Thankful Thursday: 3 things in the kitchen

3 things in the kitchen…

My kitchen and I are getting “acquainted” again now that I no longer work full-time.

I am enjoying the process of cooking and baking a whole lot more than I ever have in my life! I’m experimenting with new foods and techniques, making dishes I’ve never tried before, and thoroughly enjoying my accomplishments.

I have found that it’s so much more enjoyable to cook, when I am not cooking for two little kids. They weren’t always real fond of what was for dinner, or if they were, it’s because it was macaroni and cheese or spaghetti, and neither one of these are real culinary achievements as far as I’m concerned.

But…my kids are on their own now, and for the most part, I have a fairly adventurous husband.  He’s willing to try just about anything I concoct in my kitchen (especially my baking endeavors), and I’m finding great joy in this new journey!

1: I’m thankful for clever tools that make the kitchen tasks just a little bit easier. I can’t wait to try the one on the left! I’ve never had one like it before!

kitchen gadgets

2. I’m thankful when a batch of cookies turns out great…the first time that I make them!

cookies

3. It’s not very big or fancy, but I’m pretty happy when I’m in my little blue and white kitchen, and for that, I am very thankful!

white kitchen

There are so many things and people who I am thankful for in my life.  I have found it to be so important and helpful to stop and think about these things in life, and make a concerted effort to focus on the good!

I hope you will take a few moments today to do the same.

Truly, we have much to thank God for, but if we would be thankful, we must set our hearts to do it with a will. We grumble and complain without thought, but we must think to give thanks.” —Samuel Logan Brengl

Wordless Wednesday: Super “R”!

Super R!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

The challenge is to show what “express yourself” means to me…

It seems as though we have all learned a great way to “express yourself“, from the oldest down to the youngest.

It’s called the selfie and it can be so much fun, especially when I get to take one with one of my grandkids!

Admittedly the challenge seemed to be a bit abstract to me, but I guess the best expression of myself would be my love for my family.

Me and my heart melters!

 How would you express yourself in a picture?

Thankful Thursday: A gift in sky, water, and memory

A gift in sky, water, and memory:

1. I’m so thankful for the gift of the clouds in the sky! I love a clear blue sky, but those clouds…they always seem to capture my attention. I love the different shapes and textures, colors and designs, it truly is art in motion.

clouds in the sky

2. Another mesmerizing view…the big blue ocean. There are many moments when I find myself staring out onto this beautiful body of water, and I think to myself…I live here!

Yes! I am very thankful for this.

La Jolla Cove

3. A moment I will never forget, turned into a memory I will always treasure. The beauty and the bliss of sitting at The Beach Bar in Guam, just watching the waves go by. I am very thankful for the opportunity to visit this amazing place, and certainly wouldn’t mind going back to this view.

The Beach in Guam

These are just a few of the things that I am so very thankful for today.  There is always, always something to be thankful for…just take a moment and look around you, you’ll find it!

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
― William Arthur Ward

 

Wordless Wednesday – One Busy Boy!

R and his cars

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Serenity: the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled

roses

Time spent in my garden is time spent in serenity…(most of the time, except for when the bugs eat my plants)..but other than that, it is a very calm, peaceful, untroubled place in my little world.

Where do you find your serenity?

Wordless Wednesday: Just taking a stroll…

Harold the cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

This moment…this place…even the shadows appear to be a little “brighter“!

There was absolutely nothing that was going to put a damper on this day.

Rain or shine, he was all in, having the time of his life, playing golf at Pebble Beach on his birthday.

Pebble Beach

Nope…nothing over-shadowed this day.  This was his moment in the sun!

Take a look at some more great photos by going here!

Wordless Wednesday: Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

Weekly Photo Challenge: New

A few new tools for my kitchen!

I’m so excited to finally be the proud owner of a Red KitchenAid Mixer! I have wanted one of these for so very long, and I finally took the plunge, waited for the sale, and bought one!

I’m so glad I did! I love it!

While I was at it, I also thought it might be a good time to update the old muffin pan  (I really should have taken a picture of the old one, it was in really bad shape), and buy a good quality, new one. I did a little research, and read that the Williams Sonoma brand was one of the best around, so again….I took the plunge.

What a fantastic decision this turned out to be! Who knew that good quality cookware could make such a difference, and also has an effect on the end product?

Now I know.

Well, I am one happy person with my new toys, and I’m looking forward to many new adventures in cooking and baking this year!

 

Are you looking for something “new” to do in 2015 on your blog?

Consider the Weekly Photo Challenge.

It’s fun, interesting, and often times challenging.  You don’t have to be a pro, (at least I hope you don’t, because I certainly am not), and there aren’t any judges. So come on, give it a try, and try something new!