Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

Good Morning.  Thanks for coming over and starting our week together! It's Monday and time for a peek at my week!

The Weather...
Rainy.  On Sunday night when I am writing.  There are tornado watches.  Alerts going off!
On My Reading Pile...
   A Fine Year for Murder (A Thorny Rose Mystery Book 2) by [Carr, Lauren]   
Favorite Post (mine or other)...
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Something Fun To Share...
I added a Pinterest board for the Monthly Theme Parties over at Our Holiday Journey beginning this week I will pin each post that is linked at the party.  The party is over here
Blog Hopping  (newly discovered blog)
This one isn't really new but Mary Ann at The Beehive Cottage is posting again.  I love her blog.  Click here to visit.
On The Menu For This Week...
Monday-Gumbo, Fried Fish and Salad
Tuesday- Crock Pot Pinto's and Corn Bread
Wednesday-Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
Thursday--Kid Friendly homemade pizza plain cheese for the kid
the works for us!
Friday--Pork Roast, Stuffing (from left over cornbread), Green Beans
Saturday--Tortilla Soup and Chicken Flauta's
Sunday--Leftovers or Nacho's
On My To Do List...
Organize photo's and get off computer
Organize Pinterest board
Normal house cleaning
Find shelving for my sewing/crafting room 
In The Craft Basket...
Nothing until I can get shelving and get this room organized.
Looking forward to this week...
The season premiere of Scandal.  I know bad!
Looking around the house...
Actually chaos at the moment.  Trying to get shelving in the sewing/crafting room.  Still trying to put away Christmas because I've waited to get boxed craft supplies out of garage.
It's been an never ending battle that I hope ends soon!
From the camera...
A Saturday breakfast date.  Read the post on Tuesday!
Bible Verse, Devo, or Printable...
FREE printable - Holy Spirit You are welcome here... from #SoulInspired:

So that's a look at my week's plans.  Have you planned your week?  Come over and join everyone at Sandra's for Happy Homemaker Monday!  The party is over here
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Day of Rest

Welcome to my blog.  Today I wanted to share a few things I've been thinking about.  Put your feet up and grab a cup of tea or a 
Dr. Pepper and let's chat . . . 
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At the beginning of 2016 I began posting a  Simply Sunday post.  Simply I just posted a scripture or photo.  Simply because I wanted to give you something uplifting to start your week but yet take my own day of rest from writing. 
            It was all good because honestly sometimes I've felt like this
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Some days I feel like this . . . 
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I am sure from time to time we all feel like this.  And even though I don't do alot other than provide meals on Sunday after church there are times I do have to run a load of laundry.  Seriously it's crazy there are only two of us!  

Basically I rest and relax from a hard week.  And gather strength for the next hard week to come.
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Sunday is a day I spend Simply resting and relaxing.  Most days with a book.  Well actually there is always a book to read.  
Whether it's one I've been asked to review or one I've found offered free on my Kobo app.  I am always reading a book. 
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I always have a few books or a stack to read while relaxing and 
resting.  I try to review all the books I read whether I am asked to or not.  Just because I want to 'share the love'.  HeHe
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Did you know I have a blog dedicated to books?
My Reading Journeys
It's over here
I'm trying to get a following over there so that I can post more reviews there so that there aren't so many review posts here.  
I'd love for you to come over there and follow me.  
Check out some of the great books I've read that I didn't post here. 
So that's how I rest.  
What does a day of rest mean to you?
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Simple Sunday

FREE printable - Holy Spirit You are welcome here... from #SoulInspired:

Have A Blessed Day

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Thrifty Ways--New Friday Feature


I mentioned on Tuesday when I posted my Monday post that I was running late. 

Well it's Saturday and I'm still behind and posting my Friday post!
This week I wanted to begin a new feature inspired by Laura at 
Harvest Lane Cottage is that not the cutest name for a blog and a home?  
Here's the sweet cottage photo she has on her blog.
Each week she shares what she has done to be thrifty.  I was so inspired I decided to begin documenting my own thriftiness. HeHe

This week I began working on the post cards for a swap this month .I used post card mailers and cut them to the correct size.  I used bits and pieces of trims from my stash.
I sewed on  fabric scraps and cut images from old news letters.
No expense.  I made 6 post cards
The fabric cards do cost a little more to mail because they are mailed in an envelope. 
Next week I'll share some painted cards
Most of you know I/we moved into a house in Oct. There is a hug yard in desperate need of a makeover.  
It is so big I know that I need lots of fast growing plants.
I harvested Trumpet Vine seed pods from a clients home.  
This is a vine that you either love or hate.  
But it's fast growing and just what I need. 
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I changed my blog background to a different winter theme using a free template.
I like to use post dividers in my post. 
Always free
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The Cowboy made bacon this week. 
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Curing your own bacon is super simple.  
The hardest part is finding a supplier to purchase your pork belly.
When we find the pork bellies we alway buy 4 or 5 and put in the freezer
It's a simple process you mix special curing salt and some spices and rub all over the meat.  
Then place in  zip lock bag for 9 days. You have to turn it everyday.
Since we love bacon this is a super thrifty method for us.
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The Cowboy was into pork this week he found a pork loin on sale.
He cut chops and 2 roasts
We are having chops tonight and a roast with stuffing later in the week.
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I plan my menu's and post on Monday. 
It keeps me organized and I have fewer leftovers. 
I will cook pinto beans on Monday with cornbread then I will use the leftover cornbread for stuffing later in the week with the pork loin.  
The will be leftover beans I'll probably put in the freezer for burrito's or guacamole chulpa's
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I bought black berries on sale.
A treat for me!
Avacado's were on sale too.  Will have to wait for them to ripen.
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It's fun being thrifty. 
I enjoy seeing how much I can save at the grocery store.
Thanks Laura for inspiring me to be more thrifty!

