Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Are you a reader?

Are you a reader?
I have loved books for as long as I can remember. My Mom used to take me to Houston Memorial library when I was a young child in the early 60's. It was a huge old house with giant white columns, a mansion I guess you would call it in our small town. We would both get books every Saturday morning. When I turned 12, I was allowed to have my own library card and go by myself. Back in those days, a kid could walk anywhere in town and be safe. It was exciting to me. I could not wait to get home and dive into a Nancy Drew novel and be part of her adventure, or visit a faraway place in another book.
Books have taken me places I'll never see, introduced me to characters that seem to be friends by the end, and told me love stories that make me believe anything is possible. I wish my granddaughters were readers, but out of five girls, each one would rather be doing more active things.
Books make me laugh, cry, think, and want to live my life in a new and better way, I have a kindle full of unread books, yet I always go for the hardback or paperback. It is what I love. It comforts me. The battery doesn't die and I love it. If you are a reader, we in some small way- have a connection. If not, you are missing so much. A reader I am, and a reader I hope to always be.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Meals

Sorry guys, first hubby was sick and then I got it.

Today's recipe is from Amy over at The Idea Room. I have seen it floating around Facebook and Pinterest and had to try it. It was So easy and SO good. Hubby and I both loved it.

Baked Ravioli

1 bag (25 Oz. Bag) Frozen Ravioli with meat
1 jar (26 Oz. Jar)  Marinara Sauce (I used spaghetti sauce because I had it already)
2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
Parmesan Cheese for garnish

1. Pre­heat oven to 400°F. Spray a 9×13 rectangular baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Spread ½ cup to ¾ cup of the pasta sauce in baking dish.
3. Lay ½ of the frozen ravioli in a single layer over the sauce; top with some of the marinara sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese.
4. Repeat layers again, and use up the rest of the ingredients.
5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. 6.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
7. Remove foil; bake uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes longer or cooked and heated all the way through.
8. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Eat and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Spouse's Day

Today is National Spouse's Day so I am dedicating it to my spouse and best friend- Robert.

Robert is not only my husband, but my best friend. We have no secrets - none. We know each other better than we know ourselves. He is an all around great guy. Hardest worker I know. Of course, he is a man, so he is not perfect, lol. He has his flaws and vices, as we all do. I just love him as he is.

He is not my first husband. I married my first right out of high school, had two sons, and we eventually decided we wanted different things- I wanted adventure and travel and he wanted a younger woman of a different race that he worked with. We both got what we wanted. Funny thing is my ex and Robert even get along great. They painted the inside of my son's house together, they went to hockey games and ball games together, we all do Holidays together... Robert gets along well with everyone. Most people really like and respect him.

The best thing about my husband is that he builds me up instead of tearing me down, and I know some of you will say "Yeah right", but I Know this man loves me. He shows me every day. He loves my sons and he really loves our grandchildren. They know no difference- they are just blessed with an extra grandpa that loves them. When I got sick and had to have my transplant, we went through that together. I was in the hospital six weeks with complications ( and 3 major surgeries), and he was there daily. He came to the hospital every day after work (a 45 minute drive) and spent the night- then got up about 3 AM to go home, shower, and go back to work. He has been by my side since day #1. I love him more than words can say.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My new blog Day #1

Well, I have missed blogging so much. I really wish I could delete all my old blog posts and start over, but something tells me not to do that. I have never had the blog I wanted because I did not blog for me. This new start is all about me and my life. It will have Sunday Stories, Monday meals and recipes, Tuesday anything goes, Wednesday Weigh in and diet talk, Thankful Thursday, Friday photos, and Saturday links. Mixed in will be reviews, book talk, a daily journal prompt and reply, giveaways, and lots more things that I want to do for me. I really hope you will join me in this journey called life.

Monday Meals #1

 (from www.simplystacie.net)

I found this on Simpystacie. net a few years ago and it a a favorite of ours! Please try it and tell me what you think! Then visit www.simplystacie.net and check out her blog.

  • 4 cups uncooked bowtie pasta
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1  can stewed tomatoes
  • 1  can kidney beans, drained & rinsed ( I use dark kidney beans)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup lime juice
  • 1  package chili seasoning 
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and put in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a large saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Add in ground beef, onions and green pepper. Cook until beef is browned and vegetables are softened.
  3. Stir in package of chili seasoning mix. Add in stewed tomatoes and kidney beans and stir together. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice and garlic. Add the mixture to the bowtie pasta and stir to combine. Add the chili into the pasta mixture and stir together. Serve warm or chilled.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Starting over beginning tomorrow!!!! Jan 23, 2016

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I hate Doctor's visits

I am totally freaked out about my visit today. I have to see the Doctor at 11 and then have to have an xray, a CT scan with contrast, a bone density test, and a biopsy. YUK!
But I anot doing well, so it must be done. Thing is, I cannot sleep anymore. I average 4 to 5 hours a day sleeping, and that is sporadic.
Will update tomorrow! Have an amazing Tuesday!

Monday, November 2, 2015

November Goals

I do not have many goals this month. I have an all day liver check up with four tests and a Doctor's visit on the 3rd (Tuesday). Praying it turns out okay.

I really want to lose 8 pounds this month. I should be able to do it. That is only two pounds a week.

My main goal is to de-clutter my guest room/computer room. I can't believe what a mess it has become. I can't even get to my sewing table.

I of course want to finish Christmas shopping. Almost done, just a few more things for the granddaughters.

Read a book.

Blog once a day, at least.

Have a nice date on our anniversary- Nov 22.

Do my photo wall in the living room.

Save $100 for our trip to see the kids.

Make a new recipe.

I tried to make attainable goals this month. I think I can accomplish these. We'll see.

Hello November

Day 1- I am Thankful for my husband. He is not perfect by any means but has always treated me like a queen.
What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

EO Case

This wooden box from Aroma Designs holds 52 essential oil bottles and six roll on bottles. I am just really getting into essential oils and wanted something to store them in to protect them from the sunlight. This solid wood box is perfect. I am going to stain mine as I do not like just the unfinished look, but you could also paint it. Mine is plain with no logo. I no longer have to worry about not finding an oil when I need it, as it is in me box. It will be great for when we travel also. It has a small brass lock to keep it tightly shut
I highly recommend this box to anyone who is into oils, even beginners. I am going to another one soon. I received this item free or at a discounted price for my honest and unbiased review. These opinions are my own.
You can purchase your own case Here.

Friday, October 23, 2015

My new Favorite bag

WOW! I so love this purse. I am a purse addict and this is my new fave. I believe you don't have to go to a fancy event to carry an evening bag. They are all the rage right now. This Metallic Duster 4 Ring bag from VMATE is just gorgeous. You can either carry it in your hand or wear it with the enclosed chain which can be used long or short. The four ring knuckle clutch is so pretty. It has a large diamond like gem, a large diamond like studded skeleton head, a small skeleton head and another small gem. To open the purse, you just lift up the knuckles, and it opens right up. The inside is luxuriously lined. It will hold keys, cell, lipstick, and cash and ID. Just the perfect size!
The purse is black and made of faux leather and is covered with diamond shaped embossing which is full of glitter to make is sparkly and shiny. This bag will be perfect for nights out on the town, Christmas, or just taking to the grocery store because you can! I am SO happy with this item. Highly recommend it! I received this product free or at a discounted price n exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All words are 100% my own.
Get yours HERE