Thursday, February 25, 2010

Theme Thursday = Bottle!

Just a little more Nanny, then I've got lots to do!!!

Have a good day all!

For more Bottle topics click here!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!

Have a geat day.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Now That's A Dog!

Oh my, did you see Giant George on Oprah's show yesterday? He weighs 250 lbs and eats $300 worth of food and treats per month!!!!

Sleeps on a queen size mattress.....

And loves to ride in the golf cart.....

He is such a beautiful dog and had the sweetest face. His owner did say you don't want him to step on hurts!! HA I can imagine!! His size makes his life expectancy only 7 years which is very sad to me!

George is the Guinness Book's biggest dog!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Can't Keep A Good Flower Down!!

Here they come!!!

Bursting from the ground to announce......Spring is coming!!!! I love Jonquils! I love how hearty they week ago they were covered in snow and ice and as soon as it melted, they popped up! There is a field next to our home that was covered in Jonquils when we moved here. Now almost all of them are in my yard. I dug, transplanted and now have a great bed of beautiful yellow to start my spring! The bulbs from an old homeplace or fence row that have been growing for many years produce the healthiest flowers you will ever find. Just dig the entire clump, down deep below the bulb and plant them to your hearts desire. I needed a stronger arm for some of them, cause the roots run pretty deep on the older ones. I love finding these beauties for free!!! When they bloom I'll share just how pretty they are with you. The last two years we have had snow when my Jonquils bloom....hope we have that stuff behind us for this year!!!

Have a good evening all!


Friday, February 19, 2010

I Won!!!!

When Marydon has a giveaway....she has a giveaway!!! And I was the lucky winner of her Valentine/300th Post Celebration Giveaway.
The spring tote; pink and white with 2 large interior pockets will be perfect for travel (which I will be doing next week). Two of the cutest vintage button note cards, a crocheted teapot ornament, a beautiful battenburg lace sachet, a bar of french milled designer soap and oh yes, a container of shea butter cream.....all of this included in the giveaway. I felt like it was Christmas when I started opened the packages. What fun. Thanks Marydon! Stop by Blushingrosetoo and be sure and visit her other sites.....Feedsack Fantasy and Blushing Rose Boutique.

I hope you all have a great weekend filled with warm sunshine (we can hope anyway)


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Crock Pot Wednesday - Pulled Pork

In the February/March issue of Taste of Home, this simple wonderful recipe was a must to try. I have tried cooking pork tenderloin once or twice but I think I overcook and haven't had success.....Until....Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches came to my attention.

1 pork tenderloin (1 lb) approx.
1 cup ketchup
2 T plus 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 T plus 1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1 T plus 1 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 T spicy brown mustard
1/4 tsp pepper

Cut the tenderloin in half; place in slow cooker. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, mustart and pepper; pour over pork.

Cover and cook on low for 4 - 5 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat; shred. Return to cooker, heat through. Serve on rolls.

Easy uh? Very good, I promise!

Top with mustard coleslaw.......

3/4 cup mustard
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mayo
1 T salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 heads cabbage, shredded
1 onion, finely chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
1 celery rib, finely chopped

This feeds 24, so decrease quantity as needed. I used about 1/4 of each ingredient. You know slaw...measurements don't have to be exact...but I do love the flavor of this mixture!

For more crockpot recipes, click here and check out Debbie's wonderful Asian Turkey and Rice Soup recipe.

Have a good day all!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Me and My Candles!

I am a total pushover for a good candle. I admit it, I have no willpower when a good smelling candle is on display. I buy it without a second thought. I needed to replenish my votives, so I made a trip to my local Hallmark store. I always buy Yankee; they smell as good burning as they do in the plastic wrap. I intend to run in, buy several vanilla votives and leave. Sounds simple uh? I leave without fail with several scents....Buttercream, French Vanilla, Lavender Vanilla, and of course they always have a new scent that I must it was Strawberry Buttercream!
And then as I checkout....a new display caught my attention....Coffee you say....Oh my! After smelling every flavor, I chose Hazelnut! Not Yankee but very good!!!!

How good is the packaging? Would that one not captured your attention? Great job Fragrant Package!!!

What's your favorite scent? I was totally hooked on Vanilla Lime,,,not to be found...bummer.

There is a mixture of rain and "white flakes" falling.....hoping for the rain to win the battle (not looking too good)! It has taken a week for the previous white flakes to melt!!!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.....


Friday, February 12, 2010

Movies and Books!!!!

While at work today, I watched Couples Retreat! Loved it! Brought it home and watched it again with my husband. Two of my favorite scenes:

I love Vince Vaughan....cute, cute movie.
If I can stay awake, next movie is:

I read the book and kept trying to figure it out/make it real....finally Solar told me "Mom it's fiction..just read it" lol after that I guess I stopped trying to make it real and went with the Anyway, I've been waiting for this to come out on DVD and finally I have it!

Also purchased the sequel to Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani, which came out this week....Brava, Valentine. I love her novels and have read most of them. She is one who captures my attention from the first page and her characters are real and endearing. If you haven't read any of her books, give them a try, think you'll be very entertained.

I also want to wish a Happy Birthday to my niece, Tool Woman. She is on a much deserved vacation in Colorado....Be careful....don't break anything....Hope you had a Happy Day!!!!

