Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Winter, Winter Go Away

I'm going crazy. Funny... I can hear most of you say, "But you already did a long time ago". It's April 2 and I'm SICK of being in my house! I'm tired of and bored with everything. I got up this morning and I had to convince myself to complete the bare minimums for the day. I wanted to lay in bed and watch reruns of something and not be bothered. I guess that is what "cabin fever" is all about.

I want to go barefoot. I want to have the sun, hot and glorious on my face. I want to see flowers bloom and watch the grass grow. I want to be out on the boat and hear the water splashing on the sides. I want to go outside without having to bundle up. I want to wear totally indecent clothing. Scratch that, I'm too old. LOL

I want to be done homeschooling. Only 45 more days of school to complete. I think the kids feel the same way, also. We've had such a cold winter that we have spent many days inside.

I'm guessing we have at least another month of "winter" weather. It just snowed a few inches the other day and it's 36 degrees at this moment. As I look out my back window, I see white everywhere.

I love winter and snow, especially. I think I've hit my quota for this season, though. I'm just itchy for a change and I think changing the seasons would do it.

I know, I know, I know. It will come in it's own sweet time. I can't say anything to speed up the process or slow it down, for that matter. But I can be whiny for a bit and feel better for a few seconds. :) Happy spring to you!



Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Since it be St. Patrick's Day I'll be lettin you know that I have a we bit o Irish in me.

We went to the St. Patrick's Day parade here in our town on Saturday. It was a balmy 25 degrees with a quite chilly wind from the north. No bother, though, because by the St. Paddy's Day parade pretty much everyone will do ANYTHING to get out of the house. Cabin fever has set in.

It was quite fun to see everyone out and about and the kids got all jazzed up on the candy thrown out by the parade floats. We collected lots green necklaces and other various things.

Today, St. Paddy's Day, I am fixing beer bread and an Irish Beef Stew for supper.

Irish Beef Stew

1/4 c olive oil
1 1/4 lb stew beef
6 garlic cloves, minced
6 c beef stock
1 c guinness Beer
1 c red wine
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp dried thyme
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 Bay leaves
1/4 stick butter
3 lbs potatoes
1 onion, chopped
2 c. carrots, diced

Heat olive oil and brown stew meat about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for a minute. Add beef stock, beer, wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer around an hour. Stir occasionally.

While simmering the stew, melt the butter and add vegetables and saute until done and golden, about 20 minutes or so. Add veggies to stew and simmer uncovered about 40 minutes.

Serve with crusty bread.

This is a really tasty stew. Something about the beer gives the broth a wonderful taste. I do not like the taste of beer but it's good in here.

The beer bread recipe I use is from the Creme de Colorado cookbook circa 1987.

Quick and Easy Coors Beer Bread
1/3 c butter
3 c self rising flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 12 oz can Coors beer

Melt butter and pour enough into a 9x5 loaf pan to coat the bottom. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and beer. Spoon dough into loaf pan. Pour remaining butter over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until bread is light golden color. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting with a serrated knife.

Serve bread warm with butter and honey. Yum!

I have used regular flour in this because I never have self rising flour in the house. So, if you use regular flour, add 4 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1 1/2 tsp salt. It turns out great each time!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Olaf

We got a new dog today. His name was Oliver but the kids want to name him Olaf  (like the snowman in Frozen). We drove to meet Jill, Dan's sister, in St. Cloud to get him. 

He's about Samson's height but a bit trimmer. He's only ten months old and we think he will grow some more. 
He's a Great Pyrenees and Mareema cross. Never heard of the breed Mareema so we googled it. They look very similar to Pyrenees. Both are livestock guardian dogs. Their cousins are Newfoundlands and St. Bernards. 

He has a great, thick, white coat of fur. He seems to be gentle and loving. 
The kids and Dan are outside with him right now getting to know him. 

Still missing Samson but needing another dog in our lives! 





Friday, February 21, 2014

More Snow

It snowed again last night. Looks so pretty! I thought I would show you how much snow we have by showing you neighbors mailboxes. I know that the plow has helped pile up the snow but it's still deep stuff around here.

I'm loving the white!






There is a mailbox under there somewhere! I pinky swear!!





Our back porch


Our firepit and chairs! LOL



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Psalms 52, 8-9

Right there in the middle, while I was reading my Bible, sat a pearl, a winking jewel in Psalms just for me. These verses were there for me to discover on that very day by an all-knowing, all-loving God. I LOVE what is said.

Here are the verses I read that day.



But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God.
I trust in God's unfailing love
for ever and ever.
I will praise you forever for what you have
done;
in your name I will hope, for your name
is good. 
I will praise you in the presence of your
saints.

Psalms 52 8-9





Sunday, January 26, 2014

Snow What Snow?

We are having a real Minnesota winter. It's cold and snowy and I love it! Here's a few pics. 

The UPS truck got stuck in our driveway the other night. Came home from running the kids somewhere and here he was. I couldn't get into the house and he couldn't get out! He was a bit frustrated and kept rocking the truck back and forth to no avail. He had gone over to the neighbors to get a snow shovel and that hadn't worked yet either. 

I told him my husband was on the way home from work in his big Ford truck and he had a tow strap. He could get him out. 

Dan came home and hooked the tow strap to his bumper and he was out in a few seconds. The man was a bit agitated but thankful to be his way. I know they have killer schedules. 

Anyway, all ended well. 


Snow on our back deck


My husband and the UPS driver



Back deck again

Sunday, January 19, 2014

God's Unfailing Love

I had a PET scan and MRI in November and I had a Dr's appt first part of December to give me the results.

Both of the tests look great! :) My doctor said the only thing they found on the scan was that I have a kidney stone. Wow! Nothing else. Miraculous!

I am getting stronger. I am doing more than I've done in quite awhile. Last week, I joined the gym where Dan works out. I have been working out on the eliptical and I added some weight lifting to the routine.

It feels good to get better. I'm so glad to still be here. Everyday, I thank God for his work in my life.

Life is precious and a sweet, sweet gift.


Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4