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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Rainbow

A forever promise....









Genesis 9:11-13 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come; I have set my rainbow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Silver sneakers update

I posted about the Silver sneakers group I joined here

Thought I would give an update. We got a new instructor and he in not so low keyed, in fact he works us pretty good so I have no need to "move up" to a more intensive class. These classes are offered in many adult centers all over the USA and is sponsored by many insurance plans. It is very nice to go to a exercise group that is mostly people around my age. Maybe you would like to try one out too.

 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Shirley Goodnest




Subject: Shirley Goodnest....
 
 
 


A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence, but yet know that he was safe.

So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her.

The neighbor said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor boy he knew. She did this for the whole week.

As the boys walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally he said to Timmy, "Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?"

Timmy nonchalantly replied, "Yeah, I know who she is."

The friend said, "Well, who is she?"

"That's just Shirley Goodnest," Timmy replied, and her daughter Marcy."

"Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us? "

“Well," Timmy explained, "every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, “Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life', so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!"

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

 
I just finished listening to this book and must say, I learned a lot. There have been many pictures of her in so many different settings and from the time she was very young...
 she was striking.
 
Her whole life she was surrounded by womanizers including her father.
 
I won't give away many of the things that surprised me in the book but simply say that things are not always the way we assume, including her reasons for marrying J.F.K.
 
 
I understood that she desperately wanted to avoid the press but always thought it was because of  her children, there was a lot more to it than that.
 
She made us proud how she stood by her husband in great sadness..
 but we have no idea how alone she was with it all.
 
 
It was hard to understand why she married Onassis but this book shined some light on that as well.
 
I am so glad she didn't live to see her precious John, John die and recently heard a rumor that the plane crash was suspicious due to the result of him seriously considering running for President. After listening to the book, one might wonder.
 
In all the pictures taken of her only few are without her broad smile..
 How easy it was to assume she was happy...
 
 even when dying of cancer.
 
How much we assume and how little we know.
 
 
 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Wonder




God does not work by only one method, paint in only one color, play in only one key, nor does He makes only one star shine onto the earth. (Eberhard Arnold)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

I LOVE cookbooks

Maybe you don't think that is unusual but if you were to understand that I RARELY cook, you may think it a bit strange. Howerever, nothing makes me happier than to sit down with a cookbook and figure out what I might like. I have tried to curtail my puchasing but this is my stash at the moment.....
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
and if I see a deal on amazon....I just can't resist so I recently bought this cookbook at a smoking deal
 
 
 
It didn't say how old this book was so I was a bit surprised and confused when the recipes read like this.............................
 
Do you you see how she is refering to a "Menu-ette skillet"? Do you know what that is? Well, I didn't so had to go to google and guess what it is?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                          This is it!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well I don't have one of these and was not too sure I wanted to buy one but I do have these....
 and somewhere in the recesses of my mind I remembered these....
 
 
 
 
Bought one so now I have a Menu-ette!
 
Did you also notice that she leaves a blank space on each recipe? That is so you can fill in how much time is needed for your kind of microwave. She was cooking on a 700 watt one which is pretty outdated now. Still it has some good sounding recipes.....................
 
 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Chuckles





Little Tony had been playing outside with the other kids for a while when he came into the house

and asked, 'Grandma, what's that called when two people sleep in the same room and one is on top of the other?'


She was a little taken aback, but she decided to just tell him the truth. 'It's called sexual intercourse, darling'

Little Tony just said, 'Oh, OK,' and went back outside to play with the other kids. A few minutes later he came back in and said angrily, 'Grandma, it isn't called sexual intercourse. It's called Bunk Beds. And Jimmy's mom wants to talk to you.






Monday, May 30, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Anniversary

Yesterday was.....
 
If you have followed my blog you know that back in Feb. hubby got a concussion from a fall and we are still dealing with some after effects of that. Not being able to sleep and feeling anxious about things. We talked about taking a anniversary trip and he suggested Mexico so I checked out  Cancun since it is a place we haven't been and he said he didn't feel comfortable about that so I checked out a couple of road trips here in the states and he said no but maybe we could go back to Mazatlan, Mexico where we have been before so I booked a trip there. Early this week he had a bad dizzy spell and asked me to cancel the trip so I did. I asked if he wanted to go to a casino (something he normally enjoys) and have and nice dinner and spend the night and he said yes. So I booked a night at the Talking Stick Casino and as soon as we walked in I knew he wasn't comfortable. We had a couple of drinks played a penny machine for just a little while and it was time for our dinner reservation. The first time we tried to go here we couldn't get in because we did not have reservations so I was excited to see it............well, it wasn't exactly breathtaking. I did step out and take a couple of pictures...
The results of water in the desert...a golf course:)
 
 
For some reason they had this pool on the patio..
 Didn't make a lot of sense to me.
 
