Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blueberries and Cookie Sheets

I'm writing this post to defend my dear sister Sharon and myself, and our cookie sheets. Not that we need defending, but I want to anyway. Someone criticized our old cookie sheets and called them disgusting. Well, please look at them for yourself in this picture below:
    This is supposed to be a post about freezing blueberries, so just stay with me for a second. I realize how yucky my cookie sheets look, but I  am thinking, well, this is the real me. These really are the cookie sheets I use regularly. Why should I buy brand new ones for my blog? Seriously, if I thought I must have shiny sparkling cookie sheets, than I would have to buy new ones every six months. I use them so often they begin to tarnish right away, yet they work just fine. I do try to be frugal and I would like to be honest as much as I can be with my photos. I am defending myself and my lil' sister Sharon, when I say this. Okay, back to the blueberries:
   I went to two of the cutest places to buy my blueberries. I wish I had pictures for you. The first one priced them at $30.00 a flat ~ way too much for my budget. The second one had them on sale for $19.00 a flat. I was so thankful.
I love to freeze them. I learned that after washing and patting them dry, you should place them on cookie sheets like this.

Put them in your freezer over night like this and take them out and bag them up like
this in the morning. Keep the labeled bags in the freezer. They are perfect all winter. My blueberry bushes have blight and are not thriving. I am hoping that a spray with copper in it will change that.
If you have a tendency to judge, please understand why they look this way and that I'm really being smart with the money I have. I'm very thankful I own these.Here is a batch of cookies I made yesterday. Yes, on those same tarnished cookie sheets. I will admit that the cookies do not slide right off, but with a little help from a pancake turner they do come off somewhat easily. This is just one of those ordinary things that I use in my home. There is logic and frugality going on here, not something that is disgusting.These cookie sheets are being used often.
Bless you all, and have a lovely day. Kathi
 "Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh." James 3:12

If You Don't Like Something, Change It...

 I found this dress at Ross for $8 dollars and thought it might look better as a top (I've been doing this a lot lately). I guess with my age and after having four babies, my legs are not what they used to be.
I prefer not to wear dresses, especially since most nylons or pantyhose are outdated. So here I go again.
It needed a pop of color, so I found the red sweater at a thrift store for $3 dollars. Now I have a cute top to wear when I substitute at school.  Flats for long days.
Heels for short days. I like the red accents to give it a pop of color. Remember, if you don't like it, change it and make it better for you. Make it yours.
Blessings, Kathi "When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet." Proverbs 31:21

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Listen to Your Heart

Now and then I've had the impulse to take a photo, but have cast aside the notion, for being too busy or too tired to get up and get the camera.
I have had some serious regrets and have since learned to grab my camera and snap away, even if I feel foolish at times, for zooming in on the fruit and vegetables at the grocery store. I don't regret taking pictures; I regret missing great photo opts.
So, I hauled my camera along when we took a little cruise in the 1950 Chevy for a sip of hot cocoa and garage sales. Buzz and two other toys cost $1.00 total, "Score." Garrett was thrilled.
Remember this dam? I showed pictures my daughter Victoria had taken here about a month ago. Somebody decided it had to go. An evil bull dozer and wicked dump trucks lined our country back roads that mournful day. Loud explosions could be heard. It's gone... It's gone! This lovely place we used to come is all gone.
I'm so sad. I know I will get over it. I am heavy-hearted over this little private fairy world that is now gone. It's a lump, a pile of broken hunks of cement. The ancient moss... the water fall... gone gone. Somber, sorrowful day.  I regret that I did not bring my sister Sharon here for photos three weeks ago. She would have loved it. As sorrowful as I am I hold out hope for my heavenly home where beauty far exceeds anything we know here.

Blessings, Kathi
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2nd Corinthians 5:17

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spicy Red Cabbage

We eat at a fabulous Hungarian restaurant, which serves spicy red cabbage. This recipe takes me back to Europe, when I visited Austria, Switzerland and Bavaria, Germany in 1985. Somewhere along the way I was lucky enought to be served this tangy red cabbage.
Well, thanks to the Internet and...
many European cookbooks from my mother-in-law, I have made this recipe in my own kitchen and...
from the cabbages in my own garden.

This flavorful dish goes well with chicken or sausage. Perfect for a festive dinner..

