She is growing up so fast!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
My church is getting ready to put on its Trunk-or-Treat and I have signed up my super-excited-to-dress-up husband and I to participate. I am trying to be creative without spending much money. So, I thought I would ask some of my blogger friends in town if they could help out. Now, this is only if you have this lying around your house with no use and want to help a girl out. Below is a list of things that I need and if you have something let me know! I'm not going to tell you what it is... you'll just either have to bring your children out for the trunk-or-treat to see it or wait for the blog!
Trunk-or-Treat with Family Fall Festival
Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene
730 SW Fairlawn Rd.
Sunday, October 4 (yes the 4th... we wanted to steer away from the holiday)
visit www.thelawn.org for more details
What I need:
Orange bed sheet
3-4 white bed sheets
Royal Blue fabric
Small Styrofoam Balls
Black Yarn, Rope... or something of that nature
Brown Spray Paint... doesn't have to be a full can
Silver Spray Paint... doesn't have to be a full can
lots of cardboard... if you are moving or have moved this is for you!!
Weird, I know... but I am so excited!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
At the end of July my in-laws moved backed home to T-town just across a main street from us. We have spent so much time with them since they have moved back and I have loved every second of it. My mother-in-law has quickly become one of my closest friends... believe it or not. They have been fabulous as well to have around for Lillee's sake. She loves her "papa-bob" and "mama di" dearly. Since they've been here we've frequented the zoos, parks, and playgrounds.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Recipe for: "BAKED ALASKA CAKE"
Ingredients- 1 pkg devil's food cake mix... plus ingredients to make the cake, 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels (I use the mini ones), 1 pkg cream cheese softened, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 container (16oz.) whip cream thawed
1. Preheat oven to 325. To get the dome shape I baked it in my Classic Batter Bowl from Pampered Chef... any oven safe mixing bowl would work. Be sure to spray or grease and flour the bowl. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until you can pass the "toothpick test." Cool for 15 minutes in bowl. Run a knife around the edges and remove cake from bowl. Let cool for 3 hours.
2. Using a knife, cut cake horizontally to make even layers. You may have to cut down the cake to make it even to stand before cutting the layers.
3. Set 1/4 cup of chocolate chips off to the side while putting the remaining into the microwave to melt down. I normally will put them in for 20 seconds at a time then stir to prevent them from burning. In another bowl... soften and whisk cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Stir in melted chocolate. Fold in 2 cups of whip cream as well as the 1/4 cup of chocolate chips you set aside. Mix up until completely blended. Spread the mixture between each horizontal layer of cake.
4. Spread remaining filling over outside of the cake. Frost cake with what is left of the whip cream.
5. I formed peaks on the outside of the cake using a spreader... I am sure you could use a butter knife to get the same effect. Refridgerate for at least 30 minutes.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
So what makes this garden so interesting and incredible?? All the fruits and veggie implants or seeds were planted into STRAW BALES. Pretty crazy, huh? Who knew?
CUTE LITTLE WATERMELON I CAN'T WAIT TO EAT!
PUMPKIN FOR CARVING THIS FALL
ZUCHINNI I'VE ALREADY USED FOR SOME WONDERFUL ZUCHINNI BREAD AND WITH GRILLED VEGGIES... YUMMO!
HOW THE STRAW BALES LOOK LINED UP
BEAUTIFUL TOMATO PLANT
I am trying to make some homemade salsa with the tomatoes... does anyone have a great recipe they could share?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
(My Little Red Ridin' Hood at the open house... My cousin took this pic)
we welcomed a new addition to our extended family,
(Miss Mae and her newest cousin)
we headed off for a weekend in KC for our 4th anniversary to enjoy the CARDINALS play the Royals,
(My husband is a HUGE Cardinals fan)
and I decorated and catered a rehearsal dinner for a dear friend of mine with my fabulous sister-in-law G at Sweet Tea and Tulips. (hopefully I can get some pics later of this... I was too busy to take my own!)
WOW! What a blast all the parties and celebrations were... but I am so glad I was able to catch some "me-time" lately. To relax after it all, I grabbed a lamp shade that I wasn't too fond of and spruced it up. Thought I would share...
This is a little sitting area I have in my living room. The shade on the lamp I have changed multiple times because I just can't find one I am in love with. I love the shape of this one... but would have perferred it to have a little "umph." I decided to add my own "umph." With a little hot-glue, ribbon, and a rub-on decal this is what I came up with!
The black and white ribbon in the middle has the same print as the pillows and the bottom foot of the curtains. I then lined that ribbon with red ribbon. Before I completed it I added that same damask design with a rub-on. I LOVE IT! And now it has the right amount of "umph!"