Friday, March 2, 2012

Mother Nature, You Can't Fool Me!

It has been so pretty and sunny and warm that it is hard not to get fooled by it all and run to the nursery to buy bedding plants. But, I have fallen for it more than once in my lifetime and I know better. Mother Nature is not going to fool me this time! I have been working on my two beds and the pathway I'm making on the side of the house. The big hole is going to make such a lovely Koi pond and once I have it all finished and planted I am going to have hubby build me a nice arbor from down trees to set the pathway off beautifully. I took the chairs and glass top, faux-granite based table from the deck and put it under a shade tree at the beginning of my little garden bed, pathway paradise and it looks so relaxing and I just want to sit there all day. I can't wait to plant flowers in the beds. I am going to put in some rose bushes and some herbs and pretty, colorful flowers and I want to line the empty side behind the one bed that isn't against the house with forsythia bushes to give it a back drop and balance the space. I will plant climbing roses against my arbor that I have eventually. It is going to be so pretty, I can see it in my mind and I just love how it is turning out.

Our church has a praise band, and I started last night with them at practice. Now I am far from a guitar player and I haven't played in years! But, I was asked over and over to give it a try so I broke down and started practicing. I am so rusty and have so much trouble changing chords again, I know I will get there if I keep practicing. I am such a perfectionist that I get frustrated when I can't do something just right and last night at practice was a trial in my patience that is for sure. I hope that I can get this down and not embarrass myself. Although, it is nice to have something to do with the kids that are in the bad too, my daughter sings, my oldest plays the mandolin and banjo and my middle son plays the guitar and sings. Maybe dear old mom will get back into the swing of things eventually.

I threw together dinner with a half made up recipe last night that turned out really tasty, and even my hubby, Mr. Picky said it was good. I thought I would share it for those that need a quick dinner.

Sweet and Sour Sausages with Onions and Peppers

3 packages of polish sausage, cut in bite sized pieces
1 onion chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
1/2 small jar grape jelly
1 bottle chili sauce

Chop onion and pepper and start sauteing in a skillet. When tender add the sausage and jelly and chili sauce. Mix well. Put on low and let simmer with a lid on the skillet until ready to eat. The longer it cooks the better it gets.

I diced up some potatoes added a couple tablespoons of butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to taste and put them in my microwave dish with a lid. Microwaved for 15 minutes until tender. (This is an easy side dish that is a family favorite at our house)

This dinner went over well and took no time to prepare, it worked out well with everything going on last night and it held well for those who ate later.  Happy Friday!


Anonymous said...

You live in a lovely place! Our forsythia aren't out just yet - but soon!

Family Best said...

Thanks! The Forsythia is one of the first signs of Spring, that's why I love them so, those and the sweet daffodils. I hope yours burst in color soon! I love north Georgia, we get all the beauty of every season.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yum--your sausage with peppers and onions sounds delicious...

Good luck with your praise band...

Our Forsythia hasn't bloomed up here --but the Daffodils are pretty now.

polkadotpeticoat said...

This sounds so good I will have to try it!
I pray for spring the poor moose are on emergency feed stations due to our hard winter!

Family Best said...

The poor Moose! I hope your spring, springs soon for you! We had a hard winter last year and I am so thankful this year has been mild!

Thanks Betsy, it turned out quite well and I didn't have any leftovers, that is always a good sign!