inside/outside good to be home


flower for a thank you


asking for a belly rub


cookies one and two


impromptu cookie jar


so happy to find a screen cover @ Pier One Imports 13 dollars


lily’s dress


really great soup recipe



He shall sit up on the arm of the couch in a sunbeam.


He shall sleep & stretch under the coffee table….not doing a great job of hiding from us.


poetry comes to life:  “her early leaf’s a flower, but only for an hour” Robert Frost


moss growing on a fallen tree


blue sandwiching green


I shall sit in the woods and watch the hens scratch with purpose.


Back inside:  nature bits gathered from the woods.

W H I T E    T U R K E Y   C H I L I

1 T. olive oil
1 small onion, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
2 cloves of garlic, smashed and chopped up fine
1 lb ground turkey
salt and pepper to taste
1 can cannelloni beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 16 ounce jar salsa (your choice)
1 15 ounce can tomatoes with garlic and onion (or add extra seasonings if you only have plain)

In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent, add turkey and brown, salting and peppering to taste.  Add the rest of the ingredients and heat till bubbly and completely heated through.

I triple this for my family, so we can enjoy leftovers.  I use mild salsa, the guys pass around the Franks Red Hot.

This recipe is from a cookbook that has literally changed my life, Saving Dinner, by Leanne Ely.  It contains recipes for delicious main dishes for each week (6 days) of the year WITH the complete shopping list (!!!!).  It is organized by season.  All the recipes are as healthy as can be with typically a fish, beef, chicken, slow cooker recipe, meatless, casserole.  Each recipe includes side dish recommendations and nutritional content.    I don’t use the cookbook every week, but I’ve used it a lot over the last couple of years, (all spring this year so far except the 2 flu weeks).   This week I am making Chicken Parmesan with steamed broccoli, Mexican Lasagna with a salad, Beef and Spinach Pitas with baby carrots, Chicken Broccoli Soup with a salad and rolls,  Halibut Piccata with steamed broccoli, sweet potatoes, and baked potatoes, and lastly, Greens and Beans with a side of brown rice.  Buy it!  🙂





11 thoughts on “inside/outside good to be home

  1. Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures. You are an amazing photographer, always capturing the most unusual pictures that tell a wonderful story 🙂 Your soup looks yum and I will have to try it :). Have a blessed reset of the day.

  2. Love seeing theses shots of home. I especially love the forest finds. Your soup looks yummy! I am going to make Lentil soup for dinner to help to use up leftover chicken and broth, even though it is a hot day 🙂

  3. Enjoyed your pictures! That cat tickles me and reminds me of another cat around here who’s just a wee bit spoilt. 😉 Hope you’re feeling better!

  4. I laughed when I read your comment about making the chili mild and your guys passing around the Frank’s sauce. I do the exact same thing. I can’t handle really hot stuff, so I make it mild and my 5 boys and my husband pass around the Frank’s sauce!

  5. What a gorgeous collection of images! You really have a gift for taking beautiful photographs. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful moments from your life. 🙂

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