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Happy New Year!!!
Well, with a new year, I aim once again to blog more. I probably could’ve posted a whole bunch of these Monday posts if only I’d actually taken the time to post them; I have tons of links I’ve sent to myself but I’m wary of only doing these link posts. I love blogging, but my heart hasn’t been in it for a while. While I love it here, I don’t want to only show up and be the Drudge Report of recipe, home decorating and gardening links. But they were over-running my email inbox, so today is your lucky day if you wanted to know exactly how much protein is enough, according to experts.
By the way, above is a photo I took last week from my front porch when we had some really lovely fog at dusk. We now have Mennonites that live nearby, and hearing the clip clop of the horses pulling their buggies pulled me outside. The painting God drew for me that evening took my breath away. Thank goodness for cameras so I can remember His gift to me!
Have a good week, my virtual friends – go forth and notice the beauty all around you!
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- RSVP’ing is so important! Here’s why…
- Jesus’s tomb is opened for the 1st time in 500 years
- Speaking of RSVPs, hostess ideas are always nice. These printable wine labels are so cute!
- With all the “news” about fake news, here’s how to spot it when you see it
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- Nuts! I love nuts! Barefoot Contessa’s Salted Caramel Nuts
- Origins of some common food words
- As timely as ever… 12 decorating tips to make any room better
- As someone who rarely uses and entire avocado, pepper, for a recipe, etc… these foodsavers are just genius!
- This story of childhood cancer…
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- If/Then… LOVE this!
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- Sweet potato & white bean soup because… it’s soup weather
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- 5 things baking soda can do when you cook
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- Try this German trick for creating a new planting area using dead branches
- After too much drought, we now have cold and rain… again, bring on the soups! Like this lemon chicken and rice soup
- The trending paint colors for 2017
- Protein diets are everywhere now. But how much protein is enough?
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- AirBnB or hotels? Thoughts anyone? I’m 50/50 on it, truly…
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- If I go for pumpkin, it’s almost always savory. THIS!
- This hot chocolate ice cream might be fun to make with kids
- This is the most genius makeup travel case I’ve ever seen!
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That’s my buddy in the picture above. Since my dog Ginger died about a year and a half ago, this one – although technically my daughter’s dog, but we all know how that is! – sticks to me like glue. When Ginger was alive, I was most definitely her alpha dog, and by virtue of pack hierarchy, I’m now this one’s alpha as well. He’s temperamentally the complete opposite of Ginger; my buddy is slow, gentle, quiet, constant and steady.
Unlike children, I had a favorite dog. When Ginger was alive, she was it. Maybe it was because she made me hers, and the other dog was my daughter’s, but since Ginger is gone, I’ve learned to really appreciate my buddy’s steadfast character. Although my husband would say he barks at everything, he really only barks at the 5 dogs next door. And the dogs across the street. Because, dogs need to communicate with each other, you know? Pongo & Perdy taught me that and the value of the Midnight Bark way back, when I was 5 or something.
(May I just say that to this day, the Internet and the search engines it spawned, thrill me to no end! The fact that some of you may be clueless as to who exactly Pongo and Perdita are, but in seconds, I could link that for you, so you could find out yourselves, without a lengthy explanation from me, well, a big Kudos to Al Gore, inventor of the Internet! 😉 I completely believe that if I had had it back when I was a student all those many years ago, I would have been an incredible student. I already was a pretty good one, but boy – I’d have rocked me some awesome research papers, for sure!)
Anyway, I’ve learned to appreciate all the opposite personality characteristics of this sweet, furry, black dog. How is it that the things you once saw as “less than” can somehow become “more than” once your perspective and/or needs change? And yet, they do…
Enjoy these last few dog days of summer! Here are the Monday links:
- It’s not my airport (although it kind of feels like it is) almost every flight I take is through the world’s busiest airport
- Check out this handy fall foliage map
- Free fall adult coloring pages
- Basic. Perfect. Shortbread.
- Five time-proven tips to persuade anybody
- “Aha” moment about this – it’s HOW the wheat is harvested that’s causing problems
- This is my favorite upside down cake and gluten-free. (Although, I would add some cornmeal to it too!)
- Artist drew famous movie quotes for 365 days
- Upload your pet’s photo (see above!) & Publix will donate $1 to Southeastern Guide Dogs
- Languages throughout the world contain the same sounds for some of the same words
- If you’re a fan of Aldi, you’ll probably like this new German grocery chain coming to the US. I LOVE German grocery stores!
- Something about these drinking glasses that makes them seem like art
- When you don’t feel that you are enough... because we all have those days…
- Sometimes what seems like a good solution is actually a very, very bad one
- It’s the US Air Force’s 69th birthday. Here’s some great photos of USAF in action…
- Awww… a feel-good story to make you smile
- How to ruin your life without noticing
- Perfect fall gifts – or for yourself! – whipped gingerbread sugar scrub
- 10 reasons you should stretch
- Today’s teens may be part of the most conservative generation since WW2
- How to paint a room faster
- The power of awe
- It’s almost soup time! And there’s nothing like a good tomato soup for a easy meal or rainy day
- Unique family portrait ideas
This past Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of 9-11, and to me, it still seems like yesterday I was watching that horrible day unfold on every single TV channel. I think we could all agree that the world has changed since then, but especially since we […]
Enjoy the road that you’re on this week! Be blessed & live well!
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- I just canned a tomato onion jam. Why savory jams are becoming a thing…
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- My favorite season is college football season. In the meantime, I’ve been loving Last Chance U on Netflix
- What will they think of next? DJ pizza box
- Vancouver Science Museum advertises with odd scientific facts
- For my next house – this kitchen composter
- Take this quiz to see what kind of traveler you are
- 14 things you can do that can make you look younger
- The best thing I ever found to take off makeup
- Trader Joe’s makes a great gluten-free granola, but it’s pretty expensive; here’s a great substitute!
- Arrange your kitchen like Julia Child
- Aloe vera ice cubes for sunburn! Genius!
- The happier you are, the easier it is to tackle the unpleasant things
- These were my favorite as a kid – DIY Pudding Pops
- Gotta love the rebels in this world…
- This laptop/mobile workstation is so cool!
- This blog post… yes, you are a good mom….
- And these Twitter posts of parents who were a little too honest
- Regrained uses cast off grains from beer-making to make a healthy protein bar
- Little girls praying picture – precious!
- Although I actually keep bees, this is a great idea – bee hotel
- Who knew Russians had to deal with NO HOT WATER every summer?
- For a happy marriage, women need a good night of sleep
- My favorite Food Network personality is Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. Here’s a peek into her NYC home!
- Gluten free wrap recipe
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