Monday, February 20, 2017

The Simple Woman Day Book

For Today..February 20, 2017

Outside my window...
Sunny, clear and very mild...  highs today 72....

I am thinking...
I will be so glad  when  my allergies   come under control....  it's a long story    by  suffice it to say...  after taking allergy shots  basically all of my life,  I'm now told I shouldn't have been        taking  them for the last  35 years... really....  so now  I am   wondering a lot about  WHY!!!!

I am thankful...
always  for my dear husband...  He keeps things  going around here lately....always  so   committed to getting the hard things done that  need doing... I cant wait to share  about  the transformation in his office..

I am wearing...
still in my  housecoat....  but with plans to   get  dressed  as soon as I finish  this post!  

I am creating...
no time for creating this week....  I love  leading the small group in our  Women's Bible study  but  if I'm going to do a  good job  it takes  concerted effort  and study...  more of which I need to do today  because  last week  was so busy and  I felt so bad over the weekend. Wonderful study... highly recommended!!

I am wondering..
about an article I read on Face book this morning...I truly recommend  folks to read this.. about  why millenials  are  not interested in  faith issues and church..  I am so  blessed to  know that  our millenial  daughter and family  are  devout Christians and  very active in their church..  and I  wonder about    the  problems  young adults have with church....
I  agree that  church today  isn't the church  I agree up with...  and  kin  large extent it is because we  have bent over backwards to  attract the youth...  apparently,  to no avail...and in  making  the  changes  in  how services are conducted it is like we've thrown out the baby with the bath water...  true our  theology  has been watered down and to me the power messages have been  deleted...  the Holy Spirit has been uninvited- there is no room  in the service  for Him to  interact.  I'd love to hear  some other's  ideas on this  issue!
I am reading:: 

One Year Devotional, Walk with God 

Finding I AM by Lysa Terqeurst
Bible--  Chronological  plan

I am listening....
Love I am listening to the Paul Cardall station....  I Surrender All is playing.

I am learning...
to be satisfied with  all things,  all my choices  good and bad,,,,   and the consequences that  have   come my way...  and   to learn from them..  I desire to lean into the Lord's teaching!!

I am hoping... 
to have opportunity to meet with a dear friend  who  appears to be slipping through the crack  of  circumstances of life....pray for  opportunity for  good communication.

In my garden... 
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the daffodils are   radiant..  my goal  this week is to  get  some pansies  in the  back  flower bed..
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In my kitchen...

not much happening.. I lived in the kitchen last week...  we'll just let things transpire as they may this week...  hahahahah  sounds like lots of salads  this week to me.. hehehehe

A favorite quote/scripture for today..
Image result for "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

One of my favorite things...
the  mood that  all types of lighting  lends to  a room in the evening

Board Room
Last week  I shared my  books that I  love  from my pinterest list....  this week I am sharing the books on my  want to read list...

Joseph Prince Ministries Online Store - The Law Demands, Grace Supplies (DVD Album—NTSC) Can order onlineBestseller Books Online Entering The Presence Of God Derek Prince $10.28  - just pinned a lot of good recipes from this book!:

 I have  learned over time  that I share Derek Prince's teaching about  God's  scriptures.. oh, if I could  find a church  in our community  that   taught  the  truth like   he reveals through  his   marvelous   teaching.  Then I discovered  Joseph Prince  at a time  when I was  enduring one of the  most significant trials of   my life...  and it was  as if  God sent his  teaching  just for me..  to demonstrate His unfathomable love for me...  some say he is a prosperity   preacher, and  perhaps he does  to a small extent  but he is also a marvelous  teacher of the  word...  often  using the Greek,  that for me, really  expands the understanding...  I really like him...  I  choose to  think of  him as  teaching spiritual prosperity and  there is an  area  we can all attest to  wanting to  lively prosperously.

A Moment of my life...

Here is my heart... out oldest  granddaughter at age 3 1/2   is  learning to  engage in all kinds of activities  ....  Oh, how I  miss seeing  her and her lil sister  more..      May God truly bless  this family in Jesus name!!!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday's Fave Five

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This has been a great week  ...  I am always   pleased when I feel that I  have  had  a good  chance to reciprocate  for the  loving friendship  that  is shared with us...  So once   Hubs and I had fully committed to   our Valentine's Dinner party, it was all hands on deck  to get 'er done..
1.. It was one thing to plan a  party over the holidays when the house was all decorated and the  menu  seemed  simple,   but   when everyone  got  sick and the  event had to be  postponed,  the  air  sort of went out of the balloon...  But as Valentine's Day approached  it was exciting to  plan and prepare for  a very fun  event to share with our dear friends..So  we  celebrated  with  an
Italian Love Fest!
2. Ok, so Christmas is   a  wonderfully festive time when we  bring our our  reds and greens...  and   January  incorporates much of the same greens and    reds  with  snow and  a bit of blue  thrown in... Then  we remove the snow and blue and green and focus on the red for  Valentine's Day..
Just a  tweak of red  and    add in  the "LOVE"
   And    It  begins  to  feel  much more romantic around the house....
3.Because  now it is time to  pack away the red and  think  pastels... 
with temps like ours  in the  60's and 70's....  flowers are budding out  everywhere...

