The good muffin top

I pinch myself all the time, but in a good way, that I have been blessed with a job that allows me to blend my talents with my interest in throwing a good party.  I have been an event planner since I was a toddler.  And one of the fun aspects of my job is researching recipes for menus.  Pinterest came to the rescue with this winning recipe originally posted from Sweet Little Blue Bird for Snickerdoodle Donut Muffins.  Girl, these are the good kind of muffin tops!  They have just the right amount of sweetness.  Give them a whirl and do a few extra sit ups afterward!

Seven Little Things #6

My home is where I find my bliss.  I love to nest.  Someone asked me recently what do I like to do when I have free time.  Well, other than take a nap, I love to clean my house, do laundry, bake, work in the garden, and just be.  I am content to do nothing. Spring time is the best time for color in the garden.  I took some pics recently of the front yard in its prime of the season. I love to search Pinterest for chalkboard art ideas.  When I find something I think I can draw free hand I sit down on the porch and work on it. I purchased a window box at the nursery and it’s loaded mint and thyme. This is the view from our front porch.  The Dianthus and pansies under our tree  This big, juicy gyspy moth flutters around the garden sipping nectar … Continue reading “Seven Little Things #6”

Master Bath– the Pony Wall

I have fun pics to share of our master bath remodel.  I want to be careful to say the “before” space was not bad in the least.  We started with the traditional stand up shower lined with builder grade plastic and an adjoining sunken tub made of the same plastic that when you stepped into it, you were certain you would fall through.   It all functioned fine, but there was nothing special about it.  Since we don’t plan to move, we knew the investment in time and money would be well worth it. I created a board on Pinterest and made a notebook with color swatches, photos from magazines and a “wish list”.  We decided that for our personal tastes we would gut everything and instead of putting in another tub, we would increase the size of the closet and have a larger walk-in shower.  Yes, you heard it right, we have no tub.  … Continue reading “Master Bath– the Pony Wall”

My Easter Miracle Banana Pudding

Holy cow.  This recipe for banana pudding is the bomb.  I’ve made it before, but it has been awhile.  I had forgotten how good it is.  Paula calls it “Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding.”  I prefer Easter Miracle Banana Pudding, because Jesus would be sure to love it if he ever came to dinner at my house!  The ingredient that makes it special is the Pepperidge Farm Chessman Cookies! It’s a very easy recipe and make a big pan to serve a crowd. Mix 2 cups of whole milk with one 5-oz box of French Vanilla Instant Pudding mix till thick. Mix one 8 oz package of softened cream cheese with one can of sweetened condensed milk.  Then gently fold in one tub of thawed Cool Whip.  Add this mixture to the pudding and gently fold till mixed. Line the bottom of 9×13 pan with one bag of Chessman Cookies.  … Continue reading “My Easter Miracle Banana Pudding”

Easter Wrap Up

Spring is my major busy season at work.  It seems I work almost every weekend in April and early May.  But the timing of my event last weekend and Easter was perfect.  I had Friday off and Miss Bee and I were able to spend time together running errands and I treated her to her first facial. Saturday we had Sister Bee and my brother-in-law law, Charlie, and my niece, Lizzie, over for brunch. Charlie lost his very sweet sister, Linda, recently and since I know that trying to be festive during the holidays can be hard I thought a nice brunch would make them feel better. I have found a new caterer in town named Katherine Sasser.  Her catering business is called The Hurley House.  She makes the best homemade everything.  Each week she sends out an email to her clients sharing her take out menus for the week.  … Continue reading “Easter Wrap Up”

Seven Little Things #5

Memories of 4617 Meadowbrook Drive where I grew up.  Earnie had a million of these Spirea bushes (also known as Bridal Wreath) growing in the backyard.  I remember the sweet smell so vividly.  I picked a few sprigs for a vase and put them in my bathroom to greet me.  Also making their appearance this spring are poppies. Earnie planted these seeds last year and they are popping up everywhere! Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare,And left the flushed print in a poppy there.~Francis Thompson, “The Poppy,” 1891

Moonriver and Me

Three years ago today, my Daddy went to heaven.  He loved Diet Dr. Pepper, hand lotion, candles, Old Spice aftershave, yellow legal writing pads, cigars, Baby Ruth candy bars, Lance’s cheese crackers, cherry-scented car fragrance, Charlie Pride, coconut anything, pecan pie, the mountains, his children, Jesus and Earnie. One of Daddy’s favorite songs was Moon River.  I imagine he and Mother walking in heaven as Andy Williams gives them their own personal concert… Two drifters, off to see the world There’s such a lot of world to see We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waiting, round the bend My Huckleberry Friend, Moon River, and me.   Here’s a re-post of that day’s blog entry — titled To The Moon Raymond. 

Seven Little Things – Part Four

Easter, next to Thanksgiving, is one of my favorite holidays.  But, probably not for the reasons you might be thinking.  I do love the Easter Bunny, and egg dying, etc…, but the real reason I like Easter is Lent.  For me, Lent is my own personal New Year.  For 40 days, I try to practice sacrifice (giving up something — in this case sweets) and personal reflection.  I am reflecting on how God wants me to take better care of myself through healthier choices of eating, making time for daily exercise, and using more of my quiet time in prayer. I have been very good for the last few weeks on taking my vitamins.  As I stare at the bottles I think, if someone could come up with a better way to package the bottles so they were decorative maybe more people would take them everyday.  I can’t stand to see … Continue reading “Seven Little Things – Part Four”

Seven Little Things — Part Three

I love to score clearance grocery store flowers.  I was in Kroger’s this week and picked up a dozen cream roses for $4.99 and a mixed bouquet for $2.  It’s not a huge investment and it makes me happy to see flowers around the house. The domed pedestal dish is from my friend Mary May. I filled it with the cutest little “Tom Thumb” candies from bestie Julie.  These pretties are in my Ladies Lounge. The pillows in the background are from Target’s spring line.  Pink is one of my favorite colors.  The pedestal dish is sitting on top of some of Earnie’s books.  The other pink thing at the bottom of the pic is a passion flower candle from World Market I can’t bring myself to burn because it smells so darn good.  I think that’s kinda like quilters who like their fabric too much to use it…

Seven Little Things — Part Two

I gave up sweets for Lent.  Some days it’s a real struggle and other days it’s not.  Here’s a tip on how to satisfy your sweet tooth. When Williams-Sonoma had their big clearance sale recently, I picked up a jar of their Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Last night I was feeling like I needed something sweet.  I pretty much cleared out my pantry of anything tempting, but I remembered my cocoa.  It’s classified as a drink and by using skim milk, it’s good for me and a nice treat before bed. You simmer your milk on the stove, add a few tablespoons of the mix and whisk till combined.  It was very good.  I finished 3/4 of it, then got up to get the laundry.  When I came back Ruthie, the Weinerful, had finished it off.  Sweet dreams for everyone.