It has been one of those days. I am thankful to have my eldest home from school again - we are having a great time! I loaded up all the kidlets and cautiously ventured out to the gym this morning through the ice. When I got back I immediately knew that I was in for a big suprise (yes, the smell was in the air). Our sweet Sheltie Chance decided to get in the trash and help himself to the tulips I threw away .... what the heck? He was eating the green stems! Now, I know he is wayy smarter than this. And then he proceeded to get sick and leave me 4 - yes, 4 piles of nasty poo to clean up off the carpet. So much fun! He has now been banned to the patio for the remainder of the day. I tell ya, it never stops around here friends - one big circus!
Guess what I did Friday? Dawn at Dawn's Diversions orchestrated a get together at a local restaurant (Fox and the Hound) for OK bloggers and at the very last minute I decided to go. I had the best time! Conversations about our favorite blogs, ideas for topics to post about and even some neat give-away ideas filled the air. Many new relationships were formed. My hubby thought I was nuts running off to meet strangers, but as you can see they were just the sweetest ladies and I enjoyed getting to meet all of them!
The whole bunch - a beautiful group of girls!
Here I am with Georgie at Decisionally Challenged and Dawn. I sat next to these 2 ladies and really enjoyed their company. It was such a great evening!
I love these pillows. They would fit well in several rooms in my house. Botanicals, birds, butterflies.....right up my alley!
Another great find from Ballards. I love anything French looking and this is taken straight out of a train station in Paris.
This mirror makes me giddy! It's just darling! I love the birdcage design and they have it hanging in front of a bookcase.
Swissmar Borner Slicer
I love this thing! I forgot I even had a mandolin slicer, much less that it was called a mandolin, but a neighbor mentioned she was given one recently and it sparked my memory. My mom gave this one to me and I have decided I am going to get it out and use it a lot more - it is soo easy. What have I been waiting for? I made scalloped potatoes last night and they turned out fabulous.
The colorBLUE. I am searching for the best blue to paint my master. I may have found it.
This room is fabulous and the wall color - just gorgeous! This was done by my good friend Sarah at Vintage Lily when she worked full-time as a designer for a commercial firm. She is very talented in many things, much less decorating. She has great taste!
I love this show! I am addicted to it..it's definitely my guilty pleasure. Hubby has absolutely no idea why I watch such a "dumb" show as he calls it, but I enjoy tuning in to see what the girls are gonna do next. FUN!
This is my sweet K in her way cute tutu made by my best real-life buddy Jenn at Memoirs of a Southern Domestic Goddess. Isn't it darling? I love how it looks on my baby girl. She makes the cutest things and sells them on her blog. I also have a picture frame she made which I adore. Go by and check her out!
I got an award back at the first of January and am just now blogging about it.....whew! Gina at Six In The Country gave this to me...thanks Gina!
I am so grateful for the recognition! Go over for a visit and say hello. She has a great blog!
Enjoy your weekend friends. I have been working on a painting project and will be back next week to show you a peak at what is going on in this house!
I had a request to post the recipe for the oh-so-tasty chicken/green bean and potatoes dish I made the other night (that was quite a fiasco)!
Potato-Green Bean-Chicken Dish
Ingredients: 4-6 large chicken breasts (thawed) 3 large baking potatoes (pealed and cut up) or several sliced red potatoes 2-3 cans of green beans (drained) 1 stick butter 1/4 cup oil 1/2 cup water 2 packages Good Season Italian Dressing Mix Black pepper, salt and parsley flakes (optional)
Preheat over to 225. Put all above ingredients into a large casserole dish. Mix butter, oil, water and seasoning mix together in a bowl. Pour seasoning mixture over the chicken, potatoes, and green beans. Garnish with parsley, add salt and pepper. Cover with foil. Bake at 225 for 2 hours. Then, turn up oven to 350 and cook for an additional 30-45 mins just to make sure that the chicken is well cooked and potatoes are soft. Or, you can slow cook this dish for 5-6 hours on 225.
I have a busy week ahead - kiddos are home from school today and I am enjoying my day with them! Thank you to all my new blogging friends and all the sweet comments...I will catch up on everything with you very soon!
As most of you know, Kelly had her sweet baby girl Harper yesterday. She needs your prayers to the heavens for her daughter as Harper has had some complications and was flown to my neck of the woods. I know first-hand that she is in excellent care!
