Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowy Wednesday



FOR TODAY...

Outside my window... Snow. Snow. SNOW!!!! Snow everywhere. We survived the blizzard of '11. I think we probably got at least 15 inches. It is hard to tell, as it has drifted so much.

I am thinking... of how grateful I am to be considered "non-essential" personnel! Thankfully, I don't have to work today.

I am thankful for... all of the blessings that my wonderful Jesus gives us daily. A warm house, good jobs, good health, travelling mercies - Those are but a few.

I am wearing... black knit skirt, red t-shirt, cream sweater and pink housieslippers. I am dressed to stay home! I couldn't get out if I tried!

I am remembering... snow days when I was young. Sledding outside - no matter what the temps it seemed - hot cocoa, wet things hung over heat vents to dry, curling up to read, hot chili or soup - those were the days!

I am going... nowhere at all today!

I am currently reading... a bit of this and a bit of that. Most likely will curl up with my latest Pennyfoot Hotel this afternoon!

I am hoping... that Honey will stay warm today - he is at work, scooping out the lot so everyone can get in and out.

On my mind... a precious co-worker - her mother is in the hospital after having had a stroke.

Noticing that... the more I get to be home, the more I want to be at home!

Pondering these words... Love isn't love until it is given away. You can't take it from someone, you can only give.

In the kitchen... Hmmmm. . . I think maybe some lemon curd, a caramel cake, pork chops in the slow cooker with mashed potatoes, homemade bread . . . endless possibilities!

Around the house... nice and tidy - for once!

One of my favorite things . . . a nice, lazy day like today, a blank slate that I can use to write whatever I wish

From my picture journal...






Some friends of ours adopted 9 children from Columbia - after raising 2 of their own. They are going back to adopt 5 more! These children were orphans, I believe they are 2 separate families, brothers and sisters, whose parents died. Aren't they beautiful? Such precious children.

Thanks to Peggy for organizing the daybook.

A quickie recipe to share - so easy crockpot meatloaf!

2 lb ground beef
2 eggs
1 package stovetop stuffing - your choice of flavor, but beef is good
1 can golden mushroom soup - divided

Mix beef, eggs, stuffing and 1/2 can of soup. Grease your crock. Mound the mixture in your crockpot- you don't want it touching the sides if you can help it, so mound it up in the middle. Spoon the rest of the soup on top - can mix with a bit of ketchup if you wish. Cook on high for 4 hours or so. I usually put this in at 8 AM on a Sunday morning, and when we get home about 12:30 it is done to perfection. Serve with mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and butter and a nice fresh salad. A lemon pie for dessert goes nice. This is great winter, spring, summer or fall. If you put mashed potatoes in the crockpot as well before you go, all you have to do is heat up the green beans and toss the salad!

I would love to say that I will be back tomorrow, but I do not yet know what tomorrow will bring. I have come to the conclusion that just like our lives, our blogs go through seasons. Some seasons we are prolific, some we are just now and again. So I WILL say that I wish each and every one of you a blessed day today. The sun is shining brightly here today - trying to make up for not even peeking out yesterday at all! I must be up and about, making bread, baking a cake, doing all of the little things that make a house a home. Much love to all who read this!
~Raquel~

5 comments:

Ruth said...

Raquel, Reading your post was pure joy! Do you know you posted a bit after Jewels? I hope you stay warm and dry. We are in the middle of an ice storm at the moment, in PA. I would take all your snow just to get rid of the ice! Spring is on the way. Phil said so this moring! ;) LOL
Much love to you, friend. Ruth XO

Odie Langley said...

Thanks for the easy recipe. I printed it off and will be trying it soon. Have a safe, warm and happy rest of the week.
Odie

Mya said...

A few weeks ago we got a little snow, but nothing like what you are experiencing. I do not think our infrastructure would hold up under that.
Is your picture taken through a frozen-over window? Beautiful with the sun beaming through. I guess it is the sun.

What big hearts your friends have to take in so many children.

Raquel said...

Ruth, yes, I was so excited and now another post!!! She is so precious.

Odie - glad you liked it, I love crockpot meatloaf, it is never dry.

Mya - yes, it is the sun through a frozen window. I was trying to capture the pattern of the frost, it was so neat. Instead, I got this picture. Actually, I think our snow was more like 22 inches, after all. It blew a lot, so there was not a lot on our roof and that is good. It kind of shut the city down for a couple of days, but the National Guard came in and helped and it is cleaned up pretty good. Will be really slushy and sloppy when it melts, tho!

Simply Heart And Home said...

Raquel,

So nice to "see" you. :) Stay warm!

Gina