Our Simple Journey of Faith, Family and Life

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Reading -N- Books

 Some times this is exactly how I feel

Monday, July 7, 2014

Pickled Eggs

                                          Q-Family Recipe
Gnomes in photo's for Grandma's Gnomes on Face Book... smile

Recipe: (This is a  Doubled Batch)

LG. Gallon size Glass Jar with Lid
3 dz hard boiled eggs (peeled)
2 cans of sliced beets
1/2 onion sliced
3 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. vinegar

2-3 cinnamon sticks
several whole cloves

Directions: Pour juice off beets, Add sugar & vinegar to beet juice and desolve sugar, set aside.  Place eggs in bottom of jar, add 1 can of beets & onion.to jar.  Pour liquid over top of eggs, place lid on eggs, refergrate for several days (4-6 days)-

NOTE: use 2nd can of beets for dinner... smile

Also the longer the eggs sit in the juice the deeper the color becomes.. I love it when the yokes taste like the pickled mixture

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Old Fashioned Sticky Buns

Old Fashioned Sticky Buns
                        Old Fashioned Sticky Buns

1 Bundt Cake cake pan
Non-Stick  (Pam) spray
Chopped walnuts or Pecans
Aunt Jamima Syrup
Lg. Roll of Busicuts (I used buttermilk)

325 degree oven.

Spray bundt pan with spray, layer a thin layer of
syrup on bottom of pan.. Sprinkly chopped nuts on
top of syrup around pan. Sprinkle with connamon,
Cover with a thick layer of syrup, now layer buscuits
on top of mixture.   Bake 12-18 min.

Carefully place round plate on top of pan and turn over
"WITHOUT BURNING YOURSELF" and allow excess syrup to
drizzle down over sides... OH so YUMMY!!!!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lost Loves Of World War II

This is the book I finished reading last evening... "HIGHLY RECCOMENDED" from front to finish.

Perfect book for those of you who are struggling with the reality of God, For those believing God is dead, For those struggling with the pains ...of life, illness Etc., For those wondering why God allows different things to happen in your lives.

The Train Baby's Mother brought tears to my eyes, yet, I will read this story again and again and again.. Because I know that with the tears I shed, I missed so much that I need to breath in deeply....
"Pretty like the moon
 Bright like the stars
 From heaven you were
 Sent to me like a present."
Song Name: Sheyn vidi levone, ~ That's Yiddish

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mothers Quilt

Mother's Quilts
by Pearl Sturgis

Mother's quilt has many squares;
Sewn with love and many prayers;...
colors red and green and black;
Solid red lined on the back.

Bordered with a flowered print;
Many hours she must have spent.
Cut and sewn by hand just right;
Every square she knotted tight.
As I spread it on my bed
thoughts of Mother fill my head.
Now I know each tiny square
represents my Mother's prayer.

by Pearl Sturgis

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

RAK - Random Act Of Kindness

Look what I received this afternoon from Mark & Sandy Evans. A Most welcome RAK (Random Act Of Kindness)... This Angel is so Beautiful and I am beyond Grateful... Such a loving and thoughtful gift... I Thank You from the bottom of my heart, I shall treasure this always... I forgot to mention the Angel is a music box that plays' Wind Beneath My Wings"... I'm still in such AWWWWWW over this gift...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Red Bird

The Red Bird
by Evaleen Stein

Swept lightly by the south wind
The elm-leaves softly stirred,...
And in their pale green clusters
There straightway bloomed a bird!

His glossy feathers glistened
With dyes as richly red
As any tulip flaming
From out the garden bed.

But ah, unlike the tulips,
In joyous strain, ere long,
This red-bird flower unfolded
A heart of golden song!

 Psalm 104:33
King James Version (KJV) I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Broccoli Cheese Soup

                                    Broccoli Cheese Soup for the Crock Pot!!!

 1/2 cup onion, chopped

 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine

 1 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup

 1 1/2 cups milk

 1 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed

 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli

 Directions:  Combine all ingredients on low in crockpot for 3-4 hours.
Do not add salt.

This recipe can be doubled, It is AWESOME!!!!!
 I did however add about 2/3 c extra milk because it was to thick for my personal liking

Cast Iron

Stove top cast iron seasoning:

Heat. Oil. Smoke. Cool.

That's all you need to remember when seasoning your cast irons on the stove top.

• Wash your CI in the usual manner.

• HEAT on stovetop to dry up excess water.

• Apply a thin layer of OIL (my go-to fat for CI's is bacon lard, but you can use coconut oil, as well).

• Heat it on the stovetop until the oil begins to SMOKE. Wipe up any excess oil with a paper towel using a long spoon to prevent burns.

• When you think it has smoked long enough (usually a few minutes is all it needs), let the cast iron COOL.

 That's it. A well seasoned CI without turning on the oven.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Picked up our Daily Devotional at Church this morning, this is from yesterday's
devotional, I thought it was worth sharing...

