Friday, April 17, 2015

Thankful Thursday - April 16, 2015 and Peach Shortcake

Peach shortcake ......
See Thankful #8 for the how to..........

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
as you teach and admonish one another
 with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms,
 hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude 
in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16

Greeting Sweet Friends,

What cha' been up to this week?

Something good,  I hope.......

It was a pretty normal uneventful week here
up until Wed. night.....
part of the reason I am late again!!   lol

Wed. night hubby found an ugly 
brown stain on
 the ceiling of our master bathroom - about the
 size of a salad plate or lil bigger.  Think it must
 have happened Tuesday nite, as we had a really
 bad downpour and then soaking rain that lasted
 all night, cause just can't believe we would not
 have seen it sooner if it had been there before 
that. Called the roofers that did our roof almost
 10 yrs. ago after 3 hurricanes in a row. They
came out yesterday afternoon. He thinks he 
found where the leak is, and is suppose to
 come back and seal it today, but haven't seen
him yet, but we also got really bad news.  
Our supposed 30 yr lasting roof, evidently
 has never sealed properly. He could just
 lift the shingles up and could see debri
underneath, and said they could easily 
blow off if we had any high winds, and he
 found that over a large area, and thinks it 
could be our whole roof. So we are having 
to file a warranty claim, which sounds good,
 but we think it is not the greatest.
 Since we have had the 
roof for 10 yrs,they will pro-rate the shingles,
which is fine, but you get nothing for labor, 
and the roofer said it was an adhesive
So that means after 10 yrs. of this Florida 
heat and sun beating on our roof almost daily,
and the shingles never sealing we could have
 had or could have a calamity at any time. 
Also, if they do honor the warranty they want
to give you a credit to get more roof shingles
 from their Company. I said are you serious...
why would I want to do that??
When their materials failed, and they aren't
 even willing to make good on it.??
We didn't expect to have to worry about
our roof for another 15-20 yrs, so this is
quite a shock,  Also the leak was caused
 by a nail that wasn't all the way pounded in, 
 and no one has been on our roof since they 
roofed it 10 yrs. ago, accept the painter that
 was up there recently to paint our chimney 
but he was not in that area at all.  So we are
 gonna be praying and thinking on this over
 the weekend to see what we should do about
all this. Love how they tell you that you have
 a 30 yr. warranty when you really don't, but
 you don't know these things until after the
fact.  Live and learn, I can tell  you if we have
 to get a whole new roof we will definitely be
 asking to see the warranty before one shingle
 goes on this roof.  Think we will be checking
warranties closely on anything we buy from
now on.........but who woulda thought!!  

Like the old saying goes
 "Life is what happens when you are making
 your plans"  lol

One a brighter note, I finally took my Easter
 things down yesterday just need to get them 
packed away, then will be changing some
 things around which should be fun....
and..... I could use some fun!!  lol

Guess I will get on with Thankful Thursday!


I am thankful

for a really fun evening with some friends 
from our church. We just love these folks,
they are full of wisdom and do not have one
 ounce of self pity, even tho, they have and
 are going thru tough things at times.
We have such great conversations and we
 always laugh so much when we are with
 them, and they bring out our funny side too.
They are truly a joy!
If there were only more people like them,
what a great world it would be............

With posterized affect.

that Dee and Jerry had a back up buyer
for their townhouse,  cause the first buyers
didn't  get approved.

that Dee and Jerry finally have a contract on
 a really nice home they want to buy,  not the
 one they really wanted.....because it was over
 priced unfortunately, and they would never
get their money back if they had to sell it,
so they are using their
 heads not their hearts in this decision,
 which we think is very wise, and we think
they are gonna love the new home.  It has
everything on their list that they needed
or wanted, and it is move in ready, and
in the same area where they are now,
and they love it there.

that one of our Life Group couples has
offered to have our whole group and their
 families over for a Taco party and swim
 after church in a few Sundays.  Perfect
timing as I was just thinking we should
maybe think about having another get
together since our last one was at
Christmas time.

for a welcome home video I saw this
week, of a soldier coming home from
afghanistan, without the parents 
knowledge,  they were invited to do
the puck toss for a team they have
been season ticket holders for since
1996,  and then of course, they had
their son come out.  The dad was  over-
joyed he hits his knees first then ran
 to his son as the son ran to him, and
then the Dad picked him up and fell
on the ice with his son on top of him.
How he didn't get hurt is beyond me,
but what a joyful and tear jerking 
reunion,  just beautiful.

Hopefully you can watch it
Just click  here. or go to

with cutout affect!

for graphic artists and people who design 
packaging of all sorts, some times I just
 see such beautiful or cute packaging and it 
just makes me smile.  Look below and you 
will see some packaging I thought was just
adorable.  Can you guess what it is????

Aren't these just the most darling birdies..........

So what is it you say???






