Thursday, January 28, 2016

Zzzzzzz...

Counting Sheep

Last night, I didn't get much sleep at all. I tossed and turned then counted sheep for a while, but when that didn't work, I just laid there listening to my hubby snore. After being wide awake for some time, I decided to give up on returning to dreamland and climbed out of bed. Days like this, I need an easy recipe to prepare for dinner tonight and tuna casserole fits the bill.
 

My husband loves when I bake this. What I love is that it's fast, easy and I can actually make this meal for less than $7.00. There are even plenty of leftovers for the next day.
 


Ingredients:

3 cups of cooked elbow macaroni
2 6 oz. cans of tuna (drained)
1 cup of cheddar cheese
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup of frozen peas (thawed)
 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook macaroni in the boiling water stirring occasionally until tender, about 7 to 8 minutes. Drain then rinse with cold water.

Pour macaroni into a casserole dish. Add both cans of tuna, the soup and peas. Stir until mixed well then sprinkle an even layer of  cheese over the top.

Bake uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes and ...Voila! Dinner is ready. It's that easy. If you try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


Okay...

Hey wake upppp... have a gr8 gr8 day beautiful... did u chk the papers... ((((((((())))))))):

Monday, January 11, 2016

10 Random Things About Me

Good Morning! U: Good Morning! U
 
Today, I thought it’d be nice to do a post that would help you to get to know me better. I love learning a little more about the ladies behind my favorite blogs, so I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy reading these little facts about me, too, So, here we go...
 
 
My Guilty Pleasure is Chocolate chip cookies. I will take chocolate chip cookies any day over cake, pie, candy and ice-cream, (although I enjoy those desserts, too).

I can juggle fruit. I can't do more than three oranges or apples at a time, but I can do it.
 
 
Cooking is my therapy. I love turning on some good, relaxing music or watching something interesting on TV while I put together a favorite recipe. It relaxes me to chop, stir, and listen to it sizzle in the pan. It's even more fun when I put it all on a pretty plate for my family and friends to enjoy it. By the way, you can find the recipe for this creamy tortellini and spinach soup... Here.

 
If I were a crayon in a crayon box, I would be Navy Blue. I think it's such a pretty color. You know, I read somewhere that the color blue is sincere, reserved and quiet. It seeks peace and tranquility above everything else promoting both physical and mental relaxation., It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order... interesting!



I know the lyrics to about a thousand Songs from the 1970's, including songs from TV commercials and television shows. Some of you may remember this one.

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When I see Anything Funny like this, I'll think about it hours or days later and at the oddest times just when everybody else around me is very quiet. People always look at me and wonder what in the world I'm laughing at.

I can't resist going straight to the comic section when I read the Sunday newspaper. What can I say, I'm one of those people that prefers to hear the good news before the bad.

 
This might sound crazy, but I'm Terrified Of Losing My Memory. Haven't you ever heard of those people that slam their head too hard and the next thing you know, it's like... who am I? Where do I live? I mean, can you imagine your brain being wiped clean and forgetting absolutely everything you've ever known and forgetting everyone you love, including your children... your parents? It's such a scary thought. 
 
 
I only paint my toenails, never my fingernails. I always admire the look of painted fingernails, but on me, they start chipping way too fast. I'm always washing my hands or they're in dishwater when I'm washing dishes or something. Unlike my toenails, polishing my finger nails just never last on me.
 
 
My name is Dee and I'm a bookoholic... it's true. I love books and the library has always been one of my favorite places to spend time, even as a small child. I can remember walking home some Saturday's with an armful of books that I just couldn't wait to get home to read. There's just something so completely awesome about being surrounded by millions of books. They're all alphabetized and stacked nice and neat on the shelves. They're like potato chips and I can never have just one. I always end up going back after two weeks to get extra time on the books that I haven't finished reading. Of course, while I'm there, I end up checking out at least one more. I have avoided the kindle like the plague because for me, it takes away the joy of actually stepping into a library, interacting with the friendly librarians who know me all to well and other people I might bump into, (even if it's a smile and a simple hello) and searching for that perfect book to get lost in.
 
 
Well, that's about it. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week... :)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!


Happy first day of a brand new year, friends. If this is your first visit here, I'm so glad to meet you.

I would also like to apologize for my lack of posting, lately. I have been away from blogging way too long. The main reason is that I started a new job and I'm still adjusting to a different schedule. I have to say, it's so exciting to be a part of a different company, seeing new faces and learning new information. So far, I'm enjoying every second of it.

I am happy to say that I do plan to get back to a regular blogging schedule and I have a few fun posts that I'll be sharing in the upcoming weeks. I can't wait to catch up with you and see what you've been up to. I'm sure I missed a lot. I also want to say thanks for being patient and hanging in there with me while I was away.

I wish you all beautiful moments, treasured memories and all the blessings a heart can know.

