Saturday, January 31, 2015

Roses are Red

Roses are Red and Valentines are too! I have been putting a few touches of Red around my house.

My sweet valentine, Marvin, gave me this pretty Fenton Glass basket for Valentine's Day one year and every year I use it at Valentine's Day and Easter.  My grands enjoy seeing Nana's house decorated for the Season.

And this pretty Valentine's Day Heart is hanging on my front door. The pink is a hot pink but for some reason it is looking orangey in this photo.

I have also tried to keep up my new BOOK BOX tradition. I am putting seasonal books out to read to the grands...or in Kendall's case, books for her to read.  Landon has been enjoying the Bearenstain Bears Celebrate Valentine's Day. I also have some winter themed books in the basket like The Snowy Day and What Do Snowmen Do At Night? in the basket as well.  Yesterday Landon brought me a pile of books to read and we had the nicest time just cuddling and reading. Soon he will be reading on his own and these days will be but memories. I am so glad I still have some younger grands who will enjoy all the books I have collected over the years.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Easy Soup Recipe

One of the blogs I enjoy reading is Blogger, Whitney, is a young wife who blogs on homemaking and organization. Visit her site and tell her I sent you!  She posted this recipe a while back and I wrote it down for future reference. I made it Wednesday evening and I can say with confidence, it is a keeper.

Weeknight Chicken Stew
6 c chicken stock
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 can diced tomatoes with onions and garlic
1 T Italian Seasoning
1 cup cooked chicken
8 oz bowtie pasta

Combine the first five ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Add pasta and cook to al dente.
Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

This is a super easy recipe and very tasty. I did change it up a bit as I felt it needed more chicken for my husband. If he is having soup for supper he wants a hearty one! So I purchased the Tyson grilled chicken strips that are for fajitas and chopped the whole bag and put it in. I also added a bit more pasta to even out all that chicken! I splurged and purchased the Real Grated Parmesan cheese to add to the top when I ladled it into the bowl. I may never go back to the old style parmesan cheese as the flavor was so much better! Even an old cook can learn new things.  I served my soup with Ciabatta Rolls.  We both licked the bowls clean which is a sign of a good meal!  Thanks Whitney for sharing a meal that can be put together in minutes and is wholesome and delicious!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Guest Room Update

After a little mishap with a sick five year old last week, I was on the hunt for a new comforter for my guest room. ( Note to self, take comforter off bed when one of the littlies have a stomach bug) But on the plus side, I was ready for a change! My first stop on the hunt was Tuesday Morning where I found a pretty new quilt set at a great price. It included the quilt and two pillow shams.

And the colors went with my bedside table throw and the cushions I used with the old comforter.  I think my guest room is one of my favorite rooms in my house. I always love 'tweaking" it. The Nantucket Gray paint color by Benjamin Moore is one of my paint choice success stories. It is so calming and a good neutral background for decorating. The long print above the bed is a tribute to my home town landmarks and the names of all the families who live in Murray County, Georgia are seen in the background. I am proud to have four of my family lines noted there.

I have used the big cream colored European Shams for years and the green and gold cushions have served me well over the years as well.

This sweet group of Geese was made by Mama G in one of her ceramics classes may years ago. I sometimes put potpourri inside it.

One of my favorite prints...for some reason I am infatuated with doors.

These small Ray Ellis prints are another favorite. I cannot look at them without being reminded of my husband's stomping grounds of Savannah, Ga.

And of course, being the reader that I am, I must provide a book or two for my guests.  Being Dead is No Excuse is one of my favorite books. A tongue in cheek look at Funeral Customs in the South, it is sure to bring a smile or chuckle.  You will also find lots of great recipes for standard Funeral Food. Seeing that pound cake on the front cover reminds me of a warm from the oven pound cake that a dear friend brought when my father in law passed away. There is a lot of comfort in food when you are grieving!

Hope you enjoyed the tour of my guest is always open!  Today is Friend Day so after getting my hair done this morning, I will be joining the girls at Chilis. Then off to TJ Maxx and the Cross Stitch Peddler ( for more thread!)  before picking the children up at school. Hope all my bloggy friends have a good day!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lil Bag

As a user of Young Living Essential Oils, I have been on the look out for a small bag to carry some of my Essential Oils with me...after all they are called Essential Oils for a reason! I went to Etsy to see what I could find and I was successful. I found the perfect little bag!

It is a coated cotton and I do not have to worry about bottles leaking and causing a mess! The nifty elastic holders on the inside hold the 5 ml and 15 ml bottles securely!