Facial tissues from Target,  and they
look so cute in my  bathroom on top
of the potty.........didn't really think
you would want a pic of that!!  lol
I actually put away my normal tissue
box cover till I finish these 2 boxes,
by then we should be in summer!  lol

for a surprise visit from a young friend
and her lil son.  She came bearing donuts.
So we had some lunch and then some
donuts and coffee..............She is a really
sweet young woman and has a great heart.

for a yummy breakfast this morning,
 and the reason for the pictures.  I had some
 leftover biscuits, so decided to make some 
peach shortcake.  So warmed the biscuits
in the microwave (always put a damp paper
towel on any bread, cause it keeps or will
 make it moist), dumped some diced Del 
monte peaches on top, then added a scoop
 of vanilla frozen yogurt, and some chopped
 pecans, then decided to add some whip cream,
and remembered I had blueberries, so threw
 some of those on too.  Totally yummy with
a cup of Joe...........

The finished product

my lil buddy who lives across the street
with his grandmother has the possibility
of being adopted by her.  Am so praying
that happens for him, cause he is such
a precious young man, and his 
grandmother really loves him, unlike
his irresponsible parents.

for the leak in the roof, because had we
not had it,  we would not know how fragile
our roof is..........and I am thankful that
 we have had no calamities with this
roof in the last 10 years.  

that as frustrating as it all is....we know
 the Lord will see us through it,  as He
always does..................and thankful
that Romans 8:28 is true,  that God
works all things together for good, for
 those that love HIM, and are called
 according to His purpose

With Film Grain affect

Well, there you have it another 
week at Cozy Place.

Are You hungry yet???   lol

Nice that you could stop in today.
Would love to hear from you........

Love, Hugs, and 

Peach Shortcake Blessings,

Sharing over at:

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 Lois and Friends 

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Kerryanne and Friends

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Lorelai and Friends

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Paula and Patti

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Picadillo - A Cuban Meat Dish Recipe

Morning Sweet Friends,

How is your week going
 so far???
 Going well I hope!

Mine is
Not much exciting going on this week, which I 
count as a good
  No decorating yet, was gonna take the Easter
 things down yesterday, then decided to leave
 them until after Wed,  so lil darling could enjoy
 them one more day.

We got some heavy rains yesterday,  sort of that
real soaking kind,  so the grass and plants are
 looking so much greener this morning.  Our slow 
release fertilizer has finally kicked in full force, I 
guess,  but of course, there is no water better
for plants and grass than Heavens water anyway..

Decided to put my recipe for a Cuban  meat dish 
in  a post that way my kids can get it if they want, 
 and some of you might like to give it a try too.....
It truly is a great dish, and goes wonderfully well
 with yellow rice and Black Beans, which I always
serve it with..........You can find that recipe Here 
just scroll all the way to the bottom to find it.

This recipe is called "Picadillo"
and it is pronounced Pick-uh-de- yo, at least
 that is what I was taught by my cuban friend
 who taught me how to make it many many
 years ago. Forty four to be exact, I was in my
first year of marriage  So we have
 been enjoying it for  lots of years now.

Cuban Picadillo Recipe


1 pd. of ground beef

Tblsps. of extra virgin olive

1 large onion diced

1 large green bell pepper diced

3 cloves of garlic, or 2 tsp or more
of garlic powder or granulated garlic 
(I use the granulated garlic, it is
a sprinkle type, but larger and less
ground than the powder, I like it
better on everything.....I typically
add more garlic as it cooks and 
taste it, cause we really love garlic,
so the more garlic the better, 
I always say!!  lol)

2-3 Bay leaves 
(if they are small add 3-4 and
if large add just 2)

3 Tsp. of Oregano

Salt and pepper to taste

 1 - 29 oz. can of Hunt's
tomato sauce

3-4 oz. jar of drained Green Spanish
 olives w/pimientos


In a 3-4 qt. sauce pan or dutch oven, brown 
your ground beef on the stove at med. heat.
(afterwards, I pour the ground beef in a colander
 and rinse it with hot water,  to get rid of all the fat, 
that way you can use beef that has more fat 
content  and is less money, then after rinsing 
keep it in the colander till later)

In the same saucepan you used to brown your
beef add the olive oil, onions and bell pepper
and garlic(but only if you are using garlic cloves, 
if using the powder or granulated save for later)
Cook until onions and peppers and garlic cloves
are soft.

Now add the browned meat back in with the
cooked veggies, and add the bay leaves, and
oregano, then add some salt and pepper.
Now is the time to add the granulated garlic
or garlic powder (If you did not use garlic
cloves earlier).  Now add the can of tomato
sauce,  and stir to mix ingredients well.

Cover and let cook over medium heat, until
it comes to a boil making sure to stir it often.
 Once it comes to a boil,  then cook on low,
and let cook for about 30 mins., stirring every 
10-15 it doesn't stick,  after 30 mins.
put it on warm,  and let it continue to cook
for another hour, again stirring every 10-
15 mins. (Taste test a few times during the
hour and see if you think it needs more
salt or pepper or garlic, and add more if
needed) After the hour add the green olives
 and continue to cook on warm another 30
mins or so..............still stirring often.

After the last 30 mins.,  your Picadillo is
ready to serve...............

