a NEW food foto Friday


Happy Friday!

I decided it has been quite a while since I did any food photography…so:  Here’s our left-overs from last night.  Yeah, leaf-overs…thrilling! Right!?!? {I hope that’s not what the fortune from my cookie is referring to!}


Actually, this fried rice is left-overs of left-overs.  We had plain rice left-over from another meal, and since my body-building son moved out (along with his appetite) we seem to have oodles of food laying around!  I kind of, sort of used this recipe HERE…but with my own adaptations…(meaning I left out any ingredients that weren’t readily available and added ham :o)  But it was delicious!


We added “Ready-to-eat-‘Pop-’em-in-the-Microwave” egg rolls from Costco and Wha-la…dinner!

Maybe I’ll be in the mood to really cook one of these days.  But this sustained us until our next meal, so all’s good.

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

a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!

I recently fell in love with this old door.  I’m not sure whether the ring is a knocker, or just a pull device (??)  Nevertheless, here’s today’s Sunday sermon:

To access information from heaven, one must first have a firm faith and a deep desire. One needs to “ask with a sincere heart and real intent, having faith in Jesus Christ.”  “Real intent” means that one really intends to follow the divine direction given.

The next requirement is to study the matter diligently.

 …to receive revelation unique to your own needs and responsibilities, certain guidelines prevail. The Lord asks you to develop “faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God.” Then with your firm “faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, and diligence,” you may ask, and you will receive; you may knock, and it will be opened unto you. 

Revelation from God is always compatible with His eternal law. It never contradicts His doctrine. It is facilitated by proper reverence for Deity. The Master gave this instruction:

“I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end.

“Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory.

Excerpt from “Ask, Seek, Knock” by Russell M. Nelson

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!


a NEW project finished


Happy Wednesday! Whewhoo!  My quilt project is finally finished!  It’s was supposed to be for my DIL’s b-day (in April…she got a gift card instead).  I decided I’d for sure have this done before her next b-day!  :o)  Yet, now I don’t think I can wait that long to give it to her!

So…onto another NEW project.  What should it be??? Hmmmm, decisions, decisions.  I’ll let you know soon.  Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share

lighthouse Happy Monday! Well, since I live in the high desert, I don’t see too many {ok – not any!} lighthouses…but I’ve decided it would be fun to keep track of the ones I do come across in our travels.  Here’s a Miscellaneous Monday trivia question:  How many lighthouses are there in the U.S.?…and which state has the most lighthouses? Per Wikipedia: The United States has approximately a thousand lighthouses as well as light towers, range lights, and pier head lights.  Michigan has the most lights of any state with over 150 past and present lights. The top photo is Point Pinos in Pacific Grove, California.  The photo below is Admiralty Head Light on Whidbey Island in Washington state. It will take a lifetime to see even a dozen, since I live so far away from any of them!  But, hey! Eventually, I’ll have a small collection of lighthouse photos.  (Hmmm…Is a collection like….more than two?) washingtonlighthouse Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!  

a NEW photo of the week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  Yes, you guessed it…this is yet another photo of our Monterey trip!  Awww, I think I want to go back.   Well, no, not really…because I prefer to go NEW places that I haven’t been before, but I sure would like to go somewhere else that is just as picturesque. :o)

Alright…for today’s short Sunday sermon, here’s simply a post with 101 scriptures filled with kindness and compassion.  A year or so ago, I went on a scripture memorization kick.  I crammed into my brain close to 100 scriptures, and although I really need to brush up on them, I really enjoyed the experience and gained much from it.  So, when I saw this list of 101 scriptures, I wondered if my brain could fit that many more in it.   I’m going to bookmark the list and work on them.  What a blessing it will be to have words of “kindness” and “compassion” always in the forefront of my mind!  Here’s the list: 101 Scriptures Filled with Kindness and Compassion.

Have a terrific day!  Do or learn something NEW!


Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!  So here is a miscellaneous seagull, drinking from a glass in some miscellaneous outdoor café in Monterey, CA.  Gulls are treated pretty good in Monterey, right?!?

OK, here’s more stuff:  My daughter-in-law says she’s obsessed with the local Waffle Love waffles, so eventually, I want to try making this copycat recipe from Purple Chocolate Home {HERE }…and while I’m at it, I’ll try these Maple Bacon Yeast Waffles.  YUM!


I loved The Piano Guy’s YouTube video shot at Bryce Canyon because the scenery reminds me of home.  They are such a talented duo!     A link to the video is HERE.

Have a great Monday! Do or learn something NEW!



a NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  As I mentioned in a previous post, my hubby and I recently enjoyed leisurely walks along the Pacific Coast in Monterey, CA.  On one of those walks, we came across a section where a father and his children had built up dozens of cairns.  Hubby dubbed it ‘Cairn Cove’. :o)  Here’s a pic of just one of many!  It looked like the family was having a great time together.  Yup, family time — such a good thing!  It reminded me of this message…which we’ll use for today’s short Sunday sermon:


Enjoy reading: 3 Tips for Being Present with Your Family.

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!