Hello! What’s up? Plus…Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin/Chops

Howdy!

Long time, no post…I know. I wax experiencing technical difficulties. I think I have it figured out now.

Today, I have two Crock Pots going using the recipe below. I have a tenderloin in one and chops in the other. One is for us and one is to share.

Here’s the recipe:

FYI:  I LOVE my Crock-Pot Slow Cookers! 

  • 3-4 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1⁄2 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄4 cup white wine
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup water

Pour water into bottom of slow cooker. Place tenderloin in cooker; lay sliced onions on top. Mix together remaining ingredients in bowl and pour over meat. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
To be served tonight with mashed potatoes, sautéed zucchini and yellow squash, and yeast rolls. 
The house is smelling good!

I also got my sheets washed and out on the clothesline this morning. I love the smell of freshly air-dried sheets! ❤️ Unfortunately, they didn’t get completely dry before the thunder started, but hopefully they were out there long enough to get the good smell!


And right now, I’m doing some front porch sittin’ while it’s not quite as hot as it has been this week. 


(Pardon those knees!)

But my time is about up because I’ve got to get the rest of supper cooked so it can be delivered.

Y’all have a great evening! 

Lynne 

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Happy Sunday!

Good morning!

As I drank my coffee this morning, I did my early morning devotional. This is what I learned.

God is beautiful. He created beauty: beaches, mountains, sunrises, sunsets, clouds…all of it. He is beauty and he created beauty for us to enjoy.

He also created each of us to be creative in some way – to be beautifiers. God is also a God of order. So when we created beautiful, organized, peaceful sanctuaries in our homes, it is God-honoring if it’s not done in a prideful way. Our home and our lives should point to God, not to self.

This really spoke to my little organizing heart. When I beautify my home, I do it so that it’s a place to come home to and feel comfort and love. When I organize, I do it so that there’s less stress and frustration – and thus, more joy.

I just wanted to share that with all of you. Maybe it will speak to you as well as we spend time “together” organizing and beautifying our homes.

I pray that you have a joy-filled, peaceful and relaxing day.

Lynne

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Happy Monday!

Good Monday morning!

We are packing and getting ready to head out on our little adventure. I’m excited to have a couple of days away!

Remember to be quiet and still for five minutes some time today. It may not be easy to squeeze it in (but if you can’t find five minutes, we will be addressing your schedule soon!), but it will be worth it. I try for 15 minutes total – five minutes morning, midday, and after dinner.

And don’t forget to move that body today! I’m hoping for a hike this afternoon myself, but any movement is good for you. Your body wasn’t meant to be sitting on the couch all day. (Sorry!)

Y’all have a good one. I’ve got to finish packing! 🙂

Lynne

Hey, y’all! I’ve got a weekly challenge for you! (Finally…right?)

Hi, everyone!

I hope that you are all having great summers and that you had happy and safe holiday celebrations over the weekend. The weekend also included my 23rd wedding anniversary (though hubby had to work – I told him that’s what Dave Ramsey would say) on the actual day and I had to work today. So we are off tomorrow to do a little adventuring in upstate South Carolina. I’m hoping we get some – even a teensy bit – of relief from the heat and humidity. I doubt it…but I’m still hoping.  We have no specific plans (well, he doesn’t) but I fully intend to see some waterfalls and do some hiking. I have my camera at the ready and told him that he has to stop any time I say, “Hey. I need a picture of that.” Even if he deems it not picture-worthy.

I actually have two challenges for you this week: one for your personal/mental health and one for your physical health. I’m not sure which is most important…it probably depends on what day it is. And maybe what time of day.

So first, I want you to take five minutes (more if you can swing it) to just BE STILL and BREATHE. That’s right. Five minutes. Breathing intentionally. Now, you may have to hide in the bathroom (I used to do that when my kids were little) or you may be blessed enough to have a sweet spot to sit in and relax. I’m taking my yoga mat on the road with this in mind. So just sit still in whatever spot you choose and just be by yourself. Take some deep breaths. Relax your mind. Relax your muscles. I talk myself through it, telling myself to let go of the tension from my toes to my head…toes, feet, ankles, legs, torso, back, shoulders, neck and top of head. I mentally picture myself releasing and relaxing the muscles in my body. Soothing music helps but isn’t necessary. If you can get outside, nature’s symphony is delightful. But I mean for you to do this EVERY DAY if it is at all possible. If you have a desk job, just close your eyes and try and tune out the noise and release the tension…especially from you shoulders. No one will every know what you’re doing. 🙂 I do this first thing in the morning before anyone else is up if I can. I take my coffee and my yoga mat and sit on the back deck for just a few minutes…listening to the birds and breathing.  If you’re have a fever pitch of a busy day and can stop right in the middle of the chaos and breathe for a few minutes, you’ll feel better about continuing on. (Note: People in traffic behind you do not care for you to breathe for five full minutes at a stop light. Just saying.)

