Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to All and to All a good Night!! Hope your Christms was filled with wonder and Joy and lasting memories made!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Night of thought

Tonight I sit in my home, wood stove burning, quiet all around. I sit here thinking of Christmas' past. I remember my own Christmas many years ago as a child growing up on the Maine coast. The winter's were snowy and the Christmas tree real and full of ornaments from my mother's past. I remember all my siblings around the tree, food and laughter. It was a time of family and love.
I sit here tonight thinking of those days gone by. My home is quiet now. My children have grown up and my siblings busy with their own  lives and my husbands family experiencing the a change in holidays now that their mother is gone.
I sit here tonight with mixed feelings. I'm blessed that Christmas is that time of year to think about God giving his son to save the world from darkness. I'm blessed that I have my own children and my husband that I love and that we'll spend tomorrow and Christmas day together. But I'm sad that my Christmases no longer include my family. I miss them and I miss our time spent together all those Christmases long ago and know time changes all things and from this Christmas forward my husbands Christmas will be forever changed.
I'm thankful for the quiet time to remember what my past Christmases were like and feel good about the memories I'll forever hold dear to my heart.
My wishes for everyone is a blessed Christmas remembering that it's a day about the birth of Jesus Christ and His coming to this earth to save His people

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

A great loss

Sorry it's been a while since I posted. My mother-in-law passed away very unexpectedly last week and it has been a week of grief and sorrow.
She was loved greatly by her family and children and grandchildren. She will be missed very, very much!!
I'll be back soon with Christmas updates.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sickness before the Holidays

Does anyone else get sick this time of year? Is it from overdoing things? Trying to make the perfect holiday? Or just being run down trying to get so many things in order before Christmas?  I 'm not sure.  I do know that this time of year really wears me down... I am working two jobs, cooking, baking, and cleaning.. how do I allow this to happen every year?  I want to slow down... take it easy and enjoy my holiday with family.
I suppose I'll have to learn to slow down and take it easy. Enjoy my home the way it is and be done with trying to make the PERFECT Christmas... the only perfect Christmas was over 2000 years ago when Christ was born...now that was perfection!
Enjoy your family, your home and the many blessings you have.... Slow down!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Here is hoping everyone has a glorious day with family and friends.. my your day be blessed.

Friday, November 2, 2012

That Sweet Thing

Do you ever need a sweet thing at the most inconvenient times?? I have a terrible sweet tooth and I really like to have something after dinner to make my evening wonderful!
I was introduced to this great recipe for a 3-2-1 Cake in a Cup... how ingenious to have a single cake in a minute.. Sure to satisfy any sweet tooth that is hankering for something quick...

So here is goes...now remember it's so easy  you'll want your own cake often!

First you'll need to cake mixes...one has to be Angel Food Cake Mix. The other one doesnt' matter, but I love Red Velvet cake so that was my choice.
Next  combine the two mixes in a ziploc quart baggie. Mix, Mix, Mix till they are thoughly combined.
Now the easy part:

3 Tablespoons of cake mix
2 Tablespoons of water
1 minute in the microwave....

3-2-1...Now you can make your own little cake anytime you want to... it's only about 100 calories too!

So, If you like me and NEED a sweet thing... this is the perfect portion size and the right amount of time to invest in making your own cake!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Haunting Halloween

Enjoy a very enchanting and wonderful October 31st

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Well, I sit here and am waiting to feel the impact of Hurricane Sandy.  I live in Maine, so we should only feel the remenants of the wind and rain... the coastal areas will be harder hit.  As we prepare for this storm, I realize that nothing is in my control. 
I mean, yes, I can fill containers of water, get my wood in, close up doors and windows and secure any outdoor furniture. But I can't control the wind, the rain and how the power is sure to go out.  We can only prepare so much and the rest must be left in God's hands.
I pray that God will provide safety for my family and watch over us, but no matter what happens I know that He is in control and for that I am prepared.
So prayers go out to all who are experiencing Sandy today and my the Lord be with you.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Book Clubs

