Thursday, March 23, 2017

Friday Funny

Are you old enough to understand this?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cooking Thursday

I'm late in sharing this one!  I wonder how many of you had corned beef on St Patrick's Day?  We never do, but there are a few things I make with corned beef.  One is this recipe I'm sharing today.  We had it Sunday night, and I realized then, that I should have made it earlier and shared it, so it would be on time for St Patrick's.  Oh well - you can have it anytime!
Anyway, we usually have something kind of light on Sunday nights and it's usually something I can make ahead of time.  These buns fit the bill.  It's an old recipe that my mom used to make.  It has only 5 ingredients including the buns and it's easy and good!

Corned Beef Buns
1 can corned beef
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/2 cup sour cream
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
8 hamburger buns
Stir together the corned beef, minced onion and sour cream, then add cheese.  Divide among the 8 buns.  Wrap in foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
These can be prepared the day ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to use them, then bake as directed.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Oh Alexa....

Meet Alexa!
Alexa is a newcomer to our family.  She is also known as an Echo Dot.  My friend Jenny, from I'm Having a Thought Here recommended it to me after she got one.
Alexa is voice controlled and can do lots of things.  She can give information, tell jokes, set an alarm, play music...  We have it set on an end table in our living room and we use it most to play music.  You can ask her to play music by a certain artist or genre, or you can play music from your Pandora play list.  You can get road conditions, weather reports or ask general questions.  If you have a "smart house" you can even have it control devices in it.
We've really enjoyed it, and often ask silly questions just for fun, or tell Alexa good night, to which she replies "sleep well". 
If you are interested in getting one, they are available at Amazon for $49.99. 
*This is not a review, just me telling you about the Echo!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

No, I'm not talking about Christmas!  I do love Christmas, but I think the most wonderful season is Spring!  Monday is the first day of Spring and although it's still pretty cold and we may get more snow, it means winter is loosening it's grip. Warm weather and flowers will soon be here!
If you were to look at our back yard right now, there wouldn't appear to be much beauty to observe.
At first glance, you would see:

A bush that had a hard time with the wind and snow this winter,

and grasses that are matted down and not looking any too beautiful!

However, if you look closely, there is hidden beauty!

Buds on the maple tree!

Daffodils popping up through the undergrowth.

 A few dried remnants of last years luneria that outlasted winter.

Some of last years flowers left their seed pods behind, and they have their own type of beauty.

 The hydrangea tree has 2 flowers that have made it all the way through the winter.

And the forsythia is showing off its buds, with the promise of blooms soon!

"For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land."
Song of Solomon 2:11-12   

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Friday Fun!

Instead of a comic today, I have a short video of a Dad and daughter.  Check it out - it's heartwarming and sure to bring a smile to your face!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cooking Thursday

I've shared a few recipes with you that I got at our MOPS (Mom's of pre-schoolers) brunches.  I have another one today.  We often comment that these brunches are not good for the diet!  This one has been brought a few times and is always good.  I made it myself last week, making just half of it in an 8x8 pan.  I'm sure you would like it!

 Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

2 loaves frozen white bread dough
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons milk

3 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons softened butter.

Spray 9x13 baking pan and place bread in to thaw for about 2 hours.
Cut bread into small pieces with a scissors or knife.
Melt butter, sugars, cinnamon and milk together in a small pan.  Pour over bread pieces, cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, uncover and bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.
Beat icing ingredients together while it bakes.
Cool briefly and frost.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Birthday celebrations!

We did some celebrating this past weekend.  Bob's mom and my Dad are 5 days apart in age.  Bob's mom turned 86 on March 6 and my Dad turned 86 on March 11.
We are blessed by the fact that they are both in quite good health. Bob's mom and step-dad live in an independent living facility, my Dad and step-mom live in the house he built when I was 13.
Both of them were and still are wonderful parents.  We were talking about how blessed we are to have had parents who loved us and brought us up in faith filled homes.  As a child you think every home is the same, but as an adult you realize how very blessed you were!

