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One Day of Magic

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It snowed in Georgia yesterday.  I know, I know, big deal right.  Well, here it is a big deal.  Our weather, most times, consists of warm, hot, very hot & humid; to rain, cold, and icy snow (heavy on the ice).

Yesterday’s snow was a perfect snow, powdery and wet.  It was just right for playing outside.  You could sled, build a snow man; or just take a quiet walk all bundled up and listen to the crunch of the snow under your feet.  And the quiet, there was a peaceful quiet when you just stood and listened.  It’s so quiet you could hear God.
Other places get snow like this all the time.  To the point where they pray for the sun to take the powdery stuff away.  But here in Georgia, for just one or two days we get to feel the magic.  For tomorrow it will be gone and all will be normal: warm, or rainy, or hot, or . . . .  Pick your weather report.  Your guess is as good as ours.


(The day after is even more magical than the day before.)
Happy Snow Day 2020 Libby Stephens


Remember Why

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Remember Why Today is a day to remember why.  Why we are able to fly the American Flag.  Why we can worship where we want; read what we want; have a voice and vote; work and travel freely. 

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
These days we seem to live in divided and angry (we even have that freedom.) But, this day- this Memorial Day let's not argue, fight, and hate.  Let's come together and be Thankful - Thankful for the heroes that have paid the ultimate price and to the heroes that are still giving: active military, firefighters, teachers, doctors, nurses, and the list is endless. 
The National moment to pause, reflect, and remember is 3:00 p.m. Let's come together Remember all those that have sacrificed their Lives for our Freedom. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13
Happy Memorial Day Libby Stephens




Start the Weekend with Ceviche

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It's Friday and the start of the weekend.  Why not start the evening off with an easy recipe of ceviche, tortilla chips for dipping, and margaritas.

I love ceviche and it's such an easy recipe to prepare.  It does take a little before hand preparation as the recipe reveals.


Ceviche
serves 6

Ingredience:
2 salmon fillets (about 3/4 lb.) 1/2 lb. bay scallops (can use sea scallops, cut into pieces; when I can not find scallops I have used tilapia),  1/2 yellow onion, diced 1 cup of fresh lime juice 1/2 cup of fresh orange juice 4 roma tomatoes, diced 3 jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
3 Tablespoons olive oil
sea salt to taste
1 ripe, slightly firm avocado, diced
Tortilla chips for dipping

Prepare fish:
1.To prepare the salmon fillet, first remove the skin and, using tweezers remove any time bones you might feel.  Cut the fish in to about 1/2 inch cubes.  Place in a glass bowl.  

2. take the scallops (if using the bay scallops) place them in the bowl with the salmon…

Snacking Plate for Two

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I have fallen in love with making these snack plates for my husband and I.  I make larger ones for when we have company. They are so great to have on hand in the frig.  You can just pull the plate out with some dressing or hummus.  It's great when you're hungry and don't know what you want.  The bonus is that you are snacking healthy; leaving behind the junk foods.

This idea is not original to me - I discovered these Ultimate Snack Platters made by Weelicious (this is a link to her blog).  Her platters are amazing.  They are the, in her words, the Ultimate.  You will love her blog and her recipes.  Ever since I found her site I have been hooked.  

I took her wonderful platters and made a much smaller version for two people.  It really works to have these in the frig. ready to go.  It's convenient and keeps you from grabbing chips or candy.   And the fun part is deciding what to put on the plate (or platter) - the ideas are endless - grapes, strawberries, cheeses, meats, …

March is National Craft Month

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It is National Craft Month.  And I love to create - to celebrate I thought this rag heart wreath would be a great project to share.  This is an easy project that even the kids will love.
Supplies List: 3 different contrasting colors of cotton fabric (1 yard each) 1 wire frame (mine was a heart shape) scissors ruler
1. Spread your material out on the table. Measure and tear strips of fabric 1" x 8".

2. Take a strip of fabric, make a loop over the wire frame pulling the ends tight through the loop making a hitch knot.  Alternating the different fabrics filling the wire frame.
3. When the wire wreath has been filled with the strips of fabric and there are no gaps, it is finished.
I am making my next wreath for Spring and it's all about the honey bee.

I hope that you will give this easy project a try.

Rhubarb is a Vegetable

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In the past few days I have found out some interesting information:  1. Did you know that October is National Rhubarb Month? Well, it is and I decided to beat the rush by posting early.  2. Rhubarb is a vegetable in the celery family.  (This little tidbit was something I did not realize, but also had never given it much thought as to what food group Rhubarb belonged.  3.  Did you know there is a National Calendar app that lets you know the National whatever for the month? Maybe I am the only person that did not know this information.

Why my interest in rhubarb you might wonder.  While shopping a few days ago I saw  the rhubarb and wanted to try something new.  Never cooking with rhubarb I asked myself the question: What do you make with rhubarb? I was going to need to do some research to answer that question.

While going through my cook books and searching the internet I found there were more recipes in the sweets group than the savory group for this vegetable.  Pulling from several rec…