . . . the genocide which is happening against Muslims in Burma which the Burmese Government says isn't happening. (Half a million people don't flee to another country to starve to death if nothing is going on) etc.. terror attacks in my own country, school shootings in Spokane . . .  and don't get me started on North Korea. 

What. The. Heck. 
If these aren't signs of the latter days, I don't know what is.
And we know it will get worse.


I watched Donald Trump's speech in the UN yesterday, in its entirety. I thought it was a pretty good speech.  He seemed sincere and like he really does have America's best interests at heart.  He certainly called a spade a spade when speaking about some of the leaders of other nations.  Maybe this kind of bold talk is what the world needs right now.  I don't know.  His speech stirred a mix of emotions I think.  Patriotism, fear, etc. He spoke about destroying North Korea.  Todd and I were talking about it afterwards . . .  and it is hard to know what is right. It certainly looks like the North Korean leader has a death wish, if not for himself and his own country, then definitely for any country within the reach of his nuclear weapons.  He's definitely been poking the bear.  How long before the bear bites back?  I dread to think  . . . 

Why can't we just all be friends and let each other be.
Share what we have with everyone.
Take care of the hungry and the weak
and the poor.  Love everyone.
Stop fighting each other 
and be at
peace
???

I can only think and aspire to what I believe to be true,  and that is this.  Good will ultimately prevail over evil. I, on my own, cannot change the world, but I can control me and I can be a better me, and I can make a difference.  Change begins right where you stand.  So if I try to do my best and be my best and to follow the Saviour's teachings, then maybe I can make my own little piece of the world a better place. I can set an example for goodness and truth, and maybe in time others will follow. I cannot control the weather or earthquakes, etc. but I can do what I can to help those who have been affected by them, to make a difference for them.  And maybe I will only be able to make a difference for one person, but that is still one person whose life will be better or have at least been helped, etc.



And to end things on a positive note, the Christmas chocolates are arriving in the shops.  I got two tubs for £8 in Morrisons yesterday.  It always used to be a real treat when my brother sent us a tub of Quality Street.  We thought they were the best, and it was so kind of him.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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 *.˛.° Hope is a verb, it is an action, not a chair
to sit on and wait for things to get better . . . 
It is something we do.
It is a brave choice that we make.
~unknown    .° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •.° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •


 

In the  kitchen today . . .  Scrambled Eggs in Toasty Cups.  Quite simply delicious.

Have a lovely Wednesday.  I am going to try to call my mom this afternoon.  Don't forget!

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And I do too!