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Thursday, August 16, 2018

On the left is my husbands brother, Billy. He passed away yesterday. Many things hurt when death occurs but perhaps the worst is knowing we aren't far behind. Hope we are all ready when the time comes.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Monsoon season

This is what we get this time of year and boy does it play havoc with the swimming pool!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Little dresses

My group (Dress a girl) is taking a month off from meeting so I brought home some dress packets to make up....
Wished I would have brought more as they make up quick and I have enjoyed sewing them...
Can you imagine some little girl in Africa will wear this dress....

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Tues. night dinner catch up

I don't know how I get so far behind and sometimes can't remember what I cooked haha...but here are a few anyhow.
Ham Fried Rice
2 beaten eggs
2 tbl. cooking oil
1 cup chopped fully cooked ham =6 oz.
1 2oz. can chopped mushrooms drained
3tb sliced green onion
1 tbl. soy sauce
1/4 tsp ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1/12 cups cold cooked rice
In 10 inch skillet cook eggs in t tbs. of the oil without stirring, till set. Invert skillet over a plate to remove eggs and cut eggs into short narrow strips.
In same skillet cook chopped ham, mushrooms, green onion, soy sauce, garlic and ginger in the remaining oil over high heat for 3 to 4 min. Stir in cold cooked rice and eggs strips; heat through.
Served with steam vegetables and orange slices.

Last Tues. night I grilled marinated pork chops and asparagus
I didn't like the marinade and won't fix it that way again but did love the grilled asparagus.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground black pepper
Wash and snap off hard parts of asparagus and dry with a towel
Combine all the above in zip lock bag and mix well, then add the asparagus and coat well. Then simply grill until done.

Need to do a little explanation here. I rarely grill and my hubby never does but my stove top has a built in grill...
It has a air sucker and all that but of course you then have to take it apart and clean it but recently I ordered one of those grill matts and they work! I would show you a picture but it is in the dish washer:)
Ended the dinner out with a baked pot.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Accidently luxury

It is so hot here in the summer that we don't use the bedspread and it usually gets tossed on the floor and we just sleep under the sheets and in the morning I pick it up and make the bed. I got to thinking this was not making a lot of sense and I should maybe just get a set of sheets that were pretty and matched my color scheme so I went looking. I couldn't find anything that suited me so I gave up but soon after I got a add for a big sale on sheets and it was just the colors I wanted so although it said 100% polyester and I have always bought cotton sheets I decided to give it a try, after all it was only $14.00 for the entire king set!
These are the most luxurious sheets I have ever seen!!! and they go perfect with the two swivel chairs.
and how fun to switch it out for summer and winter but think the sheets are going to stay year round:)


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Happy Sunday

Sharing my first bloom on my African Violet

Monday, July 2, 2018

Tues. night dinner

Cooked a kielbasa and cabbage dish like before but in foil packets. I think I prefer the other way best but the real hit was the side dish. I bought a package of precut melon slices and then I saw this package of almonds and cranberries
and sprinkled some over the fruit....yum!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Cat's claw

I took this picture early one morning
and called it a sun peeking morning. See all that green on the bottom? That is called cat's claw and it grows like a weed but funny thing this huge weed was growing right up the middle...
 and they get these huge roots..
so pulling them is out of the question and you constantly have to cut them back but it wonderful to have something so lush green that endures our heat and stays green year round.

This is the other side of the wall:)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tues. night dinner

This was our last Tues. night dinner and I won't be sharing the recipe because it wasn't' that good and was a lot of work. It was called "Crab-stuffed shells with parmesan cream cheese sauce". The sauce was good and maybe if you used chunks of crab instead the canned it called for it may have been better but as is we could tell we were eating any crab just sauce.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Tues. night dinner

I used recipes from Mari a fellow blogger for this nights dinner.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken
4 chicken breast cut in thirds (I used only two)
Bacon slices
garlic powder
Chili powder
brown sugar
Cut each breast into three pieces, season all the chicken with all the spices then wrap a bacon slice around each piece and roll in brown sugar and place into an oven proof dish. Add two or three tbl. olive oil to pan and bake a 400 degrees for 30 to 40 min. or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is nice and brown and crispy.

Redskin Mashed Potatoes
3 pounds small redskin potatoes
4 oz. cream cheese
4 tbs. butter
seasoned salt and pepper to taste

Wash and half the potatoes, boil until tender. Drain and place back into pan on stove. Turn stove on to low heat to steam off any remaining water. Add cream cheese and butter. turn heat off, and mash by hand with a potato masher, leaving skin on potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Served with homemade green beans. It was yummy.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26, 2018

Today is my hubby and I's 51st wedding anniversary!
I wanted to do something different so what did we do???

Went on a sunrise hot air balloon ride! and trust me, the hardest part was getting these two fat people in and out of the basket hahahah.

one of our fellow ballooners.

Phoenix gets our water from the Colo. river and it travels via the canal. This runs clear to Tucson.

Our shadow on the mountain
The basket laid on its side. The pilot in the front with four propane tanks which he switches out in flight and three people on each side in the back. Climbing in when upright is accomplished by those foot holes you see in the back but it is still a big stretch down. We landed like this and crawled out.
I leave you with a little video...
It was indeed different and so glad we were able to do it.....

