Thursday, April 10, 2014

Swap Days

This weekend is going to be a fun one. April 11,12,13 at the Ross County Fairgrounds is the Southeast Ohio Poultry Association Spring Swap Days. Anything and everything is there and it is all for sale. From animals to antiques, old and new, this is the place to be. Even if you are low on funds with no money to spend you could not find a better place to walk and get your exercise, or just do some people watching.

Here are a few shots from swap meets past, just to give you an idea of what to expect.

The sun is just coming over the hilltop, and the lookers are all trying to find those deals before they are gone.

As I said there is a little bit of everything.

Looks like these duck are going to a new home.

And this burro just decided that the end of the line was right here!! No sir, not moving another step, so the fellow just sat down to wait till the mode strikes again.

This gentleman was proud to pose with his rooster.

Like I said you never know what you will see.

This fellow decided he was hot and when they came to the shade he just laid down and was not moving till he cooled off some.

So see lots of things to see and people to talk to so if you are in the neighborhood, stop in and see us this weekend in Chillicothe OH. at the Ross County Fair Grounds.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Windy Wednesday

I think we are all about over all the snow and cold weather.

And from the looks of things outside, so is Mother Nature!

It really does my spirit good to see this pretty sight again. How about you, are you getting some sprouting and flowering in your neck of the woods?

I was outside the other day spraying some of beds with a homemade weed killer and I just did not have the heart to spray these little beauties.

I remember making chains, necklaces and crowns with these when I was a little girl. I can't wait to have a grand-daughter to share all of these things with.

If you have not seen any of God's handiwork around your area yet, then at least it gives you a reason to get out for a walk and do some investigating. Let us know what you find!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tasty Tuesday and Old Memories

Today is a day that I always share a recipe with you and I promise I will but first I want to share something else. When I was in Jr. High (yes I said Jr. High, not Middle School) I surely just dated myself, I had a wonderful friend and her father had a job that moved her away from where I lived. It got her closer to family (grand parents and such) but I really felt left behind. But we were determined to write often and stay in touch as best we could. And write often we did.......I have to admit here that I still have those boxes of letters in my attic!

Well I have something that she made for me for my 18th birthday and I use it everyday. I wanted to share it with you and to say that this small things bring such joy to my life. 

It is a recipe box. Now I know that with computers and such out there today folks probably do not have these like back in the day, but I love mine. And since I am the type of person who prays by association, everytime I see this, guess who gets prayed for.

This is a shot of inside the lid and how she personalized it for me.

Now as you can see it is well used and stuffed full of recipes that I love to use and revisit the memories they bring. OMGoodness! I just did the math and I have had this for........(wait for it).....36 years!

Well that might be something that you never even wanted to know but I sure enjoyed sharing it with you!!

Now for a recipe that is kinda a family tradition for our families Easter table.

If you look at the name of this recipe you will know for certain when I attained it! It was given to me by a lady that I attended church with. She would make this and bring it to church functions and dinners and I ask her for the recipe as I was starting to fill my recipe box. Notice how she added her name to the upper right corner of the card. Guess who I just prayed for?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Feel Good Friday

I will have to admit that my "feel good" started on Thursday evening. I attended Zumba class with friends and had a great time burning off some calories. After class I joined a couple of ladies for an impromptu dinner at Chipotles. We had great food that was staying within my calories for the day. So that made me feel good.

The conversation was wonderful and relaxing. There was a peacefulness around us during dinner. Although it was pouring down the rain outside. We chatted for a while and then parted, going our separate ways for the evening. 

But on Friday morning as the birds started to chirp their morning songs and I was still laying in bed I could already tell that today was going to be a different day. Today was going to be a day filled with energy and relaxing moments even though I was going to be busy all day long. 

This is amazing to me that friendships can reward us in such astounding ways. So search out those amazing moments in your life and EXPECT to receive a blessing. He is good in so many ways.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tasty Tuesday

I wanted to share a recipe today that my children used to love. This is a recipe that the kids will love and it will save you money as well. Add a fresh salad and you have a complete meal.

Pizza Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
2 - 14 oz jars of pizza sauce
3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
1 1/2 cups Bisquick type mix
2 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs

Cook and drain beef. Spoon into 13x9 inch pan. Top with pizza sauce and cheese. Combine baking mix, milk and eggs. mix until smooth. Pour batter over casserole covering evenly. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 -35 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

***** Homemade baking mix may be substituted for the Bisquick.
***** Homemade pizza sauce may be substituted for the pizza sauce.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


It has been a busy week around here. I had so much I wanted to share with you and have just not had the time to sit down and do it, till now. So this post will be a big pile of it all on one day.

First I was ask to share this recipe.

lt is quick and easy and oh so good.

Beer Bread

3 cups self rising flour

3 T sugar

12 oz. beer

Fold together all ingredients, just till moist.
Butter a loaf pan and place batter in pan. 
Bake in preheated, 375* oven for 55-60 minutes.
Or until browned nicely. 
Remove from oven and then from pan and allow to cool on wire rack.

******We like the crust to be crunchy so I remove it from the pan and then place it on the oven rack after the oven has been turned off. Close the door and let it cool with the oven. This makes wonderful toast or grilled cheese sandwiches.*****

I have been trying to incorporate more movement into my daily routine. So I am having to get creative about doing it. I thought I would share a few of my tips and hope you will in turn share some with me.

I do Zumba at least 2 evenings a week

I take a toning class on fridays.

I wear a pedometer every day and always log at least 10,000 steps. More like 14,000 is what I aim for.

When I go to the store or Dr.'s office I always park as far from the door as I can and walk the additional steps.

When I go to Zumba class I get there 15 minutes early and walk fast for 5 minutes and then turn and walk back to class.

I take the stairs in hospitals or office buildings.


Today is thursday so let me share some of the things that I am thankful for today.

I am thankful for my dads health and ability to keep moving at 86 years of age.

And for the nudge he has given me to keep moving as well.

I am thankful for all the good Dr. reports that hubs has been getting.

Also for the time to sketch in my sketch pad.

And time to crochet.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Recycle or Upcycled

These are 2 words that at first glance we think of as a new phrase. Well not new but just a few years old. We know what they mean. It is when someone takes an item that is intended for one purpose and remakes it for another. Here are just a few examples.

This is a necklace made from an old spoon that had seen its better days and I am sure no one would have wanted to have used it to eat with.

And these are crosses that are made from old carpenter rulers.

Well I am here today to ask you to just think a little about the terms recycled and upcycled. Because I believe that while those words might be somewhat new to our language, the concept goes way back and has been practiced for years and years.

Stay with me here, if you are a Christian then you realize that we are all born sinners and that God can/will take us as we are and "upcycle" us into something wonderful and useful. Into something beautiful on the inside and outside. Something created in his image with a new and fabulous purpose.

So I hope the next time you hear the words upcycle or recycle you stop for a few and remember that modern day man may have coined the terms, but the concept was created by our maker. And he is the best at what he does.