Its nearing time to start our gardens.. I am so very excited. The new house has a big garden and stacked flower bed.. As well as a hot house.. I am ready to plant tomatoes up the trelises! Squash in the stack beds as well as cukes.. Watermelon and shallots along the fence.. Pictures are soon to come.. It will be a so healthy for my family. This year if we have extra veggies we are going to sell at the farmers market.. Last year and previous years we lived in town near the walking trail and passers by would steal veggies.. Now i am in the country and have a fence all the way around.. I am in great anticipation of the fresh veggies! I have tried to eat better lately. And veggies are top priority ! Well i will update again soon! Thanks for stopping by! By the way i dont have spell correction on here and i cannot spell so i do apologize! Over and out .. Paula
Sometimes we say and do things we cant take back. We have to learn from those mistakes and not return to make them again! I reflect on my life and think. I am not what I once was and I am better than I use to be! I may not like my past but I sure have a wonderful looking future! I love each and everyone of you that takes the time to stop by! I do appreciate every single one of you in a unique way! Many Blessings, God Bless and Be Blessed!
I have got to start updating this ot you all will think I flew the coop! Look for me here and there because I am back! Dont forget our facebook group its growing daily! Come check us out!
Well I hope today is as beautiful as yesterday ... Hate I slept through it.. maybe today I can make up for it.. Thinking of my Mom and Dad today .. Missing them bunches.. But I know they are smiling at me from Heaven!!
The air is crisp today , I have my windows open and my doors.. The breeze feels so nice.. I am usually in my bed posting .. but today i got up ... that is a great feat for me .. seeing as my legs just dont want to do what they are told.. but i am up.. im in the living room on the couch with my laptop and no i am not laying i am sitting up.. Danny put me a card table up so i could sit at it .. i do have a desk but i just cant dangle my legs like that .. anyways.. the day is beautiful.. I woke up to a package from Raven Carswell she had sent me some Mountain BBQ sauce, Ginger Sauce, and a citrine pendant necklace that she made with her own to hands.. what a blessing .. i did some laundry and danny hung them on the line outside .. i love the smell of fresh crisp clothes dried on the lie.. i love the fall this saturday is the first day of autumn and i just cant wait .. cuddly blankies and fire pit nights.. i miss them so.. my friends and family are what keeps my going .. with out them i am just not alive .. these four walls in this tiny apartment feel like they are sucking me in .. i am so blessed to have that outlet.. so i can get out and breath in the air and talk to my friends.. i wonder if i can get laura frances to make me some white chocolate hot chocolate.. hummm we will see.. any ways.. kelly ethel will make me some goody brought from home to eat .. and the kids will come throw their arms around my neck and tell me how much they love me.. i can hardly wait..
i saw this today and thought i would share .. it is a good fall memory for us all as children.. i dont know what kid didnt love to see Charlie Brown as a child.. welp i am going to go .. dont forget to LIVE LAUGH LOVE... i love you all.. Pawdoo
I started this group way back when thinking i could make a difference in someones life.. that if i touch one life a day that it will matter.. This company/ group was formed to help others in need.. whether it be helping them with tips or tricks for the home or with recipes they are seeking or actually going out of our way to help people the community .. like house fire people or people that have been exposed to natural disaster or loss of a job obtaining clothing , food or shelter.. helping them in some form to get back on their feet.. I dont do this for me .. yes i get enjoyment from helping but i do this to make a difference.. i do this for YOU!! Cause I really do care..
Paula E. Hensley
Labor Day Holiday was good at Living Laughing Loving..
Got caught up on some posting on Facebook..
We sure have grown... We now have 2,374 Members.
We are coming up on the One Year Anniversary of the group and we are so excited.. When i started the group last year i had no idea that it would even go anywhere.. I worry constantly that the page isn't strong enough to make it another year.. Here i am disabled and cant do the work like others can.. I just pedal away and trying to keep the members interests. I hope that i can keep the page alive.. it is my life long dream... any ways i am just letting you all know that i am open to suggestions ... if there is something that i can post or look up or research for you please by all means let me know ... right now i am posting recipes , tips , tricks, ideas and advertisement.. i want this group to be nominated best on Facebook but i need the help of everyone to get my name out there to let others know that we are out there.. if you tell one person a day that is one more than i had yesterday.. welp i am off to see what i can post.. here is a few samples for you.. but if you get a chance visit us over at Living Laughing Loving on Facebook.. http://www.facebook.com/groups/living.laughing.loving/
Chile Colorado Burritos
from The Food Pusher
Put beef, bouillon, and enchilada sauce into a crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours**, or until meat is very tender. (Can also cook on high for maybe 3-4 hours.) I've also cooked it in a dutch oven for about 4 hours at 325 degrees. More meat, more time. A third option is to cook it in a large heavy saucepan--bring it to a boil on high heat, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the meat is tender. If you go with a method other than the crock pot, make sure the pot is covered and pretty well sealed to minimize evaporation of the liquid.
When beef is done (very tender and flakes off when stirred), taste and add more salt, if desired. Heat up refried beans in the microwave (covered and in a microwave-proof dish, of course)and put your oven on broil. On an oven-proof plate, or cookie sheet even, lay out a tortilla. Place on tortilla about 1/2 cup of the meat, drained by using a slotted spoon, and a spoonful or two of beans. Roll into a burrito (hopefully you know how to roll these). Pour some of the remaining enchilada sauce from the crock pot over the burrito to cover it. Sprinkle with some cheddar cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly, about 2-4 minutes.
Makes 5-7 burritos, depending on how full you make them.
