Friday, September 22, 2017

Celebrate

Let's celebrate the first day of autumn!  We'll have to use our imagination a little bit as the weather still feels like summer.  The temperatures have been in the 90's and will continue to be the same for at least the near future.

The leaves on the trees did not get the memo that today is the first day of autumn. They are as green as can be with a rare slightly yellow or red leaf amongst them.

In honor of this special day, I made a Celebrate Autumn card. It took me a while to get the leaves on the wreath just right. I love my leaf punch. ♥

Stampin' Up! Card Ingredients

Cardstock Colors

Old Olive
Cajun Craze
Chocolate Chip
Early Espresso
Whisper White

Ribbon Color

Old Olive

Ink Color

Early Espresso

Sentiment Stamp

Recent Paper Pumpkin Kit

Punch

Leaf Punch

Someone asked me about my SU website/blog.  I've put it on the back burner until after the holidays. I'd be happy to answer any questions about any of the products listed.  Send any questions to bylanternlight@yahoo.com

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Yet Another Food Post

This is my third post about food this week.  Watching what I eat and doing my best to eat less than I usually do has made me a little bit food obsessive.  I've been looking up either online or in this WW Points book how many points every food I can think of is.  Even food I most likely won't even eat...

For instance...

One Dunkin Donut Munchkin hole is 3 WW points.

Three points may not seem like a lot but when you are only allowed 30 points a day, three WW points is a lot.  No munchkins for me.

My husband has offered to take me to dinner and after looking at my book, we went to  Chick-fil-a.  Not exactly a romantic dinner but there were healthy options with minimum WW point damage.  I was extra careful to save up my points until dinnertime.

Breakfast

3 WW points - Light Yogurt - 6 oz
2 WW points - Coffee with tiny bit of Sugar and Milk

Snack

0 WW points - Apple

Lunch

2 WW points - Hard Boiled Egg
0 WW points - Raw Carrots

Snack

3 WW points - Light Yogurt - 6 oz
2 WW points - Coffee with tiny bit of Sugar and Milk

Dinner

8 WW points - Chick-fil-a Chicken Wrap
8 WW points - Small Waffle Fries (most of them)
2 WW points - Coffee with tiny bit of Sugar and Milk

I hit the 30 WW points on the dot but I honestly was hungry most of the day.

Most days, I can add more WW points during the day and less at dinnertime and I'm not quite so hungry.  It's good that I like eating at home better than eating out anyway.

Except.... this Sunday is Baby Sam's dedication at church and lots of family coming.  After church, we are going out to eat and that will surely cost me a day's worth of WW points.  Thankfully, there are an extra 28 WW points allowed each week in addition to the 30 a day.

*I know 6 WW points a day for coffee may seem like a lot but if I don't have my coffee...  things would get REAL ugly REAL fast. ♥

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Farewell to the Garden Frittata


As summer ends, the garden's bounty has begun to fizzle out.  The summer blessed us with an abundance of blackberries, strawberries, tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, and peppers.  How exciting it was to see everything grow little by little until it was harvest time.



Tonight's dinner was a farewell to the garden frittata.  I used the very last of the peppers along with some fresh mushrooms, scallions, and spinach. Delicious!

Have you bid farewell to your garden?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

True Confessions



True Confessions of a Magazine Hoarder...  Yep, that's me.  I tend to hold onto magazines much longer than I really need to.  It is a habit that I am trying to break.



Monday, I gathered together over 20 magazines that I had accumulated and proceeded to sort through them.  Must Keep ~ Should Keep ~ Do Not Keep.  And of course, I needed to look through each one to make sure I sort them properly.  I am still working on going through them...

Cooking magazines are especially difficult to get rid of.  I have issues that go back a number of years.  Gardening magazines also are hard to let go of.

I've tried tearing out recipes and articles that I really need but then I just end up with a bunch of messy papers.  Oh bother.

If you get magazines, what do you do with them after you read them?

Monday, September 18, 2017

WW Update ~ Week 1

This morning I stepped on the scale.  I weighed 1.5 lbs less than last week.  I'll take that as a WIN considering I was a bit of a piggy over the weekend.

We hosted a dinner and board game night with friends Saturday night.  For starters, I made a cream cheese chili appetizer.  It was a big hit.  For the main course, I made chicken enchiladas, pinto beans, and guacamole with chips.  Dessert was a rich double chocolate brownie served warm topped with vanilla ice cream.  It was all delicious!  I ate way too much Saturday night.

I ate a little better on Sunday ~ smaller portions!  I wasn't terribly hungry still I managed to savor a brownie with ice cream.

Today, I'm back on the wagon.  I'm counting my WW points and hoping to be 2 lbs lighter next Monday morning.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Nana-Meter

Another late evening!  I am confident that I will have sweet dreams tonight as my nana-meter has reached the top snuggle mark. ♥ We enjoyed dinner with my daughter, son-in-law, and Baby Sam.  I was more than happy to hold him while the others ate.  I'm glad to report that he hasn't grown too much since I last saw him.  He does love to laugh when you play peek-a-boo!  Babies have a way of taking your mind off your troubles.

