Tuesday, October 6

Polyvore Tuesday: Tom Hiddleston Quote

Today's Polyvore set features an interesting quote by Tom Hiddleston, who is best known for portraying the Askardian character "Loki" in several Marvel films. 
It's an older set from a couple years ago when I was experimenting with combining two photos. This is two separate photos I found I Pinterest, one of him as himself and one of him as Loki that I photo-shopped together, added his quote, then added the other artistic decoration to complete the set.
He says in this quote: 
 "I try not to make plans. God always laughs at your plans. I'm going to keep the door open and the page blank to see what gets painted on it."

I like it because his quote strikes a familiar chord as it reminds me very much of a Bible Proverb that expresses the very same idea:
"The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." (Prov 16:9)

Open Book

Open Book by madamdreamweaver

Mr. Hiddleston is highly educated and very likely has read Proverbs, as it's considered "wisdom literature."
I've never read where he actually stands on faith matters, but  certainly hope he might one day join the "I Am Second," community.
(If you don't know what that is, check it out to hear their inspiring stories!)
That's it for today! Stop back for Garden Pics tomorrow!

Monday, October 5

Good Eating Monday: Pantry Hodge-Podge Roast Pork

This past Sunday I slow-cooked two boneless pork roasts for BBQ sandwiches. The BBQ sauce was added to the sandwiches individually and wasn't mixed into the pork as a whole. The roasts were slow-cooked with a can of crushed pineapple, 3 Tbsp of coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon of dried mustard, a little ground ginger, salt & pepper.
So it was beautiful shredded pork ready for any use and I had a good amount leftover.
But what to do with it? 
Time to raid the pantry! 
I had half a bag of extra wide noodles that needed using up. I always have canned tomatoes on hand and carrot matchsticks, bell peppers, onions & garlic in the frig--plus I always keep a box of Velveeta cheese around cuz cheese makes anything good!

Actual photo of my Pantry Hodge-Podge creation!
So I boiled up noodles, sauteed up the veggies & pork, stirred in the tomatoes & cheese, added some seasoning and--voila, a delicious meal!

It's truly a hodge-podge meal,
but if you want to try a facsimile this is the basics:
(amounts are approximate, you can increase or decrease. This amount made enough for 2 to 3 people.)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup carrot matchsticks
1 cup bell pepper strips, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup diced or sliced onion
1 15oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 bag extra large noodles (or however much or kind of pasta you want to use.)
About 2 cups shredded, leftover slow-cooked pork roast
3 slices of Velveeta, 1/4 inch thick (or more if you like.)
1 teaspoon dried ground sage
2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
About 1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch to thicken, if needed
Salt & pepper to taste

In a suitable pot, add water & salt and bring to boil, then add pasta to cook till it's al dente (or still slightly firm ) while you're cooking everything else

In large frying pan on medium-high heat: add olive oil, then minced garlic. Saute 15 seconds to get garlic into oil. Add matchsticks. Saute 5 minutes.
Add onions & bell peppers and saute till onions are tender.
Add tomatoes, seasoning & shredded pork roast and stir to combine.
You can add the cornstarch to mix if there seems extra fluid from the canned tomatoes (it helps to mix the cornstartch in a bit of cold water first, so it won't lump up.)
As soon as pasta is done, pour into strainer to drain, then add pasta to your mix & stir in.

Turn heat to low: break Velveeta into small chunks to add to mix and stir in. Cover with lid, stirring periodically until cheese is completely melted.
Keep in mind this is a pantry hodge-podge kind of recipe and all measurements are approximate and comes with no guarantees.
 You can use more or different seasonings or add other vegetables and so on.
Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!

Friday, October 2

Friday Finds: New Christian Shirts!

My "finds" for today are a few of my newest Christian shirt designs!
I'm excited about them and hope you will be, too!

I love this pretty "Designed by God" shirt!
In a society obsessed with outward appearance, it's a reminder that we girls have intrinsic value to our Creator! 
It includes Psalm 139: 14-16 under the butterfly and is for any light color style shirt!
It's shown on all shirts, but really, I think it a very feminine design best suited for ladies & girls!

