Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Willy Nilly Hodge Podge

Willy Nilly Silly Old Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! Can you believe it's the middle of January?   I  can't...   time is flyin'!  Click the icon to return to  J0yce's page!

1. ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now?
Anchored Securely and Peaceful 

2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?

I   tend to lead out  with ideas...  I don't know if it is the teacher in me or what...   but  sometimes  I  get so  excited to share a point I have to  physical hold my hand over my mouth to keep myself from butting in...  Well,  with my  best  friends....    as we meet  regularly  to plan  community prayer events across denominations, and    I am one of the more vocal  of the group.. we all have our  own best  giftings...  and some a re more  quiet..  I often  am asked to lead  small group Bible studies because I  enjoy  talking about spiritual  things.I think that is good  because some groups can be very non vocal and I  do  like to draw others into  conversation.

3. What do you remember best about being 12?

I remember I felt gawky and was super introverted.  I hated  my cat glasses!

4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration.

I, like  our hostess,  love Eyeore... I love his solemnity and  down trodden point of view...  not because  I associate with it,  but I do believe that  my empathy for Eyeore  taught me   about compassion for others.  I find I have often  felt  drawn to  that type person to  show attention and  concern  for.

5. What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way?

I have to have music in my life...  I mean almost  every waking moment...  and  it is so great not to have to  buy  cd's  when I  love an artist  and especially becasue our area is all country music radio stations,  I  have to say it would be Pandora!!!!

6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL) have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?

Well, none of these really   float my boat...  I'll save  that money and apply it to an Alaskan cruise.  

7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what?
The first one I think of is Merry Christmas, Darling.   It came out the year I was a senior in college and my  fiance'  was  serving in the military overseas,  I was so lonesome for him.. and  I would be  lying in my  dorm room  crying every time  they played the  song..  I still  tear up  each time I hear it!

8. Insert your own random thought here.Our youngest granddaughter  just turned 0ne last month and we sent her  her birthday present in the mail. Her first baby doll...
I love her   reaction,  realizing what it was, and that it was her's..

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Simple Woman Day Book

For Today..January 16, 2017
Outside my window... 
dark and drear,  but mild

I am thinking... 
is this the week I will call and  try to  reschedule one of my postponed dinner parties....  need to start working on Hubs...  He is  his own projects  in mind and may be unshakable.
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I am thankful... 
for the relative good news  that the  UN Council meeting  over the weekend did not produce  its objective..  to form a 2 nation state in Israel  actually removing  Israel from Jerusalem and  all parts  that  were give to them by  God.
I am wearing...
my my  navy day dress and navy sweater!!!

I am creating...
an attitude within me   that if I'm really going to get  what needs to be done around here  I need to get rid of about 1/2 of what we have.  

I am wondering..
if I can  really just  pack away  as much as I need to  to take to  the Salvation Army....  It is going to take  a lot more than,  until now, I thought I could muster... from closets.... basement.... and  bookshelves...
down-sizing is not easy for a hoarder....  I never thought of myself as one  until I  consider  the size of  patio homes in ratio  to what we have to store away...  the key word..  "stored away....  question...  Why am I keeping it??????

I am reading:: 

Book of Judges for Sunday School
Jesus Calling Devotional 

One Year Devotional, Walk with God 

A Thorn in my Heart, by Liz Curtis Higgs

I am listening to....
lovely lyrical Celtic music on Pandora

I am learning...
to try to  hold loosely to things of this earth

I am hoping..
to tackle my  lingerie, scarf, and sock chest today and  clear up at least one  whole drawer  by  ridding myself of enough socks and scarves to combine them.

In my garden... 
all is  brown and  sodden  from the recent plans for the gardening this week.

In my kitchen...
One of my Christmas presents was  a Lodge  Dutch Oven so I am  researching some great  recipes for which  to use it...
Yummy Pot Roast

Pot Roast with Vegetables

1 (3 to 4 pound) piece beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
2 yellow onion, halved
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 bunch baby carrots
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 cup button mushrooms, stems removed and sliced in half
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves


Season all sides of the beef with a fair amount of salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot that has a tight cover; heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over moderately high heat. Brown the meat on all sides, taking the time to get a nice crust on the outside. Pour in the tomatoes and the water. Scatter the vegetables and herbs around the pot roast, season with salt and pepper; and drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Braise for about 3 hours, basting every 30 minutes with the pan juices, until the beef is fork tender.
Slice the pot roast and arrange on platter surrounded by the vegetables. Serve with the pot juices.
Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

A favorite quote/scripture for today..
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One of my favorite things...
Slow Cooker Chili  from Betty Crocker

Slow-Cooker Family-Favorite Chili

2lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2cloves garlic, finely chopped
1can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1can (16 oz) chili beans in sauce, undrained
1can (15 oz) tomato sauce
2tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2teaspoons ground cumin
1/2teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon pepper

In 12-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, mix beef, onion and remaining ingredients.
Cover and cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.