I've been either away, cleaning house, baking, or entertaining this entire weekend.  I've been negligent with visiting everyone's blogs but I hope to do so tomorrow.  Sleep tight!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Needs A Little Somethin' Somethin'


Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.
~Erma Bombeck




In recent post, I mentioned that I had gotten a good deal with these Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 cake mixes. After my store card savings and double coupons, I paid 29 cents for each of these boxes.  I didn't realize until I got home that there were 4 cakes mixes in each box.  So 16 individual cakes for approximately 8 cents each.  Wow!

Last week, I was in dire need of something sweet so I baked one of the Chocolate Lovers Cakes in a mug.  Actually microwaved it.  It was simple to do.

Open box/package.
Pour into a large mug.
Add the recommended amount of water.
Stir until well mixed.
Microwave for allotted time.(a few minutes).
Serve.

Well, let's just say that next time, I may wave off the dessert cart if this cake is on it.  It was... okay.  Was it worth 8 cents?  I guess so (said with little or no enthusiasm).

Number one, my mug must have been bigger than the one shown in the picture because the cake only rose to about 1/2 the mug.  I found the cake a little dry.  I added the correct amount of water (could be because the mug was bigger but I don't think so).  The cake also really stuck to the inside of the mug.  I wonder if buttering the mug would fix that problem.  Hmm...

What would I do differently next time?

Lightly butter the mug before adding ingredients.
Add a small dollop of sour cream to the mix to help it not be so dry.
Maybe add a few chocolate chips to the mix for a little extra somethin' somethin'.
After cake has baked, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (and/or Hershey Syrup!).

On second thought... maybe I might not wave the dessert cart away so quickly if I can fix the problems.

So my advice on this product, if you can buy it for little or next to nothing, it would be worth trying.  At it's regular price of $3.49 a box, I'd pass.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Late Bits of This and That

Friday night... late Friday night. I never stay up this late. My bedtime is usually by 10 pm. I find that I am able to sleep late in the morning because I don't have a little one to let outside. My sleep has been restless. I sleep 4 or 5 hours then lay awake an hour or so and then go back to sleep. Today, I am running on coffee.

Yesterday, I went to a different church ladies study as the one I usually go to doesn't start until October. I thought it was a study but it was more of a large (75+) group of ladies that meet, eat, and listen to a speaker. The people I did speak to were very nice as much as you can tell with short awkward conversations. Still, I felt very anxious. I stayed for the entire 2 hours but I don't think I will go back. I don't do well in crowds of people I don't know. I get anxious just thinking about it. Oh bother.

I'm glad that I tried the group but it isn't my cup of tea. I'm loooking forward to October.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Facing the Sunshine

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.  It's what sunflowers do.
Helen Keller

It's no surprise that I love sunflowers! I took this picture while at a playground with my grandchildren.  There was a community garden with various vegetables and flowers. Beautiful!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pawsitively Blessed

A moment rarely goes by that I do not miss my Little Bear. My one consolation is that she is with Jesus waiting for me.  The days are long here but they are just a blink of an eye for her.

I am pawsitively blessed by the love and prayers from my friends and family.



My dear friend Ellen sent me this sweet card, a little bow like Little Bear used to wear, and a precious gift. It is a little wildflower seed tape shaped like a dog's paw to grow a memory garden for my Little Bear.


What a lovely precious gift that I will surely plant this spring.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

To Autumn


Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,--
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

John Keats

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Here's My Heart, Lord



I love this song that we sung in church today. Such simple sentiments yet so powerful and true.




Here's my heart, Lord
Here's my heart, Lord
Here's my heart, Lord
Speak what is true

I am found, I am Yours
I am loved, I'm made pure
I have life, I can breathe
I am healed, I am free

Here's my heart, Lord
Here's my heart, Lord
Here's my heart, Lord
Speak what is true

Cause I am found, I am Yours
I am loved, I'm made pure
I have life, I can breathe
I am healed, I am free

You are strong, You are sure
You are life, You endure
You are good, always true
You are light breaking through

Oh, here's my heart, Lord
Here's my heart, Lord
Here's my heart, Lord
Speak what is true

Here's my life, Lord
Here's my life, Lord
Here's my life, Lord
Speak what is true

I am found, I am Yours
I am loved, I'm made pure
I have life, I can breathe
I am healed, I am free

Cause You are strong, You are sure
You are life, You endure
You are good, always true
You are light breaking through

You are more than enough
You are here, You are love
You are hope, You are grace
You're all I have, You're everything

Here's my heart, Lord
Here's my heart, Lord
Here's my heart, Lord
Speak what is true

Here's my life, Lord
Here's my life, Lord
Here's my life, Lord
Speak what is true

Lauren Daigle &
Casting Crowns

Saturday, September 9, 2017

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the WW Points


I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond. ~Mae West



I have jumped on the Weight Watchers Online Plus bandwagon. Some friends of mine have been following the online program and have been very successful losing weight. I don't need to lose a large amount of weight but I'd love to lose 10-15 lbs. I think most importantly I need to be accountable for the food I eat. I like the WW method of counting food points and having a certain X amount a day. If my exercise activities (fit points) add up, then I get to use those as additional food points.

