Sunday, December 10, 2017

More Than A Weed

I was out the other day. It was afternoon, I looked over and saw some weeds. The sun was shining on them. And I noticed the detail in the weeds. It was a strange detail to notice, but I did that afternoon. And I remembered how even though we view something as unwanted in life, it often has a certain beauty to it. And while we are constantly trying to remove the weeds from our yards. The fact is, they really are intricate and beautiful.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Curried Coconut Chicken

Cold weather always makes me want food that has a little spicy kick. I wanted something a little different than I would normally make. So I decided that curry would be the ingredient that would add that something to the chicken I had on hand.

Here's What You Need

3 tablespoons curry powder
4 stalks lemongrass stalks, bottom two thirds, bruised and cut into four inch pieces
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 cup canola oil
3 pounds chicken thighs
8 small shallots
1 small red onion quartered
5 garlic cloves
six 1/4 inch slices of fresh ginger
3 macadamia nuts
chili peppers
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons shredded coconut\

Here's What You Do

In a bowl, combine the curry, lemongrass, lime juice and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chicken, turn to coat and refrigerate for 4 hours.

In a food processor, puree the shallots, onion, garlic, ginger, nuts and chilies.

In a deep skillet, heat the remaining oil. Fry the chile paste over moderate heat. Stir until the paste is brown. Add the chicken with its marinade and cook until the chicken is browned and nearly cook through, about 20 minutes. Add the coconut milk, honey and coconut. Simmer until the chicken is tender and the sauce is thick.

Friday, December 8, 2017

I Know It's Christmas When

Everybody has things that remind that that the Christmas season has begun. Some people have some of the same things on their list of items. And some people have truly original ones. Here are some of the things that make me know it's Christmas.

For years the city I live in has thrown a party around the lighting of the big Santa sleigh display on the side of a wall of the building. Every time I drive past that display I think Christmas and I smile.

There are bell ringers at the stores you go to. Yep, those bell ringers from The Salvation Army are a sure sign of the holiday. And if any of you have had the pleasure of bell ringing, you know that you dream about all sorts of bells the first time you do.
The temperature dips significantly, and the threat of snow is in every weather forecast. Yep, the temperature was 26 degrees when I left the house today. Christmas is coming.

Realizing I need to do more than take an inventory of the Christmas paper I have. I actually have to start wrapping those presents. Yes, the work must begin sometime.
I feel a need to stock up on hot chocolate and candy canes. Can you ever get enough of them? 

And lastly, when the Christmas packages begin to arrive, instead of being items being ordered. 

How do all of you know that the Christmas season has arrived?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Recent Moments In Life

Seeing all of the Christmas sweaters. In particular, I saw a girl walking around with a pink sweater with a cat on the front, and the cat had a red sequin Christmas bow around it's neck. You only see that during the holidays. You have to smile when you see something like that.

Driving  around town in the evening during the holiday season is a treat. It's fun to see all of the houses lit up with lights. And I can never figure out which one is my favorite.

Those pop up sales. They are so much fun. It's great to buy from the smaller companies. It's a great way to find those unique gifts.

The smell of cinnamon in the house after you've done some baking. It just smells good. It's like one of the best air fresheners you can get. And you don't have to buy it in a can.

What moments have been great in your life recently?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What Did They Do To The House?

I drove past the house I lived in while I was in high school the other day. It was a two story home with bushes around the front. Pretty much a typical home. But I always thought the front yard was a little bland. And apparently my father felt the same way. He decided to plant a couple of trees.

They were maple trees. And they were scrawny when he first planted them. Just sticks in the ground with a few leaves. After a couple of years they sprouted up. And they began looking like real trees. They were maple trees, and like all maple trees the leaves looked wonderful in the fall. They had that red, yellow and orange coloring. The tree add something to the house.

But when I drove past the house the other day, I asked myself what did they do to the house? They did the unthinkable. They cut down those trees. I was insulted. Those were my dad's trees. And I felt that these people had committed a major crime. They had removed my father's addition to that yard. But then I realized. It wasn't our house anymore. And they could do anything they wanted to it. But why did they take down those trees?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


I recently picked up the book Boxers by Gene Luen Yang. So once again you get to hear what I think of this book.

The Book

This book is about the boxer rebellion that took place in China between 1899 and 1901. It's a graphic novel so it is really easy to read. The story focuses in on a young man who has grown up loving Chinese opera. He loves the characters, and he loves the stories. The problem that is occurring in China at the time is there are foreigners taking over the country. And they are not treating the common people well. Little Bao sees what happens to his family members as he is growing up. And he decides to do something about it. 

As he fights the power of the opera heroes join him, which makes him and his co fighters super heroes. They actually turn into these characters. 

What I Think

I enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to read since it was in a graphic novel form. And the illustrations added to the story. I was able to take a look at what China may have looked like around the turn of the 20th century. Little Bao is a good character he is kind of an underdog at the beginning of the book. And I loved how his love for the opera characters is incorporated into the story. I think it was a great way of adding a super hero feel to events that really did occur in history. If you want an interesting graphic novel to read this one is for you.

Monday, December 4, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

Monday has rolled around again. And I'm glad. It's always marks that the work week will be winding down. It also is the day I really start dreaming about the what I will do on those days off. But let's enjoy the hop.

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Welcome to the second week of the December blog hop called "You're the Star"!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
Time management is always a great source of discussion. How can I can more done in less time. Here's a post with some great suggestions
Time Management Tips


WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 
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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team's blogs:
Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic
Darlene @ Let It Shine

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the November "You're the Star" blog hop)

Camila Fingerless Mitts Knitting Pattern by Lilia Craft Party

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments by Magical Mama
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Decorating Pumpkins With Non-traditional Colors by Purple Hues and Me

Fall Herbal Centerpiece by Gwin Gal's Inside and Out Adventures

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

You're a STAR

We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts). 
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )