Nov 12, 2018

{Happy, Happy, Happy}

My Sunflowers are blooming and oh so pretty.

I planted my first sunflowers ever the year after my motherinlove went home to be with the Lord. October made 4 years that she has been gone so this is my 3rd year of planting them. She loved sunflowers so much and I wanted to try my hand at them in memory of her. 

God has been very sweet to me and allowed those cuties to always bloom and be healthy. 

This year my sunflowers became heirlooms at that as my sister Mary harvested her seed from the summer before. I was going to harvest mine from last year but either it was too wet or the birds ate all the seeds.

You can see a bee in the middle of the one of the sunflowers. The bees are loving them. It doesn't take a whole lot to make me happy but my sunflowers are surely on that list!

The sunflower’s yellow color symbolizes vitality, intelligence, and happiness. The color yellow also traditionally symbolizes friendship. No matter how small or how little light there is, sunflowers are believed to seek out the light and hold their heads high as if in worship and adoration of the sun.

Some of my sunflowers are HUGE! The plate is a full size dinner place.

Here is the head of just one of the sunflowers sitting on the plate. 

Needless to say I am surely enjoying the beautiful sunflowers. 

And these two Sunflowers too because they surely make me smile! 
Spent some sweet time with these sweet girls over the weekend. My youngest daughter and I went to Georgia to do a little hunting with the guys so we took turns keeping the little ones. 

Nothing like Sisters! 

This little gal is at that fun age where it makes life so precious seeing things through her eyes. 

And there is nothing like enjoying some quiet time in those Georgia Pines and Cotton Fields.

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Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? It's just crazy at how fast this year has flown by to me. I am looking forward to turkey and dressing with giblet gravy. That will make me really happy! LOL! How about you? What's on your menu for Thanksgiving? 

 I hope you all have a wonderful week. And....remember.............

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Nov 5, 2018

{Easy Hot Sandwiches and A Weekend at Nana's}

I had a hankering for some sausage and potato soup over the weekend and a hot sandwich. Do you like hot sandwiches or prefer cold ones? I like both actually and could eat a sandwich everyday. But, my man eats sandwiches through the week so I try real hard not to fix him sandwiches for a meal. But oh this hot sandwich goes so well with soups.

Simple ingredients so it was easy peasy. I used a large cookie sheet so I used three cans of Crescent rolls, two different kinds of cheese and ham and turkey.

I lined my pan with aluminum foil and lightly sprayed it with Pam. Placed crescent rolls on the pan and just pressed down so all seams  connected good.Nothing fancy as you can see. I just made it work best I could.

Melted some butter in the microwave and I brushed butter on the layer of Crescent rolls. You can use olive oil or whatever you want too.

I placed a slice of ham on top of Crescent rolls, then layered it with two different kinds of cheese in no particular order and then layered the cheese with a slice of turkey. 

Topped it with more Crescent Rolls and pinched all the edges together as best as I could.

I brushed the top layer of Crescent rolls with butter and then sprinkled Italian seasoning on top and just a tad of course sea salt.  At the last minute before baking I sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top. You can't have enough cheese in my book. 

Bake on 350 for 30 minutes. So, so good! 

These sandwiches are light, fluffy and thin. I felt I could actually taste my meat and cheese instead of having so much bread. Goes great with soups. Give them a try.

And...I didn't need all that bread since I needed one of these! LOL! 

This sweet grand girl stayed with me all weekend and she really wanted that ice cream so Nana had to make it happen you know! 

She kept Nana busy for sure. 

We have done a little bit of everything over the weekend. We went shopping, we colored, we done nails. 

We went walking down the dirt road and yes, it was after we ate the ice cream. Ha!

We had a tea party in the grands play room. Who says you can't have a tea party with Gatorade and Yogurt? That's what she wanted so that's what we had!

There isn't much that we didn't do. We watched a couple of movies together and I am trying to teach her the "fine art" of watching Christmas Hallmark movies! HA!!! Well, she hasn't quite got it yet. We stayed too busy to watch too much of anything. 
Which honestly, that's a good thing. I see so much of television, cell phones and Ipads becoming more of the caregiver these days for the kids.

My friend Pam from

had shared about the Blessing Jar book for kids and how she enjoyed it so much with her granddaughter. I knew immediately I too wanted that sweet book to share with my babies. So, I read the Blessing book to Kyleigh, grabbed a jar and out the door we went. She wanted to go on an adventure so an adventure we went. She picked leaves, flowers, sticks, herbs, you name it and she filled the jar.  There are so many things to be "Thankful" for. Can't wait to share this wonderful book with another one of my grandbabies.

And just so you know.....We have matching necklace and bracelet and as she said, "Nana, me and you are the bestest friends! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Take a walk outside if you can. Go on an adventure and look at all that God has given you to be thankful for. It's the simple things in life that bring the greatest pleasures. 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Oct 29, 2018

{Ramblings For The Week}

Well, I just couldn't refrain from this! 

Being a Georgia Football fan this brought a smile and a grin to my face. But....I have been the one crying many times! LOL! GO DAWGS!

Speaking of football, these two grandgirls were ready for the Big Game on Saturday with Georgia-Florida. 

My friend Vicky recently enjoyed a trip and brought me back some of this delicious Maple Syrup. I have already tested it in a little coffee instead of using sweetener! Oh my! So, so good. 

I recently had the privilege of being asked to be a guest speaker at a luncheon for a group of sweet ladies at our local Sheriff's department. 

The theme was "HOPE" as October is Breast Cancer Awareness. I prayed and asked God to give me a message. I knew I wanted to bring laughter, fun and yet a message that speaks of HOPE...the kind of HOPE that ONLY Christ can give. 

The luncheon was lovely. The tables so beautifully decorated and the food was delicious. I shared the old faithful funny mammogram story that any woman that has ever had a mammogram could relate too in some way or another. Here is the thing. There is absolutely nothing funny about breast cancer. For that matter, no cancer! But...we live in a world that we deal with so much sadness, hurt and disappointment that we MUST learn to laugh and laugh when we can and we did. And no, I have never had breast cancer praise the Lord but I have had one too many scares I can assure you that required aspirations and biopsies.   My mom is a breast cancer survivor and I have lost friends to cancer. No I wasn't making light of breast cancer by any means. After quiet a few aspirations and several biopsies I take it pretty serious.

The Bible says that a people without HOPE will perish. My message was plain and simple. WITHOUT HOPE in CHRIST, we have no HOPE! I am so grateful that I was given the platform to speak the NAME of JESUS loud and clear. 

And what was so ironic was the day after that event a precious friend who had no clue that I was speaking on HOPE came by my office and brought me this gift! What is really cool is that the word the Lord gave to me for 2018 was the word HOPE! YEP, just another way for God to show Himself to me. 

WOW...OCTOBER is almost over!
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 Yep...just needed to ramble a little this week. How about you? Do you have days you just need to ramble about things? Better than venting I suppose. 

I am jumping ahead of myself with holidays I guess. Had myself and a friend this shirt made! Can't wait to wear it. 

Hoping you all have a great week and remember.....

Hugs and blessings, Cindy