Sunday, January 31, 2016

Have a Good Day

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                      May your day be Blessed with Stillness 

Linking with My Little Home and Garden for Sunlit Sunday

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday's Hunt--Letter E

Joining Teresa' at Eden Hills for Friday Hunt and here are her topics.

Begins with "E"

This photo is waaaay back from a 2008 post.  Click here to read the post.  
In our house Elephant begins with 'E'.  My daughter collected Elephants when she was growing up.  In second grade she had over 200.  She took a few of them to school for Show and Tell and passed out peanuts. (that was waaaay back in the day when you could do that....She also took a knife to cut her pear!  Well the teacher cut the pear.  They shared it.)
The above photo shows only a few of the Elephants. 
Last year I dug all the Elephants out of storage and did this . . . 
Elephant Tree:
It was part of her Christmas present.  She's taken most of the Elephants home now.  

And now back to the hunt . . . 

Favorite Photo of the week . . . 
This was simple

Outside . . . 
I took this photo a few days before Christmas.  I just love my
'neighborhood'.  It's so nice to look at the pretty white fence everyday when I walk Daisy.  I love being Outside.

It's beautiful 'Outside' this week in Texas I hope your having some nice days!

linking with Friday's Hunt at Eden Hills Farm

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Critters/Good Fences

Borrowed this from a Facebook friend.  Awesome!

Linking with Camera Critters, Eileen's Critters, Good Fences

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Potlock part 1

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What kind of memories does this simple word conjure up for you?
Potlock . . . 
Did you have good family memories?
Do you immediately think chocolate cake? 
Do you just envision table after table of food?
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      Do you think Sunday lunch?  Or family reunions?
                                    Or Deviled Eggs?
                                    Or Potato Salad?
                My mouth is watering thinking about it!  
My most vivid memories of Pot Luck were when we went to family reunion.  Which by far were the boring 'est' few years of my preteen existence.  And a few years of my childhood before that. 
As I write I questions go through my mind that I never bothered to 
ask my parents.  Like why did we never go to reunions before I was 12? 
Twelve that was the first year we started going a couple hours away to the tiny town of Weatherford,Texas. 
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                                           The home of Mary Martin.
                                       And peaches.
I think the peaches is the 'real' reason my mother wanted to go. 
(It was my fathers family)  

I remember the first time walking in to the community room at a local park.  The ceiling had orange painted egg cartons covering it! 

            Snazzy! It was the 70's. I didn't get it.  Still don't.

I didn't 'get' being drug over to all these poor old (at least I thought they were) people that were clueless who I was but were so happy to see me.  

Isn't it weird.  You have these family members you never see. Never hear from but they act all excited to see you and then you never see them again.  

At least that's the way it was back then.  Before the internet and the genealogy crazy. 

And that was the population at these reunions.  The absolute 
total number of children was 1.  Me.  My brother and sister were teenagers.  Actually they were almost adults too.  
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                              Fun times were had by all!

I think I'll go boil an egg or two.  The Cowboy makes the best deviled eggs!

                     How about a Potluck!
Linking at The Loft

Warm Heart/Wordless

Time again for Wordless Wednesday.  I can't believe it's already Wednesday.  Time flies when your having fun! 
In my case no work.  Oh opp's.  Sorry this is supposed to be wordless . . . 

Linking with
Warm Heart Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Miss Kay's Kitchen-Book Review

I had a hankerin' and I need a recipe.  So I went to my collection 
and pulled out this great cookbook . . . 
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I knew my 'go to' homecookin' girl would offer what I wanted.  

Have you had the opportunity to read or purchase this cookbook? 

Let me tell you it is chock full of wonderful recipes.  
And, it is filled with stories and photo's.  So, not only is it a great tool it's a great read!  

I've enjoyed each and every recipe I've tried. 
From the yummy Mexicorn Cornbread (pg. 55) to the Crawfish Fettucine (pg. 118) we tried it first and loved it.  

My next recipe to try is the mouth watering and yummy Blackberry Jam Cake.  Oh my. Yum.  4 layers of yum!  I hope mine will look as good!

The cookbook is filled with photos. 

The chapters/sections are not set up like a normal cookbook which might be a little annoying to you but it's worth it.  

Here are a few of the section titles. 
Cooking with Phil, Feeding My Boys, Company's Coming
and many more.  

