Quiet and common notions...shared here... with you, about life ~ our hearts and our home!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From My Kitchen :: Cherry Cheese Salad

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Are you a fan of Cottage Cheese, like I am?  Well, if so, and even if you're not... here just might be the perfect way to give it a (another) try!   This is one of those side salads that if you've ever wanted to serve a side -fruity- salad, but you didn't want it oh-so-sweet... then this might be one to go for. This recipe is very similar to another ONE I make - but, in my humble opinion, it is way better. 
And yes!  This one is a Bevy Original.

Bevy's Cherry Cheese Salad

12- 16 oz. container of small curd cottage cheese (lite works nice!)
8 oz. container of cool whip
1 can of Cherry Pie Filling (or try, Blueberry!)
2 cups of miniature marshmallows
1-2 tsp. lemon juice

Mix all together and let it firm up.  It will be ready to serve, right away or at best in an hour or two, after it has been chilled through!

An easy-peasy recipe for you!  You can thank me later...

Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Over the picket fence:: With more of the same..

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Oh! Hello..

You caught me again, glancing over the picket fence. (smile!) I was looking to see if you were looking back at me. Ha!    I just felt like keeping this conversation going...and so I thank you for hanging around. 


In fact, it's after lunch and I've just finished hanging yet another load of laundry.  It's all in between intermittent rain-threatening clouds.  The sun does keep on shining through, and so... I hang clothes.

Want to hear something funny?  I thought it was, anyway.  I talked with my Mother earlier today and you know... I asked what she was up to; what she was doing?  She said, oh! hung a few loads of laundry, did some cleaning and was planning to set out her over-wintered geraniums.  HA!  so did I - I did or was doing the same; all of the above.  We chuckled.  My geraniums were so happy to be put outdoors.  Wowzers!!

Remember those chives that came back?  I mentioned them on Friday... in fact, I shared this here same photo.


Well, tonight's dinner is going to include some of those lovely greens.  I can't wait.

I plan on making Deep Dish Taco Squares.  I don't think I have shared the recipe here before, but I know I have talked about it, before.  Oh boy, I guess I'll have to share that recipe now, too.  Be sure to remind me!!  It's that good..

Speaking of recipes.  Someone (Connie?) did request the recipe for that simple lettuce salad.  Smile!! 

This is one of those simple salad's that makes me think of my Grammy - all of the time. This was her usual green salad at any given meal. :)  It makes me miss her so much... when I think about the table spread of food she would do each and every Sunday meal.  At least, this was what she would serve whenever we would come to visit my Grandparents, etc.  This one or her coleslaw.


This one is nice to do - especially around Easter because of the excess of hard-boiled eggs you might have around.  Ahem!

I just tear freshly washed lettuce into bite sized pieces and throw into a medium to large sized bowl.  Right before serving - I'll mix up a small amount of dressing, as follows:
Mix together one huge dollop of Mayo. with a glug, glug of apple cider vinegar, a splash of milk, and a Tbsp. or two of granulated sugar.

All of that is to taste and you can adjust the amount that is needed... (sorry, that is how I roll!)
Drizzle the dressing over the top of the lettuce (again, right before serving!),
Next, slice a couple of hard boiled eggs on top.  And sprinkle generously with Paprika.

This salad is best eaten right away.  It is not great for leftovers.  But if you serve this up with a nice roast beef dinner - there won't be any leftovers.  I'm pretty sure!

So, I hope you had yourself a lovely weekend?   Here we are, it's Tuesday already...

I did.  We did. We had a lovely weekend!  Matter of fact, we had some beautiful temps over the weekend that kept us outdoors :), barefoot,  and so we spring-cleaned our vehicle... yeah!!!! and got some sun to show for it. :)

As well, we had a wonderful visit with Abby and her family, on Sunday!  What a blessing to be around.  I am so glad I have the privilege to know this gal in real life.  If you find time - go ahead and read up on her blog... she and her family are here, state-side, for a couple of short weeks before heading back to Hungary.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers..

Anyhoo...