I have been part of a book club for the past two years.. this is going on year 3.  I love my book club, but I don't always love the books that are picked.
The reason I joined a book club was because I L-O-V-E to read!!!  I can't get enough. But, I felt that I was sticking to one kind of genre and needed to break out of my comfort zone and get introduced to some new authors and some new types of books. 
Well, that is exactly what I've done.  I've read books that have really been good and have gone on to read other books by the same author and found new enjoyment. I've also read books that I wouldn't read past page 50 and put the book down because I won't waste my time reading something that totally doesn't interest me. 
I've decided a long time ago that if I couldn't get into a book by page 50, then it was all over.  There are too many other interesting, good and wonderful books out there to waste my time on something that just isn't doing it for me.
How about you?? Do you love to read?? Do you read a book even though it doesn't grab you right away? I'd love to know your thoughts on this... Book Club tonight.... a book that I didn't finish reading..and not feeling guilty about it!
Happy Thursday to you!!
Tracey

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Celebrate Recovery

Recently I started a 12 step Christian recovery program called Celebrate Recovery.  I have been a heavy drinker in the past, am trying to stop smoking and addicted to Food!! I admit that I have a very addictive personality and restraint is not a normal thing for me. This program is a Christian approach to the twelve steps of AA.
I suppose the first step is to admit that you have a problem and I admit that! I know that my habits and addictions have hurt my spirit, my heart, my relationships and robbed me of joy.  I am excited about this program and am only on week 2... it's opening my eyes, making me really realize that I can't do this alone...I need Jesus' help!
As the days progress I feel stronger and more able to handle certain things. I'm enjoying crafting for the first time in months...no more going out for that smoke... I am rediscovering the wonders in my life and knowing that God is there for me anytime of the day.. I only need to ask and seek Him out.
Please pray for me during my journey... Thanks!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Back to the Grindstone

I just returned from a vacation in Germany and loved it!! I love the old world style and the wonderful food I got to experience while there. The trip was one of a lifetime. My wonderful husband treated me to my dream vacation and it was all I ever expected it to be. We traveled to Munich, Garmisch, then to Balanzo, Italy and to Innsbruck, Austria... perfect in every way.
Here are some pictures to enjoy of our wonderful vacation!








Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Less than interested

I have been less than interested in writing and updating my blog for the past month than ever.... not really sure why. I've been busy baking, making soap, creating small lunch bags and more. I just can never seem to post about anything. I think it's that I get so into what I'm doing that I never think to grab my camera and take a picture. It is usually an after thought when all is put away and I'm sitting reading all of the wonderful blogs I keep up with and say,,"I should have posted about canning 40 pints of pickles".... but never when I'm doing it. Just want to say, I love the blogs I've always followed... I read every day and love to stay updated in your blog world.
I'm heading to Europe soon for vacation with my husband. I'm anxious to be away and enjoy some alone time with him and enjoy the Old World Feel that Europe has to offer. I will post pictures when I return and let you all know where I've been and what area's off Europe I have visited.... Enjoy your Hump Day ......I'll be back again soon!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A lot going on...

The summer is winding down and things at my home are getting back to normal. My daughters have moved into their own apartment and Jim and I have our "nest" back to ourselves. So, I've been trying to re-organize my home and put the rooms my daughters were using back to normal.
I miss them already, though and it's kinda hard getting use to the quiet that is around here now. But, my youngest daughter is going through some medical stuff, so it's been hard to watch her go through this and she is continuing to lose weight.  Lots of tests so far have proven nothing... how can that be??? It very frustrating and difficult to concentrate on anything else except her well-being and health.
So, Prayers are welcome and encouragement is needed!!
Hopefully we'll have an answer soon...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ready for Fall

Well, it's been pretty hot around here in Maine. Sticky, Sticky humidity!!  I hate the humidity. Not only do you feel like your dripping all day, my hair gets bigger and bigger as the day goes on.... anyone remember Monica from Friends on a tropical vacation.... yeah, that's me!
I have to say, I'm ready for fall. I love the summer, but I have to admit I haven't done a lot this year. It's been a pretty low keyed summer. I haven't gone anywhere. Haven't really done anything too special and with the heat the way it's been, it's too hot to do much of anything.
Fall is sweaters, apples, baking, wood stove fires, creating and nesting. I love that! Baking and having your home filled with great scents that warm your heart and soul. I know it's not the start of the new year, but the Fall brings to mind beginnings, freshness, starting over... I think that with the summer as hot as it's been, I'm ready to start over and have a fresh start to productive period in my life.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Where are all the blogs going????

