Friday, April 17, 2015

Family Time



Blogging is a funny thing. I try to keep my blog posts calm, senere and happy, with pretty pictures to set the tone. But sometimes real life is far from happy and it just doesn't feel right to go along as usual. My father in law passed away yesterday; a man very much loved and admired by his family and friends. I will be taking some time off from blogging to concentrate on family. I know you all will understand.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge




I find this time of year; between seasons, a little challenging to always think of a blog topic, so I decided to give my blog friend Joyce's link up a try. Her questions are always fun and thought provoking and it seems like an interesting regular group of posters. If you are an empty nester like me, I think you will enjoy a visit to From This Side of the Pond. Joyce is a great writer and has a lot to share about the transition to an empty nest.

1. Speaking of April 15th...what's the most 'taxing' thing you've done recently?

I just completed my 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge and the hardest part is dropping off the donations at Goodwill. I had a trunkful this year, but it is a great feeling when it is finally done.

2. When did you last take a taxi somewhere and where was that somewhere?

Not too many taxis in my Midwestern suburb, but the last time was my trip to New York City, two summers ago. I went with my daughter Melissa and my sister and I was proud how proficient I was at finding us taxis as we traversed the city. Crazy drivers and traffic though!

3. What's something you can do today that you couldn't do a year ago?

The thing that is new to me this year is Instagram. I have found it a fun way to keep up with both family and blog friends. You can follow me @lifeinmyemptynest

4. How often is chicken (in some form or fashion) on your menu at home? Which of the following would you most like to see on your table tonight...a chicken salad sandwich, your mom's fried chicken, a Chick-fil-A meal, Cracker Barrel's chicken n' dumplings, a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings, or 'hold the chicken, I'm a vegetarian'...?

We have chicken fairly often and with barbeque season on the horizon, will have it even more, since we love it grilled. And, even though it's not the healthiest, I do love to order chicken n' dumplings when I go to Cracker Barrel - always with green beans and fried okra as my sides.

5. What was your favorite television program when you were a kid? What characters do you remember the most?

Of course, like many, The Brady Bunch was a favorite and I wanted to dress exactly like Marcia. Another favorite, though it was a short lived series, was Here Comes the Brides, because I loved Bobby Sherman.

6. What was the last piece of 'art' you made?

I am not an artist at all. I am a little crafty though and I did recently make a no sew table runner that I love.

7. What frustrates you most about the Internet?

I know they are necessary, but keeping track of all my different passwords makes me crazy. I take it as a personal challenge to remember them all - without peeking at my list.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

On my mind lately is Melissa's graduation from MSU in a few weeks. It is so hard to believe how fast these four years have gone. Her job search is going very well and I couldn't be more proud.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Crock Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bowls - Pinterest Success {36}




I love finding a recipe that I know I will prepare again and again, because it is just that good. These Crock Pot Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bowls are light, healthy and a perfect way to make use of your crock pot in the upcoming, hot summer months. I can usually look at a recipe and judge whether it will have great flavor and I knew that the addition of the fresh avocado and pico de gallo at the end would make this recipe perfection. Adding fresh ingredients can immediately brighten the flavors of a meal cooked long and slow and the pico de gallo also added just the perfect amount of spice.

The original pin and recipe can be found here. I would recommend not cooking this on high, but going with the low setting for 4 - 5 hours. Mine was perfectly cooked after just 4 hours. Enjoy this fresh take on chicken and brown rice!


{Linking with these friends}

A Stroll Thru Life

Savvy Southern Style

The Charm of Home

Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Serenity Now

Between Naps on the Porch

Cozy Little House

Craftberry Bush

Live Laugh Rowe

Skip To My Lou

Rooted in Thyme

DIY by Design

No Minimalist Here


Rattlebridge Farm

Gooseberry Patch

Sunny Simple Life


Monday, April 13, 2015

Coffee Talk




It's a cloudy Monday morning, with a chance of rain in the afternoon, but with a week ahead of sunshine and warmer temperatures, I look forward to getting out and doing some spring clean up in my yard. A little rain in the spring is not a bad thing, because I know these showers in April mean flowers in May! I was up bright and early this morning to bake some yummy cranberry orange muffins to enjoy with coffee in my new flowered mug; perfect for spring. Sometimes it's the little things that start a week right.

Coffee talk this morning is about a quiet weekend, spent reading, watching a little tv and taking a long walk. It was Master's weekend too, so this golfing household was riveted to the final rounds of beautiful Augusta National Golf Club. The blooming azaleas were a welcome sight for this northerner's flower starved eyes. I am happy to report though, my wild daffodils that I planted in the fall are coming up and will be blooming soon at the edge of the woods.

I also watched some baseball ( the Tigers are 6-0 to start the season), started a new mystery series that I love and am now halfway through ( Jane Whitefield books) and was riveted by Call The Midwife on PBS. Downton Abbey may be over for the year, but the great BBC shows keep coming and I am finding this season of Call The Midwife very good, even without Nurse Lee. The other characters have stepped up remarkably to fill the void.

Happy Monday!


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