Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 2017 Reading List

The Discovery Saga Collection by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Goodbye to Yesterday
The Silence of Winter
The Hope of Spring
The Pieces of Summer
A Revelation in Autumn
A Vow for Always

The American Dream Romance Collection
Carving a Future by Carla Olson Gade
Trading Hearts by Amber Stockton
Over a Barrel by Laurie Alice Eakes
Impressed by Love by Lisa Karon Richardson
When the Shadow Falls by DiAnn Mills
New Garden's Hope by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
New Garden's Crossroads by Ann E. Shrock
Free Indeed by Kristy Dykes
A Mother's Cry by Jane Kirkpatrick

Friday, February 24, 2017

Clutter Busting Challenge February 2017

I'm behind on my goal of 365 Items in 365 Days Challenge. I'm purging 24 items this month which bring my total for the years to 52 items. That is good though that I have done so well over the last 6 years that I'm having trouble finding things that can go. The blessing of having less stuff.

My purge pile: 




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Turkey or Chicken Divan

6 slices cooked turkey or chicken

2 (10oz.) pkgs. frozen broccoli spears

¼ c. mayonnaise

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 (10oz.) c. condensed cream of chicken soup

½ c. dry bread crumbs

1 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Cook broccoli in a greased 12X8 baking dish. Layer turkey slices on top. In small bowl combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, and soup; pour over turkey. Combine bread crumbs and butter, sprinkle over top. Bake uncovered 25-30 min. or until heated through. Serves 4-6.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Baked Chicken and Stuffing

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 sliced Swiss cheese

1 (10 oz.) can of chicken soup

2 c. stuffing mix

¼ c. butter

½ c. hot water

Preheat oven to 325. Grease an 11x7 baking pan. Layer chicken breasts, then cheese, and then soup. Melt butter: stir in water and stuffing. Sprinkle stuffing over soup. Bake covered for 45 min. Uncover and bake 15 min. longer to brown top. Serves 4

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Our 1984 Foxfire Camper Update

I wanted to do an update on the renovation of the 1984 Foxfire we bought in November. It’s going great so far. There was a bit more water damage than we initially thought. It looks a mess that’s for sure. We had to bug bomb the camper twice due to carpenter ant. We have everything torn out that we want so far and are preparing to start rebuilding it soon. We are considering not putting as many of the cabinets back into it as it had. We would like it to be more open and do...n’t need to store that much stuff. We won’t be putting the blinds back up and instead I’m thinking of buying sun block curtains that I’d need to cut and sew to fit. We hope to have the money to start redoing it by the end of this month.

It has been interesting to have something that we want to buy things for after very limited spending besides consumables the last 6 years. We haven’t done any projects on the house since we finished the exercise room last February which we furnished mostly with stuff we already had. We have several boxes of stuff in the basement of things we’ve gotten second hand shopping. We are being very careful with what we buy since we don’t want to clutter up our camper. I might share in another post what we’ve bought and why. I’m finding it very interesting how we are thinking.

The front of the camper. We removed the upper cabinets to the left and straight ahead. They will go back up once the wall and ceiling is repaired.

 The kitchen cabinet removed and ceiling.

The drawer needs repaired and we're fixing the heater.


 The kitchen area.

We'll replace the wood that goes over the kitchenette seats. The table will go back into place and the cushions.

We took the fridge out. We'll clean and insulate before putting it back.

The ceiling in the bedroom.

The back wall in the bedroom. We had to take the window out temporarily to do the framing properly.

The floor area in the bedroom and the fridge.

The bedroom door area.

The side wall in the bedroom.

 The bedroom view from the hall.

The bathroom door. This area didn't change.

The bathroom hasn't changed. We have a few wood pieces stored temporarily.

The wood strips stored in the bathroom.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Salisbury Steak

1 (10 ¾ oz.) can golden mushroom soup, divided

1 ½ lb. ground beef

½ c. dry bread crumbs

½ tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 onion, finely chopped

1 egg, slightly beaten

½ c. water

Preheat oven to 350. Combine half the soup with next six ingredients and mix well; shape into oval-shaped patties. Arrange patties in 9X13 baking pan and bake uncovered for 30 min. Skim off fat. In small bowl combine remaining soup and water and spoon over patties. Return to oven and bake 10 more min. Serves 6