Monday, January 25, 2021

Weekend Wrap-Up ~ January 25, 2021

 Good Monday morning to you all! Here is a short-recap of the weekend....

This is from Thursday evening, but if you didn't read this somewhere, I thought it was an interesting fact.  Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:21pm was the 21st minute of the 21st hour of the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st Century!

Friday night, we went to dinner at a friend's house, which was such a fun thing to have something to do at night!  Saturday morning, I made homemade powdered donuts, which actually tasted really good.  Not all healthy recipes I come across taste good :).  Mine did not turn out like the picture, but we certainly enjoyed them this weekend.
Donuts were served for breakfast with fruit, fruit dip and bacon.

Saturday baking continued as I prepared a meal for my niece and her family.  I was able to see my great nieces and nephew and it did my heart so good.  

We returned back to church Sunday morning and to our church plant meeting Sunday night.  It was good to be with people.

In honor of all the Bernie memes that are everywhere, this seemed to sum them up! I am glad we can all have some humor in the midst of the state of our country.

Stay well and may you stay encouraged this day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Friday Favorites ~ January 22, 2021

Happy Friday to you all!  Linking up today with some Friday Favorites.


I shared earlier this week my winter decor.


I had one on one time with my youngest daughter for a dinner date.


I had read about this a while ago online and found it at our local Lowe's.  We have so many stains on the carpet upstairs and on our stairs, I wanted to give it a try.

This is a before of an area....
And this is the after...I was very pleased with how quickly this works.  This didn't remove 100% of stains, but obviously, it made a huge difference.  It is a product I want to keep on hand for sure.


We have all seen lots of them lately, but here is another beautiful sunset.  January does bring some pretty sights of God's creation in the midst of some cloudy days.


One of my favorite flavors is huckleberry, which is primarily found out west.  My husband brought me back these two goodies from Montana.  I had a few errands to run one day this week, but my car wouldn't start :(.  So, I came inside and made huckleberry brownies and they were so good!  
In spite of my downfall of emotional eating, I really was trying to start eating healthy again with healthy starts to my day.  This morning, I had a pancake made with Birch Benders mix, venison/turkey sausage, and fruit.


And this made me laugh this week in the midst of our world right now.

Hope you all have a great weekend!


Monday, January 18, 2021

Tuesday Talk ~ Winter Decorations January 2021

 Good morning. I hope you all enjoyed the weekend and MLK holiday.  Today I am linking up with Tuesday Talk and sharing my winter decorations.  

After I take down our Christmas tree, I leave some of my decor out which transitions into a winter theme.  I see a lot of people bringing out their Valentine Decor, but I usually wait until February for that and enjoy that until it is time for spring decor.  I am getting inspired seeing all the Valentine things, but in the meantime, here is our winter look, which is appropriate since January has been so cold!

I added this snowman candle as a small touch in our entryway.
I keep our dining room the same throughout December and January.
I even leave the greenery on our light fixtures.
I have our snowflake with lights displayed above the mantle with a snowman touch on our coffee table. I actually keep the lights above our mantle on year-round!
This is a winter scene my daughter drew 2 years ago.
I also still have greenery in our breakfast area and I added my snow skiing pillow on our sofa.  This is fitting since 2 of my people did a little skiing last week in our favorite state, Montana. 

Have a great day & thanks for reading!

Friday, January 15, 2021

Friday Favorites ~ January 15, 2021

Happy Friday!  

Today I am sharing my first list of Friday Favorites of the year.  I missed last Friday's because I was on a food tour of the Mississippi Delta, which you can read about here if you missed it.


I also shared earlier in the week some of Life Lately, which includes my cute little great niece:)


My current take on the news....


Typical meal planning for me these days....I haven't quite gotten into any meal planning yet since starting the new year with company, a weekend trip, and not having all of us home most nights.  I am really hoping to get back on track next week of meal planning, so I can get back on a healthier eating pattern.  I have taken 2 months off from healthier eating.  


