what I believe

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter, don't mind!
~Dr. Seuss

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY April 3, 2014
Outside my window... Started off cold with freezing fog, but ended up rather nice!  I'm sooooo ready for Spring!  Next week is suppose to be warmer...thank goodness!  This picture was taken last Sunday, 7 inches fell that day - no snow today, funny how that happens so much in Idaho?!

I am thinking... How much my life has changed in the last year and a half.  Retirement sure has brought out the lazy part of me.  It's funny how you just seem to fall out of a lifetime habit so easily!  My daytime routine has just been lost by the wayside somewhere, and I really need to find it!

I am thankful...For a warm, comfortable home.  So many disasters in the world, so much up-rooting and terrible change for so many.  I'm thankful that I am so comfortable and secure in my surroundings.  Good family, good friends, good neighbors.

In the kitchen...I just have to share this amazing recipe with you!  This is comfort food for me, we just love it!  I wish I had a picture to share, it's so good!

Sausage, Cabbage and Potato Casserole

1 lb. kielbasa sausage (one package is usually a pound), sliced into 1-inch slices
1/2 head of cabbage, cut into strips
1 large yellow onion, cut into strips
1 large russet potato, cut into thin slices
2 cups bechamel sauce or white sauce (any recipe will do)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
You can use any kind of casserole dish you have, but the measurements above will work best using a 13 by 9 inch pan. First, coat the bottom of the pan with a little of the sauce — just enough to make an even layer. Next, begin layering the ingredients, starting with potatoes, then cabbage, onion and finally, sausage. Add more sauce and layer everything again. Once the pan is full, put one last layer of potatoes and sauce (to help keep the moisture in) and cover with aluminum foil.

Bake the casserole at 375 for about an hour, or until the potatoes are cooked through (this will depend on how thin your potatoes are sliced). Let the casserole cool a little before serving to allow the sauce to thicken a little. And, that’s it!

I am wearing... Jeans and a black and tan striped t-shirt.  But I will soon be in my jammies!

I am wondering...How my daughter and her family are doing.  They went on a vacation to San Diego for Spring break.  She puts lots of fun pictures on social media, but I haven't talked to her - there's just something about hearing a voice that makes you feel better, do you know what I mean?

I am looking forward to...Watching General Conference this week-end.  I always look forward to it!

I am learning...

Around the house... Tomorrow is cleaning day - I am so behind!  I am babysitting my daughters two miniature dachshunds, they are adorable, but for some reason, I don't get anything done!  They are so cute... :0)

I am pondering... I have been thinking a lot about my garden.  For the last two years, we have been trying to get our soil healthy, after putting some bad soil enhancer on it (I think it had ground up railroad ties in it).  I'm hoping that this year, we will be able to get a better yield. 
A favorite quote for today... 

"Happiness is a journey, not a destination."

A peek into my day... All three of these grands had birthdays in March - this was taken on Nathan's birthday...so cute!


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Thoughtful Spot Sunday . . .

Cleveland Harbor

Philip Paul Bliss was directing the singing for a series of services being conducted by the well-known preacher Dwight L. Moody. As he closed his message, Moody told the story of a captain who was attempting to bring his boat to the Cleveland harbor one very dark and stormy night.

The waves rolled like mountains, Moody said, and not a star was to be seen in the clouded sky. He pictured the boat rocking on the violent waves as the captain peered through the darkness for the sight of a signal light by means of which to guide his vessel to safety. When he finally spotted a single light from the light-house, he turned to the pilot and asked:
“Are you sure this is Cleveland harbor?”
“Quite sure, sir,” the pilot replied.
“Then where are the lower lights?” the captain continued.
“Gone out, sir,” the other man answered.
“Can you make the harbor?” the captain asked anxiously.
“We must, or perish, sir,” the pilot replied.
But despite his strong heart and brave hand, in the darkness he missed the channel. With a resounding crash the boat piled up on the rocks and then settled slowly to a watery grave.
As the congregation listened intently, Moody concluded with this admonition to the Christians:
“Brethren, the Master will take care of the great light-house; let us keep the lower lights burning.”
That was all Bliss needed to pen one of his most popular hymns, “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning.”

The storms of life are real, and put many around us in peril. They may long to approach the light of “our Father’s mercy” but are unsure how to navigate the obstacles in their way. We all know how they feel, because each of us has been lost at sea from time to time.

