Oct 282016

Hosted @ McGuffy’s Reader & 15andmeowing

1. The first thing I check when I go online is my email and Inoreader. Then I check out Facebook.

2. My signature dish is my spaghetti. Everyone loves it.

3. My Halloween night is  always quiet. We’ve lived here since ’98 and have never had any trick or treaters other than my grandkids and their frinds. Maybe when we move to town we’ll have more.

4. Trick or treaters are adorable!

Oct 252016


My wrist and hand get better, then get worse again. I need 2-3 days off in a row so I can rest it and see if that helps.

My goals for October
Drink at least 80 oz. of water every day: 24
Deep breathing every day: 24
Eat meatless at least 4 times: 2
Strength train a total of 20 hours: 16

As for Yoga, I can’t do yoga with my injured hand and wrist, so I’ve decided to not worry about this goal). For November, I think I’ll do a mix of Tai-Chi & Qi-Gong, which I enjoy more than yoga anyway.

Here are my steps from the last week:
Tuesday~ 10/18: 7,895
Wednesday~ 10/19: didn’t track
Thursday ~ 10/20: 10,270 steps
Friday ~ 10/21: 11,039 steps
Saturday ~ 10/22: 8,913 steps
Sunday ~ 10/23: 7,740
Monday ~ 10/24:  7,669 steps

On The Menu
Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and corn

Cowboy Hash & Toast

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Veggie Burgers

An adapted version of  Cheese Ravioli with Broccoli & Alfredo Sauce
(recipe will be posted soon)


Oct 252016

We love chili. I make it throughout the year, whether it’s cold or hot outside. I always use a recipe Henry and I came up with many years ago. But this time I used one I saw @ Around My Family Table. Here’s the recipe:

10 Can Chili
2 lbs ground beef
2-15oz cans tomato sauce
2-15oz cans kidney beans (with liquid)
2-15oz cans pinto beans (with liquid)
1 med onion, diced or one handful of dried onion flakes
1-2 small cans diced green chilis
2-15oz cans diced tomatoes
4 teaspoons cumin powder
4 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups water

Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat.  Drain off the fat.

In a large pot, combine the beef plus all the remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer over low heat.

Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2 to 3 hours.

(For the slow cooker: brown the meat.  Add everything to slow cooker pot.  Cook on low half the day or high for several hours.  Stir often.)


used 2 1/4 lbs. ground chuck
didn’t add onions
melted slices of American cheese in the bowls

This recipe made six big bowls which was too much, we ate it for dinner three nights. If I make it again I’ll only use one can each and cut back on the spices since we both thought it was a little too spicy.

My family says I’m weird, but I always smear peanut butter on a piece of bread (or two) and fold it over to eat with my chili. It’s so good!

This is a cheap, quick way to make a pot of chili. I loved that it has cumin, I love cumin!

Souper Sundays

Oct 232016


Thanks to Susan from Suko’s Notebook for tagging me in the This or That Book Tag, and to Ayunda from Tea & Paperbacks, the creator of this book tag.

Mention the creator of the tag.
Thank the person who tagged you.
Tag other people and spread the love.
1) Reading on the couch or reading in bed?
Both, but I usually read while sitting on my recliner sofa.

2) Main character: Male or Female?
I don’t have a favorite, but I do love a strong female lead.

3) Sweet or salty snacks while reading?
I usually don’t snack while reading, but once in a while I’ll eat chips or pretzels,fruit bowl, or beef stick.

4) Trilogies or quartets?
I rarely read either, but have read a few I loved like The Walk Series by Richard Paul Evans which is actually a quintet, not a trilogy or quartet, and The Rayne Tour by Brandilyn Collins which is a trilogy.

5) First Person or Third Person POV?
First person would be my first choice.

6) Night or morning reader?
I read whenever the mood strikes, but it usually strikes in the afternoon or at night.

7) Libraries or bookstores?
I love my library system, so I get a lot of the books I read from them. But, I do love bookstores, especially if it’s family owned.

8) Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?
I’d rather read a book that makes me laugh, but have enjoyed many that made me cry, or made me sad.

9) Black or white book covers?
I’m a cover snob, but the color doesn’t really matter. I’m drawn to covers that appeal to me.

