Thursday, October 2, 2014

Banana pudding bread and more

It is an incredibly foggy, eerie like day here today. Had to take a few photos of how thick the fog is.



Always a concern when the girls have an hour long bus ride in the mornings. Luckily the bus has a bright flashing light to help. Creepy looking around though.....

The highlight of this morning was how adorable Kathleen looked on her way to school today! She wore her golf outfit she picked out to go golfing in with her daddy. :-) She definitely brightened my day.



So in contrast to today's photos, I have started taking pictures of the pretty sunrises and the slightest changes in the trees and landscape as fall approaches. We have still been picking quite a few raspberries off our bushes and so thankful as we have seen how expensive they are in the grocery store.

The house you see is our neighbors, the only one we have near us.




Kathleen's long walk to the bus stop, Cooper always walks down with us :-)




Beautiful sunrise in the morning.



It takes a family to pick all these raspberries, lol! But so worth it! I'm freezing them so we can enjoy them through the winter.






I love how I was able to capture this mist over the hillside one morning...



Jerry has an interesting way of cutting grass. He had us cracking up laughing because he was singing on the top of his lungs with his ear phones in to his music and it was echoing all over! Gotta love him..he certainly keeps life interesting :-)



Have to share this funny picture....we were in a mall the other day and you can take a train ride through the whole mall. We convinced Hayley to ride with Kathleen and you know how "fun" that is for a teenager, lol. So Jerry had to embarrass Hayley a little more by running down behind the train and waving to them and calling out "bye, have fun!...." He followed them quite awhile...poor Hayley! LOL. Kathleen however thought it was great.


Another funny to share, the other day as I went to make lunches and I came upon this slice of pizza Kathleen put in the fridge. I was laughing so hard! If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you've already seen it, but I have to document this memory. ;-)


She cracks me up.... some of the things she comes up with. Hayley was funny, she said "you think that will stop me from eating it?" lol. Needless to say the pizza remained Kathleen's!

Elvis is enjoying all his special spots still in the house. My next life I need to come back as one of my pets. :-)


Three of our dogs, Skippy, Bella and Owen got groomed but of course wouldn't let me get a good picture of them. They are wearing Halloween bows :-)


Grooming is a good thing, especially when sleeping in the bed with Kathleen!!! ;-)


Ok now to share this delicious banana pudding cake recipe I found. So absolutely incredible and one of Jerry's new favorites. Well ok we all like it too.... and I've been making it for our guests as well. :) In our new house I have a gas stove and I must say I love cooking with it over electric! Everything cooks so much nicer.


Banana Pudding Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
2 T. water
1 cup sour cream
2 medium bananas mashed
1/2 cup oil

Put all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Blend on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl often. Beat 2 minutes on medium high speed. Do not over mix. Pour in a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Then turn out and cool completely. Enjoy!!!

      "It is critical that we learn to recognize when we have enough. If we are not careful, we will begin to chase after the temporal more than the spiritual"      ---John U. Teh

                                                                      Blessings,
                                                                           Jill


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Family, yard pictures and a fall soup


We enjoyed another weekend of company when my sister-in-law and her family came to visit us.
The boys have grown quite a bit since the last time we saw them. I think Jerry was feeling a little short in this picture ;-)





The girls had a blast spending time with their cousins they don't get to see very often. We enjoyed spending time around the house as Jerry and I have been battling a bad cold virus.


It was a gorgeous fall day and it was nice to sit outside and enjoy the breeze.




The boys enjoyed picking a bunch of raspberries and we froze them and sent them home with bagfuls. We also had a lot of fresh pears we sent home with them as well.



We even have some juicy plums growing in our yard.....so delicious right off the tree!


Still some lovely flowers blooming around the yard as we walk around.




Even spiders are still enjoying the weather.... as long as they are outside....I'm good! LOL!!


Flowers on my porch are still blooming nicely.


After all the beauty on Saturday, we had some clouds roll in with wind and rain on Sunday.....




Today was a bit chilly and called for a warm jacket at the bus stop for Miss Kathleen :-)


She left me this awesome note on the table when she left for school. I just love these moments as a mom....truly make my day! Kit Kat was the nickname her friends at her old school gave her.


As I walked back to the house after she got on the bus, I just took in the stillness and beauty of the day and the slight fall changes as the trees begin to lose leaves and change colors.....




Jerry finally got the flag pole put up he has always wanted, and it turned out really nice. Was a beautiful day to see the flag blowing in the wind this morning.


Was also the perfect fall day to make cheeseburger soup in the slow cooker. This is one of my girl's favorite meals.


Ingredients:

Cooking spray
1 garlic clove minced
1 medium onion chopped
1 rib celery chopped
1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
2 Tbsp flour
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup evaporated milk
8 oz low fat cheddar cheese cubed
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 salt
pepper to taste
tortilla chips

Using cooking spray, cook onions, garlic and celery until tender.

Spray cooking spray into bottom of crock pot. Spoon in the vegetables.

Then cook the meat, drain and add to crock pot.

In small cup combine flour and 1/2 cup broth, stir until lump free. Pour flour mixture into skillet with 2 1/2 cups broth and simmer. Pour in slow cooker stir in evaporated milk, cheese, paprika, salt, pepper and cook 2 hours.

Add crushed or whole tortillas to soup to flavor and enjoy!!!

Of course I forgot to take an after picture.....and there were no leftovers..... lol.....next time! :-)

Have a great evening!

                                                           Blessings,
                                                                Jill

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Discovering

What beautiful fall days we are having here lately... although the mornings can be a bit chilly, like the other day 44 degrees! Brrrrrr! I am waiting for the leaves to change behind our home as I anticipate it will be beautiful!

We have been blessed at our new property with an abundance of raspberries! Been freezing them as much as I can to see us through the winter and also sharing with our neighbors and other visitors we have had.



We've found a few peppers and tomatoes growing in the garden as well. Always a treat to see what is pooping up out there! :-)


Pretty sure these are heirloom tomatoes as we've seen a few yellow and red ones on the ground. And I've asked around... ;-)



Banana pepper?! We think so!

Kathleen has really enjoyed having a big yard to move around her fairy houses. Love seeing her imagination at work. She thinks everything out and plans where she wants to put everything.... ahhh the magical moments of fairies....


Our pear tree is also in abundance and the other day we decided to make pear sauce!



I love doing these things as a family and teaching the girls new things. Nothing fresher than straight from your backyard!


We got this great press at Lehman's and we love it so far, great for all kinds of sauces, etc.


We put it in the fridge to firm up a bit but it was so delicious...just added some sugar and cinnamon a few ingredients for taste  and success!

                                                 In other news.........

Kathleen made a sweet card for her bus driver the other day. She said her bus driver kept thanking her, that it really made her day.


Our animals are still quite spoiled..... when Kathleen comes home Elvis spreads himself out over her papers, lol.


Then we had to put a pillow in the corner of the landing upstairs so he can watch everything and nap when he wants to. :-)


In the background at the bottom you can see his chair is still by the window (sidelights) so he has a comfortable spot to see what's going on outside.

Then there is our old Cooper, who is just happy being by our side... follows us everywhere we go...including the bathroom!


And then we have Hayley, our comedian.....always goofing off and making us laugh...a nice way to wrap up pictures for this post....with a big smile! We do have something to smile about... my friend's daughter who had the brain surgery is doing well and was released today! Thank you all for your prayers. She has a long recovery, but is making great progress!


"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence"

    ---Helen Keller

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty"     ----Winston Churchhill


"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world"  ----Harriet Tubman

                                                                          Blessings,
                                                                               Jill