Thursday, January 17, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cooking Thursday

We're enjoying soup this time of year.  Last week I made this chicken rice soup in the slow cooker that I hadn't made for some time and was reminded how easy and tasty this recipe was.

Chicken Rice Soup 

4 cans chicken broth (12-13 oz size)
2 C. chopped, cooked chicken 
1 bag sliced frozen carrots
1 C. chopped celery
salt, pepper to taste
1 box chicken Rice-a-roni. 
Stir all ingredients together and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tip for Tuesday

A few weeks ago I mentioned that in doing some food prep, I had cooked up some ground beef and chicken and frozen it.  Several of you e-mailed me to ask what I do with it, so I thought I would share it with you here.

Whenever I need ground beef, or if it's on sale, I buy it in a large package. I often buy at least 4 pounds.  I brown it in a saucepan, using my Pampered Chef Mix and Chop.  If you don't have on of these, I highly recommend it!  It helps chop the ground beef up finely and mixes while it does so.  I wouldn't be without it, and have given it as a gift to several who have also enjoyed it.

Once the meat is cooked, I put it in a colander and drain the grease.  I then rinse it with hot water, and put it in freezer bags, usually one pound per bag.
When you need it, it's very easy to throw a meal together because the beef is cooked.  It also saves time because you cook it all at once, and you only have to clean up the mess once.

I do something similar with chicken.  I buy a bulk package of chicken breasts or thighs and cook them all at once.  I then shred it and put it in freezer bags.
It's very handy to have both of these items ready to go in the freezer.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Party like it's 2018!

Bob's workplace decided this past Christmas to wait to have their Christmas party until January, so their employees didn't have to try to fit another party into the mix that often occurs in December.  The party was this past Saturday night.  It was held at a local restaurant, and the decision to hold it later meant the attendance was really good.

 The decorations were so cute!  Bob works for True Value Hardware, and each table had a strip of this paper they use to wrap windows or screens they've repaired.  The centerpiece was a tree trunk circle, with an old True Value toy truck on it, life savers and wrist bands that said True Value and Well Done on them.

They also had trees made with the same paper.

Here's a few of the little trucks.  So cute!

One thing they did was to show a video they made of each the employees talking about what they liked about their job.  This was Bob's part on it. The general consensus from most of them was that they like the people.  He really is blessed by the wonderful people he works with and for!

Along with a great meal, there were a bunch of games.  There were guessing games - each table had a container full of different items, and we had to try to guess the amount of each one.  Can you believe I won from one table and tied with someone else on another table?
There was also a sticker under a chair at each table, and I got that one too!  That allowed me to spin a wheel and I got a restaurant gift certificate from it.

They drew names to play Family Feud and my name was drawn for that too.  The funny thing was that Bob's name was also drawn to play against my team.  His team won!

 Several people were recognized for their years of working there, and one was Bob.

Here's his recognition award for 20 years!

 The staff always collect money to buy a gift for the manager of the store.  This year they commissioned Bob to do a carving of him, and here he is right after he opened it.

Here's the carving.  Chad is a great guy, does all kind of things and is always running to rescue someone or help them out.  So, Bob carved him ripping his shirt open, with a Superman t-shirt underneath.  Chad is also a Christian who depends on the Lord, so the plaque says Phil 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".  Chad really liked it.

It was a fun evening!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Cooking Thursday

Here's a quick recipe I re-discovered at Christmas.  If you want a quick and easy treat, this is a good one!

No Bake Avalanche Cookies

2 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup creamy peanut butter
16 ounces white chocolate - can use a bar or chips.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.
Stir together marshmallows and Rice Krispies in a large bowl.
Melt peanut butter and white chocolate together.
Stir into Rice Krispy mix.
Drop by tablespoon onto baking sheet.
Place in refrigerator until set.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

A little peace in chaos!

Things have been a little crazy at work again!  Our Director of Nursing didn't work out.  There is another one hired, and it's someone I used to work with, so I'm very happy.  I know her work ethic and attitude, so this will be a good thing.  However, right now she is the Director of Nursing at another facility in our corp. and they don't want her to come to us until they have a replacement for her.  So, it's been very busy because of that, and also just plain busy because of some patients who are quite complex, and also lots of people coming for short rehab stays and going home.  Admissions and discharges are more work than you would think, so when you add it all together, it's been a bit crazy!

In January, I always love to declutter and organize at home, and when I was looking at some drawer organizers, I saw this desk organizer.

This is now setting on one side of my desk.  It makes me happy to have the things I need at my fingertips and not all on top of each other in a drawer.

 Here's the other side of my desk.  The flip calendar is a new addition to help keep my focus on the right things when it does get crazy.

 I was in the our local Christian book store when I saw this and thought it was perfect for work.

Each day has a verse or a quote like this.  I think having something like this right by the phone so I see it all the time will be a good thing!   And I have to say, that even when it's crazy, God gives strength, right?

Sunday, January 6, 2019

It's a girlie weekend!

We had the girls overnight Friday night.  It had probably been a month, because of parties and the busyness of the season, so we were happy to spend some time with them again.

We picked them up after supper and came home.  It was a dreary, rainy day so they were wearing their boots.  I was putting some things away in the kitchen and smiled when I walked past the dining room and saw this.

