Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Ramblings

We are already into the Second Sunday of Lent. Today the homily that Father Brian gave was all about dying to be resurrected to new life. He stressed that if a parish did not practice new life, dying to the old life it became stagnant and start to die. He said we all had to be open to the spirit in order for true change to occur. God does not force this on us rather he wants us to accept it willingly.

This is hard for me, change while sometimes for the better does not always lead to good feelings among people. It sometimes makes those of us who have given everything to the church feel used and then tossed to the side as not being able to make those changes.

I need to pray on whether I am doing what I am called to do for the glory of God or if people see me doing what I do for my own glory.

I am a stagehand for our church musical this year and am beginning to get a bit frustrated. The back drops are not all finished yet so changing them or at least the method we will use to change them is something we have not accomplished as of yet. Hopefully everything will be ready on Wednesday for the dress rehearsal and things will go a bit smoother. Seems like I will be the only one there for the start, the other stage hand (the one in charge) will not be there until way after it starts. Another frustration for me as I like things in order. More prayer necessary for patience I guess.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Project Updates

I have spent much of the week scanning Kurt's pictures in order to burn them to a DVD. I was finished this morning so this afternoon I set about doing just that. Got the DVD's burned. Then I went downstairs to find the next set, our daughter's photo albums to start those......

I was wrong, there are still lots of photos of Kurt that could be done. Guess I will have to start the next series of his photo's next week.

On the other hand I have finished a bit of knitting. The items need to be sewn up yet, but here they are.

This will be a lovely, chunky cowl once sewn up.

A pair of size 8 black mittens.

A pair of x-large black slipper for Kris. He requested these the last time he was home.

And lastly.....

What will be a lovely headband to keep someone's ears toasty warm.

So as you can see I have been using up those partial balls of yarn. Hopefully more will be used up over the next week.

 Now for how I did on my goals this month.

1.     Organize kitchen. I have to move things around to have room to store my new appliances.  For the most part this is done. I do have a couple of things I would like to finish organizing (recipes for one) but they will have to wait until my picture scanning is done.
2.     Work on unfinished projects (this seems to be a reoccurring theme).  Worked on the angel cross stitch and completed it. Started the Dragon cross stitch and am slowing getting through it.

3.     Copy and organize more recipes. Slowly but surely all those binders of recipes is disappearing and a nicely organized recipe shelf or two is evolving.  Done. I have a couple more binders and some loose pages to get through hopefully what is left can be finished very soon. Well at least once the picture scanning is over with.

4.     Work on scanning all those loose pictures in containers and files.  Worked on this and I am slowly getting things done. It is going to take a couple of months so this will be an ongoing challenge for the next while.

5.     Work on at least one quilt. (notice the "at least one", gives you a hint that there could be a few more that need working on.... More of those unfinished projects).  Worked on during the cloudy days, but need to continue with this.

Overall not too bad, but I will be continuing with a few of these next month.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Frugalities

It's Friday and I get to more or less relax for the remainder of the week!! If there is such a thing as relaxing when you have a home to declutter and a man to look after.

This week was fairly frugal. Saving money on bills and our spending has been our main focus, however some of the things we implemented will not show anything for at least a month or two. Keep your fingers crossed for us that we will see a lowering of our power bill in two months time.

Frugalities for the week have included as usual combining of trips with the vehicle, no spend days and using leftovers for other meals.

Since it has been sunny the past few days the blinds and drapes have been opened up during the day to take advantage of all the lovely heat and light given off by the sun. Blinds and drapes have been closed as soon as the sun starts going down to keep the heat in.

Harvey is researching a change in television providers to see if we can get some savings there as well.

I have been repairing zippers in coats, darning socks, and planning out projects to use up some of my fabric and yarn stashes. Moving right along in those areas.

How have you been frugal this week?

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday Tid Bits

While it has been cold outside I have been sticking close to home and working on various things around the house.

This week it was time to clean the dreaded drawers in the bathroom.

Finished project looks like this.

This is what is left in Harvey's drawer.

This is my drawer after cleaning. I don't wear makeup very often any more and this drawer was packed with old items.

Many of these items were 4 or 5 years old. Not wanting to run the risk of an eye infection due to contaminated product, I thought it best to toss it all and start over. I will be replacing a few items, but never again am I going to allow a mess like this to occur.

I also baked bread this week.

The yeast is working for awhile in the bottom of my bread maker. Since I started doing this my bread has turned out beautifully every time.

I am still scanning pictures and am beginning to feel a bit guilty. Can anyone tell me why the more children you have the fewer pictures you take? We have loads of photos of Kurt, but very few in comparison of Kris.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Recipe Wednesday

Today I am going to share my quiche recipe from yesterday with all of you.

Pastry for 9 inch pie shell
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped red pepper (I used a can of mushrooms instead)
3/4 cup chopped cooked leftover ham
1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese (I used a mixture of shredded Italian cheese)
3 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp pepper

Put pastry into a pie plate after making it (you could use a purchased one).

Heat cooking oil on medium. Add onion. Cook 5-10 minutes, until onion is softened (stir often). Add green and red peppers. Heat and stir for about 3 minutes until softened. Cool.

Sprinkle onion mixture, ham and cheese over bottom of pie shell.

Beat remaining 4 ingredients in a bowl. Carefully pour over the ham mixture. Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes on the bottom rack of oven, until filling is golden and set. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into 6 wedges.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thrifty Tuesday

Another thrifty day here on the old homestead.

I finally managed to get out for my early morning walk, free exercise and lots of fresh air. I feel so much better now. I was becoming claustrophobic being inside all the time, but when it is -46 C out walking is just out of the question.

I scanned pictures, baked bread, and used up lots of items from the fridge. Perfect day as far as I am concerned.

Best of all I stayed out of the shops for another day!!! No money spent which is a very good thing.

Tonight I made a quiche using up some of the ham I packaged and froze from our Sunday dinner. I picked the smallest package of ham I had.

The package only had three slices of ham. Sure they were thick slices, but I was worried that I might not have enough as Harvey and I both like a meaty quiche.

I cooked up the last green pepper, a thinly sliced onion and since I didn't have any red peppers I added a can of mushrooms. Just sauted them until the onion was limp and slightly golden.

Sprinkled the chopped ham and some cheese in the bottom of the pie crust. Since I did not have the cheese called for I used the last of a bag of shredded Italian cheeses I had. Put the sauted veggies on top, and poured the milk, eggs, sour cream (beaten together) along with a bit of pepper over top.

Popped it in the oven.

And this is what emerged after baking. Yummy!!! There is enough left for lunch tomorrow.

Amazing what a person can do with three slices of ham. Truth be told there is even a small piece of ham left, enough for a sandwich (if I use a bun or if I thinly slice the ham bread).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Menu Monday

The end of February arrives, but does it bring gentler weather with it? Not here that's for sure. Freezing temperatures and high winds mean more hearty and filling meals around the old homestead for a while yet.


Steak done in the roaster oven, mashed potatoes, and the last of the leftover salad.


Leftover Ham packaged from Sunday supper. I am thinking it is time to try a new recipe for leftover ham this week. Stay tuned as to what it will be. It will need to have asparagus in it to use up whats left before I lose those stalks.


Hamburgers and fries. This should clear out the last of the ready made patties.


Clean out the fridge night. We will eat up leftovers this evening.


Think I will make the Glace that we did not have last Friday. Kris should be home providing the weather is good and he really does not enjoy fish very much.....


Pork chops, mashed potatoes, salad, and corn.


I plan on warming up some of the packaged meat in the fridge freezer and serving it with gravy, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

Everybody have a wonderful day. God bless.