The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"A contented person will be happy just about anywhere."
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SIMPLE SWEET-N-SOUR MEATBALLS
1 (14-oz) can pineapple tidbits or chunks, undrained
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce (or more to taste)
1 family meal-sized portion of freezer meatballs
1 (5-oz) can water chestnuts, drained and thinly sliced
1 green pepper, cut in strips
Drain pineapple tidbits, reserving syrup. In medium saucepan,
combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Blend in reserved syrup, water,
cider vinegar and soy sauce. Cook and stir over low heat until
thick and bubbly. Carefully stir in meatballs, water chestnuts,
green pepper strips and pineapple. Heat to a
boiling. Serve over hot cooked rice. (5 servings)
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"If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by
realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the
opportunity to write a new page." ~~ Mark Houlahan
"Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep
you from love." ~~ Leo Buscaglia
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Try Something New!
Sometimes our lives are so predictable, we don't stop to
realize that there is nothing special going on. We just do the same
things day after day, clean the house, walk the dog, watch TV,
study, even eating the same old meals. I recently had a project I
was working on that was a gift for my granddaughter who is soon
going to back to California when her Daddy comes home from Iraq.
I'm really glad they will be together, but I will miss her greatly.
I decided that, using the scraps from a quilt I'd made her when she
was born, I would make her a photo book of all the people she
loved. Since she is only one, a regular paper book wouldn't do. So
I bought supplies and put the photos on fabric. I ran into some
problems, but I kept working at it until I figured a way it would
I could find no instructions on the internet for a project
even remotely close to the one I was doing, so I was completely on
my own, with a bit of help from the ladies at the fabric store.
While it didn't turn out perfectly, I do know next time how I can
make it much better.
But the real bonus was in doing something creative. It was
just something different in the middle of winter when going outdoors
is not the first thought in my mind. I realized how much I love
My husband is a real creative guy, too. He is constantly
inventing some great ideas for the street rods he builds. Some of
the ideas he comes up with amaze me. It started when he was a kid.
He learned to do mechanic work, and weld, and all the things you
need to know to really make some innovations to a custom car. When
he was a kid, he got some scrap lumber and built a shed. His dad
thought it was a pretty nice shed. When he got home from work the
next day, the shed was gone. Richard had sold it for $75. His dad
was just a little put out! But back in those days, you could buy a
running car for $50 or $75 dollars. A kids got to do what a kids got
to do! He also worked for next to nothing at a neighborhood garage
after school, just to learn. This was when he was only about 12 or
13 years old. And he learned so much! If his parents had given him
everything he wanted, he may never have learned all he did. Their
TV was an old black and white with lots of "snow". It was such an
effort to watch it, that no one really wanted to.
When you find yourself in a rut, which we all do from time
to time, try to mix it up a bit. Try a new recipe out on your
family. Take a class. Buy some tools. Do a kit, even paint by
number. No, your first attempt won't be perfect, but you will learn
how to do it better!
Keeping it Simple,