Monday, May 21, 2018

Easy Chicken and Dumpling Recipe

Easy Chicken and Dumpling Recipe

Do you love comfort food?  The kind that your Mom or Grandma made when you were a kid.

I love to cook with wholesome organic ingredients.  The food just tastes so much better when you use organic.  Don't believe me?  Try it!

Here's what you'll need to make this recipe:
  • small mixing bowl
  • medium stock pot
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1/3 teaspoon gluten free baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  •  1 cup purified water
Step 1: In the mixing bowl beat the eggs.  Add the other ingredients one at a time.
You want a sticky batter, not runny.
Cooked organic chicken
Step 2:  I prefer to cook mine in the crock pot to bring out that extra yummy flavor.  Add a little garlic powder and salt and a little extra virgin olive oil on top.  Fill the crock pot half way with purified water.  Set on high for 4 hours.
Add your favorite vegetables the last hour.
Step 3:  To cook the dumplings you will need the chicken broth from the cooked chicken in the crock pot.
Take out the chicken and vegetables.  Skim off any extra fat floating on top of the broth.
Step 4:  Transfer the broth to a medium stock pot and bring to a boil.
Step 5:  Drop your batter into the boiling broth and put the lid on. 
Cook for 12 minutes.  Move the pot around to make the dumplings turn over in the hot broth.
 Remove from broth and serve with your cooked chicken and vegetables in a deep bowl.  Add the gravy from the pot over the top.  Enjoy!
My family says this is the best chicken and dumpling recipe they have ever tasted.   Getting my husband to eat his vegetables is worse than trying to get a kid to.  Now, the problem is solved.  He asks me to make this for him now.
Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Week 16: How To Start An Indoor Miniature Garden On A Budget

Have you caught the miniature garden bug yet?
I have!  I had it long before it became popular.  I have always been fasinated with miniature figurines.
Here is what I started with. I searched through my house and collected all of my miniature figurines that I had purchased over the years.
 It is a collection of all the things I enjoy doing in my life.
Birdhouse, butterfly, camping, flowers, nature, gardening, needlework, tea and a little tractor to keep the grass mowed.

Where To Start?
1.  Search your own collection room by room
2.  Ask friends and family if they have any miniatures they want to give away and do a swap
3.  Go to garage sales or thrift stores
4.  Ask in online forums and groups and do a swap
5.  Save up a $1 a week for your miniature collection

Most of these cute miniatures were under $5 each.  Some were gifted to me and some I bought at garage sales and thrift stores.
Others, I made myself from a kit.

#52WeekSnailMailChallenge - Week 16

 Sending out my pocket letters to friends was so much fun.  They are filled with so many goodies and surprises. 
What did you send out this past week?  I'd love to see.
Just in case you missed Week 1 you can catch it here:
Mail Art Week 1

Have you seen my newest product line?
Wallets and Coin Purse Sets
 You'll find them in my Etsy shop, MarketsofSunshine
Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Week 15: Monday Motivation - Weekend Tips: How To Be Productive While Relaxing

Week 15: Monday Motivation - Weekend Tips: How To Be Productive While Relaxing

My weekend was packed full of family activities that were productive and relaxing.  How do I do it?  Here are some tips that I use to keep myself moving even on low energy levels.

#1 - Make a plan and a list
        a) write down all the things you need to get done over the weekend.  
        b) next make a plan of action.  Prioritize your list into what must be done, what needs to be done and what should be done

#2 - Take action steps
        a) start with your "Must be done" item on your list
        b) get to work right away and complete this plan of action
        c) once it is completed mark it off your list

#3 - Relax
        a) now take an hour and relax i.e. eat lunch, listen to music, take a nap but only for one hour
#4 - Move on to your "Needs to be done" item on your list
        a) follow the steps above in #2 to complete this action
        b) move on to your last item under "what should be done"

