Tuesday, July 7, 2020

First Margarita Pizza Of 2020

Fresh-baked Margarita Pizza
Although summer officially arrived weeks ago, it really doesn't get started for us until we've had that first slice of Margarita pizza (named for Queen Margarita of Spain) made with fresh tomatoes and basil from our own garden. 💗🍕😋

Fresh Tomatoes Right Off The Vine, Provolone
Cheese, and Garlic Powder
A Margarita pizza is really easy to make. Simply make your crust (see recipe below), sprinkle generously with garlic powder and dried basil or oregano (whichever you prefer or both).

Fresh Basil
Then top with fresh, meaty, sliced tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and slices of non-smoked provolone cheese.

Raw Pizza Before Baking

Bake pizza at 450 degrees until crust is done and the cheese is bubbly (13 to 15 minutes) and enjoy!

Pizza Crust

2 1/2 teaspoons or 1 package yeast
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 cups unbleached or whole wheat flour

Mix well. Then flatten out in pizza pan that has been drizzled with olive oil. Brush top of crust with olive oil.

Until next time...

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Home Management Monday - July 6, 2020

Good morning, Dear Ones! 💗

I pray that you and yours had a lovely holiday weekend and that your Monday is off to a great start!

Our week here was full. I worked Monday and filled in for a co-worker on Thursday and Friday. The rest of the week was spent shopping and preparing for the 4th, enjoying time with family and friends, and just relaxing.

This year's Independence Day celebration was one of the best EVER! There was a lot of good food, tons of fireworks, lots of fun, and great fellowship with family and friends. It was altogether a lovely holiday!

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Granddaughter Esther
During the course of the evening, we set off two lanterns...one in memory of Gina (6/6/20); the other in memory of Josh (6/19/20). Both passed from this life way too early and neither will ever be forgotten. 💔

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On Sunday we were invited back to our daughter and son-in-law's for another round of fun and fellowship in celebration of grandson, Isaiah's, 9th birthday. 

Grandson Isaiah
Isaiah's other set of grandparents spent the weekend, too, so it was great getting to spend time visiting and catching up with old friends and extended family. 

My Friend, Darla, and I

Little did Darla and I know, when we first met thirty-some-odd-years ago, that God had some awesome plans in the works! We went from co-teaching Bible School and Wednesday night 'Camp-Can-Do' sessions to being mothers-in-law and grandmas together! What a mighty God we serve!

Well, I've got to be heading to work shortly, so I better get right on into this post. 😊

I awoke to...

... cloudy skies and a determination to get up and get going even though I still felt tired and probably could have used some more sleep. 😴

What I'm thinking...

... that, even though it was tons of fun, I'm glad that the holiday weekend is over and, hopefully, things will be in more of a normal routine this week. I ate way too much food over the weekend and didn't walk at all. It's time to get with it!

What I'm thankful for...

... that the garden is finally starting to produce. The tomatoes are loaded and John picked our first zucchini last night. 

Tomato Plants Planted Along South Side of House

The Tomatoes Are Hanging In Bunches Like Grapes
On the breakfast plate...

... fat-free turkey slices, a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese, and an egg on toast and watermelon wedges.

The weather...

... hot and humid. Over the weekend we had a couple of major downpours that came out of nowhere...then...as fast as they came, they left and the sun would be shining. Looks like we might be in for more of the same throughout the foreseeable future.

This week's menu plan...

This week's menus will focus on cleaning up leftovers and fresh foods that need to be eaten as soon as possible. I will freeze what I can, but the rest will be featured at mealtimes...breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacktime.

Monday - Taco salad
Tuesday - Rachel sandwiches with oven-roasted sweet potato fries
Wednesday - Chicken leg quarters, brown rice, and cheesy sauteed zucchini
Thursday - Turkey burgers and oven fries
Friday - Grilled salmon, baked potatoes, and oven-roasted carrots
Saturday - Dh's night to cook
Sunday - Leftovers

On my 'to do' list...

Monday - Work, finish this post
Tuesday - Clean house, do laundry
Wednesday - Get in a good visit with my BFFF and sit with the grands
Thursday - Celebrate granddaughter, Audrey's, birthday 
Friday - Take a family member grocery shopping
Saturday - Work
Sunday - Church

On my reading pile...

Bible Prayer by Kenneth E. Hagin (Bible Study Course) and Night Sky With The Naked Eye by Bob King

From the camera...

Butterfly on Purple-headed Coneflower
Scripture verse...

Well, that's it for this week. I pray that each and every one of you have a great week ahead! Stay close to the Lord and stay in His Word!

Until next time...

Friday, July 3, 2020

Celebrating The Red, White, and Blue

Tomorrow (Saturday, July 4, 2020) the United States of America will celebrate her 244th birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! 🎂 


Five of the Middle Granddaughters Back in 2013
My! How they've grown! 💗

How do you and your family celebrate the 4th of July at your house? Here are some of the ways that our family has celebrated at ours...

