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Foodie Friday!

Welcome to Foodie Friday hosted
by the very talented Gollum at Designs by Gollum.

Please visit everyone, they each have made something wonderful to share!

After having all three of my kids and one of my kids friends for two days during spring break, I needed an easy dinner tonight and the husband made it too!
Won't mention the fact that the their is no snack food!

Get a bag of Asian Vegetables from Sam's Club and cook it.

Make some rice. If you don't have a rice maker, get one! Best money we ever spent. You will always make the perfect rice! We also only use Jasmine rice.

And you have a quick dinner for very tired parents!

However I did need something chocolate!

Who can resist them!
Want one?

I won't tell anyone!


Look what I got in the mail yesterday!!!

Tracy at tracey-crafty scraps sent me these because she knows I love cows!

She has become a great friend and a wonderful person!

Aren't they pretty?

I have put one of them on the cabinet in the den!

The other went on my dinning room china cabinet!

And my cow plaque went on my kitchen wall where I can see it every time I cook!
We all know how much I cook too!

Tracey, I love them!!!


Dessert last night and an AWARD!

Just trying to make you hungry!

Would like a piece of pineapple upside down cake?

I need to find a square cake plate!


I want to thank Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for my award. I have been a pain in her you know what for over a month, asking questions about this and that! She is a very sweet and wonderful woman! Go visit her, she is fabulous! I cannot say enough about how much help she has been!

The Friends Award comes with this message attached:

"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and to be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated."

And so to propagate more friendships, I'd like to pass this award on to:

Tracy at tracey-crafty scraps

Terri at Lakewod Manor

Christine at Christine's Home and Travel Adventures

Chari at Happy to Design

Manuela at The Pleasures of Homemaking

Please visit these wonderful ladies as they have all become friends!


Can you tell he's working for money?


Does my twitter work?


Dinner is ready!

This is what we had for dinner last night!
There is the husband waiting for dinner again.

He works sooo hard I made him a special dessert!
Children enjoyed it too!


The garden is ready...

Saturday and Sunday we started the major clean-up of the backyard and unloading the garage of everything!

I also got this idea to repaint my wicker furniture that sits on the back porch! Unfortunately I ran out of the yellow on the first chair! I got the idea to paint each one a different color then! What do you think?

Nick took a break from raking leaves and decided to see if he could fit in the coopy car!

The garden is ready for veggies and flowers but we don't have any in the stores yet!

Hard to believe this is what it will look like by June!
I am one tired women and I still have to clean the house today!


I didn't know what came over me!

Friday morning I was driving my son to school, the girls (one was sick and the other didn't have school) were at home with Daddy who was working from home. I knew I had to get home because I had people coming over and I had to CLEAN.
As I am driving to the school I see the ESTATE SALE sign, but I keep driving and the whole time I was thinking about the sign.... I couldn't drop the kid off fast enough! Next thing I know I am driving down the street that the estate sale is on looking for it! Found it and went in! Oh I saw some pretty stuff! Milk glass, old knick knacks, Halloween, Christmas, old linens, furniture, all at really good prices too!
Anyway, I found a lovely pillow in the living room, 2 ceramic chicken plaques for the kitchen and then I found the craft room! Found lot there, lace, bias tape, old sewing box, cabbage patch clothes, fabric and other sewing stuff! I was in heaven! As I was about to check out I found the little green plate and pitcher, added that to my pile! The women was adding everything up and I mentioned the wooden bench out in front and how much did they want for it. Another women said to sell it to me for, can you believe this, $1.00! I of course said SOLD! Everything including the bench was $21.00.

If you enlarge the picture you can see everything better!
(no plates, I did look!)

My girls were very happy about the doll clothes!

They had dressed their dolls within minutes!
I did get everything clean, banana bread done and a nap before they showed up!


New Bedding!

I need more pillows.
I do like how it turned out.
What do you think?

I did have the bed made, but guess who decided I didn't need one?

But he is cute! I think he was ready for bed!


My favorite time of the week!!!

Foodie Friday!

Welcome to Foodie Friday hosted
by the very talented Gollum at Designs by Gollum.

Please visit everyone, they each have made something wonderful to share!

I have had this cookbook for the past 20 years! I picked it up in a thrift store when I lived in Los Angeles. It was originally from the National Charity League of Los Angeles Founders Chapter.
I love this cookbook! As you can see I write in them. I usually write in most of my cookbooks! Another bad habit of mine!

Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the food yet because I am making it tomorrow when the children are at school! I have some of the booster board coming over to discuss the high school garage sale that we are having the first weekend of May.
Guess who is in charge? ME!