10) Character driven or plot driven stories?
I love books that make me feel drawn to the character, the plot doesn’t really matter other than it be realistic.

The Book Bloggers  I tag are:
Mary @ Bookfan
Laurel-Rain @ Curl Up And Read
Diane @ Bookchickdi
Oct 232016

Sunday Reflections

It was 46° when I stepped outside this morning, but it’s warmed up to 75° now. The house was a bit chilly when I got home so I had to turn the heat on

I’d rather be at the beach

For my kids and grandkids…always

Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman

Still listening to Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado

Bull. I loved Michael Weatherly on NCIS, and was really sad when he left, but when I saw he was going to be on a new show, I added it to my series manager. It’s a really good show!

To be able to start moving in the next few weeks

That I’m not as young as my mind thinks I am

On track except for yoga. It’s hard to do yogo with a hurt wrist/hand. So, I’ve decided to to tai-chi instead

In The Kitchen…
Tonight I’m going to eat half of a Deluxe sub from Hungry Howies, I ate the other half last night

Today’s To-Do List…
I worked this morning so I need to rest my wrist. I need to empty/load the dishwasher and do a load of laundry, but other than that I’ll just be watching tv or reading

One of my favorite things:
Being able to go to sleep as soon as I say my prayers, and not tossing and turning for an hour or so

Pin It & Do It…
Mushroom, Zucchini, and Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas, which I saw at Squirrel Head Manor.

Looking forward to…
Going camping, I just have to get my kids and grandkids to agree

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
Psalms 62:1

A favorite quote…
“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
Martha Washington

From the camera….


Oct 192016
1. What would you say is your strongest sense?
I’d have to go with hearing. I can hear even the quietest of noises.

2. Do you believe in the idea of a ‘sixth sense’? Why or why not?
I believe in the Holy Spirit because I’ve thought/dreamed things that ended up happening. I’ve also woken from a sound sleep with the feeling that I needed to pray Psalms 23.  So I prayed and went back to sleep. I later learned why I needed to pray. It was the morning of 9/11.

3. When do you most feel like a slave to time? Explain.
When I’m at work. I’m going non-stop and fast from the time I clock in until I clock out.

4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? How would you rate the experience? If you could own a restaurant what kind would it be?
I used to work in a pizza restaurant. I really enjoyed it. If I could own my own restaurant, it would be country cooking.

5. Ever traced your family tree? Share something interesting you learned there.
I didn’t, but my aunt did. I learned that my dad had been in about 5 countries in the war. He probably told me when I was young, but I had forgotten.

6. What did your childhood bedroom look like?
I had a canopy bed that was white with gold trim, a matching dresser and vanity table and chair.The canopy and bedspread were white with gold trim too. When I got older I took the canopy off and just had a poster bed. I changed the bedspread and painted the walls bright orange. A few years later I painted it purple. My brother had his painted black and had black lights and black light posters everywhere.

7. Anyone who knows me knows I love_______________________?
the beach, dogs, board/card games, books, movies, food and laughing.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
It was cool for a few days but then turned hot again. I’m ready for it to be cool for a while. I’m tired of the hot and humidity.

Oct 182016


My wrist and hand are much better, but still hurt a little. I was supposed to have tomorrow and this coming Sunday off, but I have to go in the next 6 days to cover for someone who injured their shoulder. Two of the days will be a different job, one I’ve never done before, and will be from 7am to 3pm. I’ll be working 8 days without a day off, and longer hours. I do have a brace to wear, so hopefully that will keep me from re-injuring it.

My goals for October
Drink at least 80 oz. of water every day: 17
Deep breathing every day: 17
Eat meatless at least 4 times: 2
Yoga for a total of 8 times: 0 (darn hand and wrist)
Strength train a total of 20 hours: 12

Here are my steps from the last week:
Tuesday~ 10/11: didn’t track
Wednesday~ 10/12: 7,371
Thursday ~ 10/13: 7,364 steps
Friday ~ 10/14: 8, 534 steps
Saturday ~ 10/15: 7,669 steps
Sunday ~ 10/16: didn’t track
Monday ~ 10/17:  9,283 steps

Oct 162016


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.


Only one book for me last week:

28363991 In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett
Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.

Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons?
In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show’s original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.

