"Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding". Prov.3:13 (NKJV)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Wordless Wednesday~ 12/19/18

Mealthy products

Mealthy giveaway
My prizes that came in the mail.

Products from Mealthy
Things I purchased with my $35 coupon code

Mealth Immersion Blender Set

Mealthy SpiraSlicer


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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Ham and Corn Chowder

Ham Corn Chowder

Ham and Corn Chowder
Ingredients:
6-8 strips of bacon
1 medium onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, diced
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups Ham cubes (leftovers cut into bite sized pieces)
10.5 oz. can low sodium cream of chicken soup
14.5 oz. can creamed corn
2 cups of frozen corn (or 1 can of corn, drained)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Bay leaf
2 Tbsp. butter
2 cups of chicken broth (or water)
1/2-1 cup half and half or evaporated milk (see note)
2-3 Tbsp. cornstarch (optional)

Directions:
Sauté bacon in a skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels but keep 2 Tbsp. of the grease in skillet. Cool bacon off, crumble, and put in a covered container to use later. In the same skillet add onions, celery, carrots and cook until soft. Can cook the potatoes for a few minutes as well. In crockpot add potatoes, cooked veggies, ham cubes, cream of chicken soup, corn, seasonings, butter, and broth.  Cook on low 6 hours or until potatoes are done. Stir cornstarch and milk together in a bowl. Stir this mixture in the last 30 minutes of cooking to help thicken soup. Remove Bay leaf. Sprinkle cooked bacon on top of chowder when serving.

Serve with a side salad and buttered crusty bread.
Serves 4-6

Note: You can sub any milk you prefer like regular, almond, or coconut milk.

For Instant Pot:
Press saute button and add 2 Tbsp. of bacon grease or Olive oil. Add onions and celery. Cook til soft. Add in garlic cloves and cook another minute. Add carrots and potatoes. Saute a few more minutes. Add all other ingredients except cornstarch. Hit cancel. Cover and press Soup button. Cook for 10 minutes (be sure the valve is in sealing position). NR for 10 minutes then carefully move valve to release rest of pressure. Once you hear the pin drop open and stir. Remove Bay leaf. If you need to use the cornstarch to thicken just add it to a few Tbsp. of water and stir. Hit the saute function on Instant Pot and stir in cornstarch mixture. It should start to thicken once it begins bubbling. Hit cancel and it's ready to serve.


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Monday, December 10, 2018

TSW Daybook {12/10/18}

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For Today: 12/10/18
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Looking out my window
It’s cold but sunny outside. This time of the year makes me want to stay in bed longer. Our high for today is 44 degrees.

I am thinking
About how close we are to ringing in a New Year.

I am thankful
For being here to see this Christmas season.

One of my favorite things
Celebrating Christmas time with friends and family. For me it’s not all about the gifts. I like to take time to just enjoy celebrating Christ, spending time enjoying the season with family, and doing things to bring a smile to other people’s faces

I am creating
Goodies to give to my neighbors.

I am wearing
A red blouse and black pants.

I am reading
“Devotions for a Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas with hubby.

I’ve been watching
Classic Christmas movies with family.

I am listening to
Christmas music. I especially love the Classics, Jazz, and Gospel Christmas songs.

I am hoping
I finalize my plans for Christmas gifts by the end of this week.

I am learning
To relax and just be.

In my kitchen

Chicken Stew

Have you ever made Chicken Stew? It’s like making Beef Stew but using chicken in place of the beef. I made this for the 1st time and have been requested to make it again. It’s great comfort in a bowl on a cold day or night. YUM!

Board room
I love making my own flavored cream cheese. Here are some different flavors I want to try out

Post Script
There are so many great household and laundry tips at https://www.stain-removal-101.com/.

Shared Quote
“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.”
-Harper Lee

A moment from my day
Me~ 2018
Have you guessed what’s different?

Closing Notes
Thanks for letting me share another little peek into my simple life with you. You can join in too, or read other ladies posts by heading on over to the host site
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Around the house during Christmas time

Not only do I love Fall, but Christmas is my other favorite time of the year. I love putting up some decorations to make the house look festive. Each year I add something to our collection through after holiday sales. This year I decided to be a little more creative thanks to watching some Dollar Tree Christmas Decorating YouTube videos. I tried a few DIY ideas and used other stuff I already had on hand. Here are some pics of what I have set up around the house so far...

Christmas 2018 Decor
I love our giant stocking with the countdown calendar.

Christmas DIYs~ 2018
Can't believe the JOY candle set was bought by my mom
way back when I was in High School.

Christmas card photo collage
Past Christmas cards put in frames

Christmas Pictures
Online printables put into frames.

Christmas Table Scape
Our Dinning Tablescape

Thanks for stopping by to see some of my Christmas decor. It's inexpensive, plain, and simple. I am getting more into DIYs which I’m finding fun to do. I’m still adding and creating more things along the way. This is part of what makes it all so special to me.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wordless Wednesday~ 11/28/18

Got to use my Instant Pot to make some stock. Yassss!


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