Wednesday, February 28, 2024

And The Winner Is... ANNIE!

Good morning, Ladies! Today's the day! In just a few minutes someone is going to win a copy of SERVING IN THE KITCHEN by Mrs. Sharon White! 

To choose a winner I will be using Let's give the wheel a spin and see who today's winner is!

Congratulations, Annie! You have 48 hours to contact me with an address. If you do not contact me within 48 hours a new winner will be selected! Again, congratulations and I hope to hear from you soon!

Until next time...

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Monday, February 26, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - February 26, 2024

This morning...

It's the last Tuesday in February and the weather is GORGEOUS! The sun is shining and a high of 78 is expected today; 82 tomorrow!


Not only do I have crocuses blooming in my yard, but bluets and spring beauties, as FEBRUARY! I've never had bluets and spring beauties blooming in February! That's crazy! Makes me wonder what kind of summer we're in for? 🤔

Tiny Bluets

Spring Beauties

How was your week and weekend? Besides the day-to-day everyday-life things...home, family, work, etc...there was an out-of-town day trip, out-of-town company, and the starter on my van had to be replaced. Fortunately, I was only down a little over 24-hours...this time!!!

Amber took me to work Saturday morning; sil picked me up Saturday evening. When I got home my bil and a couple of grandsons were there working on my van; within an hour of my arrival, they had it up and running. What a surprise! 

This past week we lost a dear family member...the last of the older generations on my dad's side. Charlene wasn't my aunt (she was, actually, my cousin's aunt), but she felt like an aunt and I was closer to her than most of my aunts on that side.

Charlene, Her Great-Grandson, and I at the
Brown/Murry Family Reunion 2023

Orval and Charlene and the boys were at our house a lot when I was growing up. In fact, the boys were like little brothers to me. When Amber came along, Charlene was always making clothes and other things for her. 

Charlene and I at the Brown/Murry Family Reunion 2022

Charlene often referred to me as her daughter. She was a dear and precious friend for sure, and she will be greatly missed. I love you, Charlene! 💗

This afternoon...

I just got home from riding up to Nevada with Angie. She was babysitting Cooper (my great-grandson), so I got to spend some time with him today, too, which is always a treat!

Cooper and Great-Grandma

Anyway...I better get on with today's post, but it's so pretty outside! I don't know if I can stand to sit still and stay in that long! 😆 Let's get started, shall we?

Geese on Farm Pond

This week's master to-do list...

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Select a winner for the current giveaway (tomorrow is the last day to enter!)
- Figure March budget and bills
- Go to the bank
- Wish next-to-the-youngest son a 'Happy Birthday'
- Work

Fox Squirrel in Backyard

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Chicken fajitas (leftoves from Iguana Azule)
Tuesday - Oven-roasted chicken breast, baked potato, and oven-roasted carrots
Wednesday - Cheeseburger and oven fries
Thursday - Chicken ala king over brown rice with brussel sprouts
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday - Breakfast for supper
Sunday - Leftovers

Herd of White-tailed Deer

Well, that's it for today! I hope you are truly enjoying this last Monday of February and I wish you a great, prosperous, and productive week ahead!

Until next time...

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - February 19, 2024

After a cold weekend, it's turning out to be a beautiful Monday here on the tallgrass prairie of southwest Missouri...sunny and in the mid-50's. The rest of the week promises to be even nicer...60's and 70's every day with most days being sunny. I'm so looking forward to spring and it cannot get here soon enough to suit me! 🌷

I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day! I did here, but only because I chose to. When I felt the depression of celebrating another anniversary without my husband come lurking around, I shook it off and purposefully decided to enjoy the day anyway. 

I delivered Valentine goodies to the grands, bought myself flowers, was invited to supper at Patrick and Amber's (went, and enjoyed it!), and received sweet Valentines from some of the grands and one of the ladies in our Bible study group. It was a lovely day and I made it through without tears. Praise the Lord!

Yellow-shafted Flicker

Woodpeckers in My Yard This Morning

Pileated Woodpecker

This week's master to-do list...

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Present a program on animal tracks at the local library
- Send out a reminder concerning the current giveaway on this blog (only one week left before a winner is selected!)
- Work

Pretty Bookmark Made For Me By One
of My Granddaughter's Friends

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Cheeseburger and oven fries
Tuesday - Oven-roasted chicken breast with baked potato and fried cabbage
Wednesday - Soup and salad 
Thursday - Fish sandwich, oven fries, and coleslaw
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday - Ham, eggs, and toast
Sunday - Leftovers

That's all for today! Have a nice day and a great week ahead!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Master To Do List and Menu Plan Monday (The Tuesday Edition) -- February 13, 2024

It's late Tuesday evening and I'm just now getting around to posting this week's master to-do list and menu plan. 

Photo Found on Facebook

Did you have a nice weekend? My week and weekend here were filled with work, play, fun, and celebration.

I presented a program at work on Friday where participants learned about the importance of snow to plants, animals, and people and the story of Snowflake Bently. They learned how to make ice cream in a bag and enjoyed eating it, too! Yum!

Photo of Her Girls Enjoying Their Ice-Cream-in-a-Bag
Taken by Darlene Sullins

Three grandchildren celebrated birthdays over the weekend, and I got to spend some quality time with three of my grandsons. 

Dante and Kira Getting Ready
to Blow Out Their Candles

I got in a visit with my great-grandson this morning. 

