Yesterday, my son and his wife had a little baby girl…



We are all so blessed,

so thankful,

so grateful.



What a wonder!




She is so beautiful!

What a miracle!


More pictures to come…
(I’m a grandmother now, so that comes with the territory!)
These are all cell-phone photos,
but I can’t wait to have a “real” photo shoot with her!
Won’t that be fun?!?!!  :)




Fear thou not;
for I am with thee:
be not dismayed;
for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee;
yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10

Have a blessed Sunday,


Roast Chicken

There area many ways to roast chicken.

This is one way…




First, I wash and cut potatoes, carrots, and onions
and place them in a foil-lined pan.





Then I split the chicken in half, down the breast side.
This is important if you want that tasty, crispy skin.
I place it right on top of the potatoes/onions/carrots.
I season the chicken with lemon, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic & onion powder, and oregano.



Then I put it in a 350 degree oven for about one hour and 15 min.
Times vary, depending on your oven,
but the key is to leave it long enough for the skin to get extra crispy.
If you take it out too soon, you will be very disappointed.
So will your family.
So will I.



The onions and potatoes will get a wonderful toasty exterior
that you won’t want to miss.



Yes, sir!
The juices in the pan are fantastic poured over rice.



The wings are delicious because they’ll be crunchy and delicious.



This is a simple meal that I make when I’m doing something
and can’t be standing over the stove for a length of time.

You just put it in the oven
and forget about it until the timer goes off.

As you can see, I like to serve it with black beans and rice.

Give it a try.
You’ll be glad you did.
So will your family.
So will I.

Happy cooking,


Quilt Show

I recently went to a Quilt Show with my daughter.

It was so much fun!

There were lots of fun things to look at.
This cute pin cushion was just one of many different kinds.


There were lots of small quilts and wall hangings.
Some whimsical, some traditional, some modern.



I just had to take a picture of the sign above the doorway into this room…

Did you see the name??



There were vendors and quilt stores selling so many beautiful quilts and fabrics.



I just loved the above quilt hanging.
I had to stare at this one for a while.


Lots of quilt stores had brought baskets full of goodies for the raffle tickets,
and there were many tables with these baskets for all of us to ooh & ahh over.

For a total of $3, you got 25 raffle tickets to put in the slots in front on your favorite quilt baskets.  Unfortunately, I didn’t win any.

Maybe next time?


The display area was huge and there were many beautiful quilts to admire.
It wasn’t easy taking pictures because there were a lot of people doing the same things we were doing!  Ha!




I thought this quilt with the birds was so cute!



This quilt (below) won the award for Best In Show.
It truly is a work of art.

We got so many ideas and felt so inspired after being there.


I was able to buy two little charm packs (42 squares, 5″ each).

This one (below) is called Whitewashed Cottage:

It’s a beautiful collection of soft pinks, yellows, greys, and blues.



The other one is called Miss Kate
and is a combination of bright colors & cheery fabrics:



Just looking at the fabrics makes me smile.


Can’t wait to make something pretty with them :)

Have a blessed week!


Growing up, I must’ve had this sandwich more times than I can remember.

I’ve made it for my kids countless times, and it’s one of their favorite meal choices whenever they come home to visit, or when I am visiting them.



It’s easy, quick, and very delicious!
It feels more like a comforting meal than
just a “sandwich”.



Here’s how I make it:
First, I brown some ground beef
with Sofrito.  For that recipe, just click here.

I also add 2 bay leaves.

Once the ground beef begins to brown,

I add a small can of tomato sauce or tomato paste.




Once it’s cooked, I add a small jar of stuffed green olives.
This is my kids’ favorite part, I think.




While the beef is cooking, I prepare the sandwiches.
It’s almost impossible to find cuban bread where I live.
But if you can find it… Wow.  It’ll make this so much better.
I use the softest french bread I can find.
Stay away from anything too dense.

First I spread mayo on one side, and put some
sliced roma tomatoes sprinkled with salt
on the other side.




After the meat is cooked, I cover it
and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

Then I load up the bread with a mound of picadillo.



Oh yes, this would definitely be on my list
of “Comfort Food”.
It’s so delicious.

If you try it,
you won’t be disappointed.

Happy cooking,



Pan Con Picadillo

1 lb   ground beef (or ground turkey)
1/4 c   sofrito
Salt to taste (about 1 tsp)
2   bay leaves
1  small can of tomato sauce OR tomato paste
(I use the roasted garlic flavored)
1 tsp  sugar
1 small jar of red pepper-stuffed green olives, DRAINED
For the sandwich: mayo, tomatoes, cuban bread or the closest thing to it

In a large skillet, brown ground beef with sofrito, salt, and bay leaves.
Add tomato sauce/paste when beef is halfway done.  Cover and simmer
for about 5-7 mins on medium.  Add sugar, olives, and stir to make sure
everything is combined.  Cover and cook for 2-3 mins.
Enjoy on a sandwich, or…
it’s also delicious with white rice and black beans!




“…God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.”
Psalm 73:26

Have a blessed Sunday!


Pictorial Lessons

I realized once again today,
that very often God uses what I call “Pictorial Lessons”

to remind me of something,
to teach me something,
to help me see things clearer or in a new perspective… etc…




I can remember times when I sat by the shore of the ocean
by myself, watching the sun rise (or set)…

Some of those times I poured out my heart to God,
and later, when I got up to leave, I felt I had been in His presence.
He had “heard my cry” as the Bible states, and I felt
Even filled with peace
and joy.




The ocean… the sun rising or setting on the horizon,
the little sand birds running away from the waves
only to turn around and run towards it again….
So much like children running around, playing and laughing.



The rising & setting of the sun reminding me of the faithfulness
and steadfastness of God.
Many of us have experienced times when we were grieved or heart-broken…
It’s tempting to blame God.
But that is neither true, nor what will bring us healing or
help us to overcome and continue on…



The mountains that remind me that He is my strength..

“I love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  Psalms 18:1-2



Hiking in the mountains and suddenly coming upon a small waterfall, a river, a lake…
It is a reminder (another “Pictorial Lesson”) for me:
“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” Jeremiah 31:25

Oh, Lord, sometimes I’m weary and I need your strength.
Refresh my heart;
Strengthen me.



Looking at the mountain ridges, and seeing the beautiful colors…
I’m reminded that God is the magnificent Creator
and we are His most prized creation…
“I have loved you with an everlasting love”  Jeremiah 31:3

Sometimes I don’t feel so loved and appreciated, Lord;
Thank you for reminding me that You have always loved me


He has created beautiful things for us to enjoy
and to bring us joy
“Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”  Psalm 96:6

Here are a few examples:



I find rest in You, Oh Lord.


Children . . . they always make me smile
and remind me of Your tenderness towards me.


Flowers – what a wonderful array of colors and smells –
Oh, Lord, I marvel at Your amazing attention to detail.





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Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Remember His wonders which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth, 
Psalm 105:4-5

I pray this was of encouragement to you
as it was to me.



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