Thursday, October 8, 2015

They're engaged!

About a month ago, I took some engagement photos of my niece Katelyn and her boyfriend Nathan.  I know I'm a bit tardy, but I thought I would share some with you.  I love taking pictures and they are such a sweet couple.  We had a fun time.  Our family is so happy about this upcoming wedding!


 Congratulations Nathan and Katelyn!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cooking Thursday

We tried a new recipe for supper Tuesday night.  It's a recipe that a friend recommended and she was right!  It goes in the crockpot, and gives you a complete meal at the end of the day.  It tasted great and Bob said I could make this one any time I wanted.  He loved it!

 Here it is, all ready to cook.

Crockpot Chicken and Vegetables

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 cups whole green beans (fresh)
5 medium red potatoes (cut up in chunks)
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
1 package dry chicken gravy mix
1/2 stick butter
1/3 cup water

Wash and place green beans on one side of the Crockpot. Place cut potatoes on the other side and the chicken in the center. Mix together the dry mixes and sprinkle evenly over the chicken. Cut the butter into pieces and place on top of chicken. Slowly pour water on vegetables (not chicken). Cook on low heat for 7-8 hours until chicken is done and tender

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

A ride in the country

A few weeks ago, when I got out of work, the clouds were amazing!  Somedays, my camera just calls out to me, and I can't go right home.  This was one of those days; a day to take the back roads home.  I really prefer a dirt road over a busy, paved one anyway!
I'm a little late, but am finally getting around to showing just a few to you. 

See those clouds?

I love old barns...

And there are a lot of them around here.

Lots of cows too.

If you're lucky, you'll find a calf too.

Thanks for coming with me.  God gives us such beauty to enjoy!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A day in my life - happy October!

Thursday was the beginning of October.  It's hard to believe!
As I usually do, I'm sharing what I did on the first day of the month.
Thursday is usually the busiest day of my week.  Our Dr comes and does rounds, I work with him and it's usually a late day.
I don't have to start until 8, so I get to sleep in till 5:50.  That's always nice!

 One of our nurses was celebrating her birthday today.  She has a nice surprise when she opened her office, to find that her daughters had snuck in the night before and decorated her office.  Isn't that sweet?

 Since I can't share many pictures of work due to privacy rules, I thought I would show you our facility bird.  This is Shakespeare.  Shakespeare is a girl!  She was named by one of our residents.  She's kinds of funny, she likes men and lets them rub her head, but not most women.

Management started hanging these signs around the building.  None of us know what it's about, but I guess we'll find out.

 I spent the morning doing paperwork and reports, also getting all the charts pulled and information ready for the Dr.  He comes after I've been there a while and leaves shortly after 4. When he leaves, I have to call the family members and tell them about any changes or new orders, make sure the pharmacy has orders and do paperwork if any narcotic orders are changed, put orders in the med and treatment book and put out a report of who was seen and their orders to the management and nurses.  When we started rounds, there were 13 charts on this cart.  Now all that's left are lab books and his folder,

I left shortly before 6.  I thought these grasses on the corner looked so pretty in the sunlight!

I took the back roads home.  They are the prettiest!  There's not much color here yet, but I bet this road will soon be gorgeous!

I try to have a freezer meal ready on the nights I work late.  Bob got home a little after 5 and popped it in the oven.  When I got home, supper was ready.  :)

After supper, I changed out this piece that sits on our dining room table.  It was time for the summer things to go and for Fall to take over!

Then I spent some time working on my Bible Study.  Have any of you used Priscilla Shirer's studies before?  Our church did one last year and really enjoyed it, and are doing this one now.  She is the daughter of Tony Evans and was in the movie War Room.  This study is on prayer.  Our Sunday School class is also talking about prayer and our pastor is doing a series on...  prayer!  I think God is telling me something,

It was a full day, but a good day.  Welcome October!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hair extrordinaire!

Our little granddaughter Ruby has such fun hair!  I've shown you photos of her before and many of you have commented on her hair.  It looks like dandelion fuzz, and it doesn't matter what Laura does, it just goes back to standing up!  She gets comments on it, wherever she goes.  Laura recently put his comment on facebook after a trip to Meijer.

"Ruby had a previous record of 9 comments on her hair in one grocery trip. She blew that out of the water today with a total of 18 comments, including one man who stopped with his bald little girl and said, "Well, looks like we've got both ends of the hair spectrum here!" There were also plenty of people who just laughed, chuckled and pointed at her, which don't count toward the total. She also got a head rub, and earned a quarter for her piggy bank from a sweet older lady. She certainly is a spectacle with that hair!"

Here's a video Laura shared, that I just had to show to all of you. Hope you enjoy it!
This is Laura's commentary on the video:
 "We only provide the best in entertainment for our kids in this house. Here's Ruby's favorite toy - the air conditioning vent. Or maybe she's just an aspiring model..."

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cooking Thursday

We had a potluck at work this week and I brought this salad.  It's got an unusual mix of ingredients and is so good!  I got the recipe from Carrie of Northwoods Scrapbook. Her recipe called for pecans, but since I don't like them, I used almonds instead, so take your choice!  Thanks Carrie - it was a hit!

Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad

8 ounces bow tie pasta
1 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
8 slices bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 cup Fresh Gourmet honey roasted almonds

Cook pasta as directed on package, drain and rinse with cool water.
Cut broccoli florets from stems and separate into small pieces.
Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, onion, vinegar and salt.
Stir together pasta, grapes and broccoli, then stir mayonnaise sauce in.
Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.  Stir almonds and bacon into salad immediately before serving.