 
I did like this little table decoration..
 
This is one of those resturants that you have to order and pay for everything seperate so we shared a salad and hubby had scallops and I had crab, but it was already all cracked and soaking in a butter sauce.......
It was delecious!
 
They presented us with the sweet desert above and hubby leaned over and said..."I think we should go home" We went up and got our things and checked out...so am I upset????
Not as long as I still have him with his arm around me!
 
 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Did you know?

This is what President Roosevelt wrote in his diary on Feb. 14, 1884




and here is why.......


On this day in 1884, future President Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother die, only hours apart.
Roosevelt was at work in the New York state legislature attempting to get a government reform bill passed when he was summoned home by his family. He returned home to find his mother, Mittie, had succumbed to typhoid fever. On the same day, his wife of four years, Alice Lee, died of Bright’s disease, a severe kidney ailment. Only two days before her death, Alice Lee had given birth to the couple’s daughter, Alice.


 
 

 The double tragedy devastated Roosevelt. He ordered those around him not to mention his wife’s name. Burdened by grief, he abandoned politics, left the infant Alice with his sister Bamie, and, at the end of 1884, struck out for the Dakota territories, where he lived as a rancher and worked as a sheriff for two years. When not engrossed in raising cattle or acting as the local lawman, Roosevelt found time to indulge his passion for reading and writing history. After a blizzard wiped out his prized herd of cattle in 1885, Roosevelt decided to return to eastern society. Once back in New York in 1886, he again took up politics and took over raising his precocious daughter, Alice, who later became a national celebrity.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What you don't know won't hurt you....


Several years ago we made a trip to Funchal,Portugal
http://monirae.blogspot.com/search?q=funchal
and only recently did I read that their airport is the most dangerous in the world!!


If I had seen these pictures before I may not have gone...

 
 
 
Well we had a wonderful time so glad I just didn't know about it.
 
 
 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A most unusual church




Chapel of the Holy Cross

Sedona, Arizona



 
 
 
A special use permit was required and this chapel was built in 1956 in 18 months and at the cost of $300,000.
 
 
 

 
The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona
 
 
 
 
 
 


In the sculptor's words, “Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men (and women) and be a living reality.”

Monday, May 9, 2016

Have you ever?

Have you ever caught a firefly?


catching fireflies (and then let them go...)

I haven't but it fascinates me to think this bug has a light!
Of course it isn't really a light but  type of chemical reaction called bioluminescence.

 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Did you know?

In the resort town of Skagen you can watch an amazing natural phenomenon. This city is the northernmost point of Denmark, where the Baltic and North Seas meet. 
The two opposing tides in this place can not merge because they have different densities.
 


 And here I thought water was just water!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Thank you to all of you who followed along and encouraged me. I love cookbooks and recipes. Who knows, maybe one day I may write one:) 






Saturday, April 30, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter Z

Zippy Zucchini

4 cups zucchini cut into chunks (about 2)                 1/2 onion, sliced thin
4 eggs, beaten                                                            1 jar pimiento, drained
1/2 tsp. salt                                                                 1/8 tsp. pepper

Place zucchini and onion in a 10x6 dish; cover and microwave on high for 7 min. drain.
In a bowl mix together all other ingredients and pour over the zucchini. Mix well and cover with a paper towel. Microwave for 8-10 min. Stir and cook for another 4 min. or until the center is set.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A-Z challenge Letter Y

                                                                   

 

 
 
 
 