The second thing I want you to do is physical. While some of you are very physically active, some are not. And most of us are somewhere in between, I’d imagine. My challenge to you here is to move your body. That’s right…move it, sister. (By this I do not mean join the gym and take a kick boxing class if your most recent exercise routine involved walking to the mailbox five steps from your front door. Do NOT do that. Please.) What I mean is this: any movement is good movement (for the most part – you know your health restrictions). But if you can walk for 10 or 15 minutes and you’ve not been walking at all, do that. If you been walking 30 minutes three times a week, make it four. Or add 10 more minutes on your three days. That’s it. Just some movement or exercise of some sort. Nothing drastic. Nothing harmful. (As always, please consult your physician before beginning an exercise program. That’s my disclaimer since a health expert I am not.)

This week you might also try one – or more – of the following if you aren’t doing them already:

1. Take time in the morning before your day gets going to visit with God. He’ll appreciate it and so will you.

2. Drink more water. God intended for us to drink water…He created it after all.

3. Cut out sodas and sweetened drinks, or at least reduce your consumption. In Heaven, I hope sweet tea is not bad for you.

4. Replace an unhealthy snack with a healthy one…a piece of fruit or some yogurt instead of a candy bar.

5. Eat your fruits and veggies. It’s summer. They’re fresh. What’s better than ice cold watermelon on a hot summer day? Not much, I tell you!

6. Go meatless for one day. Try it. Experiment with some new recipes.

7. Get an exercise buddy…yes, even if you’re only walking for 15 minutes. You need an accountability partner.

8. Turn off the television and read a good book.

9. Unplug for a while every day. (Truth: I have become attached to my iPhone and really need to work on this one.)

10. Do something unexpectedly nice for your spouse if you’re married, or for a friend or parent. Even a teenage child! (Won’t that blow their minds? They’ll wonder what you want. It’s fun!)

Y’all have a great Monday. Take pictures and/or keep a journal of your week. I’m continuing to take at least one picture a day of something that puts a smile on my face. Here’s a picture of the flowers my sweet volunteer and friend Gail brought to me at church this morning “just because.” Made my day. 🙂

I’m off to pack for my adventure.

Lynne

 

 

Flowers from a sweet friend :)

Flowers from a sweet friend 🙂

 

Sunday. It’s so nice to see you, again!

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in in it!” ~ Psalm 118:24

Good morning!

I hope your day is off to a good start. I must say, I was less than thrilled when my alarm clock went off earlier. Decidedly less. (I did only hit the snooze button once, though.) I don’t mind getting up early; I just don’t like alarm clocks. I don’t like being shocked or startled out of my sleep. Sigh.

I hope you have a day of rest planned. I know that I do! After serving and worshiping this morning, I really, really hope my Sunday afternoon nap happens. I’ve missed it! If a nap doesn’t end up in my immediate future, I’ll take coffee and some reading. Just some quiet time. And I always look forward to my small group meeting on Sunday afternoons. It’s a nice way to end the day…learning more about God and growing together in our relationships with Him and with each other.

So enjoy your day. Relax a little. Take some quiet time for yourself. Spend some time with God. It’s His day, after all.

Blessings,
Lynne

It’s Sunday!

It’s Sunday!

You know what that means? (You do know by now, right?) That’s right. It’s rest day! Woo-hoo! I, for one, am pretty excited about the resting  thing! (Can you tell?) I’m going to put a batch of soup in the crock pot and head to church, then it’s nap time/rest time for the afternoon. All I’ll need to do for dinner is make some cornbread.

Tomorrow, we’ll begin tackling the pantry as our weekly challenge. And we’ll be addressing mail this week. Sorting it. Shredding it. Daring it to pile up anywhere!

I hope you have a peaceful, relaxed, and joyful Sunday!

Blessings!

Lynne

 

 

 

10 Ideas for “Me” Time

Good morning!

Hope you all are having a good week. We are halfway through already. And halfway through February. Wow! Time is flying!

We have been encouraging you to take a little time every day for yourself. To do something you enjoy and that allows you time to relax. Here are our top ten ways to get your “me” time, and most don’t even cost a thing!

HEY! We’d love to hear from you about what your favorite “me” time activity is. So leave your comments!

1. Sit somewhere quiet with a good book. (You can’t be surprised by that one! You know we’re are book crazy people.)

2. Take a bubble bath. (Ahh….)

3. Take a walk in the woods. (Or the park or down a country lane…just somewhere peaceful)

4. Watch an episode of your favorite TV show. (DVRs are the bomb!)

5. Visit your BFF (or have her visit you) and enjoy a cup of coffee with her and just chat. (Okay, you could drink something else, but why would you?)

6. Garden. Plants some herbs and/or flowers in pots (if you don’t want to do the big garden thing) and then tend to them. If they are in pots, tending is pretty simple. (Sometimes you have to “tend” to your garden by sitting quietly in it and watching things grow. If anyone asks what you’re doing, you tell them that you’re gardening.)

7. Have lunch with a good friend. (Eat out. Eat at home. Have breakfast. Have dinner. It’s the time for you that counts.)

8. Watch your favorite movie. (In your favorite pajamas and with your favorite snack, preferably.)

9. Sit on the porch or deck and enjoy the nature in your own yard. (Birds and squirrels can be very entertaining.)

10. Take a nap. (Set an alarm so you don’t sleep the whole day away, unless you can. Then feel free.)

Have a blessed day!

Lynne & Teresa