Saturday, September 30, 2017

Almost a month...

In the month since I last posted, I've been busy.  Days flew into weeks and before I knew what happened, it was the last day of September.  Most days were filled with taking our foster girls to school, going to pick them up, cooking meals, washing laundry, cleaning and more cleaning!  I had forgotten just how much work is involved, with children in the house.   I enjoyed it though.  Now, the girls have moved on and it is back to normal for me and my Mister.  We are, once again, enjoying time together and of course, our peace and quiet.  After the girls left, we decided to close our home for good.  That makes me a little sad but I know we are getting older and we both have our ailments that keep us from being able to do as much as we used to.  I am considering volunteering as a court appointed child advocate so I will still be involved but not on the level as a foster parent.

I have also been considering volunteering at the library.  I love to read and would enjoy helping with all the behind the scene things like shelving books that are stored in a part of the library that only workers can go!  Of course, I still have all my work within our church, as well.  I do stay busy but I sometimes get bored, even with everything going on.  How is this possible???

Sorry for the lack of pictures but I just haven't had the time to pick up my camera.  Nor have I been anywhere to take them.  I plan to change that very soon.  I have a few trips I want to take before the weather turns cold.  Nothing fancy or far away but just places that I've wanted to visit.  I plan on doing some solo camping, as well.  It's been a very, very, very, long time since I've done anything like that so I am super excited about it!  Do you ever do anything like that?

My daughter and granddaughter invited me to attend the "Big Church Night Out" concert, last night.  It was awesome!  I don't know if you like this kind of music but it was an incredible time of praise and worship.  The artists were,  Newsboys, Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Blanca and several more!  I had never heard of Blanca but I am now a fan!  Such a powerful voice!  If you ever get the chance to see any of these bands, do it!  Amazing night and so blessed to have been able to spend it with my girls!

Oh, I found a few pictures to share.  Before our foster kids left, I took them and my grandson, to the zoo.  We stopped for a snack, and diaper change, when this good looking guy came up and said hello.

The girls were terrified but my sweet little 19mo grandson, was intrigued until the peacock tried to get his snack.  He kind of smacked him on the head and then began to chase to poor bird!  It was too funny!

I don't remember whether I shared this Santa hat door hanger, with y'all.  I think it is one of the cutest things I have ever made.  This one will be donated as a door prize for our women's retreat, coming up in a couple of weeks.  This will be the first retreat I've been to in several years.  I am really looking forward to it.  

Do y'all like Potato Cakes?  I do!  This is one of those things my Mama made to help stretch the food budget.  We didn't realize that, though.  All we knew was how good they were.  Mama was a master at stretching our food, in order to feed a family of six.  The woman could stretch a pound of ground beef far enough to make four meals!  I'm pretty good at doing that, as well, by Mama was truly amazing!  We always had plenty to eat and never thought there may not be enough money for groceries.  There was always enough to share should someone stop in at supper time.  I think that must have been the norm back in those days.  Large families = Large grocery bills, therefore, every Mother I knew had some secrets to stretch meals to feed all those hungry mouths.  Anyhow, back to the potato cakes.  I always loved them but never made them on a regular basis.  A couple of weeks ago, I decided to make some and they were so good!  The girls loved them and my Mister ate several.  I thought I would share the recipe so y'all could enjoy them, as well.  I hope you will make them soon and let me know what you think.

Mama's Potato Cakes  

2 Cups homemade mashed potatoes
1 Egg (beaten)
1 Tbsp onion (minced)
Parmesan cheese (to taste)
salt & pepper (to taste)
garlic powder (to taste)

Mix all ingredients together.  Make into patties and fry until browned.  Drain on paper towels and enjoy!

Y'all have a blessed Sunday!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hello September! I've missed you.

Well, I can't really believe it is already September but boy how I've missed it!  September is one of my favorite months!  Our days are getting a bit shorter and I've noticed a few leaves starting to turn.  Our temperatures are cooling off and I am very grateful for that!  Soon, we will start sitting by the fire pit, roasting hotdogs and making smores.  I know my granddaughter will love that and I imagine our bonus babies will too.  Mentioning the bonus babies, they are adjusting to being in our home and have settled into a routine, quite well.  They are such good girls.  Rarely do I have to get on to them.  Two silly, giggly, girls!  The have been such a pleasure to have in our home.

I am just about as happy as tick on a fat dog!  I finally made a proper peach cobbler!  Not the one that is more of a cake type cobbler!  Nope!  I'm talking about an Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler with a buttery, flaky, crust!  My ex-Mother in Love made the best peach cobbler I have ever put in my mouth!  For years, I've tried, and failed, to achieve the excellence of her cobbler.  Finally, I found a book, at Dollar Tree, with a recipe that was pretty darn close.  I tweaked it just a bit and the result brought tears to my eyes.  I loved that woman very much and it thrills me to have this recipe turn out so much like hers.  I will be making it often!

I've added a few things to my Fall decorating.  Really not much because I have to watch setting out things, on tables and such, that will cause my sweet little grandson to try and get it.  He would climb the walls to get something off a table, if he wanted it bad enough, and I sure don't want him getting hurt.  Time will come that he won't be so curious and determined!  Until then, I will decorate here and there but not the likes of past years.  So far it is mainly wreaths and flowers but I did spruce up the Market sign I made a few years back.

I really think the little scarecrow needs to be moved over nest to the harvest sign.  What do you think?

Lately, I've wanted to start putting my recipes in scrapbooks.  I have several heirloom recipes that need to be protected and then there are some of my own recipes I would like to add.  I would like to have at least one scrapbook done so I can make copies and give one to each of my girls, for Christmas, as well as, put one in my granddaughter's hope chest.  I may not get them all done but I can put the copies in a pretty binder and add to them when I get the rest done.  Have you done anything like that?  I think it would be such a blessing to have my ancestor's favorite recipes all in one place.  I wish I had all those recipes!  Or maybe have a recipe exchange and gather my friends favorites in one book!  Oh what fun!  Would you be interested in exchanging written recipes?

Well...mentioning food...I should stir the pot before supper sticks to the bottom.  

Grace & Peace,