For my height and weight, I am allowed 30 Smart Points (food points) a day. 30 Smart Points doesn't sound like a lot but I'm learning to make smarter choices. Most fruits and vegetables are 0 Smart Points. I've been eating a lot of salads and apples. I allow myself a tiny piece of chocolate a day. (I consider this medicinal!)

My husband's company is having a fancy Christmas party in early December. I'm hoping to reach my goal by then. And buy a new dress. ♥

Friday, September 8, 2017

My Little Astronomer


Isaac doodled on the back of his kid's menu: our solar system including all 8 planets, the fact that Uranus is on its side, the asteroid belt, Saturn's rings, Jupiter and Saturn's tremendous number of moons, the two moons for Mars, moon plus continents on earth, and the blue comet heading for the sun.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Painted Harvest

I am completely twitterpated with this Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest stamp set.  I love the depth that the two step stamping gives the sunflowers.

Today I was inspired to make 10 of these cards ~ a few to mail, a few to add to my Etsy store, and a few to give to the nursing home residents.



The inside of the cards will have the same vanilla cardstock as the front of the card.  I haven't decided whether or not to place a sentiment inside or perhaps just a stamped autumn image.

The ink pad colors that I used were Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, and Chocolate Chip.  I plan on making more of this style card using yellows and oranges.

Don't you just love sunflowers!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Popcorn & a Show ~ The Wedding Plan


There are no problems, only opportunities for growth. ~ Rebbetzin Dena Weinberg




With all that happened last month, I failed in meeting my goal of watching one foreign film a month. This month, I will have to watch two to make up for last month. The one I chose to watch first is a wonderful Israeli film. I absolutely loved it! ♥


The Wedding Plan, not to be confused with the Wedding Planner, is a very sweet endearing movie that I think you too will fall in love with. When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, Michal refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. An Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband. As the clock ticks down.

I think this is my favorite foreign film of the year so far.  And the music was amazing!

My goal is to watch and review one foreign film a month this year. So far this year, I've seen one Swedish film, one Korean film, two Spanish films, two Persian films, and a French film.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dippin' In My Change Purse

My mother always had a number of little change purses in her big purse. Some of them had clasps. Some of them had zippers. Some of them were little plastic ones that you'd bend open and closed. Each little change purse had a purpose.

I don't have as many little change purses as she did but I work what I got!

Today's trip to the grocer netted me an abundance of treats:

I've never tried these Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 cakes before.  Today's sale and coupons gave me the perfect opportunity to do so.  It wasn't until I arrived home that I realized that there are actually 4 cake desserts in each box.

I have tried these products before and they are delicious. I can always use spaghetti (I like the thin best) and the pasta salads are perfect for adding fresh vegetables to (I usually make my own dressing).


I am thrilled that I only had to dip in my change purse and pay a total of $1.62 for all these grocery items. My mother would be proud!

Monday, September 4, 2017

With the Passing of Time


While in New Jersey, we went on a walkabout and visited a number of old historic buildings. This one was built in 1743 by Jacob Clement.




"Historic detached frame 2-story residence built in 1852, in choice Victorian design, by Jacob Clement. Original front part built in 1743 removed to Potter Street to make way for this large Victorian addition to the original rear which is still part of the total dwelling. Most outstanding, unusual feature is the front portico, with metal roof and curved detail, painted in the original green and tan broad stripes. Cornice overhang, scalloped cuts in the bargeboards in the front gable with Victorian style filagree cuts. Simple colonial details and original windows in 1743 rear section".


And another one

"Within this building then a tavern-house, the council of safety for New Jersey was organized March 18, 1777 herein also in September of the same year the legislature unanimously resolved that thereafter the word 'state' should be substituted for 'colony' in all public writs and commisions. 1750"



If buildings could talk... I'd love to hear what they had to say! Wouldn't you?!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Home Sweet Home


Home again and do I need a cup of coffee!!   The drive was long but thankfully not as much traffic as there could have been.  I am heading to bed in a few moments.  Thank you to everyone who visited and commented while I was away.  I am hoping to respond to the comments and visit everyone tomorrow.  Sweet dreams!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Home Stretch

Tomorrow I will be heading home.  It has been an eventful 11 days.  Rather than fly home, my husband drove up and spent a few days with us and we will both drive home together.  My nana meter is almost filled to the top and it will have to hold me over until the holidays. ♥

Friday, September 1, 2017

Welcome September

Though the calendar states that today is September 1st and it is technically still summer, the cool weather today felt more like autumn.  The flowers agree with the calendar but I do think they will change their mind if the temperatures continue to drop.  What say ye?