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Recipe for Contentment

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I am posting this as a reminder today. I really needed this.


Recipe for Contentment

time required: Hebrews 10:35-39
preheat at 1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 6:8, 32         Matthew 5:45
Matthew 7:9-11          1 Corinthians 10:13
1 Timothy 6:6-8         Romans 8:28-39
Hebrews 13:5-6          Proverbs 31:25
Philippians 4:11-13   1 Peter 5:10-11
Job 2:10

Matthew 6:9-21, 25-34   1 Peter 4:19
Matthew 7:7-8                    1 Peter 5:6-9
Proverbs 3:5-6                   1 Timothy 6:17
Proverbs 19:23                   Exodus 20:17
Hebrews 13:5-6
Philippians 2:14-15
Romans 8:24-25

Serves All: O taste and see that the Lord is Good! Psalm 34:8

*Can be made under all circumstances according to Paul’s not-so-secret recipe! Philippians 4:12*

Hebrews 1:3“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

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Bad news, Good news!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Life is in the Details is closing and Old Fashioned Farmhouse is here.

Hello Ladies, I just wanted to pop in here to remind you to pop over to my new blog.  It’s been on my mind for awhile to change my blog name and reflect more of where I am and where I  am going. 

If you are a follower of this blog, I hope you will continue to be a follower at my hew home.  Please pop over and let me know you stopped by.


I have missed my blogging life and my friends, but life has been happening so I needed this little break. 


At this time I am not going to delete this blog, but will in the future.  So change your bookmarks my friends.


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Changes are coming!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Just a real quick note to let you know to be on the lookout for some changes, beginning with a new blog name and url.  It is alot of work to update, but I hope you will continue to follow me. 

Hoping to have things ready in a few days or sooner. 

Be back soon!

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Simple Pleasure and Gratitude 2-10-11

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Today I thought I could tie them both in together…. 

It’s been a while since I have gotten to participate in these meme’s but I just love them both and the other ladies are so dear that I have had the opportunity to meet and share with.  I’ve been moving and getting settled since Halloween of last year so it’s good to be back.  :)


My Simple Pleasure and Gratitude today is simply REST

DSC00002   It’s wonderful to have the time to rest our bodies and know that we don’t have anything pressing that has to be done. Can you say grateful?  After several months of running and going non stop it is wonderful to be able to simply stop and rest.






Join us over @ A Collection of This and That for  Simple Pleasures  hosted by Dayle and Thankful Thursday hosted by Laurie @ Women Taking a Stand

simple pleasure






1 Corinthians 13:1-3“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

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Should I lie

Wednesday, February 9, 2011














and tell ya that I have been on some far away trip and I’m so exhausted by all the excursions that I’ve done, that I can barely think straight. When in reality I have been playing hold up and hostage

Blog in typescript letters

in my own home.  Yep, you heard that right.  I have been sitting here at home and not blogging nor really wanting to post.  Ok…that’s not really true, I’ve wanted to post but just haven’t felt that I have had anything worthy or fun to even share.




I think this weather has me in some kind of a funk.   This happens to me alot around this time of the year…All the activities of the holidays are over and this year I had the move on top of everything else, so I am feeling a bit “out of sorts”.  Although I am a wee bit excited about all the progress I have made with getting things in order.  Isn’t that what January is all about?  And that is what I spent most of January doing…..cleaning out computer files, making password list, personal work related files, creating a coupon binder, going back to the menu planner, and also back to cooking and baking more.  :)  Not bad for a January.  Now that February is here, we have gotten my hubby’s work office moved to a new location.  (His lease was up at his other office), and hoping now we can focus on some fun stuff.

This past weekend (Sat) he and I took the day and headed out to a auction up in Pa that had primitives for sale.  Oh my…good thing I am living in a shoe box because there was lots I wanted to bring home


.  Afterwards we hit several antique stores in the area, grabbed some dinner, did some grocery shopping and headed home.  I was utterly worn out when we got home. 

Sunday we headed out to church followed by stopping in at the store to grab a few things for lunch.  We came home and made lunch together, Chicken fijitas’ ummmmmm yummy!, even had time for a nap before the Super Bowl.  All in all it was a great weekend…so what have I been up to this week….


