The Weekend Gallery of Miscellany

Hi there. Just popping in for a little miscellany today....

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:
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  • 1-2 bedroom apartment or house to rent
  • furnished - we don't want to move all of our furniture since it's only 4 months
  • pet-friendly (one small, clean dog - miniature schnauzer)
  • available for a four-month rental (Jan. 3rd - May 1st)
  • clean
  • safe area (we'll have to walk the dog)
  • preferably in Chesapeake or Norfolk, with easy access to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center
  • affordable - we are a student and a starving artist, after all. ;o)
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!

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Sweet Potato Muffins

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
2 eggs
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...

Have a lovely weekend!


  1. Hey - thanks for the link! :-)

    Also, I have watched all of the "Poirot" shows on YouTube. Yes, they are cut into 10-13 minute segments, but they are free and they are all there! There are a couple of people who put them on and do a really good job of it, let's see if I can get these links to work:




    Hope you find somewhere to rent! I don't know anyone up there, but if I happen to hear of something out of the blue, I'll let you know!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Hi Beth, pray that you guys find an awesome place, will have to get out a map to see where that is...and thanks for all the links and recipe...

  3. Ahhhh, the blog about being desperate for God to hear your prayers... Hits me right in the heart. Thanks for sharing. *sigh* =]


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