It's time to go and start making a batch of brownies or bars or something for dessert for tonight.  We don't really need it but.. you know.  It's fun.

Oh, and, my hubby went back to work today after a week and a half off!  We had a lovely week together - really!  He didn't drive me too crazy :) but it sure is nice to be back into a normal-like routine, starting today..

May your day be blessed.  I promise - I'll keep my nose on this side of the fence for awhile.  :)

However, you're welcome to come chat anytime!!  Oops!  One more thing, if you don't mind?
I'm kind of curious... what do you think of this quote..?  I shared it the other day...

To live is so startling that it leaves little time for anything else.  ~ Emily Dickenson
It has me really pondering... how much "living" do I do?  I think that means - enjoying it, experiencing it, evaluating it.  I don't know.  What do you think?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Over the picket fence :: Let me tell you...

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 Hey!
Just wanted to say a quick hello... I didn't mean to be absent from here, like I've been, this week.

But, sometimes...
Sometimes.
To live is so startling that it leaves little time for anything else.  ~ Emily Dickenson

(I just had to share that little quote with you, tonight!  It's been burnin' a hole in my pocket, for a long time now, for sure.)
 
If I were to share, over the picket fence...
I would tell you that we have been have a fabulous week, here on the ole Homestead - enjoying the beauty of Spring!

Let the photos tell you how..

Chives that came back!

Aubrey helping to clean out the flowerbeds..

As soon as we plunked this Thyme in the garden soil, it was the happiest plant ever!!
See the hyacinth growing in the background?
 
A little friend enjoying the day!  He blended in so well, we almost missed him!
Laundry!
 
Front porch pleasures of sweet Garden Tea and Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveliness!
Along with my girls... enjoying the sunshine!
 
 
Making yummy meals and enjoying the season's finest!
Spring Salad
 I will be happy to share this simple Green Salad recipe with you!  If you ask..

Oh, and for the record.  After a few days of Spring Cleaning.. the girls and I took a day off  and went to visit with our old neighbors, Amanda & kiddos.  She says "hello!"... :) and wow! what a wonderful way to spend the day.  Chatting it up and catching up like old times..
I miss(ed) my friend!
But, our new neighbor is settled in just fine and doing well.  My kids love their Uncle J.

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Hey!  I really appreciated all the phone calls and emails checking in to make sure I was still A-Okay and doing well, this week.
You are real treasures..
And, I thank you!  To explain a bit further.  My hubby has been home all week, as well - time off of work - and he took it upon himself to get my computer updated with all the latest and finest... hence, another reason for the quietness around here.  It's all good.  I greatly appreciate it.  Immensely.

Have yourself a wonderful weekend.
I plan to.

Part of our plans include (a much more relaxed weekend! as compared to last weekend) and having some face time with this dear friend, on Sunday, who she and her family are back in the States for a couple of weeks.
Also, remembering my Dad who has passed on to Glory, way too young!  Sunday it will be 18 years...

As well, I think we're to see temps, around here, of something like in the 70's!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Super Mom

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I remind myself daily...

I may not be a Supermom.
But, I can be a Super Mom!

It's been helping.
Helping to hang in there.
Helping to keep perspective.
Helping to do better
and better, and better.
Not perfect.
It's just what I consider as progress..

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For to this you have been called... 1 Peter 2:21

This quote by Elizabeth Elliot continues to stir me, every time I read.  May it encourage your heart as well.

This job has been given to me to do. 
Therefore, it is a gift.
Therefore, it is a privilege.
Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God.
Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is to be done for Him.
Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God's Way.
In this job, not in some other, 
God looks for faithfulness. ~ E. Elliot

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blessed beyond words..

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All is well in our Heart and Home, tonight...
and yours?

To you, I say thank you!  Thank you for taking the time to come here and sit a spell.

I'm enjoying the quiet, tonight, perhaps a little too much.. and I trust you will too!   It's been good to to just sit and catch up with a few folks; soaking up all the goodness and delight they share of their little worlds and I am thankful...
for mine, as well.

I am so blessed.
There really aren't enough words..
Really.

Philippians 2:1-4 :: So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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