Monday, April 25, 2022

The great change

 When we bought this house there was this fabulous deck.

My hubby built a table for his grills and we bought a hut from Home Depot.

The deck started to show it's age as the wood started to weaken. Next step was tearing it out.

Which turned out to be a pretty huge job.

                  First came the delivery of the replacement wood.

Then the building of the deck.

But the really fun part came next.

Hubby now has a fully stocked smoke house/grill hut!

                              Metamorphosis Monday
                                     Saturday Sparks
                             Love Your Creativity

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

By the sea

 A beautiful day at the Marina

Mr Pelican swooped in for a visit.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Sunday Morning


Please enjoy this beautiful Resurrection Sunday.

Thursday, April 14, 2022


Easter. A time of celebration. We don't usually have Easter at home, as there is always a family gathering. But I still enjoy setting my table in honor of this special day.

~"But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy
and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you."
Psalms 5:11 ~

The Silver belonged to my BFF who passed away 13 years ago.

Her family did not want any of these pieces, so they passed them on to me.

~"Glory in his holy name: let the hearts of these who seek the Lord rejoice!"
1 Chronicles 16:10~

I always wanted dishes with sweet Scripture verses.

When I found these at Ross, my daughter and I were on the hunt to find enough pieces to complete the table.

~"Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations,
'The Lord reigns!'" 1 Chronicles 16:31 ~

It was so much fun making the rosette napkins.

~Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say REJOICE. " Philippians 4:4 ~

~ "Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready" Revelation 19:7 ~

This weekend we will be celebrating the Risen Savior. If it was not for the sacrifice HE made, we would be dead to sin, eternally. HE paid the price for the debt we owed.

We are all sinners, since we have all done wrong things. But God made a way for us to be forgiven so we can have eternal life in Heaven. All we have to do is recognize our sinfulness and accept that Jesus paid the penalty for our sin when he died on the cross and rose again from the grave.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Have a blessed Easter!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Florida living


I love to see the palm trees swaying. This is the best time of year to live in Florida :-)

Thursday, April 7, 2022

All That it Takes


Wow! An amazing contemporary romance. A tender story that is inspiring and beautifully written.

Val is such a wonderful character. So true to many as she blossoms from an insecure, cautious girl into a brave overcomer. 

Miles, an outreach Pastor, finds himself out of international work and placed in a run down ministry that he feels is his  exit door from the Salt and Light church. 

Val rents Miles' upstairs apartment and so begins an opportunity to get to know each other. Tucker, Val's exuberant 10 year old son, plays a significant role as well.  

I have read Nicole Deese's other books, one of which ties in with this one, but All That it Takes is a stand alone story. One that you will not regret reading. The characters, plot, and humor are full of courage, forgiveness, love, hope. A story that brings full circle lies we believe into the light of truth. A heartwarming, clean story. I could not put this one down. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Blue Skies


 This sky was as blue as you see here!

Friday, April 1, 2022

Artichoke Bread

 Okay, let's just say if you Love bread, and if you Love cheese, and if you Love Artichokes........... do I have a recipe for you!

I found this recipe on the Plain Chicken blog, but was originally posted on Smoky Mountain Cafe. This Artichoke Bread is mouth watering.

¼ cup butter
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
4 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
½ cup sour cream
1 French bread loaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic (we actually used more garlic) and cook until fragrant, about one minute.

Add the artichoke hearts, Mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and sour cream. Stir to blend. Remove from the heat and cool.
Slice the bread lengthwise and scoop out some of the center. Spoon the artichoke mixture evenly into the bread shell and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.

Place each half on a baking sheet and cover lightly with aluminum foil.

Bake for 25 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 5 to 8 minutes or until the cheese melts completely. Cut into slices and serve warm.

Let me tell you, this is BETTER then Artichoke dip!

                                                 Saturday Sparks