Go Ask Your Mother

I had my first reminder the other day at CVS when I saw the Mother’s Day card section.  It hit me that after making or buying cards for my mother, this would be the first time in probably 45 years that I won’t be able to do this for her.  There have been moments this past year that I’ve wished I could ask her a question.  Either about one of her treasures and how it came to be in her possession, or how to make her rice pudding, or why she loved birds so much?  We get busy and we think we’ll always have tomorrow to ask her.  In my case, I don’t have tomorrow. Several years ago I read an article in Oprah magazine.  Oprah’s friend, Gail King, was at a dinner party and someone asked Gail if her children knew things about Gail’s mother who had died a few years previously.  … Continue reading “Go Ask Your Mother”

Campfire Cookies

In a recent slew of Pinterest fails, I am happy that I have found a pin-worthy recipe to share.  I am so glad this recipe for Campfire cookies didn’t blow.  What intrigued me about this cookie recipe was the key ingredient — mini marshallow bites. The pinner –Kevinandamanda.com is a great blog for all kinds of yummy recipes — shared a tip that the Jet Puffed Mallow Bits were at Target.  So, after church yesterday Miss Bee and I made a run to Target for the bits.  I could hear all the Barbies from the toy aisle cheering.  These are truly made for a Skipper-sized campfire, or if Ken and Barbie had to move out of their townhouse they could use them for packing material.  They are cute, crunchy, tiny bits of fab.  I could just put them in a bowl and look at them if the recipe was a bust.  … Continue reading “Campfire Cookies”

Seven Little Things — #7 Smelling Good

Just in time for Mother’s Day shopping (since we know the best gifts are the ones we pick out) I have two favorite fragrances I like to wear, especially in the summer months when it is so hot and humid. Isacc Mizrahi’s Fabulous.  I love the offset bottle shape and the cute polka dot top.  The fragrance smells like peonies, lemons and is slightly musky.  Perfect for a date night.  And who doesn’t like to be fabulous!? My second fave is Philosophy’s Pure Grace. You truly smell just like you stepped out of the shower with that soap and water clean smell.  This lady like scent is perfect to put on right before bed so the sheets smell nice, or right after a work out. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!

Feeling Moody

 As I have been going through Earnie’s things over the last year — I can’t believe she’s been gone for almost a year — I came across a water color print.  I just loved the punchy colors of orange, red, pink and yellow.  I didn’t see a signature on it and I asked Sister Bee if she recognized who painted it.  She has two friends who are artists, but neither of them had painted it. I took it to Aaron Brothers which, in my opinion, is one of the best sources for framing.  The staff were very helpful in helping me find a pre-made mat and frame that allows me to float the print so you can see the edges of the paper.  I knew I wanted to hang it in my ladies lounge along with another acrylic painting I found at HomeGoods. As I sat back and looked at … Continue reading “Feeling Moody”

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