Friday, October 31, 2014

Grandpa Jim

My very sweet father-in-law passed away this week.
 He was a man of stature who loved his family dearly.
We will all miss him so . . . 

He lived a life of 88 years.
The past 2 1/2 weeks have been an emotional roller coaster
but we were so fortunate to be in his home by his side through it all.

A card arrived in the mail for him on the day he died 
from his granddaughter Amanda with this verse enclosed.
It gave such comfort to us all.

Romans 8:38-29
"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love."

As we travel the 2 1/2 hour trip to his home many times over the past two weeks I can’t help but compare the beauty of fall to the end of Jim’s life.  On our first trip the Allegany hills were vibrant and ablaze with color.  Each trip found more leaves winding down their glory and falling to the ground. On the day he passed the trees were ready for a winter’s rest.  This imagery just seemed to speak to his final days – a delicate balance between life and death - reflective and significant. Now, the promise of spring . . .

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, 
not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
Martin Luther

Friday, October 24, 2014

sharon randall

This past week three different people
told me about this columnist

Nationally syndicated columnist . . . Mother, daughter, sister, friend . . . and Nana!

So I visited her web page and I do think I will
check back and read her column weekly.

My sister in-law, Karen, has also enjoyed one of her 
books which I hope to read this winter.

Friday, October 17, 2014

savings catcher

I recently began using Wal-Mart Savings Catcher
After signing up you just enter your receipt number and the
webpage searches for the same items sold for less at other stores.

Wal-Mart then credits the difference on a gift card for you to use in their store.
Here are a couple of samples of  my recent receipts . . .

{photo credit:}

Purchase Summary from October 07, 2014: Lower price found 3 items
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail  Qty: 1.00
$2.98 Wal-Mart
$2.50 Kmart
$0.48 You get back

Centrum Silver Vitamins  Qty: 1.00
$9.97 Wal-Mart
$5.99 Tops Friendly
$3.98 You get back

Swiffer Max Dry Refills  Qty: 1.00
$8.47 Wal-Mart
$4.49 CVS
$3.98 You get back

Purchase Summary from September 03, 2014: Lower price found 2 items 
Club Crackers Multigrain  Qty: 1.00
$2.88 Wal-Mart
$2.50 Kmart
$0.38 You get back

Lays Wavy Regular  Qty: 1.00
$2.88 Wal-Mart
$1.99 Walgreens
$0.89 You get back

Purchase Summary from October 12, 2014: Lower price found 2 items 
Sam Adams Seasonal 12 pack Qty: 1.00
$14.47 Walmart
$13.00 Kmart
$1.47 You get back

Diet Coke 2 liter  Qty: 1.00
$1.38 Wal-Mart
$0.99 Tops
$0.48 You get back

Total Reward Dollars I've redeemed in the past two months: $11.57

Check it out here:

{I do it on my laptop as I am not very cell phone savoy}

Friday, October 10, 2014

lime-chicken rice bowl with cashews

Lime-Chicken Rice Bowl with Cashews

1 ½ cup uncooked brown rice
grated lime rind from 1 lime
2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
       {or 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger}
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 chicken breasts halves cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups broccoli florets cut into pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
14 oz fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
fresh lime juice from one line
1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
½ cup unsalted cashews, chopped
1 ½ cup torn baby spinach leaves

1. Cook rice according to package directions.
2. Combine chicken, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper in a bowl; toss to coat.
3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken mixture to pan; cook 6 minutes or until chicken begins to brown, stirring frequently. Remove chicken from pan.
4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add broccoli and bell pepper to pan; cook 4 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
5. Combine remaining 2 tablespoon soy sauce, chicken broth, and cornstarch in a bowl.
6. Add chicken mixture to pan with vegetables. Add broth mixture and bring to a simmer; cook 3 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken, stirring occasionally.
7. Stir in lime juice, sesame seeds and chopped cashews. Add 1 cup baby spinach to pan, stirring until spinach wilts. Remove pan from heat.
8. Fluff rice. Stir in lime rind.
9. Spoon rice mixture into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with chicken mixture.

Friday, October 3, 2014

uncommon philosophy

"Keep only what you use, 
make peace with imperfection, 
and (seriously) help those in need."
{Real Simple Magazine April 2012}

I need this to be my mantra for one more month . . .

Friday, September 26, 2014

autumn arrives at summer hill

In our move this month to Summer Hill Drive
Mr. Corners still provided a bit of Autumn 
to welcome us and make it feel a bit more like home . . . 

Friday, September 19, 2014

why are you looking a me

Acquiring things is what I do . . . 

{story of our lives}
pickles free online by Brian Crane

Friday, September 12, 2014

old-fashioned tomato pie

This week my friend Terry dropped off tomatoes from her garden
so we made this delicious recipe . . .

{photo credit: Southern Living magazine}

Old-Fashioned Tomato Pie
     {Serves 4-6}

1 Pillsbury Pie Crust
2 ¼ pounds assorted tomatoes sliced
coarse salt
freshly ground pepper
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 Tbls olive oil
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp celery salt
½ tsp parsley
     (or ½ cup assorted chopped fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, and basil)
3/4 cup freshly grated Gruyère cheese
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Press dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Fold overhanging dough under itself along rim of pie plate. Prick with fork over bottom and sides.
2. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until browned. Cool completely on baking sheet on a wire rack.  Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
3. Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with salt. Let stand 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, sauté onion and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper in hot oil in a skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender.
5. Mix herbs together in a small bowl.
6. Pat tomatoes dry with a paper towel. Layer tomatoes, onion, and herbs in prepared crust.
7. Stir together cheeses and mayonnaise; spread over pie.
8. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned, shielding edges with foil to prevent excessive browning.

Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Adapted from a recipe in Southern Living Magazine July 2012

Monday, September 8, 2014

women peacemakers

[the view from their porch in Phnom Penh as a thunderstorm rolls in ]

For the past six years my daughter and her family
lived in Cambodia. 
Women Peacemakers is the organization she 
supported and advised.

We are so very proud of her 
and feel blessed to have had
two different month long visits with her in Cambodia.

Watching this takes me back both
in spirit and with cherished memories.

The Khmer language is music to my ears
but the suffering we saw breaks my heart.

Women Peacemakers

RISC is the organization her husband 
supported and advised.
The Returnee Integration Support Center exists to support
deported Cambodian-Americans; to ease their transition to a new life in Cambodia.


Monday, September 1, 2014

crochet headband with rosette flower

I made these headbands for 
my daughter and daughter-in-laws
and have since made several more to
give away this fall.

The directions can be found here:

Thank you Kris for the inspiration to make "ear-warmers".