Written with all the charm and humor fans expect from a masterful entertainer like Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company skillfully highlights the elements that made the show so successful in a competitive period when TV variety shows ruled the air waves. Putting the spotlight on everyone from her talented costars to her amazing guest stars—the most celebrated and popular entertainers of their day—Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode.

Here are all the topics readers want to know more about, including:
• how the show almost didn’t air due to the misgivings of certain CBS vice presidents;
• how she discovered and hired Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway;
• anecdotes about guest stars and her close freindships with many of them, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White;
• the people behind the scenes from Bob Mackie, her costume designer and partner in crime, to the wickedly funny cameraman who became a fixture during the show’s opening Q&A;
• and Carol’s takes on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise.

This book is Carol’s love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show which won no less than 25 Emmy Awards! Get the best seat in the house as she reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching it.

Oct 162016

I was supposed to make these Bacon, Egg, And Cheese Eggo Waffle Sandwich last week, but didn’t get a round to it. So today, I decided to make it.  The ingredients cost less than $10.



I very very rarely eat pancakes or waffles, I’m talking beaucoup years in between. But when I saw this recipe on the internet, it was different enough to pique my interest.

My son thought they were good but needed a little extra flavor so he put strawberry jam on his. When I tasted mine I thought the same thing, so I added some to mine. Much better! I left the cheese off, and that may have made a difference, so I may make these again with a different variety of ingredients, like adding the cheese, or some syrup instead of jam.  I’ll also buy a different flavor of waffles. When I went to shop for the ingredients, I had no idea there were so many different kinds of them. The best thing about this sandwich was the bacon, of course!

Linking to:
Weekend Cooking
Souper Sundays

Oct 162016

Sunday Reflections

73°, sunny, and the sky is blue with lots of fluffy white clouds. There’s a slight breeze, and it’s not as humid as it has been, which is a very good thing

Today would be a great day for a bike ride

That work on the dining room has begun. Then we clean, paint, and can move in!!

Still reading Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer which is the Oct./Nov. pick for Cook The Books. I’m also listening to the kindle audible version of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado

Queen Sugar. Love this show!

We have a lot of cool days this winter so I can ride my bike a lot

To let go of people that bring more drama than joy into my life

Getting a lot of steps and drinking at least 80 oz. of water each day. Wrist and hand still hurting. Trying to cut down on carbs and sodium

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today. Maybe Chinese. Maybe Italian.

Today’s To-Do List…
Catching up on some laundry and tv shows

One of my favorite things:
Snuggling with my doggy Kaiyo

Pin It & Do It…
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken. This looks/sounds really good. Going to give it a try this week.

Looking forward to…
Going on a day trip with my daughter Kilah. We haven’t done one in a while. Life’s been busy.

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. PSALM 19:14

A favorite quote…
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

From the camera….
The last few days have been kinda made me feel like I was in Twilight Zone. Really weird things have been happening and I asked my kids if it was a full moon. They didn’t know. Then last night I was outside after dark and yep, it is.


Oct 122016
1. What would you say is the best and worst thing about moving house?
Best: When we move we’ll have better internet, better satellite service for our tv, we’ll be closer to work, stores, restaurant.

Worst: Leaving the home I shared with my late husband, and babydog, for years.
2. What’s moved you recently?
All the destruction and lives lost from Hurricane Matthew.

3. Do you feel your life is moving forward, backward, or is on hold? How so?
Moving forward, even though it seems to be moving slowly.

4. On the move, move mountains, get a move on, it’s your move, or bust a move…which phrase best applies to some aspect of your life right now? Explain.
Get a move on, because I want to move already!

5. What song makes you want to get up and move?
The song that makes me want to get up and move more than any other song does is Le Freak by Chic

6. Your favorite snack to grab when you’re ‘on the move’?
A nectarine or pretzels

7. What one accessory makes your house feel like home?
Photos or personal items my kids and grandkids bought or made for me.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
A blogger friend in Canada shared photos of snow already. I want to go see snow again so much!

Oct 112016

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062105698
ISBN-13: 978-0062105691

A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Else’s Love Story and gods in Alabama—an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives

Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to reinvent their history as they roved. But everything, including Paula’s birth name, Kali Jai, changed when she told a story of her own—one that landed Kai in prison and Paula in foster care. With the two of them separated, each holding her own secrets, the intense bond they once shared was fractured.

