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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #14 and Giveaway



   
 
 Welcome to the 14th week of 
 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

31 Blogs  -  
1 Party
and - Giveaway
 
We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  300 awesome linkups!   
 
 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 The hop is hosted and posted on 31 different blogs
 

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Walnut Lime Tart

This dessert combines elements from two recipes: the walnut crust from Cool Lemon Dessert (also known as Lemon Delight); and the creamy lime filling from my Schwarz Lime Pie (my spin on key lime pie using limes from my tree). I have such affection for my lime tree. If you have followed me for any length of time, you are probably sick of hearing about it – but I do. My big beautiful tree in my backyard produces the sweetest and juiciest limes I know.

Table Makeover from Woods of Bell Trees
mandarin oranges peach leaves        
Today I will be posting about my table makeover as a guest post at Katherine’s Corner who so kindly asked me to be her guest today. Please join me over at the lovely Katie’s today! See you there!


Sugar Cookie Butter Bars
I have heard a bit about cookie but­ter and my daughter-in-law Tawni said she would love to try it sometime.   So, for Tawni I gave this recipe a whirl and manzo!  This is def­i­nitely a piece of heaven on earth, oh yummy.….  When you make it, don’t think you have to keep straight­en­ing the edges either. You know what I mean, cut­ting small slices to ‘even it up’, hahaha.  It really is that deli­cious.



Welcome to Organising Mondays - today I am sharing the top 10 things I have implemented around the house which help keep things running smoothly. I have already told you about the control journal HERE and menu planning HERE - they are number one and two which feels a bit like cheating but I would be lying if I said they weren't.



2014 Pantone Color of the Year Desserts 
from Love and Duck Fat

2014 Pantone Color of the Year Desserts | Radiant Orchid

I have a background in art (check out my oil paintings here), and still get a little excited every year when Pantone releases their color of the year. The Pantone color of the year for 2014 is called, “Radiant Orchid.” It’s a shade of purple with a little touch of pink. The folks at Pantone describe Radiant Orchid as, “magical, warm and intriguing—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”


Shabby Chic Cutlery Holders from Feeding Big
Cutlery Holder at FeedingBIg.com photo cutleryholder_zps560c3144.jpg

Anyway, on to Mother’s Day.  I enjoy receiving and giving homemade gifts, don’t you?  This year, I decided to use some Jute Upholstery Webbing to make Shabby Chic Cutlery Holders.

My First Spring Tablescape 2014 
from Row House Events and Interiors


This year I will be joining a few of my friends that live around here who also are far away from their families to celebrate Easter.  We have reservations at the historic Eldridge hotel in Lawrence ks, for a day of catching up and what I am sure will be a fantastic time.  However the day before Easter I will host a brunch for a diferent group of people, and this is also the first time anyone sees my spring look, so I could not be more exited to finally get some feedback

DIY Spice Jars from Momdot
Update your Kitchen with Cuteness, DIY Spice Jar Technique . Inspiration from www.momdot.com

And this week after listening to hoards of decoration ideas from my friends (and feeling even more sad about my white and dull space), I decided that if I cannot create the kitchen of my dreams, I could up my kitchen cuteness by refreshing and customizing the tiny items as showcase pieces.

French Rolling Pin and Dough Bowl 
from A Delightsome Life
A-DELIGHTSOME-LIFE-DOUGH-BOWL-AND-ROLLING-PIN

I went to Atlanta to retrieve an auction item we’d won - garden tools. I bid on a French style bed and was outbid. Sigh. There will be one in my future!  I thought I’d see if there were any sales in the nearby area. There was – an Estate liquidation. Most of what I saw pictured didn’t appeal to me, but I decided to visit…and am I oh, so glad I did!


Classic Homemade Cinnamon Rolls 
from Old House to New Home

Cinnamon Roll recipe 

This weekend was a major cooking weekend for me. I had my family over for Easter dinner, which was the first time that I hosted a holiday, and in addition to that, I baked up two things that are definitely not in my comfort zone! On a whim Saturday afternoon, I decided that I wanted to make my Grandma's famous (they have been published!) dinner rolls. As I have mentioned here before, yeast has not always been my friend. In addition to the dinner rolls, I got the idea in my head that we NEEDED cinnamon rolls for Easter breakfast...I don't know why I was so determined to make these, but I am so glad I did!


When You Wake Up You'll Be Four 
from Boogers Are Yucky


Sweet dreams little one.  I love that you still fall asleep snuggled in my arms on this eve of your fourth birthday.  Every age you have been has been my favorite one, so even though I'm preparing to celebrate the beginning of a new year tomorrow, I'm mourning the end of this one.  What a year it has been.  From potty training to snow skiing to freediving.  I'm in awe of you, and have been since the first time I felt you move inside my body.


Pearl Harbor Pillbox Hat from Dolly Creates


I have been looking everywhere for vintage dress patterns, so I happened to go to Sense and Sensibility Patterns' website. Whilst browsing through the 40s and 50s categories, I saw the pattern for the Pearl Harbor Pillbox Hat. I of course fell in love with it immediately


DIY Container Garden - Planning & Planting
 from Little Greenwoods
DIY Container Garden: Planning & Planting {3littlegreenwoods.com}
Construction is complete on our DIY Container Garden. Now it’s time for planting. Yay!

But before we can get all excited about digging into our newly built garden we need to do a bit of planning about exactly what we want to grow. We also need to learn about what veggies will actually produce during our extremely hot summers.




