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

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Oven Roasted Carrots


Oven Roasted Carrots

Ingredients:
2 lbs.baby carrots (or whole carrots peeled and sliced)
2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher or Sea salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  I usually give my carrots a rinse and pat dry if they are still wet (you can just use them straight from the bag if you prefer).  Place carrots on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over them, then sprinkle on as much salt and pepper to fit your taste.  Give them a toss to make sure all the carrots has a good coating. Roast in hot oven for about 25-30 minutes (I give it a turn halfway through).

**Another variation is to add a light drizzle of honey plus a Tbsp. of Balsamic vinegar over carrots when done cooking. That kicks the flavor up a notch. It's really good so don't knock it til you try it. Here is how it looks done that way:



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Monday, July 16, 2018

TSW Daybook (7/16/18)

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For Today: 7/16/18
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Looking out my window
I see a little breeze from the wind. It is sunny out but we are supposed to get some rain. Our high for today is 89 degrees.

I am thinking
About going to the Farmer’s Market this coming weekend.

I am thankful
To have gotten a chance to go see family and had fun over this past weekend.

One of my favorite things
Having a date night (lunch, or snack & errand time) with my hubby :-)

I am creating
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Read by my hubby and son

A draft for a review going up on my other blog next week @ https://crossrhodesacademy.blogspot.com/

I am wearing
A brown shirt with Khakis shorts

I am reading
"The Fulfilled Family” by John MacArthur

I watched
Finally finished watching all 6 seasons of Downton Abbey. *sniff  *sniff I really do enjoy those types of things.

I am hoping
It does not rain this weekend. I really want to go to the Farmer’s Market, but it has to be a pretty day out.

I am learning
How to test in my hand palms whether or not hair products pair well together :0

In my kitchen
We’re having leftovers for dinner. Yesterday for the first time, I made pulled pork in my Instant Pot. I was amazed at how tender it came out. It was really yummy with some good ole Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce!

Board room
Wanting to make some of this Southern Peach Iced Tea https://www.pinterest.com/pin/380835712229346427/

Post Script
Why is it hard for wives to respect their husbands? I love reading from those sharing sound biblical answers to matters such as this.

Shared Quote
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.” -Barbara Bush

A moment from my day
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It's hair spa day!

Closing Notes

I hope you have enjoyed this little peek into my simple life. To join in or read other posts, head on over to the host site
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Glazed (Candied) Carrots


Glazed (Candied) Carrots

Ingredients:
2 lbs. whole baby carrots (or regular carrots peeled and sliced to 1/2" thick rounds or sticks)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar- packed (could replace with 1/3 cup honey or pure maple syrup)
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt (or to taste)
ground pepper (dash)

Directions:
Place carrots in a pan or skillet and cover with 2" of water. Add in 1/4 tsp. salt. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and boil gently for about 15-20 minutes until carrots are crisp-tender. Drain and set aside. In the same pan or skillet, heat butter, brown sugar (or sweetener of choice), nutmeg, salt and pepper until melted and bubbly. Immediately pour the carrots back in. Stir to coat. Cook about 5 minutes or til glazed. Serve as a side dish.

*Note: This makes a great tasting side dish for the holidays, other special occasions, or just any ole day of the week :-)


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day America!


To all my American friends:
May you and yours have a safe and blessed Independence Day celebration. Praise God for the freedoms and liberties we still have. "God Bless America my home sweet home"!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook {7/2/18}

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For Today: 7/2/18


Looking out my window:
I see people outside going for a walk and enjoying this nice sunny day. 
Our high for today is 94 degrees.

I am thinking:
About my 42nd birthday coming up tomorrow.

I am thankful:
We will celebrate Independence Day right after my birthday :)

One of my favorite things:
Eating ice cream and drinking milkshakes ALL summer long!

I am creating:
This week's bullet journal layout for my journal.

I am wearing:
A long turquoise maxi dress with magenta colored blouse.

I am reading:
Titus Chapter 3

I am hoping:
We don't get any rain for the next few days.

I am learning:
To be a better Titus 2 Woman

In my kitchen:
Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade
Ingredients:
8 cups seedless watermelon (cubed)
1 cup strawberries halved or sliced
1/2-3/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup white sugar plus 1 cup water (see directions) 
2 cups cold water

Click on link above to see directions

In the school room:
We have finished our homeschooling journey. Here is my 2018 graduate:

Board room:
I plan to make some yummy Blueberry Cheesecake bars soon 

Post Script:
I always enjoy seeing this blogging mom's scripture writings:

Shared Quote:
"Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face." ~Ronald Reagan

A moment from my day:
Working on a product review 
It will go up next week on my other blog 
https://crossrhodesacademy.blogspot.com/

Closing Notes:
This is my first Simple Woman's Daybook entry. I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my simple life. To join in or read other posts head on over to our host site
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wordless Wednesday~ 6/27/18

Homemade Pickled Jalapenos
1st time making Refrigerated Pickled Jalapenos.

