Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Lemon Layer Dessert
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 T. granulated sugar
1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese
1 (8oz) Cool Whip
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (6oz) pkg. lemon instant pudding mix
2 Cups milk minus 2 Tablespoons
Melt butter; add flour, nuts and sugar. Press into a 9x13x2 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 Degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool.
Mix together cream cheese, 1 cup Cool Whip, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Spoon over cooled crust.
Make the pudding according to package directions. Spread over cream cheese. Top with remaining Cool Whip. If you have a few extra pecan pieces, sprinkle over top of Cool Whip.
**I make mine sugar-free using Splenda, sugar-free pudding, and sugar-free Cool Whip. However, I also like to taste the pudding and use 2 pkgs instead of 1. If you decide to do this, just be sure to have enough milk on hand.
***Also, you can use chocolate, butterscotch, whatever tickles your taste buds.
Don't forget to head on over to Cielo's The House in the Roses, see ya there!
Monday, April 28, 2008
So while I am taking a break, I'm checking to see if an online store still has those dishes I've had my eye on. Sure enough! Here they are, I love them!!!Typically not the colors I'm drawn to, but these are so pretty. I'd like to make just one meal to serve on them. Would the company go for that? There would be a lot of shipping and handling huh? Then there are these on ebay. I have always loved these:
Aren't these gorgeous too? Probably more my style? Dunno, I may need both!!!!!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I'll start with one of my favorite bowls. It's a Ruby Red serving bowl. I love it. It belonged to my maternal grandmother. Red was her favorite color, it must be hereditary! I only wish I had a whole set of them. That way, I could have a beautiful table for my dinner guests. Today I made a potato salad using my mom's recipe. It's the only potato salad that's worth eating. My hubby will disagree. In his opinion, NO potato salad is the BEST potato salad.
A few years ago my mom and I went to a Christmas Craft Show at one of our local schools. I saw this and melted. She kindly purchased this for me as a Christmas gift. I love it. The lady who painted it said she was running out of old windows to paint. I'm forever happy we found this one.
This is a Partylite Global Fusion Candle Votive. I splurged, it has to be one of my favorite things. I also splurged on another one on the other side of the berries and stars you see to your left. They are beautiful all lit up.
A Circle E Candle is a MUST for this household. I love the Orange Pekoe Tea. This candle is almost gone. I'll have to remind my hubby he owes me one as a birthday gift. Maybe I can trick him into buying me another one. Very well worth it!!!
During this time of year and whenever possible, my hubby likes to grill outside. These seasonings are our favorites. McCormick's Steakhouse Grinder, Garlic & Sea Salt and maybe a little extra garlic powder and or sea salt is perfect for our steaks outside. We finally found seasonings we both really like. It's a menagerie of spices, but worth it. I also added the McCormick's Pizza Seasoning. Perfect for homemade pizza that my hubby HAS to have at least once a month. His absolute favorite!
EVOO and a cute cannister full of my favorite must haves! The black Mix & Chop Utensil came from the Pampered Chef. One of those instances where I felt like I had to order something, so I bought this. If you don't have one, get one. I love it. It helps mix and chop seasonings and meats to a much finer degree. I had to get one for my mom and a friend. I have a couple of other people I'm adding to my list too. I love wooden spoons and spatulas. Oh, and chickens and roosters too!
Don't laugh!! This is a dietary staple for me. Just ask my hubby. I go into panic mode if my frig doesn't have any. Vlasic Hamburger Dill Chips. The best pickles for any hamburger or anything, including me, that requires a dill pickle. When I was little I would drink the pickle juice from the jar and mom would freak! I love dill pickles. Klaussen makes a great one too. But this way I get more bang for the buck with this huge jar.
Diet Mt. Dew Code Red, Diet 7UP and Diet Coke. Depends on my mood, but one of these will do the trick.
Next is my fireplace. We don't use it much. It doesn't have a chimney liner. Okay by me. I just like to decorate it. The tile in front of it looks pretty funky in this picture, but I don't think it's quite that bad in person. Later this spring I'm going to clean the inside out and paint the wood burning crate black. I haven't seen another one like this. The fireplace had doors, but they were removed last summer in order to get some new ones. Then I discovered I liked it much better without the doors. So now I have to clean it. Yuck. There are other favorites in this picture too. The dark brown crock, the realtor gave it to me when I purchased this home. The child's chair, I found it in Arrow Rock at a little festival they were having years ago. And last but not least is the old tool box. I really love old tool boxes. Mom and I saw several last weekend and I wanted them all. I got this one at the White Cloud Flea Market about 8 years ago. I fill it full of berries and evergreen stems at Christmas.
I love these birds. When I was younger I saw these in my friends' homes and thought my mom needed some too. I never got them for her, didnt' know where to find them. Then in college I saw them in a Home Interior Catalog. I didn't want to spend any money on them then. They weren't that important. However, I found these at a garage sale a couple of years ago. I don't know if they are actual Home Interior Birds but it doesn't matter. I only paid 50 cents for them.
A couple of weeks ago I found these pillow covers at the $1 Shop. The manager of the store said they came from Target originally. Fortunately, I found four of them, only $4 for pillows that were ready to hit the trash can.
For all four legged friends and family who enter our home. It's at fur-friendly-eye-level. As soon as our furkids shut the door, they can't miss this sign.
In honor of my hubby, who was golfing during all of this, here is his favorite thing in the whole house. His TV. Ironically, one of my favorite movies was playing, "Sixteen Candles".
Kia's purple couch. This is her second couch, the first one is a hand me down to Annie P. I just washed it this morning and put it back together (NIGHTMARE) then she plopped down on it like she'd been waiting for me to finish.
