May 13, 2015

New Rugs for Den

Last week I shared that I had ordered a new jute rug from Rugs USA for our den. It was delivered Friday evening and we played musical rug swap.....we moved the rug that was in the den to the sun room.  I forgot that I had also ordered a faux cowhide rug also. While it is not a real cowhide, that's okay, I'm not sure how comfortable I'd be with a real hide. I like my faux one just fine!

It's a lot bigger than the one I previously had in here

The new rug is made much better than the old one....and it's soooo soft!





My husband really likes both new rugs.   He rarely comments on things I do around the house....sometimes he doesn't even notice so I'm happy that he likes them. 

Our newest grandson who was born in December is growing like a weed.    It's hard to believe he's 4 months old already!   His brother and sister (twins) will be 11 this month....where has the time gone?!

He looks just like his daddy!   He's such a happy and good baby and his big sister adores him. 

Until next time....... 

May 8, 2015

Chilled Pasta Salad with Fruit

Hi All! I've been MIA again....just have a lot going on but hope to be back to blogging soon.

I'm on our class reunion committee and I am really enjoying connecting with old classmates. Our reunion isn't until June but a handful of us have met a time or two to firm up plans for the reunion and assign "tasks" and food....after all, it's all about the food!

Last night we met at the Country Club and had a spread of sandwich makings and salads. One of the salads was a pasta salad with small chunks of fruit....absolutely delicious! So today I goggled "pasta salad with fruit" (I'm smart that way!) and found one that looks and sounds identical to what I had last night. I wanted to share it with you in the event you are looking for something easy and good to eat this weekend...or really any time. I'm making a run to the grocery store later today to make one for us to enjoy.

Chilled Creamy Poppyseed Pasta with Fruit


  • 4 cups farfalle (bow tie pasta) cooked, drained and cooled
  • chicken breast strips, cooked, cooled and chopped 
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, sliced
  • 2 cups cantalope chunks
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  •  3/4 cup Kraft Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
Combine all ingredients, refrigerate for 30 minutes
Serves 6

You can adjust the recipe for your needs as far as how many you are serving.   Since I haven't made this yet, I don't know if I will tweak the recipe or not....so keep in mind that you may need to make adjustments.

This sounds exactly like what I had and everyone loved it.    I can't wait to give it a try!

One quick little decorating note:    I have been looking to replace our jute rug in the den with another one as the one we have now is getting a little worn on one corner.    I plan on putting  the old one in the sun room and hide the worn corner under the TV cabinet.    After finding out that Rugs USA was having a huge sale (75% off) on their rugs, I ordered a new jute rug for the den at a huge savings with free shipping!   I think the sale is still going on....use Code MOMS75 at checkout.   Here's the one I got:



An 8x10, regular price $759.00, sale price $189.75 with free shipping!   Happy Mother's Day to me!    

So if any of you are looking to get a great price on a rug, hop over to Rugs USA and check it out.     I am not affiliated with Rugs USA and they don't even know I exist but I thought this sale was too good to keep to myself.    I have bought rugs from Rugs USA before and they are a good quality.

Wishing all mothers a Happy Mother's Day this weekend!   




April 3, 2015

Happy Easter

March 16, 2015

Spring Fever and Health Update

Today it's been 4 weeks since my surgery! It's been a rough road from time to time but I'm getting better every day. I wish I could personally thank each and every one of you that sent prayers my way....they were truly felt and appreciated. My husband has been an outstanding caregiver, but ya'll, the man can't cook or clean! I'm going to engage a cleaning company to help me for about a month.
 
I know in some parts of the country it's still frigid cold and snow still on the ground but it's been absolutely gorgeous here for the past few days. We have our windows opened up and last night we grilled out....just sitting outside in the sunshine does my soul good.

I do want to make one comment about my health situation. A good blog friend was kind enough to mention that I was having surgery on her blog and someone made a comment that it all seemed so "mysterious". I have chosen not to share publicly what type of surgery I had as it was not life or death (or cancer) but still was considered major surgery which will require a few months of recovery. So I was a bit taken aback by that comment....all my blog friend asked for was prayers and thoughts being sent my way. Maybe I'm being too sensitive about the comment but it just hit me the wrong way. Oh well, I hope this clears up any "mystery" about my health issues.

Again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your prayers.