Just when I get interested in a blog, or have been following for a while, they seem to disappear! I get that it can be time consuming to write, or even become a chore, but I'm so disappointed that a lot of the blogs I've been following for years seem to suddenly stop.
Why is that??? It seems that there are a lot of reasons, and one that just blows my mind is the negativity left in comments on blogs! I can't believe that people would do that. If you don't like a post, or even the blog just stop following!! Also, if you can't leave a positive comment, don't leave one at all. It amazes me how often I see that that is the reason people will stop blogging.
All I can say is, I miss certain blogs a lot!! I miss the friends that I've made, the great insight these women have and the wonderful ideas that they come up with that inspire me.
I'm sorry that they have stopped blogging and have allowed others to influence them to the point of leaving something that they enjoyed.
I may not blog every day, but I'm not going anywhere!!!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

HOT, HOT, HOT

Most of the country is in the throws of a heat wave... well, it's probably not a heat wave here in Maine, but boy is it HOT!!! My computer at home isn't working because the heat has filled my home and affected my computer.
So, just saying prayers to all that are suffering during this National Heat Wave and hoping that cooler days are coming our way....NOT COLD,,, but cooler.
Stay safe my friends and enjoy!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Trying to stay Committed

Commitment... what a strong word!! I have been trying to get myself committed to many things..
1. Stop Smoking
2. Regular Exercise
3. Eating Better
4. Regular Devotions with my Bible
5........... on....on ....on
I'm not good at it. I've gained weight, stopped exercising and am smoking more now than ever!! I am so frustrated with myself. My brain seems to have clicked off and that stinks!!! I just don't have the drive, passion, desire to get myself motivated to keep moving and stay committed.
So, in light of all of this.. I am going back to TOPS.(take off pounds sensibly)... I need the encouragement and I need the accountability for what is going on with my body. I went for a walk with my husband last night and am planning some healthy meals....we'll see what happens. I've also tried to stay away from smoking....only 3 cigarettes in 48 hour period. I've got to stay strong and know this is for my own good.
Do you struggle with commitment???? What is the hardest thing to stay committed too???

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Holding my tongue

Oh, how I wish I was like the Proverbs 31 woman... she was so Virtuous... how wonderful. I, on the other hand struggle with holding my tongue. I just have the hardest time not speaking my mind. I find that if I have something to say ... I say it. Sometimes without thinking, but even after thinking about it, I say something if it offends me or I just don;'t agree. This isn't a good trait to have. I have a very calm, reserved husband who can hold his tongue and not allow things to bother him. I wish I could be like that. I suppose I really need prayer in the fact that I need to know when to say something and when not to.. I just can't discern the two sometimes. I recently had a family member do something that really offended me, and made me feel bad for my daughters. Could Should I have stayed silent? Yes, I suppose I could have.Jesus stayed silent the whole time he was taking the beatings and cruelty for nothing that He did. He stayed silent and allowed the things that should have happened to us happen to Him because he loved us so much. I need to take a lesson from Jesus and learn to stay silent when it's appropriate and when I really don't agree. But learn to disagree with humility and love.
The Bible is the map through this life and learning from it is an on going process.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Little Pies

I have been wanting a counter top mini pie maker... I really don't want to spend the money on one, so I scoped out Pinterest and found a use for mini canning jars that worked perfectly!

I just washed the canning jars, molded pie crust into each one, filled with filling and topped with a crust. In the oven they went at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes and out came the most perfect little pies for individual servings. I am in love with this new method and think I can come up with a variety of mini pies for my family!! How come I didn't think of this before???
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

A New Day....