I actually sent this photo to Laura, with a comment about how well trained they were to line their boots up so nicely.  Laura replied that this does not happen at home,  :)  and she also thought it might be better if the boots weren't on the good rug.  True, but I still thought it was cute!

We are working on the girls room here.  We have a toddler bed that is getting small, so we're trying to change the bed situation.  We had ordered new twin mattresses and Bob was getting one out that night.

Bob, Alaina and Ruby each tried it out and said it was very comfortable.

The mattresses came in a box, and the box was even better than the mattress!  Friday night they laid  it out and laid on top of it.

 The next morning they stood it up, folded it, threw blankets over it and made a "fortress".

A box and some imagination makes for lots of fun!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

One last party!

We had our party for my family on Saturday.  As usual, there was lots of fun and laughter!

It was a full house!  We started the evening with pizza, then played a game before opening gifts.

Of course, the girls loved opening gifts.  The funny thing was that Alaina opened hers right up, but Ruby was very careful, untying the strings and pulling the paper off slowly.

The grandkids came up with a brilliant idea for my Dad and step mom.  They bowl 3 times a week and love it.  So, all the kids are going to take them out bowling and for supper in January.  They both loved it.

A funny tradition we have is Santa letters.  If someone has "misbehaved" during the year, they may get a letter from Santa with a little gift that adds to the letter.  These letters usually go to the men, because they are the naughtiest, and also because we girls are usually the elves! Imagine my surprise when the first letter came to me! I haven't mentioned this, but I hurt my knee in November and have been wearing a brace.  I'm supposed to be doing limited walking and standing so it can heal.  I must admit that I'm not a very good patient and I don't like to ask other people to do things for me.  So, Santa sent me a letter telling me to listen to Bob and the Dr...  and I got a book titled "Little Miss Stubborn".  Tucked into my gift was a book for my sister Terri titled "Little Miss Chatterbox" which was pretty fitting.

Laura also got a gift from Santa.  She's has a history with these gifts, probably because she's so easy to tease. She has a thing about possums, she doesn't like them and a few years ago, she got a possum skin from Santa.  This year she got mug that looks plain white until you put something hot in it - then a possum shows up!

The last Santa gift was a little book for my sister Cheri.  She got a letter warning her not to get in the way of other peoples gift giving joy.  I don't know if you've heard of the book - The Wonky Donkey?  Last month, both Laura and Heather had found that book for me to read to the girls, and before they could give it to me, Cheri had found the book and given it to me.  So, she got her own book.

The Very Merry Cheri!  Laura did this, had a whole story line with rhyming words including a spot where she fell and had a 'Shiney Heinie!"
Yes, we laughed some more.

 Ruby had such fun with her Operation game.

Alaina is showing great Grandma how to do this craft.
We had such a fun evening.  Dad is 87 and Ann is 88 and we are thankful for each Christmas we have with them.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A Day in my Life

Hi!  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for the new year!
I enjoyed my break and had a very nice Christmas.  Now here we are in 2019!
Here's how I spent the first day of the year.

I'm actually going to start with a photo from New Years Eve just because it's cute.
We spent the evening with Bobs brother Tom and wife Bonnie.  This is our annual tradition, and we followed another tradition as well.  We've been doing a traveling type outing every New Years Eve.  We stop at a restaurant to get appetizers, stop somewhere else for a main dish, and then make one more stop for dessert.  We figure we have all night, so this is the night to do it.

These carolers were on the street outside the restaurant where we had our main dish. After we ate, Bob, Tom and Bonnie joined them!  :)

We didn't get back to our house until about 9:30.  Such a fun evening!

Happy New Year!  I don't know what was going on with Bob and I but we laughed the New Year in.

Tom and Bonnie left shortly after midnight. Bob was soon in bed, I did a little reading and was in bed by 1.

We both slept in and had a relaxing morning.  I started some laundry and picked up groceries.
I got a message from my sister Cheri asking if I wanted to run out to one of our favorite stores as they were having a New Years Day sale.  I picked her up at 11 and we headed out.
We stopped at my sister Terri's house to see some work that's been happening in her living room and see if she wanted to come along.  She couldn't do that, but we had a nice little visit.

 We made it to this store - such cute vintage things are offered here. It's owner has been profiled in Better Homes and Gardens and some other magazines, so we're lucky to have her cute store near us.
I found a beautiful wreath for 75% off!

We stopped at Wendy's for lunch and then made our way back home.

When I got home I finished the laundry and then started to do some cleaning.
 This closet is where I store all my wrapping supplies and decorative items.  It's hard to see, but I sorted it all out and put it back in place, something that was badly needed.

Then I worked on cleaning out drawers.  It's something I really like to do, and it always makes me feel good to see everything clean and neat.

I also cooked up and froze some chicken and hamburger in preparation for later meals.

We had Chicken Cordon Bleu and green bean casserole for supper.

After supper I did a little reading.  Our Pastor is going to be doing a series going through the Bible this year, so we got a list of passages to read, that will have us go through the Bible in one year, and will follow his messages.  This is the schedule and I'm starting off on time.  Hope I can keep it up!

Then it was a quiet, relaxing evening.
Back to work tomorrow!