Sunday, March 25, 2012

At Home Simplicity

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action. 
(Mother Teresa)

When someone you know is experiencing a turbulent home life and is displaced for the moment, it makes you even more grateful for your own quiet, peaceful home.  And for daily simplicities.
 
Yesterday I made more gozleme. This time I filled them with spinach and feta (my favorite) and tried some with halloumi cheese and zaatar & olive oil.  I made about 12 pieces and they were gone in no time.
Thanks to Jingles who turned a pot over on the balcony, I found a little surprise.  A while back, I placed the top of a sprouting spud in a small pot of soil.  I didn't actually expect anything to happen so when I found this little potato, I was quite pleased.  I guess if the pot had been bigger, I might have gotten a bigger potato.  Who knew it was that easy.
 
Dandelions have taken over lots of our potted plants and that's just fine with me.  Where mostly there is no color, it is nice to see their little yellow blooms.  I'm happy when anything is able to survive the heat and dust.  Our afternoon temperatures are climbing up into the 80's now so it will only get hotter from here.
A large part of the weekend was spent crocheting.  In fact, after I finish getting everything ready for school tomorrow, I will pick up hook and yarn again.
I hope your day is filled with simple pleasures and lots of love!

31 comments:

Linda said...

Your home is gorgeous and very inviting.

Glad that you had an enjoyable day. It's our Sunday naturally, and so the last day before our return to work and school and I plan to savor every moment. Jim won't return until this evening and he brought the gas can with him since prices are so high, so I have to wait until he returns home to mow the grass, so that's what I'll be doing this evening. Already I can't keep up with it and if I don't mow every few days, can't get the mower through it - it's so thick. Of course, I'm not complaining - it's green and beautiful out there. :)

Hope you have a great new week,
Linda

LuLu Kellogg said...

Going to get my husband to try the Gozleme! It looks soooooo good!

Thanks for the link Tammy!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Sharon said...

Your little pockets look delicious!

So, Jingles is also a helpful kitty! Nice potato!

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Your gozleme look so good; spinach and feta, how much better could it get!!!

Your home is very beautiful. Wish you would post more pics!!!

S
xo

SusanLotus said...

I really enjoy reading your blog and looking at all the photos of yummie and delicious foods and your cozy home. Gratitude is really the key to a happy homelife. :)
Have a wonderful afternoon/evening!

Debi Y. said...

Pretty neat about the potato - maybe you can try growing some more. Have a great day. :)

Theresa said...

Those look and sound delicious Tammy! Thanks for the link, I didn't know what they were at first but I knew they would be good if you said so :)
I wonder if I can make them somehow without the cheese? Maybe just a blend of the spinach and other favorite vegies? I am intrigued by the primal diet, I am not of the mind for diets either... just lifestyle changes which is why I have been a vegetarian for over a year and it has went so well, I am almost 100% vegan now but that is a little trickier when trying to feed a family who is not. Somethings are easier to make than others. Ithe this was of eating makes sense though, we don't need to eat all of the processed foods out there.
Have a nice relaxing day of crocheting and thanks for the recipes! t.xoxox

Sam I Am...... said...

Trying to catch up with your blog I think I got my comments mixed up...par for the course for me! I love dandelions too and I have never "weeded" them unless they start crowding out a plant I purchased. Definitely going to crochet today as I am feeling a little under the weather...just tired from all the outside work yesterday I think. I'm trying to crochet a big basket to hold my yarn that's coming! It's a good way to use up my scraps. TTYL!

Elna said...

Nice pictures and it certainly is fun to crochet * smile *.

Hugs
Elna

Kit said...

Your place is so cozy and lovely! I love how you make such a great home for your family. I feel that is so important. Thanks for your anniversary wishes. The song is The Wedding Song. Have a lovely week! Kit

Jan said...

I like dandelions.....they are happy little things! As a child, I made my share of necklaces and head bands!

Peace and quiet is a dear thing. Take it while you can!

Cute crochet cozy!

Becky said...

Im loving Gozleme.All ther right ingredients for me.

Have a nice new week ahead Tammy!

Blessings!

Rostrose said...

Dear Tammy, the saying of Mother Teresa is so true. And in your home one senses love and peace & quiet. Your Gozleme look delicious. I am not sure what is zaatar, but I like halloumi and olives, so I think I would love both versions. You wrote me you missed "a hint of renewal" - I think the Dandelion and potato are your hoped-for "variety for the eye" ... ;o) In my country it is believed it would be paradise to live without winter - but obviously we all would miss the spring... Thank you for that thought - it is an important learning experience for me!
Sending love to you,
hugs, Traude
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LDH said...

Such sweet tidbits on your post today. Lovely quote from Mother Theresa, a surprise spud, a yummy gozleme, a cheerful dandelion and handsome crochet project! Simple pleasure visiting with you!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I would be very content sitting in your beautiful room, eating your Gozleme and having a good old chinwag with you dear Tammy!!
I'm going to follow your link and try and make these one day!

