a NEW taste Tuesday


Happy Tuesday!

Well, the stars aligned and last Saturday morning we didn’t have any morning commitments – we did have ingredients for this breakfast – and although one camera seems to be having issues, my backup camera’s battery was actually charged so I could take pics of our French Toast.  Nice!  This berry stuffing was a NEW version of our stuffed French Toast…we typically make orange.  But, here’s the berry recipe and some other versions:

Berry Stuffed French Toast

Orange Stuffed French Toast

Banana Stuffed French Toast

I haven’t made the banana one yet.  Maybe soon.  Have a great day!  Learn or do something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share…


Happy Monday!

I was just about to use this photo for yesterday’s post….because with my NEW journal writing ambitions, it really is up to me to see the beauty of everyday things (see yesterday’s short Sunday sermon).  But, I decided to wait and use this photo for today’s post.  Why?…you’ll soon read why.

For today’s miscellaneous stuff, I wanted to share a post I read over a month ago. It was an awesome post that I saved in my “want to do” file. Connie at BASILDONKITCHENS listed 5 things that brought her joy. So here are mine:

  1. I find joy in wearing new socks for the first time!
  2. I find joy in sitting by my fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate!
  3. I find joy in sleeping in freshly laundered sheets!
  4. I find joy in having sisters to go on ‘Girl’s Weekend Getaways’ with!
  5. …and lastly, I find joy in having a husband, who takes the time to offer to go for a drive with me, just to be with me; and tells me to bring my camera, just because he knows me so well! I find joy in having a husband that keeps on the lookout for possible photo opportunities, like snow blowing off a roof…then waits patiently for me as I wait and wait and wait for the wind to gust so I can get a good shot of the snow blowing off the roof. (BTW, the gust never got as strong as when hubby originally got the idea for the shot…but hopefully you get the drift.  Pun intended! :o) I find absolute joy in having a husband that sees the beauty in everyday things!

Connie also said this: “I find that my photography helps me see joy in little things everywhere. It’s the little things that sprinkle joy & happiness throughout the mundane of everyday.”  …and I SO agree!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW…and I hope it brings you joy!

a NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!

Thank goodness for colorful berries to photography in the white/gray wintertime.  I needed some color in my life!…berries certainly are a small but wonderful pleasure.

Another small pleasure is going back and reading my journals.  Although I’m QUITE sporadic in writing, I appreciate it when I can look back and recognize a time of growth. I’ve started another journal…hopefully this time I’ll continue longer than I previously have!  This 1 1/2 minute video motivated me to start it…once again.  I hope to look for the hand of God in my life and recognize the abundant blessings He gives me daily. (Video Link HERE)

Have a great day! Learn of do something NEW!…or just start anew something you’ve tried before.



Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

So…how do you like my new chair that my wonderful son and daughter-in-law painted/distressed for my Christmas present?  I love it!

Other random stuff:  I attended a fantastic Norman Rockwell exhibit recently and now I have a new appreciation for his illustrations. Many of his painting are so familiar but I wasn’t aware of the background story of most of them. He was politically-minded and many had a political message. Like these:



Now, because of that exhibit I want to watch the 1939 movie “Stagecoach”, read Dicken’s “Pickwick Papers”  and learn more about the Dutch artist technique of Doorkijkje!  So much NEW stuff to learn about…just from visiting an exhibit. :o)

Have a great day! Do something NEW!

a NEW photo of my week and short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!

I think my favorite gospel subject is faith…and of course trust is very closely related – so I loved this quote.  Perhaps it should say ‘Trust in the Lord is the key ingredient of miracles”.  I also enjoyed re-reading this conference talk by Jean A. Stevens.  The sub title is: As we develop greater faith and trust in the Lord, we can access His power to bless and deliver us.

She also quotes C. S. Lewis: “I pray because I can’t help myself. … I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.”  It was an excellent talk with good reminders to exercise faith.

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!

I’m not sure why, but this buried mailbox and snowed on wreath put a smile on my face this week. Ah, the beauty of fresh snow!

And…for today’s short sermon, I’d just like to link to some awesome music – music that calms, inspires and makes me think of my Savior. Enjoy!

I feel my Savior’s Love

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!