Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Little Blue Tree


Our living room has four entrances
which can make it a bit of a challenge when it comes to decorating,
especially when trying to figure out where to put a Christmas tree.


I finally found the solution with a skinny tree.
It sits against the one wall
and adds a touch of Christmas
without overtaking the room.


I begin decorating by wrapping the tree with blue ribbon.
My white bird adorns the top of the tree.


I love decorating with a nature theme
so I add poinsettia, cones & berries.


For a final touch I add in a few bulbs.


It adds Christmas to the living room
without taking it over
and even the dog can go by
with his big curly tail with ease.


Do you have a challenging space to decorate for Christmas?

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~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Alana


Monday, December 11, 2017

On The Menu This Week



I love coming home and sitting down to a hot, home-cooked meal
but let's be honest here, I don't always feel like cooking.
Especially when I get home from a long, busy day at work.
So, I have gone back to double batch cooking.
On my days off or the weekends I cook
double batches & then put the second batch in the freezer.
It is so nice to know that on those busy days
all I have to do is pull something out of the freezer the night before
and pop it in the oven when I get home.
Then I can relax while enjoying the delicious smell 
of home cooking coming from the kitchen.

So here is what is on the menu this week.

Monday
Turkey Chili & Cornbread Muffins
(from the freezer)
Parslied Carrots
Tossed Salad

Tuesday
(will be making a double batch)
Garlic Bread
Oven Baked Zucchini
Cesar Salad


Wednesday
Slow Cooker Mushroom Steak
(will be making a double batch)
Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Green Beans
Turnip

Thursday
Swiss Chicken Bake
(from the freezer)
Herbed Egg Noodles
Mint Peas
Cauliflower

Friday
Pizza & Movie Night

Saturday
Pork Roast
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Broccoli w/Cheese Sauce
Corn

Sunday
Thai Chicken Stir-Fry
Asian Salad

Do you like to have meals from your freezer?

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~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Alana





Sunday, December 10, 2017

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For today...
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Looking out my window... 



I am thinking...
Of the things I still need to get done before Christmas.

I am thankful for...
A cozy home to come home to after a busy day.

One of my favorite things...
Quiet time for myself.

I am creating...
An album of our family events for my parents.

I am wearing...
Loungewear

I am hearing...
The wind blowing around outside
and the fireplace keeping it warm inside.

I am reading...
"The Physician" by Noah Gordon

I am still hoping...
My mom will go to see the doctor about her chest infection.

I am learning...
That I need to have time for myself.

Around the house...
It is looking like Christmas.

In my kitchen...
Monday: Turkey Chili & Cornbread Muffins
Tuesday: Lasagna
Wednesday: Mushroom Steak
Thursday: Swiss Chicken Bake
Friday: Pizza Night
Saturday: Roast Beef
Sunday: Chicken Stir-Fry

In my garden...


Pondering these words...
"Our outer world will always be a reflection of our inner world."
~from "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elord

A few plans for the rest of the week...
Work, Work on scrapbooking album
Housework & Christmas baking
Hair appointment & finish Christmas shopping with my mom
Date Night

A moment from my day...



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Sunday, August 13, 2017

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For today...  Sunday, August 13, 2017

Looking out my window... Clear & sunny skies.

 I am thinking...  Of how I love calm summer evenings.

I am thankful... That we had a chance to get away to the mountains.

One of my favorite things... Listening to running water.

I am wearing... Coral sleeveless dress with some dark brown wedge sandals.

I am creating... A fall wreath.

I am reading... Barbara & Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest by Barbara Rainey & Susan Yates

I am hoping... That the wind stays away so that we can go for a picnic.

I am learning... To use my time wisely.

In my kitchen...  BBQ Hamburgers, fresh corn on the cob & fresh garden veggies.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Work, getting my hair done, going through Practicum information with my daughter, cleaning the trailer & prepping it for our next getaway & a bank appointment.

Shared quote... "Solitude is the only place where we can gain freedom from the forces of society that will otherwise relentlessly mold us." ~John Ortberg

A moment from my day...


Fresh from the vine to the table.


Closing Notes...




A chipmunk that joined us while we were relaxing
after kayaking.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Menu Planning Monday




It has been awhile since I posted a weekly menu plan.
I have been trying some new recipes from my Pinterest board.
This week I am trying the
Crockpot Bourbon Chicken
(you can check it out here)
and the
Bailey's Chocolate Mousse.
(you can check it out here)

Monday
Oven Baked Zucchini
Salad


Tuesday
Crockpot Bourbon Chicken
Buns
Asparagus with Cheese Sauce
Tossed Salad
Lemon Tarts

Wednesday
Rice
Steamed Broccoli
Corn
Chocolate Pie


Thursday
Seasoned Chicken
Garlic Bread
Cesar Salad


Friday
Pizza & Movie Night

Saturday
Roast Chicken
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
Corn
Bailey's Chocolate Mousse

Sunday
Sweet Plum Pork Stir-Fry
Rice
Orange Spinach Salad
Dessert Smorg


Have you tried any new recipes this past week?

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, August 1, 2016

Menu Planning Monday


It's such a beautiful morning!
The sun is shining, the birds are singing
and I'm enjoying some time on the back deck
as I plan my menu for this week.

Monday
Lemon Garlic Herb Baked Salmon
Caulitatoes
Garlic Green Beans
Coleslaw
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday
Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken
Wild Rice
Parslied Carrots
Tossed Salad
Almond Joy Bars

Wednesday
Slow Cooker Beef & Butternut Squash
Wild Rice
Crockpot Roasted Veggies
Coleslaw
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thursday
Fast Fish
Quinoa Fried Rice
Broccoli
Asian Cucumber Salad
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Friday
Chicken Stir Fry
Wild Rice
Oven Baked Zucchini
Asian Cucumber Salad
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Saturday
Crockpot Pulled Pork
No Yeast Dinner Rolls
Crockpot Carrots & Onions
Tossed Salad
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Sunday
BBQ Salmon
Rice Pilaf
Broccoli
Carrots & Turnip
Tossed Salad
Chocolate Cherry Donuts


What's on your menu this week?


 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

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For today...  Sunday, July 31, 2016

Looking out my window... Clear & sunny skies.

 I am thinking...  Of how nice my feet feel after giving them a pedicure.

I am thankful... That hubby's health is improving.

One of my favorite things... Quiet mornings at home.

I am wearing... Black maxi skirt with a cream & red floral top.

I am creating... Nothing on the go at the moment - the yard work takes all my spare time.

I am reading... The Life Giving Home by Sally Clarkson

I am hoping... We have good weather for when we go camping.

I am learning... To accept things with grace that are beyond my control.

In my kitchen...  Coconut Chicken w/Spinach, Coconut Flour Biscuits, Oven Baked  Zucchini, Rainbow Chakra Salad, Almond Joy Bars

In my garden...




A few plans for the rest of the week... Just the usual around the home and work.

Shared quote... You are only as beautiful as your last action. ~Stephen Richards~

A moment from my day...

Closing Notes...

Father/Daughter time as they track down some pokemon..
I get to tag along with the camera & dog :)



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