Making Pickled Jalapeno Peppers
Look at these babies!

Homemade Jalapeno Peppers
Can't hardly wait to dig in!

Thanks to Noreen from Noreen's Kitchen! See how to make these at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOpdSH_FTWE


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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Have you read this book?


The world in which we live is becoming a dangerous place for true bible believing Christians. To make matters worst, there is so much apostasy going on in the church. There are so many ministries and bible teachers out there teaching false doctrine. The sad part is that many in the body of Christ don't know what is real biblical truth or heresy. Lots of people stand in the pulpit telling people what they think the bible says and take scriptures out of context. Just because someone is a pastor does not mean they are free from error. This is why I love reading and studying my bible so I can check what is said against scripture. Think about this...just because society is changing does not mean we're supposed to change to fit in with it. How will we truly be salt and light, or those who are set apart for God? People out here hardly take Christians serious anymore because of how so many are behaving. God is not being represented like He should be. This is really BAD.

My family and I spent the last few months digesting Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham Jr. and having many long discussions. We continue to see areas where God wants to grow/mature us. I had an opportunity to review this book 8 years ago. So much has changed in me spiritually since that time. I continue to examine myself to see how I'm lining up with God's view of things. You can read my review of Family Driven Faith on this page (scroll down to the 6th review). Reading through this a 2nd time around was so needed. We live in a time where it is dangerous to hold to God's absolutes on any subject matter.  As believers we need to be careful we are not allowing the culture to turn us away from true biblical thinking. I strongly encourage any believer to pick up a copy of this book and learn what it means to have a biblical worldview.


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Monday, June 11, 2018

Vremi Coffee Grinder & Knife Set {Review}

Have you ever heard of Vremi? Vremi is a company that “provides high-quality, user-friendly, and affordable products that are full of personality for your home, kitchen, and office”. Be sure to head over to their website to learn more about them. I recently had the opportunity to review two products from their line of kitchen items. Read on to learn more.

Vremi Sharp As A Knife
First up is the Vremi 10 Piece Colorful Sharp As A Knife Set. This is a set of 5 different colored chef knives. These knives come with 5 matching sheath covers, and are non-stick, odor, and stain resistant. The blades are a high-quality stainless steel that is rust, and dull proof. The protective covers are 100% BPA free plastic. The knives themselves are lightweight, and have a soft touch grip handle that provides a non slip grip. Just as the name says these knives are sharp and “VERY SHARP” I might add. You want to be extra cautious with these bad boys. Luckily the matching sheath covers protects you from the sharp blades, and it allows for safer storage in your kitchen drawer.

Sharp As A Knife Set Puns
As I opened up the box that came in the mail (USPS), the first thing I noticed were the puns all over the outside and inside the box. I read things like “A Cut Above The Rest.”, “Lookin’ Sharp.”, “Slice To Meet You.”, and so on. As I read on and on my hubby was looking at me like “baby they sound dangerous…don’t hurt yourself using those things”. LOL

Sharp As A Knife Set
The Sharp As A Knife set is not dishwasher safe. You will want to hand wash these with very warm water and dish soap. Then dry immediately and store back in their protective cases. This set comes with the following:

RedChef Mercenary Knife”- this knife is 8” and is good for everyday use. You can use it to do things like dice onions, mince shallots, chop herbs, crush garlic, slice meats, and shred lettuce or cabbage. It also has a curved tip for scooping.

BlueBread Bandit Knife”- this knife is 8" and has extremely sharp serrated edges. You can use is it for slicing soft and crusty loaves of bread, delicate cakes and pastries, squishy tomatoes, trimming pineapples or melons, shredding lettuce or cabbage, cutting cheese, slicing salami, and carving roasts or poultry.

OrangeParing Pirate Knife”- this knife is 3.5" and can easily cut through ginger, peel fruits and vegetables like apples and potatoes. It also has a sharp point tip suited for sculpting or carving details on watermelons, and deveining shrimps.

Purple Carving knife is 8” long.

Yellow Utility Chef’s knife is 5” long.

I have enjoyed using these knives almost daily when I prep and cook our meals. I love the ease of slicing tomatoes and meats, dicing onions, and chopping fruits and veggies without having to saw into them due to a dull blade. It was like cutting in butter. My oh my!

