Saturday, September 20

Four Seasons :: 30 Days {Autumn Challenge} Coming Soon


Just a reminder, that soon we will begin the third of four seasonal challenges, where we share a bit of how autumn feels, tastes, smells and looks to us! 

Please read the simple guidelines here and then come join us on Wednesday, October 1st to link up for 30 days!
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You can go here and here for the past two challenged themes.

Thursday, September 18

This Week In My Kitchen



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!

The highlight of this week was:

Sweet Potato Fries with Limey Dipping Sauce and Spiced Salt




Sweet Potato Fries
Preheat oven to 450
cut sweet potatoes crosswise on a slight diagonal (into sticks)
put the sticks in the 1/4 cup olive oil, coat them well, then spread out in one layer on a baking sheet
roast for 20 min. give or take, stir around, let them roast til browned (watch them towards the end)
while they are browning you can make your dipping sauce 
(these are wonderful without sauce, but the combination is very, very good)

Limey Dipping Sauce
1/3 cup mayo
1/2 grated lime zest
1 TBSP lime juice
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
teeny pinch of sea salt

let mixture sit to marry together for 10-15 minutes

now, if you really want a treat, you can make a special spiced salt and sprinkle this on after baking and before dipping...actually you can have them alone, with the sauce and spice or with either one alone

Spicy Salt
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp.sugar
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. paprika


Monday, September 15

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ September 15th Edition


Welcome home to The Simple Woman's Daybook, September 15th edition!
The Simple Woman's Daybook is back at it's original home, The Simple Woman's blog.
REMEMBER you will need to change your link back from the old one at

 http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

to the new one here at

 http://thesimplewoman.blogspot.com/
(If you are new to the daybook or unsure since its been awhile you wrote one and linked up, you may go to this link to read over the guidelines.)

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For Today
September 15th, 2014

Outside my window... I see my table, chairs and beloved porch swing are now put away til April, to make room for cookstove wood. I love the look of stacked and cut oak pieces, but not sure I am ready quite yet.

I am thinking... how handy scissors and a three-hole punch can be

I am thankful... for a husband who is not afraid of hard work and who was raised to know how to provide for his family

I am wearing... long yoga pants and zipped up hoodie...brr

I am creating... another praise and worship playlist using Pandora

I am going... to spend the day at my daughter's nest, complete with Gilmore Girls, great food (she makes me the best smoothies), and lots of giggles

I am wondering... about the beauty of the seasons and all things nature at this time of year

I am reading... just the word of God (Hebrews) and my notes from the Beth Moore simulcast held at my church. Oh! I have a few extra programs and if you would love to have one, please comment below. Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you for your address.

(while it was the program for the simulcast, it contains devotionals, small group ideas, resources and pretty scripture pages that can be turned into wall art or simply cut out and inserted into a binder cover. If you look down to "a peek into my day" photos, right inside, there is a small card version of that lovely cover verse for safe keeping) 
I have three for those who comment...first come, first served)




I am hoping... my fingers warm up soon, but at least all of Monday's laundry is hung and waiting on the sunshine

REMINDER!
am will be learning... right beside you to create and maintain a morning quiet time...our book study begins tomorrow with introductions, BUT it is NOT too late to join us! I will NOT be closing the group to new members until September 22nd. 

Details HERE

Around the house... bringing blankets, throws and quilts out of storage for the chilly days to come

In the kitchen... homemade sweet potato fries with limey dipping sauce (pictures and recipe in Thursday's 'This Week In My Kitchen' post)

I am pondering... the call from my teacher about an upcoming art course, yep, after all these years I am taking art classes, starting with mixed-media...so excited

A favorite quote for today... "A daily appointment with God has become part of my morning routine-as automatic and natural as pouring that first cup of coffee or brushing my teeth." 
from Misplacing God by Joanne Heim (book study forming)

One of my favorite things... finding walking sticks clinging to my porch screen...too cool!

A few plans for this week: a long-overdue visit on Saturday to my son James and daughter-in-law, Katie's home and then a date night day with my husband to the motorcycle hillclimbs...I never tire of hearing the roar of a pretty bike

A peek into one of my days from this past week... 
brunch and opening

lunch break
Oh! the good food that is ALWAYS at ladies events

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If you enjoy writing up your daybook, you may enjoy the new Diary of 5

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Friday, September 12

A Post Script Collective - September 12th


A Post Script Collective is my way of wrapping up the week here at The Simple Woman's Blog. The collective holds a short list of links, that I have enjoyed, in one way or another during the past week.

So let's get started...






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Happy Week-ending!

Thursday, September 11

This Week In My Kitchen



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!

The highlight of this week was:

Stuffed Shells

cooking the shells

mixing the three cheeses, dicing the mushrooms and placing the sauce

shells filled and ready for the oven

HERE are some other weeks in the kitchen!