Good morning, everyone! Welcome to Sunday mornings at home…a collection of the week’s reflections.
I began Sunday morning at home to take time to pause, breathe, reflect, and share a little of my thoughts over the past week.
God is certainly teaching me patience lately.
The remodel hit a hiccup last week and halted for 7 days….that was hard for me.
Even harder is to have a beloved family member experiencing some health issues.
But, over-reacting to either one will not help…I must be patient and trust.
I agree with this quote from Pastor Max Lucado’s newly released book, Help is Here:
“God does not want a bunch of stressed-out, worn-out, done-in, and washed-up children representing Him in the world. He wants us to be fresher day by day and hour by hour.”
So today, I breathe deep, pray and carry on. Because I want to give God my best!
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME – NATURE WALKS
One of the best ways to de-stress, especially with a house in chaos, is to walk the neighborhood with our dog, Tux.
We are just five days away from the official start of fall…that is a thought I love and nature will tell the story as always.
I like to look at everything God has created for us. Like this mushroom. Wouldn’t that be a fabulous print for any garment? Just lovely.
This little oak branch on the sidewalk reminded me the season is changing and I just smiled as I carried it home.
Many regular readers know that I grew my very big red oak in my back yard from the acorns I found at our first home.
The street we lived on was Larchmont and I call the tree The Larchmont Tree.
Tux Is always happy after a good walk and that makes everyone happy.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME – FALL CELEBRATIONS
Something else that relieved stress was to finish decorating my front porch for FALL.
OK, when you walk in the door you see construction chaos, but now I can sit on my porch to escape it all.
For seasonal decorations, I have begun to order pillow covers from Amazon instead of looking for pillows.
I liked them so much that I went ahead and ordered them for the front porch, but they are not waterproof…so on days it might rain, I will need to bring them in.
But, sadly, we do not get much rain here.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME – SAVORY STEW
One of the first gifts I received from my mother when I married was an original Betty Crocker cookbook.
For years, I made the Old-Time Beef Stew Recipe and my family all loved it.
As I so often do, as years went by, I tweaked the recipe and made it last weekend…Mr. B loves It.
I have shared a recipe with you before for this stew…but this one is different and the one I will stick to!
I think I have tweaked it to sheer perfection.
Here is my version of Pamela’s Beef Stew.…
2 1/2 pounds of lean sirloin cut into tubes…the butcher will do this for you
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce (I like Lea & Perrins)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt (before you add vegetables, taste the broth to see if you want more salt)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
Generous dash of all spice (can use ground cloves)
In a large pot, brown the meat in olive oil In a big soup pot, turning often. Then add 3 cups of hot water and the next 11 ingredients.
Cover and simmer for two hours. Then add four potatoes (I use small white cut into cubes); 6 large carrots cut in bites; and one onion chopped.
Next add Petite English Peas….I use a small bag of frozen. There have been times I have used a can of La Suer English Peas.
Simmer for another 45 minutes.
In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons of flour and a cup of hot broth. Whisk it well and then stir into the whole stew for a thicker consistency.
Mr. B likes more pepper and adds his own before eating. We both ate on this stew for two days…yummy and healthy.
SUNDAY MORNING AT HOME – THE LITTLE THINGS
It is these little things like walking our dog, decorating my porch, and cooking for me & my husband that can bring peaceful smiles.
They enable me to close off the chaos in the front of the house.
Of course, concern for a loved ones health is a much bigger thing…but I have hope and will hold onto it on this Sunday morning at home!
Let’s focus on one day at a time and enjoy this day to its fullest.
KEEP SMILING EVERYONE!
By Pamela Lutrell
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ANOTHER SUNRISE WHILE WALKING TUX