God is sovereign, mighty and is the Great Physician! We are in stand in faith that He will restore Harper's body and she will be in complete health soon!
Man, I love this show! I had to TIVO it because I was gone last night with hubby, but you can bet I cranked that thing up as soon as I got home! I really liked last year's winner David Cook. He could perform the socks off just about any song. And do you remember George Michael's performance on the finale? I watched that at least 20 times...his voice was incredible and what a song! Amazing!
What do you think of the new judge Kara DioGuardi? I'm not sure I'm sold on the whole thing..it's weird to me that they would have 4 judges on the show now. Why did they even need a fourth? What happens if there is a tie? She's got great credentials and seems to be nice. I guess we'll see!
That one girl that sang the Heart song Barracuda rocked it! I loved her audition. I also like the cute 16 year old and the girl named Stevie. They had great voices! And what about the oil-field guy from Texas? Gotta give props to my Texas peeps! He could sing pretty well, too. And oh yea, that geeky guy at the end that sang to himself in the closet? My gosh - he had some pipes! He was a big surprise!
Ok, so this is totally late and many of you have watched tonight's episode already. I tivo'd it once again and will be turning it on shortly. I'll be back to give my thoughts on it tomorrow!
I know this is late and I really want to return to posting......I have tons of things that I want to talk about...... like Menu Plan Monday, a new award, inspiring new decor ideas and my resolutions for 2009....but that will have to wait till tomorrow.
I thought this meme was fun and stole it from a friend.
The things in bold are things I've done in my itty-bitty lifetime:
1. Started your own blog 2. Slept under the stars 3. Played in a band 4. Visited Hawaii 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland/world 8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a praying mantis 10. Sang a solo 11. Bungee jumped 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 15. Adopted a child 16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty 18. Grown your own vegetables 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France 20. Slept on an overnight train 21. Had a pillow fight 22. Hitch hiked 23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill 24. Built a snow fort 25. Held a lamb 26. Gone skinny dipping 27. Run a Marathon - gonna hopefully start training for one next month - yea! 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice 29. Seen a total eclipse 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 31. Hit a home run 32. Been on a cruise 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 35. Seen an Amish community 36. Taught yourself a new language 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person 39. Gone rock climbing 40. Seen Michelangelo’s David 41. Sung karaoke 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 44. Visited Africa 45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 46. Been transported in an ambulance 47. Had your portrait painted 48. Gone deep sea fishing 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud 54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. Been in a movie 56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class 59. Visited Russia 60. Served at a soup kitchen 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies 62. Gone whale watching 63. Gotten flowers for no reason 64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma 65. Gone sky diving 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67. Bounced a check 68. Flown in a helicopter 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten Caviar 72. Pieced a quilt 73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades 75. Been fired from a job 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 77. Broken a bone 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 80. Published a book 81. Visited the Vatican 82. Bought a brand new car 83. Walked in Jerusalem - one of my life-long goals/dreams 84. Had your picture in the newspaper 85. Read the entire Bible 86. Visited the White House 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 88. Had chickenpox 89. Saved someone’s life 90. Sat on a jury 91. Met someone famous 92. Joined a book club 93. Lost a loved one 94. Had a baby 95. Seen the Alamo in person 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 97. Been involved in a law suit 98. Owned a cell phone 99. Been stung by a bee
Here we are...Tuesday night..quarter to 8...and dinner is still in the oven.
Know the old saying that most people who cook - and cook really well - will tell you? Read the ENTIRE recipe before starting a meal. Hmmm... what a novel idea! They actually might know somethin'!
I was so distracted by things today - trips/errands all over town, taking hubby's car to the repair shop, and feeling not quite up-to-par.
Here's what we should be eating. This little number has to cook at least 3 hours...if not 4. I was given this dish by a church friend of mine when I was on bedrest with K (my daughter). It was absolutely delicious and I have always wanted to make it.
Boy, does it smell good.... should be ready about 8:15...right before bed - yay!
This is what we actually had for dinner - cereal! I'm so glad that my children were very sweet about the whole fiasco.
I'm so glad for a new day tomorrow - thank you Lord! :)
Humility is perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore, To wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, And when I am blamed or despised; it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about is trouble.