Microwave-Baked SWEET POTATO (YAM) WITH ALMOND BUTTER AND CINNAMON






Microwave-Baked SWEET POTATO WITH ALMOND BUTTER AND CINNAMON (#7 in list) --------   I know this sounds odd, but trust me on this one; nut butter with sweet potatoes is a winning combo for both your body and your taste buds. Microwave your sweet potato the night before, and in the morning, split it down the center with a knife, stuff with almond butter, and add touch of cinnamon. It even tastes great cold!I know this sounds odd, but trust me on this one; nut butter with sweet potatoes is a winning combo for both your body and your taste buds. Microwave your sweet potato the night before, and in the morning, split it down the center with a knife, stuff with almond butter, and add touch of cinnamon.                                                      

                                                                       
                                                                            
 
                                             















                                          I want to give this a try:)













 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter X



 

 
 
 
 
                        
                                                                 
                                 

                                 
 
                 
Season the steaks with salt and pepper to taste. Place into a glass dish, and drizzle with Worcestershire sauce. Turn the steaks, cover, and refrigerate 15 minutes. Turn the steaks again, and marinate 15 minutes longer.
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
Grill for about  7 minutes. Toss the asparagus spears with a little olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the asparagus onto the grill, turn steaks over, and close lid. Cook until the steaks are beginning to firm and are slightly pink in the center, and the asparagus is tender, about 7 additional minutes. Turn the asparagus halfway through. Top each steak with 3 asparagus spears and swiss cheese. Continue cooking until the cheese has melted. Remove from the grill, and let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Note: could broil as well if you don't grill.
 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter W

White Sauce

2 Tbl. butter                                                  2 Tbl. flour
1 cup milk                                                     1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Melt butter in pan, blend in flour. Stir in milk and continue to cook and stir until thickened.

For cheese sauce add 1/2 cup cheese of choice and stir well.

Note: When hubby and I were first married he always talked about his mom making biscuits and gravy and I couldn't figure out how to make the gravy. One day I made this white sauce for some thing else and he declared that was the gravy!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter V


Vegetable Medley

1 can golden mushroom garlic soup                                         2 cups broccoli separated
1/2 soup can of milk                                                                  1/2 cup long horn shredded cheese
2 carrots sliced                                                                          Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 fresh cauliflower separated                                                 Few frozen peas
1 can sliced new potatoes (drained)                                          Sm jar of mushrooms (drained)
 
Cook carrots and cauliflower in desired dish in microwave and cook till tender. Can put in refrigerator until ready to assembly casserole. Mix soup and milk and pour of top of cooked veg. Sprinkle peas over top. Drain can pot. and mushrooms layer on top and then sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 min or until bubbly.
 
This is a good pot luck recipe:)

Monday, April 25, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter U

Pinapple upside down cake

 
Pillsbury yellow cake mix mixed as directed.
Lg. can crushed pinapple (drained)
 
Preheat over at 350
 
Melt 1 stick of butter in cake pan. Add about 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (or until the butter is sopped up)

Place pinapples on brown sugar mixture and pour cake mix over the top. Bake 40-45 min. Turn out upside down on platter and cool.
 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter T

Tuna Casserole

2 1/2 Tbl. butter                                              1 1/2 Tbl. corn starch
1/4 tsp. salt                                                      dash of pepper
1 1/2 cup milk                                                 chopped onion
1 7 oz. can tuna (drained)                                1/2 Pkg. 8 oz macaroni (cooked)
1/2 pkg frozen peas (thawed and cooked)       1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
 
In pan, melt butter stir in corn starch salt and pepper. Add milk and cook till thickened. Add all other ingredients and pout into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 25 min. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

A-Z Challenge Recipes letter S

Steak Diane

 
1# round steak                                                     2 green onions, chopped
Instant meat tenderizer                                        1 tsp. dry mustard
1 Tb. butter and oil                                              1 1/2 Tbl. lemon juice
1 3 oz. jar of mushrooms                                     1/4 tsp worchestershire sauce
(save juice)                                                           1/2 tsp. cornstarch
4 Tbl butter                                                           1/8 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet
Salt and pepper
 
Trim fat from meat, cut into serving pieces and tenderize. Sear pieces in hot skillet with oil and butter. Cook rare. Remove pieces to serving platter. Add remaining 4 tbs. butter and saved mushroom juice to drippings in the pan. Saute green onions. Combine all other ingredients in a small dish except the mushrooms and mix until smooth. Add to the sauted onions in pan and cook and stir until sauce thickens. Add the mushrooms and heat. Spoon over steak.
 
Serves 4