Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Quiet and calm...

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I just came indoors from hanging a load of laundry.  An absolutely GORGEOUS day... this is the kind, I'd love to bottle up - if I could.
The leaves are starting to turn...well, maybe I'm pushing it. But they are, ever so slightly!  There is a fun pumpkin - cinderella style - sitting on my front porch.
It was super CHILLY this morning. The sun is reflecting its light differently.  It's the kind of day that can't decide if it's still (late) summer or (early) fall.
I have the coffee on, too, just to "warm me up"!  If you can believe it, I don't drink coffee like I used to... but it's that smell, that gets me every time!
The kiddos are off to school and it's just me - here in the quiet of the day - tending to hearth and home.  My heart is full but I have a lot of my mind today.

Friendships, that I'm missing.
Calls that should be made.
A card/letter or two to drop in the mail.
A dessert begging to be made.
The question lies before me - What's for dinner? 
However, I'm hankering for a loaded baked potato bar... which kinda seems fitting!

Of course, there's the laundry to follow up on..
Oh, and how could I forget - there is another quilt in the hoop and some unfinished sewing that simply NEEDS to get wrapped up...
Everyone's needs demand to be met... as we all gather home again, at the end of the day!
But - all in all.

I'm grateful.  I say yes, to the "mess"!

There is a calm to a life lived in gratitude; a quiet joy. ~ Ralph H. Blum

Today, I want to keep my heart quiet and calm... amidst the busy-mess that I feel.
Again, the thoughts and prayers of my heart are many.

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 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  ~ Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Spread a little love and kindness

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You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily.  
The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.  
~ John C. Maxwell

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Do you find this to be true for you?

I've been challenged to think on this in some simple, but practical ways..
Know your passions,
Be a helper.
Have Fun!!
Listen and Learn.

Reach out with a word of encouragement to family or friends.
Affirm
Hug a little tighter...
Sing along... or simply listen to uplifting, positive, encouraging music!
SMILE!
Try a new recipe!  Or, stick to what's comfortable... and keep everyone happy!
Make your bed every day!
Keep looking for ways to bless others... be attentive to their needs!

Be a Blessing!!
Spread a little bit of love and kindness

I happened to think of this upbeat song as I was writing here... I hope you enjoy!!
A perfect way to sign off on this post for today!!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Safe Refuge

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Every house where love abides 
And friendship is a guest
Is surely home, and home, sweet home
For there the heart can rest.
~ Henry Van Dyke


I've been thinking about Emilie Barnes - sad that her life on this earth has recently passed.  But what an encouraging life of influence she led and how that legacy will continue to endure...
I will always think of Emilie as a mentor in my life.
She will be greatly missed.


A Safe Refuge
A welcoming home is a place of refuge, a place where people worn by the noise and turmoil and hostility of the outside world can find a resting place.  A welcoming home is a place that you and others can enjoy coming home to.
If you live in a house with small children, you may already be shaking your head.  "What do you mean, 'noise and turmoil of the the outside world'? I have to leave home to get away from noise and turmoil!"
But even in the rough-and-tumble of family living, home can be a safe haven and even a place of quiet (at least some of the time).  And especially if noise and activity crowd your life, making the extra effort to create a sense of refuge in the midst of it can pay off wonderful dividends.
Besides, a refuge is not a hole where you disappear to eat and sleep and emerge to go about the business of life.  A welcoming home is where real life happens. It's where personalities are nurtured, where growth is stimulated, where people feel free not only to be themselves but also to develop their best selves.  That caring, nurturing quality - not the absence of noise or strife - is what makes a home a refuge.   


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My prayer - Lord, that I would continue to grow this spirit of nurture, welcome and loveliness... every single day... help me!!  Both in my heart and in my home..

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Proof that vibrant life is still happening in and around our home!! :)

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Just to prove that life is still in "happening" form and fashion here on our little homestead...
(sigh) 
Oh, it's been such a good summer and it's all about to end!
We've had playdates (with our new little cousin) and lots of family time.  Sewing opportunities, and flower picking.  Crickets to capture and bunnies to chase. :)  Baking and preserving...
What else..

Proud Auntie Bev!

While life still happens from week to week strung out upon the laundry lines... oh the stories it could tell.  Did we have company over?  Or, did we go swimming...?  Each day rolled into the next...full of much!
Mush disappointment. Tears and heartache...
It's part of life, too!!
We've had places to go and people to see!!  Things to anticipate..

And, someone special is about to turn FIVE!! Tomorrow is her big day!!

We're looking forward to celebrating her life, around our table, in our own special how-we-do,
 sort of way!

I cannot believe my baby... will be heading off to Kindergarten in just a few short days!

Oh, changes.  Like seasons.  We need to them!! To stay refreshed and vibrant...

A heart at peace gives life to the body. 
~ Proverbs 14:30


Stay, stay at home my heart and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Spaghetti Meatballs Recipe {a repost}

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My hubby is NOT a fan of Spaghetti and Meatballs.  However, he makes a good "butcher" (we do all our own meat)... and cheeseburgers or meatballs subs (in this case) are a wonderful way to "get his attention".  (hint, hint) 

 And so... since he loves filling the freezer with good, "know-where-it-came-from", beef, pork, deer, etc.  Then, I love putting the best use I can, to it, by making up these spaghetti meatballs.  By preparing the recipe, baking and throwing them back into the freezer - for whenever a meatball themed meal calls our name - then I feel like I've done something "out-of-this-world".  Here is the super-easy, super-delicious recipe.



~Spaghetti Meatballs~

1lb. lean ground beef (in this case, I doubled the recipe)
1 cup fine dry, seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 T. parsley flakes ( I love to use fresh - when available)
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. basil (opt.)


Mix together - well.  May use your hands for that good, gushy feeling.  Disgusting ~ I know.  But it works the best. ;)


Shape- into equal  (1") portions.  I love using this scoop to get them all about the same size.  These are pretty large.  You could make them smaller, if you wanted.

Pre-baked.  Obviously.  The recipe says to brown in small amount of oil and then drain.  Simmer for 20 minutes in your favorite sauce.  But...

I usually like to place them all out onto my bar pans from Pampered Chef.  I'm sure you could use any type of baking pan, as you can see I do (in the baked meatball photo).  I bake them at 450* for approximately 20 minutes.  Let cool.  Then I put them out onto cookie sheets-lined with wax paper.  Put into the freezer so that the meatballs freeze individually.  After fully frozen... put into large freezer Ziploc bags.  Use whatever amount you desire, add (frozen) to your favorite sauce and heat thoroughly, on medium to low heat. 

These really are our favorite meatballs! 

And, by the way.  Swedish Meatballs!! It's what's for dinner!! :)

Enjoy!!!!
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