Thursday, May 29, 2014

Things That Make Me Happy Today

Bunnies in the backyard....

Laying under a tree with children....

And a cup of afternoon Chai tea!

How can I NOT love my life!?

Pretty Up your Kitchen Aid

I've been noticing around the web, pretty Kichen Aid Mixers.'d they do that?  You can buy decals, specifically for your mixer!  WOW!  It does look very nice, but with the price tag, they are out of my budget.

With my ever creative mind I thought, "I could go to the Dollar Store and get some of their vinyl decals, but I want it now!"  (like I generally do..instant gratification)  I got all my stickers out, which is a vast collection, and found the perfect ones!   So, I went to work placing them on my mixer where I thought they would look best, and wah lah!  I love it!   And just think of the possibilities, switching them out whenever you felt like it!  (and with me, that might be often)

So, here's a picture of mine, followed by a link to get more ideas:

Off to the kitchen to use my prettied up mixer now!  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Batch Cooking, and Mix Making Day!

I like to have things ready for a quick dinner.  You know, the nights you don't feel like cooking, or you are to busy.  Eating out isn't an option for someone who lives 45 minutes from the nearest restaurant, which is really a good food....YUCK!

I also like to cook from scratch.  Americans think we have a huge selection of foods available, but did you know most of the "inner aisles " at the grocery store are not even food..NO FOOD in the product?  TRUE.....a lot of it is man made, chemical laden food "product".   There is an awesome movie "Food, Inc" that will enlighten your views on food.  It's available on Amazon Prime, rental, and is also a book. 

Here are a few things I've made this AM, later I will turn a big ol' package of ground beef into precooked taco meat, precooked sloppy joes, hamburger patties, and meatballs.  That way, come dinner time, this lady is ready for a 5 minute meal!  OH YES!

Click a link below for the recipes:

I don't add the butter to this mix, until I am cooking it.

Lightest pancakes, ever!  Try making pancake bites, place the pancake "dough" into
mini muffin pans and bake, or (like I do) use your handy dandy cupcake maker gadget!
You can make a big batch and freeze them for later!

Thanks for visiting today, have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Busy, Busy Four Days "Off" Work?

Was I really off work for four days?  It definitely did not feel like it!  It's the ol' proverbial, go back to work to get some rest!    I got in a bunch of doctor appointments along with Kevin, yard work....which by the way takes a while when you have 3 properties, one business, and several acres to manicure!

The playground looks good....for today.....and the fence along the front of the playground is very nice for summer, and the summer holidays.

I did have a lot of fun creating and crafting, which is probably why NO house work got done.   I planned to catch up with the laundry, before it catches up to me, no luck with that.  I planned to do some batch cooking, no luck with that either.  In fact I was lucky to get Kevin and I fed and watered.

This morning came to soon, and there will be a houseful of little ones today.....eight today.  Summertime child care is always "iffy".  Some days are busy, some days only a few kids, c'est la vie!

Enjoy the pictures of some of my busy work from the weekend:

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hopping on the Burlap Bandwagon!

Burlap is everywhere this spring!  I had to try my hand at it, of course.  So,
I bought a roll of it and went to town. I've prettied up the kitchen counter, the daycare
lunch table, and added some to a couple wreaths I have made (I'll talk about those 

With bits and pieces from around the house I went to work.  My measuring
spoons are in an old jar, but is seems so much more appealing "dressed". 
An old plastic container serves as a snack jar, it doesn't look quit so
cheap wrapped in burlap.

And the daycare table is much more lively than haven a boring old towel
with plated just sitting there.  Now it is organized and beautiful.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What I'm Reading This Week

This first book is just for my pleasure.Thank you Karlin 
for mentioning this book to me!  So far so good.  

In this harrowing New York Times bestseller, Ann Rule is at her masterful best as she winnows horrific truths from the ashes of what seemed like paradise in Prairie Village, Kansas. Rule probes the case of Debora Green, a doctor and a loving mother who seemed to epitomize the dreams of the American heartland. A small-town girl with a genius IQ, she achieved an enviable life: her own medical practice, a handsome physician husband, three perfect children, and an opulent home in an exclusive Kansas City suburb. But when a raging fire destroyed that home and took two lives, the trail of clues led investigators to a stunning conclusion. Piece by piece, Ann Rule digs beneath this placid Midwestern facade to unveil a disturbing portrait of strangely troubled marriages, infidelity, desperation, suicide, and escalating acts of revenge that forever changed dozens of lives.

The second book is interesting to me, but it's for work.   
A good read, is a good read though!

New delights and opportunities for learning await each time children venture outdoors. This updated and expanded edition of The Great Outdoors will inspire teachers to make it possible for children to spend more time outdoors, have safe environments, and be free to learn through exploration. This book
  • Reviews why outdoor play matters for children, especially when it involves nature
  • Explores the historical and contemporary inspirations and foundation for nature education
  • Discusses ways to keep children safe outdoors, including minimizing sun exposure and other dangers
  • Highlights the importance of nature experiences for children’s spiritual development
  • Explores the necessity and challenges of creating child-friendly cities and environments
Each chapter ends with action items to improve children’s access to safe, clean, and interesting places in your community and is packed with resource ideas for further exploration. The Great Outdoors will enable you take up the challenge to advocate for enticing outdoor spaces for children. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Merry Monday, and All is Good!

Yummy cranberry/walnut scones about to go in the oven.  Now the dilemma of whether to have tea or coffee with these little delicacies!

Prettied up the lunch table with a Dollar Tree kitchen towel, and embellished the basket with stuff sitting around just waiting to be used.  I LOVE how it looks, cheerful and summery.

Kids a cooking'!

The three little guys love to play in the Camp Fire/Forest room!


Sunday FUN!

I love when I have an entire to myself.....the creativity flows!  The top pic is a Fairy Forest, using a rarely used drying rack, misc foliage, scarves, etc.... Anything "fairy" is good in my book!

Picture #2 I Spy board.   It's heavier than I thought and an occasional piece falls off, oh well, I just replace it with a cool sticker!

And finally the "popular this year" hose wreath.  This was fun to make, and you can't really make a mistake.  Just cut a piece of hose, cable tie together, and start adding whatever you want.  You can also spray paint the hose, which I am in the middle of right now for my entrance gate, and chicken coop!  So easy, so fun.