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Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, Monday........

Monday, Monday
So good to me
Monday morning
It was all I hoped it would be........

Remember that song by The Mamas and the Papas?  I know you will want to hum the tune now!  :D  You are welcome!  :)

Today's activities:

1.  Work on the church sign.
2.  Work on the Christmas cards.
3.  Take the white car to the shop for an oil change. (More had to be done; some "things" were cracked.)
4.  Visit a shut-in.
5.  Eat lunch.
6.  Finish up the Christmas cards.
7.  Go to the grocery store and make deposit.
8.  Work on dinner.
9.  Clean up the kitchen.
10. Talk to Jessica as she drives home from work (our Monday ritual, which I love!)
11. Check email and facebook.
12. Do my blog post.
13. Begin the other mitten and maybe do some reading.
14. Lights out.

Last week's sign.  Such a true message!

Life asks no questions that faith cannot answer.

Christmas cards.

Out visiting the shut-in.  Still haven't figured out how to flip selfie pictures.

The last half of the Christmas cards.

Omaha Steaks for dinner.  Cooked in the oven.  I'll post a link to the "how to" below.

In the oven after pan-searing them.

Flipping the meat before returning it to the oven.

It was a little too bloody for me.  I will have to cook longer next time!  I just covered it up with A1.  :D

A happy man!  He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy!  As you can see, the baking potatoes were HUGE!!!  He loaded his up with sour cream, chives, bacon bits and cheese.

And for dessert, an apple tartlet

Tim saw a deal advertised with Omaha Steaks a couple of weeks ago that he ordered and had shipped to our door.  These steaks were part of the meat included.  Also, these tartlets were in the box.  The tartlets were delicious!!!

Here's a link to the instructions for fixing the steak in the oven.  Quicker than the grill, but I'll have to add more time because I like mine "doner."  :D  How to Cook the Perfect Steak in the Oven

Nitey, nite!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Today is.......

.......besides being Sunday, December 4, 2016, today is:

1.  a day the Lord has made!  I will rejoice and be glad!
2.  another day I am free to worship the Lord to the dictates of my heart, which I did in church!
3.  a day of MORE rain!  Praise the Lord!
4.  another day I was able to get out of bed!
5.  a day of REST!
6.  a good day to bake some banana bread, and.......
7.  a good day to enjoy the banana bread with a cup of coffee!
8.  a good day to try another crockpot recipe for Tim to enjoy during football!
9.  a good day to do some more knitting.
10. Last, but not least, it's as good a day as any to wish our daughter, Elisabeth and her husband, Brad, a wonderful 14th anniversary!!  My, how time flies!!

Rain our our front door.  It drizzled off and on all day!  Still drizzling, too!  Thank You, Lord, for the rain!

Banana Bread and coffee are wonderful together!

Chile-Cheese Refried Bean Dip (see recipe below).

The "paper clip" is holding stitches for the thumb.  I think I could use a few more needles in this project!

Well, this pattern was for a toddler mitten.  The gauge is correct, too, so someone has an awfully BIG toddler!  I'm thinking this glove would probably fit Abby.  I really like the pattern, however!  I'm going to make the other glove and we will see who can wear them!  :D
So, here's the recipe for the crockpot dip.  I'm not crazy about refried beans or black olives, but the dip was actually pretty good!  My changes or deletions are in parenthesis:

Chile-Cheese Refried Bean Dip
Makes about 2 cups

1 (16 oz) can fat-free refried beans (I don't know that mine were fat-free)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, cut into cubes, softened
3/4 cup chopped scallions (I used red onion)
1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles (I didn't use)
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I didn't use)
1 (2.25 oz) can sliced ripe olives, rinsed and drained
Tortilla chips, for serving

1.  In a 1-quart mini electric slow cooker, mix together the refried beans and cream cheese.  Stir in the scallions and chiles. (I also added the olives in this step)
2.  Cover, plug in the cooker, and cook 2 hours, stirring once or twice, until very hot.  (I cooked on low)
3.  Mix in 1/2 cup cheese and the olives.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup cheese on top.  Serve immediately with tortilla chips for dipping.

That's it for me today!  Enjoy your week!

No Sooner Did They Come.....

.....til they were gone again! We took Hannah, Ryan, and Abby back to mom and dad this afternoon.  We met them at Pizza Hut in Lexington.

Our beautiful daughter, Elisabeth.

My handsome hubby.

Our wonderful son-in-law with his children.

Love these kiddos!

And, here's how the day played out, beginning about 7:45 a.m.  Abby was already up and had eaten a raspberry-filled donut, which she came into the bedroom to tell me about.  That's when I knew it was time to get up!  Hannah and Ryan slept until around 9 or after.  In the mean time, Abby and I played games.

After the Hannah and Ryan woke up, they ate breakfast and we did a couple of things before Abby mentioned that we should go on a picnic.  So, we got ready and headed to Walmart to buy lunchables and drinks and snacks.
Climbing walls at Walmart.

Laying in the lap of the statue.

Beautiful children.
So, off to Thom A-Lex park to feed cheerios to the ducks, play on the playground and eat lunch.

Seagulls sunning themselves.

The ducks coming after the cheerios.


The seagulls were stirred into action when they saw the ducks eating.

Here comes the rest of the crowd.

I walked down to the dock while the kids fed the ducks.  I like how the seagull was cocking his head watching me approach.

He decided I was getting too close for comfort.

This one cocked his head, too, then flew away.

Hannah kept her distance.  She didn't want anyone nipping at her toes.

Finally the seagulls found some cheerios.

Love the markings on this duck.

He was catching the cheerios as Abby dropped them.

This guy was chasing off all of the others.

Turkey, cheese and crackers lunchable.


Very nice park.  Someday I would like to go out on the lake in a boat.

I don't understand why these 2 benches are so low to the ground.  It almost looks like they installed them and then filled in around them with the gravel.

Perfect place for a bench.


Pretty nice playground equipment.  It was 46 degrees at the park!  I'm glad the sun was shining brightly!


Trying to stay warm while the kids play.

We left at 12:45 for home.  Hannah and Ryan played on the computer while Abby and I painted.

Hannah is thoroughly enjoying this "MESS" book.

After we got back from taking the kids to mom and dad, I worked in laundry and also started knitting some mittens.  I've never knitted using double-pointed needles to make mittens.  It took awhile to get the hang of it.  I had to start over once.  It takes more time than knitting straight rows.  Don't you like that yarn?  Reminds me of sherbet.  I got it on sale at AC Moore when I was over there yesterday.  They were selling 3 rolls for $10.  The regular cost is $9.99 per roll!

That's it for tonight!