Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tulips for Two Tablescape


I have to admit that with just the two of us home,
and often getting home late
I have fallen out of the habit of setting a pretty table.


But hubby had been working all day
and I had the day off
and had enjoyed myself puttering around the house.


I decided that I should do a pretty little tablescape
just for the two of us.


So I dug out my favorite spring plates.


With the matching glasses.


And created a simple little table for the two of us to enjoy.
When hubby came home his face lit up when he saw the table,
and we sat down & shared a delicious dinner
and good conversation as we talked about our day.


It also made me pause and realize
that it is important to take the few extra minutes
to set a pretty table for the two of us -
not just for special occasions
but to celebrate us in the day to day.

~*~

~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Monday, March 25, 2019

Menu Planning Monday



It is time once again to sit down
and plan out my meals for the week.

Monday
Out for Dinner with friends

Tuesday
Noodles
Asian Salad


Wednesday
Pork Chop & Potato Bake
Garlic Green Beans
Mashed Turnip

Thursday
Parmesan Herb Salmon
Rice Pilaf 
Peas & Carrots

Friday - Family Spring BBQ Party
BBQ Hot Dogs
Homestyle Hot Dog Buns
Asian Broccoli Slaw
Spinach Salad
Corn Salad
Banana Cream Pie Squares
Strawberry Lemonade

Saturday
Crockpot Cheesy Spaghetti
Zucchini Bake
Cesar Salad
Garlic Bread

Sunday
Chicken & Chili White Bean Soup

What's on your menu this week?

~*~

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Looking Back


Hubby wasn't feeling well today so we stayed home from church.
While he rested I spent some time looking back.
I went back to the beginning of my blog
and read through my first year's worth of posts.
It was a great trip down memory lane
but surprising how much life has changed since then.

I also spent some time looking back over my prayer journals.
It made me think of the story in Joshua 4,
where Joshua had the Israelites build an altar
after God had parted the river Jordan.
It was an Altar of Remembrance.


"Joshua said to the Israelites, "In the future when your 
descendants ask their parents, 'What do these stones mean?' 
tell them, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'
For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you
until you had crossed over.... He did this so that all
peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord
is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God."

I remember reading this years ago and it struck me
how important it is remember and talk about what God has done in our lives.
We too often forget or take for granted what God has done for us.
Looking through my prayer journal I saw
many, many answers to prayers,
both small and large,
and it made me so grateful.


I hope to pass down my prayer journals to my children one day
so they too can look back and remember,
"and know that the hand of the Lord is powerful
and so that they might always fear the Lord their God."

~*~

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Simple Woman's Daybook


For today...
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Looking out my window...


I am thinking...
Of the things I need to get done this weekend
vs. the things I want to get done this weekend.

I am thankful for...
Date nights with hubby.

One of my favorite things...
Coffee!
It's not about the coffee,
it's about the senses,
the feel of the cup & warmth,
the scent & steam,
and of course, the taste :)

I am creating...




~Some cards I made last month.
 I am currently working on some Easter cards.~

I am wearing... 
Red jeans & a black t-shirt.

I am hearing...
My Saturday playlist playing,
the air purifier running.

I am reading...
The Paradise of Glass by Petra Durst-Benning
and
The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan

I am learning...
That getting up at 5:00am is not as hard as I thought it would be.

Around the house...
Getting ready for a family Spring BBQ this next weekend.

In my kitchen...


In my garden...
The snow is finally beginning to melt.

Pondering these words... 
"The one who is most free is the one who turns
 the work of his hands into sacrament, into offering. 
All he makes and all he does
 are gifts from God, through God, and to God.
~From "The Rest of God" by Mark Buchanan

This past week...
~Went to see the Green Book - Such a good movie. One of the best I've seen in awhile.
~Re-started my walking program - I was surprised how sore I was!
~I got a start on some Easter cards.
~Had a lovely visit with my parents - it was good to see they are recovering from their colds.
~Hubby & I weren't able to attend the Home & Garden Show as I ended up working late,
but we did go out to a nice restaurant and enjoyed such delicious & relaxing dinner out.

A few plans for the upcoming week...
~Working~
~Keep up with my walking program this week~
~X-stitching~
~Family Spring BBQ~
~DD is coming home for the weekend~
~Shopping with DD - we are looking for a dress for me
for her wedding & we will be going for a dress fitting for her~

A moment from my day...

~Hubby & I  are getting ready for July 1st
with these new Canada Day t-shirts we found!~

~~~*~~~

~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Alana

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Monday, March 18, 2019

In the Kitchen this Week



I have found that now that I am back to work full time
and there are no kids at home,
it has been easy to get lackadaisical with cooking.

Menu planning definitely helps combat with that
and even if I am tired after a crazy day at work
hubby is more than happy to chip in & help,
as long as he knows what's on the menu!

So here's the plan for this week...

Monday
Oven Fried Chicken
Garlic Knots
Tossed Salad

Tuesday
Lemon Pepper Cod
Rice Pilaf
Broccoli w/cheese sacue
Corn

Wednesday
Salisbury Steak
Perogies
Peas & Carrots

Thursday
Roast Chicken
w/Baked Veggies
Gravy
Tossed Salad

Friday
Chili Chicken Stir-Fry
Rice
Asian Salad

Saturday
Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Green Beans
Turnip


Sunday
Chicken  Noodle Soup

What's on your menu this week?

~~~*~~~

~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Alana

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Simple Woman's Daybook



For today...
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Looking out my window...

I am thinking...
Of how it has been a productive day.

I am thankful for...
Quiet days at home.

One of my favorite things...
Shamrock shakes!

I am creating...
I have a few projects on the go...
scrapbooking, x-stitching & card making.

I am wearing...
Black jeans & boots, Pink & white top

I am hearing...
The humidifier running.

I am reading...
The Paradise of Glass by Petra Durst-Benning
and
When the Game is Over It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg

I am learning...
That I need to get back into more planning.

Around the house...
Time to put out some spring décor.

In my kitchen...
Hubby made tacos - one of my favorites.

In my garden...
Still snow.

Pondering these words... 
"The best things in life are nearest: 
Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes,
 flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, 
the path of right just before you. 
Then do not grasp at the stars, 
but do life's plain, common work as it comes, 
certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life."
~Robert Louise Stevenson~

A few plans for the rest of the week...
~Going to see the Green Book~
~Re-starting my walking program as I got off track while being sick~
~Time in the craft room~
~Working~
~Visiting my parents~
~Attending the Home & Garden show with hubby~
~Hopefully some spring cleaning~

A moment from my day...
~Enjoying a lazy day~

~~~*~~~

~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Alana

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