 
Here's to 2016!!!

 
 
What appears as an accident in our lives is not always what it seems. Nothing happens by chance, and there are no coincidences. Everything in life occurs as part of a spiritual plan. Peace & Blessings, JTB
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Caramel Apples

delta-breezes:

Valerie McKeehan

This may come as a surprise, but I realized the other day that I have never made homemade caramel apples before. I'm not sure why I've never explored making these tasty treats, but it wasn't until my youngest daughter spent the day with me recently that we decided to give them a try. Since this was a first for us, we had no idea they were so easy to make so I wanted to post the recipe for other first timers out there.

Ingredients:

5-6 small apples
1 pkg. Kraft Caramels
2 Tbsp. water

Directions:
Remove the stem from each apple. Wash and thoroughly dry the apples.


Push a wooden or paper stick into the stem end of each apple. Line a baking sheet or a plate with parchment paper so you’ll have a place to put those delicious apples once they’re all dipped and ready. The instructions said to butter the wax paper generously. I just rubbed the entire stick of butter across the paper and it worked great. Next, unwrap the caramels and place them in a small saucepan with the water.


Cook the caramels and water on a low flame, stirring occasionally. Keep stirring the caramels as the water heats up to keep them from burning.


Stir until it's all melted and smooth like this:


Dip each apple into the caramel mixture, turning to coat.


Be sure to coat the apple completely using the spoon, but let the excess drip off before putting them stick-up on the parchment paper.


Sit them in the refrigerator for 1 hour and that's it!
 

Are you a fan of caramel apples? Do you have a special recipe that you use? I'd love to hear about it.

Enjoy your weekend!

Kristen Meyer

Friday, October 16, 2015

An Autumn Wedding

fresh-fallen-leaves:

sweater weather

Sunday afternoon, I accompanied my daughter to her friend's wedding. It took place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania at a lovely little spot called Battlefield Bed and Breakfast. I had never been to a barn house wedding before so I was really excited to attend.

The newlyweds wanted a more relaxed look and feel with nothing too formal, so everyone dressed in casual attire, including the bride and groom. Their wedding had a pretty fall palette. Gold, orange and white pumpkins along with hay were spread out throughout the décor. We were all entertained by a very cool dj and we all enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Mission Barbeque.



The bride was very creative. She added her own personal touches by doing quite a few diy projects to keep everything simple and affordable. 


The string lights were already there, but she hung the orange and white paper lanterns bringing the rustic, fall theme to life.




How cute are these chandeliers?


She also created the centerpieces for each table.


The mother of the bride was so sweet and encouraged everyone to venture outside of the barn house and have a look around, so explore we did. This was the first thing I noticed. 


While walking the grounds, it was easy to see why the couple chose this venue.




 
 
If you haven't already noticed, there were a lot of cats around. They were relaxing in the sun and enjoying all of the attention from the wedding guests. There were a few that preferred to keep their distance.
 


My daughter fell in love with this little cutie.

 
And she couldn't resist taking a picture... like mother like daughter. 
 
 
And look who came over to say, hello.


My daughter and I had such a wonderful time at the wedding.


 Thank you for letting me share our pictures and I hope you all have a blessed weekend... :)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Capturing Moments


 
Good morning, I hope you're enjoying this lovely autumn day. This morning, I grabbed a cup of yogurt, made some coffee and probably used way more hazelnut cream than I should have. I cranked up my laptop and started visiting all of my sweet friends blogs. It usually takes me more than one day to visit everyone, so if I don't get to your blog today, I'll be sure to stop by tomorrow.    

 

 

Oh and I just finished reading, A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. This was one of the titles that Stacey from Poofing the pillows posted on her fall reading list and I really enjoyed this story.

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. She is such a great story teller.:

I love using my favorite bookmark when I'm reading, too. I can't help but smile every time those cute little wings stick out of the pages marking where I left off.


Hubby and I also revisited a little diner we used to stop at for breakfast, only this time, we were there for lunch instead. He ordered a French toast sandwich with turkey and cheese and even though he was hungry he waited patiently while I took pictures.




I honestly couldn't remember what I ordered, but I think it was either a chicken club or turkey club sandwich. Whatever it was, I enjoyed it.




I'm also excited because hubby gave me one of his acoustic guitars and is teaching me how to play. Have you ever tried it? My goodness, it's sure not as easy as it looks. So far, I've only learned two chords... g and c. My wrist gets lazy so I'm still learning how to position my fingers so that I don't deaden any other chords.
 



Well, I'll keep working at it, but I'm a long way off from playing like him.



Are you familiar with the song, Let God Arise by Chris Tomlin? Well, hubby is on the worship team at church and he plays it some Sunday mornings. By the way, this is him practicing it in his man cave.

  video

Well, I'd better end this post now or I'll never finish catching up with all of you.

 .: .