Monday, May 21, 2018

Tues. night dinner

Beef Tenderloin with Creamy Risotto
2 beef tenderloin steaks
3 tbl. Kraft Sun Dried Tomato vinaigrette dressing (I could only find sundried tomato dressing)
3/4 cup chopped zucchini
1 small carrot, shredded (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup chopped red peppers
1 cup instant white rice, uncooked
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
2 tbs. Dijon mustard

Cook steak in part butter and part olive oil in skillet on med. heat 10 to 13 min. on each side or until done to your liking. (Note: I tenderized these and pounded them out so not to be so thick and sprinkles them with garlic powder)
Meanwhile, cook veg. in dressing in a large pan 5 to 7 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil; cover, Remove from heat and let stand for 5 min.
Served with a Asian salad and delicious!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A day at the hospital

As most of you know I have started volunteering at a local hospital in ICU and basically my job is to greet people when they come in and get the name of the person they are wanting to visit and then contact the nurse to be sure it is okay for them to come back to visit and then let them in. We are given a list with the names of the patients and nurses but sometimes there will be a notification of NINP which means "no information, no patient" and that is easy you simply have no information of that person but it gets real tricky when on top of that notification they give a password to be used to see the patient. So basically you are suppose to sit there waiting to see if the visitor will give you the password because you can't ask for it because that would affirm the patient is there. Just a little sticky... Yesterday a code gray came over the loudspeaker and that means there is a combative person, in just a few minutes there were lots of cops and a k9 coming though the elevator and a very short time later they all left with the problem solved. I find that comforting. You see so many different people, young and old and many going through such a hard time with loved ones so sick or so seriously injured. The hospital is a trauma 1 so many come there for care.  

Monday, May 14, 2018


Our pool is 27 years old and it is covered in pepple tec which was only warranted for 10 years. We are having it resurfaced.

I think we got our money's worth.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tues. night dinners

Made this old recipe:
Chicken Breast Geneva
2 tbs. butter
1/4 cup veg. oil
2 stalks celery, cut into thin 2 inch strips
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into thin, 2 inch strips
1 med. yellow onion, finely chopped
2 slices boiled ham, cut into thin strips
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup flour
1 whole chicken breast cut in half
2 thin slices Swiss cheese
Melt 2 tbls oil and 2 tbls butter over med. heat and add celery, carrots, onion and ham. Lower heat and cover and cook for 10 min. stirring occasionally. (the vegetables should not brown.) Meanwhile, blend the salt, pepper and flour in a small bowl.
Remove the contents from the skillet and set aside, and in the same skillet heat the remaining butter and oil. Coat chicken breast with the flour. Place in skillet and brown for 3 min. on each side.
Arrange the chicken halves on a aluminum-foil-lined baking pan, and top with the veg-ham mixture and then with a slice of cheese. Broil just until the cheese melts. Serves two

Also tried a new asparagus recipe which we did not care for and ended up washing off the sauce and eating them plain and had a bowl of fruit salad to round it off.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Dress a Girl around the World

  If you have followed my blog you know that I have knitted for charity for a long time and continue to do so but the other day I got to thinking about the pictures I have seen of the pillowcase dresses they make for children in Africa and so I googled that. To my great surprise there is this very large organization  called Dress a girl around the world and they have many ambassadors/group leaders all over the U.S.  and even internationally. I checked it out and there was only one ambassador for the state of Arizona and they were meeting within miles of my home at a local church for their once a month work/serve day. This is what was said on the facebook site: The Phoenix DAG group meets once a month to sew, sort and size dresses. We have fun and good fellowship while working together and a yummy potluck lunch is always shared. New friends are welcome, check out the Facebook page: Dress A Girl Around The World – Phoenix for details of our next Serve Day.  A goal for 2018 is to start sewing classes at the Phoenix Dream Center, teaching the residents there how to make dresses for DAG, please pray for this project as we look ahead to next year! Well it sparked my interest so I fixed a salad and went to the meeting. I can't tell you how amazing this was. There were at least 20 women all in my age group and all simply wanting to bless someone. I sorted, bagged and packed more pretty dresses than I could count. If you go to the face book page above you will see pictures of the work day and I will share one that included me at a serger machine ( I am on the right) and look at the pile of dresses in front of us waiting to be sewed. I think I have found a new heart place.
 If you go to the main web site you can find out more about it and how many lives have been touched through this  ministry. They hand deliver all these dresses around the world and who knows maybe I will be able to go on one of those trips one day.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tues. night dinner

Tasty Pork Ragout
1/2 lb. pork loin, cubed
1 sm. onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, pressed
1/2 tsp. rosemary, crumbled
2 tbl.  butter or margarine
Salt and pepper
1 bouillon cube
1/2 cup water
2 cups cauliflower florets
1 cup sliced carrots (note: I used frozen)
1 cup hot cooked rice
Brown pork with onion, garlic and rosemary in butter. Season with salt and pepper. Dissolve bouillon cube in water, stir and add to pork mixture. Cover and simmer 15 min. Add cauliflower and carrots and cook another 20 min. or until tender. Serve over rice. (Note: my hubby likes it all mixed together so that is the way I served it)

Spinach Salad
Fresh spinach, washed and torn
2 large fresh mushroom sliced
2 green onions or finely chopped reg. onion
Chopped celery
1/4 cup Catalina salad dressing

Place spinach on  plate, top with veg. and pour dressing over all.