Thursday, April 30, 2015


   When Jeremiah and I moved into our first home in 1997, his grandma gave us a microwave as a housewarming gift.  It was a nice top-of-the-line model.  We were so blessed by her gift as there really wasn't a way that we could afford such a nice one or even able to afford a cheap model. Money was tight! That microwave moved with us to our current home. I relied on it for so much, melting butter, warming soup or leftovers, defrosting meat that I forgot to thaw, reheating coffee or tea, etc. 
   Several years ago we noticed that the microwave just wasn't working as well as it should.  It was an aging appliance and needed replaced but we just couldn't agree on that. Jeremiah wanted to get rid of it and not replace it and I wanted to replace it with a new model but smaller sized than the current one.  Jeremiah wasn't sure that they were as safe as once thought and even though I wasn't too sure about that myself, I liked the convenience it provided.  Replacing it was still an expense that we didn't want to incur.
   One afternoon, Ryder was warming up some food and leaned against the microwave while waiting for his food to finish.  He jumped quickly and looked at his hand. Apparently, the old microwave door was not shutting correctly and it burned his hand.  He had quite a mark on his palm, nothing too serious, but still painful. That was it for me! We took care of his hand and we removed the food and glass tray from the microwave. The microwave had sealed it's destiny for a lifetime membership to an appliance graveyard. 
   We didn't replace it, I decided to challenge myself to live without one until we could go buy a new one.  I was short on counter space anyway so I monopolized that area and used the toaster oven more.  I was constantly using the one small pot I owned.  It was cheaper to buy a new pot than a microwave so I purchased another small one and the challenge continued.  After a few weeks of "no microwave", I found that I didn't miss anything but the timer feature on it.  I liked that food seemed to taste better warmed on the stove or in the toaster oven. I bought a new timer, not a new microwave.  
   Years later, we still haven't bought a microwave.  I honestly do not miss it and haven't wished for a new one.  What I do find interesting, however, is that people think I am "different" for not having or wanting a microwave when it doesn't bother me at all.

~ SunnyKaye ~

Monday, April 20, 2015

Strawberry Shortcake


One of my favorite Spring/Summer treats is strawberry shortcake. Saturday while Madilynne and I were grocery shopping we found two containers of fresh organic strawberries. They were really ripe but I knew we could use them quickly.  At the next store, I picked up some dessert shells since we wouldn't have time to make pound cake.  I already had some whipped topping so we were set! I washed and sliced the berries and sprinkled them with some sugar. I placed them in the fridge to get nice and juicy!  

   After church on Sunday, Jeremiah wanted to grill so we had steak and brats, cole slaw and French fries. Quick and easy but so filling!  We decided to wait and enjoy the shortcakes while playing Uno later in the afternoon. It was worth the wait!  We all enjoyed the sweet treats.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


   Yesterday my dad, Pappy B, Ryder and I went to a local apiary and picked up two packages of bees that we ordered.  Our hives didn't make the winter and it was so upsetting.  The bees are wonderful and do such a great job at pollinating! We value them for our blueberry bushes. We are planning on expanding our patch this year so we will definitely be needing their help.
   Honey is so good and I like it equally as much as maple syrup.  It tastes so good in tea and is good for a bout of sore throat along with other uses.  I regularly substitute honey for brown sugar when I make bread.  I can eat it straight off a spoon or slather it on a piece of warm, buttered bread.
   Do you like honey? If so, how do you enjoy it?