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Farmer’s Market

I found a new Farmer’s Market not too far from where I live…

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The produce is so fresh and such a great variety!

 

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These radishes are delicious.  I put them in salads,
but most of the time I just eat them raw as a snack.
Is that strange??

 

 

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Huge tomatoes, so good!

 

 

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I couldn’t believe how sweet the grapes were!!

 

 

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The peppers were 2 for $1
I roast them in the oven and put them in salsas
or to flavor soups.

Delicious!!

 

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Cilantro, parsley, greens…  big bunches

 

 

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This Farmer’s Market also has a “Flea Market” section.
I bought hibiscus, azalea, and each one was only $6.

 

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My favorite buy was the Orchids!
I got four different kinds and they were each $3!!!

They make great Christmas gifts.
I wanted to keep them, but then I figured
I could just get some more after Christmas.

 

Have a wonderful weekend, everybody!

Daisy

 

Time stands still

It’s been a while since my last post.

I just couldn’t bring myself to write.
Anything.

I tried to “suck it up”, talk myself into posting,
maybe write about something like what I usually do —
photography, cooking, sewing, …
but I just couldn’t do it.

My youngest granddaughter, who is doing fine now,
was in the Pediatric ICU.

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I don’t want to dwell on all that happened those days
but it was heart-wrenching, literally.

We are so very thankful and grateful
that she is doing fine.
Words cannot express it.
I still cry sometimes when I see a new picture of her
that my daughter texts me, or a video of how she’s
laughing and chatting away.
Even now, as I write, I find myself overcome with tears.
So thankful for her life.

Some of you may know what I’m talking about when I say
there are pictures in our minds that we try to forget,
mainly seeing loved ones suffer.
Again, I’m so thankful she’s doing fine.
I try to replace those images from the hospital
with new ones from this past week, yesterday, today…
She’s growing so fast and she’s so cute,
I pick up my phone and scroll through videos
and photos, making new memories with her.

It’s really amazing how a little person,
so young, so small,
so wonderful,
can become so loved and such an important part
of what makes our heart flip with joy
whenever they smile at us
or laugh at one of our silly faces.

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Please pray for her continued healing.

Thank you to those of you who wrote me
and let me know that you missed me.
It meant a lot to me.

I will post as much as I can the next few weeks.

I pray your December is filled with many blessings!

Daisy

 

Sunday

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“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

Oatmeal

My doctor gave me a list of foods I need to eat frequently…

Oatmeal was on that list.

Apparently it lowers your cholesterol.

But the oatmeal I was used to eating, was the one that I made
and it included lots of dried fruit, a few (maybe 2 or 3) almonds,
whole milk, brown sugar (or honey), and cinnamon.

I don’t think that’s the kind the doctor meant.

Sooooooo………

I had to come up with a healthier recipe for me to eat
since I have want to have it at least 3 times a week.

Here are a few options I came up with:

 

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I love this one!  It’s an apple topping I thought of one day
probably because I love apple pie and I can’t have that right now.

Apples are also on that doctor’s list, btw.

 

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Apples are on sale again and they look and smell wonderful!!
I just bought 5 lbs today so I can make some apple sauce.
(and oatmeal, too, of course!)

 

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I choose a nice, firm apple . . .

 

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I know all these pictures aren’t really necessary…

It’s like I can’t help myself.

I just love the colors, the apples, …
Thought it would make a great photo…
(I’m always looking at the world as through the lens of a camera —
that’s my only excuse).

Please bear with me.

 

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After I peel, core, and chop the apples,
I add a little brown sugar…

 

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And some cinnamon.

 

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I stir it and cook it in a small skillet or sauce pan (doesn’t really matter)
for about 5 minutes, just until the flavors blend and the apples soften a bit.

 

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The whole house smells wonderful when this is cooking!

 

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While the apples are cooking, I make the oatmeal in the microwave.

I use 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of milk, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon,
and 1 tsp of brown sugar (or honey).  If you like it sweeter, add a little more
sugar.

 

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When the oatmeal is done, and the apples have cooked enough,
I put the oatmeal in a pretty bowl, then spread the apples on top.

 

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If it’s too dry, I add a splash more of milk.

 

My husband prefers slicing a banana over the oatmeal
and sprinkling just a tiny bit of cinnamon over the top.

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He also loves some almonds, a few raisins, granola, …
whatever he can find in the pantry that he thinks will go well with it.

I don’t add nuts to my oatmeal because they are a headache trigger,
so it’s just better if I stay away from them.

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I’m always looking for new toppings for the oatmeal,
and I’m really enjoying the nice, warm breakfast it provides.

It’s delicious and very comforting.

Now, not many things are both delicious AND “ordered suggested by your physician.”

This is one thing I can eat and feel great about.