#5 - Sunday evening plans
        a) invite a few friends or family members over and discuss what you accomplished over the weekend by following these steps above 1-4
        b) prepare a light meal or just snacks
        c) no movie or TV this is just conversation no noise pollution allowed 
        d) end the evening by sharing your favorite spiritual gem from your weekly bible reading program, sing a favorite song, read a passage of the bible together
         e) end the evening by having each guest write down 1 thing they are grateful for from the weeks activities
         f) finally say a prayer with your guests and mention all the things you are grateful for that you experienced over your productive and relaxing weekend

I hope you have been motivated to incorporate these 5 steps into your next family weekend projects.  Don't leave your days to chance.  Make a plan of action and follow through.  Make yourself accountable to your partner.  You will strengthen your relationship and get more done each week.

When Monday rolls around you won't have regrets of what you didn't get done.  You'll be grateful for what you accomplished by working together as a team.

Need some help getting started?  No problem!  I've got that covered.  You'll find a worksheet in my Etsy shop called: 

5 Tips On How to be Productive While Relaxing Over the Weekend

If you liked this post, please take the time to leave me a comment below.  Share it with your friends on your social media too.  I'll see you next week.  Same place.  Same time.

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J. 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Week 14: Teach Cursive Writing At Home #52WeekSnailMailChallenge

What You Can Do
  • Send your child or grandchildren letters by mail
  • Make a day to teach them cursive writing
  • Start with signing their legal name
  • Start a pen pal challenge
You'll find many new styles for sending letters by mail like stuffed envelopes, pocket letters and more in my Etsy shop, 
 Check out my pen pal letters I've started sending this year in past blog posts like this one, Mail Art. 
Don't miss any of my posts.  Sign-up for my mailing list here:
 Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.
P.S. If you can read my cursive writing above leave me a comment below and tell me your age.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Week 13: Hontoon Island State Park Review and Hearts and Flowers Collection

Week 13: Hontoon Island State Park Review

Being out in nature is the best therapy for getting rid of stress and relaxing the mind and body from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  
Our trip to the Hontoon Island State Park was so enjoyable.  It is accessible by pontoon boat from the parking lot.  Our Ranger was so nice and informative so we were more than happy to give a donation for his hard work.
There is a picnic area for families as well as a playground for the kiddies.  There is a nice nature trail that goes around the island.  You reach a tower where you can climb the 100 plus steps to the top and see out over the woods below.
We enjoyed a picnic lunch inside the museum in the cool a/c as we sat and watched the history of the island recorded on video.
They also have a little store selling food and souvenirs and next to that is the park Ranger's office.  It is a nice day trip for the whole family.  
The park is located in Volusia county, Florida on the Saint Johns River basin.
 Why not plan a trip the next time you are in Florida.  If, you already live in Florida make it a place to see on your next weekend vacation.  You'll be happy you did.

I have been busy as a bee making cards for my friends and family.  I love using my Paper Pumkin card kit that comes in the mail each month from Stampin Up

I use my card stock stash and make a pocket letter style envelope and fill it up with lots of my handmade envelopes and confetti.  I love making the embellished paperclips out of the charms I have picked up over the years at craft stores and garage sales.  I attach a lobster claw to the top of the charm so they can use it on anything they like or just keep it on the paperclip and use it in a book or planner.

Introducing the new "Hearts and Flowers Collection" product line in my Etsy shop, MarketsofSunshine!

 Which one of the new wallets do you like? 
Leave me a comment below letting me know.

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Week 12: Tips For Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Week 12: Tips for Flu Season
Firstly, How are you doing with your snail mail challenge?  I hope you are on schedule with me.  Secondly, I hope you have been well and if not I hope you get well soon.  Sending you a big hug and well wishes to all who are not feeling well.
Our family had a visit from a dreaded flu bug a few weeks ago.  It was a fast and furious virus that started with my daughter and then my husband and lastly me.  My son-n-law somehow didn't get it.  He must be a carrier or has a very strong immune system that helps him stay healthy.

