Friday, April 17, 2015

“...there is no such thing as a charmed life



, not for any of us, no matter where we live or how mindfully we attend to the tasks at hand. But there are charmed moments, all the time, in every life and in every day, if we are only awake enough to experience them when they come and wise enough to appreciate them.”
Katrina Kenison, The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir

Be Present Be REal

All quote from Pinterest -

Monday, April 13, 2015

Random thoughts...

My sweetheart has been gone most of the week on his 
annual fishing trip with the guys.
I think he had a good time.  
And I'm sure glad to have him home -
EmmaLou and I hung out at home, 
and tried to stay out of the pollen-filled air as much as possible!

So I thought it might be fun to share some of the photos I took 
when I got my glasses from Zenni.com --
I've long forgotten the names of them -
[so don't even ask - ]
These [black rims] are single vision, [far-sided]  for driving in non-sunny conditions - although,, I did get some clip-on sunglasses that match perfectly for less than $4.
 These [green rims, not the exact style - but close; 
these are little more rounded than square - ] 
are single-vision, sunglasses.
Love these. 
Pay no attention to the wonderland banner behind me - these photos were taken in March, before the BIG event. And yes, there appears to be an AU bag, left from Christmas, still setting in our kitchen...
 These are probably my second favorites - 
they are bi-focal with [metal] green rims on top and wire on the bottom.
They have sunglasses too -
I'm wearing these a lot..
And these are the other set of bi-focal lenses I got.
Wire on top and rim-less on bottom.
With sunglasses, too.
[By this time I was tired of taking selfies to show off my new glasses, ha.]
So that's it - four pair of glasses - [one prescription sunglasses and two pairs of bi-focal lenses] all for less than $150. Gotta love it.
 In other news - I picked up one of those veggie spiraling thingies
[as seen on TV.]
And I AM LOVING spiral zucchini 
with a little kerrygold butter and garlic.
I added tomato, capers, and basil to this one 
and topped it with a little shaved Parmesan cheese.
Oh. My. 
So good.
Much thanks to Rhetta for the delicious recipe ideas!
Oh, you don't know Rhetta? 
 
 And lastly - 
 I'm mad at this one - he stayed gone almost the whole time my sweethert was gone, despite me calling for him... but was around within an hour of Craig getting home.
 Hmmph. 
Guess I know who he loves best.
[Not that fish guts has anything to do with it - ha.]

Friday, April 10, 2015

It's spring-time y'all...

and that means I am easily distracted when driving out in the countryside...
 by things like this -
And I love it.
Seeing crop-dusters doing their thing just never gets old.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Despite all the fun we had at the Wonderland Crop

I really did do some scrap-booking.. and for my sponsors- 
Let me assure you that I scrapped at least 30 of the 38 hours...
[including teaching a class!]
Here's some of the pages I completed - 
I'm still enjoying instagram --- and WalGreens will now print 8x8s [yay!]
Love this adorable photo of MK and Craig!
I've had this balloon paper for ages - and finally had it with me to put 
some of our yearly balloon photos on!
Thanksgiving and Fall is probably my favorite time of year -
this is a quick re-cap of the weekend.
[I love mixing patterned papers!]
And those are BRADS, y'all!
I cute the 'file folders' on this paper so I could slip my photos 'inside' -
Love the little teepees and trees on the paper on top.
Some random Mardi Gras photos that I needed to stick down -
On both of these layouts I used
 my over-lapping journal / tag approach to embellish - ha.
And I stepped out of my comfort zone on this one 
with the all-white background. 
SO NOT ME.
 But I love it when others do it.
And I REALLY like this one too.
I doodled around the photos and used stickers from my 'goodie bag.'
[Craig and his fishing buddies.]
This documents the time I totally crashed
 another convention's workshop.
 It's 8.5x11 and will go into my 'event' album - as will the ones that follow...
I'm trying to do just a page or two of each event / group that I create with throughout the year... This crop was for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. 
This is my regular group of gals that I try [so hard!] to get together with monthly.
We did a big birthday bash last summer that was loads of fun.
And this one is the CF Crop last year when super heroes was our theme.
And lastly a few pics from the all-day class with Sunny.
Such a treat! 
So, that's it.  
I'm a pretty simple scrapper - and using kits makes life so much easier for me!
[It's already all coordinated!]
All of these pages were made from kits from Noel Mignon.