I finally got out of my own way!! I planted my rosemary, I trimmed my lawn, I transplanted my geranium and picked up my house!  I went to Goodwill and picked up a few things that I needed and came home and went right to town!!! I am so happy that I am getting out of my funk and getting things done around here.
  It's raining today so I am planning on making some Spa Water, strawberry and Basil to have in my fridge for those times when I need some refreshment!  I feel that the tide has turned and that I'm really ready to try some new recipes, and get my home totally in order. Pretty sure it's the advice of some great bloggers...(Arsty VA VA).... thanks for your input.. I've taken it to heart .... a new direction is in order!!! 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Relaxed or Project Minded

My life since I came home from Las Vegas has been a hectic one. My work schedule has been a little full and I just can't seem to get out of my own way. I have vegetables that need to get in the garden, a lawn that needs to be mowed, a garden bench that needs to be painted and many other projects that I just can't seem to get done!! What is wrong with me? I am hoping to start menu planning this week,  as I always seem to be at a loss for what I;m going to have for dinner and then end up not really making anything, and the family to is fend for themselves. Not a good way of being a mother or wife. Priorities are all shuffled lately and that isn't good either. I know summer is a more relaxed time, but here in Maine it about the only time for good weather and time for doing outdoor projects.
So, I hope in the near future to get these projects out of the way and get my priorites in order and get my life back to some normalcy.
Is summer a productive time or more relaxed time for you?? I'd love to know!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey

Controversy...that is what this title brings to mind. So, I decided to buy the book and read it for myself. I bought it on my way out to Las Vegas and began reading it on the plane ride back home yesterday.... Half way through the book and I am enjoying it. Is it racey??? Yes. Is it erotic??? Yes. But it's really a great story of two people and their relationship. No, not everyone would enjoy this book, just like a vacation to Vegas isn't for everyone. But I find nothing really offensive about it and it has made for some great dreams at nigh....(wink:)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Heading to Vegas

Oh .. how lazy I've been about updating my blog! I know that I have a lot to say and a lot to share, but sometimes I fall into a funk and can't get my pictures uploaded and really sit down to write a thoughtful sentence or two. I apologize to those that do keep up with what is going on ,,,On the Ridge and I hope to do better in the future.
I'm heading off to Vegas in about 4 days..so don't expect anything from me for at least a couple of weeks... I'll be sharing my trip photos and letting you know what a great time I had on vacation. I'm heading out with my daughter and it's just a girls trip for us! I can't wait!!
Hope everyone is doing well ... and trust me ...I'm keeping up with your blogs!
Love and Hugs,,Tracey

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Haiti

My husband has left on a missions trip to Haiti. He'll be gone for about 9 days and ask for prayer for him and the entire missions team.  They will be there helping with schools, medical facilities and a church. I know that God will provide them with safety and courage as they do God's work.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Simple Things

Wood Pile seasoning for next year!!

My husband Rototilling our garden.....

My Clothesline... simple things that really impact my life... I love it!

Simple things that are the basis for my home and making my life peaceful and doing our part to be green!

Monday, April 9, 2012

No TV

I got rid of my cable television on Saturday.. that means no broadcast television!!  Yes, I still have Netflix and Hulu Plus for those "just gotta see" shows... but the regular TV is no more. I feel liberated!! I am doing, cooking and reading so much more.  I love it! My husband and I actually ate together tonight with no interruptions!! No news, no commercials.. just good old fashion conversation!!  I am an avid sports fan, so this may be a little difficult as time goes on, but I do feel that there was such a waste of time in my life devoted to the television. I think this may help in my overall well being to. Lets see how it goes!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Best Husband Ever!!!

My husband and I went out tonight to find a watch band for a watch that had been my grandfathers. It was difficult to find a band to fit this very vintage watch.


 It was given to my grandfather for 25 years of service at Standard Tool in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. I love having something that was my grandfathers.

I feel very lucky He passed away in 1974...(I think)... I was about 12 years old when he died.
This all being said, we went out for a watch band and came home with the 2 bands... a watchband and a ring wrap band for my diamond. I was so surprised by this.. I love it and it's beautiful... I am lucky to have the husband I have and the timeless devotion he gives to me!! I'm a lucky girl!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cook Book

I am in love with Pleasant View Schoolhouse...I love Anna's sweet family and her wonderful simple way of life. It's refreshing in the land of Blog.....She has inspired me to buy and bake from The Cake Ladies.

She is baking her way through this book and the cakes look delicious. So.... in her spirit.. I'm going to do the same. I love to bake and I love Cake... so this is the perfect combo right now. My book is coming from Amazon and should be here this coming week.... first cake? Not Sure... but I know it will be delicious and in Southern tradition...Can't wait!!!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Desserts...

