Will America be great again? I ask myself this often as I watch our nation spiral downward. But what changed my despair was the day I went to a Trump Rally. I felt such energy in the room from the people it was inexpiable. I attended the event earlier this year but did not write about it. I sat on sharing my views but now that I have rebranded my site and it is called Suzie's View why not. It is my view. This is still America and I have a voice. I was so encouraged as I saw hundreds lined up trying to get into the Amphitheater to hear Trump here in Raleigh, N.C. We stood in the cold waiting for a long time but I saw all sorts of good people who are fed up with the way things are in this nation. And to see us all coming together to huddle in the cold for hours to get into a building to hear what Trump had to say just did something to me. It revived me and the American spirit.
As we now sit months later on the edge of the election trail, waiting to see who will be our next President, I pray. I pray for a better America. I pray and hope for a better unity. I pray and believe for at least one last great revival. Before this years election I was becoming so disenchanted with America and the political corruption. Our government has become a monster, point blank. I do not want it continuing to get out of control. With it in bed with big pharma, baiting race wars that was not real, dabbling in foreign politics sticking it's nose where it does not belong, telling us how to raise our kids and educate them, not taking care of the vets who risked their lives for our safety and the safety of others. The list of sins goes on and on. It sickens me. But I see a movement opposite of what corrupt media reports.
I see a movement of people sick of it all, coming together to support each other and make a change. I see passionate people like Diamond and Silk who have such a fire for all people and equality for all. They are making their voice heard. Everyone's voice matters in this nation. I see Trump who is a successful man who wants to change what is broken in this nation for the PEOPLE and by the people! I have long admired Trump ever since I was a child. I do not like his past mistakes but we all have a past. We all make mistakes. But one thing Trump has done is persevered. He knows how to deal and knows America has been dealt a bad hand by it's leaders. Trump is smart. He is not a puppet. He can lead us back to prosperity and safety with God's help. Hillary is not what will be good for this country. She is part of the problem, People listen, years before Benghazi she has murdered. People I encourage you to dig and read on her. Really dig and get information. I have. Do you really want someone like that running our country? Stop being a sheeple and flowing the crowd. It is time for real change. We don't need any more puppets for people like George Soros & the elite.
As I have watched our media lie about Mr. Trump I have been seeking other news sources like Right Side Broadcasting on Youtube who will show the rallies live and show what main stream media will not show. They show the huge supporter turn outs for Trump that the Hillary camp media fails to show in their pictures or camera shots. I have seen it with my own eyes. It is totally disgusting the Hillary campers at our rally's disrupting Trump so rudely as he tries to speak. But you never find a Trump supporter at Hillary's dinky rallies making a fuss being rude. I saw one to many people make a scene and have to be escorted out. Let's not lay down and be doormats any longer!
Listen to this historic speech at Gettysburg, P.A. today. Be inspired. America can be great again if we the people stand up again! Make your voice heard! Stand up for what is right. Let's make America great again.
Lately I have literally had a struggle with worry. My wise neighbor said "Suzie, if you pray there is no need to worry. If you worry there is no need to pray." She was totally right. I know this but needed to hear it. It is not cool how sometimes the mess of life just keeps dumping on ya and you let it pile up to where you allow yourself to be buried alive in worry instead of letting the junk life dumps bounce off.
Philippians 4:6-76 Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. 7 Then God’sshalom ( peace), passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua. ( Jesus)
In line 7 it says, then God's Shalom ( His peace ) will keep our hearts and our minds in perfect peace. It is a peace that in the mist of troubles it should not match the troubles at hand. It should pass all natural understanding. When the world says worry, we should in fact be doing the very opposite. We really need to relax in Him! Why do we struggle so much in this!
Psalm 9:9-109 (8) He will judge the world in righteousness;
he will judge the peoples fairly.
10 (9) Adonai is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a tower of strength in times of trouble.