Great-Grandson, Cooper, and I

Now, after running errands and being gone most of yesterday and today, I am playing catch-up with myself and working on things here at home. 

I will get on into today's post. Join me...won't you?

The Greeting Commitee at Work on Saturday

This week's master to-do list...

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Wash vehicle
- Take cardboard to the recycle center
- Celebrate grandson, Jed's, birthday
- Shop for groceries
- Drop donations off at the thrift store
- Celebrate Valentine's Day
- Figure mid-month budget and bills
- Go to the bank and post office
- Check propane tank percentage
- Work

In the Nest at the Eagle Tree This Week

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Ham and cheese sandwich with chips
Tuesday - Ham and cheese sandwich and baked potato
Wednesday - Oven-roasted chicken, baked potato, and oven-roasted carrots
Thursday - Taco soup
Friday - Chicken chowder and Good Earth Rolls
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Leftovers

That all for tonight! I hope that you've had a nice day and that your week is off to a great start!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Books Read in 2023

At long last I am, finally, getting around to posting the list of books I read in 2023 and what a mixed-up conglomeration of books it was! 

Some books read were work-related; others were read for personal pleasure and interests. 

Either way, such as it is, here is my reading list for 2023...

1. Mobsters in our Midst - The Kansas City Crime Family by William Ouseley
2. Biblical Minimalism by Cheryl E. Smith
3. The 1849 Cholera Outbreak in Jefferson City by Gary Elliot
4. Mafia Democracy by Michael Franzese
5. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
7. Gracious House Keeping by Mrs. Sharon White
8. Resolute in the Face of Persecution - 1824 - A Tale of Scotland by Robert Pollok
9. Civil War Plants and Herbs by Patricia B. Mitchell
10. The Home Front in the Civil War by Dale Anderson
11. The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn
12. Homespun Devotions - Volume I by Cheryl E. Smith
13. The Unforgettable Summer by Emily Brodie
14. The Lost Clue by Mrs. O.F. Walton
15. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
16. Little Miss Moth by Amy LeFeuvre
17. The Least of These by Mrs. Coates
18. The White Dove by Christoph Von Schmid
19. Jill's Red Bag by Amy LeFeuvre
20. Fire in the Sky by Christoph Von Schmid
21. The Runaway Darling by Amy LeFeuvre
22. Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
23. Bittersweet Country - edited by Ellen Gray Massey
24. Walking in the Fruit of the Spirit by Gloria Copeland

Until next time...

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Book Review and Giveaway: SERVING IN THE KITCHEN by Mrs. Sharon White

I have enjoyed many of Mrs. Sharon White's books over the years and have recently added 'Serving in the Kitchen' to my collection.

The 152-page book features recipes, advice, and encouragement for Christian homemakers based on Mrs. White's own experience and is divided into three parts.

'Part One' contains a selection of tips and ideas for help in the kitchen...stocking a pantry, setting a table, planning meals, managing portions, teaching children to help in the kitchen, packing lunches, preparing for picnics, setting a food budget, and more.

'Part Two' features information on serving meals and Mrs. White's own house specials...breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

In 'Part Three', Mrs. White shares several of her own, personal, family-favorite recipes. Black and white photos taken in Mrs. White's home are featured throughout the book.

To find out more, visit Mrs. White @ The Legacy of Home.

Now...for the giveaway!!!

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Serving in the Kitchen of your own, simply leave a comment below (or on my Hearth and Home Facebook page) telling one thing that you do to 'serve in the kitchen' at your home or an area that you feel you might need help in or would like to learn more about. That's it!

The giveaway starts today (Tuesday, February 6, 2024) and will run through Tuesday, February 27, 2024. A winner will be selected and announced on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. The winner will have 48 hours to make contact. If they have not done so within 48 hours an alternate winner will be selected. 

Until next time...

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - February 5, 2024

After a very rainy weekend, it was a beautiful Monday...fairly warm and sunny! 

I would love to know what the discussion is here!

I didn't get a chance to post earlier today, so am taking a few minutes this evening to jot down a quick planning post. Will share a few nature shots from this past week throughout the post, as well. 

Norhern Harrier Hawk Over Tallgrass Prairie

This week's master to-do list...

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Mail a couple of cards (belated birthday and sympathy)
- Check propane tank
- Celebrate grandchildren's birthdays
- Work

Bison Hidden in Tall Grasses

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Breakfast for supper
Tuesday - Mushroom chicken, baked potato and oven-roasted carrots
Wednesday - Chicken Ranch Salad with homemade French bread
Thursday - Turkey burger with sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms
Friday - Fish sandwich and oven fries
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Turkey burgers and macaroni and cheese

Friday Evening Sunset

That's all for tonight! I hope you had a fantastic Monday and am wishing you a great week ahead!

Until next time...

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Hello, February!

It's an absolutely lovely day here on the tallgrass prairie of southwest Missouri today...65 degrees and sunny! No crocuses yet, but soon, I'm sure...especially if this nice weather continues as it's supposed to.

Amanda and Aaron weren't able to make it down this week, so, after Bible study last night, Amanda and I got together via Facebook Messenger and laid the initial plans for several upcoming events. We will get together soon to fine-tune and execute.

Well, I will go for now. I just wanted to stop in and wish you a beautiful First Day of February! Anything special going on your end today?

Until next time...

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