Tuesday, December 9, 2014


August 22, 2014. The day my world came to a crashing halt. My beautiful, sweet, brave, strong mother joined the angels. How do I begin to describe the anguish when writing just these two lines brings sobs of grief? Not tears, sobs. Sitting with her that one last day, when I was fooled into a false sense of hope, when she got up, walked to the restroom, talked about the Apple Festival and scolded me for pestering her, was the greatest gift of my entire life.

Yes, we picked up and went on with out lives. Took children to the fair......

 Even the big kids......grew more flowers.....

We visited mountains and Chattanooga, and cheered the team on.

We carried her love with us always as we still do. We will always love and miss you. May you rest in the arms of the angels peacefully with the Father.

Good-bye, momma. I miss you.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

White Chili

Once upon a time I went in search of something different for dinner...I dug through many cookbooks before finding an awesome White Chili recipe in the Betty Crocker Cookbook. I have used it so much and shared it so much that the page came loose from the book and is long gone.The recipe, however, remains deep in my mind. YOU can find it here. I am sharing it with you today, as I am making it today to keep us warm on a cold, snowy weekend!

White from chicken and Northern Beans, you will love it topped with tomato and sour cream!


cup butter or margarine
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
garlic clove, finely chopped
cups 1/2-inch cubes cooked chicken or turkey
cups  chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
tablespoon dried basil leaves
teaspoons ground red chilies or Chili powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
cans (15 to 16 oz each) great northern beans, undrained
medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)
Blue or yellow corn tortilla chips


  • 1Melt butter in 4-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic in butter, stirring occasionally until onion is tender.
  • 2Stir in remaining ingredients except tomato and tortilla chips. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with tomato and tortilla chips.

Prep Time: 20 Min.
Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Serves: 6-8

My sons both love this and ask for it often. Hubby loves it as well. We never have any go to waste, as its just as good as a leftover! 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

No Surgery!

NO surgery, thank God! Presently wearing a lace up cast, walking WITHOUT crutches and trying not to fall down in all this bad weather. Had TWO colds since the last post, trying to get rid of the remnants of the cough from the second go round and NOT catch the flu!
Spent the holidays with my mother and father who moved here to Tennessee from Wyoming just in time for Thanksgiving. I am so thankful that they chose to move back here because my mom is still valiantly fighting the good fight. I hope that things go better now that the move and the holidays have settled down. Time to dig in and be warm for a couple months!
Spent this weekend with Daniel and his sweet wife, Katarina as well as Nick. Missed having Dayton, but I will see him this week I hope.
Thinking about Valentine's Day and decorating and making Valentines...like these


and maybe these...

Found here with FREE printables...and Valentine boxes and hearts and candy...my favorite, red hots!
Hopefully I can get OUT and AROUND with my camera soon and begin capturing some beautiful images once again.
Snuggling in for the cold snap...hope you all stay safe and sound!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Yes...It's Fractured

What do you get when you cross a consignment sale with gravity? Yep, that's right, a broken leg! Went to this consignment sale and found a bunch of awesome dresses from here and here. Then, then gravity struck swiftly. My shoe flipped and I fell like a bag of bricks. Now I have this:

Fractured my fibula at the bottom. Doc says it looks like a clean break but I have to revisit him on the 13th for the final verdict about surgery. Until then, I am non-weight bearing which means crutches...pffflllttt. My friends and family have helped tremendously, from cleaning for me to letting me borrow a walker AND crutches, to driving me home from work!

Rebekah has tirelessly been my gopher, bringing me drinks and helping with the laundry and cleaning. Richard has been incredible, almost carrying me into the house the first night, running to and fro for me, cooking and caring for Rebekah. I couldn't ask for a better husband. Nick has taken me to the DR and run to the grocery store for me, he didn't even get mad when I gave him the stomach virus we all had last weekend (sorry, truly sorry, Nick).

Yes, we ALL had the virus last weekend...try sitting with your head in the porcelain throne with a cast on your leg, not easy! Then Richard got it and Bekah and I had to make it on our own on Monday night, but we all lived through it and this weekend has been so much better!

We have lots of news! We have purchased a new home and WERE working hard on getting it ready for winter, which came to a screeching halt. The next project is the bedroom/living room trade.

The house was built in the 40's and the actual living room is tiny. There is an addition on one side of the house that runs the entire length of the house. We are going to put the living room in the long room and move our bedroom to the living room (pending a new master suite addition in the next 2 years).

First things first, a haven, a restful haven removed from the bustle of the rest of the day.

I'm going with this bedding, the muted aqua is soothing. The wall color will be gray, the fireplace, white and an accent of aqua on the fireplace wall. I am so excited to get started! Next weekend we are moving furniture and having a yard barn/storage building delivered. Before and after pictures coming up and the play by play on the painting and moving.

One more sweet memory for this weekend:

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!