Monday, April 6, 2015

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Day!

 
 ... a day to really focus on Christ’s Resurrection – and ALL He did for you, and me, and our friends, and that guy you pass on the street corner, or the women who JUST CANNOT DRIVE but keeps sliding into your blind spot
Every. Single. Morning. 
[That hasn’t really happened to me – but I’ve had plenty of cRaZy driving experiences  
as I go up and down The 65.] 
BUT! How wonderful that He loves us – HE REALLY LOVES US. 
Every. Single. One. Of. Us. 
Despite our flaws and sin and utter unloveablity. 
 Praise God. 
He provides salvation to every one of us who chooses to accept it.
 
So.
Our day started with sunrise service up on Monte Sano. Loved it. 
[And kind of loved that another sunrise service was going on just across the way from us – hearing sweet music when our service was quieter – just made me think of pockets of Christ-followers praising around the city or countryside way back in the day.]
Wonderful.
[The Golden Hour in the morning is almost more special than the afternoon, 
don'tcha think?]
Next we had a little Easter Breakfast at home with our little family 
[so sad that I didn’t get a group photo – ] 
 
I used cookies from a local bakery for our place cards
[just for fun, and decor {and TO EAT - They are SO GOOD.}
- We really sit wherever we want -]
 
We had fruit [frozen, thawed and tossed in a little mint syrup - made with mint from our garden, easy-peasy,]  breakfast casserole [with turkey sausage -- my friend, Bobbie's recipe [I really think the secret is buttering the bread before assembly.]
We also had asparagus wraps -- just asparagus, pancetta, and parmesan wrapped in puff pastry - YUM, deviled eggs,and carrot cake scones [both made the day before.] Despite ‘cake’ being in the name, the scones were not overly sweet; [recipe from texanerin.com] they had a nice flavor. 
 
And then we ended the meal with Easter Cup Cakes 
and Haley’s Birthday Cake [with yummy icing.] 
 
After a wonderful meal together we left the kids at home watching videos from their rocket-launching fun the day before – and headed over to The Shoals so we could go to church
with Craig’s mama and then to lunch too.
We tried a new-to-us place that we’d heard rave reviews about – 
just good ole southern all-you-can-eat cooking. 
It was good to have time to just relax and visit together!
A full day for sure.
But so nice to celebrate The Resurrection with family near and far!
 
Now, it’s time for the rabbits to be put away and spring / summer d├ęcor to come out –
Happy Spring y’all!
[I’ve switched to Pepcid for my stomach and I made it ALL day without allergy meds! #whoknewitwasahistamine ?]
 
Also, the white rabbit may stay out for a while - 
I just love the quirkiness of him setting on the stove - lol.
[I know I'm weird -]

Friday, April 3, 2015

surrender


All One Little Word images are from pinterest -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I always try to take a little project along

when I'm working out of town for several days - 
And this last time as I was packing up I KNEW I wanted to
 DO SOMETHING 
about the way I carry my jewelry [in a plastic bag - ha]
So all the way down I was thinking about what I wanted to do - 
and how to do it in the easiest possible way. 
Ha. That's me.
 So I came up with this - 
a place mat from Kohls, embroidery thread, plastic rings, 
ribbon [and needles] from Hobby Lobby...
I laid the jewelry out to see where to put the rings...
Then marked the spots 
[You'll see that I ended up with a different plan from the lay-out above.]
I know it's blurry - but it's only pencil marks - ha.
Then I started stitching the rings down. The place mat was double fabric, so I was able to just stitch through the first layer [thus - no stitches show on the front! Yay!]
I decided on the double rings at the top for shorter / longer necklaces. 
And you can see that at least one of the necklaces was too chubby to fit through the rings so I tied it down, but I may replace with bigger rings...
They can also be used for earrings. 
I plan to stitch at least one little bag onto a ring to hold the earring that are not a loop.
I stitched the ribbon to the outside of the placement, again, 
being sure to not go all the way through. 
[Sorry no photos of that -- 
Must have got caught up in The Voice while doing this part. HA.]
But I do love the way it rolls up and ties it all together 
so that it can fit easily [smashed anywhere] in my suitcase. 
Would love to see yours if you create something similar!  

