Monday, February 27, 2017

Little Things I Use To Help Make Things In My Home Easier.

Today I would like to share with y'all some of the things that I use in my home to make my life a little easier. I'm ALL ABOUT having things that helps me make things simpler in my everyday home keeping.
   When I'm cooking in the kitchen, I like to have a "garbage bowl". A Garbage bowl is any large bowl I may have on hand that I'll use as I'm preparing a meal. I'll use the garbage bowl instead of going back and forth to the garbage can 50 million times, I just put it in the "garbage bowl."
But, I first put a plastic "wal-mart" bag inside of the bowl.
This helps to keep the bowl clean. 
And When I'm done, .......
I tie up the bag and toss it into the trash can. This saves me a lot of time and steps.
And the bowl didn't even get dirty. 😍
My next gadget is my "onion chopping gadget". I have VERY sensitive eyes πŸ‘€ and this item really helps me out. I peel the onions that I'll be using.
I'll put them into the clear plastic bowl part.
Put the cover on and turn the handle and........Presto.....
and I didn't shed a tear. πŸ˜€
My old Faithful Coffee Pot. This coffee pot is quite large and can hold quite a bit of liquid. I've removed the "inner" parts and only use the pot. When I'm cooking I fill it up with HOT water and put it on the back burner and keep it on a low setting to keep the water nice and hot. So, when I'm needing to add some water to a pot, I have it already on the stove and when I pour the water into the HOT pot, I'm not adding luke warm water and then have to wait for the water to get to boiling in my pot again.
 I like to have a LARGE selection of cooking utensils on hand. You never know what size OR how many you may need. I actually had a LOT more, but I shared some with my daughter.
These are my dish washing towels. My daughters Jordan and Sarah crocheted these for me. These are the only towels that I use to wash my dishes with. They are strong, sturdy and are very pretty.
I have a nice selection of pot holders on hand. I like to have a variety in size and thickness. With the amount that I have on hand, if I need to throw a couple in the wash, then I'm not lacking.
My Cooking Oil bottle. This one stays right next to my stove, that way it's on hand whenever I'm needing to add some oil real quick to a meal. I only use Coconut Oil. This bottle holds the liquid one, I also use the solid one.
It's always nice to have something pretty to rest your cooking utensil on. That way when you're done cooking and cleaning up, you can just pop it into the dishwasher and you don't have all of that food mess all over your cabinet.
A nice supply of dish towels. I like to keep mine in a basket on my counter top, that way they are right in site and I just have to grab one instead of trying to pull one out of a drawer.
A supply of different spices can add some Awesome Flavor to any meal.
You can also never have to many knives. When using knives I really prefer the RADA knives. They are just my preference. And it's always nice to keep them sharp so when you need to cut into a half frozen chunk of meat.......all you have to do is grab one and it's ready to do some serious cutting.
A nice supply of Homegrown Herbs are always good to have. I like to grow my own herbs or I'll buy them online from the BULK HERB STORE
out of Tennessee. Nothing like the added Flavor of homegrown Herbs in any dish.
I love to Label my pantry items. I use my Silhouette to make my labels and then I use a Chalk Marker to add what is in each jar. I also like to transfer my foods into glass jars. I don't care for plastic and when something comes in a box, I normally transfer it into a glass jar. 
AND last of all........EVERY homemaker should have a ready supply of Aprons on hand. Some of these I made myself and a few of them were made and given to me by a dear friend that lives in Indiana, Cathy Russell. The white one on the left was embroidered and given to me by my daughter Sandy......cause she loves her mom-ma. 😍
Well Ladies, That's it for now. I hope that you've enjoyed my little tid-bits on things that I use to help me to make things easier in my home. And hopefully you'll "glean" some things from today's post, cause that's what this blog is all about......"Teaching, Learning and Sharing" Till next time. πŸ’•

Monday, February 20, 2017

That "Homey Feeling"

I like to think of my home as a Safe Haven for me and My Mr. Handsome. I have certain things in my home that I would like to think that it gives a "Homey Feeling" to those who enter. I also like to know that it's kept neat and tidy for my Mr. Handsome to come home to after a long day at work.

