Thursday, March 15, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
We did some antiquing in little antique shops.
And some thinking in gardens.
And we frolicked in flowers with giant baskets in the distance.
We sat on the beds and ate popcorn from the hotel...
because there was nothing else to do.
I think it's time to go on another trip with my sister!
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Jamie is married to Aaron Ivey, a worship pastor at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX. She has four children - three of them adopted.
Her book, If You Only Knew, was a birthday gift from Peter and Kendall (Kendall is a Happy Hour fan too!) I read it cover to cover on my four-hour flight to Phoenix last week.
We all have secrets from our past that we keep hidden because "what would people think if they found out?" Jamie shares her own story and the reasons she had to get it out in the open. Fear of being found out caused her to hide the beauty of what God did in her life.
Jamie's story is the story of many people who are on a path chasing things they think will bring them happiness but don't. It's the story of how God chased her down and turned her life around. She still struggles like we all do, but she has found freedom in being vulnerable about who she is.
I don't usually re-read books, but this is one that I will be reading again. Loved it!
Friday, March 9, 2018
Sheri from my Life Group has hosted several "ladies only" nights at her house. She is a great hostess and a wonderful cook. I want the recipe for everything she makes.
This week, she hosted a potato party. She borrowed about ten Mr. Potato Heads from friends and decorated her table with them. Then she baked up a big batch of potatoes for us and had lots of toppings to put on them.
One of the toppings was a sweet potato chili that was just amazing! I begged her for the recipe, and she brought it to Life Group tonight. Thank you, Sheri! I told Katherine about it, and she wanted me to post it here so that she could make it too. This makes a big batch (serves 10). Great for a crowd, but I think it would be easy to cut in half. Best of all - it is Slow Cooker friendly.
Paleo Sweet Potato Chili
2 lb. ground beef
1 red onion, chopped
1 t. garlic, minced
1 can tomato sauce (29.5 oz.)
2 cups petite diced tomatoes with juice
3 cups beef stock
1 cup carrots, sliced
5 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 bay leaves
1/2 t. thyme
2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. pepper
1 T. chili powder
dash red pepper flakes
Brown ground beef. Drain off fat and place in large slow cooker.
Add other ingredients and let simmer on low 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
On Sunday morning we ventured out to climb Pinnacle Peak. We walked up 3/4 of a mile and felt we had seen all we wanted to see. The plants normally bloom in April, so we missed the colorful time of year.
There were many varieties of cacti. I wish I could identify them all.
Here are just a couple of them.
In the afternoon, we went to nearby Maryvale Baseball Park (home of the Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training) to see an Indians game.
The Indians lineup for the game.
We had dessert from Sprinkles bakery twice - only because the Cupcake ATM was not working the first night, and I had to get a video of it for Katherine!
The highlight of our trip was doing anti-aging facial masks while watching The Bachelor. Bet you can't guess who's who!
Until next time!
Friday, March 2, 2018
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
A look into the hillbilly culture of Rust Belt Ohio and Kentucky's Appalachian area. The author manages to graduate from Yale Law School despite the many struggles he faced as a child. He brings to light the problems that perpetuate themselves in a community that sees no way out.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Twin boys are orphaned at birth and raised by two Indian doctors in Ethiopia. This is a complex story of love, betrayal, reconciliation, and growing into adulthood.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
A classic murder mystery. Doesn't get much better than this.
Beartown by Fredrick Backman
What happens in a town that puts hockey above all else. I didn't like this book for a few of reasons. One- the scenes jumped around way too much, Two- it was kind of boring, and Three- some of it did not seem realistic to me.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Then as the doors are drying, the pyramids keep the undersides from sticking to the tarp. The photo was taken after one coat of primer.