February 22, 2015

Taking a Little Break

Well, looking at my last few months it looks like I've already been taking a break and truthfully I have. We had a grandson born on 12/21 and I spent several weeks helping my daughter with him....then I got sick, husband got sick and I visit with my mom in her nursing home on an almost daily basis. Not making excuses but that's just how things are going at this stage of my life and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

I'm having major surgery tomorrow (2/23/15) and I will be out of commission for several weeks. I don't want to feel pressured to blog if I don't feel up to it so for now I'm going to just take it easy and get well.

If you feel inclined, I would really appreciate you saying a prayer for me tomorrow around 10:45 a.m. that everything goes well and my recovery is as smooth as possible. See you all later!

February 14, 2015













January 10, 2015

Baby Love

Some of you may know that we were blessed with our 5th grandchild on December 21st. Our daughter, who has 10 year old boy/girl twins, gave birth on December 21st and we are all thrilled with the new family addition.

The photographer used by the hospital took the most amazing photos and let me tell you, these photos aren't like the ones I'm familiar with taken of newborns.  We had an awesome photographer and she and I have become "real life" friends after she helped me with some hiccups on downloading the pictures to my computer (after purchasing them of course)! I hope you will indulge me as I share some special moments from the session at the hospital.


My daughter had the cutest shirts made for the kids...they sometimes call her other son "Big Man" so naturally the baby had to be "Little Man".


He was a big baby...9 lbs. 4 oz!   And a lot of hair (just like his mama had)





The photographer was so sweet to Taylor who wanted to be all up in the action (she is an awesome big sister).   She told Taylor to make a "heart" with her hand around the baby's feet.



This one says it all....she loves her new baby brother so much!

(All photos by Corinne at Little Lavender Studios)

After the photographer came to my house to help me with the pictures, she told me she and her husband are building a house and wants me to help her decorate!   I think we are going to get along just fine and have a good time.  

Hope you all are staying warm this cold weekend!


January 4, 2015

Painted Baskets

You might say I've always had a love affair with baskets. I've collected them and used them in many ways over the years. Here is a project a did a few years ago and thought it was worth sharing it again.

Before Pinterest, I bought tons of decorating magazines. I always had problems storing them because I didn't want to part with my favorites. I found these great baskets at Lowes that were the perfect size to store magazines in but I wanted to dress them up a bit.

 I bought two Allen + Roth baskets and Valspar’s Churchill Hotel Vanilla spray paint


 I measured the height of my basket and it was 7” so I taped off the in the middle so I had about 3 1/2” above and below the tape. 

After spray painting the BOTTOM half of the basket I ended up with this....





I love how they turned out!

These baskets gave me a way to store some of my favorite magazines while looking pretty at the same time.

Of course, these are just a couple of the many baskets I have and ways I use them around my home.   I'll be back soon to share some of the ways I use baskets around my house.






December 31, 2014

December 22, 2014

The Sweetest Thing and Merry Christmas!

Oh the plans I had for sharing the remainder of my so-called "Christmas tour" of the rest of the house....but a phone call at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning cancelled out all my well meaning plans. My daughter, who was due to have her baby on December 30th, called to say they were on the way to the hospital! After getting her settled in her birthing suite, and after a bit of concern it might be a false alarm, baby boy soon made it known he was ready to enter this world. So....at 6:44 a.m. he did!



  He's a big boy....9 pounds 4 ounces!  




 And a head full of hair (like his mama had)!   We couldn't be more thrilled!  

Is there anything sweeter?

Mama and baby are doing great!  

It goes without being said that the next few weeks will be a whirlwind for me....once my daughter goes home I will be helping out for 2-3 weeks at her house.   So this will probably be my last post for the rest of this year.   

Thank you all who follow along on my little blog that I have so neglected this past year, but nevertheless I really do appreciate everyone who leaves such nice comments and e-mails.    I'd love to promise things will be better in 2015 but we shall see.

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 16, 2014

Christmas Tour 2014 (Part 1)

Christmas is in full swing around blogland and while I don't have an "official" home blog tour I'd love to share with you some of the little touches I've done this year.

For the past few years we haven't even put up a tree! Now before you give me the ol' "stink eye" let me explain....we don't have anyone here for Christmas and we have a lot going on with family. We have our big family Christmas at the lake with my sister, all her kids and grandkids, and all our kids and grandkids. We go to my daughter's on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought the twins and then on the 26th we travel out of town to my son's to spend time with he and his family. Also, my in-laws are out of town and we have to find time to go there as well. Somewhere during all of this hustle and bustle, I visit with my mom just about every day at her nursing home. And I get the itch to take down everything on the 26th...sometimes on Christmas Day night! Just want a clean pallet to start the New Year...can anyone relate?! And of course, this year, we will be welcoming grandbaby #5 on December 30th! I plan on spending about 3 weeks at my daughter's after the baby comes home to help her and also chauffeur the twins back and forth to school and their activities since she won't be able to drive for a little while.