I know this one thing. God is the strong tower for sure! He is reliable, dependable, trust worthy. If God's got your back then why worry! People let us down but God never ever will. One of the things I do to bring myself back into balance and into peace is to imagine I am walking up to the throne of God. I take the problem or person in my hands and carry it with me. I lay it, what ever it is, at his feet. I then say to God I can not do this, I can not fix this. You do it God because you see the end. You see the in between. You know the answers. Help me! Take care of this. Then I imagine myself walking away. I leave it there at his feet to do with it what he will. If I start to worry then I am saying God is not capable? SAY WHAT. God is capable, he is God!
Here is more great verses on worry.
Worrying is like saying God I do not trust you.
Something else I truly do suggest is walk out or act out your trusting God has got it by doing something for you. Relax. When you are overwhelmed do something to rest. I like to retreat to my back yard and lay or swing in my hammock. You can get a hammock like mine byclicking here if you want one! I love laying in my hammock safely suspended in air. It comforts me and makes me feel totally relaxed as I am praying or reading. This hammock has been a true blessing to me during this very stressful phase of my life. It was so easy to put up & is easy to clean. It is super strong too yet so very comfy, which you need comfy when relaxing. Amen!
What helps you to relax?
This is Jennie-O's BEST Turkey Chili recipe as shared from their site. I wanted to give it a try for myself. You can see my finished product in my photos, don't it look so good? I have to say it was! It passed my taste test for sure. I am a Jennie-0 Switch Circle blogger but typically I do my own recipes. This time I wanted to sample something new. Jennie-O has a lot of great recipes to sample at their amazing website. All of course low in fat! This chili serves six and is super filling. I loved the test! This is perfect for these cooler Fall evenings.
RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING (Serves 6)
Productivity. Time management. Balance. Have you ever struggled with these things? Peace in a busy life? I know I have. The struggle is real. I want to share with you a journey I am on right now and for those struggling as well I invite you to join me.
I at times for various reasons need to tweek my evenings and mornings. How I spend my evening can in fact affect the start of my next day. How I start my mornings can indeed affect the rest of my day. I have a lot going on these days to do and keep up with. I highly admire Crystal at MoneySavingMom and when I saw she has a course to help fine tune my evening I was super excited to hear what she had to say.
I am first doing the 14 day Make Over Your Evenings course because before you have a morning you must have a night right! So far I am on day 5 and simply loving it so far. No matter where you are as a stay at home mom or a working woman her tips are valuable. It will help you completely tweek & repair an off balance evening and morning. The steps I have taken so far via the course have already greatly improved my evenings I am so excited to see the rest of the fruit as I learn and apply this course information.
Rather than me give you tips myself when I myself have a broken system, I think as a blogger part of our job is when you do not know all the answers you find those who do know. Well Crystal has this down pat.
Her call to actions are practical. Not so far fetched that no one but a imaginary super mom could attain it. Everyone can achieve these practical course challenges. These courses are so flexible. You can log in and download the work book to your tablet or print the workbooks. If your really in a hurry just watching her short informational videos will really open your eyes. I like doing the workbook and watching the videos together.
Healthy time management does not have to be scary or a thing that we only dream of. Breaking old habits and making new healthier ones are attainable. What I am liking best about this course is she breaks down the steps in to bite size daily 15 minute chunks. It is not to much information to do all at once. Matter of fact I have actually taken two days for some of the new habit projects to really stew over it and get it. The course you work at your own pace. You want change to be more productive in a good way not an over worked stressed way. You don't want just great information you learn then never act upon it saying to your self I know I should I know I should but don't! If you really do it and act on the daily small activities you can master a more productive, organized life. You can achieve better time management. Really how you end your day and how you start it will affect the in between. So join me on this journey! Let me know how your doing with your evenings & mornings below.
Ok so those of you who have followed me a while know I love the Dollar Tree. Well I wanted a cheap, fast, easy wreath idea for 2016 and this is what I came up with. Maybe it is not as lovely as all the fantastic crafting you see on Pinterest but it did exactly what I wanted it to do! It took five minutes, required no glue, costs only four to make it. I bought two of everything so I could make one for my sweet neighbor.