Next week I'll be linking my thrifty post at 
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review-Death in the English Countryside

About the book (from the authors website)...

Even quaint and quirky English villages have a darker side…

Location scout and Jane Austen aficionado, Kate Sharp, is thrilled when the company she works for lands the job of finding locations for a new film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but then her boss, Kevin, fails to return from a scouting trip to England. Afraid that Kevin has slipped back into some destructive personal habits he struggles with, Kate travels to England to salvage Kevin’s and the company’s reputation before word gets out that he is missing. Things go from bad to worse when Kate arrives in Nether Woodsmoor, a quaint village of golden stone cottages and rolling green hills, only to find no trace of Kevin except his abandoned luggage. Even the rumpled, easygoing local scout they consulted, Alex, doesn’t know where Kevin might be. Increasingly worried about Kevin and with an antsy director waiting for updates about the preproduction details, Kate embarks on a search that includes a pub-crawl and cozy cottages as well as stately country manors. But Kevin remains missing, and she begins to suspect that the picturesque village and beautiful countryside may not be as idyllic as they seem.
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And I thought...
I received Death in the English Country free from the author after I signed up to receive her newsletters.    
This was a fun fast paced sit on the edge of your seat Cozy 
 I was kept guessing who was the villain.   Mainly because a secondary plot line develops in the story.   The book begins when Kate goes to England to search for Kevin her boss who has gone missing while scouting a location for a movie.  Upon arriving in England Kate is sad to find Kevin has disappeared leaving his luggage in the inn where he stayed.  Kate wastes no time in recruiting the local scout that Kevin had been working with to help her retrace Kevin's activities.  
 When Kate and Alex accidentally discover a car that has gone over a bridge and is completely underwater they are shocked to discover that it is Kevin's car.   The mystery thickens when Kevin's body isn't in the car but is found further down stream.  The pair begin to have more questions than answers. 

The police realize that there was no accident and begins to investigate 'everyone' including Kate. 

As Kate is told to 'not leave town' by the formidable Detective Inspector Quimby.  she decides to do a little investigating on her own with Alex's help.  

Along with Kate, Alex,  Detective Inspector Quimby there are some fun and interesting characters that has the reader wondering just 'who dun it'?   

The story ends with the mystery solved and Kate returning home.
The reader might be left a little disappointed but not for long.

Kate barely arrives home when she receives a phone call from Alex offering her a job helping him scout locations for a documentary.  

Maybe there a little romance simmering.  

I enjoyed reading Death in the English Countryside.  I look forward to reading book two and picking up with Kate and Alex.  

This review will appear on Amazon, Good Reads and 
My Reading Journeys.  

I received a complimentary copy from the author. 
I read the book on my phone.  

Have A Good Day

Today is a good day today  very happy about last night. Just looking forward to Tuesday now for a brew with a very close friend who I love so much.:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sharing My Space-Saga Of GiGi's Sewing Room

I had these grand plans for my sewing/crafting space when we moved into the house.

I planned a white color  palette with maybe a little pink. 

And then the first time our grandson walked into the room he took over the closet!  He decided it was a perfect space.  I think he liked the doors. 

We tried to convince him that a space in the The Cowboys room 
(aka the man cave) was a better option for him . . . 
Deer skins on the floor.  A canvas tarp as a background/tent.  Complete with a cord to plug in his phone.  Swords and shields.
Our idea was a tent feel.  Complete with . . . 
Canon.  Jack Sparrow left it here after Halloween last year. HeHe

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I managed to get one photo before he started migrating to the living room...
Apparently he wasn't too into cannon's and deer skins.  This is the space he seems to prefer...
He really doesn't care it's a girly table which was actually a vanity.   Painting is on my list of spring projects.
I am so glad I made a tree of lights. Which wasn't an easy task.
The first thing he does when he gets here is go in and turn on the lights. 
He even asks to eat in his little room...
He made a phone holder from large duplo blocks...
The added lights were perfect...
He figured out he could plug his phone into the string of lights.  

I suggested putting a dry erase board up when I take down the Christmas tree lights.  He wasn't too enchanted.  Then I suggested
lighted up barbed wire shapes, or anything! great re-purposed idea!:
Not much of a response.  I gave up.  And got to thinking.  Maybe I'll dig out the ice lights I didn't use at Christmas.    Hmm.....

Back to my white color palette and bling after all. . .  

Stay tuned for the next chapter in the saga of GiGi's sewing room.