Thursday, January 29, 2015

Doodle Art/Pretty Nails {Virtual Refrigerator}

Doodle art and pretty nails are a great combination:

a study in black and white

Showcasing creativity,

I'm joining with the Virtual Refrigerator Blog Hop to share creativity unleashed.  
Be sure to visit and check out some of the other neat projects by some pretty great kids.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: A Tale of Two Dogs

There are no words for these crazy dogs.  

I'm linking up today with my fellow Crewbie, Wendy, over at Life at Rossmont.  Check out the link up for more "Wordless Wednesday" posts.

Wordless Wednesday at Life at Rossmont
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Supper Time, Again?

You know those days when you absolutely cannot go to the grocery store and you've just got to find something at your house to cook because it's supper time, again?  Yep, you guessed it.  It was one of those days around here.

Payday isn't until tomorrow and I've stretched the budget as far as I can.  There's not a lot in the freezer and cabinets, but I knew there had to be enough to make something.  So, after taking a quick inventory, there were three options for tonight's dinner:
  1. Loaded Potato Soup 
  2. Sausage Quiche
  3. Sausage & Rice Casserole
I sent a text to the MainMost and asked which one sounded good to him.  His reply was to surprise him . . . ha.  I am not a big "surprise" person -- and I don't often make decisions easily, so I made him vote for one.  He complied and supper tonight turned out great.  

I scoured the internet for a new recipe or two and our final meal of Sausage & Rice Casserole with Peasant Bread was yummy.  The two complemented one another VERY well and weren't that hard to make.  (That's always a plus in my book.)  I tweaked both recipes with ingredients I had on hand, and I'm pleased with them both.  We'll definitely be making these again.

Sausage & Rice Casserole

1 pound ground sausage
1 chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 1/2 cups diced celery
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base (This stuff is good, y'all.)
1 can cream of celery soup
1 cup rice

Brown sausage, drain slightly.  Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and red pepper flakes and saute until done.  Add uncooked rice and simmer.  In separate bowl, mix broth, soup base, and soup.  Add to sausage and rice mixture.  Stir all together.  Spray 2 quart dish with non-stick spray and pour in sausage/rice/soup.  Bake at 375 degrees for an hour (or until rice is done).

AND, I added THIS Peasant Bread to the menu.  Y'all know how much I love bread and oh, my stars is this one good.  It's buttery and crusty on the outside and soft and moist on the inside.  I didn't have Kosher salt so I substituted Sea Salt instead.  It turned out just fine.  I highly recommend that you give this one a try.  Isn't it a beautiful loaf?  Good bread makes everything perfect.

Lucky for me, tomorrow night we'll be eating supper at church so I won't have to think about Supper Time again until Thursday.  Luckily, I know I've got a few options ready.

What do you have at the ready for your next supper time?
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Weaving Tapestries in Prayer

A beautiful way to start a year of ministry and life . . .


Building memorials of BLESSINGS

a very visual reminder to pray for the world and people-groups who don't know JESUS

Hand - to - Hand Prayer Stations

Doing life together and Praying over one another's burdens

Coming alongside other women as we walk through our daily struggles -- praying together as we prepare to face the days of ministry ahead -- offers such HOPE to my heart and acts as a balm to my soul.  The opportunity to fellowship and spend quality time in intentional prayer is just what I needed to begin this next season of life.  Through directed prayer stations, I was afforded a chance to read, study, confess, listen, release, and heal -- and I didn't have to plan a thing.  What a wonderful time to just be in the presence of my FATHER.  THIS is what ministry should be about.  Thank you.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

She Said YES {Scripture & a Snapshot}

She said YES

I prayed for this child and the LORD has granted me what I asked of HIM.  
                                                                                    1 Samuel 1:27

Blessings to all,

I'm joining with my friend Jennifer over at a glimpse of our life as we give glory to GOD through our photos.
Scripture and Snapshot

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Friday, January 23, 2015

First Random 5 for 2015

1.  We are less than 6 months away from Camp Sunshine.  How exciting -- that's good stuff.
Fishing Rodeo
My sweet friend, Allen

2.  Phase 10 is just as much fun when there are 30 people playing as when there are just 4 people playing. 


3.  Three tiny kittens were born here last night.  Not a one of them has a tail.


4.  King Cake is fun.  And tasty.  And floods my heart with great memories.

5.  I like lazy days and slow mornings. I definitely need more of them in my life.

I'm linking up with my friend Miranda over at The Pebble Pond.  Be sure to visit and be inspired by some other random thoughts today.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Loaded Potato Soup {crockpot cooking}

We held our Refresh DNow (a discipleship weekend) this past weekend at church for middle schoolers and my mom was in charge of all of our meals.  Friday night was cold and windy and warm soups made for the perfect supper.  Students could choose between three different types of soup -- Taco Soup, Chicken Pot Pie Soup, or Loaded Potato Soup.  Honestly, I wasn't sure how they would take to the Loaded Potato Soup because let's just face it, middle schoolers can be weird, picky eaters. BUT . . . it was a favorite.  As a matter of fact, it was the most requested for seconds so next time we'll just have to make a bigger batch.  That's a good thing.

I only got to eat one small bowl of the soup last weekend due to taking care of "stuff" while all my students and leaders arrived and registered, so I decided to make a crockpot full for supper tonight. It's cold and rainy and I have two meetings tonight, so a meal I could put in the crockpot early and have ready for my family was just perfect.

As you can tell from the ingredients pictured below, I'm a Great Value shopper as much as I can be. The total cost for this delicious pot of soup was only $8.08 (not including the price of the sharp cheddar that I'll use as garnish since I bought the BIG bag.  It was $4.98 but I certainly won't use all of it for tonight's supper.  We use cheddar ALL OF THE TIME and I happened to be out.).  This pot will easily feed the 6 of us with leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.  I like that math.

Loaded Potato Soup

One bag of frozen diced hashbrowns
One box (32 ounces) of chicken broth
One can cream of chicken soup
One package of bacon bits
One block of cream cheese

Place all ingredients except for cream cheese in the crockpot.  Cook for five hours on low so that potatoes cook through.  Add cream cheese and cook one hour more so that cheese melts.  Stir well. Sprinkle sharp cheddar cheese on top of soup to garnish and serve.

Now I splurged and bought a loaf of French bread off of the bakery clearance rack.  60 cents total.  Not bad at all, if I do say so myself.

I'm sure you could make this with fresh chicken broth and fried, crumbled bacon, but the simplicity of throwing everything into the crockpot and walking away was just what I needed today.  If I were going to be home this evening, I might even have made hot cornbread, but crusty French bread will hit the spot, too.  I've got sweet tea ready and the kitchen smells yummy.

Take THAT cold, yucky weather.  Take THAT.

I'm linking up with two friends this week.
Jennifer is sharing a #SouperBowl2015 Linky Party and Lisa is sharing on Try a New Recipe Tuesday.  For more great recipes and Super Bowl fun, visit both of my friends.  They have some really great recipes to try. Pin It Now!