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{Fun with the littles}

  Good Sunday afternoon y'all. I hope that you all have had a great week. We actually got about 2 inches of rain yesterday and it was so nice. It did cool off a bit and this morning we had a nice breeze as we enjoyed coffee on the front porch. But...no breeze or rain today. HOT!  The youngest two grands stared their new school year in which my daughter who taught school in the public school system for 11 years teaches them at home. Adalynn and Annaleigh are very blessed to have their mom teach them. They love it and of course they had to get all gussied up for their first day of school pictures you know?  The youngest three grands stayed with Papa and Nana Friday and Saturday as for an early birthday outing my daughter had the chance to go see Alan Jackson in Savannah, Ga. They couldn't wait for Papa to get home so he could ride them around on the 4-wheeler. Never mind that he had been up since 4 am and returned home about 6 pm. from work. What we do for the grands, right? Of c

{My Adventures This Week}

 

Well since Adventure is my WORD for this year I ventured out over the weekend and bought myself a new hat! I love hats and don't wear them often. Well, except for when I am at the beach. I am always a little self-conscious about wearing a hat because my hair is short and I have such a small head but guess what? I AM VENTURING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE this year! (In different areas of life). Life is too short not to enjoy some fun things even when they may carry you a tad out of your comfort zone. I will be sure to post a picture with my new cute hat especially since I have a new outfit to go with it! LOL! 
I am enjoying using my new air fryer. Several of you dear blogging friends sent me a couple of recipes to try and I will be trying them. I decided to make some simple canned biscuit donuts using the air fryer as I had a hankering for something a little sweet. 
No fuss, no grease and no failure here! YUM!
4 minutes to preheat and 5 minutes to cook!  Air Fryer Cinnamon Donuts
1 can of biscuits (5 in a can)
Melted butter
Cinnamon and sugar
Lightly rub olive oil in your fryer. Preheat on 360 for 4 minutes. Place donuts in fryer and cook on 360 for 5 minutes. While donuts are cooking mix together some sugar & cinnamon. Melt a little butter in microware. When donuts are done simply brush on a little butter with a pastry brush on both sides and coat in your sugar and cinnamon. Fixed my sweet tooth for sure. 
I love to cook and bake so needless to say I love ALL things kitchen! I made a pot of deer stew in my Instant pot and I am telling you, you could cut the meat with a fork. Preparation took longer than cooking it. In less than 40 minutes my stew with gravy was done and supper was ready. 
I done the 10 year photo challenge with my girls. My first thought was, "Dang we've aged". My 2nd thought was "Dang y'all had some fat faces 10 years ago. LOL! But my final thought was, "Thank you Lord! We are still here, still smiling and still loving one another. 

I decided for this year to make a Focus Board for each month. With retirement drawing near I felt my January focus was perfect for me. 

I shared with you last week about trying to choose a Bible Study to do on my own at home and I had been gifted several. So I chose this one...SEAMLESS written by Angie Smith. 
On the first few pages of the study these words jumped out at me. WE HAVE A CHOICE!  I've just gotten started with this study but I think I am going to enjoy it. 

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So what do you all do with your Christmas Cards that you receive each year? My oldest daughter shared this idea some years back and I find it most rewarding in several different ways. I take each card and in no particular order I pull one from the stash. Whether it's a card from a person, a couple or a family I pray for them on a particular day. I jot their name in my journal and carry them to the feet of Jesus that day. That brings me such joy. Though they may not know that I am praying for them, God does because He listens. I've done different things to recycle Christmas cards over the years. I have framed some as part of my Christmas decor. Some, I have cut down and made gift tags out of. What do you do with yours? I'd love to hear different ways of using them. 

