Friday, February 4, 2011

Mémère Fun

Fun time spent with my 4 TLC's on Wednesday.  Sure miss my 3 special grandchildren in Kentucky and hoping to see them this spring. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

If Fish Could Talk . . .

If our fish could talk I think they would say, "brrrrrrr!"  

And this my friends is why:

Can you believe it?  And this is Arizona at 2 in the afternoon.  Unreal!
But this 'ole hen will take this cold any day compared to this:

I am thankful for warm boots and thick sweatshirts today.  You can always add more to get warm but it is hard to get cool in the summer when it is 115* in Arizona.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Advice on Clutter

My greatest homemaking challenge has to be CLUTTER!  Does paperwork multiply when we turn our back?  Sometimes in my home I think it does and then like a magnet it draws in other odds and ends from all the far corners of our life. 

My homemaking tip today that works for me is simple but it works for me.  If I take an area that is vulnerable to clutter I focus on making it so pretty and attractive that I would not to mess it up with clutter again. 

Works for me.  My kitchen island is a great example.  It is such a handy place to be tempted to lay things down that don't belong there.  To leave too many kitchen things out but if I make it simple and pleasing to my eye I will do what it takes to keep it this way. 

A spiritual tip that Mrs. Billy Graham shares is keeping your Bible open on the counter to give the busy homemaker refreshment through out the day.  I have done this for a long time and I have benefited by her tip.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Good Basics

With today being Tempt My Tummy Tuesday thought I would share my motherly advice along with my recipe.  Find some favorite foods you want to fix your family and then really work to perfect them.  Look for the best tasting recipe you can find.  Try new techniques in preparing the recipe.  Can you substitute ingredients or can you give a favorite dish variation with the addition of different ingredients?  How can you simplify it.  Then just practice and practice and practice till you have a real winning family recipe.

Have some recipes marked in your cookbook that you know will be successful and please your family and you can't go wrong.  Takes the stress out of a long day when you can go to one of your tried and true and quickly whip up a meal that will bless your family.

Being raised on a dairy farm we had lots of biscuits and gravy growing up.  Biscuits are rather plain and simple but never underestimate plain and simple.  You can do so much with a good biscuit recipe.  Biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast - a family favorite here.  Biscuits with herbs and cheese to accompany hot soup on a chilly night is always a winner. 

One of my favorite all purpose recipes is the following simple biscuit recipe.  It meets all the above criteria.  Last night I had left over roast beef with vegetables which I heated and poured in a casserole dish and then topped with my biscuits.  Quick and easy and got the "good stuff!" response from Precious Husband that always makes my heart smile.


Mémère's Simple Biscuits

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup milk

Get our your yellow bowl and dump in the flour, baking powder and salt.  With your pastry thingy (do you have one?) cut in the cold butter and then add the milk.  This makes a soft dough that I turn out on my counter.  I simply pat it out with my hands rather than dirty a rolling pin.  I like my biscuits fat and fluffy so I pat the dough probably a half inch thick.  Cut out your biscuits with a biscuit cutter or simply use a drinking glass or jar of appropriate size.  Bake at 450* for about 12-15 minutes or until nicely browned on top.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Two Special Reasons - My Daughters

Well, much thinking has been done about my blog.  I have neglected it lately with the addition of some new responsibilities and areas of need around me.

My blog is something I don't want to give up though.  It has brought me a lot of delight as I contemplate my posts even when they are not as frequent as I would like.

One thing I have decided is that I want to get back to one of the original reasons I started blogging.  My two daughters Michelle and Danielle.  I want to use this medium to communicate my heart as a child of God, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  From my posts I truly hope my two beautiful daughters can glean some wisdom in their roles as wife and mother.

So as I  blog today I am praying.  Praying for wisdom and direction in what I share.  Wisdom to create something of lasting value.  Yes, I am returning to the old paths.

So now the LORD says, "Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way, and walk in it. 
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
 Jeremiah 6:16a