Friday, April 3, 2015

Getting Ready... and counting our blessings

Getting ready for the big upcoming trip is keeping me busy! Lodging is pretty much in place. The emphasis is now on food - what will we cook??? I think this is one of the places that the dehydrator is paying off. We'll be taking a number of meals with us. 

Today I began assembling things - mostly for soups. Each packet is labeled so I know the contents and what I need to add.  

So far we have:
  • Stir Fry - onion, zucchini, yellow squash, okra, carrots, mushrooms, and pea pods.
  • Stir Fry - onion, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, carrots, mushrooms, and sugar snap peas.
  • Cauliflower soup - cauliflower, onions, celery, garlic, carrots, and spices.
  • Hamburger Stew - corn, green beans, onions, carrots. The cornstarch and bouillon are in separate bags within the larger packet.
  • Potato Carrot Soup - shredded potatoes, carrots, green pepper, onion.
  • Vegetable Soup - potatoes, green onions, tomatoes, summer squash and zucchini, carrots, cabbage, and Lima beans.
  • Chicken and Vegetable Soup - carrots, green beans, onions, tomatoes, and garlic.
  • Shredded Potato Soup - shredded potatoes and green onions.
  • Beef Barley Soup - barley, carrots, mushrooms, onions, celery, and a bay leaf.

And a few sides:
  • Au Gratin Squash Casserole - summer squash, zucchini, and onions.
  • Green beans.
  • Carrots.
  • Cauliflower.

These are now all packaged in Mylar and labeled - ready to go!

I've tried a few new things in the dehydrator - when it comes to fruit, I haven't found anything that the two older grandsons that live near us don't like! They love the watermelon slices (in the background) and watermelon/apple crazy fruit. Ray isn't crazy about the watermelon.

The strawberry/kiwi crazy fruit is a favorite of mine.

We all like the cantaloupe and especially the banana/cantaloupe crazy fruit.

The banana/pineapple crazy fruit is wonderful!


A year ago we were waiting for Ray's cancer surgery. It was a stressful time. We are so blessed that all seemed to turn out well. We now know the cancer was just leaving the prostate - just turning into Stage 3. Ray continues to do well!

Four years ago we were waiting for my back surgery. It was a stressful time. I am so blessed that it went well and I had Ray, a fantastic caregiver. Technically I am still recovering for another year and I continue to see progress!

We have chosen to enjoy life as much as possible. My Dad always said "Everyday's a holiday!". Oh how right he was! He chose to live his 61 years that way and now we are doing the same. This Easter season we are blessed to still enjoy each day the way we choose. 

We celebrate this Easter with prayers of glory and thanks.
Happy Easter!


  1. You know, I was just wondering yesterday how Ray was doing. Glad to hear that you both are doing so well.

    And I was wondering, too, when you'd be traveling again ... where are you going this time? I hope you'll be able to blog periodically so we can all travel vicariously through you. ;-)

    That crazy fruit - it's two pieces of fruit dried together? At least that's what it sounds and looks like. Sounds yummy.

  2. Glad you both are doing well. Enjoy your trip.

  3. Love, love your attitude! And what is it you're calling crazy fruit? blessings, marlene



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