So, here are a few tips that we all need to remember during cold and flu season to keep the bugs at bay.
  1. Quarantine the victim
  2.  Wear gloves and a mask when around the ill person
  3. Wash hands frequently
  4. Bath daily
  5. Keep the ill person clean too
  6. Spray the room with a mixture of 50/50 vodka and purified water several times a day
  7. Use a disinfectant spray on all knobs and bathroom surfaces daily 
  8. Drink lots of extra fluids like water or herbal tea (not soda or juices or anything with caffeine)
  9.  Homemade chicken broth and soup with a little salt and organic vegetables during the illness
  10. Avoid sugar, dairy and alcohol 
  11. Get plenty of sleep and naps during the day
  12. Get in the sunshine for at least 30 minutes a day
  13.  Walk daily for at least 15 to 20 minutes
 If, you still get the flu or cold apply the above list and it will help you recover faster.  I also took natural anti-biotics and vitamin C.  I was over it in about 4 days.  By day 5 I was feeling more like myself again.  

I managed to still make cards for my #52weeksnailmailchallenge
I used my Stampin Up! Paper Pumpkin kit that comes in the mail each month to make the cards you see above.
The purple cards are from a card making kit in the product line (Medallion) found in the catalog and on my website, here
Now, I have to get my mailing list out and see where I left off sending cards to my friends.
I think I am only one week behind so that is not so bad considering being hit with the flu bug.

Stay tuned for the next blog post where I will reveal to you my newest product line: Organizer's Must Have Collection!
Here is a sneak peek...
Wishing you a healthy and happy Spring.  I'd love to hear what's going on in your life.  Talk to me in the comments box below.

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Week 11: Celebrating A Friends 19th Wedding Anniversary

Week 11: Celebrating a friend's 19th wedding anniversary was a blast!  I met their great Dane named Adagio.  He is such a cuddle bug. There grey cat, Cecil is so sweet too. I am allergic to dogs and cats so my allergies were going crazy.  I have been coughing up hair balls ever since. Giggle!

Snail Mail Challenge
I am making my 11th card for my #52weeksnailmailchallenge this week for a friend out of state.  I don't want to say which state or that will give it away.  hehe!

I'm still deciding which style I will send to her.  The pocket letter folder style above.  Or, the crazy pocket letter style below.
Which, one do you think I should make for her?  Leave me a comment below using the G+ google plus option.  

Did you know we take custom orders for our cash envelopes and travel wallet sets?  Check them out in my Etsy shop, MarketsofSunshine

 P.S. If you are looking for something vintage to give a friend on their special occasion check out our Etsy shop, PioneerFundraiser today!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Week 10: Lake Griffin State Park, Second Largest Oak Tree in Florida

Hello! Week 10
It's week 10 from Lake Griffin State Park in Fruitland, FL
There we found the 2nd largest live oak tree in the state of Florida.  You'll see us in front of the mammoth tree in the photos above.
Sunday, March 4, 2018 around 5:45 p.m.

I'm on my 10th card and right on schedule with the weekly challenge.  I gave a lovely card to a friend that had a scripture on the front: Isaiah 33:24 "No resident will say: I am sick!"

Newsletter Changes
Do you open and read my newsletter each week?  If, you want to continue to receive it then I need you to let me know.  Google is supposedly going to make some changes to how companies can contact their subscribers starting May 1st.  To keep ahead of these changes I want to give you a heads up now.

Coupon Codes and Sales
Your current coupon code will be deactivated and you will have to come here each month in order to find out what the new code is if you want to make a purchase in either of my Etsy shops.
Why, this change?  
It's so you don't miss out on what I will be adding new to my Etsy shops each month.  You'll always be the first to know what's coming before the general public.

Social Media
 I will be making live videos and posting them each week on my social media sites. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
and here with the new coupon code or new product launch announcement.
Follow me on any of these sites by clicking them below.

