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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Food Friday

Oh, yeah baby!

How many of you have summer foods and winter foods? You know, like soup is only for when it is cold, or meat/gravy chicken/dressing...

Mother laughed at me because I did. I didn't want soup in the summer, or really heavy foods, which is kind of silly, since we have air conditioning! I might have forgiven an occasional bowl of soup, but don't ever try serving chili once the temps are about 30°!

This only led to the conversation of "Betty B (mom's friend, and not so good cook) made a pot of chili most every week of the year!"

Good for her, but please don't try that around here!

Lately, I have become salad obsessed.  That is nothing new for me, because, never, have I met a salad of any kind that I didn't like, well, ok, everyone with me--unless it has coconut or raisins!

But with this salad obsession, I have found myself wanting only the most simple of salads--lettuce (romain, iceberg), cucumber, roma tomato--sprinkled with Italian seasonsings, a pinch of salt, a shake of lemon pepper, drizzles of balsamic vinegar and canola oil! Toss really well, and taste the freshness!

As I placed the first bite in my mouth, I found myself praising God for His goodness to me and the ability to taste!  Leave it to me to be brought almost to tears for something so simple. Yep, You are right. It is quite possible that I have crossed the cra cra line!

I am reminded, so often, that so many people have no clue what fresh food tastes like. They have no clue of walking into a store, that we constantly complain about, to see the array of variety. Heck, even the pet aisles are filled with choices, and we throw our own special kind of craziness onto our pets, who, on most days, could care less.

We are spoiled.
We are ungrateful.
We are filled with entitlement, since we seldom have to settle for something as simple as rice or beans, well, unless we WANT rice or beans.

The next time you find yourself complaining because you have to go grocery shopping, stop yourself and offer a moment of praise for the abity to buy most anything you want...and throw in a couple of cans of some good stuff, not the cheapest stuff you can find, to take to someone, or to a food pantry. I think, most of us would be surprised at how many among us are hungry...

Thank You, God, for giving me what I need. Thank You, for loving me, even when I am unlovable. Let my heart reflect the things that matter to YOU. Amen

Have the bestest of days, filled to over flowing with blessings~~charlotte♡


  1. Good afternoon Charlotte. I do enjoy reading your post and stories. They are inspiring and fun and help a somewhat dreary day at times, so today I decided it was time to let you know. And as a matter of fact we are having Salad tonight with all the trimming's. And most definitely thanking God for all he provides. There's a roof up above me, I've a good place to sleep, there's food on my table and shoes on my feet. You gave me your love Lord and a fine family, Thank you Lord for your blessing on me. Be Blessed and thanks for sharing, You are loved back.

    1. Awwww...thank you! Thanks for stopping by and for sharing! ♡

  2. Sometimes I am just in awe at how blessed I am. I live in a very depressed area, the churches are always begging for food for the pantry. We even have a box at the post office for food collection. I truly love to garden and share. I put the extras at the curb for others..some will just take a couple tomatoes and others will take it all..as long as it is not wasted, I don't care. The Amish use to come to town and sell produce and eggs, but the city stopped that..shame on them!. In the winter the couple who sold eggs would come in and warm up..I always felt honored that they chose me and every Christmas they would hang a bag of cookies on the doorknob.

  3. Oh my goodness!!! The soup "story" reminded me so much of when i lived with my grandma for about a year & a half. I basically had one bedroom, upstairs in a 2-story farm house with NO air conditioning. I would have 2-3 fans going up in my room, so that i could paint. Grandma would call & say that lunch was ready (bless her heart) & 0 times out of 10, it was HOT SOUP in the summertime!!! ARGH!!! I would graciously do the best that i could, but by the time i got through one bowl, i was sweating like crazy. So, dessert??? ICE CREAM to cool me off. lol


Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world. In case you haven't been told, you are loved!~~charlotte♡