Counting my blessings & Guillermo’s French Toast

I’ve been struggling the last couple of days.  Physically with a couple of old injuries that have flared up, inability to get out for healing walks outside in the fresh air… and Mentally..  not so much with being shut in due to Covid-19 – but i think just because of my current physical limitations, and all I faced yesterday trying to get some things done.  It was scary out there.. i like my safe house.  That’s all I’ll say about the negative.  You’re all reading/watching the news, and facing it yourselves.

I was chatting with my mom on the phone this morning, and before hanging up, I said.. “i’m gonna go count my blessings and write them down now, Mom”.  So that’s what I’m going to do now.   some of these are going to be “instead of’s” or “even though’s”… ie, instead of the woe i’m facing, how to turn it to positive.

Even though it’s been realllllly annoying how slow the internet has been … i HAVE internet at home, the ability to pay for it, and incredible ways to connect to family, friends, work, and church during this time.


Instead of complaining about my sore foot and arm, I’m going to be thankful I have this time off work to elevate, ice, protect, and rest.

I have a breadmaker!! 


img_8544It’s been used every 2-3 days lately keeping fresh bread in the house with very little work on my behalf! (thanks Aunt Margaret for giving us a really good bread maker for a wedding gift almost 15 years ago, it still works GREAT!)  We miss you, Aunt Margaret.. you were such an encouragement to both Bill and I.  Having the bread maker out on the Island making us bread 3x a week reminds us of you, and how much you cared for us.


I was able to find yeast in bulk before the stores ran out.

Local growers are selling plants at cost .. I “splurged” and got myself 8 new orchids for $59 via the Watering Can Flower Market (free delivery over $30 or contactless curb pickup)


So thankful for my church and Pastor for encouraging us with the Word this Sunday, that we were able to watch it from home, and participate in worship on the couch.


Thankful to be able to take notes during the message, and encourage my Pastor right back by sending him my sermon note drawing. smiley face


Thankful for a husband who loves my cooking attempts – even the failed ones, and made French Toast himself for breakfast on Sunday using our fresh home made bread.

(4 eggs, a “dash” of milk, lotsa cinnamon.. coated each piece well, a little soak time.. in the non stick fry pan with some Spray oil.. his topped with maple syrup, mine with pineapple yogurt)


Thankful Bill found brand new N95 masks in the house we had purchased when we were doing the house demo 1.5 yrs ago, along with thick automotive gloves so I felt safer shopping yesterday.

Thankful for clean water, soap and the means to clean all our fruit and veg and packaging.. even though it takes a whole lot longer to shop and clean.. we can do it, we can be safe.

Thankful for raw hands – cause we have clean water and soap

Thankful for the time at home to do a better job of cleaning, prepping, and making us safe.

Thankful for the time at home to be able to encourage others, sending notes, emails, phonecalls.






Thankful for a government, both provincially and federally that is taking Covid-19 seriously, and setting good examples for us, and doing their best to communicate.  I may not have voted for everyone that’s in power now, but I’ve been incredibly impressed and thankful for their leadership, and praying for them.



Thankful for PRAYER with friends, on my own.. that God is ever present, always with me.. never am I isolated from Him.

Thankful for this incredible HUGE Pointsettia that moved in with us almost 4 months ago, and is still brightening our home, and that we have the room for it to continue to do so.


thankful for my fair feathered friends who entertain me in my window daily

thankful for my local post office ladies, who are working through this time, and dealing with some really difficult people, and still smile and treat everyone kindly.

img_8487a.jpgthankful for on line banking, on line shopping…

After 3 or more years blogging on this page, i finally figured out how to insert emojis .. entirely by accident! 😍😳

thankful for my 12 year old Macbook Pro that keeps chugging along and allowing me to blog!

thankful for my readers, and those who comment and encourage me.

thankful for new bloggers I’ve found that are encouraging me in THEIR outlook during this time.

Thankful for my family, especially my sisters who are working hard for their families, for healthcare, for my mom, for their businesses.. and aren’t giving up.

thankful for my mom’s 2 amazing PSWs, both Christian ladies that love her, and are caring for her so beautifully when we can’t.

thankful for a GREAT result of mom’s recent tests showing her pneumonia is finally gone, and her lungs are clear.


Thankful for this notification i just got on my phone that made me laugh… I’m trying to NOT waste my time on Candy Crush and other games.. but there is a time for it.  (waiting in line 2m apart from everyone else to get in at Costco, waiting on hold with CRA to check EI claim status… etc)

What are YOU thankful for today?  Let’s keep count our blessings

Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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