Trying to decide what to do for my family for Valentines day.   love-valentines-dayGot any plans?  We don’t usually do alot for each other.  And for my kids, I normally just pick them up some goodies, but this year I am playing around with the thought of “making them some homebaked goodies” . 


I will most likely work on them tomorrow as hubby is taking Friday off from work and we may be going out of town for the day and Saturday we are taking my boys to see the Washington Wizards play the San Antonio Spurs in DC. So it should be another busy weekend.

So this hopefully gives you a idea of where I’m at as well as where my head is at these days.  But hoping to be a much better blogging buddy soon. 

20100102_307 Now where is that excursion list….JIC…..

2 Thessalonians 1:3“[Thanksgiving and Prayer] We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.”

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I’m still catching up

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I thought I would be caught up by now, but oh no.  Instead of my list getting smaller, it seems to be growing.  Everyday I wake up to a new list of things that I want to accomplish. When will it end, maybe after ALL the snow.

winter day

Look familiar?

sledding and snowed in

Alot of this has been going on around here.





We have had lots of snow and ice  this year and so it has prompted me to really work on some projects that I have put off for a long time. (Staying home ALOT).

And I feel like I am finally finding my balance.



It amazing how much I can get done in a day if I stay away from the computer.  :)

   I have been spending much more time in my kitchen, which can be a good thing or a bad thing.  I feel some of the weight I lost a bit ago creeping back on.  YIKES!  perfect fit

Waiting for spring, so  I can get some outside exercise.


She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.  She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.  She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Proverbs 31:15-17

For a long time, especially when my kids were small, I used a menu planner faithfully.  However as they got older, I kind of drifted away from that.  As well as grocery shopping in my usual weekly manner.  But over time it has proven that we have not and aren’t eaten well balanced meals due to no planning. Eating alot of quick meals.   So I am working on implementing this menu plan and grocery shopping again to my routine.  Clipping coupons and making list. grocery shopping


I have created a new Coupon Binder which I am hoping to use.  I need to share some pictures of mine, but it’s still not completed.  But if you use coupons and think that you might be interested in creating one for yourself


Things You'll Need:

  •    3-ring binder
  •   pencil pouch for binder
  •   plastic baseball card protector pages
  •   folders
  •   divider sheet with write-on tabs
  •   empty envelopes
  • any other small accessories you want
















(photo courtesy of Ehow)

The Cowboys Wife @ The Wooden Spoon has a video you can watch to put one together. 


I also have another project completed…will have to share that with you the next time….All I will say it I’m lovin it!!!  Just sayin!


Can we talk Valentines?  Next time….

1 Corinthians 2:9“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—”

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Will I ever catch up

Thursday, January 13, 2011

with all of you….I am hoping too.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs doing.  Like the old sayin goes, “the faster I go, the behinder I get”.
homemaker2I’m all tucked into my new surroundings.  A small little two bedroom apartment,  It’s actually quite cozy and I am enjoying spending my days here.  For this little season in my life, I am grateful.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." Phil 4:6 NKJV

It's perfect for hubby and I and we can sit back and re evaluate our priorities and decisions we need to make without all the pressures of owning our own home.  I am finally starting to feel  like I can breathe again.
It’s hard to believe that I was away from my blog for over 5 weeks, but so much has happened in that timeframe.  Moving day finally arrived.
moving day
Let’s just say without the goodness of alot of friends, I would still be moving.  We made the initial haul to our new home on the 18th of December, but we continued to move for the next 8 days.  Yep…you heard me right.  8 days and on the 9th day we closed on house.  Closing was on the 27th. 

Whew, so you know what that means, we had Christmas in our new little apt. amongst boxes and all.
I must admit that during the time I wasn’t in the most festive mood.  My mood and attitude was anything but cheerful.  I hurt and my whole body ached.  Now looking back, I hate that I let this move take the joy out my holiday.  Even though we had one little tree( I normally have around 7-8), it was decorated and there were presents under it.  Which wasn’t easy to do.  Have you ever tried moving and shopping for presents and decorating for Christmas ALL at the same time.  If not, I DON”T RECOMMEND IT!!! 