*Lots of people ask about what brand of canned enchilada sauce I use. There's even some controversy there. Lots of people seem put off that I use a canned sauce and make their own. I originally used Las Palmas mild because that's what was mostly available in California. When I moved to Iowa, I had to switch to Old El Paso mild, and now my family is used to the super mildness of that and comment how spicy it is when I use Las Palmas. Both are great, as far as I'm concerned, but the Old El Paso mild is definitely the way to go if you want a mild experience.
**Note: You may have to adjust the cooking time depending on this size of your chunks of meat. Larger chunks (like 1 1/2 to 2 inch chunks) may need a little longer. Scrappy sort of chunks that are less than an inch may need a shorter cooking time.
DIY Body Sugaring For Removing Unwanted Hair
This is from Tipnut.com
Since the paste can grab and pull the hair out deep at its roots, the new growth is slower to appear than if you shaved (which just removes growth at the skin surface). Your skin is left soft and smooth and there’s not much mess (especially when compared to waxing) since the mixture is water soluble and washes off easily.
If you’d like to give this a try, here are three different recipes plus directions for application (and ripping). Good luck!
How to Grow Mushrooms at home...
So, how do you grow mushrooms at home?
There are two choices when it comes to growing your own mushrooms. You can either buy a pre-made mushroom box - with intructions included - from your local plant centre, or you are start from scratch and do it all yourself. There is little point in reciting the instructions that you would already have from a mushrom box so instead I will explain how to grow mushrooms from scratch.
Button mushrooms are one of the most commonly consumed mushrooms in the world and probably the best variety to try and grow at home. While they are the easy to find in your local supermarket, home grown mushrooms always taste better.
In order to start growing mushrooms at home you will need:
1. A 2ft x 3ft growing tray which is aproximately 6-8 inches deep.
2. Compost - Mushroom Compost is made from a mix of well rotted materials such as hay, straw, straw horse bedding, poultry litter, cottonseed meal, cocoa shells and gypsum. Sphagnum moss peat is then added to this so as to provide a consistent product. Be in mind that it may well be easier to buy some pre-made!
3. Mushroom spawn - this can be bought on-line or from good plant retailors.
4. Peat moss
5. A piece of wood or flat object
6. A water mister
7. Some old newspapers
To begin with, place the well-rotted compost into the growing tray and water. Be sure that the compost is completely wet - you want it moist not soggy.
Next, take 1 to 2 cups of the dry button mushroom spawn flakes and mix it into the compost. You’ll need to loosen the mixture and put it into loose piles in the tray. With a piece of wood or something flat press the compost and spawn mixture into the tray. Now let it set over night.
Keep the temperature between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 3 weeks, misting daily with your spray bottle.
Once you see white webbing on the surface of the soil you’ll need to apply a 1 ½ inch layer of moist peat moss and cover with a few layers of newspapers. The newspaper must be kept moist. Continue to evenly spray the newspaper twice daily. Maintain a temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
After 10 days remove the newspaper and continue to mist twice daily. In a few days you’ll see tiny white pinheads sprouting.
Once the button mushrooms reach your desired size you can pick them and new mushrooms will grow in 10 to 14 days.
Crockpot Cube Steak and GravyCube steak (I used a family size pack)
2 cans (10.75 ounce size) cream of mushroom soup
1 envelope onion soup mix
3/4 cup water
Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions:Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low all day. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes or with your favorite side dishes.
I was born in valdese nc to opal harvell and kester w. buchanan march 14th 1973. I was adopted april 1st 1974 by faye and paris english with one sibling melissa english. we lived a modest life. had great parents that gave us all their time and love. we grew up in church. we went to abees grove baptist church in valdese nc. i attended valdese elementary, valdese jr high and east burke high school in icard nc. I graduated in 1991. ok i know that makes me old .. i went to western Piedmont, asu, and duke. I still haven't decided on what life has for me to do.. my parents both are passed. dad in 2000 and mom in 2003.. i sure do miss them. i married danny hensley in 2007 after dating him 10 yrs. we have no kids. but a sweet little fur baby named monroe. she is a blessing. i have worked in healthcare most of my life. i had a massive heart attack in the latter part of 07 and haven't worked since 2010 .. i started this group to reach others and let people know that we aren't alone.. and there are still people out there that care.. also that are there when you need them. when i was a small girl we use to help our neighbors do garden and they would help us with ours .. now days you dont see that it is to each his own.. i want to bring unity back.. helping others .. sitting on your porch.. waving at people.. i want to bring back what we have lost.. with the help of you we can do that.. if you only tell one person a day about us we can grow. if you compliment one person today you can infect their heart with kindness. it is up to you.. wont you do something?? i will
Lately things have been weird around the Hensley family.. i wont go in to great detail but i will say things that once were are not any longer.. i dont know if it is in the water or what but you know it seems like the bonds of marriage dont mean anything anymore.. i am so very blessed to have a wonderful husband and the Love of the Lord that keeps us strong.. but there are so many people that are splitting up these days.. and i wonder if we are all as strong as we think.. I pray daily that the devil stay out of my home and flee far from me .. i know we all have demons and we have temptations.. cause i sure have mine.. but i think if we fellowship more with the Lord and other Christians that we wont feel as tempted.. Just know that if you think you have sometime that is set in stone .. know that it can be taken away in an instant.. like your job your home your family your life even.. nothing is promised to us.. i am striving daily to come closer to the Lord and i pray that each of you are as well.. because life changes at the blink of an eye.. paula
Saving Berries from Molding
Berries are delicious, but they're also kind of delicate. Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market. There's nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides.
Well, with fresh berries just starting to hit farmers markets, we can tell you how to keep them fresh! Here’s a tip I’m sharing on how to prevent them from getting moldy in the first place:
Wash them with vinegar.
When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar), and pop in the fridge.
The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they'll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.