Let me know if you have any other ideas,

Daisy

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

Homemade Pizza

I was craving pizza last night,

but I’ve been away and haven’t had time for grocery shopping,

so I just used what I had in my fridge & pantry…

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The result was an interesting (but tasty) combination
of some random items I normally would never consider putting on pizza.

 

I started out by making the dough for the crust.

I actually love this part.

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Peeking inside the bowl…

I love the smell of dough, and when I let it rise
and come back, it’s amazing how it’s doubled it size!

 

I cover the bowl with a light-weight towel and forget about it for about an hour.

 

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It’s pretty cool how it grows and becomes so soft.

I love this part, too… Now I get to play with the dough
and form the pizza crust.

It reminds me of playing with Play Dough! :)

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When the dough has risen, I put a little bit of flour on the counter
and I either roll it out to the size I want, or I just plop it onto the greased
pizza pan (or cookie sheet, in this case).

 

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I like this part, too!  I use my fingers to softly spread the dough
over the cookie sheet.

Someday I’ll buy a pizza pan!
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These are the simple ingredients I used on the curst.

 

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First, I sprinkle garlic powder over the crust,
then I spread olive oil on that.

 

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Then I pour some of the sauce…
Sometimes I make my own sauce, but this time I just decided to make things easy.

 

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I use this cheese for sandwiches…

I’ve never used this one on  pizza before, but it works well
if you like some heat.

I think it would’ve worked out fine…
…but I also put some hot chiles (in lieu of red/green peppers)…
In my defense, …I was tired, hungry, sleepy, exhausted,…
I wasn’t thinking.
…let’s just say the pizza was HOT!
But delicious.

 

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These are the toppings I came up with in my limited pantry:

Corn (I know! I know! It’s not traditionally a pizza topping, but…
I was desperate,…what can I say?)
Black beans (same excuse as with the corn)
Chiles (I didn’t have any red or green peppers so I thought this was the next best thing)
Black olives
Meatballs (Leftover from last night’s dinner) Cut into quarters.

 

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After the cheese, I put the meatballs…

 

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Black beans,…

 

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Black olives, and green chiles…

 

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I’m SO glad I had this cheese!!

I sprinkled it all over the pizza.

 

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It actually looked pretty good.

I baked it for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees.

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I was surprised at the flavor.

I didn’t expect it to be so spicy
—-(I’d forgotten about the cheese slices underneath everything)

I didn’t expect to like the mixture of the toppings as much as I did.
—-(maybe the fact that I was so hungry had something to do with it?)

 

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 The crust was crispy on the outside and soft on the center.

It was tasty and just what I was craving.

Not as good as the Pizzeria, but a little healthier.  :)

 

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It’s really not difficult to make pizza
and it’s fun!

Hope you’ll give it a try!

Daisy

 

RECIPE FOR PIZZA CRUST:
1 cup warm water
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 Tb sugar

I warm the water in the microwave;
warm enough but not hot.
Then I add a tablespoon of sugar to the water,
add the yeast, and use a whisk to mix it well.
Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until bubbly.

While the yeast is working, I mix the dry ingredients:
3 cups bread flour
1 Tb sugar
2 Tb olive oil

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, until a dough begins to form.
Transfer to floured surface and knead until soft and smooth.
Place in greased (with olive oil) bowl, and let rise for one hour.
Remove from bowl and either roll dough or use fingers to desired
shape in pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Top crust with your favorite toppings and sauce.
Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees, in preheated oven.
Enjoy!

Last week I was tired and felt a little like Heidi…
(she missed the mountains and the great outdoors!)

So…
My husband & I drove to the nearest beach
and took a walk…

 

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It might seem like it’s night time in this photo,
but actually, it’s early morning on the beach.

The skies were cloudy,
so even though the sun had technically risen,
it wasn’t as sunny as a “normal” sunrise.

 

 

All I had was my cell phone,
but I wanted to take some pictures.

 

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The little birds were just waking up, it seemed.

 

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If you click on this photo above, and zoom in,
you can see a line of birds flying just above the water.

 

 

 

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The sound of the waves, the water between our toes,
the breeze…
Ahhh.

 

This is what I needed.

 

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Ever so slowly, it began to get a little brighter…

 

 

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“You rule the swelling of the sea.”  Psalms 89:9

 

 

We walked for a mile and a half.

 

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In some places, close to hotels,
the workers had begun to set up
umbrellas & chairs for rentals.

In a few hours, this place would be
crowded with  lots & lots of people.

But for now, it was just a few, here & there,
walking, some jogging, some riding their bicycles.

 

 
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By the time we had turned around and returned to where we had started,
it was much brighter.

And so it was for me.

 

Take time to go outside and enjoy it.

Have a terrific weekend,

Daisy

 

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