Proud, quite proud I say!! I found this little nightstand for only $20. If there had only been another one.
Yes, I know this is a strange picture and difficult to capture without Annie's tail, nose or face getting in the way. I love these cheapy slippers. They are a little too big. And yes I really do have a heal, it's just turned in while I'm standing on my head taking this picture.Finally, are you bored yet? I'm ready for this. My bed and my pillow. For most of my years I'd do anything not to be home. I loved to travel whether it be work or recreational. I loved going places. Now, if I go anywhere, I want to be close enough to come home to my bed and my own pillow. I love my bed and my pillow(s). Oh, I love old pillow cases. They don't really make them like they used to. I find them at sales, use them whether they match or not. This one is one of my favorites.
These things are only a few of my favorite things. Unfortunately for me, I get too overwhelmed and have a lot of favorite things.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
I know you are probably thinking this gal is tacky. Here's why I'm not. My great aunt had a real wooden bowl she used to serve salad in at most of her meals. When I was little, the bowl, for some strange reason, mesmerized me. My mom didn't have wooden bowls. My grandma didn't serve with wooden bowls. I thought it was just pretty cool. I thought she must be the only person on earth to have a wooden salad bowl. Silly I know, but I was young and didn't have a clue about serving dishes. When she passed on, I wanted to get that salad bowl at her estate auction. It was in a box of other dishes. Well, guess who was out flittering around when that box went for bid. You got it. The great niece who loved that bowl. Oh well. There are so many other things in life to think about, so I kinda forgot about that bowl. That is until I see one like it when I'm out nosing around flea markets or junk shops. My mom found this bowl at Walgreens. Nothing like Aunt Sadie's but it's cute. Just look what it looks like filled with garden goodies:
However, try to picture it not blurry. Maybe the next one will be better:
Well, not really, but you get the idea. I'm working on my photog skills. I'll blame the camera for now. Anyway, I love how salad just appears more appealing to me in this bowl. Mom says I just need to fix salad from now on, they taste better when I make them. I think, for some really weird reason, salad just tastes better when someone else makes them. Why is that? Or, could it be this tacky little bowl?
(Next time I'll make sure the pictures aren't blurry before I save them!)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I absolutely LOVE these beauties. They are Martha Washington Geraniums. She would be so proud. I want them, but they need a little shade. So I will admire them from afar.
My daffodils finally bloomed on Friday. I snapped this after we returned home this afternoon, not thinking the picture would look like this. I love it.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
You have to admit, this pyramid is a wonder. How did those Mayans pull this off? By the way, the name of this pyramid is the Chichen Itsa. It was truly amazing. I believe it is undergoing some major renovation right now. I'm proud we got to see it when we did. The tour guide kept telling us "NO! It's not chicken pizza!" "Don't go back to the USA telling everyone you went to see a chicken pizza in beautiful Mexico!!!" He was cute.
This little rainy island is Isla Mujeres. We had the best food and quite an entertaining trip here. It was a 45 minute boat ride from Cancun. We snorkeled, shopped, petted a shark and ate. Our tour guide seemed to think he was the cat's meow. And must've been, I saw a couple of ladies swooning at him when we walked down the streets. I think he'd been there lots, plus he disappeared for quite some time during lunch. Everytime we would split up he'd say, "we need to be back here at this exact time". "REMEMBER, we NEEEEED to be BAAACK HEEERE at THIIIIS EXAAACT TIME, if you get on the WROOOONG BOAT you may go to COOOBAAA, ahhhaaaahaaa. You DON'T want to go to COOOOOBAAA, ahhhaaaahaaa, do YOU?" Those words often still ring in my ears. We didn't want to go to COOOOOBAAAA, ahhhhaaahaa!!!!
This is my favorite picture of the whole trip. My friend was having problems with her eyes. She has a condition where it is very difficult for her to keep her eyes open. Back then, the condition was fairly mild. I asked her to get a picture of me in the ocean. Little did I know at the time she took this, a wave with it's peak, was coming up behind me. She couldn't have done this better if I paid her!! I hope you enjoyed my trip to Cancun.
Ssshhh...I think I hear the crashing of the waves sending my grouchiness away....
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Colorful lilies, Paris in Vegas, Kia playing in her pool, the mutsy girls posing for a pic and my great grandma's chickens are some of my favorite things from last summer. Oh, can't forget the hubby, you have yet to meet him but you will. A hint of what's to come flanked in his camo shorts. And just to let you know, he's really not headless! Hurry up summer, I'm ready for ya!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
This little guy seems to be enjoying them too. My dad loved gnomes. Mom and I try to find cute ones just as reminders that "dad would've liked this".
Notice all the acorns scattered. Mom has 2 big oak trees in her backyard. Squirrels are in paradise here.
Here's one little bright yellow. The other one looks like she just pooped out. The yellow and the purple are very pretty together.
This little lady is in charge of keeping the summer flowers around the birdbath. I love her. Mom was lucky she saw her first!! Mom worked very hard last summer planting various goodies around her birdbath. So this year it's exciting to see how it all turns out. The little garden keeper is sure to stay busy for the next few months.
This is Lacey, Lacey Littlefeet to be exact. She's about 12 years old and great company for my mom. She's a mixed breed. Dad named her Lacey because of her markings. I added Littlefeet because she had little feet compared to my old Boxer's big feet. She's getting old but still has a little spunk left in her. She just can't go for those long beloved walks anymore. And we have to sneak out of the house to go on one or else she barks the whole time we are gone. We tried that last summer. The poor neighbors.