Friday, July 29, 2016

Daring to go Pillow-less


Pillow look so pretty in pictures.


But honestly, my pillow reality is a little less than pretty.


The minute someone goes to sit in the room,
the pillows get piled onto a chair
or put beside the chair
and then the electronics get stuffed
in between or on top of the pillows.


So, in order to keep my life a lot simpler,
I have decided to go pillow-less -
at least for now.


I added the red couch slipcover
to give the room a pop of color
and added a tan throw blanket,
and the rest of the room has
a simple and clean look -
perfect for summer.


Do pillows work for you?

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cleaning the Fridge & Making It Pretty


Today was the perfect day to get the fridge cleaned out.
I try to give it a quick wipe out every week
but it has been neglected this past month
so it needed a good cleaning and going through.


I even took the time and cleaned
and reorganized the door
(which I tend to skip if I'm in a hurry)


What I love best about cleaning the fridge
is the amount of space that suddenly appears!


Which will get quickly filled up when I go shopping tomorrow!


I keep a basket of assorted teas on top of the fridge
and decided to make a new little vignette.


I decided to go with a tea theme
to go with the basket of teas.


Plus, tea is definitely appropriate
since our weather has been so cool and rainy this past week.


We have had severe storm warnings
and tornado watches every day this week.


And tonight was quite the storm.


Thankfully, there wasn't much damage.


As the storm passed we could still see it out our back window.


But it looked like a beautiful evening out our front window.
Hopefully we are done with storms for now!


 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Menu Planning Monday


Monday mornings are the best time for me to sit down
and plan my meals for the upcoming week.
I also make my grocery list at the same time
as I usually do my shopping Tuesday mornings.
So, this is my plan for the week.

Monday
Crockpot Roast with Chimchurri Sauce
No Yeast Dinner Rolls
Crockpot Cauliflower
Tossed Salad
Coconut Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday
Travel Day - Eating Out

Wednesday
Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet
Caulitatoes
Oven Baked Zucchini
Tossed Salad
Vanilla Pound Cake w/Strawberries

Thursday
Crockpot Beef & Bell Peppers
Wild Rice
Crockpot Carrots & Turnip
Asian Cucumber Salad
Coconut Flour Brownies

Friday
Almond Crusted Baked Cod
Wild Rice
Crockpot Roasted Veggies
Tossed Salad
Coconut Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies

Saturday
Apple Cider Pork Chops
Quinoa & Rutabaga Patties
Steamed Broccoli
Rainbow Chakra Salad
Coconut Flour Brownies

Sunday
Coconut Chicken w/Spinach
Coconut Flour Biscuits
Oven Baked Zucchini
Rainbow Chakra Salad
Almond Joy Bars


What's on your menu this week?


 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Not Born to be a Storm Chaser


Last night after work I drove up to the big city
with my mom & daughter to take my daughter
to the airport for her 1:00 a.m. flight.
We had a beautiful drive up and made good time.
We got my daughter dropped off for her flight
and headed back to the hotel.
The next morning we woke to gray skies
and storm warnings all over the place.
Well, we debated over taking some time
to do some shopping first or heading straight home.


Doing some shopping won as there was a nice big
shopping mall only 3 minutes from our hotel
and it was on our way out of the city!


I found this cute little sugar bowl and blanket -
both were 50% of the sale price.


And this dress as 60% off!
Such great deals!


But then the rain began.
And not just rain, it was a torrential downpour,
with thunder & lightning.
It took over twice as long just to get out of the city
and we had to pull over 4 separate times.
We also had hail on the drive
and swirling tornado clouds right beside the car.
It was a very long drive home!
Some people were stopping to take pictures
of the storm but not me -
I stepped on the gas and got out of there
as fast as I could
I was not born to be a storm chaser! lol
Thankfully we made it home safe & sound.


The one catastrophe of the trip was this flower vase
I had sitting on my dresser.
The wind blew through the open window,
caught the curtain which caught the vase
and sent it tumbling to the floor.
Oh well, I was thinking of redoing that
vignette on the dresser anyways.

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Menu Planning Monday


It is supposed to be hot today
but so far it is staying with the theme of the last week
and is cool and cloudy -
making it a good morning to sit down
and plan my menu for the week.

Monday
Coconut Chicken
Rutabaga Fries
Garlicky Green Beans
Tossed Salad
Cinnamon Cookies

Tuesday
Chicken Stir-Fry
Wild Rice
Thai Cucumber Salad
Individual Cherry Pies

Wednesday
Tuna Lettuce Wraps
Quinoa Patties
Broccoli Slaw
Cinnamon Cookies

Thursday
Travel - Eating Out

Friday
Travel - Eating Out

Saturday
Oven Fried Fish & Chips
Broccoli Slaw
Parslied Carrots
Individual Blueberry Pies

Sunday
Roast Beef w/Gravy
New Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli
Tossed Garden Salad
Vanilla Pound Cake w/Sliced Strawberries


What's on your menu this week?


 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Down on the Farm


One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday afternoon
is down at my parent's farm.


It's always a nice time when we get together as a family.


My dad put in a waterwheel & little pond this year
and it is so relaxing to sit around underneath the pergola.
It's a great way to get refreshed before another crazy week begins.


How do you like to relax?

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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My Week In Review


What a week it has been
travelling to various doctor appointments
for family members.
Most appointments did bring good news however,
of healing and improved health.
Saturday I was finally able to spend a whole day at home
which I needed very much.

From the kitchen this week...

Various new recipes as we try to go
sugar-free, gluten free and lactose free.

~Chicken & Kale Soup~

~Thai Cucumber Salad~

~Beef Stir-Fry~


Around the home this week...

Not a lot of extra things as I was out so much,
just tried to keep up with the basics.


I did get the coffee maker cleaned
and worked on making a menu plan.


It was also nice enough to hang some laundry.
Our weather has been so cool lately.



Around the yard this week...


Hubby decided to clean out his garage!


He put together this bird bath that his mom
gave us for our wedding anniversary.


I got to the flowerpots and did some
deadheading of the flowers. 


I also trimmed up my herbs.


And have quite a few to dry.


And I even found time to start on a project
that got put on hold.


I hope you had a great week!

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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