All you need from the Dollar Tree:
So you take the leaf garland and you weave it in the wreath. Make sure to tuck in deep slots of the wreath your plain parts of the vine. This will hold the garland on the wreath with no glue needed.
Save your metal twist ties off the packages to anchor down your looser spots of the vine on the wreath.
Take your scarecrow or raven picks and place them into the wreath. Once placed how you want them towards the bottom break off the picks stick that over hangs. It is very easy.
Take your fall ribbon and use it for your hanger. Just cut as much as you want and tie at very top. I did not want it fancy but kept it simple. I am not good at making bows anyways. If you tie up the wire ribbon it will hold the wreath up very well.
Five minutes. No glue. No skills needed. And at only four dollars to make I think this is super cute to rock any budget this Fall.
Turkey Kabobs are a great low fat meal option for anyone! You can use Jennie-O boneless turkey breast tenderloins as your source of protein in the kabobs. This is a great meat that is all natural, low in fat, low sodium. You typically would not think of using turkey on a kabob but why not! It is truly fantastic. I love the clean taste.
I put my kabobs in foil with a little olive oil, salt, pepper & garlic seasoning. Very simple but a great flavor! Use what ever seasoning you like. Bake on 380 for 55 minutes. Or you can place these foil packets of yumminess in your slow cooker to have dinner on a busy weekday night! Arriving home to a nice cooked meal is so easy. You won't even have to wash the pot if you have the individual foil packets!
Click the Jennie-O logo below to find more delicious recipes to use this fabulous meat in!
One day I had some time to myself. I wanted to explore and visit a place in my city I have not yet visited. Here is Raleigh resides the last 18th century water- powered grist mill in Wake county. This mill was established before the Revolutionary war. Yates Mill historic park is free to visit 7 days a week from 8 a.m - Sunset. Tours of inside the mill are available too during certain times. When I visited the mill was not open but that was ok because there was plenty of beauty to behold.
There is a museum at Yates Mill that shares the history of Yates Mill and how the mill works.
Yate Mill brings nature indoors and shows specimens upclose. At first it scared me when I opened the drawers but I got over it as I had always wanted to see these birds up close. I love bird watching!
With lots of history comes lots of artifacts. A lot of what is on display is items found around the mill from the past buried treasures for us to see later!
They have a kids play area with dress up items for period dress up from the Yate Mill opening era. They have toys for the little ones too. I love the cozy spot they provided with rocking chairs for adults to sit and relax as you watch the kids play.
I love the view from the large porch that looks out over the water at the mill. You can go and sit outside on the porch in the rocking chairs and relax for as long as you want. I took the time to just sit , crochet and talk to Jesus while there. I felt as if I was on a mini vacation away from the city.
The view of the old loved mill is stunning from the porch.
There is a trail going around the mill you can walk at it's 1.0 mile distance it is an easy trail to endure but so lovely & worth the stroll.
Here is the water source that powered & still does power the mill, called Millpond.
I loved peeking under the old mill. There was so much to see around the mill to take in. You must visit to see for yourself.
I absolutely love this view of the mill next to it's water source.
This trail is also a animal refuge. The view is simply stunning as you walk around the Millpond. So peaceful.
I love all the piers with free viewers you can look through and explore.
I sat on this pier and read a good book as I listened to nature.
When you finish the trail it brings you back to the back porch. I am so glad I got off my normal routine and took time to get out and explore because this retreat day was fabulous. What a diamond this park is and at the price of free it has it arms wide open to you, to warmly welcome our citizens of Wake to come home to the Mill and share. The mill was a place in the day even after it closed that families gathered around on weekend and shared meals & stories. The park has done a great job making this place cozy for people to come yet again & again to get rest from the city.
This park offers so many programs for the public. From organized groups to general public. They have events through out the year as well. Check them out!