Most often, God uses us to rescue them.  Today, let me be the lower light.


Friday, March 28, 2014

On a less serious note. . .

March is our birthday month!  We have birthdays on the 1st, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, and finally the 30th, now that's a lot of ice cream and cake!!  No wonder I worry about our health!

My mother turned 86 this year - and each year I worry and fret that this might be her last, but we continue to have birthday parties for her!  I consider myself very fortunate indeed!

I hope all her wishes come true!  I love those sweet little faces of my sister's grands in the background... :0)

 Grandma with Emily . . .

 and Caleb . . .
 and Tanner!

 I just had to share these cute pictures of Averi, she was having such a fun time on the swings!  Doesn't she look all grown up in her new glasses?!

My sister's daughter is here from out of town, so on Tuesday, we decided to take all the daughters who could join us,  and go out to lunch!  We went to a fun restaurant that caters to children, with lots of fun things for them to play on.  It was so fun to see all of those cute kids!

The two little ones in the top left corner on the top collage, are the babies who were born on the same day, in the same hospital, just 40 minutes apart, their moms are in the collage as well, my daughter on the top rights, my sweet niece on the bottom left!  I love all these cute kids, and big kids too, we had a great time!! 

We brought grandma too, I think she had fun, but it wasn't long before she was ready to go home for a nap, and so was I!

“Nobody will understand the craziness of your family better than your cousins”

Happy Friday all!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Baby Steps . . .

After our scare with my husbands health, I talked to our family doctor about dieting.  He said, you just need to take baby steps.  He said he didn't even want me to say the word diet, because it makes you think . . . deprivation.  He told me that we just needed to make better choices, but not all at once...baby steps!  I am on a quest to eat healthier, and I would hope that losing a few pounds would be an added bonus!

So, here are a few of the things that we have been doing, and it's working so much better for us than dieting, I think we have both lost a few pounds, and we feel so much better:

1.     Rather than cutting out all the food that we love, I have tried to just add something good to our diet, like more fruit, more veggies and better dairy options.  Fruit, fresh veggies and dairy are your best options to have on hand to keep you away from processed foods.  I try to stock up on apples, as they are our go-to choice of fruit.  I keep salad in the fridge and try to have it with each meal.  My husband isn't a salad eater, so I make sure I have some good things to put on his salad, like mushrooms, red peppers, pickles, and blue cheese crumbles.  There are so many ways to make a salad better.  We both love cheese, so cheese sticks are always in the fridge too.  A cheese stick with an apple is a great snack.  That doesn't  mean that we don't have chocolate in the house, and a few chocolate chips mixed with raisins or nuts is a pretty good snack when you need something sweet. . .  ;0) 

2.     I have cut out fried or overly processed foods.  For instance, we still have hash browns once in a while for breakfast, but instead of butter, I use a very small amount of coconut oil or olive oil to cook them in.  I bake, broil or boil, instead of fry.  We also use our George Foreman grill  a lot, and I am always surprised how much I like what we cook on it.  We had a crazy day yesterday, so we bought pizza for supper.  I chose the "Delite" pizza from our local take- and-bake shop, it was just as satisfying as a regular pizza, but with half the calories . . . small changes make a big difference.  I love peanut butter, so I bought the natural, tastes just as good, maybe even better, and way healthier for you, and it's good with apples and veggies!

3.     I have also switched to whole grain and high-fiber breads, and have cut back on the amount of bread we eat.   I have a wheat grinder, so I can grind my own wheat, but there are really good whole grain and whole wheat breads in the grocery stores.  Whole grain pasta is also really good, so much better than a few years ago when it first came out.  I also use brown rice instead of white, and have cut back on potatoes - we still love a good baked potato, we just split one, after all we do live in Idaho!

These baby steps have worked for us, but I think we all have to decide what works for your own individual life-styles.

Have a wonderful day!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thoughtful Spot Sunday . . .

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
~Genesis 1:11~

How amazingly faithful nature is to its creation, when you think about it.  Each little green shoot knows exactly what kind of leaves to unfurl, how tall to grow what shape of flower (or veggie!) it should sprout.  All it needs is the light and the moisture. and a place to begin.  I think we are all just like those little seeds. . .

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for seeds, and their annual renewal.  On this cold and windy day, thank you for reminding me of the promise of warm gardening days to come!