Thought For The Day

No matter how rough today was, there is always tomorrow.  I am sure that all of you will agree, that sometimes the pain of one day can be eased or even erased by decisions, or directions of life that may transpire the next day, and/or even the next.   I love this thought and the beautiful image I found, and thought you may enjoy at least a momentary smile with this.  🙂

 

Easter Candy!

My diabetes was diagnosed just a couple of weeks before Easter Sunday this year.  As badly as I wanted to correct my blood sugar issue, and learn to control it, I ran into a lot of pushback from my desire to consume the usual Easter time candy.  My first “cheat” if you will, occurred when I purchased a small bag of flavored Easter Eggs.  I am sure you know the ones, red, blue, orange, yellow, green, pink.  Of course, they were all nothing but “pure sugar” but the strawberry, sour apple, lemon, cherry, blue raspberry flavors had me hooked deep.  I convinced myself that I could eat only a couple or three per day and still be “ok”.  Well it didn’t exactly work out that way: (No big surprise, right?) however, it didn’t destroy my glucose numbers either. Now, you may think that this small cheat would be enough.  I know I did…at least, at first. Jellybeans began calling my name! So what did I do?  Of course, I did!  Fruity, sugary droplets of bliss that I tried in earnest to ration reasonably, but it was very hard!  That was what I considered small cheat #2.  So far, I was fairly pleased with myself.  My numbers didn’t look too awfully bad, BUT… It was not long until my true guilty pleasure beckoned me mercilessly.  “What was that you may ask?” CHOCOLATE!!!  Oh yes, that was the biggie!  I fought against the little devil on my shoulder as long as I could, but eventually, I succumbed to the desire for my favorite Easter chocolate treat….Cadbury Eggs!!  Oh, my!  Yes. I did it again, but in my defense, I think my desire was somewhat restrained.  I bought six.  That was two each for my hubby, my son, and myself.

 

                                                                                          

 

I am (sort of) proud to announce that since my three sweet treats have been gone, I have behaved completely, and my sugar numbers that had suffered a bit are now way better and I intend to keep them that way.  I believe my indulgence with sweets, though somewhat destructive, helped me move forward.  Now I need to make sure my will stays strong with summer cookouts and the upcoming holiday season later this year!  Please feel free to tell about any “Guilty Pleasures” you have had or indulged in.  I know I am not alone,  Right?  🙂

Thought For The Day

I am sure that most, if not all of you are familiar with the saying, “Everything happens for a reason,” and it’s true.  It is also true that we all have some purpose here on this earth, but in order to discover that purpose, we should discover ourselves.  Who we are, and why.  So, when I saw this…I was able to identify with it right away, and I wanted to share it with all of you!

I hope you all have a wonderful Day!

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Thought for the Day

I can remember my parents preaching to me about this as an adolescent. I also admit that I preach this to my son (almost daily). For the most part, the success of failure of most anything in life can be attributed to the level of effort we put into it, or sometimes our lack of effort. Today felt like a great day to post this one. It gave me a boost when I saw it, so I wanted to pass the boost on to you!

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!!

Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

This is a snack that works well for either office parties, of the “bring a dish” variety, a New Years Eve or Birthday party finger food, or just a movie night snack for your family.  I actually got this recipe from a former boss of mine.  She brought these to celebratory office functions involving food on many occasions.  At last, I asked and she gave me this very simple, yet tasty recipe.  I added my own twist to it, and it is still a winner with my family and party guests!

What You’ll Need:

  • 10 Burrito Size Tortillas (Corn or Flour)
  • 8oz Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 Can of White Meat Chicken
  • 1/2 envelope Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Real Bacon Bits
  • 1 Cup Shredded Taco Blend Cheese

In a mixing bowl, remove chicken from can and shred with a fork.   Next, add cream cheese and taco seasoning and stir until blended thoroughly.  One at a time, take tortillas and lightly spread cream cheese mixture as evenly as possible.  Lightly sprinkle bacon bits and grated cheese, and roll into burrito-like rolls.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for one hour, then cut into quarter inch slices, garnish with chopped fresh chives and serve.

 

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Look At That View

What a beautiful day!

