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Down to Three and a Relatively Quiet Week

Last Sunday we went back to that one church that that didn’t have a pastor yet because they got a new pastor. They sent out a postcard notification, so we decided to check it out.

He seems like a really nice man with a great big heart for people and a desire to reach out to the community. But we did not enjoy his sermon nor his preaching style. Our church search continues.

In other happenings this week, Sean moved out. Of course he is not very far away as he moved a trailer onto our property since we have nearly ten acres. ;) Of course he doesn’t have all of his things out yet, so Tiffany and I have not filled it up yet :D

He was sooo packed in there. He played a masterful game of Tetris. :D But he had so much stuff that he thinks he’ll need a storage unit shortly. :D

But seriously though, we are going to move the exercise equipment into that room and the spare bed into the library. We’ll put a desk and other things we have extras of, like pillows, blankets, luggage, and such in there too.

It’s so nice outside. Although we didn’t get the low temperatures predicted, the temps did go down and it was lovely! :) I really enjoy the cooler temperatures. I was able to wear some long pants and a warmer t-shirt, instead of my usual shorts and tank top. :D

I prefer the temperature in the seventies, so it’s quite nice right now. However, it is supposed to go back up to the eighties in a few days, so I’ll enjoy it while I can.

This weekend seems to be a rather quite one. Next weekend we’re headed to visit our other son, daughter-in-love, and grandson. :) Tiffany and I should be working on the rooms next week and hopefully I’ll get to some art too. :)

Well, this is pretty short but I don’t have much to share, so I’ll run for today.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Cool Printables for Young Ones

I stumbled across this really neat website that provides some really nice printables each month. This link goes to the Raccoon set.

It includes counter cards, name recognition cards, rhyming cards, letter recognition, do-a-dot activities, and even a gameboard and a math activity. :) Soooo cute!

Apparently she releases a new unit on the 15th of each month to subscribers (which is free). Here is a link to the ones she provided free online last year.

Spend some time looking around her website. There is a wealth of information there. There are fall, winter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, winter, and even Ten Apples Up On Top units. Soooo much available, cute and fun!

There is a search feature at the top of the site, so if you are looking for something in particular, search for it. Such a great website.

I hope this is helpful to you.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Color Tile with Annie, Echo Lines, and Quabog

This week I decided to use another of the tiles that I made from the practice of my distress stains. The colors are a bit dark, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.I used Ian McDowell’s Tangle Library app based on Sandy Bartholomew’s tangle cards to decide what tangles to use. I picked Annee, the middle tangle, from it.

Then I remembered I had Eni Oken’s Art Raffle app too. So I opened it and raffled away. Echo Lines showed up on one raffle and Quabog on another. ;) I’d already thought about using Quabog and then it came up on the raffle, so I went with it (or at least part of it, as I didn’t do the upside down part).

Here is the tile after tangling, first the scan and then the picture out in natural light.

At this point I wasn’t sure what to do. I got out my prismacolors and used them to add some shading. I ended up adding a brownish red color too, other than the yellows and greens. All I did to Quabog was add some white ink for highlight, although I did thicken the right side of each one just a bit, as Maria had mentioned in a project pack (spinner). I also added some white pencil to the echo lines but I think I did it too early and too scratchy but it is what it is. ;)

Here is the finished tile, first the scan and then the one taken outside in the natural but overcast light. :)

I’d love any pointers you can give me for working with color and “shading”.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

THM FP or E Berry Cobbler

Some time ago we were looking for a light dessert. We found this berry cobbler from A Home with Purpose. We don’t like raspberries, so we use a mixture of strawberries and blueberries. :)

It’s a pretty simple recipe and my lovely daughter Tiffany is pretty amazing because she not only made the dessert last night but also took the pictures for me to use. :) Such a jewel!

Start by measuring out a total of 3 cups of berries and putting them in an 8x8ish pan. Then sprinkle them with sweetener. Tiffany can’t do THM Super Sweet very well, so we use about 3 tablespoons of THM Gentle Sweet. But taste your berries and add sweetener as needed. Our strawberries were pretty tart and could’ve used a bit more sweetener. ;)

Then mix the topping ingredients in a bowl.

We use the ground oats because Tiffany cannot tolerate the flax in the THM baking blend well. Sometimes we go with the greek yogurt and other times we use the applesauce. This time it was applesauce. :)

Combine and spread evenly over the berries and bake.

We follow her directions of baking uncovered for 20 minutes and covering it with foil for 10 minutes.

