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Welcome...I'm delighted that you chose to visit! I started this blog in March 2010 and I am so happy that I did. It has made me more aware of the many ways that God is blessing my life. I have made some special friends who bless,teach,encourage,and entertain me! My desire is to be an encouragement to you. I hope you will tarry for a while and that you will come back to visit often.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

freezer cooking

My daughter has a friend who has a flair for freezer cooking.
She started a blog about it and now has a large following.
Last year, she started having classes several times a year.
Each attendee pays a fee and she provides the ingredients.
When you leave the class, you have multiple meals ready to go
in your freezer to cook at a later date.
My daughter has been to one of the classes, has tried several
of her recipes, and has found others on her own.

As we were preparing to go to Tenn recently, she decided
she wanted to make some meals for her brother and SIL's
freezer....to help when the baby boy comes in May.

So, she enlisted Chan to help and...

they chopped...

and browned...

and sliced...

and bagged!

At the end of this cooking class, there were 7 meals
in the freezer...complete with cooking directions.
Each meal is either baked or tossed into a crock pot.

I thought this was an incredibly thoughtful gift!
My son and DIL really appreciated it...
I think they will appreciate it even more
 when they are eating them!! :-)

Monday, April 14, 2014

a night out

Twenty five years ago, Covenant Care Services, a state-wide
Christian adoption ministry was founded in middle Georgia.
For the last 9 years, they have held a Ladies' Night
 out as a fundraiser.
For the past five years, the doctor I work for has bought tickets 
so we could attend. This year's event was last Thursday.
After the program, which featured a local
 Christian singing artist,
we went to a fellowship area for dessert .

This was the table that greeted us as we entered the doors.
It was beautiful...especially with my daughter and our friend and co-worker,
Kristen, standing beside it!

Another impressive table marked the center of the room.

Dessert consisted of various cupcakes and fresh strawberries....
not as elaborate as in past years, but simple is good.
And cupcakes are certainly the rage these days!

The back of the program shared these facts about Covenant Care:

--We are a gospel ministry, not just an adoption agency.
 The message of redemption through Jesus pervades all we do.

--We are committed to primarily serving Georgia.

--We respect the dignity of birthmothers.
We never coerce women to choose adoption and do not
pressure them through the decision making process.

--We are committed to keeping adoption affordable.
We are one of the few adoption agencies in the Southeast
that does not rely primarily on adoption fees for our income.

Covenant Care also works in conjunction with
Caring Solutions, a Christian center for crisis pregnancies.

I am grateful for the wonderful work this organization does
and that it is located in our area. 
I am also grateful for a caring boss who desires to support
this ministry and to bless us!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

from pretty to practical

Our three largest azaleas have white blooms.
This one is by our driveway and is always loaded
with blooms. It has looked happy the last few days!

Our neighbors cherry trees are looking happy, too!

 Another neighbor has this pretty wisteria in their yard.
I love the way wisteria drapes...

and it smells so good!

When we talked with our contractor about our pantry,
we agreed (or so I thought!) on wood shelves.
One day, I came in after work to find one of his employees
almost finished installing white wire shelves.
He was confused, too, because he thought we were planning on wood.
He offered to remove the wire ones and start over, but I told
him not to. It wasn't that important to me, and I knew that in a few years,
I would have to re-paint those wood shelves...not my favorite
thing to do! For the most part I have been happy with the wire except
 for the fact that some things will not sit flat on the shelf...not good...
 and it makes it difficult to stack things.
Well, Hubby came up with a solution...
he found sheets of this plastic which are really made to cover 
florescent light fixtures. He cut them to fit the shelves and
...voila!! a nice flat surface! And because it is clear, you don't
really notice it. Grateful for a handy hubby!

 Got back in the gym a couple of weeks ago after months of
being, well...not in the gym! :-)
I decided I needed new walking shoes so I found these at Kohl's. 
They are Skechers with memory foam...

and soles that feel like "tiny trampolines"...
or so the box said!
Not sure I would describe them that way, but they are 
comfortable and make walking on the treadmill easier.

So, that's whats going on here...from pretty to practical!
What's going on with you??

Saturday, April 12, 2014

opening day

It was Opening Day for baseball for C.W. today.
It was a beautiful day...perfect for baseball and
there was a crowd since all the teams were playing.

The fields are well kept and the bleachers are covered,
so we don't have to sit in the sun...woohoo!

He has stepped up from t-ball where there are 3 innings, no outs,
everyone bats every inning, and they don't keep score. 
This year it is machine pitch, 6 innings, three outs per inning and
there's a big scoreboard in the outfield!

C.W. got a hit and did some good fielding. He's a fast runner
and has a good arm!

His team didn't win, but it was fun watching and being with
his family...

 and we look forward to the rest of his games
and more opportunities to cheer him on!

He's definitely our favorite Brave! :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

a fish story

Typically, when we cook the fish Hubby catches, we fry them.
Bream, Perch, Bass...I haven't found them to be that tasty
baked or grilled.
Possibly because I just didn't know what I was doing!
Anyway, this past week, when I took a bag of bass
 from the freezer, Hubby asked if we might try baking them.
So, I "googled" baked fish and found this recipe.
I had all the ingredients, so I decided to give it a try.
And...we liked it! It made a nice crust on the fish
and it was very tasty!

The recipe called for Tilapia, but I'm sure it would
 be good on any fish.
So, if you are interested, here you go...

Baked Parmesan Fish

1 lb fish filets
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup seafood breading mix
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425.
Put melted butter in 13x9 baking dish.
Mix breading mix, cheese and seasoning.
Sprinkle each piece of fish with salt and pepper,
brush with egg, and coat with mixture on both sides.
Place in baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

It was easy, healthier and...my house didn't smell like fish
like it does when I fry them!
It was a win, win, win!! :-)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

a quilt for "little h"

On my March visit to Tenn, My daughter-in-law and I went
shopping for fabric for the baby boy's quilt.
We were looking for something to go with the adventure, travel
theme of his room.
We found a vintage print with ships, planes, trains, 
luggage, ticket stubs...perfect.
Then, we had fun picking coordinating fabrics.
I finished it in time to give it to her at the shower Sunday.
Here it is...

It looks pretty hanging on his bed!

The look on her face when she opened the package made me happy!

So glad she liked it...hope "Little H" likes it, too! :-)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

family, friends, gifts and love!

The shower on Sunday was lovely!
The ladies who hosted it did a great job of interpreting
the "adventure, travel" theme of the baby boy's nursery!
Notice the tiny crocheted aviator cap on the balloon picture
and the tiny train and track in the center of the table.

A hot air balloon and snacks that would be served on an airplane flight.

The first set of luggage I had included a red train case
 much like this one! Cute chip "bowl"!

The banner that spelled his name and hung from the mantle...
letters cut from maps.

So glad my daughter was able to make the trip with me.

My daughter-in-law's mom is on the left. 
When our "children" married 2 years ago, she not only
 gained a son, she also gained 2 granddaughters!
She is a sweet and loving Granna to them and I am so grateful for that!

It was such a sweet party and I, for one, was overwhelmed
by the love and generosity lavished on this
sweet mama and her baby boy!

I think they have most everything they need.
Now, we just have to wait for the boy's arrival
in a few weeks!!