Friday, April 6, 2018

Spring Sidetable Vignette


With our backyard still buried in snow
and snow in the forecast
for almost every day
I needed to put some touches
of spring around the house.


We have a little table that sits between
our chairs and I decided to cover it
with a spring cloth.
I just love the flowers on it.


We use this table to charge our devices
and the cords can be messy looking.


But we pull them through the base of our vintage lamp
and can tuck them away
when we don't need them.


I added a vase
with some pussy willows
and greenery.


And a little white bird.


On the other side of the lamp
I added a porcelain lily
and filled it with some
colored glass painted eggs.



Every spring we have an owl
that comes to our neighborhood
so I included my white porcelain owl
in my spring décor.


Our little Storm Glass
is fun to watch
and surprising in how accurate it is.



All put together our little side table
is ready for spring
even if it doesn't seem like it outdoors quite yet.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Alana

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Simple Spring Tablescape


Sometimes it is nice to have a simple little tablescape.


For this tablescape I started off with one of my favorite
pale green tablecloths
and a crocheted linen
given to me as a gift.


A simple white jug
with pale green and white tulips.
As much as I adore fresh flowers
there are too many people in our house
with allergies so I try to get
good quality fake flowers.


Add my everyday dishes.


And some floral napkins
that were gifted to me
and a pale green napkin ring.


A vintage glass with a hint of pink around the bottom is added.



And it is a quick and simple everyday table
with a touch of spring.



Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Alana

Monday, April 2, 2018

On The Menu This Week

It's hard to believe it is April already
and we have another heavy snowfall warning for tonight.
There is something about cold days
and warm home-cooked meals
that goes together so well.
Here's what I have planned for this week.

Monday
Pulled Chicken
(from the freezer)
Kaiser Buns
Coleslaw
Peanut Butter Bars

Tuesday
Crockpot Cheesy Chicken
(double batch - one for the freezer)
Steamed Broccoli w/Cheese Sauce
Tossed Salad
Chocolate Cupcakes w/Strawberry Frosting

Wednesday
Gingered Beef & Noodles
Spinach Salad


Thursday
Lemon Pepper Basa
Rice Pilaf
Parslied Carrots
Tossed Salad
Peanut Butter Bars

Friday
Pizza & Movie Night
Cesar Salad
Fruit Platter & Strawberry Dip

Saturday
Lasagna
Garlic Bread
Oven Baked Zucchini
Cesar Salad


Sunday
Pork Roast
Mashed Potatoes
Stuffing
Gravy
Broccoli w/Cheese Sauce
Corn
Tossed Salad
Chocolate Cupcakes w/Strawberry Icing

What's on your menu this week?

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Turkey Chili Bake



I'm always on the lookout for quick recipes
that easily make a double batch
and that freeze and reheat well.
 This Turkey Chili Bake
hits all of those
and is one of my family's favorite meals.

Ingredients
2 lbs. ground turkey
2 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 can (19 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed
2 cans (11 oz) peaches & cream corn
2 jars (16 oz) mild salsa
4 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese


Heat oven to 350F.
Spray two 8x10 pans with cooking spray.
In a non-stick skillet, cook turkey
until no longer pink.
Add taco seasoning & blend well.
Add beans, corn & salsa; mix well.
Divide between both pans.
Top with cheese.
Cover pans with tinfoil sprayed with baking spray.


At this point you can either bake or freeze.
Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes.

To bake from frozen cook at 350F for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours.


There are so many variations that you can do with this recipe.
You can switch up the salsa to add more kick.
I've also used Italian cheese or marble cheese
and both are super delicious.


I also like to make a double batch of cornbread muffins,
one for the meal and one for the freezer.
My hubby prefers to eat his in a wrap,
which is also a good way to eat leftovers.


Whichever way you decided,
this is quick, easy & delicious.


Click here to get a printable copy of the recipe.

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

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Monday, March 26, 2018

On The Menu This Week

Well, spring is officially here
although it doesn't quite feel like it yet
as we still have a lot of snow on the ground.
My menu this week incorporates
some spring veggies
like spinach & asparagus.
I can't wait until I can pick my own though!

Monday
Turkey Chili 
(double batch - one for the freezer)
Cornbread Muffins
(double batch - one for the freezer)
Parslied Carrots
Spinach Salad
Tuesday
Minted Peas
Cauliflower & Cheese Sauce
Vanilla Ice Cream w/Sliced Strawberries


Wednesday
Spaghetti & Meat Sauce
(double batch - one for the freezer)
Garlic Bread
Cesar Salad
Thursday
Smothered Swiss Steak
(Freezer Meal)
Perogies
Garlic Green Beans
Steamed Asparagus with Lemon Butter
Brownies

Friday
Pizza & Movie Night
Cesar Salad
Fruit Platter & Strawberry Dip

Saturday
Crockpot Cheesy Spaghetti
(double batch - one for the freezer)
Broccoli w/cheese sauce
Tossed Salad
Easter Cupcakes

Sunday
Roasted Turkey
Mashed Potatoes
Stuffing
Gravy
Parmesan Cheese Baked Asparagus
Glazed Carrots
Tossed Salad
Lemon Meringue Pie

What's on your menu this week?

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

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook



For today...
Sunday, March 25, 2018

Looking out my window...

I am thinking...
Of spring and spring projects.

I am thankful for...
Safe traveling for family over winter roads
the past few months.

One of my favorite things...
Sunshine!

I am creating...
Easter cards.

I am wearing...
Jeans & a blue sweatshirt,

I am hearing...
The radio.

I am reading...
"Helen of Sparta" by Amalia Carosella

I am learning...
To not base life on feelings.

Around the house...
Touches of spring are appearing.

In my kitchen...
Monday: Turkey Chili
Tuesday: Chicken & Rice Bake
Wednesday: Spaghetti & Meat Sauce
Thursday: Smothered Swiss Steak
Friday: Pizza Night
Saturday: Crockpot Cheesy Spaghetti
Sunday: Easter Dinner

In my garden...

Pondering these words...
"Easter says you can put truth in a grave,
but it won't stay there."
~Clarence W. Hall~

A few plans for the rest of the week...
Monday: Early work meeting, work, Horticultural Society Meeting
Tuesday: Work
Wednesday: House Work, Errands & Dentist
Thursday: Work
Friday: Good Friday Service
Saturday: Prep for Sunday Guests
Sunday: Easter Sunday

A moment from my day...

Hubby adding grow lights into my indoor greenhouse.

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

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Weekend Ramblings


This past weekend hubby & I went for a weekend ramble.


We love to get out and explore new trails
and take photos as we ramble along.


It is so relaxing just to get outside
and explore.


This time we explored the
Elizabeth Hall Wetlands.


The river bottom is one of our favorite places to go
but we have never explored
the opposite side before.


The Elizabeth Hall Wetlands is a nature reserve
with viewing areas and blinds to watch the wildlife.


It was still pretty frozen over
except in one little corner.


I was surprised to see so many ducks,
a sure sign spring is closer than it seems.


Not many people seem to have been through this area
and it was neat to see so many animal tracks in the snow.


We are looking forward to going back
and exploring this once the snow is gone.


Do you have favorite places you like to explore?

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