Saturday, July 23, 2016

Media Motivation....Fashion ideas from "A Deadly Grind" by Victoria Hamilton

I just started a new book.  "A Deadly Grind" by Victoria Hamilton.

I am listening to it on Audible.  So far it is an easy and entertaining listen.  I was motivated by an auction they were attending in the book.  As they listed the items found at this auction, chandelier earrings were mentioned.  I thought to myself "here I am nearly 60 years old and i have never had a pair".  Well, that was about to change....
I consulted the web...
First off what are they?  Here is what Ross and Simons has to say about the Chandelier Earring...
"Popular as they are today, these earrings have a history that stretches back to ancient Greece. In fact, archaeologists there uncovered gold filigree chandeliers with enameled rosettes and tiny shell pendants that were determined to be from the fifth century B.C. Chandelier earrings from the third century B.C., again of gold filigree, were also discovered on the east coast of Turkey. Further examples of this style — with emeralds, sapphires and pearls added — were dated from A.D. 600. When it comes to a classic look, does it get any more authentic than that?"  Ross and Simons 
Now it is time to consult Amazon and here is what I found.

The first one I came across was a bit pricy.  Pretty, but way out of range for me.  Ok lets get real and move onto a more reasonable price.
                         Much better $26.00:-)
Here is the one I decided on...

I love to be motivated by the things I read and today I was motivated to buy earrings.  Can't wait to wear them.
Happy Reading and Shopping.  
I will leave you with some humor I found online

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday Morning Motivation

               The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 
               Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Lamentations 3:22-23
Happy Monday Everyone!
Enjoy Your World:-)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Recipe Review Greek Pork chops with Squash and Potatoes from Southern Living

Finally in my new home.  With the help of my wonderful daughter and real estate agent, and Cindy my amazing friend I was able to settle into my new home. It was a lot of work but I am so happy to be here and so is Brodie.
My first weekend in my townhouse I wanted to use my new oven.  I decided to try a new recipe.  I choose Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes from Southern Living Magazine.
I Studied the Recipe...


(1-inch-thick) frenched pork loin chops 
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 
4 tablespoons olive oil 
garlic cloves, minced 
3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano 
1 teaspoon black pepper 
3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 
medium yellow squash, sliced 1/2 inch thick 
large zucchini, sliced 1/2 inch thick 
1/2 pound small red potatoes, quartered 


1. Place pork chops in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano, pepper, and 2 1/2 teaspoons salt; reserve 2 tablespoons marinade. Pour remaining marinade over pork, turning to coat. Chill 1 to 8 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine squash, zucchini, potatoes, and reserved marinade. Spread squash mixture in an even layer on a heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined rimmed sheet pan.
3. Remove pork from marinade, discarding marinade. Pat dry with paper towels, and place on top of squash mixture.
4. Bake 25 minutes. Increase temperature to broil, and broil until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 140°F, about 5 minutes. Transfer pork to a serving platter, and cover with foil. Return pan to oven, and broil squash mixture until slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer squash mixture to a serving bowl; toss with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and serve with pork.
I Gathered my Ingredients

It was very good.  I would give it a 9/10 on my cooking score.  Easy too!  
I suggest you give it a try,
Happy Cooking Everyone.

(Found on line)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Monday Morning Motivation Psalm 143.8 The Beginning, The Journey, The Joy

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8

The Beginning (the pain)...
"...Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love..."
It doesn't matter who we are in this life.  If we are rich or poor, black, white or even purple, if we are healthy or ill....regardless of who we are, difficulties and pain of some sort will fall upon all of us.  I remember in the beginning of my pain and confusion brought on by an unwanted separation and pending divorce I was completely lost and in deep despair.  The only thing that gave me a glimmer of hope was God's word and his promises.  Each morning I would search desperately for his love.  

