Monday, June 30, 2014

Everyday Life Photography

Happy Monday Everyone. It is time, once again, for Everyday Life Photography.

baby tomatoes

My baby tomatoes are getting big!


Pictures are keepsake remembrances. I wish I had more pictures of my grandparents. I need little reminders to take pictures. For this link party, share a picture or two from your blog, a picture from a special occasion, or just a picture you feel like sharing. 

I am excited to see what you share with everyone!

Everyone, thank you for reading
Have a blessed day!


Smile for no Reason



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Tuesday Inquiry

It is time once again for The Tuesday Inquiry.
This week on The Tuesday Inquiry....



What is your 1 movie you will never tire of? 
If it's on television, you watch it, no matter how many times you've seen it?

Please let us know in the comment section below.

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Now the results from last week's The Tuesday Inquiry...

If you had the opportunity to jump out of an airplane (skydive), would you take the jump?

3 people would never jump from a plane, 2 people would try...and my friend, Meredith, has actually jumped from a plane

Everyone, thank you for coming to my channel each week and answering random questions!

Everyone, thank you for reading
Have a blessed day!
~Kathy~

Monday, June 23, 2014

Everyday Life Photography

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. It is Monday and time again for Everyday Life Photography Link Up. A place for everyone to share their pictures, be they novice or experienced. Please, link up a picture you have taken from your blog, a special occasion, or just a picture you feel like sharing.

Rain drops on my rose


pink rose

Saturday, June 21, 2014

How To Take A Screenshot On Your Computer Using Windows 8

When I need to learn something, of course, I Google it. I needed to take screenshots of pages on my computer for a blog post that I was configuring. I went to Google and found some websites that detailed how to do this. Well, the first one I clicked on, said to hold down your Windows button and the PRTSCN button at the same time. Well, I do not have that button, so I held down the End button that said PRTSC. The site said the screen would go dark and that was your computer taking the picture. Umm, no that did not work. I visited other sites and basically they said to take a screenshot the same way. I was frustrated, to say the least. I started reading through comments and I found a comment that shared how they had to take a screenshot.


Hold down, the Windows button (the button with the four squares) and at the same time hold down the FN button. My FN button is located right next to the Windows button. 

windows 8 keyboard
Then, press the End, PRTSC button.

windows 8 keyboard

Your computer screen will dim and the shot is taken. 
The picture you just took is then sent to your pictures file. A new file is created. This file is labeled, screenshots.
That is it...you are done. 

If your computer is different and you need to take a screenshot using a different method, please let us know in the comments below. People read the comment section and your response may help someone take a screenshot.

Everyone, thank you for reading
Have a blessed day! 
~Kathy~

Friday, June 20, 2014

Gluten Free Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

 I have had this recipe in my "to do" file for a while now. I do not remember where I discovered this crock pot recipe, more than likely Pinterest. I am going to write out the ingredients for the recipe, because while I did add in the ingredients, I did not follow the cooking instructions. Therein lies the reason I prefer to cook with my crock pot, no cooking involved, just throw it all in the pot and forget it....sounds like an ad.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Everyday Life Photography

What a great week. It is Monday and time again for Everyday Life Photography Link Up. A place for everyone to share their pictures, be they novice or experienced. Please, link up a picture you have taken from your blog, a special occasion, or just a picture you feel like sharing.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Gluten Free, Milk Chocolate Dump Cake

I have previously shared with you how cooking is not my forte. Ok, really it is not my anything. Recently, I met a friend on Instagram  +Meredith Lewis, who has a blog, A Little of This and That. On her blog, she posts the most amazing pictures of her cooking and shares her recipes. As I was looking through her posts, can you say cyber stalk, I fell in love with her German Chocolate Dump Cake and wanted to try making this myself. Fingers crossed, this could be a disaster.

Gluten free chocolate cake


Just look at this yumminess. (Yes, it is a word.) This cake was so easy and quick to make and then bake. Here is her recipe:
German Chocolate box mix
1 cup of coconut 
1 cup of pecans, chopped
1 stick of butter (softened)
2 cups of powered sugar
1 eight ounce block of cream cheese (softened)

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a 9x13 pan, spray a little non-stick spray. Then put the coconut and pecans on the bottom. Mix the cake mix according to the instructions, then pour over the pecans and coconut. Using a mixer, mix together the softened butter, 2 cups of the powered sugar and the softened cream cheese until it is nice and creamy smooth. Put in several spoonfuls (Meredith broke it up into 12 spoonfuls) around the cake batter and take the spoon and swirl it in. Place in oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

gluten free chocolate cake ingredients

 I substituted a Gluten free cake mix for the German Chocolate cake mix. I have used this mix before and have had good results. This time was no exception. I followed the instructions. 

mixing gluten free cake ingredients

Mixed everything together and placed it in the cake pan. I was very excited to use my whisk attachment on my mixer.

whisking gluten free cake ingredients

Doesn't this look good enough to just jump in and swim in the creaminess. Stop it. I swirled this mixture into the cake mix. This was the the finished cake, just before I put it in the oven.

prepared gluten free cake
I baked the cake for 55 minutes.
This is a picture of a slice of the cake with a smidgen of powered sugar sprinkled on top.

gluten free chocolate dump cake

The gluten free version of the recipe is not as fluffy, the gluten free cake has a more dense texture. This did not effect the end results of the recipe at all. I was telling my handsome husband that this cake tastes like a piece of cake that is served at a high classed restaurant. It was so good. And I made it. 

Please check out +Meredith Lewis.
Let me know in the comments below if you try this cake. Or maybe you can suggest some additions to the recipe. Let me know.

