Friday, November 21, 2014

Hobo Dinner Yummyness...

It's the weekend!!  Here is a fun recipe to make even if you are using an oven and are not able to cook this special meal over a campfire. Oh, that we could fix them that way all of the time...but, reality is we have to use the oven most of the time. :) Hobo Burgers
(We added bacon to ours. Bacon does make everything better!)
 Easy Hobo Tin Foil Dinner Recipe:
(Makes 4 dinners)
Ingredients:1 pound ground beef
4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups carrots, thinly sliced
1 onion, diced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Worcestershire sauce
BBQ sauce
Shredded cheddar cheese
Use a large square piece of aluminum foil for each tin foil dinner.  Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.  Separate ground beef into 4 equal patties and place in the center of each piece of foil.  Divide potatoes, carrots, and onion evenly between all 4 dinners and place on top of meat.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.  Pour a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce on top of each dinner and fold foil up tightly around the entire meal.  Cook on a grill on medium-high heat or an open fire for 25-30 minutes, or until vegetables and meat are cooked through.  Open foil carefully and top with BBQ sauce and shredded cheese.
This is where we learned to make and usually enjoy this masterpiece meal.
We enjoy this silliness too...
Hurry up next summer!!

Unspoken - Start A Fire

Need a spiritual pick me up and shot of encouragement? Enjoy and be filled with hope to move our feet and mouths and hearts to spread the love of Jesus and this great news.

We have the hope. We bear Your name!!

(Pause the blog music to hear this video. 
Located in the right column under the picture that says life is short- enjoy your coffee. Thanks.)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lakes, Ponds and Memories...

I wanted to share a guest blog post with you.
This blogger is super special to us.
He happens to be our oldest gentle giant.

The phrase that caught me in his post was this:
"My memories have become blessings."


Monday, November 3, 2014

It's The Little Things & Colt McCoy Beat The Cowboys...

We had a whirlwind weekend a week ago that was too fun to put into words. It started with these two wonderful people flying in to spend a few days in Dallas with us.  We all attended an incredible workshop on Sat. (Old School is the name of it. Remember that name because when this workshop comes close to your town you will want to go. It was incredible.) 
We then played and ate and visited and shopped.  
Wow. Every moment spent with our newlyweds and Wes is precious. 
We are so blessed.
This is the tranquil backyard of our friends that we stayed with. Lovely.
 THIS is their cat. Fluffy and gorgeous.
I realize that these are random silly pictures that really don't seem to have a link to each other. I guess I just wanted to show you the little things that made me smile.  God places incredible beautiful things everywhere around us to delight and awe.  There are so many more little happenings than big happenings in life. I like the saying  "Stop and smell the roses". Seeing the beauty and most importantly giving thanks to our awesome God for it. It really is the little things that matter most of the time.
THIS though (below)- was kind of big thing.
Colt got us tickets to the Cowboys and Redskins game on Monday night.
What a blast it was.  We have always liked the Cowboys just like most other people that reside in Texas, but on that Monday night- we were Redskins fans.
I hear there were not many positive comments about Colt from commentators but I am telling you that he and his teammates sure hushed the Cowboys stadium. So proud of him and his integrity and commitment to his teammates and team. He always gives one hundred percent and is always ready. I give thanks and praise that he uses his voice for glorifying God.  He is the real deal quarterback and the real deal lover of Jesus. Yep.
 Colt and Brad...
 It's always good to be together...

We headed home after the game. It was a long drive with a Waffle House stop in the middle to keep us going. (Just coffee for me.)  These guys are waffle crazy. If you want some interesting people watching time- the Waffle House after midnight is your place to go. The 4 a.m. arrival home was a bit painful but seeing that game was worth it. Go Redskins- as long as Colt is on your team.
Oh, by the way, you should have started him Sunday. :)
This. This too is a BIG thing...

Rom 8:19-Rom 8:24 NIV—For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

The Secret Hideaway...

