Monday, January 26, 2015

Let It Snow


Let us have faith in the truth…….. that we are inwardly guided always towards a greater expression of health and happiness …
Peace & Blessings, Our Journey to Balance

                          
Isn't the above picture so peaceful and calming? I really wish I was there right now, because I wouldn't mind enjoying some warm weather and a little ocean breeze. This is what the weather is like in Pennsylvania. It stopped snowing for the moment, but we're supposed to be getting another 1 - 3 inches before the end of the day.




Days like this make me want to bake cookies.



You know the only thing better than a freshly baked pan of chocolate chip cookies? Having them with ice-cream.



Okay, I feel better now.




Have a great day and stay warm... :)


You were right!

 

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Happy Monday Indeed...

Hi.

                                                  YUP, IT'S ME AGAIN.


 
I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. I know, I know, I used that picture of that cute little duck before, but he's just so adorable I couldn't help it. Oh and I'm still reading my bible and working my way towards Revelations. I'm currently in the book of Psalms and I'm just starting chapter 59. 
 
 
Oh and here's a quick update. Since I've posted last, the seller from eBay fully refunded hubby his money. I was worried at first because it didn't seem like she was willing to cooperate, but it all worked out in the end. God is good. Also, hubby told me that since the issue was resolved, he would buy me more lamps. All I had to do was pick them out. I was really happy to hear that, but with everything that happened, I didn't want to search eBay again. I went to Home Goods instead and found these.
 
 
The lamps from eBay were only $40.00 for the pair so these were more expensive.
 
 
These were going to be $120.00 plus tax for the pair. I called hubby up right away and told him to hurry and bring his credit card since these were the only two they had. He was so sweet and didn't even complain.. You know, I'll have to remember this the next time I'm mad at him... lol. It also made me remember the funny little cartoon clip below. I showed hubby and he got a kick out of it, too. 
 
Funny Pictures Of The Day – 58 Pics 
 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Oh Well...

Okay, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that my lamps arrived Friday.


The bad news is that one of the lamps didn't survive the shipment.


If you take notice, the seller just stuffed the lamp in the box and mailed it. She didn't bother cushioning it with newspaper, peanut packaging, bubble wrap or anything. The box itself wasn't even marked fragile, so it's surprising that the other lamp didn't break as well.

My husband ordered the lamps for me on ebay. In trying to resolve this issue, he emailed the shipper to let her know that one of the lamps was damaged. Even though it wasn't packaged properly, the shipper blamed FedEx and told my husband to contact them instead. Fed Ex informed us that we weren't able to file a claim because it was the shipper's responsibility. That message was then relayed to the shipper and we're just hoping that she has already filed the claim. That's pretty much where we are right now, but in the meantime, I'm back to looking for more lamps... :(

I did however try a new recipe. It's a vegan dish that I found on Pinterest and decided to make for my daughters.

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Patties

Ingredients

2 cups baked sweet potato, skins removed and mashed (2-3 potatoes)
2 cups cooked quinoa
medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (more to garnish)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
pepper
extra balance vegan butter or coconut oil for cooking

Directions

Prepare quinoa according to package instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake sweet potatoes for about an hour or until soft. Remove skins, mash with a fork to remove all chunks.
 
 
 
Place mashed sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
In  a sauté pan, combine onions, olive oil, a hearty pinch of sea salt, and cook over medium-low heat until onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook an additional minute, stirring continually to prevent the garlic from burning. Add thyme at the very end and mix well.
 
Add onions, quinoa, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and a pinch of pepper to the mixing bowl with the sweet potatoes and stir until well combined.
 
Form mixture into golf sized ball, flatten into a patty and cook in earth balance vegan butter in a non stick pan for a few minutes on each side (you want them to brown up and crisp). Repeat to make as many as you'd like. Enjoy with a generous sprinkling of fresh thyme leaves and an additional sprinkling of salt. Save any leftovers in the refrigerator to make later. 
 
 

My daughters loved it and believe it or not, my husband enjoyed these patties, too. 
 
