It’s been an extremely busy life.

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Hello Readers,

It has been a few months since you have heard from me. It has been a very busy summer and an active first few weeks of school. I honestly can’t remember ever having so much paper work in years past. If you remember, I am a teacher for Special Education. Things are finally settling down into a more structured routine.

To begin again, I thought I would give you an update on my Second 1001 Things to do in 101 Days. (Click the title to read that post.)

No. 7 on this list was to increase the number of subscribers to this blog. I am pleased to report that this goal is progressing nicely.  In May of this year by subscribers numbered 2590. The first of this month, they numbered 4850. To say I’m pleased in an understatement. Thanks to you all!

No. 13 on my list was to finish the Koi pond. My daughter-in-law’s mother had given me a liner for the pond and we  had put rocks around it but had not actually set it up anymore than that.

I decided not to finish it and took it out instead. It would have taken so much money to get the electric to it for the pump. Not to mention stocking it with the fish and plants. I just could not justify adding that expense to the budget.

My 19th goal is to fix up the back yard area that is right off of our deck. I already had a Dwarf Pink Dogwood tree right in the center of this space. It is really beautiful in the spring when it blooms.

My granddaughter and I have decided to plant a fairy garden around it next spring. She completed a 4-H project which was a fairy garden and through both of us working on it, we became very interested in succulents which we had used. On a side note, she won first place in this category at the county fair and she earned the privilege of completing at the state fair level.

My son moved and replanted a hydrangea bush in the back, in a corner and then I chose some yellow and purple perennials to go along the pool fence. I always try to choose perennials so I won’t have to keep purchasing flowers every year. I still have a lot to do out there though.

One of the biggest goals I had on my list was to increase my output of DIY and craft projects throughout this time frame. I can honestly say that although this has been a real effort, I have managed to spend more time in my craft room this past  year.

One of the first crafts I did was for my son for Father’s Day. His wife had pick it out and brought me the “D” for the project. She and their children painted it before I added the letters made with my Cricut machine. Each of the kids’ hand prints are on it. It was a fun project.

Next, I finally completed a large burlap, sunflower wreath that my oldest daughter had wanted for her front door. This was my first wreath of this kind and it took me some time to make it. But I think it turned out very well.

 

One of my granddaughters turned 13 in July, so I worked on a project for her birthday. My 11 year old granddaughter helped me tie-dye a t-shirt for her. Would you believe I had never tie-dyed before? After it dried, I used the Cricut to add images and writing to the shirt. I hear that she likes the shirt a lot.

This next projects were decorating a couple of t-shirts for the 11 year old granddaughter. I love working with my Cricut machine. (I have learned so much about the Cricut, but there is so much more I want to learn. I am no longer intimated by this fantastic machine. I guess that took care of goal number 51 on my list.)

I have finished a couple more of the cushions for our outdoor furniture. I only have a couple more to complete.

Now, I have several projects in mind for Christmas gifts this year. You’ll have to stay tuned to read more about them in a post coming up soon.

Goal no. 56 is to purchase new deck furniture. I did purchase two wicker swivel rockers with a matching table for the upper deck. Also, I bought a pool side box to hold various supplies that seemed to be always laying around. I still need to replace loungers by the pool but that will need to wait until next spring.

The next goal I was able to knock off the list was to make homemade ice cream. I remember sitting outside on warm summer evenings while my grandfather continually cranked the ice cream maker until we had delicious homemade ice cream. A couple of years ago my husband purchased a Kitchen aide stand mixer for me for Christmas. I love that thing. I have made so much in it including noodles. Yeah, me.

I bought this ice cream maker attachment to go with it about a year ago and had attempted to use it once. And that was a disaster. I ruined the wire mixing attachment and had to buy a new one. But, I finally conquered the task of making homemade vanilla ice cream and it was delicious. I can’t wait to try other flavors.

My next goal that I have accomplished was the one I dreaded most, potty training my grandson who turned 3 in February of this year. I hate potty training so maybe that’s why it always seemed so difficult.

Up until this spring, any time I would mention using the toilet he would say never. If I tried to put underwear on him, he would scream and cry like I was torturing him. I finally had decided to wait until warmer weather and it worked like a charm. Once I put underwear on him and repeatedly took him to the toilet, he was trained within 2 days. Not even diapers overnight now. It was a miracle! He was the easiest child I ever trained.

Three out of my 12 grandchildren live with me and between their mother, their parental grandparents, and myself we were drowning in toys.   First, I went through the oldest child’s room (when he was not home of course). That finished number 79 on my list, purging toys. I purchased a shelving unit that  could hold 8 bins. I only bought 6 bins and left 2 areas open for shoes. It makes the room look so tidy, when the toys are picked up of course.

The next goal on my list that I finished was painting the dressers in Shyla’s room.  The dressers and bed are all complete. The match the walls in her room. For Christmas, I am making her a bedspread to match the colors, curtains, and theme of her room. Her room is the prettiest one in the house. Number 93 has now been marked off.

Number 94 on my list was to replace the sheers in the living room. I knew that they would not survive one more washing. Instead of replacing them, I decided to take them down and see if I could handle not having my windows covered. We do not live right on the road so people seeing in will not be a major problem. We’ll see how it goes.