These days, Paula has reincarnated herself as a tough-as-nails divorce attorney with a successful practice in Atlanta. While she hasn’t seen Kai in fifteen years, she’s still making payments on that karmic debt—until the day her last check is returned in the mail, along with a mystifying note: “I am going on a journey, Kali. I am going back to my beginning; death is not the end. You will be the end. We will meet again, and there will be new stories. You know how Karma works.”

Then Kai’s most treasured secret literally lands on Paula’s doorstep, throwing her life into chaos and transforming her from only child to older sister. Desperate to find her mother before it’s too late, Paula sets off on a journey of discovery that will take her back to the past and into the deepest recesses of her heart. With the help of her ex-lover Birdwine, an intrepid and emotionally volatile private eye who still carries a torch for her, this brilliant woman, an expert at wrecking families, now has to figure out how to put one back together—her own.

The Opposite of Everyone is a story about story itself, how the tales we tell connect us, break us, and define us, and how the endings and beginnings we choose can destroy us . . . and make us whole. Laced with sharp humor and poignant insight, it is beloved New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson at her very best.

Wow! Each time I read a Jackson book I love her writing more. The addition of Hindu mythology was interesting and at first I wondered how it would fit into the story, but it did.

I love that Kai was a hippy chick. I was a teen in the 70’s. I loved that era and am a bit of a hippy chick myself. I loved the authors way of pulling you into the lives of the characters and making you care about them. Or not. I love that she writes with a southern style.

Books about mother/daughter relationships are at the top of my favorite themes, and this book is one of the best I’ve read. There’s the bond of mother and daughter, how that bond can be broken and repaired, betrayal, loss, surprises, overcoming what life throws at you, and twists I didn’t see coming.

If you haven’t read this book, or the other Jackson books, you should.


Oct 112016


Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

Hosted by Diane @ Bibliophile by the Sea
Share the first paragraph of the book you are currently reading
or thinking about reading soon.

I was pretending to read the paper. I thought that if I didn’t say anything, my mother might stop glaring at me, burning a hole in my face.

I was home from school. I’d been sent home.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted @ Books And A Beat
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

page 254:
He realized that in order to love more, he would have to feel less. This was what it meant to love, he thought. It required a certain degree of forgetting, of loss; it was like rushing into freezing water, jumping with your eyes closed into a dark hole, not making a sound.

Oct 102016


My goals for October: update so far
Drink at least 80 oz. of water every day: 10
Deep breathing every day: 10
Eat meatless at least 4 times: 2
Yoga for a total of 8 times: 0
Strength train a total of 20 hours: 7

Here are my steps from the last week:
Tuesday~ 10/4: 7,629
Wednesday~ 10/5: didn’t track
Thursday ~ 10/6: 6,923 steps
Friday ~ 10/7: 7,238 steps
Saturday ~ 10/8: 7,613 steps
Sunday ~ 10/9: didn’t track
Monday ~ 10/10:  7,233 steps

On The Menu
Sloppy Joe Nachos

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Chops w/ Pineapple Fried Rice

Bacon, Egg, And Cheese Eggo Waffle Sandwich

Roast Chicken from The River Cottage Family Cookbook w/ mashed potatoes & corn

Roasted Chili-Lime Cod w/ Creamy Cole Slaw & Arkansas Green Beans

We’ll be eating out the other two days

Oct 092016

Sunday Reflections

It’s 75°, sunny, and the sky is full of big fluffy clouds. I hope it doesn’t rain so we can get the yard mowed

About all those who lost lives or homes etc. during hurricane Matthew. My prayers go out to them all.

That we were spared any damage during Matthew. I thought it would be bad, but Hermine was worse where I live

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer which is the Oct./Nov. pick for Cook The Books

Doc Martin. I had never heard of this show until Tina posted about it. She was kind enough to send me a season of the show and now I’m hooked and watching all the re-runs on tv.  Love it!!

I’m still getting a lot of steps and strength training, but I’ve done something to my right wrist/hand. It’s really sore and a bit swollen, and I can barely stand to move it.

In The Kitchen…
Not a clue, might make something simple here, or maybe eating out.

