1. First of all, I have a little favor to ask...
As many of you know, my husband is currently in Physician Assistant school. He's finishing up his first year next month and will begin his rotations in January. We just found out that the first three rotations are going to be in Portsmouth, VA, so we are currently scrambling around looking for a place to live. Here are our needs:
I realize it's a long shot, but if any of you are in that area and know of something like this that might be available, PLEASE e-mail me. We're open to house-sitting for someone who will be gone/deployed during that time too... We're very neat and quiet.... :o) If you can give us any leads, I would GREATLY appreciate it... thank you!
2. How is it already almost Thanksgiving???
I can't believe how fast November has gone by.... Here is a link to my "Giving Thanks" board on Pinterest - I've collected some pretty decorating ideas, recipes, crafts, and reminders to go along with the holiday...check it out if you need some last minute ideas... We will be celebrating Thanksgiving twice next week - on Thursday with my family, and on Friday with Josh's family. That's the nice thing about living close to family. Another nice thing is that we always make it a pot-luck, so one person doesn't get stuck with doing everything. I'll be making some sourdough rolls, sweet potato casserole, and probably some sweet potato muffins, among other things. Here's my sweet potato muffin recipe - they're delicious!
I think this recipe originally came from Christiana Campbell's Tavern in Williamsburg, VA, but it's been a tradition in my family for years.
1/2 c. butter
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/4 c. sweet potatoes, mashed (I used canned)
1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. milk
1/4 c. pecans
orange or lemon flavoring or zest (to taste)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs & mix well. Blend in sweet potatoes. Sift flour with baking powder, salt, cinnamon, & nutmeg. Add alternately with milk. Do not over mix. Fold in nuts. Fill greased tins 2/3 full (I use the mini muffin tins). Bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
3. Mystery, anyone?
I just discovered that there are several Hercule Poirot mysteries on Netflix and can't believe that I've never watched any of these before! I'm enjoying the similarities between this and one of my other favorite shows, "Monk." If you're a fan of "Monk" or any other mystery shows, you'll probably enjoy these too....
4. Happy birthday, Mom!
I hope you have a great day! Love you!
Enjoy these links...
- "The Doom of Modern Art" @ The Statesman Sentinel - interesting commentary on the decline of art.
- DailyLit - Don't have time to read books? This website will send you free daily e-mails with short installments of a variety of literature. You can read War and Peace in 663 days.
- "When You Desperately Want God to Hear Your Prayers" @ A Holy Experience - just, wow. Good stuff.
- This Video - a chance encounter with a phenomenon of nature - really amazing...
- "Because God Really Knows How to Meet Needs" @ A Holy Experience - insights from their trip to Ecuador with Compassion International. Really good.
- Some Tasty Holiday Recipes @ Carrie's Busy Nothings - they're yummy...
- This Video - I can't stop laughing...
- "Sisterhood - Encourage" @ Grace Full Mama - what would the blog world be like if we promoted others more than ourselves? This post inspired me to start sharing links like this on a more regular basis.... I hope you've enjoyed them.
Have a lovely weekend!