Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Everyday Ruralty

I'm linking up with Patrice at Everyday Ruralty.

Frost on the Pumpkins Fall Sign - a prim perfection!

1. Are you looking forward to Fall?
Yes!! I love fall, I love the smells, the crispness in the air, the images that play in my head of what fall is suppose to be like, sweaters, leaves, smoke from smoke pits swirling up in the air.It just makes my hear go boom boom. But it makes my nose go achoo, all the time.


2.What are the three best colors for you to wear and the three worst?
Blues, green, shades of purple,-- ones that don't --white, some grays and a few other colors.
3. What is your favorite kind of juice?
Grape juice was always my favorite,  I love Vruit when I can find it.
4.Have you ever been in the hospital(at least an overnight)? 
Yes--once as a kid for a tonsillectomy, and then with 4 of my 5 kiddos.  
5. Do jingles, songs from ads, and TV or movie themes stick in your head? Do you find yourself singing them?
Yes, Yes they do. It always seems like the ones that drive you nuts stick in your head.

lakeside in autumn


Love Gooseberry Patch
Ready for fall

Monday, July 29, 2013

Pinned It, Made It! Monday

Country Girl at Home

 Simple Shower and Tub Cleaner
Picture from Joyful Homemaking
I have an exciting pin today, this one is from Joyful Homemaking. I bought the dish wand with a brush instead of the scouring one or one that looks like the picture. It worked pretty good, but I still have quite awhile before I get everything scrubbed off. I try to work on it every time I take a shower.

I'm linking up with Tammy at Country Girl at Home. Check out all the other fun Pinned It, Made It! Monday posts.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Farmhouse Summer Swap

 I was excited to get my swap package last week. Cyn was my swap partner and she sent these wonderful goodies.
I cut the table runner/ towel off in the previous picture, look at the cute ruffle. Cyn also sent some cute recipe cards that didn't make it into the picture. Thanks Cyn.  Amy from Bumble Bee Lane hosted this fun swap.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Everyday Ruralty

I'm linking up with Patrice at Everyday Ruralty.


1. Do you use any kind of water filter? (pitcher or sink mount)
No, but we would like to get an reverse osmosis system.
2.Do you have any tips on staying hydrated in the warmer weather?
Drink water
3. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
4.Are you on top of all the chores/work you do or are you always running behind?
Seriously  :-)---running behind :-)
5. If you could sing a song to Wendell, what would it be?
I'm going to call on one of the wonderful songs I learned at Camp Fire Camp. Blowing in the Wind

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pinned It, Made It! Monday

I love enchiladas but my family is only uh about them. I love to use the corn tortillas and I'm sure if I fried the shells a little before using they wouldn't be as soggy, but I don't. My family would eat them more if I used flour tortillas but I try to avoid gluten most of the time. When I stumbled upon this recipe it sounded good but I'm not big on pasta and Mexican flavors together and I was out of my brown rice pasta from Trader Joe's. I had rice so that's what we used.
I pulled cooked chicken breasts out of the freezer.
I cooked the onions in olive oil and added garlic at the end.
Add the cooked chicken to the onions and garlic, I added green chilies, cumin, chili powder, salt and the enchilada sauces. I simmered for 10-12 minutes, (I removed a serving for my daughter who doesn't eat dairy) then I added the cheese until melted and stirred in the sour cream heating till melted. Do not boil. We served over rice, with our favorite toppings and had guacamole on the side.
My version
2 chicken breast cooked and shredded
1 onion chopped
2  garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 can 4oz green chilies
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin-- I love cumin
2 cans enchilada sauce  I used one red and one green ( I have a wonderful enchilada recipe I would use if I didn't have any canned)
I'm chintzy with my cheese so I use 1 cup of cheese and 1 cup sour cream.

I didn't have my camera when I made this for dinner, so just imagine it served over rice!

The original recipe is here.

Photo courtesy of Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife

I'm linking up with Tammy at Country Girl at Home. Check out all the other wonderful projects.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Everyday Ruralty
I'm linking up with Patrice at Everyday Ruralty.

1. Have you cooked any interesting dishes lately?
2. What question would you like to ask Wendell?
If you could be in any TV Show what would it be?
3.Have you had any thoughts on Christmas yet?
Yes---fleeting thoughts. I need to start going through my Pinterest boards for ideas.
4. Do you make jams and jellies?
I have made grape jelly, strawberry jam, jalapeno jelly. I would love to make many more.
5. Do you have any board games you enjoy?
I prefer card games. My children love board games such as Life, Monopoly, Chutes and Ladder, Harry Potter and Memory.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Pinned It, Made It! Monday

These two items are from a swap I recently participated in.
 I didn't really see a project that inspired me it was just a whole bunch of images jammed together to come up with this, I think the pattern is a snowman or Santa body. I wanted to paint or write in each color USA. But every time I thought I was through painting, I'd check it the next day and it would have red on white or white on blue, I can't even remember how many times I repainted, so when I had the the paint just right, I stopped. I didn't like any mouth that I tried on the doll so I left it plain. Of course I saw one the other day that would have worked great.