We escaped to our secret hideaway a few weekends ago.
This lovely place also happens to be where this sweetie pie lives. Her and her brother were in a school play and we were blessed to be able to cheer them on and enjoy an evening of fun.
The cousins enjoy some laughs...
A pumpkin you say? Yes- a pumpkin. We wanted to get him something and flowers for boys who do splendid acting just don't work. I say a pumpkin was genius. Funny too.
Our secret hideaway is also the place our new married son and wife spent the first month or two of their marriage. There are still sweet notes on mirrors around the place from her to him. Warms my heart.
 It won't be long until the lovely colors of plants and flowers will be no more. Enjoy.
One of the fun outings at the secret hideaway is arrow head hunting.
We seem to find one every time we go looking. Is that cool or what?!
Hope you enjoyed this little peek of our hideaway.
I also hope you have a secret place that you go to to refresh and be still.
I pray it is a place that helps you to connect with God and people you love.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Autumn Family Fun & A Pumpkin Patch...

Our awesome oldest gentle giant and his wife came for a fall/football/family weekend.
The outcome of the Aggie game was not so good, in fact it was stinky, but we had fun.
I stopped by a sweet little Pumpkin patch over the weekend.
The colors of the pumpkins and mums were just yummy.
Such a wonderful, colorful time of year...

I could not resist taking this good lookin rooster's picture.
I really would love to have him staring at me from my back yard.
Yes, I am THAT country and ridiculous.
Roosters make me smile.

These guys sat for hours and played monopoly.
Yes, you heard me right. Monopoly.
I wish now that I had recorded some of their conversation.
Loved hearing them laugh.
That is Kombucha tea in that bottle by the way- not beer. Just saying. :)
 Will sure married a lovely girl. She is a keeper.

So long for a little while sweet people.
Thankful that you have the mindset to be His hands and feet to the people around you.
Proud that you are living on mission for Jesus.
My how our time has flown.
Until next time...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jan's Vanilla Granola...

Really- this magical oat and almond mixture is the best granola you will ever put in your mouth...
Good luck eating only just a little.
Your family will thank you for making it.
Oh, and we like to eat it on top of honey yogurt with frozen blueberries mixed in.
Good stuff...

These words are good to ingest too...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Love...

October has been lovely so far. 
I heard someone say today that they love the fact that they live in a world where there are Octobers. 
I agree. 

Autumn is my favorite time of year. 
I think a lot of people think the same thing.
God gives us fresh cool air at a time when we think we cannot stand the heat any longer with it's oppressive and smothering humidity. 
We see and hear autumn coming from afar because of the clash of the cold and hot air. 
Massive clouds pile up and blow and flash and yell and we love it. 

The change of seasons is so refreshing. I think God knew we needed this coolness and He blessed us with it just because He delights in us and probably loves hearing us exclaim and rejoice over how wonderful it is.   

The sun shines so bright after a storm and the skies are more blue when the air is cool.
Early morning walks are delightful and soon we will crunch brown leaves under our feet and breathe in the sweet aroma of smoke spiraling out of chimneys.
Until then though we will enjoy the last of the flowers and hummingbird sightings and warm sun.

It's also more fun to cook in the fall.
We so enjoy big pots of soup and cornbread and it's not so hot in the kitchen with the oven turned up high as compared to the hot summer days.
This morning we enjoyed a Texas scramble.
Eggs, spinach, onion, bacon- scrambled with cheese and avocado on top. Delish.
That is water kefir in the back of the picture. If you want to learn to make it go here:
We enjoyed a big pot of soup and cornbread and apple dumplings last night.
So fun to have my father in law and Uncle Jim over for supper and for 42.
These guys are very competitive and love their domino's.
See how great my father in law looks? He was in the hospital last Monday night very sick with his heart. Found out he needed a pacemaker and had one put in the next morning. Waa laa- he is back to the energizer bunny person that he has always been. So very, very thankful.
This is an upclose of the apple dumplings. I did not eat any because of my gluten restrictions but man they smelled heavenly. They were also consumed this morning with coffee by someone in my house. I had never made them before and they were so easy. I used this recipe:
I hope that your October Saturday has been as sweet as ours.