Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I wish I could say this was an original idea, however it is not. But, I couldn't resist creating one for our home when I saw it on Pinterest.
The poem reads... Dear Santa, This magic key works just for you, please open the door and come on through. Thank you for coming to our house tonight. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Thank you Santa for the gifts you bring. Thank you Lord for everything.
I typed up the poem, added a vintage Santa from Clip Art and printed it out on card stock...the key I found at Micheal's in their $1 bins. I then tied them together using some pretty red ribbon I had laying around and viola! Love. It.
You can make your own using my free printable below.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
This is so fun! We came home yesterday to find this great bag of goodies on our doorstep. We don't know who left it...but I have my suspicions : )
Inside was a tub of cotton candy, a plastic toy dinosaur (as opposed to a real one LOL), a plastic toy giraffe, a toy tractor, and this note...
BOO! You've Been Ghosted!
Since this is the time for goblins and bats,
Halloween spirits and ghosts and cats,
Weird happenings and witches brew,
These are things I wish for you:
May the only spirit you chance to meet,
Be the spirit of love and friends that are sweet.
May the only goblin that comes your way,
Be the neighborhood phantom, the breeze takes away.
So by tomorrow, pick a friend down the street,
And give them a Halloween treat.
Fill a bag with goodies galore.
You only have today to do this, so hurry.
Leave treats at their door and run in a flurry.
As such wishes move along from friend to friend,
All good wishes go on and never end.
Have a Fraken-tastic Halloween!!
Monday, October 21, 2013
At this time of year there is nothing better than warming up with a little comfort food! Cook up this easy and delicious soup for dinner, or make a batch and freeze it for later. Enjoy...
-1 package of fully cooked crumbled bacon
-2 cups diced onion
-1 cup diced celery
-1/2 cup chopped carrots
-1 can of chicken broth
-2 cups water
-5 large potatoes diced
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
-Minced garlic to taste
-2 cups half & half
-1 can evaporated milk
-1 cup all-purpose flour
1. Combine all ingredients in the crock-pot, except half & half, evaporated milk, and flour.
2. Cover. Cook on High 7 hours, stirring occasionally.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and half-and-half. Stir into the soup along with the evaporated milk. Cover, and cook on low for another 30 minutes before serving.
Variation: Top individual servings with shredded cheddar cheese.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
I love fall...and I love decorating for fall! The pumpkins, leaves, corn stalks, gourds, mums...it all sends me into a tailspin and I go a little crazy. Step on up, take a look around, and enjoy!
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Those that know me (or are regular readers to my blog), know that I'm a cleanaholic. My brother told me that he was once asked by a friend what his sister's house was like. He replied that it's like I'm getting ready for an open house every time he comes over. OK, so I'm a little OCD, or a lot OCD when it comes to keeping a tidy house. So, when I find a new cleaning product that really works, I wanna shout it from the roof tops!
I have this great white porcelain dinnerware that Andy and I received for our wedding...11 years ago. We use them everyday and as you can see from the picture below, they are really starting to show their age.
I love these dishes! They go with everything and I can mix and match other seasonal pieces well with them. We'll have guests over for dinner and I find myself going through the stack of dishes when setting the table and trying to find ones that are "less" scuffed than others. I've tried Ajax to get the scuffs off. I've tried Soft & Scrub to get the scuffs off. Neither worked. Then I read about Bar Keepers Friend. I can not believe the transformation! See for yourself...
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
This morning we visited the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park. The hatchery was first established in 1933 as a cooperative between the US Bureau of Fisheries and Monroe County. In Winter 2002, the hatchery was closed due to county budget cuts and then re-opened in the Fall of 2003, when the Riedman Foundation partnered with Monroe County to provide funding for staff, maintenance, and capital improvements to the hatchery.
A fun, family friendly and FREE place to visit, the hatchery currently raises some 20,000 Trout, Chinook, Salmon and Perch!
Be sure to bring lots of quarters! You can purchase a handful of fish food for a quarter at machines around the hatchery.
In addition to the hatchery, the park offers several walking and hiking trails, ponds for fishing, a playground, and picnic tables and shelters.
If you go...
Located on Park Road within Powder Mills Park, The Fish Hatchery is open year-round. April 1st-October 31st, the park is open everyday from 7am-11pm. November 1st-March 31st, Monday to Thursday, the park is open 7am-4:00pm.