Teaching Your Toddler About Jesus 
from The Life of Faith
This is a topic very dear to my heart. My
relationship with Christ is so important, as is my relationship with my
daughter. I want so badly for my daughter to grow up knowing the Lord, and I
firmly believe that teaching her about Jesus is something that starts from the
very beginning, even now.

Best Ever Chocolate Banana Bread 
from Happy, Healthy and Domestic
This chocolate banana bread is the bombdotcom! My wonderful friend and next door
neighbor, Katie,  has treated me to this wonderful bread a couple times, most
recently as a treat for my birthday and it was the perfect snack on my road trip
to SLC. I begged her for the recipe and made it for myself. I looooove it and
since it has bananas in it, I can totally have it for breakfast, right?



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Monday, April 28, 2014

We are in Germany!!

Hello Everyone,

We arrived in Germany last Wednesday. We are still suffering from jet lag, but, are thrilled to be here. E has been busy in-processing and we will be moving into our quarters tomorrow. Holly did really well on her first airplane trip across the Atlantic and is dealing with some jet lag of her own. I am in the process of studying for my drivers licence and taking classes here on post to learn how to speak German.


The countryside is beautiful and the people are very friendly. We did a little sightseeing yesterday along the Rhein. We saw some beautiful towns and castles. We stopped in the town of Bachrach and drove by a few other towns.


We have made some wonderful friends since we got here and we will be living just across the street from them. I will be posting pictures and stories from our adventures. Also, our household goods will arrive soon and I will be able to start sewing, knitting and crafting...I can't wait!!!

Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #12 and Giveaway



               Welcome to the 12th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

27 Blogs  -  1 Party
and  
 Giveaway

We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  308 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 The hop is hosted and posted on 27 different blogs

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Easter Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Yoghurt | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Usually I’m not a fan of meringue (the base of the pavlova, in case you’re unfamiliar with this dessert) but meringue is the perfect thing to make a nest-shaped Easter dessert.

If you whip the egg whites up into the right consistency, you can pipe the meringue into a curly-swirly nest shape like I did. If you’re out of piping bags, you can always dollop the mixture onto the tray and then use a spoon to create the delicate swirls and nest shape.

Sally Hansen Limited Edition Palm Beach Jellies from "In the Makeup Aisle"
This collection consists of 6 sheer jelly polishes that really reminded of the OPI Sheer Tints. I swear every time OPI releases a different type of polish all the brands release there version of it. I don't think this is the last sheer jelly collection we will see this season.

DIY Easter Egg Garland | The Jenny Evolution
Don’t you just adore Easter and all of the sunny decorations that come with it? This DIY Easter Egg Garland is the perfect chance to introduce bright, cheerful colors back into your homes even while the weather outside is rainy and dreary. (Well, at least it is in Chicagoland!)


I have a craving for doughnuts that just won't go away.  And since I am truly incompetent at making fried doughnuts, the three or so
times I have made doughnuts have been in the oven. Although, I confess, I have
never actually ATTEMPTED to make fried doughnuts, I doubt that me and a pot of
hot oil are a good combination under any circumstance.


Optimize Your Blog Post for Pinterest in Eight Simple Steps!

Optimizing your blog for Pinterest has become almost a necessity for anybody that's serious about blogging.  I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that have really helped me get the best results from Pinterest.  I hope these help y'all too!

Sugar Shack from "The French Hutch"


This was a fun vignette to create, using the pink gingerbread travel trailer and  spring flowers I purchased to use in the gardens. Since it is much to wet to work in the flower beds, I arranged the flowers around the little trailer and snapped away. A fun way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Google-Plus-SEO 
I love Google+! I like it sooo much better than Facebook, mostly because it doesn’t have all the drama and personal issues that are posted all over FB, at least I haven’t seen it on G+. I also find it easier to use and more visually appealing than FB with more features, no games or requests for help building or upgrading their Post Office.

Anise Hyssop (an herb) is an excellent addition to your garden both for the herbal benefits and for attracting butterflies.  Pollinator such as the butterfly are very important for your garden and for balancing a sometimes delicate eco-system.

Transform a Dollar Store glass plate and candlestick into a beautiful gold glitter cake stand!



Now, let me tell you something about my house. If you read this blog regularly, you know I have 3 boys. Which means I don’t get to bust out my girly side all that often. My life is way more sports and dirt than princesses and glitter.

But today, my friends, I’m embracing the glitter. And gold. And all things sparkly.


How to Make Vanilla Extract from "LittleOwlCrunchyMomma"

Vanilla extract is one of those things that you should always have on hand in your kitchen. It just adds that little bit of flavor to so many homemade goods that just make them shine. I first learned how to make my own vanilla extract from Marillyn over at just-making-noise. I pinned her recipe a long time ago, and finally got around to trying it months later.

Small Armoire Makeover from "The Interior Frugalista"

Small Armoire Makeover from bedroom to dining room

My most recent project is a Small Armoire Makeover that I've had since the late 70's.  When we completed the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion we no longer needed it so I decided to give it a makeover. Now that it's finished, I think it's Too Pretty For A Bedroom Armoire!

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Travel Neck Pillows

Hello Everyone,

I made two travel neck pillows for E and me to travel to Germany. I fell in love with the red fleece and white polka dot fabric for Holly's coat. I decided it would be perfect for a travel neck pillow.
Red Fleece and White Polka Dot Travel Neck Pillow
E loves the NY Yankees (so do I) and he loves how comfortable the pillow is that he is using it while watching tv on the couch. 
NY Yankees Travel Neck Pillow
I will post a tutorial and simple pattern to make your own neck pillows in the next few days.

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