Favorite Season – 31:24

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Fall. Y’all.  I’m an Autumn girl for sure.

These are Just a few of my favorite things of fall:

1.  Cooler temperatures

2.  The splash of fall color

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3.  Hot Apple Cider

4.  The smell of Cinnamon

5.  A pot of soup simmering on the stove

6.  White Pumpkins

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7.  My October

8.  Curling up all cozy with a favorite book

9.  Bringing out the quilts

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10.  The satisfying crunch of leaves under foot

11. Shades of Indigo

What about you.  What is your favorite season and why?  What are your fall favorites?

Falling into Grace,

Teresa (Sadie Grace)

 

 

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Favorite Healthy Snack (Three Ways) – 31:23

I love to snack.  I am a nibbler.  I love sweet.  I love salty.  I love crunchy.  I love creamy.  You get the point.  But, there is always a but, I need to eat healthy.  How does a snacky nibbler who loves sweet and creamy, salty and crunchy good stuff satisfy the urge to snack without sabotaging a healthy diet?

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I’ll tell you.  We call it Rocky’s Concoction.  We came up with it when he was diagnosed as a diabetic a few years ago.  He needed a snack that would not raise his blood sugar, so we combined some of his favorite elements.  I do mine a little differently, actually a couple of differently’s,  so you are going to get one snack, three ways. This is a way to get a little crunchy, creamy and sweet together with a little chocolate.  Did I forget to mention chocolate earlier?  Forgive me.  Chocolate is always necessary. Especially for snacky nibblers.

1.  Combine peanut butter (we use all natural), walnuts, almonds, and a few semi-sweet chocolate chips in a cup and stir.  You can also add in cheerios.  He doesn’t always include the almonds or the cheerios. He used to do a few unsalted pretzels, but they are basically flour laden, so we quit adding those.

2.  Combine walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins and cheerios in a cup.  Shake to combine and enjoy.  I don’t always do the cheerios and sometimes I leave out the raisins.  Even though raisins are natural, they do add a little extra sugar.

3.  Or, combine peanut butter, sliced banana, walnuts and the chocolate chips and warm in the microwave for 10 – 15 seconds, stir, then enjoy.  Bananas too can add a little more sugar than you may want on a regular basis.  I think this may be my favorite version.

Note – combining in a cup, does not necessarily mean you should eat a cupful.  A little goes a long way.  The walnuts are filling – they are also a good source of fiber and omega 3 fats. I did not tell you how much of each item to include, that is up to your discretion based on nutrition labels and your dietary needs. As with any recipe, if you are diabetic or have other health issues, check with you doctor for approval if you’re not sure.

This may not be a 100% perfect snack, but it does satisfy a craving for something to munch while watching TV and the semi-sweet chocolate chips give a little indulgence.  We have jars on our counter for walnuts, chocolate chips and raisins, so they are always ready when a snack attack hits.

Don’t tell anybody, but I have been known to add marshmallows which I think makes them no longer on the healthy snack list. So be careful!

Nibbling in Grace,

Teresa (Sadie Grace)

(more) Random Favorites II – 31:22

1.  Crisp Autumn Air

2.  Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips (with Milk)

3.  Restaurant Hopping with friends (kind of like a progressive dinner – you meet at a restaurant and hang out until you think they are tired of you, then move on to the next.  For us that usually involves three restaurants – Dinner, Dessert then a drink or snack at the third one.) This is a good thing to do with friends from a distance – you can meet halfway and have a nice visit.

4.  A quiet lazy day at home (wearing pajamas all day, optional).

5.  Bubble Baths

6.  Curious George (click here for a sweet curious moment)

7.  The stained glass window from the church I attended as a teenager

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8.  Taking drives, destination unknown

9.  Chocolate – Ruth Hunt Candies Melt-Aways are pretty awesome.  I just discovered these last year about a half hour from where I live.  This is dangerous.