 

After a rain soaked several days, and some recent heavy storms in our area, today is absolutely lovely!  The sunlight is beaming on the full green trees on the mountain that is literally just outside my window.  Not only that…Look at that vivid blue sky!  🙂  This will be a good day to travel to the fruit and vegetable vendor for some fresh dinner ideas!  At 74° it was also a great day to sit on the front porch with a cup of coffee!  (I think we have already covered my love for the morning delight!)

I hope your day is as beautiful and bright as mine!   Make the most of it and enjoy!

 

 

Summer Squash Casserole

My mother, who was the original Master Chef (in my humble opinion) made this delectable casserole, and it was always a favorite side dish of mine as a youngster. It’s very simple to make, but the simplicity is packed with flavor!

What you will need:

  • 2 lbs. Sliced Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 6 cups)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Carrots
  • 1 cup Grated Mild Cheddar, Cheddar Jack Cheese (Cheese types are your choice, honestly)
  • 8 oz pkg Herb Seasoned Stuffing Mix
  • 1/2 cup melted Margarine or Butter

In a saucepan, cook sliced squash and onion in salted, boiling water for 5 minutes then drain.  In a large mixing bowl, combine soup and sour cream, then add in carrots and fold in drained squash and onion.  Blend in 3/4 cup of cheese, margarine/butter.  Spread half of the stuffing mix into the bottom of an 11 x 7 x 2-inch baking dish.  Spoon squash mixture over top, then sprinkle the remainder of stuffing mix and cheese over the veggies.

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes until brown.

Serves 4-6

 

Don’t Cloud Today With Worries

It’s True That We All Have Worries

 

I am guilty of being a HUGE worry wart!  I won’t even try to be a hypocrite and act like I am not.  One thing I have learned, however, is that worrying only makes for bad headaches, ulcers, and many other issues that make up stress.  Stress, that has a negative effect on us all, so as I browsed around the net, I found several quotes meant to “uplift” us, and try to lighten our burdens, if only for a while.  This is a great one that I just had to share with you guys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your day, smile, and leave the rest to The Lord.

 

 

 

Kat’s Facts

Hi!  I’d like to introduce myself.  I am a 51-year-old, (heading for 52 next month!) ex-career lady.  Unfortunately, in 2014 I was deemed disabled and could no longer work.  Although I have severe arthritis in my hands and other vital joints, I am able to keep up with current content and produce articles that most women talk about, look for, share, and enjoy.  Please understand, I am not trying to gain sympathy, I just want, to be honest about who I am with you.  I have a wonderful husband and a 14-year-old son (stepson, but I am Mom now).  Some of my main interests include, cooking, both home cooking and elevated dishes, movies, books, home decor, new items out for each season that I have either tried or intend to try. I encourage feedback with comments. That is just the kind of social niche I am wanting to expand.  Coming soon I intend to have contests and quizzes that will be a lot of fun for all of us! Thank you for visiting, please comment and come again.   I am really excited about growing my blog, and I look forward to my new adventure with you!

 Two Of The Best Thoughts Yet!

I read two quotes today and decided to use them for my Thought of the day, or should I say “thoughts” for the day?  I see no reason to make futher comment on either one, they speak for themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t you agree?      

 

Make it a GREAT DAY!

 

 

 

 

Coffee Connoisseur?

     I can’t honestly say that I am a connoisseur of coffee, nor of anything else really; however, I do enjoy all kinds of coffee.  I guess you could say I am more of a “coffee freak” than anything  Since I was in grade school, I was drinking coffee.  Every morning before school, my mom and dad allowed me to have a cup of coffee with my pop-tart and scrambled egg to start my day.  Since then, coffee has become a daily ritual with me in the mornings.  It didn’t take long for my coffee ritual to graduate to daily staple.

As a young adult, I tried many types of coffee, such as Dark Roast, Kona, Columbian and some lighter roast flavors, such as Breakfast Blend.  As time went on, the coffee industry introduced flavored coffee, and that was another area I began to explore.  A good friend of mine offered me a cup of Hazelnut Coffee, thus turning me on to that for a long time.  I began to seek out other flavors and found that there were delicious alternatives to the regular coffee that I grew up drinking.

I have tried and enjoyed many brands of coffee with the same or similar flavors over the years, from Eight ‘Clock to Starbucks and almost everything in between. I have to say that the breakfast blend type is my absolute favorite for everyday morning consumption, while flavored coffees, and yes even flavored creamers make a nice afternoon, or after dinner treat.

