chocolate food cake

Knocking it out of the park, food-wise that is

I’ve knocked it out of the park this week, cooking-wise, that is.

This is not a food blog as you well know but every once in a while I get it right. This last week, I got it right twice.

Yea for me!

So naturally, I have very few pictures to show you because I never know when a recipe is going to turn out right or not.

Luckily, in the case of this first one, I used a recipe that I share with you.

I made this dish Sunday. I wanted to cook a whole meat-potatoes-vegetable kind of meal for my husband. Neither one of us like this traditional meal but, hey, it’s getting colder so the body just starts to carve the three-course meal.

Back track to a couple of weeks ago. I was returning some books to the library and there was a free stack of magazines, Taste of Home. I’m sure you’ve seen these everywhere. I picked out about twenty and brought them home.

Sometimes I get tired of all the beautiful cooking blogs with their gorgeous photography. And each step comes with a picture. It can be a little overwhelming. I mean how does one compete? Plus, there’s something to be said about “reading” a recipe instead of “looking” a recipe, if you know what I mean. I worry sometimes that we are going to become a nation that only reads in pictures.

I digress.

Anyway, here’s the recipe I started with. I pretty much quadrupled this sauce part of this recipe. I didn’t make the corn and broccoli casserole but think I just might next time. Sounds kind of interesting.

mini meat loaves

Salisbury steak


These are the very simple sauce ingredients. I added about one tablespoon of brown sugar. I like this sauce so much I plan to use it on pork chops, and chicken as well. Think it would be also great on any roast, pork or beef. Think I might even like it on hot dogs. I like it that much.


 No, this is not my cake. But mine looked pretty good as well.

 chocolate food cake


I did not make the cake from scratch. Why invent the wheel? This was one of the best cakes ever. My hubby loved it. You could eat the frosting all by itself. Tastes like a chocolate mousse.

chocolate angel food cake

I rounded out the meal with mashed potatoes, broccoli, and rolls. I intend on fixing this at least once a month.

If you try these recipes, let me know.

God bless and have three-course kind of day.

roadmarks, and guideposts

Why having guideposts is a really good idea

I love Jeremiah 31:21

Set up for yourself road marks, Place for yourself guideposts,

Direct your mind to the highway……..

So often we expect God and everyone else to do this for us. But most verses of instruction in Scripture, if not all, always put the responsibility clearly on our shoulders.

Let me just ask, have any of you even thought about setting up road marks and guideposts for yourself? Much else directing your own mind?

Most of don’t even believe it’s something we should do, much less that over and over in scripture we are commanded to take control of ourselves and our lives.

For example, “Be still, oh, my soul”. Again, we are the ones to do the “stilling”. The Psalms are full of like instruction. King David address his soul in many of the Psalms.

Instead, we prefer to be pushed in every direction by the standards of other people and they don’t even have to be people we know. We naively believe that if it’s in print, it must be so.

How foolish.

Like the post I recently wrote about the Target ad. Really? Everybody should wear this blouse? Why? Because someone somewhere has decided this is the latest and greatest fashion trend?

Or we hear something on the news and all our good sense goes out the window. Why? Because this person is on TV? That makes them an expert?

I am not suggesting that we can’t listen to others and shouldn’t listen to others. But it depends on who the “others” are, doesn’t it?

I won’t mention the author or the book by name but years ago this author wrote a book about marriages and what makes good marriages work. I read the book jacket to learn that this author had been married and divorced three times! Now, why in the world would anyone take his advice his beyond me. And yet the book sold millions. I can see the value in reading about his mistakes and what he should have done differently but if I want marriage advice, I’m going to listen to someone who’s been happily married for many years.

It’s like taking advice about money management from a compulsive gambler. Makes about as much sense.

Yes, we can learn from other’s mistakes but I think it makes a lot more sense to learn from people who’ve gotten “it” right, whatever “it” is. Because even those who do have “it” right have made mistakes but they’ve stuck with it and come out on the other side.

It’s the same with our road marks and our guideposts.  We need them in all aspects of our life, our marriages, our faith, our time, our relationships, etc. Without them, we have no way of knowing if we’re on track or not.

Road marks and guideposts are NOT plans. They are not goals. They are not a schedule. They are more general than that and they work no matter what your plans, your goals, and your schedules.

For example, one of mine is “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” I steer clear of drama that isn’t mine. I leave that up to the players involved. Too many times we allow ourselves to get caught up in someone else’s’ drama when we clearly have no stake nor responsibility for the outcome.

Another one is my daily time with God.  I more clearly see the deviations along my personal roadway when that is intact.

“Road marks”, however, are kind of like traffic signs. I’m going too fast. I need to stop. Watch out for the curve in the road!

