Happy Sunday, friends! I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts during Sunday mornings at home.
Yes, I own fall coffee mugs…and Christmas too…and I love to switch out our mugs twice a year.
Typically, Sunday mornings at home is one of my favorite times to be home…it is relaxing to me with a slower pace.
Most often, we attend church on Saturday evenings, but now that football us underway, my Sunday mornings at home will vary with the football schedule.
On this Sunday morning at home, I do have a few things on my mind to share with you.
First though, here are some cute fall mugs in case you like to change out as I do….
NOTE: THERE WERE SOME REPORTED ISSUES WITH LINKS IN THE SLIDE SHOW THIS MORNING…I BELIEVE ALL ARE WORKING NOW!
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: REMODEL UPDATE
As with most remodels these days, one has to be very, very patient. It is still going slowly.
We waited a long time for the tub, and when it arrived, it was cracked in two places…so I am back to waiting. Sigh.
I am very pleased with the floors which we elected to put in both the master bath and bedroom.
The bedroom was previously carpeted, and now has this beautiful tile that looks like wood. I love it and am glad to say good-bye to the carpet.
I also found this Safavieh Shag Collection Smith Solid Round Area Rug in beige at JC Penney’s on sale and I like it. It is the look I was going for in front of a chair near our bed.
The rug is soft and plush to walk on, and did not smell at all…as was describe by one review on their site.
My traditional design aesthetic is what I would call WARM AND COZY…if a visitor says, “your house is so warm and cozy,” that is a victory for me.
A designer friend recommended our bathroom renovation be done in black and white and modern for resale value.
I just could not do it…it isn’t me and I plan to live here for awhile. I went through this same struggle with the kitchen remodel.
I have decided to own who I am and be happy with warm and cozy.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: COOKING IN MIND
Often during Sunday mornings at home, I plan meals for two-three days that week.
Leigh Ann made these delicious stuffed green peppers recently, so I asked for the recipe….it’s going in the plan!
Here it is for those who want to join me this holiday weekend and do some cooking.
She calls them Mexican Stuffed Peppers and here are the notes she sent….
Leigh Ann writes, “Hi everyone, I begin with 3 bell peppers (green ones are plentiful and great size and price right now!) –
Slice in half stem to stem, place cut side down in microwave-safe pan with 1/4 cup water and steam in microwave for 6-8 minutes to crisp-tender.
Prepare 2 cups quinoa on stovetop and fluff once cooked
Brown 1 lb ground turkey in olive oil with one clove minced garlic. After browned, season with 1 package taco seasoning or own combination of taco seasoning spices.
Mix together cooked quinoa, seasoned ground turkey, 1 can rinsed black beans (I like H‑E‑B brand (our local grocery) with jalapeño & lime—not rinsed), 1 can mild Rotel (or my favorite brand H‑E‑B), 1/2 bag frozen corn.
In separate bowl, mix 1 small can tomato soup with 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (or you can substitute 1 can red enchilada sauce.
Spread small amount of sauce In bottom of 13 x 9 baking dish. Place peppers and divide filling among peppers. Pour remaining sauce evenly over peppers. Sprinkle with favorite shredded cheese (I use Monterey Jack & cheddar mix).
Cover pan with foil and bake 375 degrees 25-30 minutes. Remove foil and bake about 5 minutes longer.”
Note- I often make these vegetarian, omitting ground turkey or make a 1/2 batch or each. (Mr. T thinks everything needs meat )
Mr. B is the same way…so I will add the meat when I make these for us. Thanks to Leigh Ann!
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: CHOOSE JOY
This is my grandson from last fall when we found a little hay maze at church. I am always inspired by his joy.
Sunday mornings at home is when I reflect on the week ahead and no matter what is swirling around me, I make a plan to chose joy.
There are some people online who get down right angry if someone writes about autumn/fall before September 22.
I get it…some people love summer as much as I love fall. And some of you have brutal cold weather seasons.
Perhaps one of the reasons I love fall is the brutal warm weather here…any way…
But, I am not going to let this negativity…or any negativity for that matter…shut down my joy about this time of year.
I always begin the celebration around Labor Day and though construction has slowed the decorating, I am still celebrating the early days of fall.
I encourage you, that no matter who is trying to rain on any parade you have going, just keep marching on and choose joy!
In America, we are entering a time between now and November when the negativity and anger will flow heavily….I choose joy….and will not let anyone rob me of it.
Despite the challenges of this age, I am blessed and have much to be thankful for …including fall! What are your thoughts on this Sunday morning at home?
For those celebrating a holiday tomorrow, enjoy! I will be taking tomorrow off, but see you on Tuesday!
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By Pamela Lutrell
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