Designed by God Stylized Art Butterfly Tee Shirt

And it's absolutely adorable of tot & baby clothing:

Designed by God Stylized Art Butterfly Tot/Baby

For anyone, a prayer themed shirt design:
I enjoy creating with simple color shapes & black text and with this shirt I used two red rectangles to form a cross with the words, "I pray because Jesus can do anything," and the scripture John 14:14.
It's available in light color styles & sizes for men, women or kids!

I Pray Because Jesus Can Do Anything Tee Shirt

And for Skaters who Roll for Jesus:
A very special green & black grunge design featuring a black/white skater image that has the paraphrase, "I can do all things through Christ," above "Holy Roller" and the scripture reference Philippians  4:13 under. Available in styles for men, women & kids! 
Cowabunga, dudes!

Holy Roller Christian Skater Tee Shirt
All my Christian shirt designs can be found all in one place, here!
That's it for today! Come back Monday for Good Eating!

Thursday, October 1

Mama Kat Thursday: Locked Out

The Mama Kat topic this week is about sharing experience with being, "Locked Out."

I can think of two particular instances of being "locked out."
First was years and years ago. We had gone on a trip and left our house key with a friend who'd been watching the house & our cats. They didn't happen to be at the house when we arrived home and for some reason we didn't have an extra house key on us. Luckily, only the doorknob was locked and I carded it. That taught us two lessons that day: always keep a spare house key in every vehicle and always, always use the dead-bolt to secure the door. 

The second case of "lock out" occurred just this past week. I was  "locked out" of my computer by the new Windows 10 upgrade.
This is happening to tons of people. I've read the complaints. But there is actually a reason for why it's happening. You see Windows 10 is especially designed to link all your devices together: your smart phone, your iPad and so on. To do this, it requires you be signed into a Microsoft account. If you've checked the secure local sign-in protocol option for your computer so it prompts you to sign-in when you turn it on, Windows 10 detects this and automatically switches your local sign in to a Microsoft account sign-in.
 In my case, I had registered an account with Microsoft--I don't know, years ago--with my alternate email I use for such stuff and a password I'd entirely forgotten. Suddenly, I go to sign in to my computer and--ta-da, I was locked out.
This, of course, means an ordeal to reset the password, which requires going to the Microsoft "reset my account password address" on another computer to request it, then they have to send you a special code to prove you are you, then you can reset your password. It's a ghastly bit of trouble.
Ultimately, I got rid of the sign-in protocol entirely. (This requires unchecking a small box you'll have to access via "Commands.")
I have no real reason to have it, except it was an initial set-up option I randomly chose to do at the time quite a few years ago.
Now, my Hubby, since he never opted for the secure local sign-in on his computer, never had a problem. Windows 10 didn't make any changes and he was never locked out. 
So, if you're planning on accepting the free Windows 10 upgrade--either uncheck your secure local sign-in protocol--or if you want to keep a secure sign-in, make sure you either remember your Microsoft account sign-in password or set one up before hand.
Or you, too, could be locked out.
So, what was the last time you were "locked out" of something?

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Wednesday, September 30

Garden Pic Wednesday: Baby Box Turtle & Wandering Jew Bloom!

I have two Garden Pics to show today!
On Monday, when it was raining all day, I had to go out and move hoses away from a drainage area and I ran across this itty-bitty baby Box Turtle!
I brought him inside and took a photo with a quarter nearby for perspective. He was only slightly larger then a quarter in size.
Here he is:

Next: My Wandering Jew in Bloom!
I keep this beautiful houseplant outside in a shady spot all summer.
In late fall, before it gets cool, I trim off a bunch of stems, put them in a vase of water and keep them inside all winter. (They root easily in a vase of water.) Then in spring, I put them back in their pot of dirt for summer. 
They're part of a display out front under the aspen tree.
 It's hhad a prosperous year this year with me keeping them watered and now they're blooming. Wandering Jew was the sweetest little lavender tri-petal flowers! 
Like most houseplants, it needs to be root-bound to bloom.

That's it for today! Stop back for Mama Kat tomorrow!