Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Few Taste Bud Teasers!

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far! I thought I would take a quick minute to post some taste bud teasers! My husband made bbq ribs on the grill last night! And Mmmmm Mmmmm! They were delicious…..messy but delicious! We completed the meal with two classic summer side dishes. Herb parmesan potatoes and corn on the cob!

Here are the stars of the meal~


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Yum, bright yellow, sweet corn on the cob~

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Here is the whole meal. We realized that we didn’t have anything green on our plates. Ooops! To be honest, nobody missed it. :)

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And this is the aftermath! Haha! Let’s just say, none of us left the table hungry. But we did all use a lot of handy wipes!


Here was brunch this morning! Can you believe we actually ate again!??


Honest, we are doing more than just eating this weekend! Today we are going to plant some flowers. I am hoping to get a couple of makeovers done. A little yoga, maybe some of us will take an afternoon nap and my hubby will be watching the Cubs. The best part is, there are no schedules and nowhere we have to be.

I am feeling very thankful for all of the blessings in our lives. Truly thankful for family, friends, the food we eat at each meal and thankful for everyone who has served and is currently serving our country.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing I hope you are having a great day!  Enjoy this long weekend with the ones you love!


Until next time, take care.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Weekend & My Find Of The Day!

I wanted to wish everyone a very safe Memorial weekend. We are planning on grilling out, hanging out, just spending time together! The two little boys are running through the sprinkler as I type! I am heading out to join everyone soon! Ahhhh….the sounds of Summer! Children’s laughter, lawn mowers, dogs barking. The neighborhood has suddenly come alive and I LOVE it!

Here is my find of the day! I got this rocking chair at a garage sale for $5.00! I just love it. But the question is…to paint or not to paint?? The original red paint has some charm to it, but I can still visualize it made over. What do you all think, I would love your feedback!

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone and keep those who have so bravely served our Country past and present in your thoughts and prayers.

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Until next time, take care.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Little Of This And A Little Of That

Halfway through the week my friends! It has been a busy one. I finally feel like my Spring cleaning is done (now that it is almost Summer)… and my laundry is “somewhat” caught up. Although, it will never really be caught up. I have been spending some time on the house. Freshening up displays and rearranging.

I got some new goodies today that I thought I would share with you. Some may think bunnies are just for Easter. But I leave mine out for Spring and Summer. I tuck them in here and there, I think they add a little life to a display!

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Close up~

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Look at this great prim watermelon~

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And these prim veggies~

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This little bunny hopped onto one of the end tables in our living room~

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The bunnies, the veggies and the watermelon I got at a  great local shop called Primitive Treasures. You can visit her Etsy shop (needlinaround) by clicking HERE!

And last but not least. I was doing a little decorating in our master bathroom today. I wanted a wreath and didn’t have exactly what I wanted. Soooo….. I made one! I just took a faux grapevine garland, formed it into a circle, tightened one of the strands around it and there you have it, instant wreath! Oh I know…it’s not rocket science but I was glad that I didn’t have to go buy a new wreath!

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I hope everyone has a wonderful night! As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog! You are always welcome, my blog door is always open!

Until next time, take care.


Monday, May 24, 2010

“New” Old Wooden Bowl and A Few Simple Displays

Happy Monday everyone! I thought I would pop on here and share a couple of tidbits! We had a fun weekend, gorgeous weather! Very windy but gorgeous…hot as a matter of fact. We grilled burgers, brats and hot dogs and had watermelon! It sure felt like Summer!

My hubby and I went to a couple antique stores. Boy, did I see a lot of things I wanted, but I can’t take it all home with me. I did get this bowl! It is old and cracked but I don’t care, I LOVE it! Cracks add character and the color and natural distressing on it are what caught my eye! The best part….it was only $10.00! Yay!

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Here are a few displays around our home. I just rearranged things a bit and added some greenery and florals to freshen everything up!

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Here is my personal “Scent Of The Month”! It is from Yankee Candle. It is called Orchard Pear! It smells wonderful and I love the picture on the front of it! Give it a try, it’s a winner!

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Well, lots of projects are calling my name. But I wanted to say hi! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Until next time, take care.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Patios, Entryways and Courtyards

Happy Wednesday everyone! It is a cold, rainy day here today. So my post will definitely be uplifting and sunny!

A few weeks ago my two Sisters and I took a trip to Arizona. Just the three of us for seven days! No clocks, no schedules, no stress no pressure! It was wonderful. We did a lot of lounging right here around my Sister’s beautiful pool.

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We also toured some amazing model homes while we were there. I wanted to share some photos I took of the patios, entryways and courtyards. We toured 16 homes, what a fun day! Here is a peek!

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This would be my husband’s dream outdoor “kitchen”!

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Here we are just enjoying some R&R by the pool! A rare week spent together! Moments and memories to treasure! I love my Sisters, I am so blessed to have them in my life! Jen (left) Me (middle) Brenda (right)


Well, it may be rainy outside my window but I just got a little dose of sun looking at these pictures again! I hope you all enjoyed my little tour!

If it is raining where you are too. Get out that pencil and notebook and start planning your gardens (if you haven’t already). And if it is sunny and beautiful where you are today, get out there and enjoy digging in the dirt! I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

Until next time, take care.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

~ Happy Mother’s Day ~ Happy Spring ~

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far! It has been chilly but beautiful here lately. I don’t mind grabbing a light jacket. We even had a thunderstorm one night, I slept like a baby!

Colleen and I did a swap and boy, did I get lucky! She sent me some of her Spring Salt Dough Bowl Fillers! I was like a kid on Christmas opening up my box and then opening up all the darling little bags of fillers she packaged up so cute!

I got most of them displayed already, I couldn’t wait! Here are where some of them found homes. Believe it or not, I will need to post a couple more pictures when I get them ALL displayed! Thank you Colleen for your sweet gifts! I will enjoy them for many Springs to come!

Here is my doughboard with two of Colleen’s salt dough flowers~

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My little beeswax bunny fits right in~

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Here are her “Primitive Welcome” fillers. Crows, Pineapples and stars~

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These are her bees and beehive! Aren’t they the cutest! Instant Spring!

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Now, I need to keep the Spring cleaning and decorating going! I have to say, I am in the mood! Time to refresh and renew my displays inside and out!

I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Mother’s Day! May you all spend the day exactly as you wish! And don’t forget to “take a load off”! You have earned it!

I would like to share a poem that my Mom gave to me when I was in high school. I am sure I was going through what at that time in my life seemed like a “rough” time. My Mom always knew what to say, she always knew just what to do. And this poem has rang true throughout my life, even more so now with a family of my own. I hope some of you find inspiration in it as well~

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.


I have referred back to this poem so many times to get me through whatever challenges I may have faced.Thank you Mom, you are one of the greatest blessings in my life! I love you!


Until next time, take care.