2017's Word of the Year

2017 word of the year- Enjoy- I will strive to relax and enjoy life more in 2017. My goal is not to get stressed about little details but to enjoy the things that God has given me, big and small.

Tuesday, November 26

This is why I love farm fresh eggs.

Tuesday, November 19

Simple Whole Foods: Crock Pot Surprise

Ingredients:
6-8 carrots
4-6 potatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 pound hamburger
diced onion
salt
pepper
tomato sauce


Slice up 6-8 carrots and put on bottom of crock pot, add 4-6 diced potatoes, 2 cloves of garlic, brown a pound of hamburger with onion and salt and pepper and add on top of potatoes. Then I finish with a can of tomato sauce and a can of water. Cook on high for about 4 hours. This is quick and easy and I make it on Sunday mornings quite a bit. I serve it with homemade bread and it's a hearty meal.

Sunday, November 17

It's the little things that bring back the memories

I haven't written too much about my mother in law. She passed away last spring and left a big hole in many lives, especially those of her children. She loved her children, she loved her community and she loved watching birds, especially cardinals. And since we all knew she loved cardinals, we all bought her cardinals. She had cardinal shirts and figurines, clocks, cups, pictures on her wall. Personally I would have thought she might have gotten tired of them, but she didn't.
Yesterday I was at the craft fair and I saw a beautiful cardinal carving. My first thought was that would be a perfect gift for Mavis for Christmas. And then I remembered, I wouldn't be buying gifts for her anymore. She was not my mother, but she was a very good mother in law, and I loved her. I loved that I could call her with questions about canning or something she had cooked or who was related to who, and she always took the time to instruct me. I loved that even when we didn't agree she never belittled me or became contentious. I loved that she was one of the few people who encouraged me to stay home to raise my children. And it makes me sad that I have to cross her name off my Christmas list. Now every time I see a cardinal I think of her. It makes me sad, but it is also a nice thing to think of.

Friday, November 1

And on a related note I wanted to share this link...

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/8-best-sellers-started-during-national-novel-writing-month/

NaNoWriMo

Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? The goal is to write, specificially a novel. You are to write until you hit 50,000 words or December 1st, whichever comes first.

I have no delusions that I could do this. Right now I am hard pressed to write a letter, and fiction writing is tough because you have that tricky dialouge thing going on. But on the off chance someone who reads my blog may have an interest in writing, this may be the one thing that spurs you on. I'm thinking it would be an excellent project for ones who are homeschooling teens.

So you have a burning desire to write this may be just the thing that you need to spur you on. And if you do write a novel, let me know. 

http://nanowrimo.org/