Well, since my word for this year is ADVENTURE I am off to adventure into my recliner! YEP, it's about that time of the day for me. I want to say thank you to of all you that have been so faithful to blog with me his past year...some for years.  I've surely made some great friends and many blogging peeps that I know are only a prayer away. I hope that your week is wonderful. May the Lord bless you on your ADVENTURE this week.
And...speaking of prayer, I'd appreciate a little prayer for my old heart this week. It will surely be a bittersweet time as my last day on the job will be Thursday. I will be acknowledge this coming Sunday for my many years of service. NEW ADVENTURES!

Hugs and blessings, Cindy 










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  1. I LOVE hats. When my hubby and I got married I had 21 hats---to go with all my working girl clothes. LOL. I don't wear them much anymore but still love them. That is a really cute one you found.
    I have not tried the air fryer donuts yet but need to do that. I do use the air fryer every day though.
    I hope you have a wonderful, blessed week ahead. xo Diana

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    1. I love hats too and have quite a selection of beach hats and a few just cute ones. I an venturing out with my hats this year girl!

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  2. I love your hat and can't wait to see you in it!! I can imagine you will look pretty sharp!! And those donuts sure look good! I don't have an air fryer and haven't thought I needed one, but you may convince me yet. That venison stew sure sounds and looks good. I am so happy for you to be retiring, but I know it will be definitely bittersweet. When you've been someplace for that long, well, you've got lots of special memories there I am sure. But God has some wonderful ADVENTURES in store for you I am certain, so just buckle your seat belt and hang on tight and get ready for the ride! May God richly bless you as you DELIGHT in Him!!

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    1. Awe, Pam. I am truly bittersweet. Love my work family and those that God has entrusted to my care. YES, new adventure is on the move!

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  3. I so wish you lived nearby....I know you would be such a positive inspiration!!! I just told hubby today I thought I wanted an air fryer...those donuts looks so yummy!!! As to Christmas cards...we get mostly family picture ones and I can't bare to throw them out. What a great idea about praying for those people! If there is a pretty picture on the front (instead of the family) I may cut it out and use it in crafting in some way. I commented on your last post about your retirement but I'll say again CONGRATS. I know you will enjoy your retirement but (in my opinion) it does take awhile to adjust, especially if you loved your job. May God bless you in whatever new adventures you partake of:)

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    1. I am excited to see you post dear Cheri. I will visit with you today. YES, I have several tell me retirement would be an adjustment. But, I am surly looking forward to it.

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  4. I would love to try your deer stew! Love the idea of your cards. Maybe we should exchange next year! I miss my full cheeks! I have lost weight everywhere except the middle! I like your new hat and have one that is similar. I inherited several hats that were my mom's. My friends borrow then when we go to teas. I need to get myself to bed. Have a nice week!

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    1. If you lived close by I would cook you and your family a pot of my good old deer stew. GIRL. I just wish I had those FULL lips back! I can't believe what women pay to have those full lush lips and I did for years. Now...no! But hey, at least I am still here! LOL!

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  5. You guys look great in both photos! Those doughnuts look amazing! I love what you do with your Christmas cards. I keep the photo cards and store in a Christmas album. In the past I've made tags and ornaments out of the non photo cards but I haven't done that in awhile! I'll be thinking of you this week as you finish up your job. xo

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    1. Thanks Heather Lou. I love it when I can recycle for gift tags at Christmas.

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  6. Adventure is such a great word and makes you feel excited for what the year will hold. I love your new hat. I hate wearing a cap so much but it really does help with the FL sunshine. I don't hate it as much now that I'm used to it! lol Enjoy your week! Hugs! PS I think you look better 10 years later....how did you manage that?

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    1. Thanks sweet lady. Marty wears a cap every day of his life except for Sundays to church and I honestly don't think I could wear one daily. But for special things I can. Can't wait to sport my new one though.

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  7. Your new hat is so cute Cindy! Adventure is a fun word and perfect for you as you start a new adventure with retirement! I know you will find many things to keep you busy!
    Jenna

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    1. Girl, I am quite sure I will be busier than I want too be at times. LOL!