In my kitchen while washing dishes I love to look outside my window. It always helps to have nice little "pretties" sitting on the window sill to look at also. The majority of the things that I have in my home were either given to me, bought at flea markets or I inherited when my parents went home to Glory. 
I love my kitchen wall. It's full of antique items that I've collected over the years.
It's always nice to have a little Country Decor hanging around. The pan belonged to my parents and the two coffee pots belonged to my grandparents. The clock was a gift to me from my sister Emilie. My Mr. Handsome made the shelf and the Welcome sign was purchased years ago when we traveled to Ohio for a Home school Convention. πŸ’Ÿ
Family Pictures......Or as I like to call them.....Family Memories. It seems that almost every inch of my wall space is taken by a family picture. 
My Reading Nook. Every good book deserves to have a special place to be read. The rocker belonged to my Grandfather Andrew Thibodeaux, The quilt on the rocker was purchased on Clearance from my favorite Restaurant/Country Store, Cracker Barrel. The rug was made by my daughter Jordan. (It's made with old flour sacks that belonged to my Old Aunt Vie). The little table was made by my daddy and the basket was made by a Sweet friend of my daughters, Anna Webster Rose.
My little table is adorned with an Old Sea Shell that my daddy brought home from
overseas, when he was in WWII, the antique lamp and the crocheted scarf were a gift from my daughter Sarah. The handkerchief and old glasses belonged to my mom-ma. The Angel ornament hanging on the curtain hook belonged to my older sister Mary who died from Alzhemiers at the age of 61. 
This table sits next to my rocker. It's adorned with a lamp that my daughter Celeste got me for my birthday, along with other little items that I cherish. 
Every home needs a book shelf of really good books. This shelf is filled with my study books. They are mostly on teachings on how to be a Godly Wife, Mother, Keeper of the Home and how to raise children. 
This bookshelf is mostly books on Herbs, Old Fashion Remedies and Country Living. There's more bookshelves through out the house. When we first got married, my Mr. Handsome asked me....."Why do you have SOOO many books", I told him....."They are not just my books, but they are my friends." πŸ˜€

A table beautifully decorated is always a pleasure to eat on. My Mr. Handsome made this table for me this past Christmas out of Cypress Wood that is over 100 years old. 
My Hosier Hutch. I've been having this hutch for quite a number of years now. It was bought for me by my late husband. When he bought it for me there was no room in our van to take it home, so one of the children had to sit on the floor underneath it. Poor baby.
I love to have soft soothing music playing, it sets such a peaceful atmosphere. I love my Joey and Rory CD's. I play them most every day on my record player that I inherited from my daddy.
No home is complete without a shelf full of cookbooks and baking supplies. My grandchildren always said that every time they come to my house.....I try to fatten them up. LOL

More cookbooks and some of my herbs. I started keeping my essential oils upstairs where I use them mostly.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed some of my "homey" touches. Next time, I'll show you some of the things I have in my home that make my life a little easier. Till then.....πŸ’•

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love & Respect

   Once a week I travel to my oldest daughter Sandy's home where we've started a "Book Study." The book that we are studying is called, "Love & Respect" and it was given to me years ago by two dear friends from Tennessee, Sherri Leiter and Emily Baker.

It's teachings are on how Women need to feel Loved AND Men need to feel that they are Respected. Sandy is engaged to a really nice guy and as her mother I want to help instruct her to have a "Good, Godly Marriage." Upon arrival we fix ourselves each a cup on tea. Sometimes it's Blueberry or Peach. The last study we had Apple Cinnamon. It really doesn't really matter what flavor we are drinking, What really matters is that we get to spend a couple of hours a week studying God's Word to become better wives. :-)
   Last week we finished Chapter 3. A few things we've learned so far is that......You can be right but wrong at the top of your voice. We learned about Agape Love, which means to Love Unconditionally and Phileo Love, which is a Human, Brotherly Kind of Love. πŸ’ž
   Ephesians 5:33, Paul tells us that Husbands must love their wives as he loves himself, AND the wife MUST RESPECT her husband. The husband is to obey the command to love even if his wife does not
obey this command to respect, and a wife is to obey the command to respect even if the husband does not obey the command to love. There is no justification for a husband to say, "I will love my wife AFTER she respects me, nor for a wife to say, "I will respect my husband AFTER he loves me." When a husband feels disrespected, it is especially hard to love his wife. When a wife feels unloved, it is especially hard to respect her husband. When a husband feels disrespected, he has a natural tendency to react in ways that feel unloving to his wife. When a wife feels unloved, she has a natural tendency to react in ways that feel disrespectful to her husband. Without love, she reacts without respect AND Without respect, he reacts without love.The best way to love a husband is to show him respect in ways that are meaningful to him. Such respect lets him feel his wife's love for him and ignites in him feeling of love for his wife. Scientific research confirms that love and respect are the foundation of a successful marriage. A woman needs love just as she needs air to breathe. When a woman's spirit starts to deflate, it's usually because the husband is stepping on her air hose and she can't breath. She is crying out, "I feel unloved right now". That's when she goes through "PMS".....(Pre-Murder Syndrome. πŸ˜– Wives also long to be FIRST in importance to their husbands. Just like the prince goes into battle for the princess. The princess does not seek to be respected as the "head." Instead she yearns to be honored, valued and prized as a precious equal, "a fellow heir of the grace of life". The husband is first called upon to provide, to protect.....and even to die if necessary. When a husband honors his wife first in importance and she respects him as first among equals, their marriage is Blessed.