Our college girl has been in and out of town sine she came home for Christmas.  We have not had much time together, so just the two of us had a dinner date this week.  I am wearing my new mask I found for $1 at Altar'd State, one of my favorite stores.  They  have 5 masks for $5 this week!  Our mask supply was getting low and I liked the "Thankful Mama" saying. 
The next day, she and my husband left town for a quick get-a-way.  She turns 20 next month, so they are having an early, birthday trip.


I shared on my Amazon purchases that I had purchased desk, flip calendars for my daughters as Christmas gifts.  While on my weekend trip last week, I found one that has been perfect for me.  Here is a sampling of a few days:

Hope you all have a warm, cozy, peaceful weekend!


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Life Lately ~ January 2021

Today I am sharing just a few random pictures of life lately the past few weeks.

When my girls were younger, I would take them to the local mall during the holiday season to look at the decorations.  We rarely go to any mall these days, but made a quick stop the week after Christmas.  They still had some Christmas decorations, so it made me think of old times.
My in-laws were in town for New Year's Eve/Day week.  We grilled steaks on New Year's Eve and had some decor as we greeted in the new year.
I had a 1000 piece puzzle they worked on and I finished it after they left.
A family favorite movie has always been Sound of Music, so we watched this as a family and of course, sang along, during the break.
Our front yard had inches of leaves, so we finally had them cleaned up last week.  I had forgotten what our yard looks like :)!
Most of you know I worked full time as a corporate travel agent until Covid halted travel in the spring.  I haven't worked since then and went last week to clean out my desk.  It was bittersweet.
And saving the best for last, I took a meal to my niece and her husband since they welcomed my newest great niece in December.  She is so little and cute!!

Hope you all have a great day!


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Weekend Wrap Up ~ Mississippi Food Tour

 Good Monday morning!  I am linking up with Tanya today for Hello Monday. A few months ago after listening to an episode of the Big Boo Podcast, we heard them talking about the Netflix show, Somebody Feed Phil.  In Season 2, they travel to the Mississippi Delta and eat at restaurants down Highway 61. My husband and I decided to take a road trip to try some of these places.  It was a fun weekend get-a-way!  

First stop was the Blue & White Restaurant in Tunica, MS.

We stayed the night in Clarksdale, MS at the Clark House Inn.  It was a great Bed and Breakfast with such a rich history.  We actually had the entire house to ourselves!  The guest cottage out back reminded me of the setting from one of my favorite shows, Hart of Dixie.
This scene represents the Delta to me....flat land & cotton fields.
We saw this on the side of a building, which was fitting for the 86th anniversary of Elvis' birthday!
We drove to Cleveland, MS and ate at the Delta Meat Market for lunch, located in this hotel.
We then drove around my college campus.  It is always fun to re-live some memories!
I spent a lot of time at the BSU building, which is now called the Baptist Student Center.
Then we went to a Grammy Museum, which was a fun experience.
It was quite fascinating to see how many Grammy winners are from Mississippi, especially the delta region.
These are 2 outfits Faith Hill, who is from Mississippi, wore.
We also stopped a very, small museum in the town where Jim Henson was born in Leland, MS.
That night, we ate at Doe's, a famous steakhouse, in Greenville, MS. I tried my first tamale, which was so good.  Tamales are all over the place in the delta!  We met up with my college suitemate and her husband for dinner and stayed with them.
It was so much fun!!
On our drive back home, we stopped again in Clarksdale and ate at famous Abe's BBQ.  We had BBQ and more tamales.

It was a good, quick get-away with my husband with some good food and friends along the way.  It inspired us to do more local get-aways in our area.  Maybe you will be inspired to find some small towns within a few hours of your home too and try out some local restaurants!

Weekend Wrap-Up ~ January 25, 2021

 Good Monday morning to you all! Here is a short-recap of the weekend.... This is from Thursday evening, but if you didn't read this som...