I love dessert... I really love making desserts at any chance I can. These are pumpkin pie bars and were really easy to make.... making a basic crust with oatmeal, brown sugar and of course butter. The filling was pumpkin, eggs, milk, and lots of great aromatic spices.... mix it up, pour on top of the crust and bake.. real easy.... I love searching the internet for recipes. I love the search for these ingredients and BAM!! You get a recipe for something you may not of even thought of.


All Recipes is my favorite and the Weight Watchers website for WW friendly recipes is great. Enjoy baking a little dessert tonight!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A new Hutch

This is my Goodwill Find....45.00.... I love it!!! I'm going to paint it when it finally warms up here in Maine.. but the construction is solid and it is gorgeous!! I love it... It's staying in my Kitchen!! Can't wait to re-do the whole room...sometime in April!! Gotta love Goodwill!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

One Month of Money Diet

Well.. I finished up my month of being on a money diet. With time to reflect on it, I realized that I had been spending money on things I really didn't need. I spent money on coffee...money on a bottled water, money on clothes, (that I really didn't need) money on small purchases that I really didn't need to buy. Mind you, I never skimped on food or gas.. those are necessities that my family needed and I purchased. Yes, I looked for deals and bought the cheapest gas I could find.
This month long experiment really helped me prioritize and get my money in order. I will do this again very soon. I think its' good to keep yourself in check and accountable for the money and other things God bestows on us. Being a good steward is important to me, and I know that it's important to my God.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Today is my 50th Birthday!!!!

A great day to finish off a week of celebrating... I think this is going to be a Great Year!!! Lovin' 50

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lazy, Lazy

I have a confession to make.. I've been lazy about my blog. I have full intentions of updating, adding great recipes, and things I've made, but it is just not happening. I turn 50 tomorrow and think that my resolution with turning 50 is that I'll make the time for my blog and for myself. I've been in a rut. Not exercising, not writing on my blog, not socializing with friends... it's been pretty bad. My days consist of staying home after work, taking a 2 hour nap and then getting up to make dinner and then hanging out with my husband , usually watching tv... this is horrible!!!! I need a change desperately and know that I'm the only one who can do it. I've joined Weight Watchers on-line and love it!! I've lost 2.6 pounds in 10 days and feel this is a great motivated. I'm also heading to Vegas in about 2 months and think things need to change before I head out there. I know that everyone struggles and feel this is just a moment in my life that has been harder than times before. I need to lean on the Great Physician, God, to help me get through this and make some changes...If you inclined to pray, please pray for me at this time.. I really need it!! Thanks for all the support and for the faithful who stick around to continue to read this glimpse in my life!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Money Diet Continues...

So,  a quick update on my $$$$$$ Diet... I've had to buy gas this week. It seems like I'm using more than I thought. But on the upside, I've not made on impulsive purchase. I've been in situations where it was tempting, but with a lot of thought and prayer.. the urge passed.
I'm happy to report that I'm doing really okay with this new diet. I think I will continue after the month is over. Yes, there are always temptations and there are those times when purchasing one special item is important. A new workout outfit, new make-up, a new book. But all of these purchases are very conscience decisions and not impromptu impulses.
I will always continue to try to be a good steward of my money and continue to make very purposeful money decisions. Continue prayer for me in this quest!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Coming to the End of Week 2

Okay, so this no spending has been good for me. I actually went shopping with my daughters yesterday and didn't spend a thing!!! Well,,,not completely true. I had to by a Birthday gift for a friend's child who is like a granddaughter to me and I bought some dog food. But I walked through Goodwill and didn't buy anything. Was it hard?? Yes, but I actually had to ask myself, "Do you really NEED anything right this minute and can you live without it".. the answer was YES!! I'm pretty proud of myself for staying on task and not making purchases just to shop or because I just love something. I'm really trying very hard down size and to make better use of my money and to make wise and smart choices about what I buy. I think the lesson that I'm really learning from doing this is that I make a lot of unnecessary purchases.
So, it's on to the start of week 3 and I continue to learn from this experience and really feel that this will make me a better steward of my money that God has put into my hand. A lot of prayer goes into each day regarding this... Now,,, if I can get my physical fitness in order..I'll be good! 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