Bump 'N Grind Coffee Grinder
Next up is the Vremi Black Electric Blade Coffee Grinder. It features a “sleek rubber exterior, silicone (anti-slip) feet, stainless steel blades, and an easy one-touch control setting”. It is BPA free. The lid can be hand washed in warm soapy water, rinsed, and dried. The inside where the blade is can be wiped with a damp paper towel. It also comes with a mini cleaning brush to help brush out all of the coffee grounds to use when making coffee.

Bump 'N Grind Coffee Puns
Again I noticed on this box all the funny puns on the outside and inside. I read things like “Shake Your Beans.”, “Grind With Care.”, “Java Jammin’.”, and so on. My hubby loved this box. He thinks the puns were really clever. He’s the BIG coffee lover in our home so he uses this coffee grinder the most. He has never ground his own coffee before so this is now his favorite kitchen toy gadget. I would have loved to get him this for Father’s Day if I had not gotten it sooner.

Vremi Bump 'N Grind Coffee Grinder
This baby makes medium coarse coffee grounds so don’t expect to get a VERY fine powder from it. To operate you simply pour your whole coffee-beans in the grinder, place the lid on top, plug in the power cord, and press the down on the top (button) for 30-60 seconds (pulsing for 15 seconds and stop then continue). A few seconds is enough and all it takes for good ground coffee. After that you just measure your desired amount of coffee to brew, and you’re good to go. A word of caution: it is not recommended you try to use this to grind anything other than coffee beans.



It was nice getting to try out these products. I also liked the 50% off coupon cards included in the boxes. I was sure to take advantage of that great deal. Now for you my lovely readers I have permission to hold a giveaway of this bundle. This is an opportunity for you to have a shot at winning this same Vremi Coffee Grinder and Knife Set of your own. Yes someone will be the owner of both products FREE of charge. All you have to do to enter is click on the link below and follow the directions.

Win the Vremi Coffee Grinder and Knife Set #11 (Giveaway has ended. CONGRATS to the winner~Regina S. Enjoy your goodies!)


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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Don’t miss out…

Hi lovely readers. Heads up...you don’t want to miss out on my upcoming giveaway of this bundle set.

Vremi Electric Coffee Grinder
Stay tuned because I will soon be posting my review of the Bump ‘N Grind Coffee Grinder and the colorful 5 piece Chef Knife Set.

Vremi Chef Knife Set
I will host a giveaway here for someone to have a chance to win this whole bundle. Be sure to come back to see what I think of these two products.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Preserved Limes part 2

It has been 30 days since I prepared my limes. I moved my jar of preserved limes to the refrigerator. Before I did that I opened the jar, pulled out 2 wedges and a whole lime to puree. I put that into a small jar and cut the other limes completely into wedges and added them to a jelly jar with the brine. Just like with the lemons, the rind is now edible due to the preserving process. It’s up to you whether or not you want to use the flesh. It’s mushy so depending on what meal you are needing the lime for will be a factor it this.

Preserved Limes 30 Days
As you can see the skin is no longer a dark green color. The preserving process made the limes a brighter color. I cut a small piece of the rind from one of the limes. I knew they were thoroughly preserved because the rind was soft. As for the rind, when you are ready to use some in a meal, take out all the wedges you will need out of the jar, and rinse it off REALLY GOOD under cool water. You can thinly slice it and chop up however much you need. Again you can decide if you want to use the flesh part or just discard it.There are several ways to use preserved limes that I will list below.

Preserved Lime puree
When I made the puree I did not rinse the salt brine off of these limes. I just blended the wedges in my food processor (rind and all). The result was a nice puree of salty lime paste/pulp to use by little bits at a time in different things. The reason I did not rinse these is that I plan to use it for meals that salt will be needed anyway. I just won’t be putting salt in during cooking because the salt in this is plenty enough. Here are some different ideas and ways to use these limes:

Individual Wedges:
* Use when roasting meats
* Add to fajita or taco meat
* Make Salsa
* Eat with meats like fish, lamb, chicken
* Chop up to use in pasta, rice, or quinoa
* Add to taco salad
* Chop and use in place of lime zest in recipes
* Make lime flavored yogurt

Puree:
* Use when making marinades
* Blend into vinaigrettes
* Use in dips like guacamole, black bean hummus, etc.
* Make compound or spreadable butters (aka flavored butter)
* Make Garlic Lime Aoili
* Make Pico de Gallo
* Make spreadable butters
* Use in a sauce for grilled fish/seafood
* Stir into cooked chili, soups, or stews

If you happened to have any preserved liquid left after using up the limes, the liquid should be thrown out or used as a liquid in something you are cooking. Be careful not to add any more salt than needed to the dish. I would not recommend preserved limes as safe for those with salt restricted diets, or needing to watch their sodium intake.

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