For more information visit Yatesmill.org
Below is a great list of amazing dishes to make with turkey breast meat. I love Jennie-O turkey products for all my turkey needs. When you click an idea below it will take you to the recipes. Enjoy!
Also visit Jennie-O for more delicious dish ideas!
Recently Faithbox sent me a monthly Faithbox to try out and give you my thoughts on the company. I love monthly subscription services period so I thought this would be great! Monthly boxes are just so fun to get goodies that are themed out aren't they?! Well what better way to get one than supporting a company that gives back to helping ethical small businesses across the globe and helping to feed hungry children at the same time. You just can't go wrong. When I interviewed Faithbox here is what they had to say below.
Mission Statement : We, at Faithbox, are a Christian company that has a heart for furthering the kingdom of God and wants to bring joy by introducing great products from companies that give back and do good. With each box or devotional purchased, three meals are provided to hungry kids all over the world through our partnership with Rice Bowls.
I couldn't believe what all came in my box! The book alone was worth the price and the fact they are helping to feed kids to boot & you get all these extras just blew me away.
What is even more amazing is the message of encouragement they send you each month. This months topic was loneliness. It was right on time for me. I was so uplifted & encouraged by the resources provided. Not only that, they also encouraged me to reach out to others whom God may place on my heart that might be lonely too. The overview was awesome because it explains in detail the items mission for the month!
The Stitch was very interesting. You take the orange string and sew it into your garment to show awareness of child molestation. It is to represent the vast majority of kids under age 18 whom have been sexually abused but hide and never tell anyone. It is to encourage kids to speak up!
Organic Raw Cacao for Espresso shots! Woot!
Lysa Terkeurst's book Uninvited. Living loved when you feel less than, left out, and lonely. And the faithbox uninvited everyday faith devotional. O yeah!
These are lovely quality note cards to encourage others. I am so excited they provided these to use these for outreach.
In doing good, let us not fail. Gal 6:9
Visit Faithbox online.
I highly recommend FaithBox. These would even make fabulous gifts that just keep on giving all the way around.
These days as my kids are growing up they are not at home a lot of nights. That leaves me eating dinner alone. I like to have left overs for another meal. So this little one pot wonder is great for that or for serving 2 for dinner.
Now let me tell you about the new pot I am using from Waxonware! This 3 quart size pot is perfect for so many small meals. The stone green pan is natural and eco-friendly sauce pan is a healthy & natural eco friendly option.
What is amazing about this pot is it is cadmium free, no lead, no PFOA! Nonstick is the trick to win my heart as well , this pan is perfect.
The handle is even made of oven safe silicone so you can bake with this in the oven. Sweet if you ask me. I love items that can serve a duel purpose.
After testing this pot out a few times it goes down in my kitchen history as one of my all time favorites and believe me I have tried a lot of pot and pans!
Wow it is back to school time already. I can not believe this summer has passed by so fast. Families get so very busy in the fall. This is the perfect time for a home cooked meal that is ready when you get home with no fuss. This is an easy meal to prepare that anyone can do.
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There's nothing like coming home to a home cooked dinner that is already prepared.
I recently needed to replace my outdoor lighting on my home. I bought this little beauty at Hayneedle.com at an amazing price.
I want to share with you how to install a new porch light! This can only take a few minutes and make a big difference & anyone can do it. My home is older so it was time for an update.
I purchased my light at Hayneedle.com. They have so many home selections to choose from for every home need. I also purchased a cotton Laura Ashley Quilt & a mortar & pestle. I am in love with these.
Hayneedle has so many great items for every single home need. The service, delivery & quality are top of the line. I am pleased.
I was recently invited to a VIP Party at Peachy Keen & Joint Venture Jewelry. I want to check them out so off I went to have a mom's night out. First thing I noticed was some cute clothing I just had to browse through out on the boardwalk.
