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

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday's Finds :: a Miracle...indeed.

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On Monday of this week, Aubrey brought home a little craft  which they made in school.  Cute!!
You've all heard the expression, the question;

What are you doing; watching the grass grow?
That is literally what we were doing this week.  Though, there was nothing boring about it... at all!  We actually really enjoyed watching the grass grow.  Sometimes I honestly thought I saw it happening right before my very eyes and then I'd turn around and still more blades would burst "alive" in green!
This was life... happening... right in front of our very eyes.
This was Monday's photo, taken the day Aubrey brought this home from Preschool.

~Wednesday AM~

And then, finally, today! With a little bit of water and sunshine, this is what it looked like by Friday!
A miracle indeed.
Friend.  So, is the Death and Resurrection of our LORD & KING.
The cross stands empty.

So does the tomb.
Can our hearts get any fuller - with joy? His presence? His peace?
Yes! there is always room for more of this.  And that, too, is a miracle indeed.
Friday's Finds :: a Miracle...indeed.

Have you Easter plans?  We're planning to spend most of our Resurrection Sunday with Scott's Mom who lives out-of-state.  We'll be taking my Mom along for the ride..
We're looking forward to a wonderful time together.

The angel said to the woman, "Do not be afraid, for I know
that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not
here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place
where he lay."  ~ Matthew 28:5-6

Thank you for reading here!
And may your weekend be filled to the fullest of the GOOD NEWS!  Pass it on!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

He Lives {within my heart}

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Happy Resurrection Day!
She beat me to it - as I was about to wish her a "Happy Easter!"  I gulped, surprised maybe to hear this from her, and smiled, waved and instead said, "Yes! same to you!"
How cliché...of me, I chided myself.
I waved to my son, and blew kisses, as the bus rolled away.  Tears filled my eyes.
Happy Resurrection Day!
Something about the way the bus driver, said that phrase...that way...deepened the meaning of what really this weekend, this Sunday, this Easter is all about.  I wasn't expecting it, maybe.  From her?  But, Hallelujah...
I asked myself, as I turned to walk back to the house.  The tears still brimming my eyes.. the birds all singing... the sun all shining.  Lovely morning!
Why didn't I add to the quick exchange with more?  More of ... HE IS RISEN!.... HE LIVES!  He lives within my heart...? to affirm my heart is with hers in this celebration.
It's true. I believe it is true.  I KNOW it's true..  So, why didn't that roll off my tongue..?  Ironically, the coffee mug, I held in my hand, bears the phrase... ALL IS GRACE!  ahh, I needed this fresh reminder.  I took a long sip..
Lord Jesus, I pray, help me to feel your grace in this moment...
It seemed as if this truth, HIS GRACE, just needed a bit of resurrecting in my own heart, this morning.  That too, is grace.
Immediately, while walking into the house,  the hymn, HE LIVES, came to mind and now it's on my heart and mind.   I'm singing! - as I'm going about my day.  Will you care to join me?
I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He's always near.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.
In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho' my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro' all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

May you, too, be encouraged this day!  Looking forward to Resurrection Sunday here, are you?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From My Kitchen :: Cherry Cheese Salad

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Are you a fan of Cottage Cheese, like I am?  Well, if so, and even if you're not... here just might be the perfect way to give it a (another) try!   This is one of those side salads that if you've ever wanted to serve a side -fruity- salad, but you didn't want it oh-so-sweet... then this might be one to go for. This recipe is very similar to another ONE I make - but, in my humble opinion, it is way better. 
And yes!  This one is a Bevy Original.

Bevy's Cherry Cheese Salad

12- 16 oz. container of small curd cottage cheese (lite works nice!)
8 oz. container of cool whip
1 can of Cherry Pie Filling (or try, Blueberry!)
2 cups of miniature marshmallows
1-2 tsp. lemon juice

Mix all together and let it firm up.  It will be ready to serve, right away or at best in an hour or two, after it has been chilled through!

An easy-peasy recipe for you!  You can thank me later...


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Over the picket fence:: With more of the same..

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Oh! Hello..

You caught me again, glancing over the picket fence. (smile!) I was looking to see if you were looking back at me. Ha!    I just felt like keeping this conversation going...and so I thank you for hanging around. 

In fact, it's after lunch and I've just finished hanging yet another load of laundry.  It's all in between intermittent rain-threatening clouds.  The sun does keep on shining through, and so... I hang clothes.

Want to hear something funny?  I thought it was, anyway.  I talked with my Mother earlier today and you know... I asked what she was up to; what she was doing?  She said, oh! hung a few loads of laundry, did some cleaning and was planning to set out her over-wintered geraniums.  HA!  so did I - I did or was doing the same; all of the above.  We chuckled.  My geraniums were so happy to be put outdoors.  Wowzers!!

Remember those chives that came back?  I mentioned them on Friday... in fact, I shared this here same photo.

Well, tonight's dinner is going to include some of those lovely greens.  I can't wait.