End of Week One

Well, I have to admit it's been okay not spending unnecessary money. I've only purchased the following..
Gas..30.00 ( I live in a small town and have to commute to work every day)
Lunch to go to my second job..3.96 for a sandwich and a coffee
Mail 2.68 , since I don't have a library in my town I have to pay to mail books back to our State Library
Walmart 20.81 I needed a new Cricut mat for my Cricut machine in order to make my own cards and finish up some scrap booking. Bought a head of lettuce and some celery too.
So, as you can see, I'm trying very hard to stick to my plan. I haven't' shopped at Goodwill (heart breaking right now)... and I plan on continuing my quest to not spend unnecessarily.  The up coming week I have a dentist appointment and am working a little bit more. I'm finding that I'm using things in my cupboard that haven't been used in awhile and getting creative on meals. So the end of week one.. Week two ...Bring it On!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Update on Fitness

Well, It's been half a week and I'm doing well. No coffee bought at work or even buying that bottle of water. I'm taking my own coffee and water to work and using a great Thermos my husband bought me years ago. I have to admit that I'm doing pretty well so far. I needed some new books, so I wen to Nook by B&N and found some freebies to download on my e-reader and I'm good with that.  I do plan on going swimming at our local YWCA soon..so I will be using 3.50 for that purpose. I had been going three times per week, until I started my second job. Now that that is winding down.. it's time to get Physical Fitness in order...(more on that later). So, I'm looking for freebies when I can get them. Trying to get my house in order and going through unneeded things to make my life simpler. The journey is challenging.. but remember.. it's not who leaves this world with the most stuff... it's how you impacted the world with your kindness, laughter, and generosity.  Trying to be a good steward of what God has provided!
More to come later!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Spending Diet...

I've been reading on the web about not spending any unnecessary money for 31 days.. Well, my diet will go from January 22nd till February 21st, as I do have some things coming up and thought this time period would work best for me. So, no extras... No dinner out, no bottles of wine, no stopping by the drug store for something is saw in the flyer.. Just no extras. I'm keeping my diet to gas, food for my home and paying bills. I love to shop at Goodwill on a regular basis, so this might prove to be a little difficult. My reason: To stop over spending on things I don't need!!! And believe me, there is a lot I don't need. My little home is bursting with exercise tapes and equipment that never seem to get used. Craft Items I can't see to use up. Food that goes unused in my pantry and fridge,(thus throwing away unnecessarily).. I think this will be a good way to start the new year off right. So.. day 1, here it goes!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

An Anniversary

Well, if you've been following my blog for anytime, you know my story about being married. My husband and I have been married for 6 years as of today. But, we were married for 14 years before and divorced for about 5 years in between our years of marriage. Yes, I remarried my husband. So, today, we are not only celebrating our 6 year anniversary, we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary as well. We are taking our daughters to a great French restaurant called, Fuel, and we are celebrating being a family for 25 years.
This may seem strange to people, but we never stopped being a family, even during the divorce. I have a daughter from a previous marriage, and she and my youngest daughter will join us in celebrating all the years we have been together as a family unit. Even though my husband and I weren't together for those 5 years, we still maintained our family as one. The girls were never separated and my husband continued to be a father to my oldest daughter during our time of separation.
I am happy to say, that the past 6 years have been wonderful and I am truly blessed for having a second chance with a man I truly love. He has integrity, loyalty, honestly, a great work ethic and he loves me so unconditionally... I am thankful to the Lord for being the center of our marriage and for giving us this opportunity to celebrate our life together.. So Happy Anniversary to my best friend and to our daughters for always being supportive or our marriage... Truly Blessed!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kale Soup...a Winter's Delight

I love making soups in the winter time.. this was one made out of pure imagination. I used what I had on hand and came up with this wonderful, tasty winter soup. Hope you enjoy.. Oh, and that cast iron dutch oven,,,my Christmas present from my daughter,,,my new love of my kitchen!!
First, wash and cut the tough stalks from the Kale
Then, saute onions, garlic and carrots in olive oil..















Next, I added a bag of field bean from my freezer with green beans..
Some turkey kielbasa for some protein in the soup.. cut into bite size pieces. Add some chicken broth and let simmer
My New Dutch Oven...simmering with hearty, good-for-you soup!

The finished product,,,yummy!!!

 Use your imagination when you create dinner.. head to your cupboards, freezer and fridge for a chance on making something new and delicious..Good Luck!!