If you're looking for faults, look in the mirror. When you work
on your own shortcomings you'll have no time left to gossip about
anybody else's.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Simply Womans Day Book

Outside my window -  Sun is shinning, clouds are lingering and threatening
to rain later today.

I am thinking - How Blessed are family is, God's ever mindful of all our
needs and He provides beyond our ability to understand.

I am thankful for -  Our family, My Beloved Ron, Rhonda, Ronnie, Lance, Marla,
JesseAnne, Samantha, Stephanie, Brittanie, Tabby, Alex... God has richly Blessed us

In the kitchen -  My little bird is singing, 

I am wearing - Green today

I am creating - Purple Tube baby hats for my Nephew Jimmy's new baby (Cameron John)
due next month, then I'll make another for my neice Dianna who's baby is due in July

A favorite quote for today - 
God will not lead you, where "HIS GRACE" cannot keep you

One of my favorite things - Reading my Bible, Knitting & Crocheting

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

No-Knead Bread

3 c. flour
1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 5/8 c. water
1.) Mix all dry ingredients together, mix in water. Cover
bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise 12-24 hrs
2.) Lightly sprinkle flour on counter, fold dough into
itself, form a ball, I let my dough rise an additional 2 hrs.
*(I place mine on parchment paper in a Pyrex bowl, cover)
See NOTE below when using PYREX
3.) Pre-heat oven 450 degrees in oven for 30 min. While
oven is pre-heating place bread pan & lid in oven to heat.
I lift the parchment paper and place in heated bread bowl,
cover and bake 30 min, remove lid and bake another
15-30 min until browned
** Using PYREX, pre-heat oven 450 degrees with dish in oven during
pre-heat time as above. Lower temp to 375/400 place dough in hot
bread bowl and bake for 30 min. covered, remove cover and bake an
additional 15 min. Remove and cool on a rack
Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.
** Using PYREX, pre-heat oven 450 degrees with dish in oven during
pre-heat time as above. Lower temp to 375/400 place dough in hot
bread bowl and bake for 30 min. covered,;  remove cover and bake an
additional 15 min. Remove and cool on a rack

Praying For The Homeless

I contacted Jeff Crockett (Our Mayor) about our local homeless in Harrison AR.
Here's our conversation  on Facebook, and then my reply at bottom...

My Question:
What does Harrison do to help the homeless in freezing temps? In Calif. (Vista,
No. San Diego County) they open the armory (spelling), - in Springfield they
open shelters, BUT, we moved to Harrison 13 yrs ago and I can't remember
 hearing of anything they do to help those in such need as a little warmth, So
I've come right to the top (the man who knows what's going on in our little
town) and am asking what does Harrison do to help those less fortunate?

Jeff Crockett:
Harrison has the House of Hope that was started last year. Funding is a
challenge however and overnight lodging that is desperately needed has not
been established.

Julie N Kevin McClellan:
Where would someone take blankets n such to our homeless?

Jeff Crockett:
Take them to House of Hope across from Edwards Grocery

Feb.18,2014 - MY "JMSQ" Personal Opinion:
This opinion was not posted on face-book but instead here on my blog...

Instead of road diets, new traffic lights to work with our new road diet, stop lights
removed by Seville, stop signs put up and taken down by Seville, Pushing for a wet
county, new liquor stores, maybe we as a community might want to get involved
in something that truly matters, helping those less fortunate, or those that are
homeless (fault or no fault of their own, their still homeless and out in the
fridgid temps.)

I personally feel after such a LONG COLD & FRIDGID winter Harrison has yet
another black mark on their name, while were snug in our little homes, (for those
who drink) sipping their cocktails, feeling like the world is spinning great, we
have human beings out in the cold FREEZING to death... You think it doesn't
matter, just look at the  hospital records and see if financially it matters... 
SHAME of Harrison for turning their back on fellow human being's...

Open the youth center, the House of Hope building, the Churche gym's etc. and set
up some cots for these people to sleep on, The Churches can take turns helping
out and, How about serving them a hot bowl of oatmeal & cup of coffee start
their day off ...

We as a community can do so much to help out, if we all pull together...

Just my 2 cents worth on this subject

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Alzhelmer's Request

Anyone having a family member / friend  going through alzhelmer's or Dementia  should have a copy of this in their hands and read it daily, hourly, or even minute by minute.

This is an awful illness to go through with your loved one, most times they don't even know who you are, you look into their eyes and remember back when, yet the hollow in their reflection seeks you out  to just love them and understand they are gone for now, only the shell of their life remains, until it's over ; and you realize that in their passing onto Glory was and is a true Blessing for they would never want to be remembered in their last couple years of their life suffering from memory loss, they want to be remembered in their strength of mind and body.

                                {In Loving Memory of my Precious Aunt Lois}