Friday Fun #6

Hey!

The temperature outside is frigid.  I would love to sit all bundled up under a blanket reading but today is a writing day.  I’m making progress on my bible study but the tempo is slow.

  • Beautiful images of our world found here on Distractify.   I couldn’t pick a favorite.  They’re all so stunning.
  • Do you dream of traveling the world to see those beautiful sites in the above link?  How much fun would it be to go around the world meeting and filming a new person each day?  This pair of filmmakers are doing just that. Check it out here.
  • Bored with your job?  Would you like to work for a doggie daycare and be the puppy lifeguard on duty?  Puppy Pool Party here.

     

    A quote from Isak Dinesen:

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” 

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Blessings,

Mimi

“You are the salt of the earth…”  Matthew 5:13

Autumn Apple Goodness

Hello!

It’s Catie!

Yesterday,to celebrate Veteran’s Day, my family and I decided to go All-American with our dinner. We had hamburgers with chips and dip (though hamburgers are not original to America, they are a staple!) It was all very yummy and Daddy grilled — Bonus! My role did not come in until dessert! (It’s the best part of the meal anyway!)

Keeping with the All-American theme, I was looking for something warm and filled with the flavors of Fall since the temperature outside started dropping. Thus, I turned to the humble apple crumble.

Turning to my favorite go-to cookbook, SkinnyTaste by Gina Homolka, I found the perfect recipe. This dessert turned out to be delicious and healthy!

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One hour later, we were all sitting around the TV watching Agents of Shield enjoying our warm bowls of autumn apple goodness!

Until next time,

Catie

I’m Not A Bad Cook: Cooking Challenge Day 1

Hey Guys!

So for the next couple of weeks (really until November), I will be taking over this blog site for Mom as she is off busy being awesome. Now since I have never blogged before, I was not sure where to start. So I decided the simplest solution was to challenge myself on something and write about it here. (mind blowing, right? totally original.) Up First: cooking challenge.

Now I want to clear the air here and say, I am not a “Bad” cook. So no thinking that I can’t mix and measure with the best of them. I just don’t cook. I never held more than a mere where-is-the-milk-for-my-cereal interest, until I struck out on my own (with husband in tow) and discovered the true dire necessity of knowing how to cook. Because being able to prepare deliciously nutritious meals on a nightly bases is like Survival Level needed. ‘Cause let’s be honest here, Fast-food…looks good on no one’s thighs.

Hence, when my husband and I moved in with my parents for the year, I put myself into what I refer to as, “Housewife Training.” I being Murphy’s Law (if it could happen, it’s going to happen to me, sort of thing) look to my mother the Queen of Keeping-it-Together for guidance in these matters and she has proved to be the wisest of all councils.

Now as I make this transition from catastrophe to composed, the rest of the family has been faced with a challenge themselves. For instance, due to my inexperience in the culinary arts, I tend to use way too many dishes and utensils and so the workload for the clean-up crew has definitely doubled! Therefore, I want to take this moment to say a really big, “I Love You!” to my family for understanding that my GPA has no bearing what so ever on my level of common sense. But I Digress.

For this week, I am cooking from a cookbook that Mom and I found at Target called Skinny Taste by Gina Homolka. She is a blogger at SkinnyTaste.com. I am going to be honest here and say that I have never been to her blog site, but the pictures in her book were absolutely mouthwatering and she had all my favorites there (made healthy!). So I knew we had to try it out.

The first meal I made was the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Pesto Mayo (p.95 in the cookbook).

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Not the most ambitious recipe, but the sandwich came together perfectly (Yum!) and was a good start for a novice. The recipe went just as the name implies: grill the veggies, toast the bread, make the fancy mayo, slap it together and “Pesto!” (see what I did there–punny) you’re a sandwich prodigy.

For my husband, who has yet to be convinced that “Veggies alone, a meal do make,” I made a ham, tomato, pesto mayo, and provolone melt, which seemed to be edible, seeing as there was none left when he left.

