Thursday, October 23

Four Seasons :: 30 Days Autumn Challenge {Day 17 of 30}


Hello girlfriends! 
I am joining Heather, over at Beauty That Moves for This Week In My Kitchen blog hop! Stop by, it is a nice way to be inspired in your kitchen!

(Here are my previous entries in this blog hop)

(Please note: This will be the last time I link up with "This Week In My Kitchen" blog hop. So if you are visiting from there, please subscribe or bookmark for future visits as my kitchen posts will still continue, but with a different format) 
Day 17 of 30

:: Asian-style Fried Rice and Beans ::

8 oz. can of pineapple slices or 1/2 pineapple
1 Tbsp. olive oil (I just use what I need when I need it)
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. grated ginger
2 cups brown rice
1 15 oz. can chickpeas
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
3 Tbs. soy sauce
1/3 cup snipped cilantro
1 lime, halved

Quarter pineapple slices. In black skillet heat half the oil, add pineapple; cook til golden brown. Remove from skillet and set aside. Pour the other half oil (use what you need) into hot skillet, add carrots, cook til tender, add garlic and ginger, cook a bit longer. Stir in brown rice, chickpeas and peas. Add soy sauce, cook and stir about 4 minutes or until heated through. Stir in cilantro. Return pineapple to pan. Serve after squeezing lime over all.


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Wednesday, October 22

Four Seasons :: 30 Days Autumn Challenge {Day 16 of 30}

Day 16 of 30

:: spreading around the warmth::

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Tuesday, October 21

Four Seasons :: 30 Days Autumn Challenge {Day 15 of 30}


Day 15 of 30

:: thread love::

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Monday, October 20

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ October 20th Edition

The Simple Woman's Daybook is back at it's original home, The Simple Woman's blog.
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For Today
October 20, 2014

Outside my window... a chilly morning with sunshine still behind the pines

I am thinking...  about the possibilities

I am thankful... for heat for our home and food for our bellies

I am wearing... denim skirt with leggings underneath, long-sleeve thermal top and socks

I am creating... new paper cut journal pages
(see my collection HERE)
{pages 14 & 15}

I am going... to be working in the cookbook binder this week

I am wondering... how it is that women can be so mesmerized with things, that in the end only leave us cold and empty. This makes me sad and I wonder what could I say to help them turn their eyes away, just long enough to know and to feel the hope that I have come to personally know and that has never left me cold, empty or looking for more. Although there was that time...

I am reading... The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence by James W. Goll

I am hoping... to replenish my crock of pinecones that I use in the cookstove to begin fires.

I am learning... to put first things first and the rest will fall in place

Around the house... cleaning up the chicken house, putting in new sawdust and putting the window frames back on for cold weather

In the kitchen...  Asian-style fried rice and beans (picture and recipe in Thursday's 'This Week In My Kitchen' post)

I am pondering... important choices

A favorite quote for today... "There it was back a lane...I did not know the store was open as I saw no horse and buggies there, but the door had an "open" sign hanging from it! I figured later we were just early as you could hear the clip clop of hooves carrying patrons up the lane. 

Inside were the typical goodies, bolts of solid cloth, pretty glassware, kitchen gadgets like food mills and utensils, homemade toys and to my interest, books! Towards the front of the store was their coal stove, warm and inviting for the chilly morning. I made my rounds spying some deep dish pie plates for 2 dollars each and I put two very needed ones in my basket. I gathered up a new dishcloth with blue trim, 3 sheets of stickers for keeping correspondences, two books in the "My First Little House Books" series, Going West and Sugar Snow and Henner's Lydia by Marguerite de Angeli. We paid for our purchases and were on our way which by now brought horses and Amishmen to their fields. 

We saw a father and his children gleaning the corn that was left behind with each having a bucket for gathering...right down to the smallest one of no more than 3 years with her very own, little blue pail."

~excerpt from one of my past writings (2002)

One of my favorite things... writing down the now to read later in the future

A few plans for this week: a day date with my daughters to pantry stock even more, an outing with my dear husband to just enjoy the season, ladies mini-church, and a movie night.

A peek into one of my days from this week... 

Four Seasons :: 30 Days Autumn Challenge
Day 14 of 30

:: using my son's beautiful art as a backdrop in a pretty spot::

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Friday, October 17

Four Seasons :: 30 Days Autumn Challenge {Day 13 of 30}


Day 13 of 30

:: feeling extra paper cuttery this week ::

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