 
 

Until next time... 
 
 
 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Resolutions

This cafe is a yawn....
I'm baaaaacccckkkkkk. Okay, I know I'm kind of late with this, but... Happy New Year! This is my first posting for 2015... Woohoo! I don't know about you, but I'm really excited. It's a brand new year to play around with. Hmmm... what to do... what to do? Well for starters, my daughters and I are planning to eat clean for 90 days. Both of them actually want to go vegan. I told them that going vegan is really extreme when you're used to eating like me, but I wouldn't mind trying to become a vegetarian for 90 days. Oh and I can't back out of it, either. They made me pinky promise. Oh dear, dinners are going to be very different in my house for a while, but I'll keep you all posted on how things go.




With that said, when I was wondering what to have for my first meatless meal, I knew just what to do. I made a big pot of vegetable soup which was delicious. My sister taught me how to make this many years ago and I've been using her recipe ever since. Hubby isn't a big fan of eating a bowl full of vegetables, but my daughters love it and they always go for seconds.




Also, after what seems like forever, I finally decided on the lamps I'm going to get for my living room. All I'll say for now is that my husband ordered them for me on ebay. I'm waiting for them to be shipped to me, so I'll share a picture when they finally arrive.

Well, here's to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Now, let's see how many months it takes until I stop writing 2014 on everything... ;)
what are u doing cat?!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas begins with Christ




I was visiting my friend, Deb who blogs at jeremiah-2911.com when I saw that she posted a new version of my favorite Christmas song. It is sung by Pentatonix and it is sung so beautifully that I just had to share. Listening to this song always, always brings tears to my eyes. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.




For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

I hope you all have a wonderful, joyous Christmas. I will be taking a few days off to spend more time with my family, but I will be back to blogging again soon. Merry Christmas... :)



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHRISTMAS DIY PROJECT




My goodness, can you believe that we are only a week away from Christmas? With Christmas just around the corner, I thought some of you might be able to use a good gift idea. I've been obsessing over this craft project that I've been seeing on Pinterest and today I was finally ready to give it a try. It's a handmade sharpie mug.

If your interested in learning how, all you'll need is a white mug and either a sharpie or a sharpie paint marker. I used a regular sharpie and I found my mugs at the Dollar Store. Just be sure to wash them before you start creating your 'masterpiece.'


Draw your design. I chose a snowman design that I saw online, but you can customize your mug any way you want to. Oh and don't worry, it you mess up, just wash it off and start all over again. It isn't until you bake it that the design stays on permanently.


I'm not an artist by a long shot, but the snowman looked easy enough.  
 
 
To bake them, I simply placed the mug directly on the rack in the cool oven then turned the oven on to 350 degrees. Bake it for a half an hour. After 30 minutes, I turned off the oven letting it cool completely while it was still inside. Then I removed my 'new' mug after about an hour.

I have to say, these mugs are incredibly easy and were so much fun to make. My daughter was supposed to create a mug, too, but the design she chose was a bit more complicated. Since it wasn't turning out quite the way she thought it would, she washed it all off and decided to start over tomorrow.

No, my mug isn't perfect at all. I actually made the smile too wide and hubby thought his nose should have been a little bigger. I'm still happy with the way it turned out and here's what the mug looks like now.



One last thing... people have reported the marker washing off in the dishwasher. If this is a project you're interested in trying, it's recommended that you hand wash it to keep your design intact.



Well, thanks again for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Blessings... :).

Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy Monday

Sparrows on the Fence
Good morning, how was your weekend? My weekend was uneventful. (Note to self: Complain to hubby that I'm long overdue for a date night).


 Speaking of hubby, here he is holding the pot of pasta we had for dinner last night.


I baked an apple cake for dessert and  boy was it delicious.



 The icing was really super sweet, though. 




Now, I've been away from my computer for a couple of days so I need to catch up on my blog reading and see what you all have been up to. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.


heaven-ly-mind:

Moongazer by Steve Adams on 500px