Okay, on with the tour. We'll start outside. 



This year I chose to use traditional colors of reds, greens and plaids both inside and outside.    I have always loved putting wreaths on my windows and this year I added a little strip of ribbon at the bottom of the wreath as well.




(Please excuse the cords under the bench...I should have hid them better...oh well....this is real life people)!

This was a quick and easy way to add holiday cheer to the outside.   The wreaths are el-cheapos and I used velvet bows you can find just about anywhere (bows are from last year).   Once I hung the wreath on the window I simply cut a piece of ribbon to cover the windowpane above the wreath and a separate one below the wreath....hope that makes sense.    Then I put tape on the back of the ribbon to attach it to the window.   Next year I might switch and use plaid ribbon and bows.



I ordered the black and white buffalo check throw on the bench....who doesn't love buffalo checks?   I added some pillows, and a garland.   







 The stamped jute banner on the wreath was another project from last year.   I stamped the words "Joyeux Noel" onto a piece of jute, punched holes in the ends and tied it onto the wreath.    
  

I bought two arborvitaes a while back to replace my Kimberly Queen ferns that stay on the porch from early spring until they die a natural death from the heat (plus I get tired of watering them)!   I placed faux wreaths around them and LOVE how this turned out!   I originally planned on putting the arborvitaes in my window box but liked the way this turned out much better. (Yes, that is a huge crack you see on my porch caused by some tree roots....the trees are going to be removed, the porch completely re-done and some much needed front yard landscaping added....all in good time)!


We have up lights highlighting the windows and door at night....it looks very pretty.   I'll try and get a picture of it and post that later.

Now let's go inside to the foyer.

This year I found myself drawn to a woodland theme....with lots of deer and plaid!   




I used this same log slice, book bundles and round bread board as part of my fall vignette so all I did was add the little deer and bottle brush tree and a burlap wrapped pre-lit tree from Wal Mart.   



The dining room is done very simply by adding faux branches, sugar pine cones and another deer to my dough bowl.    


Since taking over my mom's finances and applying for Medicaid for her, the table is usually full of paperwork, etc. that I've been working on since AUGUST (!) and you can see a checkbook in the background....again, just didn't want to commit myself to full out decorating this year....I was lucky to get this much done!

I'll be back later this week (hopefully) to share my den and kitchen.    I hope you'll join me then!

We had our annual family Christmas get together at the lake this past weekend and had such a good time being together with everyone.   

 My sister and I decorate the mantel and add a "skinny" Christmas tree.  


We bring little gifts for all the grandkids just so they will have something under the tree to play with that day.   


My brother-in-law had a warm fire going all day....the weather was gorgeous but it was cold outside!




Looking down toward the dock....my brother in law recently had over 20 trees cut down on the property!   Someone is coming to grind the stumps down later.







Its hard to believe when the water's up we can put 2 pontoon boats here!


This is the side where the kids swim.

Every year we do something different for the food.   This year we did bar-b-que, baked beans, cole slaw, marinated vegetable salad (recipe below), chips and all the fixins'.    I think last year we did spaghetti; another year we did 3 different soups and we've also done a traditional Christmas turkey and dressing.   

Here's Taylor holding her little cousin...practicing for her own baby brother that will be here on December 30th!


My daughter Shannon threatened me with bodily harm if I showed her face but here she is just a few weeks ago from giving birth to our grandbaby #5!    We are so excited and can hardly wait to see and love on this angel!

Here's a good recipe I got at a church dinner a few years ago.

Marinated Vegetable Salad

  • 1 - 11 oz. can white shoepeg corn
  • 1 - 16 oz. can French green beans
  • 1 - 16 oz. can green peas
  • 1 Medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup celery (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup diced pimento
Drain vegetables and mix all ingredients
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
Mix all together and heat until sugar dissolves.  Pour over vegetable mixture and keep in refrigerator overnight.

At Publix I found this mixture of onion, celery and green peppers already chopped up....I think it's called the trinity mixture?   Anyway, that's what I used instead of chopping up everything (lazy).

I can't believe December is half-way over....Christmas will be here and gone before we know it!

























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