Pretty snowy-scene puzzle.
Yesterday afternoon and evening brought us a new blanket of white snow to cover up the old. We were supposed to get a lot more than we did so I'm very thankful we didn't. I don't mind a few inches but when they talk feet, now that's something entirely different!!!! The temperatures are supposed to drop dramatically to the single digits by this afternoon and then the wind will pick up and probably make it a little blizzard-y with the snow we did get. So, it's definitely a good day to stay in and get things done, or read a book, or work on a project, or get crafty, or........................... : )
It's been another good week as far as cleaning out and organizing. Quite a few more bags of stuff are gone and that's always a good thing. This was the laundry area which is the ugliest area of our house - there isn't a lot we can do with it as that is where the furnace is and the hot water heater so there isn't much of a chance to pretty it up - it is what it is but it can be organized! What are you working on in your home to get better organized? Do you have any tips that you can share?
As I was busy, when an idea came to mind I wrote it down so that I could share it with you today. So let's get started!
I really think that breakfast is a very important meal to eat because if you go by the principle of having supper as your last meal of the day and you don't snack in the evening, that is a long time for your body to go without food. You need to re-fuel for the day's work. We don't change what we eat too often - usually Monday through Friday we eat oatmeal made with collagen protein, flaxseed, cinnamon, and coconut oil, and then serve fresh oranges with it. We are very much trying to eat foods in their original form. We used to have orange juice, but we know that eating the orange is much better for us. On weekends, we make smoothies with whatever frozen berries we have in the freezer, throw in a banana, add coconut milk or kefir, slice up an avocado and we're good to go. With the smoothie we have a slice of toast with real butter and a bit of peanut butter sprinkled with a few raisins.
The kind of oatmeal that I've been making lately is the steel cut oats. Here is the difference between the 3 kinds of oatmeal:
*Quick oats - these are rolled thin, pre-cooked and dried. That's why they are so quick to cook.
*Old-fashioned - these are also flattened but not as much as the quick, they are steamed and need a bit more time to cook.
*Steel cut - these are cut but are still in the original groat form which makes them a long-cook oat.
I had done quick oats for a long time, but because they are pre-cooked they are not as good for us but they are good for baking (breads, cookies, etc.). Then I switched to the old-fashioned but still not feeling that we were getting the nutritional benefits so I use these for really good fruit crisps. Now we are eating the steel cut oats, but unfortunately they really do take a long time to cook and because I don't want to fuss with the length of time, I found a method to cook the steel oats the night before and then just re-heat in the morning. Wonderful!!! Here is the method if you'd like to try it:
1. Measure out the oats - I use 1 cup. And then toast the oats in a 2-quart saucepan in 1 tsp. of butter and fry them until they start smelling toasty - about 2 minutes.
2. Add 3 cups of water and just a pinch of salt. Bring this to a rolling boil.
3. Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Leave it on the stove and go to bed!!!!!
4. The next morning, just stir your oatmeal, put a low heat under it and bring it back to a simmer, stirring every once in a while. And I always add 1 cup of coconut milk to it so it's a creamy consistency. And serve!!!!!!
Isn't that easy? I'm always a proponent of getting as much done the night before as we can so this is perfect. I must say that this makes a lot of oatmeal which is also a good thing because all you need to do is keep putting the leftovers into a smaller pan, put it into the fridge because it keeps up to 5 days and then re-heat what you need. This is definitely a win-win recipe. Easy, quick, healthy. : )
What is a favorite breakfast meal that you eat?
Another thing to share with you is this:
I know these have been around for years now and my friend introduced them to me a long time ago but I just got out of the habit of using them. Well, I'm buying them again because, honestly, this is the only product I've found that seriously cleans our old 1952 original bath tub. They are excellent if you'd like to try them. At this point, I think I'm supposed to say that I'm not getting paid to say this! LOL : ) Do you have a favorite housecleaning product that you'd like to share?
The other thing that gets me excited this time of year is this:
The seed catalogs are coming in the mail and there are magazines with articles on gardening! : ) I can't honestly say that I have a green thumb - I do okay with our indoor houseplants, but gardening has always been daunting. I do it, but 9 times out of 10 I really don't know what I'm doing! But I'll continue to try because I love digging in the dirt and making things grow so having these catalogs come in is just the motivation I need to dream. I would encourage you this year to begin growing something if you don't already. Think of it as experimentation and learning something new even if you just choose one thing or two (a blooming plant and a vegetable). If it doesn't work, try something else. This is especially important if you have children or grandchildren around. I've probably mentioned this before but when growing up my mom kept a big garden but she never asked us to help. I think since she worked so hard outside the home, gardening was probably her escape. Her time of being by herself and enjoying the work without anyone else around. And I understand that but I sure wish she would have taught me what she knew. So, please get your kids involved!!!! Do you garden? What do you usually grow?
Last week I had mentioned that I was reading "My Friend Flicka" - well..........I'm not reading it anymore. It's not very often that I stop reading a book unless I'm finished but this book just wasn't me. But since I NEED to have a book in my hands every day, I ordered two George Eliot books that will get here on Monday and I'm SO excited! I looked her books up and they gave the top 5 books that she's written. I have (and read) 3 of those books already (which I found at a thrift store) and so I ordered the other two of the top five. I love reading a series of books by the same author. I have many Grace Livingston Hill books. I'm trying to collect a lot of Lucy Maude Montgomery books, I now I'm trying to collect George Eliot books. There is just something about the authors of old. So, again, I encourage you to READ!!!!!!! Every day!!!!!! Do you have a favorite book or author that you'd like to share?
Also, in regards to correspondence that I posted on a while back, I'm hoping to getting around to making Valentines this year to send out to the special women in my life (sisters, friends, ladies from church). Again, I think it's important to let people know how much they mean in our lives and I've always felt that Valentine's day is more of a ladies day with all the pink and red and flowers and lace. : ) So, maybe that is something that I could encourage you to do as well? If making them isn't your thing, the dollar store has lovely cards right now. Do you do anything special for someone on Valentine's day that you could share?
And, lastly, I think it's important to set goals in our lives. Though I don't do New Year's resolutions, there are a few things that keep going on in my mind that I feel I should at least try. There are two ideas that I've had for years and I'm hoping that this year is the year I will get around to them. The first is to start a neighborhood women's Bible study. I have felt this tug for a long time and our neighborhood has so changed that we don't really know each other and every Sunday morning it's pretty much my husband and I that go to church! I have the desire within me to reach out and tell others about Jesus but it's not easy is it? As with a lot of other people, I feel very inadequate but I also know that it's important. So I keep asking myself if it's more important to feel comfortable and not do anything or is it more important to be a little uncomfortable and bring others to Christ? So, right now I'm in the thinking and planning stage of that plan and we'll see what happens! : )
The other goal that I've had for years is to write a homemaker's devotional book. I love to write and I would love to try to write a book about what I'm passionate about. And that is our relationship with the Lord and my job as a homemaker and putting those two things together. Again, it is in the thinking and planning stage (with much prayer!).
But those are the two goals for this year - two things that aren't just a passing thought but something that I've had on my mind for years and hoping to carry them through. What is it that you have been wanting to do for years and just haven't gotten around to it (yet)? That is your assignment for this post - think of that one thing that you might think impossible. How can you make it possible?
Well, that is it for this snowy Saturday morning. I wish you all the best and I thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you!!!!!!! God bless.