I love learning about local businesses and why did they create their business. Peachy Keen & Joint Venture is a family owned business. The parents owned a vintage jewelry consignment store & now run that along side their children's business of the Peachy Keen Boutique. One half is the jewelry store the other half the clothing boutique. I thought it was simply charming & honorable they have their family history hanging on the wall proudly. So sweet!
I love family business! Every one is involved the mom, the daughters & even the dad!
What better way than to spend an evening having much needed mom time seeking out a new treasure or two for your wardrobe. Here are the highlights of my night.
If you are in the Raleigh/ Cary area be sure to check out their upcoming note worthy events around the city!
Joint Venture Jewelry’s 18th Anniversary Winesday Party
August 17 from 5-8 p.m. at Joint Venture Jewelry
Joint Venture Jewelry, offering the largest selection of vintage jewelry in the Triangle, is inviting Triangle residents to celebrate its 18th Anniversary in style! Mark your calendar for Wednesday August 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. to come sip wine and sparkle! There will be a special wine tasting with Raleigh Wine Shop in addition to storewide sales and exclusive offers. Grab your friends to come mix and mingle with fellow jewelry lovers while shopping with an exclusive discount. Visit www.jointventurejewelry.com for more information. Joint Venture Jewelry is located at 250 Grande Heights in Cary.
Peachy Keen’s 4th Birthday Party
August 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at Peachy Keen
Peachy Keen, a contemporary women’s clothing and lifestyle boutique, is turning FOUR! Triangle residents are invited to come celebrate the milestone with fabulous sales, a tasty food truck and trendy trunk shows including Paige Denim! Make plans to come by Saturday, August 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Sangria and shopping? Yes, please! For more information, visit www.thepeachykeen.com. Peachy Keen is located at 250 Grande Heights in Cary.
Peachy Wears Hope Fall Fashion Show
September 29 starting at 7 p.m. at Peachy Keen
Shop for a cause at Peachy Keen, a contemporary women’s clothing and lifestyle boutique! Make plans to attend the Peachy Wears Hope Fall Fashion Show Thursday, September 29. Cocktail hour starts at 7 p.m. with live music, a braid bar, tasty food and Peachy Keen models showing off the hottest fall fashions. All benefits go toward Headbands of Hope and Duke Children’s Hospital. Peachy Keen is located at 250 Grande Heights in Cary.
Today I am featuring Angie of The Country Chic Cottage!
I love Angie's farm house cottage. She has a mix of this and that new & old to create her family home with her special touch of vision. First let's get a glimpse of her colorful front porch. I love the different shades of green & blues she is using here. With her clay pot water thrinkler. What a peaceful place to sit and rest! Plenty of space for visitors or family to chat & relax.
Next I want to point out her foyer. She has done a great job adding in a modern print on this chair with her antique items. I love that oil lamp on the table. The succulents in the wagon below are darling. Her father in law made that wagon long ago. You can't see in this picture but she has a cool vintage soda bottle collection at the top if this shelf!
I want to next point out my favorite highlights of her super functional mud room. Here below is displayed a seat her husband made that will be a family heir loom. I love the wooden boxes shes using to catch shoes & such under the coats.
Here is an old painters box she is using to display treasures her son brings in from out doors. I think this is brilliant.
Check out her vintage soda crate shoe catchers. Yet again pure brilliance, bringing vintage yet functional to the home.
Next up some highlights of her farm house bed room. I like her old vintage furniture she is using. Most people now a days are painting everything white. I love white but I also love the original stain look that is true vintage. I am so happy to see an actual farm house room that looks truly farm house! I liker her Better Homes & Garden quilt she is using.
Look at this amazing no work to it, quilt display using an old latter. This idea I am seriously inspired to try! I love her window in time display of past loved ones in the window. I also want to point out on her blog she shares how she recovered that little bench seat too.
What a bright, comfy, cozy room. She used an old wood stove in its old glory to bring a rustic look while upholding a sweet plant. She was smart to use this as a plant stand!
In an extra room she took a day bed and is using it as a couch. Love the mix of patterns in the throw pillows. They look fantastic together bringing variety to what may of been a dull space. They tie in a fun adventurey way with the map display.
