Archives for : March2014

Farm-Style Oatmeal

I’m not sure if the oatmeal tasted so good because I was a farm girl whose Mother only cooked with butter and cream, or if it made me feel nurtured loved and secure.

In my child’s mind, food equaled love. Mother’s oatmeal was not really made from a recipe, because there were no measured amounts. In those days, water came from the dipper and the pail on the sink.

More than likely two dippers of water were heated in a large kettle and when the water came to a boil, about two cups of old-fashioned oats and a pinch of salt were added. The oatmeal simmered on the stove and was stirred as needed. Then, cream was added until the grains were plump and the texture was very creamy.

There is no way you can ruin this breakfast treat. Even today when I eat my oatmeal farm style…I feel satisfied way down in my belly.

Old fashioned oats
Brown sugar
Raisins ( optional)
Cream or whole milk…and butter!

Yum Yum….Enjoy!

From “mish-mash” to Marvelous

_DSC0302Think of the one-third / two-thirds rule.  Two-thirds of any room should have semblance and connection in style and colors that relate to one another.
As an example, if you like a room with clean lines or transitional in style, two-thirds of the room should have that look.  It is a fun surprise, however, and gives a room relief, when one-third of the room has eye-popping appeal by mixing it up in style and color.  This could be a vintage piece of furniture or an accent color on the focal wall.

Note the vintage telephone table from the ’30s in this photo.  The telephone was the dial-up table top style.  The phone books werestored on the shelf below for easy access.
Mary Z.

Prevailing Faith

Prevailing faith talks easy, but does hard–at least some of the time.  A situation came up several months ago that devastated me.  I felt left out.  My opinion was not even considered.

“How could I be any less valued?” I thought.

I was drawn to a piece I had read just days before:  “Faith is not faith when it sees, wills, and gets what it wants.  Faith is not the same as self-confidence, natural optimism, or positive thinking. Faith is only faith when it depends on God and not self.”

God was prevailing with me so my faith would grow, and I would learn that faith is not dependent on a person, place, or thing.  Only He is my source.

Mary Z

Trust Me

Trust Me . . .

A meditation for Lent

It began with a ruptured appendix and massive infection that invaded my abdominal cavity.  After the third surgery I was finally released from the hospital with an assortment of cautions and restrictions.

I’d been blessed with a caring surgeon who was both skilled and congenial, and at one of my follow-up checkups, he greeted me with “How are you feeling today?”

“I’m having a little trouble sleeping, but otherwise I’m doing great,” I replied.

“I’ll give you a prescription for that,” he said, as he checked my incision.

I groaned.  “You know me and medications,” I argued.

“Yes, I know you and medications,” he said, remembering that I don’t like taking anything that isn’t absolutely necessary, “and you and I are going to have a little talk about that.”

After he had changed the dressing on my incision, he took me by the arm and said, “Sharon, I really care about what happens to you.  You’ve been a very sick lady, and you need your rest if you’re going to beat this infection.  I wouldn’t ask you to do anything that wouldn’t be good for you.  Trust me.”

A few nights later as I lay in bed worrying about something minor, as I am so prone to do (the sleeping pill hadn’t yet kicked in), it was as though God, echoing the words of my surgeon, spoke to me.  It wasn’t an audible voice, but the message was clear.

“Sharon,” He said, “I care about you, and I wouldn’t ask you to do anything that wouldn’t be good for you.  Trust me.”

If God, who loved me enough to die for me, asks me to do something, who am I to argue?

Copyright © Sharon Sheppard


Spruce up Your Wardrobe

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Spruce up your wardrobe.  Add a belt (or two…)

Why bother with a belt?  Because a belt can do a whole lot more than
hold a garment together.  It’s an accessory that pulls an outfit
together–in more ways than one.

A belt can add a finishing touch that provides class and completeness
to an outfit.

The width of a belt should depend on body shape.  A larger woman can
wear a wider belt.  A petite woman looks best in a narrow belt.

If you want to place emphasis at the waist, you may want to choose a
belt in a contrasting color instead of one that blends in with the
color of your clothing.  If you’re short-waisted, a belt worn low on
the hip will provide visual length.

Have fun experimenting!

Mary Z.

Mert’s Famous Orange Scones

My grandson Brad and I are very fussy about the texture and moistness of a scone.  We feel this recipe nailed it!  Enjoy!

Cast of Characters . . . and ingredients you will need:


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Orange scones:  Make plain scones and frost and glaze after baking with: powdered sugar, orange juice and zest, vanilla.

Mix dry ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 t. cream of tartar

Add 1 stick of softened butter and cut with pastry cutter until crumbly.

Make a well in the center of the dough and add the liquid ingredients and flavorings.  Stir by hand until ingredients are well mixed.


Liquid ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 t. almond extract

Put parchment paper on a baking sheet and spray with baking spray.  Scoop out scones, dividing into about 24.   Bake 15-18 minutes. Cool on a rack, then glaze.