Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff I gotta share


Happy Monday!  Well, the NEW stuff I gotta share this week are a bunch of NEW breakfast recipes.  We’re kind of in a breakfast rut around here…and you know we REALLY dislike ruts!  So thank you internet (Pinterest, specifically, and Google generally) for making NEW recipes to try so easy to find!  Here ya go:


Broccoli, Ham and Mozzarella Bake with Eggs  (Must try!  We LOVE broccoli at our house!)

Hillbilly Breakfast Bake (Looks super easy to put together!)


Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancakes  (I love sticking the pancakes in the oven and walking away for a bit (instead of flipping pancakes on the griddle)!

Blender French Toast with Coconut Syrup  (Coconut ANYTHING always calls my name)


Freezer breakfast sandwiches  (Making ahead and freezing sounds so efficient!)

Spinach Quiche Cups (Sounds somewhat healthy, right?)

I’ll report after I make these and give you all our review/opinion.  In the meantime, have a great day and Do or Learn, or cook something NEW!


a NEW photo of the week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  I don’t even remember when or where I got these little starfish, but they sure were fun to photograph and edit-play with.  Why haven’t I noticed them sitting on my bookshelf before???

Anyway…isn’t it true that the more we do, the more we really can do?!?  A few Sunday’s ago, I had an assignment to visit a different church congregation than my normal one.  The speaker that day mentioned that the young people in that ward had a very ambitious goal.  They were going to do 5000 acts of service in 5 months.  I am not sure how large their youth group is, so I’m not sure exactly how ambitious that goal is, but I LOVED the idea!  This is a poster with the church-wide youth theme for this year, and this link HERE is an article about how many other youth groups will be ‘Embarking’ on service this year.


Again, I think this theme is GREAT! Service to others is so important…so fulfilling….and such a blessing (for both the giver and the receiver).  Have a wonderful day!  Do, Learn, OR SERVE someone NEW today!




a NEW textured tuesday photo


Happy Tuesday!  I took advantage of my day off yesterday to get some shooting in.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to!  There was too much winter-dead stuff outside, so I stayed indoors and shot some still-life.  I love using prop items that I’ve received as gifts because they remind me of the wonderful people in my life.  I received the vase from my son and daughter-in-law in a gift basket with other items as a ‘thank you’ after their wedding.  That was thoughtful of them!  Although that day WAS all about them, they realized it took a lot of time and effort from everyone else, so their ‘thank you’ meant a lot!  The doily was made from a dear friend of my Mother’s that I haven’t seen in years.  She gave us this doily along with a few others for our wedding (SO many years ago!)  It was good to think of her as I captured this shot.

Hope you all have a terrific day!  Do or learn something NEW!

I’ll link to Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday! So, what’s NEW?  Well, other than this very miscellaneous window photo, let’s see…I finished a couple of books recently:


Left To Tell was an excellent true story of an amazing young woman who survived horrific circumstances.  I was almost reluctant to read it, thinking it might be just another depressing book of killing, torture and pain, but the writer focused on the young woman’s strength to overcome, instead of the gory details of the Rwandan holocaust.  It was a very good book and I’m glad I read it.

The Happiness of Pursuit was a fun read.  I enjoyed reading about all the different ‘Quests’ people feel compelled to undertake.  I love a good challenge, but I’ve never attempted something so huge that it would be considered pursuing a quest.  This was a fun read…and kind of inspirational, in a way.  The power of determination is a great thing!  Some of the stories in the book reminded me of these quotes:

 The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.  Author Unknown


“Efficiency and focus are the keys to success” Robert Crais


Additionally…a NEW recipe we tried recently was Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin.  It received ‘thumbs up’ from everyone!


I hope you all have a terrific day!  Let me know what’s NEW with all of you!!!






NEW monochrome photos of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  How was everyone’s Valentine’s Day?  I hope it was “happy”!  I decided to take some non-traditional monochrome photos of our valentine sugar cookies.  Is that weird?

Also, going along with the Valentine’s Day theme…today’s short Sunday sermon is one simple question:


Jesus’ reply can be found in Matthew 22:36.  Here’s your hint:


Have a great day!  Do or Learn something NEW!

(Here’s the non-B/W versions)


a NEW Thursday Thought


Happy Thursday!  You know, I consider myself a nature, landscape and still-life photographer and this photo is WAY outside of my normal genre, right!?!  But it’s just what you get when I take my camera into the children’s section of the library!   I couldn’t resist! :o)  Have a terrific day!  Do something NEW and outside your normal genre.

a NEW finished project


Happy Wednesday!  Ahhh!  The feeling of accomplishment after finishing a project!  Just look at all these NEW homemade cards…Whew!  Although I realize they’ll disappear quickly, it’s good to have a stash on hand for now.

These were all in a kit I received for my birthday.  My friend and I did our kits together (therefore making sure we finished them)!  I’m feeling very productive :o)

Have a great day!  Do or learn or make something NEW!

a NEW chapter


Happy Tuesday!  Yeah, I really don’t know where the last week or so has gone.  No NEW posts usually means I haven’t had time to get out shooting. Boo!  {Very sad}

However, I thought I’d quickly share this photo of some books from my local library as well as share the news that I’m starting a NEW chapter in my life.  I’ve been working at the same place for the last decade.  It has been a very convenient job (5 minute commute….very flexible hours…pretty good  commission $ for my four hours a day)…BUT, I’ve been wanting something NEW for quite some time now.  And the opportunity has arrived! Yeah!  Quite soon after hanging up the phone after accepting my new position, I read this quote somewhere:

Close some doors today.

Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance,

but simply because they lead you nowhere.

-Paulo Coelho

Funny story: My current boss was trying to entice me to stay and threw out the comment that “If you stay, since you know this job so well, you won’t have to learn anything new”.   HAHA!  Wow!…does he not know me very well, or what?!?  (I didn’t mention that I maintain a blog entitled ExploreNewness…my quest to learn or do NEW things as often as I can).  Yes, I almost laughed out loud at that comment, but I didn’t.

Well, have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW and I’ll try to post a bit more often than the last few weeks!