Friday, August 29, 2014

Floral Simplicity


Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom. 
They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.
~Jim Carrey~


 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Featuring Pussy Willows

 
 
 
In keeping with the theme of simplicity in my d├ęcor
I decided to feature pussy willows
on my piano top for this pre-spring season.
 
 
Simple whites help keep things light and bright
on these gray days.

 
Inside the lantern I placed a battery-operated candle.
I love these things, especially since they are on a timer.
They come on every evening at a certain time
and shut themselves off as well. 

 
I love walking into the living room
and seeing the soft glow of the candles in the evening. 
 


The pussy willows reflect in the mirror
making the bouquet seem even larger.


I am loving this look!
 
 
 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Creating a Breakfast Bar

 
Since I am often the first one out of the house in the morning
I decided to create a breakfast bar
that would be quick to put out in the mornings
and easy to put away afterwards.
 
 
First I took one of my wooden trays with handles.
On this tray I put the favorite spreads for toast or bagels
that can stored in the cupboard.

 
I then added some homemade Oatmeal mixes.
On the lids I labelled them with the type of Oatmeal
and also put the microwaveable directions.

 
Next came an assortment of bagels or English muffins.
I sliced each one and put them in Ziploc bags
and then labelled them with the type
(i.e. blueberry, cinnamon raisin)
and also the date.

 
They all sit nicely in a little plastic basket
that goes onto the tray.

 
I then made a little tray that can be slipped in and out of the fridge easily.
It has some butter and an assortment of our favorite jams.

 
The dry good tray slips in and out of the cupboard easily
and offers us a breakfast assortment.
In less than a minute I can have the breakfast bar set up.
 

 
Two trays set out by the fruit bowl and toaster
and breakfast is ready!
 
 
  ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Hearty Spaghetti Sauce

 
I love making up this large batch of Hearty Spaghetti Sauce
and then freezing it in smaller portions.
It is so versatile and can be used in so many recipes.
It can help make dinner prep a snap.
 
 
Ingredients
2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 large onions
1 can sliced mushrooms, drained
 1 large green pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 (6-oz) cans tomato paste
4 cups tomato sauce
4 cups water
2 Tbsp. parsley flakes
2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp. basil
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

 
Spray bottom of large pot with non-stick cooking spray.
Heat over medium heat until hot.
Add ground beef, onions, mushrooms, green pepper and garlic;
Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is thoroughly cooked,
stirring frequently.  Drain well.
Stir in tomato paste and tomato sauce; mix well.
Gradually stir in water.
Stir in remaining seasonings.
Bring to boil.  Reduce heat to low;
cover and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours
or until desired thickness, stirring occasionally.


 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook



For today... Saturday, February 15, 2014

Outside my window... The sun is beginning to rise and the sky is a beautiful array of color.
 
I am thinking... That I have a lot to do this week.

I am thankful for... Sunshine and warmer weather.

From the kitchen...
~Sunday: Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Mixed Veggies, Corn, Salad, Buns, Chocolate Cake
~Monday: Schezwan Stir-Fry, Noodles, Sweet & Spicy Cucumbers, Mint Parfaits
~Tuesday: Simple Chicken Bake, Green Beans, Salad, Cream Puffs
~Wednesday: Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Ceasar Salad, Chocolate Cake
~Thursday: Beef on a Bun (Crockpot), Gravy, Tossed Salad, Cream Puffs
~Friday: Out
~Saturday: Chicken & Dumplings, Corn, Broccoli, Salad, Brownie Sundaes

I am wearing... Jeans and a 3-toned blue and white sweater
 
I am creating... Scrapbook pages, cards, painting a picture and x-stitching.

I am reading... Pentecost: An ARKANE Thriller by J.F. Penn

 I am praying for... Family & Friends

Pondering these words... Fear cannot take what you do not give it. ~Christopher Coan~
 
I am still hoping... That spring will be here soon.

I am hearing... Wind, the furnace running, music, and the dog snoring.

Around the house... Prepping for next week - anniversary & birthday celebrations and our daughter will be home for a week!

One of my favorite things... Sunshine!

A few plans for the rest of the week...
~Sunday:  Church
~Monday:  Continue working on decluttering project
~Tuesday:  Clean daughter's room
~Wednesday:  Housecleaning Day
~Thursday: Volunteer at MCC, Grocery shopping and errands
~Friday:  Pick up daughter from airport
~Saturday: Hubby's Birthday
 

Here is a picture thought I am sharing... 

~From our weekend away last weekend~

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Simple Woman`s Daybook



For today... Saturday, February 8, 2014

Outside my window...
 
I am thinking... I am looking forward to our little mountain getaway.

I am thankful for... Living so close to the mountains.

From the kitchen...
~Sunday: Away
~Monday: Away
~Tuesday: Peppery Halibut, Rice Pilaf, Carrots, Tossed Salad, Mix in the Pan Chocolate Chip Cake
~Wednesday: Honey Garlic Pork Chops, Put Back Potatoes, Peas, Cauliflower, Salad, Coconut Cream Pie
~Thursday: Crockpot Chicken & Biscuits, Tossed Salad, Mix in the Pan Chocolate Chip Cake
~Friday:  Quick Fix Beef & Rice, Mashed Turnip, Garlic Green Beans, Salad, Coconut Cream Pie
~Saturday: Leftover Smorg

I am wearing... Jeans and a grey and purple striped hoodie
 
I am creating... Scrapbook pages, cards, painting a picture and x-stitching.

I am reading... Debt-Free Forever by Gail Vaz-Oxlade and A Place Called Bliss by Ruth Glover

I am praying for... Family & Friends

Pondering these words...

"Your life as a Christian should make nonbelievers questions their disbelief in God."
 
I am still hoping... The weather will warm up.

I am hearing... Inspirational music & the fireplace.

Around the house... Things are quiet and orderly.

One of my favorite things... Warmth!

A few plans for the rest of the week...
~Sunday:  Mountain getaway
~Monday:  Mountain getaway
~Tuesday:  Continue work on organizing kitchen
~Wednesday:  Housecleaning Day
~Thursday: Volunteer at MCC, Grocery shopping and errands
~Friday:  Valentine's Day
~Saturday: Snowshoeing (weather permitting)
 

Here is a picture thought I am sharing... 

~From a previous year's trip to the mountains~

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Card for Valentine`s Day

 
February is a busy month of celebrations in our household.
First up is Valentine`s Day and I usually make cards for everyone in the family.
The first one I finished was for my daughter as hers` has to be in the mail this week. 

 
I went with soft roses.
I just loved the floral design on the heart stickers
and the delicate design on the white paper.
 

I always like to add a little extra touch on the inside of the card.

 
Now I just have to bake some cookies
and her Valentine`s parcel will be ready to go :)
 
 
  ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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