Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fine Dining at the Redneck Grill

Ya’ might remember that my hubby and I are misplaced Rednecks,

adjusting to the life of city-slickers.

We’re learning to enjoy best of both worlds,

so I coined the phrase City-Slickin’ Rednecks.

City-slicking life has  traffic, horn-honking commutes and a  rapid pace.

It takes a lot of energy to live in the city.  Some find it exhilarating.  I find it exhausting.

We look for ways to unwind at the end of long days.

We dig deep into our Redneck roots to find ways to stay relaxed while

surviving and thriving the city-slickin’ life.

You might remember fire relaxes our family.  So does food.

I toldja’ how to make a Redneck Breakfast.

So food AND fire is a sure-fire way to unwind after work.

Especially when the chef is so good-lookin’.  He’s cookin’ and smilin’.

I sat and read a book. I was smilin’ ‘cuz I didn’t have to make dinner.

Beef.  It’s what’s for dinner if hubbster is cookin’.

Scott has perfected grilling over charcoal and  wood coal fire so he cooks steaks medium rare to perfection,

testing by only touching the steak with his fork.   He’s amazing.

Because I’ve finally convinced my husband that steak alone isn’t a meal

and that potato chips do not count as a vegetable,

we had a salad.

We even bring this salad to baseball games with pre-cooked chicken when  we’re tired of either

being hungry or don’t want to eat  another hamburger grilled in lard.

The final product.

Outdoor dining at it’s finest.

Yes, that embellishment is a Bleeding Heart.

No, I didn’t eat it.

Photo: Having a cow

Another night we grilled outside,

my son-in-Law, Aaron took this picture and titled his Facebook post

 “Having a Cow.”

Yea, totally having a cow.

I can’t believe he ate the whole thing.

Wait, yes I can!

When life is fast and furious,

you have to learn to unwind.

But if we only sought physical relaxation, we would still be lacking.

The Lord Jesus patterned for us the way to  unwind.


Matthew 14:23

“And when he had sent the multitudes away,

he went up into a mountain apart to pray:

and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”


I’ve heard the saying,

“If you don’t come apart,

you’re going to come apart.”

We need to come apart from the busyness of our lives,

but come into  the presence of the Lord.

Don’t just feast on beef,

feast on the Word of God.

It’s what’s for dinner.

Just Because Flowers

My husband buys flowers for Valentine’s Day.

My husband buys flowers for the first day of school.

My husband buys flowers for my birthday.

He is smart enough  NOT to buy flowers after a fight,
because what wife wants the reminder?

But, to be honest, the best kinda’ flowers…..

…are the JUST BECAUSE flowers.







Scott didn’t know at the

same time

he was picking out this bouquet,
I was reading a disturbing email that upset me greatly.

I was home, trying to figure out how to handle the situation,
crying and praying, when my dear hubby walked in with his warming smile,
these beautiful flowers and a hug of assurance.

It wasn’t just a confirmation of my husband’s love for me,
but of the Lord’s love and concern.

Before I could even tell my husband my problem, the Lord was working through him.

For over a week flowers in the middle of the dining room table preached,
“Mindy, I KNOW and I CARE. Before you can even tell anyone your problelms,
I am working in ways you don’t know or understand.
I will handle all of your problems. TRUST ME.”

I have a dear hubby and a Heavenly Father who are loving me and helping me through the joys and sorrows of life






Whatcha’ Got in Your Pocket?

I’ve always loved pockets.  As a little girl, pockets were useful for hiding my money from brothers hungry for candy.  As a teenager, I always had a wide-tooth comb tucked into the back pocket of my jeans for a quick fix to my Farrah-do.  As a mom, pockets are a collect-all for random items picked up that needed to be put away.  It isn’t unusual to find a Lego man head, a safety-pin, or a Barbie shoe tucked into my jeans or cardigan pockets.

When I found pocket charts at Wal-Mart years ago, I knew I’d found my perfect teaching tool.  I immediately thought of a lot of cool learning activiities I could tuck into those clear plastic pockets.  When I found a pattern to make a collapsible stand out of PVC pipe  for my pocket chart, I knew life couldn’t get any better.

For Rebekah’s Kindergarten year, a hanging pocket chart was an easy way to teach months of the year, days of the week, number and letter sequence, spelling and math facts.  Free printables for Homeschool Creations by Jolanthe. I’m thinking about using her ABC Verse Flashcards for Sunday School next year!

I keep one of the standing charts in my Sunday School room for Bible memorization work. The other is in the attic, ready to travel.

During our Vacation Bible School at an apartment complex two summers ago, Krupa worked with the kids during Bible memory time.  The standing chart was easily assembled for each day, then disassembled and the pieces tucked into a drawstring bag I’d sewn.

The verses were printed  onto cardstock, then cut into words and phrases.  Of course, we had the kids learn the verse that led to my salvation!

On a whim, we cut cut the side pipes and added another crosspiece, so we could hang our music from the top piece. There isn’t always access to a Power Point projector or even it’s ancient predecessor, the overhead projector, so old fashioned poster-board  comes in handy.

This could easily be turned into a puppet theater by putting the crosspiece across the middle and adding a curtain to the top.  Wouldn’t that be fun?  How would you embellish this pocket chart and stand?  How would you use it?

Even though I look at this and think…..

“I should really hem that pocket chart.”

“I wonder if I could spray paint the frame, or at least get rid of the blue lettering?”

….I know it has served it’s basic purpose well.  We’ve used it to help kids memorize the life-changing Word of God.