Monday, April 30, 2018

Home Town American Tour-June/July

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Happy Homemaker In Texas

Welcome to my Saturday 
Happy Homemaker Post
I link with Sandra 

She provides the prompts.  I add a few of my own.  

The Weather
 Ahh springtime in Texas.  It doesn't get much better. 
The days start in the 60's then warm to the 80's.  
A few showers predicted on Wednesday and Thursday.
But sunny skies through Sunday.  Yea!  The wedding is Saturday!

Right Now I  Am
I am glad no rain predicted on the wedding day.  And thinking how much I need to get done!

On my reading pile
 On my phone. . . 
Crazy Fox Ranch by Deborah Garner Beck Valley Tours
Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis Lisa Filippi Tours
The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates Great Escapes Tour
And on the Kindle . . . 
Picked Off by Linda Lovely Great Escapes Tour

In the kitchen
 I want to make Red Velvet Cookies a recipe found in this 
book . . . 
They sounded soooo yummy.  My review will post on next Monday.

In the garden From the garden
We had our first lettuce harvest.  We had salad a couple nights 
last week.  

On the menu
Monday Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Sweet Peas from garden,
Curry Rice
Tuesday Rotisserie Ribs, Corn on Cob, Salad
Wednesday Tamales, Bean, Rice, Salad
Thursday  Pan Seared Tilapia, leftover Curry Rice, Salad
Friday Rehearsal Dinner

 On the to do list
Buy shoes for wedding
Hair done on Tuesday
Finish the quilts 
Nails done on Friday 

My Ta Da List
I taught my grandson to sew!  Much more on that later.

In the craft basket
Small quilts to cover hay bales for the wedding.  This is some fabric that my grandson chose and I sewed. 

Fabulous Features
 We have been busy getting little projects around the house finished. Yesterday we painted and added new address numbers to the mailbox and planted some flowers. Today I am working on my yard d├ęcor. Just enjoying the sunshine and being with the kids! 
Eat honey, my son, for it is good;  honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:  If you find it, there is a future hope for you,  and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 24: 13-14 
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Dani returned again to share her weekly Bible journaling. 
She also has a link party now.  Click here to visit her. 

Fabulous Feature
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Leslie always has some great tips!  Click here to read the post. 

Devo./ Scripture
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wordless Wednesday With A Couple Words

Sharing just a couple of words to set the scene . . . 
This is the pose/look I get when he isn't interested in photos.
Then he hid behind the tree for awhile

Cutting a stick with a wire.
It's a boy thing. 

Happily linking with the Wordless Parties
and the Fabulous Party
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Primary Suspect by Laura Scott- Love Inspired Tour

About the book 
When fire investigator Mitch Callahan is attacked at a crime scene, he’s shocked to uncover the body of a slain ex-girlfriend — and realize someone’s framing him for murder. Widowed ER nurse Dana Petrie believes Mitch is innocent, and not just because he makes her feel alive again after tragedy marred her past. But is she willing to risk everything only to love and lose again.

And I thought
Laura Scott wastes no time pulling the reader into this romantic Suspenseful  thriller that keeps you turning pages to the end. 
The main characters Mitch (the suspect) and Dana a nurse who happens to be the widowed wife of Mitch's last partner are thrown 
together trying to solve the murder and clear Mitch's name. 
At the same time they are running for their lives when the bad guys seem to show up at every turn.

Primary Suspect is book 4 in the Callahan Confidential series. 
Each of the other books feature Mitch's family.  Each book is 
written as a stand alone.

I enjoyed meeting the brothers Miles and Mitch as they helped Mitch solve the mystery and put  puzzle pieces together and find the real criminals.
Primary Suspect was a great read and  is a Love Inspired Romance from Harlequin.
I enjoyed the suspense and the romance. 

I received a complimentary copy. 
This review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Supper-Fun With The Kids

Welcome back to Sunday Supper.  
The post where we talk about Family Dinners; and what that means now.  
Things have really changed alot for me and I am sure for you.  
Sunday isn't quite what it used to be.  Back in the day folks seemed to gather around the table more.  

Now a days it seems to get harder and harder.  But I hope that at some point in time during the week maybe it isn't even on Sunday 
that you can manage to have a family meal. 

Today I am sharing a simple idea to do with  the kids. 

Kids really do love to help in the kitchen.  Here we are preparing 
cucumbers from my garden (last year)  He wasn't using the knife this time yet.  That came along about 6 months later. 

A fun Sunday Supper meal is Pizza.  Especially if you make your own 

Smashing dough is super fun.  Make sure hands are washed with hot water and soap!  Yes you do have to specify hot water and soap!

Adding as much cheese you want makes it extra special.

Perfecto!  A personal pizza.  And he ate every bite!
Sunday Supper might be a great night to try something new.  Most 
times when kids help make a dish they are waaaaaay more interested in eating it!  
Cooking with Kids
a great idea for 
Sunday Supper!

Simple Sunday-The Fabulous Party

Give it to God, and go to sleep.

The Fabulous Party

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Happy Homemaker in Texas

Welcome to my Saturday 
Happy Homemaker Post
The party is at Sandra's on 
Mondays.  I post on Saturday to free up my Monday's for other things.
Sandra provides the prompts.  But I add a few of my own. 

The weather today on Saturday it is really cloudy and dark.  Lots of rain expected today.  But normally this time of year is just beautiful.  The rain leads up to this 

Outside my window the rain is beginning to come down.  I hear a honking horn.  There is a football game going on or was going on across the street.  No the parents and players are scrambling for their cars.  

