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Thursday, September 19, 2013

A front porch visit with Bevy...

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Good afternoon, my friend!  Good afternoon.

I hope you like rambley - because it's what I've got, today.  First off, today was and still is absolutely gorgeous!  I was able to take advantage of it this morning.  I'm home now and am still smiling.   Come on! Come on, out to the front porch and sit a spell.. let me tell you all about it.

For starters... my mom agreed to watch the girls for me, this morning, so that I could treat myself to another pedi.  Girls, trust me!  IT WAS A NEED!

I had a few other errands to run and so take advantage of it, I did.  I also got in a much needed phone call to an old gal friend of mine... which was nice!  After that, I was able to go do a little hopeful shoe shopping.  ;)  Honestly, I don't these sorts of days very often.  Particularly because and when you live on a budget like we do, it can be little risky to just "go shopping", you know what I mean?... especially the "hopeful" kind of shopping.

I used my "spending" (for fun!) money already on the pedicure... and so what was burning a hole in my pocket was a gift card with only $12.00 and change on it.  I knew I wasn't going to find much.  But... I prayed about it enroute to the store.

I'm looking for several types of shoes - right now.  I could be flexible.  But what on earth could I possibly walk out of the store with and have only paid $12 dollars for?

After trying on several expensive (though on Sale!)various array of shoes, albeit non were quite my size/width, etc. I'm a little picky, because I have to be.  I NEED comfort - not just funky.
I realized that there weren't any my exact size, to be honest.  I knew I wasn't going to settle - so I asked the clerk and she confirmed that indeed there were no sizes hiding in the back. (As I had hoped.)

There on the clearance  rack and you know where I'm going with this, right?  There on the clearance rack was this pair of flip-flops.  For $11.99.  Deal!.  I know flips-flops are kinda outta season - I mean it's the end of summer, but hey!  I can still wear them from time to time.  Especially on days like to day.  And it will be summer again!  Amen?

Get this!

Last night.  I was flossing my teeth, and totally broke a portion of my tooth/molar.  It fell out, right onto the counter.  So you know what that means - dentist appointment.  That appointment will take place sometime tomorrow.  It's the first I could get in.

I feel bad.  I was at my mom's one day last week and she had some peanut brittle lying around and I helped myself to a piece.  Here it had totally had gotten stuck in that particular tooth area and I jokingly complained to my mom ... "Wow, mom!  this stuff's liable to pull somebody's teeth out."  (praying all along it wouldn't be mine..)

Lo, and behold!

Now, she's the one feeling bad.

It's all good.  All but the HUGE crater in my mouth that if I eat on the side - well, it doesn't feel so good..

The other day, I discovered that my source for most of my upholstery samples (what I use for my bags) is GOING OUT OF BUSINESS.  I called to inquire if they had any hanging around... left to handover.  He said, No! and what they do have on the racks - will have to go back to the manufacture".  I am a little bummed.  But.  The Lord will provide... and honestly, I really do have a lot to work with right now anyway.

I just always like "fresh and new"... to work with.  To choose from.

This is my favorite thing I couldn't wait to cackle about.  Pun fully intended, but in this case I'm talking turkey.  Hang in with me!  It's kinda long...

So last year, we got this HUGE turkey that my sister and BIL raised - I'm talking lots and lots and lots of pounds worth in one turkey.  I'll have to find out the exact amount, and let you know.

In fact.  John, my BIL, had to saw the thing in quarters, even to wrap and then freeze it,  because there is NO WAY on God's green earth I would have anything big enough to roast this bird in.  Let's just put it this way.  When I did roast the drumstick...it looked like the Pebbles war-club and it nearly did not fit lengthwise in my roaster pan.  However, it was the bestest tasting thing we ever had.  So moist and yummy..falling right off the bone.  That kind of good..

The same with this (one) Turkey breast.  Alone...it had to be over 11 pounds.  Again.  I wasn't so sure it would fit.  It did.  But barely.  I ended up having it in the oven from 9am- 4pm, at about 300*.  I put up about 5 quart bags of cooked, chopped turkey meat - ready for casseroles and soups and what have you.  I'm so excited about this..

Here is what I really want to tell you.

Back when I canned those red beets, the other week, remember?  Well, the brine for that recipe is close enough to base of this Onion and Herb Salad dressing, as a recipe that I got while visiting with  my friend, Amanda - down in VA. - oh, back in May of 2012.  (the yummiest of salad dressing's ever!)  It's actually from a friend of hers.. named Sarah.  