Anyway, I wanted to be nice and feed them since they are coming to my house for the meeting.
I will make them the best banana bread that I have ever had! I have had lots, trust me!
Here is the recipe:
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup margarine
4-5 bananas, mashed
2 eggs, well-beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. soda
2 cups sifted flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup buttermilk *
3/4 cup chopped walnuts **

Preheat oven 325 degrees.
Cream margarine and sugar together. Add bananas, eggs and vanilla. Sift flour with soda and salt. Stir flour mixture and banana mixture alternately with buttermilk. Add nuts. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan. If using large loaf pan, bake 1 -11/2 hours. If using 2 medium or 4 small loaf pans cook in less time. 35-45 minutes. Test with toothpick. Should be moist!

* If you don't have buttermilk, you can make some with 1 Tbl. of vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to equal 1 cup.

** No you don't have to add nuts. I never do!

Yes, I went back.....

I needed a new comforter for my bed! Really!!!
Ill take pictures of the made bed tonight.

And I also really needed another place setting! Okay, fine, 3 more place settings!

Here is a close-up of the desk that I recovered!
I love animal print and tassels!


My desk project...

There is this desk in my craft room that I don't like!
But I need it to hold things or I will take the space up with fabric and craft stuff!

Until I can figure out what I really want there, I decided to cover it.

My father in law had made a table for me that I covered before.

I re-used the fabric, trim and upholstery nails.....

And it's done!
The advantage is that it hides misc junk in there too!
It will do until I get what I want for that area.

My son's concert last night!

The whole band!

They were all wonderful, especially my son!


I went to Old Time Pottery yesterday!

I bought lovely large plates at $1.59 each (because we all know that we like to eat in this family!), small plates at $.99 each , large chunky bowls at $1.49 each, a few new goblet glasses, a triffle bowl for $5.00, a bamboo tray for $1.00 and a very large terra cotta saucer to use as a bird bath in the garden.

To the people who have seen my house, yes I really do think I needed this stuff!

Isn't it pretty? Am I the only one who thinks so?

I love glass ware!

What's the point of having a small bowl? A large one is alot better and you don't have to go back for 2nds!

I have a 3 tiered plate stand and they are so big that they wouldn't fit! So, I am using a cake stand to hold them.

With buying all of that, I had to make the husband happy, so I made him a few of his favorites for dinner last night!

Mashed Potatoes!

Fried fish!

Green Beans!

And of course one of his favorites, Caramel Apple Cheesecake!


I am a very torn women!

I can only go to one of these events!

My poor husband. I can only torment him once! He get nervous when I take the card or check book with me to one of these! If these were in different months I would go to both, but since they are in the same month, 1 wee apart, we don't want him to have a stroke and worry about taking a 2nd out on the house!

Which one do I go to?

Gem & Jewelry Show
May 22-24, 2009

I love Jewelry! I love the shiny stuff! (but it is coming back in August!) But I do love the bling!


29th Semi-Annual Pec Thing Antique & Flea Market
Date: 5/16/2009 Time: 8:00:00 AM
Location: Main Street
Genre: Antiques

But I need the flea market!!! It has over 400 vendors!
Last year I picked up a wooden napkin holder for 50 cents!
I can hear the old stuff calling to me! Can you?

What do I do? Which one? Help!!!

My husband has voted for The Pec Thing! He thinks is would be cheaper! HA!


I still had time for...

You know that I can't pass up a thrift store!
On Wednesday before my surgery I had to go grocery shopping so everyone would have something to eat while I was recuperating! Guess what happens to be next to the grocery store? A Thrift Store! Even though I had to rush through the thrift store I found a lovely wooden spoon and another serving bowl (Like I need another serving bowl)!

I think next week I need a trip to Old Time Pottery next week to see if I can't find some pretty dishes!


Foodie Friday!

Welcome to Foodie Friday hosted
by the very talented Gollum at Designs by Gollum.

Please visit everyone, they each have made something wonderful to share!

We had a theme this week. St. Patrick's Day!

With everything going on this week I decided to buy my favorite sugar cookie! They have lots and lots of icing on them and they are delicious!

Have a cookie before I eat them all!
I will see y'all over at Gollum's for more excellent food!

Thank you to everyone who has sent prayers and thoughts! All are very much appreciated. Just so you know, Bob is gone and I slept the day away today! I have nothing to do tonight and tomorrow but spend my time in blogland with you and recuperate!

One very happy puppy!

Family Favorite!

Family Favorite!

Anyone for dessert?

Anyone for dessert?