Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday's Fave Five #422

Is it Friday already?  Wow, how did that happen?  Especially when I was totally mixed up what day it was all week long?  This daylight savings time change always royally messes me up.  I am so tired from not getting enough sleep all week long.  I just wish they would get rid of it and not mess with the way God made things.  But no matter, there is still good things to be looked for and noticed.  Even better to do it as it would probably pass me by in my tired state.  Please join us!

1.  This devotional.   Ann Spangler's Devotions for Women - Becoming a Woman At Peace.  At the end of last year, I thought for 2017 I would really like to learn how to pursue peace and come to a point where I was at peace no matter what was swirling around me in my or my family's life.  I found this devotional and though I don't get to it every day I have been working my way through it.  I'm loving it and getting lots out of it as seen by all the underlining I am doing it.  There is much to chew on and think about, lots of practical thoughts and lots of approaches to peace that I wouldn't have thought of.  All connected to scriptures and the pursuit of God and His peace which is far richer and deeper and more satisfying than what we think.  

2.  More decluttering.  As I have been going through my stuff trying to declutter, I came across a huge file containing recipes in my file cabinet.   Seeing I had totally forgotten the thing was even in there for who knows how long, I knew I really didn't need all those recipes taking up the space.  So on a quieter afternoon this week, I did a quick run through of the file and honestly answered the question:  Will I ever make this recipe?  Well that cut it down by at least half.  Then I resolved to try at least one recipe a week and if I liked it it would go into a recipe file on my computer and if not, out it goes.  

3.  Keeper Recipe.  Well, the first recipe I tried is a keeper.  This week I made Spinach and Almond Topped Chicken.  It was cut from some calendar I came across in 2010 but I had never made it.  I had all the ingredients on hand, it was easy, done in half an hour and it was delicious.  And is good enough for company.  Checks all my boxes.  I'll post the recipe in the next few days.

4.  Holiday days decided.  This makes my list because the process of it totally stresses me out.  I have dayhome parents who are already asking me in January.  Yikes I don't even know what we're doing never mind when we want to do it.  I only close for 2 separate weeks, not back to back.  One of them is a given and never changes but it's that 2nd week that is so hard to decide on.  Who knows what the weather will be so far ahead of time?  Once I state the dates I pretty much cannot change.  But once the decision is made it's like a huge weight off my shoulders.

5.  On a reading role.  I've really had a great string of books I've read lately and that always makes me happy.  

What have been your favorite blessings from this past week?


Willow said...

That would be a great devotional to read. I chose peace as my word for 2017. While I haven't been too successful at having peace, I do focus on what I may be doing that doesn't promote it in my life.
It's funny what we find when we declutter--I came across a stack of books I used for a class (14 copies of the same kid's book!) which I am giving away.

Gattina said...

I still have cooking books too and I don't cook anymore, I mean I compose meals with ready made vegetables and just have to add meat and rice or pasta. Mr. G. considers potatoes as vegetables, as they do in Italy.
People are planning holidays earlier and earlier because often you get a good price ! I wanted to book a week in April in Egypt imagine it was already fully booked, I had to take the first week of May !

Faith said...

I love the topic of peace!! it is something I have written many posts about. It was almost my word of the year this year but I we t with Trust.

Yay for finding a good recipe among the many! I have begun that task too, of going through recipes and getting them onto my computer.

I love reading as you know and can relate to the string of good books!

It must be difficult to plan your summer vacations around your daycare but probably difficult for the patents too, It is so nice you give them notice. When you see my faves you will see that my summers are gonna totally change for the next couple of years. sigh.

Enjoy the weekend Susanne...hope it is starting to warm up!!

Barbara H. said...

I had not heard of that book - sounds good. I've not read that author yet. I sorted through all my torn-out recipes a while back but need to get better about trying them out and deleting more. Good for you for getting the holiday schedule decided. Yay for reading!

Karen said...

Guess what devotional I'm reading this year? haha. I'm not sure how I came across Ann Spangler, but I'm loving it as well.

ellen b said...

Devotionals, de-cluttering, recipes that work, and good books. Sounds like a real good book.

Deb said...

Hi Susanne - I'm with you on de-cluttering - been doing some of that this week. I also love reading good books - as you know, and I managed to finish two this week because I have been on Spring Break! Those dev0tionals sound good. Have a good weekend and enjoy the week ahead.

Paula said...

This week flew by for me, too. I tried to start on a little decluttering in preparation for spring cleaning. I have a few bags of clothes to take to the thrift store. That new recipe sounds interesting. I hope you have a restful weekend! :)

nikkipolani said...

I like the premise of that devotional. So glad you are benefiting from it already. And decluttering appears to be helping -- even providing a delicious dinner :-)

I've just started listening to the Meissner book you've just reviewed am off now to read your impressions. Have a great week, Susanne!