This recipe inspires me to  create a Chili party  as my up-coming rescheduled dinner party.

Board Room

A Moment in my day.....

Enjoying seeing  our precious  Love Bug  enjoy her  birthday present we sent her in the mail!!!
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Friday, January 13, 2017

A Wintry Table

Transitioning  away from  Christmas  decor has always been  difficult for me.... I dont know if it  had something to do with  me teaching and dreading the holidays being over or what,  so  in retirement I enjoy just  gradually removing the  strictly Christmas items and replacing them with  wintry  decor and it helps  so much to keep the  festive colors  alive around the house.
so away go the Christmas tree plates
 and out come the  red transferware..  along with the tree plates, the  Christmas   linenes  disappear, and  the  red and white  ones  arrive...  I made this  runner  from fabric I found on sale in the fall..  I love the  snowflake pattern...   Just the  background for  my  snow items for the table..flakes,  snowballs and snowmen  aplenty!
 The   clutch of  greenery  in the vase  gets   is refreshed with several snowfalke picks...
 The Christmas tree is down,  but the  seasonal tree  continues to glisten with snowflakes  all around..
 Because I  have a couple of  postponed dinner parties  to  still  prepare this month,  I am keeping the  hutch lights glowing    just because it is so festive...  and  again...  winter greenery  suits  the  atmosphere..
 When I   created this  table  we had 6 inches of snow on the ground.. alas, three days later,   we have none,   but I will  still enjoy my  snowmen...

Mainly because they bring to mind happy memories of my  precious granddaughter in New England who at three years of age  loves the snow so much!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cosy Firelight and a Cup of Tea

"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour." 

- John Boswell

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Time to  cosy by the fire with a lovely cup of tea and  a  bit of something sweet..

as  the  snow lies on the frozen ground   daring the sun's warmth to  give it a thaw!.  Time to  just  sit with tea and   smile  with happy memories..
for the only  ice in    the room are the crystals  that line the mantel and the flakes that adorn my plate..  but what a plate...   yum!
 Fresh baked morning scones  with a dollop of  New England apple butter. the tea, a cup of Downton Abbey blend...  an earl grey with vanilla...  perfect for the  day of remembrance..
No better  vignette   for  some contemplation  that  over  an English  serving plate  by the Woods and Brothers,   an English cup  by Adams   which  was  first established in Tunstall, England in 1657,  and  a  mix matched  English saucer  from Johnson  Brothers...
 Yum  these  morning scones   are  delectable and  pretty  quickly  made..
when you  go to her page  search buttermilk biscuits and scroll a bit
  you'll find a video to mkae them.  Here is the recipe  from that page..

Buttermilk Biscuits...  in a regular oven (425ºF for 25 minutes)

2-1/3 cups self-rising flour
8 teaspoons (2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) sugar
½ cup butter (1 stick)  frozen  and then grate it  before adding in...
1-1/3 cups buttermilk
1 cup all-purpose flour, for shaping
1. Line a buttered 7-inch cake pan with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour and sugar. By freezing the stick of butter and then grating it,  the bits of  butter  melt as it cooks and  it makes the  biscuits very flaky and  light. Grate the butter into the flour and stir it in to coat evenly. Gently stir in the buttermilk. The dough should be quite wet.   I recommend watching the video on the  author's page  from  the link.
3. Spread the all-purpose (not self-rising) flour out on a small cookie sheet. With a spoon, scoop evenly sized balls of dough into the flour, making sure they don’t touch each other. With floured hands, coat each dough ball with flour and toss them gently from hand to hand to shake off any excess flour. Place each floured dough ball into the prepared pan, right up next to the other. This will help the biscuits rise up, rather than spreading out. I used a 1/4 sheet pan and  I made 9 biscuits.. They do spread out quite a bit... I had  3  rather  large  globs of dough that I shaped  and placed  three in each row.
And now by the light of my candle  I am deep in my  reverie  as  inspired this morning  on facebook...
I love  all things British  and when I saw this  my immediate thought was   I need to seek out this  painting...