I plan on making Deep Dish Taco Squares.  I don't think I have shared the recipe here before, but I know I have talked about it, before.  Oh boy, I guess I'll have to share that recipe now, too.  Be sure to remind me!!  It's that good..

Speaking of recipes.  Someone (Connie?) did request the recipe for that simple lettuce salad.  Smile!! 

This is one of those simple salad's that makes me think of my Grammy - all of the time. This was her usual green salad at any given meal. :)  It makes me miss her so much... when I think about the table spread of food she would do each and every Sunday meal.  At least, this was what she would serve whenever we would come to visit my Grandparents, etc.  This one or her coleslaw.

This one is nice to do - especially around Easter because of the excess of hard-boiled eggs you might have around.  Ahem!

I just tear freshly washed lettuce into bite sized pieces and throw into a medium to large sized bowl.  Right before serving - I'll mix up a small amount of dressing, as follows:
Mix together one huge dollop of Mayo. with a glug, glug of apple cider vinegar, a splash of milk, and a Tbsp. or two of granulated sugar.

All of that is to taste and you can adjust the amount that is needed... (sorry, that is how I roll!)
Drizzle the dressing over the top of the lettuce (again, right before serving!),
Next, slice a couple of hard boiled eggs on top.  And sprinkle generously with Paprika.

This salad is best eaten right away.  It is not great for leftovers.  But if you serve this up with a nice roast beef dinner - there won't be any leftovers.  I'm pretty sure!

So, I hope you had yourself a lovely weekend?   Here we are, it's Tuesday already...

I did.  We did. We had a lovely weekend!  Matter of fact, we had some beautiful temps over the weekend that kept us outdoors :), barefoot,  and so we spring-cleaned our vehicle... yeah!!!! and got some sun to show for it. :)

As well, we had a wonderful visit with Abby and her family, on Sunday!  What a blessing to be around.  I am so glad I have the privilege to know this gal in real life.  If you find time - go ahead and read up on her blog... she and her family are here, state-side, for a couple of short weeks before heading back to Hungary.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers..


It's time to go and start making a batch of brownies or bars or something for dessert for tonight.  We don't really need it but.. you know.  It's fun.

Oh, and, my hubby went back to work today after a week and a half off!  We had a lovely week together - really!  He didn't drive me too crazy :) but it sure is nice to be back into a normal-like routine, starting today..

May your day be blessed.  I promise - I'll keep my nose on this side of the fence for awhile.  :)

However, you're welcome to come chat anytime!!  Oops!  One more thing, if you don't mind?
I'm kind of curious... what do you think of this quote..?  I shared it the other day...

To live is so startling that it leaves little time for anything else.  ~ Emily Dickenson
It has me really pondering... how much "living" do I do?  I think that means - enjoying it, experiencing it, evaluating it.  I don't know.  What do you think?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Over the picket fence :: Let me tell you...

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Just wanted to say a quick hello... I didn't mean to be absent from here, like I've been, this week.

But, sometimes...
To live is so startling that it leaves little time for anything else.  ~ Emily Dickenson

(I just had to share that little quote with you, tonight!  It's been burnin' a hole in my pocket, for a long time now, for sure.)
If I were to share, over the picket fence...
I would tell you that we have been have a fabulous week, here on the ole Homestead - enjoying the beauty of Spring!

Let the photos tell you how..

Chives that came back!

Aubrey helping to clean out the flowerbeds..

As soon as we plunked this Thyme in the garden soil, it was the happiest plant ever!!
See the hyacinth growing in the background?
A little friend enjoying the day!  He blended in so well, we almost missed him!
Front porch pleasures of sweet Garden Tea and Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveliness!
Along with my girls... enjoying the sunshine!
Making yummy meals and enjoying the season's finest!
Spring Salad
 I will be happy to share this simple Green Salad recipe with you!  If you ask..

Oh, and for the record.  After a few days of Spring Cleaning.. the girls and I took a day off  and went to visit with our old neighbors, Amanda & kiddos.  She says "hello!"... :) and wow! what a wonderful way to spend the day.  Chatting it up and catching up like old times..
I miss(ed) my friend!
But, our new neighbor is settled in just fine and doing well.  My kids love their Uncle J.

Hey!  I really appreciated all the phone calls and emails checking in to make sure I was still A-Okay and doing well, this week.
You are real treasures..
And, I thank you!  To explain a bit further.  My hubby has been home all week, as well - time off of work - and he took it upon himself to get my computer updated with all the latest and finest... hence, another reason for the quietness around here.  It's all good.  I greatly appreciate it.  Immensely.

Have yourself a wonderful weekend.
I plan to.

Part of our plans include (a much more relaxed weekend! as compared to last weekend) and having some face time with this dear friend, on Sunday, who she and her family are back in the States for a couple of weeks.
Also, remembering my Dad who has passed on to Glory, way too young!  Sunday it will be 18 years...

As well, I think we're to see temps, around here, of something like in the 70's!!
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