Thursday, October 10, 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Cooking Thursday

Here's a little treat Bob and I had that's nice for a cool night.  It's something he saw on Pinterest and thought it would be good - it was!

White Chocolate Latte

2 c. low fat milk
1 c. half and half
2/3 c. white chocolate chips
2 Tbsp instant coffee
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract

In a medium size saucepan heat milk, half and half, white chocolate chips and instant coffee until chips are melted, stirring occasionally.
Stir in vanilla and almond extract.
Pour into coffee mugs and top with Reddi-Wip and a dusting of cocoa if desired.

*We skipped the Reddi-whip and cocoa and it was very good without it.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019

Storm Chasers

I recently saw this video and was amazed at the beauty and power displayed in these storms.  Take a few minutes and watch this.  I'm once again reminded of the majesty of our Creator.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Acorns keep falling on my head!

You know the song about Raindrops falling?  Around here it's been acorns!
We have 6 large oak trees in our front yard and some years we have more acorns than other years.  This seems to be one of those years.
We literally can't walk in the yard without stepping on several acorns.

Look at all of them in a small area!

And there are more to come down.

When you look up into the trees, you can see more bunches of them ready to fall.

The worst part of this is the noise it makes in the house.  A few of the trees have branches that hang high over the house.  You really can't believe how much noise one of those acorn bunches can make when they fall from a distance and then bounce down the roof.  It wakes us up at night, and sometimes you would think there was something running around on the roof.  When it's just one acorn, you can hear it hit and then bounce like a stone down off the roof.

I'm thinking this may mean a bad winter.  It seems in the past that when the acorns are plentiful, so is the snow!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Cooking Thursday

I love mint, and if you do too, I have  a yummy way to jazz up a boxed brownie mix.

Fudgy Mint Brownies

2 boxes fudgy brownies (I used Duncan Hines)
eggs, oil and water as directed on brownie pkg.
1 pkg York peppermint patties
1/2 teaspoon mint extract, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare one box of brownies as directed on pkg and then stir in 1/4 teaspoon mint extract. Pour into greased 9x13 pan. Unwrap mint patties and lay on top of prepared brownies. (24 in all; 6 rows of 4) Prepare second brownie mix as directed, then stir in mint extract. Pour over mint layer. Bake for 35 minutes. Take out of oven and frost immediately.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A Day in my Life

Happy October!  Hope the month started well for all of you.  Here's how I spent my day.

Tuesday was my day off.  One of the things I enjoy on a day off is sleeping a little later and being able to have a slow start.  That didn't happen on this day.  On Monday my car wouldn't start when I was ready to leave work.  I had to call Bob to pick me up and have the car towed away.  So, Tuesday morning I had to get up and bring Bob to work at 7 am so I could use his car during the day.

When I got home I had my quiet time, then watched Pioneer Woman which I had DVR'd earlier.

Then it was time to get some things done.

The laundry needed to be done.

 I mixed up some refrigerator oatmeal - my go to breakfast when it's not winter.  It doesn't look great here, but after a night in the frig and with some fruit it looks good and makes a quick and yummy breakfast.

I boiled some eggs. I like to have some in the refrigerator to put in lunches or for breakfast.

 Ground beef was on sale so I bought 6 pounds of it and browned it.  I like to brown it in my large saucepan.  I did 3# at a time.  Once it's browned, I drain the grease and rinse it in a colander.

Then it goes into zip-lock bags.  I usually do 1# to a bag and toss it into the freezer. It makes it so easy to throw together sloppy joes, chili...

I did dishes, cleaned the kitchen and the sink.  Don't you feel better when everything is cleaned and the sink is shiny?  :)

 Bob spent the day yesterday putting in this new entry door from our garage.  He needs to finish the trim yet, but yesterdays work meant the whole area was dusty and dirty so I did some cleaning here along with vacuuming the living room.

 The bathrooms needed cleaning too.  I took a picture of this cleaner because it's something we recently started using which makes cleaning easier.  You just spray down the shower or tub when you are done and it keeps it clean.  We have hard water and before using this we would get deposits on the tile.  I haven't had to scrub it nearly as often.

It was cloudy and warm all day, didn't feel like it should be October.  Here's how it looked in the afternoon when I left the house.

I had an appointment in the afternoon to have my hair cut and colored.  I forgot to take a picture while I was inside, so here's one from the parking lot.  :)    My hair was overdue for some work and it felt good to have it done!

 When I left, it was sprinkling.  I had to go pick Bob up from work.

 While I was waiting for him, it got darker and started to really rain.  I also got a call from the station where my car was, telling me that it had started without issue and had no problems all day, so as of that time they couldn't figure out what caused the problem. So frustrating!  It's spending the night and they will try again tomorrow.

And when we got home, it was pouring!

 After supper the sun came out!

Bob was doing some work clearing the rain gutters and the front walk.

Then we had a relaxing evening, a candle burning and watching The Voice!

