Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Peek Into My Week . . .

(source is from Maddy's White Fuzzy Kittens)

Mother Nature . . . Still raining!  It looks like we will get a small break this coming week-end.  The temperatures will be in the upper 70's and the forecast actually says, no rain, I'm so excited!

Today, we have bad thunder storms with heavy dark clouds, threatening to hail on us!  The wind is suppose to be about 60 miles per hour in some areas . . . I hate wind!   I can hear the thunder as I am typing, the hail and rain is on the way!  Here's what it looks like from my yard, looking West...yikes!




On my Mind . . . It's my husbands birthday tomorrow, the 28th, and I can hardly believe we are as old as we are!  It truly seems like just yesterday we were newly weds, raising our family, and trying to conquer the world!  Where on earth did the time go?  I see kids I went to school with, and I always wonder if I look as old as they do . . . they probably think the same thing! Oh well, were only as young as we feel, and right now, I feel pretty good!  I hope he has a perfect day! 

In my yard . . . The rain has been really good for the new grass seed we planted this Spring, it has filled in nicely, and we are even mowing it.  The garden is all but drowning, but I think it will survive!  The radishes are coming up and so are the carrots, although it hasn't dried up enough to plant any more seeds.  Everywhere I look it's green and beautiful, now we need sunshine!

Comfort from the Kitchen . . .

This is the cake that I am making for my husbands birthday tomorrow - oh.the.yummyness!!




Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bar Dessert


  • 8-ounces chocolate ice cream topping
  • 1 jar caramel ice cream topping
  • 12 - 18 store-bought (rectangle) ice cream sandwiches
  • 8-ounces frozen COOL WHIP whipped topping, thawed
  • chopped peanut butter cups - as many as you want!  Sometimes I use toffee bits, or butter-fingers chopped up.  Any kind of candy bar would be good, use your imagination!

Heat the chocolate syrup in a microwave-safe bowl for about 1 minute; set aside.

Layer half of the ice cream sandwiches on the bottom of an 8x8 square baking dish. Evenly pour half of the chocolate sauce over the top. Spread with an even layer of half of the COOL WHIP, then sprinkle with half of the peanut butter cups. Repeat the layers (sandwiches, caramel sauce, COOL WHIP) ending with another sprinkle of peanut butter cups. Cover loosely with foil and freeze for at least 1 hour. To serve, cut into squares.

*Note: This recipe can be doubled, using a 9x13-inch pan. I will double this recipe for my family!


A Little Sweetness . . . We went with my daughter and her husband to decorate graves on Sunday.  I was very proud of the way my, Little's behaved themselves at the cemetery.  Caleb couldn't wait to get out and clean up the headstones . . . he was just precious!


Tanner loved being a big boy and helping, so cute!

We decided it would be appropriate to put a marker at the cemetery for my brother, who passed away last year.  His daughter had him cremated, and has decided to keep his ashes where she lives.  We wanted to have some kind of marker for him by my parent's headstone, so this is what my sister decided on.  I think it turned out really nice, and they got it set just in time for Memorial Day.

Nathan really wanted to have his picture taken next to this headstone, which just happens to be my great grandmother, Ann Zooley Taylor's headstone - now how did he know that this is one of my favorite grandmothers?  Gotta love his shirt!

The kids were so cute at Hannah's grave, they were so excited to put this little pin-wheel in the ground, and put flowers by her headstone...very sweet indeed!

Caleb is a very sensitive little boy, very caring and always excited to be helping with anything he is asked.  He was so cute as he washed off her headstone and cleaned it so carefully.  I know that Hannah will someday thank him for caring. . .

Just Sayin'...



Something from my Playlist...

Oh yes, one of my favorites!  Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love to listen to, James Taylor!


Hugs,

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day . . . God Bless America!



I love that these beautiful flags are places along the fence at our local cemetery.  What a beautiful tribute to those men and women who served, and still serve our country with honor, dignity and bravery . . . God Bless America!

In the Civil War’s aftermath, the American orator, Robert Green Ingersoll eloquently memorialized its more than 600,000 dead. I believe his words speak for all who have perished in America’s name. They read: 

“They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless . . . Earth may run red with other wars, but they are at peace. In the midst of battles, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.” 

Hugs,
 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fun Finds . . .

First, just let  me tell you that I very rarely find treasures at thrift shops, garage sales, or anywhere else!  It's just not something that I do, even though I try really hard!  But . . . the other day we were looking at a few local online auctions, and I found the most wonderful picnic baskets!  We went and looked at them, I fell in love, and the rest is history, I bid on them . . . and won!  I could hardly believe it, I never win!  Meet pretty basket number one . . .

I won two baskets, and both are Redmon, vintage, and in pretty good shape for being almost as old as me!

These baskets were part of an estate sale, and when I went to pick them up, the man who helped me was one of the children.  He told me that his mother loved these baskets and used them often - you can see that there is some wear on the handles - just makes them that much more special.

This is the, Red-Man label on the bottom of the basket - most are gone, so I was happy!

