Showing posts from May, 2009


This is my latest canvas. It is very big--3 feet by 4 feet. It will go up for auction next Thursday night at a local fundraiser for the AAU team that my son coaches and my granddaughter plays for. My husband says he hopes it doesn't sell--I kinda do too--He thinks it will look good in our family room during the Christmas season. I want to give credit where credit is due. I saw a picture of a canvas very similar to this in a Christmas Ideas magazine last year and took the idea from that. Kijsa is the artist and you can see her incredible art here.


Be sure to check out Kellys Korner and see all the children's and babies' rooms.

My son and his wife just bought a house last week and asked us to come help them paint. While the others paint painted, I painted a mural on my granddaughter's wall. This is how it turned out--I liked it so much I decided to use a picture of it for a while at the top of my blog. This is her reading nook. She is a "Little House on the Prairie" fan. The room is painted a sky blue and she wanted to feel like she was lying out in the middle of a meadow or prairie as she reads.

Hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by!


If you click on this picture, you can see LeeSa in the far background.

From left: Vivian, Donna, Joyce, yours truly and Marilyn

Marcus, Lucas and Elijah

Larry and I spent Memorial Day, 2009, with great friends, Bob and Joyce, Vivian and Charles, Hoppy and Donna, Brent, Lisa and Elijah, and Marilyn, Marcus and Lucas. I should have taken a picture of the steaks that Bob cooked for us. They were soooooooooo good!! It was a wonderful day with lots of fellowship, food, fun, and laughter. LeeSa, where we you girl? I know, I know, taking a break with a cup of coffee while we did all the work of watching Elijah! Just kidding! Just kidding!


I am taking the liberty to reprint a post I made last year on Memorial Day.


Today's blog is dedicated to my father, who came to be known as Daddy Boyd in his latter years. He served his country that he loved so dearly in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Besides helping build the Burma Road, he was also a courier, flying "The Hump" several times. After one trip that required throwing parachutes etc. overboard to get enough altitude to clear the Himalayas, he decided that once on precious American soil again, he would never again fly on an airplane. He kept his word. But he always liked to joke that he wasn't afraid of flying..............................he was afraid of NOT flying.

Last night we watched the Memorial Day Concert from Washington D.C. I came to appreciate even more than ever all those who have fought for their country and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. "Freedom is not free" can…

REDEEMING LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There's a new title on My Favorite Books list and it is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Remember Hosea in the Bible and his love for Gomer? This is an awesome, inspiring love story--the greatest love story ever told because it is an analogy of God's love for each of us.
This is a page turner--I guarantee most of you will NOT be disappointed--in fact, it is my humble opinion that you will be inspired to love and be loved in a way that you never have before. Happy reading!! --click here to find out where to buy new and used copies--

Chicken Ranch Taco Soup!

Well, I didn't know what else to call it but it is so, so good.

3 chicken breasts cooked in skillet in olive oil and white cooking wine

1 chopped green pepper

1 chopped yellow onion

1 can fat-free refried beans

1 can stewed tomatoes

1 can Rotel with lime and cilantro

1 can red kidney beans rinsed and drained

1 can black beans rinsed and drained

1 can chicken broth

1 pkg Hidden Valley BUTTERMILK ranch dressing mix

1 pkg taco seasoning mix-- (I googled homemade taco seasoning mix and use this recipe instead of buying the mix)

salt and pepper to taste (I didn't add any)

4 or 5 fresh crushed garlic cloves  (optional)

1 small to medium-sized handful of chopped cilantro (I leave mine kinda big--less work and we like it better)  (this is also optional)

After chicken is done, cut into bite-sized pieces and put in the soup mixture. You can simmer on top of the stove for a couple of hours or place in crock pot for several hours. If this is a little spicy for your taste buds, add another can of stewed …


Be sure to check out Looking from my kitchen eating nook into the dining room.Also from kitchen--I love the raw silk drapes. The colors in them bring the color of the wall in dining room and living room together. It wouldn't have worked without them. I couldn't afford the material AND to have them made so my sister-in-law and I made them--mostly my SIL--thanks Gay!

We planted hydrangeas last year and are already reaping the rewards. They are loaded with blossoms. Will show them in a few weeks when we show yards.

This picture is looking from our dining room into our small living room. Even though that room is small, it is the one the adults always gravitate to when the family is all together. It is so cozy so there will sometimes be as many as 8 adults in that one room and sometimes add a few children or teenagers.

Looking from dining room into living room. I only showed my family room a few weeks ago so thought I would give you a little glimpse of our living …


The ingredients

Lunch is served!

CilantroChicken Salad

1- 13 oz can chicken breast

1 or 2 (or to taste--I like a lot) chopped green onions --you may substitute purple onions but I don't think it is as good

1 stalk of chopped celery

1/4 to 1/3 cup of Hellman's mayo with olive oil

small handful of cilantro (measurement is before chopping and this ingredient is NOT optional)--chop this to your desired consistency--I like it left kinda big--
some people add a tablespoon or so of low sodium soy sauce--I may try some next time but love it without this ingredient--

2 T. or so of slivered almonds

salt and pepper to taste

Mix together and serve on your favorite whole grain bread. We like it in a tortilla wrap.I added hummus, green onions, celery, and strawberries on the side.