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  8. I think both you and your husband looked great ten years ago and you still do!!
    I can imagine how lovely you'll look in your new outfit and wearing that hat. Do post pics.

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  9. Cute hat! Can't wait to see a photo of it with your new outfit!

    Forgive my ignorance, but how does an air fryer fry foods without oil?

    So I'm a card hoarder and have kept the letters and cards (Christmas, birthday, etc.) I've received. I really like how you pray for the card sender.

    Congrats on the retirement! I was actually discussing retirement with a co-worker today. Alas, I still have many years to go...

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    1. Margie, I didn't understand it either until my daughter Melissa explained it to me. She uses one almost daily since she works and has two very active girls. It saves her time and she loves the healthier side of air fryer. I read that Unlike other fryers, where oil is needed to fry foods, the air fryer relies solely on circulating hot air to fry its foods. You will have to read up on it. I have been amazed thus far how good the good taste.

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  10. Your new hat is so cute!! You made me LOL about the “fat faces”. I was looking at pics of my hubby and I on our 25th wedding anniversary and I thought the same thing about myself!
    I’m so glad that you love your air fryer. Those donuts look so good! I’ve always loved those canned biscuit ones.
    Thank you for the idea of praying for the Christmas card sender. That’s the best!
    Hugs and blessings, my friend.

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    1. Thanks Kitty. I don't miss the face but wish I had those big lips back that I once had! LOL! Women pay good money for what I used to have. Ha!

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  11. You will enjoy retirement, Cindy. It is a hard decision to make. I love your hat and I hope you will enjoy many new adventures this year. Blessings dear one!

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  12. Girl adventure is a perfect word for you. You and that sweet family do the best adventures and have so much fun doing them. You will love having the extra time with retirement. When I retired at 50 I thought I would be bored and sad to not have my job but I found the opposite I am busier now than I was when I worked. Love the hat. Happy Tuesday. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Kris. I don't bore easy to begin with and I stay active. I see myself becoming busier than I want too be if I am not careful. Hoping to take a little time for ME!

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  13. I can't wait to see you in your hat, you will be too cute! Love the board! Always fun to stop by.

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  14. There's a hat very much like this sitting on a lamp shade in my bedroom. I love it, but have never worn it. Maybe my niece (a hat wearer) would like it.

    You are brave to show a ten year photo comparison. You were cute then and you're cute now.

    Happy adventuring!

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  15. good morning, friend! I love your take on those photos we all have that show the passing of time. it seems impossible that we've reached 'this age' ... and yet God continues to open new doors and adventures to us. we have so much to be grateful for.

    He is so good!

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  16. Congrats on the retirement, Cindy!!!! You made it, girl!!!!

    As you have seen on my blog, Jeremiah 33:3 is one of my favorites, too. The Lord is faithful!

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    1. Thank you my friend. YES, that scripture is surely my focus this season of life.

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  17. Aw, sweet friend! I know that must be so bittersweet to be retiring from your job. I can only imagine the many emotions you must be experiencing. May Jesus hold you close, and may the adventures He has prepared for you bring many happy moments and joys! Sending much love to you and praying for you.

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  18. I love hats too and I am so happy about your retirement...and as for praying over a card; girl...each night before going to bed, me and Lord have a great conversation and I pray over each and every one of you. I wonder if he is wondering, "Linda, speed it up, gf, I already know your heart." grin--I get this distinct feeling that Liam is standing there next to the Lord saying, "That's my mom, she prays for everyone and everything." another grin (and its OK, I can actually say Liam's name now without bursting out in tears--the good Lord is working on my heart--not that I am mad, just sad. Does that make sense?)

    ANYWAYS, I am looking forward to meeting up with you soon. Now listen, I'm pleasantly plump, I ain't no skinny Minnie, you hear me? LOLOLOLOLOL

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    1. You crack me up sweet Linda! I am excited to hopefully get to meet you one day soon. You are precious.

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So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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