Monday, March 30, 2015

hmmmmmm.....

I think most of you know that 
I was in Wonderland for most of the weekend!
And there were THREE Queens of Heart – lol. 
 [Love how we all did our own version!]

Seriously – this is 
THE MOST FUN 
scrap booking weekend ever!
And all for a wonderful foundation –
Cystic Fibrosis
Tara, Rachael, Jill, Anna and helpers did a wonderful job filling the weekend with great things: Classes! Stuff your own Goodie Bags! Table contests! Door Prizes! Costume contests! Yummie Food! Layout contests! Silent Auction Items!
[We raised over $1500 on the Silent Auction alone!]
PLUS over 38 hours of cropping time to work on your own projects! 
I’ll be sharing a bit more of what I accomplished soon!
HUGE THANKS TO THE HILTON MEMPHIS FOR  GREAT ACCOMMODATIONS AND ALL THEY DID TO HELP US HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!! 
And MUCH thanks to my sponsors - I really did do A LOT of cropping!! 
As of Saturday night everyone had collected over $500 in sponsor money!
Thanks so much for supporting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Back in the day

 
our Mama would make our birthdays special 
with a chocolate cake 
[I'm sure it was a mix, because the only cake 
I ever really knew her to bake from scratch was that coconut 
one with the syrup poured over it - oh my! But, I digress...]
with seven minute frosting
It always seems like A LOT OF TROUBLE. 
And it was only made for for special occasions, 
like our birthdays...
Somehow, a few months back we were all reminiscing and talking about childhood memories and the topic of our traditional birthday cake came up. 
 And I remembered that the frosting for Craig's favorite cake of all time [Tres Leches] 
was almost identical [and oh, so much easier to make!] 
So I whipped one up for my sweet sister in law's birthday back in January... 
[A chocolate cake from a mix 
and the delicious frosting I'm going to share with you today -]
Brother RAVED about how it took him right back to childhood...
And dare I share this? 
I got a photo [texted] of it before I could even get out of town 
and ALL the frosting had been eaten off the top. Ha. 
So, I knew I'd make one for his birthday as well -- 
 
Only the boys in my house had the grand idea to hollow out the middle of the cake and FILL it with this wonderful frosting. So I did. ha.
[And yes, I continue to use out-dated paper plates...it's not Thanksgiving y'all. 
Although - I am thankful for my brother.]  
So here's my 'Seven Minute' Frosting recipe 
[or marshmallow frosting as my boys call it - ] 
 Bring 1 cup sugar and 1/2 water to a boil in a saucepan.
 Meanwhile, beat three egg whites until stiff peaks form -
 Check the syrup, and boil to soft-ball stage - 
It's right there on the candy thermometer -
NO STIRRING.
 When it's there, simply pour it into the egg whites while they continue to beat.
[I actually turned my egg whites off while waiting on the syrup to cook - 
Then turned them back on to beat it all together -] 
Continue beating until cool - 
Disclaimer: this is actually a double recipe so I'd have plenty for filling, 
your bowl may not be this full - and this recipe makes PLENTY for a regular two layer cake -
Then frost your cake.
I ended up having to cut a little 'lid' for the top because it all just kept sinking in...
 
I was able to meet brother for lunch on his big day 
[something we aren't' always able to do since we all live in differnet cities] 
He loved the cake....
But then saw the inside 
and realized he had a REAL treat.
And I've gotta say - it WAS delicious.
Good thing I sent it home with them to enjoy!
Have I started a new tradition?
Or brought back an old one?
Either way - it's fun to have a little bit of childhood on our birthdays, isn't it?
Oh, one other thing - don't make this on a rainy day - 
It just won't 'set' right, or might be grainy, etc.  
Enjoy!