We went out for supper on Friday evening with Bob's brother and wife, along with Mom and Rog.

 Here is Bob's mom with one of her gifts.

Bob, his Mom, his brother Tom.

Here we are in the restaurant.

This restaurant was built where my Dad and his brothers farm used to be.  They have pictures of the farm in the lobby.  Here you see the barn, some cows and a meeting of the Farm Bureau.  I found my Dad, uncle and Grandpa in that picture!

Here's my Dad and step-mom at their house after we went out.

We had a good time both evenings, with laughter and memories of years ago.
I don't think either of them look like they are 86!  I'm thankful to have had them in my life for another year.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Blustery Day!

I have a few things to show you from last week,.
We got a postcard in the mail telling us the electric company would be coming through and trimming trees sometime in the month of March.  Even though I was warned, I was quite surprised to come home and find this in our front yard!

This picture doesn't show the extent of the amount of branches in our front yard.  There were these branches that are actually piled quite high and there were also pine branches stacked up. 
Our electric lines are in the back of our house and are close to a wooded area.  They had to drag all this stuff up to the road.  Thankfully they picked it all up the next day.
They did leave some messes in the back though.  There are trees that have been "trimmed" of all there branches with only one small branch left at the top.  Bob has already lined up his brother to come and help cut them down.  It looks kind of ridiculous!

I was very glad the electric company got those branches when they did because the next day was extremely windy!  I know from FB that some of you were dealing with the same type of wind.  We were having wind gusts of up to 80mph.  These windy days always seem to fall on the same day as trash pick up.  When I came home from work I saw trash bins all over.  There wasn't one that was still standing upright or at the end of a driveway.
I didn't take these next pictures.  They were on FB, but they show what it was looking like around here.

On one side of us, at Lake Michigan near Grand Haven the waves were huge!

And on the other side, near Grand Rapids, power lines were being blown down...

and so were semi trucks!
Can you even imagine?  Some people were without power from Wednesday until Saturday.
We didn't have much happen to us.  A few small branches came down and we lost some shingles.
Hope any of you who were in the wind also stayed safe!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cooking Thursday

Today's recipe is an easy potato side dish.  It only has a few ingredients and can be made and on the table in less than an hour.  And - it's yummy!

Roasted Rosemary Redskin Potatoes

Redskin Potatoes, cut into small pieces
Olive oil
Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Put potatoes into bowl.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle seasonings over top and toss together.
Place on foil lined cookie sheet.
Cook for 35-40 minutes until golden brown, turning once halfway through cooking time.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

(Snowing again!)

Monday, March 6, 2017

This is why...

I've had some tough days at work lately.  We've been short staffed so lots of us are working long hours and extra days.  There has been extra work because of the move to the new addition and the added craziness that goes with renovations in the existing building.  We've been having a lot of admissions and discharges which means lots of extra paperwork.   We've also had some very challenging patients.  All that makes for hard days and feeling a bit overwhelmed.  But then something happens to remind you why you do what you do!
Last week one of our therapists came to me in the morning and said she had something for me and handed me a piece of paper.  It was from a lady who had spent 3 weeks with us after she broke a bone in her back.  She improved enough to be able to go back home.  I wasn't there the day she was discharged and she gave this note to the therapist to give to me.

 She wrote this on a paper that her meal had come with.  The funny spots are from me removing her name.  (My real name is Maribeth and I'm called that at work)

The therapy staff told me she worked for a while to write out the "check".  It says -" $10 plus $1 interest.  Render to Maribeth for loving care. (Wow she is expensive!)"
Isn't that the sweetest thing?  It made my day and is something I'll be keeping.  What a nice thing to remember on those hard days!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekend Review

Hope you all had a nice weekend!  I was working this weekend, but had Friday off which was nice.  My daughter Heather had the day off as well, and asked me to go out for lunch with her.  We had lunch at Panera, did a little shopping at a Meijer near us, then stopped at a thrift store and a local antique/d├ęcor place.  She got a cute farmhouse sign for her house.