Last week or so, when I canned my beets ... I had one quart of this brine left over.  So - I went to my neighbor Amanda and asked for some of her herbs (of course I shared a jar of it back with her!) and just started throwing this recipe together.

It made pretty much...obviously.  So... I decided to use it as marinade for this Turkey and I have used it for baked chicken as well. 

WOW!!!  how wonderful.

Here is the recipe:
Herb and Onion Salad Dressing
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 -1 1/2 cup sugar
1 large onion, cut into wedges
2 tsp salt
Use the following herbs, as desired:
celery seed, oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, ground mustard, rosemary, black pepper, 
Combine all ingredients into blender or food processor, slowly add 2 cups of vegetable oil (DO NOT TRY this with Olive Oil) until dressing is thickened.  Store in refrigerator.

I do like to say... I find it a lot of fun to feel this free and get creative in the kitchen.  Not trying to brag or anything, I'm just saying...it's really a blessing to be able to do this sort of thing and get away with it... if you know what I mean?

One more thing, about books, and then I'll close.. besides, I know you have to go anyway. ;(

I find it is absolutely the nicest thing in the world, receiving letters and or packages in the mail.  Especially when they are books... because you were thought of - at one point - and that friend just wanted to share that thoughtful blessing with you.  Books are a wonderful extension of friends.. amen!?!?!

That happened to me, yesterday.  Twice! actually.. no.  Three times.

I decided to start attending a Ladies Bible Study - Wednesday Mornings at my daughter's preschool.  So - I got that book yesterday.  It is called Malachi - A love that never lets go (Lisa Harper, Life Way)  Whoa... this is going to be really, really good.

While gone.. and when I got home...I found that a friend of mine had stopped by to drop off the Charlotte Mason Companion Book that I had asked to borrow, at some point.  I told her if I wasn't here when she found the chance to stop by to just drop it in my "mail" basket... and what a fun surprise!!  (I think I'm really going to enjoy this read...)

Later, in the afternoon, yesterday, when my hubby got home from work... and brought it in the mail.  Lo, and behold, a nice little gift awaited me from one of my favorite blog readers/people. ;) A book called, Heavenly Hospitality (Jo Ann Janssen), a handwritten note and a couple of teabags... perfect! Thank you, Kristin.  You're so sweet.

Okay... so, I know.  I kept you long enough...

Good-bye!  Thank you so much  for coming by and visiting.  After you leave, I'm just going to sit here and continue to thumb through this book, if you don't mind, until it's time to throw dinner together.  What do you say..

I'm thinking (some sort of) Soup and biscuits tonight.  That can't be too hard..


Enjoy the rest of your day!  I probably won't get a chance to come back here until Monday, Lord Willing!... so with that, have a wonderful weekend.

Will you?


  1. Hi Bevy.. Lovely post and thank you for the recipe.. It sounds awesome and I always love my salad dressings.. Books.. What can I say.. Love them, too..
    Blessings, sweet friend..

  2. Dear Bevy,
    Enjoy...praying you off to a lovely weekend.

  3. Bevy, Thank you for sharing your porch today... :) too bad it wasn't in person, but maybe one day...
    Sorry to hear about your tooth, thankfully you didnt have to wait too long to get in to the dentist..
    And yes, yes it is such a blessing to receive that card, those books and even some bags of tea.. Wow, its amazing how such a simple gesture can uplift a person.. I send e cards now and then, but I really need to send more thru our mail system.. I think its more touching... So that will be something for me to strive for... :) ... Anyway, enjoy those lovely books and relax if ya can... I will be praying all goes well at the Dentist.. Not my favorite Dr... :(

    Have a great evening...

  4. Enjoyed my visit with you friend.

    Going to try that dressing on a turkey. ha!

    Mrs. P will like to know this too;)

    see you soon.

  5. God is FULL of surprises when we trust!

  6. A Charlotte Mason Companion is one of my favorite books! :o) Waiting for the day I hear that you are homeschooling LOL.
    Blessings my friend
    X Shirley

  7. Oh, how lovely it was to sit with you on your porch - I must say, I'm a tad porch envy! ;) Lovely photos Bevy, just lovely, especially that last one, pretty, pretty! I liked this rambly post, but I do so love a good chat so that could be why! Oh, ouch on the tooth! I pray it gets fixed up well, painless and inexpensive! I don't know about dentists in the States but her in the North... :/ I LOVE TURKEY! That's all I have to say on that! Blessings dear friend!! :D


Thanks for coming by, today! You're visits always mean so much...

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