The Journey (the path)...
"...For I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go..."
I remember a song I used to enjoy called Bring it on.  It was a Christian rock song.  I loved the music and would sing along and sometimes dance with the music.  I was always concerned about the lyrics though.  Basically it was saying to God bring me difficulties I can handle it with your help.  As I would sing I would pray "no thank you, I don't want you to "bring on" any pain or discomfort into my life". 
Well guess what, you don't have to ask for it usually comes along anyway.  
In those and all times I find if I put my trust in God he will show me the way to go.  Always in his timing though.  We can't rush it.

The Joy...
"For to you I entrust my life"
There is joy and a certain kind of peace in putting my life in God's hands.
Through his word, his love and his guidance we will find joy. 

Happy Monday Everyone.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Piedmont Farm Tour...Farm #2 Avillion Farm

We left the buffalo farm and headed to the next one on our list, Avillion Farm.  Here is the short description they give on Facebook..
"A small farm in rural northern Orange County, NC, Avillion raises Shetland and Jacob sheep, angora goats (colored, white) and angora rabbits (Germans, German crossbreds, French)."
Our visit in photos with a few sheep facts I found on PBS...

Texas, Wyoming and California are the U.S. states with the highest number of sheep. 

Bits of sheep can also be found in tennis rackets (strings made of sheep guts), candles and soap (tallow rendered from sheep fat) and most cosmetics and skincare products 
(lanolin, an emollient found in sheep’s wool).

 Biggest dog ever and one of the friendliest:-)
 He was taller then me but that is not saying a lot:-)

Sheep and goats may look similar, but they’re different species. Sheep have 54 chromosomes, while goats have 60 chromosomes.

 When I saw this Mom and baby I thought of being protected under the shadow of God's wing
Get out and explore.  I suggest you visit a farm!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Piedmont Farm Tour....Farm 1 Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm....

Time for the 21st annual Piedmont Farm Tour.  I have been on the tour one other time and I was excited to check out a few farms this year.  It was held on Saturday and Sunday so we went out both days.  There were 38 farms on the tour.  We were able to visit 4.....
Caleb, Erica, and Kathiey's farm adventure.  The first farm on our list was a buffalo farm in Roxboro.
 As we arrived we saw the buffalo in the field.  It was at some distance but they were amazing.
The storm clouds were moving in as we drove up the road to check in for our adventure.
 We made it to the gazebo just in time.  It poured.  No worries though.  We enjoyed a buffalo burger while sitting beside a beautiful lake.  Life is good.  (Caleb wanted nothing to do with the burger.  He had chips:-)

Caleb and Erica ventured down the trail to get a bit closer to the buffalo.  After this visit Caleb was able to add the term cow pie to his vocabulary. Although, I guess it was actually buffalo pie.

We had a great day at the buffalo farm.  What a unique and lovely place.
Get out and explore.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Recipe Review Ham and Gruyere Quiche Food Network Mag....

Erica was coming over for dinner.  I had just received a new Food Network Magazine.  What a great combination.  I scanned the recipes and chose to make the Ham and Gruyere Quiche.  It was easy and yummy.  I found the dressing to be a bit lacking in flavor so I added some sugar and then it was just the right combination of tart and sweet:-)

Ham and Gruyere Quiche
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Ham and Gruyere Quiche
Total Time:
40 min
10 min
30 min
Yield:4 servings

6 ounces smoked ham, cut into 1/4-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese (about 4 ounces)
1 9 -inch pie crust, thawed if frozen
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 5 -ounce package mesclun greens (about 8 cups)
4 white mushrooms, very thinly sliced


Set a baking sheet on the middle oven rack; preheat to 425 degrees F. Scatter the ham and cheese in the pie crust. Whisk the eggs, half-and-half, chives, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl; pour into the crust. Transfer to the hot baking sheet and bake until the eggs are set and the top is lightly browned, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk the vinegar and mustard in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil until smooth. Add the greens and mushrooms; toss well to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Cut the quiche into wedges and serve with the salad.
Happy Eating Everyone!