2 1/2 lbs ground sirloin
1 medium onion
1 red bell pepper (I leave the peppers in fairly large chunks)
1 yellow or orange bell pepper
1 green bell pepper (optional)--add if you like lots of pepper
2 T. olive oil
1/2 to 1 bunch of chopped fresh cilantro
4 T. chili powder
3 T. ground cumin
2 T. chopped garlic in oil
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp or "to taste" salt
1 tsp or "to taste" freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Place the ground sirloin in a skillet and brown, drain off any excess grease. Place the rest of the ingredients in the skillet with the meat and cook slowly until done. Sometimes I do all of this in my crock pot. If needed, drain.

This is good served as a separate dish with black beans and a salad or use as a base for a soup or wrapped in a tortilla with reduced-fat cheese.

If you use for a soup, add

1 can fat-free refried beans

1 can Rotel with lime and cilantro
1 or 2 cans of stewed tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour to fully season.

Stay tuned …

Three Bean and Cilantro Salad

Oh my gosh, I made a "take off" of one of MckMama's recipes (sorry, I don't know how to do the little linkie thing but I am going to learn soon) and it was awesome. I served this with a ground sirloin dish on whole wheat tortillas. I will try to get that recipe on before the end of the weekend.

I used these ingredients (all except the oregano--decided not to use that)
1 can garbanzo beans 1 can kidney beans 1 can black beans drain and wash all beans 1 cucumber chopped--I like to leave it in medium-sized chunks several grape tomatoes or if using cherry tomatoes cut in half 1 bunch of green onions sliced--I use about half of the green part also 1 large handful of cilantro--this is NOT optional--I chop it but not a lot about 1/4 cup of pine nuts 1/2 to 1 tsp. of oregano--if you like more, put more--just go easy til you get it just right)

sea salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste about 3 T. of olive oil about 2 T of lemon juice or to taste--I like it really tangy about 1/2 tsp …



UPDATE #2--Hubby and I have been having a blender shake every night this week (we are now in our third week of this eating plan so we only started the shake this week)--

This serves 2 people

1 1/2 cups of fat free or skim milk
2 packages Equal
6 medium strawberries
1/4 to 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (last night I used banana but used just a little more, maybe a teaspoon)
9 ice cubes put in one at a time through the top of the blender
about 1/2 tsp of Splenda
blend until frothy and most of the ice is crushed


Okay the kicker: Tonight I didn't have any strawberries so I used about 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and black walnut extract--was really good!!!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE: This post will be really hard to believe if you read my post a couple of weeks ago entitled: MY NEXT HOUSE WILL NOT HAVE A KITCHEN! Suffice it to say that we needed to start eating better and I decided to bite the bullet and start cooking regularly again.

For the past two weeks, my husband and I have been eating very, very well and…


More Mother's Day 2009

My very first Mother's Day ever--1967! Wow! Where have the years gone?


Not sure of the year!

My card this year from Ashton and Noelle!

My sweet card from Jeff and Kim.

And from Michael's wife, Traci

And last but not least, of course, from Larry Dale.


The Person Who Has God and Everything Else!

Recently someone commented on a post of mine that brought this old quote back to me. The person who has God and everything else has nothing more than the person who has God alone. Do we really believe that? In a society where success is measured by kind and number of cars we drive, the size and number of diamonds we wear, and the sizes of our homes and the neighborhoods they are in, one has to wonder if we really believe that.


I just received this Mother's Day card from one of my smart-alecky sons. LOL --I thought it was really cute but sent him an email telling him that he was "cute" but wrong. You see, I didn't pray to find out everything that they did wrong. What I did pray wasthat Godwould see that they got caught whenever they did wrong. And I really didn't care who caught them as long as it was someone responsible who loved them and had their best interest at heart. As far as I'm concerned, God more than did His job. Yay! God (cheering now) You did it!! The only curious thing about it was this: It seemed as though every time God caught them at something they weren't supposed to be doing, He thought I ought to know. Subsequently, my sons not only thought I had eyes like the ones in the card above but also in the back of my head. That is also where my son got his information to support sending this erroneous MD card.

Of course, listening to them talk now (ages 42, 39, 36) th…


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The canvas over the sofa is one that I painted. The words are from scripture and read, "For God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made His light shine in our hearts to give us the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." I have many favorite scriptures and this is one of them.

This is the room we "live in." My husband usually frequents the recliner and I am usally on this end of the sofa with my laptop on the leg extension--it makes a great desk!

Directly across from my end of the sofa is this picture of Jesus. At Christmas this year, a lady painted this canvas while we sang worship songs and our preacher preached the morning sermon. I had most of my family with me and it was a very awesome time of worshiping together. I asked her after church if she sold her paintings and she did so I bought it. Her name is Nancy Posey and she works out of the Dallas ar…