This Old House
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
When we bought our house, it was nothing more than an old
house in the middle of no-where. The yard was a hay field that
hadn't been in mowed in years. Hunters had been using the house
during hunting season. There were a few cans of stew in the falling-
off-the-wall cupboards. The wiring was old, the windows needed to
be replaced. The roof leaked pretty severely, in places. The garage
was 20' X20' and just the right size for a model A. It looked pretty
forlorn, but a lot of elbow grease and a few buckets of paint, some
donated by a friend, and it began to come together. The repairs
didn't happen overnight. Neither did the neglect.
The roof didn't begin to leak buckets overnight, but tiny
drips. The weeds didn't take over the lawn in a day. The garden
didn't become overgrown in a week. The cobwebs weren't built in a
month. It all could have been prevented with a little maintenance.
Holidays were made for celebrating, but who wants to
celebrate by themselves? We are meant to spend celebrating together
with family and friends we love. Who cheers you at work? Who brings
you coffee everyday? Who meets you for lunch? Who makes your life
special just by being there? Relationships take maintenance, too.
When was the last time you celebrated your relationships?
Hugged someone just for the good of it? Thanked them for something
special they've done? Forgave them for doing something that
irritates the dickens out of you, but didn't really hurt anything?
Brought them a gift for no special reason? Surprised them with
something they'll never forget? Asked for forgiveness for your
neglect or criticism? Made them a plate of cookies?
Don't wait until the roof leaks severely, or the windows
leak, or the yard is overgrown. If you do, it may be too late.
When we neglect each other, the one we hurt most, is ourself. We
deprive ourselves of joy by forgetting one of the greatest gifts God
gave us - the gift of each other.
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"The only rock I know that stays steady, the only
institution I know that works, is the family."~~ Lee Iacocca
"The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite
escape, nor in our innermost hearts never quite wish to."~~ Dodie
"Friendship is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of
sins."~~ Langdon Mitchell
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Simple Holiday Breakfast
Do everything the day before for a simple Breakfast even you will
Make juice and get the coffee pot ready to go the evening before.
Have the table set, too. Do everything possible the night before.
Make breakfast casserole and put in refrigerator until morning.
Have bread for toaster, muffins to warm, or rolls to pop in the
oven. In the morning turn on the coffee pot, bake the breakfast
casserole and/or rolls.
Simple Crockpot Coffeecake
1 can (20 oz) apple pie filling,1/2 t cinnamon, 3 T brown sugar,
Batter Ingredients: 1 yellow cake box mix, 2 eggs, beaten, 1/2 c
sour cream, 3 T softened butter or margarine, 1/2 c evaporated
milk,1 t vanilla, 1/2 t cinnamon
Combine first three ingredients (and nuts if using) in a small bowl.
Combine batter ingredients; mix well.
Grease or spray the inside of a 4 qt slow cooker. Spread about half
the apple mixture in the bottom of the pot.
Spoon 1/2 the batter over the apple mixture. Spoon the remaining
apple mixture over the batter, then cover with remaining batter.
Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Turn heat off, leave
cover ajar slightly, and cool for about 15 minutes. Invert on a
plate and serve. To make this really simple, plug into a timer, and
set to be ready in the morning!
Simple Breakfast Casserole
1 1/2 lbs. hot sausage, cooked and drained
3 cups milk
3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
9 eggs, well beaten
3 slices white bread, crumbled
1/2 Tsp dry mustard
Combine all ingredients in a greased 9x13 casserole dish. Refrigerate
for 3 hours up to overnight. Cook in a 325 degree oven for 1 hour.
Keeping it Simple,