In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets---some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage.
Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.
" You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies." Psalm 23:5

Saturday, January 16, 2010


WELL it is the start of a new year and I really have to try and lose a few pounds, for health reasons, not because I think I am all that fat, although, 4 years ago I was a size 2 or maybe it was 5 years ago. It seemed about the time when the grandkids started arriving I started to pick up weight and 35 pounds later it is beginning to affect my health, which is the only reason one should lose weight, at my age. A grandmother needs a little cush so when the kiddies come around the have a nice soft hug, something to squish against..don't you think?? So Ellie and I have begun walking...where you say in the ice and snow can one walk???

The gym...I can't wait for nice weather to be able to go outdoors but by then I think Ellie will need a stroller or maybe grandma will. She is a lightweight but so was her father so for now I am able to use the front carrier and she loves it. We are starting slow to she if it is safe for her and grandma to go together so I don't anticipate much weight loss but as long as I am moving I think it will be good for me. We are also able to watch TV while walking so we don't lose interest. I put on sesame street for Ellie.

We also felt like a sprintime lunch when we went home so I made Chicken Salad. I roast a chicken breast with bone and skin on, it gives it more flavor but you can use boneless skinless also. I add chopped celery and greenonion but again what ever your preference is, a sweet onion, I think is best. We add a little garlic powder about 1/4 teaspoon. It is best if you make it ahead of time and let the flavors blend, at least a couple of hours before using. If you have a family that doesn't like any vegetables in their chicken salad you can substitute cerlery seed 1/8-1/4 teaspoon, onion powder 1 teaspoon and the same 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. We like ours on toatsed Cottage bread or Crossiants.

And then there was the WINTER pasta salad because we usually eat pasta salad in summer. I used two differnt bottles of Itialian dressing, a roasted tomato one and zesty one, one box of tri color pasta and then chopped green pepper and canned petite chopped tomatoes--one can. This salad is very versatile , you could add mushrooms, olives, what ever you like and it lasts at least a week in your refrigerator.

Here is my electric fireplace. I really..really miss a wood buring fireplace but out here in the frozen tundra wood is harder to come by and you can lose a lot of heat up that chimney. Our last home had a gas fireplace and that was nice. This one really isn't that bad and I can turn it off and on when ever I want. It still has a nice effect and feels almost like a real one.

I found this little welcome sign at Target on clearence and thought it would go nice on the fireplace mantel but now I have to figure out what else might go with it, now that all the Christmas stuff is put away

Our wall finally has some pictures!! We have been looking for awhile and finally ageed on these, with the mirror. My husband is much more involved in the decorating process this time and so there has to be much more compromising (on my part I think)

These two are called IN SPRING and CARRIAGE ROAD

These two are called AWAKENING and RIVERVIEW
The riverview is simaliar to what we see here.

The salesman in the picture store said this was called SERENITY and then I had to have it. We are downsizing and trying to have a slower, simpler life and putting all things in perspective for soon we will be retiring . We are looking forward to what GOD has instore for our future. This picture was perfect makes me feel calm and serene:)

WEll... this is just a little glimpse into my life this month of January where the ground is frozen , so no gardening is happening and it is quite cold most days to really venture outdoors too much. We are thinking of taking up some winter sports or activities, like SNOWSHOE or CROSS COUNTRY SKING but that requires equipment we don't currently own so I resolve myself to baking and working on my cookbook.


KathyB. said...

Your home in the frozen tundra is cozy, warm, and welcoming! Although it is not frozen here, walking ( or squishing ) around in the mud isn't all that much fun and if I walk with the dogs everything I wore outside needs to go in the wash because it is mud spattered and soaking wet.

The food looks pretty good and I could get quite plump eating good and healthy food!

Katie Aiken Ritter said...

Hi, Alice,
I've got my head above water for a little while so I wanted to leave a comment for both you and KathyB. Thank you both SO MUCH for reading my blog about my son's tour of duty. There's so much I haven't written b/c I cant. But mostly what I want to say today is:
1. You live where fog freezes on trees???!!!!! You brave, brave woman you. I shudder and think UnderArmor.
2. Love the pic of you and Ellie on treadmill. So great. My friend Lisa lost 30 pounds just steady no big deal walking!
3. I hope your son is okay. You said no visible wounds. The inner ones can be harder to heal. If you want to talk more, try emailing me at
Big hug,

Anonymous said...

Hello Alice, What a great post. It is nice that Ellie can enjoy tv while you walk - so cute! Your lunch looks so good - we love the zesty Italian dressing in pasta salad. I love your pictures. Your home just looks so inviting. What about your cookbook?

Wobegon Cottage(alice) said...

Mildred...I am not a very good writer but have wanted to do a cookbook for awhile I finally have some ideas and am slowly..very slowly putting them together.

Jean said...

LOVED..LOVED...LOVED the pictures of you walking with Ellie. I couldn't stop laughing. I couldn't decide it you looked like mom, me, or Judy. I finally got my basement bedroom cleared out so my treadmill is up and running. Exercize starts tomorrow.

A. Joy said...

Walking with Ellie is so creative and adorable!!!! I love it that you go strait from exersizing to what's for lunch! I totally agree with you - grandma's should have a bit of cushion - it just looks better and health is what's important. I absolutely love the last picture on this post of the tree along the fence.

Sandra said...

GOOD for you...walking on the treadmill. Focus on becoming a healthier Alice and not, so much, on losing the weight. Muscle weighs more than fat so you may never lose the pounds if you're replacing fat with muscle. You're also increasing heart stamina, a very good thing.
The food looks wonderful, I'm hungry -smile-.