Saturday, January 9, 2021

savory & sweet.


: starting off with the savory :

we don't often have steak for dinner but when we do
it's truthfully a treat for the taste buds & the pocketbook.
so one evening we enjoyed rib eyes from the grill
along with splitting a baked potato aside a leafy
green salad. well. there were salad makings
remaining, along with a bit of steak,
so the next night it was steak
again! this time on a salad.
leftover steak lends
itself to use in
a few
* salad *
* fajitas *
* soup *
* stroganoff *

this night the choice was salad.
in a bowl of crisp greens, carrot,
tomato, pickled veg, feta,
& steak tucked in nicely.
.simple simon.

this morning was chilly willy, 29 degrees at 10am.
we keep the house cool-ish, typically between
56-60. all you cold blooded folks wouldn't find
it pleasing. wink. but this morning it even felt
too cool for us so we pumped the heater up to 62!
and i clicked the oven to 300 to make granola.
an hour at 300 then i left the door open a bit
to cool down quicker. that warmth was heavenly.

i'll share the recipe below.
in a big bowl i mixed the ingredients,
making a double portion down the ingredient line.

then i divided the mix between two lipped sheet pans
with parchment paper on the bottom. no sticking this way.
after 30 minutes the mix was stirred then back
in the oven for another 30 minutes.

taking the pans out and letting them cool a bit,
i broke up the granola and put most of it in a gallon
bag which is now in the deep freeze, 
and enough for this quart ball jar
which i put in the fridge.

we squirreled some into bowls and added
almond milk for a yUmmy treat - late breakfast.

.. cOddiwOmple grAnOla ..

6 cups rolled oats
2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups chopped nuts {i used pecans}
1 cup dried cranberries {or raisins}
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-1/3 cups honey

mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
combine the oil and honey in a saucepan
on low heat .. warming it through enough
to smooth out the honey texture. good
honey can be rather thick. 

stir in the wet to the dry, combining well
then divide and spread on the two cookie sheets
lined with parchment. bake at 300 for 30 minutes.
stir the mixture then back in the oven
for another 30 minutes. once out of the oven
let cool a bit on the counter top. it'll harden
a tich then simply break it up with your hands
and store in an airtight container. or a gallon
freezer bag then into the deep freeze.

with just two humans living in this home
it'll take us a while to finish off
this batch. when needed we'll simply
refill the quart jar, leaving the rest in
the freezer. yUm.

and now we're heading out the door for a brisk
mountain walk. i'm back to not taxing my lungs
as much - considering elevation, exertion & asthma. 
it's a good thing. seeing other folks outside
is a thrill in this c*vid existence even if we do
tend to keep our distance overall.
one day we'll share meals again at
the same table. it *will* happen.
looking forward.

purpose to bring peace to your life.
be kind to yourself.
be kind to others.
spend more time in the word.
pray more. deeper. praise!
play music on your stereo or computer
or phone or whatever device you use.
listen to a message designed to uplift
and give you hope, setting you on 
a firm foundation.
sometimes decisions must be made
in social media including being active
at all - or with certain folks.
i struggled with that one for quite
a long time before making a few decisions.
.. again ..
purpose to bring peace to your life.


Thursday, January 7, 2021



in more ways than we can count .....

"the days are getting colder, have a warm heart"

my dear friend, jAn.R., sent me a link to this video..

it would be worth your time to view .. to take in .. to be calmed.

do something today to bring help peace to your life.

pray big. allow Him to gift you with *his* peace

that passes all understanding. allow His presence

to saturate your very being. seek Him .. deeply.

make an apple pie with pretty lattice.

visiting her blog-site is easy: click hErE


Thursday, December 31, 2020





"... now at last they were beginning chapter one of the great story no one else on earth has ever read, which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before."

though the road seems long, twists, turns, laden with fog, unexpected obstructions, know that the Lover of your soul will guide .. leading the way back to Him. always. and always. and still always for evermore. amen ... sweet amen.


.. picture taken on a recent drive in my neck of the woods ..