Made in Michigan by LilAlice, this is something I would order as a gift for my other oily friends.  You might want to check out the shop, Lil Alice Sews. The lovely lady who owns the shop named her shop after her grandmother, Alice. I love stories like that!

And an update on my door dilemma.....

The votes were evenly split between the blue and the green with the dark gray getting NO VOTES.  However, my friend, Susan, who is my go to whenever I am looking for something online,  came up with another idea. She found a site called Sensational Color and this site has posted the ten most popular colors for front doors for 2015.  One of them really spoke to me, Pratt and Lambert's Thyme Green.

 It is a more subtle green and seems to almost be a mixture of the blue and green that were on my list of colors to consider. So now I am more confused than ever!! Maybe the people at Sherwin Williams will be able to help me come to a conclusion! Thanks for all your votes. I think it will be a while before I actually purchase the paint and get busy!

Off to take the grands to school...the sun is shining here and it looks like it will be a lovely day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thanks Target

After going to the Organizational Seminar at church two weeks ago, I have taken a close look at some of the problem areas in my home. I am determined to fix areas that just are not working for me. One of those areas is in my bathroom. You know how it have products you use daily that you hate to put away in a cabinet. I thought I had found the answer when I found a "tower" that sat on my counter. But it was not perfect.

Many of the products did not set upright because of the gaps between the wires.  My husband was even frustrated by this mess.

Last week I was in Target, browsing the dollar aisle when I came upon these fabric baskets.

The size looked as though it would be perfect for my little tower of Messiness. Alas these were $3 but they were worth the price!

And the after....this  looks much better than the before and I do not have to worry about small bottles falling out of the tower.

For nine dollars and a few minutes of my time, I have a solution to something that has bothered me for a long time!! And it is much easier to move the tower to wipe down the mirror and counter! You never know what you will find in the dollar aisle!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

My Princess

Margaret got Disney PJs at Target and this sleep mask came along with them. She had to try it out but decided that she preferred sleeping without it.

Our house sure is quiet since she went home on Thursday. I got a picture of her with Grandpa before he left for work that day.

Margaret is wearing her new outfit from Target...a cute skirt, shirt, knee socks and a headband that is barely showing up in this photo.  It is fun to spoil the grands when you have a chance!

And here it is the last week of January! I have no big plans this week. Just taking Kendall and Landon to school and working on the wedding sampler that I hope to finish this week so I can get it to the framers. My co grandmother, Debbie, is doing great after her total knee replacement on Wednesday. Thanks for lifting her up in prayer!! All my northern blog friends are in my prayers today...looks like a major storm headed that way! Stay safe!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday Evening Craft Time

Do you have a lot of Christmas Photo cards from friends and family that you cannot bear to toss in the garbage at the end of the holiday season? Well I have quite a stack of them, going back to the 90s.

I have kept them in a big wooden bowl in my craft room and they mock me every time I look at them. 

Last week I was reading a magazine and came upon an article that addressed my problem. ( I think it might have been in the HGTV magazine for January).  They suggested that you purchase these little things.

Sorry for the poor quality, I was using my cell phone.  Anyway, I found these in packages at Staples. The Book Rings were quite inexpensive...maybe $4 for a package but the little tags were a bit more pricy, $9 for a package of 50 but I will be able to use them for years to come!

Take the little tag, write down the year. Then using a hole puncher, put a hole in the corner of each Christmas photo card. Add your tag to the ring, then add the photos.  You will be able to flip through the photos easily as they are attached to the ring. My husband suggested using reinforcements on the hole but since they will only be available for viewing during the Christmas season, I thought we were ok to go without the bother of reinforcing all the hole punches.

Now I had some old pictures that were from long ago so I sorted them by family. This is a ring for Marvin's brother's family. All these children are grown up now! But I did organize my cards for the last five years by year! 

Once you have your cards organized, put them in a pretty box and set them out during the Christmas season so that family members can look back over the years. It is sure to be a conversation starter! And speaking of walking down memory lane. I had to do a special ring for Nana and Grandpa and all their grands at Christmas.

Here we are with Kendall at her first Christmas.  Oh the years speed by too quickly!!

And lest you think I am Miss is what my sofa looked like on Friday evening.

I had quite a mess as I sorted, trimmed and wrote names on the tags. The end result was pleasing however! 

I plan to look for a pretty Christmas box at Hobby Lobby in July when they put out the Christmas decor. And YES, they do put it out as soon as the 4th of July decorations are slashed to 90% off!! I want a big lidded box to hold my treasures and we can have fun looking back over the years and remembering sweet friends and family.