Memories I Share- Keepsakes I Treasure- Gifts I Give

I visit a “salvage” store about once a month…

I had met a lady that owned one many years ago when I worked part-time at a Bakery…

and I have frequented this one store many times…

It has slightly dented canned goods… that can’t be sent to Grocery Stores… but, recent dates…

They always have fresh produce of some kind… so reasonably priced…

Also baking items…cereals- frozen foods- drinks- breads- cleaning supplies…etc. …

I always stock up on a few items that I like…

This week cake mixes were 3/$1.00…k21663176

Canned goods… 59 cents…

You see where I am going with this…

CHEAP!…

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Cake mixes got me thinking Cup Cakes…

I always have cup cake papers on hand…

Just needed some frosting to top them off…

I chose Funfetti with bright sprinkles… Oh, yes!… and CHOCOLATE…

since I was baking white cake…

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Baked according to directions…

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I really like white cake… not as sweet as others… and I only used a dab of frosting on the ones we were keeping to eat…

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but, the other dozen got the works!…

Lots of frosting and sprinkles for the neighbor who cuts grass… k34786073

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My son who comes over every week… has always liked Chef BOYARDEE Pizza…

It comes in a kit…

either cheese or pepperoni… k14147632

I guess it reminds him of when him and his brother were litttle and we fixed them together…

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This box made a double batch…

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Comes with Pepperoni Sauce- grated Parmesan cheese- and pizza dough mix…

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We chose topping of Black Olives- MORE Pepperoni- Grated Cheese- and Diced Sweet Onion…

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Mix the Pizza Dough Mix with warm water… which contains yeast…

Put mixed dough in warm place…

you let rise a few minutes…

Then put on a greased pizza pan or baking sheet…

Since we were making a bigger one … we opted for the baking sheet and would cut into squares…

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Pressed dough into pan with greased fingers…

Added canned sauce…

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Added onion… and then black olives…

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Added Parmesan cheese and then grated cheese…

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Baked at around 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and golden brown crust…

Let cool a little… and cut into squares…

We love it!

To tell you the truth… I looked for the leftovers for my breakfast… but, was ALL GONE!

 

God is always leaving me surprises…

I had walked out to put some trash in the can… and these beauties were waiting for me…

but, the Blue Morning Glory was “the surprise”… had come up without me noticing…

from seeds… of years past… but, one of my favorites!

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Then… I looked up to see the neighbor’s puppies greeting me…

They are up on the deck across the fence…

So cute!… and really nosey!…

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We had decided to take a ride in the country… going across the river up into Indiana…

We took the long way to view the countryside… and small towns…

We saw pumpkins/mums for sale k0441157 … letting us know Fall was here whether we were ready or not…

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We were looking for a small restaurant to eat breakfast but, to no avail…

so…

we waited until we were in French Lick, Indiana… to eat breakfast at Denny’s… always good… always a good alternative…

I had Strawberry Cream Pancakes…- eggs-bacon- hash browns… untitled

SO good!…

Bobby opted for a Belgium Waffle– eggs- sausage links…

I caught his picture outside…

a quaint little town that is growing due to the Casino that draws visitors in…

A beautiful place…

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We went back home another way… and passed Patoka Lake…

The water so blue and people fishing…

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A train passed under the road we were on… as I caught a picture of the Goldenrod…

Goldenrod being our state flower…

It was in full bloom everywhere!

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We usually stop for an ice cream from Dairy Queen…

Reeses Blizzard was my weakness…

and Bobby had a burger and Vanilla Shake…

He seems to keep an appetite with the Chemo he is on…

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As we crossed the bridge over the Ohio River into Kentucky…

we were detoured downtown…

Grabbed a few pictures of the city…

I could spend days taking pictures of the old buildings mixed with the new…

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A very nice day…

Hoping to have many more!

Our Anointing This Morning…

 

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of neighbors… hiya_cneighb_c

treatments of Bobby’s cancer…

our life…

yester years and now… k22521172

family…

We looked out at our humble home with the yard we love and think of all we have done to make it our own…

we are pleased… k3726610

but, always things need to be done…

Use to be wants…

now it is needs…

We are both content at these times…

wondering if the grandson would have a football game this evening…

thinking of both granddaughters and their achievements…

How proud of them we are…

The house can wait…

dishes will be done…

clothes will be washed/dried…

floors will be swept/mopped…

lunch will be cooked…

but, now we sit… sharing

holding hands… touching sholders…

We pray out loud…

me beginning…

with my Love of the Lord… u18147335

thankfulness…

requests…

blessings for us and others…

but, when my Bobby prays…

I am in awe…

His love and reverence to God is amazing…

His truthfulness…

and desires are humble…

His love for others in worse conditions comes through…

asking forgiveness of any short-comings he has…

As we sit slowly swinging…

we feel a light drop of rain… but, we continue to pray… k23950741

we can dry off later… and the washing of rain water is wonderful…

We look up and say “I think we have been anointed!”… k17919423

by our Heavenly Father…

You might want to give this a try…

Blessings seemed to surround us…

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Thank you Jesus!