1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
2 apples, cored and chopped
1/4 cup red wine
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
Using a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat and cook onions until soft.
Add cabbage, apples, wine, vinegar, sugar and spices. Simmer until tender, stirring often, about 15 to 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  "Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred." Proverbs 15:7

Monday, September 26, 2011

Jessica Deserves the Crown

 My daughter Jessica helped me recycle all of these pop cans after a party we had. Oh my goodness, it must have taken 45 min. out of our day just to do this little task.
 Therefore she gets the crown; ha ha, the Burger King crown. She asked if she could get a special drink from Burger King and insisted that she and I both wear the crown. What a fun daughter I have.
 Yes, I too, wore the crown. I never felt so deserving. After all, it was 85 degrees outside and the air conditioner quit.
I love you Jessica. Thank you for helping me with the pop cans, and thank you for being so much fun. You bring smiles to my face.
Blessings, Kathi PS Dear Blogging Friends, even though I am a Christian, I am a real person. I have faults. I make mistakes. I do get down at times I do still, at times, feel blue and sad. In fact today is one such day. Sometimes it is circumstantial, other times it is hormonal, or physical, like lack of sleep or a head cold. This time it could be all of the above.  I almost posted about it. I don't have time to go into detail, but I promise to do this in the near future. God is good and He makes me victorious even though it seems impossible. I will share later. Please have a good day and go with God, Kathi

"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mom Cave

I believe that all mama bears need a "Mom Cave." Here is mine. This is where I write to you ladies and do my blogging.
This little room once held a wood stove and had many hooks upon the wall to hang wet overalls, jackets and hats. I'm quite sure many boots lined the wall as well. I live in an old farm house, which once was a dairy farm.
Back to my mom cave. This little room then became a furnace room. Don't look behind that shower curtain; I've concealed the furnace.  My friend liked my office, but said, "But you have no window."
Yes, I do. Look up here, it's way up here; the furnace air intake. Ha ha. My husband said I could add a window on the wood door.  The door would have window panes and I could hang lace curtains. That would be cute. I may do it. Then people in the laundry room could look in and see my cute office with the door being closed if I choose.
The above picture shows my "window." ha ha
If I did not have a mom cave I would find this cute table that Meg Ryan uses in "You've Got Mail."
I love my little space. It's just perfect for me. I hope each one of you has a warm and pretty place to do your blogging. Have a wonderful weekend.
Blessings, Kathi "There he went into a cave and spent the night. [ The LORD Appears to Elijah ] And the word of the LORD came to him..." 1 Kings 19:9

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Before School

Before school Garrett studies his AWANA book. AWANA is a Bible memorization program for children. I am now a leader in this program. I'm excited to serve and to pray over these dear children. I'm proud of Garrett for working so hard on his verses.
I wave at my children and send air kisses as they head off to school. I sit and talk with the Lord on the porch for a few minutes, praying over my precious children and thanking Him. I usually have my own Bible reading time really early in the morning, but lately I have been lax. This morning I got up and started in on my Bible study and feel so refreshed. There is so much going on in our world to fear and fret about, but I can have peace in my own heart when I've reconnected with my Lord Jesus. I can trust Him for all things.
Blessings, Kathi  "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." 1Peter 5:7

Don't Like the Wallpaper? Paint Over It

I'm ready to reveal my Old World style walls in my dining room.
I have been wanting to share this with you for several months.
...But, before I do, you must look at the old walls in the dining room. They were covered in pink striped wallpaper.
I wanted a fresh more sophisticated look. One in which I could use a peach or turquoise colored table cloth if I wanted to, or blue, purple, red and green. With the old color scheme I was stuck and nothing but pinks, creams and whites looked appropriate. Below is a picture of the newly painted dining room.
I chose a paint called "Pop Corn." It is the perfect color. I love it because nearly any color from burgundy or emerald to topaz or sapphire will work.
My huge dilemma was removing all of that wallpaper. I DID NOT want to do that. I found my solution on the Home and Garden show.
They said I could roll right over the top of that wallpaper if I use an excellent paint. I wanted texture so I found out about using crinkled up white tissue paper along with the paint to create an Old World texture.
After rolling the wet paint onto the wall, crinkle up white tissue paper and...
place it on the wall like this, leaving as many wrinkles as you'd like.
Dip the small roller again into that luscious paint and gently roll right over the top of that tissue you just placed on the wall.
Continue and repeat. Soon you will notice how professional your walls are beginning to appear.
As I scrutinized my work I looked on with dismay. I could see the wall paper line clear as a bell underneath my work. I decided to keep adding layers of tissue to help disguise this. Well, it never did go completely away, but it was looking enough like an Old World wall texture to me that I was happy.
I like the look of that texture in the above photo, and I love it that red tulips now go perfectly in this dining room if I want them there, "sigh."
There is a warm feeling in this room. I want to be in this room. I love this room!!! It's not so much that I love the color, even though I do, it's sorta that this room is now MINE, and not the lady who lived here before me. Yes, that's it. It's ownership.
The above two photos show entering the dining room from the kitchen. Now everything blends in my adorable farm house. Colors did not blend before. I did not sense harmony as I do now.
This is looking from the dining room into my cute farm house kitchen. I am really loving my home and it feels so much more like me now.
God be with you all today as you remember Him and acknowledge Him in your life. "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple." Psalm 27:4


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