Monday, August 30, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

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My Daybook for...
Monday August 30, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Sunny and hazy from the heat, we have a smog alert from the 90's to 100 temps.

I am thinking...glad to have some things checked off my to do list, plenty more to do.  We're preparing our home for Autumn, lots of fall cleaning, cozying and fluffing!!!LOL
I am thankful for...a clear mind and joy in my heart, it all comes from my Savior

I am remembering...all the laughter in our home yesterday, Danny was really on a roll and had us all laughing!!!  Also, talking to my Tommy, this mommy just loves to see his name on the phone when it rings.

I am currently reading...the Patricia Sprinkle series 'Thoroughly Southern Mystery Series', I've read all of her books now and finally had to buy this series from ebay because our library didn't have them, they are really good.

I am hoping...for things to go as planned in September, we have some things happening that are kind of new territory for us and some things that will be an adjustment for Christopher, Katie and I but we're looking forward to this next step.

On my sweet little mama that had a fall last week and is hurting still from it.  She has had severe rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years and a fall really flares up pain and she has to up some meds, just praying she's 100% again soon.  She's my hero, I've always wanted to be just like her, I love her so very, very much!
Noticing that...I'm feeling the need to stock up and prepare, I'm not a doomsday person but it seems that it just makes sense to be prepared for any possible time of need.
Pondering these words...Your are either a dasher or a dancer, sad to say I'm a dasher...I think I might work on that and try to turn myself into a dancer!!!

From the kitchen...Banana bread for breakfast, beef stew with Katie's bread for supper.

Around the is playing in the kitchen while Katie goes about her baking, air conditioning roaring away!!..come on cooler temps!!!

From my picture journal...
Last week wash Tasha Tudor day, since I  missed it on my blog I want to pay homage to her here with some of her artwork, she has been such an inspiration to me in living simply and enjoying the simple things.

She was a wonderful lady, she bloomed where she was planted!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Simple Recipe: Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract

We're kinda vanilla snobs in our home, we use only pure vanilla and usually get a bottle from Watkins.  Well, the bottle is about $17.00 but we think it's worth it because we like to have our ingredients as pure as possible and as few ingredients in it as possible.
Well, I found a recipe for making our own vanilla extract and it's an amazing thing!  
We took a bottle like this:

Bought some vanilla beans from here, used a bottle of vodka that we keep on hand for homemade cleaning products and make our room sprays, must be at least 40% alcohol content.
Split 4 vanilla beans in 1/2, stuck in the bottle, filled with vodka, put the top on and leave for 8 weeks.  Shake daily or when you think of it.  The beauty of this is that when you use some you just top it off with vodka again and it will be ready for the next time!  I think this would make great gifts for Christmas and the vanilla beans will last a long, long time so you just pull one out and replace as needed, they should last a couple of years!
Ours has been in the cabinet for appr. 1 week now and it smells wonderful, we do remember to shake it every other day or so.
We love these homemade recipes!  We especially love knowing exactly what's going into our products!

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Simple Read

I received this book from Thomas Nelson publishers to review. I had a bit of an advantage because I've read every book Dave Ramsey has ever written.  I've been a follower and reader of his since his first Financial Peace book came out.  Dave isn't just some financial guy telling you how to manage your money, he's a guy that has been at the bottom and worked his way back up.  He was a millionaire, a business man at the top of his game and then it all came crashing down, he lost everything and knows how to do things the right way.
Initially I started reading his books because he is a Christian and I love to learn things from a Christian perspective, he pulled me in from there.
Dave has come a long way, having his own show on Fox News Channel, he knows his stuff.
This book gives some quick answers to questions that you will also find answered in his other books, this is a great book though, especially if you've never read anything by him and want to get a feel for his style of teaching and writing.
I recommend this book and even learned some things from it that I had not learned from his other books, great read!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Beautiful Music

Our home has become one of beautiful music!  I’ve always thought that having a piano just makes a home seem very cozy.  Last month Katie was gifted with one from my sweet little sister.  It’s a console Baldwin and has a beautiful sound to it.  At just the same time that we were looking for lessons for her a small music store opened in our little town and she’s taking lessons from a wonderful teacher, she calls him her piano professor!
She’s been taking lessons for three weeks now and I am so enjoying her playing.  She plays very well and although the songs are repetitious while she’s learning I don’t mind at all.  The sound is just so soothing and I find myself just daily walking around our home and thanking the Father for always providing.  His timing is always perfect, she’s wanted to take lessons for many years but I think that as a mature young woman she is so thankful for the piano that she is totally dedicated to practicing.  It’s almost as though when she sits down at the piano she is finally able to expend some of the creative energy that has been just waiting for those piano keys!
Christopher also has been blessed with the gift of a guitar, it’s an electric guitar and he has been practicing almost daily.  He actually doesn’t turn the amplifier on, truly I think he’s more an acoustic guitar kind of guy but he’s just thankful for the guitar.  He’s also been helping Katie with her practicing and setting the metronome for her.  Actually the metronome is the laptop, he just went to a website and downloaded the metronome for it for free.  He just sets the laptop on the piano and has it clicking away keeping time for her.  It’s just another way the internet is a wonderful thing.  Metronomes can be expensive and this works perfectly for us.  Christopher also borrowed an accordion from my little mama, she’s had it for over 50 years and it works like a charm, he’s becoming interested in playing it from some of the music he enjoys.  He loves to listen to Andrew Peterson and enjoys the instrumentals in his music.  Both Christopher and Katie get their music talent from my parents, both of them can sing and play multiple instruments.  I can neither sing nor play any instrument very well, guess that passed me by.  Tommy has a violin that he’s had for a few years, now that he’s on his own I don’t think that he practices it but maybe down the road he’ll decide to play again, I think they all have the talent and an ear for music.  I like listening to music…LOL and can play a mean ‘Little Johnny Jones’ but that’s as far as it goes!
We’re looking so forward to fall, these 90 degree days are getting very, very old and we’re ready for some cooler temps and being able to throw those windows wide open!
Life is very simple here in our home and that’s just the way I like it!