Joseph Farquharson (1846 -1935)

'The Snow Encumbered Branches" 1901
Oil on canvas.

Farquharson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and died at Finzean, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Farquharson was most adept at capturing the warmth and light of sun rises and twilight. He is most famous for his works portraying sheep and his finest works often include a human figure. Men and women of Scotland going about their everyday labours are frequently depicted in dramatic landscapes. Nearly all the early works were inspired by his rural surroundings and he went on to make snow scenes his trademark.
As written on  the Queen's English  facebook page this morning'

My reverie  takes me back to Ireland where  pastorale scenes like this  were  prolific..  but to see it   in January.. now that would be a sight to see... for me..  Love!!!!

 So  I  take my  devotional and  peruse    January  inspirations  that  come  from  God's Word...  and I am filled  with the  glory that is  this time of year...  the gift of  frigid air... the  complimentary  gift of  a cosy home and  the  glow of  a  contained  and cheerful  flame.  and I give thanks  for it is all by His hand...  and I am blessed!!Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Snowy New Year Sets the Tone

Transitioning into the new year here  in the home  is made  simple  by keeping the  red and  switching out  a lot of the greens...And    having snow  inspires,  as well.. 
 The tree comes down 
 the ornaments are removed from the mantel
to be replaced with icy crystals 

the seasonal tree gets  a  smattering of snow... 

and  the snowmen come out!!!

The red and white is such a lift  for the after Christmas blues...

The Simple Woman's Day Book

For Today..January 8, 2017
Outside my window... 
Very cold,  bright  with sun glistening on the snow~
and other lovely things

I am thinking... 
how much I love the snow... I suppose it is  because I was a teacher  and, of course, we teachers always looked forward to our snow days..  even though Ive been  away form teaching for 13 years,  the  thrill of snow remains with me!!!

I am thankful... 
for the power of the Holy Spirit  within me... to enable me to  do and be.... I truly do not know how  one does with Him!!!

I am wearing...
my black velvet  slacks and  maroon long sleeve tee..  these velvet pants feel good on my dry  skin....  this  kind of weather does a number on 'older' skin!!!

I am creating... 
a menu for the I am cooking up a  very large pot of spaghetti sauce.. should last us  a few days~~~

I am wondering..
when I can  re invite  my  two  gatherings together that  were cancelled over the holidays.. next week  looks to be  fine weather...  something to really set my mind to!

I am reading:: 
 Daily Reading of the Bible   Book of Job
Sunday School lesson  Judges  chapter 1 and 2
2  devotionals~
Jesus Calling,  & 
One Year Devotional, Walk with God 
A Thorn in my Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs, a novel

I am learning...
that satisfaction with circumstances is what peace is all about...
comes with truly knowing.. not just paying lip service, but knowing God is in control!

I am hoping...
That now that I have taken myself off of  the sub lingual immunotherapy  drops for my allergies,  that I can control  symptoms  with  OTC  applications..  those drops were  really upsetting my system...
In my garden... 
All is quiet and  asleep under its  quilt of snow!

In my kitchen...
no changes...  Hubs  has actually started the spaghetti sauce for us... I love cooking shows.. they truly inspire him in the kitchen!!!

A favorite quote/scripture for today...
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One of my favorite things...
especially during cold long winter nights I love Netflix...  I  fell in love with one movie  since Christmas and have watched it thrice..
The Spirit of Christmas Poster
I suppose one reason I  really like this is because it was filmed just a few miles from our daughter and now when we  visit again I  can visit that lovely    the cast is terrific!!!!

From the board room... Pinned from my board...
Thrill the kids by doing a fun winter snow science experiment. Amazing, simple, and surprising snowman science you can do in the comfort of your warm home.:
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Thrill the kids by doing a fun winter snow science experiment. Amazing, simple, and surprising snowman science you can do in the comfort of  home.


Job 37:6-10
"For to the snow He says, 'Fall on the earth,' 
And to the downpour and the rain

 'Be strong.' 

"He seals the hand of every 

 That all men may know His work.

"Then the beast goes into its lair

 And remains in its den.