Should serve 4 or more if serving with
black beans and yellow rice.

Just so you know,  this is a great make 
ahead dish, as it tastes even better the
next day.  Just put it back in the pot
and reheat it.  Do Not heat in micro-
wave unless it is a single serving.


Glad you could drop by for
a visit today.......

Hope the rest of your week
will be Sweet and Pleasant. 

With posterized affect.

Love, Hugs,
and Picadillo Blessings,

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thankful Thursday - April 9, 2015 and last of Easter decor part 2

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
 coming down from the Father of the
 heavenly lights
James 1:17

Thursday Greetings 
Sweet Friends,

What cha' been up to this week?
Anything fun??  Anything 
Exciting??  Hope so.............

Nothing exciting going on here,
but we have had some fun, so
I am all about that!!  lol
Well, guess we did have some
exciting really, at least for me
it is always exciting when you
get $$ back on your
tax returns!!   lol  No matter
how much it is...............
always better than paying!!  lol
But that is as exciting as it got!!

Other than the normal household
stuff we all have to do,and
 watching our lil darling and Lola
 yesterday, not a lot going on, 
but....I have pretty much been
 just tweaking this week.  lol 
 Perfecting some cards.

Next week,  I will be clearing
out the Easter things and just
going for a Spring look.........
so looking forward to that too.

Well, on with Thankful Thursday
and the last of the Easter Decor

with posterized affect

I am thankful

for a really fun Easter Celebration over
at Scott and Megan's this past Saturday.
Great company, Great Food and
Great Fun watching Brooklyn search
for eggs and play on her play gym set.

that Brooklyn did not get hurt badly.  She 
let go of the swing and sort of flew off, and
scared us half to death,  but thankfully,
think it scared her more than hurt her. 
Her angels were certainly working,
cause she had no scrapes, cuts or
 bruising, but did cry of course, cause
I am sure it had to hurt some.

for a very sweet and thoughtful Gift from 
Megan and Scott for my birthday.
It came in for my birthday and they had to
 return it as somehow the co. messed it up,
 so the Co. re sent it and it came in before
 Easter, so they gave it to me on Saturday.
  See the pic below.
  Absolutely loved it.

It is one of those Willow Creek figurines.
Isn't it precious.

for a nice restful, relaxing and contemplative
 Easter since we celebrated on Saturday. 
 We really enjoyed our church service, 
it was really lovely.......
 great music and a great message.

that Brooklyn is so gentle with animals.
They got a new puppy recently named Lola,
she is sweet and adorable, I have to say,
and she adores Brooklyn, and hates for her
 to get out of her sight, Lola will whine if we
take Brooklyn out without her, they are like
2 peas in a pod, the dog even goes down
 the slide with her. lol   Also, our kitty Molly
 and Dee's lil Chijuajua, Rosie love her too.
Very unusual for a 2 yr. old, I think.

that Easter went really well for a young
friend I know.  Her husband is away
training in the military and so she invited
her family, who have never been very
supportive or helpful and still aren't but
she invited them over for Easter,  and
 things went really well for a change.
Just the fact, that they actually showed
up was a nice change.  It is hard to
figure out how some of the nicest
people can have some of the worst
people in their lives.

for a nice long chat with Dee yesterday, she has had
so much company since we left up there, and has
 been busy with real estate stuff too,  that even tho
we have talked we haven't had time for any long
chats lately.  So it was quite nice................

with posterized affect

for some Gluten Free Lemon wafer cookies
Hubby got me for my birthday,  finally tried
them this week, and they are beyond delicious.
Will sure be hoping to find those again.

that we got to work out in the backyard again twice
 this week,  and it is coming along nicely, and we 
can actually sit out there now on our new bench,  
really nice since it has been a long time since 
we had a sturdy bench we could sit

We cut down a small to med. tree tonight and
managed to get it all cleaned up just as it was
getting dark.  So now my bouganvilla plant
can get some sun, and start thriving again.

for nice warm/almost hot showers after a long day,
and especially after working outside, it is so
 relaxing and refreshing.  A simple pleasure for sure.

for a really good, clean, entertaining and true movie we
watched last night.  It is "Secretariat",  a true story about
the race horse who won the triple crown.
 Very Good Movie, and I honestly wasn't thinking I was
gonna enjoy it all that much.  So boy was I pleasantly

for,  but I am serious,  it is nice that
you can design something or do something and like it,
 but then you can keep tweaking till you get it just the
 way you want it...........and really love it.............

My tulips died so replaced it with
 the bird nest in the urn.

Well, that's it for today ....................

Hope you have lot and lots of things
 to be thankful for too, cause there
truly is always something to be 
thankful for ..............

Very happy you could stop by for
 awhile,  and hope you 
enjoyed yourself.

Sharing with:

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Life with Lorelai

Karin at The Style Sisters

Patti and Paula over at
Ivey and Elephants

Have a Lovely Lovely Day 
and Weekend!

Love, Hugs, and
Beautiful Weather 

If you care to see "last of Easter
Decor", Part 1,  just click here or 
scroll down!