There's a little water damage on the inside paper, so I thought I would get some pretty paper and attach it with removable glue dots, that way the integrity of the basket remains.  The glue dots are acid-free, so I don't need to worry about them leaving a mark when they are removed.  They are a little musty, but I will put some scrunched up newspaper inside, let it sit for a day or so, and it should take care of the mustyness.

Isn't she pretty!

This was the companion basket, pretty number 2.... ;0)   The son thought that they were bought together as a set, but he wasn't sure.  This one is in way better shape than the small one - I just love it!  The silverware was in a separate bag, not sure if it went with it or not, but it fits perfectly.

You can see the Redmon, stamp on the lid, there wasn't a sticker on this bottom of the basket. 

The inside of this one was in such good shape, hardly any wear at all.  It will also be perfect to store paper plates, napkins, plastic silverware and paper cups in while camping.  It will look so cute in my trailer.

There is a broken handle on this one, the son, said he can even remember when it happened, got bumped getting it out of the car!  He said his mother was not happy!  I am going to do a little research online and see if I can find a replacement.

So pretty!

Aren't they a beautiful couple!!  I can't wait to take them on their first adventure!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Hugs,
Barb







Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Peek into my Week . . .


Mother Nature . . . It's still raining!!  

On my Mind . . . I've been thinking about Memorial Day, and what fun memories I have of being with my family on that day for so many years.  It was usually a family affair, as my grandparents lived right down the road from the cemetery where most of my relatives are buried.  I can remember going to the cemetery, before Memorial Day and cleaning off the headstones.  We would take a big bucket of sudsy water and a scrub brush and give the headstones a good cleaning!  Then, we would clip the grass around the headstone, and then sweep it all up, so everything looked nice and tidy.  I can remember being so proud of myself for taking care of the headstones of great grandparents and even great-great grandparents, and I loved them all! 

On Memorial Day, after we were done decorating the graves, and making sure that they looked just right, and visiting with family and friends who you would meet there, we would go to grandma's house for a picnic.  She'd make friend chicken - which was so delicious, and someone would always make a potato salad and homemade rolls.  Of course there was always the other usual picnic food - chocolate cake, Jello salad, pickled beets, mustard pickles, strawberry jam, and olives . . . who can have a picnic with out olives!  My grandfather loved 7-Up, so we would always have a cold soda with our lunch.  My grandfather also loved ice cream, so that was usually dessert, and usually in the form of a root beer float, because he also loved root beer!  Oh how I miss those days, I especially miss my grandparents . . .

In my Yard . . . We've had so much rain, and everything is so green and beautiful!  Where I live in Idaho, it is considered a high desert, so when we get rain everyday for more than a week, things tend to come to life!  We are suppose to dry out next week, and then have a long dry spell, so I am enjoying this wonderful green world I am living in right now!

I've had a ton of these wonderful little, American Goldfinches around to make me smile, aren't they pretty!  It looks like this is a pair - the little female is on the bird feeder.


Comfort from the Kitchen . . . I wish I had a picture of this one for you, but it really doesn't photograph very well, kinda looks like bumpy whipped cream!  This salad makes a great sweet salad to serve with a meal, but, we like to eat is as a dessert.

Caramel Apple Salad

4 or 5 apples (I used Gala)
1 8oz can crushed pineapple, do not drain
1 small box butterscotch pudding mix
1 tub whipped topping (I used about half of a large tub)
Toffee bits (optional)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Cut your apples up into bite sized pieces, mix in the pineapple.  Sprinkle the pudding mix over the apples and pineapple, stir to mix in the pudding.  Add the whipped topping, and nuts, mix well until all the pudding is distributed well.  My husband is allergic to tree nuts, so I left out the toffee bits and the walnuts, and just sprinkled them over my salad.  This is a supper easy recipe, and keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days - enjoy! 

A little Sweetness . . .

Two of my Little's climbing a tree in my yard - be careful!!

If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up, not me!!!
~Peter Pan~


Just Sayin' . . . 


Something from my Playlist . . .

I love to swoon with Dean!



Hugs,


Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Musings . . . Most Embarassing Moments!!

So . . . yesterday, while I was sitting in church, during the Sacrament, the most embarrassing thing happened!

I have my scriptures downloaded onto my electronic device, so I thought that during the Sacrament, I would look up a few scriptures.  Now, earlier that morning, I had been listening to I-Heart-Radio, while I was getting ready for church, it's also downloaded on my device.  Of course, you must know that when I listen to it, I turn it all the way up, it's noisy in the bathroom, with the blow-dryer and all... :0)  So, instead of hitting the scripture app, I accidentally hit the I-Heart-Radio app!!  This is the song that went ECHOING throughout the chapel, full blast!


The worse part, was that I could not get it to turn off!!  I tried everything, even tried sitting on it!  I finally had to get up and just leave, which was even more embarrassing!  Then when I came back in, I realized that I had to go up and sing with the choir . . . oh my, what a day!!

I suppose it could have been worse . . . how was your Sunday?

Hugs,