Update on Bobby:

He is still getting Chemo Treatments every other week… k21072773

still wearing Chemo Pump home for two days after…

Blood work comes back good… k35624508

No more Palliative Care…”OUR DECISION”!… too depressing!… k15738866

He has large cataract on right eye now… will be seeing Doctor concerning when it will be removed next week…k31027081

Chemo will not be given for 2 weeks… and then surgery… and then back on Chemo two weeks later…

Makes me apprehensivek33319024  but, they assure us it will be OK…

Doing about anything he wants to do…

Put up new Porch Light on back porch today… entry_c

Never stops!…

The neighbor insists on cutting grassk34786073 (which was done when returning from hospital this afternoon)…

and I personally think it takes some harder work from Bobby… which I’m thankful for…

PUMPKING BREAD baked for helper… and one for us…

So good!…  

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This Mix comes out every Fall Season… and you can’t make any better!…

The smell this morning was awesome…

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It includes:

Can of Pumpkin…

Bread Mix…

Frosting…

YOU add 4 eggs

oil… and water…

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Looks and tastes delicious!…

 

This Grasshopper has met me so many times we would be on a “first name basis”… if I knew his or her name…

He jumps from the flowers when I walk by…

He jumps from the shrubs when I walk by… and then today…

he is just sitting on top of the rail post going down the steps…

He seemed to pose as I grabbed my camera and took his/her picture…

If I see him/her again he/she will be named!…

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Cherry Cobbler today for my guys… and me…

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My sweet sister brought me this cute Fall Tea Cup filled with Candy Corn…

It will sit on my table for nibblers like me…

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My White Rose is named after my Mom… Hazel…

I planted her when my Momma passed 9 years ago… at 98 years old…

Hazel blooms only one rose at a time… and is so fragrant…

but, at times the bugs get her before I can…

SO…

I decided to cut her when she budded… and bring her inside to enjoy as she opened up…

It worked…

I have thoroughly enjoyed Hazel… sitting in my kitchen window…

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I went through the Halloween decorations that I have… which have dwindled due to us having a flood in the shed a few years back… lots of boxes ruined!…

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but, what little I do have seems quite enough as I get older…

A cute Owl to sit in my kitchen window…

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A Black Cat Candle holder… and two Jack-o-lantern candle holders I have had for years!

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Cling Spiders for my windows…

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I glued a metal Halloween Wreath to the Spider Decoration and it made a cuter wreath for the step rail from the drive-way…

Halloween Flag will stay until after Halloween when an Autumn one will replace it for Thanksgiving…

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I had forgotten (like I usually do)… about the Pumpkins in TuTus… that I bought on clearance last year…

A cute addition to my front porch… just sitting… ready to greet people,,,

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My wreath I made last year came out of the closet… Made a new “G” for us “Griffin’s”… to put on the pumpkin…

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This funky Witch was in my forgotten bag of clearance items…

and she now resides on my wreath in the living room…

just think she is the cutest!…

Am I decorating too early???

I don’t think so…

Bobby loves when I do these things… and so what he likes is what he is getting…

They even made my son smile when he came to visit…

so “ALL IS GOOD!” or should I say…

FALL IS GOOD!”

My breakfast consisted of these new Fall Donuts…

and I will highly recommend them!

“Pumpkin Spice”…

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I saw this recipe on Facebook recently… and just had to make it…

A simple rendition of Olive Garden’s “Pasta e Fagioli Soup”…

or Pasta with Beans…

I usually make soups in colder weather but, this was an exception… My guys and I both love soups…

This is where I found this simple version…

although I didn’t have the Spices of Dried Basil and Dried Thyme… but, will use them later I’m sure…

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and it makes a big pot…

More soups to come this winter I am sure!…

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Drained…

and then proceeded to add all of the ingredients…

I skipped the step of cooking carrots- celery- onion and just added after cut into small pieces… Figured they would cook and did!… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Drain beans and rinse…

The rest is just putting together…

It does suggest that pasta be cooked separately and added when serving…

Another thing you can choose to do or not… Will keep pasta from soaking up liquids… which I agree is a Good Idea!…

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PS…

Bobby says soup is really good… ate a BIG bowl of it with Cheese/Crackers k19748159

of course a nice piece of crusty bread  k15031329 would be great!

 

Preview of what my neighbor grass cutter will be getting this weekend…

Actually… it has been so dry… grass cutting be skipped this week…

but, I might just fix for just the sake of fixing!…

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies…

These were made for us to have at home… but, for the neighbor I might add some extra Peanut Butter Cups on top!

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When I see something I really like… and see potential in it… I buy it!…

This was at my favorite thrift store…

and only $3.99…

It is handmade…

Plaid Fleece… sewed and tied… into the cutest jacket

I knew I would be changing the buttons… All that was needed…

It said “Fall” to me with the colors of Autumn…

I chose big buttons of different fall colors… dark brown… rust brown… beige… moss-green…

There is a homemade tag sewed in the neck… that says made by “Sis”… a cute gift from a good sister I would say…

or at least that is “my thought”…

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FRONT… BACK… NECK…

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The fringed sleeves… and looped front…

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My Jill posed by her favorite food when I brought it in…

waiting for me to open it…

MEOW MIX ORIGINAL… for a long time… Food of choice!

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I’m taking the “Activia Challenge”…

And YES!… I already tell a difference… that my stomach will feel better…

I like the FRUIT FUSION varieties…

Blackberry/Blueberry

Strawberry/Vanilla

Peach/Mango…

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Kit Kit is our other girl…

goes all of the time… playing…. hunting… visiting the neighbors…

and then comes in for her “deep sleep” nap… She’s a Sweetie!

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