Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Your Friend from Florida! Terri asks the questions and bloggers come up with their own answers.
Wouldn't you like to join in? It's easy, and could make for a fun blog post on a wintry day. This week's questions have a strawberry theme, which is really appealing to me. Maybe to you too? Just head over to Terri's blog, get the questions, then copy, paste, and answer them on your own blog. Then you can go back to Terri's and link up, if you like. Here goes!
Friday, February 22, 2019
|Gorgeous antique image from Abby at Little Birdie Blessings|
So here goes with a few blessings from the week:
1. A great time around a meal and Bible study with our friends Sam, Jenn, and Noah on Friday evening. Always a delight to spend time together in fellowship and study! Below you see the study we are currently working on. It's very good.
2. Finally getting the year-end bookwork done for my Etsy shop and getting many more items listed. Vintage patterns like the one below are among the things for sale. Lots of vintage cards, too -- really, a great variety of unusual vintage items at A New Hampshire Attic.
3. Seeing answered prayer this week in several challenging situations. Even when an answer isn't always the one we were hoping for, it's always a blessing to see how God works.
|Another beautiful graphic from Abby at Little Birdie Blessings|
5. The blessing of having a home that can minister to all who enter. Someone told me this week what a peaceful place they find our home to be. It's true that one of my goals is for our home to be a peaceful, orderly refuge from the world -- but I feel as if I fail miserably at the "orderly" part so often. It was an encouragement to me to see how God is helping this goal to be reality. (The photo below was taken by Mr. T when he went out for a moonlight snowshoe the other evening. Sort of a cozy view of our home from the outdoors in winter.)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Now I have tweaked my winter decor in the dining room to include hearts and Valentines for February, but I thought I would share a few photos from January. Our dining room table is so wide that it's hard to stand in the right place to get a photo of all three hutch shelves, so this time I didn't even try. Got a photo of the top two shelves and then one of the bottom shelf.That pretty tapestry place mat looks like a family heirloom ... I got it on clearance at Ocean State Job Lot for under $2. It's beautiful.
I also cropped the photo of the top two shelves to give you a closer look at each one.
Winter tag making, if you are interested. So much fun, and so many ways to display.
Seasonal decorating is so much fun, don't you agree?
Monday, February 18, 2019
These pictures so reminded me of Isaiah 1:18 -- "Come now, let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
I love this verse which speaks so beautifully of God's love, mercy and grace!
In fact, I love it so much that I once stitched a cross-stitch version of it. I still love this design! And I do apologize for the wonky angle of the photo, but it was the best I could do given the narrowness of the hallway that these samplers are hanging in.
"He giveth snow like wool: He scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth forth His ice like morsels; who can stand before His cold?" (Psalm 147:16-17)
Hope you've enjoyed this look at winter in these parts!
Friday, February 15, 2019
Somehow it is Friday again, and snowing like a bandstand (as we say in our family -- long story!) so I'm taking a few minutes to share five blessings from the week.
And no, those Valentine cookies aren't real. I did use a cookie cutter to make them, though. Need to get back to making some felt food, as I still have grandkids young enough to be interested. My Nevada daughter told me the other week that they had gotten out some of the felt food for the youngest one, but all of the kids ended up getting involved -- playing grocery store, restaurant, and more.
1. Breakfast out with my hubby last Friday. We went to a new-to-us place with a pretty limited breakfast menu, but thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere. Wish I had thought to take some pictures.
2. Finding time to blog about the Christmas cookie book I made with Shutterfly. It's on my Christmas blog -- Mrs. T's Christmas Kitchen -- so do check it out if you've never visited. I'm so tickled with this book, as it's a project I've been thinking about for awhile. (Yep, those are felt Christmas cookies on the cover. Recipe for those not included, though.) I have lots more photos of pages from the book in the post on my Christmas blog.
3. Being able to get out and walk both Monday and Tuesday. The weather hasn't been conducive since, but those days we had mostly bare roads to walk on and got in probably close to 8 miles.
4. A fun day in the kitchen on Valentine's Day. I have a friend with a Valentine birthday and really wanted to bake a few goodies for her. Of course, Mr. T was delighted, as well!
|There are marshmallows hiding under the frosting ...|
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Friday, February 08, 2019
|Gorgeous graphic by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings|
1. Glorious, beautiful sunny warm weather for the first three days of this week! Tuesday was in the 60s -- pretty much unheard of for New Hampshire in February, but we'll take it.
2. Our van passing the state inspection on Monday. Those "check engine" light problems can be tricky. So thankful to have a sticker for another year.
3. Mostly clear, mostly dry roads for walking on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. My walking buddy and I were able to cover a total of 11 miles on those days!
4. Being able to take at least four full bags of clothing to our local thrift store and box after box of books to a book drop. These are items from my childhood home and I am so thankful to be making good progress in clearing it out.
5. My hubby having today off from work unexpectedly. One never knows what conditions will be on a logging job -- and on his job site today he just didn't need to be there. What a blessing to have him around home and be able to do our grocery shopping and some other errands together!
And there you have this week's Friday five!
Thursday, February 07, 2019
|Photo is from Taste of Home|
In keeping with my habit of reading through my past issues of Country Woman and Taste of Home during the appropriate months, I was glancing through the December/January 2011 issue of Country Woman last month and came upon this interesting-sounding recipe: Maple Bacon Glazed Brussels Sprouts.
I had everything on hand that I needed to try making them, including a bag of fresh Brussels sprouts that really needed to be used up. (Well, I didn't have bacon, but I did have real bacon bits, so just sprinkled some of those on at the end.) The only thing I would do differently another time would be to use less maple syrup. I think 2 or 3 tablespoons would be plenty. It was just a little sweeter than I felt necessary.
One reviewer said that she simply roasted the Brussels sprouts with a little olive oil, salt and pepper -- and that when they were tender she just drizzled some maple syrup on them and sprinkled on some bacon. I think I might try that next time, as it would be less work at the last minute.
Mr. T is not a Brussels sprouts fan, so he looked at them warily but was game to taste them. He was very pleasantly surprised and said that he actually likes Brussels sprouts when prepared this way. I do like Brussels sprouts as a rule, and this is a fabulous way to prepare and serve them. Maybe you would like to try this, too!