Friday, April 17, 2015

GETTING HOOKED: ARMY WIVES STYLE

 
I recently started watching ARMY WIVES on Netflix, beginning with season one which aired in 2007.  Honestly I am not a huge television watcher so never having heard of this series doesn't surprise me.  I have a few reality shows I watch but not much else.
 
  The men and women cast in these leading roles are spot on, very believable in their roles.  I laugh, I cry and quite often I hold my breath when it becomes intense.  Plus, anything about military life fascinates me and the way these lives are portrayed has me hooked big time.
 
For me this series is like a novel that you just can't put down, the kind that time stands still when you are immersed in it.  Laundry gets ignored, cooking meals becomes irritating, having to go somewhere becomes a super inconvenience and you are pretty sure to get the answering machine if you call my house. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This television drama airs on the LIFETIME television network if you are wondering what station it is on.  THIS IS NOT A REALITY SERIES like all the popular "Housewives" reality dramas. 
 
Now I must get this post finished up so I can check and see of my Kindle has charged up enough to watch a couple more episodes before bed tonight. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FINISHING TOUCHES

We embarked on a huge home makeover by adding a 600 sq. ft. addition about seven years ago.  Also included in that project was having a whole new kitchen built. 
 
(Blah brown wall before)
Are we the only ones who have left the final touch on a project unfinished...for years?
 
We never took the time to put a backsplash in the kitchen, not because we didn't want one but because it just seemed to get put on the bottom of the 'to-do' list for some reason.
 
It seemed like now was a good time to bite the bullet and make this happen.  It was also a prime time to do it because our youngest son Dustin and his wife and daughter happen to be staying with us while they have been house hunting.  Dustin is a wonderful handy guy to have around, he did all of this tiling by himself.
 
 
After much debate about tile size and color we finally made our choices and this is what we came up with.  This is the tile up before it was grouted.
 

 
And this is the tile completed.  I am so excited, now maybe I will be inspired to keep my kitchen tidy so I can enjoy the new look.
 



I kind of have to scratch my head and wonder why in the heck it took us so long to finish this project, it makes such a nice improvement to the house.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

LOCAL HOT SPOT FOR MY CRAFTS

SOMETIME OPPORTUNITIES COME AT THE MOST UNSUSPECTED TIMES.
 
Before Christmas I was asked if I would like to put a few of my signs and blocks in a craft bazaar at a local salon.  After the bazaar was over the owner asked if I would like to continue to sell some of my crafts in her salon. Well duh, of course I would!!!  It has been fun to be able to make things for seasons other than fall and Christmas.  They have been selling like hotcakes every since.
 
I thought I would share with you some of the fun things I have been making - and selling.
 
 
{I must apologize in advance for the quality of some of the photo's, they were taken only for my benefit of cataloging sales}
 
 



 
 

































 
On top of having pretty good success at selling my goods we have been enjoying outstanding spring-like weather.  Today I believe it is near 70 degrees and I was able to hang out sheets on the clothesline a few days ago.  Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and trees are budding.
LIFE IS GOOD!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

LET'S TALK COCONUT

When it comes to most desserts, {{and if that dessert has coconut in it}}, you really have my attention.  What caught my attention recently on Pinterest was a dessert called COCONUT CREAM POKE CAKE.  Just the name alone was screaming my name and I just knew I would have to give this delicious and delectable cake a try.
 
Here is the ultra tempting photo that caught my attention from Amber over at Dessert Now Dinner Later:
Looks heavenly, right?
 
 
WELL...
Not so much!
 
Here are my observations about this dessert:
1. WAY too sweet
2. WAY too mushy
3. Recipe called for WAY too much coconut and cream of coconut.
 
My version of the cake.
 
The recipe was simple enough;  bake white cake as directed for 9x13 pan, poke holes in cooled cake, pour 2 cups cream of coconut (found in the alcohol mixer section of the grocery story), spread one container of Cool Whip on top of that then sprinkle 2 cups of toasted coconut on top.
 
Will I make this cake again? 
Not likely.
 
But if I did, (and you just never know) I would only use 1 cup of the cream of coconut and 1 cup of toasted coconut on top.
 
Moral of the story:  Not everything on Pinterest is a sure thing, proceed with caution!
 

Monday, January 12, 2015

LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE...FINALLY

My life from September through New Year's Day is one BIG FAST LANE so getting to slow down is welcome change for the month of January.
 
Here are a few of the things happening so far this month:
 
Of course there is the annual "out with the old and in with the new" party.  I love having good friends come over to celebrate the new year with a good old party with food and games.  We aren't drinkers so alcohol and hangovers are not a problem for us.  Just playing some fun games and having a good time is par for the course.

 
 
 
Melvin and Denise are a hoot!
 
 
Friends Debbie and Jim put the"P" in party.
 
 
Kathy and Dan are two of our favorite party people.

 
Jigsaw puzzles usually come out in January around here.  The only problem with this puzzle is it makes me want to hit the bakery every morning.  Thank goodness it is finished and a new one (without tempting food) is now being worked on.
 
 
Another thing that gets done in January is clearing out all the Christmas d├ęcor and bringing in a new look.  These birdies make me wish spring would hurry up.
 
 
 

 
A special event happened this month, our granddaughter Aleana was baptized.  We don't get to see this little cutie often enough so it was a pleasure to get to spend this special day with her.
 
 
 
 William and Aleana (they are half brother/sister) and cousin Dawson.  We sure do love these special people and are so blessed to have them as part of our family.
 
 
I have been working on a few Valentine's Day items to sell in a shop in my little town I live in.
 
 
I have also read a book and watched some really good movies, luxuries I don't get to indulge in during the busy bazaar and holiday seasons.
Slowing down is a good thing, it helps me stop and reflect on what the most important things are; family and friends.
 NOW IF IT WOULD JUST SNOW!