I love dandelions too - they are survivors and cheer us with their simple yellow petals.
They also have wonderful medicial benefits see:
http://www.dandeliontea.org/dandelion-tea/dandelion-tea-for-the-birds

Dear Mr Jingles helping you out again, to find your amazing potato!

Wishing you a very happy week Tammy
love
Shane

Catherine said...

Hearing about other's troubles really does help us appreciate what we have doesn't it?
I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday Tammy!
xo Catherine

Melanie said...

Wow, here I am a 'foodie' and I've never even heard of gozleme! Looks absolutely delicious.

Your living room is lovely ~ looks so warm and inviting.

Daydream Living said...

Hi Tammy,
thanks for the photo editing sites, will check them out, shame picnik is leaving. I'm a bit hungry and looking at some of your recipes makes me even more hungry, really not good when it's time for bed! Are you still planning to go to Dubai? If so let me know and I will send you my nr by email so you can contact me, would be great to finally meet in real life!
Talk soon, hugs, Maureen x

Gracie's Cottage said...

gozleme. I had to catch up on your previous post to see what that was. Now that I know, I am getting very hungry!

I always put sweet potato vines in my planter boxes, so normally find taters when I pull them out in the fall. Never tried eating them though!


Jan

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Your home looks lovely and inviting, ~ do love the quote from Mother Teresa.
Also the gozleme look so good and not surprised they were gone in no time.
You will be wanting to plant more potatoes out in pots, well done.

Happy new week
Hugs
Carolyn

Happy@Home said...

A lovely photo of your home. Your room looks so warm, inviting and cozy.
A lovely quote you have shared from Mother Teresa and one I totally agree with.
You make such interesting things to eat. I get hungry just reading about them.
I have always heard that potatoes are easy to grow, but I didn't realize it was that easy. I love those little tender potatoes. Three cheers for Jingles!!!

Cozy Little House said...

I wish I knew how to crochet. And to cook like you do!
Brenda

Susan said...

Hi Tammy...
Your living room looks absolutely lovely.

The baked goods look so yummy.

Hope you have a super week. Susan

Mariettes Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

You are a great cook and manage well to prepare the local fare! It is my favorite food, middle and far east dishes.
Jingles did unearth your 'tater', good for her. Yes, you did well, if you only had had a bigger pot and more of those spuds.
As for your living room, that looks very relaxing and really cozy. Two arched windows and the way you tie the outside curtains back for more light, looks great. Your son might not approve of all the things on the wall but you did a great job there as well. Things are at the proper height, not way up towards the ceiling... It should be always at eye level they teach us, so if sitting down, things are lower as well.
Your crocheted work is lovely and it gives you joy. Plus sharing it with the world on your blog is quite unique!
Love to you and enjoy a lovely week and dandellions are great; they are being eaten in salads too! But the color is so bright and happy.
Mariette

Createology said...

This is a wonderful quote. Home is where I most want to be. I love my home and take pride in it. Your home is lovely and a very special place for you and your family. Your foods are always so interesting and sound quite yummy. Mr. C loves worldly cuisine and I am learning to like a lot of it. Happy home life and simplicity and crocheting dear...

Diane said...

I always love to see your beautiful home Tammy. It looks so cozy and inviting and beautiful. I would just like to come and look at everything. What a sweet surprise the spud was. You'll have to do something special with it. Diane

Serena Lewis said...

Your home looks so inviting and cosy....love it!

How cool you grew a potato...apparently they're quite easy to grow. I did once although my efforts only yielded about 2 kilos worth.

I like the dandelion verse.

Enjoy your crochet...I always love to see what you make.

Enjoy your week!

Love and hugs,
Serena xo

The English Romantic said...

Hi Tammy,
Your sitting room looks so very cosy and I'm sure it's a welcome cool spot when the temparatures rise.
Here in the UK we are waiting to enjoy the delights of Jersey Royals, a delicious new potato grown only in the Channel Island of Jersey. They can be expensive but worth every penny.
Enjoy your crocheting.
Hugs,Angela.

Lee said...

Yummy! I love the rightness of dandelions! We hit 80 last week, but last night it was 37 and the high toight will be 17~!! I guess old man winter is back for a bit-- Maine is known for weird weather. We have such a short growing season here- some flowers don't do well.

Have a good week!

~~Carol~~ said...

I don't think I've ever seen any shots of your home. It's SO lovely, and warm and inviting!
Those darn dandelions seem to be especially prolific this year. It's a shame they're a weed, because if you look at them closely, they are kind of pretty!

val said...

sounds like a good day....I love your little spud! Maybe I'll try to plant one...hahaha.
We are off for a whole week here in Slidell...and I hope to do a lot of crocheting.....

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