I love this small bath room. She has a lot of great storage solutions for this small space. Yet it looks pretty with a flow too!
Here is a shower curtain she made that is extra long. You can see how to as well at her blog!
Now just get back bathroom heaven. This bathroom with all the windows, space & that soaker tub is just divine! She shares how she painted the tub at her blog.
Now here is a snippet of her Spring mantel decor. Also her mantel is homemade from barn wood! Just perfect for a country farm house.
Look at these vintage cabinet & that tile! I love her collection of glass displayed. In the back of the cabinets to make it pop she used foam board covers in shelf paper! I have that same shelf paper print & love it I thought that was neat. It looks amazing in the back & makes her items pop with out being over baring. And just check out that pallet art with a mason jar.... too cute!
Her dinning area is sunny & lovely. With her homemade cafe curtains it's bright & airy goodness. Now I love her old farm house table below best in my opinion but in the next picture you'll see her new table she now has which is pretty too & a bit more modern.
Look at that REAL wood floor. O my I love love love it.
Her craft room is a place where creation dreams are made. It has come a LONG way since her first debut of her craft room years ago. Her room is every crafter's dream come true!
Thank you so much Angie for allowing us some beautiful glimpses of your home.
Ok what better way to spend a summer evening than to be invited to a #PDQshakesocial and help PDQ choose their new shakes for 2017 ! I want to share with you my evening but before I do I just have to share here a sample of PDQ's gardening right here outside. I love it. I notice the gardening around most places like this maybe more so than the average dinner goer in a hurry because I am in love with summer & flowers of summer. I really do like to stop & smell the roses. I think PDQ does an outstanding job in their landscaping. It is truly inviting.
Now let's go inside to the party. If your ever looking a spacious party room for a casual gathering you really should try PDQ.
I walked in to colorful balloons filling the room. I loved the festive bright summer colors. It sets the pace for FUN.
Hillary Hahmann always sets a great table for us partners. We had a cute summer time cup to take home filled with swag coupons. They even let me take an extra one home to try and when over a family member with who has YET to try PDQ and shame on them. I hope after that cute cup & coupons they just can't resist the place. I love the fact PDQ actually stands for People Dedicated to Quality. Every experience I have ever had this year with PDQ has proven to me they really do dedicate to quality. I go here now when not at a party as a customer and I see them with the same excitement, smiles & tender loving customer care I see the nights of the gatherings, not to mention quality food. It all around just seems to be a better option to me than ANY other eat out place do to the food freshness, quality & the caliber of people that seem to really love their job. It is just a great family friendly atmosphere. I have to say my 21 year old son has been a life long Chick Fil A fan and still loves them BUT he told me a month ago his favorite fast food eatery is now PDQ and told me the reasons why. It takes a lot to sway my son. PDQ did it.
I was happy to discover this time they have grilled chicken tenders. I really did not realize that the last few times I had tenders here. I was so happy about this healthier option! I also just had to have some more of the zucchini fries. Prior to the meal they had us do the sauce tasting too with fries & I discovered 2 new homemade sauces I loved. So happy they make their own sauce fresh!
Now on to the judging. We got to help in judging 11 shakes. They will use the information to pick the seasonal shakes for the up coming year 2017! This was exciting to be a part of. And of course my sweet tooth was happy. I am not going to dive into the shake information here you'll have to make sure to visit your local PDQ in 2017 ( don't wait visit now too LOL) to see what shakes are new in the line up. But let me tell ya........ what a fun job this tasting was. My kids came along and assisted gladly. I had fun doing this and networking with others. It was fun meeting others in the community & laughing together.
Here are the 3 lovely ladies who made the tasting a success, Brittney Turner the Raleigh Marketing & Catering Coordinator, Chas the lady who shook ALL the shakes for us, & Hillary Hahmann The Carolinas Marketing Manager.
Thanks Hillary for the invite and keep up the great work PDQ!
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