Garden Watering Schedule

This handy dandy watering schedule is from My Family Prepared's Blog. 
Before you know it,  the need for this schedule will be here.  For many more fantastic ideas,  head on over to Family Prepared's Blog

Unstuffed Peppers


Stuffed peppers is one of my favorite meals.  This dish has the same great taste, but is super simple and quick to make.  Enjoy! 



UNSTUFFED PEPPERS

1 cup uncooked instant rice
1 lb. ground beef
2 medium green peppers, cut into one inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 jar marinara sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup seasoned garlic bread crumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook rice according to package directions. 
In a large skillet, cook beef, peppers and onion until meat is no longer pink.  Stir in rice, sauce, and cheese.


Transfer to greased baking dish.  Toss bread crumbs and oil.  Sprinkle them on the top.  Bake 8-10 minutes until heated through and the topping is golden brown

Health Benefits of Cranberries


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Nancy's Coconut Cranberry Bars



NANCY'S COCONUT CRANBERRY BARS

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter melted
1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Combine crumbs and butter and press into a well greased 13x9 pan. Combine rest of ingredients and mix.  Gently spread over crust and bake 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack and cut into small squares.


Many thanks to my former co-worker for this fantastic recipe.

Our Day Today...

Miss Kitty (formerly known as Shoo) had four healthy kittens today.  That in and of itself is not unusual because that's what cats tend to do, right? Well, two years ago,  I had Miss Kitty spayed. She came home with an incision from the vet that you can still see the scar from.  Four kittens. Spayed. 
Yeah.
Momma and kittens are doing well. The teens have already had friends here to see the latest, yet temporary additions to our family. 



Between the birth of kittens two and three,  we said, "Good-bye," to Mocha.  Mocha had stayed with us for four months.  Her owner happily reunited with her today after a medical recovery.  She watched for him at the window every day,  and the look of pure joy on her face when she saw him today was so very sweet. 



So, that has been our day.  A sweet "goodbye" and a very surprised "hello" to some unexpected newcomers. 
God has once again shown that He has a sense of humor. 



This Week's Happy Little Blessings...

Read it again.  Truth. 

This week...
  I discovered some amazing pizza at a new pizza place with some great people...

...The eggs were dyed using kool-aid and the colors ended up being beautiful pastels because they were only in the dye for thirty seconds because - well, teenagers...


...My daughter and I were shopping at the craft store and she did this (LOVE her)...

...I cleared off, scrubbed down,  and then organized things as I put them back on my bathroom shelves...


... I learned the secret to AMAZING egg salad sandwiches (King's Hawaiian JALAPEƑO Rolls)...

...I added this quote to the front of my planner,  as I'm learning to live more in the moment and less in the someday stage...

...I may not be where I want to be,  but I'm pretty happy with where I am because of who is with me. I am working daily on building a happy life for myself and my family...

...and my faith,  my hope for a better today and tomorrow,  and seeking God in all of my decisions, will see me through this incredible life.  I am feeling so very blessed this week,  and I hope you are too.

Just Like That


It's a beautiful moment of peace.  Sometimes it's not about putting others ahead of yourself. Sometimes it's about doing what's right for you and those closest to you. 

There comes a moment in time,  a moment of such amazing, beautiful clarity, and that moment; it just happens.  The acceptance, the absolute knowledge deep down into your soul of your situation and the determination of the best course of action for you.  It's amazing,  inspiring,  and calming all at the same time.
  It just is. 
 Just like that.  

This Week's Happy Little Blessings...

...There were GORGEOUS roses on my dining room table...


...I stopped at a corner diner in a small town while traveling and had an amazing patty melt (the only healthy thing on the plate was the itty bitty piece of carrot)....


...Our sweet little guest is still with us! Look at that face!


It has been a busy week with two of the teens starting track (daily practice after school) and the oldest teen going through the process to join the Army after graduation this year.  The paperwork is done....finally. 

 Two of the teens were in the school play,  so their dad and I went. We celebrated as a family with a great meal after the play, at one of our favorite restaurants. 

I  had a couple of productive meetings throughout the week, and I caught up on a lot of work. 

Spring is upon us as the grass greened up, the early flowers are coming in,  and the rhubarb is starting and looks like it has filled and jumped out of its bed again. 

Sigh.  

All of the raspberry plants are showing signs of life, so that's nice for the summer birds.  

I hung new curtains in the dining room (FINALLY). The mismatched lace panels from the previous owner Had. To. Go! As always when I make any changes to the house,  I apologized to the previous owner out loud.  I know she has passed on,  but I still feel like I'm living in her home.  There are so many things I would like to change,  but I can't bring myself to do so. It's not just the expense or lack of time,  it's a feeling of being unsettled.  So very unlike me.  There are good days and there are days that are not as good.  I'm still recovering a bit,  and figuring things out.  I'm just doing my best every single day for myself and my family. Everything will happen in due time. 

I've made my outdoor spring to do list. The shed and the outhouse need to be painted this year.  The garage and the shed need to be cleaned out.
I'd like to place a memorial stone of some kind in the garden.  Still thinking of ideas for that one.  I'm holding off on working in my flowerbeds,  as I know that doing anything in them this early would just be taunting Mother Nature.

I ran into my former boss (again!) from years ago and she said anytime I wanted to come back and work,  just let her know.  I'd have to do some serious studying as medicines have changed and advanced so much in thirteen years,  but it's nice to have that in the back of my mind as a safety net.  I cannot imagine going back to that,  but never say "never", right?

I have a few indoor cleaning and organizing projects on my list for next week,  so I'll update after those.

If you're still reading after this long, wordy post, well then,  God Bless You! Thanks for hanging in there. 



I hope you found plenty of little everyday blessings in your week,  too!

Printable Bible Verses For Children


Click on the image above to get this fantastic printable from Amy over at Wildflower Ramblings.  While you're there,  check out all of the fun things on her wonderful site.