What I’m reading…

The books I’ve been reading as I/we get ready for simplifying our lives and getting healthier as well 🙂

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Happy Sunday!

Good morning!

It’s a beautiful day that the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it!

I’m off work today (I work at church) so I’m having a “mental health” day. I foresee a nice nap and afternoon coffee and a good book. Of course, I do that most days anyway. I just didn’t have to be up at 6:00 which was nice.

I’m working on our first challenge for September. It’s a simple one. We’re going to get serious about simplifying our lives. I hope you’re ready.

I shared my menu plan for the week yesterday…pretty sure the dates were wrong. I’ll share the recipes as we go along (and pictures if I remember to take them). Note: If you do not have a slow cooker (Crock Pot), then hie thee to the store and get one as soon as you can. The slow cooker is my single favorite kitchen appliance…after the coffee maker, of course. I use it all the time. In fact, I now have two so I can do a main dish and a side dish if I want.

Hope you have a blessed day!

Lynne

Menu Plan for September 2-8

I’ve been menu planning today and I’m trying something new for September. We’ll see how it goes.

Here’s what’s on my dinner menu for next week.

Slow Cooker Monday: Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Pitas, Veggie Risotto

“Taco” Tuesday: Quesadillas (Black Bean & Corn or Chicken), Chips & Salsa

Pasta Wednesday: Chicken Marsala Pasta, Summer Squash, Salad

Thursday: Leftover Buffet

Pizza Friday: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

“Souper” Saturday: Baked Potato Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Sandwich Sunday: Patty Melts, Mac-n-cheese, Roasted Veggies

For breakfast this week I’m rotating between fruit smoothies, Dreamsicle breakfast smoothies, and peanut butter and banana smoothies (my fave!). On Saturday morning, I’ll treat myself to my favorite breakfast: toast topped with scrambled eggs and white gravy.

Lunches will mostly be leftovers. For snacks, we will have yogurt, berry & granola parfaits; cheese & crackers; pita chips with hummus; and toasted nuts.

Dessert of the Week: Strawberry Shortcake (from homemade sour cream pound cake)

~ Lynne

P.S. Some of these are new recipes, so I’ll share if they’re yummy.

It’s football season!

Hey, y’all!

In case you missed it, college football season has arrived. There are some happy men in my household…even if our team did lose Thursday night. I’m happy because I can sit here and read and drink coffee without guilt. 🙂 I watch some games, listen to others, and for some, I am just in the room.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading during my “hiatus” and have lots of good things (I think) coming in September. I’m excited!

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend! And may your football team win…unless they’re playing against someone we are cheering for here.

Blessings,
Lynne

Balanced Lives

Happy Friday!

So as I’m “gearing up” to begin blogging in September, I’m doing a lot of reading. One of the books I’m reading is Finding the Life You’ve Been Looking For: The Surprising Power of Simple Living.

In the first chapter, there are four questions posed by the author. I’ll be sharing them with you and hoping for your response. 🙂

Here is the first question. (It’s fill-in-the-blank, by the way).

“If my life were balanced, I would feel…”

How would you complete that sentence?

Lynne

I’m coming back!

As you may have noticed (or not), I have been on a self-imposed “hiatus” for a while. 🙂

I plan to be back blogging in September. My goal is Monday, Wednesday, Friday…I will not beat myself up for not blogging every day. That’s what I was doing; thus, the hiatus.

In the meantime, I’m doing lots of reading and trying new recipes. I’m sitting in my living room thinking of all the purging of stuff that I want to do. It’s so easy to get bogged down with your stuff. I know I have too much stuff when I avoid dusting because I have to move too many things to do it properly. Well, I’ve been avoiding dusting so you know what the problem is. (Note: My biggest problem is my love of books. Is there a group for that, I wonder?)

Anyway, that’s the plan. Hopefully, some of this purging will be done by then and I’ll have some “before and afters” to share and – hopefully – motivate you to do some purging of your own stuff.

Y’all have a blessed week!

Lynne

 

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Recipe Share Wednesday: Tomato Pie

Hey, y’all!

Just popping in for a minute today to share a recipe with you. Now, I am not a huge tomato fan. I don’t eat tomato sandwiches, BLT’s or the like. I do love me some fried green tomatoes, though. In fact, I have a nice green tomato sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to be fried tonight.

I do, however, like this tomato pie. I slice my tomatoes thin and let them drain in a colander over a bowl for a few minutes to reduce the possibility of “mushiness.” Not a fan of mushiness. Just so you know. But it’s tomato season and everything tastes better when it’s in season. So cook this up an enjoy! 🙂

Lynne

P.S. I have no idea where I got this recipe from. Sorry!

Tomato Pie

  • 1 cup Grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 9-inch deep dish pie crust prebaked
  • 1/2 cup green onioni diced
  • 10 basil leaves chopped
  • 4 tomatoes peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blanch tomatoes and slice; drain well in colander.

Mix mayonnaise, cheeses, and salt and pepper.

Layer tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell.

Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

Spread mayonnaise mixture over top.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Happy Friday!

Hope y’all have had a good week! I’m working hard to get back on track and back to blogging regularly. Really, I am!

Right now I’m just sitting in the porch (drinking coffee, of course) and enjoying this beautiful day.

Have a great weekend!

Lynne

P.S. Actually, I have now left the porch, gone to a birthday party, come home and am in my pajamas. Hope you have a good night!