💓☆💙 Have a backyard barbecue and invite the neighbors or extended family over to join the fun!

💓☆💙 Make red, white, and blue Jell-O refrigerator cakes (also known as Jell-O poke cakes)! (I've got a white cake baking in the oven right now and will add the Jell-O and Dream Whip after I get home tonight.) For the recipe click HERE.

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💓☆💙 Have a blast at your picnic by putting out table crackers, which look like giant firecrackers, but are actually cardboard tubes filled with treats. Save toilet paper rolls, and cover the tubes with red, white, and blue tissue paper. Before sealing ends, fill with such things as printed out patriotic sayings, small red, white, and blue toys, foil-wrapped candies, or other treats (use your imagination). Seal ends, adding a piece of gold starred and glittered wire garland on top for fuse.

💓☆💙 Make red, white, and blue fruit kabobs! 

Granddaughter, Abby, With Her Red, White,
and Blue Fruit Kabob Creations - 2014
💓☆💙 Make red, white, and blue Jello! (For recipe, click HERE.)

Red, White, and Blue Jello
💓☆💙 Put a patriotic spin on party games. For example, pin the name of an American icon on the back of each guest's shirt. Choose important people, places, symbols…even quotes found throughout our country's early history. For example…Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Francis Scott Key, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, Philadelphia,Boston, the Old North Church, Constitution Hall, American eagle, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, "One if by land and two if by sea!", "Give me liberty or give me death!", "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.", etc. Each guest goes around and asks questions of the others, obtaining clues until they guess correctly who, or what, they are. Get creative with your selections and have fun!

💓☆💙 Wear red, white, and blue clothing, patriotic jewelry, and sparkly hair accessories.

💓☆💙 Watch The Patriot with Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger.

💓☆💙 Give small children large pieces of bubble wrap to stomp on. When they stomp it sounds like firecrackers going off. The kids love it and…just think…no mess, no smell, and no danger!

💓☆💙 Make a patriotic pie!

Red, White, and Blue Cherry Berry Pie
💓☆💙 Read the Declaration of Independence aloud as a family. Talk about what it really means and discuss the men that signed it.

💓☆💙 Plant red, white, and blue flowers in your flowerbeds and window-boxes. Things like petunias, inpatients, salvia, alyssium, and geranium work well. If you have enough space, and the ambition, plant them to resemble a flag!

💓☆💙 Fly your flag!

💓☆💙 Make Minuteman Ice Cream Sandwiches by spooning ½ cup vanilla ice cream between 2 chocolate wafer cookies. Roll edges in red, white,and blue sprinkles. Freeze until time to serve.

The Grandsons - 2014
💓☆💙 Memorize this verse of scripture as a family...
Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants ...

💓☆💙 Attend parades and local firework displays in your area.

💓☆💙 Put on your own firework display.

Doing Snakes in the Front Yard - 2014
💓☆💙 Enjoy a big slice of cold watermelon!

💓☆💙 Help the children decorate their bikes, tricycles, and scooters with red, white, and blue streamers, flags, and other patriotic doo-dads and doo-hickeys and let them put on their own parade for the rest of the family.

💓☆💙 Watch Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney

💓☆💙 Have a red, white, and blue water balloon fight.

💓☆💙 Make a cool, patriotic dessert.

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2 packages (8 oz. each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1 ready to use graham cracker crust
2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1/3 cup blueberries

Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Whisk in Cool Whip. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 3 hours or until set. Arrange berries in rows to resemble flag.

That's some of the things that we've done in the past to celebrate the 4th of July at our house. Now feel free to share some of the ways you do at yours!

Until next time...

P.S. - Before I go, I just want to say...

Despite our current difficulties, the United States of America remains one of the strongest, most independent, and greatest nations on earth! May God's tender hand of mercy be over us and, through the cries and prayers of those that are called by His name, may He heal our land and restore her to her former glory. In Jesus' name I pray! 

Verse of the Day - 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV - Highland Park Baptist ...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Low-Down on Watermelon

Granddaughter Esther Enjoying
a Big Slice of Cold Watermelon
July 2017
I love watermelon! 🍉

When I was a child I can remember our family getting those great big Black Diamond watermelons! Those things were HUGE!!! I've heard them described as 'the king' of the garden and have read that they can weigh up to 50 pounds a piece!!! Wow! 😲

Black Diamonds were so sweet and juicy! And, even though my mom didn't like it, I became quite an expert at spitting watermelon seeds! The problem is, I don't see too many Black Diamonds around anymore. (Actually...I don't see ANY!) 😞

Now days the only watermelons I can find are small, round, and seedless. They're definitely not the watermelons that my cousins and I enjoyed as children.

But...watermelon is watermelon, I suppose, and what we've got available is what we've got...so...here are some tips for those of you, who like me, enjoy having watermelons around in the summertime...

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🍉 When buying a watermelon, pick it up. Big or small a watermelon should be heavy for it's size.