Each section has a huge variety of recipes.  It's much easier to look in the index for recipes than go to a section.  

Have you had a chance to check it out?  
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You can find it at:Amazon,Barnes and Noble and Walmart.

I'm going to go bake a cake now!   

Linking with The Art Of Homemaking.
Linking with Tuesdays At Our Home
Linking with The Loft

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mosaic Monday

Welcome to Mosaic Monday.  I've been thinking about joining for awhile and now that my work is changed I'm here!

Today I wanted to share a few photo's from last week . . . 
Mosaic Monday:

I played a little with Picmonkey by rounding the edges of the mosaic and making the background wider.  I also added the Blue.
Just in case I want to link to Blue Monday next week.  hehe

I wanted to share these pics again because I got some many comments and questions.  

A few more of the girls sewing and some info.
For a few short years.  I had the priviledge of managing a non profit.  Our program ministered  to at-risk teens.  In addition local privates schools and church youth groups would volunteer and serve.  It was a sweet, sweet time.  

On the left are a few of the over 300 quilts that were made and donated to charity.   
The two center photo's were an evening of service for a local private school.  They worked along side the teens that were assigned to do community service. 
The last photo on the right was one of the very first taken.   

Because I received so many comments and compliments about this program I wanted to add some thoughts and share how much of a Blessing it was to be a part of this ministry.  

The photo of the horses in the top Mosaic was the sweet little shot I shared for my regular Camera Critters post.  A linky I join every Saturday.  I usually share a horse photo.  Or maybe my dog.

I've been thinking and planning for our annual Valentines Day Dinner Party so I shared a photo of the 1st one last Tuesday at Creative Tuesday.  A new linky I joined.  You can click here to read that post. 

And last the fabulous old house was  a photo I took last December. I had never posted it so I thought it was time!  I was able to snap a couple of great old places when The Cowboy and I went to get my mantle.  Which I love BTW. 

Thanks for coming by and joining me.  Tomorrow I'll be posting a few pics of the mantle and the rest of the 'clean' palette I'll be working with for Valentines Day!  

Have a Great Week.
linking with Mosaic Monday.

Happy Homemaker Monday

The Weather . . .
60 and beautifully sunny!

Right Now I Am . . .
Grateful I get to stay home.  At least for today.  

Thinking . . . 
I'm grateful and Praising God that I'm not working full-time anymore.  I'm working for a Nanny agency.  I'm able to get enough temporary work at the local country club and churches to give us that little extra we need.

Looking Forward to . . . 
Getting my life and my house in order.  
Want to begin a healthier lifestyle including exercise and dog walking.  Hopefully riding my bike!

On My Reading Pile. . . 
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Fun little young adult book I'm reading to review.  The publisher sent the entire set.  My grandson will love these!

On My T.V.
Our DVR is busy recording Oak Island, Food Porn, Chopped, Worst Cooks

Things That Make Me Happy. . . 
Being a wife again (not working full time)

On The Menu This Week:
Monday--Leftover Roast etc, Yellow Squash Casserole, Green Beans
Tuesday-- Crock Pot Ham and Beans
Wednesday-- Quiche
Thursday--Venison Sausage and ?
Friday--Maybe we can find a good steak at the store

On My Todo List:
1. Finish putting away the Christmas (There are a few Santa's hanging around refusing to go into their boxes.  Maybe I need to add a Woody and Buzz Lightyear to keep them safe!)
2. Reorganzing house.  I have to move the furniture alot to get trees in.  Already moved the couch but the computer goes back into living room and a few other things.  All the books need to be put back on shelves.
3.Work on my Art/Scripture Journal

What I Am Creating. . . 
Need to finish the afghan I started for my daughter for Christmas. 
I got bogged down and put it away.  Maybe I can finish for 
Valentines Day.  It is Pink and Sparkly it'll work for Valentines.

Looking Around The House. . .
It actually looks like a bomb went off.  But I did vacum yesterday. 
I can't wait for my life to be normal again!  It starts today!

From My Camera. . . 

Fabulous old house in Waxahacie, Texas.  I took this last year on my birthday.  It's in the little town just by Dallas where we bought my mantle. 

On My Prayer List . . .
Your prayers.

Bible Verse, Devotional or Quote . . .

To a Happy New Day and New Beggining.  May yours be Blessed!

Linking with Sandra at Happy Homemaker