  I'm not even sure  what this is....   maybe a Dutch Iris...   but  it is  gorgeous and  I love
the purple....  Next week I will  scour the  storage  boxes  for everything purple...  I know I don't have much  but  this is definitely its time to shine~~~
4.  The cutest thing is going on  right behind me at the kitchen sink..  tonight is  our monthly dinner  party with Hub's  cousins  who live in the area..  We started  this about 2 years ago  and it has  been  wonderful...  heretofore,  we  didn't feel like we had  local family,  because  he didn't think he had  any cousins except  the  gals with whom he had never been very close...  until  Marnee moved here from  Richmond,  and  she shook us out of our doldrums and has gotten us together every month and  we love it so much...Tonight  we are  ordering pizza  and bringing salads...  Hubs is  busily making  the   most  amazing  tossed salad  ever!
What can I say??It is almost poetic!!

5.  Speaking of Hubs!
In the  last  few weeks  he has     reorganized his office,    removed  the old wallpaper,  patched the  huge cracks revealed behind the wallpaper,  painted the room and all the trim,,,  removed the  glued down carpet and  mastic,  and refinished the floors.  The   room had way too much  furniture  so we have purged  some and  thrown a lot of stuff away..  soon he will  redesign the layout  for the  two desks  and  filing system... and bookcase... we hope to  hide  the loose "Stuff " in these  great  baskets on the shelves.
I can't wait to share  finished project  next week on FFF!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Our Italian Love Fest

We had   a wonderful  Italian Love Fest dinner on Valentine's evening... We  invited   some great friends and enjoyed  some  fabulous new foods..
I have previously shared the menu and planning for the dinner..  today  I  wanted to share the table..

First of all, I absolutely love this pottery..  It is Royal Stafford  ..  pottery of Burslem that I found at Home Goods...  It is  the perfect Valentine  setting  with its  gorgeous coral roses and  romantic  olde world script...
I got  so many compliments on  it and everyone was sneaking a peek at the label...    but I told them I  couldnt find a pattern name for it  anywhere...
My sweetie did an amazing job matching my sweetheart roses with the  dinnerware...  I had asked him to try to match...mission  accomplished!!!
 I used  silks and    fairy lites  to try to create  a  pallazzo  garden room...  and  in the  dim  candle light, the mood was set...  in my  excitement  as the guests arrived I failed to capture  the  room    at twilight....  but it was  so romantic!
I was told the house smelled like a fine  Italian restaurant...   the  Pasta  Fagioli  was  first to capture the senses...  and I enjoyed serving it in my duck tureen.. I hadn't done that in some time.
I  had been a bit concerned about  the    Gorgonzola  Basalmic  dressing,   for at first taste,  while I was making it,   it was  quite tart...  so I blended in a  bit of   Turbinado  cane sugar...the brown crystals I  like to add to my coffee..   after blending I tried  to taste again and it didnt make a lot of difference,,, but  at dinner  the dressing  was  superb...  probably  my new favorite    for the  crystals had  melted throughout and  that drizzled on  romaine heart quarters  was  absolutely sublime...  Everyone  loved it!!!  The cake  was  awesome...  just like   true Italian dessert it was  rich and  creamy,  but not too sweet...  perfection!!!!!
and to  end Id love to share....  this  lovely music  I  discovered.. I  played a new  Pandora  italian love song  channel... and discovered  this song.,...  I cant get enough of it!!!!!!
                                         Grace at Home
                                       Home Sweet Home

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Hodge Podge

Happy Valentine's Day!!

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1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you're a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?
My maternal  grandmother  was  always  Grandma, and  he was  Grandpa... They were very hard working dairy farmers  and  it  was  the  respectable  moniker for them.. on dad's side,  we all called her Granny...  She  just was  the sweetest Granny....  somehow it just suited them both.
Now I  really  wanted  my grands to call me Grand MAMA  like  on Downton Abbey,  but I prefaced that they must  say  it an English accent,,  but  when it came right down to it...  we both couldn't wait to  hear them  call us  anything,,,  we are GaaGaa and BaaBaa  and  love it!!!