This crow was from looking at another picture, it didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it, but I have another one in the works and I just came up with the idea of using a snap for eyes since none of my buttons were working for me.

This is the original crow I pinned. It linked to Etsy but wasn't pulling the original seller up for some reason. It looks much better than the one above.

I'm linking up with Tammy at Country Girl at Home, check out the other great projects.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cow Day

My girls enjoyed Cow Appreciation Day at Chik-Fil-A.  I think Amy needs a new outfit. I made the cowgirl costume for Jaime back when she was 4 or 5. I don't think I have any pictures of her in it but here is one from 4 years ago with Amy wearing it for Cow day.

Photo: This picture is from 4 years ago don't my cows look young?

My girls are getting so big, I have a picture on my phone that I took will the three youngest when we had breakfast at Chik-Fil-A and (I didn't have my regular camera). I have to text the pictures to one of my daughters and then she emails it back to me, I forgot to do that.  Thanks Chik-Fil-A for the no cook Friday!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Everyday Ruralty

I'm linking up with Patrice at Everyday Ruralty.

1. Bacon or sausage?
Bacon is my first choice--and sausage second. I never eat them for breakfast unless we're out. It's usually BFD.
2.Do you take time to "smell the roses"?
3.What's your favorite stone fruit?
4.What is the thing people notice first about your personality? (quiet--outgoing- polite-- funny-- etc)
I don't know-- I try to be funny.
5.Is there a hobby that you have wanted to do but haven't started yet?
I would love to find time to make wooden prim items and rug hook.
picture from The Pickled Pepper Patch

Picture from .blacksheepwooldesigns.com

I also would like to have bees, haha I'd actually like my husband to be the beekeeper.My ex-stepdad was a beekeeper and we always had honey around growing up.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Pinned It, Made It! Monday

This was my inspiration for the sunflower but I forgot to go back and look at it after I cut it out and painted it. I think mine would have been a little plumper if I hadn't filled the middle with so many x's. 

Amy made this for the 4th of July---

I pinned this Firecracker Tutorial, we used the small pringles can and just used modge podge.

I'm linking up with Tammy at Country Girl at Home. Check out all the other wonderful Pinned It, Made it projects.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July


We had a fun time at a local 4th of July festival--inflatable slides, pony rides, hula-hooping, a puppet show and a whole bunch of fun things we didn't even get around to do. Later we sat outside watching all the neighbors lighting up the skies and lit a few of our own fireworks. Amy popped at least 3 boxes of poppers and our feet have popped the ones she missed. I hope you had a wonderful 4th.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Everyday Ruralty

I'm linking up with Patrice at Everday Ruralty.

1. What's the best advice anyone has ever gave you?
Tough question--but for me this was one of the most life changing. A co-worker asked me when I was pregnant with my 2nd, if I was going to breastfeed and she shared with me all the wonderful benefits for mom and baby. I am forever grateful to her, breastfeeding made such an impact on my life. I didn't breastfeed my first born, (I had her when I was a teen) and didn't even think about breastfeeding till my co-worker brought it up..  
2. Do you have houseplants?
I have one spider plant that has hanged on for at least 8 years, with our infrequent watering. I use to have a lot more but they slowly died out.
3.Do mosquitoes bother you or leave you alone?
4. What's your favorite charity? If you have one.
We don't usually give out money to charities, but I volunteer with La Leche League and that would be my first choice. I also have helped a couple times at a local charity ran thrift store and our church food pantry.Our Girl Scout Troop has volunteered at Harvesters. In the future I would like to help out at a local animal shelter.
5. Do you like mint? What variety is your favorite?
I had to look at everybody else's answers for this question. I was just thinking mint that you put in tea. Who knew there were so many mints?  I like the mint you put in your tea, peppermint patties are high up on my mint list. I don't really care for candy canes or peppermint candy. I love the lifesaver wintergreen candy.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Pinned It, Made It! Monday

Recycle your old books
This pin is what inspired me. The link isn't working anymore. 

I used a patriotic craft/quilt book--I spray painted it red first, then painted it blue, added the stars and stripes. I used a watered down brown paint to get an aged look but be careful wiping, if you rub too hard it will remove the paint base.

I'm linking up with Tammy at Country Girl at Home, make sure you check out all the other pinned it, made it projects.