It was another good day!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Another beautiful morning

We've had some beautiful mornings lately, just the type I love.  Cool with a little mist hanging over everything.  Here's a few shots from my morning drives to work.

This turkey was enjoying the morning as well!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Giving in to Fall

It's been quite warm here the past week, but the shorter days are showing that it really is Fall.  So, although I've been fighting it, I knew it was time to get the Fall decorations out.  Here's a few photos of what it looks like here.

The back door in our garage, the sunflower flag is in an old milk can from my Dad's farm.

My little note on the counter in the kitchen.

The Dining Room

The gourds are in an old wooden tool box I got at an auction.

 In the living room is the shelf that I change out with the seasons.  The dried hydrangea blossoms are from my daughter Laura.

 One of the side tables in the living room.

This is on our TV console.

I haven't gotten pumpkins to put on the front porch yet.  I don't want them to go bad too quickly in this warm weather, so that's the extent of my Fall decorating!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Friday Funny

How do you comfort
a grammar fanatic?

They're, Their, There


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Cooking Thursday

We tried a new recipe while we were on vacation.  This was one Bob saw and wanted to try, but we don't usually have big breakfasts, so we hadn't tried it.  Vacation was the perfect time for this.  It was really good and I think I'll make it again when we have breakfast for supper.  It would also be great if you had to serve brunch.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Wreath

4 slices bacon, cut in half crossways
1 can (8 ounces) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
5 large eggs
1 cup shredded, cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cooking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick foil.
Cook bacon in skillet or microwave until cooked but not crisp, set aside.
Scramble eggs and season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.
Separate crescents into 8 triangles and lay out on cooking sheet in a star formation with the pointed sides pointing out.
Lay one piece of bacon on each triangle.
Sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese on the widest part of the triangle.
Spoon eggs over cheese, then sprinkle rest of cheese over eggs.
Pull points of crescents over eggs and tuck under dough to form wreath.  Filling will be visible.
Place into oven and bake for 17-20 minutes until golden brown.
Cool for 2 minutes, then cut between each crescent to make 8 pieces.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

Country Drive

Last week we had a day when the sun was shining, but a storm was approaching and the eastern sky was dark.  It made for some pretty country scenes, so I took a little drive.

A barn and a cornfield are a beautiful sight.

 Look at that sky!

Getting darker!

A nice Fall scene - crates stacked up, ready to harvest some pumpkins.

In spite of those dark skies, we got very little rain.  This storm was more talk than show!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

So cute, but...

 Isn't this a cute little guy?  He loves to hang out on our front porch and eat acorns.

Bob is less a fan than I am, because he and his family are always making tunnels through his flower beds.
However, last week he reached a new low.
Our front porch has been showing some wear and tear.  Some of the block was deteriorating, but because we are trying to have it redone, we haven't repaired it.  I guess Mr Chipmunk found the weakened spot because when we came back from our vacation, this is what we found.

What had been a very small broken spot, is now a big hole, with a tunnel under the porch.  And the top of the porch was covered in acorns and broken bits of stone and block.  Bob cleaned it up and the next day the mess was back on top of the porch.  So, he had to fill it all in and cover it until we can have the whole thing redone.
Mr Chipmunk is now back to just eating his acorns on top, instead of tunneling.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A visit to Charlevoix

One more thing we did while on vacation was to visit the city of Charlevoix.  It's about an hour away from Traverse City.
We wanted to go to see the Mushroom or Hobbit houses.  They were built by Earl Young between 1919 and 1970.  Most of them have a distinctive wavy roof, are built of stone, fit into the natural landscaping and a lot of them have a rock fence of some type.
We were able to walk around one area and see a lot of them, then drove to see a few more.

Upon arriving in Charlevoix, we found they had lots of beautiful buildings, including these churches.
We found the visitor center, got a map and started on our walk.

 This was the first house Earl Young built for himself.  The main house is to the right.  The house above the garage is a guest house.

 Isn't this stone work incredible?

This is the original Mushroom House.

 This is the Half House.  It looks like it was cut in half.  Earl Young built it for his daughter when she got married.

 The current owner has a sense of humor and has a gnome sleeping on the roof.

 This is the Thatch house - the only one with a thatched roof.

 This was Earl Youngs second house.  If you can see the chimney, you will see that he made it to look like the concrete was melting.

This house is named Abide.

 This house was built for the owner of Speedway and is right on the shore of Lake Michigan.  It's since been sold and is now owned by the Bolthouse Farm family.  They produce lots of baby carrots!

 This home has this stone fence that seems to go on forever!

Some of the homes have mailboxes that go with their homes.

 We caught glimpses of Lake Michigan as we made our way around the city.  It was looking a little rough.

We had packed a picnic lunch and we ate it on a bench looking over the pier.

After lunch we went through this old home.  It was the home that Earl Youngs wife grew up in.

 Then it was time to head back.  It got darker and darker as we drove.

 Soon we were in a deluge!  We were happy to get back to our little cottage.

It was a good evening to read and relax!
The next day we packed up and drove home.  We had a restful and enjoyable time and some day we hope to return!