After the holidays and the closing, hubby put me on a plane and sent me to Kentucky for a week.  To spend with family and just to regroup.  I can’t tell you how relaxing it was to just “do nothing”.
airplane So now I have been back home for over a week and I am trying to get myself on a schedule and back in the groove….making my list and checking them twice. 

I hope everyone’s new year has started off good.  Did you make any new year’s resolutions?  I didn’t.
However there is one thing that I want to achieve.  I am reading the bible in 90 days.  Several years ago, I made a goal to read the bible, something I had never done completely.  And I am pleased to say that I did it.  So this time I thought it might be a good idea to do it in 90 days. 

Yesterday I spent some time changing a few things on my blog….I plan to make a few more changes in the near future.  Nothing big, but just want a fresh new look…

I received a email from a anonymous reader who asked me “Now that you have taken the apron picture down, is it possible to see it again?”   Yes, it is, thanks for your email and for stopping in and dropping me a line.  I was going to email you back but no return address.  P.S.  This is one of my favorite pictures too.


Well ladies, need to get back in the kitchen, Chicken pot pie is on the dinner menu.

young boy eating

2 Corinthians 5:19-20“that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

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Am I crazy yet?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ok…don’t answer that.  I feel awful that I haven’t been around to visit with you all, but I am knee deep in boxes, and a array of odds and ends that I don’t know what to do with it. Or how to pack.

Normally at this time of year, I would be engrossed in all the festivities of the holiday season, not this year, and it has bummed me a bit.  Haven’t bought the first present and not sure when I will. Our plans are to move on the 18th into a 2 bedroom apt, however, it all depends on when our appraisal comes back..which is being done today.  UGH!  Anyway, if we can get into our apt by the 18th, I will get a chance to put my tree up for my kids, and possibly do some baking, among boxes, but that’s okay.

But right now, I am taking it day to day….


My dining room table loaded with things I don’t know how to pack.


Kitchen counters covered with “stuff” that doesn’t have a home. Several of the cabinets are already empty, however I am saving this room for last to pack.


This is the family room, and I have packed most of the things in here already, the things I haven’t packed will be moved to the apt to use there. (I am having to pack for immediate use in the apt, as well as pack to store for long term)  What a job!20101207_71Another pile of “stuff” in the living room that I don’t know how to pack. But most of this room has been emptied out.

Basically I have cleaned out EVERY drawer, closet, bathroom cabinet, nook and crannies except the kitchen and packed it away.  About all that is left is our garage and my hubby’s office to go through. 

Girls if you have any tips or hints, PLEASE do share…I could use them.

Hope you all are enjoying the season, and really wish I could share more of it with you….but hoping soon things will be better for me. 

John 11:25“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;”

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25, 2010

thanksgiving turkey 

T is for the trust the pilgrims had so many years ago
H is for the harvest the settlers learnt to grow
A is for America, the land in which we live
N is for nature and beauty which she gives
K is for kindness, gentle words, thoughtful deeds
S is for smiles, the sunshine everyone needs
G is for gratitude... our blessings big and small
I is for ideas, letting wisdom grow tall
V is for voices, singing, laughing, always caring
I is for Indians, who taught them about sharing
N is for neighbors, across the street, over the sea
G is for giving of myself to make a better me

by Judith.A. Lindberg

Colossians 3:17“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

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Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Today has been filled with getting things ready for our traditional family dinner.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday meal and I enjoy every minute  in the kitchen baking and cooking for my family.   The aromas of pies and breads baking in the oven….smells of cinnamon, nutmeg,  swirling around.  Candles flickering a soft sweet glow. Sipping cocoa or cider.

That is just one of my favorite traditions, spending the day  before Thanksgiving  in the kitchen, as well as watching a black and white Christmas movie while working away the hours. Today I’m watching “White Christmas”.

Tonight, when all my kids arrive it will be spent finishing up the last minute prep, and watching the classic “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”.  A holiday favorite too.


Do you have any Thanksgiving Holiday Traditions?

Hope your having a blessed day!!!

Colossians 2:6-7“[Freedom From Human Regulations Through Life With Christ] So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

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