Have a good weekend all!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Theme Thursday......Mirror

For more here

I have to tell you this picture was made from within a warm house....looking thru a's cold outside!!!!!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010


The sunrise this morning was the start of a beautiful day. The blue sky and the rays on the snow was nothing short of breathtaking. I wish I could capture the real beauty and share it with you. It is just impossible...for me anyway.

The birds were out early and have eaten nonstop for 2 days...One sleeve of thistle and 20 pounds of sunflower seeds since Friday. If you are looking for your birds, I think they are at my house.....

These two pictures give you a clue as to the depth.....for Arkansas this is alot of snow...especially central Arkansas.

It was in the 20's today but I couldn't stay indoors....I just wanted to get out and see as much of this as I could. I have always heard...If you don't like the weather in Arkansas, wait a minute! This beauty won't last long. I guess we are lucky in that respect, I wouldn't want this for weeks. A few days are plenty. Just long enough to ohhh and ahhh then it's gone! Early this morning the highways were all iced over and by 10:00 am, mostly dry with some slush.

A long walk in deep snow is a good workout. Trixie stayed with me the whole time except she ran as I walked...needless to say she is sound asleep now....doesn't sound half bad to me! ha

Have a good evening all!


Monday, February 8, 2010

Party, Poppers, Power Outage!

Congratulations to the Saints for a great game! Did Drew Brees not steal your heart holding his precious little boy and those big tears in his eyes?

We had a fun, fun party with lots of friends over and I made my first ever Jalapeno Poppers. I relied on Pioneer Woman of her cookbook, the recipe is BBQ Jalapeno Poppers. I even got some Paula added to the recipe; used her great sauce to brush on each one! I did not heed PW's helpful hint: make three times more than you think you'll need. Trust me! I regret this.....I didn't have nearly enough...they were gone way too fast!

I couldn't drag my tired self out of the bed this morning, but when I did I was shocked to see this beautiful sight.....

When I got up all I wanted was a big cup of hot coffee, just as I reached for the switch to turn ON....the power went out....OH NO...I don't do well without coffee!!
About 90 minutes later, power came on and I flipped the switch....whew!

Have a good day all!


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Theme Thursday......Red

I love the new Diet Coke can....I don't drink them but I have to keep a good supply on hand for the husband's addiction.

I recently started cooking with red bell peppers and have grown to love the flavor; so sweet!

Red is THE color in Arkansas!!!!

Go Hogs!!!!

I have always wanted to see a field of poppies. I think they are so beautiful! Maybe someday!

Relaxing with a glass of red, red wine

And now for one of my favorite REDS..... drumroll please.......

Mouthwatering, I will here to join Theme Thursday......



Growing up my mom always made a salad of some sort with our meals. I have gotten away from mom's delicious salads but I am bringing them back to the table. They weren't fancy or difficult to make but were healthy....

One of my favorites was chopped celery and apple; mixed with mayo, a sprinkle of sugar. I made this one recently and was asked by my husband, "Is this supposed to be good" would you answer that? Of course I replied, "no, it's supposed to be awful, but I like it" He actually ate it and liked it. It's just hard to get him to try anything that isn't meat and potatoes/ha

Next on my list to make is shredded carrots, raisins, mixed with mayo and yes you guessed it, a sprinkle of sugar. I probably will make a small bowl of this one, because I'm thinking it will be all mine.

Sometimes it was a lettuce leaf with a slice of pineapple or a half pear, with cottage cheese or shredded cheddar! Simple again and tasty.

My all time favorite salad that mom made was lovingly named by me....Sour Salad! I would request this one often.
Chop or shred cabbage, add chopped onion
Cover with vinegar and maybe a little water.
Salt, pepper....and wait. It gets better the longer you have it. Oh sour salad is so good with fresh vegetables!

I have recently heard so much about egg salad that for the first time in my life...I just made a bowl. It looks like a bowl of mashed up deviled eggs.....which means I will love it. Looking forward to luch today.

What salads are on your table? Inquiring minds would love to know.

Have a good day all.


Monday, February 1, 2010


This envelope always holds a shock within....but none as shocking as this month....

Let me enlarge it....just in case you don't believe it!!!

YES, it went from $406.32 TO $861.90 in ONE month!
  • It has been very cold this month
  • The heat pump has run nonstop
  • I keep the thermostat on 66 degrees, I promise, ask anyone
  • On rare occasion I turn it up to 67 degrees!
  • It was cold LAST MONTH, too!
  • My husband says I freeze him to death!

I have a question why does FERC impose a 25% payment? UH? $203.64..........

This bill made my husband rethink the thermostat setting and he immediately set it himself!

Don't know if you have seen the new commercial called "The Tighten Up" but that is what we are participating in! Yesterday we relied on the great sunshine through the windows and the gas logs....I was happy!!! I hate heat!

One more tidbit of info to husband sells and installs HVAC quote him "heat pumps can't keep up when the weather falls below 45 degrees". People call him daily when their electric bill goes up...Boy will he have a response for them now!!!

Did your bill double? I would love to know! I hope it didn't!

Have a good day and stay warm....or just put on a coat(that might be cheaper)!!!!!!