 Etsy Shops
Shop for handmade or vintage gifts in either of our shops below.  click the name to visit us and see our full selection of products today!

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Week 9: Giveaway Contest! You Make The Rules!

          Week 9: Giveaway Contest!  You Make The Rules!!
February 25 - March 3

Does that sound a little crazy?  Well, it's not.
I decided I'd ask you what would you be willing to do on the internet to win one of the handmade items above from my Etsy shop, MarketsofSunshine <<<<<Click to read details of each item description for what is included and size.

But, I do have a few little requests in return.
  You have to do at least 3 things that I can verify on a blog, social media in a group etc... 
Do these 3 things once a day for 7 days.
 You pay $3.05 for shipping. 
It's a win, win for both of us that way.

To enter put your 3 rules in the comments box below using the G+ option (Google Plus)
Also, include which of the above 4 items you want to win.  
I will reserve that item for you so no one else will get it.

Are you ready to play?!
On your mark!  Get set!  Go!

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.

P.S. I am right on target with my letter writing and snail mail challenge.  I will be making more cards to send out this week.
There are a few Anniversaries I will be celebrating in March. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

What's New In MarketsofSunshine Etsy Shop!

Passport Holder Credit Card Case Travel Gift


Llamas Wallet For Women With Snap Closure

Here are just a few of my newest products added to my Etsy shop, MarketsofSunshine this week.

Use your 20% off coupon code found in your newsletter and pick up your favorite set of women accessories today.

Click the image below to see our full selection


Monday, February 19, 2018

Week 8: Random Act of Kindness Is A Mark of A True Friend!

Week 8: Random Act of Kindness Is A Mark of A True Friend!
Would you agree or disagree with that statement?

I've discovered something really amazing about that statement.  It can apply to anyone.  That's right anyone can do a R.A.O.K.
for anyone on any given day of the week.
You don't have to wait for a special occasion to show your loved ones or even an acquaintance that they mean more to you than just a passing thought.
By sending a card or letter in the mail you are showing them that you thought of them enough to take action.  
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Taking part in this challenge puts your feet to the fire and makes you put your hand where your mouth is so to speak.  
It's all about Jesus words written over 2000 years ago.
"There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving"  (Acts 20:35)
"Do to others as you want them to do to you"
(Luke 6:31)
Sitting down and taking the time to think of someone and share a part of your world with them through a written note is something they can refer back to over and over again.
I like to make a copy of the letter or card before I send it and keep it in a file.  That way I won't forget what I wrote them and when I sit down to write again I won't repeat myself as we all do without even realizing it.
Setting Goals and Achieving Them One Step At A Time
If you don't set goals you will never achieve very much in your life.  Yikes!  that was shocking to read.  But, it's the truth. Think about your routine.  What do you do each day?  If you write down in a journal what you do each day for 30 days and then read it at the end of the month you might be surprised at how boring and dull your life really has gotten.
But, if you set goals and work on achieving them one step at a time and keep track of your progress.  You can look back at the end of each month and see what you have accomplished and feel good about it.
Get my worksheet on how to set goals and achieve them one step at a time.  Click here to get it sent to your inbox.
 Start with one goal at a time.  For instance, I am working on organizing each room in my house.  I started on this last year and I am still working on it.  I can only do 15 minutes a day due to my Lyme disease and other health issues.
So, I decide which room I want to work on each day and I set the timer for 15 minutes.  When the timer goes off I stop and rest on the couch.  I am expanding this year to get outdoors and weed my flower beds and water the plants each day for 15 minutes.  I love it!

 Make Time for the More Important Things
Believe it or not there are six things that you should be doing every day of the year to be truly happy.  If you make time for these more important things you'll achieve the goals and enjoy a future life that will bring you the greatest happiness that surpasses your wildest dreams.
2.  Read the Bible each day
3.  Share the good news about God's Kingdom each day
4. Provide for your families needs (income)
5.  Keep your house clean and organized
6. Get the required sleep your body needs
For more information on this topic feel free to contact me for a free home Bible study.
Stay Tuned For Next Week's Adventure to one of Florida's state parks. 
Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.