10. Front Porch Swings

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Reflecting in Grace,

Teresa (Sadie)

Favorite Revisited III (KY Blue)- 31:21

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It’s Monday!  Time for a favorite revisited.  You may remember when I posted about my favorite non-favorites.  The activity I revisited this weekend didn’t make the list, but it would be related.  You may also remember my post from Friday about favorite living.  Today’s post would be about that experience.

You see, one of my favorite things to do is spend time with family and friends.  One of my least favorite things to do is attend a sports event (unless my nephew is playing).  Being from Kentucky, the home of THE CATS, Big Blue Nation and so forth, I almost feel disloyal even saying that attending a sports event is not my favorite thing to do.

However, because I love my husband and my friends I got out of my comfort zone and agreed to go to Big Blue Madness.  I mean, our friend camped out for two whole days to get us the tickets.  He was beyond excited to go.  Rocky was also excited.  The wives, not so much. But we were good troopers.  We’ve already let them know that we are otherwise booked next year though!

I know.  There are a few die hard Kentucky fans out there who are thinking about now that I am beyond crazy.  I can live with that.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love it when the cats win a game.  And I would love for them to win the NCAA every year.   I just don’t feel the strong urge to witness it personally.

I don’t even own a Kentucky T-shirt.  I wore black.  In a sea of blue and white.  I can live with that.  I did like the blue lights and the fireworks were pretty spectacular.  They put on a good show, but if you watched it at home on TV you probably had a slightly better view and could control the volume.  The volume. Let’s just say I may need hearing aids.  I loved some of the music, but it was so loud that you really couldn’t hear it well.

I am really glad that my husband (who also thought the volume was too loud) was able to attend this event.  He loves his wildcats and is one of their most loyal fans. So, climbing up steep steps, to sit on narrow bleachers with no back, and a view that is so straight down that if you lean a little too forward you might just topple, was a true act of love for this slightly neurotic, claustrophobic, gasping for breath, middle-aged woman, who kept trying not to think about how she would get back down from such lofty heights, once the ordeal event was over.

I did eventually get my breath back, and my nerves leveled. People filled up the spots in front of me which made it not seem so steep and I was able to laugh with my friends, make a few jokes and realize that it wasn’t such a bad experience after all. Coach Calipari’s speech was most inspiring and sincere.

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And the favorite part? The favorite part was the fellowship with new friends and getting to know them a little better.  The favorite part was all about living and being a part of something that makes so many people happy. The favorite part was knowing that my husband was on cloud nine (almost literally, considering the section we were sitting in).

Could I do it again?  Yes.  Will I do it again?  I never say never.  Do I have a desire to do it again?  Not necessarily.  But, under the right circumstances my arm could be twisted.

I’m thinking I may need to search for something to wear in Kentucky blue.  In the meantime, let me know the score when the game is over and I’ll be happy they won.

Hyperventilating in grace,

Teresa (Sadie)

(more) Favorite New Blogs (weekend toss) – 31:19

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31 Days of 15 Minute Decorating Ideas

31 Days 2013 Cottage Lifestyle

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31 Days of Interior Styling

31 days of fall inspiration (reg size)

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Just a few more blogs I have discovered during the 31 Day journey hosted by Nesting Place.   Note: size of images are based on how they were sized on each blog.

Favorite Living – 31:18

Today is for living.  Living is a favorite thing of mine.  Who wouldn’t say that?  But there is living and there is living.  There is the living that is about existing and surviving.  We have all experienced that at one time or another in our life.

I’m talking about the really living.  Embracing life. Finding purpose in life.  Enjoying life.  Participating in life.  Today I will participate in life and enjoy time with friends at an event that will have my husband on cloud nine. (Read – sports event). I could personally do without the event, but I love my husband and love to see him happy.

It is also an opportunity to spend time with friends from church.  That is important to me also.  Living is not always about what you are doing, but why you are doing and who you are doing with.  Doing life with family and friends is living.

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” I John 4:11

Living in Grace,

Teresa