As you can see, it is really an easy recipe. It is also very yummy. :)

This serves 4, so there are no leftovers. :D

I hope you’ll hop on over to her website and make this one for yourself. Oh, it is gluten free, dairy free, and of course, sugar free. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Improving Your Marriage

I read this article about a marriage that was struggling. She said that although her husband did have some things he needed to change, she was operating in bitterness. So she made some changes and started cultivating patience, kindness, hope, and love.

Her article is a very good one. I encourage you to click over and read her story. It is quite encouraging and hopeful.

I hope her story will encourage you to cultivate patience, kindness, hope, and love in your marriage. I know it has me.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Diet, Mistborn, and Games

This week I’ve started my six week focus on releasing some weight. So far, it is going well, although I’m not doing so great with the exercise because I’ve been fighting headaches for a few days. But I’ve been doing really good with increasing my liquid/water intake and eating fruits and vegetables. I’ve also made an effort to eat at least one low fat, low carb meal or snack each day too. You can read more about that here, if you’re interested.

I finished the second book in the Mistborn series, Well of Ascension. It was really good and I love the characters! Unfortunately, since this is the second in the series, I cannot say much about it.

I like the characters a lot and enjoyed their development a lot. I enjoyed OreSeur and Vin’s relationship with him. I also liked Elend’s development and meeting Tindwyl. I did miss the balls/parties in this one though. ;)

Not much has been going on here. I’ve enjoyed reading my book and playing my game. There’s a game that I play and they’ve been having group challenges, so I’ve been playing a bit more than usual.

I haven’t played much of Cooking Diary lately though because in order to continue, I need more rubies and refuse to pay for them. I usually like the food truck events though and some of the rewards are rubies. I checked it out the other day and found I’d missed two food truck events with their anniversary. :D So I played it a bit the other day.

Well, I’m going to run, it’s been a light week. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Educational Games for PreK-6th Grades

I found this interesting website that has games for a wide variety of ages. You can choose a game from the all games list or look at the games suggested for specific ages/grades.


It uses adobe flash, so if your child will access it on a computer, make sure it is enabled on your browser. Because some of the 400 games uses adobe flash, not all of them are available for play on other devices  via the app on their device but still over 300 games are available.

It is free but there are also subscriptions available with added benefits.

I also saw this article on cnet with some educational game suggestions.

I hope this is helpful to you and your children.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Bullet Journal September and Habit Trackers

Well, we started yet another month this week. I decided I wanted a pretty page for the month even if I don’t have new goals to note.

I searched through my washi tape and stickers to decide which ones to use. I liked the green floral first. Then went with the pastel green to go with it.

I had some letter stickers to use for the month at the top. Then I decided to put another light floral tape along the right side and add some stickers.

I do have a few things I want to accomplish this month, so I did note them with a little sticker at the top. I then chose a scripture sticker and more accent stickers.

I like how it turned out. :) It is pretty and has both the cool and warm colors that I like right now. It’s funny that I’m not drawn to glitter right now.

In the past, the six week from the first of September through the middle of October is a time I’m usually successful with “diets.” So, I’ve decided to be extra diligent over this next six weeks and thought a few habit trackers may be beneficial.

I chose to use some of the same tapes that I used on the monthly page.

I’ve left the center area for some journaling. I have habit trackers for exercise, water intake, eating fruit, and eating vegetables. I also made one for eating a fuel pull snack or meal in the day. I also have one for staying away from eating fatty cheese, tostadas, tortillas, Dreamfields, and other such items. I have a tendency to snack on cheese and lunch meat; since I found the lime treated tostadas, I’ve been snacking on them a bit, which isn’t a good idea for weight loss. :p

I’m hoping these habit trackers will help keep me motivated. ;) I hope this gives you some ideas.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Instant Pot Taco Rice

Several months ago I was looking for recipes using my Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi. I came across this recipe from My Table of Three.

It is a very simple recipe and quite yummy. :) Also this meal feeds our family of 4 adults dinner, twice. So I make it in full and then freeze the other half. Then on the night we eat the leftovers, I thaw it and steam it.

We serve it with salad and a very small drizzle of oil (about 1/2 a teaspoon) or some canned green beans.

It’s really a simple process, add all the ingredients to the pot and pressure cook on high for 22 minutes with a quick pressure release.

Combine and cook.

Meanwhile, I put about two pounds of boneless skinless chicken breast in the food processor to grind it up and cook up.

Cook quickly in skillet, seasoned slightly.

When it is cooked and the rice is done, add it to the remainder of the dish and stir to combine.We serve with some fat free greek yogurt (and some fat free cheddar cheese, which is our own personal choice item).

Head on over to MyTableofThree for the full recipe and her notes on the recipe.