🍉 Check for ripeness by looking for a buttery yellow underside. Avoid melons with soft spots or bruises. Depending on the variety, the color of the rind may vary from deep emerald green to grayish green to various shades of green with stripes.

🍉 Before buying a watermelon, give it a thump on its underbelly. Ripe watermelons have a deep hollow sound; under-ripe or over-ripe melons will sound dull.

🍉 Uncut watermelons can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

🍉 Keep fresh-cut watermelon in an airtight container.

🍉 Don't chop watermelon too finely or it will lose it's texture and turn mushy.

🍉 Did you know that eating watermelon improves cardiovascular health, soothes the tummy, reduces blood pressure, improves circulation, reduces inflammation, treats kidney stones and acne, and cures constipation? Read more about the health benefits of watermelon, find fun ways to serve watermelon this summer, and get a free recipe for fresh fruit popsicles by clicking here.

🍉 How about trying watermelon s'mores? To find out more, click here

Watermelon S'mores

Post Image🍉 This Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet is ready in minutes and is the perfect treat for a hot summer day. For the recipe click here.

Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet
🍉 For a whole host of other yummy watermelon recipes check out this page on allrecipes.com.

Granddaughter Mercy Enjoying
a Big Slice of Cold Watermelon
July 2017
Until next time...

Monday, June 29, 2020

Home Management Monday - June 29, 2020 (The Late Edition)

Good Evening, Dear Ones! 💗

Can you believe it? It's the last Monday in June and, just like that, we're already half way through the year. Incredible! 😲

I tried to get up early this morning to get this post out before  work, but I just couldn't make it up...so...even though it's late, I'm working on it tonight and hope to get it posted before midnight.

How was your week and weekend? Our week here whizzed by in a blur. I worked on Monday, but had the rest of the week off (other than the hike on Thursday night). 

Our family celebrated two birthdays this past week and we will be celebrating four more come July! 🎉🎂🎈

A group of 25 came out for the hike at Battle of Island Mound Thursday evening and we had a great time! What a beautiful evening it turned out to be! 

Our youngest daughter surprised us Friday night by making it to her sister's house just in time for granddaughter, Essie's, birthday party (we didn't expect to see her until the funeral on Saturday), so that made the get-together extra special! 

Granddaughter Essie

As hard as it was to say good-bye, Josh had a beautiful send-off on Saturday. It was a blessing to see what an impact his life had made on others and I am excited to see where that impact leads in the future. Please continue to remember his family in your prayers. 🙏

On Saturday, before going our separate ways, we (John and I, our oldest daughter, Amber, and her children) were introduced to Lambert's Cafe in Ozark, Missouri by our youngest daughter, Amanda. Lambert's is famous for being "the only home of the throwed roll" and we had so much fun! The children absolutely delighted in catching the throwed rolls and did a good job of doing it, too! 😆 If you ever get a chance to visit Lambert's I highly recommend it! 

Lambert's Cafe - The Only Home of the Throwed Roll
As late as it is, I guess I better get right on into this post. 😊

I awoke to...

... an early alarm, but reset it and went back to sleep. I just couldn't pull myself out of bed any earlier than I had to this morning and I've been tired all day. 

What I'm thinking...

... about the week ahead and my 'to do' list.

What I'm thankful for...

... the freedoms that we enjoy in this country. May we continue the fight to keep them. 

On the breakfast plate...

... Fat-free turkey slices, a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese, and an egg on toast with hot tea

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Trumpet Vine
The weather...

... hot and muggy. It was 77 degrees when I got up this morning and the high today was around 90. It was also very windy this afternoon.

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Breakfast for supper 
Tuesday - Rachel sandwiches (like a Reuben, but made with turkey instead of beef) and oven fries
Wednesday - Taco Stuffed Avocados 
Thursday - Oven-roasted chicken, brown rice, and cheesy cauliflower
Friday - Broiled salmon, salad, and cottage cheese
Saturday - Traditional 4th of July foods including hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, watermelon, Jell-O cake, and red, white, and blue Jello-O cups
Sunday - Leftovers

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A Dragonfly
On my 'to do' list...

Monday - Work, finish this post, WLMO movie night
Tuesday - Finish up 4th of July shopping
Wednesday - Figure July budget and bills
Thursday - Work
Friday - Work; do the banking, pay Bill's, make Jell-O and Jell-O cake, attend a city-wide fireworks display
Saturday - Celebrate Independence Day with the fam
Sunday - Church 

On my reading pile...

I finished Discover Nature 'Close to Home' by Elizabeth P. Lawlor, but have a ton of field work left to do in conjunction with it. Am still working on Bible Prayer by Kenneth E. Hagin (Bible Study Course).

From the camera...

Gray-headed Coneflowers and Queen Anne's Lace
Scripture verse...

Well, that's it for this week. I pray that each and every one of you have a great week ahead! Stay close to the Lord and stay in His Word!

Until next time...