Everyone, thank you for reading
Have a blessed day! 
~Kathy~

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How To Change Your Status From A "No-Reply Blogger" In A Few Easy Steps

I am a guest poster on IBA, International Bloggers Association. I wanted to share with you what I discovered about being a no-reply blogger. When you comment on a blog post, your email is not attached to the comment. When this happens the writer who replies to your comment has no place to send their reply to you.This occurs because you have not checked a box in the blogger profile section in the blog setup. In a few short steps I will show you what steps to take to correct this no-reply situation.


no-reply blogger
(click to enlarge all pictures)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Everyday Life Photography

It is Monday and time again for Everyday Life Photography 
Baby Cholorphytum comosum


spider plants
(baby spiders)


Pictures are keepsake remembrances. I wish I had more pictures of my grandparents.

Everyone, thank you for reading
Have a blessed day!
~Kathy~

Smile for no Reason



Friday, June 6, 2014

Organizing Not Only In Your Home, But In Your Backyard As Well

Since January, I have shared with you how I have worked in my home and organized my kitchen and closets. I gathered information from fellow bloggers and got busy. 

Well, since we have had such beautiful weather, I no longer want to be inside. Living in an area of the country that only has a limited amount of warmer days, I want to enjoy the fresh air as much as possible. So, I took a look around my back yard and went to work cleaning areas of the yard that needed some attention.

Let me just point out that this has been an on going process. This was not a "fix it in one day" endeavor. We have a cement patio off of the garage. At the end of the patio, we had acquired some brush from last fall and this spring that we had let accumulate. My handsome husband helped me burn the branches and sticks. 

This is a photograph of the finished area by the patio.
future flower garden

This is a "before" picture, so to speak, of the brush that we had accumulated over the seasons.
before the yard work

Yesterday, I started cleaning up the ground. I used a 3 pronged hand tool and scraped together all of the dead grass and old weeds. I used my handsome husbands weed eater and cleaned up along the edge of the future flower bed.
weed eater

Last fall, I picked up a canister of seeds on a clearance end cap. I paid $1.00 for the canister. I sprinkled these seeds on my prepared flower bed. Then, I lightly sprinkled some potting soil over the top of the seeds. I saturated the future flowers with water. I used a soaking wand on the end of the garden hose. This prevented the seeds from floating away. 

This morning I saturated the ground again. I am very pleased with the results after the hard work that was put into cleaning up this area of the yard.
I will be excited to see what seeds take root and bloom in the upcoming weeks. If you follow me on Instagram, shameless plug, I post pictures of flowers that I have purchased recently. I want to thank everyone who writes posts and shares parts of their lives. Before I started blogging, I never would have attempted to try something like this. Your posts help me to jump out of my comfort zone and try new experiences. I am so thankful that I have an outlet that lets me express what I have learned from others and meet new people. 

I have another corner of my backyard that I am currently working on. In a later post, I will let you know what I have been working on back there.
Please let me know what are some of your favorite flowers in you flower beds in the comments below.


Everyone, thank you so much for reading
Have a blessed day! 
~Kathy~





Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Glowing incense in my brother-in-law's log cabin incense burner.


fire in the log cabin


Linking up at...


The Jenny Evolution

This is a Blog Hop

Everyone, thank you for reading
Have a blessed day!
~Kathy~



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Tuesday Inquiry

This week on The Tuesday Inquiry....



If you could have one super power what would it be?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Now the results from last week's question ....

Do you prefer headphones or earbuds?

Results....3 people prefer headphones and 1 person  wears the earbuds

Everyone, thank you for coming to my channel each week and answering random questions!

Everyone, thank you for reading
Have a blessed day!
~Kathy~



Monday, June 2, 2014

Everyday Life Photography

Hi everyone! It is Monday and time again for Everyday Life Photography 

small white flower

Flower in my garden



Pictures are keepsake remembrances. I wish I had more pictures of my grandparents. I need little reminders to take pictures
Everybody, thank you for reading
Have a blessed day!
~Kathy~


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tea Pick of the Week

Last week on, Tea Pick of the Week, my friend, Mark, click here to see his you tube channel, shared that at the current moment, he is drinking green tea with mint. So I went on the search and found Celestial Green Tea and Mint.

Celestial green tea
(click on pictures)
Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and help with improved memory. Some claim green tea is a super food. All in all, green tea is very beneficial for your health.

green tea

Mint has many health benefits, also. Mint promotes digestion, and soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion and inflammation. Jen Reviews shares 23 health benefits of mint leaves with 11 recipes on her blog. Check out that blog post here. 

decaf green tea

This is a decaffeinated tea. I, myself, do not purchase decaffeinated products because of the chemical process that the food is put through. However, the box states that this tea is naturally decaffeinated.
Also, 0 calories.


decaf green tea

Celestial Seasonings do not attach strings to the tea bags. Thus making healthier teas and with less waste, a healthier planet. I have noticed other tea companies attach the strings to the tea bags with small metal staples.

I drink this tea in the mornings. But because it is decaffeinated, I will, in the future, drink this tea later in the day or just before retiring to bed. I prefer to drink teas with a small jolt of caffeine in the mornings to jump start my day. The smell of mint is strong and pleasant when you open the box. A very refreshing aroma. The green tea is mixed with white tea for a smoother taste.

This tea is very refreshing and does calm your stomach. I enjoyed drinking this tea. However, and this is totally my personal opinion, one of the ingredients is Soy Lecithin. While some websites promote the benefits of this ingredient, other websites disprove any benefits. Because of this information, I will be on the lookout for teas without this ingredient in the future.

Let me know of your favorite teas in the comments below.

Everyone, thank you for reading
Have a blessed day!
~Kathy~