So how about you?  I am anxious to find out who out there is also a “coffee freak” or even a real connoisseur.  I am always open to suggestions for trying new brands or flavors, so tell me, what are your suggestions?  Let’s hear your stories about a favorite “cup of joe”!!

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Thought For Today May 29, 2017

There is no promise of Tomorrow

Be thankful for your home, health, family and friends.  Never forget to say I love you, or I appreciate you.  Say it to everyone that matters in your life!  We all have things we look back on when a loved one passes that we wish we would have said or something we wish we would have done.  Never assume someone knows how you feel about them.  Once we are gone, or they are gone, regret will set in and make your loss harder to heal from.  By the same token, please enjoy life and remember that you want to remember someone, or have them remember you for a kind, loving remark or deed rather than an angry exchange.

Live life to its full potential, because none of us have the promise of the next few minutes…let alone the promise of tomorrow!

 

Severe Storm Damage In NW Tennessee

During the early evening on May 27, 2017, severe storms descended on NW Tennessee leaving a devasting path of destruction in its wake.  Our neighbors suffered home, business and physical damage.

According to The Tennessean, “Severe squalls and two tornadoes sped through Middle Tennessee on Wednesday, leaving damage and a reminder to residents in their wake: It is just the start of peak storm season.”  Several stories and videos describe this horrible event and the people who were caught in its midst.

For full details, pics and videos that will blow your mind, please see, http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/03/01/tornado-watch-issued-middle-tennessee/98571120/.

Prayers to those who lost homes, business or worse.

 

Memorial Day

A Day To Honor All Who Have Made The Ultimate Sacrifice For Our Freedom

 

Memorial Day is upon us.  I realize that many people gather with family and/or friends to grill steaks, burgers, hot dogs, etc, and my family and I are no exceptions.  I read something this morning that disturbed me a lot.  The article’s origin has escaped me, and I do not intend to plagiarize at all, but one point brought out in this article was that because of the “cookouts” with family and friends, some veterans become offended at the thought of this day being misunderstood and thought of as a celebration of some sort.  Well, now that I have seen this in black and white, I will honestly say, that I can see why some may feel that way; however, I am certain that the majority of those that honor our lost veterans with family/friend cookouts and gatherings mean no disrespect at all.

As I mentioned, my family has had this type of gathering for as far back as I can remember, and my uncle, my dad, and my husband are all veterans. I am so grateful that our nation’s freedom was important enough for these heroes (and that is exactly what they were) to sign the blank check to Uncle Sam to defend it. My uncle was lost at sea many years before I was born, in Korea.  He was my mother’s oldest brother, and she seemed to never quite get over it. I was fortunate that my dad and my husband came home, but my heart goes out to the families of the many didn’t.

To all veterans and their families, I want to be on the record saying that I, nor any member of my family mean any disrespect to your loved ones.  On the contrary, I tend to believe that the fellowship and love we share when we are together are the very things that these men and women would want to see if they were here.  If anything, in addition to honoring our fallen soldiers, Memorial Day cookouts or gatherings should be considered a great time to enjoy the people in our lives while offering up a prayer of peaceful rest for those we remember on this day, as well as the families they left behind.

May God bless you all!

 

Early Mother’s Day!

My husband and I woke up, and as always on Sunday mornings, he started a pot of coffee while I stole a few minutes of extra sleep. Once I was up and enjoying coffee with my hubby, he announced that he was taking me to Cracker Barrel, my favorite restaurant of all, for breakfast! He said that even though Mother’s Day is not until next week, he wanted to take me today. We knew that next week would be horrendously overcrowded almost everywhere. I was surprised and extremely happy!

It was a beautiful cool sunny day and we enjoyed the drive into town. After stuffing ourselves with an awesome breakfast, we decided to go to Walmart and look around. He surprised me again with two new blouses and a beautiful potted orchid flower. The blooms are like a purple color with white designs in them. When I got home, I placed it outside on our patio table for a bit of indirect sunlight. I had to take a picture of it because it just made the nicest image of our patio set that sits on our front porch.

Next Sunday, I plan to lounge about and enjoy the day. I am hoping the weather is clear and sunny, just like today was. It will be nice for the two of us to have coffee on our porch with my pretty flower in the center of our table! I will post again for Mother’s Day, and I look forward to hearing comments and news about how you spent your day!