2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? If you were to take a trip along the California Coast what's one attraction you'd have on your must-see list?
Well,  first of all I would demand a very  safe,  careful driver to  drive us south along the Pacific coast road...  and my main stopover would be the Redwood Forest..  then I would have to  take a sleeping pill and pass out to go across the Golden Gate although  I really  have little interest in   California...  perhaps the Napa Valley..  I much prefer the  slower  easier pace of  where I live..

3. What are three things you don't know how to do?
Wow, just 3???
Knit well, do watercolors,,,  love oils,  but can't water color at all..quilt...  I   so appreciate ladies who do...  and  am in  awe of the  stick-to it.ness of it all...I am a great  started and poor finisher!

4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, 'Celebrate what you want to see more of.' If that's true what will you celebrate and more importantly, how will you celebrate?
We were just speaking of  how Christians  need to celebrate in their faith more than they do... like the  Israelites did during their festival days..  I would love to see the church  worship in spirit and truth  Celebrating the Good News of Jesus Christ and what He  has and does  do for us!!!

5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What's something you make that calls for almonds?
I  am  much more a cashew gal.. too bad  there is no Cashew Day...  or  Pecan Day...  But I would like  a macaron...  wish I could make them....  I bought the  patterned  silpat to  use,,  but I'm  a bit  intimidated.. even when I watch the kid's baking show and they  are fearlessly making them.. I am in  awe of them sometimes!!

6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?
Like every other day...except Sunday...  

7. Share with us a favorite book you've read this winter.
Rose Harbor (5 Book Series) by  Debbie Macomber
The 5 book series... I found my self rushing around  frantically  trying to find the next in the series...  Thankfully, my church library had  a couple but I did end up  purchasing the last one  in hardback   because I couldn't wait for the paperback to  be published!!!!!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Well, now I'm off to  set the table  and  get things  ready for my  Valentine  Dinner party tonight.. entitled  
An Italian Love Fest.. 
I've shared the menu and  recipes previously  and will share the  final  table scape   on Thursday!

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Simple Woman's Day Book

For Today..February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Outside my window...

Clear, mild , with a brisk breeze

Yesterday the temps were 77 degrees ...whew!

I am thinking...

all I can think is I sure hope the cake I'm baking will come out right... the ingredients for the filling are coming to room temperature right now..

I am making a Butterscotch Love Cake for my party tomorrow night... the batter is ready , 

the filling cheeses are coming to room temp along with some eggs.. 

Ok, the cake is in the oven......everyone, please say a prayer.. I remember God is not limited by time...

I am thankful...
for my dear husband who is helping me... getting the mixer down...helping me remember how to use it, hahaha, and cleaning up the dishes as work... Love him so much!!

I am wearing...
my navy blue sleep dress.. not really a gown,,, but I wouldn't wear it to Walmart!

I am creating...

Last week I put a reasonable facsimile of my tablescape in my post.. today with everything freshly cleaned I am organizing it all around the gorgeous coral roses Hubs has already given me!!!

I will share the finished product  later in the week.

I am wondering..

that once I get the cake out of the oven and I get the  soup for tomorrow started,  then  get my shower,    and  get dressed to go marketing,  (just need a couple of last minute things) will I really feel like  coming home to  vacuum and dust...   Ok.. I can do this!!!
Thankfully,  I will  finish  the icing,  and  put the  noodles in the  fagioli  tomorrow along with the salad and the  appetizers tomorrow...   so  just breathe,  Schotzy, and take things one at a time!!!

I am reading:: 
One Year Devotional, Walk with God 
Finding I AM by Lysa Terqeurst

I am listening....
to my Irish station on Pandora.. it gives me pep!!!!

I am learning...
to try to be more spontaneous... after all, we only go around once!

I am hoping... 
this will be a great week for friendships and relationships... sometimes the societies ills can get mixed up to befuddle minds and hearts... Praise God is always with us to hedge us from the enemy and carry us through these patches...

In my garden... 

the daffodils are pretty high and beginning to bud... I pray it isn't too soon for them... 

In my kitchen...

HAHAHA, cleaning out the refrigerator to make room for more delicious concoctions for tomorrow night! 

A favorite quote/scripture for today..

One of my favorite things...

all kinds of Celtic music... some of my favorite are from the cinema, like Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, Outlander.....

Board Room
This my board for the books I love.. you can see I love All things of a Celtic nation!!!! And of course, books about our Lord and Savior!!

A Moment of my life...
Well, this morning has been profitable... the cake is cooling...

The cheesy filling is supposed to sink to bottom.... OK... well, partly anyway... but I know it will be tasty and tomorrow it is iced with butterscotch icing!!! It may not be the tidiest cake, m but I think it will be surpassing good!!

The fagioli stock is simmering... soon I will add the cannellini beans and then let it rest over night and add the pasta tomorrow !

God is so good! His mercies endure forever!!To God be the glory!!!!