Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Berries and Wicker!

Getting ready for the good ole' summertime! 
Memorial Day helped kick me into gear. Having a houseful of loved ones this weekend for swimming and BBQ~ing, I wanted to start off getting the courtyard area done. During the winter the wicker is on the front porch, and for the summer it stays in the backyard. It is a nice outside gathering place for nursing Mommy's, chit chatting or a little snooze! Where the rockers are, we have a birds eye view of the kids in the pool. Our home is a ranch style, "horse shoe" shaped, 3,100 square feet, single story home. The courtyard area can be seen all around the house. It's perfect when you are keeping an eye on the kids!
I am a big time rocker! I have them everywhere.
My favorite thing to do when rocking is holding a grand~baby in my arms and watching my hens!
It's a family room outdoors. To the left I have a large table for dining that did not get in any of the pictures.
Yes, I do take time to smell the roses!
I planted a "small" berry bush that is now running wild!
I made this "bee" box several years ago. Hubby cut the wood & put it together, then I did the painting.
 Almost ready to eat!
Succulent plants for the coffee table.
Many years ago while we still had our sweet cats, I had a wonderful artist paint "Randy" & "Peaches" on rocks. Now that they are gone, the rocks even mean more to us.
Their eyes glow at night!
If I am not in my craft room, you will find me here...yes a little nap now and then is heavenly!
***Many have asked about the Outdoor Patio Sails. We bought ours in San Diego, CA but you can also find them online. Here is a good website of the same ones we bought. We love them and we have more sails over the pool and other areas of our yard.
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Wishing you a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Memorial Day & Cherry Pie!

~Lest We Forget~
 Sweet Bella over at Adventuress Heart out~did herself with these darling Mini Cherry Pies!
They are simply adorable!
Make a visit to her blog, she is sharing her recipe!
Perfect for Memorial Day!
Please join me this Memorial Day in remembering, on behalf of present and coming generations, 
the deep and abiding debt we owe to our fallen and to their loved ones. 
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Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Crafting My Heart Out!

I have been busy stocking up my Etsy shops! I will be adding more each day. Lots more cute journals & garlands in the making.
These goodies are for my Sassy Sadie Lee shop here.
Birthday garland...
Brag books...
Notebooks...
More garlands...
This sweet brag book is in my Beehive Cottage shop here.
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Thanks for stopping by & wishing you a creative day in whatever you do!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Grandma Sadie's Fruit Salad!

I love this vintage fruit salad recipe that has been severed on family tables for many years! A well loved recipe is never forgotten. 
I made this batch for our Mother's Day dinner that was served at our daughter Shelli's home. 
She spoiled all of us, as usual!
Grandma Sadie's Fruit Salad

Ingredients:
1 ~ 11 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
1 ~ 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup sour cream ~ I use Greek yogurt, so good!

Directions:
Combine the oranges, pineapple, marshmallows, coconut, and sour cream (Greek yogurt)
Stir until all mixed together. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours before serving.
***Make sure you drain the fruit well! 
I will be sharing my sister Linda's Macaroni Salad next!
Have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

How grateful I am for Mothers, especially my own. 
This sweet apron reminds me of her. She loved pink, always wore the cutest aprons and had a full figure like this card!
I miss her dearly and hold her close to my heart.
Wishing my daughters Shelli, Heidi, Tiffani, Stephanie, and YOU a wonderful day! xox