Saturday, June 17, 2017

Flowers and So Much More

What a week it's been! Actually maybe I should call this post "Weekly Round-Up", or "Saturday Wrap-Up."  Last Saturday Doc and I decided to go and check out the car show that was happening here in town that day.


After seeing some amazing cars, we stopped in to eat at Coney Island Cafe. It's a popular little diner that's been here for over 80 years.


After lunch, we decided to take a scenic drive.


Now bear in mind that was just Saturday.

Monday afternoon I had the pleasure of driving my daughter to her first OB appointment. She and her husband are expecting their first child! She's 8 weeks along as of this last Wednesday. She's due to see her doctor again in three weeks.



Tuesday I went flower shopping for my parents. Mom wanted flowers for her porch. So I found some beauties.







These potato vines were ready to be planted.


And it is HOT here.


That was the thumbnail version of my week. Then yesterday, BAM, I was hit with a sinus infection. So, this weekend will be bed rest, antibiotics and lots of fluids.

Hope you are doing well.

All my best,

Anna

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Morning Meditation - Psalm 51:1


According to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion. - Psalm 51:1


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Easy Oatmeal Chocolate No Bake Cookies ~ Melt In Your Mouth Recipe


Recently I made a batch of oatmeal chocolate no-bake cookies for the first time. I had only tasted them once before not too long ago. So, I wanted to give them a try. I was really surprised at how quickly the process went! From start to clean up, it took no time at all. They were also met with rave reviews by all my friends who tasted them. I gave some away and froze what was remaining. This recipe make approximately 2 dozen cookies depending on the size. And once thawed from the freezer, they taste as fresh as the day they were made.

Here's the recipe.

Oatmeal Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 1/2 cups white sugar
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup milk
• 4 Tablespoons cocoa
• 1 pinch salt
• 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats


Directions:

• Add the first six ingredients into a 4-quart saucepan



• Bring to a rolling boil for one minute


• Remove from heat

• Add peanut butter into the hot mixture and stir until melted

• Add in vanilla, stir

• Mix in the dry oats until they are completely coated


• Drop cookies by tablespoon fulls onto wax paper



Once the cookies have set, remove from wax paper and store in an airtight container.
These cookies freeze beautifully.



Enjoy!

In warmth,
Anna

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What's Up, Wednesday


Hi friends.

I thought I would check in with you today. It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks! Visiting with many family members who came to town, including all four of the children. That almost never happens. Everyone is so scattered in different parts of the country it's hard to have everyone together all at once, but this time it worked out! Not a lot of cooking went on as we ate out quite a bit.

Also, we were able to spend an entire week with our grandson, Gavin. He turns 4 months on the 15th. He's so precious and just growing by leaps and bounds.


Our oldest child flew home to Oregon yesterday, and all the other family had already left so now the house is quiet again. I spent the day playing catch up. The first photo is what I picked up at the store. While in the big city yesterday we ate lunch at Torchy's. I absolutely love their queso so I thought I'd try and replicate it. I'll let you know if I'm successful.

I love fresh herbs, and never did get any seedlings started this year, so I bought some cilantro and some mint plants. After transplanting them, I'll keep them on my kitchen window sill.


I also picked up some string lights. I was happy to find them marked 40% off. I have several projects I want to use them in. :)



I did housework today (in addition to my store run) trying to get things back on track.
This is what I did.

• Put away groceries
• Swept kitchen floor
• Changed cat liter
• Swept bathroom floor/shook bathroom rugs. I washed them the day before our company arrived
• Vaccumed carpets
• Washed and ironed linens. (Yes, I iron sheets) :)
• Remade bed
• Filled bird feeders
• Gathered trash

Dinner will be Mexican Shrimp Cocktail.
I'll share the recipe with you, too.

Hope you're having a good week. This weekend we're planning a short day trip out of town which we're really looking forward to.

In warmth,
Anna