I got this cute towel to hang on my stove.  Those are all names of streets in our town.

Friday evening Bob and I went into Grand Rapids to go through the yearly Home and Garden Show.  His store was a participating vendor, so that made it even more enjoyable to walk through.  It was a pretty drive - very cold out but clear blue skies are nice!

Check out these cute Adirondack chairs with backs shaped like Michigan!

Here's Bob talking to the guys at his store's spot.

The middle of this venue was all set up with a huge garden.  There were brick walkways and spring flowers in bloom.  It smelled wonderful!  They even had this old car on display!

I had to work on Saturday, but Heather and Andrew came over in the evening to work in Bob's workshop.  They bought an old chest and dresser and have been coming over occasionally to work on it.  Saturday evening Heather was putting the final wax coat on the chest while Andrew worked on the dresser drawers.  They finished the chest and took it home with them.

I worked on Sunday too.  I'm sure you remember that we recently completed a new addition and opened it 2 weeks ago.  They are now working to renovate the existing building.

One side of the building is closed off and is all torn up.  We can't get in during the week when the guys are working, but I snuck over to check it out on Sunday.  They say it will take 2-3 months to complete, then they will start on the other side.

That's my weekend.  Aside from a very crazy day at work on Saturday, it was a good weekend!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A day in my life

Happy March!  I'm always happy to see March come, because it means winter is winding down.  I can't complain about this winter, because it's been warmer than usual with much less snow, but I'm still happy to see it go away!
The first day of the month was pretty typical for me.  Here's how it went:

It was a work day for me, so I was up at 5am.  I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes, took a shower and got ready for work.

6:10am -  I had some oatmeal for breakfast and watched the morning news.  We had crazy thunderstorms the night before, and the weatherman was predicting a little rain in the morning changing over to snow and sleet along with high winds!

6:50 am - I pulled into the parking lot at work.

6:55am - All is quiet when I walk to the nurses station.  There were a few residents awake and sitting in the Bistro, but it's mostly dark and quiet.  The area you see lit up is the nurses station.
It was a busy day and I got out of work late.  I left around 4pm, although I thought I was going to have to stay until 7pm, so 4 seemed pretty good!

When I left work at 4, the rain had turned to snow and it was coming down hard!

I stopped and got a manicure.  While there I started talking to the lady next to me and found out she was our substitute mail carrier.  We had a nice visit!

 I left the nail salon at about 4:45. It was snowing and blowing so hard that it was difficult to see in some spots!

 We had an easy supper - pizzaburgers.  I had the meat spread made so I just had to put it on the buns and broil them.

 After supper I made up some oatmeal, which is my usual breakfast in the winter.  Now all I have to do is pop it in the microwave in the morning.

Then I spent some time making a menu and a grocery list so I'll be ready to get groceries after work the next night.

After everything was cleaned up, I did a little Bible study, relaxed with my computer and also watched the latest episode of Fixer Upper.  It's one of my favorites and I always record it because it plays on Tuesday night when I'm at Bible study.

Bob was at a meeting and when he came home he said it was nasty outside, still snowing and the roads were getting bad.  We'll see how they are in the morning!

11pm - I need to get to bed so I can go to work tomorrow. Thanks for sharing my day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cooking Thursday

I made some bars this week that were as quick and easy to throw together as a packaged brownie mix (it's actually one of the ingredients), but are a bit of an upgrade.  So here's a recipe that's perfect to use when you have to bring some type of treat, but you don't want to use brownies again!

Duo Cookie/Brownie Bars

Cookie Dough:
Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix*
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, softened

Brownie Batter:
Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix*
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9x13 pan.
In medium bowl stir together cookie mix, egg and butter until dough forms, hand kneading if necessary.  Set aside
In second bowl, stir together brownie mix, water, oil and egg until fully blended.
Spread brownie mix into prepared pan. Spoon cookie dough on top of brownie batter.  Bake 40-45 minutes or until cookie is golden brown.
*You can use any brand brownie mix that makes an 8x8 pan, and any standard cookie mix.