Along with our sandwich, we toasted some sparkling caramel apple juice (Delicious!) in honor of the first Autumn chill. Which is when my world traveling parents informed me that the correct way to toast, as they do in Europe, is to simply raise your glass to each other, rather than clinking the two glasses together.  To which I smartly replied, “Well, I’m American.”

And on that note, I loudly and proudly clink my glass to you in honor of a first post and a first meal completed.

Until next time,

Catie

Friday Finds #4

Hey!

I have some fun finds for you today.  Just click on the picture to visit the sites.  Happy Friday!

This peach walnut dump cake looks yummy and easy from Mostly Homemade Mom. The other recipes look really good too!

These pumpkin designs are cool from Alisa Burke.

Halloween and Fall graphics from The Graphic Fairy and don’t you love that they’re free?!

50 Fantastic Halloween and Fall Graphics  //  The Graphics FairyAwesome and inexpensive Halloween crafts from Better Homes and Gardens — I think this wreath looks really easy to make.

Sophisticated Swarm Wreath

I think this idea from My Soulful Home is really clever.

Pumpkins from Scrubbing pads a repurpose http://mysoulfulhome.comBlessings,

Mimi

“Then I was the craftsman at his side.  I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,”  Proverbs 8:30  NIV Bible

A Fairy in the Sunshine

Hey!

The other morning, Delta and I were out on her daily walkabout when a beautiful yellow leaf  shining in the sun caught my eye.  Suspended by a spider’s single thread, the leaf hung perfectly still and I was so captivated by its glorious color I wanted to take a picture.  You should’ve seen me trying to contain all 34 pounds of puppy pulling on the leash and trying to take a steady shot with my phone in the other hand.

fairy shotWhen I downloaded the image, I received a surprise.  Oh sure, the leaf might be overexposed but I do believe I see a fairy sitting atop that bright yellow leaf.  What do you think?  Do you see a fairy?

“And as the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know. There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day. So listen, touch, and look around — in the air and on the ground. And if you watch all nature’s things, you might just see a fairy’s wing.” ~Author Unknown

Blessings,

Mimi

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”  Ephesians 3:20 NIV Bible

Trip to Banff

Hey!

Right before the 31 day blog challenge ( you can find the posts here ), I went on a trip to Banff, Canada.  You might recall from the posts I did here and here that I had a milestone birthday this year.  My big present was the trip and we went the end of September.  We checked the average temperatures, the rain possibilities, our calendar and chose to go in September.  The temps were to be in the upper 60’s — well, it was COLD and snowing and 40’s/ 50’s —- brrrrrrrr but, I still loved it.

Here’s a little of my trip:

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Our home away from home

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The town of Banff:  How would you like to look at that every day?!

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No photoshop — really that color and more vivid, pinky promise : )

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Glaciers. Picture is whited out on top because it was snowing.

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Honey Do contemplating his existence.

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Lake Louise with the glacier in the background

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Moraine Lake: Yes, that blue.  The color has to do with the amount of rock flour in the water.

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Last day in the mountains

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Blessings,

Mimi

“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”  Psalm 90:2  NIV Bible

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

 Happy Thanksgiving

 Hey!

My house is beginning to have holiday smells, savory ones coming from the kitchen as onions and celery cook in preparation for making our Thanksgiving dressing.  I know the debate wages between the merits of stuffing vs dressing but in our house, the family dressing recipe reigns.

This year will be our first Thanksgiving with our children and their spouses.  We plan to overindulge in laughter and togetherness (and maybe a little food! )

Since my guests will be here through the weekend, I will take time to enjoy their visit and will be back posting next week.

If you’re looking for some background music while you cook, my friend, Sarah has a wonderful playlist put together of thanks giving music you can listen to here

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mimi

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” 
Psalm 95:2  NIV Bible