When I have my road marks and my guideposts in place, it’s so much easier for me to direct my mind to the highway. Otherwise, I’m just driving along, paying no attention and then find myself on a path I didn’t mean to take.

Even this morning, the road marks and guideposts I’ve set for myself got a little askew which is why I’m late with this post. I don’t get upset about it as I know “life just happens” sometimes.

But an occasional detour is never a problem.

It’s when we get lost along the way because we haven’t been following after the path that we know is good for us that gets us in trouble.

Have you ever thought about setting up some road marks and guideposts for yourself? It takes some thought and they will evolve during the different stages of your life.

Mine were very different when my children were living at home. They were very different as recently as last year when almost all my attention needed to be directed towards my mom. Now that she is gone, I have found that I’ve felt quite “directionless” for a few months as my life is very different now. But I am slowly adjusting and thinking it through. I will be establishing different guideposts for myself. There will be different road marks. The point is to examine your life and make sure you have some personal guides in your life. The parameters with which you surround yourself and keep you headed where you want to go.

God bless and have a “detour-free” day.



rusty tinwatre

My Monday “finds” on Wednesday

Because Monday marked the anniversary of the terrorist attack on New York City, I did not post my garage sale “finds”.

So here we go.This is a candle holder “thingee”. It’s made from a rain barrel. It’s hard to see the curve. It curves up about three inches in the middle. Cost? Two dollars.

candle holder

candle holder

candle holder

candle holder

candle holder



Next are these cool pieces of clothing. Don’t they look comfortable for a cold winter’s day when you don’t want to leave the house? One dollar for each.

garage sale find/clothes


And finally, my favorite “find”. Not everyone will appreciate these but rusty “anythings” are kind of my favorite treasures. Cost? One dollar for all. And what am I going to do with them. I don’t know but I’ll figure out something.

rusty tinware

rusty tinware

rusty tinwatre

rusty tinware

God b less and I hope you have a good day.

Yea, vertical scrollbar

If you’ve ever lost your scrollbar…..

Hey, everyone.

I am excited about this short little post.

I have an Acer Chromebook. I bought it about six months ago. A few weeks ago I noticed my right vertical scroll bar was almost non-existent. I called the HELP line and they told me there had been an update that caused this problem.

Didn’t believe it for a minute.

So I’ve been searching for an answer. I found this site:

I followed directions and now I have thick, hot pink vertical side bar. I love it. So there!

I was hesitant to do this because I wasn’t familiar with the site but I decided I was going to just jump in and do it. Just wish you could see my scrollbar. It’s so cool.

I don’t know if it’s a safe site or not so I’m not recommending you do it unless you do so with your eyes wide open. I’m just saying it worked for me.

God bless and have a good day.



twin towers

Do you remember where you were?

My husband and I had taken a wonderful trip out west. We visited Arizona, Montana, and New Mexico.

We were ending our trip and had booked a hotel room near the airport as we had a morning flight. We arrived at the airport and noticed people weren’t bustling around. They were gathered around televisions throughout the airport.

We joined one of the crowds to see what the commotion was all about. We asked someone what had happened. They said that a plane had run into one the Twin Towers in New York City. We talked with a few people and were planning on heading to our gate when people started shouting, “Another plan has run into the other tower!”

It was just minutes after that, the announcement was made that New York had been hit by terrorists and we had to evacuate immediately.

Remember, we had no place to go. We had already checked out.

But my husband, being the smart and resourceful person he is, he immediately called the hotel and checked us back in. We were there for three more days. We met a lot of people who were also stranded. It was a time of bonding with strangers. We tried to rent a car but the car rentals were gouging people.

We tried to rent a car but the car rentals were gouging people. Again, my husband being the resourceful person he is and not to be missed with, got the name of some “higher-ups” and threatened to cancel their contract with the company he worked for then. Technically, he had no real authority to threaten them but they didn’t know that. It worked. We got our rental and headed home.

The drive home took about three days and it was really something. Almost every highway overpass had an American flag handing down. A time of remembrance was announced and when the time came we stopped at a rest stop and everyone who was there observed these moments. No one said a word,   and there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere. People got into their cars and quietly pulled out.

It was a somber trip home but what an inspiring one as towns displayed their flags and everywhere you stopped, people weren’t afraid to show their tears. It was such a time of “coming together” as Americans.

I remember that and I feel so sad when I see all the bickering on TV, FB, Twitter, etc. now and remember how we came together then.

Why does it always have to be a tragedy?

Why can’t we behave this way?

I’m afraid I have no answers. Just a memory of a time when we all knew we were in this together.

God bless.

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