Monday, May 30, 2011

This and That

Miss M and I made ourselves some new flip-flops for the summer. Just enough bling for us!

One of my black urns, that I searched high and low for and found at Michael's of all places. The plants look a bit wilted due to the excessive sun and heat.

These are the same plantings, but in a regular pot on the porch. I hope to have pictures of the porch loaded later today!

Happy Memorial Day! I have such respect and gratitude to those in the armed services today and every day! God Bless America!

peace and blessings,

Monday, May 23, 2011

Menu Plan Monday, May 23, 2011

Welcome to Menu Plan Monday, hosted by Laura at I'm An Organizing Junkie. This week will be pretty simple and the usual fare:

Sunday~Bisquick Oven Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Country Gravy, Green Beans

Monday~Spaghetti with Meatsauce, Veal Parmesan and Salad

Tuesday~Grilled Chicken and Rice Pilaf, Carrots

Wednesday~ Conservation District Banquet

Thursday~Hot Dogs, Ranch Potato Salad and Baked Beans

Friday~Pizza and Wings


Have a super week!

Peace and blessings,


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Oreo Stuffed Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Who doesn't love peanut butter and chocolate? These cookies combine the both into a huge, tasty cookie loved by young and old alike. Deidra at MHH shared the link to these cookies over at Tasty Kitchen . I used regular peanut butter and they turned out really good. Next time, I'd use about half a scoop of cookie dough to make them a bit smaller.

Oreo Stuffed Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

•2 cups Unsweetened Natural Peanut Butter, Well-stirred
•½ cups Sucanat (or Brown Sugar)
•2 whole Large Eggs, Lightly Whisked
•2 teaspoons Baking Soda
•1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
•½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
•12 whole Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, Sucanat (or brown sugar), eggs, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt until well-mixed.

Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop out two spoonfuls of the peanut butter cookie dough and place each on one side of a sandwich cookie. Using your hands, form the peanut butter dough around the cookies until they are sealed in. Place the cookie on the prepared cookie sheet.

Repeat with the remaining dough and cookies.

Bake cookies for about 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve with milk!




Deck Update

My contractor and husband

Rafters are on....

....soon there will be a roof!

If the weather improves, it could be done by next weekend. I ordered our new patio furniture and am itching to get some landscaping started in the front and back of the house.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and blessings,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Miss M's 6th Birthday

Miss M celebrated her 6th birthday with a Cowgirl themed party. Above is a photo of her Pony Cake. Our guests dressed in Western attire, we had hot dogs over a fire, smores, too and even campfire baked beans.

Here's the cupcakes with the cowgirl and horseshoe toppers I made myself. Love them!

Here's the birthday girl waiting to blow out the candles on her cake. Precious!

Miss M and her Cowboy

I'll share more pictures when I get the Smilebox made this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and blessings,


Monday, May 9, 2011

Menu Plan Monday, May 9, 2011

It's been a few weeks since I've posted MPM, hosted by Laura at I'm An Organizing Junkie. Life has been incredibly busy, with little time left for the things I usually do. This week should be fairly calm...but I won't hold my breath. Here's the plan for this week:

Sunday~Happy Mother's Day-Brunch at 11, then Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Salad and Garlic Toast for Dinner

Monday~Happy 6th Birthday Madison! We're having a "Cowgirl" dinner...Hot Dogs roasted over a fire, Baked Beans, Cheesy Potatoes, S'mores, and a Pony Cake.

Tuesday~Mini Meatball Sandwiches, Fries and Corn

Wednesday~ Grilled Chicken Paninis, Cheesy Potato Packets, and a Pickle

Thursday~Grilled Pork Chops, Rice Pilaf and Green Beans

Friday~ Pizza and Wing Night

Saturday~ Cheeseburgers, Cheesy Potato Packets, Baked Beans

Have a week full of blessings,


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

The kids and I

My mom and the kids before brunch.

I hope your Mother's Day was wonderful! We had brunch with my parents today. I served French Toast Casserole, Fruit Salad, Sausage, Bacon and Struesel Coffee Cake for dessert. My parents bought me a lovely card, an electric tart warmer, a prayer book for Mothers and some tarts in my favorite scents. My mother loved her quilted purse. I hope she loves the matching wallet and change purse my brother bought her.

Peace and blessings,


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Gift

I saw this cute memo pad holder at Domesticated Lady and just had to make one for dd's teacher. Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day and I wanted to get her something useful. I thought this met that criteria. You can download the printables on Domesticated Lady's site. In addition you'll need a 3x3 post-it note pad, a 5x7 acrylic photo frame, ribbon and mini clothespins. I bought all the materials at Wal-mart and Dollar General.



Around the house....

As you all know, we're adding a porch to the back of our house. I am thinking about purchasing the above furniture for the porch. We already have a bronze table and chair set, and thought this wicker would soften things up and still coordinate. Our house is blue, but the pillows have the same blue in them so I thought if I added the paisley pillows to the green cushions as well as some solid or striped pillows that it would coordinate beautifully. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

These are the pulls and knobs I bought today for the den desk. I think the pull has a lot of character and hope it will add something to the newness in the house.

Miss M had dance pictures today. Here she is in her costume at the studio just after having her picture taken. I think she looks too cute!