Today’s To-Do List…
Relaxing all day, a bit of reading and watching tv

One of my favorite things:
My library system. Because of where I live, I can use three different counties libraries. That’s 18 different libraries!!

Pin It & Do It…
Sloppy Joe Nachos. Sloppy Joe, yes. Nachos, yes. But sloppy joe nachos? Hmmm. Not very healthy, but I’m sure wanting to see what the heck this tastes like

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Hebrews 13:16
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

A favorite quote…
“Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.”

From the camera….


Oct 082016


It’s time to cook with Heidi Swanson @ I ♥ Cooking Club



California Yogurt Bowl

Spoon one cup of whole milk yogurt into bowl

Top the yogurt with:
a bit of thinly sliced, ripe avocado
1/3 cup lightly smashed boysenberries (or blackberries)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
scant 1/4 cup raw rolled oats
a tiny bit of sea salt, optional
Each bowl serves one

This was my first time trying a Heidi Swanson recipes, and it is very good. In fact, is now my new favorite breakfast. I’ll be making it a lot from now on. It will also be a great choice for when I feel a bit hungry and want something that’s light and healthy. Quick, easy, and healthy. Seriously yummy!

I adapted this a bit by not using maple syrup, I used honey instead because that’s what I had on hand. I also cut up some extra avocado and blackberries to put on top.


I ♥ Cooking Club

Weekend Cooking

Oct 042016


It’s a new month so I decided to start with some new goals.

My goals for October:
Drink at least 80 oz. of water every day
Deep breathing every day
Eat meatless at least 4 times
Yoga for a total of 8 times
Strength train a total of 20 hours

Here are my steps from the last week:
Tuesday~ 9/27: 8,333
Wednesday~ 9/28: didn’t track
Thursday ~ 9/29: 10,358 steps
Friday ~ 9/30: 7,676 steps
Saturday ~ 10/1: 8,342 steps
Sunday ~ 10/2: 7,577
Monday ~ 10/3: 7,906 steps

Oct 012016


Italian Sausage Baby Broccoli Pasta with Oregano Gremolata and Pramesan

9 oz  Sweet Italian Sausage
6 oz  Gemelli Pasta
6 oz Baby Broccoli
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
2 Cloves Garlic
1 oz Almonds
1/4 oz Oregano
1 Lemon
1 T Olive Oil

Wash and dry all produce. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Line up the baby broccoli
on your cutting board, and cut into 1-inch pieces. Discard the ends.
Roughly chop the garlic. Pick the oregano leaves off the stems.
Discard the stems.

Place the sausage onto a baking sheet. Cook in
the oven for about 15 minutes.

Add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook 9-11
minutes, until al dente. While the pasta cooks, add the baby broccoli
to the same water. Cook 3-4 minutes, until tender. Remove the baby
broccoli with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Meanwhile, place the almonds, oregano
leaves, and chopped garlic in a pile on your cutting board. Run your
knife over the mixture until finely chopped (some larger pieces of
nuts can remain). Check on the pasta, drain when ready, then return
to the pot.

Heat a large drizzle of olive oil in a large pan
over medium-low heat. Add the gremolata mixture. Cook, tossing, for
3-4 minutes, until beginning to turn golden brown. Season generously
with salt and pepper. Remove pan from heat. Zest about 1 teaspoon
lemon directly in the pan, and stir thoroughly to release the lemon oils.

Thinly slice the sausage. Halve the lemon. Toss the
sausage, baby broccoli, gremolata, half the Parmesan cheese, and
a drizzle of olive oil into the pot with the pasta. Reheat over medium
heat if necessary. Season generously with salt and pepper. Stir in
a squeeze of lemon, to taste. Divide between bowls, serve with the
remaining Parmesan cheese.

I really liked this and thought it had a nice flavor. My son Anthony liked it but didn’t think it had enough flavor. After sprinkling with garlic salt he was satisfied with the taste.

The recipe was easy to do and didn’t take that much time, about 30 min.

wkendcookingWeekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Sep 292016


It would seem I’m on a Panini kick. Today I made a peanut butter and Nutella panini. I spread one slice of bread with  peanut butter, another with Nutella, and then put them together and placed on the panini press. Simple, but oh so delicious! The mix of peanut butter and the chocolate are amazing! And I loved the crunchiness of the bread.