As of now that is all I have finished of my list. I had better rev up my efforts if I want to accomplish all of my list by November 28, 2020. I still have 84 things on my list to finished.

My life verse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken

 

This is a long name for a wonderful dish that the whole family liked.  This recipe showed up on my Facebook with a video of the making of the dish. The video made it look so easy and also delicious; the two must-have for a meal at my house. So I put it on the meal plan for the week.

While shopping I had forgot to write down a couple of the ingredients, but I started the recipe any way. The first ingredient I didn’t have on hand was heavy cream and I didn’t have any chicken broth, which I thought I had in the cabinet. I didn’t let that stop me.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced (I used more. Four won’t feed my family of 5 or more if someone stops by, which happens often.)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 8 oz. of slice mushrooms
  • Creamy Parmesan Garlic Sauce (Which I made with substitutions.)
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (I need to buy a garlic press.)
  • 1 Tablespoon of flour
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth (I thought I had some. I’ll explain what I did in the directions.)
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half & half ( Do you know what to substitute for this? I do now.)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of spinach, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, add olive oil and cook the chicken on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown on each side; Cook until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a few minutes until tender. (I added a little more olive oil at this point.) Remove and set them aside.
  2. To make the sauce, add the butter and melt. (I used the same skillet.) Add garlic and cook until tender. Whisk in flour until it thickens. Whisk in chicken broth, (Since I was missing the broth, I boiled some water and used a chicken bullion cube.) heavy cream, ( Substitute 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup milk.) Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper and salt. I moved the sauce to a sauce pan at this time. Add the spinach and let simmer until it starts to thicken and spinach wilts. Add the chicken and mushrooms to the sauce and serve over pasta.

I served this over spaghetti noodles because that is what I had on hand. Next time I plan on being better prepared and serve it over linguine pasta.

If you decide to make this dish, let me know how your family likes it.

 

My life verse.

 

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Let me Introduce you to my family: Part 3 of 4

 

It’s been a couple of weeks since I introduced you to my son and his family. Plus, that took us off into our family history of foot problems.

Amanda Ellen

Now I want to introduce you to my oldest daughter and her family. Amanda Ellen is named after both my grandmother, Amanda, and my mother-in-law, Ellen. She was born when I was pretty young, although I had been married 1 & 1/2 years. (And yes, her dad and I are still married after 44 years.) Amanda has blessed us with four of our 12 grandchildren.

Amanda and her husband, Rodney, have a yours, mine, and ours  household. When they married, Rodney had a daughter from a previous marriage, and Amanda had a daughter, and two sons. Together, they had another daughter who will turn 13 this summer.

Amanda went to school to become a social worker and then she obtained her master’s degree in clinical therapy. She works at our local mental health facility.

She was actually the person who brought the local chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to our area.  We both served on the board for a few years after its inception.

Rodney works as a union pipe fitter. I’m not sure what all the job entails but he is a very hard worker. At

My son-in-law, Rodney

this time, he is working out of state and is only home on the weekends. Both he and my son, Kelsey, have jobs that require them to be away from home frequently.

Hayley

Hayley Estelle, has given her mother two beautiful grandchildren, Wyatt Baxter and Skyler Estelle. If you remember, Baxter is a family name that came from my husband’s great-uncle. (Maybe we will start another family name with Estelle.) I do hope both of these names will continue to be passed down through the family.

Hayley and her children live close to Amanda who in turn lives about 6 minutes away from my husband and me. As you can tell, we are a pretty close knit family.

Hayley is currently working in a girl’s group home. Her biggest interests are dogs and horses. She is an excellent horseman and is fantastic at training dogs.

Charles “Dakota” is Amanda’s second child and first son. He graduated from the vocational school where I currently teach. Dakota’s chosen field of study at the vocational school was Culinary Arts. He loves to cook.  This fall he is planning on attending college to become a Math teacher.

Tristin Tyler is Amanda’s third child and second son. I’m proud to say that I was able to help chose his middle name. Next week he and his girlfriend, Emily will be graduating from the same vocational school. Tristin’s vocational studies were in automotive repair and Emily’s focus was in patient care. Presently, Tristin is working for McDonald’s and Emily is working at a nursing home. I am not sure of their long term plans right now.

Together, they have a soon to be 2 year old daughter, Elora Jade. Her name always reminds me of a Disney princess.

The youngest of Amanda’s family is Autumn Lyne. The spelling of her middle name comes from the spelling of my husband’s name, Lyne Baxter. Autumn will be turning 13 this summer.

She will be hitting the teenage years. She and my grandson, Dylan, are in the sixth grade. Autumn has been involved in the baton group that Shyla and Zoey are in. She and Shyla are playing softball together

Autumn Lyne

currently. She is a really good gymnast and has sang during the variety shows during her years at elementary school. She is quite a diverse and talented young lady.

Rodney’s daughter from his previous marriage is older than Amanda’s children. Kayla lived with them for a while during the early years of their marriage She eventually moved in with her mother. She and her husband live a couple of hours away from us. She is the mother of two young boys, Ryder and Braven. We do not get to see them very often.

Some of Amanda’s family plus a couple of extra.

This is the largest branch of of my family. Soon I will introduce you to my second daughter, Breanna Lyne.

 

My life verse.

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