Saturday, July 31, 2010

A giveaway you won't want to miss!

You will definitely want to check out the giveaway
 has going on right now in celebration of 2000 followers. And this is one blog you want to read regularly!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Guess what?

I'm a Winner! 

 I was so excited this morning when I checked my e-mail to find that I had won the $75 gift certificate here.
Lindsay, has a great blog and has another wonderful giveaway going on so check her out.
 Go visit the Vintage Pearl to see all of the wonderful hand stamped jewelry.
Just like Christmas in July!
Have a blessed day!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Total Yummy Goodness!!

Just finished making this delicious dessert to take to a birthday celebration this afternoon, and thought I would share this quick and easy recipe with you .

Brownie Trifle

1 Box Brownie Mix (your favorite)
Large Box Instant Chocolate Pudding
8 oz. Cream Cheese
Large Container Cool Whip

*Make brownies according to directions. Cool, and cut into small chunks for bottom layer
*Soften cream cheese, add 2 TBS sugar, and half of cool whip. This goes on top of brownie layer.
*Mix pudding according to directions, and this is your next layer.
*Top with remaining cool whip
*Refrigerate until ready to serve.

We made mini versions of these in martini glasses for my daughters wedding, and they were a big hit.
Let me know if you give it a try, and tell me how you like it.
Have a wonderful weekend. Jackie

Check out the other delicious recipes here.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Morning Coffee

Won't you grab a cup of coffee and join me?

I've even saved a seat for you.
Even Chloe will agree that the view is not bad.
Our little row of grapevines are out here,
a few pretty flowers,

and this morning the nest was empty.

Several years ago we covered our small back patio with a tin roof.  Our goal is to make our rather large back yard beautiful without spending a lot of money, and little by little it is happening.  I have taken cuttings from neighbors plants and bought some on clearance. When the weather is a little cooler we will begin working on some vegetable beds.Some mornings you can even catch a breeze on the back porch here in south Georgia. It's simple, but I'm loving it.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

All You Need is Rust.

This is what I started with.
 A fairly ugly, green wire shelf.

Add a little rust,
and this is what I got.

My back porch was beginning to look like plants were just sitting everywhere, and this little shelf that was tucked away in the storage building was just what I needed. Hopefully I will be tending to more projects this week.
What projects are you working on?


Monday, July 19, 2010

My Own Three Ring Circus!!

This weekend my Mom and Dad were here, with their dog, Bailey(center)
My daughter and son-in-law were here with Chloe(left)
and there's Stella trying to stay out of the way.

Needless to say they kept things hopping.

In the midst of family being here, we made a cake for a couple's reception at church.
Ansley decorated, I baked. Cake decorating is not a good thing for a perfectionist to attempt.
I tend to analyze things a little bit too long. My daughter on the other hand is not afraid to just go for it.

Simple table decorations.

It was a busy weekend, but a good one.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

While away........ were a few things that made me smile.

Big blue hydrangeas,

an old wheelbarrow,

HUGE oaks out back where my daughter works,

this big old cow,

and a trailer full of watermelons. Yes, they were delicious!
What has put a smile on your face recently?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

One of those days.......continued.

This past week has been a busy one. Good busy, but very busy, tiring, and draining. We left last Sunday to visit my daughter. They purchased an older home that they have been renovating for quite a while. We went down to lend a hand. They are down to what is one huge task(not counting the yard) painting the exterior(not including the windows that will need to be reglazed). Those of you who own an older home know what a job this will be, especially on your own. I will say the boys worked on the really hard stuff! They scraped, scraped, scraped and scraped some more! It was HOT! Really hot!

My girl is still working, so I painted the last of the trim and baseboards in the office, cleaned windows (did I mention they have a lot of Big windows?) When we left the office was on the way to being straightened out, so the guest bed can move in there, so we can get ready for this little one. I even got to see the little one Wednesday during her Dr visit. He was moving those arms and legs, sticking his tongue out, and we may have a name. I will let you know if the make it definite. It was a great visit.

When we left, out big dog Nick was not doing well. He would have been 12 in December. He has been the absolute best family pet! He acted ferocious when necessary(strangers near by)but,  has always been just one big loving puppy. Our neighbor who is very fond of him took care of him while we were away. He said when we left he seemed so depressed, and wasn't sure he would last till we returned, but he did. We returned Thursday afternoon, and when I got back from errands Friday afternoon, he had laid  down in a shady spot and passed away. He and Stella have been my company when I am here by myself, and I am going to miss him dearly. Yes, there were tears from both of us, so needless to say yesterday afternoon was a sad one. Looking forward to a good Sunday rest, church and some quiet time. Hope you all have a blessed 4th.