Right now I am thinking I enjoy the rain but wish it didn't happen on Saturdays.  Lately Saturday is the only day I have to do errands.
I had a huge list for today that might not get done.  We'll see.

In the garden I actually have little tiny broccoli heads on my plants.  I have never grown broccoli before! 
 I have green tomatoes my son is jealous.  They can't even start planing yet in Missouri.  That's why I called it Misery when I lived there! My hyacinth's and crocus are done but my Snap Dragons are hanging on.   Lettuce is showing off and ready for a nice salad!  

On the to do list
Buy pepper and cucumber plants because I haven't planted any seed yet.  Still trying to get that area tilled.
Plant another row of carrots and white radishes.
Plant squash
And this is the big thing finish a couple of quilts for the wedding. 
They will cover hay bales for the seating.  #ATexasWedding

On my reading pile
On my phone 
Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell
Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
The Spook in the Stack by Eva Gates
Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly
On the book shelf
The Wedding Quilt by Marta Perry
The Ranchers Secret Child by Brenda Minton 
Bound by Duty by Valerie Hanson

In the kitchen 
I really would like to find a Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe.  
I have this ripe avocado calling my name.  And I love it in soup!

On the menu
trying to keep it simple the next couple of weeks because of the wedding errands etc.  I still need to find something to wear!
Monday Goulash, Green Beans, Bread, Salad
Tuesday  Baked Cod, French Fries, Slaw
Wednesday Kielbasa, Pinto's, Corn Bread
Thursday Cajun Shrimp over Pasta, Salad and Bread
Friday Can we go out please?

In the craft basket
Wedding quilts

Something fun to share
Stonebriar Collection Twelve Large Scripture Rocks - Assortment 1
I thought these were cool.  Available at Home Depot.
12 stones for $46.00

Fabulous Features
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Ellen shared this great post about New Orleans.  I loved it.  She
prompted me to write a post about our visit a few years ago!
Come by on Tuesday to read my post.
Visit Ellen over here

Some people like Leslie are so smart, creative and brave.  
Look what she did!
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Click here to read the post. 

From the camera
What you do on a rainy day when Mom is on the computer all morning!

Scripture/ devo.
Give it to God, and go to sleep.
Have a wonderful week
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Below this post is a list of a few more of my favorite parties. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The New Journey-An Update-R.V. Shopping

A few days ago I mentioned we are preparing to live on the road 
in an R.V. 
We went shopping . . . 
The Cowboy didn't want his picture taken.  It's his back he didn't know.  

We looked at several one day.  This is the one we liked best.
I liked the light wood and the tile.

I loved the idea of the slide out counter to give me more space.

I wasn't sold on this fridge.  But at least it's a somewhat new model and not a top freezer like we have now which I hate.

The Cowboy liked that it was rather large and had an ice maker. 
We like ice. 

I loved the upholstery on the kitchen chairs.  There are 4 chairs.
I love paisley and it is so light I love that. 

I was impressed the light fixtures had an updated feel. 

This was The Cowboys favorite part.  I don't quite get his fascination with wanting a washer/dryer combo.  And I don't even understand how they work.  

This was our favorite of the day.

The next one I loved.  It was out of our price range and it was smaller but there were things about it that I loved.  It was way more like a house than an R.V. 

Look at this living area!

I never dreamed of finding an L shape couch.  And if you look there is a lot of wall space for pictures.  
I didn't get a shot but the other side has a 55"  flat screen that is 
powered up and down into the wall when it isn't being used. 
The negative is it is where the table is so you can't really sit at the table and eat and watch t.v. at the same time.  
But why should you?

Another thing I love was this . . . 
Love the fridge! And very nice updated counters and tile. Most 
of the newer models have convection ovens.  

We looked at several coaches.  We looked at a couple that were the size The Cowboy (thinks) we want HeHe.  A couple that were waaaay older than we want I didn't take pics.  One actually had carpet on the ceiling.  Wierd!  The wood was dark and the upholstery was grey and pink.   So no pics to share cuz I just thought they were gross.  

Basically we are looking at 40' diesel Motor Homes.  We're not 
so much like those couples on the house hunter shows
He wants a ranch.  She wants a craftsman
He wan'ts a fixer up. She wants turnkey

But we do differ on do we really need 40'.  Isn't 36' o.k?

Do we really need spaces to sleep 6 or 8?  We only expect 
the kids and grand kids a few times a year.  

But the Cowboy really wants lots of sleeping space so we have an appointment on Monday to see a couch that has bunks.  I am 
actually excited because in the pics it looks more Western style.
The style we like.  

He has done much more research than I have  and checks out all the mechanical stuff.

One thing we didn't know is the diesel coaches need to stay plugged in.  If they aren't plugged in they get all wonky.  I don't remember everything the salesman said about it.   I was fascinated how in the sales lot they are all lined up and plugged in. 

We both knew to check the tires.  We had read in our research that it isn't about the tread it is about the age.  The salesman showed 
the Cowboy how to check the age.  R.V.'s tires should not be older than 6 years I think...again I didn't listen real well!  Opps.

We had  beautiful weather the afternoon we went shopping and 
we have lots and lots to think about and decide. 

Like how long should this sucker be? And that whole issue of bunk beds.  But we'll see what happens.

I can't wait to get on the road!  I hope you'll enjoy journeying with me.