Monday, November 18, 2013


Beauty everywhere that God has left His calling card
NEW NOTE: I just want to say "thank you" to the girls who wrote and commented on my blog. I am so thankful for you and for your sweet comments and knowing you have so much in common with ME. Thank you sincerely.
Mary Lou's Turkey or Chicken Divan

The beauty of this great dish my family loves is that it is great with leftover turkey. I serve this over brown rice but they love it over white rice too. Your choice.

Purchase three good quality frozen chopped broccoli,  (10 oz each)

Take one package of fresh mushrooms (little bin) and slice them up. Pour in some olive oil in a pan and saute them. Yum.
  • 3 or 4 cups Turkey left overs OR 6 chicken breast halves, boneless, skinless (I splurge and buy range free
  • water
  • 1 &1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  •  2   cans   cream of chicken soup, reduced fat
  • 1 & 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  •  4   teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 can chopped and sliced water chestnuts
  • 1& 1/2 teaspoon melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds 
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Cook broccoli in microwave. 

Place chicken breasts in a large pan on stove; cover with water and add 1/4 t. salt.   Bring to a boil;  turn heat to medium low and cook 25 minutes until it is not pink in the middle.

Grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole . 
  Drain and  Place broccoli into casserole; Next put in the mushrooms you cooked. Cut chicken into small bite size broccoli and mushrooms with chicken pieces. Combine soup, mayonnaise,curry powder. worstershire, melted butter and lemon juice. Pour over chicken Mix. Sprinkle with cheese and  sliced almonds. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for  45  to 60 minutes.
Serves 8 to 10
Serve with Hot rice, whipped sweet potatoes, fruit salad and hot bread____________________________________________
Now back to thoughts of being Thankful

I am thankful for someone to love
I am thankful for the beauty of Fall Harvest
I am thankful for bright colors
I am thankful for drawings that make me laugh
I am thankful for childhood memories
I am thankful for Christmas decorations -when it is time for Christmas decorations
I am thankful to know that sometimes LESS is MORE
I am thankful for ears that can hear beautiful sounds
I am thankful for quilts that have sentiments and beauty
I am thankful to be able to smile at people and to have someone smile at me. Makes me feel wonderful.
I am thankful for friends who take my story quilt workshops and tell about themselves and who they love.
I am thankful for good hot coffee
I am thankful for things that make me giggle!

I am thankful that my glass is half full!
I am glad that I live in a free country with people who are willing to fight to keep that freedom, thank you to our military
I am thankful that my children, Grandchildren and dear friends are pretty inside first and outside second-Beautiful!
I am thankful that I can put my family into my quilts and they will be left with my memories to last for many years.
I am thankful that I can share FUN cows in this book I did with Mel McFarland and I am thankful for her too.
I am thankful for angels and that I can make pillows with them pictured and positive quotes for people who need a lift!
I am thankful for a clean studio thanks to dear friends who helped me out of the mess I was in! The sewing machins is now set up and buzzing. Thankful for electricity!
I am thankful for my yearly retreat which may be twice this year if I can get the space rented! And I am thankful for Miss Tina who flies up from LA to cook for us!
I am really thankful for the two men in my life. My husband Mark and my son Jason. Both are the nicest men in the world.
And just so I can end this because it could go on forever, I am thankful for peligrino and cute socks!

I made chicken divan, salad and whipped sweet potatoes for my daughters and daughter in law for lunch. Nice to spend time together.
I want to say that I think it is a total shame that they are keeping stores open on Thanksgiving day. That seems so selfish for those shop owners and after all one day will not make a huge difference on cash for them.
Isn't it OK to have ONE day set aside to give Thanks for all that we have here in the US and to be grateful for it? What do we teach our children when we put shopping ahead of family time and being thankful for simple things as well as complicated things.
 A house (shelter), food on our table in in our cupboard, warm shoes or boots, mittens, water that runs when we turn it on, heat that comes on when we are chilly, beds, blankets, electricity, a car or a bike for transportation, friends that we love and love us back, medicine in our cabinets, a telephone, and so many many other things. This is a game I play with my Grandchildren and I would challenge anyone you know to name thirty things that are thankful for that they had not really thought about.
I am thankful for those people who DO NOT SHOP that day, and for people who keep their business's closed. Retail has ruined Christmas and Easter and what it is about, I don't want Thanksgiving ruined too. Holidays are not about THINGS.
They are about much more and what really counts in life. Think about it.
And I am thankful for YOU. Thank you for visiting me here.


  1. Well, here is a new one, I am thankful I was so miserable and sick that I said no to my son, to watch my grandson so he could study. The first day he called and asked what I was doing and I ignored him, the next day he called me and told me how he got the baby to sleep longer, made dinner, cleaned and went shopping and by 5 he was resting with the baby in his lap asleep. Grandma is watching him now and i cannot do it full time at this one age and he learned how to multitask and still have time for himself;)

    Today I got the house clean and finished some Christmas ornaments, and resting up for tomorrow. He is almost 6 months and first time away from Mommy, so eventually things will settle down and we can get into a routine.


  2. And I am thankful for you, too! Thank you for the philosophical and artistic inspiration. Your site brings me a warm smile. You, your husband and the rest of your family are in my prayers. Barbara

  3. Hi Mary Lou. I'm thankful for your blog - it always makes me smile!

  4. Thanks for linking your blog Mary Lou! It is always a delight to read and look at all the cheery pics and colors. I am also thankful for you!!! XOXOXOXO

  5. I am thankful for you too, Mary Lou! You always share the most inspirational pictures, quilts and stories. It's a blessing to be able to read your wisdom every day, and I AM THANKFUL for that too!

    You are right - retail has ruined the holidays - wish the stores would stay closed on Thanksgiving. I used to enjoy going for a quiet walk after a big turkey dinner and knowing that the only thing I could buy was a newspaper from the vending machine. No Big Macs, no food from Stop & Shop after 12:00 Noon, no car wash, no retail outlets open - just big, wide empty parking lots to practice driving. The silence during that walk is what I will miss most.

  6. I am thankful for you Mary Lou. I so enjoy your blog and the positive inspiration, creativity, humor and time that you so generously share with us. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  7. Love your blog ML. So happy you will be able to go to Europe for the Christmas market. Thankful that I have two beautiful granddaughters from a son who had never planned to get married let alone have children(HaHaHa) God knew best. Thankful that I was able to take a 2 day class from you that changed the way I look at color. Blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving, My son is named Jason too and also lives in Washington state:)

  8. You are SO correct in your thoughts. Just think how the old days used to be so much more enjoyable. Now it's all about the income. So sad.
    I LOVE your quilts..they make me feel so happy. A VERY happy holiday season to you and your family.

  9. I am thankful for so many of the same things you are - just wanted to add a couple. I am thankful for inspiring, positive people like YOU! Also for recently finding your blog. I've loved your work for a long time. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family.

  10. I am thankful for you and for your appreciation of the joys of family, of creativity and of color.

    A friend wrote a wonderful piece titled "It Would Have Been Enough" about God's extravagance in creation. One kind of tree would have been enough, but instead God made lots of kinds of trees, leaves, and bark. Every other thing you can think of in nature is also way more than what would have been enough. I don't know if the entire text is out there on-line somewhere, but the author is Sharlande Sledge.

    Thanks for the recipes, too!