Sunday, August 16, 2015

"Where Is the Ham?"

“Jehovah-Jireh” is one of the many different names of God that we see in the Old Testament. It literally means "The LORD will provide".   We see that this is the name Abraham used when God had called him to go up to Mt. Moriah and there, sacrifice his only son, Isaac as an offering to the Lord.
As they near the site, Isaac asks his father about the offering or sacrifice.  They have everything BUT the needed sacrifice so Isaac asks “Where is the lamb?” What is Abraham's response to his son's question?  “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son”. (Genesis 22:1-8)
So here's MY take on this . . . "Where is the ham?"
 In recent weeks, (as in many times during our married life) we found ourselves with way more "month at the end of the paycheck".  I'm a pretty frugal shopper to begin with but these past few weeks really presented some challenges.  Yesterday morning, as I was doing my grocery list and menu for the week (and looking for the cheapest meals I could come up with), my husband returned home from the men's breakfast at our church . . . carrying a 9X13 size pan full of . . . ham.  He said there was a lot left over and they insisted he take the bulk of it.  He almost refused it, but then took it.   THAT I said will be our meals for the week!!
I know that He provides . . . I just have to be reminded sometimes.  
So we didn't find our meals on a mountain, but God provided them to us in a different way.

Today . . . a ham and cheese quiche, tomorrow . . . Ham and white beans . . . then Ham and potatoes . . . 
Here are some of the great recipes I found in case YOU have an abundance of ham to use up!

Impossibly Easy Ham and Swiss Pie
(I used ham, broccoli and cheddar)

(My beans are canned so I'll just bake this in the oven)

Leftover Ham -n- Potato Casserole

How has God provided for you recently?  I'd love to hear your story!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Summer Mantle

Summer is my season -- I love everything about it including decorating my "mantle/nook" in my living room, to reflect my favorite place to be -- the beach.

Most of the shells came from our favorite spot -- St. Simons Island, Georgia.  We vacation there every year and hope to retire there some day.

 I kept a lot of the larger pieces the same (my vintage scale and books) and just added this cute string of seashell lights and a decorative fishing net.

 I draped the netting up onto the sconces and attached onto the old windows I have hanging on the wall to either side of the nook.
 The netting extends down to this basket I painted.  It's always filled with something to reflect the season.  The little birdhouse was a gift from our neighbors and is made of stained glass panels.  It's so pretty when it's lit up!

 This little picture actually has interchangeable sayings for the four seasons.  I made it by attaching a piece of metal to the base and the quote boards have little magnets so each piece snaps off and on. You can see how I did this on my post, "Four Season Art".
 Now isn't this the SWEETEST little nest?! I treasure this -- my girls found this on a walk years ago and brought it home to me.  There were no eggs in it of course but through the years I've collected Robin eggs from abandoned nests or found on walks in the woods.  I've had people ask, "Don't those eggs rot and stink?!".  Well, no.  None of mine have.  I didn't do anything with them to 'preserve' them and I've had most of these for several years now.  I wish I knew what kind of bird made this nest -- any ideas?  It's woven of extremely fine grasses -- no mud or sticks.  It's just lovely.
I always have a few 'anchor' pieces in my vignettes and then fill in with smaller, seasonal pieces and try to tie it all together with something like the fish net, or fabric, lace, etc.
 Now for a few shots I took yesterday of the butterflies on my phlox.  So lovely!

Not only popular with the butterflies but the bumblebees certainly were enjoying the flowers yesterday as well!  
 These flowers are so fragrant and have a fairly long growing period so my house is filled to the brim with them right now.  I hope you are enjoying the summer and soaking in all of this warmth and sunshine while you can (at least those of us up north are!).

Thursday, August 6, 2015

What A Way To Go Brownies

 Okay.  So if you are looking for a healthy, low-fat, non-life threatening dessert . . . close this post right now and move on.  If you are looking for a simply, to-die-for dessert . . . read on.  As you can see from the major ingredients above, this is NOT heart-healthy.  Now if you know me, you know that this is NOT my typical dessert -- I pretty much stick to quinoa, rice, beans, low-fat, low-cholesterol . . . blah, blah, blah.  But every once in awhile, I allow myself an unhealthy indulgence and these brownies fit the bill!
The original recipe was found on a delightful blog, "Deliciously Yum".  Kathi shared this recipe and she calls these Krispie Peanut Butter Cup Brownies.  You can click on the link to get the recipe. I followed her recipe exactly.  The only suggestion I have is that after they chill in the refrigerator, let them set out for about 10 minutes before cutting.  If you try cutting them straight out of the fridge, the rice krispie top tends to separate from the brownie part.  Once I let the sit out a bit, they held together just fine.
Is your mouth watering yet?? This made a 9X13 of these killer bars.  They were so thick and rich that I cut them into 1" squares.  The first plate went to the Women's Bible Study dessert fellowship and there were none left.  I had a second plate of them that went to work with me . . . gone.
As an added bonus, after removing the brownies from the baking dish, I scraped out all of this luscious goodness!  About a cup or more of the 'dregs' -- so I put it all in a ziplock bag and tossed it into the freezer.  I'm thinking this will be awesome as an ice cream topping (fat free ice cream, of course) or to go on top of angel food cake slices!
So eat like a bird for a few days, THEN, head on over to Kathi's site and make these brownies!

Linking to these parties this week . . .
The DIY Showoff (Monday)
I Should Be Mopping the Floor (Monday)
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday (Tuesday)
Cedar Hill Ranch The Scoop (Tuesday)

Ivy and Elephants (Wednesday)

The Thrifty Groove

The Feathered Nest (Friday)

The Charm of Home (Wednesday)

Simple Nature D├ęcor

French Country Cottage

The Enchanting Rose (Tuesday)