P.S.  Check out my new product line (No Probllama) in my Etsy shop,

Monday, February 12, 2018

Week 7: Getting Back To Being "You"

Week 7: Getting Back To Being "You"!
That topic can mean a variety of things depending on your age and your situation.  If you are a young person you are still trying to figure out just who "you" are and what you want to do with you life.

This post is for the women who have already figured out who they are but then got married, had kids and now the kids are grown and moved out of the house.  
Yes, I know you're saying; you mean empty Nester's.
But, here's the thing.  Just because your kids no longer live at home does not mean your parenting skills are put away or canceled and you stop being a Mom.
Yes, we want our children to grow up and stand on their own 2 feet and make good decisions based on how we raised them.
But, I don't know if you know it or not but life is Hard!
Learning to deal with day to day life is hard enough but throw in the car breaking down and you don't know which mechanic to trust to take it to get it fixed.
Or, you loose your job and you have a little savings but that's about to run out and no companies are calling you for an interview yet.

Does any of this sound familiar in your family?
I grew up with parents that didn't hang me out to dry or to sink or swim in this dog eat dog world.  They were always there for me to help me get through the really hard parts.
I was able to get work young for major companies and learned a lot about the corporate world of politics at a young age.
I didn't like what I saw so I jumped ship and swam to safer waters, aka working for myself.
I've taken the good that I learned from my upbringing and applied it to raising my daughter.  The results are positive.

Recently, our daughter and son-n-law went through some very hard and stressful times.  When the phone rang and we were asked for help, we gladly offered.
We held a family meeting and set out a plan of attack.  
The job loss was resolved in a few short weeks after many phone calls and prayers.
The major car repair was fixed and they are back rolling down the road with a smile on their faces. 
This brings me to my point of the journey I decided to start in 2018.  #52weeksnailmailchallenge
It's all a part of who I am and getting back to being "me" despite my chronic illness.
I'm back to having good days and when I do I am making the most of them by getting out of the house and taking short day trips out in nature.
As I continue on my journey of writing 52 cards and letters it is giving me back a sense of who I am.
 It doesn't matter that my friends don't call me for weeks on end.  Or, that they don't write to me ever or maybe once in a blue moon.
What matters is that I stay in touch with them.  Why?
Because, life is Hard! and we all need encouragement.  Most of all it's because Jesus told us there is more happiness in giving love than in receiving love.  I want to follow his advise so I can be truly "happy".
I do have one friend that prefers text messages over a phone call.  And, that's okay!
I love her dearly and she loves me.  I sent her the pocket card above and she was in tears.  She had just gotten over an 8 day virus and was down in the dumps.  This was just the thing to cheer her up. It's in my "Just add stamps and mail post."
By the way she is having a relapse so I am making her another smaller card and will include her favorite candy, dark chocolate.
I have another friend that hates the phone so she rarely calls me. But, she will drive over an hour on her days off several times a year despite her 3rd round of cancer to come and visit with me.  That means the world to me.  I love her dearly too.
Then, I have a long distance friend that I have never met in person but we have forged a bond over the last 8 years through email and phone calls and google video hangouts.
She calls me almost every week and I call her just as often.
I have another long distance friend and we keep in touch over the phone as often as we can.  She is a loyal reader of this blog and does her best to let me know how much my posts mean to her.  They are all on my list of 52 to send to along with my other wonderful friends near and far.

 Want to keep in touch with your friends and send cards.
Sign-up for StampinUP! paper pumpkin card making kit.
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Or, pick up a set of these pretty and fun envelopes and wallet gifts at MarketsofSunshine <<<<<Click the name to shop.

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