With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 7/15/12 - 7/22/12

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Think on These Things ~ White

White As Snow lyrics Leon Olguin / Kelly Willard

“Come now, let us reason together,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
Isaiah 1:18

 No party link-up this week just a few photos of a Damselfly visiting while I photographed the bright, white phlox in my garden

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pineapple Baked Beans

My very favorite recipe for baked beans is this one (also below) but when I don't have time to prepare from scratch, Pineapple Baked Beans is an easy and delicious alternative.

Many years ago, my cousin, Tammy was married in Hawaii. Her sister hosted a reception on Tammy & Wayne's return with a Hawaiian theme and I shared this recipe with her.

Pineapple Baked Beans

2 Tbs. shortening
1/2 cup green pepper chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 16-oz cans pork and beans, drained
20 oz can pineapple chunks, drained
3/4 cup catsup
1/4 cup dark molasses
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1-2 Tbs. yellow mustard

Sauté onions and peppers in oil about 5 mins. Stir in beans, pineapple, catsup, molasses, brown sugar and mustard. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes.

NOTE: This recipe makes a lot so you might want to half it.

My favorite Baked Beans recipe:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Gift

Have you ever thought God had given you a no-reason gift?  I think that is exactly what he did for me.
A couple of days before trash pick-up, I noticed a piece of furniture on a curb.  I drove by several times doing my usual errands and glanced each time I passed.
Coming home one evening with John and Abbey, I asked if we could stop and pick up the mirror.  We did and saw a bench that we grabbed as well.  When we got it home and into the garage, I was so excited to see its quality and design. I loved it!
Then I thought about the piece still lying there.  In the dark, I wasn't even sure what it was but I liked the feet on it. A day and a half later, thinking it would surely be gone, John and Abbey drove over to see.  They brought it home and my heart jumped for joy to see how beautiful this vanity was.
I have no need for a mirrored vanity as it was designed and thought at first I would use the vanity as a desk in the living room as it totally works there.  I decided, instead, to put it in the dining room and use as a side buffet.  Inspiration struck and I drug in a bookcase I had since childhood and hoisted it on top.  It isn't a perfect match but I am really liking the new look.
Even after a good scrubbing, there are some stains and blemishes but nothing a doily can't conceal. 
Graceful curves and lots of drawers for storing table linens and serving pieces are a bonus.
 I am still playing around with the arrangement of items on and around the top.

 The bench needs to be recovered but for now a lace panel will do.
Here is the mirror ~ it is full length and will be in the living room for the time being.
We removed the shorter side mirrors and have then standing in front of  the sidelights at the front door to block Raiders view of folks passing by.  He doesn't bark if he doesn't see anything ;)
Look closely and you can see Raiders refection in the mirror above.
I found this photo online from Stanley Furniture and learned the piece is called 'Caroline'.
That was my mom's name too.
Linking to Seasonal Sundays @The Tablescaper

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Job

Abbey began a new job today.
After almost four years as a server at Friendly's she was ready to move on.
She is very excited
She even let me snap a few photos


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